Turnovers have been a double-edged sword for Golden Knights early

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist, and David Pastrnak added a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The Bruins will conclude their season-opening four-game road trip in Colorado on Thursday. "I think we're feeling comfortable playing together and even though we were down a couple of goals we just trust the system and it worked out today". "We had our chances to score against them, we just didn't take advantage of it". "Early on you're trying to find your legs, your game and sometimes it's not going to be pretty".

There were positives to take from the game for the Knights, however, as well as negatives and we've combed through both the pros and the cons... In wins, they've served as the springboard for offense. They could have certainly capitalized a few more times if not for a few timely saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas also held a 2.26-1.99 edge in expected goals for. The game got off to another quick start for the Golden Knights when Mark Stone scored a Power Play goal 6:36 into the contest.

"Their defense has good gaps, big, long sticks - we had to be prepared for that", Stone said. "We've just got to clean up our mistakes".

But the defending Eastern Conference champions answered with four goals - three from their top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron.

Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) attempts a shot on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the third period Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Las Vegas.

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Vegas jumped out to a 2-0, first-period lead for the third straight game, netting two goals in the span of 1:44.

Pacioretty cut the deficit to 4-3 with 5:18 to go in the third period with a power-play goal, rifling a shot from the right circle under Rask's left arm.

NOTES: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, 42, appeared in his 1,488th game, breaking a tie with Wayne Gretzky for the 23rd-most in history.

Boston played nearly a complete game in Vegas, and it was the top line that really stood out.

Not that this was ever going to truly impact his availability, but perhaps this is just another reason why you should expect to see No. 40 seated on Boston's bench as Jaroslav Halak's backup on Thursday night as the Bruins seek a ideal balance to keep both goaltenders fresh and with Boston's home opener against the Devils looming for Saturday night in Boston.

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