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Boston Bruins Lose What Might Have Been A Must Win Game In Ottawa

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Boston Bruins Lose What Might Have Been A Must Win Game In Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators took down the Boston Bruins 4-2 in Ottawa on Monday night

Mike Hoffman  Derick BrassardJean-Gabriel Pageau and Alex Burrows all scored for Ottawa as they extended their winning streak to three games. Between the pipes for the Sens was goaltender Craig Anderson made who made 25 saves on 27 shots by the Boston Bruins.

On the Boston side of things Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were the goal scorers for the B’s with Tuukka Rask‘s saving 25 shots on 28 attempts with the fourth Ottawa goal being an empty netter. Marchand’s goal happened to be his 30th of the season which gives the Bruins forward back-to-back 30 goal seasons.

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“They played their game better than we played ours.”

Unfortunately for the Bruins they found themselves down by 2 goals within the first ten minutes of the game, a deficit they were never able to overcome.

“When you get down by two in less than 10 minutes it’s tough to get back in the game.”

With the win the Senators now move four points ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division with only 12 games to go in the Bruins NHL season. With every game mattering for the bubble playoff dreams for the B’s this loss puts them 8 points behind the division leading Montreal Canadiens who are in the midst of a five game winning streak for head coach Claude Julien.

If the Bruins hope to secure a playoff spot and avoid missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third straight year they will have to limit their losses in regulation and pull as many point out as possible. For what it is worth a simulation that was run Monday morning had the Bruins at an 81% chance of making the playoffs before their loss against the Senators, based on these simulation numbers the loss knocks the Bruins down to 80%. I would avoid putting too much weight into that simulation number specifically as other simulations peg the Black and Gold at around 75%.

The odds are in their favor but with the previous two seasons ending in a dramatic collapse anything is truly possible, all I can say is every loss in the remaining 12 games is huge.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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