Bruins Welcome Ovechkin & Co. | Game Preview-11/16

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

In their second game of a back-to-back, the Boston Bruins flew back home late last night as they ready themselves to face one of the league’s best teams. After snapping a four-game losing slump, the B’s are gearing up for a tough match-up when they play the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden.

Call it what you may, the Caps have been the Bruins kryptonite for a while now with Boston finally slaying that dragon when they narrowly defeated them 1-0 this past February. In the last 20 games played between these two teams,  the Bruins have only won four games. Today’s match-up will undoubtedly be a test for both teams as they each look to place another “W” in the win column.

Post-Game Notes

Washington will be traveling to Boston after losing to the Montreal Canadiens last night at home 5-2. Prior to the game, the Capitals had a 13-game point streak and much like the Bruins will be looking to start a fresh new one tonight. The loss against Montreal was the team’s first in regulation in over a month (their last loss was to the Colorado Avalanche on October 14th).  They are 7-1-1 when facing an Eastern Conference opponent this season so far.

After a scoreless first period, the Canadiens got on board, blanking out the Caps 4-0 at the end of the second period. Washington came up short on their comeback as they netted two goals in the third but never fully recovered. The Caps are now 11-1-2 in their past 14 games played.

Image result for boston bruins vs washington capitals(Photo Credits: Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Despite the four-game losing streak that halted a 10-game point streak for the Bruins, the team is currently the only one in the NHL that has not lost in regulation at home.  After getting the B’s onboard last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs,  forward Charlie Coyle has four points with one goal and three assists. Brad Marchand had quite the night in his 700th NHL career game as he notched two goals, which were the difference makers in a much-needed win for the team.

Quick Stats

The Bruins and the Capitals lead their respective Divisions with Washington having played two more games than Boston. With the loss, the Capitals are now 14-3-4 in 21 games while the Bruins are 12-3-4 in 19 games. Marchand is on pace to break his previous 100-point season. He has now leapfrogged over teammate David Pastrnak in the NHL leader-board with 32 points (third in the league).  Pastrnak still leads the league with 16 goals.

Marchand is fourth in the league with 19 assists; Zdeno Chara is tied for second in the league in plus-minus at 13. Washington goaltender Braden Holtby is tied for second in the league for wins (nine), while Tuukka Rask is tied for ninth with eight wins. John Carlson leads the Capitals team with 31 points and 23 assists. Alex Ovechkin leads with 14 goals.

In the last five games, John Carlson has notched eight points with seven assists. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov has four goals. For the Bruins’ last five games, David Krejci has five points and four assists while Marchand has three goals. Expect Tuukka Rask (8-2-2) in net for the Bruins. The 32-year-old goaltender now has a 2.14 goals-against-average with a .927 save percentage. For Washington, expect Brayden Holtby (9-1-3) in net.  The 30-year-old now has a 3.06 goals-against-average with a .903 save percentage.

There was no morning skate for the Boston Bruins. Here are tonight’s projected lineups:

BOSTON BRUINS:

Marchand–Bergeron–Pastrnak

Bjork–Krejci–Coyle

Frederic–Lindholm–Heinen

Nordstrom– Kuraly–Wagner

Chara– McAvoy

Grzelcyk–Carlo

Vaakanainen– Clifton

Rask

WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie

Vrana-Kuznetsov-Wilson

Stephenson-Eller-Hathaway

Leipsic-Boyd-Panik

Kempny-Carlson

Orlov-Gudas

Siegenthaler-Jensen

Holtby

 

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

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, ESPN+

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers 11/10/19

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

After being fed a full plate of humble pie this past Friday in Detroit, the Boston Bruins are back home as they face the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden. Boston has lost its last two games and will be looking to get back on track.

TEAM UPDATES

Knowing full well they played a lackluster game against Detroit, the boys in Black and Gold were back to work this morning at the Warrior Arena. Both Joakim Nordstrom and Par Lindholm, who have been nursing injuries and infections are back in the lineup tonight. Peter Cehlarik, who has been filling in, will be sent back down to Providence. Steven Kampfer will be a healthy scratch. John Moore was also seen skating in a red non-contact jersey. Brett Ritchie was not seen skating this morning, while Jake DeBrusk continues to be out, as he is nursing a lower-body injury. Charlie Coyle will be playing wing alongside David Krejci.

 

HARD STATS

Despite dropping their last two games, the Bruins currently lead the Atlantic Division with an 11-3-2 record, while the Flyers are 9-5-2. In their last 10 games, Boston is 6-2-2 while Philadelphia is 7-2-1. The loss to Detroit marks the first time that the Bruins have lost consecutive games in regulation this season so far. David Pastrnak saw his 13-game point streak end Friday night after having an assist removed from his record.

The Bruins will have a chance to get their legs and mojo back as they face a Flyers team, who are trying to extend their winning streak to four games. Boston’s Pastrnak is tied for first in the league with 30 points; he also leads in goals (15) and in power-play goals (9). Brad Marchand is third in the league with 18 assists, while Captain Zdeno Chara is also third in the league for plus-minus at 13.

Goaltender Tuukka Rask is now third in the league for goals-against-average (1.99) and is tied at third with a 0.933 save percentage. Expect Jaroslav Halak in net for the Bruins tonight. The 34-year-old goaltender is 4-1-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a 0.917 save percentage. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Expect Carter Hart in net for the Flyers. Hart has a 2-0 record against Boston and is 5-3-1 with a 2.82 goals-against-average and has a 0.889 save percentage.

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Boston is still first in the league on the power-play, however, Philly is slightly better at the penalty kill and is ninth in the league, compared to the Bruins 12th position. Flyers’s Sean Couturier has six points in the last six games, while Boston’s Patrice Bergeron has nine-points in six games. Defenseman Torey Krug has points in his last five games while Brad Marchand has 28 points in his last 15 games.

The Flyers Travis Konecny leads the team with 17 points and assists (10), while Oskar Lindblom leads the team with eight goals. Pastrnak leads the Boston teams in goals (15) and in points (30); Marchand leads the team with 18 assists.

PROJECTED LINEUPS-BOSTON

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

Heinen – Krejci – Coyle

Bjork – Lindholm – Senyshyn

Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner

 

Chara – Clifton

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – McAvoy

 

Halak

Rask

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS -PHILADELPHIA

Riemsdyk —  Giroux —  Farabee

Lindblom — Couturier — Konecny

Twarynski –Hayes –Voracek

Andreoff –Raffl — Pitlick

 

Provorov –Niskanen

Gostisbehere — Braun

Sanheim — Myers

 

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

 

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

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, ESPN+, NBCSP

 

 

Postgame Recap, November 5th | Montreal Defeats Boston 5-4

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter:  @pastagrl88

Old rivalries die hard and tonight things got heated at the Bell Centre as Boston played the second of their back-to-back. The Bruins were looking to carry over their momentum from the previous win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, however lady luck would not be on their side as they played North of the border.

Game Recap

Montreal opened the first period up as Victor Mete got the Habs on board with a wrist shot at 1:13. However, with five minutes left in the first,  the Bruins would tie things up as David Pastrnak slapped his 15th goal of the season past Carey Price.  As defensive skills were breaking down  Boston’s end, Tomas Tatar would net a wrist shot in the Bruins goal, making the score 2-1. Boston would try to continue to find their legs, but the Habs took advantage as Paul Byron cushioned the lead late in the first, making the score 3-1.

With the second period underway, the boys in Black and Gold would mount a comeback when Connor Clifton sent a wrister in the Habs net. Boston would later tie in the second as Anders Bjork netted one in after a pass from Charlie McAvoy. Unfortunately, seconds later Victor Mete would score his second of the night, putting Montreal back in the lead 4-3.

Things started to shift for the Bruins as they opened up in the third period. Sean Kuraly would tie the game 4-4  when he sent a wrist shot in the back of the Habs net. With momentum swinging back and forth, Boston looked to have taken the lead when Charlie Coyle jammed one in, however, the goal was reversed for being offside after a coach’s challenge.

With the score still tied at 4-4, Montreal would once again gain the lead when Ben Chiarot sent one sailing in Boston’s net. The Bruins made one final push, only to close the game with a final score of 5-4. Tonight’s loss marks their second regulation loss of the season as Montreal ended their six-game win streak.

Game Stats

The Bruins are still first in the Atlantic Division with an 11-2-2 record with Montreal improving to an 8-5 record, fifth in the Atlantic Division. David Pastrnak continues to sizzle as he extended his game streak to 13 games. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves while Montreal’s Carey Price made 21 saves. Boston had 25 shots on goal while Montreal had 31.

History In Montreal

Bruins Captian Zdeno Chara hit a historical milestone as he played his 1,500 game tonight,  becoming the 21st player and sixth defenseman in NHL history to play that many games. Chara made his NHL debut in 1997 when he suited up for the New York Islanders.

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The 42-year-old  Slovakian-native is in good company; he joins Hall of Famers Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios, Scott Stevens, Larry Murphy, and Nicklas Lidstrom as the only defensemen to hit 1,500 games. Chara is one of the very few active players to hit that benchmark. He is also the third player not born in North America to reach that record (Jaromir Jagr and Nicklas Lidstrom being the other two).

“It’s very humbling. It’s something that I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life. Obviously very proud of it too…I have so many people that I should be thanking – obviously starting with my parents. They did such a great job of raising me and so much sacrifice for me to be able to play hockey.

“My family, my wife, my children – there are so many people. I’ve been very lucky. Very grateful that I’ve been able to be in the right place at the right time and get to know some very special people along the way.

“All of my teammates, coaches…they’ve been tremendously helpful, and I wouldn’t be playing the game without them. It’s a special, special night.”

Boston will have a few days off as they travel to face the Detroit Red Wings this Friday at the Little Ceasars Arena.

WHEN TO WATCH: Friday, November 8th with puck drop at 7:30 PM

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, NHLN, FS-O

 

 

 

Boston Bruins Defeat New York Rangers 7-4 | Game Recap

Image result for boston bruins vs new york rangers(Photo Credits: Mary Altaffer/ Boston Herald)

By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was a Sunday night match-up between two Original-Six teams and each was coming into tonight’s game on a high note, as both the Rangers and Bruins won their last games.  However, it would be Boston who would come out the victor as they defeated New York on their home ice.

GAME RECAP

With the puck drop at Madison Square Garden, the Bruins would start the first period on a power-play after Patrice Bergeron was tripped by Rangers Brady Skjei.  As both teams continued their physical play and Boston having missed chances on Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist, it would be New York that would strike first. In what would be Mike Haley’s first career goal with the Rangers, he would get a backhand off a rebound at 10:19 to give the Blueshirts a 1-0 lead.

After a tough collision with Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, Rangers center Mika Zibanejad suffered an upper-body injury and did not return for the remainder of the game. Eleven seconds into the second period, Patrice Bergeron would grab the rebound after David Pastrnak was tripped into Lundqvist.

With the puck loose in the crease, Bergeron would tap one in net. Amid the confusion, the goal would be upheld as officials reviewed the play. With the ruling on the ice standing, Boston would be tied at 1-1 and the game would subsequently shift into the Bruins’ favor.

In what would prove to be a frustrating second period for the Rangers,   Brad Marchand would find enough space to squeeze in a backhander past Lundqvist, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 1:08 in the second.  Playing with speed around the net, Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy would send a feed to Charlie Coyle who nailed a quick wrist shot in the Rangers’ net. With seven minutes left in the period, Marchand would snipe a wrist shot on the glove side of Lundqvist, making the score 4-1.

Goaltender Alexander Georgiev would take over Lundqvist in net for the Rangers at the start of the third period. Bruins’ Par Lindholm did not return to the game. In the first few moments in the third, Captain Zdeno Chara would send a rocket past Georgiev, making the score 5-1.

As both teams traded hits and giveaways, New York would battle back and with a beautiful set-up by Artemis Panarin, the Rangers would get on board as Pavel Buchnevich tucked one by Halak.

Boston would strike again as Bergeron sent one in net after a feed from linemate Brad Marchand, making the score 6-2. With the Bruins once again on the penalty kill, the Rangers’ Chris Kreider would find the loose puck to send it past Halak.

Seconds later and with a little over a minute left, Brady Skjei would find the rebound, sending a quick shot in the Bruins net. With 44.7 seconds left in the third, Patrice Bergeron would nail his third of the night.

FINAL SCORE: 7-4 Boston

SHOTS ON GOAL: 43-BOSTON; 29-NEW YORK

TONIGHT’S STATS

Boston went 0-2 on the power-play and New York went 1-5 on the power-play. Lundqvist made 27 saves on 31 shots before being pulled at the end of the second.  Alexander Georgiev made nine saves on 11 shots. Bruins Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves on 29 shots and is now 3-1 in five games played.

With Bergeron’s hat-trick, the top line had 13 points combined: Marchand had two goals with three assists. Pastrnak had five assists and continued his game point-streak.

The Bruins are now 8-1-2 and have won three straight games. New York is 3-5-1 and is seventh in the Metro Division. Boston is currently second in the Atlantic Division.

BRUINS NEXT GAME: Tuesday, October 29th, BOSTON vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS @ TD GARDEN, puck drop 7:00 PM

RANGERS NEXT GAME: Tuesday, October 29th, NEW YORK vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING @ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, puck drop 7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

Boston Bruins Vs. New York Rangers In Alumni Game

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was announced that this coming Saturday, October 26th former Boston Bruins players will participate in the inaugural “Face-Off For Heroes” Alumni Classic match-up, where they will face the New York Rangers alumni. The event will take place at the Bentley Arena in Waltham, MA at 1:00 PM

The Bruins team will feature Hall of Famers Ray Bourque, Joe Mullen, Brad Park, Jean Ratelle, Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert as either players or coaches. Along with the group, other players being featured are: Rick Middleton, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linsmen, Andy Brickley, Bob Beers, Andrew Raycroft, Ken Hodge Jr. and Bob Sweeney.

Other notable players include: Andrew Alberts, Dave Shaw, Bruce Crowder, Frank Simonetti, Mike Mottau , Mark Mowers, Dan LaCouture, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Brad Richards, Brian Mullen, Jeff Beukeboom, Stephane Matteau, Jay Wells, Steve Eminger, Colton Orr, Tom Laidlaw, and Steve Valiquette.

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Benefits will go the Boston Bruins Foundation, the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Warrior for Life Fund. The Life Fund helps military families of every branch that have to deal with hardships of the effects of war along with helping those coping with challenges with disabilities, combat and extended deployment overseas through hockey.

They’re a sponsor of the Navy SEAL Foundation and support all active duty, retired veterans along with their families. Programs offered aim to provide both venues and infrastructure towards service members and families long-term.

The Fund was originally founded as the Virginia Beach Hockey Club (VBHC) Challenge team in 2012. Its main focus was providing the Hampton Roads military community a place to develop a positive team atmosphere to those that wanted to learn how to play hockey.  One of the other aspects of the VBHC is “promoting camaraderie, competition, and athleticism to those with and without disabilities. The only requirement was a strong work ethic, dedication, and a positive attitude.”

The game itself will have three running time periods and have three-minute intermission in between. The 1st period will be 20 minutes, while both the  2nd and 3rd will be 15 minutes.  Boston Bruins own official anthem singer Todd Angilly will sing prior to the game.

Anyone looking to purchase tickets may do so through the Warrior Fund Website by clicking here. If you’re in the military or first responder, tickets are free. There will also be a raffle that the  NHL Alumni & Boston Bruins Foundation will run. A winner will be picked and they’ll have the opportunity to win some great prizes: a chance to outfit a youth, high school or prep school team of their choice with new CCM hockey equipment and win 4 Suite tickets to a Boston Bruins Game. The game will take place on November 5th in Montreal at the Bell Center and the winner will have a chance to tour the Center.

Raffle Tickets can be purchased directly by clicking here.

The Boston Bruins Alumni is “a non-profit organization made up of past players of the Boston Bruins.  The Alumni actively coordinates Benefit Hockey Games to raise money for various charities and youth groups.  You can check out their schedule for upcoming games.

 

Growing Frustration For Boston’s DeBrusk

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins are eight games into the season as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and there are already growing concerns. Although it’s still too early to think the sky is falling, the Bruins have had a decent October month, but the lack of secondary scoring is starting to wane on player’s minds.

After having a goal and an assist wiped off the board after a controversial goalie interference and a border-line offside call, Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk showed a rare instance of growing frustration after the 4-2 game loss against the Colorado Avalanche:

“Of course [it’s frustrating]…Any time that you get production finally and it gets taken away from you twice, it’s just one of those things where you almost don’t believe it. But at the same time that’s how things are going for me.

“I scored and had an assist tonight, they got pulled back. We should’ve won this game 4-2, but those weren’t goals, I guess. One was offside and goalie interference. They looked at it and that’s how it was. I don’t think it’s gonna snowball, but definitely pissing me off for sure.”

It’s been a slow start to the season for DeBrusk who has one point through seven games. Reminiscent of last season, the 23-year-old left winger’s game didn’t pick until later on. He ended the 2018-2019 campaign with 27 goals in 68 games played. During the Stanley Cup Playoff run he came away with four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 24 games.

(Photo Credits: AP /Winslow Townson)

As the Bruins deal with injuries, the “next man up” mantra will once again come into play, especially for tonight’s match-up in Toronto. For DeBrusk, staying even-keel and being patient will be key going forward this new season. One added pressure point for the left-winger: his contract.  After the 2019-2020 season ends,  he will become a RFA (restricted free agent) and re-signing DeBrusk will depend on his play this year. The winger spoke recently:

“Yeah, frustration, it’s past that to be honest with you. I’m just trying to stay even-keel and try to play my game. That’s one thing that’s been kind of one of those issues for me personally is I haven’t found my game at all this year…You look at statistics…I think that I’m not really helping myself out in a lot of categories…Sometimes the game doesn’t come to you and you got to go to the game.”

With the Top Line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak accounting for most of the goals so far, Coach Bruce Cassidy is trying to attack bad habits now rather than later in the season. Recently, Cassidy gave time off to the top trio as he worked with the rest of the team.

And while it would be unfair to place everything on DeBrusk, the coaching staff needs him to create more scoring chances and be more active in front of the net. Looking to last season, especially during the Playoffs, the young left-winger has the ability to get that greasy goal and that’s exactly what the Bruins need now. 

(Photo Credits: Scott Kane/Boston Herald)

And for DeBrusk, what he needs is to find that spark; hopefully tonight in Toronto he’ll get it back and then some:

 

“I think that I need to hold onto it more, maybe attack more and be more selfish with my shot selection.”

 

Boston Bruins Defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-2 | Post Game Report

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Anaheim Ducks were fed a huge, healthy bowl of pasta this afternoon as they fall to the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee game at the TD Garden. Knowing very well that they’d be facing a stingy Ducks team, Boston needed to play tighter and more stingier. Both teams came into today’s game evenly matched at 4-1-0 and despite the high amount of turnovers (Boston) and icings (Anaheim), the B’s would come out with a solid  win.

GAME RECAP

In the first period, the Bruins would get on board as David Pastrnak nailed his first of the day during the power-play. With Anaheim’s Michael Del Zotto in the box and Boston going against a team with a high penalty kill, the first line would once again connect. As Anaheim attempted to swipe the puck out of their zone, defenseman Torey Krug stopped the play, feeding it to Patrice Bergeron who then neatly sent the puck to his teammate. With a one-time snipe to the net, the 22-year-old Pasta would net the goal eight seconds into the penalty.

Coming into the second at 8:22 Anaheim’s defenseman Hampus Lindholm attempted to to get the puck out, however it was picked off by Boston’s Brad Marchand who sauced the pass to Pastrnak, making the score 2-0. Anaheim’s would answer as right-winger Rickard Rakell found enough space to send a quick wrist shot pass Jaroslav Halak, making the score 2-1. 

In what would be his fifth hat-tick of his career, Pastrnak would swipe the puck off the faceoff, sending a wrist shot pass Anaheim’s goaltender John Gibson in the second period at 2:20. Minutes later, Boston would once again be on the power-play. Both DeBrusk and Marchand were fighting for puck in the corner, sending it back out where it reached Krug. With a home pass by Marchand, Pastrnak would tip in his fourth goal of the day making it 4-1.

Anaheim would get on board at 16:08 in the third when center Adam Henrique (from a Nick Ritchie pass) sent one in, making the score final score 4-2. With the win, the Bruins are now 2-0 on home ice with a 5-1 record.  The Ducks are now 4-2-0,  playing behind first-year coach Dallas Eakins.

QUICK NOTES

Anaheim came into the game ranking third in the league on the penalty kill at 93.8%, but has yet to score on a power-play.  Goaltender John Gibson came into today’s match-up with a .961 save percentage, however with today’s loss he now has a .826 save percentage. He made 19 saves on 23 shots. Bruins’s Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves on 32 shots and now has .938 save percentage.

(Photo Credits: Matt Stone/ Boston Herald)

Bruins Brett Ritchie faced his brother Nick for today’s match-up. David Krejci was seen going down the tunnel in the first period, nursing an injury. He was seen coming back on the ice for a few shifts during the second, however left  not returning for the third period. Coach Bruce Cassidy offered no updates on Krejci. 

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD

BOS: David Pastrnak: GOAL at 4:18. Assist: Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug

SECOND PERIOD

BOS: David Pastrnak: GOAL at 11:38. Assist: Brad Marchand

ANA: Rickard Rakell: GOAL at 17:52. Assist: Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler

THIRD PERIOD

BOS: David Pastrnak: GOAL at 2:20

BOS: David Pastrnak: GOAL at 4:34 Assist: Brad Marchand and Torey Krug

ANA: Adam Henrique: GOAL at 16:08. Assists: Nick Ritchie

 

FINAL SCORE: 4-2, BOSTON WINS

NEXT GAME: AT TD GARDEN versus Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 PM

Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights 10/8/2019

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins continue their road trip when they face the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at the T-Mobile Arena. Both teams are off to a hot start with each posting a 2-0 record thus far early in the season.  Offensively, the Bruins team will be looking to dust off the cobwebs as they’ve had to relay mainly on the back end. Both goaltenders have been outstanding in helping the Bruins stay afloat in these past two games. Tonight’s game will  hopefully be the beginning of the team getting over some bad habits:

“…I don’t think we’re  playing the way we need to right now to score, not generating enough, lets start with that. We’re not playing off an original shot, we’re trying to make plays through sticks that  maybe aren’t there…It’s a lot to do with how you play in August. It’s not really live, you’re always trying to make that nice play instead of maybe a play that will generate a loose puck situation and if you go.”

-Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy

Image result for boston bruins vs vegas golden knights(Photo Credits: AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Between The Pipes

Boston has allowed only one goal so far with both Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak minding the net. Halak had a shutout the other night against the Arizona Coyotes while Rask made 28 saves against the Dallas Stars. Rask (0.966 save percentage) will get the start in net for the Bruins.

Cassidy offered an update on Joakim Nordstrom and reported that he had been medically cleared but will not participate in tonight’s game. There may be a chance forward David Backes will see some ice time tonight. Recently the Bruins opted to have Par Lindhom on the fourth line in the game against Arizona.

Nordstrom is inching closer to returning to the lineup and has traveled with the team. The 27-year-old winger has been practicing and will need a few more before getting back on the ice.  Coach Cassidy explained that with Nordstrom  “there’s a little bit of rust:”

“What we want to be careful of is the guys that didn’t practice a lot, we threw them right in…He  (Nordstrom) didn’t play any exhibitions games. We’re gonna try to approach that one differently…His target date now becomes Thursday.”

Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game (provided Krejci plays)

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman

Heinen – Coyle – Ritchie

Wagner – Kuraly – Backes

 

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Clifton

 

Rask

Halak

Knight Time In Vegas

For Vegas, expect Marc-Andre Fleury, who currently has a 0.965 Save Percentage,  in net tonight when they face the Bruins. The Knights are coming off to a great start; so far Vegas have tallied up three short-handed goals in two games. 32-year-old right winger Ryan Reeves leads the NHL with 14 hits in two games with Fleury stopping 55 of 57 shots on goal.

Tomas Nosek posted three points in the teams recent 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. In his 800th career NHL game, Fleury made 34 stops. Defenseman Nate Schmidt continues to be monitored and will be out week-to week with a lower-body injury.

This will be the first meeting for Vegas against an Eastern Conference team as they look to continue their momentum. Here are the projected lineups for tonight:

Smith – Marchessault – Karlsson

Pacioretty  – Glass – Stone

Zykov – Stastny – Pirri

Carrier – Nosek  – Reaves

 

Holden – Merrill

McNabb  – Theodore

Engelland – Hague

 

Fleury

Subban

 

WHEN TO WATCH:  Tonight with puck drop at 10:00 pm

WHERE TO WATCH: ESPN+, ATTSN-RM, NESN

Game 2 Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Arizona Coyotes 10/5/2019

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins continue their tough road trip when they face the Arizona Coyotes tonight at the Gila River Arena. After the B’s held on to win against the Dallas Stars this past Thursday night, they’re hoping to have a repeat against a Phil Kessel-led team. One issue that continues to  face the Bruins: will David Krejci be healthy enough to play today or will his injury continue to sideline the forward?

As the team took to the ice in Arizona yesterday morning, the 33-year-old Czech native skated with more confidence, which bode well with Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy:

” Felt a lot better today (Friday). Did some battles at the end of practice, got through that fine. We’re gonna rule him as a game-time decision. But I’m more confident that he’ll get in tomorrow than I was yesterday morning. But it will be his call.”

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Krejci skated alongside Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman and is as hopeful as Coach Cassidy in a potential return to tonight’s lineup:

“Another day, another good day. Feeling pretty hopeful for tomorrow…Obviously another practice…I think the thing for me was to get some battles in, alongside the boards. We did some battles after practice. A little extra. That felt good. Happy about it, so hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and there’s no setback and I’ll be good to go. We’ll see tomorrow.”

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(Photo Credits:  Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)

If Krejci is once again not able to play tonight, expect to see Par Lindholm and Brett Ritchie in the lineup tonight. Both played solid in their debut with Boston. Squaring off  against his former team, Ritchie notched the first goal of the season for the Bruins early in the first period.  Minutes later, Lindholm had a penalty in the first that led to a Danton Heinen power-play goal.  Tonight, the Bruins will be looking to continue their win streak versus Arizona as they have previously won the last 14-straight games. Provided that Krejci suits up, here are the projected lineups:

BOSTON BRUINS PROJECTED LINEUP:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Karson Kuhlman

Danton Heinen – Charlie Coyle – Brett Ritchie

Chris Wagner – Sean Kuraly – David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom – Par Lindholm

 

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton

Steven Kampfer

 

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

 

WELCOME TO THE DESERT

With the addition of former Penguins star Phil Kessel and new ownership/chairman, the Coyotes have been thrust into the conversation of a team to watch this season. Kessel will be playing his 776th consecutive game-the second longest active streak in the NHL.  In tonight’s  home opener against the Bruins, Arizona will look to get a win on the boards after dropping their season opener, losing 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Forwards Christian Dvorak and Nick Schmaltz spent most of last season injured and will return to the lineup with a full clean bill of health. Led by Head Coach Rick Tocchet, here are the projected lineups:

ARIZONA COYOTES PROJECTED LINEUPS:

Keller – Stepan – Kessel

Garland – Soderberg – Schmaltz

Crouse – Dvorak – Fischer

Graber – Richardson – Hinostroza

 

Ekman-Larsson – Demers

Goligoski – Hjalmarsson

Chychrun – Desterle

 

Keumper

Raanta

 

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight at 9:00 PM EST; 6:00 PM-MT GILES RIVER ARENA

WHERE TO WATCH: ESPN+, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NESN

 

In The Crease With Bruins Kyle Keyser

(Photo Credits: Lane Turner/Boston Globe Staff)

By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Prior to Friday’s announcement of another round of cuts to the roster, the future of the Boston Bruins will come way via those that are currently playing or will play for Providence. Today’s game against Chicago will be the final push for these young players to impress, knowing full well coaches will be watching closely as they narrow down to the core Varsity group.  While some have a little more experience than others, one particular player is looking to sharpen his skills in the crease.

At just 20-years-old, Kyle Keyser is looking pretty good and perhaps his time playing with the big boys may come sooner rather than later. As Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy noted:

“He battles…It looks like he’s going to be a good one”

Signed in 2017 after participating in the Boston Bruins rookie camp (as an invite), he joined Providence during the end of his junior season in Oshawa in 2018-19. He played in the AHL during Providence’s playoff run for the Calder Cup that same year. Keyser ended up playing in the AHL’s Bruins final post-game, where they, unfortunately, lost 4-1 to Charlotte. The young Coral Gables, Florida native played four seasons of junior hockey in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) with the Flint Firebirds and Oshawa Generals posting a 71-40-3 record.

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(Photo Credits: Aaron Bell / OHL Images)

 

In 137 career games in the OHL, he also posted a 3.19 goals-against-average. Keyser had one of his best seasons in 2018-2019 with a 32-8-3 record, a 2.75 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage in 47 games. In the 2019 World Junior Championship where he represented Team USA, Keyser had a 1-1 record with a 2.95 GAA in two games that earned him a  Silver Medal. The 20-year-old goaltender was also named to the 2018-19 OHL’s Second All-tar Team.

In the recent Bruins overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night, Keyser’s time came during the third period as he relieved Maxime Lagace. 18 shots were fired towards the Bruins net; all 18 were blocked. In overtime, a lucky shot that bounced off of Chicago’s Patrick Kane went behind Keyser, who had little chance to stop the rebound. Despite the loss, his play was quite impressive and it’s becoming quite clear that when the time comes for Tuukka Rask to pass the torch, the Bruins may have found their next go-to goaltender.

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(Photo Credits: The Boston Globe)

Even more impressive about the young netminder is his preparedness and continued focus on the game of hockey. He recently stated that he worked closely with renowned sports psychologist Dr. Saul Miller to help deal with the mental aspect of the game:

“As I’m getting older, I’m just getting more mature with my game and taking the mental side of the game more seriously. For me, talking to my trainers and coaches, it was ‘let’s get to the next level, mentally.’ For me that was really important and something I’ve put a lot of stock in,”

“I feel like I’m playing my game and feeling good about myself and I feel like I’m jump-starting into the season with some confidence…I want to provide that stability in net and when those guys pull on the jersey they know what they’re going to get out of you every night.”

Keyser is amongst the group of players that have been currently sent down to Providence and it remains to be seen if he’ll get more time in between the pipes. What’s promising to know is that he is fully aware of what it takes to play at the next level:

“You always want to play at the highest level you’re able to…I’m going to go in and work hard and play my game. It doesn’t matter where you put me. I’m going to play my same game and I’m going to keep the puck out of the net. That’s my job.”

 

 

 

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