BOSTON — David Pastrnak scored to break a second-period tie and added an empty-netter to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. Chicago) and denied Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard his first career NHL goal.
Trent Frederic also scored for Boston, and defending Vezina Trophy champion Linus Ullmark made 20 saves to help the Bruins. Won the season opener one year after setting NHL wins and points records, but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Bruins top prospect Matthew Poitras assisted on Frederic’s goal, scoring his first career NHL score.
Arvid Soderblom stopped 32 shots for the Blackhawks, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, with Bedard assisting him First point. The highly regarded rookie scored about five minutes into Wednesday’s game in a 1-0 win over Ullmark.
Bedard made a game-high six field goals in 21 minutes and 44 seconds, although Boston ultimately led 34-21.
With his goal, Bedard became the fourth No. 1 draft pick and the first since Nathan MacKinnon in 2013-14 to score in each of his first two career games at age 18. The player who scored.
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Frederic tied the game midway through the first period and Pastrnak gave Boston the lead seven minutes into the second when he beat a gloved Soderblom off a pass from Milan Lucic. With less than a minute left in the game, Soderblom was subbed out for an extra skater, and Pastrnak made it 3-1.
Bedard also received his first penalty — a tripping call in the second period — with about five minutes left in the third period when he first hit the backboard and then slowly got up, giving Black The eagle brings a scare. He stayed in the game.
Boston rookie Johnny Beecher received his first penalty during a third-quarter struggle with Jason Dickinson.
This report used information from The Associated Press and Reuters.