Bruins Game Recap: Ottawa at Boston, 3/9/19

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

The Bruins closed out their six game homestand tonight with another last-minute, come-from-behind win, this time against the embattled Ottawa Senators. Their point streak is now at nineteen games, which is second longest in team history, behind only a 23-game streak during the 1940-41 season. This is the first time in their history that they have scored the game winner in the last minute of the third period in consecutive games.

Bruins’ Lineup:

Senators’ Lineup:

First Period:

Other than Lee Stempniak beginning his second tour with the Bruins, the first period was mainly uneventful, and would ultimately remain scoreless. The Bruins outshot the Senators 12-6, and each team went 0-for-2 on the man advantage. Play was pretty sloppy.

Second Period:

Both teams were better and less sloppy in the second period than they had been during the first. The Bruins hit the crossbar, and two posts. At 9:04, Magnus Paajarvi landed in the box after hooking Noel Acciari. On the ensuing power play, Torey Krug set Brad Marchand up for a one-timer, which beat Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson at 10:11.

Almost immediately afterward, Patrice Bergeron missed the mark on a pass from behind his own goal line. Brady Tkachuk was able to fling the puck to an Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the slot, who beat Tuukka Rask top shelf with a wrist shot. The period would end tied at one goal apiece, with the Bruins outshooting the Sens 14-8.

Third Period:

The third period started off with some sloppy play by the Bruins, followed by Chris Tierney stealing the puck from Brad Marchand in Ottawa’s defensive zone, and beating Patrice Bergeron into the Bruins’ zone. McAvoy forced Tierney toward the left wing, and Tierney was able to get a shot off, which Rask saved. Torey Krug cleaned up the rebound and then made a horrendous turnover, coughing the puck up to Tierney directly to the right of Rask. Tierney was able to move it toward former Boston University Terrier Brady Tkachuk, who beat Rask glove side with a backhand shot at 2:46.

Later, Charlie McAvoy would gain the offensive zone and carry the puck behind the net, dishing it to Torey Krug at the left point. Krug then moved to the right point and let a shot go. Walpole’s own Chris Wagner was battling in front of the net and was able to redirect the shot to beat Anderson to tie the game at 2 goals across the board.

The next half period would be more of the same — sloppy, turnovers, with a back-and-forth rhythm — the Bruins weren’t looking great, but were good enough to get the job done. With 44 seconds left, Danton Heinen shot from just past the hash marks. David Krejci was able to tip the shot in over Anderson’s shoulder, and the Bruins took the 3-2 lead. Luckily, Boston was able to hold on tight for the next 44 seconds, and close out the homestand with another win.

Stars of the game:

1. David Krejci

2. Chris Wagner

3. Brady Tkachuk

Notes:

  • Tuukka Rask has not lost in regulation in 76 days (Carolina On December 23).
  • Defenseman John Moore played in his 500th NHL game tonight.
  • Lee Stempniak was called up from Providence on an emergency basis on Saturday morning.
  • Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom skated with David Krejci, and it was not optimal.
  • Peter Cehlarik only saw 10 minutes of ice time, which was second to least among Lee Stempniak, ahead of only Lee Stempniak. Cehlarik was better along the boards and drew a penalty in the first period.
  • Zdeno Chara led all Bruins in time on ice, skating for 22:17.
  • The Bruins outshot the Senators 31-19.

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Bruins Recall Lee Stempniak On Emergency Basis

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced this morning that the team has called wing Lee Stempniak up from their AHL affiliate in Providence. Stempniak has practiced with the NHL squad all season, earned himself a PTO (professional tryout) with Providence, and officially began his second tour of duty with the Bruins when they signed him on February 24.

Presumably, the 36-year-old Stempniak has been called up due to injuries to wings Marcus Johansson (lung contusion) and Jake DeBrusk (lower body). Johansson will be re-evaluated next week, and DeBrusk is reportedly nursing a very minor injury, but now it looks like he may be missing his second consecutive game.

Since playing in the AHL for Providence, Stempniak has scored two goals and notched three assists for a total of five points in seven AHL contests since re-signing. The Seneca, NY native has thirteen NHL seasons seasons under his belt, and is known as a journeyman, as he has played for ten teams, which is tied for second most in league history.

The versatile forward has played 909 NHL games, had scored 203 goals, and has assisted on 266, for a total of 469 points. If inserted into the Bruins’ lineup, Stempniak will likely be skating alongside David Krejci and Slovak rookie Peter Cehlarik. The veteran wing can still be an effective player in the National Hockey League, and will be able to help the Black and Gold if he is in the lineup. Judging from his time in Providence, Stempniak has not lost his scoring touch, and is eager to return to NHL action.

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Bruins’ Johansson Sustains Lung Contusion

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

The Boston Bruins announced this evening that Bruins forward Marcus Johansson has sustained a lung contusion. Tuesday night in Boston, the newly acquired Johansson was injured during the first period of a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Johansson collided with Hurricanes wing Micheal Ferland immediately after dishing the puck to linemate Jake DeBrusk. Johansson would not return to the game after the hit.

As it turns out, Johansson was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was admitted and stayed overnight for observation. The 28-year-old Swede suffered a lung contusion and will be re-evaluated by specialists in a week’s time. Cross your fingers, Bruins fans.

Johansson being sidelined for an extended period would be quite the blow against the Bruins’ postseason aspirations, but given the timeline announced by the team, that likely will not happen. MoJo has a history of concussions — one of them thanks to the antics of new teammate Brad Marchand — so there is almost definitely a feeling of relief in regard to today’s diagnosis.

As for the Bruins’ lineup in Johansson’s absence, expect Slovak wing Peter Cehlarik to continue to play right wing on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Cehlarik did an admirable job filling in for the injured Johansson for the remainder of the game against Carolina and is the best choice out of the options the Bruins have (Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes) to slide into Johansson’s roster spot.

With any luck, this will only be a temporary setback for Johansson and the Bruins. Acquiring him was a smart trade deadline move on Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney’s part, and he certainly has a lot to offer.  Let’s hope for a smooth recovery and return to the lineup.

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Bruins Game Recap: Boston Beats Anaheim 3-0

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Jaroslav Halak 14-9-4 2.44 GAA .921 SV% Last Game: 35 Saves in 2-1 Win vs COL

ANA: Kevin Boyle (Not Confirmed) 1-0-0 1.20 GAA .967 SV% Last Game: 35 Saves in 1-0 Win vs VAN

Lineups:

Boston:

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Danton Heinen

Peter Cehlarik – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk

Joakim Nordstrom – Trent Frederic – David Backes

Sean Kuraly – Noel Acciari – Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Kevan Miller

John Moore – Brandon Carlo

Anaheim:

Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Daniel Sprong – Adam Henrique – Troy Terry

Devin Shore – Derek Grant – Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones – Ryan Kesler – Carter Rowney

Cam Fowler – Michael Del Zotto

Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson

Jaycob Megna – Brandon Montour

First Period:

Bruce Cassidy rolled out his fourth line for the initial puck drop. After a little bit of back-and-forth between the Bruins and Ducks, Boston was able to gain the offensive zone and create a few scoring chances. After receiving a cross-zone feed from David Krejci, Brandon Carlo flung a shot toward Boyle, who made the save. The rebound squirted out toward Peter Cehlarik, who attempted to bang it into the net, but ended up going an inch or two wide.

A little more than five minutes into the first, Torey Krug let a shot go from the point, with Boyle making the save. The Ducks turned the puck back over to Krug, who dished it to Sean Kuraly. Kuraly fed it to Brandon Carlo at the left point, and he let a bomb of a slap shot rip, which Noel Acciari deflected past Boyle for his second goal of the season. The Bruins are up 1-0, and welcome back their secondary scoring.

The next several minutes of play would consist of neither team being able to accomplish anything offensively. Halak and Boyle each made a couple of decent saves, but there were no particularly threatening scoring chances. The Ducks have been 3-15-4 since December 18, and could really use guys like Charlie Conway and Adam Banks on their roster this season.

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With a little under four minutes left in the period, Ducks rookie Max Jones would take a pass from Brandon Montour up the left wing and try to deke around Jaroslav Halak, who would rob him. Montour shot the rebound wide, and the net was knocked off its moorings. After the resulting faceoff, play would resume with the Ducks being stronger on the puck than the Bruins, but still not being able to tie the game.

Second Period:

Kuraly won the opening draw against Getzlaf. Deep in Anaheim’s zone, Kuraly would pass to Chara at the point. A bouncing puck would hop over the Bruins’ captain’s stick and into the neutral zone. Ducks wing Rickard Rakell would beat Chara to the loose puck at the Bruins’ blue line, carry it up the right wing, and get it to Corey Perry, despite Chara and McAvoy’s best efforts. Jaroslav Halak made a glove save on the frustrated Perry.

At 4:58, Rickard Rakell landed in the penalty box for a holding minor. Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff to Boyle’s left, Jake DeBrusk nudged the puck to Krug at the point, who threaded a cross-zone pass to Krejci. Krejci dangled Boyle out of his pants (and about five feet out of the crease), shot at the net, where Cam Fowler and DeBrusk were fighting for their ice. DeBrusk redirected Krejci’s shot for his 16th goal of the season, and the Bruins went up 2-0. The lesson here is not to put the Bruins on the power play.

The Bruins weren’t great defensively for the rest of the period, but the Ducks didn’t seem to have much of a desire to capitalize and tie the game. There was sloppy play by both parties during the remainder of the second, with Boston giving the Ducks a 5-on-3, with Chris Wagner and John Moore landing in the box. The Bruins weren’t particularly effective, especially in their own zone, but Halak held onto the Bruins’ 2-0 lead through the second.

Third Period:

The third period opened with the Bruins mostly controlling play until a questionable holding call against Derik Grant, putting the Bruins on the man advantage. The Bruins created a couple of good scoring chances, but Anaheim’s defense held on for dear life – Boyle didn’t have to make any wild saves, as his blue liners had him covered.

The Bruins’ second line had a strong third period and generated several chances, all resulting in saves by Boyle. Slovak wing Peter Cehlarik was in good position all night and appeared as though he was destined to score, but it wasn’t to be.

At 10:56, Hampus Lindholm set up a road block for Brad Marchand behind Boyle’s net, landing the Swede in the box with an interference minor. Patrice Bergeron pounced on a rebound Boyle gave up, but the Ducks’ goaltender managed to jump on it and keep the Bruins to two goals. The Bruins would turn the puck over and allow a Derik Grant to gain the zone on a shorthanded bid, but Halak made the save. Anaheim would go on the man advantage almost immediately afterward, but their weak power play was unable to accomplish anything, other than one solid opportunity where Halak would save a Brandon Montour one timer.

Ducks Head Coach Bob Murray pulled Boyle in favor of the extra skater with just under three minutes left in the third period. At 18:29, former Duck Chris Wagner scored an empty net goal after Zdeno Chara sent a pass from behind the goal line to Kuraly at the point. Kuraly dished the puck across the neutral zone to Wagner, who sailed it into Anaheim’s net. Ducks are unable to score three goals in the next minute and a half, and the Bruins win 3-0.

The Bruins have now collected 15 points out of a possible 18 in their last nine games. They are currently third in the Atlantic Division with 74 points. They are only one point behind the Maple Leafs, but Toronto has a game at hand.

Three Stars:

Third Star: Brandon Carlo played a good defensive game, managed to assist on Acciari’s goal, and didn’t appear to make any mistakes.

Second Star: David Krejci has been magical lately, and really makes his line mates better.

First Star: Jaroslav Halak. The Ducks could certainly have played better as they’re in a complete tailspin lately, but Halak definitely kept the Bruins afloat here.

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Providence Bruins Sign Lee Stempniak to Professional Tryout

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Providence Journal hockey writer and Rhode Island hockey expert Mark Divver announced today that the Providence Bruins signed forward Lee Stempniak to a professional tryout (PTO). Despite the fact that Stempniak has been practicing with the Bruins’ NHL squad since before the start of the season, this is an American Hockey League transaction only.

Stempniak, a National Hockey League journeyman, has played for ten different NHL clubs, which is tied for second-most in the league’s history. In a trade deadline deal on February 29, 2016, Stempniak was traded to the Bruins in exchange for a second and fourth-round draft pick. It was the third year in a row that Stempniak was dealt at the NHL’s trade deadline, as he was known to be a good addition to bring needed scoring punch to teams’ lineups. In his 19 regular season games for Boston, he scored three goals and assisted on seven, totaling ten points as a Bruin. Boston would go on to miss the playoffs that season, unfortunately, and despite a good showing in his 19 games, Stempniak would not be re-signed by General Manager Don Sweeney.

Stempniak signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in the summer of 2016 and scored 40 points in 2016-17 while playing all 82 games of the season. Last season, however, did not go so well for Stempniak, as he was plagued by injuries, missing 45 games. Ultimately, he scored three goals and notched six helpers for a total of nine points in 37 games for Carolina last year. Given the rough season he had, the 35-year-old wing was hard pressed to find any takers during free agency last summer, despite scoring 469 points in 909 career NHL games. Stempniak has called Boston home since graduating from Dartmouth in 2005.

This is a good move for Providence to gain some NHL and veteran experience for their lineup, however, it is an AHL tryout only, so Stempniak will not be taking an NHL roster spot with the Bruins unless he’s signed to a National Hockey League contract. Stempniak was invited to camp last year and had a good preseason with the Bruins, along with fellow bottom six forward Daniel Winnik. He was not signed, however, as the Bruins were stacked with a plethora of youngsters who would likely be filling out the bottom six for the Black and Gold. Obviously, it would not have been advantageous to the organization to dress a player of advancing age rather than continue to develop their youth.

Per Providence Head Coach Jay Leach, Stempniak will suit up for the P-Bruins at home tonight against the Toronto Marlies, and Sunday against the Springfield Thunderbirds, which will also be played at home, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. One would think the Bruins are unlikely to sign Stempniak to an NHL contract since he’s been practicing with them for a half year at this point, but there is a distinct  possibility that the New York native could be looked toward for help in their bottom six, as the Bruins are in dire need of secondary scoring, and Don Sweeney has yet to make any trades this season. If Stempniak can capitalize on the opportunity and doesn’t look outmatched in the AHL, it would not be totally crazy for him to see NHL action again.

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Bruins Game Recap: Bruins at Rangers 2/6/19

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Madison Square Garden, New York

Home: New York Rangers (22-22-8)

Away: Boston Bruins (29-17-7)

Bruins Lineup:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron —Jake DeBrusk

Peter Cehlarik — David Krejci — David Pastrnak

Joakim Nordstrom — Trent Frederic — Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari — Chris Wagner

Torey Krug — Kevan Miller

Zdeno Chara — Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk — Charlie McAvoy

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: John Moore, Steve Kampfer, David Backes

Injured: none

Rangers Lineup:

Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Mats Zuccarello

Pavel Buchnevich — Kevin Hayes — Jesper Fast

Filip Chytil — Ryan Strome — Vladislav Namestnikov

Vinni Letteri — Boo Nieves — Jimmy Vesey

Marc Staal — Tony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei — Adam McQuaid

Brendan Smith — Kevin Shattenkirk

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Neal Pionk

Injured: Brett Howden (MCL), Fredrik Claesson (shoulder)

 

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First Period:

Just over a minute into the action, the Bruins went on the penalty kill after Patrice Bergeron was assessed a minor for tripping Rangers center Mika Zibanejad. While they were shorthanded, Chris Wagner capitalized on a turnover and turned on the jets to go on a breakaway. Bulgarian sensation Alexandar Georgiev made the save, and play went back toward the Bruins’ defensive zone. The play was back and forth for a few minutes with no crazy scoring chances, but solid play all around, especially by both goaltenders. Jaroslav Halak seemed to have gotten past whatever had been dogging him for the last few games. The Rangers managed to get back into the offensive zone, and Brendan Smith let a shot go that Halak saved with his head.

At 13:39, Mark Staal landed in the penalty box due to a completely questionable call for cross checking Sean Kuraly (it was an awkward and accidental hold at best). On the ensuing Bruins power play, the Black and Gold caused some chaos in the Rangers’ end, to no avail. Grzelcyk and McAvoy were both on the ice for this power play, and showed some chemistry, as they did at Boston University.

Once the Rangers killed the penalty, Mika Zibanejad dumped the puck in, with Mats Zuccarello retrieving it by the Bruins’ net. Matt Grzelcyk attempted to break up the play, but his stick got caught in the twine of Halak’s net. This left Zuccarello able to set Zibanejad up for a filthy one-timer goal. Z-Bad is hot these days.

Played resumed with the same tempo after the goal, with Kevan Miller breaking up a scary 2-on-1 opportunity for the Rangers. At 19:08, Sean Kuraly collided with Ranger Boo Nieves, knocking him down and upsetting Jimmy Vesey, who immediately rushed to Nieves’ defense, cross checking Kuraly. Two minor penalties were assessed: roughing for Kuraly, and cross checking for Vesey. Referee Dan O’Halloran assured a whining Nieves that yes, there had been contact, but it was very clearly accidental on Kuraly’s part. Oh, the drama!

Score: 1-0, Rangers

Second Period:

The second stanza began with 4-on-4 hockey due to the Kuraly-Vesey incident, this time with the Bruins getting a few chances in the offensive zone, and Georgiev getting the opportunity to make a save with his melon, too – equal opportunity goaltending. The Bruins continued to prove that aside from their top line and David Krejci, they are fairly inept offensively. At 2:16, Kevan Miller went to the box for a cross checking minor against Vladislav Namestnikov. Naturally, Patrice Bergeron won the faceoff, and the puck heads toward Matt Grzelcyk at the point, and he sends a laser of a shot toward the net, allowing Danton Heinen to tip it right over Georgiev’s shoulder to tie the game at one goal apiece. Secondary scoring, folks!

At 11:49, the Rangers turned the puck over at the blue line, with Kevan Miller making a diagonal cross-zone pass from the right point to David Krejci, in the left circle. Krejci executed a beautiful tic-tac-toe move, fling the puck toward David Pastrnak, who was patiently waiting at the top of the crease. Pastrnak was able to bury Krejci’s feed, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

At 12:12, Patrice Bergeron was assessed a laughable minor penalty for “slashing” Mats Zuccarello, who happened to drop his stick with very light contact from Mister Perfect. Officiating was somewhat questionable at Madison Square Garden last night. The resulting power play afforded the Rangers a few good chances, but luckily, the Bruins managed to kill the penalty. Now at even strength, the Bruins were ready to make things happen.

And make things happen, they did! It seemed like the floodgates opened for a minute there, with the Bruins getting several chances in the Rangers’ zone. Brad Marchand passed to Torey Krug, who let a shot go from the blue line. With Jake DeBrusk setting up the screen, Patrice Bergeron was able to deflect the puck home.

Score: 3-1, Bruins

Third Period:

The fourth line began with a solid shift from the Bruins’ fourth line, who seemed to have the Rangers hemmed in for a bit. The play then transitioned to a ping-pong type of game with the Bruins and Rangers going back and forth for several minutes, without any significant scoring chances. Things would get sloppy for the Bruins, though: Pavel Buchnevich received a phenomenal pass at the Bruins’ blue line, took a shot, and Halak made the save. Jimmy Vesey jumped on the juicy rebound, dishing it to Kevin Hayes, who was left alone in the slot. Hayes beat Halak, and the Rangers were within one.

At 12:05, Charlie McAvoy took a penalty for boarding Mika Zibanejad (this was a stupid play and a good call). The resulting Rangers power play would of course yield a goal for them, tying the game. Ryan Strome fed Buchnevich at the point. Buchnevich let one go from the blue line, but Halak made the save. He was slow to find the rebound, which was behind him on his right side, and Filip Chytil managed to capitalize, tying the game at 3. It looked like the Bruins were done blowing leads after the last two games. Oh well.

The Bruins defense began to look sloppier, with Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo causing a little bit of a blunder after great chances by Jesper Fast and Jimmy Vesey. The puck entered the crease at Halak’s left, and fortunately exited to his right. The third period was a little bit chippy, and the Bruins began letting the Rangers carry the puck for long distances without really challenging them. On to overtime…

Score: 3-3

Overtime:

Overtime in hockey is notoriously stressful. Lately, the Bruins have been particularly unsuccessful in games longer than three periods. Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy rolled out David Pastrnak, David Krejci, and Torey Krug to start. The Bruins and Rangers traded chances for the entire five minutes, with both goaltenders standing on their heads. Jaroslav Halak must have been having an out-of-body experience during overtime, as the man was playing out of his mind. Zibanejad had a fantastic opportunity to bury the OT winner, with Halak robbing him, low glove side.

Neither team would be successful in overtime, however, and this fun game would end up going where great games go to die – the shootout. What a drag.

Shootout:

Bruce Cassidy took a strange approach to this shootout, almost like he thought this would be the way to breathe some life into the players who should be producing offensively, but aren’t. It didn’t make a lot of sense. This shootout lineup boggles the mind:

  • Mats Zuccarello – no goal
  • Peter Cehlarik – no goal
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – no goal
  • Mika Zibanejad – goal!
  • Brad Marchand – goal!
  • Kevin Hayes – no goal
  • Charlie McAvoy – no goal
  • Filip Chytil – no goal
  • Jake DeBrusk – no goal
  • Jimmy Vesey – no goal
  • Danton Heinen – no goal
  • Ton DeAngelo – goal!
  • David Krejci – no goal

Notice anyone missing? Patrice Bergeron, Bruins all-time shootout goal leader, perhaps? This did not go unnoticed among Bruins fans and media, because it was really not a good call by Cassidy. Nobody can figure out what he was going for. Oh well, at least the Bruins left New York with a point.

Final Score: 4-3, Rangers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Mika Zibanejad has been on fire lately, and is definitely the one driving the bus offensively for the Rangers. He scored on a sweet one-timer and had a few chances during overtime, as well. He was also one of the few successful shootout

Second Star: Filip Chytil had himself a good game, getting several scoring chances. Scoring the game-tying goal was huge. The rookie has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 52 games.

Third Star: Both goaltenders were better than anyone expected them to be. Jaroslav Halak has been mediocre ate best lately, and Georgiev is having a tough season. They both were very solid between the pipes.

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Bruins Game 54 Preview: New York Rangers

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

The Boston Bruins are coming into tonight’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden riding a two-game win streak that came after a rough stretch. The Bruins are 4-3-3 in their last ten games and have beaten both of the Metropolitan Division’s top two teams, the Islanders and Capitals, this week. The Rangers are 5-4-1 in their last ten outings, including a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Boston.

The Bruins are occupying the first Wild Card spot, as they are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, which I have referred to as both the Adams Division and the Northeast Division today. Their record is currently 29-17-7, and they’ve accumulated 65 points on the season. The Rangers are 22-22-8 with 52 points and are nine points out of the playoff picture at the moment. If the Blueshirts want to make the playoffs, they will have to leapfrog Philadelphia, Carolina, and Buffalo in the standings.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Jaroslav Halak | 13-9-3 record; .918 Save Percentage, 2.49 Goals Against Average | Last game: 24 saves in 4-3 OTL against WPG on January 29

NYR: Alexandar Georgiev | 14-6-9 record; .897 Save Percentage; 3.28 Goals Against Average | Last game: 18 saves in a 1-0 loss against PHI on January 29

Who’s Hot

The Bruins’ top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak are performing, as usual. Bergeron is coming off a two-goal performance (one was on an empty net, thanks to Pasta) in his 1000th NHL game. He has also scored two goals and notched four assists for six points in his last six games. David Pastrnak has scored three goals and assisted on six for nine points in his last five games. Left Wing Brad Marchand has scored one goal and assisted on six for seven points in his last five outings.

For the Rangers, Mika Zibanejad has tallied six goals and got the helper on four, for a total of ten points in his last five games. He became the first Rangers player in franchise history to register a point on nine consecutive team goals, surpassing the long-standing record set by Rod Gilbert (2-6—8 in 1967-68). The guy is absolutely on fire right now – it’s almost like he plays on Patrice Bergeron’s line.

Who’s Not

The Bruins’ secondary scoring has been experiencing a serious drought of late. Apart from the Bergeron line, there has been very little offensive production from anyone in the lineup recently. Peter Cehlarik lit the lamp against the Islanders last night, but goals from players other than Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak have been few and far between.

Another struggling Bruin is Jaroslav Halak, who is 1-3-1 in his last five games. In that stretch, the Bruins have allowed 117 shots, and 16 of them have found the twine, which is a save percentage of .863 — not good. Halak, however, is historically good against the Rangers, with a record 18-8-0 to show for it. His career save percentage is .928, and his goals-against-average is 2.40, so there is hope that Halak can shake off the cobwebs and give us a better show between the pipes tonight.

For New York, Bulgarian backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev has had a rough go this season, and while he’s fared a bit better than Halak recently, he’s still not playing well. In his last five outings, Georgiev has allowed 12 goals on 122 shots, good for a save percentage of .902.

Projected Lines:

Boston Bruins:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — Peter Cehlarik

Joakim Nordstrom — Trent Frederic — Danton Heinen

Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari — Chris Wagner

Torey Krug — Kevan Miller

Zdeno Chara — Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk — Charlie McAvoy

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: John Moore, Steve Kampfer, David Backes

Injured: none

New York Rangers:

Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Mats Zuccarello

Pavel Buchnevich — Kevin Hayes — Jesper Fast

Filip Chytil — Ryan Strome — Vladislav Namestnikov

Vinni Letteri — Boo Nieves — Jimmy Vesey

Marc Staal — Tony DeAngelo

Brady Skjei — Adam McQuaid

Brendan Smith — Kevin Shattenkirk

Alexandar Georgiev

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Neal Pionk

Injured: Brett Howden (MCL), Fredrik Claesson (shoulder)

 

Milestone Watch

Boston Bruins:

  • D Zdeno Chara is two goals away from 200 career NHL goals, making him the 21st defenseman to hit that mark in NHL history
  • F Brad Marchand is one short-handed goal away (23) from tying Derek Sanderson (24) for second-most SHG in Bruins history
  • F Brad Marchand is one game-winning goal away from taking sole possession of 7th most GWG in Bruins history
  • F Patrice Bergeron is one game-winning goal away from taking sole possession of 3rd most GWG in Bruins history

New York Rangers:

  • The Rangers are a fairly young team and don’t have anybody currently nearing any milestones to speak of at the moment.

Bruins vs. Rangers Outlook

The Bruins are playing in back-to-back games, one home and one away, and maybe a little worn out for tonight’s tilt. David Backes will be sitting out in favor of Danton Heinen, so the bottom six may look and feel a little bit rejuvenated in comparison to the Bruins’ last couple of games. The Rangers, meanwhile, will be rested as their last game was an overtime loss to the Kings on Monday. The Rangers know they’re in trouble in the standings and shed some dead weight in trading forward Cody McLeod today so there may be an extra spring in their step.

The Bruins and Rangers will meet a total of three times this season, with tonight’s game being the second. Their last meeting, on January 19, was a 3-2 overtime loss for the Bruins. Boston will really need to get rolling again after a couple of disappointing weeks, as no team feels comfortable in a Wild Card spot. Every point counts and the Bruins are going to come to play tonight. This is not going to be much of a clash of the Titans, however, as the Rangers’ offense is among the worst in the NHL, and pretty much every Bruin forward that isn’t on the top line has been snake bitten lately.

 

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Another Day, Another Milestone: Patrice Bergeron Plays His 1000th Game

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

There’s a quiet grace about Patrice Bergeron that makes people forget exactly how good a player he is, and it’s unbelievable how long he’s been an important fixture in the Bruins’ lineup. One of the best players in the world, Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club (World Junior Championship, Olympics, and Stanley Cup), and a four-time Selke Trophy winner, as the National Hockey League’s best defensive forward. This is a player who is so consistently effective night in and night out, that the only reason any of the milestones he’s achieved as a Bruin have been remotely surprising is because it’s so easy to forget he’s been with the team for 15 years. Tonight, he will play in his one thousandth NHL game – the other 999 have all been with the Boston Bruins, and we should all be grateful for it.

Despite the Bruins’ history as one of the oldest NHL teams, there are only four former Bruins who have played one thousand games in Black and Gold: legendary defenseman Ray Bourque (1518), Johnny “Chief” Bucyk (1436), current GM Don Sweeney (1052), and an important cog in those powerful 1970s teams, Wayne Cashman (1027). Patrice is in good company with those guys, and it shows what an important role he has continually played since arriving in Boston as an 18-year-old. It’s not unreasonable to think that when Bergeron skates off the Garden ice for the final time, he could be second or third on the list.

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Bergeron came to Boston after he was selected 45th overall in the second round of the 2003 NHL entry draft – a draft class that is regarded as one of the deepest and most talented to date. He made a good impression almost immediately in Boston, but nobody could possibly have guessed the impact he would have on the organization for years to come. He would soon prove to be the organization’s hardest working prospect, forcing his way onto the Bruins’ roster immediately after being drafted. When he made his NHL debut as an 18-year-old Quebec Major Junior Hockey League alum, Patrice was only a year removed from having been cut from his junior team and was the NHL’s youngest player. Bruins fans didn’t know much about him, but they would be in for a pleasant surprise.

During his rookie season, Patrice mostly played wing on the Bruins’ second line alongside Brian Rolston and Marty Lapointe, who invited the teenage Bergeron to live with him. Bergeron could only speak French when he got to the Hub, and living with Lapointe didn’t help, as his family mainly spoke French at home, so Bergeron had to teach himself English over the next couple of seasons. Language skills be damned, Patrice was successful skating alongside Lapointe and Rolston, and enjoyed some success on that line, scoring 16 goals and assisting on 23 for a total of 39 points. He finished 8th in Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) voting, which teammate Andrew Raycroft ultimately won after Bergeron missed time due to a groin injury. He was the only 18 year old to receive Calder votes that season.

He played with Michael Nylander and Sergei Samsonov after the trade deadline and in the playoffs, and the trio formed a short-lived but very fun-to-watch line. The Bruins were bounced by the Habs in a very memorable series, and the following season, the NHL did not play. Bergeron headed to Providence to play in the American Hockey League, where he worked on his game and fine-tuned a few things so he’d be even further improved when the NHL returned to action.

It was early in his career that then-Bruins GM Mike O’Connell and company decided that Bergeron was the player to build their team around, rather than Captain Joe Thornton. Patrice had shown unexpected maturity since day one, as well as a team-first attitude – it was never about him – he did whatever his coaches and management asked. He put in even more work than they asked. It was a no brainer that Bergeron should be the future of the organization, as he had the talent and work ethic to set a good example for the rest of the team.

His career hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, however. In the tenth game of the 2007-08 season, Randy Jones of the Flyers hit Bergeron from behind, pushing Bergeron into the boards head-first, knocking him unconscious, breaking his nose, and causing a grade three concussion. Anyone who watched that game can attest to how scary it was when Bergeron went down. Ultimately, he was unable to return until the following season. In December 2008, two months after making his return, Bergeron collided with future Bruin Dennis Seidenberg and suffered another concussion. He didn’t regain his old form until later in 2009.

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That all feels like ancient history at this point. In 2009, the Bruins acquired well-traveled NHL veteran Mark Recchi, who had won the Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh and in Carolina. Recchi was long in the tooth by then, at 41 years old, but was still producing and was considered a smart deadline pickup. Recchi would bring more than scoring to the Bruins, though, as he helped shepherd Bergeron into the leadership role the Bruins had always wanted to see him in.

When asked about Recchi’s influence on him, Bergeron told Joe McDonald of the Athletic:

 I learned to be a better leader with Rex. I never got asked that and I think that was a, I wouldn’t say a “turning point” in my career, because I think I would’ve learned the ropes, but I took a huge step with him helping me out. And that year he came in was the year I was starting to find my game again. I was still dealing with some injuries at that time, and the year before, and I was still young and trying to learn and get better. That year was really one that he showed me how to win. It’s not that I didn’t know that stuff, but more like just trying to help me grow my leadership skills. That was huge off the ice. On the ice, I had great chemistry with him and (Brad Marchand) and that’s when it started for us. That trade, obviously helped the team and we won a Stanley Cup, but for me he was a huge impact.

In response, Recchi told The Athletic about his urging Bergeron to step up and lead his team during a rough game in the 2010-11 season:

He had it in him. There’s no question he had it in him; it was just a matter of getting it out of him. I remember saying to him, “This is your time. This is your team and they need to hear you right now.” He stepped up and never looked back from there. It was awesome to see. He’s a natural leader and he had to get into that comfort zone where he felt he was there. He made it so much fun for me. It was so enjoyable to be around that. I always loved helping young guys, but when you have someone as special as (Bergeron) it makes it even more rewarding every day to play with him, practice with him and get to be around him on a daily basis. It was incredible.

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There are endless stories about what a class act Bergeron is – they come from former Bruins, current Bruins, opposing players, former teammates – there is no shortage as Patrice Bergeron is everything teams want in a hockey player, on and off the ice. He’s a leader and knows how to interact with teammates, what to say and do, and when to say and do it. He takes team friendly deals. He cares about the community. There is no doubt that Bergeron will be named Captain of the Bruins when Zdeno Chara retires – for the Bruins to even consider doing anything else would be ludicrous.

Need a big goal? Count on Bergeron. A key faceoff win? Patrice is your guy. Need someone to talk his team off the ledge when their backs are against the wall? Again, #37 is your man. He was instrumental in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win in 2011 and scored the winning goal in Vancouver in game 7. He’s so responsible, you can even trust him with your gardening needs.

There is so much positive to be said for Patrice Bergeron. He is literally the perfect hockey player. He is defensively responsible while offensively gifted (many people forget how skilled he is because he’s so unselfish), and he has managed to get through one hell of an injury history and come out on top. Bergy is a symbol of the right kind of toughness in the NHL – teams covet a player like him, who played through a Stanley Cup Final game with a punctured lung (don’t try that at home, kids). He isn’t afraid to drop the gloves if need be, but you can count his NHL fights on one hand. He has already carved his legend into the history of the Boston Bruins, and while there will undoubtedly be more Bruins milestones to come, Bergeron has already racked them up:

  • 3rd in game-winning goals, all-time (tied with Ray Bourque at 60)
  • 5th in games played (1000)
  • 6th in goals (305) and power play goals (92)
  • 7th in assists (473) and points (778)

Bergeron is right up there with the Bruins we’ve all heard about from our parents, and the ones we watched when we were kids. He is one of the Bruin greats. Think about this: Patrice Bergeron is very likely to eclipse Bobby Orr in points as a Boston Bruin. Crazy, isn’t it? We should enjoy him while we can, as he is a special player, and guys like this only come around once in a blue moon.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch and cheer for Bergeron in these 1,000 games – here’s to 1,000 more!

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Bruins Prospect Studnicka Named IceDogs’ Alternate Captain

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

The Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs have announces that Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka has been named as one of the squad’s Alternate Captains.  One of the Bruins’ top prospects, Studnicka was drafted 53rd overall in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, and is currently playing his fourth, and likely last, season in the OHL.

The right-hand shooting center was traded to the Niagara IceDogs from the Oshawa Generals along with Canucks prospect Matt Brassard as part of a blockbuster deal in exchange for defenseman Lleyton Moore and six draft picks on January 8th. Since he was traded to Niagara, Studnicka has scored seven goals and assisted on eight, for a total of 15 points in just nine games with his new team — not too shabby. He also scored a hat trick in a 7-2 routing of the Flint Firebirds on January 19th.

Jack is currently sitting at 49 points in 39 OHL games this season and is tied for fifth in scoring for the IceDogs. Studnicka is no stranger to being in a leadership role, as he Captained the Oshawa Generals last season. It runs in the family, apparently, as his older brother Sam, also a center, was named Captain of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2016.

IceDogs Head Coach Billy Burk has been impressed by the crafty center since he joined the Niagara squad:

Jack is one of the most detailed players in the league and he carries himself like a pro at practice and away from the rink. He is a natural leader and even though he has only been here a few weeks, he completely embodies what it means to be an IceDog. The strength of this team is the character of our players. Jack will do a great job along with Ben, Akil and Jon in leading our group on hopefully a long run.

Studnicka had an excellent training camp with the Bruins this season, and also played for Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championship, where the Tecumseh, Ontario native scored one goal and assisted on three for four points in five games. It would be no surprise to see him land on the Providence Bruins’ roster in the American Hockey League at the end of this OHL season.

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Jack’s name has been bandied about in Bruins trade rumors in exchange for a scoring wing, but it seems like moving him could turn out to be a bad idea since he is a talented scorer and is considered to be one of the OHL’s most complete player. That said, Studnicka clearly has the skills and intangibles NHL coaches and GMs love, so his being named a Captain on his second team in a row may up his value to other teams a bit.

The way the Bruins’ NHL roster looks at the moment, however, it wouldn’t be that crazy to think that if the 6-foot-2 center can capitalize on his time in the AHL, Studnicka could land in Boston next season. Given that the sky is the limit for Jack, he could very well find himself in a three-way tie for third line center on the NHL roster with Swedish center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Trent Frederic, who made a splash in his National Hockey League debut against Winnipeg Tuesday night. At the moment, Studnicka seems like a pretty special player, and it’s great to see him be rewarded.

 

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Bruins Recall Cehlarik, Frederic From Providence, Reassign Forsbacka Karlsson and Donato

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By: Mandi Mahoney | Check me out on Twitter @phonymahoney

This afternoon, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that the team made several transactions today, including recalling Peter Cehlarik and Trent Frederic from the American Hockey League and reassigning Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Ryan Donato to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

Cehlarik, a 23-year-old drafted by the Bruins at 90th overall in 2013, was originally called up earlier this month and made his season debut against the Flyers in Philadelphia. At this point, the Zilina, Slovakia native has skated in three games with the Black and Gold this season, tallying 2 goals and one assist for a total of three points. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has been one of the Bruins’ better forwards in each of the three outings he’s played since being called up.

Cehlarik was reassigned to Providence of the AHL last week when the Bruins’ bye week began, as he wouldn’t have to pass through waivers and the Bruins wanted to keep him engaged and playing through the break. As expected last week, the Bruins recalled him as soon as the bye week ended, and he will likely pick up where he left off, playing alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Cehlarik has enjoyed some good chemistry with his linemates and hopefully can keep up the good work with his return to the NHL, where he has notched three goals and four assists for a total of seven points in 20 games since the 2016-17 season.

Center Trent Frederic, a late first rounder drafted by the Bruins 29th overall in 2016, had a good training camp with the Bruins and was one of the more likely players to b center the third line coming into this season. Neither he nor Forsbacka Karlsson had a great preseason despite both having a strong camp, and both were reassigned to Providence to start off the season. Frederic will probably be making his NHL debut Tuesday night at home against Winnipeg. The St. Louis native was selected by the Bruins using the first round picked they received along with Sean Kuraly as a return in the Martin Jones trade (Marty, we hardly knew ye!).

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound American center is tough as nails and defensively responsible. Don’t be fooled by his willingness to drop the gloves, as Frederic is offensively gifted, as well, and has 10-7-17 totals in 37 games in the AHL this season. He’s currently riding a hot streak as well and scored two goals Friday night. Frederic played two seasons for the University of Wisconsin Badgers of the Big 10, where he tallied 32-33-65 totals in 66 games – not too shabby for a player labeled a bottom-six defensive forward and draft bust only a year or two ago. Prior to his two seasons in college hockey, Frederic suited up for the United States National Team Development Program, also known as the USA under-18 team, where he scored four goals and assisted on 11 for a total of 15 points in 24 games.

Both Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Ryan Donato have been with the Bruins’ NHL squad for the better part of this season, and both players have shown some solid NHL potential but have also struggled for the most part. Forsbacka Karlsson, a two-way center, has scored three goals and assisted on six, totaling nine points while playing mostly as the Bruins’ third line center in 28 NHL games this season. Ryan Donato has scored a few beautiful goals and reminded Bruins fans of the offensive potential he showed during the Olympics last February, but he’s had trouble lighting the lamp with any consistency this season, with 6-3-9 totals in 34 NHL games this season. JFK and Donato definitely can be NHL players, but each of them will benefit significantly from a stint in the AHL.

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