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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:51 am

Bruins start season with victory in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s tough to win in the National Hockey League with only one line going, but the Bruins managed to pull it off last night at Nationwide Arena.

It helps when that one line has a night for the ages.

Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Pastrnak scored two goals each and Marchand had a career-best five-point night, as the unit combined for 12 points and a plus-16 in the 6-3 come-from-behind victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Playing without Patrice Bergeron, back home in Boston nursing a sore ankle, and with four rookies in the lineup, the B’s needed their best players to be just that — and they were.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:56 pm

Trial by fire in opener makes Bruins young defensemen stronger

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the young Bruins defensemen who made their debuts on Thursday night in Columbus, but the happy ending more than made up for a few of the rocky moments.

Both 19-year-old Brandon Carlo and 23-year-old Robbie O’Gara got their trial by fire the season opener against the Blue Jackets and survived to tell about it in a 6-3 come-from-behind win at Nationwide Arena.

There were clear nerves early on in the game when Carlo was on the ice for a couple of goals against in the first two periods, including a Seth Jones score where the 6-foot-5 Carlo fanned on a couple of attempts to clear the puck out of the zone before the damage arrived, but Claude Julien saw a couple of players who got stronger as the game went along.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:56 am

BRUINS FALL BEHIND EARLY, LOSE TO MAPLE LEAFS, 4-1

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Bruins were hoping to continue their road success to open the season while still missing their best player, Patrice Bergeron, when they took in the Auston Matthews Show in Toronto on Saturday.

As it turned out Matthews didn’t factor into the game, but the cracks began to show with a team that’s clearly missing No. 37 as they fell by a 4-1 score to the Maple Leafs amid their celebration for the 100th anniversary. Anton Khudobin allowed three goals on the first seven shots of the game while starting in place of Tuukka Rask, and the Bruins could only scrape for one goal after handing the Leafs a three-spot at the start of the game.

The only score for the Bruins arrived on the power play at the end of the first period as Brad Marchand, of course, was at the center of everything with a nifty pass off the half-wall to a trailing John-Michael Liles. Liles fed David Pastrnak off the rush, and the 20-year-old scored his third goal of the season while roofing a shot on Frederik Andersen.


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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:47 am

Boston Bruins Need To Have More ‘Focus’ According To Julien

The Boston Bruins lost 4-1 in their second game of the season, the team looked lost on the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and failed to get anything going against a young Toronto team.

So what exactly was their issue in the game? Well Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien thinks that the team lacked focus in their loss against the Leafs.

There were times that I felt certain individuals weren’t focused enough,” Julien lamented after the loss. “There were plenty of examples for me to show these guys. We need to be a little more focused, sometimes as a team, but more as individuals. It just takes one weak link to really throw everything off. We need guys to get some better focus there.”

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:05 am

Bruins surge to 4-1 win over powerless Jets

The Boston Bruins didn’t look great Saturday night in a loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That was far from the case Monday night. Boston defeated the Winnipeg Jets in a road contest at the MTS Centre 4-1 to improve to 2-1 on the season. And while the Brad Marchand-David Backes-David Pastrnak line had provided all of the offense this season entering Monday’s contest, the B’s decided to spread the wealth a bit in this one with a few surprises showing up on the scorecard. Additionally, Tuukka Rask was terrific in net, keeping Winnipeg off the board during five power plays and stopping 34 of 35 shots.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:17 am

Bergeron And McQuaid Return To Boston Bruins Practice

The Boston Bruins got some great news on Wednesday with their best all-around player Patrice Bergeron returning to practice.

Bergy played in his regular spot centering wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Bergeron missed the entire three-game road trip for the Bruins with a lower body injury suffered in one of the last practices prior to the start of the season.

The Bergeron return caused Claude Julien to bump David Backes to the second line right-wing with center David Krejci and Danton Heinen on the left side

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:20 am

Bergeron returns, leads Bruins to 2-1 victory over Devils

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron watched his teammates start the season without him, and he watched his would-be linemates shoot to the top of the NHL’s scoring list.

‘‘I thought, ‘Maybe I’m going to be the anchor tonight,’’’ he joked after scoring the tiebreaking goal with 75 seconds left in his season debut to give Boston a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. ‘‘They were amazing the first three games.’’

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:15 am

Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask Off To Strong Start

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is the most polarizing player on the current roster. Some fans believe that Rask will be able to improve his game over last season. Others believe that the Bruins should try to move him and his seven million dollar cap hit as soon as humanely possible.

Rask is coming off his worst season in the NHL. Rask went 31-22-8 last season, with a 2.56 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. That put him near the bottom for starting goaltenders in the league.

With numbers like that, the Boston media (often over-eager to crucify players) began calling for his head.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:15 am

Bruins Forward Ryan Spooner Responds After Being Scratched'

When the Boston Bruins held their home opener last Thursday against the New Jersey Devils one of their forwards watched the game eating popcorn on the promenade. That forward was 24-year-old Ryan Spooner who scratched because Head Coach Claude Julien was trying to send the speedy forward a message.

The reason Spooner warranted a message is simple, he deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. Instead of acting up or making a comment Spooner remained quit and had a bounce back game on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens,

Against the Canadiens, Spooner netted his first goal of the young season when he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:24 am

With Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, Malcom Subban may have to save Bruins

When coach Claude Julien drew up his plans for Bruins practice yesterday, things were not supposed to go quite this way at Warrior Ice Arena.

No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask was still feeling the effects of what Julien has termed “overall soreness” and Zane McIntyre had been returned to Providence, so Malcolm Subban was called up from the AHL club to man the nets with Anton Khudobin, who played quite well in Saturday’s Garden loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Practice was barely underway when Khudobin left the ice with an unspecified injury, perhaps to an arm, and did not return. The injury left Subban as the lone goalie, with a shooter tutor covering the other net.

The situation left plenty of uncertainty over what happens tonight when the Bruins host the Minnesota Wild at the Garden. If Rask remains sidelined — he hasn’t been on the ice since Thursday — and Khudobin joins him on the shelf, the B’s may go with Subban.

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