Bruins Game 20 Preview: Arizona Coyotes

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

The Boston Bruins and the Arizona Coyotes will meet in Glendale, Arizona for an 8:00pm EST game. The 10-6-3 Bruins are coming off of a 1-0 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars last night in Dallas and will be looking to get back into the win column following two consecutive losses.

The 9-8-1 Arizona Coyotes are currently sixth in the NHL’s Pacific Division, coming off of a surprising 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, who have been atop of the NHL’s league standings since the season began. Forward Michael Grabner and defenseman Jason Demers tallied the goals for the Coyotes in the win.

Who’s Hot

While the offence was held quiet against Dallas, Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk notched his sixth and seventh goal of the 2018-19 season in the 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. DeBrusk brought his point totals to 7-2-9 in 19 games so far this season. More goals for DeBrusk is a good sign and the hope is that he can continue it in Glendale.

Like DeBrusk, David Pastrnak was kept off the scoreboard in Friday’s loss to the Stars, but Pastrnak still leads the National Hockey League in goals scored with seventeen goals on the season as of November 17th at 4pm EST. Pastrnak has three more goals than the next person on the goal-leading list, ahead of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point, who has fourteen goals on the year.

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Jaroslav Halak is most likely getting the starting role at the time of writing this article and he will look to continue his hot start to the season. Even after a tough loss to Colorado, Halak has a 6-2-2 record with a 2.16 GAA and a .932 SV%.

Scoring has not been great for Arizona so far this season, entering Saturday’s game with the fourth-lowest goals-for-per-game in the entire league with an average of only 2.61 goals for. However, forward Clayton Keller has twelve points in eighteen contests this season, with seven goals. He leads the team in points, tied with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Forward Alex Galchenyuk has 3-5-8 totals in eleven games with his new team. The former Montreal Canadiens player has fit in nicely since being acquired by the Coyotes in a June trade.

Who’s Not

Darcy Kuemper is getting the start against Boston in the Saturday game, but he has not had a successful campaign early on. With a record of 4-4-1 in nine games, Kuemper has a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage. He will look to rebound with a win over the Bruins on home ice.

The depth scoring of the Bruins remains an issue. While David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk have added points on the second-line, the third-line and fourth-line have not had a great year. Danton Heinen is the only forward behind Krejci and DeBrusk with more than four points. Boston needs to find their depth scoring or even bring in another forward to help.

Like Boston, Arizona has not had scoring past Keller. Michael Grabner has ten points and Vinnie Hinostroza has nine, but the remainder of the forward core has not been too hot and like the B’s, need to find their groove if they want to move along in that Pacific division.

Bruins vs Coyotes Outlook

The Bruins announced earlier today that Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and John Moore will not be joining the roster for the game as they will be heading back to Boston for injuries that they suffered. Big blows to a team already riddled with big injuries – especially to their blueline core. D-men Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril will have to play another game with the Bruins after making their NHL debuts against the Stars.

The Bruins young defence will need to try their best to prevent the young Arizona Coyotes from gaining access in their zone. Whoever does end up starting for the Bruins will need to be solid in the net as the Bruins may need to rely on them because of the injury-filled defensive core that was already mentioned. The depth of the Bruins will need to try and fill the absence of leading point producer, Patrice Bergeron as well.

Bruins Game 14 Preview: Dallas Stars

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

The 7-4-2 Boston Bruins will host the 8-5-0 Dallas Stars in TD Garden on Monday night. The Bruins, who are coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night are looking to get back into the win column against Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars.

Dallas is riding a three-game winning streak that they have built up. With wins over the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and most recently the Washington Capitals, the Stars have looked quite good so far in the 2018-19 season. Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg, and Jamie Benn have been the key reasons for Dallas’ early success.

Who’s Hot

The Boston Bruins have not been the hottest team lately, losing 1-0 to Nashville on Saturday night. If anything, the top line of Pastrnak, Marchand, and Bergeron remains to be the best asset that Boston has right now and it is crucial that that line continues to find success this season. The trio has already accumulated a total of fifty points and will look to add to that total against the Stars.

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Tyler Seguin has been a key player for Dallas since joining the team back in 2013 via a trade with the Boston Bruins. In thirteen games so far this season, the Brampton, Ontario native has racked up three goals and eleven assists for fourteen points. In ten games against Boston since joining Dallas, Seguin has nine points and he will look to add to that total on Monday.

Stars d-man John Klingberg has been tallying some impressive numbers early on as well. His twelve points in thirteen games this season ranks him second on the Stars scoring list and sixth in the entire league for points among defensemen. The 131st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be looking to continue the success he has had this season so far and possibly set some new career highs.

Anton Khudobin is expected to start in goal for the Stars against Boston. The 32-year-old former Bruin has a 3-2-0 record so far this season with a GAA of 2.35 and a save percentage of .923%. Khudobin’s last start was a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last Thursday.

Who’s Not

To no surprise, the lack of depth scoring by the Boston Bruins is one of the biggest concerns in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign. Aside from the first line and David Krejci, no forward on the Bruins roster has more than six points. The lack of goal scoring by Boston this season places them 24th in the entire league for most goals for per game, sitting at just above 2.84 goals per game.

Tuukka Rask has been anything but great for the Bruins so far, rocking a 3-3-0 record with a 3.15 goals-against-average along with a .902 save percentage, the Finnish tender needs to find his game as the month of November kicks into high gear. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced earlier in the day that Rask will get the start against Dallas, making for a good test for him.

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Like the Bruins, the Stars have not had much success with goal scoring aside from their big superstars. In the same amount of games played, Dallas only has three more goals than the B’s, while allowing four more goals against. With the injury to Alexander Radulov, who will miss the game against Boston due to a lower-body injury, the Stars lose out on a key scorer once again.

Bruins vs Stars Outlook

Until the Bruins can find some consistency with their depth, they will have to rely heavily on the top line in order to keep the wins coming. After going scoreless against the Predators on Saturday, the Bruins need to come out with an offensive vengeance and score some goals early and often.

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On the flip side, the Stars will be looking to do the exact same thing. Tyler Seguin seems to find success when playing against Boston and if he, Jamie Benn, and John Klingberg can continue their hot run, then the Bruins could be in trouble. The Stars have won three consecutive road games against difficult teams and they will be looking to do the same to Boston.

Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin will need to be solid in the net as the former teammates look to earn another win on the season. For Rask, a loss could mean less starts in the near future – with more being awarded to Jaroslav Halak. Khudobin is riding on a 31-save performance against Toronto that has given him a lot of momentum.

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Bruins Assign F Ryan Donato To Providence

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

On November 1st at roughly 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time, the Boston Bruins have announced that forward Ryan Donato has been assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year-old Boston, Massachusetts native was the subject of high praise during the offseason, but the 2014 2nd Round Selection has only scored one goal in eleven games for Boston this season. Donato has not been able to find his groove offensively, especially considering the nine points in twelve games he had at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Since the season began, Donato has been rotated all throughout the Bruins lineup by Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, playing anywhere from the second to the fourth line, with many different line combinations, but to no avail thus far, even with some decent games where the opportunities came in numbers. Against the Canadiens on October 27th, Donato had a goal waived off due to an offside call that was discovered via a Coach’s Challenge.

The Bruins are mainly looking for some help offensively as well. Aside from the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, the Bruins have struggled to consistently score goals. David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk have done a decent job tallying points, but the remainder of the forward depth has gone dry.

Clearly, the Bruins want Donato to build his confidence a bit more down in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins and maybe call him back up to the big leagues once his play improves – at least that is the hope.

Another reason for the assignment could be the return of David Backes, who has missed the last five games due to an illness. Bruce Cassidy said in an interview today that Backes “should be ready to go” for Saturday’s road game against the Predators. Even though Backes was pointless in the games before his illness, his contract makes it difficult for Boston to scratch him.

Donato will join the Providence Bruins, who are currently dead-last in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with a record of 3-5-1. Providence will be in need of some goal-scoring as well, as they rank 16th in the league for goals for, scoring thirty goals to date. Colby Cave leads the P-Bruins with 5-5-10 totals in eight games so far in the 2018-2019 regular season.

The Baby B’s are in preparation for a pair of games against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd. Both games will be a good test for Donato and hopefully, the time in the AHL with the P-Bruins can help him as his young career progresses. Ryan has some things in his game that needs to be fixed, but it should not be a move of concern at this point. Boston is most likely wanting Donato to fix those mistakes before they get too large to fix.

Should the Boston Bruins have sent Ryan Donato down to Providence or should they have left him up in the NHL and fix his game there? Let me know on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj. 

Bruins Monthly Recap: October 2018

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

The month of October is finished and that means we are already one month through the 2018-19 NHL regular season. For most teams, the first month into a new season is a good milestone to see where your team is at along the standings and expectations that were in place before the first puck was dropped on the season. Many teams across the National Hockey League have either impressed or disappointed in the first ten games or so.

In the first instalment of the Bruins Monthly Recap, we will dive into the surprises, disappointments, and positives of the month of October including the best performances, worst games, injury report, and finally, a prediction of the month to follow. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Good Games

The Boston Bruins even with the poor outings, had their fair share of solid performances in the opening month of the new hockey season. Throughout the first twelve games that the Bruins played in the month of October, they finished with an overall record of 7-3-2, good for third in the Atlantic division with sixteen points. The Bruins are tied with the Maple Leafs and only one point behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

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October 13th/18 – vs Detroit Red Wings

All you have to do to see the best game for the Bruins this season is take a look at the schedule of games on BostonBruins.com. The Bruins came out of the Saturday game against the Red Wings with an 8-2 win and it was really an incredible performance on all ends of the game.

The win was the fourth straight win for the Boston club since losing their opening game to Washington. With goals by David Pastrnak (2), Charlie McAvoy, and Jake DeBrusk all in the first two periods, the Bruins were looking great offensively. McAvoy’s and DeBrusk’s tally was their first goal of the season respectively, a good sign for them both early on in the year.

Even after an early third-period goal by Detroit, the Bruins rallied right back with another by Pastrnak, one by Bjork, DeBrusk’s second of the game, and a goal by Sean Kuraly in the dying seconds just to put the nail in the coffin. Tuukka Rask stopped thirty-two of thirty-four shots that Detroit fired at him and the Bruins come out with the solid win.

October 11th/18 – vs Edmonton Oilers

The October 11th meeting between the Oilers and the Bruins was the first of two meetings that the teams from opposite conferences would play this season. This specific game took place in the TD Garden and the Bruins walked out of the Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Oilers.

The first period was the main reason for Boston’s win, scoring three of the four goals all consecutively in the first frame. The goals in the first twenty minutes came after an early goal from superstar forward Connor McDavid that may have surprised the defence and the forwards on the Boston club. From that point on, the whole team was able to shut down the McDavid line and led them to scoring opportunities.

Jaroslav Halak made twenty-five saves in the contest, his second win of the 2018-19 campaign. While it may not have been a perfect offensive outing for the B’s, it was a good showing regarding the defensive side of the puck.

October 25th/18 – vs Philadelphia Flyers

Within the twelve October games, the Bruins were involved in three shutouts total – two of which were wins. Against the Flyers on Thursday, October 25th, the Bruins were able to keep them off of the score-sheet for the entire sixty minutes of game time. Jaroslav Halak made all twenty-six saves and the Bruins looked pretty good in general.

One of the biggest reasons as to why this game was so important to win is because the Bruins were recently coming off of a sub-par Canadian road trip that saw losses against the Flames in Calgary, Oilers in Edmonton, and Canucks in Vancouver. The Bruins did, however, pick up a much-needed win over the Senators to conclude the away swing, but they wanted to keep that winning momentum when they returned to Boston against Philly.

Zdeno Chara tallied two goals in that game, becoming the second-oldest defenseman to accomplish the feat, behind only legendary Maple Leafs defender, Tim Horton. Chara passed Red Wings’ great Nicklas Lidstrom on that same list. At 41-years-old, Zdeno can still play with the best of them and he proves that night in and night out.

Jake DeBrusk was the only other Bruin to score a goal in the contest, making it one of the rare times that Boston has scored, but the first line failed to tally a single point all game. While that may seem like a topic of concern, it is actually the opposite. We know that the line of Pastrnak, Marchand, and Bergeron will be able to consistently score goals and put up numbers, but it has been the depth early on that has struggled for this Boston team. Seeing the depth score some goals and the defence/goaltender do their job as well, it made for a good performance for the Bruins.

The Not-So-Good Games

Sometimes it is a tad bit hard to remember the tough nights that your favourite hockey team went through, but ultimately it is in those games where they had a poor effort that you learn the most about the team wearing the Spoked-B sweater.

October 3rd/18 – at Washington Capitals

Let’s just get it over with and out-of-the-way. Throughout the offseason, Boston was predicted to have a fairly decent season. Would it match or surpass the successes from the 2017-18 season? Maybe not. But this team had its hopes and it’s excitements – as does every team in the National Hockey League.

In the first game though, Boston did not play hockey. They did, but many would say that they did not. With a lack of offensive chances, poor defence, and poor goaltending, the Bruins would get crushed by a final score of 7-0. The hockey world was shocked, for the most part, considering how dominant Boston was for a large stretch of the ’17’/’18 regular season and making their way to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Tuukka Rask was pulled after allowing five goals on nineteen shots, but newcomer goalie, Jaroslav Halak didn’t do too much better, allowing another two goals on eighteen shots. The Bruins offence only mustered up twenty-five shots on Braden Holtby and the Capitals would be able to capitalize on a bad Bruins penalty-kill, scoring four of their seven goals on the man-advantage.

October 27th/18 – vs Montreal Canadiens

Earlier, I mentioned that the Bruins have only been a part of three shutouts – two of them being victories. The other one, a tough loss to longtime bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens on the 27th of October. The team played a poor game, losing at home for the first time all season long thus far, something the team would rather have not experience against the Canadiens.

Boston played a mediocre game for what could be said the majority of the outing, but two quick goals by Montreal in the first period made it a tough for the Bruins to build any momentum. Tuukka Rask arguably made a poor judgement on the first goal that led to the 1-0 Montreal lead, but the Bruins again failed to help Rask out on the offensive and defensive side of the puck.

The only positive out of this game was the play of Ryan Donato. He had a goal taken away due to an offside while entering the zone, but he continued to shoot the puck at will and generate solid scoring chances in the process. Even with the goal taken away, Donato wanted another. Thankfully, the Bruins rebounded with a win over the Hurricanes in the final game of October and hopefully erased the loss to Montreal for the time being.

Individual Performances

It is no secret that the Bruins have a lot of talent throughout their lineup, but so far this season, not all of those “star” players have produced at a level expected. Not only will I talk about the players who did surprisingly well, but the players who did surprisingly poor during the opening twelve games of the season.

Good: First Line (63-37-88) – 22G – 28A – 50P

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Yes, I knew the Bergeron line was going to dominate if they remained together and dominate is an understatement. However, the number of points and level of production that this line actually was able to come away with is something to be impressed about. Patrice Bergeron led the way with nineteen points (7 goals, 12 assists), followed by David Pastrnak’s sixteen points (11 goals, 5 assists), and Brad Marchand’s fifteen points (4 goals, 11 assists). Marchand scored two goals in the final game of the month, against Carolina, a sign that more goals could come from the Nova Scotia native.

Bad: Noel Acciari – 0 Points, -6 Rating

During the 2017-18 regular season, one of Boston’s best weapons was the fourth line of Noel Acciari, Sean Kuraly, and Tim Schaller (signed with Vancouver in the offseason). This season, however, the fourth line has not met those same standards, especially Noel Acciari.

Acciari has not looked too great while on the ice in any game, which could be the reason for him averaging the least amount of minutes per game (aside from Urho Vaakanainen), with only 11:01 of average TOI. With nine penalty minutes, only seven hits, a -6 rating, and zero points, Acciari has not been the greatest of players for the Bruins whatsoever. He needs to get his production levels higher if he wants a consistent position on this team.

Good: Brandon Carlo – 2 Assists, +3 Rating, 20:57 TOI

Commonly associated as the best defenceman on the Bruins blueline so far, Brandon Carlo has easily been the most consistent blueliner when it comes to playing the position correctly, aside from 3-on-3 overtime. Carlo has bailed out the goaltender on numerous occasions with clutch stick saves in not only one game. Most recently, Carlo made this save against the Hurricanes on October 30th.

With all of the injuries to the blueline so far this season, the Bruins have needed and will continue to need Carlo to play at his very best if the Bruins want to remain contenders in the division.

Bad: Tuukka Rask – 3-3-0 – .902 SV% – 3.15 GAA

A very touchy subject in Boston nowadays, Tuukka Rask often feels hate and criticism from some Bruins fans, even when he may not entirely deserve it. Although lately, the Finnish goaltender has struggled early on to stay consistent in between the pipes. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy has swapped him and backup goalie, Jaroslav Halak for each game, but it has been Halak who has had the better results.

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After losing to Montreal 3-0, Rask was given the bench job while Halak started against Carolina, where he made 42 saves in a 3-2 win. Rask has not been absolutely horrendous, but he has not lived up to what he most definitely can be. The belief is that Halak will get the starts for as long as he can keep getting wins because right now, Tuukka does not seem himself in the cage. If Boston wants another year similar to last year in terms of success, then they need Rask to be on his game and then some considering the threats all around the league for goal scoring.

Honourable Mentions:

Good: David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara, Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon

Bad: Depth, Ryan Donato

Injury Report (As of October 31st)

D Kevan Miller – Hand – IR – to be re-evaluated in about three weeks

D Charlie McAvoy – Post-Concussion Syndrome (rumoured) – IR

F David Backes – Illness – Day-to-day

D Urho Vaakanainen – Concussion – IR

D Matt Grzelcyk – Upper-Body Injury – Day-to-day

The Bruins have had a rough go with the injuries so far this season, especially on the blueline. Torey Krug just recently returned from an injury that forced him to miss the first eleven games of the season, but he seems to be back in old-Krug form after putting up an assist in the win over Carolina.

November Games

The Boston Bruins have thirteen games currently on the schedule for the month of November 2018 and here are the following teams they will be playing against.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd – at Nashville Predators

Monday, Nov, 5th – vs Dallas Stars

Thursday, Nov. 8th – vs Vancouver Canucks

Saturday, Nov. 10th – vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Sunday, Nov. 11th – vs Vegas Golden Knights

Wednesday, Nov. 14th – at Colorado Avalanche

Friday, Nov. 16th – at Dallas Stars

Saturday, Nov. 17th – at Arizona Coyotes

Wednesday, Nov. 21st – at Detroit Red Wings

Friday, Nov. 23rd – vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, Nov. 24th – at Montreal Canadiens

Monday, Nov. 26th – at Toronto Maple Leafs

Thursday, Nov. 29th – vs New York Islanders

A tough schedule is on its way for the Boston Bruins but some good games will be played as well. Can the Bruins solve the problems that came about in the first month or will they get worse? The hockey season is still very young and it is going to be fun every step of the way.

Bruins Post-Game Recap: Montreal at Boston: 10/27/18

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Home: Boston Bruins (6-2-2)

Away: Montreal Canadiens (5-2-2)

For the first time this season, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet on the ice for a regular season game. Boston is coming off of back-to-back wins over the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins managed to keep the Flyers off of the scoresheet during Thursday’s game, winning by a final score of 3-0. Boston will look to win a third-straight game to try and forget about the sub-par Canadian road trip that saw three defeats one after another.

The Canadiens on the other hand, most recently lost only their second game in regulation last Thursday night, losing 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres. Even with the loss, Montreal is still fourth in the Atlantic division prior to game time, a feat that many people thought was unlikely prior to the start of the 2018-19 NHL season.

Bruins Gameday Lineup:

Krug, Vaakanainen, Miller (four weeks), Backes, and are all out of the lineup vs Montreal.

First Period:

The opening four minutes of the hockey game saw some good rushes by the Boston Bruin forwards, including chances by Jake DeBrusk as well as a wrap-around chance for Sean Kuraly. The Bruins seem to be on their game but it remains early in the contest.

Not long later, only 4:42 into the frame, Pastrnak gets called for a two-minute minor for slashing behind Carey Price. The penalty-kill for Boston has not been the best during the season thus far, killing off 77% of the penalties called against them. Thankfully for the Bruins, the Canadiens had some poor passes in the offensive zone, losing out on the powerplay opportunity and Boston makes the successful kill.

The speed and offensive talent of both teams were showcased about eight minutes into the period. Jake DeBrusk showed great speed on the forecheck, only for Max Domi to rush into the Boston zone the other way, almost getting in on Rask, but is shut down by Matt Grzelcyk.

Just shy of ten minutes in, it would be Brendan Gallagher who opened the scoring in the game. Gallagher dangled around Noel Acciari and shot an odd angled-shot that beat Rask who most likely wants that one back. 1-0 Canadiens.

The momentum of the goal just woke up Montreal. The Bruins could not keep up with the speed of Montreal, allowing many 2-on-1 chances for the Canadiens – making it seem like 3-on-3 overtime. Boston seemed asleep and Max Domi would capitalize on the delayed penalty just over a minute and a half after the Gallagher goal. 2-0 Montreal.

The first goal was on Tuukka, but the defence was not helping the cause on the second goal whatsoever. Can’t blame Rask fully on the second tally, but did not do his job perfectly either.

As the first twenty minutes come to a close, the Bruins draw their first penalty of the game, a tripping minor to Matthew Peca. The Bruins are 9 for 29 on the man-advantage on the year and a goal would be big late in the opening period. The B’s had a big chance off a one-timer shot, then a rebound shot that was batted at the net by Ryan Donato. Price stops both chances and the Bruins have to reset the power-play.

With no lack of effort during the 5-on-4 session, the Canadiens successfully killed off the penalty to Peca and it is back to 5-on-5. The first period of play ended there, Montreal holds the 2-0 lead over Boston heading into the first intermission.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 7 MTL: 9

Score: 2-0 Canadiens

Second Period:

Not a whole lot of action started the second-period, but almost halfway through the middle frame, Anders Bjork feeds Ryan Donato on the zone entry who snipes the shot short-side past Carey Price making it 2-1 Montreal, or so it seemed. Canadiens Head Coach Claude Julien challenged the play for a possible offside and unfortunately, the goal was reversed – no goal.

Even though Donato was robbed of his goal (would’ve been goal number two for him on the year), he continues to shoot the puck towards the net with a great release. Would be great for him to score a goal this period to really get that proverbial monkey off his back.

Boston has improved their play after the first intermission, outshooting the Canadiens eleven shots to four just over ten minutes into the second period. Not much really developed for the remainder of the period. Boston had some solid pressure but the Canadiens have been doing a good job keeping the B’s to the outside and preventing any high-quality scoring opportunities.

With less than ten seconds in the frame, however, the Bruins find themselves on a possible 3-on-1 break, but Ryan Donato trips on his own skates as he enters the zone, but Joakim Nordstrom was close enough to rip a heavy slapshot on the net. Carey Price flashes the leather with a massive windmill glove save as the clock expires.

Boston had a decent first half of the period but then allowed Montreal to fire on the net more and more. B’s now headed into the final period down two goals and a real lack of intensity from the Bruins club. Not a great effort from the entire team after forty minutes of play and the hope is that Bruce Cassidy can bring up the morale during the intermission break.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 19 MTL: 19

Score: 2-0 Canadiens

Third Period:

Entering the third period with the fifth-most third-period goals so far this season with 14, the Bruins need an early goal to bring back the momentum in the TD Garden crowd tonight. Been a bit too quiet and the players seem to be feeding off of the lack of energy with the play.

The third-line of Nordstrom, Donato, and Bjork has arguably been the best line for the Bruins tonight and three minutes in the period, they found some solid chances to score. Ryan Donato has been shooting a lot since having his goal changed earlier on in the game. Relentless on the forecheck as well.

On another offensive rush to the Montreal zone, Ryan Donato gets tripped up, sending the Bruins to the powerplay. Joel Armia is the man who will serve the minor for the Canadiens. Fifty seconds into the man-advantage, however, Tuukka Rask comes out of the net, tripping Byron and the powerplay is over for Boston. Donato serves the penalty.

For the rest of the game, the Bruins could not get any chances to score a goal on Price. Even with some powerplays, the Canadiens shut down any small chance and cleared the puck. David Pastrnak had the best chance of the final period, a slot shot off of a David Krejci feed that Price read completely, making a routine chest save.

Jordie Benn would bury the empty-net goal off of a bank shot and the Canadiens win the hockey game 3-0 the final score. Price’s win officially puts him above Patrick Roy for the second-most wins in franchise history for Montreal (290 wins).

Shots on Goal: BOS: 33 MTL: 23

Final Score: 3-0 Canadiens

Max’s Three Stars

1st Star: MTL G Carey Price – 33 Saves, 1.00 SV%

2nd Star: MTL F Artturi Lehkonen – 2 Assists, +2 Rating, 18:43 TOI

3rd Star: MTL F Brendan Gallagher – 1 Goal, +1 Rating, 3 Shots

The Boston Bruins will look for a quick turnaround when they hit the ice on Tuesday, October 30th against the Carolina Hurricanes (6-3-1) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Puck drop for that game is currently scheduled for 7:00pm EST. The Bruins record is now 6-3-2 and they sit fourth in the Atlantic division with fourteen points.

Bruins Game 11 Preview: Montreal Canadiens

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Following a sub-par Canadian road trip, the Bruins returned home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night – picking up a 3-0 victory over the Flyers. The win marked the second-consecutive “W” for the Bruins, after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Bruins now turn their attention to the Montreal Canadiens, who sit fourth in the NHL’s Atlantic division with a record of 5-2-2 after nine games. Montreal will come to the TD Garden in Boston with an away record of 1-1-2, while the Bruins have an undefeated home record of 4-0-0. This will be the 743rd official game between the Bruins and Canadiens – Boston entering the October 27th meeting with a 279-351-103-9 franchise record against the Habs.

One of the biggest storylines for Boston over the past few games has been the number of injuries to the team with Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Urho Vaakanainen, Charlie McAvoy, and David Backes all out of the last game, the Bruins have been quite depleted. On the flip side, the Canadiens have three players on the injured reserve – Shea Weber, David Schlemko, and Tomas Plekanec.

Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy did mention on Friday that “there’s a chance” that Krug plays in his season debut against Montreal. Krug has not yet played during the 2018-19 season due to a left ankle injury suffered in the preseason.

Who’s Hot?

Instead of breaking down every individual on that Bruins top line, it is fair to say that the entire line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak is the best thing going for the Boston club so far this season.

Patrice Bergeron leads the charge with sixteen points (seven goals, nine assists), followed by David Pastrnak with fifteen (ten goals, five assists) and Brad Marchand’s thirteen points (two goals, eleven assists).

Zdeno Chara scored two goals against Philadelphia on Thursday, playing over twenty-two minutes on the ice, trailing only Brandon Carlo for Bruins time-on-ice in the Flyers game.

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Recently-acquired Max Domi has been nothing short of solid for the Canadiens to start the 2018-19 campaign, scoring four goals and six assists for ten points in nine games played thus far. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada native was traded to Montreal by the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk last June.

With the absence of Shea Weber, Jeff Petry has taken hold of Montreal’s blueline, playing around the 23-minute mark in each of his last five games. Petry has nine points (eight assists) for Montreal so far and he could continue to be a threat for Boston.

Who’s Not

While the Bruins depth still remains quiet, they helped win the Flyers game. Boston’s top line did not earn a single point in the 3-0 win, but David Krejci, Danton Heinen, and Jake DeBrusk all added a point in the outing. Still, aside from Krejci, DeBrusk and Heinen, no other Bruin forward has more than three points and that needs to change. Boston cannot rely fully on 63-37-88 to carry the team for the entirety of the regular season and playoffs.

Tuukka Rask has not been too great to begin his ’18/’19 season. In five starts, Rask is 3-2-0 with a goals-against-average of 3.38 and a save percentage of .901%. Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Tuukka will get the start in goal, even though Halak is coming off of his second shutout in five starts. A win over the Habs could be a good turnaround for Rask as the season carries forward.

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Carey Price has not been too hot for Montreal like Rask has not been too hot for Boston. In six starts, Price has a 3-1-2 record with a 2.48 GAA and a .906 SV%. While his numbers are slightly better than Rask, he too needs to bring his game up if Montreal wants to remain in the top four in the Atlantic division standings. No official word has been released at this time if Price is starting, but the belief is that he will due to Niemi’s start in Thursday’s loss to Buffalo.

Bruins vs Canadiens Outlook

It could once again be a battle of who scores more goals. With poor goaltending on either side of the hockey rink and a depleted Bruins defensive core, don’t expect to see an extremely defensive hockey game on Saturday night.

The Canadiens have surprised the National Hockey League so far, or at least the teams they have placed against thus far, for their speed and skill on the puck – mainly by their young players like Domi, Drouin, and Kotkaniemi.

Montreal will look to attack the Bruins blueline with blazing speed through the neutral zone and score early and often against Tuukka Rask. If the Canadiens can get into the Bruins head early and keep the consistency for the remainder of the game, then the B’s could be in some trouble.

For Boston, they need to play solid defence and hope to capitalize on the possible mistakes that the young Montreal players will most likely make. The dangerous first-line of Boston needs to put out the true scoring threat and make the Canadiens less-willing to attempt that risky play.

The first of four meetings between Boston and Montreal takes place tonight at 7:00pm EST in Boston. A win for the Bruins would make it three-straight before a pair of road games against the Hurricanes and Predators. Montreal looks to get back to their winning ways as well, only losing their second regulation loss to Buffalo. A victory over the Bruins could bring back the fear that the Canadiens could be a possible contender in the Atlantic Division.

NHL Player Safety Strikes Again: Hit On Bruins’ Vaakanainen

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Officially announced a couple of hours ago by NHL Player Safety, Ottawa Senators’ player Mark Borowiecki has been suspended by the National Hockey League for one game due to his elbow to the head of Bruins’ blueliner, Urho Vaakanainen.

The elbow came within the first four minutes of a scoreless first period against the Senators on Tuesday night, a game where the Bruins would win by a score of 4-1. It was Vaakanainen’s second NHL game of his young career after he played in his NHL debut in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Vaakanainen was recently called up to the Boston Bruins due to injuries to Kevan Miller and Charlie McAvoy. Both McAvoy and Miller were sent back to Boston before their game against Vancouver, resulting in the emergency call-up of Vaakanainen. In his debut, Urho finished with a -1 rating and one shot on goal in just under twelve-and-a-half minutes of ice time.

Vaakanainen was drafted eighteenth overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins and Bruins fans have been excited to see him play in the National Hockey League ever since and rightfully so. Vaakanainen has been associated by numerous people that he could one day become Torey Krug’s replacement as an offensive defenseman on the Bruins blueline. HockeyProspects.com said the following about Urho back in 2017:

“He has good puck moving ability and strong offensive upside. He is also a good skater and can rush the puck up ice with confidence.” Hockeyprospect.com

Urho Vaakanainen was diagnosed with a concussion according to a press release by the Boston Bruins, meaning a replacement for him will be required ahead of Boston’s next game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00pm EST. While no official word on who that replacement will be, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy shared his possible prediction on the matter:

“I don’t believe Kevan Miller will be available Thursday, Charlie I don’t think either from what I’m hearing. Krug skated, too soon for him,” said Cassidy. “We’ll have to look at Providence, see what’s the best fit for us, who’s playing well down there and go from there. “[Cody] Goloubef is a veteran guy there, he comes to mind; he’s a right shot, so balance out the let and the right. [Matt Grzelcyk] and [John] Moore together, it’s lefties. So if it’s someone to play with [Steven] Kampfer that’s a left stick, if it’s Chris Breen that’s played well, or [Jakub] Zboril, [Jeremy] Lauzon, whoever it happens to be.”

There have been reports circulating around Twitter that the Bruins may have called up prospect Jeremy Lauzon to play on the roster against the Flyers, but no official word from Boston management has been made public at this time of writing this article.

Also throughout Twitter, many people have been disagreeing with the length of Borowiecki’s suspension, feeling it should have been more than one game – with many reasons listed.

This begs the question – do you agree with the suspension? Should have it been longer? Did Player Safety make a mistake by suspending him at all? Let me know via my Twitter @tkdmaxbjj.

 

Bruins Game 7 Preview: Edmonton Oilers

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

For the second time in a week, the Boston Bruins will play the Edmonton Oilers at 9:00pm EST. Last week’s matchup in Boston resulted in a 4-1 victory for the Black and Gold in Boston but this week, the two teams will meet in the capital of Alberta, Canada – Edmonton.

Boston is also coming off of their second loss of the 2018-19 season, a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames last night. Boston struggled to muster any offence during the game and the defence was not too much better throughout the sixty minutes of hockey. If you missed that game, I highly suggest you take a look at my game recap from last night’s loss.

On the other hand, Edmonton is feeling hot right now following a comeback overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. The Oilers fell to a 4-1 deficit at the hands of the Jets but managed to battle back in the third period before Darnell Nurse scored the game-winning goal in the 3-on-3 overtime session.

It was the second victory in a row for the Edmonton team, defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 last Saturday. Before then, the Oilers lost the first two contests of the new season consecutively against the Devils and the Bruins.

Who’s Hot

For Boston, the only thing that has been hot over the first handful of games is their top line. Following an impressive performance against the Detroit Red Wings, a game where they accumulated eight goals, they lacked the touch and failed to score more than two goals for the first time since losing to Washington on opening night.

Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and added his seventh assist of the season against the Flames to bring his totals to 6-7-13 in six games thus far. Brad Marchand also scored a goal in Calgary, which was the cause of Bergeron’s assist. David Pastrnak was also credited with an assist on the play. Pastrnak did put the puck past the red line late in the first period but was waved off following a Coach’s Challenge due to an offside on entry into the Flames’ zone.

In almost every “Who’s Hot” against the Oilers, expect to see superstar Connor McDavid’s name in the category. McDavid recently set a new NHL record for the most consecutive goals to start the season for a team that he was apart of (9). He currently has four goals and five assists in the first four games and he will be looking to create more offence with his dynamic speed and acceleration.

Who’s Not

Depth. To break that down a little further, the Bruins and Oilers need more help on the second, third, and fourth line for scoring. The Oilers still have not scored a goal without the help of Connor McDavid during 5-on-5 play and players such as Ryan Strome and Drake Caggiula still have yet to score a single point for Edmonton.

Oilers goalie Cam Talbot has not been good to start this season either. In four starts, Caledonia, Ontario native has a 3.01 goals-against-average with a 0.895 SV%. Not great numbers for your starting goaltender if you are the Edmonton Oilers. Whether or not he plays against Boston tonight, they need him to be solid going forward in the season.

Boston’s second-line is still in the biggest question. David Krejci added his fifth assist of the season in the loss to Calgary, but he has yet to score a goal of his own so far and the Bruins will need him to pot a few as the campaign goes on. Jake DeBrusk scored two goals against the Red Wings, the only two points he has so far and he sits at a -1 rating.

The third-line for the B’s has been looking decent, but a real lack of points from the line is not quite what the team wants out of them. Danton Heinen was a healthy scratch for two consecutive games and the Bruins may look to shake things up once again to get a win over Edmonton.

Bruins vs Oilers Outlook

Head Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Tuesday that goaltender Jaroslav Halak will get the start Thursday against Edmonton due to Rask getting the start last night. Halak is currently undefeated in two starts for the Bruins, rocking a 1.18 GAA and a .961 SV%. Halak has been a solid acquisition for the Bruins so far this season after he signed with the club during this past offseason.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is scheduled to play in his 900th career game as a Boston Bruin, becoming only the sixth player in Bruin history to hit the milestone. It will also be Chara’s 1430th NHL regular season game – a career that began in 1997.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is only one assist from tallying 200 career assists, a feat he would love to achieve in tonight’s contest against Boston.

The mission for both teams is simple – shut down the top line of the opposing team and hope to have your depth score some timely goals for your club. The Bruins need to rebound after a tough loss to Calgary and cannot lose two straight games on this back-to-back. A win tonight for the B’s could erase last night’s game and they can look forward to the closing games on this Canadian road trip.

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Edmonton will be looking to continue their new-found success thanks to the two wins they have earned in a row over the Rangers and the Jets. If the Oilers can find scoring in the bottom lines, they can become a scary team in the Western Conference very soon.

Tonight’s game is already the last game of the season series between Boston and Edmonton. Will the Bruins go 2-0 over the team from Oil Town? Or will Edmonton force a split in the season series?

Bruins Post Game Recap: Bruins at Flames: 10/17/18

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Home: Calgary Flames (3-2-0)

Away: Boston Bruins (4-1-0)

The Bruins are getting set to begin their first game of a four-game road trip, all of which are against Canadian teams. The first of the four road contests is a game against the Calgary Flames. Boston is riding a four-game winning streak over the Sabres, Senators, Oilers, and the Red Wings on Saturday night. The Bruins scored eight goals on Detroit in their most recent game, including a hat-trick by David Pastrnak.

The Calgary Flames are off to a shaky start to the new 2018-19 season. They lost their first game against Vancouver but rebounded with a 7-4 win over the Canucks only a couple days later followed by a shutout win over the Predators last Tuesday. On the 11th of October, Calgary lost to St. Louis Blues 5-3 but again came out victorious last Saturday over the Avalanche.

Bruins Morning Rushes:

First Period:

The first period of this hockey game was pretty back-and-forth for the first half of the twenty-minute frame. The shots remained close and chances were on both sides of the rink, but it was Calgary who scored first. The Flames stole the puck in the neutral zone, leading to a solid passing play with Michael Frolik burying the game’s first. Bruins Tuukka Rask was “over-aggressive” as the Sportsnet commentators said following the tally.

Following the goal, the play of the game did not change a whole lot. For the most part, both teams had their respective scoring opportunities until Johnny Gaudreau scored his 100th career NHL goal off of a wide-open shot. The Flames had some good puck movement in Boston’s zone, throwing pucks onto the net, leaving Gaudreau open and available to score, putting Calgary up 2-0.

Less than one minute later, Calgary would find the back of the net again as Jusso Valimaki fired a shot towards Rask. Rask was unable to get his glove on the lofting shot and it is 3-0 Flames.

Down 3-0, the Bruins tried to build some momentum back heading into the intermission and David Pastrnak did score a goal that lasted only a few minutes as the Flames bench decided to challenge the goal for a possible offside during the entry into the zone and unfortunately for Boston, the Flames would win the challenge and Pastrnak’s goal would be waived off – score remains 3-0.

To end the first period, Bruins defenceman John Moore would be sent to the box for a holding minor with just around twenty seconds left to tick away on the scoreboard. Bruins head to the box for the rest of the period and will continue to kill off the penalty for 1:40 of the second-period.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 10 CGY: 14

Score: 3-0 Flames

Second Period:

Starting the second period on the already mentioned penalty-kill, the Bruins would not help their own cause due to a high-sticking penalty committed by Patrice Bergeron only twenty-four seconds into the middle frame. Thankfully, the B’s managed to successfully kill off the 5-on-3 penalty, even without their best penalty-killer in Patrice Bergeron off of the ice.

Not long after the kill, Bergeron would score a beautiful, spin-o-rama goal bringing the Flames’ lead down to just two. The play began back in the defensive zone when David Krejci prevented a Calgary slot shot with some good stick-on-stick defence. Krejci was the only assist on the goal.

It seemed the Bruins had finally gained just a tad bit of momentum that they can possibly carry out into the remainder of this hockey game, but the Calgary Flames did an excellent job shutting down any last drop of that new-born momentum by scoring a goal less than a minute after the Bergeron goal. Michael Frolik was the goal-scorer, his second of the contest.

Calgary would commit their first infraction of the night, an interference call on Michael Stone. Even though they were shorthanded, the Flames had multiple breakaways that were either stopped by Tuukka Rask or they missed the net entirely. Boston did not get too many great opportunities on the power play and it would end like that.

After another successful shorthanded kill by the B’s, Brad Marchand would score the second of the game for the Bruins off of a sweet cross-ice pass by none other than Patrice Bergeron. Bruins once again within two goals. Pastrnak will pick up an assist on the play as well.

Like Calgary had to start the second, the Bruins will begin the third and final regulation on a 5-on-3 power play for fifty-eight seconds. A great opportunity to bring the game within one or even tie the game early on in the final period.

The Bruins have not looked as good as they have over the past few games, especially when passing the puck out of the defensive end. The Flames have intercepted many breakout passes in the Bruins zone and the neutral zone, some of which have led to serious scoring chances. Something the team needs to fix during the intermission break.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 18 CGY: 23

Score: 4-2 Flames

Third Period:

Boston’s previously threatening power play remained quiet tonight with a clean penalty-kill by Calgary. Neither team amounted to any real scoring threats until about eight-and-a-half minutes into the period, when the Bruins had a couple chances that didn’t find the net completely. Off one of the chances, however, Johnny Gaudreau stole the puck and drove towards the net, only to be robbed by Tuukka Rask’s pad. McAvoy levels Gaudreau after the shot, sending Charlie to the box for two minutes.

Boston killed the penalty off, but the Flames continued the pressure after the man-advantage was over. The Bruins have had obvious troubles tonight creating chances in Calgary’s zone, even by the top line that has been infamous for scoring goals early on this season.

One positive is the play of Brandon Carlo. Carlo has easily been the best defenseman in tonight’s game and one could argue that he’s been the best blueliner on the defensive side of the puck during the entirety of the campaign thus far. On numerous occasions, Carlo has won the puck battles along the boards and skates the puck up himself through the neutral zone and try to create a chance in the offensive zone.

As one would do with less than two minutes in a game where your team is trailing, Tuukka Rask was pulled. Matthew Tkachuk buried the empty-net goal, giving Calgary the 5-2 lead. Michael Stone with the helper on the insurance goal.

Bruins lose 5-2 the final score. Bruins record is now 4-2-0 with both losses coming in the first game of a back-to-back. The last set of back-to-back games saw the Bruins lose to Washington, but come back against the Sabres with a victory – their first of the season.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 26 CGY: 29

Final Score: 5-2 Flames

Max’s Three Stars

1st Star: CGY F Michael Frolik – 2 Goals, +3 Rating

2nd Star: CGY G Mike Smith – 24 Saves, .924 SV%

3rd Star: BOS F Patrice Bergeron – 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 57% Faceoffs

Boston will have a quick turnaround once again when they play the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Puck drop for the game at Rogers Place is scheduled for 9pm EST.

Bruins Post-game Recap: Detroit at Boston: 10/13/18

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden – Boston, Mass.

Home: Boston Bruins (3-1-0)

Away: Detroit Red Wings (0-2-2)

The Boston Bruins look to close out the last of their three-game home stretch with a win over the Detroit Red Wings here on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins have gone undefeated on the homestand so far, beating the Ottawa Senators 6-3 and the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 4-1 on Thursday night.

The Detroit Red Wings are still on the lookout for their first win of the 2018-19 season. Following losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and Toronto Maple Leafs, the team is really striving to beat the Bruins today.

Bruins Practice Lines:

Ryan Donato makes his return to the lineup after he was scratched during Thursday’s win over the Oilers in Boston. Joakim Nordstrom will remain on the Bruins second line, alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Nordstrom scored his first as a Bruin against Edmonton.

For a full preview of the game today, check out BNG teammate, Drew Johnson’s preview.

First Period:

Before we dig into the game analysis, it should be mentioned that I was unable to tune into today’s game until the final five minutes of the first period. While I did happen to see some good play for the Bruins, I had to go to good old Twitter to see how the opening frame went for both clubs.

From my exploration to the Twitter-verse, I came to the discovery that the first twenty minutes of this hockey game was nothing to write home about. According to BNG’s Mark Allred, (@BlackAndGold277 on Twitter), the period was quite lackluster on both sides. The Bruins were outshot 12-8 and were supposedly being outplayed by the Red Wings.

As you can assume by the tweet added above, the Bruins did manage to score one goal on Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored another highlight-reel goal, going end-to-end to put the Bruins ahead 1-0 with less than one minute remaining in the period.

Brandon Carlo and Chris Wagner were credited with the assists on the goal, even though it was mainly a one-man show by Pastrnak.

Not long after Pastrnak’s tally, the Bruins and Red Wings would engage in some pushing and shoving near center-ice due to a collision between Noel Acciari and Dylan Larkin. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara also shoved Detroit’s Joe Hicketts with one a single hand.

Acciari was handed a roughing minor and Larkin was handed two roughing minors, one of which served by Michael Rassmussen. Detroit would enter the second period short a player due to the penalties.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 8 DET: 12

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period:

Even though the Bruins could not capitalize on the carry-over Detroit power-play, they seemed to continue the momentum from the ending minutes of the opening period. John Moore showed some solid skating and puck-handling behind Tuukka Rask’s net and he added in a solid slapshot on Bernier in the offensive zone.

The seemingly constant pressure by Boston led to their second goal of the hockey game, as Charlie McAvoy would score immediately off of a Patrice Bergeron faceoff win and the Bruins have a 2-0 lead with 15:16 remaining in the middle frame.

One of the best chances for Detroit in the second period came just after the eleven-minute mark. Tyler Bertuzzi made a solid feed to Andreas Athanasiou, who found a decent chance to score on Rask’s blocker side. However, Tuukka would stand his ground, stop the shot, and cover the rebound.

Later on in the frame, Jake DeBrusk showed some terrific forecheck, stripping one of the Detroit skaters of the puck before losing it. The Bruins quickly recovered in the neutral zone allowing David Krejci to feed DeBrusk, who was still behind the Detroit defenders. DeBrusk drove hard to Bernier’s cage, followed up with some dangles, before squeaking the goal past. DeBrusk’s first of the new season assisted solely by Krejci.

Boston’s new third forward line of Donato-Backes-Bjork has had some good rushes and battles along the boards with some decent scoring opportunities that seemed to follow shortly after. Backes centering two young players is working well for them in nearly every facet other than scoring points.

With four minutes left in the period, McAvoy took a high-stick to the face, causing an ensuing power-play for the Bruins. And, as most-likely predicted by many, the Bruins scored. David Pastrnak buried his second of the game, the 100th goal of his NHL career. An incredible milestone. Assists go to Bergeron and Marchand.

With the goal, Pastrnak became the third-fastest player born in the Czech Republic to score 100 NHL goals, trailing only Jaromir Jagr and Petr Klima. Pastrnak also scored 100 goals in the third-least amount of games among other Boston Bruins players in franchise history.

As the time continued to tick away, DeBrusk takes a tripping penalty, sending Detroit on the man-advantage. Then, Brad Marchand would flip the puck out over the glass with over a minute remaining on the penalty kill, giving the Red Wings a 5-on-3 power-play. The second-period would conclude and Boston will have to start the third shorthanded by two men for eighteen seconds.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 23 DET: 20

Score: 4-0 Bruins

Third Period:

The first penalty was successfully killed off by Boston, but Detroit would score on the other power-play, scoring only twenty-one seconds into the third period and the Bruins’ lead is cut down to only three goals. Filip Hronek was credited with the goal assisted by Bertuzzi and Nyquist.

The three-goal lead was not held for long, only 1:44 to be exact, as Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak entered the zone on a two-on-one. Pastrnak to Marchand, right back to Pastrnak for his third goal of the game and it is 5-1 Boston. Pastrnak’s second-career regular season hat-trick, third hat-trick when including the playoffs.

On a Bruins power-play, Dylan Larkin would score a short-side goal past Tuukka Rask with about one second left on the man-advantage for Boston, counting as a shorthanded goal. Larkin used John Moore as a screen, 5-2 Boston.

Not wasting any time again, the Bruins third-line finally found themselves on the scoresheet as Anders Bjork sniped a shot off of the rush, making it 6-2 Bruins. Both Backes and Bjork showed great pressure on the backcheck, allowing Bjork to enter the zone on a 2-on-1, settling to shoot the puck and it paid off for him. His first of the season.

Six minutes to go in the third period, Bruins up 6-2 and the Bruins are showing some physicality. Charlie McAvoy and Anthony Mantha engaged in some board battles that led to McAvoy shoving Mantha. Kevan Miller came in to help McAvoy, but Mantha wanted nothing to do with the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Miller, insisting on fighting McAvoy. Mantha and McAvoy head to the box — each a minor for roughing.

During the 4-on-4 hockey that came from the roughing minors, Jake DeBrusk would score his second of the game off of another passing play by the Bruins. John Moore started the rush in Boston’s own zone, allowing DeBrusk to rush into the zone, passing it to Krejci. Krejci fed the puck to Carlo, who sent it back to Jake, deflecting it past Bernier. 7-2 Bruins.

Krejci’s assist on DeBrusk’s second goal of the game was the 400th assist of his National Hockey League career. Another big accomplishment for a Boston Bruins player tonight.

With less than a minute left in the game, Chris Wagner found himself in a fight with Nick Jensen after Jensen nailed Donato with a hit to the head. Even though there were less than two seconds left in the hockey game, Sean Kuraly wristed his first goal of the season to make it 8-2, yes 8-2 Bruins. They never stopped and played directly to the horn.

Shots On Goal: BOS: 39 DET: 34

Final Score: 8-2 Bruins

Max’s Three Stars

1st Star: BOS F David Pastrnak – 3 Goals, +3 Rating

2nd Star: BOS F Patrice Bergeron – 3 Assists, +2 Rating, 58% Faceoffs

3rd Star: BOS F Jake DeBrusk – 2 Goals, 4 Shots / BOS G Tuukka Rask – 32 Saves, .941 SV%

Boston now heads on the road to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a game against the Flames on October 17th. Puck drop is currently scheduled for 9:30pm EST.