BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Hayes scored the game’s only goal, Tuukka Rask made 18 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Sunday.
Hayes’ goal was his first in seven games and only his second in 28 games this season.
Rask recorded his fourth shutout of the year for the Bruins (17-13-1), who had lost two straight games and five of six coming in.
Boston was without leading scorer David Pastrnak, who had right elbow surgery Friday. Pastrnak’s 19 goals rank second in the NHL behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (21).
Peter Budaj had 29 saves for the Kings (16-13-2), who won their previous two games. Los Angeles was outshot 30-18.
Colin Miller’s wrister from the top of the right circle caught a piece of Hayes’ stick and zipped past Budaj 4:20 into the opening period. Hayes was initially credited with an assist on Miller’s goal, but the call was changed. Dominic Moore also assisted on the goal.
Hayes has gone 45 games without an assist dating to last Feb. 22. He is three points shy of 100 for his career.
Kyle Clifford went to the locker room with 16:36 remaining in the third after taking a hit from the Bruins’ Adam McQuaid while chasing a puck in the corner. He returned later in the period.
NOTES. Boston RW David Pastrnak underwent surgery on his right elbow Friday and is expected to miss at least one more game. … Bruins D Kevan Miller returned after missing Thursday’s game with the flu. … Los Angeles D Brayden McNabb (broken collarbone) practiced Saturday for the first time since his Oct. 29 injury. He likely will not play for the rest of the Kings’ road trip. … D Colin Miller was a fifth-round draft pick of Los Angles in 2012. He was traded to Boston in a package for LW Milan Lucic on June 26, 2015. … The Bruins assigned D Matt Grzelcyk to AHL’s Providence on Saturday.
Kings: Play the fifth of nine straight games away from home against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Bruins: Complete a three-game homestand against the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
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