Judging The Bruins’ 2013 NHL Entry Draft

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

Seven years ago yesterday, the Bruins were tasked with drafting promising young talent just after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals in heartbreaking fashion. It can be difficult to judge the quality of specific drafts, especially when player development can take multiple years, but enough time has passed now that we can see how much these draft picks ended up benefiting the Bruins.

Boston did not have a first-round pick in 2013 due to the Jaromir Jagr trade with the Dallas Stars.

Second Round

Bruins Pick: Linus Arnesson, D, 60th overall

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Players Still Available: Zach Sanford, Jake Guentzel, Anthony Duclair

This was already going to be a weak draft for Boston without a first-rounder. With their second-round pick, they selected Swedish defenseman Linus Arnesson. This was an average pick, not considered to be a steal or a reach by many at the time. Arnesson has yet to play a game for Boston. He recorded 10 points in 79 games with Providence over three seasons, then returned to his native Sweden to play in the SHL. The Bruins still retain his rights if he was to return to North America.

Third Round

Bruins Pick: Peter Cehlarik, F, 90th overall

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Players Still Available: Juuse Saros, Miles Wood, Andrew Copp

This pick had some fans thinking it was a steal when it was first announced. At one point, Cehlarik even seemed to be on his way to becoming a Boston mainstay. After performing well in Providence, he was given multiple looks as a winger with the big club, but never seemed to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Cehlarik has recorded 11 points in 40 games with the Bruins and remains in the system at the moment. However, he is a pending free agent and has expressed displeasure with his development in interviews with Slovakian media. Cehlarik is certainly a talented player and could still break into the NHL with a fresh start. However, he was unable to make an impact in Boston.

Fourth Round

Bruins Pick: Ryan Fitzgerald, F, 120th overall

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Players Still Available: Tyler Motte, Will Butcher, Connor Clifton

Massachusetts native Ryan Fitzgerald, son of former Bruin (and current New Jersey Devils general manager) Tom Fitzgerald, was certainly going to catch Boston’s eye as a homegrown prospect. The 5’9″ forward played for four years at Boston College before turning pro with the Providence Bruins. Fitzgerald has recorded 103 points in 195 games over 4 seasons in the AHL, as well as 8 playoff points in 20 games. He is a serviceable AHL forward and was in contention for call-ups in recent seasons.

Fifth Round

Bruins Pick: Wiley Sherman, D, 150th overall

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Players Still Available: Josh Brown, Alan Quine, Antoine Bibeau

Another New England native, Sherman hails from Connecticut and played for four years at Harvard University. He has logged 11 points in 74 games with Providence. Standing at 6’6″, his physical presence on the ice could become a factor as he gets stronger and more experienced in the AHL. This seems like a reasonable pick considering how late in the draft it was.

Sixth Round

Bruins Pick: Anton Blidh, F, 180th overall

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Players Still Available: Dominik Kubalik, Andreas Johnsson, MacKenzie Weegar

This ended up as a good pick for the Bruins, one of those late-round gambles that can turn into an entertaining player. Blidh has recorded 81 points over five seasons with Providence (including 2019-20, during which he suffered a shoulder injury and played just 4 games). He has also played 28 games with Boston since 2016, logging 2 points and 7 penalty minutes. Blidh plays determined and physical hockey which can get under opponents’ skin. Any fan of the Providence Bruins knows his name well.

Seventh Round

Bruins Pick: Mitchell Dempsey, F, 210th overall

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Players Still Available: This was the second-to-last pick in the draft.

The second-to-last pick in the draft doesn’t have the highest expectations on it. The Bruins used it to select Mitchell Dempsey of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Dempsey never ended up playing professionally in the Bruins system. According to Eliteprospects.com, he last played with the Kedgwick Dynamo of the CRL in Canada.

Overall

This was a weak draft for the Bruins. Some of that is to be expected; they used draft picks to acquire players in a push for the Stanley Cup. However, these draft picks did not produce any mainstay NHL players. Only two of the six players selected went on to play any games with Boston. Despite this, the Bruins did well scouting undrafted players, which got them Torey Krug (among others).

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Three Bruins To Watch In The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

The National Hockey League is planning to hold the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at some point this summer, though the exact dates are yet to be determined. The Boston Bruins hold the number one seed in the playoff bracket, having finished the shortened regular season as the President’s Trophy winners with a 44-14-12 record and 100 points. Finishing the season strong is no guarantee of success, however, especially with the new playoff format that the league has instituted this year. The Bruins will need both their stars and depth players to perform well in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

Which players should fans keep an eye on when the playoffs begin? There are the obvious choices: David Pastrnak, who shared this year’s Rocket Richard Trophy alongside Alex Ovechkin for the most goals scored in the regular season (48); Tuukka Rask, who has been one of the best goalies in the league for years but has yet to win the Stanley Cup as a starter; and dependable veterans like Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. For this list, I chose players who are not quite so obvious but could still impact any potential playoff series.

Torey Krug

Torey Krug has been a mainstay on the Boston blue-line for years and is a top offensive defenseman in the league. He performed well during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019, leading all players in playoff assists with 16. He scored 49 points 2019-20 regular season including 28 power play points.

This year, Krug is an unrestricted free agent. The Bruins are certainly interested in keeping him, but he could demand big bucks on the free agent market and there are other teams that would love to coax him away from Boston. A strong performance in the playoffs would be a cherry on top of an already impressive resume for the 5’9″ defenseman.

I think that Krug will be one to watch when the playoffs get underway. He is the power play quarterback for a Bruins team that was second in the league in power play goals and power play percentage this year. A strong man advantage is crucial to a deep playoff run, so Krug will need to keep it running smoothly (and get the puck to Pastrnak!) if the Bruins want redemption for last year’s Finals loss. A few big hits like the one on Robert Thomas in game one wouldn’t hurt, either.

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Ondrej Kase

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As a trade deadline acquisition meant to aid the team in the playoffs, Ondrej Kase is a player looking to turn heads. Unfortunately, he was never able to settle into his role on the team because the season was paused so soon after the trade deadline. If he can stay healthy and remain on David Krejci’s right wing, he could be an impact player when the playoffs begin.

The Bruins traded a 2020 first-round pick, David Backes (25% of salary retained), and prospect Axel Andersson to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Kase.

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Though Kase scored just 24 points in 55 games this season, he is only 24 years old and has the chance to play with a highly skilled center in David Krejci. If the Bruins’ second line can score consistently and take some of the pressure off the Pastrnak-Bergeron-Marchand top line, it would mean better chances for a deep playoff run.

One of the players that impressed me the most during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs was Marcus Johansson, who fit right in on the Bruins third line with Charlie Coyle and Danton Heinen. That third line scored some huge goals and were definitely a factor in propelling the Bruins to the finals. This year, I think Ondrej Kase has similar potential. Fans of analytics already know that Kase is an impact player when given the opportunity. This is why I consider him to be a player to watch.

Brandon Carlo

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Brandon Carlo has been one of my favorite unsung heroes on the Bruins roster for a few years now. Beginning in his rookie year, his shutdown style and ability to move past mistakes have been impressive to watch. Bad luck and timing meant that Carlo was unable to participate in the playoffs for his first two years in the league: first he was concussed in the last game of the 2016-17 season, then he suffered a leg injury late in the 2017-18 season. 2019 was finally his chance to contribute in the playoffs. He played a strong defensive game and was second among all players in plus/minus (trailing only Zdeno Chara). I would argue that Carlo was a huge part of the Bruins’ success.

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This year, Carlo has the chance to do the same. 2019-20 was his best season yet in regards to points production, recording 19 points in 67 games. His game has matured and he has become a stronger and more physical player, which will translate well into playoff hockey. His shorthanded play is another asset. The Bruins were third in the league this year in penalty kill percentage (84.2). Carlo was ranked 13th in the entire league in shorthanded time on ice per game (second on the team behind Chara). As important as the power play is in the playoffs, so is the penalty kill. The combination of Chara and Carlo should help to keep the puck out of the net.

Boston is a well-rounded team, boasting superstar scorers, underrated analytics darlings, puck-moving defensemen, and shutdown blue-liners. They also have an elite goaltender as the last line of defense. This team should be fun to watch when the playoffs begin.

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AHL Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

Two months after all major sports had their seasons postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Hockey League has officially canceled the remained of the 2019-2020 season. This decision was made by the league’s Board of Governors on Monday, May 11th. All remaining regular-season games are canceled, and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs will not be held.

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The National Hockey League has not yet made an announcement about whether or not the 2019-20 season will continue.

According to the announcement on the official AHL website, the league standings as of March 12th will be final. Awards will be based on these standings and final statistics. This leaves the Milwaukee Admirals of the Central Division as the top team in the league with a record of 41-14-5-3 and the Providence Bruins (38-18-3-3) as the best of the Eastern Conference.

With the season now canceled, AHL teams and players will begin to prepare for the 2020-21 season in hopes that it will continue as scheduled. Though this is a very disappointing development for players and fans alike, it is important for league officials to prioritize the safety of everyone involved. The AHL will return when it is safe to do so.

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Report: Jakub Lauko Will Play For Providence On Saturday

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

According to a tweet by reporter Mark Divver (@MarkDivver), Providence Bruins forward Jakub Lauko will return from injury on Saturday, February 29th. Head coach Jay Leach reportedly confirmed Lauko’s return.

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Lauko suffered a knee injury during his first shift of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, unfortunately, unable to continue to represent his home country of the Czech Republic.

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Lauko began his professional career with Providence at the beginning of this season. He was drafted in the third round, 77th overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Bruins signed him to a three-year entry-level contract on September 28th, 2018. He went on to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Lauko helped his team to the Memorial Cup tournament, with the Huskies being named the champions of the Canadian Hockey League.

After a strong showing during the 2019 preseason, Lauko was assigned to the AHL. He recorded four goals and four assists in 18 games with Providence. Unfortunately, before he could get significant momentum going, he suffered a scary injury on December 7th and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.

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Though initially very worrying, Lauko escaped serious injury on the play. He recovered in time to be sent to the Czech Republic for World Juniors, where he suffered his knee injury.

After going two months without playing, Lauko will finally return to the P-Bruins lineup. Providence plays at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, then will travel to Springfield on Saturday.

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Providence Bruins Post-Game Recap Vs. Laval 2/16/20

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

The Providence Bruins were at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday for an afternoon matchup against the Laval Rocket. The Bruins were looking to continue their winning ways after defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on February 14th.

Starting Lineups

Providence Bruins:

Gaunce – Woods – Senyshyn

Vaakanainen – Kampfer

Vladar

Laval Rocket:

Veilleux – Dauphin – Waked

Alzner – Fleury

Primeau

Game Recap

First Period

Laval’s Yannick Veilleux was sent to the box for boarding just 36 seconds into the game. Providence was unable to convert on their first power play. A few minutes later, Josiah Didier drew a penalty on Laurent Dauphin, but the Bruins remained scoreless. With under a minute left in the power play, The Rocket’s Alain was called for elbowing, and Steven Kampfer was whistled for holding on the same play.

The Bruins were sent to the penalty kill for the first time when Brendan Gaunce was whistled for hooking at 9:10 of the first period. Laval could not convert on their power play.

With 7:52 left in the period, Brendan Woods was given a boarding penalty. The Providence power play remained strong, going 3-for-3 in the first.

At 15:46, Matthew Peca skated into goalie Dan Vladar and got an interference penalty. Just nine seconds later, Brendan Gaunce scored to put Providence up 1-0. Brett Ritchie and Jack Studnicka provided the assists.

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The Bruins headed into the first intermission leading in shots 12-9.

Second Period

After seven minor penalties were called in the first period, the second saw a lot more five-on-five play. Still, just two minutes in, Kampfer was called for delay of game. After killing that penalty, Providence went right back to being shorthanded with Jakub Zboril whistled for tripping.

With 1:38 left in a rather uneventful second period, Jesperi Kotkaniemi was sent to the box for tripping. The Bruins could not covert and went to the second intermission still up 1-0. Shots were 24-16 in favor of the home team.

Third Period

Paul Carey was able to stuff the puck past Cayden Primeau 38 seconds into the third. It was the Providence captain’s 18th goal of the season, assisted by Kampfer.

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Just a few minutes later, Ryan Fitzgerald netted his 11th goal to put the Bruins up 3-0. Urho Vaakanainen and Robert Lantosi provided the assists, giving eight different Bruins at least one point on the night.

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Charles Hudon and Cameron Hughes were each given two minutes for roughing in a confrontation after the whistle. A minute later, Lantosi was sent to the box for hooking. Laval did not score on the 4-on-3 power play.

Right after successfully killing Lantosi’s penalty, Providence found themselves shorthanded again with Zboril called for a trip. The Bruins penalty kill ended up 6-for-6 on the night.

The game got physical in the third period. Brendan Woods and Josh Brook dropped the gloves, then Laval received another penalty for slashing Vladar after he had frozen the puck. This brought the total of minor penalties in the game to 15, along with two majors.

Vladar was able to maintain the shutout and the game ended with Providence up 3-0. Laval outshot the Bruins 32-30.

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“It was a good day overall for the whole team,” Vladar said after the game, having secured his third shutout of the season. “It doesn’t really matter if [Max Lagace] or I get a shutout, it’s just those two points that we really need.”

Though he now leads the AHL in save percentage and GAA, Vladar was quick to put the team first rather than his personal accomplishments. “I just try to go into every game giving our team a chance to win, and thankfully it happened today. We just have to get ready for Bridgeport, because they beat us two times last weekend. We have lots of work in front of us.”

The Bruins will be looking to continue their winning ways on Monday, with a home game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 3:05 pm.

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Providence Bruins Re-Sign Josiah Didier

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By: Carrie Young  |  Follow Me On Twitter @carrieyoung512

 

On Friday, January 31st, the Providence Bruins announced that defenseman Josiah Didier has been re-signed to a two-year contract extension. Didier was initially signed by the Providence organization on July 1st, 2019 to a one-year AHL deal. His current contract will keep him with the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins until 2022.

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Didier was drafted 97th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011 NHL Draft. He played for four years at the University of Denver, serving as an alternate captain for the final two seasons. Before joining Providence, he played professionally with the Brampton Beast and Florida Everblades of the ECHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s IceCaps, and Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. He won a Calder Cup in 2019 with Charlotte.

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This season, Didier has eight assists and 64 penalty minutes in 45 games. He is ranked second on the team and ninth in the AHL in plus-minus with a plus-19 rating. This is the 26-year-old’s sixth professional season, and he currently serves as an alternate captain for Providence. At 6’3″ and 218 pounds, he is a physical presence on the blue line who can play big minutes. The right-shot defenseman did well at Bruins training camp and in a few preseason games in September.

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The Providence Bruins are hoping that locking up veterans like Didier will contribute to a long-lasting run of success. The team has secured a playoff spot for seven straight seasons, reaching the conference finals once and the second round twice. With only one win in each of their last two playoff appearances, the Bruins now seem primed for a deep run in the coming seasons. Clearly, Didier has shown to the organization that he is an important asset.

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Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak Wins NHL All-Star MVP

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By: Carrie Young  |  Follow Me On Twitter @carrieyoung512

David Pastrnak was awarded the Most Valuable Player award at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game after impressive performances in the semi-final against the Metropolitan Division and the final against the Pacific division. Pastrnak was named as the captain of the Atlantic Division team in a fan vote, beating out stars such as Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, and teammate Brad Marchand. This was Pastrnak’s second All-Star appearance. He also represented the Bruins in San Jose for the 2019 All-Star Weekend, winning the accuracy shooting contest during the skills competition.

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Tuukka Rask was also awarded with a trip to St. Louis, but did not travel due to injury, leaving Pastrnak as the only Boston Bruin to participate in this year’s All-Star events. Pastrnak competed in the Shooting Stars event on Friday, coming in ninth place with 10 points.

The All-Star Game commenced on Saturday night with the Atlantic division facing off against the Metropolitan division. Pastrnak scored 26 seconds in, assisted by the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman.

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Later in the period, with the Metropolitan division leading 4-3, Pastrnak dangled to beat Braden Holtby for his second goal of the game. Hedman and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel provided the assists.

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After assisting on a goal by Hedman, Pastrnak scored his third of the night with an empty-netter to make it 8-5 in favor of the Atlantic division. With the win, the Atlantic division went on to face the winner of the Central-Pacific matchup.

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In the final game against the Pacific division, Pastrnak assisted on the first goal by Hedman 24 seconds into the period. He then scored his first of the game to extend the Atlantic’s lead to 3-1.

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The Pacific division ended up with a 5-4 victory. Despite the loss, Pastrnak ended the night with four goals and two assists and won the Most Valuable Player fan vote, beating out Leon Draisaitl, Anthony Duclair, and Matthew Tkachuk.

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Pastrnak is the fourth Bruins player to win All-Star MVP, joining an elite group with some of the greatest players in Bruins history. Bobby Orr won the award in 1972, Ray Borque won it in 1996, and Bill Guerin won it in 2001. Pastrnak was gifted a new car for his efforts.

Though the All-Star Game doesn’t count toward the standings, it’s a great opportunity for fans to see the league’s brightest stars all on one rink. David Pastrnak is certainly one of the NHL’s best, currently leading the league with 37 goals and accumulating 70 points in 51 games. He will be a player to watch in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy. More importantly, however, he will be seeking to lead the Bruins to another deep playoff run this spring.

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Providence Bruins Post-Game Recap Vs. Springfield 1/12/20

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

 

The Providence Bruins faced off against the Springfield Thunderbirds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday. The game was the second of a home-and-home series, with the Bruins defeating the Thunderbirds 5-2 in Springfield on Saturday night. The Bruins entered Sunday’s game ranked third in the Atlantic division with a record of 21-15-1-2.

Starting Lineups

Providence Bruins:

Gaunce – Frederic – Cehlarik

Breen – Zech

Lagace

Springfield Thunderbirds:

Hunt – Saarela – Tippett

Cross – Keeper

Desrosiers

Game Recap

First Period

29 seconds into the game, Chris Breen was sent to the box for roughing. Providence was able to kill the penalty and used the momentum to their favor. Just 23 seconds after the penalty expired, Karson Kuhlman beat multiple defenders and set up Brendan Woods, who scored his sixth goal of the season.

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At 11:57 of the first period, Springfield’s Ryan Haggerty was called for interference. The Bruins were unable to convert on their first power play. A few minutes later, Anton Blidh and Matt Mangene got matching roughing minors. Ten seconds into the four-on-four, Brady Keeper was whistled for high-sticking.

Peter Cehlarik beat Desrosiers for his tenth goal of the season on the 4-on-3 power play. The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0.

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Before the puck was dropped to re-start play after Cehlarik’s goal, Springfield’s Keeper received a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct for abuse of officials. Providence had a brief power play before Jack Studnicka was called for slashing.

The period ended with the Bruins leading 2-0 in goals and 16-3 in shots.

Second Period

Max Lagace made some strong saves in the second period. Though Providence continued to greatly outshoot Springfield, the score could have been much closer without Lagace’s excellent play.

The Bruins went to the penalty kill with 5:44 left in the period, with Didier being sent to the box. Springfield’s Owen Tippett scored on the power play to cut the lead to 2-1.

Just a few minutes later, Kuhlman scored his second goal of the season to extend the Providence lead to 3-1. The team carried the lead into the second intermission and led 32-14 in shots.

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Third Period

1:24 into the third, Providence went back on the penalty kill with Paul Carey sent off for hooking. Anton Blidh was hooked on a partial shorthanded breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. His shot made it through Desrosiers and increased the lead to 4-1.

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Springfield was able to convert later on in the power play. Ryan Haggerty was credited with the goal.

The Thunderbirds were given another power play when Woods and Desrosiers got into a tussle in the crease. Woods was hit with a double-minor for spearing as well as a minor for roughing. Two Springfield players were also given roughing minors. The Bruins were able to kill off the two-minute penalty.

Despite an incredible glove save from Lagace as well as plenty of chances for the Bruins, Springfield later cut the lead to 4-3 with Haggerty’s second goal of the game.

29 seconds after Haggerty’s goal, Woods countered with his second of the day.

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The Bruins showed great resilience to be able to extend the lead multiple times with Springfield making a push to tie it up. Despite the wide margin in shots, Lagace had to make some big saves to secure the win.

Despite pulling Desrosiers, Springfield couldn’t get the puck past Lagace. Providence won 5-3 and finished with a 43-24 lead in shots. Lagace, who turned 27 on Sunday, was credited with his 13th win of the season. This broke a streak of three straight losses for the goaltender, who last made 39 saves in a loss against the Charlotte Checkers on January 4th.

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“Last night was a [hard]-fought win,” forward Karson Kuhlman said after the game. “It says a lot about our team to come out here and respond and play a good game on a Sunday afternoon. I thought that yesterday we did a good job of sticking up for one another and we didn’t let them push us around. We wanted to come out here and do a lot of the same this afternoon.”

“There are some confrontational players on both [teams],” commented coach Jay Leach. “When that happens, you’re gonna get those scuffles, whether it’s a fight, a punch after the whistle, or a hit. We certainly want to play the right way, and when we do that, we’re a better team.”

When asked about the close score despite the wide margin in shots, Leach emphasized eliminating mistakes. “When we make a mistake, [like] taking a penalty or losing coverage, something we can control, I think there’s some frustration with that. Those are parts of the learning process. As a group that’s learning how to win, you just have to take steps in the right direction to remedy those.”

The Bruins host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday for Military Appreciation Weekend.

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Bruins Forward David Krejci Injured, Will Not Travel To New Jersey

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By: Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

In a post-practice press conference on Monday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy stated that forward David Krejci will not travel with the team to New Jersey on Tuesday.

Krejci is dealing with a lower-body injury, presumably sustained during last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Krejci finished the game and logged 14:17 of ice time. He was credited with the primary assist on Jake DeBrusk’s game-winning goal just under three minutes into the third period.

Krejci has skated in 34 games for the Bruins so far this season, recording 8 goals and 20 assists and a plus-16 rating. He has centered the second line for most of the year, but has also played first-line center in Patrice Bergeron’s absence. The loss of Krejci is a significant one for the Bruins, both on and off of the ice, as he provides leadership and experience as one of the longest-tenured Bruins and an alternate captain.

The Bruins have not yet given details on Krejci’s injury. Bruce Cassidy stated on Monday that it is possible that Krejci will be playing on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but did not give any guarantees. According to The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa, Par Lindholm is expected to fill in for Krejci as the second-line center.

The Bruins will face the Devils in New Jersey on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. This will be the third and final time this season that these two teams play each other. Boston will be seeking to sweep the season series, having defeated New Jersey 3-0 on October 12th and 5-1 on November 19th.

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Bruins Call Up Jeremy Lauzon From AHL, Place Charlie McAvoy On IR

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By: Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

On Monday morning, the Boston Bruins announced that defenseman Jeremy Lauzon has been recalled from Providence on an emergency basis and Charlie McAvoy was placed on injured reserve.

Lauzon has been developing as a strong defensive defenseman for Providence this season. The 22-year-old leads the team in plus-minus with a plus-16 rating in 35 games. He has also set a personal record in points, recording one goal and nine assists. Lauzon has also shown that he can be an intimidating physical presence and a challenge to play against. At 6’1″ and 205 pounds, he has the tools to keep this up at the NHL level. He has logged 16 games with Boston, all coming during the 2018-19 season, recording one point (a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights), two penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating.

Lauzon’s call-up gives the Bruins another opportunity to see how well the defensive prospect has been developing and test his NHL readiness. The Quebec native was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft, 52nd overall. This was the sixth Bruins pick of the draft, with Lauzon being the last of three defensemen taken in the first two rounds by Boston, the other two being Jakub Zboril (13th overall) and Brandon Carlo (37th overall). Lauzon, Zboril, and Urho Vaakanainen are widely considered to be the Bruins’ top defensive prospects and the best options for call-ups when injuries arise. That Lauzon got the call this time is a vote of confidence in his abilities by the Bruins’ coaching staff and front office.

McAvoy Placed on IR

Charlie McAvoy was injured on a hit by Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie on December 23rd. He has not played or practiced with the team since then. It has been officially listed as a lower-body injury, but the Bruins have not given a timeline for his recovery as of yet.

McAvoy has skated in 38 games so far this season, recording 13 assists and a plus-13 rating. The defenseman’s injury comes at an inopportune time as he has been pushing to score his first goal of the season and get the offensive part of his game moving. His move to IR shows that he might be out longer than coach Bruce Cassidy anticipated.

Injuries Piling Up

The addition of Lauzon adds a healthy body to a depleted Bruins blue line. Connor Clifton was injured last night in a matchup with the Buffalo Sabres. There has been no official report as of yet about the nature of his injury, but the Boston Globe’s Matt Porter reported on Twitter during the game that he did not return to the bench after the end of the first period. The Bruins later tweeted that he was officially ruled out of the game with an upper-body injury.

The Bruins face off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Depending on which players return from injury and what the coaching staff decide, Lauzon could be making his 2019-20 debut with Boston.

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