B's pick up where they left off, top Islanders, 6-2

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B's pick up where they left off, top Islanders, 6-2

BOSTON -- The Bruins helped Tuukka Rask to his first win of the season on Monday night at the TD Garden, after getting a pair of goals and three points from Nathan Horton, as they defeated the New York Islanders 6-2.

Horton assisted on Boston's fourth goal, and scored the fifth, as the B's pulled away in the third period, after entering the final 20 minutes with just a 3-2 lead.

Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead, nearly two minutes after teammate Daniel Paille got hit in the face with an Islanders slap shot from the right point. Paille was bleeding and left the game just over three minutes into the third period.

Lucic's goal was set up by Horton, who finished a give-and-go with his big winger, by staying patient from the right circle and dishing a pass to the left post at the last minute, where Lucic was going hard to the net.

Horton followed that up with his second gaol of the night, just 49 seconds later, as he was parked out front and put home an easy rebound to give the B's a 5-2 lead.

David Krejci scored an empty netter with 2:48 left in the game to add insult to injury.

The Bruins battled through a scoreless second after getting three first-period goals from Benoit Pouliot, Horton, and Tyler Seguin.

Pouliot gave Boston an early 1-0 lead 1:32 in, after he stuffed home a loose puck that was jammed between the legs of Nabokov. Jordan Caron set the goal up with a hard forecheck into the left corner which led to his interception of an Islanders pass behind their own net. Caron quickly fired a low shot off Nabokov from a bad angle, and Pouliot was on the doorstep to push it over the goal line.

New York tied it at 1-1, 5:52 into the game, after Moulson re-directed a Steve Staios shot from the right point. Moulson's tip ended up in the top-right corner of the net.

Then with 6:22 left to play in the first, Horton put Boston on top once again, as he put a hard wrist shot top-right on the power play.

The Bruins made it 3-1, 29 seconds later, as Seguin finished off a few deep cycles and a Bergeron pass from the corner. The goal also

The Islanders cut that lead down to 3-2 with 1:24 left in the first, as Grabner sniped the top-right corner from the high slot, after the Bruins turned the puck over at their own blue line. But two pucks was all they would get past Rask.

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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