Boston’s David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
“You want to win those games when you’re on the big stage like that,” Patrice Bergeron said. “I know it’s a regular-season game, but still you know the meaning’s different when you’re playing in front of 76,000 people and on national TV. So we know what’s at stake with those games and we want to make the most of it.”
Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as Boston won for the second time in three appearances in the annual outdoor game on New Year’s Day.
The game was tied at 2 when Boston caught a break in the third period — a little luck at the home of the Fighting Irish. Matt Grzelcyk’s big slap shot went off teammate Chris Wagner in front, but Kuraly beat Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling to the rebound and backhanded the puck past Cam Ward at 10:20.
Jonathan Toews sent a shot off the post after Chicago pulled Ward for an attacker with about 1:30 left. Marchand added an empty-netter.
“We had a little lull there in the third and ended up going down,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said.
Predators 4, Flyers 0: Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, Juuse Saros made 32 saves and host Nashville dealt Philadelphia its fourth consecutive loss. The Predators have won two straight.
Golden Knights 2, Kings 0: Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 17 shots for his league-leading sixth shutout for host Vegas. Brandon Pirri scored in the third period for his sixth goal and eighth point in seven games this season.
Briefly: The NHL announced that the Dallas Stars will host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl. … New Jersey placed forward Taylor Hall on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury. … Nashville claimed forward Phillip Di Giuseppe off waivers from Carolina and put center Kyle Turris on IR because of a lower-body injury, the Athletic reported. … Detroit defenseman Trevor Daley is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks because of a broken foot, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Sharks on Wednesday
Who: Sharks (21-13-7) at Colorado (19-13-8)
When: 6:30 p.m.
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