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Boston Bruins Beat The Vancouver Canucks In A Playoff Esque Game

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The Boston Bruins Take Down The Canucks

Boston Bruins came out hot once again in this must win game. A game that was very winnable against the struggling Canucks. The worst is that the Ottawa Senators have won their past 6 games making it hard for the B’s to catch up.

First Period

David Backes scored the first goal of the game just 6 minutes into the game. It was a very ugly goal as Backes drove to the net, and Patrice Bergeron through the puck out front in hops of a tip in. Bergy got something along those lines, the puck bounced off Backes’ skate and found it way into the net.

The period went stagnant for a while until the Canucks scored two quick goals, both from Markus Ganlund. The two were almost identical, both goals came off the rush, while the Bruins were caught sleeping. The first was a great pass from one Sedin to the other and then to Granlund for the goal. Almost the same play happened two minutes later at 1705 of the first and Granlund scored to pull the Canucks ahead. That was it for scoring in the first.

Second Period

Zdeno Chara scored 13:58 into the second after the B’s had some good chance but were unable to get the puck past Ryan Miller.  Big Z’s goal was all due to the hard work on the half boards put in by Dominic Moore. Moore was fighting for the puck with two other Canucks. Then he was able to get the puck back to Chara, who one-timed it, and with a Jimmy Hayes Screen Miller had no chance. This tied the game at 2, but not for long.

Alexander Edler regained the lead for Vancouver less than a minute later, with a goal that never should have been a goal. The Bruins played solid D, forcing the streaking Edler to the outside, he took one shot that Rask saved . Then picked up his own rebound and put the puck on net. The puck then just went right through Rask. This should have been a routine save for Tuukk’s. At this point I was thinking the Bruins can not lose to Vancouver.

Third Period

Brad Marchand was not about to lose to the Canucks so he decided to make that a point and score just 58 seconds into the third. This was a powerplay goal as the Canucks took a penalty at the end of the Second. The goal came off a failed attempt from David Pastrnak who then passed it out front and it found Marchy. The game was now tied at 3. Marchand was not done as he scored again jut a few moment later. This was a gorgeous goal. March picked up a rebound on the half-boards, then cut to the net. Miller went down early and Marchy was able to out wait Miller to put the puck in the back of the net. This is what can make Marchand be in the elite scorer class, with patients like this.

David Krejci then decided to get the insurance goal. It was nice to see Krejci score because he has been struggling this season. Hopefully his goal last night will get him hot. Krejci was set up nicely by David Pastrnak who grabbed a loose puck behind the net and made a seam pass to Krejci who scored. Then to add insult to injury March decided to score an empty netter to complete the Hat trick.

“Lots of great memories in this building so it is fun just to come in here and reminisce and when you have a night like that it just adds to those memories,” Marchand said. “That’s kind of when I get into it more and not a good idea for them.”

The Bruins showed that they can come back in a game and that they have no problem  scoring against okay teams. We will have to see how they pair against the red-hot Calgary Flames who have won 10 straight games. That game is Tomorrow in Calgary.

 

 

 

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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