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BUFFALO Jake Allen Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Brad Marchand was relieved in seeing how the Boston Bruins went from what the forward called “brutal” one night to much better the next.Marchand set up all four goals and Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, a day after Boston opened the season with an embarrassing 7-0 loss at Washington.“When you have a game like last night, it can definitely make you a little nervous about how things are going to go,” Marchand said. “But I think this just gave us the confidence that we know we can settle down and bounce back.”Captain Zdeno Chara and rookie Ryan Donato staked the Bruins to a 2-0 lead by the 15:34 mark of the first period. David Pastrnak scored in the second and Patrice Bergeron capped the victory with an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left.The new-look Sabres, featuring rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin and Jack Eichel as captain, more resembled the team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years. After receiving rousing cheers upon being introduced before the opening faceoff in their season opener, the Sabres were booed off the ice following the first and second periods.“Obviously, I think their fuse is a bit short for us, and rightfully so,” Eichel said, referring to fans’ impatience. “We haven’t played well the last few years. That’s on us to put a better product on the ice.”It’s been a familiar lament for the Sabres. Dating to last season, Buffalo has lost five straight overall and six in a row at home — including three shutout losses. The Sabres dropped to 0-5-1 in their past six season openers. They were shut out for the fourth time to open a season, and first since a 2-0 loss at Philadelphia in 2003.Buffalo failed to score despite playing much of the final five minutes with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker.Halak got the start a night after allowing two goals on 18 shots in replacing starter Tuukka Rask Joel Edmundson Jersey , who was yanked midway through the second period against Washington. The shutout was the 43rd of Halak’s career.“We all knew it just wasn’t good enough yesterday and we needed to come back tonight and bounce back, and that’s what we did,” said Halak, who signed with Boston in July.Chara opened the scoring 6:33 in, when he was allowed to skate in alone up the left side and beat offseason free-agent addition Carter Hutton on the short side.Hutton finished with 22 saves and had no chance on Donato’s power-play goal nine minutes later. Donato was alone driving to the right post, where he redirected Marchand’s pass from the high slot.The 18-year-old Dahlin had an inconsistent night and at times looked hesitant in being matched with several defensive partners. He was on the ice for the Bruins’ third goal in allowing David Krejci’s pass through the crease go directly through his legs. The pass set up Pastrnak, who scored while being left alone at the left post.Dahlin finished second among Buffalo players with 22 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time, and was credited with two hits and one giveaway.“Yeah, it was a little bit faster,” Dahlin said of the game’s pace. “I learned how a regular-season game is. I’m just looking forward to the next game. We’ve got to do better.”NOTES: Boston improved to 5-2 in games after opening the season with a shutout loss. … The Sabres have only 10 players on the roster who played in Buffalo’s season opener last year, and just six from the 2016-17 opener. … At 18 years and 175 days, Dahlin is the second-youngest player to open a season in Buffalo, behind only 1987 No. 1 pick Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey , Pierre Turgeon (18 years, 41 days). … Bruins RW Chris Wagner, who played 13:10 against Washington, was scratched and replaced in the lineup by LW Anders Bjork.UP NEXTBruins: Home-opener against Ottawa on Monday.Sabres: Continue four-game homestand against New York Rangers on Saturday. OTTAWA — Two teams coming off impressive wins will be looking to start the week off on the right note when the Dallas Stars visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.The Senators (2-2-1) jumped into an early three-goal lead then cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon. It was a solid bounce back from a mistake-filled three-goal loss to the Philadelphia Flyers which didn’t rattle a young group that — while expected to spend the season dwelling near the conference and division cellars — has adopted a tight, family-like bond.“I think we’ve made a conscientious effort that we’re going to have each other’s backs,” said defenseman Chris Wideman, who scored two goals against the Kings in 8:05 of ice time. “Win, lose or draw, were going to work as hard as we possibly can, and give an honest effort. There’s a lot of enjoyment in that.”Article continues below ...Nine of the players on the Senators roster Saturday weren’t with the team for Game 82 last season. Coach Guy Boucher says the new group is “gelling fast” both on and off the ice.“The young guys have been developing, not just because they’re being coached or just getting experience on ice.” Boucher told reporters after Sunday’s brief practice. “A big part is because they’re well surrounded every moment of the day. Even the guys who don’t have anybody in particular are getting help here every day, making sure everybody is incorporated as fast they can and feeling good about being here and feeling part of it.“It’s not just at the rink. The other day we had the Justin Timberlake concert and I think every single player was here. They don’t want to leave anybody out and thats a great thing.?While the Senators built a 3-0 lead on Saturday, the Stars (3-1-0) recovered from one bad game for a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Dallas scored four goals during a 6:32 span of a second period in which it outshot the Anaheim Ducks by a 30-4 count.Of that middle 20-minute segment Alex Killorn Jersey Kids , Stars goalie Anton Khudobin said, per NHL.com: “If I could have a pillow I would probably fall asleep.”The explosive potential of the Stars is going to be something opponents will have to do their best to guard against all season.“We do have that ability, we proved it already,” Khudobin said. “I think we just need to play like this all 60 minutes. That would be better.”The Stars are determined to qualify for the post-season tournament after falling short the last two seasons. Building on a fast start would help.“You can’t make the playoffs the first 20 games, but you certainly can make it really difficult in the NHL if you don’t keep pace,” Dallas defenseman Connor Carrick, who has a goal and three assists in the first four games, told NHL.com. “We want to establish ourselves with some of the marquee teams in the league, and it’s going to take more than a four-game effort. But if you’re taking four game chunks and go three and one, you look pretty good after 82.”

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