Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2

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Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

DENVER The Bruins needed to respond after a pancake game against the Buffalo Sabres as in flat as a pancake and they did just that in an impressive 6-2 throttling of a young, talented Colorado Avalanche bunch at Pepsi Center. Milan Lucic potted a pair of goals, Mark Recchi factored in three of the four goals and Tim Thomas was at his best in the third period as the Bs held on for dear life against the full attack of the Avs in the final 20 minutes.The Bruins fell behind early in the contest behind a fortuitous bounce off Peter Stastny in front of the Boston net, but credit Gregory Campbell with dropping the gloves and swinging the momentum of the game. Campbell fought with Cody MacLeod, and his Bruins teammates responded in a big way.Brad Marchand popped his 11th goal of the season from in front to tie the game up, and then Milan Lucic finished off a nice play from David Krejci to give Boston a lead they wouldnt surrender.Marchand made a nice Patrice Bergeron-esque play to set a Mark Recchi score in the second period, and Milan Lucic added another nice goal from the slot for his career-best 19th goal of the season.The big negative in the win: Marc Savard took a hit to the head in the second period from a Matt Hunwick check when he slammed the side of his head against the dasher between the boards and the glass. The collision took place with little more than three minutes gone in the second period, and Savard never returned after the head injury.Patrice Bergeron capped off the win with a goal from his knees midway through the third period that iced down a furious Colorado attack through the first half of the games final period.
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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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