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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:20 am

Bruins: The Ups And Downs Of The Blueline

The Boston Bruins went into Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a significantly reduced defensive core. Zdeno Chara still listed as day-to-day. John-Michael Liles out with a concussion. The Bruins needed their remaining defenseman to stand tall.

All in all, it was a mixed bag for the Bruins blueliners. The two Philadelphia goals came from defensive breakdowns. It certainly didn’t help that Adam McQuaid screened Tuukka Rask on one of those goals as well. Still, the Bruins were able to salvage a point out of the situation (losing in a nine round shootout 3-2) and stay competitive for a wild card position.

“We need everybody to step in there. You can’t just rely on forwards to score, and just rely on D’s to defend,” said Claude Julien of the teams performance in general. “It’s got to be a five man unit with the D and the forwards working together. We’ve got some guys that can go in there and make some plays for us in the O-zone that are playing on the back end. So it’s important for us to get a little bit more of that because our back end is capable of doing a little bit more [on offense]. Hopefully that gets better.”

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:27 am

Pastrnak Scores Shootout Winner To Beat Hurricanes

You could say the Boston Bruins stole Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

The B’s were trailing until the final minute of the game but tied the score with a goal to force overtime. After a scoreless OT, the Bruins gave their best shootout performance of the season to secure a 2-1 win.

Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin picked up the win and made 29 saves in a solid effort.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:05 pm

Rask stops 35 shots in win over Sabres

Despite firing 32 shots against the Bruins over the final 40 minutes of play, the Buffalo Sabres were unable to solve Tuukka Rask Saturday afternoon, as Boston's netminder posted a season-high 35 saves en route to a 2-1 win.

With Saturday's victory, Rask's career record against Buffalo stands at 7-0-0 with a 1.26 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron both lit the lamp for the Bruins, who improve to 14-10-1 on the season.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:31 am

Pastrnak Scores Dazzling Game-Winning Goal Vs. Panthers

David Pastrnak is one of the most skilled offensive players in the NHL, and he showed why Monday night.

The 20-year-old forward scored two goals to help the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers at TD Garden, and his second tally was one of the prettiest goals you’ll see all season.

Pastrnak danced around an opponent before beating Florida goalie Roberto Luongo with an insane deke to win the game 4-3 in overtime.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:52 am

Frank Vatrano Returns To Practice For Bruins

BOSTON (CBS) — Bruins forward Frank Vatrano returned to the ice for Tuesday’s practice at the Warrior Ice Arena, heralding the imminent return of his some much-needed scoring touch to the Bruins lineup. The East Longmeadow, Mass. native partook in the morning skate wearing a red non-contact jersey.

Vatrano underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot on Sept. 26. His initial timetable to return was set at around Christmastime, which still leaves 10 more Bruins games to go before then. It’s unclear whether Vatrano is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:56 am

Bruins can't complete comeback against Capitals in OT

The Capitals didn't exactly end their overtime victory with a raucous celebration.

No, instead Washington held a players-only meeting, still salty over blowing a three-goal lead.

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night.


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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:20 am

Pastrnak scores twice but Bruins fall to Avalanche 4-2

BOSTON (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche jumped ahead early and got yet another win in Boston — this time to end a recent skid.

Matt Duchene scored his 10th goal and John Mitchell got his first, lifting the Avalanche over the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Thursday night.

The Avs had lost four straight and five of six, but again came out winners in Boston, where they’ve won 10 times in their last 11 visits.

‘‘We were off to a good start in the first period. We got a couple quick ones and we rode that,’’ said Nathan MacKinnon, whose short-handed goal 12:57 into the game put Colorado up 2-0.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:16 pm

Bruins lose to Leafs

Boston Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara rarely fights at this stage of his career. He’s simply too important to the team’s success to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.

But it didn’t take him long to register his first bout of the 2016-17 NHL season. Chara dropped the gloves with Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Matt Martin in the third period of Saturday night’s game at Air Canada Centre.

Martin laid a hard hit on Bruins defenseman Torey Krug moments before Chara stepped onto the ice, and the B’s captain didn’t like it.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:15 am

Bruins Hope To Spark Change With Line Changes

The Boston Bruins have had an ugly run of late. The B’s lost their most recent games against two of the worst teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Black and Gold were only able to muster a single goal against the Leafs. In short, the Bruins needed to make an immediate change.

Today’s practice lines certainly indicated the Bruins were willing to accept change. Forward David Backes has been promoted to the top line to work with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Fans will certainly like having three veteran players working together on the Bruins new top line.

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Re: Bruins 2016-17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:16 am

Bruins Beat Canadiens in OT

The Boston Bruins have been in a bit of a slump. They lost their last three games against mediocre or bad teams, and they needed a big bounce back win in Montreal to stop the bleeding and keep the team in third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Black and Gold did not disappoint. The Bruins played some technically solid hockey. They also played one of their most physical games of the season. While the Bruins-Habs rivalry seems to have cooled recently, it once again got white-hot in snowy Montreal.

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