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Rask returns, Pastrnak scores hat trick as Bruins prime Flyers 3-2


Tuukka Rask makes a 2nd interval save on a breakaway by Cam Atkionson. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored a pure hat trick, Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from hip surgical procedure and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday evening.

Rask, the winningest goalie in franchise historical past, made his season debut after recovering from surgical procedure final summer time to restore a torn labrum. Rask was strong in internet and received loads of assist from his teammates, who held Philadelphia to 27 photographs because the Bruins received their fourth straight and seventh in eight video games.

Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia, which misplaced its sixth in a row. Carter Hart completed with 33 saves, protecting the Flyers shut regardless of a listless begin.

Boston followers greeted Rask with a rousing “Tuuuuuuuk!” when he was the final of the Bruins launched earlier than the nationwide anthem. But he was principally idle early because the Flyers didn’t get a shot on objective for the primary 9 minutes.

By then the Bruins have been already up 2-0 on targets by Pastrnak, who accomplished his eleventh profession hat trick with a power-play objective late within the second interval after Philadelphia had scored twice.

Rask didn’t face a shot till a innocent wrister from the blue line from Ivan Provorov at 9:19 of the primary interval. Rask confronted simply six photographs within the first, none of which have been significantly difficult because the Bruins managed the play and spent many of the interval within the Philadelphia finish.

Hart had a a lot busier evening, stopping Pastrnak from in shut a number of instances after he scored 1:51 into the sport and once more at 5:27 of the primary.

Boston went on a 5-on-3 energy play late within the second and this time there was no stopping Pastrnak, who one-timed a slap shot from the highest of the circle previous Hart, who had misplaced his stick a couple of moments earlier. Pastrnak’s sixteenth objective of the season put the Bruins up 3-2 and began a flurry of hats coming down from the stands for the second evening in a row. Brad Marchand, who assisted on Pastrnak’s second objective, had a hat trick Wednesday evening in a 5-1 win over Montreal.

Atkinson pulled Philadelphia to 2-1 on a power-play objective 8:02 into the second with a tip of a shot by Provorov from the blue line.

Philadelphia tied it 2-all with 5 minutes left within the second when Farabee’s go to Atkinson bounced off his skate proper again to Farabee, who had Rask out of place and an empty internet by which to deposit the tying objective.

Philadelphia had 51 seconds of a 5-on-3 energy play after a delay of recreation penalty on Brandon Carlo and a charging name in opposition to Charlie Coyle. The solely shot Philadelphia received on internet was a sluggish bouncer that Rask scooped up regardless of a tip in entrance by James van Riemsdyk.

The Flyers pulled Hart with greater than three minutes left within the third however have been unable to get one other equalizer.

NOTES: Rask hadn’t performed since June 9, when the Bruins have been eradicated by the Islanders within the second spherical of the playoffs. … Philadelphia’s scheduled dwelling recreation in opposition to Carolina on Tuesday was postponed due to COVID-19 points with the Flyers. The additional couple of days between video games allowed them to get a couple of extra key gamers again from COVID-19 protocols and harm. Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, Provorov, D Travis Sanheim and RW Travis Konecny all returned. … D Tyler Lewington, recalled from Providence of the AHL on an emergency foundation Wednesday, jumped proper into the sport’s first scrum after a tough hit in entrance of the penalty field late within the first interval. Lewington was additionally concerned within the recreation’s first full-fledged combat after being challenged by Philadelphia’s Zack MacEwen. The two exchanged blows within the Boston zone early within the second interval in a bout paying homage to the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Bruins of the Nineteen Seventies. … Boston defensemen Derek Forbort and Connor Clifton have been in COVID-19 protocol.


Flyers: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.

Bruins: Host the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.

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