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Former Bruin Gets the Scoring Started in Stanley Cup Final

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Benoit Pouliot celebrates with teammate Mats Zuccarello after Pouliot put the Rangers up 1-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

In Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, it was a former Bruin who got the New York Rangers off on the right track.

Benoit Pouliot opened the scoring with a breakaway goal with 6:39 remaining in the first period, silencing the Staples Center crowd. Check out the goal in the video below from NHL.com.

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His teammate Carl Hagelin scored on a shorthanded bid 1:42 later, and it looked like the high flying Rangers would run the sluggish Kings out of the building. But that was all the scoring New York would get, as the Kings rallied back to tie the game and eventually won on a Justin Williams goal in overtime.

Pouliot played for the Bruins for one season, 2011-12, as a replacement on the third line after the departure of Michael Ryder. Pouliot played 74 games for the B’s, tallying 16 goals and 16 assists, but never really clicked with the team as a whole. The defending Cup champion Bruins fell in the opening round of the playoffs to the Washington Capitals.

In Pouliot’s first season with the Rangers, he scored 15 goals and 21 assists, but chalked up a career-high 56 penalty minutes. In these playoffs, he has four goals and five assists while spending 20 minutes in the penalty box, second on the Rangers only to Daniel Carcillo.