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:

PROJECTED LINES

BOSTON:

MARCHAND-BERGERON-PASTRNAK

CEHLARIK-KREJCI-DEBRUSK

KURALY-ACCIARI-WAGNER

HEINEN-FORSBACKA KARLSSON-DONATO

 

CHARA-MCAVOY

GRZELCYK-MILLER

KRUG-CARLO

 

HALAK

RASK

 

PHILADELPHIA:

VAN RIEMSDYK-GIROUX-KONECNY

LINDBLOM-COUTURIER-VORACEK

LAUGHTON-PATRICK-SIMMONDS

LEHTERA-VARONE-RAFFL

 

PROVOROV-SANHEIM

GOSTISBEHERE-MACDONALD

HAGG-GUDAS

 

HART

MCKENNA

 

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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Untamed: Becoming The Bruins

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

When Boston grocery store magnate Charles Adams tasked Art Ross to name his newly acquired NHL expansion team in 1924, little would he realize the significance it would bear in Boston sports history. As the first NHL team in the United States, Ross (a former player who had been hired as general manager) had to come up with a nickname to personify the traits Adams was looking for in his team; untamed animal displaying speed, agility, and cunning.  Along with the team colors reflecting Adam’s grocery chain (brown and yellow), Ross would christen the team with the name “Bruins,” an old English term for “brown bears.” The bear would become the first of many logos for the team throughout the years and the 1924 logo would return in 2016, just in time for the Winter Classic.

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If you look throughout the history of the Bruins sweater, the bear logo would grace the front up until 1932.  For those fans that have been following news on the upcoming Winter Classic, you’ll know that this year the Bruins have decided to go with the blocked brown “B” as a simple nod to the 1932-1934 season. Including this year, Boston will have participated in the event three times, each time wearing a new throwback sweater and with the Classic nearing soon, let’s take a look at some of the designs.

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THE SWITCH

In the 2010 NHL Winter Classic that was played at Fenway Park, the Bruins unveiled their sweater for the event: a design that paid tribute to the 1948 season. In that season the team would celebrate its 25th anniversary and what better way to commemorate a special milestone than with a new jersey. The change would see the switch of the brown “B” to the famous Spoked-B that has been synonymous with the franchise.  For the Winter Classic, Bruins then Vice-President Cam Neely offered the 1948 inspiration-look to Reebok that featured a variation on the Spoked-B crest.

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Bruins Unveil Jersey to be Worn in 2010 Winter Classic(Photo Credits: NESN)

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

As the first NHL team in the United States and part of the Original Six franchise, the Boston Bruins paid tribute to their history for the 2016 Winter Classic. The B’s would be pitted against one of their oldest rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.  To mark the special occasion, the Bruins once again looked to the sweaters of yesteryear as inspiration. This time, the Black and Gold went for the 1924 inaugural season and the familiar old-school Bruins bear would make its re-appearance.  And yes, Bruins fans, the bear was around for the 2008-2016 season, however, it looks a tad different than the 2016 Winter Classic design. As a side-note, let’s not talk about the “pooh-bear” sweater-not a big fan of that logo.

The Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic jersey. (Image credit: Boston Bruins)(Photo Credits: CBS Boston)

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BROWN AND GOLD

On January 1st, 2019, the Bruins will make their third appearance in the Winter Classic when they face the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame. As mentioned earlier in the article, Boston’s new jersey features a design inspired by the 1932-1934 season: a simple, classic blocked brown “B” outline in gold. As one of the oldest teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins have such a rich history that finding a sweater design for a special occasion such as the Winter Classic proves to be an pretty easy task.

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If you’re looking for a more in-depth look at the logo throughout the years, please check out fellow Black-N-Gold writer Evan Michael’s articles about the best and worst Bruins logos throughout the years.

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Stepping Out In Bruins Fashion

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Drip. Swag. Style. On point. Whatever you want to call it, the boys in Black and Gold have got it down to a T. As they say, there’s nothing like having a tailored suit and with the recent trip out to Philadelphia, we were reminded just how fashionable these guys really are. From Burberry to Louis Vuitton, the Bruins are no strangers when it comes looking good, and luckily for fans, you can now purchase apparel designed exclusively by some of the players.

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SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES

Recently the Bruins announced a new collection of apparel geared towards women (a market the NHL is looking to expand on). A concept initially created by Stephanie Bergeron and Melanie Krug, the b&g Collection features Bruins-themed clothing and accessories that aims to be “stylish and functional.” Both Bergeron and Krug hand-selected each piece and prices range from $20-$130 dollars. Two brands that the wives have collaborated with are ’47 and Lululemon. Items include hats, sweatshirts, active-wear, and t-shirts. The best part about this collection? 10% of all sales go directly to the Boston Bruins Foundation. If you’re near the Boston area and looking for a last minute gift, you’ll find this collection at the Pro Shop on Level 2 of the Boston Garden.

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HATS OFF

Not to be outdone by the ladies, the ’47 brand also teamed up with current Bruins players to help design cuff knits and caps. Each piece comes with an embroidered tag featuring the players last name and number. Those that participated include Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask.

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Each hat features different Boston Bruins logos throughout history, ranging from the original 1924 logo to the Bruins spoked “B.” The limited-edition collection offers a range of colors and styles such as the classic black and gold to camouflage (thank you, Brandon Carlo).  Aside from the snapback caps, the collection also features uniquely designed winter beanies by both David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy.

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BLACK, BROWN AND GOLD

The 2019 NHL Winter Classic is set to be played at the iconic Notre Dame stadium featuring a classic match-up between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every year teams design a special jersey that are worn during the game and this year the Bruins went old-school and boy, it’s a real beauty. By now every fan has had a look at the design which is heavily influenced by the 1932-1936 version, featuring brown and gold colors. Inside the neckline, you’ll find small shamrocks (a nod to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish) marking each year the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

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As excitement keeps building for the match-up on January 1st, you can catch up on all that is Bruins starting tomorrow as the “Road To The Winter Classic docuseries airs at 11:30 PM E.T. The three-week program will go behind the scenes as both teams prepare for the big event.

ONE LAST THING…

What’s Christmas without some red, green and everything in between? Look for the B’s to make a fashion statement as the holidays approach. Let’s see how the boys top last year:

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The Longevity of Bruins Zdeno Chara

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Beast. Thy name is Chara. To play hockey at the NHL level, it takes not only pure physicality but having the right mentality to overcome obstacles (namely injuries). This sport is tough, especially for a fresh-faced, skinny 18-year-old. Then you have someone like Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara, a wondrous specimen who, at age 41, continues to astound those that play around him.

News hit early Monday morning when head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that Chara and teammate Patrice Bergeron have started to skate on their own. The update was welcomed among fans given the injuries the team is currently facing. While the coaching staff continues to emphasize the development of its young players, the question raised is how long can we expect someone like Chara to continue to play at a high level?  Kinda hard to tell, just look at who we’re talking about.

BEAST MODE

If you don’t follow Chara on his social media, you may want to take a look at his recent Instagram posts. They range from family adventures to crazy workouts, chronicling his recent journey in returning to the Bruin lineup. In case you missed it, here’s his latest rehab video:

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It’s been hard not to play and help the boys in games past 3 weeks,but with great work and help from our entire Bruins Medical and Rehabilitation staff we are making progress every day .Eager to be back at full strength and playing. Proud of my teammates “LETS GO BRUINS!” #bruins #nhlbruins #proud #of #myteammates #gettingbackontrack video @penzy24_7 * * * Sledovať a nehrať zápasy s chlapcami nie je ľahké,ale so starostlivosťou Bruins Doktorov a všetkých Fyzioterapeutov za posledné 3 týždne sa cítim lepšie a nemôžem sa dočkať byť opäť v plnej sile a hrať . Som hrdý na svojich spoluhráčov. “Lets go Bruins “ #hrdy #na #mojich#spoluhracov#makam#na #ceste#spat

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Not too bad for someone who’s about to turn 42 this year. Aside from the injury he sustained a few weeks ago, there are no signs of slowing down.  Now in his 13th season with the Black and Gold, Chara continues to improve his game. According to Coach Bruce Cassidy, there’s no other blue-liner that’s tougher than the 41-year-old Slovak native.

“He’s one of our, if not our best defensemen… Zee’s got a lot of hockey left in him. I know that for a fact. He trains harder than anybody I know. His conditioning is through the roof. He’s trying to stay current with the game and the way it’s played and working on his puck skills and getting back on pucks.

Those little things that the average person doesn’t see every night that he’s working on, probably three or four games after we lost out.  He wants to have his legacy run longer than just one or more year. I wouldn’t put it past him to play four or five more years in this league.”

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Whether it’s switching to a plant-based diet or revving up his workout routine, Chara will undoubtedly do whatever it takes to skate one more time with the Stanley Cup. For many athletes, there’s an understanding that the older you get the smaller that window of opportunity stays open. Chara has gone beyond that and for someone his size, all 6-foot-9 of him, it’s somewhat astounding what he can still do with his body.  As the son of an Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler, finding the drive to work hard was instilled from an early age:

“My father would say, ‘If you do something, do it right. Don’t do it halfway. Don’t be average.’ No one gave me much of a chance because of my height, but my dad told me, if I could master the basics of gymnastics and acrobatics, I could master hockey as well, because it’s all about being mobile, being able to make use of my explosive power in combination with my height.”

Now nearing 42-years-old, playing an intense sport whose focus is speed and footwork, Chara has to keep up with men half his age and the level of competitiveness has not wavered. In his 20 or more years in the league, his workouts have increased and during offseason, you’ll find him cycling roads that have been part of the Tour De France. Want to train like Chara? Be prepared to write everything down in a journal. The Bruins captain has years of data detailing every workout session:

“I’m a thinker. I like to do the work of preparation. When I start doing things, I like to already have a purpose…You can easily figure out patterns of preparation. It’s like a big puzzle.”

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If you’re looking to have a physique like Chara, make sure you plan on spending four to six hours at the gym. A workout with the captain means a two-hour strengthening session, coordination, video reviews and ice time. His recovery regimen includes massage and time in the cold tub.  To improve flexibility and range-of-motion, Chara spends time stretching with wrestling-inspired movements.  Another interesting tidbit? He’ll squeeze in workouts after games during the regular season.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES

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Plant-based: Since I started to be open about my decision to go plant-based I have been asked many questions: Why change your diet? Are you trying to lose weight? Why now? You don’t like the taste of meat, milk or cheese anymore? Are you sick? It’s simple: I believe I can be happier, healthier and more efficient than before. I can also tell how much it helps my performance on the ice. It all started early summer 2017 when I looked back at the year we had and how I wanted to get better physically and mentally for the upcoming season. That’s my goal before every season. To be better. The mental part didn’t worry me. I knew how much I enjoy working hard and how much I love the game. But with attention to details I really felt there was room to improve my nutrition. I thought I was eating healthy until I met a friend of mine and he told me about plant based. After only 6 months I can already feel how much positive change it had on my mind and my body. I will still have some fish every now and then, but I am on an exciting journey that altered my perspective on performance, recovery and energy. It is beautiful that we can all find our own, unique and sustainable equilibrium. I’m still passionately learning about the enhancement of athletic performance and the healing benefits of a plant based diet and I will happily share with my growing audience. Big Zee 🌱🍏 ————————————————————————— Odkedy som zacal otvorene hovorit o rozhodnuti prejst na rastlinnu stravu, zacal som dostavat otazky: Preco menis stravu? Chces schudnut? Uz Ti nechuti mlieko, mäso a syry? Necitis sa dobre? Jednoducho: Myslim, ze mozem byt stastnejsi a zdravsi ako predtym. Vnimam, ako mi to pomaha pri vykonoch na lade. Zacalo to v lete 2017, ked som sa obzrel na uplynuly rok a chcel sa zlepsit fyzicky aj mentalne pred dalsou sezonou. Mentalna stranka ma neznepokojovala. Vedel som ako velmi si uzivam tvrdu pracu a ako milujem tento sport. Ale ako detailista som citil, ze mozem zlepsit svoju stravu. Myslel som si, ze som jedaval zdravo, az kym som nestretol jedneho kamarata, ktory mi povedal viac o rastlinnej strave. Po iba 6 mesiacoch citim pozitivnu zmenu pre moje telo aj mysel.

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Anyone that works out (whether you’re a pro or amateur) knows diet is important in order to keep your body in peak physical condition. And for someone as meticulous as Chara,  a shift in his eating habits makes complete sense, as evident in the above Instagram post.

Insane workouts, a new diet with a positive outlook on life, Chara seems invincible (for now).  Eventually, the body will stop responding and injuries will be more of an occurrence. He’ll continue to train to prevent further damage and while there is no definite timetable as to when he’ll return to the lineup, the Bruins are ready for their Captain to return.  Will he reach Gordie Howe status when he retires? Time will only tell and Chara isn’t ready to hang up his skates any time soon.

“I felt as you get older, you’re trying to find ways to improve your well-being, functioning, and energy level. Everything you hear that people are losing as you get older, I want to be a step ahead of that.”

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Game Preview: Bruins vs Lightning 12/6/2018

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) works to bat the puck into his possession with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) defending with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of Sundays (5/6/18) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round semifinal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times(Photo Credits: Douglas R. Clifford | Times

By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Tonight can play out in two ways:  the B’s rally their worn-out troops to overcome the Bolts in a victorious bounce back or…they lose in real ugly fashion.  The narrative continues in Boston and it’s not a pretty one.  Injuries have hit the team hard this season and while they’ve mustered some wins, things are starting to catch up. Tuesday’s abysmal loss to the Florida Panthers was a good example of just how much the Bruins are missing their key players defensively.

But fret not Bruins fans-it’s still early in the season. The team will be healthy and McAvoy is thisclose to returning.  As we know from last year when Boston wasn’t looking too hot early on (injuries galore) they became that “thorn on your side” type of team that ended up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs . Coming off back to back losses to Detroit and Florida, the Bruins have their work cut for them when they face a juggernaut team led by  Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point.

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LIGHTNING STRIKES

The Bolts return home to the Amalie Arena to face the Bruins after completing a perfect road trip, posting a 3-0-0 record. Tampa recently played games against the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils and the Detroit Red Wings. Monday night’s game against the Red Wings saw the Bolts rally back to win 6-5 in a shoot-out. Mathieu Joseph had two goals, while Cedric Paquette and forward J.T. Miller both recorded short-handed goals. Right-winger Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 42 points, while Brayden Point has 37 points. The 22-year-old Point leads the team with 20 goals while Kucherov has 12 goals with 30 assists. Center Steven Stamkos has 26 points with 10 goals and 16 assists.

The Lightning are in first place in the Atlantic Division as well as the league, boasting a 21-7-1 record with 114 goals. One weakness that perhaps the B’s could expose; Tampa’s number one goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy has been out with a foot injury. Louis Domingue has stepped in for goal-tending duties with a 11-4 record, 3.14 GAA with a .900 save percentage. Domingue is expected in net for tonight’s game against the B’s as goalie Eddie Pasquale played this past Monday.

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BATTERED BRUINS

In a rematch from last’s season’s Stanley Cup semi-finals, the Bruins are looking a little different. Boston continues to muster through as they await the return of top center forward Patrice Bergeron,  Captain Zdeno Chara, defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller. Brandon Carlo returned to the fold this past Saturday night as the B’s fell to Detroit 4-2. With the loss of Bergeron, the Bruins have held on to a 4-3-1 record, prior to Tuesday’s game. Wednesday’s practice saw a few line changes with the team focusing on breakouts and the power play.

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“We focused on breakout structure to get out of our end quicker. Pick up the pace of the game. That allows us to play fast. That leads to more attacks. We talked a bit about the power play groups, we knew that we needed to put in a good practice in at some point.”- Coach Bruce Cassidy.

Defenseman Steven Kampfer will return in tonight’s game, replacing Connor Clifton in the lineup. JFK will center in between Ryan Donato and Noel Acciari. Tuukka Rask will start in net. Wednesday practice lineups were as follows, with optional Thursday skate:

Marchand-Cave-Pastrnak

Nordstom-Krecji-DeBrusk

Heinen-Kuraly-Backes

Donato-JFK/Acciari-Wagner

 

Krug-Carlo

Moore-Kampfer

Lauzon-Grzelcyk

Clifton-McAvoy

 

Rask

Halak

 

WHEN: Tonight with puck drop at 7:30 pm at the Amalie Arena

WHERE TO WATCH:  NESN, SUN

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Bruins David Pastrnak Honored As Champion For Children

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Last night during the Boston Children’s Hospital Champions for Children Gala at Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, David Pastrnak received the 2018 Champion Award honoring his community work off the ice. The annual All-Star Gala fundraiser was attended by many local businesses and some big names in sports. The event also features a sports-themed auction and dinner.  Since 1997,  more than $55-million dollars have been raised for both patients and families at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Other Bruins in attendance included Patrice Bergeron, Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara. The award is given to those athletes whose contributions have enriched children’s lives across Boston. Last year’s recipient was Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.

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Many players from the Bruins organization have visited the Boston Children’s Hospital throughout the years, sharing smiles with many pediatric patients. From donning Halloween costumes to bringing Christmas gifts, the boys in Black and Gold are no strangers to when it comes to doing community service. Recently Captain Zdeno Chara continued the Thanksgiving tradition of delivering pies to many homeless shelters across the city. Since joining the Bruins, David Pastrnak has been more than happy to spread some cheer to many children. As he simply stated last night upon receiving the award:

“Huge honor. Obviously thanks to my teammates…we love to visit hospitals and just put smiles on kid’s faces…(The kids) are such an inspiration for us”

Throughout his time here in Boston, Pastrnak has become a fan favorite among young fans and that energy has translated off the ice as well. Along with visiting patients at the Boston Children’s Hospital, the young winger spent time showing off his street hockey skills recently at a Bauer Hockey event.  In the past, Pastrnak had participated in the Macy’s coat drive, which provides coats to local underprivileged children during the holidays.

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Pastrnak has also spent time with young hockey players in China and Sweden and as a player in those countries, having someone like “Pasta” give advice is worth its weight in gold. You can check out the video here in which the 22-year-old explains how he hopes to help develop young talent. As the unofficial hockey ambassador  in China (and being the only NHLer with an active endorsement there), you’ll find Pasta on the ice skating during clinic sessions, teaching young Chinese players the ins and outs of the game. We’ve all seen the videos, but in case you missed it click here for some highlights.

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There is no lack of enthusiasm when it comes to someone like the ever-smiling Pastrnak. And that enthusiasm is extended to the many children he has come in contact with. Coming  from humble beginnings, the Czech-native is grateful for everything he has achieved so far in the NHL. With recent rumblings about a certain player’s contract dispute, Pastrnak once again reminded us how much of a steal Bruins GM Don Sweeney got when he was signed to a 6-year deal worth $40 million. Pasta has no regrets and Boston is more than happy to see number 88 in Black and Gold.

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs 11/26/2018

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By: Liz Rizzo| Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The last time these two teams faced each other at the TD Garden, Toronto was served a nice big bowl of pasta. Three bowls to be specific. Coming from a huge loss against Vancouver, the Bruins redeemed themselves with a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs. David Pastrnak had his third NHL career hat trick that night. Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and Brad Marchand had two assists that night.  In the two weeks thereafter, the first line had to change a bit as things needed to shift when news came out that Boston yet again will be down a player. With a collective groan, the team would lose Patrice Bergeron for at least four weeks due to an upper-body injury. Luckily, many are slowly returning as the Bruins welcome back defenseman  Kevan Miller last week.

The Bruins will once again for the second time this season face their Atlantic Division foes as they play against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Scotiabank Arena. With Boston bleeding out some wins and playing with fresh-faced Providence youngsters, Toronto has  steadily remained third in the Atlantic Division,  posting a 16-8-0 record. Boston has been biting at their heals as they hold down 1st in the wild card position. The Leafs have been without their star player 21-year-old Auston Matthews who had suffered an injury on October 27th in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.  Since losing Matthews, Toronto has been 8-5. Along with the center being out, the signing of William Nylander has been a hot topic for Toronto. Coach Mike Babcock recently mentioned that he expected both players to be back with the team, along  with the singing of Nylander prior to the December 1st deadline.

Maple Leafs

For Toronto, right wing Mitchell Marner leads the team with 30 points as he netted six goals with 24 assists. Not far behind him is John Tavares at 27 points with 15 goals plus 12 assists. The Leafs are coming off a 6-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Andreas Johnsson scored three goals in the first period for his first NHL hat-trick. Tavares would also score while Marner has two assists.  Patrick Marleau will play his 1,600th NHL game tonight as he faces the Bruins.  Frederik Anderson is expected in goal tonight.

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Boston

The Bruins recently held on to win a nail-biter of a game against the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 decision at the Belle Centre. Secondary scoring has been the issue for the Black and Gold this season, however the time to shine couldn’t come soon enough for many players. David Backes had his best game against the Habs with four shots on goal that forced two turnovers-one leading to the opening goal. With a host of D-men and Bergeron out with injury, the hustle of the fourth line has been huge for the Bruins. Backes joined Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner on that line against Montreal and took a  high stick that led to a four-minute minor towards the end of the third period.

Both David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron have 26 points with Pastrnak leading the team in goals (17). Bergeron is at nine goals with Jake Debrusk (10) second to Pastrnak. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected to start in net.  Here was today’s morning rushes :

Marchand – JFK – Pastrnak

Heinen Krejci – DeBrusk

Bjork – Nordstrom – Acciari

Wagner – Cave – Backes

Moore – Miller Krug –

Clifton Lauzon – Grzelcyk

Where to Watch

GAME TIME: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00pm

LOCATION: Scotiabank Arena

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, TSN4, TVAS

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Bruins Jake DeBrusk: Getting His Groove Back

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

There’s been a lot of tough news involving the Boston Bruin as injuries continue to mount for this ailing team. In what seems like a repeat from last season, Boston will once again need to rely on a bevy of young talent as bodies continue to hit the floor. For Jake DeBrusk, there’s more to prove this time around, with the hope that he will bypass the dreaded sophomore slump that can affect second-year players. Despite a slow start, DeBrusk is quietly becoming a vital part of the team.

With November in the books,  the Bruins are heading into a tough part of the schedule as they hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.  They play against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. DeBrusk, for his part, will be looking to expand his role on the second line alongside veteran David Krejci- a role he’s happy to fill. While the discussion has been the lack of secondary scoring (and now the numerous injuries), Coach Bruce Cassidy has had to tinker and shuffle the Bruins roster. This is where the 22-year-old Debrusk comes in. Aside from the few road bumps he had earlier in October, consistent productivity is what Cassidy needs from the young winger:

“What we’re looking for is a little more consistency on the nights when the offense isn’t there. Saying that young guys disappear is maybe a little unfair. But sometimes they’re not as dialed in as they need to be. Mentally, they’re not as strong as the older guys, who know there are going to be rainy days. Some rainy weeks and months. So you just have to find a way to contribute. That’s what happens with the younger guys. They have a level of success, and that’s what they want every night, but life doesn’t work that way.”

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Being slotted alongside someone like Krejci has helped the upcoming superstar, as well as having an advantage over the other players: his father Louie happens to be a former NHL star. Aside from getting some sound advice, DeBrusk has had a first-hand look at what the NHL life is about and most importantly, what it takes to have a successful career.

 “I listen to the veterans here. [Krejci] was helping me out, saying stuff that he went through. Obviously, he’s played for a while. He understands the game…and, of course, my dad.”

PICKING THINGS UP

After a bit of a scoring dry-spell (and with counting tonight’s goal against the Penguins) the Edmonton, Alberta-native has now netted six goals in eight games. For the Bruins, DeBrusk is now tied with Patrice Bergeron for goals (9) and is in fifth place for points (11). In a recent loss against Vancouver, he had three points that night, netting two goals with one assist. On the power-play, the 6-foot-tall, 188-pounds winger has accumulated four points (so far).

Despite all the injuries forcing Coach Cassidy to make some nifty maneuvers, no one is guaranteed a spot in the lineup. The time for players to step up and be that much more dependable is obvious. Luckily for the Black and Gold,  DeBrusk is becoming just that: a player who can adapt to where he’s needed. Staying competitive will be key to whether or not he continues to play a prominent role for the B’s. And with his noticeably growing confidence, DeBrusk recently found himself playing up front with the first-line. In a nerve-racking game against Arizona (and with a net-drive by Marchand), DeBrusk scored the winning goal off a rebound in the crease. In tonight’s game against Pittsburgh, Debrusk would again score, ripping a one-timer off a Krejci pass.

The bruised Bruins face a tough Canadien team tomorrow night in Montreal. DeBrusk will hopefully continue to do what he’s been doing; playing where it counts.

“The main thing is to build on last year. Every statistic, every aspect of my game overall … I learned a lot last year. Had some ups and downs. Hopefully those ups and downs last year help me stay consistent.”

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Boston Bruins Call Up Colby Cave

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

With the news that Patrice Bergeron will be out and reevaluated in four weeks, the Boston Bruins have announced the recalling of Providence forward Colby Cave to help round up some more scoring depth.   The 23-year-old currently leads Providence in scoring, netting six goals with 12 assists for 18 points.

In the past three seasons with the P-Bruins, Cave has served as Alternate Captain. During the 2017-2018 season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound center played in 72 games, garnering 11 goals with 22 assists for a total of 33 points.  The Battleford, Saskatchewan native also made his NHL debut last season with the Black and Gold, playing alongside former Broncos Junior teammate Jake DeBrusk in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 21, 2017. The Bruins won in a 2-1 shootout at the TD Garden; Cave returned back down to Providence after the game.

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Cave started his junior career playing locally for the Battleford Stars in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League from 2009-2011. He was drafted by the Kootenay Ice Junior Hockey team in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2009 and was later traded the Swift Current Broncos in 2011. He made his debut at the end of the 2010-2011 season playing one game. He was named team captain in his third year with the Broncos.  Listed 157th overall by ISS Hockey, Cave would be eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft but was passed over.

In his final junior season with the team, Cave was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins in 2015.  He ended his WHL career with 95 goals and 107 assists in 287 games.  Cave would play the remainder of the 2014-2015 season in the AHL with Providence.  In his first full season in the AHL,  he played in 75 games where he recorded 13 goals and 16 assist for 29 points. During the 2016-2017 season with Providence, he netted 13 goals with 22 assists for 35 points.  During the AHL Playoffs, Cave had one goal with five assists in 17 games.

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This past October, Cave was called up on emergency basis for the Boston Bruins along with Jeremy Lauzon.  He joins a fractured Bruins team that has had to dig deep into their Providence roster. Along with Cave, the Black and Gold have called up Jeremy Lauzon, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton. In recent games, Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy has had to shuffle lines and with Bergeron out for a few weeks, the team will once again look to the “young guns” and remaining veterans.

Cave, for his part, has been having an impressive early start in Providence, which will hopefully bode well for an injured Bruins team. While it was mentioned earlier  that he leads the P-Bruins in scoring, one thing that’s been noted about Cave is his hockey sense. While not flashy,  he has been able to turn plays into scoring opportunities and like fellow teammate Jordan Szwarz, has continued to be slotted up front in the center/wing position.  For Cave, the call up to the big leagues will once again be a huge opportunity for the young 23-year-old. As for the Bruins, they’ll need every abled-bodied player to step up in a HUGE way.

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