BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced yesterday that the team has signed University of Minnesota-Duluth forward Karson Kuhlman to a two-year NHL contract worth an average annual value of $750,000. Kuhlman will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

Kuhlman served as captain of Minnesota-Duluth as a senior in 2017-18, tallying 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points in 44 games. The 22-year-old center was named the 2018 NCAA Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist in the team's 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Championship. Kuhlman served as alternate captain as a junior in 2016-17, notching six goals and 16 assists for a career-high 22 points in 42 games, as the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four before falling to Denver in the NCAA title game. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward was named alternate captain as a sophomore in 2015-16, recording 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points with a career-best plus-19 rating. As a true freshman in 2014-15, Kuhlman tallied eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points as the team earned a bid in the NCAA Tournament. The Cloquet, Minnesota native is tied for seventh in NCAA history with 166 consecutive games played.

Prior to attending Minnesota-Duluth, Kuhlman played one full season (2013-14) with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey Leagues (USHL), where he amassed 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points with a plus-16 rating in 56 appearances, and was selected to play in the USHL All-Star Game.

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Thursday, April 12, 7pm:  BRUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 1

Saturday, April 14, 8pm: Maple Leafs @ Bruins BRUINS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 3

Monday, April 16, 7pm:  MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 2

Thursday, April 19, 7pm: Bruins @ Maple Leafs BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1

*Saturday, April 21, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Bruins | TBD

*Monday, April 23, TBD: Bruins @ Maple Leafs | TBD

*Wednesday, April 25, TBD: Maple Leafs @ Bruins | TBD


Return home up in series, 3-1

TORONTO --   Tuukka Rask made 31 saves for the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Thursday.

Boston leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can end it at home in Game 5 on Saturday.

"On the road, you're going to need a little extra at some point, especially against a team that was down a couple (after two games) in our building, so we got it, we got it," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We needed it because early on they were better, and then when we found our legs and started managing the puck a little better, got stronger on it, then we came on and scored some goals for him."

Brad Marchand scored the tiebreaking goal, and David Pastrnak had two assists for the Bruins, who played without injured center Patrice Bergeron.

"We don't have a panic button here," Boston center David Krejci said. "If a guy's down, other guys have to step up. It was big, but the game is behind us now, let's get ready for Game 5."

Tomas Plekanec scored, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for the Maple Leafs."I didn't think we had everyone going. They scored the first shift, but I thought we took over and had the game well in control," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "Even when we were down 2-1, I thought we were in a great spot, playing good. When Patrice Bergeron didn't play tonight, you're set up pretty good. You've got to find a way to win, this is in our building. You've got to win."

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead with 3:05 left in the second period when Marchand scored after taking a pass from Pastrnak on a 2-on-1. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardinerpinched at the offensive blue line and Pastrnak got past him with the puck.

"He makes that play a lot; he's a phenomenal playmaker and he makes a lot of plays when he's kind of looking you off," Marchand said. "I kind of figured that it would be coming that way, he's done that a few times this year."

Pastrnak and Marchand were on the ice for 1:05 when the Bruins iced the puck but decided to stay on instead of changing once the 2-on-1 developed.

"When we got the chance to go on a 2-on-1, you always find the energy for that somehow," Pastrnak said.

Rask stopped Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on a breakaway earlier in the period with the game tied.

"It happened pretty quick, I had time to get my gap," Rask said. "He shot and I just tried to have my gap in control. He's a pretty goal-scorer so I had no idea what he was going to do."

Jake DeBrusk made it 3-1 at 4:17 of the third period when he took a pass from Krejci on a 2-on-1.

The Bruins led 1-0 28 seconds into the first period when Torey Krug scored with a wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

Plekanec tied it 1-1 at 7:43 when he took a pass in the slot from Mitchell Marner, who was on one knee. It was Plekanec's first goal in 21 games with the Maple Leafs since being acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 25.

NOTE: Bergeron was a late scratch and is day to day with an upper-body injury. Boston was 9-2-2 during the regular season without him...No Bruin had more than three shots on goal. Rick Nash and Sean Kuraly led the way with three each...Toronto out-shot Boston 32-21, and every Leaf but Kasperi Kapanen had at least one shot...The Bruins were outshot in every period, and by a 2-1 margin in the third when Toronto had 10 to Boston's 5...The Maple Leafs will get their third-ending goal scorer back tomorrow as Nazem Kadri returns from his three-game ban. He had 32 goals, and led TOR with 12 power-play goals during the regular season...Boston's rookies were banging bodies last night. Jake DeBrusk had a game-high seven hits, and Charlie McAvoy was next with five.