Karlsson, DeBrusk Lift Bruins Past Coyotes
Bruins rookie Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored his first NHL goal 1:12 into the game, and Jake DeBrusk scored less than two minutes later as the Bruins beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.
"It's a great feeling," said Karlsson, who was recalled from AHL Providence on Nov. 9. "It's nice to get the first one, just so you don't start thinking about it. It's nice to get that out of the way. Hopefully we can keep going from there."
DeBrusk's goal was his eighth of the season and fifth in his last six games.
"I think that the way we were able to hold onto the lead there is huge, especially with so many young guys in the back end," DeBrusk said. "We're missing guys that not only play big minutes and take lots of burden off the team, but they're big leaders. We just tried to collectively get a win tonight. It was nice to be able to contribute. It was nice to get the win."
The Bruins are without a laundry list of injured defensemen, including Charlie McAvoy (head), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Kevan Miller (right hand), John Moore (lower body), Urho Vaakanainen (head) and Zdeno Chara, who is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves for Boston after giving up six goals on 25 shots in the Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Brad Richardson scored Arizona's lone goal at 9:10 of the second period, his sixth of the season.
The Bruins will wrap up their four-game road trip against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.