Bruins Assign Trent Frederic To Providence

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Just before puck-drop for Saturday night’s game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced that the team assigned Trent Frederic to the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL-affiliate. The announcement comes after Frederic went minus-3 in the Bruins’ last two games since being recalled from Providence.

Frederic has suited up in a total of 13 NHL games on his career, all this season. In those contests, the St. Louis, Missouri, native has compiled 17 shots, a minus-4 rating, and five penalty minutes (a fighting major). In fact, that fighting major came in his NHL debut as a result of this heavyweight bout with Brandon Tanev:

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound center spent two seasons at the University of Wisconsin after the Bruins drafted him 29th-overall in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. During his time at Wisconsin, Frederic amassed 65 points (32G, 33A) in 66 total games played.

This season with Providence, his first full professional season, Frederic has totals of 11/9/20 in 45 games played to go along with a plus-4 rating and 65 penalty minutes. After joining Providence towards the end of last season, Frederic totaled five goals and three assists for eight points as well as a plus-3 rating and 11 penalty minutes in 11 regular season games before adding an assist in three playoff games. The 21-year-old will look to continue what has been a strong developmental year, joining a P-Bruins squad in a heated battle for playoff position.

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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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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

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By: Liz Rizzo| Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins are riding high and having fun, as witnessed by their recent stunning comeback win this past Thursday night against Florida. Tonight, the boys in Black and Gold are back at the TD Garden to face the ailing Ottawa Senators, who have been going though a rough patch, amid personnel issues.  On the flip side, Boston have come out on all four cylinders and are looking to extend their game-winning point streak to 19 games.

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Boston is coming off a dramatic  win over the Florida Panthers with both Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron netting goals within seconds of each other late in the third period, making the final score 4-3. The Bruins are now second in both the division and league with a record of 41-17-9. If they win tonight, Boston will have a perfect homestead with a 6-0 record.

Earlier this morning, the team announced the recall of forward Lee Stempniak on an emergency basis. Jake DeBrusk, who has been nursing a lower-body injury, will be out of the lineup tonight: he remains day-to-day.  Marcus Johansson will also be out tonight, along with David Pastrnak and Kevan Miller.

Karson Kuhlman was recalled for that game and has now been assigned back down to Providence.  This morning’s rushes show Stempniak being slotted up on the second line with David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom. Here were this morning’s practice lines:

Expect red-hot goaltender Tuukka Rask in net tonight and Jaroslav Halak in for tomorrow’s game. With the win against the Panthers, Rask extended his point streak to 18 games with a 15-0-3 record. He now ties with Pete Peeters as one of two goaltenders in NHL history with two career point streaks in 17 or more games. Rask has a record of 23-8-5 with a goals against average of 2.31 and a .921 save percentage.

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The dynamic duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand has been explosive as of late and with  everyone else on the team contributing, the Bruins are closer to clinching a Playoff spot.  Marchand now leads the team with 53 assist and has 80 points.  David Krejci has also upped his game and is second behind Marchand with 41 assists. Defenseman Torey Krug also finds himself in third with 40 assists and 46 points. Another little footnote: defenseman John Moore will be playing his 500th career game tonight.

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The Senators are coming off a 4-2 loss against the New York Islanders this past Thursday. Ottawa is 1-9 in their last 10 games. Defenseman Thomas Chabot leads the team with 48 points and 35 assists. Left-winger Brady Tkachuk leads the team with 15 goals.

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Newly acquired forward Brian Gibbons offers a bight spot for the Senators as he has four points in his last five games, while Boston’s Marchand has nine points. Interim head coach Marc Crawford announced that Craig Anderson will be in goal tonight to face the Bruins.  Anderson is now 14-22-4 with a goals against average of 3.54 and a .903 save percentage.

Ottawa is last in the Atlantic Division posting a 23-39-6 record in 68 games and are last in the league with 52 points behind the Los Angeles Kings, who have 56 points. Boston has 91 points.

WHEN TO WATCH: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00 pm at the TD Garden, Boston

WHERE TO WATCH: NESN

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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 Post-Game Recap: Boston vs. San Jose: 2/26/19

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Boston Bruins

Away: San Jose Sharks

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Bergeron – Heinen

DeBrusk – Krejci – Johansson

Nordstrom – Coyle – Backes

Kuraly – Acciari – Wagner

Defense

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Moore – Grzelcyk

Goalies

Halak

Rask

San Jose’s Lineup

Forwards

Meier – Couture – Pavelski

Kane – Hertl – Donskoi

Nyquist – Thornton – Labanc

Haley – Goodrow – Karlsson

Defense

Vlasic –  Karlsson

Simek – Burns

Dillon – Braun

Goalies

Jones

Dell

First Period

Last time the Bruins and Sharks played it was eight days ago, eleven goals were scored, and both looked a bit different pre-trade deadline day. For the Bruins, Charlie Coyle will make his home debut, Marcus Johansson will make his Bruins debut, and Gustav Nyquist will make his Sharks debut on the other side of things.

The offense came in favor of the Bruins early on, eventually leading to a power play just less than five minutes in. Both Coyle and Johansson saw some time on the power play, but the Bruins couldn’t convert. Not too long after the conclusion of the first Bruins power play came a chance for Joe Pavelski with space, only to be stopped by Halak. Marcus Johansson followed that up with a good chance of his own, but no dice.

San Jose’s first power play came in the form of a Matt Grzelcyk hooking penalty. The Sharks got on the board first off of an odd scramble out front buried by Logan Couture to put San Jose up by a goal.

After San Jose received a double minor for high-sticking at the expense of Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci fired a one-timer past Martin Jones to even things up at one. Krejci’s 15th goal of the season was assisted by Torey Krug (38) and Brad Marchand (48).

The Bruins doubled the Sharks up in shots, 16 to 8 in the first.

Score: 1-1

Second Period

Things were fairly quiet until Charlie McAvoy buried his second goal against San Jose in as many games to give the Bruins the one-goal lead. McAvoy’s fifth of the season was assisted by Marchand (49), second of the game, and Danton Heinen (13). That wasn’t all as on the next shot, DeBrusk got in on the action on a crazy tic-tac-toe play with Johansson and Krejci. DeBrusk’s 20th of the season was assisted by Johansson (16) and Krejci (40).

That wasn’t all as Marchand continued the scoring after duking an ailing Erik Karlsson and slipping his patented backhand move behind Jones and in. 4 to 1 Bruins real fast. Marchand’s 25th goal and third point of the game was assisted by Patrice Bergeron (36). Marchand is now tied with Rick Middleton for most shorthanded goals in Bruins history with 25 of them.

Following a power play in which the Bruins didn’t score on. Chris Wagner found himself tied up with Barclay Goodrow in a brief scrap, not much came of it. John Moore then went off for cross-checking with less than two minutes to go. Each team had half the amount of shots they had in the first, bringing the game total to 24 to 12 Bruins.

Score: 4-1 Boston

Third Period

Evander Kane got his due after some previous beef with Kevan Miller and a scrap with Sean Kuraly at the hands of Zdeno Chara. Kane got kicked out of the game after the fact and got sent to the Principal’s office, as coined by Jack Edwards. A seven-million dollar misconduct.

Shortly after, Noel Acciari found his way down the tunnel after inadvertently redirecting a puck into his face. He was understandably in some good pain. Then another quick scrap came between Micheal Haley and David Backes. This game got progressively crazier as time passed.

Outside of the craziness, it was a pretty black-and-white third period. The shots in the period were 8 to 8, and 32 to 20 Boston overall. Jaroslav Halak played well with 19 saves in the win. The Bruins just keep winning, well minus the St. Louis game, but you get the point. Next up for the Bruins are the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Thursday at 7:30 PM.

Final Score: 4-1 Boston

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Grading The Bruins’ 2019 Trade Deadline

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the Bruins made three additions in total, trading for Marcus Johansson and Charlie Coyle in addition to signing Lee Stempniak. Here are my grades for each of the Bruins’ Trade Deadline moves:

Bruins acquire Marcus Johansson for a 2019 2nd-rounder and a 2020 4th-rounder

Grade: B+

Just as it looked like the Bruins were going to let the deadline pass them by without adding another player, news of this trade broke. Johansson brings skill and versatility to the Bruins’ top-nine (likely the second or third line) as he can play center and both wings. Although not the big name Bruins fans were clamoring for, he can still be an effective player for the Bruins down the stretch.

This season, Johansson has 12-15-27 numbers in 48 games played, on pace for 17-21-38 totals in 68 games played. However, if Johansson were healthy all season, the 28-year-old would be on pace for 21-26-47 totals in 82 games played, for what it’s worth. Johansson also has 6-6-12 numbers in his last 13 games played.

Over his nine-year career between Washington and New Jersey, Johansson has scored at least 20 goals twice and has totaled at least 40 points five times to go along with one 50-point year. Just two years ago, the Swede had 24-34-58 in a career season, his final with the Capitals.

New Jersey will retain 40% of Johansson’s salary too (he now has a cap hit of $2.75-millions), which helps the Bruins avoid overages that could eat up cap space for next season. These overages could have been a possibility given the number of players the Bruins have on entry-level deals who are eligible for bonuses based off individual and team performance.

As for what the Bruins gave up, the second-rounder is the key piece for the Devils while losing the fourth-rounder doesn’t hurt too much, considering the prospect pool is still pretty well-stocked. What’s important here is that Sweeney was able to hold on to the first-round pick this year without surrendering significant prospects, so that’s a win.

Bruins sign Lee Stempniak

Grade: C+

On Sunday, the Bruins signed Stempniak to a one-year, $650,000 contract; the 36-year-old had been skating with the Bruins all season during practices before recently joining Providence on a PTO. Shortly after signing, the Dartmouth College product was placed on waivers with the purpose of being assigned to Providence.

Stempniak suited up in a few preseason games with the Bruins and had a goal and two assists (his power-play goal is at 1:43 of the video below). In Providence this year, Stempniak has 2-2-4 in four games played. The winger is also two seasons removed from 16-24-40 totals with Carolina after a year in which he had 19-32-51 between New Jersey and Boston (three goals and 10 points with the Bruins in 19 games played). So, he might even be able to chip in a few goals like Brian Gionta last year.

This move isn’t much at all, really. Think of Stempniak as last year’s Gionta; he’s a cheap, depth insurance policy, who costs nothing but cash and may step in for a few games in a pinch. Stempniak gets another shot to live his dream, and the Bruins add to their depth; a status quo move–no issues to be had here.

Bruins acquire Charlie Coyle for Ryan Donato and a 2019 conditional 5th-round pick

Grade: B

The first domino to fall for the Bruins, Coyle has already played a game for the Bruins while Johansson will play tomorrow. The 26-year-old always seemed to leave something to be desired in Minnesota, in spite of flashes he’s shown here and there.

The Boston University product has 10-18-28 totals this season in 61 games played and is on pace for 13 goals and 37 points. Like Johansson, Coyle brings versatility to the Bruins’ lineup as he can play anywhere in the middle-six at either wing or center, but in a different way as Coyle is a bigger, heavier player. The East Weymouth, MA native, had a decent outing in his Bruins debut, including this slick shootout goal:

Coyle has previously scored at least 15 goals twice, including one twenty-goal year, and has totaled at least 40 points twice, including one fifty-point season. So, he’s shown flashes of what he can do. The forward has a cap hit of $3.2-million through the end of next season, so he adds flexibility to the Bruins’ salary structure for next season as well.

In terms of what the Bruins surrendered, it sucks to see Donato go, honestly. The Harvard product is still a fine prospect with an elite, accurate shot. The 22-year-old isn’t necessarily the fastest skater, and is a one-dimensional player as of right now, though; however, the Bruins did not really do much to develop his weaknesses and defensive inefficiencies. Also, Donato was never really in a position to thrive with the Bruins as he was merely utilized on either the third or fourth lines and the power play, really.

As for the pick, it can become a fourth-rounder in 2019 (NYR) if the Bruins advance to the second round of the playoffs. I won’t lose sleep over giving up a fifth or fourth-round pick, but what is annoying is the condition put on it since the Bruins had a solid chance of winning a round in the first place.

Overall Trade Deadline Grade: B

While the Bruins did address there two most glaring issues this season, you can’t help but feel a little disappointed after the Bruins reportedly lost out on Gustav Nyquist and did not acquire a big fish, like Mark Stone, who they were reportedly very interested in. However, adding Coyle, Johansson, and Stempniak only adds to the depth of the team as Coyle and Johansson could be very impactful players for the Bruins with Stempniak as insurance.

All in all, not a bad Trade Deadline for Don Sweeney and the Bruins, but not a great one either–just solid. With the Bruins hitting their stride lately with a 13-game point streak, adding to this rolling team just makes it that much more formidable going forward, We’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out down the stretch and into the playoffs for this year’s Bruins team.

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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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Five Non-Rental Players The Bruins Can Target At The Trade Deadline

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

The NHL Trade Deadline is nearly upon us, and with it comes the rumor mill that has been running rampant all over Twitter. Whether it be about a big fish like Artemi Panarin or a lesser-known commodity like Ryan Dzingel, fans and analysts have shared opinions while insiders have provided reports that have sent Twitter into shambles.

There has been plenty to discuss about the Bruins, given the team’s scoring struggles and the recent loss of David Pastrnak–you can read about the injury in Garrett Haydon’s article breaking the news.

With plenty of concern about trading for a rental player given the Bruins’ recent history with those types of moves in mind (see Nash, Rick), here are five non-rental forwards that the Bruins can target to help the team for now and in the future:

Tyler Toffoli

Toffoli’s name came up in Mike Cratty’s recent article, detailing five scorers the Bruins could target outside of Artemi Panarin. Toffoli has had a down year while playing on the Kings–one of the league’s worst teams–with only 12 goals and 15 assists. The 26-year-old is only on pace for 18 goals and 40 points, compared to last year’s clip of 24 goals and the 31 goals he scored in 2015-16.

However, if given the right situation (alongside a gifted playmaker, like David Krejci), Toffoli could return to that form; he’s currently slotted in on the King’s third line alongside Mike Amadio and Brendan Leipsic–not exactly a combination that sets Toffoli up for success.

Toffoli is locked up for this year and next at a $4.6-million cap hit, and trading him would allow the rebuilding Kings to recoup some assets; it’s just a matter of what the Bruins might have to give up to get the winger.

Kyle Palmieri

The Devils have regressed quite a bit since their playoff birth last season, largely due to Taylor Hall’s inability to stay healthy, the team being ahead of schedule with its performance last year, and not being able to get a save from either goaltender. This gives reason to believe that the Devils may not be totally out of the woods yet with their rebuild.

Since arriving in New Jersey in 2015-16 after a trade from the Anaheim Ducks, Palmieri has been a perennial 20-30 goal-scorer. The 28-year-old has 24 goals and 42 points on a putrid Devils team this season and is on pace for 35 goals and 63 points.

With a cap hit of $4.65-million for this year and the next two seasons with a modified no-trade clause, Palmieri would be a fantastic addition to the Bruins’ top-six as he is not only capable of providing more-than-adequate offense, but he is also an excellent all-around player and leader. The Smithtown, New York, native also lives and trains in Boston over the off-season.

With that being said, we are left with three burning questions. First, would the Devils even be willing to move Palmieri? Second, would Palmieri waive his NTC? Then number three, if they are willing to move Palmieri, what would the asking price be? Presumably, I would guess the price would be high,  considering Palmieri’s age, production, importance to the Devils, and term remaining on his deal–but man, would he look great on the Bruins.

Brayden Schenn

Schenn’s name has been tossed around a bit this season, especially given the St. Louis Blues’ early struggles. The 27-year-old center has had an “okay” season with 10 goals, 25 assists, and 35 points, and is on pace for 16 goals and 51 points.

Schenn had a career season with 28 goals, 42 assists, and 70 points in his first campaign with St. Louis last season; before that, he scored at least 25-goals in two-straight years with the Flyers. Luke Schenn’s younger brother can also play both wing and center, bringing a complete 200-foot game, and doesn’t shy away from throwing his body around.

So, Schenn could be a potential solution at wing in the top-six, as he was featured on his off-side (right wing) during his days in Philadelphia, or he could also play third-line center if the Bruins were to choose to load up down the middle.

Schenn carries a cap hit of $5.125-million until the end of next season. Again, it’s just a matter of what the asking price would be.

Chris Kreider

Much like Schenn, Kreider’s name has been tossed about frequently in the same breath as the Bruins. The Rangers forward and Boxford, Massachusetts, native is signed through next season with a $4.625-million cap hit.

The 27-year-old currently has 24 goals and 43 points for a middling Rangers team and is on pace for 36 goals, 27 assists, and 63 points, all career-highs. The Boston College product is a prototypical power forward for today’s NHL; he can skate like the wind, makes a living in front of the net, uses his body, and can rifle the puck off the rush.

On the Bruins, Kreider would slot in to aid the top-six. Yet again, the predicament arises when considering New York’s willingness to move him, and the potential asking price.

Charlie Coyle

It seems like the Weymouth, MA, native has been linked to the Bruins in trade rumors for nearly his entire career. The Boston University product has 10 goals and 18 assists this season, on track for 15 goals, 26 assists, and 41 points.

At 26-years-old, a 15-20 goal-scorer and 40-50 point-getter is by and large what Coyle likely is at this point in his career. He has scored at least 15 goals twice previously in his career with 18 in 2016-17 and 21 in 2015-16. This season would also mark the third time Coyle has surpassed the 40-point plateau in his career as he had 42 in 2015-16, and 56 in 2016-17.

Like Kreider, Coyle can play a heavy, powerful game at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, and has the ability to answer the bell if he has to.

Coyle is locked up at $3.2-million through the end of next season and is capable of slotting anywhere in the top-nine, whether it be at wing or center. The Wild’s lines have been shuffled around nearly all season as Coyle has been featured at center and right-wing on the first, second, and third lines; a firm role alongside David Krejci or as third line center could provide certainty and do him a world of good.

Bonus/Wildcard: Adam Henrique

After spending the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career with New Jersey, Henrique finished with 20 goals and 36 points last season after being traded to the Ducks. The 29-year-old center has the exact same numbers as Coyle this year with 10 goals and 28 points–on pace for 15 goals and 41 points.

Including last season, Henrique has totaled at least 20 goals three times while reaching the 30-goal mark once. As for as points go, Henrique has had at least 40 points on three occasions to go along with one 50-point campaign.

A center who is defensively responsible and has a solid ability to put the puck in the net, Henrique has a $4-million contract that runs out after this season before a five-year, $5.825-million extension with a modified-NTC kick in. That contract extension alone makes it unlikely that Henrique is part of the “major surgery” general manager Bob Murray is considering that Elliotte Friedman talked about in his weekly 31 Thoughts column. Even with that being said, Henrique is just some food for thought, hence the “wildcard” label.

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Bruins Cannot Afford To Make A Panic Move At The Deadline

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

We’re now just about two long weeks away from the NHL Trade Deadline, and after a bit of a turbulent week on the ice for the Bruins, the airwaves of Twitter and radio have been calling for some action on the trade front.

Hypothetical packages for the be-all-end-all trade target, Artemi Panarin, and “#WeWantWayne [Simmonds]” have been strewn all about the internet. Heck, names like Ryan Dzingel have been tossed out there as well. We’re even back to talking about Jeff Carter for some reason (take a look at that contract, woof).

The issue with all three players mentioned above is that they are all unrestricted free agents come July 1 along with the believed asking prices, that’s not even mentioning Kevin Hayes, Mark Stone, or Matt Duchene.

Look, don’t get me wrong, if the Bruins could snag a top-six winger or third line center who would be here for more than a few months without giving up a ridiculous package, then go make that deal. Even Bruce Cassidy daydreams about acquiring a scorer:

However, let’s not go around here ready to mortgage the farm to maybe be marginally good enough to take on Tampa Bay in a playoff series.

On the other hand, I understand that Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and especially Zdeno Chara are not getting any younger, and you don’t get continuous kicks at the can–age could catch up to someone, and there’s the possibility of retirement (Chara).

Looking at the Bruins as a whole, one minute, this team plays as good as any other team in hockey. The next? It looks a lot like the same mediocre, bang-your-head-off -the-wall type of play that caused them to miss the playoffs two-straight seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The footage from Saturday’s win over the lowly Los Angeles Kings is exactly what comes to mind after giving that description of the team’s performance of late:

If you’re Don Sweeney and the rest of the Bruins’ brass in the front office, you’re in a sticky situation. Like I said, you have one side of the argument that looks at the Bruins’ situation with the mindset that Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, and Chara are all on the wrong side of the age bracket, and that they deserve one more shot at Lord Stanley.

On the other hand, the Bruins have plenty of young talent–Ryan Donato, Trent Frederic, Danton Heinen, Jack Studnicka, Urho Vaakanainen, and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, to name a few–that makes the future seem bright, disappointing seasons aside.

For the Bruins in both the short-term and long-term, Don Sweeney cannot afford to make a deal in haste. A “panic” move that could mortgage the future for a rental or player who does not put the team over the top would be devastating to the team’s long-term plans and short-term success.

Not to mention the fact that selling low on struggling young talent (Heinen, JFK, and Donato) is as risky as it gets. While it may not be clicking right now for those three, it does not automatically mean that they’re “done” or “never going to make it.” We’ve watched it happen before where a seemingly lost young player gets dealt then pans out (see Seguin, Tyler–not to say either of those guys is the next Seguin).

Also, it was well-documented that Don Sweeney was not thrilled at all about being without his first round pick at least year’s draft, and he would be wise to keep it under lock and key.

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Giving up a plethora of young players or picks for a rental only to watch the Bruins fail to make it deep in the playoffs while the prospects that were traded away pan out would be a horrific look for management. A move like that would leave the Bruins with an outlook on the future that is much less favorable than it is now.

If the right deal presents itself, then I trust Don Sweeney to make that move. I say “right deal” as in a move that can give the Bruins a solid chance at actually contending this year when the playoffs roll around without giving up an outrageous amount to acquire said player.

Careful thought and patience from Sweeney (yes, more of it) is going to have to be the key when considering potential trades come February 25th.

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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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