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Holiday Break Ends: Bruins Goto Buffalo For One Game Then Host Buffalo (12/27-12/29)

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I apologize for the delay in Boston Bruin updates but seeing how the holiday season is coming to an end this is what we have missed:

12/23- The Boston Bruins came off of a huge win against the Washington Capitals (7-3 in regulation). That game went on to be a great toe to toe matchup. Between players getting benched due to injury, players thrown out for instigating fights and a referee getting the majority of the hits. Tom Wilson who was starting things off with David Pastrnak went on to get ejected after throwing some punches to the side of the referee while trying to split the two apart. Tuukka Rask went on to face 42 shots only allowing 3 goals in.

12/27- The Boston Bruins went on to defeat the Buffalo Sabres (3-0 in regulation) and with that being the opening to a two game weekend getaway, Jaroslav Halak went on to get his 3rd shutout of the season (50th overall in his career). The three goals scored by the Boston Bruins came from Brandon Carlo and two goals scored by Patrice Bergeron. Despite the Bruins facing multiple injuries on their defense they managed to stay ahead of the Buffalo Sabres and go on to win. With Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy out Bruce Cassidy has to recall Steven Kampfer from Providence.

12/29- The Boston Bruins (23-7-9) will face the Buffalo Sabres (17-15-7) back in Boston. With the Boston Bruins coming off a two game win streak they look to extend the streak with a victory tonight. It looks to be an easy win, right? Boston just beat Buffalo two nights ago with a shutout. But in the game of hockey anything is possible.

Starting Goalies:

Boston– Tuukka Rask- GAA 2.32/ SV%.923 (14W /4L /5OTL)

Buffalo– Linus Ullmark- GAA 2.79/ SV%.914 (11W /9L /3OTL)

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- TD Garden- Boston, Mass.

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Another Losing Streak Arises: Washington Capitals Come To Boston

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The Boston Bruins (21-7-9) continue their three game losing streak as they lost to the Nashville Predators Saturday (4-3 in Overtime). With two goals from Patrice Bergeron and a goal from Par Lindholm wasn’t enough to get the Bruins victory. The last game of the home stand will be a difficult one as the Washington Capitals (26-6-5) who are at the top of their division come to the TD Garden.

Key factors fro the Bruins tonight and one of the most important factors is the Boston Bruins will be without the future hall of famer Zdeno Chara. Instead of being on the ice he will be right around the corner at the Mass General Hospital getting the metal hardware removed out if his jaw from an injury he suffered during the Stanley Cup Finals last June. With Chara’s absence expect to see Brandon Carlo, John Moore and Charlie McAvoy with more ice time and more energy on the penalty kill. For the offense newly appointed Captain for the Atlantic Division in the All Star game, David Pastrnak looks to bring more to the game. He has been quite the star on this Boston team by still leading the NHL in goals (28).

Boston Bruins:

Patrice Bergeron- Brad Marchand- David Pastrnak

David Krejci- Jake Debrusk-Danton Heinen

Charlie Coyle- Joakim Nordstrom- Anders Bjork

Par Lindholm- Sean Kuraly- Brett Ritchie

John Moore- Charlie McAavoy

Torey Krug- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk- Connor Clifton

 

Washington Capitals:

Nicklas Backstrom- Alex Ovechkin- Tom Wilson

Evgeny Kuznetsov- Jakub Vrana- T.J. Oshie

Lars Eller- Carl Hagelin- Richard Panik

Nic Dowd- Brenden Leipsic- Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny- John Carlson

Dmitri Orlov- Nick Jensen

Jonas Siegenthaler- Radko Gudas

Starting Goalies:

 

Boston: Tuukka, Rask-GAA 2.29 / SV% .922 (W 13/ L 4/ OTL 5)

 

Washington: Braden, Holtby-GAA 2.75 / SV% .911 (W17/ L4/ OTL 4)

 

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

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Boston Bruins Take On Nashville Predators

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The Boston Bruins (21-7-8) are coming off a huge loss last Thursday night to the New York Islanders (3-2- Boston lose in a shoot out). Just as we mentioned in Thursday’s. article there were two key factors. 1.) The Bruins need to score first and keep the lead. Play conservative. They ended up scoring first but they couldn’t get the job done in regulation, nor overtime. 2.) Younger and new talent coming up and performing. Anders Bjork got the game started off by scoring first. Then later on Torey Krug went on to score as well.

The Nashville Predators (16-12-6) come to the TD Garden tonight looking for a victory but so are the Boston Bruins. Just like the Bruins, Nashville is also coming off a loss as well (5-4- Senators win in overtime). Some key players on the Nashville Predators to watch out for would be Filip Forsberg ( 12 Goals / 12 Assists), Matt Duchene ( 8 Goals / 15 Assists) and Goaltender Pekka Rinne (GAA 2.99 / SV% .894)

For the Boston Bruins and Coach Bruce Cassidy players like Sean Kuraly, Anders Bjork, and Jake Debrusk have been playing great. You might even say they have been playing better hockey than David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. Brad Marchand is currently going through a 11 game stretch with no goals but in the last 5 games he has gotten 5 assists.

Starting goalies:

Boston– Jaroslav, Halak- GAA 2.26 / SV%.928- W8 / L3 / OTL 3

Nashville– Pekke, Rinne- GAA 2.99 / SV%.894- W11 / L5 / OTL 3

Tonight’s game: 7PM- TD Garden- Boston, Mass.

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Boston Bruins Host New York Islanders: Home Stand Continues

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With the Boston Bruins (21-7-7) dropping the opening game of their home stand to the Los Angeles King’s it’s not off to a good start. They will be hosting the New York Islanders (22-8-2). The Islanders are only in second place of the Metropolitan Division just behind the Washington Capitals.

The Boston Bruins are having an alright season. Very up and down but overall they have one of the best overall records. Not to mention they still lead the Atlantic Division with 49 points (Behind them: Buffalo Sabres: 39 points).

In order for the Bruins to stay on track they have to remain healthy while on top of that scoring early and keeping a lead. With the top players like David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand performing normally now is great news for the team. What is also great for the Boston Bruins is the talent from the more newer players. Players like Sean Kuraly, Anders Bjork, Brett Ritchie, and Charlie McAvoy have been doing outstanding for the organization since they started. It makes the team look great for the future weather it’s a year to two years down the road.

Starting Goalies:

Boston– Tuukka, Rask- GAA 2.32 / SV%.923

New York (I)– Semyon, Varlamov- GAA 2.37 / SV%.923

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- TD Garden- Boston, Mass.

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Boston Bruins Host Los Angeles King’s: East Vs West

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The Boston Bruins (21-7-6) are coming off of a huge win over the Florida Panthers to end their losing streak. They look to take on the Los Angeles King’s (14-18-3) on home ice.

Key Factors: Patrice Bergeron doing great since his return back to the ice. Since his return he has had two goals and a assist. David Pastrnak seems to be getting back in the rhythm of things. In his last five games he has seen the back of the net just three times and also having just two assists. On the injury side of things Kevan Miller was set to make a return to the line up but a set back has occurred. The defenseman suffered a knee cap injury last season and only made 39 appearance’s. With John Moore back in the line up, Bruins Head coach Bruce Cassidy said he is pleased with the way he has been performing. In just the last five games Moore has had a goal and a assist but on top of that he penalty killing has been superb.

Los Angeles Kings have always seemed to be a top competitor, but what about the win and loss record? With just 14 wins and combined 21 loses they are at the bottom of the standings in the Pacific division. Just in their last 10 games they went 4-5-1. For the Kings, they really need to step up their game. Sure, there is plenty of season left but to get themselves out of that hole, they need to start climbing.

Starting Goalie’s:

Boston– Tuukka, Rask: (13-4-3) GAA:2.24 / SV%.926

Los Angeles– Jonathan, Quick: (9-12-2) GAA:3.06 / SV%.891

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- TD Garden, Boston, Mass.

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I’ve Fixed the NHL Offsides Goal Challenge Rule

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I woke up thinking about the bull poop blue line offsides goal challenge in the NHL.

I had nightmares about it all night. Woke up in a furious sweat.

It’s clear the all mighty wants me to settle this situation once and for all. It’s too serious to leave this in the hands of the inept hockey commissioner.

The Solution(s): Either

  1. Chip every player’s skates. We are all waiting for the first use of true technology for use in officiating in a major sport. I thought it would be the strike zone in baseball. A logical place to start.

Maybe more logical is a sensory system that detects when a skate crosses a line.

Ask a runner how they knew there time in the Boston Marathon. They crossed two lines. A starting line and a finish line. Gee, I wonder if it works for blue lines? Doy!

  1. If the linesman doesn’t call it, it’s not offsides period.

There are 130-150 Blue Line Goal Challenges a year. Of those, 30-45 are overturned and called no goal.

The NHL could use 30-45 more goals a season with the walruses minding the net these days. I’ll take this solution all day.

Soog. Out.

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Bruins Take Losing Streak On The Road, Visiting Washington Capitals.

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As the Boston Bruins (20-5-6) continue their losing streak to a loss over the Ottawa Senators (5-2 In Regulation) how will they fair over the Washington Capitals (22-5-5)?

With the way the Bruins have been playing, you make think they aren’t a playoff team anymore. They are in a slump, and players like David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand who are or we’re the teams main goal scorers aren’t producing. The other night they both got two assists each but no goals. With Patrice Bergeron in the line up again, he made his return to the ice against Ottawa where he went on to score a goal along with Jake Debrusk.

The Washington Capitals have always been a top 5 team. With players like Alexander Ovechkin (21 G / 12 A), T.J. Oshie (11 G / 11 A), Jakub Vrana (15 G / 12 A), and goal tender Braden Holtby ( 2.84 GAA / .909 SV%). They can put up some major points, and with the Bruins struggling getting points on the board early in the game can be a challenge.

Starting Goalies:

Boston: Tuukka Rask

Washington: Braden Holtby

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- Capital One Arena- Washington D.C.

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Winning Streak Came To An End: On To Colorado

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All good things must come to an end eventually. With the Boston Bruins (20-3-6) losing to the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night (4-3 in Overtime) the 8 game winning streak ends. With an impressive 3 goal 3rd period to make it go into overtime is remarkable, but they came up to short.

The Boston Bruins will be hosting the Colorado Avalanche (18-8-2) tonight. Some takeaways and key headlines for tonight Patrice Bergeron skating, but on no contact list. He won’t be playing on today’s matchup but he is very close for a return. With David Pastrnak still on the top of scoring goals, it seems other teams are “targeting” him. You can see that from the last few games we have encountered with Montreal, Carolina, and New York. So with that in mind be sure to keep a close eye on Pastrnak throughout the season. Hopefully the referees do to.

Not much to really reflect on other than the Boston Bruins needing to score first and holding a lead. Late game goals, and going into overtime doesn’t seem to be working for the team.

Starting Goalies:

Boston: Tuukka Rask

Colorado: Philipp Grubauer

Tonight’s game: 7PM- TD Garden- Boston, Mass.

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Boston Bruins Take On Chicago Blackhawks

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With the Boston Bruins (20-3-5) continuing their winning streak to 8 games with a win over Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday Night (2-0) in regulation, their were a couple notables to take away from that. 1.) Jaroslav Halak played in his 500th career game, and on top of that he went on to get the win with a shut out. 2.) David Krejci Scored his 200th career goal which is a milestone but the veteran center said “Its just a number.”

Tonight’s match-up against the Chicago Blackhawks (10-12-5) looks like an easy win since Chicago is having the worst start to their season. Wrong… Even though Chicago is on a losing streak doesn’t mean they can’t win. All in all you take a look back at the record between Boston and Chicago you’ll see that these two teams are apart of the Original Six so they have seen each other a lot. To be exact these two teams of played each other 590 times (268W/ 239L/ 79T/ 4OL).

Chicago has a powerful offensive unit with names like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw, Duncan Keith, etc. My personal experience and seeing these star players it’s always a challenge for opposing teams. On top of Chicago having goal scoring players, how will the Boston Bruins offense compare tonight?

We all have to admit the past few games Boston hasn’t really been scoring goals until the 2nd or 3rd period. Take last nights game for example. Boston didn’t score a goal till the 3rd with 5 minutes remaining. Then another goal 1 minute and 8 seconds after. Sure they went on to win but they have to start scoring first.

In the net tonight:

Boston- Tuukka Rask

Chicago- Robin Lehner

Tonight’s Game: 7PM- TD Garden, Boston.

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Eastern Conference Re-Match: Carolina Hurricanes Come To Boston

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Tonight’s match-up is special not for the Boston Bruins (19-3-5) winning streak, or the Carolina Hurricanes (16-10-1) are coming off a win over Tampa Bay. Its special because the last time Boston and Carolina played was in last seasons Eastern Conference Final where the Boston Bruins went on to sweep Carolina in four games. But with that being in the past, tonight is a clean slate for Carolina. Will the Boston Bruins continue their streak, or will Carolina Hurricanes start a streak of their own.

Key factors for the Boston Bruins is health. Patrice Bergeron will remain out and noted as day-to-day. When will he return is solely based on how he recovers. On the brighter side of health and injuries; David Backes returned to the line up last Sunday when the Boston Bruins faced the Montreal Canadiens. In his return he went on to score not only a goal but his first goal of the season. Of course the star for the Boston Bruins this season is hands down David Pastrnak. With 25 Goals on the season he continues to lead the NHL in that category.

On the Carolina Hurricanes side of the story, and what to watch out for is Jordan Staal, and his power play unit where he is accompanied by Nino Niederreiter and Lucas Wallmark. On top of that you also have to be acreful of Teuvo Teravainen, and Andrei Svechnikov. Both very good talent to have on any team. Ex- Bruin Dougie Hamilton is having a spectacular season by leading his team in Shots on Goal (94) and having 26 points in 26 games as well. All and all, Carolina is a strong team and very talented.

Tonight’s game: 7PM- TD Garden, Boston

Upcoming Games:

Thursday, Dec. 5 vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. ET- TD Garden, Boston

Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Colorado Avalanche, 7 p.m. ET – TD Garden, Boston

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