By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON The Bruins ended their home regular season schedule on a high note with the playoffs looming largely on their minds. Daniel Paille and Nathan Horton provided the requisite offense and the Bs put in a good days work for a 3-1 victory over the scrappy Senators during a surprisingly gritty game at TD Garden.That gave the Bs five wins in six meetings with the Senators this season, and sets up Sundays regular season finale on the road against the New Jersey Devils.The Bruins and Sens traded goals in the first period as Paille rifled home his fourth goal in the last eight games, and continued a torrid stretch to open up scoring for the Black and Gold. Marlboro native Bobby Butler snapped home a loose puck in front for his 10th goal of the season in his first NHL game at his hometown TD Garden rink to tie things up, but that was it for Ottawa.Nathan Horton scored on the power play with a backhanded strike little more than a minute into the second period. He followed that up with a spirited fight against Zack Smith that saw all manner of haymakers getting tossed at each other. The rest was up to Tim Thomas and the Bs defensive crew that was up to the task.Thomas made 31 saves on the day and finished with a .9381 save percentage for the season a mark that sets a new modern day NHL record previously held by Dominik Hasek during his Dominator years with the Buffalo Sabres.Rich Peverley added his 17th goal of the season in the third period with a sweet, swooping backhanded shot from the slot area that proved to be the insurance marker for the Black and Gold.
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LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.
Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.
Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.
*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.
*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.
*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.
*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.
*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.
*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.
*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.