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BOSTON -- After a successful 2-1 trip to start the season, the Boston Bruins finally get to play a home game on Thursday night. Aledmys Diaz Jersey .Were all excited to get to the home opener and were happy we got four points out of six, David Pastrnak, who scored four goals in the three games, said as the Bruins prepared to host the New Jersey Devils. So were all really excited to get back and see our fans and just cant wait to play in the Garden.The Devils, who also opened the season on the road, lost two low-scoring games to the Florida teams, one in overtime, before coming home to ride new acquisition Taylor Halls two goals to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.New Jersey comes to Boston trying to succeed in a building that has been anything but kind to its club. The Devils have lost nine of their last 10 games at TD Garden.Corey Schneider, a local product who will again play in front of family and friends, is expected to make his fourth straight start for New Jersey but comes in just 1-3-2 with a 2.81 goals-against average against his former hometown team.The Bruins trailed in all three games on their opening trip -- 2-0 and 3-1 before winning 6-3 at Columbus, 3-0 before losing at Toronto and 1-0 before coming back to defeat Winnipeg.And they did it all without team leader Patrice Bergeron, who stayed home because of a lower body injury. He skated with the team Wednesday and is expected to make his season debut Thursday night. Obviously, he makes a difference.Asked where the Bruins missed Bergeron the most, coach Claude Julien told, Everywhere. Hes a leader. Hes the best two-way centerman, I think, in the league. He can score some big goals and he can certainly shut down top players, so we miss him. But at the same time I think this has been a great test for our hockey club to show that we have guys that can come in and help us out.Tuukka Rask missed the middle game of the trip because of soreness but was outstanding in the win at Winnipeg, where he made 34 saves and became the first Bruins goalie ever with two assists in a game. He is 4-3-2 with a 1.57 goals-against average against the Devils.With Bergeron out, free agent signee David Backes centered Brad Marchand and Pastrnak, and all three players were a plus-7 in the three games. Rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo, who scored his first NHL goal at Winnipeg, is also a plus-7, and Zdeno Chara is a plus-6.Hall, acquired from Edmonton for defenseman Adam Larsson in one of the major offseason transactions, scored two power play goals in the Devils win over the Ducks. He is a prolific offensive player -- a welcome addition to a team that again missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season last year because of a lack of offense.Its fun to not only get the first win, but to get our power play going, Hall said Tuesday. The energy in the rink was great. Everyone was in red and every chance they got, they were on their feet.As a player, sometimes you dont feel 100 percent and sometimes its not clicking out there, and the crowd can get you into it; sometimes you rely on that at home.The Bruins opened last season with three straight home games -- and lost all three, one of the factors in Boston failing to make the playoffs for a second straight season. George Springer Astros Jersey . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Yuli Gurriel Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. . And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates. From Pierre LeBrun While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact hes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie. The world of international soccer gasped Tuesday at the news that Sam Allardyce had been fired as manager of Englands national team after coaching just one match.Allardyce, who was hired July 22 and signed a contract through 2018, was sent packing after he was caught on video advising undercover reporters of crooked ways to get around player-transfer rules. In exchange, he asked the journalists posed as businessmen for a six-figure sum.Allardyce lasted just 67 days as manager of the England team, but that could classify as a lengthy stay compared to some other professional and college coaches whose tenures were fleeting.Sven-Goran Eriksson, soccerEriksson reportedly received a $2 million per year deal to become director of football at Notts County in the summer of 2009, believing the organization would soon be promoted to the Premier League. Large-scale facility investments were planned, and Premier League players Sol Campbell and Kasper Schmeichel joined the club. But Campbell lasted just one match, and Schmeichel was released at the end of the season. Following the clubs takeover the following winter as it sat on the verge of financial collapse, Eriksson resigned after seven months on the job, honorably waiving a multimillion dollar payoff in the process.Brian Clough, soccerClough was one of the top goal scorers in English football history before he moved into the coaching ranks in the mid-1960s. He took over as manager of Leeds United in 1974, a surprising move, considering he had shown disdain for what he considered the teams dirty style of play. Cloughs opinions didnt seem to wane much after he took the job, and he quickly got on the bad side of several top players. After winning just one of his first six matches, Clough was canned by the clubs directors after just 44 days at the helm, despite numerous protests by the clubs fans.Magic Johnson, NBAJohnson found out just how difficult it can be for an NBA star to transition into coaching. Johnson, a 12-time All-Star and three-time league MVP with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979-91, took over as head coach of his former team late in the 1993-94 season, after Randy Pfund was fired. The Lakers were already thin on talent and lost five of their first six games under Johnson, which prompted him to announce that he would resign at the end of that season. He finished 5-11 as a head coach, returned to the Lakers as a player for the final four months of the 1995-96 campaign and then hung the sneakers up for good.Jerry Tarkanian, NBATark the Shark rose to prominence as head coach of the UNLV basketball team from 1973-92, leading the Runnin Rebels to the NCAA tournament championship in 1990 and three other Final Fours. He decided to take a stab at the NBA and was hired by the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 1992-93 season. Tarkanian lasted just 20 games, however. The Spurs opened with a 9-11 mark, and stress from the job landed Tarkanian in the hospital with chest pains. Players began to rebel against his tactics, and he was dismissed just hours before his 21st game.Billy Donovan, NBADonovan figured it was time to give the NBA a try after he coached Florida to back-to-back NCAA tournament championships in 2006 and 07. He accepted an offer to become head coach of the Orlando Magic in June 2007 but quickly had second thoughts, even with emerging stars such as Dwight Howard and JJ Redick on the roster. Less than a week after signing the deal, Donovan begged the Magic to release him from the contract, and they obliged. Donovan returned to Florida for eight seasons before giving the NBA another look in 2015, when he was hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder.Barry Melrose, NHLMelrose put himself on the map by guiding the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final in his first season as an NHL head coach. He parlayed that into a 13-year stint as a hockey analyst with ESPN. He then decided to give coaching another try and was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. He lasted just 16 games before he was fired, however, in an ending that was reportedly set in motion by Melroses reluctance to give heavy minutes to young star Steven Stamkos. Melrose refused to budge on other issues too and was soon back with ESPN.Lou Holtz, NFLBefore he made a name for himself at Arkansas and Notre Dame, Holtz took aim at the NFL. His sights were sorely off-target, however. Holtz left North Carolina State after four successful seasons to take over as head coach of the New York Jets in 1976, and he inherited aging quarterback Joe Namath. The Jets scored just 26 points in their first four games and were 3-10 when Holtz resignned with one game remaining. Craig Biggio Jersey. The three wins came against the 2-12 Buffalo Bills (twice) and the 0-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Holtz took the head-coaching job at Arkansas the following season and went 60-21-2 in seven seasons with the Razorbacks.Bill Belichick, NFLBelichick will go down as one of the greatest NFL head coaches in history, but he also had one of the shortest stints, as he lasted one day with the New York Jets in early 2000. Belichick had been the Jets assistant head coach and defensive backs coach under Bill Parcells the previous three seasons, so when Parcells retired after the 1999 campaign, Belichick was the natural choice to take over. When he showed up for the news conference to formally announce his hiring, Belichick instead tendered his resignation on a sheet of loose paper that read, I resign as HC of the NYJ. Not long after, he was hired by the New England Patriots, with whom he has since won four Super Bowls.Eddie Stanky, MLBStanky falls into the category of one-and-done coaches, as his tenure with the Texas Rangers lasted one game in 1977. Stanky was a three-time All-Star as a player in the 1940s and 50s, and he served managerial stints with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. He went to the college level and found success with South Alabama but was lured back to the major leagues to replace Frank Lucchesi, who was fired after Texas 31-31 start. The Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 in Stankys debut on July 22, 1977, but homesickness and disenchantment with the changed attitudes of players prompted Stanky to quit the following day and return to South Alabama.Rick Majerus, college basketballMajerus was a five-time Western Athletic Conference coach of the year at Utah during the 1990s. Then he left after the 2003-04 season to focus on his health. He couldnt resist an offer to coach USC the following season, however, and his bubbly personality was on full display at the news conference welcoming him to the school. Five days later, subdued and somber, he announced that his health would not allow him to perform his new duties and resigned. Majerus returned to the bench three years later with Saint Louis, where health issues again sidelined him at the start of the 2012-13 season. He died of heart failure on Dec. 1, 2012, at age 64.Other notable short tenuresBobby Cremins, college basketball:?Cremins decided to remain at Georgia Tech three days after he accepted the head-coaching position at South Carolina in March 1993.Bobby Petrino, NFL:?Petrino resigned 13 games into his first season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. He left a note taped on each players locker before returning to the college level at Arkansas.George OLeary, college football:?OLeary left Georgia Tech in 2001 to become head coach at Notre Dame, but inaccuracies in his published biography forced him to resign before he could coach a game with the Irish.Mike Price, college football:?Price was hired at Alabama in December 2002 but never signed the contract, and the university pulled it off the table six months later, after a strip club incident.Wally Backman, MLB:?Backman was promoted to manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2004 season but was fired four days later, when previous off-the-field issues came to light.George Allen, NFL:?Allen returned to coach the Los Angeles Rams in 1978 but was fired after two preseason games, when team owner Carroll Rosenbloom decided Allen was incapable of adjusting to the new situation.Tim Welsh, college basketball:?Welsh was hired at Hofstra In 2010 but was arrested for driving under the influence 31 days later and resigned.Mike Haywood, college football: Haywood was hired at Pittsburgh shortly after the 2010 season but was fired two weeks later, following his arrest on a felony domestic battery charge.Rollie Massimino, NBA:?Massimino accepted an offer to coach the New Jersey Nets in 1985, but he had a change of heart and never showed up for an introductory news conference the following day. Instead, he remained at Villanova.Eddie Jones, Rugby:?Soon after leading Japan to a stunning World Cup pool-play win against South Africa in 2015, Jones was hired by Stormers, a South African-based Super Rugby team, but he moved on a week later to become Englands national coach.Leroy?Rosenior, soccer:?In 2007, Rosenior was famously fired 10 minutes after being appointed manager of English club Torquay, which was taken over by new owners who decided Rosenior wasnt their man. ' ' '