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LAS VEGAS — Brad Marchand scored twice and had an assist for the Boston Bruins in a 4-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.
The Bruins (3-0-0) matched their best start since 2001-02 and won the first three games of a season-opening road trip for the first time in history. They conclude the trip at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
“You’ve got to be able to win any type of game,” Marchand said. “We did a good job. It’s a tough building to play in. They play well at home. We had a good game.”
David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to help Boston win its fourth consecutive game against Vegas.
Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights (2-1-0), and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves.
“We came out and had a very good start,” Pacioretty said. “It would’ve been nice to hold on to that start and maintain that intensity. We don’t want their top guys feeling good about themselves because it’s obvious what they can do.”
Stone scored on a power play at 6:36 of the first period for a 1-0 lead, and Reilly Smith made it 2-0 at 8:20.
“I think it was a wide-open game,” Smith said. “There were chances both ways. I don’t think it was a typical game for either team, but it seemed like they capitalized on their chances and we didn’t. There were a lot of opportunities tonight, but when you play that back-and-forth game, you leave it up to chance.”
Boston responded with four unanswered goals.
Pastrnak cut the lead to 2-1 at 11:21, and Marchand tied it 2-2 on a power play at 18:58.
“I actually think we were playing better than they were,” Marchand said about the first period. “They just capitalized on their two opportunities. We just kept playing the same way. We’re a resilient team. We’ve shown that plenty of times.”
It was the first power-play goal allowed by Vegas in 12 attempts this season.
Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead 33 seconds into the second period, and Torey Krug made it 4-2 at 2:27.
“They’re a great team,” Krug said. “We knew what they were going to bring. This game had the potential to go a lot of different directions. Obviously, being down early, being able to come back, winning a close game at the end, those are just some experiences that we’ll put in our pocket and use for another day.”
Pacioretty scored a power-play goal at 14:42 of the third period for the 4-3 final.
“We feel like we gift-wrapped them their goals,” Pacioretty said. “Definitely didn’t make it hard on them. After that, we put our foot on the gas, we were just a little too late.”
They said it
“The game got heavier than the first two [on the road trip]. I thought we responded well. I thought we started on time. We just got behind a couple there quickly. We fought back and our top line was excellent and I thought we checked well as the game went on.” — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
“Three of their four goals come off our sticks. We had the puck and we didn’t clear the puck and we made bad dumps. Three of the goals are directly our fault. We didn’t manage the puck well. That was the biggest reason for the loss.” — Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant
Need to know
Rask was helped off the ice at the end of the game, but Cassidy said it was a muscle pull or dehydration and doesn’t expect there to be any muscular damage. … Marchand’s assist was his 298th in the NHL. … The Golden Knights are four wins from 100 in their regular-season history. … Stone had his third consecutive multipoint game. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 21 regular-season games with Vegas. … Fleury played his 801st NHL game and is two from tying Harry Lumley for 15th on the all-time list.
Bruins: At the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, NESN, NHL.TV)
Golden Knights: At the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)