Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

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Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

BOSTON -- In the Bruins' eyes, following Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Rich Peverley's power play goal in the third period doesn't mean anything.

Peverley said just as much.

There weren't many questions regarding the Bruins' power play on a night in which they racked up a total of 72 penalty minutes. But the few that were asked got the same answer: "It doesn't matter now."

What the Bruins wouldn't tell you on Tuesday night, was that, at the time, Peverley's power play goal did matter. If not for the timeliness of his wrister from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner that cut Carolina's lead to 2-1 midway through the third period, then for the fact that it snapped an 0-for-22 drought on the power play.

The Bruins are now 2-for-24 on the power play this season, a part of their game that was downright brutal last year.

Things looked promising in the season opener, when the B's scored on their first power-play attempt. Since then, and through the first two periods on Tuesday night, the same problems lingered on the man advantage.

Until Peverley made it 2-1, just 28 seconds into the Bruins' fourth power play of the game.

"It's good that we got one on the power play, but it doesn't matter now, because we lost the game," said a dejected Peverley after the loss. "We lost the game. That's the most important thing."

In fairness to Boston's prior three power plays of the night, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stood on his head. And as the phrase goes, your goaltender is your best penalty killer.

"I thought that Cam Ward was the difference in that game," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "They came out really strong, and he made some really good saves, and then he made some saves that may not show up. You've got to watch it on video to appreciate how good they were."

"I think we had our chances," said Peverley. "We had a ton of chances. You've got to give credit to Cam Ward. He played unbelievable. So, on our part, we have to do a better job of finding ways to put the puck in the net against him. So that seems it was the way the game went in the first couple periods."

Ward was having "one of those nights." Yet, Peverley was able to make it a one-goal game. That was important, at the time. And even if the B's want to downplay the significance of snapping that 0-for-22 power-play drought on Tuesday night. They may be singing a different tune on Wednesday.

Because in the grand scheme of things, it did matter.

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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