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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:26 am

Bruins tame in loss to Wild

On a good night right now, the Bruins are at best a 50-50 proposition to win any given game. But take away both their NHL goalies and all-purpose forward David Backes? Well, you get what you got last night.

The B’s played an OK first period then completely fell apart in the second, giving up four goals to the Minnesota Wild and eventually losing 5-0 at the Garden.

Malcolm Subban, getting his first NHL start in two seasons because of injuries to both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, again did not have a good night, getting chased midway through the second after giving up his third goal of the period, a bad one to be sure.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:20 am

Bruins Forgot They Had Two More Periods To Play Against Rangers

In back-to-back nights the Boston Bruins puke down the front of their sweaters and get destroyed 5-2 against the New York Rangers on the road.

Given the fact the Bruins are badly injured with Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, and David Backes all out with injuries, the loss isn’t that shocking. In fact is was expected with the team playing a back-to-back with rookie goaltenders being their only options.

But even with those details the lose is very frustrating for a team that showed promise and poise early on in the game.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:15 am

Bruins: Struggles Highlighted By Disturbing Trends

Boston Bruins fans were treated to another disappointing loss at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, just 24 hours after their royal whooping at home versus the Minnesota Wild. Though the team conceded five goals for the second night in a row, Zane Macintyre actually played quite well, considering the circumstances. Once again, Boston’s defense struggled mightily. Be it in the form of blown coverage, a bad turnover, or ineptitude in transition, the unit did little to bail out a rookie making his first career start.

The team conceded six power plays to the Rangers, allowing them to claw their way back into a contest Boston controlled for the first 30 minutes. As the penalties piled up, it prevented them from mounting any kind of comeback. Aside from the noteworthy absences (Rask, Khodobin, Backes), there are multiple disturbing trends developing for the Black and Gold. All of which suggest that Jeremy Jacobs’ expectation of a “long playoff run” is either corporate bluster or the ramblings of an old man.

Look, the season is just seven games old…I understand that. Some key players are out hurt. And with this many new faces as well as numerous first or second-year pros, it’s going to take a while for this team to gel…I understand that too. I’m not jumping on the doubt-wagon because Boston lost three games in a row, or because Boston’s goaltending situation became dire overnight. It has nothing to do with wins and losses, or injuries, because frankly, I don’t feel that much worse about this team at 3-4 than I did at 3-1.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:50 am

Rask Shines In Net For Boston In 1-0 Win Vs. Red Wings

Two U’s, two K’s and one heck of a return.

Tuukka Rask, who had missed three straight games with an undisclosed injury, made his triumphant return in net Saturday for the Bruins, and he stopped everything the Detroit Red Wings sent his way in a 1-0 win at Joe Louis Arena.

Here’s a recap of Bruins-Red Wings.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:27 am

Chara Gets Belated Justice

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara got speared between the legs by Red Wings forward Steve Ott during Saturday’s game. An obviously incensed Chara immediately went after Ott for his cheap shot. As usual, the refs were too busy doing other things to pay attention to a player whose infractions rival Matt Cooke in their absurd ruthlessness.

Thankfully, losing the Bruins captain for those two minutes didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the the 2016-17 season, and the Bruins blanked the Red Wings, 1-0.

If you think my opinion is harsh, you should see what the SB Nation writers are saying about him, and they represent the Red Wings. Steve Ott has been suspended multiple times in his career. The NHL has called him to task for eye-gouging, late-hitting, and all around sleaze during his 14-year career. Ott currently has 1,487 career penalty minutes.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:32 am

CARLO SHOULDN'T BE INCLUDED IN A TRADE FOR TROUBA

While the Bruins were righting the ship, at least temporarily, with a gritty, well-played win over the Red Wings on Saturday night, trade rumors were beginning to take hold.

Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was one of the main talking points in Hockey Night in Canada’s “Headlines” segment, with pundits explaining he's been involved in trade chatter around the league. Spooner has a goal and an assist with a minus-3 rating in seven games, and those sluggish stats fueled speculation he could be “on his way out in Boston.”

Such talk isn't a big surprise, given that the Bruins are going to have to sacrifice a legitimate talent like Spooner if they ever hope to swing a deal for a top-4 defenseman. In addition, Spooner seems to be a bit a roster redundancy now that the Bruins have another third-line-center type in David Backes, or can turn to a younger, more affordable option with the emergence of Austin Czarnik.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:41 am

Bruins Beat Panthers 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. — Goalie Tuukka Rask remained undefeated as the Boston Bruins held off the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.

Rask, who made 32 saves, is 5-0-0 this season, allowing just six goals. Boston’s three backup goalies are a combined 0-4-0 this season, allowing a total of 18 goals.

The Panthers went 0-for-7 on their power play. They had a two-man advantage, including a pulled goalie, for much of the final three minutes, but could not get the equalizer.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:02 am

Zetterberg, Bergeron among five high-profile players who need to get their groove back

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It's fair to suggest that the 5-4-0 Bruins are getting by early on thanks to the play of goalie Tuukka Rask. That was apparent when Rask missed time recovering from injury last week, and it's a red flag for a Bruins team desperate to get back to the playoffs after missing the postseason for two consecutive years.

Boston's power play ranks dead last in the league and it is 26th in goals scored per game. One of the key offensive issues early on has been the lack of production from glue guy Bergeron. It's clear the three-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner is not quite right, as he has just one goal in six games and bears little resemblance to the dynamo who lit it up in the World Cup while playing with tournament MVP Sidney Crosby and Bruins linemate Brad Marchand, and who led Boston a year ago with a career-best 32 goals and collected 68 points.

There's something amiss with one of the game's great two-way players, and Bergeron rounding back into form is crucial to the Bruins staying in the hunt.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:27 am

Hayes Scores Shootout Winner As Boston Beats Lightning

The Boston Bruins completed a successful road trip with a 4-3 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, giving them three straight wins for the first time this season.

The B’s took six of eight points on the trip, including wins over three Atlantic Division opponents. Here’s a recap of Bruins-Lightning. ROOKIE SCORING Brandon Carlo opened the scoring with his second goal of the season at 4:01 of the first period. Boston’s rookie defenseman fired the puck at Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy from a bad angle and it snuck past the goal line.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:47 am

Stepan, Hayes score short-handed as Rangers beat Bruins 5-2

BOSTON (AP) — Facing one of the NHL’s hottest goaltenders didn’t slow down the New York Rangers.

Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes each scored short-handed goals, Antti Raanta made 35 saves and the surging Rangers beat the Boston Bruins and goalie Tuukka Rask 5-2 on Saturday night.

“We didn’t play our best game, but we found a way to make a couple of plays and beat one of the goaltenders that had been one of the hottest so far in the league,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

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