Bruins Post-Game Recap: New York Rangers at Boston: 3/27/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (46-21-9)

Away: New York Rangers (29-33-13)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson

Heinen-Coyle-Wagner

Nordstrom-Acciari-Backes

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Clifton-Kampfer

Goalies

Halak

Rask

New York’s Lineup

Forwards

Lemieux-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Vesey-Andersson-Strome

Namestnikov-Lettieri-Chytil

Brickley-Howden-Smith

Defense

Skjei-Shattenkirk

Claesson-DeAngelo

Gilmour-Pionk

Goalies

Lundqvist

Georgiev

First Period

The Bruins first line got off to a good start in the opening moments with a couple shots on goal. The B’s would pick up a power play just 2:29 into the game as they looked to establish an early lead. David Pastrnak slammed home his 34th goal of the season on a beautiful cross ice feed from Brad Marchand just 19 seconds into the man advantage.

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The Bruins continued to pressure the New York end after the goal, looking to extend their early lead. The B’s were hungry on the puck in the first period but appeared to be a bit jumpy, committing a ton of turnovers. The Rangers barely had any possession in the first half of the period as the Bruins looked very comfortable. New York started to find an offensive rhythm in the middle stages of the period as the B’s continued to be a bit sloppy.

The Bruins had a few opportunities to double the lead but Henrik Lundqvist continued to have a solid period with a couple big saves. Zdeno Chara would head to the penalty box with five minutes left in the period for a delay of game call. Mika Zibanejad tied the game on the man advantage after a deft pass from Ryan Strome with about three and a half minutes left in the period.

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Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The Bruins picked another early period power play as Pastrnak was tripped down in the neutral zone and the B’s looked to regain the lead. The Rangers killed off the penalty but the Bruins did get a few chances and moved the puck very effectively. The B’s continued to have the majority of the chances but had a hard time solving Lundqvist for the second time. Pastrnak made it 2-1 after an incredible move by David Krejci, giving him his second goal of the game nearly midway through the period.

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The Bruins seemed to be sharper defensively in the middle period as the Rangers struggled to maintain an offensive rhythm. The B’s went to the penalty kill for the second time in the game as Pastrnak went off for hooking. The Bruins killed the penalty as the Rangers got a few shots on net but it remained a 2-1 game.

Charlie McAvoy was called for hooking with four minutes left in the period as the Rangers got yet another opportunity on the power play. The B’s completed yet another successful penalty kill as the Rangers failed to get any significant scoring chances. Both Lias Andersson and Patrice Bergeron were called for coincidental minors late in the period and the Rangers picked up an extra penalty for roughing resulting in a Boston power play.

Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period

The Rangers killed off the early penalty to keep it a one goal game as the Bruins again failed to extend their lead. Another incredible passing sequence by the newly formed second line resulted in Jake DeBrusk doubling the Boston lead just 3:19 into the final period.

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The B’s began to impose their will after the third goal as they stormed the New York end trying to put the game out of reach. The Rangers put that to bed quickly as Strome buried a loose puck in front of the net to cut the Boston lead in half.

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The Bruins started to become sloppy again in their own end as the Rangers pushed very hard for the tying goal but Jaroslav Halak was up to the challenge. The B’s responded with a couple good shifts that nearly resulted in another two goal lead but it remained 3-2 after a puck hit the crossbar behind Lundqvist. The Bruins would pick up yer another power play as Strome went off for holding with 7:22 to go. Pastrnak made it a hat trick after a slick feed from Torey Krug just 14 seconds into the man advantage.

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The Rangers were called for yet another penalty, this time for too many men as the game began to completely unravel for New York. Brendan Smith was called for a high stick during the man advantage which resulted in a five on three for the Bruins. Bergeron found the back of the net on a tipped shot by Pastrnak to give the B’s a three goal lead with over three minutes to go.

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Another power play marker, this one by McAvoy put the icing on the cake for the Bruins less than a minute after Bergeron’s goal.

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Zibanejad banged home a loose rebound to give the Rangers something to be happy about with about five seconds to play.

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Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Pastrnak. The winger had one of his best games of the season, putting up five points and was easily the best player on the ice.

Second Star: Krejci. With Pastrnak on his side, Krejci had another strong game and continued his great season.

Third Star: Marchand. Three assists for the feisty winger in another very solid performance.

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Bruins Sign Paul Carey To Two Year Extension

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced this afternoon that the team has signed forward Paul Carey to a two year, two way extension through the 2020-21 NHL season with an annual cap hit of $700,000.

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Carey has skated in a pair of games for the Bruins this season and has skated in 23 games for Providence since being acquired from Ottawa on January 11th in exchange for defenseman Cody Goloubef. Carey has posted 16 goals and seven assists for Providence since the trade. Carey skated in five games for the Senators this season prior to the trade and had appeared in 29 games for AHL affiliate Belleville where he posted five goals and 22 assists for 27 points.

Carey has played for four teams prior the Bruins in his NHL career, Ottawa, New York Rangers, Washington and Colorado. He has appeared in 99 games, posting eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. The Boston native has also skated in four playoff games in his career. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Carey has looked pretty good in his short time in Boston and should be a valuable depth piece for the near future.

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Pastrnak, Grzelcyk Among Other Returnees To Bruins Practice

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced a bevy of updates at practice this morning, including the possible return of David Pastrnak who has been out since February 10th due to surgery on his injured thumb. The B’s have posted a record of 12-3-1 in his absence.

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Cassidy also announced that defenseman Torey Krug will travel with the team on their upcoming four game road trip after suffering an upper body injury during the B’s last road trip. Marcus Johansson and Matt Grzelcyk could potentially play on the road trip as well. Grzelcyk has been out for the last week after suffering an arm injury against the Penguins last Sunday night. Johansson has been out for the last two weeks since suffering a lung contusion against the Hurricanes on March 5th.

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Kevan Miller is unlikely to travel with the team this week and remains out since February 23rd. Tuukka Rask will start tomorrow night in New York when the Bruins face the Islanders. Cassidy expects Pastrnak to return to the first line when he comes back to the lineup. The B’s have been waiting to get healthy for nearly the entire season and today looked like a good sign that the team is getting close to being fully healthy.

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Bruins Recall Connor Clifton and Paul Carey from Providence

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Wednesday afternoon, Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced that the team had recalled defenseman Connor Clifton and forward Paul Carey from Providence.

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Clifton has skated in nine game for the Bruins this season, going scoreless. He made his NHL debut on November 16th in Dallas against the Stars. Clifton also has spent 53 games with Providence this season, posting six goals and 21 assists for 27 points. Carey has skated in 21 games for Providence since being traded from Ottawa, scoring 14 goals and adding six assists for 20 points. Carey made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche on March 12th, 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks

Clifton was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Carey was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry draft. Both players should see ice time as soon as tomorrow night as the Bruins continue to be banged up on the recent road trip. Clifton looked fairly solid in his time in Boston this season so he should be a good addition. Carey being an experienced player, should bring some stability to a lineup that desperately needs it.

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Bruins Recall Trent Frederic From Providence

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced Tuesday morning, that the team has recalled forward Trent Frederic from Providence on an emergency basis.

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Frederic has skated in 11 games for the Bruins this season, making his NHL debut on January 29th in Boston against the Winnipeg Jets. The 21-year-old has also skated in 45 games for Providence this season, posting 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points. He also skated in 13 games for Providence last season, posting five goals and three assists for eight points. Frederic spent two season at the University of Wisconsin, totaling 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 66 career games.

The St. Louis, Missouri native was selected by the Bruins in the first round (29th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Frederic played pretty solid hockey in his time with the varsity club, despite not posting any points. With the Bruins needing an extra body after sending down Lee Stempniak yesterday, Frederic got the call. It’ll be interesting to see where the young forward slides into the lineup but it’s probably assumed he takes up the third line center spot. This should mean that we see Charlie Coyle on the second line tonight against Columbus.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Pittsburgh: 3/10/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Home: Pittsburgh Penguins (36-23-9)

Away: Boston Bruins (42-17-9)

Pittsburgh’s Lineup

Forwards

McCann-Crosby-Guentzel

Aston-Reese-Malkin-Kessel

Simon-Bjugstad-Hornqvist

Blueger-Cullen-Wilson

Defense

Dumoulin-Trotman

Johnson-Schultz

Pettersson-Gudbranson

Goalies

Murray

DeSmith

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

Cehlarik-Krejci-Stempniak

Kuraly-Coyle-Backes

Nordstrom-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Moore

Goalies

Halak

Rask

First Period

Just 1:33 into the game, Nick Bjugstad gave the Penguins the lead off a bad turnover in the Boston end.

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Jaroslav Halak was under siege in the first few moments as the Bruins were incredibly lax in their own zone. The bad start continued as the B’s were called for a too many men on the ice penalty as Pittsburgh looked to double the lead. The Bruins killed off the man advantage as the Penguins failed to get any significant scoring chances. The Bruins continued to struggle in their own zone as the Penguins got chance after chance but Halak kept it a one goal game.

Matt Grzelcyk went off for hooking with about 11 minutes to go in the period as the Penguins looked to extend the lead. The Bruins killed the man advantage yet again and even got a few shorthanded opportunities. The Bruins finally got their legs moving in the latter half of the period and they even picked up a power play as the Penguins were called for a delay of game penalty. After a turnover in the offensive zone, Jared McCann scored on a shorthanded breakaway to double the Pittsburgh lead.

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The Penguins killed the Boston power play without giving up any great scoring chances. Almost immediately after the man advantage, Chris Wagner was called for tripping which resulted in the third Pittsburgh power play of the opening period. Evgeni Malkin negated the man advantage as he tripped Charlie McAvoy which resulted in a four on four. The Bruins were unable to score on the abbreviated power play, keeping them down by a pair.

With 33 seconds left in the period, McCann went off for interference as the B’s looked to cut into the Pittsburgh lead. The period ended with the Bruins still on the man advantage.

Score: 2-0 Penguins

Second Period

The Penguins killed off the early power play as the Bruins continued to struggle to get scoring chances. With 17:41 to go in the period Grzelcyk went down after a shot to the arm from Patric Hornqvist and went down the tunnel. The Bruins would get yet another power play as Zach Trotman went off for slashing. David Krejci cut the lead in half after a scramble in front as the Bruins found the back of the net on the man advantage.

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Patrice Bergeron was called for a delay of game penalty which resulted in another Pittsburgh power play with over 13 minutes left in the period. The B’s killed the penalty as the Penguins failed to generate any chances. The Bruins started the move the puck quicker towards the end of the period as they looked better than they had at any point in the game.

Brandon Carlo was called for tripping with under four minutes to go in the period as the Penguins looked to regain their two goal lead. Jake Guentzel finished off a two on one after a great feed from Sidney Crosby to double the Pittsburgh lead on the man advantage.

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Score: 3-1 Penguins

Third Period

Halak made a couple of important saves in the opening moments of the period to keep the Bruins in the game. Wagner drew a penalty in the attacking zone as Trotman took him down, resulting in another Boston power play. The Penguins killed off the penalty as Matt Murray made a couple great stops to keep it a two goal game. The Bruins started to get their skating game going as the period went on but continued to have trouble getting chances.

Another huge stop by Halak on Guentzel kept it a 3-1 game as the Bruins tried desperately to look for some kind of positives as the period drew to a close. The Bruins got some chances towards the end of the period as they looked to get back into it and extend their point streak. The B’s pulled the goalie with over three minutes to go trying to get a pair.

John Moore cut the lead in half with a shot from the point that beat Murray with 1:01 to go as the Bruins tried to pull off another last minute comeback.

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McCann iced it for Pittsburgh with an empty net goal with about 20 seconds to go as the Penguins put an end to the Bruins streak.

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Final Score: 4-2 Penguins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Murray. The Pittsburgh goalie was at his best in this one, stopping 39 shots in all.

Second Star: Halak. The Bruins were kept in the game especially in the third period by Number 41 who had another strong night despite the three goals against.

Third Star: McCann. Two goals including the empty net goal from McCann was the difference in the game for the Penguins.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: New Jersey at Boston: 3/2/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (38-17-9)

Away: New Jersey Devils (25-32-8)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson

Cehlarik-Coyle-Backes

Nordstrom-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Carlo-Krug

Grzelcyk-Moore

Goalies

Rask

Halak

New Jersey’s Lineup

Forwards

Bratt-Hischier-Stafford

Agostino-Zajac-Coleman

Pietela-McLeod-Lappin

Yakovlev-Rooney-Anderson

Defense

Greene-Severson

Vatanen-Carrick

Butcher-Santini

Goalies

Blackwood

Schneider

First Period

The Bruins picked up their first power play of the game just 2:23 in as they looked to get off to a fast start. Brad Marchand did just that with a man advantage strike just 14 seconds into the penalty after a great feed from Patrice Bergeron.

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The Bruins looked amped up to start as they manufactured a few scoring chances in the opening moments. Marchand made a great steal in the defensive zone and was hooked on his way to the net, resulting in a penalty shot which was denied by Mackenzie Blackwood.

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The Bruins continued to have solid shifts in the attacking zone which helped them gain an offensive rhythm in the opening period. The Devils found a little possession towards the midway point of the period but weren’t able to find many scoring opportunities. The Bruins third line continued their strong period with another good shift that nearly resulted in the lead being doubled.

The Devils responded with a good shift and got a power play after a slashing call to Brandon Carlo with three minutes left in the period. The Bruins killed off the penalty without yielding any shots and went to the room still up by a goal.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins picked up right where they left off in the second period with a couple of good shifts by the second and third lines. For the most part however, the B’s were held to the outside and didn’t get many great opportunities like they did in the first period. The Devils had much more possession in the second period but couldn’t do much with it as Tuukka Rask continued to have a quiet night in goal.

Rask made a huge stop on a two on one to keep it a one goal game as the Devils got their best chance of the game. The Devils would pick up their second power play of the game as Peter Cehlarik went to the box with under five minutes to go in the period. The B’s killed the penalty without giving up many significant scoring chances.

The Bruins started to get their legs back in the final moments of the second period as they looked to extend the slim lead. The third line again had a great shift by both Charlie Coyle and Cehlarik were denied in the final seconds of the period.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period

The fourth line of the Bruins opened the period with a hard, charging shift that nearly resulted in the lead being doubled but Blackwood continued to have a good night to keep it 1-0. The Devils responded with a solid shift but Rask made a big save on a shot from distance by Sami Vatanen to maintain the B’s lead. The Bruins continued their good defensive game with some nice stick play to prevent a couple of New Jersey odd man rushes.

The final period continued to move quickly as neither team found a lot of chances, although the Devils did get a couple chances about midway through the period but Rask denied Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford in quick succession. The Bruins began to move their legs in the latter half of the final frame and got chances but were still unable to beat Blackwood.

The Devils pulled the goalie with about 1:30 to play, trying to tie the game desperately. The New Jersey rally ultimately fell short as the B’s picked up the win.

Final Score: 1-0 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Rask. While not incredibly busy, Number 40 looked great in this one and made a couple huge stops as he earned his third shutout of the season.

Second Star: Marchand. In 666th game, Marchand was very solid as he found the back of the net for the only goal of the game.

Third Star: Coyle. The third liner had another good performance as his line continued their solid play as of late.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Tampa Bay at Boston: 2/28/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (37-17-9)

Away: Tampa Bay Lightning (49-11-4)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Johansson

Nordstrom-Coyle-Backes

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Moore

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Tampa Bay’s Lineup

Forwards

Palat-Stamkos-Miller

Johnson-Point-Kucherov

Killorn-Cirelli-Gourde

Erne-Paquette-Joseph

Defense

Hedman-Girardi

McDonagh-Cernak

Sergachev-Stralman

Goalies

Domingue

Vasilevskiy

First Period

The game got out to a fast start as the tempo got both teams involved right from puck drop. David Backes and Adam Erne wasted no time as they dropped the gloves after a scrum in front of the Tampa Bay net.

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The Bruins seemed ready to go right from the start as they got a few chances in the attacking zone. The Lightning seemed to own the possession as the period went on but weren’t able to find any great opportunities. The Bruins started to pile up some opportunities as Noel Acciari and Charlie McAvoy put pucks on Louis Domingue. The Bruins began to take the play to the Lightning towards the end of the period as they set up shop in the attacking zone.

The Bruins physical play was a positive in the first period as they didn’t give an inch. Mathieu Joseph nearly gave Tampa Bay the lead but rang the iron with a shot from the circle. The Bruins peppered Domingue with 17 shots on goal in the period but were unable to solve the Lightning goaltender.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Bruins continued to move the puck effectively in the offensive zone which kept the Lightning on their heels. The third line continued their nice game with another good shift which nearly resulted in the game’s first goal. The Bruins went to the penalty kill as Chara was called for cross checking giving Tampa their first power play. The B’s killed the penalty as the Lightning failed to get any shots on goal.

The Bruins would go to the power play for the first time as Victor Hedman was called for a penalty nearly eight minutes into the period. Jake DeBrusk got the B’s on the board as his pass in front was redirected off a stick and into the net at the 8:43 mark of the period.

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The B’s continued to be quick to the puck as they looked to be hungry for a larger lead. The Bruins also kept a lot of the possession in the middle period as the Lightning looked to be gassed in their own end. Tuukka Rask continued to have a relatively quiet night as the Bruins were seemingly in the offensive zone all period long.

The Lightning started to get their skating game going in the final moments of the period but still were unable to get any significant scoring chances against Rask and the Bruins defense.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Third Period

The Lightning began the period with a strong shift in the Boston end but thanks to Rask the Bruins maintained the lead. Joakim Nordstrom nearly doubled the lead but Domingue made a spectacular glove save to keep it a one goal game. The Bruins continued to great sone grade A scoring chances but couldn’t solve Domingue to extend the lead. Sean Kuraly would head to the locker room after a high hit by Brayden Coburn.

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The Bruins started to struggle defending their own zone as the Lightning made a push for the tying goal. Hedman was called for another penalty, this time for tripping which resulted in another Boston power play. The Lightning killed the Bruins man advantage as they only got a couple good scoring chances. Immediately following the power play, Acciari slammed home a rebound in front to double the Boston lead.

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Patrice Bergeron buried a feed from Danton Heinen to triple the Bruins advantage in just 45 seconds which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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The Bruins opened the floodgates as Brad Marchand broke free for a breakaway to make it 4-0 less than a minute after the Bergeron goal.

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Anthony Cirelli stopped the bleeding as he deflected a shot past Rask shortly after the fourth Bruins goal.

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The Bruins picked up another man advantage as Hedman went off yet again for hooking Charlie Coyle. A penalty to McAvoy canceled out the power play which resulted in a four on four. The B’s killed the penalty as the Lightning failed to find the back of the net. Immediately following the man advantage, Matt Grzelcyk was called for a cross check as the B’s went to the penalty kill yet again.

The Lightning pulled the goalie which resulted in a six on four with less than two minutes remaining. The Bruins killed it off, making it 15 straight games with at least a point.

Final Score: 4-1 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Acciari. The fourth liner and the whole line set the tone from the start and were rewarded with a couple points.

Second Star: Rask. While not very busy, Tuukka was solid in goal and kept the Bruins in the game in the first two periods.

Third Star: Marchand. The winger was all over the place in this one, getting a goal and playing just an incredibly solid game.

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Bruins Acquire Devils Forward Marcus Johansson

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Moments after the trade deadline, the Bruins sent two draft picks to the New Jersey Devils for foward Marcus Johansson. The Devils will receive a second round pick in 2019 and a fourth round selection in 2020 in exchange for Johansson.

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The 26-year-old has skated in 48 games for New Jersey this season, posting 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points. Johansson spent his first seven seasons in Washington before being traded to New Jersey in July of 2017. Johansson posted 102 goals and 188 assists for 290 points in 501 career games with the Capitals. He has skated in 72 career playoff games posting nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points.

The Landskrona, Sweden was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. It will be interesting to see where Johansson slots in as he can play all forward positions including center. His unspectacular numbers should be taken with a grain of salt as the Devils have struggled offensively for most the season. Expect Johansson to play on either the second or third line and expect to see him get power play time as well.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at St. Louis: 2/23/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Home: St. Louis Blues (32-23-5)

Away: Boston Bruins (36-17-8)

St. Louis’s Lineup

Forwards

Schwartz-O’Reilly-Tarasenko

Thomas-Bozak-Maroon

Steen-Sundqvist-Blais

MacEachern-Barbashev-Fabbri

Defense

Edmundson-Pietrangelo

Bouwmeester-Parayko

Dunn-Bortuzzo

Goalies

Binnington

Allen

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Cehlarik-Coyle-Backes

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Miller

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Both teams appeared to be ready to go right from puck drop as there was a noticeable buzz in the building. The fourth line of the Bruins had the game’s first scoring chance as Chris Wagner was denied in front by Jordan Binnington. Both teams traded chances but neither squad was able to find the back of the net. Alex Steen opened the scoring with a wrist shot off the rush to beat Tuukka Rask to give the Blues the early lead.

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The Bruins got some opportunities but they were few and far between as they tried to get back in the game. The Blues didn’t give the Bruins an inch in the first period as they took the play to Boston. The B’s picked up a power play late in the period as Jake DeBrusk was hooked on a net drive. The Bruins had nothing doing on the man advantage and to make matters worse, Torey Krug picked a penalty to negate the power play.

Vladimir Tarasenko hit the post in the final seconds during the four on four situation, nearly resulting in the Bruins falling behind by two.

Score: 1-0 Blues

Second Period

The Bruins killed the Blues power play as St. Louis failed to get any significant scoring chances. The Blues continued to dominate the flow of play as the B’s continued to struggle in their own end. Wagner tied the score after a great individual play by Kevan Miller in the neutral zone.

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Both teams continued to be physical and strong on the puck as it remained tied. The Blues picked up a power play as Charlie Coyle took a hooking penalty in his first game as a Bruin. The B’s killed off the power play as the Blues got a few opportunities but couldn’t score. A great shift by the Bruins nearly resulted in the go ahead goal but Binnington came up huge with a outstanding save on David Backes.

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The Blues picked up another power play as Brad Marchand was called for holding with over four minutes left in the period. The Bruins killed the penalty as the Blues got a bunch of high quality scoring chances but Rask was on top of his game to keep it tied.

Score: Tied 1-1

Third Period

Both teams continued to have strong neutral zone play as neither team was able to get an offensive rhythm. The Bruins struggled to string chances together but looked to be the better team on the ice. Chances came for the B’s but there weren’t able to take the lead as Binnington continued to have a strong game. A nice defensive play by Miller stopped an odd man rush by the Blues with a block on a pass. The Blues went to the man advantage as Brandon Carlo was called for tripping.

The B’s killed the penalty as the Blues failed to get any great scoring chances. The game continued to be a classic low scoring low chance game as both goaltenders continued to be at their best. The pace of play picked up big time in the last few minutes as both teams were desperate for the go ahead goal.

End Of Regulation: Tied 1-1

Overtime

The Bruins held the possession in the opening moments of the extra session but couldn’t find the back of the net. Rask continued his great game with a couple of monster saves in overtime.

Shootout

Tyler Bozak scored on the first attempt while DeBrusk was denied by Binnington. Coyle buried his attempt to tie the shootout in the third round. Sammy Blais won it with a great shot in the sixth round as Danton Heinen missed which snapped the B’s seven game winning streak.

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Final Score: 2-1 Blues

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Rask. Another incredible performance by the Bruin goaltender nearly resulted in a win as he continued his great stretch of play.

Second Star: Binnington. The Blues goalie was just as good as Rask and backstopped St. Louis to their 13th win in 14 games.

Third Star: Backes. Another solid performance by the big winger in this one. Nearly had a goal but played a very solid, strong game.

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