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Five Bruins score in win over Wild

The Sports Xchange

November 07. 2017 1:01AM
Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock stops a shot by Boston Bruins center Tim Schaller during the third period of Monday night's game at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask turned aside a third-period penalty shot that turned out to be the difference, five players scored goals and the Boston Bruins hung on for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

After Mikael Granlund cut a 4-1 Boston lead with a goal 1:33 into the third period, Granlund was tripped by Torey Krug heading for a short-handed breakaway with 13:05 left in the game. Granlund, whose goal was his first of the season, moved in on Rask, who turned the shot aside with his right pad.

The save became even more important when Jordan Staal scored a short-handed goal with 4:04 remaining to close the gap to one goal. But Tim Schaller of Merrimack, N.H., hit the empty net with 56.4 seconds left to put the game away.

Jake DeBrusk, Frank Vatrano, Sean Kuraly and Krug all poured goals past Devan Dubnyk, who shut the Bruins out twice last year but was chased after two periods Monday (20 saves).

Zdeno Chara and Jordan Szwarz had two assists apiece for Boston (6-4-3), with Szwarz recording his first two NHL assists.

Rask (3-4-2) made 24 saves in the win.

Nino Niederreiter gave the Wild (5-6-2) a 1-0 lead with a goal 4:53 into the game as Minnesota opened a four-game (in six nights) road trip with the loss.

NOTES: The injury-ravaged Bruins placed C David Krejci (back) on injured reserve as he missed his seventh straight game. He won’t play for at least another week. ... LW Brad Marchand was also out with an upper body injury. ... Boston G Zane McIntyre went down and played for Providence Sunday and was back on an emergency recall with Anton Khudobin (lower body) still out. ... D Rob O’Gara was recalled by Boston.

... G Devan Dubnyk was 0-5 lifetime against Boston before shutting the Bruins out twice last season. ... Bruins D Zdeno Chara played in his 833rd game with the team, tying Dit Clapper for fourth place on the club’s all-time list. ... Monday was Military Appreciation Night with seven Bruins players donating $2,500 worth of tickets to veterans.