Game Recap 1/13/20 | Bruins Fall In Shootout Vs. Flyers, 6-5

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

In a disappointing end that saw the game go to a shootout, the Boston Bruins fell to the Philadelphia Flyers as they let a three-goal lead slip through their hands tonight.

Game Recap

Boston came into Philadelphia with a 3-0 game streak and wasted no time in the first few minutes of the first period. The Bruins saw productive shifts that saw more time down the Flyers zone. Boston would strike first as Anders Bjork opened up the scoreboard. Notching his 7th goal of the season, the 23-year-old winger would score off a bad giveaway on the Flyers’ end. With the momentum on the B’s side, Boston had another opportunity as they went on the power-play on a tripping call to Patrice Bergeron.

In a beautiful set-up, Bruins winger  Charlie Coyle connected with Danton Heinen, who was able to send the puck up to a charging David Krejci. Skating with tremendous speed, the 33-year-old winger was able to tuck one in past Carter Hart, making the score 2-0. That goal would mark the 14th game in a row the Bruins scored on the power-play. The Flyers, however, would answer back as Patrice Bergeron was called on a double minor. At 18:22 Kevin Hayes would score on a slap shot that saw the puck go behind Jaroslav Halak, making it his 14th goal of the season.

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-14, PHI-12

SCORE: BOS-2, PHI-1

The second period proved to be quite the busy one for both teams as six goals were recorded. Seconds into the period,  David Pastrnak would score off a backhand, making it 3-1. Not to be outdone, the Flyers would quickly answer back as Travis Sanheim scored his 6th of the season. As Philly looked to close the gap and stay within one, Boston had other plans. At 4:50, Charlie Coyle sent the puck behind the Flyers net, making it 4-2.  David Krejci would net his second of the night as he sent a snapshot past Hart,  adding some cushion to the score, making it 5-2.

As things looked to turn around, at 13:12, the Flyers’ Sean Couturier would slide one right between the pads of Jaroslav Halak, making it 5-3. Continuing with the momentum, Philly again scored and would be within one. Flyers’ center Connor Bunnaman had his first goal of the season (off a deflection) making it 5-4.

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-6, PHI-15

SCORE: BOS-5, PHI-4

Boston’s Brad Marchand would draw an interference penalty seconds into the third period but they were unable to take advantage. In a physical, close game, the period saw both teams grind out hits as a scrum broke out at around the seven-minute mark. Torey Krug and Joel Farabee would be charged with a penalty. The Flyers’ Travis Sanheim netted his second goal of the game, tying it 5-5.

In the last minute, Boston would furiously hit the Flyers’ net but was unable to connect as the game went into overtime. Unfortunately, both teams were unable to score amid multiple scoring chances. Much like their first meeting, the game would go to a shootout. The Flyers previously won 3-2 back in November. Travis Konecny would score the  lone goal, and unfortunately, Brad Marchand would overskate the puck, grazing it enough to move it-canceling out the play that resulted in  a “no goal.” In the second meeting of the season, Philly would once again defeat the Bruins in the dreaded shootout.

FINAL SCORE/ SO: BOS-5, PHI-6

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-31, PHI-39

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Tomorrow, January 14th against Columbus Blue Jackets, with puck drop at 7:00 pm, Nationwide Arena

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Game Recap | Boston Bruins Defeat New York Islanders 3-2

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The last time these two teams met, the Bruins lost in a shootout on home ice, 3-2. This time, however, Boston turned the tide and edged out the Islanders on their home ice, winning 3-2 in overtime.

GAME BREAKDOWN

Boston would open up the period right out of the gates that had David Pastrnak being denied in front of the Isles net, but things would change quickly. In a match-up against the league’s top two defensive teams,  the New York Islanders struck first as Scott Mayfield scored his fifth of the season, making it 1-0. Boston battled in their end forcing Tuukka Rask to squeeze out as many saves as the Isles continued to have great scoring chances.

New York had great momentum in the first as they took advantage of the Bruins’ defensive breakdowns. The Isles drew a penalty on a Charlie McAvoy hooking but was unable to capitalize. Boston would have a hard time coming out of their own zone and connecting with plays as they were out-chanced by the Islanders.

END OF PERIOD: BOS- 0 , NYI- 1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS- 5, NYI- 14

The second period would see New York continue their ice dominance as the Bruins played catch-up. New York had some anxious moments as the B’s missed a scoring chance on a wide-open net. Boston saw a shift in the game as Jake DeBrusk scored off a wrist shot at 8:33, tying it 1-1.  The Isles were trying to get the momentum back on their end as they had a potential two-on-one chance, however, McAvoy would get a stick on the play.

Boston drew a penalty in the last five minutes of the period and saw a missed opportunity to take lead after Pastrnak was denied on a wrap-around. Brad Marchand would shoot outside the dot, however, the Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov shut it down.  In a back-and-forth effort, the last few moments of the second period saw no additional score from either team.

END OF PERIOD: BOS- 1, NYI- 1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS- 16, NYI- 25

Matt Grzelcyk would not return to the game due to a lower-body injury. Boston was able to connect as they found themselves playing more down the Isles zone in the final period. Not to be outdone, New York would charge to the net, forcing Rask to yet again make multiple saves, keeping the game within reach.  Boston’s John Moore would net his second goal of the season, scoring off a slap shot. The Bruins would lead for the first time tonight, 2-1.

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At  9:33 in the third, the Islanders’ Matt Barzal would nudge his 17th of the season in-between the pads of Tuukka Rask, tying the game 2-2. Both teams had tough turnovers down their end with missed scoring chances. With six minutes left, the Bruins placed tremendous pressure that saw multiple deflections, but no score.

In between the commercial break, David Pastrnak would head down to the dressing room with the team’s trainer but returned to the ice. Despite efforts on either end, the game would go to overtime.

The Bruins would go on the power-play as Brad Marchand drew a tripping penalty and Patrice Bergeron would send the puck in the back of the net, scoring his 19th of the season. Boston would win their third straight with the game series even at one win a piece against the Islanders.

FINAL/OT: BOS- 3,  NYI- 2

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS- 33, NYI- 37

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Monday, January 13th vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, with puck drop at 7:00pm

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Game Recap | Boston Bruins Defeat Winnipeg Jets

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was the perfect ending to the Boston Bruins Moms Trip and suffice to say, the ladies brought some much-needed luck as the boys in Black and Gold rallied from behind, beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-4.

GAME RECAP

With the first period underway, both teams had decent shifts with Boston outshooting Winnipeg early in the period. As the Bruins continued to push the puck towards the Jets net, it would be the other team who would strike first. Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor would net his 22nd goal of the season as he scored off a backhand at 7:35. Boston would be playing from behind and had multiple chances with a potential goal on a 2-on-1 on goaltender Laurent Brossoit. Zdeno Chara would be out for the game, reportedly due to issue with his jaw: he did not speak to the media after this morning’s skate.

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Boston would fire back and with minutes left in the first period, it would be number 33 for David Pastrnak as he scored, tying the game at one-a-piece. The 23-year-old right-winger extends his game-point streak to 12 games.

SCORE: BOS- 1, WPG- 1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-12, WPG-6

Boston would draw a  penalty in the first few minutes of the second period, however, they were unable to muster a goal down Winnipeg’s end. The Jets would go on the power-play on a “too many men on ice” call. At :23 seconds left to the man advantage, the Jets would score one past Jaroslav Halak, making it 2-1. Center Andrew Copp would notch his seventh goal of the season.

The Jets were down a man as the Bruins drew a tripping penalty that quickly led to a goal by (you guessed it) David Pastrnak.  The Czech-native blasted a one-timer rocket past Brossoit. In a back and forth effort, both teams have a good amount of zone time on either end of the ice. At 1:11 left in the period, Jake DeBrusk took full advantage of a Jets line-change and scored, putting the Bruins ahead for the first time. Winnipeg would get one last opportunity to even the score as they went on a power-play and unfortunately for Boston, their lead would be short-lived. Jets’ defenseman Neal Pionk scored his 4th goal of the season.

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SCORE: BOS- 3, WPG- 3

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-24, WPG-14

The third period saw the Bruins go on the power-play but they were unable to score despite some really good missed chances. After some miscues down Boston’s end, Winnipeg’s center Mark Scheifele would pot his 22nd of the season, making the score 4-3.

Jake DeBrusk took the puck to the net on a self pass that would bounce off Brossoit, creating a rebound opportunity that saw David Krejci setting up a play, allowing Pastrnak to notch his seventh career hat-trick in regular season, tying the game 4-4. Seconds later DeBrusk would score his 13th and second of the night as he tipped the game-winning puck in Winnipeg’s goal.

Boston would draw a penalty, however, they were unable to score. The Bruins continued to play heavily down the Jets zone, keeping the momentum on their side. Winnipeg had chances as the clock ticked down to the final minutes of the game and in a nail-biter, Boston held on to win in regulation 5-4.

The Bruins are now 26-8-11 while the Jets are 24-17-4, with Boston leading the Atlantic Division.

SCORE: BOS- 5, WPG 4

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-36, WPG-21

NEXT GAME FOR BOSTON: Saturday, January 11th vs New York Islanders, Barclays Center with puck drop at 7:00pm.

WHERE TO WATCH: NHLN, MSG+, NESN

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Game Recap | Boston Bruins Defeat Nashville Predators 6-2

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on  Twitter @pastagrl88

There’s nothing like playing in front of family and for many of the Bruins, they had the opportunity to showcase in front of one of the most important people in their lives. Serving as their life-long cheerleaders, many of the players’ mothers were in attendance tonight as part of the annual Moms Trip that started on Monday.  With the group watching their sons and brothers on the ice, the Bruins defeated Nashville, breaking their three-game losing slump.

GAME RECAP

In front of a loud “Smashville” crowd and with new coach John Hynes behind the Nashville bench,  the Black and Gold came out of the gates and it didn’t take long for the Bruins to get on board. Early in the first period, the red-hot David Pastrnak slapped his 32nd goal past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne to make the score 1-0.

SCORE: BOS-1, NSH-0

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-13, NSH-8

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An interesting start to second saw the hockey gods smile on Boston as a potential goal was waved off for the Predators. As officials reviewed the play (twice), it was determined there was no goal as Nashville made contact with defenseman Charlie McAvoy that caused him to dislodge the net prior to the puck going in.

Nashville found themselves down  Boston zone for a good portion of the period as they peppered Tuukka Rask, forcing the Bruins to continue to keep bouncing pucks from going in. The Preds continued to outshoot Boston, however, it would be the boys in Black and Gold that would net one in Nashville’s goal. With a quick pass from Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen would score his seventh of the season at 8:21 into the second.

The Predators would get on board on a 5-on-3 as Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelcyk both went to the penalty box. Filip Forsberg would score his 15th goal of the season.  With minutes left in the period and with Boston on the power-play, the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron would net his 18th of the season, making the score 3-1.

SCORE: BOS-3, NSH-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS- 26 NSH-24

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Minutes into the third period, Boston would once again score as Chris Wagner was nudged into the Nashville net, sending the puck past Rinne. He would net his fourth of the season. Zdeno Chara, who had recent jaw surgery, dropped gloves with Nashville’s Yakov Trenin (his first NHL career fight) after a hit on McAvoy, leading the Bruins to the kill. The Preds would once again find themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage but were unable to score.

With a little over a minute left, Nashville’s Mikael Granlund would score on the power-play, making it 4-2.  David Krejci would score on an empty net at the 54-second mark. Charlie Coyle would add salt to the wound as he tapped the puck in the net, winning in regulation.

Boston improves to 25-8-11 while Nashville is 19-16. The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division and are second in the league; Nashville sits at sixth place in the Central Division.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-6, NSH-2

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-36 NSH-30

WHAT’S NEXT:  Thursday, January 9th with puck drop @ 7:00 pm vs. Winnipeg Jets. NESN, TVAS

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Post-Game Wrap | Boston Bruins Defeat Buffalo Sabres 3-2

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins returned to the TD Garden in their second of a home/home series against the Buffalo Sabres. In their last meeting on home ice of 2019, Boston came in tonight following a two-game winning streak while Buffalo was looking to get one back after dropping Friday’s game 3-0.

GAME RECAP

With the first period underway, the Bruins found themselves playing with a man disadvantage, however, they were able to kill off the penalty. Buffalo had some close calls and Boston’s Brad Marchand had a chance to score a short-handed, however, he was staved off by the Sabres defense. Despite the Sabres having more shots on goal, Boston placed a good amount of pressure down Buffalo’s end.  It would the top line of Bergeron-Marchand-Pastrnak that would open up the score at 12:39 in the first. Nailing a wrist shot past Linus Ullmark, David Pastrnak would net his 29th league-leading goal of the season.

END OF FIRST: BOS-1, BUF-0

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-2, BUF-7

Seconds into the next period, Boston would find themselves on the power-play after a trip on Marchand. The Bruins had possession for most of the power-play as they fluttered pucks on Ullmark, but were unable to score.  Despite an initial stop by Rask, the Sabres would push one on past Boston’s goaltender, tying the score at one-a-piece. There was a question on possible goaltender interference, however, it would be ruled a good goal. Rasmus Ristolainen would be credited with the goal off a snapshot. Towards the end of the second, the energy tilted towards the Sabres. Connor Clifton would not return to the game after suffering an upper-body injury.

END OF SECOND: BOS-1, BUF-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-11, BUF-12

Boston would have a huge opportunity early in the third when they drew a four-minute double penalty leading to Jake DeBrusk scoring his 10th goal of the season. Seconds later, DeBrusk would score once again. With the Bruins up 3-1 with 16 minutes left in the third period,  Buffalo would fight back as they trickle one past Rask, making the score 3-2.

With minutes left in the third, both teams played with much-needed urgency and desperation and saw the Sabres outshooting the Bruins. Buffalo would draw a penalty with four minutes left as Brett Ritchie would be sent to the box for tripping. Ullman would be pulled with 19 seconds left to the power-play. Boston attempted to add one more on an empty net but fell short asthey drew a penalty with 17 seconds left. Both teams did not score and the Boston Bruins would close out the year on home ice on a high note.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-3, BUF-2

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-22, BUF-26

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: December 31st, against New Jersey Devils with puck drop at 1:00pm, at the Prudential Center.

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Boston Pride To Hold All-Star In Boston

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Boston is the city of championships and boy are we spoiled here in the Northeast. In the world of professional hockey, the Boston Bruins have a long-storied history and despite the recent string of losses, the team is still leading their Division (although the team is mounting a nice comeback). While the Bruins are looking to continue to add more wins to their game, there is another Boston team that also leads in the standings.

With 13 wins and zero losses under their belt, the Boston Pride (the female counterpart to the B’s) are currently in first place in the league. Today they face the Connecticut Whale in their first game of a back-to back, hoping to remain undefeated. The Pride recently defeated the Buffalo Beauts 4-2 this past Sunday in a physical game that saw it go to overtime:

“We played hard and battled against a very physical team. We had high quality opportunities to score both nights so the chances were there, We had more energy and buzz…we knew it would be a gut–check kind of game. I’m proud of our teams’ effort and heart.

-Pride Captain Jillian Dempsey

The 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend will be held at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, one of the original markets. The All-Star Game will consist of two 25-minute periods of four-on-four play. There will also be an All-Star Skills Challenge which will include the fastest skater and hardest shot competition. Commissioner Dani Rylan has chosen the first eight All-Stars with Dempsey and Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride being amongst those selected. Dempsey and Madison Packer  (of the Metro Riveters) were chosen as captains.

“This is our way of celebrating eight women who have earned the adulation of fans and respect of their peers for their outstanding play and efforts for our league since day one..they have earned this moment in Boston for our landmark fifth NWHL All-Star Weekend.”

-President Dani Rylan

The celebration is the first one to be played in an existing NWHL market since the first All-Star Game in Buffalo.   The Boston Pride are one of the first four teams of the NWHL, winning the inaugural Isobel Cup (named after the daughter of Lord Stanley and first  known woman to play the game).

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This past September, the Pride became the league’s first independently operated team when it was purchased by a team of investors. In an effort to grow the sport, the purchase was seen as significant as it would mean better investment for the team.  Plans would include enhancing team/player development, marketing and promotion, hiring a team president and creating more youth hockey initiatives. Salary caps have also increased 50 percent for each team. The league has also partnered with Twitch, who has streamed all of the NWHL games.

Tickets are available to purchase for the upcoming All-Star event by visiting the NWHL website. The event will be held from February 8th-9th and will feature 32 All-Stars: 14 skaters and two goaltenders for each team.

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Post-Game Report | Boston Bruins Fall to Washington Capitals 3-2

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

There was blood, sweat and hurt officials in Washington D.C. as the two best teams in the NHL faced each other tonight in the nation’s capital. No one said it would be easy and sadly for Bruins fans, it would be the Washington Capitals that came out the victor in a hard-fought game.

In The First

In what was promised to be a real physical game, the Boston Bruins came into the Capital One Arena looking to redeem themselves after the embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The history between the two teams does not swing in Boston’s favor as Washington is now 16-1 in the last 17 meetings. With missed great opportunities from both teams, it would the Bruins who’d light up the lamp first. At 9:36, David Pastrnak would nail a slap shot (and his 26th goal) past Washington’s Braden Holtby. The Capitals would charge back, forcing Boston’s Jaroslav Halak to make multiple saves.

The Bruins would send a flurry of pucks towards the Capitals end and with minutes left in the first, Boston would draw their second power-play of the night. In what would’ve been their second goal of the night (and second in two games by Patrice Bergeron), unfortunately, would be ruled an off-side.  With seconds left in the first, both teams traded multiple high chances.

END OF FIRST: Boston-1, Washington-0

SHOTS ON  GOALS: Boston-8, Washington-7

Second Period

Washington would open up the second period on the power-play left over from the first. Boston’s Brad Marchand had a chance on a short-handed goal but was unable to capitalize. As the Caps ended their power-play, the Bruins would be awarded a power-play shortly after for a “too many men on the ice” infarction.

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In a chippy second period, Washington went on the power-play from an interference by Boston’s Chris Wagner. T.J. Oshie tied things up at 4:35 with a power-play goal. Minutes later, Oshie notch his second goal of the night, making the score 2-1. The Caps would draw a holding penalty towards the last minute of the second period but were unable to score.

END OF SECOND: Boston-1, Washington-2

SHOTS ON GOAL: Boston-15, Washington-7

FINAL COUNTDOWN

Seconds into the start of the third period, Boston would head to the power-play as Washington’s Tom Wilson was called for interference. With the power-play opportunity gone, Boston’s Sean Kuraly would score off a deflection from a shot by Torey Krug to tie up the game at 2-2. Minutes later, Washington’s John Carlson would score, putting the Caps ahead 3-2.  Despite last-minute pressure from the Boston team (who had a man advantage), the B’s were unable to make a comeback.

Tremendous plays by both goalies and for Boston, Jaroslav Halak kept the team within a  one-goal reach as the Bruins fall 3-2 in regulation.

FINAL SCORE: 3-2

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: Boston-32, Washington-25

Boston went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Caps went 1-for-3. Halak made 22 saves. The Bruins are now 20-6-6, with three regulation losses in a row, while the Caps improve to 23-5-5.

WHAT’S NEXT: Boston Bruins face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the BB&T Center tomorrow night with puck drop at 7:00 PM.

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Post-Game Notes: Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche 12/7/2019

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins closed out their five-game homestead on a sour note and were handed their first regulation loss at the TD Garden this season.  Boston would face a tough Avalanche team, who are second in the Central Division and unlike Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the B’s were unable to turn things around.

GAME BREAKDOWN

In the first period, Boston had their legs going, knowing full well Colorado would come out with guns blazing ready to extend their own winning streak. The Bruins are 3-0-1 in their first four games at home this week. Boston had multiple chances on the net with good zone time down Colorado’s end while the Avs had no problem throwing their weight and speed towards the Boston net. At 13:14, Bruins’ Chris Wagner opened up the scoring in the first with a quick tip-in shot past Philip Grubauer.

Colorado would get on board with minutes left in the first period when Valeri Nichushkin scored with a backhand that slipped behind Jaroslav Halak. With what appeared to be some sort of muscle/groin pull, Grubauer would be replaced by Pavel Francouz after gingerly skating off the ice.

With the second-period underway, Boston found themselves spending more time down their own end. The defense started to break down and Colorado’s Ian Cole would slap one past Halak, making the score 2-1. The Bruins would again push towards Colorado’s net, taking advantage of tough turnovers by the Avs. Despite intense pressure from Boston, Colorado’s Pavel Burakovsky would score off a wrist shot, putting the Avalanche up 3-1.

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Boston again found itself trailing at the start of the third period. Trying to keep their frustration in check, the Bruins were looking to stage a comeback (much like the recent bout against Chicago).  In a relatively clean game, Boston would draw the first penalty of the night, however, they were unable to capitalize as Brad Marchand would be called on a hooking penalty. With 1:35 left on the Colorado power-play, the Bruins would also go on the power-play on a high-stick to Zdeno Chara.

UNABLE TO CLOSE THE GAP

The third period continued to wind down and with minutes left, the Bruins would bombard the Avs net with a cascade of missed shots.  David Pastrnak would draw a penalty late in the third, giving Boston one last push to staging a miraculous comeback.  On a 6-4 in Boston’s favor, the Bruins were unable to connect. In the last few seconds, the Colorado Avalanche would net an empty-netter, making the final score 4-1.

Shots on goal were even at 20-a-piece and both teams were unable to score on the power-play with the Bruins going 0-for-3 while Colorado went 0-for-1. The Avs continue their win streak this season and completed their season-series sweep against Boston. Colorado previously beat the Bruins 4-2 on October 10th. Boston’s record is now 20-4-6 while the Avalanches are 19-8-2, winning six in a row.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Bruins will face the Ottawa Senators on Monday, November 9th for the first of a four-game road trip.

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Post-Game: Bruins Defeat Senators 2-1

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

In the second game of a back-to-back, the Boston Bruins finished their trip up north on a positive note. After Wednesday’s throttle win over the Montreal Canadiens, Boston was going for broke and have now won five in a row. Despite the slow start, turn-overs, and giveaways (on both ends), the team managed to win from behind if not for the stellar performance of Tuukka Rask.

RECAP

Boston would come out in the first looking a bit tired and slow on their legs while Ottawa had more bite to their game.  At times, the Bruins team found themselves chasing the puck and were unable to clear their own zone. In an effort to get things going, Coach Bruce Cassidy juggled the lines around. While the team looked to get their game going, Tuukka Rask made the saves that kept the score 0-0 through two periods.

The Bruins looked more cohesive in the second with multiple chances to score, however, they could not manage to get the puck past Ottawa’s Anders Nilsson. Boston had been outshot 10 to 24 by the end of the second.  Both Ottawa and Boston went 0-2 on the power-play tonight.

With the third period underway, the Senators Tomas Chabot would score off a wrist-shot 41 seconds into the period, getting Ottawa on board.  Minutes later, Bruins’ Brad Marchand would get Boston on board at 05:15 with his fifth goal in four games. He would score his 18th goal of the season off a pass from Anders Bjork as he slipped one between  Nilson’s pads.

With the game tied at 1-1, momentum would shift in Boston’s favor. At 08:45 in the third,  Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara would score his fifth goal of the season with a hard slap shot from a pass by Brendan Gaunce. The 25-year-old Gaunce (making his Bruins debut) would make the play in the slot to feed the pass to Chara, who would score the game-winning goal.

Ottawa had several close chances to score but Boston’s Rask denied their efforts. The Senators were unable to capitalize early on while on the power-play as Boston held on to win 2-1. The boys in  Black and Gold are now 6-0-3 in their last few games and have improved to 17-3-5. Rask made 33 saves on 34 shots to post his fifth straight win of the season. He improves to 12-2-0 this season. Anders Nilsson made 19 saves and the Senators have lost their last two games in regulation for the first time since October.

TEAM NOTES

Connor Clifton had the night off and Steven Kampfer would slide up next to Matt Grzelcyk. Gaunce made his debut on the second line, centering with Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle. News came out from the Boston camp of the multi-year contract extension of Coyle and Chris Wagner.

With the loss, Senators’ goaltender Anders Nilson is now 7-5-1 as he minds the net while Craig Anderson nurses a minor injury sustained during Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

THREE STARS OF THE GAME:

Tuukka Rask-BOSTON

Zdeno CHara-BOSTON

Tyler Ennis-OTTAWA

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOALS: BOS: 21; OTT: 34

Boston will once again face Ottawa for the third time this season on December 9th with the Bruins leading the series 2-0. The B’s will head back for a game-day matinee at the TD Garden when they face the New York Rangers.

WHEN TO WATCH:  Friday, November 29th with puck drop at 1:00 PM

WHERE TO WATCH: NBC

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Game Day Preview | Boston vs. Montreal 11/26/19

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins head up north for the first of a back-to-back and they’ll do it without some familiar faces, the biggest one being Patrice Bergeron. The team announced yesterday that the 34-year-old top center is still nursing a lower-body injury, meaning he won’t be available for the trip.

NAGGING INJURIES

With the team taking a cautious approach when it comes to Bergeron’s health, Boston will once again need to overcome the challenge. The organization also announced that Brett Ritchie is out due to an infection and Par Lindhom will return to the line-up.

Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney also announced that the team has recalled Providence’s Brendan Guance and Jack Studnicka. Both players have done well down in Providence: Gaunce has netted six goals and five assists so far. Studnicka, who is making his NHL debut tonight, leads the team with nine goals and nine assists.

LITTLE BALL OF STATS

After hitting a rough patch earlier in the month, the Bruins are looking to end November on a strong note. Boston have won their last three games with a wild comeback win over the Minnesota Wild this past Saturday night.

The team saw the return of defenseman Torey Krug, who netted the game winning over-time goal. Brad Marchand, who for the second time was named NHL First Star Of The Week, is having quite the start to his season.

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The 31-year-old winger leads the team with 39 points and 23 assists. He has nine points with five goals in his last five games. Marchand is also tied for first in the league in Plus-Minus (17) and is third for points. Fellow line-mate David Pastrnak leads the league with 20 goals and power-play goals (11).

With the recent wins, Boston has improved to 15-3-5 and still  leads the Atlantic Division, They are now only second in the league behind the Washington Capitals. In the last 10 games, Boston is 5-2-3. Expect Jaroslav Halak (4-1-3)  in net for the Bruins.  The last time these two teams met, the Habs ended the Bruins winning streak, defeating them 5-4, amidst a controversial offside call.

BLEU, BLANC, ROUGE

Montreal’s Tomas Tatar leads the team in points (20) and in assists (13). Right-winger Brendan Gallagher leads the team with nine goals. The Canadiens are looking to rebound after losing 6-5 to the New York Rangers this past Saturday.

After having a 4-0 lead in the second period, the Rangers stormed back to score three goals. Montreal scored in the third making it 5-3, however, New York netted three more, defeating the Habs.

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The Canadiens (11-7-5) are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division. Expect Carey Price (10-6-0) in net for the Habs. In their last 10 games, Montreal is 4-3-3. Left-winger Phillip Danault  has six points in his last five games with Nick Suzuki having three goals in his last five games.

PROJECTED LINES BOSTON:

Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Studnicka – Coyle

Bjork – Kuraly – Heinen

Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner (Gaunce)

DEFENSE

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Clifton

Moore – Kampfer

Rask

Halak

 

PROJECTED LINES MONTREAL:

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher

Lehkonen – Domi – Suzuki

Hudon – Kotkaniemi – Armia

Cousins – Thompson – Weal

DEFENSE

Chiarot – Weber

Mete – Petry

Reilly – Fleury

Kulak – Folin

Price

Kinkaid

 

WHERE TO WATCH:  ESPN+, NESN

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00 PM, Centre Bell- Montreal, Quebec

 

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