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    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins rebuilt faster than expected and the result was a 50-win season in 2017-18 Josh Jooris Jersey Womens , the 10th in franchise history.But their playoff run ended in the second round, leaving room for improvement that owner Jeremy Jacobs hopes comes with the continued maturity of Boston’s young players around its core of veterans.Jacobs was asked about his expectations during the Bruins’ media day Monday at Warrior Ice Arena.“My expectations never lessen so far as this team is concerned. … They’re young, we’ve got that on our side, and we’ve got a good warehouse of talent,” said Jacobs, who’s entering his 44th season of ownership of the Bruins.“I expect them to improve on last year. Because we didn’t start as strongly, I guess it was more the finish, we didn’t (the start) have last year.”The Bruins started 6-7-4 last season, but their 50-20-12 record earned them second place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.After defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the first round — the Bruins’ first playoff series win since 2014 — they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the second round.The Bruins open their regular season Wednesday on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who will raise their championship banner during a pregame ceremony.As if the competition wasn’t enough of a challenge in Boston’s attempt to have a better start, they’ll have a greater challenge because defenseman Torey Krug will not be in the lineup.Krug had a left ankle injury in the Bruins’ preseason finale against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Krug is in a walking boot and will be evaluated in three weeks.Krug had 59 points (14 goals Melker Karlsson Jersey , 45 assists) in 76 games last season and was working his way back from a fractured ankle that ended his season after the fourth game against Tampa Bay in the playoffs.With Matt Grzelcyk, the replacement for an injured Krug both at 5-on-5 and on the power play, trying to return from a lower-body injury, the Bruins’ depth is being tested early.“Well given the fact that Torey is starting injured, I think that adding John Moore was a benefit to our group and deepening that,” said general manager Don Sweeney, who signed Moore as an unrestricted free agent from the New Jersey Devils on July 1.Rookie Urho Vaakanainen is also in line to pick up some of the slack depending on Grzelcyk’s status.The Bruins have at least gotten positive news on center Patrice Bergeron, whose return from offseason groin surgery was hampered by back spasms. He didn’t play in any preseason games, but practiced with the team for the second time on Monday and took contact in some drills. He anticipates being in the lineup on opening night.Like Jacobs, Bruins president Cam Neely desires a better start to the season. However, Neely’s more interested in how the Bruins finish.“I don’t want us to look at our point total and how many wins Tyler Ennis Jersey Womens ,” Neely said. “I want us to look at are we playing the way we want to play, are we playing the way the coach would like us to play, are we competing in a way that gives us chances to win every game and are we getting better as the season progresses as we get into the playoffs.” DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard spent the third period fending off shot after shot, but the Detroit Red Wings never seemed in much danger of losing.They were already comfortably ahead by that point.“It’s nice to be able to go out there tonight and play with the lead,” Howard said. “We bent but we didn’t break.”Howard made a season-high 42 saves and Dylan Larkin scored his 12th goal of the season to lift Detroit to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Dennis Cholowski and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Red Wings, who improved to 13-6-2 in their last 21 games.Howard came within 6:38 of his first shutout of the season. Then Anze Kopitar scored the only goal for Los Angeles.The Kings outshot Detroit 19-4 in the third period and 43-21 for the game.“Jimmy Howard was my favorite player tonight,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We didn’t play well enough. They outplayed us, and Jimmy gave us a chance to win the game.”Cholowski opened the scoring for the Red Wings, beating goalie Jonathan Quick high to the short side in the first period. Nielsen made it 2-0 in the second when he collected his own rebound and scored after Quick had slid out of position.“We had a bunch of odd-man rushes when it was still 1-0 and we didn’t finish any of them,” Kopitar said. “If we even get one goal in that stretch, it changes the game. We can’t be satisfied because we got 43 shots. We’ve got to score some goals.”Larkin’s unassisted goal came late in the second. He intercepted an errant pass near the top of the slot and moved to his right to elude a sliding Los Angeles player. Then he was alone against Quick and scored to make it 3-0.“The puck was there. I think I’ve seen (Drew) Doughty slide like that a couple times so I was figuring he was going to do that Tim Heed Jersey ,” Larkin said. “Just saw it unfold right in front of me. It was a pretty lucky play.”The Kings, who are tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the NHL, have been shut out only once this season. They spoiled Howard’s bid in the third when Kopitar tapped in a loose puck at the doorstep.“I thought we played hard tonight,” Los Angeles coach Willie Desjardins said. “I thought we had lots of scoring chances and we didn’t capitalize.”The Kings have the fewest goals in the NHL, but they’d scored eight times in their previous two games, and this was their season high in shots. Los Angeles had 40 shots in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 28.“I thought we sat back a little too much in the third,” Larkin said. “Howie was great all game. I thought he was pretty deserving of a shutout and we got to just battle, we’ve got to play our game in the third.”NOTES: Each team had only one power play and failed to score. … The Kings have not won when trailing after two periods since Jan. 26, when they overcame a 1-0 deficit against Calgary. … It was the fifth goal this season for both Cholowski and Nielsen and the eighth for Kopitar. … Howard’s previous season high was 40 saves on Nov. 6 against Vancouver.UP NEXTKings: Visit Buffalo on Tuesday night.Red Wings: Visit Washington on Tuesday night.

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