Bruins Report Cards: Boston Beats Buffalo In The Skills Competition

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

How the Bruins perform against the Sabres in the coming weeks could dictate their season. While Boston was swooning at the mid-point of the campaign their contemporaries racked up points while taking advantage of a Buffalo team enduring an epic losing streak. Buffalo has been playing better of late but that was before the trade deadline

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Bruins Report Card: Battered Bruins Get Steamrolled

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

It seemed the Boston Bruins were starting to get their groove back, going 7-2-2 in eleven games prior to this weekend and were gaining ground on the Pittsburgh Penguins for third in the MassMutual East Division. However, the Flyers on Saturday and the Capitals on Sunday put a screeching halt on the Bruins’ recent

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Bruins Report Cards: Boston Falls 3-2 To The Flyers

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By: Andrew Johnson | Follow Me On Twitter @justyouknowhyyy

The luck had to run out at some point. The Boston Bruins played their final game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers and suffered their first regulation loss after a tough 3-2 defeat. Boston played a solid game all things considered. But as usual in a tight game, just a couple of mistakes

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Bruins Report Cards: Team Effort Secures The Victory

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Don’t look now but the Bruins are 6-2-2 in their last ten games following their 4-2 victory of the Washington Capitals. In a pretty even game, Boston was the more opportunistic of the two teams finishing their chances on four occasions on a less than sharp Ilya Samsonov. This game featured quality performances from all over

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Bruins Report Cards: Battle For Playoffs Heats Up

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Boston Bruins sit in unfamiliar territory at the moment. They are fighting to stay above the playoff cut line in the group of death East division. With the Flyers’ victory in overtime, the margin is now just three points with two more contests between the two adversaries in less than a week. With 21 games

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Bruins Report Cards: What Scoring Issues?

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Bruins managed a seven to five victory in a game reminiscent of the 1980s. The theme was completed with several dog piles in this latter half of a back-to-back. Both teams played with a sense of urgency with Boston trying to solidify its spot in the top-four of the division and Pittsburgh needing the points

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Boston Bruins Grades At The Halfway Mark

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Boston Bruins struggled through much of the second quarter and the individual player grades followed suit. On average, players drop a third of a grade in the second segment of the season versus the first. Below is an aggregate of the grades for each player in each quarter in addition to their mark for the

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Bruins Report Cards: Boston Storms Back After Sloppy First Half

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

Boston made a number of sloppy plays allowing a New Jersey team they had yet to beat to take a two-goal lead into the third period. With a strong effort in the final frame and a couple of nifty shootout moves, the Islanders now stand as the only team the Bruins have yet to beat this

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Bruins Report Card: Maligned Second Line Comes Alive

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

The Buffalo Sabres may prove the remedy for Boston’s secondary scoring woes. Craig Smith and Jake DeBrusk picked up goals while David Krejci notched three assists. Gregg McKegg, in just his second game of the season, scored his first wearing the ‘B’ while centering an effective fourth line. Boston has now won in back-to-back games as

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Bruins Report Cards: Boston Lacking Believability

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By Leon Lifschutz | Follow me @BruinsBreakdown

In the battle of the black and golds, Boston dropped the first match of the two-game set. While there is much to discuss, and of course we will, an item brought up on the broadcast was ‘believability’. Specifically, the Bruins had a belief they could win every game early in the season battling back from multi-goal

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