Rask in net, Marchand out with flu-like symptoms

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Rask in net, Marchand out with flu-like symptoms

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender onto the ice for the Bruins and hell face the immortal Leland Irving for the Calgary Flames in the once-a-year meeting between two strangle NHL bedfellows at TD Garden.

In bigger news, Brad Marchand will miss tonights game with flu-like symptoms and has been replaced by Zach Hamill among the 12 forwards playing against Calgary.

Itll be the first career start for Rask against the Flames, and his eighth game against a Western Conference opponent this season in 14 games for the Bruins. Rask is leading the NHL with a 1.61 goals against average and .945 save percentage after an otherworldly month of December, and is riding a personal four-game win streak. It will be Irvings first game of the season and his fourth appearance this season.

In odd Bruins minutiae news: Joe Corvo is now skating around without a helmet during pregame warm-ups along with Benoit Pouliot, Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic.

The rest of the Bruins lineup appears to be exactly the same as it was Wednesday in New Jersey against the Devils:

Pouliot-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Peverley-Kelly-Hamill
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Rask
Thomas

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.