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BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask was happy to share the credit after his first shutout of the season.The veteran goalie stopped 24 shots for his 250th career win as the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Tuesday night.“Our team defense the past few games has been very good and I think it shows on the scoreboard and in the points Womens Brayden Point Jersey ,” Rask said. “We’re eliminating the offense of the opposing team very well and then getting rewarded at the other end. That’s a great sign.”Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and two assists. Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk also scored as Boston won its season-high fifth straight game. John Moore and Torey Krug had two assists apiece.Alex Stalock finished with 23 saves for Minnesota.The Wild, who played Monday night in Montreal, managed just six shots in the first period and never recovered after Boston took a 2-0 lead on goals by Heinen and Marchand.“You could tell that there was a little bit of fatigue,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They had a good game plan. They came out right after us.”Rask earned his first shutout since blanking Tampa Bay on the road last March 17. He wasn’t tested often, but did come up with a big glove save on Eric Staal with 5:42 left in the first. After stopping 12 more shots in the second period, Rask faced only seven from the weary Wild in the third and completed his 42nd career shutout.Rask needs three wins to break Cecil “Tiny” Thompson’s club record of 252.“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of good teams,” Rask said. “That’s pretty much what it comes down to, I think. I’ve been fortunate to play here.”Boston jumped on Minnesota early and never let the Wild get much going offensively.Heinen tipped in Moore’s shot from the point 5:23 into the game and Marchand scored from nearly the same spot on a rebound off the end boards after a shot by Bergeron with 8:31 left in the period.DeBrusk added a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the first when the puck bounced off his chest. The assists went to Bergeron and Marchand, who combined again for Boston’s next goal.Minnesota’s Zach Parise was called for tripping 6:05 into the second and the Bruins scored just 19 seconds into the power play when a shot by Marchand glanced off Bergeron’s skate into the net.Bergeron was credited with the goal, while Marchand and Krug both picked up their second assist of the night.“Sometimes the puck luck comes in cycles and we’ll take it,” Bergeron said. “We got the bounces, but I thought we played really strong — especially early in the game. We were on the puck and creating our chances.”The Wild Braydon Coburn Jersey , playing the second night of back-to-back games, wrapped up a 3-1 road trip.“We’re not going to make excuses. We’ve played some good teams,” Staal said. “When you get behind against a solid team like the Bruins, it’s going to be a tough night. We just didn’t have enough momentum to carry us through.”NOTES: Boston D Charlie McAvoy missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. … Stalock got the start for Devan Dubnyk, who made 32 saves Monday night at Montreal for his first shutout of the season. Dubnyk will represent the Wild at the All-Star Game for the third time in four seasons. … The Wild fell to 8-4 in Boston.UP NEXTWild: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.Bruins: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. LAS VEGAS (AP) — On one screen live video was showing how many feet per second Erik Karlsson was skating. On another was a video-game-like visualization of the game on the ice below between Vegas and San Jose. Nearby screens flashed prop bets — where the next goal would be scored from? would Max Pacioretty skate 3 miles tonight? — as odds were updated by the second.In a hallway high up in T-Mobile Arena, virtual reality headsets provided a view of the game from the perspective of anyone from Marc-Andre Fleury to Joe Thornton to a fan in section 214.The NHL this week tested puck and player tracking for the first time in regular-season games, an exciting step with plans to have it place across the league next season. The NHL will join and perhaps surpass the NFL with real-time tracking technology it hopes will have broad ramifications for teams, players and fans from Florida to Vancouver.An overwhelming amount of data will soon be available for analytics, broadcasters and, yes, gamblers as expanded sports betting takes hold following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision clearing the way.“It’s going to change the game in a big way,” said Dave Lehanski J.T. Miller Jersey , NHL senior vice president of business development. “We’re going to go from tracking or capturing maybe about 350 events per game now — shot, pass, hit, save — to 10,000. That alone at the end of the day, you’re going to have a massive amount of new data that no one has ever seen before.”Microchips were added to player shoulder pads and fitted inside specially designed pucks for two Vegas Golden Knights home games this week, against the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks. Fourteen antennas in the rafters and four more at the suite level tracked movement through radio frequencies and relayed the data to suite 46, where league and Players’ Association executives and representatives from 20 teams and various technology firms, betting companies and TV rights holders were watching along with a handful of reporters.Tracking was tested at previous All-Star games and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The latest tests refined the logistics of using the technology in meaningful games, and also showed how the real-time statistics can be used on broadcasts, in betting applications and in creating virtual reality and augmented reality simulations.“Technology gives us a chance to bring our fans closer to the game, gives them a chance to look at the game from different perspectives Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey ,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said as the Golden Knights battled the Sharks. “And the opportunity is unlimited in an era where technology is developing at a record pace.”Fans will get their first real taste of the tracking system at All-Star Weekend on Jan. 25-26 in San Jose when NBC in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada will have access to the data to use on their broadcasts. If all goes according to plan, the full range of puck and player tracking will be in place to begin next season.The NHL and NHLPA have been discussing puck and player tracking for several years, and millions of dollars have been invested in the project. Player concerns over tracking data being used against them have been quelled enough that they agreed to wear the microchips.“I do think the potential positives far outweigh any negatives,” said Mathieu Schneider, a retired defenseman and special assistant to the NHLPA executive director. “It’s incumbent upon us to make sure we’re doing not only for the current guys what we can but for future guys. … I think the timing’s right.”The NHL owns the data but must share it with the union. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the sides are on the same page and will talk about it more for the next collective bargaining agreement. One of the conditions is that teams are not allowed to use player tracking data in salary arbitration.“Who knows what’s going to happen with it?” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “I think people like to see different stats, and the NHL’s probably trying to give fans a little bit of something like that. Maybe it affects some guys, maybe it doesn’t. Hopefully it only enhances players and their skills and how they play the game.”The NHL will join the NFL as the only major North American sports leagues with players wearing tracking technology. give hardcore fans more to sink their teeth into.“The casuals will use it as a way to understand just how fast (hockey is),” NHL chief administrative officer Steve McArdle said. “All the things that they have heard about hockey will come to life through data right in real time. The avids, if they want to go super deep on the analytics that are going to be derived out of this thing, it’s a rabbit hole that you could go as deep as you want to go.”It could also change the way the game itself is played. Teams already have their own proprietary data, and the influx of standardized numbers and information with pinpoint accuracy down to the inch will make analytics even more advanced.“They want to have more information, so that really provides us with an opportunity to really make the clubs better and smarter,” NHL chief revenue officer Keith Wachtel said.