Breaking Down The Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk’s Struggles

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Armed with a new contract and an extended off-season of working on his fitness, the expectations were sky-high for Jake DeBrusk as he began his fourth season in the NHL. The six-foot-tall, 188-pound winger scored 16 times in his rookie year and followed that up with a 27-goal effort in his sophomore

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Bruins Report Card: Sweeney Presser Sparks The Offense

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

In his press conference yesterday, Don Sweeney excoriated his team’s offensive output and was particularly disparaging of their 5v5 play and secondary scoring. The Bruins’ General Manager went so far as to threaten changes if needed. The team on the ice responded with four goals including two from players directly challenged by their boss. Let’s break

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Bruins Report Cards: Big Z Wins In Return With New Team

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Two teams with Stanley Cup aspirations, and in a fight for the top of the division, played like it. The game featured tight checking for the first two periods before opening up ever so slightly in the third frame. The contest did not lack physicality as these two teams build a rivalry borne of numerous meetings

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Bruins Report Cards: Back-To-Back Blowouts

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Bruins let another one get out of hand in New York losing badly to the Rangers following their lopsided loss less than an hour away on the island the night before. They have now lost four of the last five and their commanding hold on first place in the division has evaporated. Unlike last night, where the

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Bruins Report Cards: Lopsided Loss On Long Island

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The vacation vibes are officially last week’s news. Despite a fast start and a solid first 40 minutes, the Bruins were blown out by a structured and opportunistic Islanders squad. Evaluating this contest will be a challenge given Boston’s self-destruct sequence in the third but that’s why we are here. Let’s break the game down and assign some

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Bruins Report Cards: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Fight

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Bruins continue their unbeaten streak, hanging on to win 1-0 against a Rangers team missing Artemi Panarin. After a relatively uneventful first period, the middle frame was fiery and the third followed suit. Boston’s lone goal, quality goaltending, and some grit proved enough to overcome several defensive miscues and a number of penalties. Let’s break

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Bruins Numbers And Grades At The Quarter-ish Mark

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Twelve games into the season the Boston Bruins sit atop the pandemic-induced East Division. The boys from Beantown have been on a tear after coming out of the gate a little sluggish. Let’s look under the hood at some key numbers as well as the cumulative player grades from our report card series now that we

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Bruins Report Cards: The Hot Streak Continues

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Bruins’ hot streak continues with an overtime win in their first game of the season against the New York Rangers. A tight-checking low-event affair in the first period turned into an exciting game in the next two frames. Boston received goals from two bottom-six forwards before one of their stars won it in the bonus

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Bruins Report Cards: Don’t Call It A Comeback

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

At some point it’s no longer a comeback, it’s the game plan. I’m sure it’s not how Bruce Cassidy wants it, but the Bruins have rallied from multiple goals down three games in a row on their way to picking up five out of six possible points. In addition to being impressive, it has been entertaining. Let’s break

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Bruins Report Cards: Comeback Kids In The Capital

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The sequel to Saturday’s matchup with Washington had a similar script but an alternate ending. After spotting the Capitals a three-goal lead for the second game in a row, the Bruins not only stormed back but were able to close the deal with five unanswered goals including the game-winner from unlikely hero Brandon Carlo. In doing so, Boston

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