Two Bruins Prospects Heading To The 2017 World Championship


By Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The 2017 IIHF World Championship Tournament is set to kick off this Friday, May 5, 2017, and ends with the final games on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from two European locations. This year’s festivities will be held at the AccorHotels Arena (Capacity: 15,000) in Paris, France, and Lanxess Arena (Capacity: 18,500) in Cologne, Germany. The 16 country event will be split into “A” and “B” groups with teams such as Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia. Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States representing Group “A” while Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia, and Switzerland will represent Group “B.”

The United States team historically hasn’t been very successful earning gold medals in these annual games dating back to the origins of the tournament in 1920 earning two Gold Medals, Nine Silver Medals, and seven Bronze Medals. This year’s team looks poised to make a serious run with names like Nick Bjugstad, Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Dylan Larkin, Noah Hanifin, Jacob Trouba and more look to change history as the last Gold Medal for Team USA was won in 1960.

Young Boston Bruins prospects Anders Bjork and Charlie McAvoy who were added to this year’s roster will also look to add speed and skill to an already previously mentioned lineup. Both were eligible after their respected teams were finished for the season.



Anders Bjork

The University of Norte Dame forward had a career year with the Fighting Irish in his 2016-17 Junior season earning him Hockey East First-Team All-Star and a finalist for the NCAA Hobey Baker Award as one of 10 of the nation’s best collegiate hockey players. In 39 games this season he posted 21-31-52 numbers ranking him in a three-way tie for ninth in national scoring (Leaders: 3 tied at #1 with 63 points) while leading his Irish team in individual points possessing 1.33 point-per-game average.

The 6′-0″ 185-pound center/left wing has had an impressive career in South Bend, Indiana thus far scoring 109 points in 115 games for a player selected in the fifth round of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 20-year-old Mequon, Wisconsin native was highly speculated to sign with the NHL Bruins as soon as his season was over with Notre Dame and after what seemed to be “stalled” negotiations he jumped at the opportunity to represent his country to possibly get the experience of playing with other professionals that will also join him in the 16 day tournament.

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Although talks between the Bjork camp and B’s Management will continue throughout the summer offseason, it’s leaning towards the player returning for his senior year with the Fighting Irish but it’s also not out of the realm for him to surprise anyone and turn pro before the 2017-18 NHL season starts as his decision will most likely depend on roster availability.


Charlie McAvoy

There aren’t enough words to say about this highly skilled defensive player who’s been on the radar of many professional scouts for a few years now but since his draft year landed in the laps of Bruins fans and the emergence of McAvoy Madness. The 6′-1″ 212-pound Long Beach, New York native has had an impressive 2016-17 hockey season playing in three different levels as he continues his development and a key asset in building a defensive core for the foreseeable future.

Selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft after his first season of NCAA hockey at Boston University which he saw action in 37 games posting 3-22-25 numbers. He would go onto an outstanding 2016-17 year making a sophomore year at BU contributing 26 points in 38 games (5-21-26). He would go on to join Team USA in the World Juniors Tournament where he helped the Americans win gold with six points in seven contests. He also played four games in the American Hockey League earning two assists and got the call due to injuries to the NHL with the Bruins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs where he earned three assists in six games.

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Now it’s time for the 19-year-old to continue to work with an assortment of different aged professionals as he adds another experience to an already impressive resume. After this tournament, it’s believed the young man will report to the annual B’s development camp for the second time and continue to hone his skills in many summer offseason workouts as he prepares to earn a permanent roster spot with training camp coming up in September. With his play in all levels last season and departures of defensive players on the current Bruins roster, it’s hard to not believe he won’t be a shoe in for a lengthy NHL career starting next season.

Kevan Miller, My Choice For Being Protected


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By Court Lalonde (@courtlalonde)

With the recent playoff exit to the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the National Hockey League Playoffs, we have to start thinking about the future. This summer is going to be different than other off-seasons because we will be welcoming an expansion team into the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights. One of the biggest decisions for GM Don Sweeney will be who to protect in the expansion draft. He can either decide to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or protect eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender. I feel the obvious choice is the first option and protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender. You have to protect players with no-movement and no-trade, so the decision with the forwards have almost all been made with a few spots open.

At the beginning of the season and the halfway point I had made up my mind on who I thought should get that final spot on the back end and it was Colin Miller. The two no-brainers are Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, but after that, you can have a debate over the last spot. I’ve even gone as far to ask the Twitter world but ended up not coming to the same conclusion. During the last month and the playoffs, one defenseman stood out to me over all the others.

You can make a case for Colin Miller because he has speed and is a young skilled puck moving defensemen.  He needs a lot of work in the defensive zone and needs to be stronger on the puck and in the corners.  Miller has a cannon of a shot and can generate offense along with a very reasonable contract at one million a year until the 2017-2018 season.  With the emergence of Charlie McAvoy, I feel Colin Miller has been moved down on the depth charts.

Kevan Miller was never drafted by any team in the NHL but was able to sign an amateur tryout with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League back in 2011 and played six games for them. He never actually made his NHL debut until 2013 when he was called up to play against the St.Louis Blues in November of that year. He was in and out of the lineup for the rest of the year but was able to get a contract extension at the end of the year; at the time I was wondering what Sweeney was thinking, to be honest. Miller has a physical presence and can make a quick first pass and will drop the gloves when needed. During the playoffs this year he got the shot to show his worth because the blueline became decimated with injuries. He was playing top minutes and averaging just over 24 minutes a night, but that includes a couple of overtime games. Intern coach Bruce Cassidy was relying heavily on Miller to soak up the ice time in the absence of the injured players. Miller didn’t let him down and became the second pairing shutdown defensemen in the playoffs this team had been looking for. He was taking the body, blocking shots and shutting down some of the top players on the Ottawa Senators. In the playoffs you get to see what a player is made of, some just can’t handle the pressure and fall flat. He was able to deal with the high typo of playoff hockey and excelled in it.

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The defense pairings for next year would look solid in my opinion and I feel Charlie McAvoy is a lock for a roster spot next year after his performance in the playoffs as well.

Zdeno Chara      Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug         Charlie McAvoy
Kevan Miller      Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller is not the most flashy defensemen, and you could say he’s not the sexy pick, but he would be my pick if I had a say. He is not going to be the guy you expect to generate offense on the ice, but when he does, it’s a bonus. Miller’s a player that is going to stick up for his teammates and have the no surrender attitude. He showed me at the end of the year that I was wrong about him, and I’m glad he did.

Boston Bruins Survive Game 5, Head Back To TD Garden on Sunday

B's Winner

By Andrew Thompson                                                                     Twitter: @godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins have not gotten a fair shake from the referees this playoff series. Still, the Black and Gold have found ways to stay alive against the Ottawa Senators.

The Boston Bruins had to play five periods of hockey in order to keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday night. Through determination and grit (and in spite of the refs who were either motivated by bias and/or ignorance), the B’s found a way to win, beating the Senators 3-2 in double overtime.

There were several heroes for the Bruins on Friday.

Bruce Cassidy was the first. The Bruins interim head coach decided to swap out forward Ryan Spooner (who may have played his last game as a member of the B’s) for Sean Kuraly.  Kuraly would have likely seen very limited playing time if it wasn’t for the lower body injury to David Krejci. Cassidy had to endure several bad calls before Kuraly netted the overtime winner.

Sean Kuraly is certainly the second hero of the game. He earned his first two NHL goals, including the double overtime winner for Boston. His first goal helped tie it up in the second period.

His second goal saved the season for the Bruins.

Kuraly had an outstanding night for Boston. The 24-year old forward finished the game with six shots on goal, three hits, one block, and a takeaway.  What makes it more impressive is that the he was able to get all that done in just 18 minutes of ice time.

“I liked his game early in the series, but we had guys that had been here, [David Krejci] came back…we liked him, we just had guys ahead of him,” said Cassidy of Kuraly. “One door closed, another one opened…he took advantage of his opportunity, started at the bottom of the lineup. We needed him more. He had the energy.”

The Bruins have been relying on the ‘next man up’ principle this postseason. With the list of injured players piling up, the young B’s have been asked to step up. By and large, the young players have done that in Boston.

“He’s got the tools, he’s flying,” offered B’s alternate captain David Backes on Kuraly’s heroics. “He makes a play by getting in on the forecheck, I’m able to be the second guy in there, he gets into open ice and brings it to the net hard the way we’ve talked about and scores his first NHL goal.

“With Krech out, we need some guys to step up. Certainly tonight was his night…great kid that works his butt off. You love to see it….that’s as fun as it gets.”

Tuukka Rask was the other big hero for Boston. When the B’s were down 2-0 due to an ugly pair of breakaways, the Finnish netminder buckled down and refused to allow another Senator to score on him.

Rask had 41 saves in the game. He stopped all five power play attempts by the Senators and kept the team in it when the refs really put the screws to Boston.

Now the Bruins head back to Boston to see if they can pull out another win against the Senators on Sunday.

Bruins Kuraly Proves He Belongs In The NHL

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By Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

For the past few seasons, Boston Bruins fans have heard this team’s coaching staff and upper management members say the best players are going to play and a perfect example of that came in last night’s game five double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators. Before last night’s contest from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy made a bold move to subtract forward Ryan Spooner and insert rookie Sean Kuraly. Although Spooner played in all four games in this series prior to last night, he’s shown signs of struggle particularly on the man advantage where he’s relied on heavily contributing 18 power-play points in the regular season but only has two assists, two shots on goal while decreasing minutes in his first four career playoff games.


The 24-year-old Kuraly appeared in his first eight National Hockey League games before this postseason notching one assist bouncing from the third to fourth line but his time in the American Hockey League was the catalyst for his call up while injuries on the Bruins roster during this first-round also played a key role. In his first year of pro hockey with the Providence Bruins the Dublin, Ohio native had 14-12-26 numbers with the Bruins top-minor Pro Affiliate, but his numbers weren’t the reason for the call-up, but his physical style of play was a factor in a series with the natural matchup between these two Atlantic Division foes.

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Obviously, his role changed in this game with the lower-body injury to center David Krejci who left the in the closing minutes of the first period with him moving up to the Second line after the Senators Chris Wideman “no-call.” knee on knee hit to the veteran forward who’s struggle to stay healthy for a better part of this best-of-seven game series. His placement as a top six forward would go down in the history books as on of coach Cassidy’s best moves as he continues to be the bench boss under the “intern” label.

The Bruins didn’t have the best start to the game as the Senators went up 1-0 after the Bruins neglected to cover forward Mark Stone who received some sweet sauce skating in all alone deking Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period. Yet again, the B’s failed to cover defensively in the second period as the Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau skated in unmolested to find space between Rask’s pads for the five hole tally and a 2-0 lead.

The 8:40 Mark Of The Second Period


Midway through the second period forward David Pastrnak got the Bruins closer with a sweet goal from a wrap around effort from forward Brad Marchand and seemed the B’s were more involved in the game while exposing a Sens defense that’s been so frustrating to play against this series. The tempo definitely changed as the ice tilted in the Bruins favor but the heroics would come from the former Captain of the University of Miami (Ohio) player in his first year of hockey at this level, and the rest is sweet history as the Bruins stay alive in the series after being down 3-1.

The 17:05 Mark Of The Second Period


After no third period goals or 20 minutes of the first overtime, the tension in Bruins Nation could be felt worldwide as both teams enter the second overtime where an unlikely hero would continue the belief in this organization playoff effort that hasn’t been seen in the previous two seasons. Yes, Sean Kuraly came through once again…….

The 10:19 Mark Of The Double overtime





Game six will be tomorrow from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts at 3 pm EST. and can be seen on NBC Sports, TVAS, and SportsNet. You can listen to the game action on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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Providence Bruins Start Playoff Race Tomorrow Night

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By Mark Allred       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

As the Boston Bruins cling to life being down in the seven-game series 3-1, their top minor-pro affiliate the Providence Bruins are set to start the 2017 American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs tomorrow night with a best-of-five series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Baby B’s ended the 2016-17 regular season in the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with a 43-23-6-4 record posting 96 points but drew the heavily favored Penguins team after going 0-3-1 to end the year. Wilkes-Barre ended the year winning the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the team with the most points during the year with 107 and a stellar 51-20-3-2 record.


These two franchises aren’t strangers when it comes to the playoffs lately as this will be the fourth time in five years the Bruins and Pens have done battle in 2012-13 losing the series 4-3 in the second round with the same results in 2013-14. Last year the Penguins team swept the best-of-five series 3-0 but the B’s look to change the past and throw a wrench in the gears of their opponent that’s made the playoffs for 15 straight years. The 2016-17 regular season series went 4-2 in favor of the powerful Pens team who’s the top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Providence Bruins – WilkesBarre/Scranton First Round Best-Of-Five Series Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017, @7:05 pm         Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island

Sunday, April 23, 2017, @3:05 pm      Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island

Thursday, April 27, 2017, @7:05 pm  Mohegan Sun Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Friday, April 28, 2017,  @7:05 pm      Mohegan Sun Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Sunday, April 30, 2017,  @3:05 pm   Mohegan Sun Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Players To Watch From Regular Season Meetings


Danton Heinen  3-3-6

Alex Grant  0-5-5

Peter Cehlarik  2-2-4

Jordan Szwarz  2-2-4

Zane McIntyre       4 GP   2-2 Record   2.25 GAA  .870 Save%

Malcolm Subban  2 GP   0-2 Record   2.00 GAA  .963%


Oskar Sundqvist   3-1-4

Dominik Simon   2-1-3

Josh Archibald   2-1-3

Jarrett Burton    2-0-0

Tom Kostopoulos  1-4-5

Casey DeSmith   3 GP   2-1 Record   2.33 GAA  .903 Save%

Tristan Jarry       3 GP   2-1 Record   3.00 GAA  .916 Save%


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Denna Laing Teams Up With Former Bruin In Boston Marathon

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By Mark Allred          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The 2017 Boston Marathon is set to make its 121st appearance this Monday morning with an assortment of festivities to begin the 26-mile event that starts on Main Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and ends in Copley Square in the States Capital of Boston. Two members of Boston’s hockey community are teaming up for the annual event to spread Spinal Cord awareness as former National Women’s Hockey League player Denna Laing and former Boston Bruins player Bobby Carpenter are prepared to run the grueling course that so many have participated in since 1897.

The 25-year-old Laing who’s a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts was severely injured on December 31, 2015, in a Women’s Winter Classic game held at Gillette Stadium resulting in her being paralyzed with no feeling from the waist down and limited arm movements after she went into the boards head first in the first period of the mentioned event. Since the unfortunate accident which left her unable to return to the game of hockey, she’s been an inspiration to many who’ve suffered sports related or accidental spinal cord misfortunes.


Denna had a successful NCAA Women’s hockey career at Princeton University where she appeared in 120 games posting 35-42-77 numbers before she joined the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League where she had a goal and an assist in 18 games played. When she joined the NWHL’s Boston Pride for the 2015-19 season, she only played in two games before her career ending injury.

Carpenter, a Peabody, Mass. native spent three and a half of his 18 years in the National Hockey League with the Bruins and was a Stanley Cup Champion as a New Jersey Devils player in 1995 and as a coach as well in 2000 and 2003. He’s appeared in 1,178 career NHL games posting 320-408-728 numbers making stops with the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, and New Jersey Devils.

The now 53-year-old Carpenter was the first ever American-born player selected in the first round of any NHL Entry Draft to go pro straight out of high school after he was picked in 1981. In 2016 Bobby ran the Boston Marathon in three hours and 47 minutes after leaving a job with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.

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The Bruins Should Win The Series.


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By Spencer Lindsay

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The Boston Bruins took Game 1 in Ottawa on Wednesday night Vs. The Senators by a score of 2-1. In a game where the Bruins went close to 25 minutes without a shot on goal, that’s pretty fortunate, to say the least. But as we’ve seen all season, it doesn’t matter how it just matters how many.

The Bruins now only need to win three more games to take this series against Ottawa, something they are completely capable of doing. I’ll go so far as to say that they will do it. Do you want to know why? The 1-3-1 system that stymied the Bruins the entire regular season (0-3-1 season series against Ottawa this season), is going to end up being the downfall of the Sens in this series.

In the regular season, the reason Ottawa was able to have such success against the Bruins was because the 1-3-1 system was so radically different than any other team the Bruins faced, that it was difficult to focus on how to beat it. Couple that with the fact that the Bruins roster is not nearly as talented as the Washington Capitals roster (sorry to burst your bubble) and that will most likely lead to a loss.

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Teams like Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, etc. are able to beat the 1-3-1 system because they have the talent capable of doing so. The reason the Bruins will be able to beat it in the playoffs is that they have an extended look at it. In practice, they are specifically focusing on plays designed to limit the effect of the neutral zone trap, the minds of the team are all focused on beating the trap. Whereas in the regular season, it’s hard to change your style all of the sudden, for just one game.

Also, it’s important to remember that the team the Bruins beat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, was the Tampa Bay Lightning (coached by Ottawa’s current coach, Guy Boucher). And that Lightning team was drastically more skilled than this Ottawa team.

The key to beating the system is to not allow Ottawa to get into their trap. This is done by quick passes through the neutral zone, or speed carrying the puck through the neutral zone, two things the Bruins possess. The Bruins were the second-best possession team in the regular season, behind only the Los Angeles Kings, and therefore are perfectly capable of beating this system. Add in the fact that Charlie McAvoy seems to have lived up to his hype (at least through one game), things look pretty good for the Bruins.

I mean, we saw Wednesday night! Once you get into Ottawa’s defensive zone, they’re not that good… take a look at both goals the Bruins scored and the sequences that lead to them.

Here you see multiple instances of Ottawa being unable to clear the puck, and then getting caught puck watching.

Then take a look at Marchand’s goal…

Granted, both teams had been on the ice for a long time and were certainly gassed, but again, the Bruins took advantage of Ottawa’s inability to clear the zone and to have consistent pressure defensively.

Ottawa is a team that scores most of their goals off of mistakes made by the other team while trying to navigate through the neutral zone trap. As long as the Bruins play their game, and don’t fall into the trap Ottawa has set, we should be looking at a second-round date with either the Rangers or the Canadiens.

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Boston Bruins Hope For A Repeat Performance From Charlie McAvoy

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By Andrew Thompson                   Twitter: @godwentwhoops

Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy had a strong debut for the Black and Gold. Hopefully, this wasn’t a fluke but a sign of good things to come for the young blueliner.

The Boston Bruins didn’t have much of a choice when they played Charlie McAvoy on Wednesday night.  The B’s were without defencemen, Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug. The B’s blueline was stretched even thinner when Colin Miller was injured in the second period.

The stage was set for a very ugly first game for the Black and Gold. The B’s were held to zero shots on goal in the second period. Had McAvoy and the other B’s not responded in the final period, McAvoy could have been a -2 in an ugly 3-0/4-0 shellacking in Ottawa.

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Thanks to Tuukka Rask and the rest of the Bruins that didn’t happen. The B’s put in two third period goals and stole game one from the Ottawa Senators, a team they failed to beat in the regular season.

Charlie McAvoy put in an impressive first game with Boston. The 19-year old defenceman finished second among all players with 24:11 of ice time. He also led all Bruins with 29 shifts through the game.

“It was impressive,” offered Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron of McAvoy’s first game. “You would think it’s a lot of pressure coming in like that as a 19-year-old. His first game is the first game of the playoffs, it’s not easy to do.”

“There’s not much you can say about his game other than that he was phenomenal last night.”

If Patrice Bergeron says, he had a good game, who are we to argue with the patron saint of Causeway Street.

Bruins interim head coach also had high praise for McAvoy in his first showing in Boston.

“Those are the guys you want in your lineup that want the puck when the game’s on the line or in big moments,” offered Cassidy of McAvoy’s debut. “The more of those guys we can grow and develop and integrate into the lineup, the better off we’re going to be. It rubs off on the older guys. You ask any veteran player, they see these young, youthful guys that have no fear when the puck drops, it’s only going to make them more energetic.

“Just like their leadership will rub off on the young guys, their energy rubs off on the older guys.”

That energy fueled players like Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Marchand’s go-ahead goal with less than three minutes in regulation sealed the deal for the B’s and gave them their first playoff win in three years.

So, will Charlie McAvoy continue to be an effective blueliner for Boston? If the first game is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. Bruce Cassidy pushed McAvoy after the Senators put in their goal in the second period. McAvoy responded well to the pressure and was part of the Marchand goal at the end of the game.

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It’s a reasonable assumption that McAvoy will get his first NHL points in the series with the Senators. He’s spent 4:13 on the B’s power play (in Torey Krug’s position with the first unit), more than all of the other defensemen combined. The opportunities were there, and if Craig Anderson hadn’t been so sharp, McAvoy would have ended up on the score sheet in some capacity.

Now the B’s will be calling on McAvoy again tonight. Torey Krug is out of the lineup. Colin Miller is likely to be out as well. So, the B’s will need the young blueliner to rise to the challenge again. If game one is any indication, McAvoy should put up another strong performance for Boston.

Boston Bruins: One Down, Fifteen To Go


By Andrew Thompson                                                                      Twitter: @godwentwhoops

Even without putting up a single shot on goal in the second period, the Boston Bruins found their identity late in the game. Their 2-1 win gave them an early advantage on a team that has had their number this year.

The Boston Bruins weren’t supposed to win on Wednesday.  They were missing several important pieces to their puzzle. Defencemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo were out, with Krug likely out for the series.  Forwards David Krejci and Noel Acciari weren’t able to play either. The Bruins even had eight players (including Charlie McAvoy) making their playoff debuts against a team that had beaten them every game of the regular season.

Still, the Bruins found a way to win. It started with Tuukka Rask being an outstanding goaltender. Rask stopped 26 of 27 shots, and kept the Boston Bruins alive and kicking, especially during the second period.

“Tuukka’s got excellent playoff numbers, and he’s coming into the playoffs, I think, with a decent amount of rest and confidence,” offered interim head coach Bruce Cassidy on Rask. “He’s played very well of late, so good for him. He looks composed as well and did a real good job for us.

“And we needed it, because it could have gotten away from us in the second period.”

While Rask was the Bruins best player on the ice on Wednesday, the win occurred because other players skated into the roles of the players missing from the lineup. John-Michael Liles and Adam McQuaid filled in most of the holes on defence and played some of their best hockey.

Then there is Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins welcomed him to the team by having his first ever NHL game be a playoff one. McAvoy looked like he was just playing another college hockey game. There was no tentativeness or hesitation in his play. He ended up playing over 24 minutes for Boston (second only behind Zdeno Chara on the team).

While David Krejci’s absence was missed, the B’s found a way to win. Once again, other people stepped up into the job. Frank Vatrano tied it up for the B’s early in the third period. That goal gave the Bruins life again, and the team responded.

Then Brad Marchand did Brad Marchand things (with the help of Patrice Bergeron) and got the Bruins their first playoff win in three years.

The Bruins know it’s going to be an uphill climb the whole postseason. They’re going to have to want to win every night and then go out there and do it. That’s the reason why the Bruins won game one. They wanted it more.

Now, they’re going to need to continue to dig deep and keep finding that will to win. For the B’s it is a matter of being one game down and fifteen left to go.

Bruins Prospect Gabrielle Joins Providence Team

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By Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

After a 4-2 best-of-seven first-round Western Hockey League playoff series exit at the hands of the Portland Winterhawks last Monday, Prince George Cougars forward and Boston Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle is heading to the American Hockey League on a full-time basis. The 6′-0″ 205-pound left winger has played for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Regina Pats, and Prince George in his four-year WHL career and is now ready to step onto a Providence Bruins roster who has three regular season games remaining in the 2016-17 season and Calder Cup Playoff run.


In 250 career games in the WHL, the 19-year-old Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native posted impressive numbers in one of the tougher leagues in the Canadian Junior Hockey League system with 110-99-209 totals, a career plus 21, and an astonishing 376 penalty minutes. His WHL playoff numbers in 27 games played are 6-9-15. Drafted by the B’s in the fourth round of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Gabrielle possesses an uncanny knack for finding the net in the offensive zone. He’s a gritty winger who’s not afraid to get into those tough areas along the boards, but also has a tremendous offensive upside for a crafty highly skilled forward which was on display in the 2015-16 season where he had career highs posting 40-35-75 numbers.


Gabrielle signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Bruins organization in December of 2016 with this being his last year of WHL eligibility as he turns 20-years-old this June. In three regular season games last year with the Baby B’s team, Jesse went pointless but showed he can, in fact, skate at the AHL level but also showed he can be a pest having many like myself comparing him to current Bruins agitator Brad Marchand. With the addition of this skilled forward onto the Baby B’s squad, it’s going to be exciting to see in the next few weeks who else might join this team as they become available this spring or the start of next season.


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