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

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Bruins Update: Pastrnak Out Two More Weeks

 

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins announced an update this afternoon on right-winger David Pastrnak in regards to his recent thumb surgery. General Manager Don Sweeney stated that the 22-year-old Czech-native will be in a cast for two more weeks, at which time he’ll be re-evaluated. If all goes well, Pastrnak is expected to be fitted with a splint and “it will be a matter of comfort” for a return tot he lineup.

“He’ll be in a cast for two more weeks. An then after that-he started skating today-after that he’ll be fitted for a splint and it’s just a matter of comfort, when he’s able to be most comfortable. He won’t have any restricitons at that point and time”

-General Manager Don Sweeney

At this morning rushes, Pastrnak skated for the first time without holding a stick. Team doctors have been pleased with the progression and it was previously reported that Pastrnak has been in good spirits following the surgery.

With their top scorer out of the line-up, the team had to adopt a  “next man up” attitude. Boston has seen a recent surge of offensive plays from their second-year players such as Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen. The Bruins have closed out a very successful western trip and enjoyed a seven-game winning streak. Boston luckily has not lost their step without number 88. Without Pastrnak, the Bruins have seen their scoring go from 2.88 goals per game to 3.66. The boys in Black and Gold have also posted a 5-0-1 record sans Pasta and are on a 13-game point streak.

Pastrnak has missed six games with the team since his thumb surgery on February 22nd-an injury stemming from an accidental slip after an event. Pastrnak still leads the team with 31 goals and is second in points (66) behind Brad Marchand (who has 71 points). Boston is second in the Atlantic Division with three points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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As far as when Pastrnak is looking to get back on the ice, Sweeney had this to say to the media:

“I mean clearly he’s going to be working with a splint or brace, so it’ll be a level of difficulty. But he’s a tough kid that wants to play hockey and you aleady saw him skating today. And first thing he said to me is, ‘I’ll be back sooner than what anybody expects.’ I think he’ll be perfectly fine. It’ll be different because he’s had a procedure done. But he’ll get past that, he’ll be fine. I spoke to the doctors today and he feels good about where David’s at.”

As he continues to recover from surgery,  today’s acquisition of New Jersey Devils’ forward Marcus Johansson will hopefully add some more production to the top-lines.

“…I think for us Marcus represents a lot of versality and production in a top-nine role, and thats something that we felt coming down the stretch that we still could use that.”

-General Manager Don Sweeney

The Bruins end February at home when they face the San Jose Sharks and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have dominated the league with an unprecedented 98 points, so far. With 20 games left to the season, the Bruins will hopefully see the return of their star-winger sooner rather than later.

Enjoy some “Pasta” highlights:

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Boston Bruins Recall Providence’s Kuhlman

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Today Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that Providence forward Karson Kuhlman had been recalled. He was signed by the B’s to a two-year contract last April. In his first professional season with the Providence Bruins, Kuhlman has had a decent outing so far playing. He has 25 points in 50 games as he notched 12 goals and 13 assists with a plus-22 rating.

The 5-foot-11, 190 forward played a full season in 2013 for the the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the Unites States Hockey Leagues (USHL). He tallied 25 goals with 19 assists for 44 points in 56 games. He was elected to play in the USHL All-Star Game. As a freshman for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, he recorded eight goals with 10 assists for 18 points, thus earning a bid in NCAA tournament. In his sophomore year, he was named alternate captain in which he netted 12 goals with eight assists for 20 points.

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Kuhlman, a native of Cloquet, Minnesota,  served as an alternate captain in his junior year accumulated six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 42 games-a career high. That year, the Bulldogs advanced to the Frozen Four, but ultimately fell to Denver in the final. In his senior year, Kuhlman served as captain of the Bulldogs where he netted 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points in 44 games. The 23-year-old was named MVP in the 2018 NCAA tournament where he lead Minnesota with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Notre Dame. Kuhlman has played 166 consecutive games in the NCAA-tying a record in NCAA history (he’s tied for seventh).

With the upcoming western roadtrip, the Bruins may be looking to have another extra body upfront as the organization looks to fill a roster spot created by the David Pastrnak injury. Described as tenacious with the puck during rookie camp in September, Kuhlman could serve as a possible winger, even though he is a right-shot center. General Manager Don Sweeney is quoted as describing Kuhlman as “a dog on a bone” when it comes to his puck-hunting.

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His two-year deal with the Bruins would guarantee him a minimum of $315,000 over the two years, with an NHL level salary of $750,000. He will join the team as he skates in his first varsity practice in Anaheim. Although he is there as an extra forward, fans may get to see Kuhlman make his NHL debut this weekend.

At last year’s camp, the versatile Kuhlman aimed to make make an impression on the B’s brass:

“This is a great organization and that’s why I chose to come here in the Spring…I want to come in and show them the way that I play hockey. I’m taking it day by day, not worrying about too far into the future. That’s something you’ve got to do at a camp like this, especially when there are so many guys that have NHL experience that are here in this room right now. So I’m just trying to play my game and hopefully going from there.”

When the Bruins varsity team headed to China this past summer, Kuhlman was able to take advantage and played in two preseason games. During the Prospect Challenge at the rookie tournament in Buffalo, Kuhlman had an opportunity to get some more hockey in his repertoire. Coach Bruce Cassidy, who had a chance to see Kuhlman in Buffalo before leaving for China, described Kuhlman as a “Swiss Army knife.” With David Pastrnak out for a few weeks, the Bruins could use a “jack-of-all-trades” type player, especially during these last few months to the season.

Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

After a memorable day at the TD Garden yesterday, the Bruins are back at it again for an early Sunday afternoon game against Colorado. It will be their second match-up against a Western Conference team in a nine-game stretch. The B’s will be looking to add another win in back to back games.  As the regular season draws to a close, every win is becoming more crucial and the Bruins will need to capitalize as much as possible.

COLORADO SLUMP

The Colorado Avalanche (22-22-10) are in a six-game losing streak and are 0-4-2 in their last six games. They are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the New York Islanders in a two-game season series. The Avs are now 13-8-4 against Eastern Conference teams and have a 7-5-3 road record. Forward Carl Soderberg reached a career-high in notching multiple-points in a game with a goal and two assists (eight times this season).

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Defenseman  Ian Cole missed the Islanders game after suffering an upper-body injury during a recent matchup against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. He is expected to be out for today’s game. Both Colorado and Boston boast a top-heavy line with the Avs beating the Bruins 6-3 on November 14th, 2018.  Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has tallied up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his last 18 games.

Mikko Rantanen leads the team in points (75) and assists (51). Gabriel Landeskog leads the team in goals with 29. Landeskog (397) and Mikko Rantanen (197) are three points away from reaching a milestone of garnering 400 and 200 career points.  Expect goaltender Philipp Grubauer in between the net for Colorado. He currently has a 3.47 goals against average with a .890 save percantage.

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AVALANCHE PROJECTED LINEUPS

Gabriel Landeskog — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Matt Nieto — Carl Soderberg — Matt Calvert

Alexander Kerfoot — J.T. Compher — Colin Wilson

A.J. Greer — Sheldon Dries — Sven Andrighetto

Erik Johnson — Samuel Girard

Nikita Zadorov — Ryan Graves

Patrik Nemeth — Tyson Barrie

Philipp Grubauer

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Gabriel Bourque, Anton Lindholm

Injured: Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Mark Barberio (head), Ian Cole (upper body)

BOSTON ADDING POINTS

The Bruins (30-17-8) are looking to extend their seven-point game streak. In their past six matchups, the B’s are 3-0-3. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected in net for Boston. The Slovak-native is now 13-9-0 with a .918 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.50. Right-winger David Pastrnak has four goals and seven assists in the last seven games. He still leads the team in points (66) and goals (31). Brad Marchand leads the team with 43 assists and with a short-handed goal in yesterday’s tilt, he is now tied with Rick Middleton and Derek Sanderson for the second most shorties in a season (24).

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In capping off a special day for number 37, Patrice Bergeron had two assists, and two goals-one of which would be the game-winning overtime goal, helping the Bruins win 5-4 over the Kings. Bergeron has 11 points in his last eight games. There were lineup changes yesterday that saw Danton Heinen being slotted up with Bergeron and Marchand, while Pastrnak shifted down to the second line. After squandering the lead in the last few games, the Bruins will need to continue to battle for pucks and get points as they hold on for a Playoff spot.

BOSTON PROJECTED LINES:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — Danton Heinen

Peter Cehlarik — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom — Noel Acciari — David Backes

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug — Kevan Miller

John Moore — Brandon Carlo

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Trent Frederic, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Matt Grzelcyk (lower body)

 

WHEN TO WATCH: Today with puck drop at 3:00 PM at TD Garden

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

After losing two games that went into overtime and a shoot-out, the Bruins will be looking to finally break their 14-game losing streak against the Washington Capitals this afternoon. In a Super Bowl Sunday matinee, the B’s will be facing the Capitals on their home turf at the Capital One Arena. Noting some criticism towards defense, Coach Bruce Cassidy will be looking to make some lineup changes after the loss to the Flyers.

During the Flyers game, Danton Heinen had a wide open net with a chance to score. However, an unlucky bounce to the puck would befall the forward.

“I think after the last play the other night it does (affect his confidence),” said Cassidy. “Got the puck on your stick with basically an empty net, game-winning goal and it hops over. You start getting in your own head I think when that happens. That’s just tough luck there. He’s in the right spot, did everything right to win the puck and then to just – I suspect it would a little bit.

We have to try to help him through that.”

-Coach Cassidy

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Joakim Nordstom will play on the third line with Trent Frederic and David Backes to hopefully add some dimensional speed.  Matt Grzelcyk will be back in the lineup and be paired with Kevan Miller. Goaltender Tuukka Rask will get the start in net. Rask is currently fourth in the NHL with a goals against average of 2.45 and a 0.920 save percentage.  The Bruins are 1-2-3 in their last six games.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

Cehlarik – Krejci – DeBrusk

Nordstrom – Frederic – Backes

Kuraly – Acciari – Wagner

 

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Miller

Moore – Kampfer

Rask

Halak

Who is out: Moore, Heinen

 

WASHINGTON

The Capitals continue with their six-game homestead when they host the Bruins this afternoon. They are 1-5-2 in their last eight games and snapped a seven-game losing streak when they defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Friday. Alex Ovechkin returns after a one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star game. He will also become the NHL’s all-time leader in points by a Russian-born player. Ovechkin is currently tied with Sergei Fedorov at 1,179 points.

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Washington’s last loss against the Black and Gold was on March 29th, 2014 with their recent game slump being their longest in over five years. With Ovechkin returning to the lineup, center Lars Eller may be out after sustaining a lower-body injury in the game against the Flames. He did not practice with the team yesterday and will be a game-time decision. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 37 while his 57 points lead the team. Nicklas Backstrom has 52 points with John Carlson is third with 48 points. Expect Brayden Holtby in the net.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Dmitrij Jaskin — Travis Boyd — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

 

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson

Michal Kempny — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Jonas Siegenthaler

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

 

Who is out: Chandler Stephenson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Christian Djoos (thigh), Lars Eller (lower body)

 

ONE MORE TO 1,000

Today’s game will mark the 999th NHL career game played by Patrice Bergeron, who has four career 30-goal seasons. Boston continues to rely on their top line as they have netted 65 of 147 goals scored this season so far. Right-winger David Pastrnak reached his third straight 30-goal season during the Flyers game. He currently leads the team in goals (30) and team points (61). Brad Marchand is also looking to reach his fourth straight 30-goal season.

The Bruins have been teetering between third and fourth in the Atlantic Division and have a 27-17-7 record as they battle for a spot in the Playoffs. The Capitals are third in the Metropolitan Divison with a 28-17-6 record with the Columbus Blue Jackets biting at their heels.

WHEN TO WATCH: Today with puck drop at 12:30pm

WHERE TO WATCH: NBC

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Bruins Willie O’Ree Celebrates Diversity In Hockey

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

A pioneer in the NHL, Boston Bruins Willie O’Ree reflected recently on what Black History Month meant to him and to the sport of hockey. O’Ree broke ground in 1958 when he became the first black player to play in the NHL. In a recent essay that he wrote for NHL.com, O’Ree reflected on the importance that hockey is really for everyone:

Black History Month has always been special to me.

When I came aboard the NHL in 1998, my interest was to be involved in the youth development program, and Lou Vairo from USA Hockey and Bryant McBride hired me and I started with the diversity program. At that time, there were only approximately four or five programs. Now we have 26 throughout North America with 40 program centers and my specific duties are to travel around to these programs, do clinics, try and get as many boys and girls interested in playing hockey, let them know there is another sport that they can play if they want to. I talk at numerous schools — elementary, middle, junior high, high schools — junior colleges, boys and girls clubs, juvenile detention facilities, YMCAs, YWCAs, anywhere there are boys and girls.

He played 45 games for the B’s and posted four goals with ten assists. His debut for the Bruins, however, drew little publicity at the time, despite being the first black player in the league.

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“I was expecting a little more publicity. The press handled it like it was just another piece of everyday news. I didn’t care much about publicity for myself, but it could have been important for other blacks with ambitions in hockey. It would have shown that a black could make it.

He went back to the minors after playing two games in Boston. He did play 43 games for the Bruins during the 1960-1961 season before returning to the minors. There he played 14 seasons prior to retiring in 1979. However, O’Ree’s work was not done. As mentioned in the beginning of the article, O’Ree would return to the NHL in 1998 as the diversity ambassador. He would also be instrumental with the NHL/USA Hockey Diversity Task Force which is now known as Hockey Is For Everyone.

For O’Ree, seeing children of every color have the opportunity to play hockey is what he has been working towards.

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I have seen the growth over the past 20 years and it’s even growing more now. There are more boys and girls playing hockey today than ever before — and I mean, not only white boys and girls, but more black kids and more girls playing hockey today than ever before. It’s growing and it’s going to continue to grow.

During his time in the NHL, O’Ree, who is legally blind in one eye, would face many obstacles such as racial slurs, prejudice, and bigotry (mainly from opposing teams and fans). But he wouldn’t let that deter him as he continued to make strides. Today, O’Ree can see the slow change and has met players who have thanked him for opening the door for those of color to play in the league. For the children who have faced similar prejudices, O’Ree has this to share:

I want to say you have to keep doing what you’re doing. And just stay focused on what you want to do. These remarks that are directed toward the players — I just can’t understand these people because they’re either racist or they’re ignorant. I don’t think any educated person would make comments like that.

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It would be 16 years after O’Ree debuted before another black player would play in the league when Michael Marson joined the Washington Capitals (who were a first-year team) on Oct. 9, 1974. Today, the league has 25 active black players.. It’s hard not to see the impact that Willie O’Ree has had on the game of hockey and for kids all over the country. He would finally be recognized in 2018 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The NHL will continue to celebrate Black History Month and fans will have the opportunity to learn more when The American Legacy Black Hockey History Tour visits six arenas. The mobile museum will make its debut in New York. The Rangers will host the museum before it heads out to visit the New Jersey Devils,  Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. The museum will also travel to schools and local rinks. O’Ree’s jersey will be on display as fans get to learn more about the 200-year history of black achievement in hockey.

I’m just so glad that I have had the opportunity to be involved in the Hockey Is For Everyone program. I really feel that I have made a difference over the 20 years. You know, it was hard. But good things take more time than others. Change takes time. But it’s getting easier. It’s still going to take a long time.

Willie O’Ree

 

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The Greatest Goalies In Bruins History

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

As the Bruins return to the ice after enjoying a mandatory bye-week, news came that goalie Tuukka Rask will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in a collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil.  Up until that unfortunate incident, Rask had been enjoying a streak of great playing in the net and with a win against the Rangers, was poised to become the winningest goalie in the franchise history. With this little bump in the road, however, that record will be on hold for a just a little longer.

So this poses a thought that many fans and sports analysts have written time and time again in regards to Rask. Yes, he will break a record, but will surpassing Thompson earn Tuukka respect from the fans? Will he ever be considered one of the greats? These questions tend to be a bit controversial even amongst the Black and Gold faithful and there’s never a shortage of online Tuukka hate.

So when you talk about the greatest goalies that ever wore the spoked-B, can you and should you include Rask? If you take a quick peek into Bruins lore, you’ll find a pretty extensive list so we shortened it to highlight the big names. Let’s take a look at those who are considered to be the best in Bruins history (keep in mind, these are in no particular order and just the opinion of this writer).

CECIL “Tiny” THOMPSON

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For someone who wasn’t exactly crazy about being a goaltender, Thompson has certainly made his mark in Bruins history.  And it would be his goaltending that lead the Bruins to win their first Stanley Cup. Fun fact: he only allowed three goals in five playoff games and posted three shutouts. His excellent net-minding bode well for a young Bruins team. They finished in first place and won the Prince of Wales Trophy in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935 and 1938. Thompson won the Vezina Trophy in 1930, 1933, 1936 and 1938.

Most memorable moment: the 1933 Playoffs. In a match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs,  Thompson and Leafs goalie Lorne Chabot would be part of one of the longest overtime games played. Both goalies battled up until the sixth overtime when Leaf’s forward Ken Doraty scored the winning goal against Thompson.

Thompson played for the Bruins from 1928-1938 before being sent to Detroit. He would be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1959. He was the first goalie in the NHL to record an assist and had 81 career shutouts (6th in NHL history). At the end of his tenure with the Bruins, Thompson would post a 252-153-63 record. When he finally retired, he would end with 284 wins, 194 losses with a career GAA of 2.08 in 553 games played.

FRANK BRIMSEK

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“Tiny was such a great goaltender. I had to be good or they would have chased me right out of Boston”-Frank Brimsek

With Thompson being sent to Detroit,  a young 23-year-old rookie named Frank Brimsek would be thrust upon a tough Boston crowd. Brismek had to fill the mighty skates of one of the league’s premier goaltenders. Thompson was Boston’s rock-solid goalie for ten years and Brimsek would quickly learn that to be the best, you gotta beat the best.

Sadly, he would lose his first professional game as a Bruin against the Montreal Canadiens. Brimsek wouldn’t let the loss keep him down for too long.  “Mister Zero” would quickly rebound by winning shutout after shutout. By his third game, he had already recorded 192 minutes and 40 seconds of scoreless goaltending.

In his fifth game with the Bruins, Brimsek would beat Thomspon’s record of 224 minutes and 47 seconds scoreless goaltending at 231 minutes 54 seconds. The B’s would win that game against Montreal 3-2 at the Boston Garden. This was all done his rookie season. He finished with a 1.59 average with 10 shutouts. He gave up only 70 goals in 44 games played and was awarded both the Calder Trophy and the Vezina Trophy. He would win the Vezina again in 1942. He would play for Boston for five seasons before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard. He retired at 34 and would become the first United States hockey player to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

GERRY CHEEVERS

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Fiercely competitive and equally feisty, Cheevers undoubtedly was a big, bad Bruin.  Just look at the mask. Along with Eddie Johnston, Cheevers would lead Boston to win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972 and was voted the best goaltender in the World Hockey Association. He was also the number one goalie for Team Canada in 1974.

And if you’re into numbers, Cheevers certainly lives up to the hype. In his NHL career, he would play 418 regular-season games and 88 playoff matches. His GAA was 2.89 during the regular season and 2.69 in the playoffs. Impressive numbers if you consider that the Bruins team was offensively heavy and lacked defense-Cheevers had his work cut out for him.

During the 1971-1972 season, “Cheesy” Cheevers played 32 unbeaten games between the pipes. Originally he was destined to play for Toronto but as luck would have it, the Bruins grabbed Cheevers for $30,000 and the rest is history. After suffering a knee injury his rookie season, he was sent to Oklahoma City. There he met coach Harry Sinden who would promote Cheevers to take over for an injured Eddie Johnston. His first three games with the Bruins: a tie, a shutout win, and a 2-1 win. The following season, the Bruins would protect both Cheevers and Johnston in the draft.

Boston had quite the goaltending tandem: Cheevers played 44 games and averaged 2.83  with Johnston’s 2.87 in 20 games. Cheevers finally retired in 1980 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

TIM THOMAS

Tim Thomas has only played for the Bruins in his NHL career so far. (USATSI)(Photo Credits: USATSI)

For what its worth, Thomas is included on the list as he lead the Boston Bruins to their first cup since 1972. But the win would be shrouded in controversy as stories emerged about Thomas’s combative personality, religious views, and far-right conspiracy theories. He would also infamously snub former president Barack Obama after the 2011 win for personal political reasons.

If you put aside the controversial aspect of Thomas’s personal views and just go by the numbers, you have a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Conn Smythe trophy winner and the recipient of the William Jennings Award. He is one of four American-born players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in NHL history, joining Brian Leetch, Jonathan Quick, and Patrick Kane.

During the 2010-2011 season, he would set an NHL record with a .938 save percentage. In the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks, Thomas had a 1.15 GAA, breaking Brisek’s record of 1.25 GAA. Thomas would go on stop all 37 shots in Game Seven to win 4-0, leading Boston in finally winning the Cup after 39 years.

He would also set the record for most saves in a single post-season with 798 and the most saves in a Stanley Cup series with 238. Thomas also became the first goaltender to post a shutout in a Game 7 road game. Thomas would take the entire 2012-2013 season off before briefly returning to play in Florida and Dallas during the 2013-14 season.

HONORABLE MENTION: TUUKKA RASK

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Tuukka Rask. One could go online and simply type his name and you’ll be faced with an onslaught of supporters or haters. Then there’s the million and one articles that analyze whether or not Rask will ever get a fair shake in Boston-being one of the toughest markets to play for. Once in a while, you’ll see the question on whether or not the Bruins will ever win a cup with Rask. And while he was the back-up goalie to Tim Thomas and technically he does have a ring, Rask needs to win the Cup on his own merit to quiet his critics.

If you look at the numbers, The Vezina Trophy recipient has a 252-145-56 record in his current 12-year career. Rask has lead the Bruins to a third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals (2013) and in the third round facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, had a 0.50 GAA and a .985 save percentage. Pre-bye week, Tuukka has been 6-0-1 in his last 7 starts, with a .940 SV%.

The tough thing about Rask and what’s most criticized is his play inconsistency. When he’s hot, he hot, but when he has those slow starts to the season, calls for a trade pick up online at full steam. As he is set to overtake Tiny Thompson’s record of 252 wins, it’s kinda hard not to place Rask as one of the top goalies in Bruins history.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, Rask was on a hot streak before suffering a concussion. So as opinions wane back and forth about Tuukka, in the end,  seeing number 40 hoist the Cup would be nothing short of greatness and just maybe the Tuukka hate will be a distant memory.

 

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Community Outreach: Boston Bruins Edition

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

With the Boston Bruins having some time off this week, the team will be keeping busy this month and next as they continue to work closely with the community. The Black and Gold are no strangers to teaming up with organizations that benefit those less fortunate.

GET YOUR PADDLES READY

Fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to place bids to play alongside their favorite player in the second-annual Patrice Bergeron’s Pucks and Paddles ping-pong tournament.  Aside from getting the chance to play with a Bruin, fans can also place bids to participate in the event with a member of the 98.5 Sports Hub radio station. The Boston Bruins Foundation teamed up with Bergeron and Co. to raise funds for the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

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Last year’s tournament raised a total of $110,000, all of which went to the hospital. Fans had a chance to see the entire roster participate in the two-on-two single-elimination competition. The event also had patients from Tufts Medical in attendance.  As players were eliminated, the final saw both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak (along with their partners) square off as they battled for the coveted inaugural trophy. In the end,  Pastrnak would earn bragging rights as he won the entire tournament. For those interested in testing their ping-pong skills against players or the guys from 98.5, click here for more information.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Time: 4-7p.m.
  • Where: Royale Boston – 279 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

VIP Gold Session – Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Charlie McAvoy, and David Backes
VIP Black Session – David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, and David Krejci

PJ DRIVE

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The Bruins will once again team up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Cradles to Crayons and DCF Wonderfund to participate in the annual PJ Drive. Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara will host the charity event for the fourth time this year. Both Cradles to Crayons and the DCF Wonderfund are non-profits whose goal is to provide positive living conditions for children.

The PJ drive was first initiated by former Bruin P.J. Axelsson and his wife Siw in 2007. In its 12th year, the drive has provided countless children with new and unused pajamas. Since 2007, over 100,000 children have received pajamas. From February 1st to March 15th, anyone can donate by either hosting their own drive or by dropping off clothes at a participating library

The Bruins will also be collecting pajamas at the TD Garden during the February 9th game against the L.A. Kings. Fans that donate PJ’s or $10.00 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an autographed prize. If you decide you’d like to host your own drive, the top three organizations that collect the most will receive five tickets to an upcoming Bruins game on March 27th versus the New York Rangers or against Florida Panthers on Saturday, March 30th

Be Fit

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The third annual BFit First Responder Challange will be hosted at the TD Garden January 27th. Both the Boston Bruins and the Bruins Foundation have held the one-of-a-kind event to raise awareness on the health and wellness of first responders. The event also supports The Hundred Club, Inc., a charity that assists families of both police officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Participants will have a chance to run through three different courses that suit their fitness level.  For those that are looking for a challenge will have a chance to run through the new Level 4 Rafter Run. Those participating are asked to raise a minimum of $300 dollars in order to be eligible for the event. Both law enforcement and fire/EMT personnel will start at 9:00 AM, while civilians start their course at 11:00 AM.  The teams who raise the most amount of funds will receive suite tickets to the Bruins vs San Jose Sharks game on February 26th.  An individual with the highest raised funds will also be awarded four suite tickets to the same game.

If you’d like more information on the BFit First RFesponder Challenge, please visit here.

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers 1/16/2019

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

After Monday’s overtime loss to  the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins will be looking to grab two points tonight when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. If they win,  Boston could potentially take over the second spot in the Atlantic Division as they currently sit one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.

BRUINS COMINGS AND GOINGS

News came yesterday that forward Colby Cave, who had played 20 games this season with the B’s, was claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers. In his time here in Boston, Cave notched a goal and four assists. Tuesday’s practice also marked a maintenance day for both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Jake DeBrusk was also absent from practice as he nursed a lower-body injury, while Chris Wagner dealt with a short illness. Coach Bruce Cassidy recently announced that both DeBrusk and Wagner will play tonight. David Backes will be healthy scratch up front, as is John Moore and Steven Kampfer.

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Forward Peter Cehlarik has been re-called from Providence and will suit up for tonight’s game, replacing Backes in the lineup. Per Cassidy, he will be slotted alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Cehlarik had previously donned the Spoke-B for the Bruins back in the 2016-2017 season where he played 11 games. Last season he made an appearance in six games for the club.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Despite the loss Monday, the Bruins have been looking pretty good lately, having won three straight road games, however they have dropped two out of their last three. Boston’s record in the last 13 games has been a decent 9-3-1. The team remains second throughout the league in power play percentage at 27.9%, nestled right behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are now tied with Toronto for the penalty kill at 80.9%.

Winger David Pastrnak leads the team in both points (54) and goals (26). Brad Marchand isn’t too far behind and leads the team in assists (32) with 49 points. Forward David Krejci has netted a goal consecutively in three games. Tonight marks the second meeting between these two teams where Boston won the first game,  3-0.  In their last six games against the Black and Gold, the Flyers have dropped five games.

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The Philadelphia Flyers return back home as they are coming off winning two of their last three games and since December 1st, have earned points in six of their last nine games. The Flyers won their game this past Monday night, defeating the Minnesota Wild 7-4. Philadelphia has allowed only four goals on their penalty kill in their last 11 home games.  Much like Boston, the Flyers haven’t gone unscathed in the injury department as they continue to deal with goaltending issues. Tying an NHL record, Philly has had seven goaltenders in net, much like Boston having to dress 12 defensemen this season.

Left-winger James van Riemsdyk has netted goals in three straight games and will be looking to add another one tonight when he faces Boston. Van Riemsdyk has had multi-point games with five goals and seven points in his last three games. The Flyers signed Van Riemsdyk to a five-year, $35 million-dollar contract this offseason. Centerman Claude Giroux leads the team in points (50) with 36 assists. He’s at a +4 so far this season. Sean Couturier leads the team with 16 goals and is at a -6 leading into tonight’s game.

BATTLE IN NET

20-year-old rookie Carter Hart is expected to make the start in net for the Flyers as one of the seven that have been used by the club.  He recently ended an eight-game losing skid when the Flyers defeated the Dallas Stars. Tonight will be his fourth straight start in net and has a .913 save percentage with a goals against average of 2.69. In the 10 games that he’s played, his record is now 4-5-1.

The Bruins will have 33-year-old Jaroslav Halak start in net, where he’s coming off a loss against the Washington Capitals on January 10th. In his last five games, he has posted three wins. Going into tonight’s game, his record is 13-7-2. He is currently tied for third in the league with goals against average of 2.39 and fourth for a save percentage of 0.924.

Enjoy some highlights below from the last game:

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WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:30 PM

WHERE TO WATCH: NBCSN

 

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Boston Bruins Announce New Partnership

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins announced this morning that they will be partnering with the Boston Pride in an effort to get the word out about the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The partnership also entails financial support for the team. The new Bruins Academy Girls Learn to Play program will also be benefiting from the new collaboration.  The program, led by the players of the Boston Pride,  offers girls age four to ten the chance to learn the game of hockey . Registration for the program begins Monday, January 21st.

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The Bruins are the fourth NHL team to associate with a NWHL team, joining the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and the New Jersey Devils. The women’s team for Buffalo is the Buffalo Beauts and the Wild have the Minnesota Whitecaps. New Jersey has a partnership with their counterpart, the Metropolitan Riveters.

Much like the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program, the new girls program will use its $100 registration fee towards a full-set of CCM equipment with professional fitting, and four weeks of ice instruction taught by certified coaches.  The new initiative will start this  March, running for five weeks at five different rinks: the Philips Academy Rink in Andover, Warriors Ice Area in Brighton, the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Murphy Memorial Skating Rink in South Boston and Veteran Memorial Skating Rink in Waltham.

In celebration of the partnership, the entire Boston Pride team will be in attendance tonight at the TD Garden for tonight’s Bruins game as they face the Washington Capitals. If you happen to be at the game tonight, players from the Pride team will be highlighted throughout the night. For those interested in the program, there will be a Pride table where you’ll be able get information on the Girls Learn to Play Program as well as getting to know more about the women’s team.

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The boys in Black and Gold will be returning the favor as they lend their support to the Pride team when they attend a home game versus the Minnesota Whitecaps on January 12th at 7:30pm at Warrior Ice Arena. NWHL deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore had this to say about the recent venture:

“The Boston Pride are incredibly proud to join the rich history and competitive hockey family of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins commitment to advancing hockey across all levels aligns with what the NWHL stands for. We appreciate this partnership and their support in marketing and player development for the Pride and we look forward to collaborating with the Bruins on a series of meaningful youth hockey initiative.”

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On February 8th, the Bruins will host the third annual Girls Hockey Day at the TD garden. The special event will include all-day clinics and scrimmages for girls and women of all ages. Players from the Boston Pride will also be participating in the event.

In other NWHL news, the 2019 All-Star game will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Predators broadcaster and former Bruins player Hall Gill and Chris Mason will be honorary coaches for the event that’s being held at the Bridgestone Arena on February 10th.  The captains of the teams will be three-time Olympian and current Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabadas and gold-medalist Lee Stecklein, who plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps.

 

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