Bruins' offense comes alive to give Bruce Cassidy win in coaching debut


Published 9:51 p.m. ET Feb. 9, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

BOSTON – David Pastrnak made sure Bruce Cassidy’s Boston coaching career got off to a winning start..

Pastrnak scored a pair of power-play goals to help the Bruins beat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in Cassidy’s first game behind the bench Thursday night.

“We came a little more energized and we wanted to get the win for Butch,” Pastrnak said.

Cassidy was named interim coach after the team fired Claude Julien after 10 seasons Tuesday. Cassidy joined the team as an assistant last May after spending five seasons coaching Providence in the AHL.

Box score:Bruins 6, Sharks 3

“It’s been a busy two or three days,” Cassidy said. “I’ll tell you this: I’m going to sleep well tonight. … But yeah, who doesn’t enjoy a win?”

Cassidy, a 51-year-old Ottawa native, also coached the Washington Capitals to a 47-45-9-6 mark in two seasons from 2002-04.

But his heart has always been in Boston.

“When I went out to the bench, the…

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