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Boston Bruins Looked Like A Tired Team Last Night Against The Oilers

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The Boston Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 7-4.

Last night was a tough night for the Boston Bruins coming off Wednesday’s game against Calgary. Boston came out very slow and very sluggish and the Oilers took advantage right away. Before last nights game the Bruins were on a 4 game win streak.

First Period

The six of the eleven goals came during this period. First goal of the game game Patrick Maroon on the power play just 4:30 into the game.  Maroon was on the far side of Rask where Jordan Eberle found a small passing window and fired a pass over and Maroon had an open net. Then just 1 minute later Patrick Maroon scored again. This time he was assisted by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. This goal came from a complete breakdown of the B’s defense. Draisailtl skated through three Bruins then hit McDavid who found Maroon crashing and hit him with the pass and Maroon potted his second of the period. Next was yet another ex Bruin, Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot’s goal was a very ugly as Boston had another breakdown. David Desharnais came down the left side as Carlo kept him to the outside. He continued around the net as Carlo dropped off in hopes that the back-checking Matt Beleskey would pick him up (he failed). Instead Beleskey went to the net with Carlo. Desharnais then put the puck put front and Pouliot out muscled both Carlo and Beleskey to put the puck in the back of the net.

 

Now that Oilers have stopped scoring we can talk about the Bruins. The first B’s goal came from David Pastrnak (his point streak continues) at 12:29 3 minutes after the Pouliot goal. This was a beautiful play. Torey Krug started the play by keeping in an attempted clear as the Bruins were on the power play. Krug then found Ryan Spooner on the half boards who then hit Brad Marchand on the near post. Marchy then found Pasta sneaking back door as he thread the pass through the crease and Pasta put it in. The whole play took about 3 seconds, that is what I call puck movement. Next came Brad Marchand with his 37th goal of the season. This goal was almost identical except the assists came from Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. At this point I was thinking the Bruins are right back in this game and then a few minutes went by.

This is when Anton Slepyshev scored the Oilers 4th of the period. This was another ridiculous goal and another break down Anton was able to bat McDavid’s rebound out of the air and get it past Tuukka Rask. That was all just the first period.

Second Period 

Edmonton opened the scoring in the second as well. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins score the first goal on yet another BS goal. The puck was thrown out front as Nugent-Hopkins was looking to pass and the pucke bounced around and found its way in the net. Rask was pulled after this goal.  Then the Dominic Morre came right back with a sick backhand snipe that went top-shelf short side. This was also shorthanded. So once again make it a hockey game as the score was 5-3. Then Draisaitl answered Moore with a nifty goal as he caught Anton Khudobin trying to cheat to the other side expecting the pass. Draisaitl then snuck it short side past Doby. Another ugly goal. Milan Lucic who won a Stanley Cup here in Boston added to Edmonton’ lead. Lucic scored the easiest goal I have seen in a while, he was left uncovered in front of the net and was able to put in the rebound, on the power play. This was the Oilers third power play goal.

David Krejci stopped the bleeding with a power play goal of his own at the end of the second. Krejci scored off a one timer set up by Marchy, as Cam Talbot was screened in front.

Third Period.

No goal were scored in the third period

 

Up Next:

Boston has three days off before they head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

 

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 Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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The Boston Bruins and Team Physician Dr. Peter announced on Thursday that Anders Bjork will be out for the rest of the season.

Bjork underwent a successful left should arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnsi at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Peter states that the expected recovery time is approximately six months.

The 21-year-old left winger has appeared in 30 games this season for Boston and recorded 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points with 6 penalty minutes with a plus-2 rating.

The injury and the timeline mean that Bjork’s season is over.

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Boston Bruins Trade Forward Frank Vatrano

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The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that General Manager Don Sweeney had traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Flordia Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick.

Vatrano who is now 23-years-old played in 25 games this season for Boston racking up just two goals and 22 penalty minutes. Vatrano did show promise last year with a career-high 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points with 14 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Vatrano has played in parts of three seasons for Boston with his debut season taking place in 2015-16 with the forward playing in 39 games with eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

He was a hot prospect for Boston and even led the American Hockey League in goals back in 2015-16 by averaging one goal per contest with 36 goals in 36 games. That season he also had three hat tricks and an outstanding 6 multi-goal games at the AHL Level. That year he earned First-Team All-Star honors for Providence.

Vatrano who is a Massachusetts native was originally signed as a free agent by Boston out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.

Vatrano was not seeing a whole lot of success for Boston this season and was clearly expendable as showcased in this trade.

At this time it is unclear what the logic was behind the move but we should find out more with Sweeney hosting a media availability on Saturday at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto, ON.

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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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