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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 4, Golden Knights 1 – Secondary scoring breaks through, Halak stands tall again

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

BOX SCORE

HEADLINES

Secondary scoring arrives: The Bergeron line did most of the heavy lifting in Saturday’s win over the Maple Leafs, but secondary scoring continues to show signs of breaking out – especially after Sunday’s win over Vegas.

For the first time since Oct. 13, the third line tallied a five-on-five goal, as Danton Heinen potted a fantastic backhand feed from Anders Bjork off of a give-and-go just 2:54 into the contest. In the closing minutes of the opening stanza, Jeremy Lauzon capitalized off a shot off the end boards by Sean Kuraly, ripping the puck past Malcolm Subban for his first career goal. While they didn’t light the lamp, the Wagner-Kuraly-Backes line also generated some traffic down low and fired in some shots on Subban.

B’s show character with strong response following Thursday’s shellacking

After getting man-handed in a 8-5 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, the B’s needed to right the ship, and fast — with Boston treading water with a record of 8-5-2 and failing to generate much of a spark save for the Bergeron line.

Forced to play a back-to-back slate — including a tilt with a talented Toronto squad — while rolling out one established NHL goalie in Halak, things quickly could have gotten away from the B’s on this homestand.

Instead, they withstood a dominant start by the Leafs and took down a squad that was 6-0-0 on the road entering the matchup, while then taking care of business 24 hours later against Vegas.

During this two-game stretch, sure, the Bergeron line combined for 13 points. But in total, 11 different players have tallied points over these last two wins.

With Boston set to head out on an extended road trip, plenty of things seem to be trending in the right direction for the Black and Gold.

FOUR UP

Jeremy Lauzon: An emergency call-up for Sunday’s game after Brandon Carlo was scratched with an upper-body injury, Lauzon made the most of his return to the Black and Gold, scoring his first career goal off of a miscue by Subban.

In the closing minutes of the first, Kuraly fired in a puck from the neutral zone that bounced off the end boards and ricocheted past the Vegas net. Subban skated out of the crease in an attempt to corral the puck, but it sailed past him and hit the stick of Lauzon in the slot, who snapped one home into an empty net to make it a 2-0 game.

Jaroslav Halak: Pressed into duty for back-to-back contests following Tuukka Rask’s leave of absence from the team, Halak was a rock in net over the final stretch of the B’s homestand — posting a pair of wins and stopping 77 of the 79 shots that came his way.

Halak finished with 37 saves in Sunday’s win, including a pair of point-blank saves off bids from Ryan Reaves in the second period. With yet another victory, Halak improves to 6-1-2 on the year.

Penalty kill: With three minor penalties over the first 11 minutes of regulation, the Bruins very well could have been a hole early against Vegas. Even with nine total shots on goal over the stretch of four power plays, Vegas could not crack Halak — with Zdeno Chara (6:25 TOI) and John Moore (5:40 TOI) once again leading the charge on the kill.

David Pastrnak: Another game, another goal for the Czech winger, who is now up to 16 goals in 17 games played. Pastrnak is separating himself from the pack when it comes to lighting the lamp, with Patrick Kane, Jeff Skinner, Timo Meier and Alex Ovechkin all stuck in second place with 12 tallies on the year.

ONE DOWN:

Steven Kampfer: Bruce Cassidy noted on Sunday morning the need for Kampfer to stay out of the box in order to best help the team as a stopgap option on a banged-up D corps.

While it didn’t end up costing the Black and Gold, Kampfer once again found himself in the sin bin during the first period of Sunday’s game after tripping up center Ryan Carpenter at 11:55. By the end of the first stanza, Kampfer was whistled for five minor penalties over his last seven periods of play.

PLAY OF THE GAME:

The Bergeron line was at it again in the second period, with Brad Marchand tipping one past Subban on the power play for his sixth goal of the season.

LOOKING AHEAD:

With the current homestand finally concluded, the Black and Gold will now head out on the road for a four-game trek west that will span nine days. First up — a matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Puck drop is set for 10:00 p.m.