Bruins Assign Peter Cehlarik To Providence

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced this afternoon that forward Peter Cehlarik has been assigned to Providence, in addition to several other updates, including Connor Clifton and Paul Carey being recalled. The 23-year-old has split time between the big club in Boston and the Providence Bruins this season, having suited up in 20 games for Boston and 39 for Providence.

During his time with the Bruins this season, Cehlarik has 4/2/6 totals to go along with a plus-3 rating and six penalty minutes; with Boston’s AHL club, the Czech has totaled 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in addition to a minus-1 rating and eight penalty minutes. In 37 career games played in the NHL, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound winger has amassed 5/5/10 numbers on top of a plus-5 rating and eight penalty minutes.

“The time for him [Cehlarik] to get better is in Providence,” Cassidy said of the team’s decision to re-assign the winger. Cassidy also mentioned that, ideally, Cehlarik would stay and practice with the team; however, the way the schedule looks for the near future, the team felt the best option would be to send him down.

A third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (90th-overall), Cehlarik returns to a P-Bruins lineup that sits fourth in the Atlantic Division–two points off sole possession of third place–and is entering an important stretch of games as the team jockeys for position with the Calder Cup Playoffs creeping closer. With 41 goals and 49 assists for 70 points in 123 AHL games played, Cehlarik will look to return to his role as a key contributor for Providence as the team’s regular season draws to a close.

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Bruins Recall Connor Clifton and Paul Carey from Providence

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

On Wednesday afternoon, Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy announced that the team had recalled defenseman Connor Clifton and forward Paul Carey from Providence.

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Clifton has skated in nine game for the Bruins this season, going scoreless. He made his NHL debut on November 16th in Dallas against the Stars. Clifton also has spent 53 games with Providence this season, posting six goals and 21 assists for 27 points. Carey has skated in 21 games for Providence since being traded from Ottawa, scoring 14 goals and adding six assists for 20 points. Carey made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche on March 12th, 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks

Clifton was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Carey was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry draft. Both players should see ice time as soon as tomorrow night as the Bruins continue to be banged up on the recent road trip. Clifton looked fairly solid in his time in Boston this season so he should be a good addition. Carey being an experienced player, should bring some stability to a lineup that desperately needs it.

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Providence Bruins Weekend Recap: 3/9 and 3/10

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

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A shootout was needed to decide the first game of the weekend between Providence and Hershey, and the Saturday sequel would not disappoint. Both teams have been swinging back and forth in the Atlantic Division standings over the last few weeks and the weekend was a prime opportunity for one team to gain a solid amount of distance on the other.

First Period:

The defense showed up first and foremost, holding Hershey to just 4 shots through the first twenty minutes and killing off an early power play. Trent Frederic got the scoring started for Providence at the 9:51 mark. After keeping in a clearing attempt on the half wall, Frederic fired a slap shot that Ilya Samsonov was unable to get out of the air. It was Frederic’s eleventh goal of the season.

Score: Providence 1-0

Second Period:

Just like the Friday contest Hershey always seemed to linger, tying the game up just 1:30 into the second period with Riley Barber beating Dan Vladar on a delayed penalty call.

Providence got to show off the special teams to get right back in the game courtesy of Uhro Vaakanainen. It would be the first goal on what ended up being six power plays in the game for the Bruins. Barber would score his second goal of the evening on a breakaway to tie the game again for Hershey 2-2 late in the second period.

Score: 2-2

Third Period:

Jayson Megna gave Hershey their first lead of the night just about halfway through the third period.

A few minutes later, the Bruins were given a good break when Beck Malenstyn was called for tripping. That power play allowed Paul Carey to lift a puck from right in front of the net to tie the game back up for Providence. Connor Clifton also continued to dish out the assists, notching his fourth in the last two games.

Score: 3-3

Overtime:

As fate would have it, Carey’s night was destined to end more dramatically. After a Bruins faceoff win to begin the overtime period, Carey streaked into the offensive zone and ended the game earlier than expected for the crowd at Dunkin Donuts Center. The Bruins would finish the weekend with a contest against the Springfield Thunderbirds, once again in front of a home crowd.

Final: Providence Wins 4-3 

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After picking up two wins in post-regulation against their division rivals Hershey, the Providence Bruins looked to make it a clean sweep of the weekend against the Springfield Thunderbirds, a team that is a lowly 9-14-5 on the road this season. Paul Carey came into Sunday’s contest with 6 points in his last 4 games, and with a few additions back on the Providence, roster looked to keep it intact.

First Period:

With Providence getting their first power play opportunity in the first period, Trent Frederic came off from the bench and made a beautiful two on one pass to defenseman Urho Vaakanainen, his third goal in the last four games.

Springfield looked to get the momentum back in their favor when Jacob McDonald went after Michael Doherty just about halfway through the period, with both receiving matching fighting penalties. The bad blood continued to the very last seconds of the period when all players on both teams gathered in the near side corner of the ice to apply some shoves.

Score: 1-0 Providence

Second Period:

Joel Lowry tied the game for Springfield just 2:17 into the second. After a shorthanded chance by Trent Frederic went off of the post, Lowry went right back the other way with Sebastian Repo and beat Zane McIntyre cleanly. Just a minute and a half later, Anthony Greco continued his goal-scoring streak to give the Thunderbirds took a 2-1 lead. Springfield continues to be ranked in the top ten of the AHL in second period scoring with 73 goals for.

Providence took the deficit and started to fire a flurry of shots towards the Springfield cage. Turnovers lead to great chances by the Bruins forwards but they were all stopped, including an incredibly athletic save by Chris Driedger with just over seven minutes to go.

Score: 2-1 Thunderbirds

Third Period:

With 7:39 to go in the third period, Vincent Praplan scored his first goal as a Springfield Thunderbird after the penalty kill had come up large for most of the period. The forward also had his family in attendance after making a late surprise trip from his native Switzerland. That would be all as far as the Bruins efforts would go as they could not get any more shots past goaltender Chris Driedger. Still, the Bruins managed to get four of a possible six points on the weekend to keep themselves in a playoff position. Providence will rest for the week then be back in action against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who currently sit just outside of a playoff spot.

Final: 3-1 Springfield 

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Providence Bruins vs Hershey Bears Game Recap 3/8/19

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By: Sam Fryman  |  Follow Me On Twitter @sfryman20

Providence Bruins Lines:

Carey – Szwarz – Kuhlman
Blidh – Frederic – Senyshyn
Fitzgerald – Smith – McNeill
Riley – Koppanen – Pond

Goalie:

McIntyre

Hershey Bears Lines:

Smith Pelley – Sgarbossa – Barber
Gersich – Megna – Walker
O’Brien – Pilon – Malenstyn
Kammerer – Pinho – Whitney

Goalie:

Vanacek

First Period:

The Bruins looked to begin a strong weekend in the month of March against one of their chief rivals in the Atlantic Division. The Hershey Bears came into this matchup sitting just one point ahead of Providence for third in the division standings. It was the first of two games against Hershey as the Bruins looked to prevent the Bears from getting their 8th win in the last 11 games.

With the return of forward Karson Kuhlman to the lineup, Providence was expecting an added boost of offense. Early on the Bruins wouldn’t do so, going 0 for 2 on the power play and not controlling the pace of the game as Hershey could. Zane McIntyre continued his impressive season by coming up with several very athletic saves in the early minutes, notably on Beck Malenstyn, while the Bruins defensemen were making a few passing mistakes.

The Bears got the scoring started with just about a minute and a half left in the first period with Riley Barber receiving a terrific pass from behind the net by Aaron Ness. Despite the slow start on the scoreboard, Providence lead in the shots on goal category 12-8.

Score: Hershey 1-0

Second Period:

Providence applied more of an aggressive forecheck to begin the second period, and the scoring chances were coming much more frequently as were fortunate turnovers. Providence went on their third power play of the game with 13:19 to go in the period due to an interference penalty. Special teams finally yielded a goal to the Bruins via the captain Jordan Szwarz, his third against the Bears this season. After a great point shot by Clifton, Szwarz dived in front of the net to put it past Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek. A punch filled scrap between Tyler Lewington and Trent Frederic right after the goal kept the fans very much into it.

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As the physicality of the game picked up it was the job of the Bruins penalty kill to keep the tie intact. They held Hershey scoreless on their two power play chances in the period, continuing their season-long success down a man. After some incredible stick moves by Connor Clifton, the Bruins got yet another power play goal to take their first lead of the games. While he didn’t finish off his highlight reel approach, former Bear Paul Carey received a perfect pass and finished with under three minutes left in the second.

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Score: Providence 2-1

Third Period:

The third period started with a great bounce from Hershey. Their continued zone presence and crisp passing left the Bruins gassed, but the defense and McIntyre were able to fend off all challenges. With some tight back and forth action being applied between the two squads, Lucas Johansson tied it up for the Bears with 4:54 left in regulation. It was his first AHL goal since mid-October. It was an unfortunate one to give up given how much Providence had controlled the puck in their offensive zone. The goal would give each team one point as the contest headed to overtime, but only one squad would walk away with a big second for the win.

Score: 2-2

Overtime was a very even contest but it yielded no winner. The noteworthy highlights were a big couple of denials by McIntyre on Hershey’s Jason Megna, who had been a shot machine all night for the visitors.

Shootout: Hershey has been known throughout the season as a very strong shootout team, but none of their shooters could figure out Zane McIntyre. In the sixth round, Anton Blidh scored to give the Bruins the win which will leave the teams tied in the Atlantic Division standings. Next up for Providence: Another tilt against the Bears tomorrow night at the Dunk, followed by a Sunday matinee contest versus Springfield.

Final: 3-2

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Bruins AHL Affiliate: Providence Bruins Week 12 Preview

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By Tim Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

This weekend is the last leg of the 5-game road trip for the Providence Bruins. Our boys in black and gold currently sit at 7th in the Atlantic Division with a record of 13-13-5 (31 points) and 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. The team continues the aforementioned road trip on Friday traveling to Allentown, Pennsylvania to take on the home team Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center. The Providence club finishes up the road trip with two games against the host Hershey Bears in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday.  

Friday, December 28th Providence Bruins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AWAY) 

The Friday match-up marks the third time the Bruins have faced the Phantoms this season. In the first meeting, Lehigh Valley beat Providence 5-4 with the Bruins getting goals from Karson Kuhlman, Cameron Hughes, Colby Cave, and Wiley Sherman. Meanwhile, goalie Dan Vladar was off his game stopping 21 of 26 shots in net. The second meeting between the two teams saw a much better result for the Bruins. The Baby B’s beat the Philadelphia Flyers affiliate 6-3 with the Bruins getting goals from Austin Fyten (2), Cameron Hughes (2), Ryan Fitzgerald, and Jordan Szwarz, while goalie Dan Vladar looked much better in net stopping 18 of 21 shots.  

The third game of the season series will not be easy for Providence. Lehigh Valley comes into the game 18-9-1-2 (39 points) and 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games good for 3rd in the Atlantic Division with games in hand. To make matters worse, over the past five seasons the Bruins are 4-6-0-1 at Lehigh Valley and 8-11-2-1 overall in that time frame. A major key in this game will be the number of goals scored. On the year the Phantoms score 3.8 goals a game, and Providence is 3-12-5 when giving up 3+ goals in a game. Along those same lines, the Baby B’s are 10-5-2 when they score first. Grabbing the early momentum and keeping it will go a long way to shutting down the Flyers’ affiliate. Despite the uphill battle, the Baby B’s hope they can break through against the Phantoms and grab a much needed two points.  

Saturday, December 29th and Sunday, December 30th Providence Bruins vs. Hershey Bears (AWAY) 

The Saturday and Sunday games will mark the second and third time Providence has played Hershey this season. In the first meeting between the two clubs, the Baby B’s beat the Washington Capitals’ affiliate 6-2 with the Bruins getting goals from Jordan Szwarz (2), Cameron Hughes, Anton Blidh, Kyle Cumiskey, and Tanner Pond while goalie Zane McIntyre looked great in net stopping 19 of 21 shots he faced.  

These next two games are ones the Bruins should be looking forward to. Hershey comes into them 12-17-0-2 (26 points) and 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games good for 8th in the Atlantic Division. On top of that, Providence holds a 4-4-2 record in Hershey over the past 5 seasons and a 12-6-2-1 record overall in that time frame. A few things to look at this weekend, Providence is 9-6-2 when playing on Saturday or Sunday this season, and are 10-3-2 when leading after two periods. If they can get an early lead, the home team from Hershey could melt from the pressure. These are two games the Baby B’s should win to grab a needed four points in the standings.

Who’s hot and Who’s not for the Bruins 

Hot 

Jordan Szwarz: Over the past 5 games the Bruins’ captain has played very well, scoring three goals and tallying two assists for five total points. Leading by example is big for Szwarz who has stats of 10-5-15 overall this year. Something to start looking for as the season progresses, if Szwarz scores 20 goals this year, he would be the fifth player in Providence Bruins history with three 20+ goal seasons. One thing the OHL product does have going for him is that he’s scoring 0.625 points per game which is higher than his AHL career mark of 0.59.

Peter CehlarikOver his past 5 games Cehlarik has netted two goals while dishing out four assists for six total points. He has looked good recently, and overall on the season, he’s posted 5-15-20 numbers. If the young forward can keep up these numbers we may see him up in Boston before the season is through.

Not 

Tanner Pond: Pond has produced 1-0-1 numbers in his last 5 games. Hopefully, the center can pick it up this weekend for Providence and light up the score sheet. The gritty forward has 24 penalty minutes in 13 games in his time with the Providence Club as he’s spent most of the 2018-19 season with the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators. Over his career in the ECHL, the former Northeastern Husky has scored at a 0.69 point per game clip with stats of 16-28-44 in 64 games. Given a little time to acclimate himself to the AHL’s talent, Pond could find himself in the hot instead of the not category.

Karson Kuhlman: Kuhlman has found the back of the net once in his last 5 games of action. The former NCAA National Champion and 2018 Tournament MVP with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs has been a streaky player since joining the Providence club after his commitment to his college team was over. The former Bulldog is another player who may just need some time getting used to the skill level of the AHL before climbing out of the not category. With Providence, he’s scoring at a 0.33 ( 4-7-11 in 33 games) point per game clip which is less than his college days of 0.48 (39-41-80 in 166 games).

My players to watch this weekend: 

Up Front: 

Anders Bjork: Since being sent down to Providence, Bjork is scoring at a 1.00 point per game pace with 1-9-10 numbers in 10 games played thus far. Look for him to keep it up this weekend. If he plays well, we could see Boston call him up for the Winter Classic which is being played at his Alma Mater Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

On The Blue Line: 

Connor Clifton: Clifton has played well for Providence this year posting 3-6-9 numbers in 22 games. He even saw a call-up to Boston when they needed help with injuries. Look for him to keep up his play this weekend. The young defenseman’s uptick in scoring is not as surprising as one may think. While at Quinnipiac University he was scoring 0.36 points per game (19-37-56 in 156 games). This is much closer to this season’s 0.41 points per game than last’s of 0.24. 

In Net:  

Dan VladarI would look for Vladar to have a good weekend for Providence, especially with the games against Hershey. The Bears have had a rough go of it this season, and Vladar could shine against them. Something to look for, the young goalie is 4-3-1 on the road this year stopping 212 of 234 shots for a .906 save percentage and  2.51 goals against average.

I am optimistic that the Baby B’s will find some magic this weekend before they return home. The game against Lehigh Valley will be tough. However, the two games against Hershey are ones they should absolutely win. If our boys in black and gold can skate away from the weekend with at least four points, it would go a long way to helping them climb the Atlantic Division standings. We will catch you up next week and let you know how the team fared but feel free to send me any comments or questions on Twitter. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and Go, B’s, Go!

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Connor Clifton Impressing In His first Stint With The Bruins

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By: Jamie Gatlin    | Follow Me On Twitter: @JamieGatlin1217

So far this season the Bruins young defenseman have been tested due to injuries. Key players such as Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, and Kevin Miller have missed significant time causing the Bruins to rely on their depth. As a result, Jeremy Lauzon and Connor Clifton have made their NHL debuts sooner than many anticipated. While they both have performed well Clifton, has been a pleasant surprise. He has quietly been one of the Bruins best defenseman as injuries mount.

Coming into the season, the expectations were not high for Clifton. He was seen as a longshot to make it to the NHL after being signed as an undrafted free agent. When Chara, was injured Clifton was the only right-shot defenseman left on the Providence roster. His numbers were not overwhelming as in 14 games he had only four assists. Despite his low expectations, the former Quinnipiac star has not let others opinion define him.

Clifton made his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars on November 16th and set the tone early. Less than 13 minutes into his NHL career he got into his first fight with veteran Jason Spezza. The rookie made a statement showing that he will not back down from any challenge. Since his debut, Clifton has been all that the Bruins could have hoped for.

Through his first seven games, Clifton has yet to register a goal or an assist. Despite his lack of offense, he has been impressive in other ways. The rookie has shown confidence and grit while providing the Bruins with valuable ice time.  He is playing big minutes which reflects the trust the Bruins staff has in him. After being an afterthought, he has been critical to the Bruins of late.

As his solid play continues, the expectations will only rise. That could dictate just how long he stays on the roster. Kevin Miller will be out until mid-January however the Bruins will get a couple of key pieces back soon. Brandon Carlo could return this weekend, and Charlie McAvoy continues to improve. The return of these two will not only improve the roster but limit playing time for others.

In his brief NHL career, Clifton has played well enough to deserve a roster spot. He is improving every game and looks more confident on the ice. He has been shut down on the backend and played a career-high 24 minutes in the Bruins lose to on Monday. Despite his solid play the Bruins defenseman has continued to play with a chip on his shoulder.

While injuries have tested this teams depth, it has given players like Clifton the opportunity to shine. He has seized the opportunity and at the very least has made his mark. When everyone is healthy the Bruins, will have some tough choices to make. If Clifton can continue his recent play, then he could secure himself a roster spot something nobody expected when the season began.

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Bruins Give Update On Kevan Miller

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

The Bruins announced an update to Kevan Miller’s injury, suffered during Monday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Miller was admitted to a Toronto hospital on Monday after sustaining a throat injury in the first period. The initial x-rays were negative.

 

Miller underwent a CT scan in the hospital which revealed a cartilage injury to the larynx, which was reviewed and re-confirmed upon his return to Boston. The Bruins announced that Miller will be out and re-evaluated in about five weeks. Miller had just returned from a broken hand injury last Wednesday that kept him out for about a month. Miller has played in only 11 games for the Bruins this season, totaling two assists.

Miller has played 296 games in his career, all with the Bruins and has 12 goals and 50 assists in his six years in Boston. The former Vermont Catamount was undrafted and signed an amateur contract with the Providence Bruins during the 2010-11 season. Miller made his NHL debut on November 21, 2013 in Boston in a shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Miller’s injury creates more opportunity for the Bruins young defensemen to prove they belong. The likes of Jeremy Lauzon and Connor Clifton have done an admirable job so far and it looks like they’ll be getting more opportunities.

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Bruins Injuries Create Opportunities From The Developing Depth

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By: Chris Nosek  |  Follow Me On Twitter @cnosek6342

We all know that the Bruins are currently being decimated by the injury bug during the month of November. To quickly recap, those currently missing from the lineup include; Patrice Bergeron (rib and sternoclavicular injury), Zdeno Chara (knee), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Urho Vaakanainen (concussion), and Charlie McAvoy (concussion).

Recently defenders John Moore and Kevan Miller also missed some time, and after their game against Toronto on Monday night it seems that Miller may be lost again for at least a couple more games. So with many fans who had previously holding hopes for a deep playoff run now jumping ship, please stop and take a deep breath and relax. Now, I am not saying this team is going to run off and win the Stanley Cup this season, but what I am saying is these injuries will ultimately help this team in their quest for multiple cups in the long run.

Since the season started, the Bruins have had massive production from their top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak. With Bergeron on the shelf for a month plus, Cassidy was forced to shake up the lineup try to spread out some of their goal scorers. With his first move of putting Nordstrom on the second line center, he sent a clear message to Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson that he had to earn his spot in the lineup after his call-up to provide reinforcements.

Clearly, Nordstrom playing as the second line center wasn’t ever going to be the long-term answer, but it gave the young JFK a chance to earn some stripes being paired with Heinen and Bjork. As shown above, he was able to get on the scoreboard with a different line (compiled of Acciari and Heinen) which started him to play well enough and a consistent enough two-way game that he has since been moved up to fill in for the injured Bergeron between two of the leagues most dangerous scorers.

Lately, he’s brought the level of intensity the team was worried was missing from his game on a night-over-night basis that saw him sent to Providence at the end of the preseason. Now, holding his own, he has answered the question that he can be this teams third line center over the next few seasons and if he continues to play this way will show that he can be a solid second or first line center in the future (depending on who else this team keeps moving forward).

In trying to get some players back in their stride and while not trying to lose anything offensively, Cassidy has left no stone unturned. He has even gone so far as putting Jake Debrusk on his off wing, something he had never done in his career. Although there were some minor growing pains for the first couple of games, the second year forward proved that he has the flexibility to play well on either wing on any line in this lineup. He is now up to 12 points in 24 games this season and has been scoring at a Pastrnak like pace as of late.

Pulling out all the stops to get everyone in the lineup on the scoresheet consistently, Cassidy even tried – for a second time this season – putting David Backes back at the center position to try to get him going. Although finding his way onto the stats sheet, now up to 3 points on the season – thanks to a goal and assist in the November 24th game against Montreal – Backes is still proving to be the weak link of this team. How much longer he remains in the starting 20 remains to be seen, but with his leadership and $6 million cap-hit Cassidy is under a lot of pressure to get the veteran forward producing like his St. Louis days.

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Even though coming into this season there wasn’t much in the way of questions when it came to the defense of this team for this year, there were many questions being asked about the years to come. With only newcomer John Moore and rookie Urho Vaakanainen as the only defenders set to be under contract past the 2019-2020 season with any NHL experience, the questions were rightfully starting to be asked – after all how much longer can this team rely on 41-year-old Zdeno Chara to keep playing?

With injuries on the backline to start the season, Matt Grzelcyk was clearly going to get his chance to show his talents, and he has not wavered in doing so. Gryz and many other youngsters have had a chance to showcase their talents at the NHL level this season as the black and gold have seen a total of 12 different defensemen so far this season.

Zdeno Chara             Brandon Carlo             Charlie McAvoy             Urho Vaakanainen

John Moore              Kevin Miller                  Torey Krug                     Connor Clifton

Jeremy Lauzon       Jakub Zboril                   Steven Kampfer            Matt Grzelcyk

So far every one of these 12 guys, regardless of their age, has shown this season that they are able to get the job done at the NHL level to some degree. Now, I’m not trying to rewrite the defensive depth chart, but the growth we have seen in the games of Clifton, Lauzon, Zboril, Grzelcyk, and Vaakanainen show that this team has more depth than we originally thought.

Although no one wants to see any player get hurt, these young players that Sweeney and his staff have brought in are clearly on the right developmental track. This will bode well for this team this season as none of the injured players are in a situation where they have to get rushed back from their injuries. Bergeron and Chara, especially, could really use the extra time off as their bodies have taken regular beatings over their careers and unless this team starts to freefall in the standings, these two can take some time to make sure they are 100% healthy to go into the playoffs.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston At Detroit: 11/21/18

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) is congratulated at the bench after scoring during the first period.

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Detroit Red Wings

Away: Boston Bruins

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Bjork – Krejci – Pastrnak

Marchand – Nordstrom – DeBrusk

Heinen – Forsbacka-Karlsson – Acciari

Wagner – Kuraly – Backes

Defense

Grzelcyk – Miller

Krug – Clifton

Lauzon – Kampfer

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Detroit’s Lineup

Forwards

Abdelkader – Larkin – Mantha

Nyquist – Nielsen – Athanasiou

Rasmussen – Glendening – Bertuzzi

Vanek – de la Rose – Frk

Defense

Daley – Green

Kronwall – Cholowski

DeKeyser – Jensen

Goalies

Howard

Bernier

First Period

The last time the Bruins and Red Wings met, the Bruins came out on top with an emphatic 8-2 win. In Little Caesars arena this time around, Detroit hoped for a change of fortune, coming in winning eight of their last ten games. But at the same time, Tuukka Rask came in with wins in eight of his last nine appearances against Detroit. Kevan Miller returned to the lineup after missing the last 13 games.

Detroit went the first 5:33 of the game without a shot on goal, while the Bruins had six. It was a pretty straightforward, back-and-forth period until Mike Green took a tripping penalty with 6:38 left in the period, giving the Bruins their first power play of the night. Nothing was going on the power play besides a couple of chances – goose eggs across the board.

There was some good back-and-forth action, but that’s about it despite the shots being largely in favor of the Bruins. They did a solid job of stifling Detroit in the neutral zone for a good chunk of the period. At the end of the first, the shots were 12-4 in favor of the Bruins.

Score: 0-0

Second Period

Jakob Forsbaca Karlsson broke the scoring silence at the 15:52 mark of the period. After scoring his first NHL goal last Saturday against Arizona, JFK clearly wanted more as he crashed hard to the net for that unassisted goal.

Tuukka Rask made an excellent two-part save on Michael Rasmussen to hold the lead. Rask continued to build on his solid performance from last Friday early on in this one. But, in what was a productive period in terms of shots for Detroit early on, they beat Rask on a slap shot from Nick Jensen that Tyler Bertuzzi tipped through the five-hole. Bertuzzi’s tricky deflection tied the game at one.

In the first period, Anders Bjork, David Krejci, and Jake DeBrusk saw some time together. In the second period, Danton Heinen, David Krejci, and David Pastrnak got some time together on the same line. DeBrusk also saw some ice time with Heinen and Krejci. Line shifting makes sense with Patrice Bergeron out for an extended period of time. The perfect solution won’t just drop into head coach Bruce Cassidy and crew’s collective lap. Bad news, Forsbacka Karlsson was sent to the dressing room shortly after his goal. He unintentionally deflected a pass across the offensive zone by Dylan Larkin up into his jaw. That’s never fun, so he went to the room to assess the damages.

Jacob de la Rose gave the Bruins a scare late in the period on a wrist shot that I can’t believe didn’t go in. So despite a late scare, the Bruins left the ice for the second intermission all tied up. The shots in the second period were 13-9 in favor of the Bruins, 25-13 Bruins after two.

Score:

Third Period

Forsbacka Karlsson did not return to the bench to start the period, so the Bruins rolled out 11 forwards temporarily. Forsbacka Karlsson eventually returned to the ice. The good news is that Chris Wagner gave the Bruins the lead just around seven minutes into the period. Sean Kuraly came from behind the net, spun and ripped a wrist shot towards Jimmy Howard right onto Wagner’s tape and in. The goal marked Wagner’s second goal of the season, and Kuraly notched his third assist.

The lead didn’t last long as Gustav Nyquist and Andreas Athanasiou flew into the offensive zone on a two-on-one. The end result was a rebound goal for Athanasiou that tied the game at two, and the goals were scored just 2:14 apart. Lots of scoring chances on both sides, not a lot of goal scoring. More line shifting came in the form of a Marchand, Forsbacka Karlsson, DeBrusk line. Headed to overtime, the shots were 35-25 Bruins overall and 12-10 Detroit in the period.

Score: 2-2

Overtime

Krejci, Pastrnak and Krug started for Boston, Mantha, Larkin, and DeKeyser started for Detroit. Pastrnak and Mantha traded good scoring chances early. Athanasiou ended it 49 seconds in with his second of the game for Detroit. Torey Krug and Brad Marchand just couldn’t corral the bouncing puck off of the draw, so Athanasiou spun around and sent one to the top corner and in. The Bruins get just the one point out of this one. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss.

Next up on the docket for the Bruins are the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at home. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM ET.

Final Score: 3-2 Detroit

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Dallas: 11/16/18

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes:

Arena: American Airline Center, Dallas, Texas, USA

Home: Dallas Stars (9-7-2)

Away: Boston Bruins (10-6-2)

Dallas’s Lineup

Forwards

Benn-Seguin-Radulov

Janmark-Spezza-Ritchie

Comeau-Faksa-Pitlick

Smith-Dickinson-Nichuskin

Defense

Lindell-Honka

Heiskanen-Polak

Hanley-Bayreuther

Goalies

Bishop

Khudobin

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Nordstrom-Krejci-DeBrusk

Heinen-Forsbacka Karlsson-Bjork

Acciari-Kuraly-Backes

Defense

Krug-Clifton

Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Zboril-Kampfer

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Tuukka Rask was busy early, having to freeze the puck a few times as the Stars looked to jump on the Bruins defense. The Bruins had a few early chances thanks to a few turnovers by the Stars. Joakim Nordstrom was able to draw a tripping penalty on Gavin Beyreuther, giving the Bruins a power play with a little over 16 minutes left in the period. The Stars killed the penalty as the Bruins failed to get any significant scoring chances.

The Stars would get a power play opportunity as Sean Kuraly was called for a cross check. The Dallas power play was cut short as Tyler Pitlick was called for interference, resulting in a four on four situation. Rask made a quick succession of saves at the beginning of the Boston power play to keep it scoreless. The Stars killed off the abbreviated power play without surrendering any significant chances.

The Bruins were bailed out a few times by Rask who made a couple of timely saves in the latter half of the period. It was apparent in the first period that the young defensemen didn’t look out of place at all and were able to limit the Stars scoring chances. The Stars nearly took the lead after a scramble in front of the Bruin net but Radek Faksa inexplicably missed as Rask’s back was to the puck.

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Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

A few early period saves by Rask kept the game scoreless as the goaltender looked pretty sharp in his first game back from his leave of absence. The Stars began to get good zone time in the Boston end in the early parts of the period but Rask and the defense seemed to be up to the challenge. After Bergeron got pushed hard into the penalty bench doors, Marchand took exception to the check by Faksa and dropped the gloves.

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Marchand took an extra roughing penalty, resulting in a power play for Dallas. The Bruins killed the penalty without their usual penalty killers on the ice. Rask made a few important saves on the power play. The Bruins began to do a good job getting speed through the neutral zone to attempt to put pressure on the Stars defense. Marchand took his second penalty of the night, this time for slashing which gave the Stars another power play chance. Incredibly, Marchand was called for a misconduct but the Bruins killed the penalty as Rask stood tall.

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Bergeron returned to the ice after heading back to locker room earlier in the period after the hit by Faksa. The game began to have a frenetic feel as both teams traded chances at either end. The period ended with neither team finding the back of the net.

Score: Tied 0-0

Third Period

After a turnover in the neutral zone, Rask made a great glove save to keep the Bruins in the game. Connor Clifton took a delay of game penalty shortly after, resulting in another Stars power play. The Bruins killed the penalty as Rask made a few really good stops to keep it scoreless. Marchand finally returned to ice after his misconduct, trying to give the Bruins some jump.

Refusing to stay on the bench, Bergeron came back out on the ice as a full on scrum took place with Torey Krug and Roman Polak dropping the gloves. Matching penalties resulted in neither team losing any man power on the ice.

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After a confrontation in front of the Boston net, Clifton and Jason Spezza dropped the gloves as the intensity of the game began to ramp up. Neither team got any great scoring chances as the period started to draw to a close. Rask made a few good saves towards the end of the game to keep it scoreless as well as Bishop who made a huge save on a double deflection in the final minute.

End of Regulation: Tied 0-0

Overtime

Rask made a big save on Benn in the first minute of overtime to keep the Bruins alive. Jason Dickinson finished off a two on one rush in front of the Boston net to end it to even the season series against the Bruins.

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Final Score: 1-0 Stars

Three Stars of the Game

First Star: Rask. In his return to the Boston lineup, Rask was absolutely outstanding and gave the Bruins every chance to get two points out of the game.

Second Star: Clifton. Making his NHL debut, Clifton didn’t look out of place and played a nearly flawless game as his future in a Boston uniform looks incredibly bright.

Third Star: Bergeron. Number 37 left the game twice with apparent injuries but returned to the ice both times as he refused to quit on his team. His performance certainly wasn’t lost on his teammates.

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