Cas­sidy gets his wish as Bos­ton’s de­fense­men join the rush



One thing in­terim coach Bruce Cas­sidy em­pha­sized when he took over the Bos­ton Bru­ins was that he wanted his de­fense­men to look to do more of­fen­sively.

It worked well in his sec­ond game.

David Pas­tr­nak scored the tiebreak­ing goal with two min­utes left in the third pe­riod, de­fense­men Colin Miller and Ke­van Miller each had a goal and host Bos­ton won its sec­ond straight un­der Cas­sidy with a 4-3 vic­tory over Van­cou­ver on Satur­day.

“We’ve asked them to get in­volved,” said Cas­sidy, a for­mer Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals coach. “It’s a mat­ter of find­ing them and a mat­ter of fin­ish­ing.”

Cas­sidy took over ear­lier in the week when the Bru­ins fired Claude Julien, who was in his 10th sea­son and coached the team to a 2011 Stan­ley Cup win. Bos­ton also won in Cas­sidy’s de­but, 6-3 over San Jose on Thurs­day.

FLY­ERS 2, SHARKS 1 (OT): Wayne Sim­monds scored on a break­away just more than a minute into over­time and Michal Neu­virth made 23 saves, help­ing Philadel­phia end a three-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory over vis­it­ing San Jose.

Ivan Provorov scored in reg­u­la­tion for the Fly­ers. Pa­trick Mar­leau had the goal for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight game. Three of the Sharks’ losses dur­ing the skid have been af­ter reg­u­la­tion.

STARS 5, HUR­RI­CANES 2: Pa­trick Eaves scored two goals to help Dal­las win at home against Carolina.

Eaves’s first goal was one of three in the first 6:11 against Hur­ri­canes goalie Cam Ward. In the sec­ond pe­riod, Eaves scored his ca­reer-high 21st goal, his 11th on the power play this sea­son.

SEN­A­TORS 3, IS­LAN­DERS 0: Craig An­der­son made his first start in 69 days and turned aside 33 shots for Ottawa in a home win over New York.

An­der­son left the club in early De­cem­ber to be with his wife, Ni­cholle, who is bat­tling can­cer, and he re­turned to prac­tice last week.

The shutout was the fourth of the sea­son for An­der­son in 20 games and eighth of the sea­son for the Sen­a­tors. Mike Con­don has the other four. Ottawa won its sec­ond in a row.

PAN­THERS 7, PREDA­TORS 4: Nick Bjugstad and Vin­cent Trocheck scored 29 sec­onds apart in the sec­ond pe­riod, and Florida won at Nashville.

Jaromir Jagr also scored for the 1,899th point of his NHL ca­reer as Florida be­gan a five-game trip by scor­ing four goals in the sec­ond.

BLUE JACK­ETS 2, RED WINGS 1: Cam Atkin­son scored the go-ahead goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 35 shots and Colum­bus beat vis­it­ing Detroit.

This was Detroit’s first game since owner Mike Il­itch died Fri­day. He was 87.

RANGERS 4, AVALANCHE 2: Hen­rik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his 400th ca­reer win, and New York earned its fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, beat­ing Colorado.

Lundqvist is the 12th goal­tender in NHL his­tory with at least 400 wins and the first Euro­pean­born goal­tender to reach the mark.

BLUES 4, CANA­DI­ENS 2: Pa­trik Ber­glund scored three goals to lift St. Louis to a vic­tory at Montreal for its fourth straight road win.

David Per­ron also scored for the Blues, who have won five of six.

SABRES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Evan­der Kane scored twice, Jack Eichel had a ca­reer-high three as­sists and vis­it­ing Buf­falo handed Toronto its sixth loss in eight games.

Sam Rein­hart also scored for the Sabres, and Robin Lehner made 43 saves.

LIGHT­NING 4, JETS 1: Bray­den Point, On­drej Palat and Vic­tor Hed­man each had a goal and an as­sist as Tampa Bay won at Winnipeg.

Brian Boyle also scored for the Light­ning.

COYOTES 4, PEN­GUINS 3 (OT): Connor Mur­phy’s first goal of the sea­son came with 21.8 sec­onds left in over­time, giv­ing Ari­zona a win over Pittsburgh in Glen­dale, Ariz.

Mur­phy’s win­ner came af­ter the Pen­guins over­came a 3-1 deficit with less than six min­utes left to play in reg­u­la­tion. Josh Archibald’s shorthanded goal at 14:38 made it 3-2, and Phil Kes­sel put in a de­flected shot from Kris Le­tang with 14.2 sec­onds to play to force over­time.


Ke­van Miller (86) re­joices with Colin Miller and Jimmy Hayes af­ter scor­ing a goal in the first pe­riod.

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