Bruins Pastrnak Wins Share Of Rocket Richard Trophy

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

The NHL announced various award winners this afternoon after coming to a decision to keep all regular season statistics where they are and not count statistics from the proposed qualifying rounds of the 24 team playoff. For the first time in team history, a Boston Bruin has won the Rocket Richard trophy since it was introduced in 1999 as the leading goal scorer in the entire league. David Pastrnak finished the regular season tied with Alexander Ovechkin with 48 goals to win his first major NHL award in his sixth season.

Pastrnak had been on a scoring tear pretty much the entire season, never going more than five games without a goal. He totaled four hat tricks this season including a four goal outburst against Anaheim and two separate hat tricks against Montreal.

It’s also worth noting that Pasta recorded four two goals games this season. He finishes the regular season with 48 goals and 47 assists for 95 points good for third in the entire league. It’s also the fourth straight season Pastrnak has recorded 30 goals or more. It’s not just goal scoring with Pasta that’s impressive, it’s his overall game as he’s had at least 40 assists and 80 points for the last three seasons.

The Bruins selected the Havirov, Czech Republic native in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Pastrnak made his NHL debut the following season on November 24th, 2014 in Boston against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Mark Stuart

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Happy 36th Birthday to Former Bruins Defenseman Mark Stuart!

Mark Stuart was born on April 27th, 1984 in Rochester, Minnesota. He began his amateur career in the 99-00 campaign with the Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League (USHL) playing four games. Stuart spent the next two seasons in the United States National Team Development Program, playing for the U17 and U18 team as well as the Juniors team. He played a total of 125 games in the program, posting 12 goals and 27 assists for 39 points.

Prior to attending Colorado College in the fall of 2002, Stuart captained the United States U18 team to a gold medal at the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships in which he totaled a goal and two assists for three points in eight games. In the NCAA, Stuart posted three goals and 17 assists for 20 points in 38 games for the Tigers, earning him All-WCHA Rookie Team honors. After his successful rookie season, Stuart was selected 21st overall by the Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Stuart played two more seasons at Colorado College, playing a total of 82 games and posting six goals and 24 assists for 30 points. In his junior season, Stuart guided the Tigers to the Frozen Four where they lost to eventual champion and in-state rival, the University of Denver. During that season Stuart was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and was also named AHCA West First-Team All-American.

It’s also worth noting that Stuart played at the World Junior Championships for the United States in 2003 and 2004, winning gold in 2004. Stuart began his professional career in the 05-06 season for the Providence Bruins, playing 60 games and posting four goals and three assists for seven points. He also made his NHL debut that season for the Bruins on March 11th, 2006. Stuart played 17 games for the big club that season, posting a goal and an assist. Stuart also split the next season between Boston and Providence, posting an assist in 15 games for Boston and totaling four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 49 games for Providence.

Stuart spent parts of the next four seasons for the Bruins before being traded to the Atlanta Thrashers on February 18th, 2011 along with Blake Wheeler in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. Stuart finished his career in Boston having posted 13 goals and 27 assists in 283 career games. He also posted two assists in 22 postseason games. Just days after being traded, Atlanta signed Stuart to a three-year deal worth $5.1 million. Stuart was part of the final game in Thrashers history on April 10th, 2011 before the franchise moved to Winnipeg to become the Jets.

Stuart played in the Jets first game the following season, assisting on the first goal. Stuart played in 80 games that season posting three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. During the lockout in 2012, Stuart played for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Stuart spent the last five years of his NHL career in Winnipeg, appearing in 287 games, posting nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points. Stuart was bought out by the Jets following the 16-17 campaign and was invited to the Chicago Blackhawks camp the next season on a professional tryout but didn’t make the roster.

Stuart spent his last professional season in Germany playing in the DEL for Adler Mannheim, posting a goal and six assists for seven points in 51 games. Stuart has two older brothers, Colin and Mike who had brief NHL careers. Stuart finished his NHL career appearing in 673 games with 26 goals and 67 assists for 93 points. Happy Birthday Mr. Stuart!

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Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Wayne Hicks

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Happy 83rd Birthday to Former Bruins Right Winger Wayne Hicks!

Wayne Hicks was born on April 9th, 1937 in Aberdeen, Washington. He began his junior career in the now-defunct Western Canada Junior Hockey League (WCJHL) with the Calgary Buffaloes at the age of 16. He played four seasons in juniors totaling 75 goals and 69 assists for 144 points in 141 games for Calgary, the Moose Jaw Canucks, the Yorkton Terriers, and Melville Millionaires.

Hicks then played in parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Stampeders posting 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points in 128 games. Hicks then played nearly a full season in the now-defunct Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) with the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds, posting 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points in 69 games before making his NHL debut in the 1960 NHL playoffs for the Chicago Black Hawks.

Hicks made his regular-season debut the following season for Chicago playing in just a single game. Hicks’s only playoff appearance has a special place in Black Hawks history as he helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup on April 16th, 1961 with a 5-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Hicks was traded the following season to the Montreal Canadiens then was drafted about a week later by the Bruins in the Intra-League Draft.

Hicks posted seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 65 games in the 1962-63 season for Boston. He didn’t stay in Boston for long as he was dealt back to Montreal before the following season for cash. He spent the majority of his next four seasons in the AHL for the Quebec Aces, the Canadiens affiliate before the Philadelphia Flyers purchased the AHL franchise in May of 1967.

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Hicks became the first American-born player in Flyers history and was part of the starting lineup for the very first game in franchise history on October 11th, 1967. During that season, Hicks became the first player to score in the redone Madison Square Garden on February 18th, 1968. Hicks played 32 games for the Flyers before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 27th for Art Stratton. He finished the campaign posting six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 47 games for both teams.

Hicks never played in the NHL after the 1968 season but enjoyed good success in both the WHL and AHL. In his final two seasons in the AHL, he posted 47 goals and 57 assists for 104 points in 129 games for the Baltimore Clippers. In his final four seasons in the WHL for primarily the Phoenix Roadrunners, he totaled 91 goals and 131 assists for 222 points in 283 games.

Since his retirement in 1974, Hicks was inducted into the Regional District of Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Hicks is the father of Alex Hicks who also played for the Penguins. When Alex played his first game for Pittsburgh on November 21st, 1996, it marked the first time a father and son had played for the Penguins. Happy Birthday Mr. Hicks!

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Philadelphia: 3/10/20

 

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Home: Philadelphia Flyers (41-20-7)

Away: Boston Bruins (43-14-12)

Philadelphia’s Lineup

Forwards

Giroux-Couturier-Voracek

Farabee-Hayes-Konecny

Laughton-Grant-Pitlick

Raffl-Thompson-Aube-Kubel

Defense

Provorov-Niskanen

Sanheim-Hagg

Gostisbehere-Braun

Goalies

Hart

Elliott

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Ritchie-Krejci-Kase

Kuraly-Coyle-DeBrusk

Nordstrom-Lindholm-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Moore-Clifton

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Neither team had much going offensively in the opening moments as few shots were put on goal on either side. The Bruins started to maintain an attacking zone rhythm toward the midway point of the period but the Flyers did as well as they drew a penalty with 13:40 left. The B’s killed off the man advantage thanks to a couple of monster saves by Tuukka Rask including a phenomenal stop on Travis Konecny. Rask continued to have a strong period as they got a number of quality chances after the power play. The Bruins continued to have trouble getting possession of the puck past the midway point of the period as the Flyers started to take control of the game.

Late in the period Boston went to the penalty kill yet again as Brad Marchand was called for holding in the neutral zone. Philadelphia didn’t manage much on the power play except for a couple shots that Rask stopped rather easily and the game remained scoreless going into the final moments of the period. The Bruins picked up a final minute power play as Ivan Provorov was called for a high stick.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Bruins began the period on the power play that was picked up at the end of the first. The Flyers killed off the penalty and even got a number of shorthanded opportunities on Rask. Bruce Cassidy seemed to shuffle the forward lines in the middle period to try to ignite some offense to get the B’s going. The Bruins started to find an offensive rhythm at the midway point of the period as they looked to be the more energetic team. Rask continued to be busy as the Flyers threw shots on goal from nearly every angle.

The Bruins continued to have trouble maintaining much of an offensive rhythm and as a result lagged behind Philadelphia in shots on goal. The Flyers picked up their third power play of the night as Marchand went to the box again with under six minutes left in the period. Boston killed off the penalty once again as Rask stood tall which to that point was becoming the story of the game. The B’s responded as they drew a penalty on Justin Braun immediately after, giving them an opportunity to take the lead. Matt Grzelcyk finally opened the scoring with a bomb from the point as the B’s took the late period lead.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period

The B’s opened the period with some great energy as they looked to extend the lead in the early moments of the third. The Flyers continued to get shots on goal but Rask continued to come up big. The B’s looked like the aggressor in the final period as they pushed hard for another goal to take control of the game. The tempo of the game started to pick up past the midway point of the period as both teams started to get a bit desperate. Both teams traded chances down the stretch, going end to end a couple times but the score remained the same thanks to stellar goaltending. Patrice Bergeron doubled the Boston lead with a long wrist shot past Carter Hart with over five minutes to go.

Immediately following the goal, Scott Laughton was called for a high stick which resulted in a Bruins power play, giving them a chance to essentially put the game on ice. The Flyers killed it off despite some great puck movement by Boston and still had a chance to get back in the game. Philadelphia pulled Hart with about 2:30 to play as they looked for a couple of quick goals.

Final Score: 2-0 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Rask

Second Star: Grzelcyk

Third Star: Bergeron

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at New York Islanders: 2/29/20

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

Home: New York Islanders (35-20-8)

Away: Boston Bruins (40-13-12)

New York’s Lineup

Forwards

Lee-Barzal-Eberle

Beauvillier-Nelson-Brassard

Dal Colle-Pageau-Bailey

Martin-Clutterbuck-Komarov

Defense

Greene-Pulock

Toews-Mayfield

Leddy-Boychuk

Goalies

Varlamov

Greiss

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Ritchie-Krejci-Kase

DeBrusk-Coyle-Kuhlman

Kuraly-Lindholm-Nordstrom

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Neither team got much going offensively in the early moments thanks to strong defensive play. The B’s struck first as David Pastrnak scored his 47th goal of the season after Patrice Bergeron had a good net drive that took Semyon Varlamov out of the play.

The Bruins continued to be very strong especially in the attacking zone as they looked to extend their lead. The Islanders had a hard time getting the puck out of their zone as the Bruins seemed to be dominating every facet of the game. Boston made it two goals in the period as a shot by Matt Grzelcyk took a big deflection off a body and past Varlamov with about seven minutes to go.

Nick Ritchie took a penalty shortly after the goal as the Islanders got an opportunity to stop the bleeding. The B’s killed off the man advantage as they got a number of good blocked shots and a couple of key stops by Tuukka Rask. The Islanders seemed to get a bit of a jump from the power play as they started to find their skating legs. Pastrnak was called for tripping with about a minute left in the period as the Islanders got another opportunity on the power play. Boston killed the remainder of the period with New York still on the man advantage.

Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins killed off the rest of the penalty despite some very good puck movement by the Islanders. The Bruins continued to move the puck incredibly well in every area of the ice as they took the play to the Islanders. New York began to build a bit of momentum with some attacking zone chances but that stopped pretty quickly as the Bruins went to the power play for the first time in the game. The Islanders were called for a high stick during the man advantage which resulted in a five on three situation. New York killed off both penalties despite the Bruins moving the puck fairly well.

Zdeno Chara was called for a slash late in the period as the Islanders got yet another chance to get back into the game. The B’s killed it off yet again as they continued to have a very strong defensive game. Ritchie took another penalty, this time for a cross check as New York got another power play opportunity. The B’s were able to kill off the remainder of the period as the Islanders would only have two seconds of power play time in the final period.

Score: 2-0 Bruins

Third Period

The Islanders had a good push to start the period as they looked to cut into the Boston lead. Rask continued his strong game with a number of big saves to keep New York at bay. The Bruins began to have a lot of trouble manufacturing any offense as New York started to take the play to them. Brad Marchand made it 3-0 for Boston on a wrap around goal about midway through the period.

After a bit of scrum, Pastrnak was called for roughing resulting in a power play for New York as they got another opportunity to score on the man advantage. The Islanders were called for a penalty midway through the power play, resulting in a four on four. Charlie McAvoy made it a four goal lead with a bomb from the point on the man advantage with under four minutes left.

Jeremy Lauzon was called for a penalty with about a minute to go as he went off for holding. As a fitting end to the game, the Bruins killed off the remainder of the period as Rask picked up his fourth shutout of the year.

Final Score: 4-0 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: McAvoy

Second Star: Rask

Third Star: Pasternak

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Arizona at Boston: 2/8/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (33-10-12)

Away: Arizona Coyotes (27-22-7)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Kuraly-Coyle-Bjork

Blidh-Lindholm-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Moore

Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Arizona’s Lineup

Forwards

Hall-Dvorak-Garland

Crouse-Stepan-Kessel

Keller-Schmaltz-Hinostroza

Soderberg-Richardson-Fischer

Defense

Chychrun-Goligoski

Oesterle-Hjalmarsson

Ness-Lyubuskin

Goalies

Hill

Raanta

First Period

Neither team had many chances in the early going as they appeared to be a bit slow perhaps because of the start time. Arizona started to get a bit of an attacking zone rhythm toward the midway point of the period but the Bruins did a good job limiting their high danger chances. The Coyotes would pick up the game’s first power play as Charlie McAvoy was called for hooking with about 11 minutes left in the period. The B’s killed off the penalty as Tuukka Rask made a number of big saves to keep the game scoreless.

The Bruins got a few chances past the midway point but nothing came of it. Boston would get an opportunity on the man advantage with under six minutes to go in the period. The Coyotes killed off the power play as the B’s failed to get any sort of momentum. The Bruins were called for a high stick late in the period as Arizona got another chance to take a lead. The Coyotes were unable to find the back of the net as the Bruins continued to be strong defensively. Almost immediately after Jeremy Lauzon came out of the box he was called for a match penalty on a hit to the head. Boston killed off the remainder of the period with the Coyotes still having 4:40 on the power play.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Coyotes finally drew first blood as Phil Kessel fired a loose puck past Rask with about 75 seconds left on the power play.

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The Bruins killed off the remainder of the penalty and immediately following it Lawson Crouse was called for roughing, giving Boston an opportunity to tie the game. Charlie Coyle tied it just after the penalty expired as McAvoy found him in front with a great feed.

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The power play goal seemed to reinvigorate the Bruins as the continued to get chances in the attacking zone. The B’s picked up their third power play of the afternoon as Brad Richardson was called for interference with eight minutes remaining in the period. Immediately the Bruins took the lead as Patrice Bergeron tipped in a slap pass from David Pastrnak.

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Chris Wagner was able to draw another penalty on a strong drive to the net, giving the Bruins a chance to widen their lead with about six minutes left in the period. Jake DeBrusk extended the lead after he tipped in a shot from Pastrnak less than a minute into the power play.

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The Bruins continued to absolutely dominate the Coyotes in their own zone getting chance after chance and doing a tremendous job keeping possession of the puck.

Score: 3-1 Bruins

Third Period

Jakob Chychrun fired home a loose puck just seconds into the period as the Coyotes drew within one.

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The Bruins had a good push after the goal as they tried to find their game again after a successful second period. Arizona responded with a couple solid shifts in the offensive zone as they looked for the tying goal. Both teams started to take chances as the desperation began to set in. The B’s continued to have some tremendous scoring chances but were unable to extend their lead.

The Coyotes pushed hard for the tying goal in the closing moments of the game and pulled their goalie with about 1:40 to play. Coyle made it two on the day with an empty net goal with 48 seconds to go to ice it for the Bruins.

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Final Score: 4-2 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Coyle

Second Star: Rask

Third Star: Pastrnak

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Winnipeg: 1/31/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Home: Winnipeg Jets (25-22-4)

Away: Boston Bruins (29-10-12)

Winnipeg’s Lineup

Forwards

Connor-Scheifele-Laine
Ehlers-Wheeler-Appleton
Perreault-Copp-Roslovic
Bourque-Shore-Harkins

Defense

Morrissey-Pionk
Kulikov-Niku
Bitetto-Sbisa

Goalies

Brossoit
Hellebuyck

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Coyle-Bjork
Heinen-Krejci-Kuhlman
Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Goalies

Rask
Halak

First Period

Both teams seemed to be a bit sloppy in the opening moments as they traded turnovers up and down the ice. Both teams also had no trouble getting scoring chances due to the sloppy defensive play. Patrick Laine opened the scoring after a great individual effort by Nikolaj Ehlers to give Winnipeg the early lead.

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The Jets seemed to tilt the ice a bit after the goal to put more pressure on the Bruins defense. The B’s began to put together a flurry of scoring chances to try to tie the game but Laurent Brossoit was up to the task. The Bruins continued to get chances in the latter part of the period as they seemed to have had found their legs. A huge hit from Charlie McAvoy resulted in a penalty on Neal Pionk, giving the Bruins a late period power play. Boston would go to a five on three after Josh Morrissey was called for slashing. Patrice Bergeron tied it on the man advantage after a nice feed from Brad Marchand.

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With the goal coming on a five on three, the Bruins continued with another man advantage, giving them a chance to take the lead in the final minute of the period. The Jets killed off the remainder of the period as the Bruins still had about 30 seconds on the power play.

Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The Jets killed off the abbreviated power play and got a tremendous scoring opportunity when Morrissey came out of the box on a partial breakaway but Tuukka Rask made an impressive stop to keep it tied. Matt Grzelcyk was called for hooking soon after as Winnipeg got their first power play opportunity. Marchand was inexplicably called for roughing midway through the power play giving the Jets a two man advantage. The B’s killed the five on three but immediately after Brandon Carlo was called for delay of game, giving the Jets another two man advantage. The B’s killed off both penalties despite the Jets getting a number of high quality chances.

Boston would go to the penalty kill again as Charlie Coyle was whistled for tripping, giving Winnipeg yet another chance to take the lead. The Bruins killed off another penalty which quickly was becoming the story of the game. Carlo was called for an extra two minutes on an instigator penalty prior to dropping the gloves which gave Winnipeg another power play opportunity. The B’s killed off yet another penalty as they continued to frustrate the Jets defensively. The B’s would pick up a power play as Luca Sbisa was called for an instigator penalty prior to his dust up with Karson Kuhlman. The Jets killed off the penalty despite the Bruins moving the puck very well.

Score: Tied 1-1

Third Period

At the tail end of the second period, Torey Krug was called for holding as the Jets would start the final period with a power play and an opportunity to take the lead. Boston would kill it off despite some great scoring chances for Winnipeg. Marchand would draw a slashing penalty soon after, giving the Bruins a chance to take their first lead of the game. Just 32 seconds into the man advantage, David Pastrnak found Jake DeBrusk at the front of the net to give the B’s the lead.

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Both teams continued to throw their body weight around in the third period, not wanting to give the other team an inch. The Jets started to find their legs again past the midway point of the period as they looked to tie the game. Winnipeg continued to make a push late in the period but Rask continued his strong night to maintain the lead. The Jets pulled the goalie with about 90 seconds to go but couldn’t find the back of the net as the Bruins held on.

Final Score: 2-1 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Rask

Second Star: Pastrnak

Third Star: Carlo

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Bruins Recall Lauzon, Send Down Kampfer

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced this morning that the team has assigned defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence and recalled defenseman Jeremy Lauzon from Providence.

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Kampfer has skated in ten games for Boston this season, posting two assists. He also has tallied four assists in six games for Providence this season. Kampfer appeared in 35 regular season games for the varsity club last year, posting three goals and three assists for six points. He also skated in three postseason games, scoring a goal. Kampfer has appeared in 211 career games, recording 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points.

Lauzon made his season debut a few weeks ago for Boston on December 31st against the New Jersey Devils. In 43 games for Providence this season, Lauzon has totaled one goal and 12 assists for 13 points. Lauzon appeared in 16 games for the NHL club last season, posting a goal. He also skated in 29 games for Providence last season, posting a goal and six assists. Lauzon was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. It should be interesting to see what Lauzon can bring to the table and it is possible he is in the lineup tonight as the B’s take on the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Bruins Announce Transactions

 

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced this morning that the team has placed goaltender Tuukka Rask on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Dan Vladar from Providence on an emergency basis. Check out Mark Allred’s piece on the recall of Vladar right here. The Bruins have also recalled forward Karson Kuhlman from Providence. Rask suffered an upper body injury during Tuesday nights loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has posted a 17-4-6 record this season with a 2.27 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 28 games.

Kuhlman has skated in eight games this season for Boston, going scoreless. He has also skated in four games for Providence this season, posting two goals and an assist. Kuhlman suffered a leg injury in October and has just recently become healthy enough to play. He appeared in 11 games for Boston last season, recording three goals and two assists and played in eight playoff games, scoring a goal and adding two assists.

The recall of Kuhlman shouldn’t surprise anyone as he had earned a varsity spot in training camp and simply just caught a bad break on a blocked shot. He should inject some life into the Bruins lineup and probably could play as soon as tonight when the B’s take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. As for Vladar, he’ll now become the backup behind Jaroslav Halak and he could see his first NHL action as early as this week.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Edmonton at Boston: 1/4/20

Boston Bruins v Edmonton Oilers

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (24-7-11)

Away: Edmonton Oilers (21-17-5)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Coyle

Bjork-Lindholm-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Moore-Kampfer

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Edmonton’s Lineup

Forwards

Neal-McDavid-Kassian

Nugent-Hopkins-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

Nygard-Haas-Chiasson

Khaira-Sheahan-Archibald

Defense

Klefbom-Larsson

Nurse-Bear

Russell-Jones

Goalies

Smith

Koskinen

First Period

Both teams started a bit slow as they seemed to be trying to feel each other out. The Bruins would get an early power play as Torey Krug was elbowed in the defensive zone. The B’s struck just seconds into the man advantage as David Pastrnak’s shot was deflected into the net off of an Edmonton stick, giving Boston the early lead.

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The B’s continued to get chances in the early going as the power play seemed to give them a spark. The Oilers started to get their legs moving toward the midway point of the period as they got a few chances on Jaroslav Halak. The Bruins responded with a couple of good shifts in the offensive zone to keep the pressure on the Edmonton defense. Boston would get a late period power play to try to double their lead. The Oilers killed off the man advantage despite the B’s moving the puck pretty well.

Edmonton closed out the period with a number of good scoring chances but Halak came up big each time including a monster save on Connor McDavid on a two on one.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Oilers would pick up their first power play of the afternoon as Sean Kuraly was called for tripping early in the period. The B’s killed off the power play as they got a couple of shorthanded chances but more importantly, some big stops by Halak. Neither team seemed to have much of an offensive rhythm in the middle period but that changed immediately as Gaetan Haas buried a bad turnover in the offensive zone to tie the game.

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The Bruins responded with a great shift in the offensive zone to attempt to take the lead back midway through the period. Zdeno Chara went to the box with 7:57 left in the period for holding as Edmonton got an opportunity to take the lead. Boston killed off the man advantage as Edmonton failed to do much of anything in the offensive zone. The Bruins seemed to get moving in the offensive zone toward the end of the period as the game began to open up. Late in the period, Darnell Nurse found the back of the net on a bad angle shot to give Edmonton the lead.

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Score: 2-1 Oilers

Third Period

The Bruins opened the period with a couple of good shifts as they looked to tie the game. McDavid finally broke free and buried his 23rd goal of the season to double the Oilers advantage about two minutes into the period.

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The B’s continued to put pressure on the Oilers in the offensive zone as they shuffled their lines in an attempt to get back in the game. The B’s would get an opportunity as Ethan Bear was called for a high stick, giving Boston their third power play of the game. The Oilers were able to kill off the man advantage despite some solid scoring chances from the Bruins. Edmonton began to take the play to Boston past the midway point of the game, with a ton of possession in the offensive zone.

The B’s pulled Halak with about three minutes to go as they tried desperately to pull closer. Leon Draisaitl buried the empty net goal with nine seconds to go as the Oilers picked up the road victory.

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Final Score: 4-1 Oilers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: McDavid

Second Star: Smith

Third Star: Moore