Bruins rolling after road trip, come home to face Kings

Bruins rolling after road trip, come home to face Kings

The Boston Bruins will return home from a successful six-game road trip Monday night to host the Los Angeles Kings.The Bruins finished 5-1 on the 12-day jaunt thanks to a 5-4 shootout win Saturday in Columbus and now get set for their first home game since Feb. 21.After captain Patrice Bergeron scored a go-ahead goal with 5:02 remaining in Saturday’s regulation, Jakub Voracek’s power-play tally with just three seconds left forced overtime for Columbus.David Pastrnak scored the lone shootout goal in the third round and Jeremy Swayman stopped all three Blue Jackets attempts to earn the win.”Obviously I thought it was a real good trip. A lot of good hockey,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We came from behind again (Saturday), similar to Anaheim. … Even though we gave up a late goal, we had a good push. I thought our guys were in a good place and eventually came through. … I don’t think we stole any games. We played good, solid hockey.”The NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February, Swayman won all four of his starts during the trip and is 7-0-1 across his last eight.Jake DeBrusk scored Boston’s opening goal against Columbus, his eighth in as many games. Craig Smith has lit the lamp in back-to-back games.Pastrnak assisted on Bergeron’s tally, giving him a point in eight straight games (12 total).DeBrusk recorded a natural hat trick in last Monday’s 7-0 win over the Kings in Los Angeles. Erik Haula scored two goals as part of his current six-game point streak, and Swayman made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season.”I’d like to think our guys would get some confidence,” Cassidy said. “Different guys stepped up on this trip. … A lot of guys can feel good about themselves. That’s what you want with your group — to feel like you can win every night.”Boston plays three straight home games this week. Chicago and Arizona visit on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.Los Angeles headed out for a four-game road trip following its last matchup with the Bruins and will conclude the stretch in Boston.The Kings lost at Dallas and beat Columbus in overtime before starting a back-to-back with a 3-0 win Sunday in Buffalo. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Dustin Brown added an empty-netter against the Sabres.


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