Bru­ins beat Flames in SO in pre­sea­son opener


Brad Marc­hand and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout to lead the Bos­ton Bru­ins to a 4-3 win over the Cal­gary Flames in the NHL ex­hi­bi­tion season-opener on Satur­day in Shen­zhen, China.

Down to their last shooter, Bos­ton tied the shootout on Marc­hand’s goal. Af­ter Cal­gary’s Derek Ryan missed, DeBrusk scored the game-win­ner.

Matthew Tkachuk scored the Flames’ lone goal in the shootout.

Trent Fred­eric, Ryan Donato and John Moore scored in the first pe­riod for the Bru­ins, and Jaroslav Halak started for Bos­ton.

Tukka Rask re­placed Halak mid­way through the third, due to the free agent-signee hav­ing equip­ment prob­lems, but the for­mer New York Is­lan­ders goal­tender re­turned with 6:22 left and played the re­main­der of the game.

Mark Gior­dano scored twice in the third pe­riod, and Sean Mon­a­han added a late first pe­riod goal.

Jon Gil­lies played the en­tire game in net for Cal­gary. The Flames trailed 31 en­ter­ing the third. By the end of the pe­riod, the score was 3-3 thanks to Gior­dano. His first oc­curred 21 sec­onds into the pe­riod, and his ga­me­ty­ing goal came with 46.4 sec­onds left and the Flames on a 5-on-3 power play.

Fred­eric opened the scor­ing 6:18 into the ex­hi­bi­tion season, and Donato and Moore scored in a 30sec­ond span to push the lead to 3-0 by the 15:37 mark of the first. Mon­a­han scored with one-tenth of a sec­ond left in the pe­riod for the Flames.

For the first game of the pre­sea­son sched­ule, both teams trav­elled sig­nif­i­cant numbers of reg­u­lars to China.

Along with Halak, Rask, Donato, Moore, Marc­hand and DeBrusk, the Bru­ins were rep­re­sented by a group­ing of play­ers which in­cluded David Backes, David Pas­tr­nak and Char­lie McAvoy.

Cal­gary’s ros­ter of play­ers in­cluded Mon­a­han, Gil­lies, Gior­dano, Mike Smith, Travis Ha­monic, Noah Han­i­fin, Mikael Back­lund, Johnny Gau­dreau, James Neal, Tkachuk, Elias Lind­holm, Michael Fro­lik and Sam Ben­nett. This is the sec­ond year the NHL has played ex­hi­bi­tion games in China. The Los Angeles Kings and Van­cou­ver Canucks made the trip last season.

Cal­gary and Bos­ton will play one more pre­sea­son game in China, on Sept. 19 at the Cadillac Arena in Bei­jing.

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