Boston Bruins’ Chris Wagner Out

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Next man up: It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around the locker room and after last night, the Boston Bruins will once again be tested as they look to sweep the Carolina Hurricanes.  In an all-too familiar scenario, the boys in Black and Gold are down a fourth-line grinder. Bruins Head Coach issued an update this afternoon on Chris Wagner as further testing will be done in Boston.

Late in the third period, as Carolina’s Justin Faulk attempted a slap shot towards a brick wall (aka Tuukka Rask), Wagner instinctively blocked the shot. Unfortunately the puck would end up hitting his exposed arm/wrist,  sending the 27-year-old down on the ice, writhing in pain. The injury sent the forward to the bench initially before heading back to the locker room. Wagner did not return to the game and was seen leaving the arena with an arm sling after the 2-1 win.

Boston Bruins' Chris Wagner (14) and Brandon Carlo (25) celebrate Wagner's goal against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final series in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)(Photo Credits: AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

As expected, the Walpole, MA native was not on the ice at this morning’s practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. Noel Acciari was slotted alongside Jaokim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly. Acciari, like Wagner, has had much success on the fourth-line, which has been a key component in the Bruins success post-season. The 27-year-old Rhode Island native has one goal and one assist this post-season and has not played in the last five playoff games. Prior to the announcement, Coach Cassidy spoke about Wagner:

“I thought he was terrific tonight… Right now I don’t have an update. Not good right now. He came off in a lot of pain”

With Acciari getting the nod to return to the lineup, the injury comes at pivotal time for the Bruins as they could potentially sweep the ‘Canes this coming Thursday at the PNC Arena.  Amidst all the  injuries that have plagued this team all season long, Boston’s resiliency is one of the many reasons why they are one game away from the Stanley Cup Final. Wagner, along with Kuraly, Acciari and Nordstrom have been somewhat the unsung heroes of this team. Unlike last season, where most of the reliance was on the first line, the Bruins have finally found the recipe for their recent success. As Hurricanes Coach Rod Brind’Amour noted:

“I kind of wish they were going off, to be honest with you. I wish we were sitting here going, ‘Man, how do we stop ‘em?’ Because you know eventually they’re going to get on the board and that is a little bit worrisome.

But that’s why they’re a good team. That’s why they’re still playing, that’s why they’re who they are because it’s not really about one line.

Even though they have a great line, they’ve got four good lines that they can roll out there and they’re not afraid to put anyone against anybody and that’s when you know you’ve got a team that’s cooking.”

With Thursday looming and a desperate Hurricanes team waiting in the wings, the Bruins will once again (as Coach Bruce Cassidy perfectly summed up) “need to create the storm”.

 

The Quiet MVP: Bruins David Krejci

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Ask any Bruins player and they will tell you that this team plays for each other- a key factor for their continued success in their quest for the Stanley Cup. Throughout the regular season, some have set benchmarks in Bruins history, whether it be Marchand’s 100-point season, to Tuukka Rask’s surpassing Tiny Thompson’s record of all-time wins by a Bruins goaltender. But there’s one player that has low-key been having one of his best seasons wearing a spoked-B jersey, so much so that Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has called him the “underlying MVP to our season.”

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IT’S ALWAYS THE QUIET ONES

He may not be flashy on the ice, but David Krejci plays where it’s needed and with a gritty performance in Game Six against Columbus, the 33-year-old Czech native has accumulated 16 points in series-clinching games (second in Bruins history). And luckily for Boston, he has managed to play the entire season healthy and because of that, the team is able to get some great offensive play from the center-forward.  Whether it be a snipe pass to his ever-changing linemates, to setting up one-timers, Krejci is there. Quietly calculating his next move.

And let’s talk about the revolving door on that second line. Just who would be playing alongside his wing? Would it fellow Czech David Pastrnak? How about Danton Heinen or would it be Jake DeBrusk that’s slotted next to the veteran? Different line combinations were thrown Krejci’s way and he simply rolled with it. He scored, he set up plays, and did exactly what any good player would do in his situation: he adapted and it worked to the benefit of his teammates.

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Prior to this post-season run, Krejci tied a career-high with 73 points in 81 games. If you look back to 2011 and 2013, he led in scoring during the post-season (and as we all know the Bruins won the Cup in 2011). Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney offered some key observations about Krejci:

“He was healthy this year…working on his nutrition, working on his training and evolving as a player as you get older and that’s something you have to do…He deserves a lot of credit for where we are as an organization, and he’s generally played his best hockey in the playoffs, so that’s exciting for our group a well.”

Scoring depth has been a residual issue, particularly from last year’s post-season run that saw the Bruins exit the second round of the Playoffs. The Bergeron line led most of the team’s production, but as with many things, you need other lines producing in order to compete at a high level, especially when you’re talking Playoffs. With a healthy Krejci down the middle on the second line and coupled with the emergence of the fourth line, the Bruins are looking good. Really good.

MAKING SOME HISTORY

In the series-clinching Game Six against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Krejci got the Bruins on board, netting his 97th career post-season point. With that stat, he is now fifth in Bruins history to reach that marker and joins an elite group:

Ray Bourque (161)

Phil Esposito (102)

Rick Middleton (100)

Johnny Bucyk (100)

The Czech native now has 10 points in his last 11 games and as the Bruins continue to play further deep into the Playoffs, Krejci’s stats should only get better. Aside from his playmaking decisions, the 13-year veteran also has another special quality that the younger players can look up to. Offering more insight into Krejci’s mindset going into these games,  Head Coach Bruce Cassidy had this to say:

“I think it’s his composure. Guys are playing at a higher pace out there so its a higher physicality so everything is ratcheted up, there’s noise all night. He’s got that ability to block that stuff out…he can slow the game down. At this time of the year, it’s even that much more important to stay within yourself, stay composed and make the plays in front of you. He’s just real good at it.”

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The Bruins have their eyes on the prize and as the pressure continues to mount, this team will need to play with a higher level of discipline and Krejci is that guy to deliver it:

“I just want to go out there and help the team whatever way it is to help the team win…we don’t need any heroes, we just want to do it as a team.”

Go B’s.

Round 2 | Game One: Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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By: Liz Rizzo  | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It’s been a wild first round that saw the early exit of big heavy-hitting teams and the Bruins are one of those teams still standing. After a nerve wrecking victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7  this past Tuesday, the Bruins are now gearing up to face a new foe in Round 2.  For the first time in either teams history, the wild card team Columbus Blue Jackets and the league’s second-place Boston Bruins will face each other.

Boston has had little rest from Tuesday’s bout with the Leafs while the Blue Jackets had 10 days off after a stunning sweep over the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the first time in their history Columbus has advanced to the second round. Surpassing all Vegas odds and, pretty much anyone that watches hockey, the Blue Jackets will be looking to strong arm Boston at the TD Garden. The last time these two teams met on April 2nd, Boston defeated the Blue Jackets 6-2. Columbus  has won 11 out of 12 games in the regular season and swept the Lighting in four games.

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For Boston, the continued emergence of the fourth line will hopefully once again show up tonight as they face a heavy, tough Columbus team. Sometimes rest isn’t always the best thing and that can bode well for the B’s. They’ll be looking to carry over their momentum from their Game 7 win to tonight’s game. If you look back to last postseason, the Bruins defeated Toronto and were able to defeat the Lightning in Game 1 of the second round, winning 6-2. But as history has it, the Bruins were unable to carry that energy over to the rest of the series.

“I hope we’re ready. I can’t guarantee how it is. Eight or nine days off, I think we can say all the right things as I’m trying to do right now, but it comes down to the players being mentally ready. To me, its not a physical ready, its a mental readiness as far as ready to elevate your compete to start a series.”-Columbus Coach John Tortorella

Both Boston and Columbus had the best power play in the league postseason, with the Jackets in first and Boston in second. The Bruins power-play was instrumental in key victories over the Maple Leafs. For the Blue Jackets, their power-play was a huge factor in their winning sweep over Tampa Bay.  If you wanna talk stats, the Bruins were shorthanded 16 times in seven games, while Columbus was shorthanded six times in four games.

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The Bruins will need to be mindful of the heavy forechecking by Columbus’s Josh Anderson, Nick Foglino and rookie Alexandre Texier.  Boston’s secondary scoring issues was hot topic during the regular season, however come postseason, has been a different story. In the pivotal Game 7, it was Joakim Nordstrom, Sean Kuraly and Marcus Johansson that got the Bruins on board. Although the first line has been quiet (aside from Marchand who’s been steadily producing), the team will  need all lines on deck for this series. Columbus’s Matt Duchene leads the team in points, goals and assists, while Brad Marchand leads in points, goals and assists.

Boston’s Chris Wagner and Connor Clifton will be back in the lineup tonight.

For Columbus, here are the projected lines for tonight:

Artemi Panarin – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Oliver Bjokstrand

Ryan Dzingel – Matt Duchene – Cam Atkinson

Alexandre Texier – Nick Foligno – Josh Anderson

Riley Nash – Booner Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky

Zach Werenski – Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara – David Savard

Scott Harrington – Adam Clendening

Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo

Expect Tuukka Rask and Sergei Bobrovsky in their respected nets.

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight at TD Garden with puck drop at 7:00 PM

WHERE TO WATCH: NBCSN

 

Bruins’ Captain Zdeno Chara Nominated

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

As the Boston Bruins look to even out the series against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, the team announced this afternoon that Captain Zdeno Chara had been nominated for the 2018-2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given to the “player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” And for fans that have followed the team know firsthand that the Bruins organization is very keen on helping out the Boston community. For the Slovak transplant, Zdeno Chara is no stranger in having a heavy-handed involvement within the community.

Recently, the 6-foot-9 Chara was at the forefront (in his fourth year) at the Boston Bruins 12th annual PJ Drive benefiting Massachusetts children.  The Drive announced that a total of 21,000 pairs of PJ’s were the collected-the largest amount ever in their history.  Collections were held throughout the state with an in-game collection this past February.

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This past year, New Balance teamed up with the Bruins Captain to spearhead a shoe drive for those in need here in Boston and Slovakia. The charity, Soles4Souls, is a non-profit charity based out of Nashville, Tennessee. Not only do they provide many with shoes they also aim to create sustainable jobs. Chara personally bought and donated $7,500 worth of New Balance shoes.  Drop boxes were set throughout the area-one at New Balance stores, Warrior Ice Arena and an in-game shoe drive on the TD Garden this past March. Over 2,000  shoes were donated to the charity.

During the holidays, the Captain busily teamed up with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in collecting and donating over 3,000 pairs of socks to several local shelters. Chara participated in the annual team toy shopping and delivered to local Boston hospitals.  For the teams’ annual Thanksgiving pie delivery, Chara once again lead the way. Aside from purchasing $2,000 worth of pies, he also invited fans to donate in an online effort to raise more money. It worked. The effort raised an additional $3,500 that went to purchasing more pies.

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Chara is also involved in The Big Z Challenge, an annual charity headed by the Bruins team dentist, Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer. The event was held this past February, giving fans a chance to not only meet the captain but to square off with the defenseman in  “competitions.” The event has raised over  $150,000 and it was announced that this year’s funds went to benefit the expansion of the Elliot Regional Cancer Center in Southern New Hampshire.

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Last season, Chara joined social media and had quickly used his celebrity to shed light on the charitable efforts undertaken by the Bruins organization.  As Captain, Chara knows that being a Bruin is more than just being a player on the ice. Now playing in his 13th year in Boston, his leadership role has continued to extend to the community while inspiring those around him.

On April 23rd, the three finalists will be announced with the winner being revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards. The awards will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  $40,000 in donations from the NHL Foundation will go the first-place winner, which will go to a charity of the winner’s choice.  The runner-ups will each receive a $5,000 donation that will also go to a charity of their choice.

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Game Preview: Bruins vs Lightning

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

 

The boys in Black and Gold are back home playing their final season matinee game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. With a win this afternoon, Boston can notch their 50th win for the second consecutive season and 11th in club history. The Bruins have won their past two games and both teams have punched their way into the Playoffs.

Boston defeated the Minnesota Wild this past Thursday, in which fans got to see the NHL debut of Providence’s Zach Senyshyn, who would go on to notch his first NHL goal. The Bruins are now at 107 points, tied with the Calgary Flames in the league and locked at finishing second in the Atlantic Division. The top line continues to dominate as all three players have tallied up points to lead the team, as well as being in the top five in the league.

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Brad Marchand is fifth in the league with 100 points; Patrice Bergeron is fourth in the league with four short-handed goals; David Pastrnak is fourth in the league for power-play goals (four). Marchand leads the team in points (100) and assists (64), while Pastrnak leads the team with 38 goals. The 22-year-old Czech forward has also accumulated 13 points in his last eight games played.

 

Jake DeBrusk has six points in the last five games played, while David Krejci has seven in his last five games played. Defenseman Torey Krug has notched five points in his last five games. Charlie Coyle will be playing his 500th game in his NHL career. Marchand has eight points in the last five games played.

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The Tampa Bay Lighting come into the TD Garden looking to nab the NHL record for most wins in a single season. Tampa Bay has 61 wins and is within one win away from tying the Detroit Red Wings record of 62 wins back in 1996. Forward Nikita Kucherov is one point away from tying Alexander Mogilny record of most points in a single season. Kucherov has 126, while Mogilny has 127–the most by a Russian-born player. Kucherov leads the team in points (126) and in assists (86).  Fellow teammate Steven Stamkos leads the team with 44 goals.

Kucherov leads the league in both points and assists; Stamkos is second in the league with 19 powerplay goals and has 16 points in his last nine games.  The Lightning have a regular season record of 61-16-4 while the Bruins are 49-23-9.

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The Bruins rested many players on Thursday, but some could return today. Defenseman Kevan Miller sustained a lower-body injury on Thursday but is expected to play this afternoon. Expect goaltender Tuukka Rask in net today and for the Lightning expect Andrei Vasilevskiy in between the pipes. Chris Wagner is still nursing a lower-body injury, John Moore has an upper-body injury and Sean Kuraly is still recovering from hand surgery. For Tampa Bay, Dan Girardi, Victor Hedman, and goalie Louis Domingue are all nursing injuries.

Here are the Projected lineups:

BOSTON

DEBRUSK-BERGERON-PASTRNAK

JOHANSSON-COYLE-SENSYSHYN

NORDSTROM-ACCIARI-BACKES

HENINEN-FREDERIC-KUHLMAN

KRUG-CARLO

GRZELCYK-MILLER

CLIFTON-KAMPFER

RASK

TAMPA BAY

PALAT-STAMKOS-JOHNSON

GOURDE-POINT-KUCHEROV

KILLORN-CIRELLI-JOSEPH

ERNE-PAQUETTE-CALLAHAN

COBURN-STRALMAN

MCDONAGH-CERNAK

SERGACHEV-RUTTA

VASILEVSKIY

 

WHEN TO WATCH: Today with puck drop at 1:00 PM, TD Garden

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, SUN

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets 4/2/2019

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Bruins continue their road trip when they visit the Nationwide Arena as they face the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are looking to clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight.  Meanwhile Boston can clinch second place in the Atlantic Division; they are four points ahead of Toronto. After tonight’s game, the B’s will have two more  left in the regular season before facing the Maple Leafs in the first round of the Playoffs. Boston will hopefully bounce back tonight as they are 1-3 in their last four games.

SURGING TEAM

Columbus have won five straight games and are looking to win their sixth tonight. Meanwhile, the Bruins are hoping to clinch home ice advantage if they win against the Jackets. It will be their third and final meeting with Columbus winning 7-4 in their first tilt and Boston winning 2-1 back at the Garden on March 16th. After dropping two in a row, the Bruins are hoping to bring their energy in the Arena in what hopes to be a hue Playoff atmosphere.

“It will be good for us. We need it. We’ve been two games where we were at our best, so hopefully they bring out the best in us. That’s the style they tend to play anyway, kind of a playoff, heavier style. Should be good for us”—Bruce Cassidy

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Coming back from a lower-body injury, expect Chris Wagner to be back in the lineup while Danton Heinen will sit out due to an illness.  Sean Kuraly is still recovering from a fractured hand. If the Bruins win tonight and the Maple Leafs lose against the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston would have home ice. If Boston comes away with one point and the Leafs lose, the Bruins can still get home ice. Here were this morning’s rushes:

Brad Marchand was named NHL’s Third Star of the Month for March as he is two points away from a career high of 100 points. This month alone he has tallied 23 points with nine goals and 14 assists. He recently set a franchise mark for most shorthanded goals after scoring off a sick feed from linemate Patrice Bergeron in this past Sunday’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings. Expect Tuukka Rask in net tonight.  The Bruins are 47-23-9, while Columbus is 45-30-4. Marchand leads the team with 98 points and in assists (63). David Pastrnak leads the team with 36 goals.

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The John Tortorella-lead team has surged lately, with the power trio of Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson. Panarin leads the team in points (83) and in assists (56). Columbus is in the wild-card with 94 points and could clinch a spot tonight with a win over the B’s. They are currently one point ahead of Carolina and two over the Montreal Canadiens. Expect goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in net. The Jackets have outscored their opponents 24-4 in their last fie games.

Here are their projected lineups for tonight:

Artemi Panarin – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Cam Atkinson

Ryan Dzingel – Matt Duchene – Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner – Alexander Wennberg – Oliver Bjorkstrand

Riley Nash – Brandon Dubinsky – Nick Foligno

Zach Werenski – Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara – David Savard

Dean Kukan – Scott Harrington

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

 

WHEN TO WATCH:  Tonight with puck drop at 7:00pm

WHERE TO WATCH: NBCSN, NESN

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruns continue with their road trip down south as they look to extend their winning streak to five games as they face the league’s number one team. Boston is coming off a 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers, clinching their ticket into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In their third meeting of the season, Boston lost their first tilt 2-3 against the Lightning, however, the Bruins would avenge that loss and defeat Tampa Bay 4-1 on February 28th. With the recent win over the Panthers, the B’s would reach the 100-point plateau for the 23rd time overall (most for any team in NHL history). As the team continues to deal with the loss of Sean Kuraly, Coach Bruce Cassidy had had to tweak up his fourth line. The new combination of Joakim Nordstrom, David Backes, and Noel Acciari have bode well for the team-they have goals in their recent road trip.

“Just three guys that have been looking for a spot to fit and guys are willing to work hard, be tough to play against and be simple and predictable to each other”-David Backes

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As the regular season winds down to a close, the Bruins team are looking to once again regain some healthy bodies back. Marcus Johansson, who had been nursing a contused lung, joins the team in Tampa Bay and will be a game-time decision for tonight. Johansson did participate during Sunday’s skate at the Lightning’s Arena alongside Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci. 

Injured defenseman Torey Krug also skated Sunday in a gold non-contact jersey. Chris Wagner had a maintenance day on Sunday but is expected to play tonight. Both Matt Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller joined the team and did practice some skating drills.

Right-winger David Pastrnak is returning back to form and still leads the team with 33 goals. His linemate Brad Marchand is right behind with 32 goals and leads the team in assists (60) for 92 points. The top line has had a successful reunion as evident in their recent 7-3 win with all three netting a goal. The Bruins are now 46-20-9, second in the Atlantic Division and third in the league.

THE BOLTS

The Lightning are having a ridiculous season and have reached an unprecedented 120 points with their 58 wins-tied for the fourth most in NHL history. Tampa Bay have three players that are nearing the 40-goal mark this season: Brayden Point, Steve Stamkos, and Nikita Kucherov. Incredibly Kucherov has the same amount of points as the team at 120 points.  He leads the team in both points and assists with 83. Point leads the team with 40 goals. Steven Stamkos was recently named NHL’s Second Star of the week.

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Tampa Bay is looking to start a new winning streak as they fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-4. They begin a two-game homestead at the Amalie Arena.  The Lightning recently clinched the President’s Trophy. The Bruins are 17-3-1 in their last 21 games. Stamkos has accumulated eight points in the last few games while Marchand has 21 points in his last 13 games. Expect Tuukka Rask in net tonight for Boston and for the Lightning expect Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Rask is now 26-10-5 with goals against average of 2.35 and a save percentage of .918. Vasilevskiy is 26-9-4 with goals against average of 2.33 and a save percentage of .928. Here are the projected lines for both Boston and Tampa Bay:

BOSTON:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Johannson

Heinen-Coyle-Wagner

Nordstrom-Acciari-Backes

Chara-McAvoy

Carlo-Clifton

Kampfer-Moore

Rask

Halak

 

TAMPA:

Palat-Stamkos- Miller

Johnson-Point-Kucherov

Killorn-Cirelli-Joseph

Erne-Paquette-Callahan

Hedman-Sergachev

McDonagh-Cernak

Coburn-Rutta

Vasilevskiy

Domingue

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:30 pm, Amalie Arena

WHERE TO WATCH: ESNP+, SUN, NESN

 

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Game Recap: Bruins Beat Devils 5-1

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Bruins quickly turned the heat up in New Jersey after a quiet first period that saw Patrice Bergeron score his 29th goal of the season (his first of the night). With nine games left in the regular season, Boston continues to rack up points and with the win against the last-place Devils, they extend their lead for second place in the Atlantic Division. The first line alone combined for eight points tonight.

Bruins starting line-up:

Heinen-Kuraly-Wagner

Marchand-Bergeron-Past

DeBrusk-Krejci-Coyle

Nordstrom-Acciari-Backes

Clifton-Carlo

Chara- McAvoy

Moore-Kampfer

Rask

 

New Jersey Devils starting line-up

Pietila – Zacha – Stafford

Coleman-Zajac-Noesen

Agostino-Rooney-Anderson

Carrick – Santini

Green-Severson

Yakovlev-Jacobs

Schneider

 

QUICK GAME NOTES:

Josh Jacobs makes his NHL debut tonight with New Jersey. Bruins John Moore returns to his old stomping grounds, after playing for New Jersey three seasons. Captain Zdeno Chara still looking to score his 200th career NHL goal.

GAME RECAP

With both teams tallying up an even amount of shots on goal in the first, the boys in Black and Gold would set the tone of the game after a beautiful snapshot goal by Patrice Bergeron at 18:34 in the first period. Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara would hustle up the ice sending a crossfeed pass to David Pastrnak, who banked a deflected shot on goal. In a failed attempt to nudge the loose puck past Schneider, Brad Marchand quickly scooped it up, sending it to Pastrnak who in turn found an open Bergeron in front of the net, firing it past Schneider.

SCORE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: 1-0 BRUINS

With a late goal in the first period, the Bruins never looked back as they continued to create chances in front of the net down New Jersey’s end.  After a face-off win, Marchand would feed the puck to his linemate and at 12:58 in the second, David Pastrnak netted his first goal since returning from thumb surgery (and his 32nd of the season).

In their lone goal of the night, New Jersey’s  Drew Stafford would get the Devils on the board as Pavel Zacha intercepted a pass by Jake DeBrusk,  beating Tuukka Rask on the net, making the score 2-1 Bruins.

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SCORE END OF THE SECOND PERIOD 2-1 BRUINS

Sean Kuraly would take a slap shot from Jersey’s Steven Santini, sending Danton Heinen and Chris Wagner on a 2-1. Heinen would score off a wrist shot 29 seconds into the third, giving the Bruins a nice cushioned 3-1 lead.  Kuraly, unfortunately, did not return to the game.

As the third period came to a close, Patrice Bergeron would net his 30th goal of the season on an empty net at 18:42, making the score 4-1.  With Cory Schneider back in net, David Backes would score off a redirect, making the final score 5-1.

END OF REGULATION: BRUINS: 5  DEVILS: 1

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BRUINS: 27  DEVILS: 22

Cory Schneider made 22 saves for the Devils. The Bruins have a six-point lead over Toronto and will continue their four-game road trip as they head down to Florida. New Jersey has been mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs. Boston now improves to 45-20-9 and are at 99 points.  New Jersey fell to 27-39-9.

NEXT GAME:  BRUINS VS FLORIDA, Saturday 23rd with puck drop at 7:00 PM, BB&T Center.

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Game Preview: Bruins vs Islanders

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins travel to Long Island to square off against the New York Islanders, amid some positive reports that superstar right-winger David Pastrnak may return to the lineup this week. After an emotional overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, (with some fired-up encouraging words from MMA star Conor McGregor), the Bruins snapped their three-game losing skid. With that win, Boston will be looking to continue to carry over that emotion in tonight’s match-up at the Nassau Coliseum.

GETTING THEIR GROOVE BACK

Despite having dropped their last three games, the boys in Black and Gold quickly jumped back into their regular form with Brad Marchand netting the winning OT goal. As the regular season winds down with only 10 games left to play, the Bruins will continue to rack up the points and widen the gap between themselves and the Toronto Maple Leafs (who have lost their last few games). The Bruins are now 43-20-9 are still in second place in the the Atlantic Division  and are now third in the league, trailing Calgary.

At this morning’s skate,  Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy  updated the media on the possible return of Pastrnak:

“Not saying that he will (play), but he’ll make that decision in conjunction with the medical staff as early as (Tuesday) after morning skate. I would assume he’ll be a game-time decision…I suspect if he doesn’t play (Tuesday) that Thursday will be a real good day.”

If Pastrnak does return, it’ll be an adjustment for the winger. Since his injury was an upper-extremity, the 22-year-old Czech has been able to skate thus keeping his legs fresh. Even with the injury, Pastrnak is now tied with Brad Marchand for most goals at 31.  Marchand, for his part, has stepped his game tremendously alongside his linemate Patrice Bergeron. He leads the team with 56 assist and also leads in points (87). Another milestone for the Bruins; Captain  Zdeno Chara is one goal away from reaching the 200 career goal mark.

In other updates, injured defenseman Torey Krug was also seen skating at this morning’s optional pre-game skate in a red non-contact jersey. Kevan Miller, Matt Grzelcyk and Marcus Johansson did not travel with the team. Jake DeBrusk was reportedly not on the ice and in a camwalker boot. Expect Tuukka Rask in net tonight and has a 24-10-5 record with a 2.45 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.

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SURGING ISLES

In their third meeting against the Islanders, the Bruins have won both previous games. The last time these two teams met was on February 5th  with Boston winning 3-1, snapping the Isles eight-game point winning streak.  New York hasn’t beaten the Bruins at home since 2013. With a recent 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild, the Isles are now tied with the Washington Capitals for first in the Metro Division at 91 points. The Islanders lead the league in goals against per game with a 2.33 average per game and under head coach Barry Trotz, have surged to a Playoff position.

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On the injury front, center Casey Cizikas has been nursing a lower-body injury and will be a game-time decision for tonight. Former Bruins Johnny Boychuk will be a out for tonight’s game. Expect Robin Lehner in net tonight for the Isles. The 27 year-old goaltender has record of 20-11-5 with a goals against average of 2.19 and a save percentage of .927. Forward Anders Lee has netted  a goal in four consecutive games and leads the team with 27 goals.  Center Matt Barzal leads the team with 41 assists and 58 points.

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00P PM- NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum

WHERE TO WATCH: MSG+, NESN

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

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By: Liz Rizzo| Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins are riding high and having fun, as witnessed by their recent stunning comeback win this past Thursday night against Florida. Tonight, the boys in Black and Gold are back at the TD Garden to face the ailing Ottawa Senators, who have been going though a rough patch, amid personnel issues.  On the flip side, Boston have come out on all four cylinders and are looking to extend their game-winning point streak to 19 games.

ROSTER UPDATES

Boston is coming off a dramatic  win over the Florida Panthers with both Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron netting goals within seconds of each other late in the third period, making the final score 4-3. The Bruins are now second in both the division and league with a record of 41-17-9. If they win tonight, Boston will have a perfect homestead with a 6-0 record.

Earlier this morning, the team announced the recall of forward Lee Stempniak on an emergency basis. Jake DeBrusk, who has been nursing a lower-body injury, will be out of the lineup tonight: he remains day-to-day.  Marcus Johansson will also be out tonight, along with David Pastrnak and Kevan Miller.

Karson Kuhlman was recalled for that game and has now been assigned back down to Providence.  This morning’s rushes show Stempniak being slotted up on the second line with David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom. Here were this morning’s practice lines:

Expect red-hot goaltender Tuukka Rask in net tonight and Jaroslav Halak in for tomorrow’s game. With the win against the Panthers, Rask extended his point streak to 18 games with a 15-0-3 record. He now ties with Pete Peeters as one of two goaltenders in NHL history with two career point streaks in 17 or more games. Rask has a record of 23-8-5 with a goals against average of 2.31 and a .921 save percentage.

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The dynamic duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand has been explosive as of late and with  everyone else on the team contributing, the Bruins are closer to clinching a Playoff spot.  Marchand now leads the team with 53 assist and has 80 points.  David Krejci has also upped his game and is second behind Marchand with 41 assists. Defenseman Torey Krug also finds himself in third with 40 assists and 46 points. Another little footnote: defenseman John Moore will be playing his 500th career game tonight.

OTTAWA

The Senators are coming off a 4-2 loss against the New York Islanders this past Thursday. Ottawa is 1-9 in their last 10 games. Defenseman Thomas Chabot leads the team with 48 points and 35 assists. Left-winger Brady Tkachuk leads the team with 15 goals.

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Newly acquired forward Brian Gibbons offers a bight spot for the Senators as he has four points in his last five games, while Boston’s Marchand has nine points. Interim head coach Marc Crawford announced that Craig Anderson will be in goal tonight to face the Bruins.  Anderson is now 14-22-4 with a goals against average of 3.54 and a .903 save percentage.

Ottawa is last in the Atlantic Division posting a 23-39-6 record in 68 games and are last in the league with 52 points behind the Los Angeles Kings, who have 56 points. Boston has 91 points.

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00 pm at the TD Garden, Boston

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN

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