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Bruins 5, Avalanche 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Bruins 5, Avalanche 4
Boston Bruins 5, Colorado Avalanche 4
DENVER (AP) -David Krejci scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:36 remaining and Marc Savard added a goal and an assist, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in the season opener for both teams Thursday night. 

Blake Wheeler had a goal in his first NHL game and Patrice Bergeron, playing in his first game in nearly a year, had an assist on Phil Kessel's goal for the Bruins.

Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots, including a late flurry in the last 10 seconds after the Avalanche pulled goalie Peter Budaj. Bergeron was in the penalty box after drawing a penalty with 1:41 remaining for tripping.

Bergeron missed all but 10 games in 2007 with a serious concussion after he was driven face-first into the end boards by Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones.

The loss spoiled the return of Avalanche coach Tony Granato.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist for Colorado, giving him 600 points for his career.

After Michael Ryder gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead early in the third period, Colorado tied it up on Jordan Leopold's shot off a rebound.

Joe Sakic had an assist on Cody McLeod's goal in the second period, giving him 1,007 in his career. He's now 26 shy of tying Mario Lemieux for 10th place on the NHL's all-time assists list.

Sakic now has 60 points in 60 career games against Boston. His assist to McLeod in front of the net gave the Avalanche their first lead of the game at 3-2, but the Bruins tied it up midway through the second on Savard's power-play goal.

A Bruins slapshot broke the glass behind the Avalanche's goal with 2:47 remaining in the second period, and the officials had the teams take an early intermission as a cleanup crew switched it out.

The Bruins and Avalanche finished up the second period and then promptly started the final 20 minutes.

Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski each scored for Colorado in the first period. Kessel and Wheeler had the Bruins' goals in the period.

Wolski's goal came on an assist from Darcy Tucker, who was signed by Colorado after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought him out of his contract during the summer.

Before the opening faceoff, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Brett Hull and Cammi Granato were honored with a video tribute and an ovation from the capacity crowd. The group will be inducted into the 2008 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night in Denver.

scoring summary
1st Period
Phil Kessel (1) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (1), Andrew Ference (1)
1 - 0 BOS
PPG - Milan Hejduk (1) ASST: Paul Stastny (1), John-Michael Liles (1)
1 - 1 Tie
Blake Wheeler (1) ASST: David Krejci (1), Chuck Kobasew (1)
2 - 1 BOS
Wojtek Wolski (1) ASST: Marek Svatos (1), Darcy Tucker (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
Cody McLeod (1) ASST: Joe Sakic (1), John-Michael Liles (2)
3 - 2 COL
PPG - Marc Savard (1) ASST: Zdeno Chara (1), Patrice Bergeron (2)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
Michael Ryder (1) ASST: Marc Savard (1), P.J. Axelsson (1)
4 - 3 BOS
Jordan Leopold (1) ASST: Milan Hejduk (1), Ruslan Salei (1)
4 - 4 Tie
David Krejci (1) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (2), Milan Lucic (1)
5 - 4 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
Zdeno Chara  Boarding against  David Jones
Andrew Ference  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
Aaron Ward  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
Brett Clark  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  P.J. Axelsson
Blake Wheeler  Holding against  Scott Hannan
3rd Period
Patrice Bergeron  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 39TOI: 59:41
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 59:11
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
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