Bruins Dominate The Month Of February

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By: Andrew Lindroth | Follow me on Twitter @andrewlindrothh

The Boston Bruins were red-hot in February, winning 11 games and only losing three. The Bruins faced off against eight Western Conference teams and played five original-six match-ups. They were also dominant in regulation, forcing only two games into overtime and not a single shootout. The Bruins also had to endure the challenge of four back-to-back games and won six out of eight games. To conclude the month of February, David Pastrnak ended up being named NHL’s 3rd Star of the Month.

Bruins’ Stars Of The Month

No surprise here, the ‘Perfection Line’ was incredibly impressive in the 14 games played in February, combining for 23 goals and 48 points. Brad Marchand is currently riding a nine-game point streak, had six multi-point games, and finished the month with six goals and 17 points with a +8 rating. Patrice Bergeron tallied seven goals, 12 points with a +10 rating, and averaged over 50% in face-off-wins. Pastrnak led the Bruins with 10 goals and 19 points.

Charlie Coyle showed off his versatility in February, scoring a goal on the power-play as well as the short-handed unit, which ended up being the game-winning goal. He was also dealt with the challenge of having several different wingers in-and-out of his line and playing a new role on the central power-play unit. Coyle finished the month with seven goals and a +6 rating.

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The Bruins’ fourth-line were very effective in shutting down other teams’ top lines and found ways to chip in to help their team win. Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner were the matching partners, with the third forward spot rotating between Par Lindholm, Anton Blidh, and Joakim Nordstrom. Kuraly and Wagner brought energy and power to the lineup every game, both players combined for three goals, seven points, and 73 hits with a +4 rating.

It’s safe to say Charlie McAvoy’s’ best month of the season was February, starting with breaking the curse and finally scoring his first goal of the season. He has maintained a strong physical presence and continues to eat up over 20 minutes of on-ice time per game. For the month, he tallied four goals and 13 points with a whopping +13 rating.

There is no doubt that the heroes for February are Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Having the ability to utilize both goalies, especially during a back-to-back game situation, really gives the Bruins an advantage late in the season to pick up those difficult two points. Rask collected six wins, two shutouts, and a .929% save percentage. Halak finished the month with five wins and a .912% save percentage.

Stepping It Up

The Bruins’ second line struggled to find their offensive touch this past month, and Bruce Cassidy decided to change it up last game by moving Nick Ritchie up to David Krejci’s’ left-wing and Ondrej Kase to his right-wing. Jake DeBrusk, Krejci’s’ usual left-wing partner, managed only two goals and four points with a -4 rating. David Krejci didn’t do so hot either, managing only one goal and six points with a -3 rating. With the addition of Ritchie (who recently scored his first goal as a Bruin) and Kase, Krejci will have more options on the wing and have the potential to develop consistent chemistry.

The young guns, Karson Kuhlman and Anders Bjork have a lot to prove before the end of the season because there is a line of players fighting for their spot. Kuhlman was unsuccessful at sparking the offensive for the second-line and scraped away with one goal and three points with a +2 rating. Recently, Cassidy relocated him to the third-line with Coyle and Bjork. Bjork went cold as well, scoring one goal and four points with a +2 rating. Kuhlman and Bjork were both healthy scratches for one game in February, and they will need to generate some offense soon to cement their spot in the line-up for the playoffs.

Looking Ahead

The Boston Bruins are first in the league, but that does not mean they can sit back and let any points slide by. There are 16 games left in the season, which means 32 points are up for grabs, and anything can happen at this point. They do not have an easy road to the playoffs, as their journey continues in Tampa on Tuesday at 7:30 PM EST. The Bruins are off to a great start, but they will need to restore their scoring depth and continue to play the full 60-minutes each game.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at New York Islanders: 2/29/20

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

Home: New York Islanders (35-20-8)

Away: Boston Bruins (40-13-12)

New York’s Lineup

Forwards

Lee-Barzal-Eberle

Beauvillier-Nelson-Brassard

Dal Colle-Pageau-Bailey

Martin-Clutterbuck-Komarov

Defense

Greene-Pulock

Toews-Mayfield

Leddy-Boychuk

Goalies

Varlamov

Greiss

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Ritchie-Krejci-Kase

DeBrusk-Coyle-Kuhlman

Kuraly-Lindholm-Nordstrom

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Lauzon

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Neither team got much going offensively in the early moments thanks to strong defensive play. The B’s struck first as David Pastrnak scored his 47th goal of the season after Patrice Bergeron had a good net drive that took Semyon Varlamov out of the play.

The Bruins continued to be very strong especially in the attacking zone as they looked to extend their lead. The Islanders had a hard time getting the puck out of their zone as the Bruins seemed to be dominating every facet of the game. Boston made it two goals in the period as a shot by Matt Grzelcyk took a big deflection off a body and past Varlamov with about seven minutes to go.

Nick Ritchie took a penalty shortly after the goal as the Islanders got an opportunity to stop the bleeding. The B’s killed off the man advantage as they got a number of good blocked shots and a couple of key stops by Tuukka Rask. The Islanders seemed to get a bit of a jump from the power play as they started to find their skating legs. Pastrnak was called for tripping with about a minute left in the period as the Islanders got another opportunity on the power play. Boston killed the remainder of the period with New York still on the man advantage.

Score: 2-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins killed off the rest of the penalty despite some very good puck movement by the Islanders. The Bruins continued to move the puck incredibly well in every area of the ice as they took the play to the Islanders. New York began to build a bit of momentum with some attacking zone chances but that stopped pretty quickly as the Bruins went to the power play for the first time in the game. The Islanders were called for a high stick during the man advantage which resulted in a five on three situation. New York killed off both penalties despite the Bruins moving the puck fairly well.

Zdeno Chara was called for a slash late in the period as the Islanders got yet another chance to get back into the game. The B’s killed it off yet again as they continued to have a very strong defensive game. Ritchie took another penalty, this time for a cross check as New York got another power play opportunity. The B’s were able to kill off the remainder of the period as the Islanders would only have two seconds of power play time in the final period.

Score: 2-0 Bruins

Third Period

The Islanders had a good push to start the period as they looked to cut into the Boston lead. Rask continued his strong game with a number of big saves to keep New York at bay. The Bruins began to have a lot of trouble manufacturing any offense as New York started to take the play to them. Brad Marchand made it 3-0 for Boston on a wrap around goal about midway through the period.

After a bit of scrum, Pastrnak was called for roughing resulting in a power play for New York as they got another opportunity to score on the man advantage. The Islanders were called for a penalty midway through the power play, resulting in a four on four. Charlie McAvoy made it a four goal lead with a bomb from the point on the man advantage with under four minutes left.

Jeremy Lauzon was called for a penalty with about a minute to go as he went off for holding. As a fitting end to the game, the Bruins killed off the remainder of the period as Rask picked up his fourth shutout of the year.

Final Score: 4-0 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: McAvoy

Second Star: Rask

Third Star: Pasternak

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Post-Game | Boston Bruins Defeat Dallas Stars, 4-3

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Tonight at the TD Garden, knuckles were chucked as the Boston Bruins looked more than ready to throw their weight around as they defeated the Dallas Stars in their final meeting of the regular season.

GAME RECAP

Despite a lot of action throughout the first period, shots on goal were relatively low from both teams. Dallas came out and missed a couple of opportunities to score on Boston’s goaltender Jaroslav Halak. With a little over five minutes left in the first, the Bruins would draw their first penalty of the night. Despite a good amount of zone time down the Stars’ end, Boston was unable to capitalize on the man advantage.

Dallas would make a final push towards the end of the period and drew a hooking a penalty with under three minutes left. With 2:22 left, the Stars would strike first as John Klingberg sent a deflected shot in past Halak.  Boston had one final chance to even the score as they drew a slashing penalty. Charlie Coyle would tip one in off an initial shot by Torey Krug.

SCORE AT THE END OF THE FIRST PERIOD: BOS-1, DAL-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-10, DAL-9

The Bruins had a hard time getting the puck out of their zone as Halak was forced to make numerous saves during tense play. Both teams made hard pushes towards the net with near goals hitting the post. David Krejci would drop gloves against Joe Pavelski. Sean Kuraly would have a missed opportunity with a wide shot to the net.

As the Bruins swarmed around Dallas’ net, Charlie McAvoy (in a second attempt) would set up a pass to Brad Marchand. The  31-year-old left-winger would notch his 26th goal of the season and extended his point streak to eight games. With momentum shifting to the home team, Boston would once again push towards the net. Newcomer Nick Ritchie scored his very first goal as a Bruin, wristing one in past Ben Bishop. In the final seconds of the period,  Chris Wagner would be assessed a roughing call that saw Dallas go on the power-play.

SCORE AT THE END OF THE SECOND PERIOD: BOS-3, DAL-1

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-12, DAL-10

Dallas would open up the third and final period with under a minute left to the power-play but did not score (no shots on goal). With an unlucky deflection after initial stops by Halak, the Stars’ Denis Gurianov would score his 19th of the season. But as luck would have it David Pastrnak scored after moving the puck past the Stars defense only to find Ritchie (who quickly passed back to the 23-year-old winger). Pastrnak still leads the entire league with 46 goals. Chris Wagner would not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.

Down two goals, Dallas would push back as they desperately tried to even the score, but Boston would be there to limit their chances. With a little over two minutes left and a missed scoring opportunity on the Stars’ empty net, Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen would score as they continued to push until the last second. With an anxiety-induced minute left, the Bruins were able to stave off a potential Dallas comeback.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, DAL-3

SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-28, DAL-34

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Saturday, February 29th vs. New York Islanders, with puck drop at 1:00 PM.

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Post-Game Recap | Boston Bruins Lose To Vancouver Canucks, 9-3

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

You could say the Bruins were due for a big loss and tonight Boston could not get over the mental and physical hump as they dropped the final series game against the Vancouver Canucks, losing in spectacular fashion. After playing three games in four nights, barring from it being an excuse, the team looked gassed going into the second period.

GAME RECAP

Hot off the trails from last night’s win over Calgary, the Boston Bruins initially had no hesitation against Vancouver as soon as the puck dropped. There was strong zone time down the Canucks end early in the period as Boston forced goaltender Jacob Markstrom to make some early quick saves. The Canucks pushed towards Boston’s end and would find space between the traffic to bury one in past Rask. Troy Stecher scored his fourth goal of the season at 4:14.

Vancouver has multiple flurry of chances but was unable to capitalize. Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk sent a quick puck up to  David Pastrnak,  allowing the sniper to score his 44th goal on a breakaway, tying the game at 1-1. Momentum switched back and forth between the teams throughout the first period. After Danton Heinen’s stick inadvertently went through the mask of Markstrom, play stopped as the goaltender dealt with lingering vision issues. Thatcher Demko would take over in between the pipes for Vancouver. After a brief medical check-up. Markstrom was back in net.

Oct 20, 2018; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter (20) and Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (37) face off during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports(Photo Credits: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today)

After drawing a penalty on Boston, Vancouver would take advantage as they scored the second goal of the evening.  Bo Horvat would net his 19th goal of the season, putting the Canucks up 2-1. Boston would draw their first power-play of the night, however, after a drive to the net, the Bruins were assessed with a penalty to Patrice Bergeron. Despite high pressure from Vancouver, neither team was able to score on the man advantage as the first period ended.

With the second period underway, both teams continued to put pressure on either end, but Boston would start to lose control of their play.  After a puck redirection, Vancouver’s Adam Gaudette would score his 11th goal of the season, making it 3-1. A shift in play worked for Vancouver as Rask lost sight of the puck, leading to a goal by Tanner Pearson, putting the ‘Nucks up 4-1. Lots of traffic in front of the Bruins net would lead to another Vancouver goal moments after, making the score 5-1. In the last few seconds of the period, the Bruins made a push towards the net but were unable to score.

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Vancouver would score their sixth goal of the night seconds into the third period. With the game being lost, the Bruins would go on the power-play and Pastrnak would score his 45th goal. Jaroslav Halak would take over goaltending duties. Chris Wagner would net his fifth goal of the season.  As the Bruins tried to mount a comeback, Tyler Toffoli would net his first goal as a Canucks making it 7-3. After a few minutes, Toffoli would net his second goal of the night. Jake Virtanen would nail the final goal, making the final score 9-3.

FINAL SCORE: BOS: 3, VAN-9

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS: 37, VAN: 35

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: Tuesday, February 25th versus the Calgary Flames. TD Garden with puck drop at 7:00 pm.

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Boston Bruins Defeat Edmonton Oilers 2-1 In Overtime

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

It was a tight battle between the two top teams in their respective divisions and Boston came out the winner in the first game of their Canadian road-trip.

GAME RECAP

Both teams came out in the first period looking to extend their winning streak as each side had multiple missed chances. Despite back and forth play,  Boston’s Patrice Bergeron would score his 27th goal of the year after a feed from fellow linemate Brad Marchand. The Bruins would draw the first penalty of the night but were unable to capitalize.

Boston would open up the second period with seconds left on a power-play but were unable to score. Both teams continued to push forward and the Bruins would have missed chances as they drew their third power-play of the night. The Oilers would draw a penalty with 13 minutes left to the period. Edmonton buzzed around Boston’s end as they sent a flurry of shots towards Tuukka Rask, but were unable to score with traffic in front of the net.  Boston had a hard time clearing their zone, however, they were able to keep the game scoreless during the Oiler’s penalty.

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Special teams were tested throughout the entire game as both teams are in the top of the league when it comes to the power-play. The Oilers would once again draw a penalty, but the man advantage was short-lived as Boston drew their fifth power-play of the night. The trend continued as both teams were unable to score. Play continued to be stingy as the second period drew to a close with neither team scoring.

FINAL PERIOD

With the start of the third period underway, the Oilers would draw their fourth power-play of the night and were finally successful. Sam Gagner would tip the puck in to score his fifth of the season, tying the game 1-1. Edmonton were caught with too many men on the ice and the boys in Black and Gold were assessed another power-play (no score). After a rough tussle down the Bruins end, Boston found themselves in the penalty box again, but it would be the Black and Gold taking advantage. Charlie Coyle would steal the puck as he raced towards the Oiler’s net with a  possible scoring chance but instead drew a slashing penalty.

As the clock ticked down, both teams continued to battle for the puck as shots rang the post. Once again, Edmonton drew a penalty in the last minutes of the third period but did not score as the game went into overtime. Bruins forward David Pastrnak notched the game-winning goal on a breakaway (his 43rd goal of the season). Boston remains first in the league as they win their fourth game in a row.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-2  EDM-1 (OT)

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-31  EDM-29

Bruins were 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Oilers were 1-for-6. Boston has now won 10 out of their last 11 games played and improve to 38-11-12 while Edmonton’s record is now 32-21-7.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE B’S:  Friday, February 21st versus Calgary Flames with puck drop at 9:00 PM.

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Bruins Defeat Red Wings 4-1

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

Today’s matinee game at TD Garden proved to be a very physical game and with the 4-1 victory, the Bruins were finally able to slay the dragon that is the Detroit Red Wings. As the season gets closer to ending, Boston would need today’s win to widen the gap in the Atlantic Division in the first of back-to-back games.

GAME BREAKDOWN

With the head-scratching losses to the last-place Red Wings, the Bruins came out with guns blazing and posted large amount of zone time in Detroit’s end. Boston peppered shots against Jonathan Bernier, who has been playing stellar when facing the Bruins. Despite longer puck possession and more shots on goal, Detroit would (once again) get on the board first as Darren Helm tipped one in past Tuukka Rask (who stopped the puck initially) during a Bruins power-play. Helm would score a short-handed goal early in the first period, making the score 1-0.

Boston were on the regroup effort and continued to slap pucks towards Detroit’s end but were unable to capitalize  and missed some great chances to even the score. Towards the last  minute of the first period, the Bruins would go on their second power-play of the night, however were unable to squeeze one in past Bernier.

PUSHING TOWARDS THE NET

The boys in Black and Gold opened the second-period with seconds left to their power-play, but were unable to score. Game-play went back and forth as the Bruins had trouble clearing the puck. Boston continued to attack the net and were finally rewarded for their effort as Charlie McAvoy scored his second goal of the season, tying the game up at  1-1.

With Detroit on the power-play,  momentum would swing back to Boston as Patrice Bergeron scored a short handed goal, putting the Bruins up 2-1. With seven minutes left to the period,  Charlie Coyle would send one in past Bernier making the score 3-1. The Red Wings would be assessed a late penalty but were unable to get any chances on Rask.

FINAL COUNTDOWN

Things got heated on the ice with action down both ends and a huge missed opportunity for the Bruins on a four-on-two with Chara unable to score on a blasted shot. In a beautiful  set-up by Brad Marchand,  fellow line-mate David Pastrnak would net his 42nd league-leading goal of the season, adding cushion to extend the Bruins lead 4-1.

Detroit would unsuccessfully make a final push in the last moments of the third period, as Rask continued to shut down their efforts with dazzling saves.

FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, DET-1

TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-41, DET-26

Boston would go 0-for-2 on the power-play while Detroit went 0-for-3. The Bruins are now 36-11-12 and hold on to the first spot in their Division and in the entire league. Detroit would drop to 14-42-4. Other milestones in tonight’s game: David Krejci played his 900th game today.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE B’S: Tomorrow afternoon against the New York Rangers (30-23-4) with puck drop at 3:30 pm, NBC.

 

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Detroit: 2/9/20

 

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Home: Detroit Red Wings

Away: Boston Bruins

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Kuhlman

Kuraly – Coyle – Bjork

Heinen – Lindholm – Wagner

Defense

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Moore

Goalies

Rask

Halak

Detroit’s Lineup

Forwards

Fabbri – Larkin – Glendening

Bertuzzi – Athanasiou – Hirose

Erne – Filppula – Perlini

Abdelkader – Ehn – Smith

Defense

Hronek – Green

Nemeth – Biega

Daley – Lindstrom

Goalies

Bernier

Howard

The second half of a third back-to-back out of the long break awaited the Bruins. They made their way to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to take on the Red Wings. The first half of this back-to-back featured a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden. The Bruins were looking to win their seventh straight game.

There was a lot going on with the Bruins roster ahead of this matinee. Brandon Carlo made his way back into the lineup after missing yesterday’s game due to a family matter. Jeremy Lauzon was suspended for two games due to an illegal check to the head on Derek Stepan.

Danton Heinen subbed back into the lineup for Anton Blidh. Urho Vaakanainen was called up from Providence on an emergency basis, but didn’t suit up. Joakim Nordstrom was placed on Injured Reserve.

Tuukka Rask started in goal again, making it back-to-back starts for him. It was the first time Rask had played in back-to-back days since March 2017. Jaroslav Halak was initially expected to start, but didn’t in a surprise last-minute lineup change because he wasn’t feeling well. An update was given late in the first period.

First Period

Brad Marchand took an early penalty for tripping, giving the Red Wings the first power play of the game. The Bruins were able to kill the penalty and keep the game scoreless early on. Sean Kuraly later went off for two minutes on a tripping call of his own with 9:05 remaining. The Bruins managed to kill that one off as well.

Just 20 seconds after the conclusion of Kuraly’s penalty, he was on the receiving end of a holding call on Trevor Daley. Fast forward 42 seconds later, and Jake DeBrusk was tripped by Valtteri Filppula, giving the Bruins a 5-on-3. Jonathan Bernier stoned Marchand on two great cross-crease chances early in the power play. The Bruins saw plenty of good looks after those two chances, including another one from Marchand, but Bernier wasn’t giving an inch and the Red Wings killed off the 5-on-3 successfully.

Even strength didn’t last for long, as Charlie Coyle was tripped by Justin Abdelkader with 3:50 left in the period. Bernier kept up his stellar play, stopping a couple chances from the top Bruins power play unit right off the bat. The Red Wings killed the penalty and the game remained scoreless after one, despite five power plays between both teams. Charlie McAvoy and Justin Abdelkader collided late in the period, and McAvoy was shaken up as a result. Shots on goal were 12-6 in favor of the Bruins.

Score: 0-0

Second Period

The Red Wings got things going early, as Brendan Perlini scored the game’s first goal just two minutes and seven seconds into the period. Adam Erne intercepted a pass attempt from David Pastrnak at the Bruins’ defensive blue line and got it to Perlini who made no mistake in burying it. Tough start to the second period for the Bruins.

A tight angle shot from Andreas Athanasiou ricocheted around and hit Rask in the side of the head. While he appeared a bit stunned by it, he stayed in the game. Not an ideal sight to see with Halak not feeling well.

Pastrnak battled in the corner and sent the puck towards the net where Brad Marchand deflected it through the five-hole of Bernier and in. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the goal didn’t stay on the board as Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill challenged the play for offsides.

A chance to get the goal back came in the form of a power play after Patrik Nemeth took a holding penalty. This, the fourth power play of the game for the Bruins came with 2:56 left. The Red Wings killed the penalty. Shots on goal in the period were 14-7, bringing the total to 26-13. Plenty of chances for the Bruins, but Bernier was making things difficult.

Score: 1-0 Detroit

Third Period

The Bruins didn’t waste much time getting on the board early. Torey Krug buried a tap-in goal off of a feed from Pastrnak with a fake slapshot pass. Krug’s eighth goal of the season was assisted by Pastrnak (40) and Patrice Bergeron (24). The game was tied 33 seconds into the period.

Things went a bit south for the Bruins after the goal when DeBrusk went off for tripping. Athanasiou made it hurt, sending a shot off of the left shoulder of Rask and in. The Bruins were behind again with 12:50 remaining.

More great chances came and went for the Bruins, but Bernier continued to make big stops for the Red Wings. Then Charlie McAvoy sent a one-timer from the point and hit the post. Chris Wagner had a prime backdoor chance and missed just wide. The puck luck was not there.

Dylan Larkin found himself on a breakaway in the final two minutes, but sent it just wide. The pressure was on and Rask was pulled for the extra attacker. It wasn’t enough as Athanasiou added his second goal of the game on an empty netter with 28.9 seconds left.

Tough way to end the winning streak for the Bruins. Bernier’s 39-save performance was instrumental in the win for the Red Wings. Rask stopped 17 of 19 shots on the other side of things. Shots on goal in the third period, like the second, were 14-7 for the Bruins, bringing the total to 40-20 in their favor. Next up are the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET at TD Garden. The Bruins are 34-11-12.

Final Score: 3-1 Detroit

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Minnesota: 02/01/20

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

Immediately after the NHL All-Star break and Boston’s week-long break, the Bruins are right back at it with their second game in as many nights since they returned. Last night, the B’s edged out a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in one of the most physical games of the season to date. A win over the Wild tonight in Minnesota would only continue that momentum.

Pre-Game Notes:

Arena: Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Home: Minnesota Wild (23-21-6)

Away: Boston Bruins (30-10-12)

Bruins Last Game: 2-1 win vs WPG

Bruins Gameday Lineup:

Forwards Sean Kuraly (healthy scratch) and Danton Heinen (minor injury) are out while Anton Blidh and Par Lindholm enter the lineup.

First Period:

Boston looking physical to start the period with some good board play and hits from the opening faceoff. However, the first real chance to score came from Minnesota when defenceman Matt Dumba takes a shot to Jaroslav Halak, ringing it off of the bar.

In the second half of the first, the Bruins strike first. Torey Krug makes a brilliant move to get past the defenders and bury it past goalie Devan Dubnyk to score his sixth of the season. The tenacity to drive to the net and make the effort to score is what the Bruins need for a full 60 minutes tonight.

The Bruins were forced to go shorthanded late in the period when McAvoy was sent to the box for hooking Zach Parise, but a solid penalty-killing effort brings this game back to 5-on-5.

Aside from the goal, it was a solid period for the Bruins. There weren’t too many high-quality chances for Minnesota to equalize the score and the B’s generated some chances of their own. Good start on the second game of a back-to-back.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 12 MIN: 11

Score: 1-0 Bruins – Goals: Krug (6) Assists: Lindholm (2), Krejci (23)

Second Period:

Looking to continue a strong start to this game, the Bruins play well in the opening minutes of the second period. 3:49 into the frame, the Bruins draw an interference penalty, giving them their first power-play chance of the night. Following some good puck movement around the offensive zone, Brad Marchand finds Torey Krug on a cross-ice feed, allowing Krug to get control of the puck and fire it off the post and off the back of Dubnyk, going into the net. Krug’s second of the night makes it 2-0 Boston.

On the very next shift after the tally, Eric Staal takes another interference penalty for the Wild, giving the dangerous Bruins man-advantage a second consecutive chance to score. Only 33 seconds into the power-play, Krug returns the favor to Marchand, making a solid pass that allowed Marchand to blast a one-timer past Dubnyk and just like that – the Bruins have a 3-0 lead in this game.

As we pass the halfway mark of the game, the Bruins go to the penalty kill once again as Charlie McAvoy is sent to the box for roughing as a Wild player entered the defensive zone. During the penalty, both Marchand and Mikko Koivu get into a tussle together in front of the benches and the officials decide to send both to the box simultaneously. Not long after, McAvoy exits the box.

With 5:28 to go in the period, Torey Krug draws a holding minor sending Boston right back to the power-play. Following a few shots that created net-front battles, David Pastrnak ended up locating the loose puck and ripping it into the open net, scoring his 38th goal of the campaign and it’s 4-0 Bruins. The goal matches Pastrnak’s previous career-high in goals and it is only February 1st.

Jake DeBrusk took a penalty later in the frame, but the Bruins did a great job killing it off again, entering the second intermission with a four-goal lead.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 24 MIN: 19

Score: 4-0 Bruins – Goals: Krug (7) PPG Assists: Marchand (46), Pastrnak (36); Marchand (22) PPG Assists: Krug (29), Pastrnak (37); Pastrnak (38) PPG Assists: Krejci (24), DeBrusk (15)

Third Period:

Having lost large leads in the third period of play earlier this year, the Bruins need to keep the pressure coming and keep playing the same hockey they have been over the last five periods since the break. David Pastrnak nearly buries his second of the game off of a bomb of a shot courtesy of a Marchand pass, but the shot rings off the post and stays out.

Roughly seven minutes into the final regulation period, the Bruins go back to the penalty kill as captain Zdeno Chara was whistled down on a hooking minor. Boston successfully killed it off, thanks to a few big blocked shots by forward Anton Blidh, who entered the lineup for Danton Heinen tonight. He is making the most of this opportunity and he’s doing a great job. Back to even-strength.

Just around the ten-minute mark of the frame, the Bruins drive to the net, giving the puck to Torey Krug who nearly sneaks the puck short-side past the Wild goaltender for the hat-trick, but the defenceman in the crease stops the bid.

With 8:43 remaining, the Wild take yet another penalty and the Bruins have a golden chance to score their fifth of the game. Boston fails to score, back to even-strength.  Just over four minutes left to tick away, Mats Zuccarello spins and shoots the puck off of Halak’s shoulder and into the net, ending Halak’s shutout and making it a three-goal game once again.

Playing until the final horn is the key for the Bruins and they proved that. Andres Bjork does a fantastic job on the forecheck to get the puck loose for Joakim Nordstrom who feeds it right back to Bjork, burying it past Dubnyk to make it 5-1. Only a few shifts afterwards, Karson Kuhlman fakes a brilliant pass to Jake DeBrusk for the sixth goal, Bruins win 6-1 the final score.

Shots on Goal: BOS: 34 MIN: 26

Final Score: 6-1 Bruins

Max’s Three Stars

1st Star: BOS D Torey Krug – 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 2 Shots, 19:09 TOI

2nd Star: BOS F David Pastrnak – 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 2 Shots, 15:27 TOI

3rd Star: BOS G Jaroslav Halak – 25 Saves, .962 SV%

Boston will have the rest of the weekend off, preparing for Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks in Boston.

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Boston Bruins’ David Pastrnak Wins NHL All-Star MVP

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By: Carrie Young  |  Follow Me On Twitter @carrieyoung512

David Pastrnak was awarded the Most Valuable Player award at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game after impressive performances in the semi-final against the Metropolitan Division and the final against the Pacific division. Pastrnak was named as the captain of the Atlantic Division team in a fan vote, beating out stars such as Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, and teammate Brad Marchand. This was Pastrnak’s second All-Star appearance. He also represented the Bruins in San Jose for the 2019 All-Star Weekend, winning the accuracy shooting contest during the skills competition.

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Tuukka Rask was also awarded with a trip to St. Louis, but did not travel due to injury, leaving Pastrnak as the only Boston Bruin to participate in this year’s All-Star events. Pastrnak competed in the Shooting Stars event on Friday, coming in ninth place with 10 points.

The All-Star Game commenced on Saturday night with the Atlantic division facing off against the Metropolitan division. Pastrnak scored 26 seconds in, assisted by the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Victor Hedman.

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Later in the period, with the Metropolitan division leading 4-3, Pastrnak dangled to beat Braden Holtby for his second goal of the game. Hedman and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel provided the assists.

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After assisting on a goal by Hedman, Pastrnak scored his third of the night with an empty-netter to make it 8-5 in favor of the Atlantic division. With the win, the Atlantic division went on to face the winner of the Central-Pacific matchup.

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In the final game against the Pacific division, Pastrnak assisted on the first goal by Hedman 24 seconds into the period. He then scored his first of the game to extend the Atlantic’s lead to 3-1.

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The Pacific division ended up with a 5-4 victory. Despite the loss, Pastrnak ended the night with four goals and two assists and won the Most Valuable Player fan vote, beating out Leon Draisaitl, Anthony Duclair, and Matthew Tkachuk.

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Pastrnak is the fourth Bruins player to win All-Star MVP, joining an elite group with some of the greatest players in Bruins history. Bobby Orr won the award in 1972, Ray Borque won it in 1996, and Bill Guerin won it in 2001. Pastrnak was gifted a new car for his efforts.

Though the All-Star Game doesn’t count toward the standings, it’s a great opportunity for fans to see the league’s brightest stars all on one rink. David Pastrnak is certainly one of the NHL’s best, currently leading the league with 37 goals and accumulating 70 points in 51 games. He will be a player to watch in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy. More importantly, however, he will be seeking to lead the Bruins to another deep playoff run this spring.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Pittsburgh: 1/19/20

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Pittsburgh Penguins

Away: Boston Bruins

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Coyle – Bjork

Heinen – Lindholm – Kuhlman

Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner

Defense

Chara – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Grzelcyk – Moore

Goalies

Halak

Vladar

Pittsburgh’s Lineup

Forwards

McCann – Crosby – Simon

Kahun – Malkin – Rust

Galchenyuk – Agozzino – Hornqvist

Aston-Reese – Blueger – Tanev

Defense

Johnson – Letang

Pettersson – Marino

Riikola – Ruhwedel

Goalies

Murray

Jarry

First Period

Scoring 11 seconds into a game is a good way to make your presence felt. Patrice Bergeron did that, burying his 21st goal of the season. David Pastrnak and Brandon Carlo had the assists on the goal, their 33rd and 11th assists of the season respectively.

Anders Bjork made it 2-0 just a minute and 51 seconds later. With such a fast start, it was apparent early on that the Bruins weren’t totally satisfied with their 4-1 win over the Penguins. As a result, it didn’t take them long to make a statement in enemy territory. Bjork’s eighth goal of the season was assisted by Charlie Coyle (17) and Jake DeBrusk (14).

It continued to be pretty much all Bruins throughout the first period. While Jaroslav Halak made key saves when needed, the way the Bruins controlled the flow of play stood out the most. After two quick goals early on, Pastrnak added his 37th goal of the season to extend the lead to three with 4:53 remaining. Brad Marchand (44) and Torey Krug (27) had the helpers.

Not all was bad for the Penguins, as they managed to get one back thanks to Dominik Simon and a great pass by Sidney Crosby to set him up – making it 3-1 Bruins with 3:26 remaining. Brandon Tanev had a great chance to cut the deficit to one, but Brandon Carlo went all out to thwart the chance.

Teddy Blueger took a late hooking penalty with 1:37 remaining. Although the Bruins failed to score on the power play before the end of the frame, the final 23 seconds of the penalty awaited them to start the second period. The Bruins held a 13-6 shot advantage and won 72 percent of faceoffs.

Score: 3-1 Boston

Second Period

The Penguins wanted an early goal of their own, and they got one. Blueger scored shortly after serving the hooking penalty he took late in the first period. Crosby made another great pass to set it up. A two-goal lead for the Bruins was quickly cut to one just 33 seconds in.

Chris Wagner took an interference penalty at the 12:09 mark of the period. Just 51 seconds later, Marchand and Kris Letang got tied up to Matt Murray’s left and received matching roughing penalties as a result.

After the Blueger goal, it was a battle of wills for the majority of the period. Murray bounced back after a rough first period, and Halak made some timely stops of his own. The Penguins held the advantage in shots at 12-10 and set up what was sure to be an eventful third period. The shots through two periods were 23-18 in favor of the Bruins.

Score: 3-2 Boston

Third Period

Keeping with the trend of eventful starts to each period, Letang went off for elbowing just 20 seconds in. Jack Johnson took advantage of a huge opportunity tied the game with a shorthanded goal. The game was tied with 18:19 remaining and things got a bit chippier as this grudge match rolled on.

The Bruins were generating chances, but weren’t getting results. Murray continued to play very well after a bad first period and the Penguins didn’t relent. Bryan Rust made it four unanswered goals and gave his team the lead with 7:25 remaining in regulation.

Halak was pulled with 2:19 remaining for an extra attacker. While they managed to prevent an empty netter, the Bruins couldn’t tie the game back up. A tripping penalty assessed to Matt Grzelcyk in a successful effort to prevent Tanev from adding an empty netter late was the nail in the coffin in this one. A 14-4 advantage in shots in the final frame wasn’t enough to secure a win. The final shots were 37-22 in their favor. Next up are the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at TD Garden at 7:00 PM ET. The Bruins are 28-10-12 at the 50-game mark on the 2019-2020 season.

Final Score: 4-3 Pittsburgh

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