Stepping Out In Bruins Fashion

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Drip. Swag. Style. On point. Whatever you want to call it, the boys in Black and Gold have got it down to a T. As they say, there’s nothing like having a tailored suit and with the recent trip out to Philadelphia, we were reminded just how fashionable these guys really are. From Burberry to Louis Vuitton, the Bruins are no strangers when it comes looking good, and luckily for fans, you can now purchase apparel designed exclusively by some of the players.

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Recently the Bruins announced a new collection of apparel geared towards women (a market the NHL is looking to expand on). A concept initially created by Stephanie Bergeron and Melanie Krug, the b&g Collection features Bruins-themed clothing and accessories that aims to be “stylish and functional.” Both Bergeron and Krug hand-selected each piece and prices range from $20-$130 dollars. Two brands that the wives have collaborated with are ’47 and Lululemon. Items include hats, sweatshirts, active-wear, and t-shirts. The best part about this collection? 10% of all sales go directly to the Boston Bruins Foundation. If you’re near the Boston area and looking for a last minute gift, you’ll find this collection at the Pro Shop on Level 2 of the Boston Garden.

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Not to be outdone by the ladies, the ’47 brand also teamed up with current Bruins players to help design cuff knits and caps. Each piece comes with an embroidered tag featuring the players last name and number. Those that participated include Anders Bjork, Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask.

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Each hat features different Boston Bruins logos throughout history, ranging from the original 1924 logo to the Bruins spoked “B.” The limited-edition collection offers a range of colors and styles such as the classic black and gold to camouflage (thank you, Brandon Carlo).  Aside from the snapback caps, the collection also features uniquely designed winter beanies by both David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy.

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The 2019 NHL Winter Classic is set to be played at the iconic Notre Dame stadium featuring a classic match-up between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Every year teams design a special jersey that are worn during the game and this year the Bruins went old-school and boy, it’s a real beauty. By now every fan has had a look at the design which is heavily influenced by the 1932-1936 version, featuring brown and gold colors. Inside the neckline, you’ll find small shamrocks (a nod to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish) marking each year the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

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As excitement keeps building for the match-up on January 1st, you can catch up on all that is Bruins starting tomorrow as the “Road To The Winter Classic docuseries airs at 11:30 PM E.T. The three-week program will go behind the scenes as both teams prepare for the big event.


What’s Christmas without some red, green and everything in between? Look for the B’s to make a fashion statement as the holidays approach. Let’s see how the boys top last year:

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs 11/26/2018

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By: Liz Rizzo| Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The last time these two teams faced each other at the TD Garden, Toronto was served a nice big bowl of pasta. Three bowls to be specific. Coming from a huge loss against Vancouver, the Bruins redeemed themselves with a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs. David Pastrnak had his third NHL career hat trick that night. Patrice Bergeron scored a goal and Brad Marchand had two assists that night.  In the two weeks thereafter, the first line had to change a bit as things needed to shift when news came out that Boston yet again will be down a player. With a collective groan, the team would lose Patrice Bergeron for at least four weeks due to an upper-body injury. Luckily, many are slowly returning as the Bruins welcome back defenseman  Kevan Miller last week.

The Bruins will once again for the second time this season face their Atlantic Division foes as they play against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Scotiabank Arena. With Boston bleeding out some wins and playing with fresh-faced Providence youngsters, Toronto has  steadily remained third in the Atlantic Division,  posting a 16-8-0 record. Boston has been biting at their heals as they hold down 1st in the wild card position. The Leafs have been without their star player 21-year-old Auston Matthews who had suffered an injury on October 27th in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.  Since losing Matthews, Toronto has been 8-5. Along with the center being out, the signing of William Nylander has been a hot topic for Toronto. Coach Mike Babcock recently mentioned that he expected both players to be back with the team, along  with the singing of Nylander prior to the December 1st deadline.

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For Toronto, right wing Mitchell Marner leads the team with 30 points as he netted six goals with 24 assists. Not far behind him is John Tavares at 27 points with 15 goals plus 12 assists. The Leafs are coming off a 6-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Andreas Johnsson scored three goals in the first period for his first NHL hat-trick. Tavares would also score while Marner has two assists.  Patrick Marleau will play his 1,600th NHL game tonight as he faces the Bruins.  Frederik Anderson is expected in goal tonight.

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The Bruins recently held on to win a nail-biter of a game against the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 decision at the Belle Centre. Secondary scoring has been the issue for the Black and Gold this season, however the time to shine couldn’t come soon enough for many players. David Backes had his best game against the Habs with four shots on goal that forced two turnovers-one leading to the opening goal. With a host of D-men and Bergeron out with injury, the hustle of the fourth line has been huge for the Bruins. Backes joined Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner on that line against Montreal and took a  high stick that led to a four-minute minor towards the end of the third period.

Both David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron have 26 points with Pastrnak leading the team in goals (17). Bergeron is at nine goals with Jake Debrusk (10) second to Pastrnak. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak is expected to start in net.  Here was today’s morning rushes :

Marchand – JFK – Pastrnak

Heinen Krejci – DeBrusk

Bjork – Nordstrom – Acciari

Wagner – Cave – Backes

Moore – Miller Krug –

Clifton Lauzon – Grzelcyk

Where to Watch

GAME TIME: Tonight with puck drop at 7:00pm

LOCATION: Scotiabank Arena


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Boston Bruins Call Up Colby Cave

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By Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

With the news that Patrice Bergeron will be out and reevaluated in four weeks, the Boston Bruins have announced the recalling of Providence forward Colby Cave to help round up some more scoring depth.   The 23-year-old currently leads Providence in scoring, netting six goals with 12 assists for 18 points.

In the past three seasons with the P-Bruins, Cave has served as Alternate Captain. During the 2017-2018 season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound center played in 72 games, garnering 11 goals with 22 assists for a total of 33 points.  The Battleford, Saskatchewan native also made his NHL debut last season with the Black and Gold, playing alongside former Broncos Junior teammate Jake DeBrusk in a game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 21, 2017. The Bruins won in a 2-1 shootout at the TD Garden; Cave returned back down to Providence after the game.

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Cave started his junior career playing locally for the Battleford Stars in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League from 2009-2011. He was drafted by the Kootenay Ice Junior Hockey team in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2009 and was later traded the Swift Current Broncos in 2011. He made his debut at the end of the 2010-2011 season playing one game. He was named team captain in his third year with the Broncos.  Listed 157th overall by ISS Hockey, Cave would be eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft but was passed over.

In his final junior season with the team, Cave was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Boston Bruins in 2015.  He ended his WHL career with 95 goals and 107 assists in 287 games.  Cave would play the remainder of the 2014-2015 season in the AHL with Providence.  In his first full season in the AHL,  he played in 75 games where he recorded 13 goals and 16 assist for 29 points. During the 2016-2017 season with Providence, he netted 13 goals with 22 assists for 35 points.  During the AHL Playoffs, Cave had one goal with five assists in 17 games.

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This past October, Cave was called up on emergency basis for the Boston Bruins along with Jeremy Lauzon.  He joins a fractured Bruins team that has had to dig deep into their Providence roster. Along with Cave, the Black and Gold have called up Jeremy Lauzon, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton. In recent games, Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy has had to shuffle lines and with Bergeron out for a few weeks, the team will once again look to the “young guns” and remaining veterans.

Cave, for his part, has been having an impressive early start in Providence, which will hopefully bode well for an injured Bruins team. While it was mentioned earlier  that he leads the P-Bruins in scoring, one thing that’s been noted about Cave is his hockey sense. While not flashy,  he has been able to turn plays into scoring opportunities and like fellow teammate Jordan Szwarz, has continued to be slotted up front in the center/wing position.  For Cave, the call up to the big leagues will once again be a huge opportunity for the young 23-year-old. As for the Bruins, they’ll need every abled-bodied player to step up in a HUGE way.

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Injuries Pile Up During Bruins’ Road Trip


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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Check Me Out On Twitter @phoneymahoney

Zdeno Chara injured his left knee Wednesday night during the second period of a loss to the Avalanche in Colorado. Chara cut his road trip short, traveling back to Boston to be evaluated by team medical staff. When Chara was injured, the Bruins were already without Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Kevan Miller (hand), and Brandon Carlo (upper body).

The Bruins played in Dallas last night with three rookie defensemen in the lineup, two of whom were on emergency call-ups, making their National Hockey League debut. Boston lost 1-0 in overtime, in a back-and-forth, competitive game. While half of the Bruins defense consisted of players who were playing in the AHL last week, they were better defensively than most imagined that would have been.

That said, Zdeno Chara was sorely missed.  Chara was diagnosed on Friday, and today the Bruins announced that he sustained an injury to his left MCL and will miss 4-6 weeks of hockey. Surgery is a possibility, unfortunately. Chara is not the player he was when Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011, but he is still a very important part of the team, and remains an effective shutdown defenseman.

Defenseman John Moore missed Friday’s game in Dallas as well, with a lower-body injury purportedly sustained in Colorado, as he was unable to participate in Friday morning’s skate in Dallas. Moore cut his road trip short as well and returned to Boston for rest and evaluation. Moore’s absence on top of Chara’s, gave Jakub Zboril and Connor Clifton the opportunity to debut for the Bruins last night. Moore is listed as day-to-day.

During Friday’s game in Dallas, Stars center Radek Faksa rode Patrice Bergeron into the boards awkwardly during the second period. Bergeron appeared to injure his shoulder and returned to the Bruins’ locker room. Eventually, he returned to the game but was not able to be as effective as he usually is, and he didn’t play a shift during overtime. Bergeron returned to Boston and will be evaluated by the team.

There hasn’t been any word from the Bruins about what kind of timeline to expect regarding Bergeron’s return to the lineup, as his injury only occurred last night, and there hasn’t been any communication as to how severe his injury is. Bergeron’s loss will be felt, as it was causing all sorts of upheaval in the Bruins’ forward lines, as well as on the power play and penalty kill.

Without team captain Zdeno Chara or alternate captain Patrice Bergeron in the lineup, the Bruins will be tolling with three alternate captains tonight in David Krejci, David Backes, and Brad Marchand.

The Bruins forward lines will be affected greatly: Krejci will be centering the top line, with Anders Bjork and David Pastrnak on his wings, while Joakim Nordstrom will be the second line pivot, skating with Marchand on his left and Jake DeBrusk on his right. The third line will consist of Danton Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Noel Acciari, while Sean Kuraly will play center for Chris Wagner and David Backes.

Regardless of what the results of Bergeron and Moore’s evaluations tell us, the Bruins are going to feel the loss of Chara through the end of the year (and hopefully that’s it). The Bruins really need  Bergeron and Moore to return to the lineup sooner, as icing three rookie defensemen cannot be ideal when a team is looking to win. It’s going to be a rough few weeks.


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Bruins Recall Lauzon From The AHL On Emergency Basis


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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Follow Me On Twitter @phoneymahoney

This morning, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that the team has recalled 21-year-old defenseman Jeremy Lauzon up from their AHL affiliate in Providence on an emergency basis, as blueliner Brandon Carlo is questionable for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Lauzon, a left-shot defenseman, was chosen by the Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, he was skating in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He played there for a total of four seasons and captained them in 2016-17. In 200 games in the Q, Lauzon totaled 130 points, with 35 goals and 95 assists. The 2017-18 season was his first in the AHL, where he played 52 games and served as an alternate captain for Providence. In those 52 games, he notched seven points, having scored one goal and assisting on six others.

The 6’3″ defenseman has the ability to play a two-way game and is currently at 4 points (one goal, three assists) in 8 AHL games this season, and he scored a goal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a 5-4 overtime loss. Lauzon was called up earlier in the season, making his NHL debut on October 25th against the Philadelphia Flyers. In his four games, Lauzon played well but was sent back down to Providence once Matt Grzelcyk and Torey Krug were both ready to go back in the Bruins’ lineup.

During his previous call-up, Jeremy Lauzon played four games for the Bruins: one win each over Philadelphia and Carolina, and a loss against both Montreal and Nashville. He played well positionally but was not able to get on the scoreboard while playing 48 minutes across four NHL games. He took two shots, both of which were blocked, but he blocked one himself. Lauzon also had zero giveaways, and two takeaways in those four outings. It’s a small sample size, but these are not bad numbers for a rookie defenseman in his first call-up from the minor leagues to the big show.

It is not guaranteed that Lauzon will be in the Bruins’ lineup against Vegas tonight, as Brandon Carlo may or may not be ready to go. Since Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, and Urho Vaakanainen are all still injured, if Carlo cannot go tonight, it is possible that Matt Gzelcyk will be moving up to play alongside captain Zdeno Chara on the Bruins top pair, as the two played well together Saturday night against the Maple Leafs. If this is indeed the case, expect Lauzon to play on the third pair with usual seventh defenseman Steve Kampfer. This will leave the second pairing of Torey Krug and John Moore intact.

If Carlo’s injury is not long-term, and it doesn’t like it will be, Lauzon’s call-up probably won’t be very long. Charlie McAvoy has already resumed skating, and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says third pair defenseman Kevan Miller may be back in the lineup by the end of the Bruins’ upcoming road trip, which begins in Colorado this Wednesday, and will end November 21 in Detroit.


Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Granted Leave Of Absence

Tuukka Rask was third in the league in save percentage this season. (USATSI)(Photo Credits: USATSI)

By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

The Boston Bruins announced today that goalie Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence due to a personal matter. Although there is a lot of speculation online, the organization is stating that the leave is not health related. According to NBC Sports Boston Insider Joe Haggerty, Rask is excepted to be out for a couple of days.

“It’s not health related. It’s important to respect his privacy and allow him to deal with it for the next few days”-General Manager Don Sweeney.

The news comes after a tough loss last night against the Vancouver Canucks 8-5. Jaroslav Halak had one of his worst performances last night when he allowed five goals on 19 shots before being pulled out of net.  Tuukka Rask went in between the pipes early in the second period and allowed three goals on 14 shots.

“Long Season. Sometimes you let in more goals than other night. Tonight, more than I would have like, probably more than Jar would have like. Moving on, that’s it…I was just trying to keep it under 10 [goals allowed] — that’s what I was worried about. But yeah, you know, like I said, a loss is a loss, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. It was kind of a crazy game both ways. You know, a lot of goals scored and there was – at the end it looked like everyone was napping in the crowd. It was just one of those games where there wasn’t a whole lot of action on either end – low shots and you know all of a sudden it’s 5-3, 8-5 whatever. So yeah, weird game but that’s entertainment and we’re just providing it.

Rask is having a tough start to the new season as his record is 4-4 with a goals against average of 3.05 (the highest since 2007-2008) and with a .901 save percentage. The 31-year-old Finland native was part of the Stanley Cup winning team in 2011. In 2013 ,he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender for that year.  Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Halak will start for Boston this coming Saturday in a game against Toronto. More than likely Halak will pull double duty and continue goal-tending duties for Sunday’s game against Las Vegas. The Bruins will call up Providence goalies Zane McIntrye or Dan Vlader to replace Rask on the roster. For Friday’s morning practice, Rask was not present.  The Bruins used emergency back-up goalie Kevin Segee, who is a Massachusetts state trooper.

The news that Rask will be out for a few days quickly blew up on Twitter:

Fellow teammate Patrice Bergeron simply stated when asked about Rask’s situation:

“I’m not going into any details, It’s a personal issue. Right here we’re behind him and supporting him 100 percent. All I can say is that he’s a great friend and we’re all here for him.”

Whether or not Rask’s personal issues is the reason behind his lackluster performance remains to be seen. While its still early in the season, hopefully the veteran goalie will bounce back. Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by Toronto before being traded to Boston. In 2013, the Bruins re-signed the goaltender to an eight-year, $56 million-dollar contract.

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Sports Spot 11/5/18: Episode 6: Bruins Need A Top-Six Winger

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

It’s all Bruins and Patriots in episode six of Sports Spot. The Bruins need to balance out the scoring up-front and a trade for a top-six, scoring winger might be just what they need. We talked about multiple players that could be a good fit including the big fish in the pond, Artemi Panarin, as well as guys like Wayne Simmonds, Mats Zuccarello, and Josh Anderson. Listen and enjoy.

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Do the Bruins need to make a trade?


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By: Mandi Mahoney  |  Follow Me On Twitter @phoneymahoney

Bruins fans have been clamoring for Boston brass to make a trade. Some think a defenseman is needed, some think a second line wing will do the trick, and others think a third line center will cure what ails the Bruins. The Black and Gold opened the season up with a 7-0 loss to the defending Cup champs and have looked inconsistent since. Are the Bruins really in need of a roster shake up, though?

It had seemed to most people that the Bruins were planning to pick up a scoring wing during the offseason, but that didn’t pan out. At this point, the only Bruins forwards with more than three points in the first dozen games are Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and David Krejci – surprise, surprise. By the looks of things, the Bruins may have been expecting either Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson or Trent Frederic to skate in the third line center position. By the end of the preseason, neither player had made a convincing — never mind compelling — argument that he should center the third line. This forced the Bruins to try Sean Kuraly, David Backes, and others as their third line pivot. Kuraly has mostly looked out of place on the third line. Backes is getting old and isn’t very durable, so he’s not really ideal to play center.

Since then, we’ve seen a couple of players who have played all over the lineup in Danton Heinen and Joakim Nordstrom. To a lesser extent, Anders Bjork has also slotted into multiple roster spots, as well. Out of the three, Bjork has the most top six potential, but he hasn’t been getting much ice time, averaging 11:34 per game. Only Noel Acciari and Urho Vaakanainen are averaging less.  Nordstrom is seemingly the best player to fill in at the moment, as he hasn’t been a liability in any position he’s played. Heinen is one of the Bruins’ few “Swiss Army Knife” utility-type players, and while the second line’s advanced stats were good when he played with Krejci and DeBrusk, Cassidy has been more eager to play him in a third line role.

Once Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk, and Kevan Miller return to action, the Bruins may have decisions to make as far as the defense goes, as they’re bordering on being overstocked. Matt Grzelcyk has been their second highest scoring defenseman, behind only McAvoy, and he has been reliable defensively. Aside from a few rough shifts, Brandon Carlo is beginning to look like a very good NHL defenseman. Jeremy Lauzon will likely be sent back down to Providence soon enough, but his first stint on the big Bruins has been impressive, as he’s been positionally sound and hasn’t made any scary mistakes.

Another potential third liner, Ryan Donato, was assigned to Providence earlier today. The rotating cast on the line has looked sloppy in general, but part of that is presumably because they haven’t been able to build much chemistry. The Bruins bottom six hasn’t had a consistent composition at all this season. Taking all of that into consideration, it sounds like the third line and depth scoring need to be addressed. However, it has only been twelve games, and things really aren’t so bad.

The Bruins are tied with five other teams for fourth in the league with 16 points. Their power play is also fourth, converting at 29.7%. The penalty kill could use some help as it has only killed 76.3% of the Bruins’ penalties, but when you’re winning and your power play is as good as the Bruins’, you don’t make big trade simply to bolster your PK.

Goaltending does not need to be addressed; Rask may have had a tough start, but Jaroslav Halak has been fantastic. Halak’s save percentage is .947, good for second best in the league. This ridiculous number will definitely not hold up over the whole season, but there’s absolutely no need to make any kind of move for a goalie. Team defense has been solid, as the team has only given up 29 goals, tied for fourth-best in the league, which is very impressive since puck-moving ace (and second best defenseman) Torey Krug has only played one game.

If the Bruins’ bottom six still isn’t gelling after David Backes returns from injury and they’ve reached the 25 game mark, it may be time to call up wing Peter Cehlarik, who by all accounts is having himself a good season in Providence. Cehlarik was wonderful at training camp and in the preseason, and many fans have been vocal about his not making the team.

Depending on what Forsbacka-Karlsson and Frederic are in the AHLdoing at that point, calling one of them up could be a possibility, or former KHL forward Jan Kovar, if he turns out to be a good fit with Providence. If this happens and the third line still hasn’t gotten its footing, maybe then the Bruins explore their options and make a few calls, but when injuries and youth are taken into consideration, there doesn’t seem to be a reason to make a move so early in the season. The not-so-short answer on the question of whether the Bruins need to make a trade right now seems to be “no”.




NHL Player Safety To Look At Tuesday’s Hit On Vaakanainen

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that they will have a hearing today with Ottawa Senators’ Mark Borowiecki for the forearm he threw at Bruins’ rookie defenseman Urho Vaakanianen on Tuesday night.

The 1st period play took place when the Bruins were unable to capitalize on a loose puck in Ottawa’s crease. Vaakanainen entered the scrum from the blue line and Borowiecki put his left elbow/forearm into the back of the young Bruins’ helmet. There was no penalty called on the ice. Vaakanainen continued to play in the first but never returned for the rest of the game and it was announced he had suffered a concussion.

This occured in 19-year-old Urho Vaakanianen’s second NHL game.

“They’ll look at it. It’s a flying elbow. For me, and listen, I’m not in the heat of the battle. It looked fairly deliberate. He saw the player coming. But that’s not for me to decide. It’s unfortunate for Urho because he’s concussed. But at the end of the day, that’ll move up he food chain and somebody will have to make a decision on whether it’s suspendable or not.”

Bruins Head Coach, Bruce Cassidy

Others were more critical and direct with their thoughts on the play:

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Providence Bruins Week 2 Preview

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By: Jen Stasio Coombe  |  Follow Me On Twitter @hockeygirl2976

We stand at the precipice of week 2 with Providence holding a less than desirable record of 0-2-0-0, but this weekend has 3 games on tap and if the stars align, our mighty P-Bruins could skate into Week 3 with a 60%-win average. Not too shabby considering today we wallow at a big fat goose egg. To make this feat a reality the baby B’s have a steep hill to climb starting Friday; back-to-back nights against the Hartford Wolf Pack, followed by a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Let’s take a look…

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Friday, Oct. 12: Providence Bruins vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (AWAY)


Saturday, Oct: 13: Providence vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (HOME)

As if it were Groundhog Day and we were all waking up to Sonny and Cher on our alarm clocks, this Friday’s match-up is once again against Hartford in Hartford. The main difference this week is coming off a two-game loss the Baby B’s are going to be fired up and ready to take on the shaggy puppies on their home turf. As we covered prior to last week’s game, these two teams are fairly evenly matched when looking at their stats from last year. Each team a little more likely to win when they have the home-ice advantage.  The second difference between this week and last is that the Pack are following the P-Bruins home. The second match-up of the weekend will see the same two teams take the ice, but this time at the Dunk.

For the P-Bruins, the key to winning each of these games is going to be their defense.  Last week saw an abysmal display in the net by the veteran tender and a confused and disorganized effort being put forth by the rest of the team. Perhaps the most suitable phrase here is, “Patience Grasshopper.” Cliché, I know, but very appropriate, in most of these cases. With the possible exception of Zane McIntyre, the rest of the team has at least one new player they are getting used to having to rely on at every turn. With the amount of time it took to trickle the players back to the AHL from NHL training camp, no one had a chance to really mesh. I am hoping after a solid week of training the team has a little bit stronger bond and a better understanding of each other going into Friday’s “Groundhog-esque” match-up.

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Sunday, Oct. 14: Providence Bruins vs. Springfield Thunderbirds (Away)

Sunday welcomes the first matinee game of the season and what would a matinee be without some chirping birdies. I guess the answer is, a matinee without chirping birdies, but I digress. The Springfield Thunderbirds welcome us back to their home ice after we casually swept them aside two games to none in preseason this year. Now that we meet in the matches that really matter, I have no doubt the Springfield T-Birds will be looking to even the score.

Meeting up around a dozen times each year, these two teams have developed a rivalry that Providence likes to take the winning side of.  In the ‘17-18 season, meeting up 14 times the Bruins marked up 9 wins; the previous season was about the same with 12 games played and 8 W’s for Providence. Three of the games last season ended regulation in a tie, while two of those ended in OT (1 OT Win for PRO:1 OT Win for SPR), and the last ended in a shootout that saw Providence come out on top.

In terms of Penalties, historically, Springfield tends to rack up more penalty minutes than the Bruins when head to head. Which is not quite what we saw in the preseason games, which are always a little more raucous than the typical regular season game. Of the currently active players, Jordan Szwarz leads in Points against Springfield with a career record of 21-27-48.  Little doubt he tries to topple 50 this Sunday.

Still, out of the lineup this weekend is David Broll and we haven’t heard any update on Jesse Gabrielle. Cody Goloubef is expected to be back on the ice this weekend according to Mark Divver from the Providence Journal. The other addition to the lineup will be Urho Vaakanainen, who was released from Boston last weekend. While we have no official word on starting lineups for this weekend, I wouldn’t expect the front lines to differ too much from last week, and the additions that I see coming into the defensive lines are the pairing of Vaakanainen and Goloubef.

Lineup(Image Courtesy of Providence Bruins)

My picks to watch this weekend would be:

Up Front:

Blidh/Pond/Fyten – This trio seemed to have good chemistry last week and were arguably the best line out there.  I would love to see this trend continue.

On The Blue Line:

Goloubef/Vaakanainen  – I am hoping to see Goloubef lend some mentorship to Vaakanainen that will round out the youngster’s game.

In Net:

Zane McIntyre – Having an arguably rough and rocky start, the proof will be in the pudding.  Can Zane pull a Taylor Swift and “Shake It Off” or will he be filled with “Bad Blood.”

Cheers to the challenge of a comeback weekend and best of luck to our Baby B’s.  I will catch up with you next week and until then, feel free to message me on twitter with any questions or comments and as always take some time to check out the other great articles by the incredible team here at Now Go Get Hockey With It!