Blues Schenn Will Not Face Discipline After Hit On Bruins Krejci


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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren 

On Thursday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced there will be no further discipline for Brayden Schenn after he hit David Krejci in the head on Wednesday night.

Schenn was called for charging and given a two-minute minor in the second period during St. Louis’s 2-1 overtime win over the Bruins.

The Department of Player Safety claims there was no charging on the initial play because Schenn still had his skates on the ice once contact with Krejci was made. They also said the head was unavoidable on the play.

Thankfully, Krejci was uninjured after he took the hit and remained in the game, but the inconsistency of the Department of Player Safety continues.

Earlier this month, Boston’s David Backes, who had never been suspended in his 12-year career, was handed a three-game suspension for a very similar hit to head of Detroit’s Frans Nielsen.

Backes also received a match penalty and was ejected from that game.


Ryan Donato Cuts His Teeth on TD Garden Ice



Ryan Donato meets his team after being drafted #56 by the Boston Bruins on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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By: Andrew Thompson                                                                   Twitter: @godwentwhoops      The Boston Bruins found themselves in a pickle last Monday night. They were taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets who were fighting to hold on to their wild-card playoff slot. The Bruins were down no less than seven players and had to dig deep in order to earn points against the Jackets.

This led to the saw debut of Ryan Donato. Donato is a junior at Harvard. Once Harvard was eliminated from the NCAA playoffs,  the 21-year old Donato junior made the decision to waive his fourth year of NCAA eligibility.  (Donato had been drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was a second-round pick (like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand) and was the 56th pick overall.) He then signed with the Black and Gold the very next day.


This was a big opportunity for the Mass native to showcase some of his skills. By and large, he succeeded. Donato earned his first NHL goal, and his first assist as well.

In the end, Donato ended up with a three-point night and found himself all over the ice. Coach Bruce Cassidy had Donato on the power play and even gave him some ice time during the overtime period.

Current members of the team were certainly pleased with Donato’s debut in Boston. “Ryan played a good game,” said Bruins forward David Krejci on Donato’s first game in the spoked ‘B’.  Donato’s third point of the season came from Krejci’s goal in the middle of the third period. That goal opened the way up for the B’s to take the see-saw game to overtime.  “Good for his confidence to get the first one. That is always the hardest, but he’s got to keep playing the way he played today. I thought he played well and he made some good plays. He easily could have got a couple of more, but that’s a good start for him.”

This was a fantastic debut for the Scituate native.  Even in the loss, Donato was excited to don the spoked ‘B’ and carry on another father-son tradition in Boston. The Donatos are the sixth family in Bruins history to carry on the Black and Gold legacy from father to son.

“I mean, it was fun,” said Donato of his first game for Boston. “Obviously it ended tough, but at the end of the day I was excited and I think it all went well personally, but I’d say it’s still bitter because of the loss.”

Donato’s arrival is certainly a good sign for Boston. Even with some of their best players out of action, the depth of this team is incredible. They’re competitive with other playoff teams and are even capable of shutting out some of the best teams in the NHL. Donato’s strong play once again validates Boston’s “next man up” philosophy.

In the end, Donato and the B’s weren’t able to pull off the win, but they did get that important OT point. This gives the Bruins 99 points for the season. The Black and Gold should find themselves holding onto an automatic playoff spot the next time they earn any kind of point in their next eleven games.

Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 66


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The only big change coming to the lineup was Nick Holden replacing Adam McQuaid. With all of the depth that the Bruins have, Bruce Cassidy is able to change people in and out as he pleases to allow players to rest so that they are fresh going into the playoffs. Tuukka Rask will take the net for the B’s as Berube goes in for the Blackhawks.

What I Am Looking Forward To

This is the first game of a home and home with Chicago. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any major physical plays that will be remembered and transferred to tomorrows game. Chicago is always dangerous and the Bruins need to respect that if they want to be able to have a shot at winning this game, no matter how Chicago may look in the standings.


The period opened up with the Bruins struggling to move the puck into Chicago’s zone because of Chicago’s active stick play. The Blackhawks were on the attack right away, getting lots of chances and shots at the net, even springing Patrick Sharp on a breakaway, but he found the post. A fight broke out by the benches between John Hayden and Sean Kuraly. That fight won’t be on Don Cherry’s Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em anytime soon as it was just a wrestling match. The Bruins got on the power play after a Jurco penalty, but couldn’t get a good entry on the majority of their tries and Chicago was able to kill it off. Brad Marchand got into some penalty trouble after a collision with Anthony Duclair. While it did look like he tried to get out of the way but he definitely got his hands up high on Duclair. On the ensuing penalty kill, Sean Kuraly made a great play on a D-toD pass and jumped up on the play to force his own breakaway where Noel Acciari potted the rebound. After Murphy took a penalty for slew-footing Brad Marchand, the Bruins were having a lot of trouble with getting into the zone and setting up but as the power play was coming to a close, Jake DeBrusk made a great play down low to steal the puck and get it in front to David Krejci who had all the time in the world to pick his target and score. Boston was up 2-0, but as soon you thought the Bruins were safe, Chicago put up two unanswered goals to tie it. Both were shots from the point that had a lot of people in front screening.


BOS – Acciari PK (Kuraly), Krejci PP (DeBrusk, Holden)

CHI – Toews (Gustafsson, Kane), Gustafsson (Schmaltz, DeBrincat)


Boston got off to a good start in the offensive end. Rick Nash did a good job of moving the puck from behind the net to the high slot but wasn’t able to get too many chances other than that. As Boston was trying to control the puck near their blueline with close to thirteen minutes left in the period, Kampf made a great play in the neutral zone to steal the puck and get it to Hayden who took a great shot that rang off of the post and in to put Chicago up 3-2. After Riley Nash had his hand chopped, the Bruins were sent on the power play, where Jake DeBrusk sped by everyone on the outside to go low and behind the net. But just before he got behind the net, he saw David Krejci all alone in front and found him with a great pass where Krejci scored. Back even at 3-3. This didn’t last long though, as Matthew Highmore scored his first career NHL goal on a moving shot from the faceoff dot. The period ended 4-3.


BOS – Krejci PP (DeBrusk, Gionta)

CHI – Hayden (Kampf, Seabrook), Highmore (Gustafsson, Anisimov)


Boston came out hungry for the puck. Earlier in the game, you could see that Boston wasn’t winning the battles they needed to but they turned that around in the first half of the third period. They were playing hard on the puck, making those quick little passes to open up space and playing well along the boards. This resulted in a zone entry where Marchand rifled a shot off of the shoulder of the goalie where the puck popped off and dropped to the streaking Pastrnak who was crashing the net. After the goal, Patrick Kane was trying to get the puck away from Sean Kuraly, bur caught him in the face with his stick and drew blood, resulting in a four-minute double minor for Chicago. Boston took full advantage of this, with both Brian Gionta and Rick Nash scoring on great plays in front of the net. After those two goals, Chicago started to panic and took yet another penalty for tripping. This was killed off and with about two minutes left in the game, Chicago pulled their goalie, where Sean Kuraly scored to end the game.


BOS – Pastrnak (Marchand, Riley Nash), Gionta PP (DeBrusk, Grzelcyk), Rick Nash PP (Krug, Marchand), Kuraly EN (Schaller, Chara)



Just look at all of the chances that Boston had compared to Chicago. While Chicago focused on the low-right side, the left side of the blueline and front of the net, Boston took shots from everywhere, keeping Berube on his toes all game.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Jake DeBrusk – What a game by the rookie. He assisted on three goals, including the game-winner and all of his assists came on the power play. He also had six shots on net that led the team.

2nd: David Krejci – After being very close to a hat-trick himself, Krejci deserves all of the praise he gets. Both of his goals came from great positioning in front of the net.

3rd: Sean Kuraly – A real gritty game for Kuraly, as he got a Gordie Howe hat-trick with a stick to the face too. A great game for a player who wasn’t on the scoresheet as much as he would have liked to in the past couple of games.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Nick Holden – He may have only had one assist and no shots during the game, but when tou look at how the Gionta and Rick Nash goals were scored, you’ll see that Holden held the puck in the zone and was able to make a play with it. The Bruins wouldn’t have gotten those go-ahead goals without him.

BIRDHOUSE – Round-up of the best Tweets during the game


Sunday, March 11th in Chicago


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Premature Panic: The Bruins Have Turned Their Season Around


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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren 

It’s March 7, 2018, and the Boston Bruins are 41-15-8.

I was very, very wrong about this team.

Back in October, I wrote about how it was already time to hit the panic button on this season. They were 2-3-0 through their first five games, they couldn’t string together consecutive regulation wins until November, and Tuukka Rask was playing nowhere near the level he’s at now.

One thing that really stuck out to me from my previous article was that I wrote, “the young studs are not living up to the expectations surrounding them.” At the time, they weren’t, but players like Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen and David Pastrnak are very much exceeding those expectations now. Between the four players listed above, the young studs have 56 goals, McAvoy is playing like a veteran in his rookie season, Heinen is quietly making a name for himself while DeBrusk and Pastrnak just continue to score and collect points each game.

Trust me, I am extremely happy to have been so terribly wrong about this team. I never expected them to be this good – especially during Bruce Cassidy’s first full year as head coach, all the youth on this team and a year where there was a lot of questions surrounding Rask after how he started early in the season. But something happened between then and now – maybe it was getting Patrice Bergeron and David Backes back into the lineup, or maybe it was just a matter of time until this team started clicking.

Whatever it was, it’s worked. I had little hope for the Bruins after their slow and sluggish start. But now I have hopes for a deep playoff run. They’ve added depth with Rick Nash, Nick Holden, and even Brian Gionta. Rask, despite his last five games, has been playing phenomenally. But what has been standing out to me a lot, besides the rookies being fantastic, is the “next man up” mentality this team has when a player goes down.

Currently, this team is without Bergeron, McAvoy and Anders Bjork. Fortunately, Bergeron and McAvoy will be back this season, and they need McAvoy’s defense and Bergeron’s offense. But that gives opportunities for Holden, Nash, and Gionta to get more ice time, David Krejci to get more goals and Marchand to continue to step up and be the force on the ice this team needs.

We saw what this team is like without McAvoy and Bergy on Tuesday in their 6-5 overtime against Detroit. It was a game of the good, the bad and the ugly against a mediocre Red Wings team. But the team stepped up with two goals from Torey Krug, a natural hat trick from Marchand and some players dropping gloves. They are a completely different team – a team that is built for the playoffs. So when Bergeron, McAvoy, and Rask come back, this team will be even better because they will be at full health.

I was so very wrong about this team. But I am so pleased I was. 

Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 62


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With Patrice Bergeron still out, so Riley Nash fills in for him on the first line. Danton Heinen will be a healthy scratch with Matt Grzelcyk tonight, but according to Bruce Cassidy, Grzelcyk and others are “nursing these little nagging injuries.” The rest will be much appreciated as the Bruins start their descent into the last games of the season. Rask starts in net for Boston while DeSmith starts for Pittsburgh.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Two new Bruins are coming into the lineup tonight, Holden on defense and Gionta on the third line. Both seem to be just depth additions, but we’ll have to see if they can play the way that Tommy Wingels did in his debut. If these depth guys can all start playing well, it’ll mean that Bruce Cassidy can give more regular players a game off here or there to rest when they get near the end of the season. It also means that Cassidy will have options in the playoffs if someone goes down for a couple games.


Riley Nash got the first chance of the game early with a quick backhand shot from the slot, but Pittsburgh got the first goal on a knuckle puck from a wide open Olli Maatta. After a gritty shift and an icing, Rick Nash and his linemates Krejci and DeBrusk get the Bruins on the board after a great pass from Nash to a streaking Krejci. Chara started out the play with a simple cross ice pass to Nash. And if anyone was heading for a bathroom break after that goal, they would have missed David Pastrnak’s goal only a minute and eight seconds later. The Bruins headed to the power play after Evgeni Malkin held up a player going into the boards. This didn’t last long, as Rick Nash and the rest of power-play unit converted after some great board play and movement down low behind the net by Rick Nash, who would be the eventual goal scorer after redirecting Krug’s slap-pass to him. After a little bit of back-and-forth, Brian Dumoulin caught Jake DeBrusk in the face and went off for two on a high sticking call. He got lucky because the Bruins couldn’t convert. Shortly after Dumoulin got out of the box, old friend Phil “The Thrill” Kessel found the only opening that Rask had exposed while tight to the left post and bounced the puck off of Tuukka and in. The play settled down for at least a couple minutes while both teams started to play more physical, but as soon as you thought that maybe the teams would get into a possession type game, David Backes springs off of the side boards and fires a difficult shot over the left shoulder of Jarry to make it 4-2 Boston. And there was still 7 minutes in the period. After the goal, Patrick Hornqvist wanted to wake his team up and laid a devastating hit on young McAvoy. The point of contact originated directly on his head since McAvoy was looking for the puck, which seems to be like a pretty dangerous play, but no penalty was called since McAvoy had put himself in that position. A goal was called back from Pittsburgh because of a kicking motion AND a goalie interference. David Krejci went to the box the shift after because of a tripping call, and during the ensuing power play, the game got a whole lot chippier. The Bruins did a great job of moving the puck out of the zone while on the PK and did something you don’t see all that much. They would pass it to a forward moving up the ice and let them enter the zone and kill some extra time off the penalty. With the seconds on the clock dying out, Charlie McAvoy took a shot that was blocked and led to a 2 on 1 for Pittsburgh that led to a great slap shot by Sheahan that beat Rask on the blocker side with 0:02.2 left on the clock. The hectic period would end at a final score of 5-3 for Boston. We’re only 1/3 through this game.


BOS – Krejci (Rick Nash, Chara), Pastrnak (Marchand, Riley Nash), Rick Nash PP (Krug, Marchand), Backes (Gionta), Krug (Pastrnak, Riley Nash)

PIT – Maatta (Malkin), Kessel (Hornqvist, Malkin), Sheahan


The second period started with a Holding Stick penalty for the Penguins. After a shaky start for the Bruins on the man advantage, Nick Holden lasered a pass right to the stick of David Krejci for the 6-3 goal. Hornqvist was up to some more of his mischief in the second and McAvoy decided he was going to let Hornqvist know that he didn’t like his hit in the first period. Things escalated and it went to four on four where nothing major happened. Then, after Marchand did some fancy skating, he went to the box with Maatta. After the 4-on-4 expired, David Pastrnak took a lazy hooking penalty that put the Bruins on the penalty kill where they played pretty well and were able to kill it off. Then we had a battle of the Titans. A 6’9″ Chara squared off against the 6’7″ Oleksiak. It was a pretty good scrap, but both got tired early, but Chara did get a couple good shots. David Krejci found a rebound in on the edge of the crease to make it 7-3, and that was for his hattrick too. Pastrnak made a great move minutes later that pulled the goalie way out of the net, missed the shot and was redeemed by a great pass from Chara to make it a tap-in for Pasta. 8-3 Boston. The first 8-goal game for the Bruins since March of 2012. Krug was given a penalty at the end of the period for Interference and the Bruins headed to the dressing room with a five-goal lead.


BOS – Krejci PP (Holden, DeBrusk), Krejci PP (McAvoy, Holden), Pastrnak (Chara, McAvoy)



Pittsburgh started off on the power play, so the Bruins had to be ready for them to bring a lot of pressure early on. They were up to the challenge and killed off the penalty. The Bruins played well defensively early on, pushing the puck out of their zone and playing dump-and-chase for awhile. But on a defensive zone faceoff, Olli Maatta threw a shot on net that went off of two Boston players before it found the back of Tuukka’s net. Rask, while shaky at times, made sure the lead wouldn’t close any further, and played well the rest of the game. This was a statement win for Boston tonight.



PIT – Maatta (Kessel, Brassard)


Bruins fans should have a lot to cheer about. The second line is working wonderfully together, a third line center is still being effective in replacement of the probable Selke trophy winner, and the depth acquisitions at the deadline are effectively playing both sides of the puck. The real test will be how they play against Tampa Bay with three games starting just over two weeks from now.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: David Krejci – How can I not give it to this guy? He played great all night, needing only a period and a bit to get a hattrick. He also had a good game defensively. He has really reminded people how good he is with Rick Nash now on his line.

2nd: Rick Nash – Nash had another big game, tallying a goal, an assist, and five shots in 15 minutes of play. He is exactly what Don Sweeney was looking for in a 2nd line winger. The trade keeps looking better and better.

3rd: David Pastrnak – He may have scored twice and had an assist, but Pastrnak did not play that great other than that. His first goal should have actually been Riley Nash’s goal, and he missed an open net seconds before his second goal. He still had three points in this game and contributed a great deal on offense.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Zdeno Chara – Chara had a great game altogether. A very gritty, grind-it-out, 2011 Boston Bruins kind of game. He played hard along the boards and took on the young stallion Jamie Oleksiak, and got in a couple clean shots on him. A real captain kind of game.

BIRDHOUSE – Round-up of the best Tweets during the game


Saturday, March 3rd vs Montreal in Boston


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Bruins GM Sweeney’s Patience Persists

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By: Chis Nosek                             Follow Me On Twitter @cnosek6342 

Coming into this 2017-18 season, the Boston Bruins roster had a wide variety of questions and what fans thought were gaping holes. Some of the most significant issues included how GM Don Sweeney would fill the many gaps fans felt this team had left coming out of a disappointing 2016 campaign. Many fans were calling for Sweeney to trade the rights of restricted free agent, and mostly disappointing center, Ryan Spooner. Questions were being asked about starting goaltender Tuukka Rask, and many questions were being brought about the team’s depth at the wing positions.

During the offseason, Sweeney showed patience and did not panic when looking to come to a deal with Spooner and his agent. He allowed the process to work and for the negotiations to go to arbitration. This brought Spooner and the Bruins to a very fair one-year contract for $2.825 million. This has proven to be the right move as Spooner has been filling in now on multiple occasions for a banged up David Krejci.

Sweeney’s patience in this instance would prove to prevail despite many fans questioning his ability to do the job. His patience would also prevail in filling the apparent open winger spots. With big names on the market at the time like; Patrick Marleau, Chris Kunitz, Thomas Vanek, and Justin Williams, it would’ve been very tempting to try to overspend and pair one or two of these guys with the likes of Krejci and Bergeron – especially knowing that Pastrnak and Marchand would be on the opposite wing.

The unexpected play of the young guys like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, and Danton Heinen have not been the only reason this Bruins team has shown significant improvement from the 2016 season. Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy had to show extreme patience with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask as he started this season 5-11 with his back up going 7-4 and earning four-straight victories against teams like the Los Angelos Kings, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, and Pittsburg Penguins with two of his losses coming while earning a point by forcing overtime.

Aside from not being able to move Rask because of a No Trade Clause, Sweeney made the correct decision in holding onto the 30-year-old Finnish goaltender despite many cries to move on from his remaining four-years of an eight-year deal carrying a cap hit of $7 million.  He is now playing like he did during his Venza winning season and has the Bruins on a major hot streak that is currently at 10-0-1 over the past 11 games.

Don Sweeney has shown less panic and more patience than anyone could have asked for and now he has the Bruins unexpectedly in a second place position of the Atlantic Division and 4th place in the Eastern Conference. More importantly, for this team, than their place in the standings is the way they are playing and chemistry the youngsters are creating with their mix of veterans. With nine players up for new contracts at seasons end, Sweeney should show patience as he looks to have a rebuild that will allow for long-term playoff contention instead of just a couple years of a flash in the pan.

BFR1 – Game 21 – Cranberry Sauce

By: Spencer Fascetta                                                     Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

The Bruins push their win streak to 4 in a row, they go with a wonky lineup, Khudobin and DeBrusk are on fire, and I gained about 20 pounds just from Thanksgiving. These things and more in a very thankful edition of BFR!

Boston Bruins Lineup Riddled With Injuries


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

The Bruins have had some injury struggles early in the season, to say the least. Currently, the B’s have 6 people on the Injured Reserve for an undisclosed time for the majority of the players like Adam McQuaid and David Backes. These players include three centers, one RW, one D, one LW,. This is a large portion of the regular roster, which means that the Bruins are lacking some serious skill and experience in their lineup.

Some players that are expected to be out for awhile are David Backes, who had surgery to remove a portion of his colon due to health complications, and Adam McQuaid, who will be out for an extended period of time with a fractured fibula he received after blocking multiple shots in the same area. But players like Marchand, Krejci, and Acciari are expected to be back sooner than later.

These changes in the lineup are very apparent. In the New York game, we could visibly see the lack of depth on the power play when they played the combo of Bjork, Beleskey, Vatrano, Czarnik, and McAvoy as their second option. Playing McAvoy and Bjork isn’t an issue, but having the more grinder-like players like Beleskey and Vatrano seems like it may not be the best idea. The Bruins are currently running a power play percentage of 23.5%, good for 6th best in the NHL.

What Cassidy is doing to counter the lack of depth is to make the lineup less top heavy by moving Jake DeBrusk to the fourth line to even it out. Cassidy also moved up the line of Kuraley-Schaller-Heinen to the second line from the usual spot of the third/fourth line. This ensures that there is a better chance of scoring/good overall play whenever any line is out.

The Bruins still have a lot of work to do if they want to be in playoff contention by the Christmas break. In the 2016 season, 14 of the 16 teams to make the playoffs were in a playoff position as of the Christmas break. The only changes were Toronto and Calgary sneaking into their separate wildcard spots. The Bruins currently sit 3 points away from third in the Atlantic with usually two or three games in hand from the rest of the teams in the division.

They still have 68 games to play, but if they keep playing at this level, the season will only be the regular 82, no extra.


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