Bru­ins hold on to win opener

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David Pas­tr­nak and Brad Marc­hand each had a goal and an as­sist, Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and the Bru­ins held off the Light­ning 3-2 in the opener of their East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries in Toronto.

The Bru­ins opened a 3-0 lead on goals by Char­lie Coyle in the first pe­riod, Pas­tr­nak in the sec­ond and Marc­hand in the third. But the Light­ning made things in­ter­est­ing on two goals by Vic­tor Hed­man — the sec­ond with 1:14 left af­ter pulling goalie An­drei Vasilevski­y — be­fore com­ing up short.

The vic­tory was the fourth in a row for Halak since he re­placed starter Tuukka Rask, who opted out of the rest of the Stan­ley Cup play­offs to go home to his fam­ily.

Vasilevski­y stopped 28 shots for the Light­ning.

Fleury tells agent to delete tweet

Golden Knights goalie Marc-An­dre Fleury said he asked his agent to re­move a con­tro­ver­sial tweet that sug­gested coach Peter De­Boer had stabbed him in the back.

The tweet, posted from agent Al­lan Walsh’s pri­vate ac­count Satur­day, de­picted a sword with ‘‘De­Boer’’ writ­ten on it go­ing through Fleury’s chest. The tweet since has been deleted.

In ad­dress­ing the sit­u­a­tion, Fleury said he was OK with his spot in the goalie rotation, which has seen Robin Lehner emerge as the Knights’ No. 1 op­tion. He also said he had spo­ken with ev­ery­one in­volved, in­clud­ing his team­mates, to clear the air.

Cap­i­tals fire coach Reirden

The Cap­i­tals fired coach Todd Reirden af­ter their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive first-round exit from the play­offs.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian MacLel­lan an­nounced the move three days af­ter the Cap­i­tals were elim­i­nated by for­mer coach Barry Trotz’s Is­lan­ders in five games.

The Cap­i­tals opted to pro­mote Reirden from the top as­sis­tant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise af­ter win­ning the Stan­ley Cup in 2018. Reirden likely would have left to seek a top job else­where.

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