Halak happy to get back on vic­tory track

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Since start­ing his Bru­ins ten­ure hot, Jaroslav Halak hasn’t had it easy.

The veteran net­min­der earned the win on Sun­day, his first since Jan. 3 against Cal­gary. His last two games were shootout de­feats against Win­nipeg and the Rangers.

It didn’t get to that point against the Avalanche, with Brad Marc­hand pot­ting the win­ner with un­der a minute left in the ex­tra frame to give the B’s a 2-1 vic­tory.

“I thought we were go­ing to a shootout again and when it went in I was happy and I just couldn’t be­lieve it at first,” he said. “It’s nice. It’s nice to get a win again.”

Halak made sev­eral stops to send the Bru­ins to over­time, in­clud­ing one on Nathan MacKin­non on a break­away out of the penalty box.

“It’s nice to win a game again, it’s been a while,” he said. “I felt al­right against the Rangers and against Win­nipeg. You know, when it goes to OT, three on three, you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen and then a shootout. So, in a shootout you al­ways get some great play­ers go­ing against you and you know, if they make a good move, good for them and I move on to the next game.”

McAvoy on a roll

If it took Char­lie McAvoy a bit to get go­ing af­ter deal­ing with his in­juries, it seems like he’s fi­nally found a groove. He played a solid game against the Kings on Sat­ur­day, and turned in an­other strong per­for­mance against the Avalanche.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions are high for Char­lie,” said Bru­ins head coach Bruce Cas­sidy. “He’s had a good start here. Part of that we try to tem­per with him with­out talk­ing him down and not reach­ing his po­ten­tial, but he has to un­der­stand it’s a tough league and play the game in front of him. And I think he’s start­ing to now play that, and then when the op­por­tu­ni­ties are there, he looks like to me that he’s tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Ad­ding Moore

John Moore‘s wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thurs­day night, in what’s been a busy week for the Bru­ins de­fense­man.

“Lucy,” he said. “On Thurs­day. So, my wife has been an all-star so I am ready and pre­pared to play. She’s been awe­some and just a great thing.”

Moore scored the Bru­ins first goal of the game on Sun­day, and nearly had an­other on a weird bounce off a stan­chion in front of the Bru­ins bench.

“I know my daugh­ter loves com­ing to these af­ter­noon games so I knew they were watch­ing at home,” he said. “I’m go­ing to race home, see them, change a di­a­per or two, so I guess the real shift starts now.”

Kampfer on loan

The Bru­ins sent de­fense­man Steven Kampfer to AHL Prov­i­dence on a con­di­tion­ing loan be­fore the game. Kampfer has played in 25 games with the Bru­ins this sea­son, scor­ing two goals and one as­sist.

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