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T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Attendance: 18,223
Bruins visit Golden Knights in meeting of 2-0 teams
Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights
- Boston has won three of four meetings all-time against Vegas, with the most recent meeting ending in a shootout win for the Bruins. These teams have combined to go 1-for-27 against one another on the power play (3.7 percent).
- The Golden Knights have beaten the Sharks in each of their two games this season, killing all 10 of the Sharks' power-play chances over these two games. Vegas has a +7 goal differential over these two games (9-2), best in the NHL.
- The Bruins have allowed 0.5 goals per game, fewest in the NHL, while their 1.5 goals scored per game rank 28th in the NHL. The team has taken 23.0 shots on goal per game, lowest in the NHL, after ranking ninth in the NHL with 32.7 SOG per game last season.
- All three of the Bruins' goals this season have come in the first period. Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins last time out -- last season, he had six goals in the first period and 27 over the second and third periods combined.
- Mark Stone has had two straight multi-point games to begin the season. In 18 regular-season games for the Golden Knights last season, he had one multi-point game. Four of his seven postseason games, though, were multi-point games.
- Tomas Nosek had two goals and three points in his last game -- both were career highs. In his career with Vegas (since 2017-18), the team is 13-2-1 when he scores a goal, and he's one of three players in the NHL with a short-handed goal in each of the last three seasons.
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Two teams that have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final during the past two seasons, each one coming up short, square off on Tuesday night when the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins face the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas.
Both the Bruins, who lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the finals in June, and the Golden Knights, who fell in five games to the Washington Capitals in 2018, are off to 2-0 starts and among the favorites to be playing for the Stanley Cup again next spring.
Vegas garnered some revenge by opening the season with two convincing wins over the San Jose Sharks, who eliminated the Knights in seven games in the first round of last year's Western Conference playoffs.
Boston, which is opening the season on a four-game road trip that will conclude at Colorado on Thursday, followed up a 2-1 victory at Dallas with a 1-0 win at Arizona on Saturday.
Brad Marchand scored a first-period goal and Jaroslav Halak had 35 saves for his 48th career shutout in the win over the Coyotes, the 15th in a row over Arizona for the Bruins.
"It's obviously a big win," center Patrice Bergeron said. "It's not easy to win in this league. We'll take it on the road, but we have room for improvement. It's the second game of the year."
"We still didn't play the way we can," Marchand said. "It's early in the year. We're a little rusty. We've got to be a better team than we've been. This wasn't our best game. We win. At the end of the day, that's all that matters this time of the year.
"It's a process. You're not going to win the Cup and make the playoffs the first two games of the year. It's a process, and we've been through it before. ... We'll go back to work again on Monday and focus on some areas where we can be better and hopefully be good in Vegas."
The Golden Knights cruised to 4-1 and 5-1 wins over the Sharks, jumping out to early 2-0 leads in the first period of both and scoring three short-handed goals in the two games. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 55 of the 57 shots he's faced.
"It was a good start for us," said right wing Mark Stone, who leads the Golden Knights in points with a goal and three assists. "Those games are pretty easy to get up for. We've got to continue to build on what we've built. Overall, for the 120 minutes we've played this season, we've been pretty solid."
Boston has won three of the four previous meetings between the two teams and swept the two games played last season, winning 4-1 at home and 3-2 at T-Mobile Arena when David Backes beat Fleury in the sixth round of a shootout. Halak finished with 31 saves in that win.
"We know they're another real good team," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "I don't measure us against anybody else. We just play our game. Boston is a great team. We'll give it our best."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 7, 2019