Bruins Game 45 Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

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

The Boston Bruins were on a five-game winning streak until they took a tough 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Ryan Donato and David Krejci scored the only goals for the Bruins while Jaroslav Halak made eighteen saves on twenty-one shots. Boston still holds a two-point cushion on the Buffalo Sabres for third-place in the Atlantic division but sits four points behind the Maple Leafs for second in the division.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a back-and-forth start to their 2019 calendar year. After a 4-3 loss to the Wild to begin the year, the Leafs beat the Canucks 5-0, lost to the Predators 4-0, and most recently, defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Thursday. Toronto currently has a four-point edge on the Bruins for second in the Atlantic division, but still sit twelve points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Starting Goaltenders:

BOS: Tuukka Rask 12-8-2 2.43 GAA .920 SV% Last Game: 24 Saves in 4-0 win vs MIN

TOR: Michael Hutchinson 3-3-2 3.29 GAA .886 SV% Last Game: 27 Saves in 4-2 win vs NJD

Who’s Hot

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start in tonight’s game against the Leafs and it makes perfect sense. The 31-year-old goalie has won each of his last four starts including a 4-0 shutout (his 42nd of his career) against the Wild on January 8th. In 2019 so far, Rask’s .982 save percentage is the best in the NHL and he is tied with Jordan Binnigton for best goals-against-average (0.50) in the two games played.

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Free-agent acquisition John Tavares has been great for Toronto this season. In forty-three games played, the 28-year-old centre has twenty-nine goals and twenty-one assists for fifty points in that span. In the 4-2 win over New Jersey, Tavares scored two goals and added a helper for his fourth three-point game of the 2018-19 season.

Bruins defenceman Torey Krug is often in the middle of the Bruins trade rumours, but the 5-foot-9 defender is making a trade tough to deal with. Since coming back from injury, Krug has 4-25-29 totals in 33 games this season, including six points in his last five games. Krug also ranks third on the Bruins roster for most power-play points (18) behind Brad Marchand (19) and David Pastrnak (25).

After a brief two-game pointless streak, Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner came right back with a goal and an assist in the win over the Devils, bringing his season totals to 16-41-57 in 43 games. Marner leads the Leafs in points and is ninth in league scoring. His 41 assists so far tie him with Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames for fifth-most assists in the NHL.

Who’s Not

It may seem odd to say, but Bruins leading scorer David Pastrnak is on a little bit of a cold streak. In the past three games, Pastrnak has failed to score a single point and has been a minus rating in two of those games. The three-game pointless streak is minor for Pastrnak, who has 25-27-52 totals in 44 games this season, but the Bruins need him to start picking up the pace offensively.

Like every team in the National Hockey League, the Maple Leafs have had their fair share of injuries as well. Lately, starting goaltender Frederik Andersen and backup goaltender Garrett Sparks both went down to injuries, leaving Michael Hutchinson to man the crease. The 28-year-old goalie has gone 3-3-0 with the Leafs along with a .886 save percentage and 3.29 GAA. Not good numbers, especially heading into tonight’s game against the Bruins.

William Nylander was in all the big news talks from the offseason right until December 1st when he signed his new contract. But since then, the former 8th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has only scored three points (one goal, two assists) in fifteen games. Nylander is a -2 rating with 12 penalty minutes.

Milestone Watch

Boston Bruins:

  • BOS F David Krejci (604) is 2 points behind Terry O’Reilly (606) for ninth-most points in Bruins franchise history
  • BOS D Zdeno Chara (956) is three penalty minutes behind Lyndon Byers (959) for ninth-most penalty minutes in Bruins history
  • BOS F Patrice Bergeron is one game-winning goal away (60) from taking sole-possession of third-most in Bruins history
  • BOS F Brad Marchand is one shorthanded goal away (23) from tying Derek Sanderson (24) for second-most in Bruins history
  • BOS D Zdeno Chara is two goals away from 200 career NHL goals

Toronto Maple Leafs:

  • No notable milestone that can be reached in tonight’s game

Bruins vs Maple Leafs Outlook

For the fourth and final time in the 2018-19 regular season, the Bruins and Leafs will meet on the ice for one of the best-renewed rivalries in the NHL today. To this date, Boston has taken 2-out-of-the-3 games, with the most recent win coming on December 8th – a 6-3 win.

Michael Hutchinson has not been too consistent in his recent time with the Maple Leafs. As with many other games, the Bruins need to bring down the confidence level of the opposing goaltender, in this case, former Bruin Hutchinson, in order to get a strong lead on the game.

In the two wins for Boston this season against Toronto, they have scored the first goal, in fact, they scored the first three goals in each of those two wins. The one time they lost – Toronto opened the scoring. It is a good chance that that trend continues in Toronto here tonight. Bruins also need the help of Leaf-killers, David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand to lead the Boston offence early and often while Tuukka Rask needs to continue his recent solid play to keep the offence of Toronto quiet.

These two teams are closely matched and this will be the final time they get to play each other until the almost inevitable playoff series come April. Nonetheless, it is bound to be a great, competitive game of hockey. Below are most likely the lines of the Bruins heading into tonight’s game. Defenceman Charlie McAvoy returns to the lineup after missing time with a foot infection, while John Moore is scratched by Cassidy tonight.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston vs. Washington: 1/10/19

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Boston Bruins

Away: Washington Capitals

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

DeBrusk – Krejci – Backes

Kuraly – Acciari – Wagner

Donato – JFK – Heinen

Defense

Chara – Carlo

Krug – Moore

Grzelcyk – Miller

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Washington’s Lineup

Forwards

Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson

Vrana – Backstrom – Oshie

Connolly – Eller – Boyd

Stephenson – Dowd – Smith-Pelly

Defense

Kempny – Carlson

Orlov – Niskanen

Orpik – Siegenthaler

Goalies

Holtby

Copley

First Period

If history were to repeat itself, this one would have been an ugly one, as the Bruins haven’t beaten the Capitals in ages. Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was 15-2-0 against the Bruins in his career heading into this one, so the Bruins were looking to flip the script on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Bruins found themselves on the power play just less than two minutes in as Brad Marchand was taken down by Jonas Siegenthaler – who put Washington on the penalty kill with a holding penalty. Despite a couple chance including an excellent one from Matt Grzelcyk in the dying seconds, the Bruins failed to convert on their first power play. Jaroslav Halak kept things scoreless shortly after the conclusion of the power play with an acrobatic save on Tom Wilson.

Jakub Vrana somehow snuck his way behind John Moore and Torey Krug and made no mistake depositing his 15th of the season to make it 1-0 Capitals. Chances came and went for the Bruins after the goal, but Holtby, as he usually does, had their number. He shut them out in the season opener and continued to reign supreme in the first period. Through 16 minutes, the shots were 14-5 Bruins. Not even a perfect-looking wraparound from Ryan Donato could beat Holtby.

The shots in the period finished at a whopping 17-5 in favor of the Bruins, but no dice. One miscue when it comes to situational awareness put them behind in the first. From here on out, it was time to play catch up.

Score: 1-0 Washington

Second Period

After controlling the beginning of the period pretty well, Patrice Bergeron took a rare tripping penalty to put the Bruins down a man. The Capitals came into this game two for their last 35 on the power play. The Bruins killed the penalty and not too long after Lars Eller found himself tied up with Brad Marchand and David Backes behind the play and went to the box for it. Agitator gon’ agitate as Marchand baited Eller into taking an undisciplined penalty, Washington loses their second most important penalty killer in terms of shorthanded time on ice.

No matter how many chances came their way, the Bruins remained snakebitten against the Capitals. Halfway through the game, the shots were 22-7 Bruins, and they were losing – something had to give. To make matters worse, Brandon Carlo sat for two thanks to a tripping penalty just past the halfway point of the period and the game.

Ryan Donato finally broke the curse after a healthy sequence in the offensive zone and a great saucer pass from Torey Krug. Donato’s sixth of the season tied the game, assisted by Krug (25), and Forsbacka-Karlsson (4).

The tied score didn’t last long as Alexander Ovechkin did what he does a lot, and that is score goals. 2-1 Capitals with 5:10 to go in the frame. The Bruins face cruel circumstances whenever they face the Capitals. Eight shots, two goals.

Chris Wagner laid an iffy hit on Michal Kempny and Wilson came in and hit him up high. Tom Wilson did something stupid, water is wet. Carry on.

Krug slammed Brett Connolly to the ground after being held to make things interesting late in the period, Connolly sat for two minutes. Despite still heavily outshooting the Capitals 28-12 overall, and 11-7 in the period, the Bruins still trailed on the scoreboard.

Score: 2-1 Washington

Third Period

Starting the period on the power play gave the Bruins a great chance to take momentum early in the final frame. Unfortunately, they failed to convert, 0-4 on the power play for the Bruins. Despite their power play struggles, a blessing came to the Bruins in the form of a too-many-men penalty against the Capitals to be served by Ovechkin.

Fifth times the charm? Is that how the expression goes? David Krejci buried his first goal in nine games with a slapshot from the right circle through a bit of a screen. Krejci’s eighth of the season was assisted by Danton Heinen (7), and David Backes (8).

As the theme persists, Washington scores right after the Bruins tie the game as Nicklas Backstrom sent a weird one past Halak to regain the lead. 38-19 were the shots with five and a half minutes left, the Bruins literally doubled the Capitals shots and were still down a goal, thanks, Holtby.

Alexander Ovechkin made it two when he sent one at the empty net just seconds after Halak made it to the bench. His second of the game iced this one. Cassidy took a timeout with 28.7 seconds to go. The Capitals are the Bruins’ kryptonite. The final shots were 41-22 Bruins overall, and 13-10 in the period. Next up are the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto at 7 PM ET on Saturday night.

Final Score: 4-2 Washington

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Bruins Monthly Recap: December 2018

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

Another month down, another month to look ahead to. In this, the final month of 2018, the Boston Bruins performed without key players such as Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Jake DeBrusk to still remain in a playoff position as of their most recent win over the Buffalo Sabres on the 29th of December.

In this third instalment of Bruins Monthly Recap, we will take a closer look at the surprises, disappointments, and positives of the eleventh calendar month including the best performances, worst games, injury report, and finally, a prediction of the month to follow. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

The Good Games

In fourteen games this month, the Bruins finished with a record of 7-7-0, with two of those wins coming in the overtime session. Within the seven victories, the Bruins had some really solid outings and in this section, I’ll briefly highlight those victorious moments for the Bruins in the twelfth month of the year.

December 8th/18 – vs Toronto Maple Leafs

For the third time in two months, the two Original Six franchises whose rivalry has blossomed over the course of the past half-decade or so. In this Saturday night game vs the Maple Leafs in Boston, the Bruins walked away with a 6-3 win against a Leafs team that had Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Andersen in net, well for a time at least.

Boston scored four straight goals from the first period to the third from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, David Backes, Torey Krug, and Danton Heinen. Boston outshot Toronto 15-9 in the second period alone and seemed to have all control. After Travis Dermott’s goal made it 4-1, the B’s answered with goals from Krejci and Donato to extend the lead to 6-1. The Leafs added two more late but that would be it.

Brad Marchand and Torey Krug had three points, David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen, and David Krejci all had two points and Jaroslav Halak made twenty-nine saves in the win. All around great performance for the Bruins without key players like Bergeron, DeBrusk, and Chara in the lineup.

December 17th/18 – vs Montreal Canadiens

Ah, the good old Montreal/Boston rivalry. It is rare to have a more successful night then when you defeat Montreal in the Bell Centre while scoring four goals and allowing none against. That’s what happened on December 17th in a 4-0 Bruins win over the Habs.

Joakim Nordstrom scored his fifth of the season, Colby Cave scored his first career NHL goal, David Krejci added his sixth of 2018-19, and Brad Marchand scored number eleven for four unanswered tallies past goaltender Carey Price. McAvoy and Pastrnak each had two-point nights while Jaroslav Halak stopped all twenty-two shots that faced him during the sixty regulation minutes.

The Bruins needed this win after two losses beforehand, making this one even sweeter, ending the losing streak and starting a new one that would last for the next two games.

December 22nd/18 – vs Nashville Predators

At the time, the Predators were near the top of the National Hockey League standings and were building momentum as they attempt to have another successful season. When the two teams met on the twenty-second of December, it was not supposed to be an easy game for either team, especially the Bruins.

However, off of the hands of four points (two goals, two assists) by Patrice Bergeron who returned to the lineup after a sternoclavicular/rib injury that kept him out of action for an extended amount of time. Bergeron’s linemates, Marchand and Pastrnak had three points of their own – leading the Bruins to a 5-2 win over Nashville in the TD Garden. In addition, Halak made twenty-eight saves, including fourteen in the second frame alone.

The Not-So-Good Games

It is expected that when you finish a calendar month with a .500 win percentage, you’re going to have some rough outings. Like other teams in that scenario, the Bruins had some rough games that they themselves may want to forget about. No real blowouts, but some poor overall team performances.

December 27th/18 – vs New Jersey Devils

Only two games ago, the Bruins had one of their worst games so far in the 2018-19 campaign. The Devils beat Boston by a final score of 5-2, which is not too bad all things considered, but the whole group seemed disoriented and failed to generate many offensive opportunities throughout the entirety of the three-period hockey game.

The opening Devils goal only twenty-five seconds into the game brought the momentum down immediately for Boston as both teams played their first game after the Holiday Break. New Jersey added another before the first intermission and scored three times in the final regulation frame to put out Boston.

Chris Wagner’s second-period goal and Patrice Bergeron’s third-period marker were the only two goals from Boston, but other than that, it was a lacklustre outing for the men in Black n Gold. Halak allowed four goals on thirty-two shots, not a terrible night for him, but could have been better most definitely.

December 4th/18 – vs Florida Panthers

The only thing worse than allowing five goals in a hockey game is when you allow five goals and score none for yourself. In only the second game of the month, the Bruins laid an egg against the divisional opponent, allowing four goals in the middle period and letting the Panthers win 5-0.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for Florida while Mike Matheson, Jonathon Huberdeau, and Evgenii Dadonov added the other three. Goalie Roberto Luongo stopped every single one of the thirty-three shots that the Bruins offence piled on him, making him look way younger than 39 years of age.

Individual Performances

Good: David Pastrnak – 4 Goals, 15 Assists, 19 Points in 14 Games

Nevermind good, this is great. Pastrnak once again took ahold of the Bruins offence and ran with it. Even zero points in four of the fourteen games this month did not slow down his production. Pastrnak was without Bergeron for the majority of the month but still managed to rack up the points with fellow countryman, David Krejci.

David is twelfth in the NHL for points and eighth in the NHL for most goals scored, six behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

Bad: Joakim Nordstrom – 14 Games Played, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, -7 Rating

Brought onto the Bruins in the 2018 offseason on a two-year contract worth $1 million per season, Joakim Nordstrom was supposed to add additional scoring to the offensive depth charts, but in December especially, Nordstrom has failed to do that. After a seven-game pointless streak to start the month, he scored in two consecutive games and has not scored for the last five games.

Somehow, Nordstrom has met his totals for last season, 5-2-7, in 37 fewer games. Joakim has three more goals than he had last year but with his lack of production lately, it is hard to understand why he remains in the lineup over some of the Providence Bruins players that are doing well this year.

Good: Patrice Bergeron – 4 Games Played, 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 5 Points, +2 Rating

Bergeron only played four times in December, but his return from injury made a large impact on the Bruins roster. His four-point night against the Predators proved he was still in prime form and his linemates of Pastrnak and Marchand have benefited from his reemergence on the offensive core.

Patrice continues to be one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL today, even with his increasing age and the reoccurring injuries over the past few seasons. Hopefully, a healthy Bergeron can lead the Bruins once again to a successful second-half of the regular season and into the playoffs.

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Bad: Jaroslav Halak – 4-3-0 Record, 0.916 SV%, 2.71 GAA

Those numbers are not terrible, but they are not at the same level as the Jaroslav Halak that played in November and October. Halak allowed three or more goals in a single game on four different occasions this month, including five goals against the Panthers. Halak did, however, record a shutout against the Canadiens on the 17th.

The not-great play of Halak could have been the main reason for Cassidy’s decision to start Tuukka Rask over him for the 2019 Winter Classic. Although Rask has a worse record with numbers slightly worse than Halak, with the win over Buffalo for Rask, Cassidy went with Tuukka.

Honourable Mentions:

Good: Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk

Bad: David Backes, Noel Acciari, Tuukka Rask

Injury Report (As of December 31st)

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The Bruins are healthy again, for now anyway. Only Charlie McAvoy is injured currently due to a blocked shot that isn’t healing the best. He will miss the Winter Classic. Brad Marchand has been day-to-day for the Bruins but is deemed good-to-go for the Bruins against Chicago. The injuries have been a huge blow for the team this year and to have some of these key players slowly return to the lineup, it is great to see.

January Games

Tuesday, Jan. 1st – vs Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic)

Thursday, Jan. 3rd – vs Calgary Flames

Saturday, Jan. 5th – vs Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, Jan. 8th – vs Minnesota Wild

Thursday, Jan. 10th – vs Washington Capitals

Saturday, Jan. 12th-  at Toronto Maple Leafs

Monday, Jan. 14th – vs Montreal Canadiens

Wednesday, Jan. 16th – at Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, Jan. 17th – vs St. Louis Blues

Saturday, Jan. 19th vs New York Rangers

Tuesday, Jan. 29th vs Winnipeg Jets

Thursday, Jan. 31st vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Boston Bruins have twelve games on the upcoming schedule to start of 2019, including nine games in the TD Garden. Boston’s week-long break takes place from January 20th to January 26th. With some big games against Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, and of course, the Winter Classic game against Chicago, the Bruins will have their work cut out for them but it will make for some fun games for us fans to enjoy.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston vs. Anaheim: 12/20/18

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By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty

Home: Boston Bruins

Away: Anaheim Ducks

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak

Nordstrom – Cave – Backes

Donato – Forsbacka-Karlsson – Heinen

Kuraly – Acciari – Wagner

Defense

Grzelcyk – McAvoy

Krug – Carlo

Moore – Kampfer

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Anaheim’s Lineup

Forwards

Aberg – Getzlaf– Kase

Ritchie – Henrique – Sprong

Cogliano – Kesler – Silfverberg

Gibbons – Rowney – Sherwood

Defense

Larsson – Manson

Lindholm – Montour

Mahura – Dotchin

Goalies

Gibson

Johnson

First Period

The Bruins came into this one 0-8-1 in their last nine games against the Ducks. So they came in with some demons to take care of. The Ducks had won eight of their last ten games entering this one. Jaroslav Halak is 6-0-1 at home this season. It was anyone’s game based on these contrasting numbers.

John Moore took an early tripping penalty three minutes in. The Ducks sat in the power play basement at 25th in the NHL, the Bruins penalty kill was 22nd before both were tested for the first time. The Bruins won this time and killed the penalty successfully, the Ducks failed to record a shot on goal.

Just under four minutes later, Andrew Cogliano reciprocated Moore’s penalty and went to the box for a tripping penalty of his own. The Bruins held the 5th best power play in the NHL, the Ducks penalty kill held the 14th best penalty kill. Boston failed to convert on the power play, and Danton Heinen went to the box for interference with four seconds left in the man advantage. For what it’s worth, I’m not sure knocking a stick out of someone’s hands, like Heinen did, should be considered interference. It was whistles galore early on for the referees. Anaheim didn’t convert on the power play.

Joakim Nordstrom nearly set Colby Cave up to break the ice in the final 30 seconds of the period, but Cave was robbed by the sprawling pad of John Gibson. It was a pretty slow period until the last few minutes or so. The shots were 8-7 in favor of the Bruins. Anaheim had 12 giveaways to the Bruins four giveaways. This one was up for grabs after 20 minutes.

Score: 0-0

Second Period

The tempo was a bit more lively to start the second frame. Close to eight minutes in, as David Pastrnak went to step around Hampus Lindholm, Lindholm interfered with him to impede his progress and took a penalty as a result.

Speaking of Pastrnak, he caught a sweet no-look pass from Torey Krug to break the ice on the man advantage off of a one-timer, his 22nd of the season. Krug’s 17th assist gave him 200 as a Bruin, passing Mike O’Connell for the most by a U.S. born player in Bruins history. David Backes’ sixth assist of the season marked the 300th of his NHL career.

Another iffy penalty call came in the form of a slashing penalty on Brad Marchand. Anaheim went to the man advantage a little bit past the midway point of the period. Halak made a great save on Brandon Montour on the back door on the penalty kill. Yeah, I rhyme when I write on occasion. No dice for Anaheim on the power play, one shot on goal, and it was stopped in spectacular fashion.

Halak continued the stellar play with a pair of consecutive saves on Pontus Aberg and Ondrej Kase. Flip the script and Brad Marchand found himself on the receiving end of a slash this time. The power play ended quickly on a “tic-tac-goal” by Krug as coined by Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards. The whole sequence happened so quickly that Anaheim didn’t even touch the puck. The goal marked Krug’s fourth of the season and second point of the game, Marchand’s 24th assist, and Pastrnak’s 21st assist and second point of the game.

In a period that had more tempo and liveliness to it, the Bruins outshot the Ducks again, 10-8. The overall shots after two were 18-15 Bruins. Momentum was in favor of the home team heading into the third period.

Score: 2-0 Boston

Third Period

Brandon Carlo took a hooking penalty on Brian Gibbons early in the period, giving Anaheim a chance to inject some life into this game on their end. The Bruins’ penalty-killing units continued their spotless night and brought the game back to even strength unscathed.

David Krejci continued his point streak to eight games just after the conclusion of the Anaheim power play with his seventh goal of the year and the 600th point of his NHL career. It’s a milestone kind of night for the Bruins. Like Krug’s goal, Marchand (25) and Pastrnak (22) had the helpers.

Dress with style, score with style. Krejci is on fire. Marchand drew another penalty, this time a hooking call on Ryan Getzlaf. The Bruins were 2 for 3 heading into this power play, but failed to score. Halak continued his dominance throughout the period to the end.

Josh Mahura beat Halak late from the point to spoil the shutout with just over four minutes to go for his first career goal. Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour went to the locker room in the final few minutes after colling with Lindholm on the bench. The Ducks made things a bit interesting late with the Mahura goal and by pulling the goalie, albeit taking a while to do so.

Dating back to his shutout win against the Canadiens, Halak has stopped 46 of the last 47 shots that he has faced. The Bruins win their second game in a row. Next up are the Nashville Predators at TD Garden on Saturday at 1:00 PM ET for some matinee hockey.

Final Score: 3-1 Boston

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Stepping Out In Bruins Fashion

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By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88

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

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SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES

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

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HATS OFF

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

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

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BLACK, BROWN AND GOLD

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

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

ONE LAST THING…

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

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Bruins Krug Is Elevating His Game

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By: Ian Smith | Follow me on Twitter @IanMalcolmSmith

The Boston Bruins have been plagued with injuries this season, which has forced many players to elevate their games to fill the void. One of those players is defenseman Torey Krug, who since returning from his own injury looks like he’s playing some of the best hockey of his career. Krug missed the first eight games of the season with an ankle injury but has played in every game since returning on October 30.

The defensive unit has been especially impacted by injuries. Zdeno Chara has been out since November 16 with a lower-body injury. Charlie McAvoy missed 15 games from October 20 to December 4 with concussion issues. Kevan Miller has missed chunks of time with both hand and larynx injuries. Krug has really done a great job this season helping to mitigate those absences, and he has been so important to the Bruins remaining in playoff contention despite the numerous injuries.

In the 20 games since Krug returned from his own injury, he has scored two goals and dished out 15 assists for 17 total points. Amongst NHL defensemen who’ve played in at least 20 games this season, he ranks eighth with 0.85 points per game. That would represent the best output of his career, as his previous high for a season in which he played more than one game was last season’s 0.75 points per game.

Krug has led the team with 22:21 average time on ice per game and a 3:57 average time on ice per game during the power-play. He actually leads the team with 10 power-play assists despite missing that big chunk of time at the beginning of the season. His facilitating skills on the power-play have been a huge reason why the unit as a whole ranks sixth in the league with a 26.3% rate on the man-advantage.

There have been a lot of trade rumors surrounding Krug recently as the need for another top-six wing is evident, and Krug has one year left on his $5.25 million deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. His performance demands a pay increase, but there’s only so much money to go around. Guys like McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are restricted free agents after this season, and they’re going to deserve big raises. Salary cap issues certainly make Krug susceptible to a trade, but he is such an asset as an offensive-oriented defenseman.

Krug leads Bruins defensemen in Point Shares this season despite ranking just fourth amongst those defensemen in games played. He makes a big impact on the game in the offensive zone, and his performance has really helped keep the Bruins afloat through all their key injuries. It’s going to be really interesting to see what the defensive unit will look like once everyone gets healthy and all back together. Krug has really shined on the power-play this season, and his production has been huge while the team combats the numerous injuries throughout their lineup. The Bruins are still well within the playoff hunt despite all the injuries they’ve suffered, so there’s much reason for optimism once the lineup gets fully healthy.

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Bruins Game 31 Preview: Arizona Coyotes

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By: Drew Johnson | Follow Me On Twitter: @doobshmoob

The Arizona Coyotes are in town to take on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. They are skating into TD Garden having lost their last two games against the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. This, however, came after a four-game winning streak.

The Bruins have trended in a polar direction. They dropped three games in a row before winning their last two contests against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. They will be looking to increase their winning streak to three victories while the Coyotes will be looking to end their two-game slide.

Who’s Hot?

Torey Krug has been on fire. He has contributed to five of Boston’s last eight tallies with two goals and three helpers in his last two games. The Bruins’ power play has benefitted from Krug’s return to action after missing a big chunk of the season due to an injury suffered during the preseason. He has two goals and 15 assists in 19 games – 10 of those helpers coming on the man advantage.

David Krejci has two goals and two assists in his last three games. One of those helpers came on Krug’s overtime-winning goal on Sunday. The centerman hasn’t crumbled under the pressure of filling Bergeron’s skates. In the 10 games without Bergeron, Krejci has scored two goals and tallied five helpers.

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Clayton Keller took the league by storm last year, finishing third in the Calder Trophy race. In his last five games, Keller has put up two goals and four assists, adding to his team-leading total of 20 points in 28 games. This puts him on pace for 58 points this season, which would fall short of his 65 points from last season. Nevertheless, Keller is always a threat and the Bruins will have to keep close tabs on him on Tuesday evening.

Who’s Not?

When injuries struck, Steven Kampfer was reliable defensively – at least at first. He logged time on the second defensive pair but has seen most of his time on the bottom unit. Kampfer isn’t expected to contribute much offensively, but just one assist in 18 games is bothersome. Coupling this with the bad penalties he has taken, Kampfer has gone from reliable to inconsistent for Boston thus far. The Bruins will likely need Kampfer in the lineup for an extended period of time as Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara continue to recover with injuries. He has shown that he has what it takes to help plug the holes – he just needs to find more consistency.

Darcy Kuemper will be getting the start for the Coyotes on Tuesday. He enters play with a 4-5-2 record accompanied by a 2.71 GAA and .914 SV%. Kuemper hasn’t started since Nov. 21st which could either work for or against him. We’ll soon see if the time off has him fresh and ready to go or if he will be rusty having not played in nearly three weeks.

Bruins vs. Coyotes Outlook

Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be appearing in his 700th NHL game on Tuesday in Boston. The 31-year-old has 24 goals and 131 assists in the 699 games prior.

Arizona has been a hot-and-cold team all season long. They currently have a record of 13-13-2, following up a number of winning streaks with three-to-four game slides. The Bruins will be hoping to tack on to Arizona’s current two-game losing streak. The Bruins have also been hot and cold, though not quite as much as the Coyotes.

Tuukka Rask will be starting for Boston. Meanwhile, Jake DeBrusk has been ruled out with an upper-body injury.  The Bruins are coming off two big wins against division foes and will look to carry the confidence those two games bred into their date with Arizona.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Ottawa: 12/9/18

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Home: Ottawa Senators (13-14-3)

Away: Boston Bruins (15-10-4)

Ottawa’s Lineup

Forwards

Tkachuk-White-Stone

Boedker-Tierney-Batherson

Dzingel-Smith-Paajarvi

McCormick-Paul-Pyatt

Defense

Chabot-Harpur

Lajoie-Ceci

Falk-Burgdoerker

Goalies

McKenna

Anderson

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak

Nordstrom-Cave-Backes

Donato-Forsbacka Karlsson-Heinen

Smith-Kuraly-Wagner

Defense

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-McAvoy

Moore-Kampfer

Goalies

Rask

Halak

First Period

Neither team started the game very hot as perhaps both teams were tired from playing the night before. A good shift by the first line seemed to get the Bruins in a groove but they weren’t able to find the back of the net. The B’s had solid puck movement in the middle stages of the period as they had some very good breakouts and some good passing plays to keep the Senators defense guessing.

The Bruins had the majority of the possession in the first period but weren’t really able to do much with it as they failed to truly test Mike McKenna. Mark Stone fired a puck past Tuukka Rask off of a two on one rush by the Senators which gave them a 1-0 lead with about seven minutes to go in the period.

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The Bruins got a few great chances but McKenna denied them to keep the game scoreless as the period went on. The B’s went to the penalty kill as Wagner took a cross-checking call in the last two minutes of the period. The power play became a five on three as Brad Marchand took a penalty for elbowing. The period expired with the Senators still on the man advantage.

Score: 1-0 Senators

Second Period

The Bruins killed the Senators power play in the early moments of the second period to keep it a one goal game. A good answering shift by the first line nearly tied the game for the Bruins but McKenna was up to the task. The Bruins continued to have tons of possession especially in the Ottawa zone but were still unable to solve the Senators defense. Sean Kuraly dropped the gloves with Ben Harpur with about 13 minutes to go in the period to try to get the Bruins going.

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Harpur got an extra two minutes for an instigator penalty which resulted in a Boston power play. Marchand fired home a loose puck off a deflection to tie the game with 12:11 to play in the period.

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The game started to open up as the Senators got a few chances and started to gather more speed through the neutral zone. Rask and the Bruins defense seemed up to the task as they made a few heads up plays in the defensive zone. Unfortunately it didn’t last long as the B’s made a few uncharacteristic mistakes in their own zone and the Senators almost regained the lead.

Both teams traded chances in the final moments of the period as the game became a little frenetic. Both Rask and McKenna kept their composure and the game remained knotted at a goal apiece.

Score: Tied 1-1

Third Period

Early in the period, David Pastrnak drew a hooking penalty on Zack Smith to give the Bruins their second power play of the game. The Senators killed off the penalty despite some good puck movement by the B’s. A very good effort shift by the fourth line especially Gemel Smith kept the pressure on the Sens in the early stages of the period.

The Bruins began to have issues getting clean possession in the middle part of the final period as the Senators kept on coming. The B’s responded well with a good shift by the third line as Ryan Donato got a golden scoring opportunity but had the puck roll off his stick. The Bruins would get another power play as Pastrnak drew a tripping penalty. The Senators got a great shorthanded chance but Rask absolutely robbed Stone to keep it tied.

During the shorthanded rush, Pastrnak interfered with Stone to negate the Boston man advantage. The Bruins killed the Ottawa power play and immediately after, Pastrnak nearly scored on a breakaway but was stoned by McKenna. The pace of the game ramped up exponentially in the third period as both teams went end to end a few times but nothing resulted in the go ahead goal.

The Bruins held nearly all of the possession in the final minutes of regulation, pushing hard for the next goal. Neither team found the back of the net in the last few minutes and the game went into overtime.

Score: Tied 1–1

Overtime

Kuraly nearly won the game on a two on one opportunity but McKenna made a miraculous stop, stacking the pads, to keep the game tied. An unbelievable setup by David Krejci resulted in Torey Krug firing a rocket by McKenna to end it.

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Final Score: 2-1 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

Third Star: Rask. He wasn’t spectacular necessarily but Rask made some gigantic saves to keep the Bruins in the game and his save on Stone was probably his best of the season.

Second Star: Marchand. Number 63 had another strong game and finished with two points including a helper on the winning goal.

First Star: Krug. A good defensive effort by the defenseman helped keep the Senators in check. He was rewarded with the winning goal at 3:07 of overtime.

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Bruins Post-Game Recap: Toronto at Boston: 12/8/18

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Home: Boston Bruins (14-10-4)

Away: Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-1)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak

Heinen-Cave-Backes

Smith-Kuraly-Wagner

Donato-Forsbacka Karlsson-Nordstrom

Defense

Krug-Carlo

Moore-McAvoy

Grzelcyk-Kampfer

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Toronto’s Lineup

Forwards

Hyman-Tavares-Marner

Marleau-Matthews-Kapanen

Johnsson-Kadri-Nylander

Ennis-Lindholm-Brown

Defense

Rielly-Hainsey

Gardiner-Zaitsev

Dermott-Ozhiganov

Goalies

Andersen

Sparks

First Period

The Leafs went to the power play early in the game’s first minute as Charlie McAvoy took a cross-checking penalty. The Bruins killed the penalty as Jaroslav Halak made a few big saves. The Bruins seemed ready to go from the start as they played with some good physicality. There was tremendous tempo in the early going as both teams traded a few chances.

The Bruins seemed to get more possession as the period went on but not a lot of shots as they didn’t test Frederick Andersen too many times. Halak meanwhile was tested a bunch of times in the period but kept the game scoreless. After a scrum in front of the goal, both David Krejci and Jake Gardiner went to the penalty box, resulting in a four on four. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson buried a loose puck off a pass from Pastrnak past Andersen to give the Bruins a first period lead.

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The Bruins seemed to get their legs going towards the end of the period as they got more and more possession in the offensive zone. Halak made a huge glove save on William Nylander late in the period to preserve the Boston lead.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins had some good chances in the very beginning of the period as they looked to stretch their lead. The Bruins continued to skate well and play with pace which seemed to give the Leafs some issues. Gemil Smith drew a tripping penalty against the Leafs, giving the Bruins their first power play of the game. The Leafs killed the penalty despite the Bruins getting a few solid scoring opportunities.

The B’s went right back to the man advantage after Nazem Kadri tripped up Krejci. David Backes buried a power play strike after a nice play by Brad Marchand to double the Boston lead.

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The Bruins would get their third power play opportunity of the period as John Tavares went to the box for slashing. About halfway through the man advantage, Backes took a hooking penalty to negate the Bruins advantage. During the four on four, Gardiner took a boarding penalty to get the Bruins yet another power play. The Leafs would kill the penalty as the Bruins failed to extend the lead.

Much to the delight of some Bruins fans, Brandon Carlo dropped the gloves with Kadri towards the end of the period after a small scrum in front of the Boston goal.

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After an impressive shift by the first line, Torey Krug fired a missile pass Andersen for his first goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage with just over two minutes left in the period.

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Score: 3-0 Bruins

Third Period

After a turnover in the neutral zone, Danton Heinen buried his third goal of the season on a sweet move to beat Andersen and make it 4-0 Boston less than three minutes into the period.

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Travis Dermott responded with a shot through traffic to beat Halak and cut the Boston lead to three less than two minutes after Heinen’s goal.

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The Bruins got one back after a bad turnover by Tavares as Krejci scored off of a three on one rush to give the B’s a 5-1 advantage.

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Ryan Donato banked in a loose puck off Andersen to make it six for the Bruins shortly after the Krejci goal and send Andersen to the showers.

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Auston Matthews buried a goal after a bad turnover behind the Boston net to cut into the lead and make it 6-2 with under 11 minutes to go in the game.

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Chris Wagner got the crowd going as he dropped the gloves with Ron Hainsey after a hit in the neutral zone. The intensity in the game seemed to ramp up after Zach Hyman’s late hit on Charlie McAvoy. Somehow the Leafs picked up a power play after the fight as they looked to get closer on the scoreboard. Andreas Johnsson scored a power play goal on a loose puck in front of the net to cut the Boston lead to 6-3.

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Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

Third Star: Backes. Building off a solid performance on Thursday, Backes had another good game and scored a power play goal.

Second Star: Marchand. Number 63 was all over the ice the whole game and played his best game in a while as he totaled three assists.

First Star: Krug. His skating game was outstanding as the Bruins controlled the pace all night and Krug even added three points including his first goal of the year.

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Bruins Players & Alums Will Be “Busy B’s” Over Holidays!

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @Evan007onTV

‘Tis the season to “B” jolly and you can best believe the Bruins will be “busy B’s” when it comes to spreading joy to area girls & boys (and families & communities as a whole) this year. In fact, the organization just announced its 2018 holiday charitable initiatives, and as expected there’s no shortage of player and alumni involvement for all the festive fun planned.

Holiday Shopping Event

The entire B’s roster will storm the aisles of local stores on December 7th, purchasing toys and other enjoyable knickknacks for area children in need. Started by B’s Hall of Famer and former Captain Ray Bourque, the annual tradition has been a team favorite for years, where “each member of the team makes a donation which goes towards the purchasing of the toys, and the Boston Bruins Foundation matches the total team donation,” according to the recent release celebrating the season.

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The announcement goes on to mention that “toys purchased at the holiday toy shopping event will be delivered to over 600 children at hospitals around Boston who are unable to spend the holidays at home. The entire Bruins roster will visit various hospitals on Wednesday, December 12 to deliver the toys and spend time with patients.”

As you can see from previous social media clips, posts & pictures documenting this event in year’s past, there’s certainly no shortage of smiles & gratitude to go around. It perfectly “B”-fits the team (just like Torey Krug’s Christmas tree hat below)!

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Festival Of Trees

Speaking of Christmas trees, O’ what a sight it’ll be for the players’ wives & girlfriends who will be organizing this special event for the second straight year. “The Bruins significant others will decorate mini Christmas trees with a variety of items such as autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, and favorite items of Bruins players,” all to benefit the Bruins Foundation as the team’s website mentions.

While David Backes certainly had a mini tree with some major goodies on it last year (as you can see from his tweet above), fellow teammates Zdeno Chara & David Krejci hope to continue the tree tradition triumphantly with some solid celebratory “ornaments” of their own this year!

“The Festival of Trees fundraiser will take place online at www.bruinsauctions.org and in-game at the Boston Bruins Foundation table located at Loge 4 on the TD Garden concourse during the December 16 and 20 Boston Bruins home games,” with more details regarding player specific trees coming soon, according to the foundation’s website.

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Toys For Tots

Widely recognized around the country, and especially in Boston this time of year, is the very successful & meaningful Toys For Tots program, which “will be on hand at TD Garden at the Bruins home games on December 11, 16, and 20 to collect donated toys for children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for the holidays” as prominently noted by the release. Mark your Bruins calendar for these games, as I like to say, because even a small toy donation can make a big difference for a local child and family in need this holiday season (especially if it’s a figurine or ornament of a B’s player)!

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And while on the subject of B’s players, Bruins legend and newly inducted team Hall of Famer Rick “Nifty” Middleton recently helped kick off the program’s holiday drive in Wilmington, MA, where he also posed for pics and signed autographs for all those making donations to benefit the local kiddos.

With additional events planned for not only the Boston Bruins Foundation, but also the Cam Neely Foundation all December, even if you can’t participate in any of the above festivities, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to score when it comes to giving back in honor of the Black N’ Gold this year.

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