Rask wins season debut for Bruins against Flyers

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BOSTON — Tuukka Rask won his season debut with the Boston Bruins, a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden on Thursday.

David Pastrnak scored a hat trick, Charlie McAvoy had two assists, and Rask made 25 saves for Boston (21-11-2), which has won its fourth in a row.

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist, Keith Yandle had two assists and Carter Hart made 33 saves for Philadelphia (13-16-7), which is now winless in six straight (0-4-2).

Pastrnak gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:51 into the first period on the first shot of the game, finishing from the high slot on a tic-tac-toe play with Erik Haula and Taylor Hall.

He scored his second of the game at 5:27 on the power play to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. 

Atkinson made it 2-1 at 8:02 of the second period on the power play, redirecting Ivan Provorov‘s wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

Joel Farabee tied it 2-2 at 15:00 on a 2-on-1 with Atkinson.

Pastrnak completed the hat trick with a one-timer on a 5-on-3 power play at 16:45 to make it 3-2, and Rask saved all 12 shots he faced in the third period to preserve the final score.

Rask signed a one-year contract with an NHL cap hit of $1 million on Tuesday. He had not played since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Islanders on June 9, 2021, after undergoing hip surgery to repair a torn labrum in July.

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