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Bruins 8, Kings 6

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 8, Kings 6
Boston Bruins 8, Los Angeles Kings 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Facing a goaltender with just two games of regular-season NHL experience who was playing in front of an undisciplined defense, the Boston Bruins scored three more goals than they had managed in their first three games.

 Boston 8, Kings 6  | Post Game Interviews

Phil Kessel had his first career hat trick and an assist to lead the Bruins to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Marc Savard scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period against 19-year-old Jonathan Bernier, and also had three assists. Aaron Ward scored for Boston, Milan Lucic got his first NHL goal and Glen Murray added a power-play score before setting up Savard's goal.

Three of the Bruins' goals came with the man advantage.

"We capitalized on every power-play chance, it seemed," Savard said. "We've got the weapons. We've got the guys who can move hots."

Manny Fernandez recorded his first victory with the Bruins, who obtained the 33-year-old goaltender in a July 1 trade with Minnesota.

Anze Kopitar scored two power-play goals for Los Angeles. Brad Stuart connected with the man advantage for the Kings, while Michael Cammalleri got his fifth goal in five games and Brady Murray recorded first goal in the NHL.

The Kings tied it 5-all with 11:41 remaining when Kopitar's rising shot struck the right post and caromed off Fernandez's back before the goalie inadvertently swept it into the net with his left arm.

But the Bruins regained the lead for good when Glen Murray corralled a bouncing puck in the left circle, faked a slap shot and made a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Savard about 10 feet from the net. Bernier could not get over in time to prevent the first goal of the season by Savard, who sat out Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Anaheim because of a groin strain.

"It felt 95 percent, so I wasn't going to sit out because of that," Savard said. "I knew it was there at times, but you just battle through it. Hopefully it feels good (Saturday) morning so I can go (Saturday) night."

The Bruins scored on three of their first six shots in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. Los Angeles narrowed the gap to 4-3 on Brady Murray's unassisted goal and Kopitar's first goal in the final 2:15 of the period. Kessel completed his hat trick on a rebound less than 1 1/2 minutes into the third period for a 5-3 lead.

"It was pretty exciting," said Kessel, last season's Bill Masterton Trophy winner. "It was one of those nights. I got lucky on a couple. We just went out there and played hard, got some bounces, and things happened for us. We had eight goals, which was good for our offense, but we've got to clean up the defense. Giving up six goals doesn't cut it."

Glen Murray put Boston ahead 2-1 at 4:05 of the period with Savard recording his 500th NHL point with an assist on the play. Ward made it 3-1 less than 2 minutes later, scoring his first goal in 17 career games against the Kings on a screened slap shot from a few feet inside the blue line.

"You just have to turn the page and get ready for the next game," Bernier said. "You are going to have games like this during the season. What makes the difference between a good and a bad goalie is bouncing back - and that's what I'm going to try to do."

Notes: This was the teams' only meeting of the season. ... The Bruins have lost the battle of faceoffs in each of their first five games. ... Glen Murray, who spent parts of six seasons with the Kings, led Boston in goal scoring in three of the previous four seasons. ... Former Bruins coach Dave Lewis is an assistant coach with Los Angeles. Mike O'Connell, who spent six seasons in Boston as V.P. and general manager, is the Kings' director of pro development. ... The Bruins conclude their season-opening five-game road trip Saturday night at San Jose - their last one this season outside the Eastern time zone. Their home opener is Thursday against Tampa Bay. ... The Bruins played their first game at Staples Center since Oct. 18, 2003, when they prevented the Kings from getting a single shot on net in the third period and overcame a three-goal deficit to win 4-3.


POST GAME QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD:

(Re: Jonathan Bernier) “Anytime you have that many goals scored on you, it’s a sign that it wasn’t a good performance, but we left him alone on a lot of those chances. The game was on the line and they got a break. It would have been a great save had he made it.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN BERNIER:
(Re: game recap) “You just have to turn the page and get ready for the next game. You are going to have games like this in the season. What makes the difference between a good and bad goalie is bouncing back, and that’s what I’m going to try to do now.”

BOSTON FORWARD PHIL KESSEL:
(Re: hat trick) “It’s pretty exciting. I got lucky on a couple. On the second goal, Savard hit me with a perfect pass, I didn’t even have to move my stick, I just tipped it in. It was nice.”

BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:
(Re: game recap) “We really showed our guys that we had to bear down on our corner passes and get a little better finishing them. There’s no doubt we were much better there, but unfortunately it’s almost like we forgot about the other part of the game, where we had done so well. Our defensive game was extremely poor.”

NOTES:

  • Kings forward Anze Kopitar collected his first and second goals of the season in tonight’s game. His seven points (2-5=7) are tied for the club’s scoring lead.
  • Kings rookie forward Brady Murray scored the first goal/point of his NHL career tonight against the Bruins.

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Michael Becker and Andre Delsol

scoring summary
1st Period
16:54
BOS
Phil Kessel (1) ASST: David Krejci (2)
1 - 0 BOS
19:47
LAK
PPG - Brad Stuart (1) ASST: Alex Frolov (2), Ladislav Nagy (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:05
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (1) ASST: Marc Savard (3), Zdeno Chara (3)
2 - 1 BOS
05:56
BOS
Aaron Ward (1) ASST: Milan Lucic (1), Phil Kessel (2)
3 - 1 BOS
08:56
BOS
PPG - Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Marc Savard (4), Patrice Bergeron (1)
4 - 1 BOS
17:45
LAK
Brady Murray (1) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 BOS
19:11
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (1) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (2), Dustin Brown (3)
4 - 3 BOS
3rd Period
01:27
BOS
Phil Kessel (3) ASST: Marc Savard (5), Peter Schaefer (2)
5 - 3 BOS
04:37
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (5) ASST: Derek Armstrong (2), Alex Frolov (3)
5 - 4 BOS
08:19
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (2) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (2), Rob Blake (1)
5 - 5 Tie
09:42
BOS
PPG - Marc Savard (1) ASST: Glen Murray (1), Peter Schaefer (3)
6 - 5 BOS
15:19
BOS
Milan Lucic (1) ASST: David Krejci (3), Zdeno Chara (4)
7 - 5 BOS
18:33
BOS
EN - Chuck Kobasew (3) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (2), Marc Savard (6)
8 - 5 BOS
19:55
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan (1) ASST: Michal Handzus (1), Ladislav Nagy (3)
8 - 6 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
06:06
LAK
Jack Johnson  Hooking against  Peter Schaefer
09:24
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  Scott Thornton
12:47
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Raitis Ivanans
12:47
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
14:54
LAK
Michal Handzus  Holding against  Glen Murray
18:28
BOS
Aaron Ward  Hooking against  Kyle Calder
2nd Period
03:25
LAK
Kyle Calder  Too many men/ice - bench
07:41
LAK
Brady Murray  Hi stick - double minor against  Zdeno Chara
14:59
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Hooking against  Dustin Brown
18:49
BOS
David Krejci  Hooking against  Derek Armstrong
3rd Period
07:07
BOS
Glen Murray  Hooking against  Derek Armstrong
09:04
LAK
Kyle Calder  Hooking against  Phil Kessel
15:19
LAK
 Abuse of officials - bench
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 31TOI: 59:53
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .806SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 30TOI: 59:03
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 13
SV%: .767SH: 1 - 1