Returning To Normalcy | Boston Bruins Edition

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

To say that this year so far has been tough would be an understatement, however, things are starting to slowly return. The general public (for the most part) are being careful, being mindful, and some are heading back to work. How this virus has affected almost every aspect of regular life has been overwhelming to say the least. While things screeched to a halt in the world of sports, a glimmer of hope arose when it was announced that the NHL and NHLPA ratified a four-year extension to the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) and more excitedly a Return to Play Plan. That’s right folks…hockey’s back.

KEEPING IT REAL

While there has been multiple discussions on the well-being of players, testing, and imposing restrictions while in the hub cities, the fact that the NHL is returning brings about a start of normalcy when it comes to sports. For some, its a welcome distraction. For the Boston Bruins, it’ll be a chance to finish what they started.

For the team, returning to the ice will keep things in perceptive. Fans were treated to the first pictures of returning familiar faces during the start of voluntary workouts a few weeks ago. And as much as it was a great step forward, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic still lurks in the minds of the players:

” I think its a very serious matter. As much as we do want to play, we realize that there are more important things in life, and you have to make sure that other things fall into place first…you watch the news and see how serious this whole situation is…I think the league and the team are taking all the right measures to have players stay as healthy as possible, and staff coming to the rink, keeping them in mind”

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk

The players are practicing carefully, skating in small groups as they continue to adhere to protocols set in place by the league. As they shake out the rust (they haven’t played since March) the team, according to Bruins President Cam Neely are ready to move forward:

“I think our guys recognize that we had a legitimate chance to do well and have a deep run in the playoffs…our goal all along is to win the Stanley Cup. That goal is not going to change. From what I understand, talking to some of the guys, they’re anxious and excited.”

BACK IN THE SADDLE

As most of the team returns to Boston, adjusting back to the physical and mental part of the game will be amongst the hurdles to overcome. While many were able to get in some workouts to stay in shape, skating wasn’t an option as restrictions forced rinks to stay closed. Not knowing when or if the season would return also effected every team in the league. As Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom recently said:

“What I can do is trust that our team, the Boston Bruins, and the NHLPA and the league and all the doctors are taking all the precautions and making sure that we’re gonna be safe as possible.”

The Bruins concluded the second phase of voluntary workouts at Warrior Ice that saw Brandon Carlo, Andres Bjork, Connor Clifton, Jake Debrusk, David Krecji, Karson Kuhlman, Joakim Nordstrom, Nick Ritchie, Jeremy Lauzon, Zach Senyshyn and Max Lagace lace their skates up. Training Camp is set to start on Monday, July 13th and will see the Bruins head north of border into Toronto towards the end of this month.

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NORTHBOUND

After having a few months to rest and recharge, the Boston Bruins are hoping to be back in winning form as they face the Philadelphia Flyers in their first Round-Robin game. At the abrupt conclusion of the season in their last game, Boston defeated Philly 2-0. Getting back to work amidst the unknowns will be challenging, as Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy remarked:

“The message for us hasn’t changed in terms of what our ultimate goal is, our unfinished business is to be Stanley Cup champions…but inside of that message will be a lot of the unknowns and how we have to be prepared to deal with that as it comes at us, which can difficult because we don’t know how its gonna work out for players’ families yet..the mental toughness part is gonna determine who ends up raising that trophy at the end of the day. That’s where I like our chances.”

While other sports leagues have had key players opt out of playing due to safety concerns, the team as a whole are ready get back on the ice. With the very recent announcement of the roster that’s heading to Toronto, the Bruins will continue to adhere to strict protocols. The league has worked hard in reaching an agreement while addressing the risks of the virus. Daily testing will be the new normal for every team living in the secure “bubble” as well as temperature and symptoms checks.

This year will certainly be one for the history books and while so many in this country continue to work through daily life cautiously, seeing the boys back in Black and Gold will feel pretty damn nice.

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Bruins’ David Pastrňák Wins Czech Player Of The Year

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @ pastagrl88

For the fourth consecutive time, Bruins winger David Pastrňák has won the Golden Hockey stick (Zlatá hokejka) as the Czech Player of the Year, matching Jaromír Jágr record of consecutive wins. Pastrňák dominated the polls as he ended his best regular season high of 48 goals with 95 points in 70 games. He recently made history as the first Boston Bruin to win the Maurice ‘Rocket” Richard Trophy for leading the league in goals. Pastrňák shares the trophy with Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, who also ended the regular season with 48 goals.

The 24-year-old right winger ranked 51 out of 52 votes for first place. Fellow Czech player Vladimir Martinec also won the honors four times. Pastrňák came in at first with 519 points with Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks) coming in second with 370 points. Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voráček (who won in 2015) came in third with 312 points. Bruins own David Krejčí (winner of the award in 2013) came in at 7th with 177 points. Out of the top ten, eight are playing in the NHL.

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Czech Hockey and BPA Sport Marketing were this year’s organizers of the 52nd annual survey. Those that voted for the top players include representatives of the association, national team and youth coaches, and ice hockey journalists. Jaromír Jágr has won a record 12 times while legendary goaltender Dominik Hašek won the award five times.

The ceremony was held in the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame and broadcasted on CT Sport. Results were based off of the first round of voting, which closed on March 10th. Further voting was suspended due to the pandemic that led to end of the NHL season. Other Czech Players that are currently playing in the NHL also made the top 20.

Those included are Tomáš Hertl (San Jose Sharks), Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning),  Filip Chytil (New York Rangers), Michal Kempný (Washington Capitals), Petr Mrázek (Carolina Hurricanes), and Radim Šimek (San Jose Sharks). At age 48, Jaromír Jágr, (who still plays for the Czech club Rytíři Kladno) also made the bottom of the list.

Here are your top ten Czech players:

1. David Pastrňák (Boston Bruins, NHL) 519
2. Dominik Kubalík (Chicago Blackhawks, NHL) 370
3. Jakub Voráček (Philadelphia Flyers, NHL) 312
4. Jakub Vrána (Washington Capitals, NHL) 301
5. Pavel Francouz (Colorado Avalanche, NHL) 281
6. Milan Gulaš (HC Škoda Plzeň) 218
7. David Krejčí (Boston Bruins, NHL) 177
8. David Rittich (Calgary Flames, NHL) 123
9. Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moskva, KHL) 107
10. Filip Hronek (Detroit Red Wings, NHL) 97

Pastrnak ended the regular 2019-20 season tied third in the league with with a career-high of 95 points. He also led the league in powerplay goals (20). The Havirov, Czech native ended the season with a career-high of 47 assists.

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Beyond The Ice | Boston Bruins Edition

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

As life slowly progresses to a “new normal” amidst all that has happened in recent months, the hockey community (more specifically members of the Bruins) have embraced the need for change. Others have continued their outreach to help those affected by Covid-19.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

 “Silence is not an option for me anymore.”

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron released a rare statement reacting to the recent death of George Floyd, a American black man who died while being pinned down under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. Many in the hockey world showed solidarity by marching alongside those affected by the tragedy and Bergeron took to writing out his thoughts:

Boston Bruins fan letter: Happy Birthday Patrice Bergeron
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“As many of you know, I don’t have social media. Right or wrong, I’ve often tried to stay away from making my opinions public. As hockey players, we have a tendency to do our business while staying quiet, without trying to make too much noise. It is in our culture. But surrounding the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed, it made me realize that by not speaking up on the matter and not using my voice as a professional athlete, it’s in fact allowing racism to fester and continue…

“I realize that I will never truly understand the fear, pain and suffering the black community has endured. As a white man I have always tried to live by respect and equality, but I also acknowledge my privileges. I am disappointed in myself that it took this long for me to truly open my eyes. Seeing all this pain truly breaks my heart and forces me to seek answers.”

Bergeron and his family will be donating money to the Boston Chapter of the NAACP and to the Centre Multiethnique De Quebec-$25,000 each.

THE CAPTAIN

“I will never know what it’s like to walk down a street and feel unsafe. No one should have to experience that feeling.”

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Fans of the Boston Bruins and of any Boston sport can all agree that Captain Zdeno Chara embodies the characteristics of a bona fide leader. Whether its in the locker room or off the ice, Chara’s words and actions have resonated throughout the NHL. Politics aside and no longer wanting to be a bystander, the Captain took to social media a day after attending a local Black Lives Matter protest:

“For the last 13 days I have been sick about George Floyd’s murder. I have taken time to think and listen. Time to find bravery and time to try to find the right words, though I’ll admit I’m still struggling. First thing is first and let me be clear: I stand with the Black community. Black Lives Matter. There is no room in this world for racism. Period.

…we have to take better care of each other and respect each other. Equality must be a priority. Anything less is unacceptable.

I learned a lot yesterday and had good, honest conversations. Not only did we take steps in a walk but we made strides in learning and educating together. But it doesn’t stop there. I will continue to stand – and walk – with you. I have your back.”

RUN FOR CHARITY

While the country continues to deal with Covid-19, Bruins legend Ray Bourque changed up his annual Bourque Family 7.7k Road Race. Originally started in 2018, the Foundation is set up to help support important causes and help communiteis in need. While runners in the past have ran the unique course, this year’s race is virtual. It closed out this past weekend and proceeds from this year’s race will got to those affected by the virus.

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Boston Bruins Defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was going to be a physically fast game and the Boston Bruins came out victorious as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 tonight at the Amalie Arena.

GAME RECAP

The Bruins were more than ready to face the Bolts and with the start of the first period underway, the boys in Black and Gold kept momentum on their side. Shots favored the Bruins 13-to-9  and despite some push back from the Lightning, Boston would get on board first. With 55 seconds left in the period, Brad Marchand (who was a game-time decision) would tip in his 28th goal of the season, putting the B’s up 1-0.  Both teams each drew a penalty in the first period and had many golden opportunities to score (including a potential short-handed goal from Boston).

Continuing with the fast pace, Boston pushed hard towards the net with many missed chances early in the second period, forcing Andrei Vasilevskiy to make multiple saves.  As the Bruins tried to keep momentum on their side, Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde would score. However, Boston would challenge for an offside and the goal was reversed, stomping out hopes for a tie.  Moments after, the B’s would draw a penalty but the Lightning limited Boston’s shots on goal. With ten minutes left in the second period, Boston’s Jake DeBrusk would net the second goal of the night, ending a personal 10-game point-less drought.

As frustration grew for the Lightning,  Tampa Bay persisted with their game plan and was able to cut the lead in half as Mitchell Stephens scored his third goal of the season. With mere seconds left in the period, tempers flared between the teams as both Joakim Nordstrom and Yanni Gourde traded shots.

In the final period, the Bruins slowed the pace down in order to keep control of game-flow. The Bolts had a potential goal on a breakaway but were unable to capitalize as Tuukka Rask blocked their attempts.  With the Lightning hot on their heels, Boston had a hard time clearing the puck out of their zone. With time winding down,  the Bolts continued to put pressure on Boston but were unable to mount any sort of comeback. In the final minutes of the game, the Bruins kept the Lightning at bay. Boston would go on to win their third game in a row.

With the victory over the Bolts,  the Bruins widen the gap in the Atlantic Division with nine points over Tampa Bay. They improve their record to 42-13-12 while the Lightning are second in the league with a respectable 41-20-5 record.

FINAL SCORE: BOS -2, TBL- 1

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS- 35, TBL- 21

NEXT UP FOR THE BRUINS: Thursday, March 5th vs. Florida Panthers with puck drop at 7:00 PM.  Watch on: NESN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP

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Post-Game | Boston Bruins Defeat Dallas Stars, 4-3

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Tonight at the TD Garden, knuckles were chucked as the Boston Bruins looked more than ready to throw their weight around as they defeated the Dallas Stars in their final meeting of the regular season.

GAME RECAP

Despite a lot of action throughout the first period, shots on goal were relatively low from both teams. Dallas came out and missed a couple of opportunities to score on Boston’s goaltender Jaroslav Halak. With a little over five minutes left in the first, the Bruins would draw their first penalty of the night. Despite a good amount of zone time down the Stars’ end, Boston was unable to capitalize on the man advantage.

Dallas would make a final push towards the end of the period and drew a hooking a penalty with under three minutes left. With 2:22 left, the Stars would strike first as John Klingberg sent a deflected shot in past Halak.  Boston had one final chance to even the score as they drew a slashing penalty. Charlie Coyle would tip one in off an initial shot by Torey Krug.

SCORE AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: BOS-1, DAL-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-10, DAL-9

The Bruins had a hard time getting the puck out of their zone as Halak was forced to make numerous saves during tense play. Both teams made hard pushes towards the net with near goals hitting the post. David Krejci would drop gloves against Joe Pavelski. Sean Kuraly would have a missed opportunity with a wide shot to the net.

As the Bruins swarmed around Dallas’ net, Charlie McAvoy (in a second attempt) would set up a pass to Brad Marchand. The  31-year-old left-winger would notch his 26th goal of the season and extended his point streak to eight games. With momentum shifting to the home team, Boston would once again push towards the net. Newcomer Nick Ritchie scored his very first goal as a Bruin, wristing one in past Ben Bishop. In the final seconds of the period,  Chris Wagner would be assessed a roughing call that saw Dallas go on the power-play.

SCORE AT THE END OF THE SECOND PERIOD: BOS-3, DAL-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-12, DAL-10

Dallas would open up the third and final period with under a minute left to the power-play but did not score (no shots on goal). With an unlucky deflection after initial stops by Halak, the Stars’ Denis Gurianov would score his 19th of the season. But as luck would have it David Pastrnak scored after moving the puck past the Stars defense only to find Ritchie (who quickly passed back to the 23-year-old winger). Pastrnak still leads the entire league with 46 goals. Chris Wagner would not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.

Down two goals, Dallas would push back as they desperately tried to even the score, but Boston would be there to limit their chances. With a little over two minutes left and a missed scoring opportunity on the Stars’ empty net, Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen would score as they continued to push until the last second. With an anxiety-induced minute left, the Bruins were able to stave off a potential Dallas comeback.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, DAL-3

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-28, DAL-34

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Saturday, February 29th vs. New York Islanders, with puck drop at 1:00 PM.

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Post-Game Recap | Boston Bruins Lose To Vancouver Canucks, 9-3

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

You could say the Bruins were due for a big loss and tonight Boston could not get over the mental and physical hump as they dropped the final series game against the Vancouver Canucks, losing in spectacular fashion. After playing three games in four nights, barring from it being an excuse, the team looked gassed going into the second period.

GAME RECAP

Hot off the trails from last night’s win over Calgary, the Boston Bruins initially had no hesitation against Vancouver as soon as the puck dropped. There was strong zone time down the Canucks end early in the period as Boston forced goaltender Jacob Markstrom to make some early quick saves. The Canucks pushed towards Boston’s end and would find space between the traffic to bury one in past Rask. Troy Stecher scored his fourth goal of the season at 4:14.

Vancouver has multiple flurry of chances but was unable to capitalize. Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk sent a quick puck up to  David Pastrnak,  allowing the sniper to score his 44th goal on a breakaway, tying the game at 1-1. Momentum switched back and forth between the teams throughout the first period. After Danton Heinen’s stick inadvertently went through the mask of Markstrom, play stopped as the goaltender dealt with lingering vision issues. Thatcher Demko would take over in between the pipes for Vancouver. After a brief medical check-up. Markstrom was back in net.

Oct 20, 2018; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter (20) and Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (37) face off during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports(Photo Credits: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today)

After drawing a penalty on Boston, Vancouver would take advantage as they scored the second goal of the evening.  Bo Horvat would net his 19th goal of the season, putting the Canucks up 2-1. Boston would draw their first power-play of the night, however, after a drive to the net, the Bruins were assessed with a penalty to Patrice Bergeron. Despite high pressure from Vancouver, neither team was able to score on the man advantage as the first period ended.

With the second period underway, both teams continued to put pressure on either end, but Boston would start to lose control of their play.  After a puck redirection, Vancouver’s Adam Gaudette would score his 11th goal of the season, making it 3-1. A shift in play worked for Vancouver as Rask lost sight of the puck, leading to a goal by Tanner Pearson, putting the ‘Nucks up 4-1. Lots of traffic in front of the Bruins net would lead to another Vancouver goal moments after, making the score 5-1. In the last few seconds of the period, the Bruins made a push towards the net but were unable to score.

Oct 20, 2018; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (63) shoots the puck against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) and defenseman Alexander Edler (23) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports(Photo Credits: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today)

Vancouver would score their sixth goal of the night seconds into the third period. With the game being lost, the Bruins would go on the power-play and Pastrnak would score his 45th goal. Jaroslav Halak would take over goaltending duties. Chris Wagner would net his fifth goal of the season.  As the Bruins tried to mount a comeback, Tyler Toffoli would net his first goal as a Canucks making it 7-3. After a few minutes, Toffoli would net his second goal of the night. Jake Virtanen would nail the final goal, making the final score 9-3.

FINAL SCORE: BOS: 3, VAN-9

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS: 37, VAN: 35

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Tuesday, February 25th versus the Calgary Flames. TD Garden with puck drop at 7:00 pm.

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Boston Bruins Defeat Edmonton Oilers 2-1 In Overtime

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was a tight battle between the two top teams in their respective divisions and Boston came out the winner in the first game of their Canadian road-trip.

GAME RECAP

Both teams came out in the first period looking to extend their winning streak as each side had multiple missed chances. Despite back and forth play,  Boston’s Patrice Bergeron would score his 27th goal of the year after a feed from fellow linemate Brad Marchand. The Bruins would draw the first penalty of the night but were unable to capitalize.

Boston would open up the second period with seconds left on a power-play but were unable to score. Both teams continued to push forward and the Bruins would have missed chances as they drew their third power-play of the night. The Oilers would draw a penalty with 13 minutes left to the period. Edmonton buzzed around Boston’s end as they sent a flurry of shots towards Tuukka Rask, but were unable to score with traffic in front of the net.  Boston had a hard time clearing their zone, however, they were able to keep the game scoreless during the Oiler’s penalty.

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Special teams were tested throughout the entire game as both teams are in the top of the league when it comes to the power-play. The Oilers would once again draw a penalty, but the man advantage was short-lived as Boston drew their fifth power-play of the night. The trend continued as both teams were unable to score. Play continued to be stingy as the second period drew to a close with neither team scoring.

FINAL PERIOD

With the start of the third period underway, the Oilers would draw their fourth power-play of the night and were finally successful. Sam Gagner would tip the puck in to score his fifth of the season, tying the game 1-1. Edmonton were caught with too many men on the ice and the boys in Black and Gold were assessed another power-play (no score). After a rough tussle down the Bruins end, Boston found themselves in the penalty box again, but it would be the Black and Gold taking advantage. Charlie Coyle would steal the puck as he raced towards the Oiler’s net with a  possible scoring chance but instead drew a slashing penalty.

As the clock ticked down, both teams continued to battle for the puck as shots rang the post. Once again, Edmonton drew a penalty in the last minutes of the third period but did not score as the game went into overtime. Bruins forward David Pastrnak notched the game-winning goal on a breakaway (his 43rd goal of the season). Boston remains first in the league as they win their fourth game in a row.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-2  EDM-1 (OT)

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-31  EDM-29

Bruins were 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Oilers were 1-for-6. Boston has now won 10 out of their last 11 games played and improve to 38-11-12 while Edmonton’s record is now 32-21-7.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE B’S:  Friday, February 21st versus Calgary Flames with puck drop at 9:00 PM.

WHERE TO WATCH: ESPN+, NESN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP

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Bruins Defeat Red Wings 4-1

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Today’s matinee game at TD Garden proved to be a very physical game and with the 4-1 victory, the Bruins were finally able to slay the dragon that is the Detroit Red Wings. As the season gets closer to ending, Boston would need today’s win to widen the gap in the Atlantic Division in the first of back-to-back games.

GAME BREAKDOWN

With the head-scratching losses to the last-place Red Wings, the Bruins came out with guns blazing and posted large amount of zone time in Detroit’s end. Boston peppered shots against Jonathan Bernier, who has been playing stellar when facing the Bruins. Despite longer puck possession and more shots on goal, Detroit would (once again) get on the board first as Darren Helm tipped one in past Tuukka Rask (who stopped the puck initially) during a Bruins power-play. Helm would score a short-handed goal early in the first period, making the score 1-0.

Boston were on the regroup effort and continued to slap pucks towards Detroit’s end but were unable to capitalize  and missed some great chances to even the score. Towards the last  minute of the first period, the Bruins would go on their second power-play of the night, however were unable to squeeze one in past Bernier.

PUSHING TOWARDS THE NET

The boys in Black and Gold opened the second-period with seconds left to their power-play, but were unable to score. Game-play went back and forth as the Bruins had trouble clearing the puck. Boston continued to attack the net and were finally rewarded for their effort as Charlie McAvoy scored his second goal of the season, tying the game up at  1-1.

With Detroit on the power-play,  momentum would swing back to Boston as Patrice Bergeron scored a short handed goal, putting the Bruins up 2-1. With seven minutes left to the period,  Charlie Coyle would send one in past Bernier making the score 3-1. The Red Wings would be assessed a late penalty but were unable to get any chances on Rask.

FINAL COUNTDOWN

Things got heated on the ice with action down both ends and a huge missed opportunity for the Bruins on a four-on-two with Chara unable to score on a blasted shot. In a beautiful  set-up by Brad Marchand,  fellow line-mate David Pastrnak would net his 42nd league-leading goal of the season, adding cushion to extend the Bruins lead 4-1.

Detroit would unsuccessfully make a final push in the last moments of the third period, as Rask continued to shut down their efforts with dazzling saves.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, DET-1

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-41, DET-26

Boston would go 0-for-2 on the power-play while Detroit went 0-for-3. The Bruins are now 36-11-12 and hold on to the first spot in their Division and in the entire league. Detroit would drop to 14-42-4. Other milestones in tonight’s game: David Krejci played his 900th game today.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE B’S: Tomorrow afternoon against the New York Rangers (30-23-4) with puck drop at 3:30 pm, NBC.

 

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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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