Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 71


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By KG | Follow on Twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


David Backes was hurt last game after taking a skate to the thigh and will be out for some time. Newly signed Ryan Donato comes into the lineup for his first career NHL game. He was supposed to be on the third line, but since Rick Nash didn’t take warmups due to an upper-body injury, Donato will fill in his spot tonight. Korpisalo and Rask will get the starts in nets tonight, Rask is coming off of a shutout down south in Tampa.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Ryan Donato has been one of the most talked about Bruins prospect since he was drafted in 2014, and tonight he gets a shot at playing with David Krejci. Once again, injuries will play a big part of this game with Backes and Rick Nash coming out of the lineup from last game both due to injuries.


Ryan Donato kicked off the game after he shot off down the left wing and battled for the puck, getting the first shot on net of the game. But just as Boston started to look like they were going to start to control the pace, The Blue Jackets pressured Carlo into turning over the puck that led to a Boone Jenner tip-in goal infront of Rask. Boston had a chance soon after to tie it back up when they went on the power play. Ryan Donato had three incredible chances and with great team puck movement, the Bruins managed to get six total shots on the man advantage, but couldn’t convert. But this did sway the momentum of the game as Boston started to click and get good shots on net. Kevan Miller was called for a “Closing Hand On Puck” penalty and while the Bruins did kill it off, they looked like chickens running around with their heads gone in their own zone. In the final two minutes, The Bruins got another oppertunity on the power play and even though they got some great chances they still couldn’t convert.



CBJ – Jenner (Vanek)


Columbus is known as 1st period team, and the Bruins came strong, resulting in an amazing first career goal by Ryan Donato off of a great one-timer. Right after that, the very elite Brad Marchand took the game into his hands as he froze Korpisalo with a deke and roofed a backhand shot to go up 2-1. After some more great chances down low, the Bruins headed back to the power play after another Ian Cole penalty. On this try, they finally converted. Riley Nash slapped home a rebound to put the Bruins up by two, but that wouldn’t hold for long. Less than thirty seconds later, Sonny Milano tipped in a Ryan Murray slap-pass to get it back to a one goal game. That took all the energy right out of the building, and Bosotn would head to the locker room holding a one goal lead.


BOS – Donato (Krug, Heinen), Marchand (Pastrnak, Miller), Riley Nash PP (Donato, Marchand)

CBJ – Milano (Murray, Foligno)


Kevan Miller made sure that the Blue Jackets knew that he wasn’t planning on slowing down as he started off the period with a great chance that rung off the crossbar and out. Columbus would tie it up again after Thomas Vanek made a great redirection play to get one in. Boston continued to make good standup defensive plays at their own line, stopping Columbus almost every time. But after an icing, Panarin rifled a shot past Rask right off of the faceoff to go up 4-3. But just twenty seconds after that happened, the David Krejci line scored once again to make it 4-4 with Krejci getting the goal from a great pass by Donato. This gave Boston a shot of pure energy that resulted in many chances, like a Ryan Donato breakaway, free pucks infront of the net and hit posts. Rask and Korpisalo both had to come up big in the final few minutes, and because of that we are headed to OT.


BOS – Krejci (Donato, Heinen)

CBJ – Vanek (Nutivaara, Jenner), Panarin (Foligno)


The usual OT game winner Brad Marchand broke free with a Krug pass, but couldn’t convert with a Blue Jackets player drapped all over him. Rask came up huge with some great saves at the other end. After some conterversial non-calls, the Bruins let Cam Atkinson sneak in behind them and sniped a shot low glove on Tuukka to continue the Blue Jackets winning streak.



CBJ – Atkinson (Murray, Weenberg)


With injuries dropping Bruins players like flies, Donato is exactly the type of player that Boston needs. An effecient player that gives it 110% every shift. Even when people start to come back from IR, I think he’ll find a spot in the lineup.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Ryan Donato – Wow. What a game by a guy who was just signed yesterday. A goal and two assists with six shots is incredible. A great signing so far for the Bruins and will continue to be in the lineup with this kind of play. He could have a great career here in Boston if he plays as hard as he did tonight.

2nd: Brad Marchand – A textbook Brad game where he scored a highight reel goal, had eight shots on net, had an assist and was a monster in OT. If there was, for some odd reason, a chance that you didn’t believe that Marchand was elite, this is one of his many games that tell you different.

3rd: David Krejci – When the Bruins need a clutch goal, he’ll be there. If there’s a second line that needs to be productive and cycle the puck for a full shift, he’ll be there. David Krejci has stepped his game up after what people called a down year last season, and is doing great with this never-ending rotation of wingers he gets played with.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Riley Nash – This is the second game in a row where I have Riley Nash as the MUP of the game. This is because he is doing such an incredible job while replacing future Hall of Fame-er Patrice Bergeron on the top line where he plays elite, top notch guys every night. He had 22:09 TOI tonight, along with another goal to add to his ever growing total this year.

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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 70


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By KG | Follow on Twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


As the Bruins face their toughest opponent yet on this road trip, David Backes slides into the top center position in between Marchand and Pastrnak. Rask and Vasilevskiy take their respective nets as these two titans get set to play a potential playoff matchup.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Backes is finally sliding into the 1stC role. The offensive production should be way better than it was last game with a veteran guy like Backes. The 48-86 defensive combo will be nice to see because they have very compatible playing styles.


Tampa started to control the play right off the opening faceoff and would hold the puck in the Bruins zone for a while until the B’s defense started to throw some big hits below the goal line to create some turnovers. Boston was finding success early entering the zone and got some good opportunities early, including the great play from Krug to find the streaking Pastrnak, who would score on a simple forehand-backhand move. Boston continued to shoot from every angle, resulting in lots of rebounds. The Bruins defense played a big part of their offense in the first half of the period with Torey Krug and Nick Holden being the standouts. After Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos was called for interference, Boston took little time in scoring their second goal of the game, scored by newly appointed first line center David Backes. Boston continued to get great chances, but couldn’t get the puck in the net. Tampa picked up the pace as they had two great shifts in the Bruins’ end that forced Boston to ice the puck at the end just to catch their breath. David Backes was hurt with less than a minute left in the period. This will be a big loss for Boston if he doesn’t come back.


BOS – Pastrnak (Krug, McQuaid), Backes PP (Krug, Marchand)

TB – N/A


David Backes was not on the bench when the second period started. Rask was tested quickly but stood strong. Boston had a couple more great chances from using the d-men and tipping pucks, but Vasilevskiy did a good job of staying in place. Brandon Carlo took a tripping penalty. Not something that you want happening against the second best PP team in the league. Rick Nash and Brad Marchand both had incredible offensive chances on the PK, but couldn’t convert. Tuukka Rask continued to make great saves and the physical presence ramped up even more. This game has more of a playoff game feeling than some actual playoff games. Boston would go back on the power play after Brian Gionta was high sticked. This resulted in a Riley Nash goal off of a rebound in front of the net. After a great play to spring a Bruins favoured 3-on-2, Noel Acciari was given a goaltender interference call after failing to stop before crashing into Tampa’s net. The Bruins killed it off after some great saves/blocks, but right after Brandon Carlo took another penalty. Tuukka Rask was all over Tampa Bay’s cross-ice one-timer. He seemed to have been in place for years when receiving the shot. Rick Nash killed off quite a bit of time after he found his way into the Lightning’s zone and held the puck along the boards even though four Tampa players were attacking him. The period would end with David Krejci almost popping in a rebound at the horn.


BOS – Riley Nash PP (Rick Nash, Krug)

TB – N/A


Tampa controlled the puck off the faceoff and Boston’s defence and netminder needed to be sharp right from the start. Adam McQuaid made a spectacular poke check to keep Tampa away from a great chance and Rask made a save on a completely open net. Boston kept the Lightning out of their end by cycling the puck in the offensive end. Victor Hedman took a high stick penalty and the Bruins headed back on the PP. While they got some decent chances, Boston couldn’t convert. But the B’s held on, and even with the goalie pulled Tampa couldn’t get many good chances. 3-0 the final.



TB – N/A


If that isn’t commitment to defense, I don’t know what is. Boston made the best scorers in the league obsolete.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st:  Tuukka Rask – This was the first time that Tampa was shut out. ALL. YEAR. While he only faced 23 shots, he kept the puck out when needed. Stellar performance.

2nd: Torey Krug – A great game at both ends of the ice for Krug tonight. He had 2 shots, along with assisting on all three goals. He shut down the Tampa offense and was incredible when breaking the puck out.

3rd: Rick Nash – Nash played some of his best hockey in awhile this game. While he did get an assist, his work on the penalty kill was crucial for the Bruins. On multiple occasions, Nash stood up the Tampa defense at their blue line and took the puck away from them. Great defensive game.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Riley Nash: After he filled in for Backes on the first line, Nash was great all around. He even scored the third and final goal.

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Monday, March 19th in Boston vs Columbus


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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 65

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By KG | Follow on twitter @kgbngblog | FanCred at K G


After a hit up high on Frans Nielsen last game, David Backes was suspended for three games. His absence along with Bergeron and McAvoy leaves the Bruins lineup looking a lot less intimidating than it was just a week ago. After going 9-0-1 starting back on February 8th, the Flyers have started to drop off going 0-3-1 since the start of March. Rask starts for Boston while Lyon protects the other end for Philadelphia.

What I Am Looking Forward To

Boston is going through a really rough injury patch right now and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their winning ways going with all of the key guys they have out. I expect a grinding, hitting old school kind of game tonight. Both teams desperately want these two points. Should be a great game.


The game really started a minute and a half into the game when Kevan Miller took a double minor penalty for high sticking Wayne Simmonds and drawing blood. The Flyers power play unit was incredibly efficient scoring only ten seconds into the power play on a great pass from Nolan Patrick to Jakub Voracek. Later, the Bruins got a power play after Rick Nash’s stick was slashed, where they had a lot of shot opportunities but didn’t get too much actually on net. But that did energize the team, so when Bruce Cassidy told the top line of Marchand/Nash/Pastrnak to hit the ice, they channeled that energy into a terrific display of skill and hard work that ended up with Riley Nash scoring on a wraparound rebound. After some great offensive shifts for him, Brad Marchand was given a tripping penalty for a low hit on Gostisbehere. The Bruins killed this off, and with less than a minute left on the clock Tommy Wingels made a great defensive play on the backcheck to get the puck to Chara where the captain made a great pass to Brian Gionta, of all people, who ended up scoring on a sweet little move all alone on a breakaway to end the period.


BOS – Nash (Pastrnak, Miller), Gionta (Chara, Wingels)

PHI – Voracek PP (Patrick, Giroux)


The start of the period kicked off with a pretty questionable penalty called on Torey Krug that the Bruins were able to kill off pretty easily. After some back and forth from the teams, Rick Nash drew yet another penalty when he was slashed again, sending the Bruins to their second power play. But just as the Bruins were starting to settle into a setup in the Flyers’ end, Philly sprung Oskar Lindblom on a two-on-one where he threw the puck into Rask’s open five-hole. The rest of the period was more physical play along the boards, with lots of chances with good puck movement from both teams.



PHI – Lehtera SH (Filppula, Gudas)


Another early period penalty put Boston on the power play just a minute thirty into the final period. Chara was set up for a one-timer during the man advantage, but no one other than the goalie wanted to be in front of it so Lyon had a clear view of it all the way in to make the stop. Chara really showed off his offensive abilities around the ten-minute mark. He was pinching into the zone and using his reach and massive body to sweep around the net and throw the puck in front of the net, and he did this more than once. Sean Couturier broke into the Bruins end, forcing Marchand to slash him up in the hand/wrist area in hopes that it would cause him to miss, which it did. But this meant that he was going to the box. The Bruins were once again successful in killing it off. In the dying seconds of the third period, the hero Brad Marchand swooped in on net when there was a massive pile-up where he smacked in the puck to put the Bruins up by one with 30 seconds left in the game. And that was how it ended. 3-2 the final score.


BOS – Marchand (Pastrnak, Chara)



The Bruins played decent, not great, this game. They did have some very arguable penalties called against them and key players missing though. If Boston can do this while missing their top centermen, top 4 defencemen and arguably top 6 wingers, they will do that much better when they are all back in action.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Brad Marchand – Yet another game winner for him. I guess that makes him relatively elite. Another complete game from him, even though there was some funny business with penalties. And that one time he kind of gave up on a backcheck that cost the team the one-goal lead. Oh well, he made up for it with that game winner.

2nd: Zdeno Chara – Chara had a great night. It almost seemed like he turned back the clock the way that he was galloping out there. With two assists, four shots and a +/- of +2, Chara was incredible. He also played 23:55 tonight, over four minutes more than the next guy (Marchand with 19:25).

3rd: Brian Gionta – Surprisingly “Gio” played a really good game in a limited timeframe. He scored the Bruins second goal of the night and played an old school kind of grind-it-out game.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Tuukka Rask – Right off of the start, Rask was bombarded with shots all night. He stopped 31 out of the 33 he faced and came up big when they needed him and this is all while he is supposedly still a bit hurt.

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Zdeno Chara: The Bruins Ageless Wonder


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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

In a year where the Bruins are completely exceeding expectations, there is one player who is quietly underrated. For what it’s worth, it’s definitely fun to talk about how fun this team is – from the rookies, Patrice Bergeron is having a spectacular year to Tuukka Rask completely turning into a brick wall – it’s easy to overlook one specific player.

That player is the captain of this team and someone who is proving age is just a number: Zdeno Chara.

Big Z will be 41-years-old in less than a month, and the’s shown no signs of aging. Maybe it’s playing with young kids such as Charlie McAvoy, or maybe he’s adopting some Tom Brady-like diet.

Or maybe he’s continuing to be a consistent, solid defenseman.

He showed just how solid of a player he is in last week’s 3-2 comeback win over Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Chara was matched up against McDavid, who is arguably the games most dynamic offensive player, for 15:12 of the 17:40 he was on the ice.

During that time, Boston outshot Edmonton 12-4, and David  Krejci scored the game-winning goal late in the third period. But what was truly amazing about Chara being matched up against McDavid for most of his ice time was McDavid’s final line: zero goals, zero assists, a minus-1 rating and had just two shots.

Those two shots came in a two-second span, and it was just the 10 time on the season McDavid was held to zero points in a game.

Chara has always been a force on the ice season after season, but this 2017-18 season, much like the entire Bruins team, is exceeding expectations and is playing incredibly well at the age of 40.

His numbers aren’t anything spectacular – six goals and 11 assists doesn’t jump out at anyone – but his ice time most certainly does. The captain leads the team in average ice time with 23:20.

Chara has been the captain of this team for several years and this season especially is proving why he is continuing to be deserving of sporting the C. He is a veteran leader for the rookies and isn’t afraid to stand up for his teammates and drop the gloves.

We saw that this season against Anaheim when he went up against Ryan Getzlaf in January. No, he’s not a 20-year-old Charlie McAvoy or 21-year-old Jake DeBrusk – but Chara’s presence on the ice is something that needs to be paid attention to.

The black and gold are doing something spectacular this season. They’re in second place in the Atlantic Division during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year – and Chara is playing a significant role in where this team is in the standings.

Age is just a number, yes. New England sports fans see that every season with Tom Brady and what he does for the Patriots each year. But now Boston has another 40-year-old player to get excited about because it seems as if Chara is indeed an ageless wonder this season.

BFR1 – Game 56 – Twilight Zone – VAN 6, BOS 1

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By: Spencer Fascetta                                                                           Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey


Well, that was a poor showing. In one of the longest BFRs of the season, I had a few thoughts on the shocking showings the Bruins have had in the last week, and the asinine trade deadline rumors surrounding the team.

Boston Bruins Focus On Fixing Game After Rough Road Loss



Patrice Bergeron #37 and David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrate after Bergeron’s goal put the Bruins up 3-1 against the New York Rangers in the second period at Madison Square Garden on February 7, 2018, in New York City.
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By: Andrew Thompson                                                                        Twitter: @godwentwhoops

Well, that was an ugly one.  The Boston Bruins have been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League this season.  As good as the B’s have been playing, we all sort of knew that one of those games was going to happen. The Black and Gold got mercilessly drubbed by the Vancouver Canucks 6-1 the other night.

While the Canucks and their fans celebrated like it was game eight of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals (It was seven years ago, and you lost, get over it.), the Bruins knew they’d have to take a step back and analyze exactly what went wrong on Saturday.

The answer was simple. The Bruins defensive game had gotten sloppy. The team had gaps in their coverage. The team seemed a little slow on the draw as well.  When those factors were added to Tuukka Rask having an off night, it led to the B’s giving up four first period goals against Vancouver.

The B’s knew that the team had lost a little polish off their game, but they usually relied on their offensive firepower to get themselves out of trouble.  That also seemed to let them down on Saturday (although not through lack of effort).  So, the Bruins will take this loss on the chin and get back to work.

“It’s been creeping into our game,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron about their lack of defensive effort. “We’ve been getting away from what’s been good to us.” Our defensive zone coverage has been lacking a little lately. We’ve got to tighten that up and yesterday was a perfect example…when you don’t start on time, and you have holes defensively that you don’t take care of, and don’t play the proper way and respect the game plan, that’s what happens.”

Bruins bench boss Bruce Cassidy knows his team will bounce back from this disappointment.  Still, he scheduled a Sunday practice that focused on the B’s remembering their strengths in the defensive zone. While the team didn’t need to go back to the drawing board, they did get a few touch-ups on their three-zone game.

“We built into practice. That’s generally what we do after a video session, where we try to teach or get better in an area, we’ll try to translate it into practice,” said Cassidy on the focus of the B’s Sunday practice. “We play tomorrow, we play Tuesday, so we’ve got to be careful. It was a workday.”

Even with the tough loss, the B’s are still in great shape. They’re one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic with five games in hand. The team will likely make life interesting for Dougie Hamilton and the rest of the Calgary squad as they fight to get themselves back in the win column.

Bruins Win Back-To-Back Games On The Road

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By Mike Cratty                                                           Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

To say the Boston Bruins are rolling is an understatement. After winning 18 of their last 23 games, the Bruins are continuing to show they are a bonafide threat in the NHL. To put things in perspective a little more, they are in the second place in the NHL and the Atlantic division.

They have plenty of skill, but it’s not always flashiness that wins games. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it yet again, they find different ways to win by wearing teams down. Their scoring attack has become so balanced and their team defense has risen to become the NHL’s best. Not to mention Tuukka Rask has played better than any other goalie in the NHL since late November. Anton Khudobin has continued to back Tuukka up sufficiently during that time period, which never hurts.

Following a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last Saturday, a back-to-back against two Eastern Conference foes, the Detroit Red Wings, and the New York Rangers lied ahead. Being two struggling teams, the Bruins took advantage of their deficiencies enough to win both games. Their record now stands at 33-11-8, with 74 points.

Tuukka Rask started in Detroit, in a game where Austin Czarnik and Torey Krug were in familiar territory. A 3-2 victory came out of it in a game where the excitement was saved mainly for the later portion. Two rookies, in particular, shined in Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly, who both picked up a goal and an assist. David Krejci tallied the other goal, his 10th of the season.

Things almost got out of hand when Wings forward Frans Nielsen made it 3-2 off a rebound with 1:24 remaining in the third period. Luckily the Bruins held on for the win after Charlie McAvoy pinned the puck in the corner after what went on to be the final faceoff.

It’ll be tough for teams like the Red Wings and the Panthers to make up much ground in the Atlantic, seeing as there is currently a 17-point gap between the third and fourth place teams, in Toronto and Florida. The Bruins made it a little tougher and made things a bit more interesting for themselves, setting up for an important contest at Madison Square Garden the next night.

With the Tampa Bay Lightning dropping five of their last 10 games, now is a great time for a leapfrog attempt into first place in the Atlantic, and possibly the NHL, for the Bruins. Their 6-1 throttling of the struggling New York Rangers will help out with that. After an early goal from Rick Nash to make it 1-0, the Bruins woke up and potted six unanswered goals, eventually chasing Henrik Lundqvist from the crease. There is one point separating the Bruins and the Lightning and first place.

Tim Schaller, or Pavel Datsyuk? You tell me. One of the highlights of the night and honestly the season. The New Hampshire native, former Providence Friar, and fourth-liner, Tim Schaller, undresses Anthony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith and puts in an off-balance beauty.

The other five goals on the night came from Patrice Bergeron, who had two, building on his case for the Hart Trophy, Zdeno Chara, Riley Nash, and Sean Kuraly. Sean Kuraly is getting his offensive game going a little bit over the past two games, which is never a bad thing to see from a fourth-liner. Anton Khudobin made 21 saves in net, partly thanks to the defense flustering the Rangers offense for the good majority of the game.

63+37=100. Marchand picked up a lone assist on this goal after returning from his five-game suspension. Shorthanded goals like that shouldn’t be allowed.

The Bruins get some rest before taking on the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden, followed by the New Jersey Devils on the road in the Prudential Center, the next day. Who doesn’t love back-to-back weekend games? As long as the Bruins keep the tempo up, they’ll be hard to play against and make teams have to fight for two points. No one is making it hard to do so in the NHL right now than the Bruins.

Boston Bruins May Have A Hart Trophy Winner On Their Hands With Patrice Bergeron


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By Court Lalonde              Follow Me On Twitter: @courtlalonde

The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded every year to the player judged most valuable to his team.  In January the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on the mid-season awards for the first time since 1968.  At that time the top three players were Nikita Kucherov, Nathan Mackinnon, and John Tavares.  All three of them are fantastic players and at the time of the voting well deserving of the votes.  Patrice Bergeron was on the list but for the Selke Trophy as always and was at the top of that list for the award at the mid-point of the season.  If he does win it again this year, it will be his fifth Selke Trophy and will pass Bob Gainey as the player to have won it the most.

The Selke Trophy awarded wasn’t even given out by the NHL until the  1977-78 season and to my surprise, only one player won both the Selke and the Hart in the same season.  That player was Sergei Fedorov when he was playing for the Detroit Red Wings in the 1993-94 season.  The reason I say it surprises me is that you always hear coaches saying how valuable a two-way game is and it’s always the number one critic a young rookie in the National Hockey League faces.  Why is it then that only one player has won both awards in the same season?  You would think that preventing goals and scoring goals should be measured the same.  We all know this is not the case but could be this year because of the play of one of the best two-way forwards in the game and one of the tops of all time.

In his first 23 games, this season Patrice Bergeron had only five goals, and the Boston Bruins struggled coming out of the gate.  Fast forward to last night at the 10: 00-minute mark of the second period and Bergeron was scoring his 24th goal of the year which happened to be a short-handed goal.  Bergeron has scored 14 goals, 8 assists, for a total of 22 points in his last 16 games.  One of the Bruins weakness over the past couple of years was beating the Toronto Maple Leafs.  A big reason for that was the youth and speed and the play of young Auston Matthews.  The last time the Leafs played the Bruins, the Bruins won, and Matthews when playing against Bergeron 5 on 5 didn’t record a single shot while Bergeron got 4 and scored a goal.  It showed Matthews that he had a long way to go when it came to his two-way game, and it showed the Bruins that they could shut this kid down.  Bergeron put his team on his shoulders that game and made a statement on the ice with his play.


The news across the league after that game was that the Bruins were a top team in the league and their current winning record was making them the talk of the NHL.  I live in Toronto, and they talk hockey 24hrs a day here on the TV and the radio.  The Bruins had been on a remarkable winning streak and have a goalie in Tuukka Rask that hasn’t lost in regulation in 21 games (19-0-2), yet I still didn’t hear a lot about them.  Since beating the Leafs last Saturday, I can’t turn on my TV or radio and not hear them talking about the Boston Bruins.  The one constant I keep hearing is the play of Patrice Bergeron and what he brings to his hockey club.

The Boston Bruins are currently one point out of first place in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning with a game in hand.  Both teams are +49 goal differential, but the Bruins have only been scored on 124 times which is the lowest in the league.  To say that the Bruins are winning because they’re outscoring their opponents would be incorrect.  Their winning because of their two-way play as a team lead by the best two-way player in the league Patrice Bergeron.

Earlier in the year, NBC Boston Bruins beat writer Joe Haggerty suggested Bergeron’s best days might be behind him. (Bergeron hearing the footsteps of father time) The good news is this is not the case at all and currently, Bergeron has 24 goals, 22 assists, 46 points, with a plus 26 rating which doesn’t put him in the top of the league scoring like Kucherov.  That’s not what the Hart Trophy is about though, they have a trophy for that already in the NHL called the Art Ross.  Bergeron is tied for the most game-winning goals on his team with Jake Debrusk with four.  He leads the team in goals scored with 24 and leads the team in shots with 173.  He has 8 power-play goals, and as always his faceoff percentage is exceptional at 56.19%.  If they had to do their mid-season vote again, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bergeron’s name was at the top of the list.  You take Bergeron off this hockey club, and they’re not where they are in the standings, and we would be talking about another missed season for the Bruins.  My hope that his play continues and I don’t see why it won’t and we will have the first Selke and Hart Trophy winner for the Boston Bruins in the same season.  If he doesn’t win the fans will be ok because Bergeron has been the most valuable player to Bruins fans since he first wore the spoked B.