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Bruins notes: JFK scores his first NHL goal, Halak hot again

Matt Kalman
November 17, 2018 - 11:03 pm

The $9.75 million the Bruins are spending on goaltending this season continued to pay off Saturday.

For the second straight night, playing without their top five defensemen because of injuries, the Bruins allowed just one goal – but this time they scored a couple of their own and hung on for a 2-1 win at Arizona. They were also without Patrice Bergeron.

Jaroslav Halak got back in the crease after a night off and made 32 saves one night after Tuukka Rask made 37 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss in Dallas.

Beyond the outstanding goaltending performance, here’s a look at a few other highlights:

*Rookie center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, playing his fifth NHL game of the season, is known most for his high skill level but is also known for sometimes not playing with enough intensity. Well coach Bruce Cassidy’s decision to stick high-intensity Noel Acciari on Forsbacka Karlsson’s right wing made up for any vigor the center lacked and resulted in the Boston University product’s first NHL goal.

Acciari made a steal with a heavy forecheck and his wraparound attempt went right of goaltender Darcy Kuemper to Forsbacka Karlsson for the flip-in and a 1-0 lead just 1:12 into the game. Forsbacka Karlsson’s 10:37 of ice time was the lowest total on the Bruins but he made the most of his first shift.

*Jake DeBrusk scored the Bruins’ second goal 1:33 after Forsbacka Karlsson’s goal and then the Boston offense went on hiatus. The Bruins had just three shots in the second period and they were outshot 33-22.

*The penalty kill went 4-for-4 and there was no bigger kill than the 6-on-4 over the final 90 seconds of regulation. Cassidy went with Brad Marchand and Acciari up front with Steven Kampfer and Jeremy Lauzon on the back end (Matt Grzelcyk was the Bruins player in the penalty box).

Inexplicably Arizona coach Rick Tocchet called a timeout after a whistle at 18:58. This allowed the Bruins killers to catch their breath and Cassidy never had to make a change. Considering the Bruins’ injury situation, who knows who Cassidy would’ve called on if play had continued, but Tocchet let him off the hook.

And Lauzon, a rookie in his eighth NHL game, rewarded Cassidy’s faith with a right-glove sweep of the puck out of the blue paint with seconds remaining to bail out Halak.

*The Bruins nearly added another defenseman to their injury list when Kampfer was drilled into the end wall by Nick Cousins. Kampfer missed the last 8:51 of the first period but returned and took his regular shifts the rest of the way.

*Next up for the Bruins: a Thanksgiving Eve game in Detroit on Wednesday.

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