Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECF Game 2: Carolina at Boston: 5/12/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (9-5)

Away: Carolina Hurricanes (8-4)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Johansson-Coyle-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Carolina’s Lineup

Forwards

Niederreiter-Staal-Williams

Svechnikov-Aho-Teravainen

Foegele-Wallmark-McGinn

Ferland-McKegg-Martinook

Defense

Slavin-Hamilton

Pesce-Faulk

Fleury-de Haan

Goalies

Mrazek

McElhinney

First Period

The game got off to a hard hitting start as Micheal Ferland had a big hit on Matt Grzelcyk in the early going. The Hurricanes had a solid start to the game with a few chances against Tuukka Rask but the goaltender stood tall. The Bruins had trouble in the opening minutes with turnovers but the Hurricanes were unable to take advantage. The Bruins began to find a rhythm in the offensive zone after a flurry of chances by the Bergeron line. The Hurricanes continued to be physical from the start as it seemed to be their game plan for Game 2.

Carolina would pick up the first power play of the game as Zdeno Chara went to the box for tripping with about eight minutes remaining in the period. The Bruins killed off the penalty despite the Hurricanes solid puck movement on the man advantage. After a slick feed from Marcus Johansson, Grzelcyk slipped a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek to give the Bruins the late first period lead.

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The Bruins seemed to get a jolt from the goal as they looked to be a lot more comfortable especially in their own zone. Boston would pick up their first power play late in the period as Justin Williams went to the box. Jake DeBrusk made it 2-0 just six seconds into the man advantage as he buried a rebound in front.

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Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins would go back to the penalty kill just over a minute into the second period as Patrice Bergeron was called for tripping. The B’s would kill off the penalty as the Hurricanes failed to muster much offensive zone time on the man advantage. Connor Clifton made it 3-0 Boston after another outstanding setup by Johansson just under four minutes into the middle period.

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The Bruins continued to push incredibly hard after the goal as they looked to impose their will. The Bruins continued to be very solid defensively as they didn’t allow Carolina to maintain an offensive rhythm as they looked to get back into the game. The Hurricanes continued to try to be physical towards the end of the second period but didn’t seem to be making much of a difference.

Chris Wagner was called for holding with just over six minutes left in the period as the Hurricanes looked to cut into the lead. The Bruins killed it off as Rask continued to have another strong game with a couple big stops during the man advantage. Boston would then go to the power play shortly after the kill as Williams was called for roughing. Grzelcyk made it two goals on the afternoon with a sweet backhand shot past Mrazek to make it 4-0 on the power play with about two minutes left in the period.

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Score: 4-0 Bruins

Third Period

Mrazek stayed in the net to start the third period in a slightly puzzling move but it was clear the Hurricanes were willing to roll the dice. Just over a minute into the period, David Backes stashed in a loose puck to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.

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About a minute after the goal, Bergeron was called again for tripping as the Hurricanes tried to desperately stay in the game. The Bruins killed off the penalty once again with almost no resistance and on the ensuing rush, Danton Heinen scored off of a great feed from Bergeron to make it 6-0.

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Williams made it a five goal game with a nice deflection on a shot by Justin Faulk with under nine minutes to go.

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After a bad misplay by Rask, Teuvo Teravainen buried the loose puck to give Carolina something to be happy about going into Game 3.

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Final Score: 6-2 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Grzelcyk. Perhaps the best player on the ice in this game, the young defenseman was everywhere and even took advantage of some scoring chances as he scored twice.

Second Star: Johansson. Another great game for the winger from Sweden who continues to potentially play his way into a new contract with the Bruins.

Third Star: Rask. While not incredibly busy, Tuukka was very solid especially when the game was still in the balance.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECF Game 1: Carolina at Boston: 5/9/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (8-5)

Away: Carolina Hurricanes (8-3)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Heinen-Coyle-Johansson

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-Clifton

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Kampfer

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Carolina’s Lineup

Forwards

Svechnikov-Aho-Teravainen

Niederreiter-Staal-Williams

Foegele-Wallmark-McGinn

Martinook-McKegg-Ferland

Defense

Slavin-Hamilton

Pesce-Faulk

Fleury-de Haan

Goalies

Mrazek

McElhinney

First Period

The Bruins got off to a flying start with a few chances in the offensive zone and they looked to into the game right from puck drop. The Bergeron line had a great start to the game with a few good shifts in the attacking zone. Steven Kampfer, inserted into the lineup for the suspended Charlie McAvoy scored his first career playoff goal off a beautiful feed from Marcus Johansson about three minutes into the game.

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Sean Kuraly took a roughing penalty shortly after the goal and Sebastian Aho deflected in a shot past Tuukka Rask just seconds into the man advantage to tie the game.

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The Hurricanes got a huge swing of momentum after the Aho goal as they looked to build a lead early in the opening period. The Bruins responded to that with a few solid shifts of their own as they looked to return the momentum. Both teams started to settle in especially defensively as the scoring chances started to die down considerably. Charlie Coyle went to the box for tripping with under six minutes left in the period as Carolina looked to take the lead. The B’s killed off the penalty as Zdeno Chara took a shot off of his foot and appeared to be shaken up.

Immediately following the penalty kill, the Bruins went to the power play as Nino Niederreiter was called for slashing with about three minutes to go in the period. The Hurricanes killed off the penalty despite some good puck movement by Boston.

Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

Brett Pesce nearly gave the Hurricanes the lead in the early moments of the period but hit the crossbar behind Rask which kept it a tied game. The B’s would be shorthanded yet again as Kuraly was called for a high stick about four minutes into the period. Boston killed off the penalty as Rask made a couple of huge saves. Both teams wasted no time renewing acquaintances with a ton of physical play and a few scrums after the whistle.

A crazy play in front resulted in Greg McKegg finding the back of the net before crashing into Rask after being pushed by Kampfer to give Carolina their first lead of the game.

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Rask made a few big stops after the goal to prevent the Hurricanes from extending the lead. The Bruins continued to have trouble generating offense as the Hurricanes began to dominate the possession game, making Boston tired from chasing the puck. The Bruins responded with a good shift from the Bergeron line as they looked to get back in the game. The Bruins picked up their second power play as Micheal Ferland went to box with three minutes remaining in the period. Carolina killed off the penalty despite some good scoring chances for the Bruins.

Score: 2-1 Hurricanes

Third Period

The Bruins got an early power play after Jordan Staal hit Chris Wagner from behind less than a minute into the period. Johansson found the back of the net towards the end of the man advantage on a loose puck in front to tie the game.

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The Bruins would receive another power play shortly after the goal as Dougie Hamilton went to the box for roughing. Patrice Bergeron buried a loose puck in front just seconds into the man advantage as the Bruins regained the lead.

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The Bruins went to the power play once again as Hamilton took another penalty, this time for interference as Boston looked to extend the lead. Carolina killed off the penalty as the Bruins struggled to maintain an offensive rhythm. The Bruins continued to respond after a trying second period as they had a strong period complete with chances from multiple lines. The Bruins also continued to be solid defensively in the final period as they anticipated several Hurricanes passes.

The Hurricanes pulled the goalie with about 2:45 to go as they looked to tie the game. Brandon Carlo scored on the empty net as the puck barely trickled into the net to essentially clinch the game. Wagner then made it 5-2 with goal off of a bad turnover to finish the game for the Bruins just seconds after Carlo’s goal.

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Final Score: 5-2 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Johansson. The winger had one of his best games as a Bruin, totaling two points including an important tying goal in the third period.

Second Star: Rask. The Bruin goalie continued his incredibly solid play as of late allowing just two goals and make a number of key saves.

Third Star: Kampfer. The veteran defenseman looked very solid filling in for McAvoy and didn’t look out of place at all.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECSF Game 6: Boston at Columbus: 5/6/19

David PastrnakPhoto Courtesy Of Boston.com

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Home: Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3)

Away: Boston Bruins (7-5)

Columbus’s Lineup

Forwards

Panarin-Dubois-Anderson

Dzingel-Duchene-Bjorkstrand

Foligno-Jenner-Atkinson

Texier-Dubinsky-Hannikainen

Defense

Werenski-Jones

Gavrikov-Savard

Harrington-Kukan

Goalies

Bobrovsky

Korpisalo

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Heinen-Coyle-Johansson

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Charlie McAvoy showed no ill effects in the opening minutes of the game after taking a puck off of the skate late in Game 5. Neither team got any prime scoring chances in the first minutes as they both seemed afraid to make any mistakes. Tuukka Rask had to make a few saves in close in the opening moments to keep it scoreless. Pierre-Luc Dubois was called for goaltender interference with under six minutes left in the period after a hard drive to the net. The Blue Jackets killed off the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any shots on goal. Sean Kuraly appeared to score immediately after but it was called back for goaltender interference after the challenge by Columbus.

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The Blue Jackets seemed to get a jump after the challenge as they moved the puck with tremendous urgency. The Bruins fourth line responded with a very solid shift but didn’t result in much as the Blue Jackets continued to find their footing. The Bruins started to struggle getting scoring chances toward the end of the period as the Blue Jackets started to control the game and the tempo.

Both teams started to get scoring opportunities late in the period but both Rask and Sergei Bobrovsky made sure the game remained scoreless with some spectacular saves.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Bruins were a bit sloppy in their own zone in the opening minutes of the period but good defensive plays by Torey Krug and David Backes didn’t allow the Blue Jackets to get an early goal. David Pastrnak was called for tripping early in the period which resulted in the Blue Jackets first power play of the night. The Bruins killed off the penalty and even got a good scoring chance against Bobrovsky. Both teams got some great chances including Dean Kukan hitting the crossbar but the game remained deadlocked.

The Bruins would go to the penalty kill again as Brad Marchand was called for slashing with 10:38 left in the period. Rask continued to have another strong game as he made a couple of huge saves on the penalty kill as the Bruins kept the game scoreless. David Krejci gave the B’s the lead shortly after the kill as he blasted home a one timer for his fourth goal of the postseason.

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Rask continued to have a great night with a few big stops late in the period to preserve the Boston lead. The B’s continued to be solid defensively especially in the neutral zone as they limited the Blue Jackets speed and didn’t let them establish momentum in the attacking zone. McAvoy was called for an illegal check to the head with under a minute to go in the period as the Blue Jackets looked to tie the game.

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Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period

The B’s killed off the penalty as Patrice Bergeron had a spectacular shift with a scoring chance and a couple solid defensive plays to maintain the Boston lead. The Bruins started the final period with a few good shifts in the attacking zone as they looked to extend their lead. Joakim Nordstrom was called for slashing with over 15 minutes remaining as the Blue Jackets looked to tie the game once again.

The Bruins killed it off once again as the Blue Jackets continued to ring the iron and not be able to beat Rask who was simply impenetrable. Marcus Johansson doubled the B’s lead nearly halfway through the third with a shot that busted through Bobrovsky’s glove.

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Backes made it 3-0 after a beautiful feed from Krug shortly after the Johansson goal as the Bruins started to impose their will with about nine minutes remaining.

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The Blue Jackets pulled Bobrovsky with about 3:30 to go as they tried desperately to get back into the game down by three goals. The Bruins held on as they advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in six years.

Final Score: 3-0 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Rask. Perhaps his best game of the postseason in this one. Number 40 picked up his first shutout of the postseason as the Bruins advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2013.

Second Star: Krejci. The center had another strong night with two points and was probably the Bruins best skater in Game 6.

Third Star: Backes. Points in three straight games for the grizzled veteran who continued his strong play as of late.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECSF Game 3: Boston at Columbus: 4/30/19

Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue JacketsPhoto Courtesy Of The Boston Herald

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Home: Columbus Blue Jackets (5-1)

Away: Boston Bruins (5-4)

Columbus’s Lineup

Forwards

Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson

Foligno-Duchene-Anderson

Dzingel-Wennberg-Bjorkstrand

Dubinsky-Jenner-Nash

Defense

Werenski-Jones

Kukan-Savard

Harrington-Clendening

Goalies

Bobrovsky

Korpisalo

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Johansson-Coyle-Pastrnak

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

The Columbus crowd was into it from puck drop as it was clear early on that the Bruins were indeed in enemy territory. The B’s had some solid attacking zone rhythm in the opening minutes as both Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy had good scoring chances. The Bruins had good jump in the first few moments as they were able to string together some solid shifts. Tuukka Rask appeared to be on his game in the opening period making a few important stops including a nice kick save on a shot by Ryan Dzingel.

The Bruins seemed to be more responsible especially in the defensive zone by blocking shots and not allowing Columbus to establish an attacking rhythm. The B’s picked up their first power play of the game as Nick Foligno was called for slashing with under nine minutes left in the period. Columbus killed off the penalty without much resistance as the Bruins failed to move the puck in the offensive zone with any efficiency.

Both teams began to find an offensive rhythm in their respective attacking zones but neither team could solve the opponents goaltenders who faced some pretty good chances. Boone Jenner gave the Blue Jackets the late first period lead with a wrist shot off the rush that beat Rask with 1:23 left in the period.

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Torey Krug tripped Artemi Panarin shortly after the goal, giving Columbus a chance to double the lead before the intermission. The B’s killed off the remainder of the period with the Blue Jackets still having over a minute left on the man advantage.

Score: 1-0 Blue Jackets

Second Period

The B’s killed off the rest of the Columbus man advantage without yielding any significant chances. The Bruins continued to get chances in the offensive zone but still were unable to solve Sergei Bobrovsky who kept the game scoreless early on in the second period. Rask also continued to have a solid game, making a quick succession of saves on Jenner and Seth Jones toward the midway point of the game.

The Blue Jackets continued to be incredibly physical in the second period which seemed to bother the Bruins who couldn’t get much of an offensive rhythm going. After a crazy scramble in front that nearly resulted in the second Columbus goal, Brad Marchand took a penalty for a stick which resulted in another Blue Jackets power play about midway through the period.

Matt Duchene buried a loose puck in front of Rask to double the Blue Jackets lead with over seven minutes remaining in the period.

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The Bruins responded with a good shift in the attacking zone but came away empty handed as they continued to struggle to get anything going offensively. Karson Kuhlman got a couple great chances after the goal as he continued his strong game back in the lineup for the first time in the series. Jake DeBrusk jammed home a loose puck with 39 seconds left in the period to give the Bruins some life.

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Score: 2-1 Blue Jackets

Third Period

The Bruins became a bit more physical early in the final period as they looked to impose their will to take over the game. The B’s did continue to get pucks to the net in the opening moments of the third as they looked to tie the game. The Bruins fourth line had a tremendous shift which nearly tied the game but Noel Acciari hit the post on a great chance from the slot set up by McAvoy.

The Bruins had very solid puck movement in the attacking but nothing more than they had previously in the game. Chances were there but again the Bruins had trouble converting them into goals. Rask continued his strong game with some nice stick play to deny chances for the Blue Jackets. Marchand drew a penalty with under nine minutes left as he was tripped skating down the slot. 16 seconds into the man advantage, Bergeron tripped Josh Anderson which resulted in a four on four.

The Bruins killed off the abbreviated power play and even got a few good looks at the net but still found themselves down a goal with over six minutes to go. The B’s continued to push hard for the tying goal seemingly ready to empty the tank to try to send the game to overtime. Rask went to the bench with about 2:20 to go. The Bruins failed to find the tying goal as the Blue Jackets took a 2-1 series lead.

Final Score: 2-1 Blue Jackets

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Bobrovsky. No doubt about this one as the Blue Jackets goaltender stole another game in the series, making 34 stops.

Second Star: Rask. The Bruin goaltender was nearly as good as Bobrovsky as he kept Boston in the game all night, withstanding a couple of big Columbus surges.

Third Star: Jenner. The fourth line for the Blue Jackets had a solid game, finding the back of the net and continuing to be incredibly physical.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECSF Game 2: Columbus at Boston: 4/27/19

charlie-coyle-bruins-blue-jacketsPhoto Courtesy Of Sports Illustrated

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (5-3)

Away: Columbus Blue Jackets (4-1)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Heinen

Johansson-Coyle-Wagner

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Columbus’s Lineup

Forwards

Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson

Foligno-Duchene-Anderson

Texier-Wennberg-Bjorkstrand

Dubinsky-Jenner-Nash

Defense

Werenski-Jones

Kukan-Savard

Harrington-Clendening

Goalies

Bobrovsky

Korpisalo

First Period

Both teams got off to an energetic start especially the Bruins who threw their weight around with a few big hits. Neither team was able to get much of an attacking rhythm in the early going as not many shots were attempted. The Bruins would go to the power play with 13:31 left in the period as Josh Anderson went off for interference in front of the Boston net. Matt Grzelcyk found the back of the net over a minute into the man advantage to give the Bruins the lead.

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The Blue Jackets responded with a good shift which nearly resulted in them tying the game but the B’s defense remained strong. The game began to get a bit more physical especially after a battle in the corner in the Columbus end. The Bruins started to find an offensive rhythm with a few chances in the attacking zone but the score remained the same.

Columbus continued to have trouble generating scoring chances which resulted in them scrambling their forward lines to find some offense late in the period. A scrum behind the Boston goal after the period ended continued the physical tone the period had.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Blue Jackets picked up a power play at the end of the period as Brad Marchand served his first penalty of the postseason. Artemi Panarin blasted home the tying goal on the man advantage just over a minute into the middle period.

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The Bruins answered right back with a goal less than a minute after the Panarin goal as Charlie Coyle banked a puck in off of David Pastrnak past Sergei Bobrovsky as the B’s regained the lead.

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The Blue Jackets responded once again with a solid shift in the Boston end following the go ahead goal. The B’s would go shorthanded again as Zdeno Chara was called for tripping Cam Atkinson with under 14 minutes left in the period. The Bruins caught a break while shorthanded as Anderson was guilty of a high stick on Sean Kuraly which resulted in a four on four. Panarin made it two goals on the night after a bad turnover in the defensive zone and the Blue Jackets tied the game once again.

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The Blue Jackets killed off the ensuing power play despite the Bruins moving the puck very effectively. The second period had a much more frenzied pace as both teams skated very well but the Bruins continued to have trouble with turnovers especially in the defensive zone.

Score: Tied 2-2

Third Period

The Bruins got some solid scoring chances in the opening moments of the final period but were unable to solve Bobrovsky for a third time. The B’s seemed to be the aggressor in early going of the third, generating sone pressure in the offensive zone. Shots were hard to come by and the Bruins continued to pass up scoring opportunities to make an extra pass. The B’s started to struggle in the defensive zone as Columbus brought some pressure toward the midway point of the period.

Atkinson went to the box with 9:12 to go for tripping as the B’s looked to get the lead back. Boston failed to get any momentum on the man advantage as they couldn’t even manage a shot on goal. A long run of continuous play yielded a few scoring chances for both teams but neither could find the back of the net going into the final moments of regulation. Tuukka Rask made a gigantic save on Nick Foligno in the final minute to preserve the tie going into overtime.

End of Regulation: Tied 2-2

Overtime

Rask robbed Foligno yet again in the opening minutes of overtime with a ridiculous glove save off of a two on one rush. The Bruins held much of the possession in the early going of the extra period but couldn’t find any great scoring chances. A crazy bounce nearly went past Bobrovsky for the winning goal but he made the glove save on the bounce just over six minutes gone in the overtime. A couple of huge saves by Bobrovsky on Patrice Bergeron kept the game tied.

Charlie McAvoy took a high sticking penalty about halfway through the overtime period as Columbus looked to tie the series with a goal on the man advantage. The Bruins killed off the penalty as the Blue Jackets failed to get any legitimate chances in the offensive zone. Bergeron again has a great chance late in the session but Bobrovsky made another huge stop.

First Overtime: Tied 2-2

Second Overtime

Rask made another big save after a bad turnover in the defensive zone just seconds into the second overtime off the stick of Boone Jenner. Bergeron was whistled for tripping in the opening minutes of the second overtime session as the Blue Jackets got another chance on the man advantage. Matt Duchene ended it with a rebound goal in front on the man advantage as Columbus evened the series.

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Final Score: 3-2 Blue Jackets

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Bobrovsky. The game’s best player made the biggest saves in Game 2 and was the main reason why the Blue Jackets evened the series.

Second Star: Panarin. The Russian winger was outstanding and tallied three points in the victory for Columbus.

Third Star: Rask. The Bruins goaltender kept them in the game with a couple big saves in the overtime sessions but ultimately came up a bit short.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: ECQF Game 1: Toronto at Boston: 4/11/19

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game SevenPhoto Courtesy Of CBS Boston – CBS Local

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (0-0)

Away: Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Johansson-Coyle-Heinen

Nordstrom-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Toronto’s Lineup

Forwards

Hyman-Tavares-Marner

Johnsson-Matthews-Kapanen

Marleau-Kadri-Nylander

Moore-Gauthier-Brown

Defense

Rielly-Hainsey

Muzzin-Zaitsev

Gardiner-Dermott

Goalies

Andersen

Sparks

First Period

Both teams were into it right from puck drop, not giving an inch and moving the puck very confidently. Tuukka Rask was solid in the opening moments as he faced a few good scoring chances and answered them effectively. Neither team had a noticeable advantage in possession in the first moments of the period as both teams were able to move the puck effectively. The Bruins received the first power play of the game as Connor Clifton took a high stick from William Nylander.

After a great pass from Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron buried a man advantage goal to give the Bruins the lead with 10:29 to go in the period.

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The Bruins found some momentum after the goal as they looked to extend the lead. The Leafs became a little scattered in the defensive zone as the Bruins got a couple of great scoring opportunities. The B’s continued to be very solid in the defensive zone, blocking shots and not allowing too many good scoring chances by the Leafs. After a mad scramble in front of the Boston net, Mitch Marner knocked home a loose puck to tie the game with under four minutes remaining in the period.

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Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The B’s went to their second power play just moments into the period as Jake DeBrusk took a stick up high from Kasperi Kapanen. After a bad turnover by DeBrusk in the offensive zone, he tripped Marner on the ensuing rush which resulted in a penalty shot for the Leafs. Marner scored his second of the game on a beautiful move to give Toronto their first lead.

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The Leafs killed the penalty despite the Bruins moving the puck well on the man advantage. The Bruins continued to the strong puck movement following the goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. Charlie Coyle was especially unlucky as he had multiple great chances in the offensive zone. The Bruins continued to get chances in the offensive zone toward and after the midway point of the period.

The Leafs started to get some chances in the Boston end including Auston Matthews hitting the post behind Rask but the puck stayed out. The Bruins started to move the puck incredibly quickly looking to tie the game but they were unable to string chances together. The Leafs doubled the lead as Nazem Kadri sprung Nylander on a beautiful pass through the neutral zone and Nylander then beat Rask with about two minutes to go in the period.

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Rask made a gigantic stop on John Tavares on a breakaway to keep the game within striking distance with under a minute left in the period.

Score: 3-1 Leafs

Third Period

The Bruins seemed to be the aggressor in the first few moments of the final period, pushing to get back into the game. The B’s continued to have a hard time generating more than one chance in the offensive zone as the Leafs started to bear down defensively. The fourth line nearly cut into the lead with a great shift towards the midway point of the period but they were unable to capitalize on their multiple chances in front.

The Leafs looked a lot more structured in the neutral zone in the final period as they seemed dead set on not allowing the Bruins to pick up speed into the offensive zone. The Leafs would get their first power play opportunity with 8:15 to go as Zdeno Chara took an interference penalty. The B’s killed it off despite some good chances for the Leafs.

The Leafs defense continued to have a solid final period as they prevented scoring chances by blocking shots and not letting the Bruins get much going in the offensive end. The Bruins pulled Rask with under three minutes to go, down by two goals. Tavares iced it with an empty net goal with 1:19 remaining.

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Final Score: 4-1 Leafs

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Marner. The Leafs winger was the best player on the ice in Game 1, scoring twice and playing sound defensive hockey.

Second Star: Frederik Andersen. The Leafs goalie was at his best in Game 1, truly stealing the game for Toronto.

Third Star: Rask. Despite the three goals allowed, Rask was solid at times and kept the Bruins in the game with big stops in the third period.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Tampa Bay at Boston: 4/6/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (49-23-9)

Away: Tampa Bay Lightning (61-16-4)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Johansson-Coyle-Senyshyn

Blidh-Frederic-Backes

Heinen-Nordstrom-Kuhlman

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Clifton-Grzelcyk

Lauzon-Kampfer

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Tampa Bay’s Lineup

Forwards

Gourde-Stamkos-Kucherov

Palat-Johnson-Joseph

Killorn-Cirelli-Callahan

Erne-Martel-Miller

Defense

Coburn-Girardi

McDonagh-Cernak

Gaunce-Rutta

Goalies

Pasquale

Vasilevskiy

First Period

Prior to puck drop, the Bruins organization handed out a bevy of regular season awards to celebrate another successful season in Boston.

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Neither team was too aggressive in the early going, undoubtedly trying to avoid any injuries and not expend too much energy. Scoring chances were few and far between in the opening period as neither team could get consistently good shift in the opponents zone. The Bruins started to get an attacking zone rhythm in the middle stages of the period thanks to a solid shift by the third line. Tuukka Rask made a nice stop on Mathieu Joseph to keep the game scoreless with about 10 minutes left in the period.

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The B’s seemed to be the more aggressive team in terms of scoring chances in the first period as they strung together a couple great offensive shifts. A nice passing sequence by the Bruins resulted in David Krejci knocking home a loose puck in front to give Boston the lead.

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The Bruins continued to be quick to the puck and continued to get chances in the offensive zone as they looked to extend their lead. Danton Heinen doubled the Boston lead with just 19 seconds left in the period on a beautiful shot past Pasquale.

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Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins went to the penalty kill as Joakim Nordstrom slashed Steven Stamkos about three minutes into the period as the Lightning looked to get back into it. Erik Cernak cut the lead in half with a dart of a shot past Rask on the man advantage.

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The Bruins seemed to respond well to the Lighting goal as they got their skating legs back under them. The B’s continued to be very hungry on the puck toward the midway point of the game as the looked to assert control. The Lightning looked a lot more comfortable handling the puck in the second period with a lot more noticeably crisp passes. The Bruins would head to their first power play as Nordstrom was hit by a high stick with over seven minutes remaining in the period.

After a bad turnover in the offensive zone, Stamkos skated in on a breakaway that tied the game as the Bruins gave up yet another shorthanded goal on the season.

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The Lightning killed off the Boston power play despite some good puck movement by the B’s. Pasquale continued to have a strong game with a couple huge saves late in the second period. Anthony Cirelli buried a shot in the slot with about three minutes left in the period to give Tampa their first lead of the game.

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The Bruins challenged the goal for goalie interference but unfortunately to no avail. After Krejci was hit hard by Joseph, David Pastrnak took a penalty for roughing with just over two minutes left. The B’s killed it off and kept it a one goal game.

Score: 3-2 Lightning

Third Period

Just 53 seconds into the period, Nikita Kucherov made an incredible individual play in the offensive zone to double the Tampa Bay advantage.

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The Bruins continued to get some good scoring chances in the final period as they moved the puck pretty well in the offensive and neutral zones. The B’s would go to the man advantage with under fifteen minutes remaining in the game as Tyler Johnson was called for tripping. Tampa Bay killed off the penalty despite the Bruins getting some great opportunities.

The game started to get very nasty towards the end of the period as both team began to throw their weight around. Both Joseph and David Backes would go to the box for roughing following a scrum in front of the Tampa Bay bench. Matt Grzelcyk found the back of the net on the ensuing four on four to cut the deficit to one on a nice wrist shot.

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Just mere seconds after the goal, Brayden Coburn somehow found the net on a long wrist shot as Tampa Bay regained their two goal advantage.

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The Bruins pulled the goalie with under three minutes to go as they tried desperately to get back into the game. Johnson ended it with an empty net goal with 1:26 to go.

Final Score: 6-3 Lightning

Three Stars Of The Regular Season

First Star: Brad Marchand. The feisty winger had his best career season, surpassing 100 points for the first time and being the best offensive player on the team all year long.

Second Star: Patrice Bergeron. Amazingly, Bergeron set a career high in points this season despite missing a decent chunk of the year. He continues to impress every single season.

Third Star: Krejci. Despite a revolving door of winger at certain moments, the veteran center tied a career high in points and looked to be at his very best at multiple times of the year.

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Bruins Recall Frederic, Senyshyn From Providence

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today that the team has recalled forwards Trent Frederic and Zach Senyshyn from Providence on an emergency basis.

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Frederic has skated in 13 games for Boston this season, going scoreless. He made his NHL debut on January 29th against the Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden. He has skated in 51 games for Providence this season, posting 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. He also posted five goals and three assists for eight points in 13 appearances for Providence last season. The St. Louis, Missouri native was selected by the Bruins in the first round (29th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Senyshyn has skated in 62 games for Providence this season, posting 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points. Last season, he posted numbers of 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 66 games in Providence. Prior to turning pro, Senyshyn spent three seasons in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds posting 114 goals and 63 assists for 177 points in 195 career games. The Ottawa, Ontario native was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (15th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Senyshyn will likely make his NHL debut tomorrow night in Minnesota as this could be a showcase for him to show what he has in his first career call up. Frederic should also see some playing over the next two games probably on the third line. Senyshyn should see time on the second line perhaps with David Krejci and potentially even time on the power play. Both guys have the ability to truly impress over these next two games and could develop some momentum into the next season when they attempt to make the big club in Boston.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Columbus: 4/2/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Home: Columbus Blue Jackets (45-30-4)

Away: Boston Bruins (47-23-9)

Columbus’s Lineup

Forwards

Panarin-Duchene-Atkinson

Dzingel-Dubois-Anderson

Wennberg-Jenner-Bjorkstrand

Dubinsky-Nash-Foligno

Defense

Werenski-Jones

Nutivaara-Savard

Harrington-Kukan

Goalies

Bobrovsky

Korpisalo

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Johansson-Coyle-Wagner

Nordstrom-Acciari-Backes

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Miller

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

A wild sequence in front of the Columbus net resulted in Jake DeBrusk banging home a bouncing puck off the top of the goal to give the Bruins the lead not even two minutes into the game.

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A couple great saves by Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins ahead as the Blue Jackets mounted a couple of good answering shifts. The Jackets continued to get chances in the offensive zone but Rask continued his strong start to keep it a one goal game. The B’s got the majority of the possession in the first half of the period but had trouble with giving up a lot of odd man rushes to Columbus.

The Bruins started to get some chances in the offensive zone in the middle stages of the period as the Jackets became a little lax in their own end. The game started to become physical after Noel Acciari was hit hard into the end boards by David Savard but surprisingly no penalty was called. Marcus Johansson doubled the lead after a tremendous shift by the third line, giving him his first goal as a Bruin.

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Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Blue Jackets opened the period with some good chances in the offensive zone but came up empty as they looked to get right back in it. Columbus continued their strong start to the period with more chances in front of Rask but the Bruins held firm, maintaining the two goal advantage. The B’s didn’t have the same offensive jump in the early going of the second period and failed to get many scoring chances.

Karson Kuhlman nearly tripled the lead with a breakaway opportunity but couldn’t slip the puck past Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets responded with a great shift that resulted in a power play. 12 seconds into the man advantage, Alexander Wennberg was called for a questionable tripping penalty to negate the power play. Neither team found the back of the net on the four on four and the score remained 2-0. Another breakaway stop by Bobrovsky this time on DeBrusk kept the B’s from running away on the scoreboard.

Rask continued to have a good night in net after a couple of weak starts as he withstood a couple of big Columbus rallies to keep the Bruins ahead. Brad Marchand buried a loose puck in front to make it 3-0 Boston after a great shift by the first line with under five minutes left in the period.

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DeBrusk made it a four goal game after a sweet feed from Kuhlman just 46 seconds after Marchand’s goal to give Number 74 his second goal of the evening. Joonas Korpisalo replaced Bobrovsky in net following the goal.

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Score: 4-0 Bruins

Third Period

Just 34 seconds into the period, David Pastrnak ripped a wrist shot past Korpisalo for his 37th goal of the season to make it a five spot on the scoreboard for the B’s. Marchand picked up an assist for his 100th point of the season, becoming the first Bruin to reach the plateau since Joe Thornton in 2002-03.

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Marchand picked up an interference penalty under four minutes into the period as the Blue Jackets looked to get on the board. Oliver Bjorkstrand fired a rocket past Rask from the top of the circle to give him a goal for a sixth consecutive game.

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Columbus went to the man advantage soon after the goal as Charlie McAvoy was called for a high sticking double minor to give the Blue Jackets a legitimate shot to get back in the game. The Bruins killed off the first minor penalty without much resistance, giving them some much needed momentum. Matt Duchene made it a 5-2 game after a nice cross ice pass from Artemi Panarin with 10:46 remaining.

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The Bruins responded with a tremendous shift by the second line and Kuhlman knocked home a loose puck for his second career goal to give the Bruins a four goal lead yet again.

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Final Score: 6-2 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: DeBrusk. The young winger was simply awesome in this game, burying two goals and being his usual energetic self.

Second Star: David Krejci. A couple helpers for the veteran center gave him a new career high for assists in a season as he turned in another good, solid performance.

Third Star: Rask. While not incredibly busy, Rask had a good, solid night in goal to stop the B’s recent two game skid.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Florida at Boston: 3/30/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (47-21-9)

Away: Florida Panthers (34-32-12)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Johansson

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Heinen-Coyle-Wagner

Nordstrom-Acciari-Backes

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Florida’s Lineup

Forwards

Huberdeau-Barkov-Dadonov

Hoffman-Trocheck-Hawryluk

Sceviour-Borgstrom-Vatrano

Hunt-Sheahan-Brouwer

Defense

Yandle-Ekblad

Pysyk-Brown

Weegar-Matheson

Goalies

Luongo

Montembeault

First Period

Prior to puck drop, Chris Wagner received the Seventh Player Award for his solid work this season in his first year in black and gold.

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It was apparent that both teams had their skating games ready to go in the early moments of the game as they each got a few chances. The Bruins seemed to move the puck better in the opening moments of the period but weren’t able to solve Roberto Luongo. While the B’s weren’t able to find the back of the net they did put a lot of pressure on the Panthers by forcing a bunch of turnovers in the neutral zone.

The B’s continued to get shots on goal and at one point held an 11-2 advantage in that category. The Bruins would go to the penalty kill as Jake DeBrusk was called for tripping with about eight minutes left in the period. The B’s killed off the penalty as the Panthers failed to gain an offensive rhythm on the man advantage. Immediately following the power play, Riley Sheahan had the puck go in off of his body to give Florida the 1-0 lead.

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The Panthers doubled their lead as Evgenii Dadonov buried a rebound in front of Tuukka Rask for his 27th of the season with under five minutes left in the period.

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The Bruins responded with a couple of great shifts but Luongo and the Florida defense came up huge to maintain the two goal advantage.

Score: 2-0 Panthers

Second Period

The Bruins nearly cut the lead in half in first moments of the period but DeBrusk hit the post after an incredible feed from David Krejci from behind the net. The B’s continued to move the puck very well in the second period as they looked to get back into the game but Luongo continued to be sharp. The B’s skating game was very strong in the middle period as the flow of play continued to be in their favor.

The B’s continued to give the Panthers fits in their own zone but couldn’t find many good scoring chances as they attempted to cut the lead in half. Noel Acciari did just that with an incredible effort in front as he knocked in a loose puck past Luongo.

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The Bruins picked up their first power play of the day as Jonathan Huberdeau went off for interference as Boston looked to tie the game. Troy Brouwer fired home a wicked wrist shot while shorthanded to double the Florida lead yet again.

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The Bruins got their second power play of the game as Sheahan went to the box for slashing with over two minutes remaining in the period. The Panthers killed off the penalty as the B’s got a few chances in the offensive zone but it remained a two goal deficit.

Score: 3-1 Panthers

Third Period

The Bruins continued to have success in the Florida end in the early stages of the final period but still were unable to cut into the lead. Both Charlie McAvoy and Brad Marchand got back to back great scoring chances but couldn’t solve Luongo who stood tall. The Panthers responded with a couple solid shifts as they looked to extend their advantage. The Bruins continued to dominate in the offensive zone but had nothing to show for it almost midway through the third period.

The Panthers continued to turn the puck over a ton in the final period as the Bruins did a good job to create them but just weren’t able to convert them into goals. Rask was busier in the third period and did a good job to keep the Bruins in the game as the clock started to become a factor.

The Panthers finally began to play well defensively as the game drew to a close as they sensed the desperation from the Bruins. Rask went to the bench with about three minutes to play. Dadonov iced the game with an empty net goal with 2:19 to go, his second of the game.

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Final Score: 4-1 Panthers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Luongo. The veteran goaltender was at his very best in this one as he turned back every shot except for the Acciari goal in the second period.

Second Star: Dadonov. The Florida winger had a solid effort with two goals as the Panthers scored a big win against the B’s.

Third Star: Acciari. The fourth line grinder had another solid game as he added a goal to go along with a couple of nice hits.

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