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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Bruins Acquire Wild Forward Charlie Coyle

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Wednesday evening, the Bruins acquired Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth round draft choice in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

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Coyle is in his seventh NHL season and has spent his entire career with the Wild. The 26-year-old has skated in 60 games this season, totaling ten goals and 18 assists for 28 points. The East Weymouth, Massachusetts native was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Donato meanwhile had skated in 46 career games with the Bruins, posting 11 goals and seven assists over the parts of the last two seasons. His most recent game with Boston came on January 17th before being sent down to Providence. The 22-year-old was drafted by the Bruins in the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bruins make this move five days prior to the trade deadline and Coyle will likely join the team in the next few days and should be available to play on Saturday in St. Louis when the Bruins face the Blues. Don’t expect Don Sweeney to be done dealing as the Bruins still have some needs as the deadline draws nearer.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Chicago at Boston: 2/12/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (31-17-8)

Away: Chicago Blackhawks (23-24-9)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen

DeBrusk-Krejci-Cehlarik

Nordstrom-Frederic-Backes

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Miller

Moore-Carlo

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Chicago’s Lineup

Forwards

Caggiula-Toews-Kane

DeBrincat-Strome-Kahun

Saad-Kruger-Perlini

Hayden-Anisimov-Sikura

Defense

Keith-Seabrook

Dahlstrom-Murphy

Forsling-Gustafsson

Goalies

Delia

Ward

First Period

Both teams had some early chances as the they looked locked in from the very beginning. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring just 4:22 into the game as his shot somewhat got through Tuukka Rask’s blocker and into the net.

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The Bruins fourth line responded with a very solid shift but Colin Delia stood tall to preserve the early lead. After a collision in front of the Chicago net, Brad Marchand was somehow called for goaltender interference after being pushed into Delia by Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks picked up the game’s first power play. Zdeno Chara was called for roughing during the man advantage, giving the Blackhawks a five on three.

The B’s killed both penalties as Rask and the defense held up to keep it a one goal game. The B’s continued to get the better of the scoring chances as they developed an offensive rhythm in the middle stages of the period. The Bruins got a power play after a tripping penalty to Brent Seabrook. David Krejci tied the game on a one timer after a beauty of a feed from Patrice Bergeron.

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The Bruins continued to be hounds on the puck and Danton Heinen was rewarded with a rebound goal after a shot by Chara to give the B’s the lead.

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The B’s continued to be quick to the puck, forcing turnovers and getting good scoring chances from good areas in the Chicago end. The Bruins made it three consecutive goals as Marchand buried a feed from Heinen in front of the net with about a minute to go in the period.

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Score: 3-1 Bruins

Second Period

Rask had to make a few stops in the opening moments of the middle period as he looked to be a lot sharper than in the first period. After a slow start to the period, the game started to open up as both teams got their skating game going. The second line started to find an offensive rhythm in the middle part of the period as Jake DeBrusk seemed to have a hop in his step.

Another great shift by the fourth line nearly resulted in the Bruins extending the lead but Delia continued to have a strong period to keep it a two goal game. Krejci was cut down in the attacking zone which resulted in another Boston power play with 8:11 to go in the period. The Blackhawks killed off the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any significant scoring opportunities.

The B’s would get another man advantage opportunity as Heinen was roughed up in the neutral zone with just over four minutes left in the period. Jonathan Toews was called for a high stick just 20 seconds into the power play as the B’s would get a five on three. The Blackhawks killed the penalty but DeBrusk scored immediately following the man advantage to make it a three goal lead.

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Duncan Keith cut into the lead with a slap shot from the top of the circle with only 22 seconds to go in the period as the Hawks got a huge goal.

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Score: 4-2 Bruins

Third Period

The Bruins went to the penalty kill early in the period as Toews was taken down by Sean Kuraly in the attacking zone just 1:16 into the final frame. The B’s killed it off despite four shots on goal by the Hawks. Both Noel Acciari and John Hayden went off for roughing minors which resulted in a four on four situation. Erik Gustafsson found the back of the net as he walked in on Rask and beat him with a wrist shot to make it a one goal game.

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The Hawks were hit with another penalty during the four on four which resulted in yet another Boston power play. Peter Cehlarik made it a two goal lead again after two great plays by Heinen and Torey Krug on the man advantage.

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The Bruins continued to push for another goal as they peppered Delia with shots from all angles. Rask improved his play in the third period as he withstood a few Chicago rallies. Krejci made it two on the night after an outstanding shift and a sweet feed from Marchand to make it 6-3 Bruins with over four minutes remaining.

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Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Heinen. The young winger had perhaps his best game of the season with three points and looked like the impressive player from last season.

Second Star: DeBrusk. Number 74 was at his best in this one and found the back of the net on a great tip and also added two assists.

Third Star: Krejci. The center was solid in this game and was a great finisher, scoring two goals.

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Bruins Give Update On David Pastrnak

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Tuesday morning Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that forward David Pastrnak had successful thumb surgery after a fall following a team event and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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The 21-year-old has skated in every game for the Bruins this season and leads the team in goals (31) and points (66). Pastrnak also has 35 assists which is good for second on the team. Last month, Pastrnak was selected to his first career All-Star game as the lone B’s representative. Pastrnak had five points in his five previous games before the injury.

The Havirov, Czech Republic native was drafted in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. Pastrnak made his NHL debut on November 24th, 2014 and scored his first career goal on January 10th, 2015, scoring twice in Philadelphia against the Flyers. This injury comes at a interesting time for the Bruins as they have recently found some offense with the recent line changes. However, losing a player of Pastrnak’s caliber is a big blow and with this team struggling to score all season long, an injury like this is never good.

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The good news for the B’s is that this injury isn’t too serious and Pastrnak should be back relatively soon. Also, this opens up the door for some players to get more opportunities to play higher in the lineup. Look for Jake DeBrusk and David Backes to get opportunities to play on the second line in Pastrnak’s absence.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: New York Islanders at Boston: 2/5/19

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (28-17-7)

Away: New York Islanders (30-15-6)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Cehlarik-Krejci-DeBrusk

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

Nordstrom-Frederic-Backes

Defense

Chara-Carlo

Krug-Miller

Grzelcyk-McAvoy

Goalies

Rask

Halak

New York’s Lineup

Forwards

Lee-Nelson-Eberle

Beauvillier-Barzal-Bailey

Dal Colle-Filppula-Komarov

Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Defense

Leddy-Boychuk

Pelech-Pulock

Toews-Mayfield

Goalies

Lerner

Greiss

First Period

The game began after a ceremony to honor the New England Patriots as they celebrated their sixth championship with the Garden crowd. Just 18 seconds into the game, David Backes sent the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty which resulted in an Islanders power play. The Bruins killed the penalty despite a few scoring chances by the Islanders. The B’s struggled early as they tried to get their legs moving after a slow start.

A great shift by the first line gave the Bruins some offensive momentum in the middle stages of the period as they looked to find their footing. Brock Nelson took a hooking penalty behind the Boston net, resulting in the Bruins first power play of the night. The Islanders killed off the man advantage but immediately went back on the penalty kill as Ryan Pulock took a slashing penalty. The Islanders killed off the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any significant scoring chances.

The B’s would get yet another power play as Scott Mayfield dangerously cross checked Sean Kuraly into the end boards. The Islanders killed off the man advantage yet again as the Bruins failed to get any shots on goal.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

The Bruins took the lead early in the second period as Patrice Bergeron (playing in his 1,000th game) buried a loose puck in front of the goal.

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The Bruins seemed to be more involved in the opening moments of the middle period as they got some decent scoring chances on Robin Lehner. The Islanders began to get an offensive rhythm in the second period as the Bruins became a little sloppy in their own zone. The Islanders got their second power play of the game as Brandon Carlo went off for tripping. The Bruins killed off the penalty as the Islanders got a couple scoring chances but Tuukka Rask stood tall.

Another huge save by Rask after a bad turnover kept the game scoreless as Number 40 absolutely robbed Matt Martin. The Islanders would pick up another power play as Chris Wagner took a slashing call. Jordan Eberle made the Bruins pay with a man advantage strike that somehow snuck through Rask.

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The first line responded with another strong shift and it nearly resulted in Bergeron’s second goal of the night but Lehner was up to the challenge.

Score: Tied 1-1

Third Period

The Bruins were scattered defensively in their own end in the first minutes of the final period as the Islanders pushes very hard for the go ahead goal. Another great answering shift by the top line gave the B’s the momentum they desperately needed after a slow start to the period. Cal Clutterbuck appeared to give the Islanders the lead but the goal was called back due to the play being offside.

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The Bruins would regain the lead as Peter Cehlarik scored off of a Kevan Miller rebound with just over 13 minutes to play.

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Rask and the Bruins defense had a great sequence complete with a bunch of quality stops by the goaltender and by Joakim Nordstrom who blocked two shots. Both teams got physical towards the conclusion of the game as they looked to impose their wills. With just over eight minutes to go, Matt Grzelcyk went to the box for tripping and slashing which resulted in a four minute power play for the Islanders. The Bruins killed both penalties to Grzelcyk as Rask and the B’s defense came up huge.

The Islanders pulled Lehner with about 1:15 to play and Bergeron iced it with 55 seconds to go as he got a great assist from Pastrnak who gave up the empty net for his teammate.

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Final Score: 3-1 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: No doubt about this one. Number 37 had a signature performance in his 1,000th game, scoring a pair of goals.

Second Star: Rask. The Bruin goalie had a strong night with 28 saves to preserve the victory and was especially outstanding in the final period.

Third Star: Cehlarik. He wasn’t spectacular but his goal in the third proved to be the game winner for the Bruins second straight victory.

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

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Home: Boston Bruins (27-17-6)

Away: Philadelphia Flyers (21-23-6)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Cehlarik-Krejci-DeBrusk

Heinen-Frederic-Backes

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Moore-Miller

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Philadelphia’s Lineup

Forwards

van Riemsdyk-Giroux-Konecny

Lindblom-Couturier-Voracek

Laughton-Patrick-Simmonds

Varone-Vorobyov-Raffl

Defense

Provorov-Sanheim

MacDonald-Gudas

Haag-Folin

Goalies

Hart

Stolarz

First Period

The Bruins went to the power play in the opening minutes as David Pastrnak got tripped down driving to the Philadelphia net. Pastrnak gave Boston the early lead with a man advantage goal off a beautiful feed from Torey Krug just three minutes into the game.

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Immediately following the goal Tuukka Rask made a huge save on James van Riemsdyk to preserve the lead. The Bruins seemed to have no trouble getting scoring chances early on as they took the play to the Flyers. Rask seemed to be very active especially playing the puck which kept the play moving, allowing the B’s to have the advantage in possession.

The Bruins play seemed to level out in the middle stages of the period as the Flyers started to find a rhythm. Rask didn’t face a ton of rubber in the period but looked perfectly normal in his first game back from a concussion. Neither team got many great scoring chances in the final moments of the period until Claude Giroux broke free and scored on a breakaway to tie it with less than a minute left in the period.

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Score: Tied 1-1

Second Period

The Bruins started the period struggling in their own zone as the Flyers got countless chances on Rask but to no avail. Pastrnak made it two goals on the night as he redirected Patrice Bergeron’s shot by Carter Hart to give the B’s the lead once again.

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The Bruins looked to regain their composure as the period went on as they got more solid scoring chances against Hart. The Flyers got some good chances but they remained few and far between. Rask continued to be strong as he made a big stop on Wayne Simmonds to keep it a one goal game. The Flyers started to storm the Boston end towards the end of the period as the Bruins looked to be slightly flustered in their own end.

Pastrnak nearly made it a hat trick late in the period with a chance in the Philadelphia crease but hit the side of the net as it remained a 2-1 game. The physical play started to pick up late in the period as both teams drove hard to the goals of the opposing team to try to find the back of the net.

Score: 2-1 Bruins

Third Period

The Bruins started the final period with a little more jump in their step than the previous period as they looked to take control of the game. The B’s play in the own end improved in the early moments of the third as they were determined to not let the Flyers back into the game. Scott Laughton broke free after a bad turnover by John Moore and was hooked on a breakaway which resulted in a penalty shot but Rask gave him nothing to shoot which kept it a one goal game.

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The Flyers got their first power play opportunity as Sean Kuraly took a penalty for holding the stick with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Oskar Lindblom tied it with a redirect in front of the net on the man advantage with just 10 seconds left on the penalty kill.

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The Bruins seemed to have trouble getting scoring chances in the third period as the Flyers were able to hold the advantage in possession. The Bruins seemed determined to get the go ahead goal late in the period as the first line got a few great scoring chances. The Bruins continued to get the better of the scoring chances down the stretch but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Score: Tied 2-2

Overtime

Marchand took a tripping penalty 57 seconds into the extra session, resulting in the Flyers getting a four on three advantage. Travis Sanheim found the back of the net on a long wrist shot to win it for the Flyers with just two seconds left on the power play.

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Final Score: 3-2 Flyers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Pastrnak. Scoring his 29th and 30th goals of the season, Pastrnak was at his best in this one and nearly finished off the hat trick in the second period.

Second Star: Rask. The goalie kept the Bruins in the game with a couple key stops but was denied a shot to move up on the B’s all time wins record.

Third Star: Bergeron. It wasn’t a spectacular game for number 37 but he had a solid game with an assist on Pastrnak’s even strength goal.

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Bruins Issue Update On Forward Bjork

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Friday morning, the Bruins issued an injury update on Anders Bjork who had missed time in Providence due to a shoulder injury. Bjork underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder which was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. His expected recovery time is approximately five to six months.

 

Bjork skated in 20 games for Boston this season, posting a goal and two assists for three points. He also appeared in 13 games for Providence this season, totaling ten points on a goal and nine assists. Unfortunately this is the second shoulder surgery that the 22-year-old has underwent. After appearing in 39 games for Boston and Providence last year, Bjork was shut down for the season after suffering the injury against the Anaheim Ducks in Boston in late January.

The Mequon, Wisconsin native was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed to a three-year entry level contract in May of 2017. His first NHL point came on October 5th, 2017 against the Nashville Predators in Boston. His first career goal came just 12 days later in Arizona against the Coyotes. This is another tough break for the young forward but he should be healthy by the time the 2019-20 season begins.

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