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Boston Bruins Playoff Chances Have Gone From Slim To Non Exsistent

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Bruins Blow The Lead Three Times In Loss To Tampa

Boston Bruins playoff hopes are slipping away. They are falling off the block like they have been the past few seasons. Last nights game was a perfect example.

Recap:

First Period:

There were no goals score in the first period. I thought that it was going to be a boring game but I was right and wrong.

Second Period:

David Pastrnak and the Bruins jumped out to a quick lead with Pasta’s power play goal. The lead did not last long at all as Brayden Point tied the game just 44 seconds later. Then Zdeno Chara scored to put the B’s back on top with a short-handed goal. The Bruins are now tied for first for the most shorthanded goals as a team. Again the Lightning answered quickly with a Nikita Kucherov goal just 24 seconds later. Another 5 minutes went by and Riley Nash put the B’s up for the third time in the game. One again Tampa scored quickly this time a tad but longer at 1 minute and 24 seconds later with a snipe from Anton Stralman.

Third Period:

The third was all Tampa as Jonathan Drouin, and Kucherov scored twice to make it a hat trick.

The game as a whole was very ugly as the Bruins first unable to keep a lead at all in this game. Second the defense was horrendous. I would say that none of the goals was just Tuukka Rask‘s fault. Third the Bruins just played like crap overall. The passing was awful, there was a point in the game where neither team was completing any passes and I just though what an ugly game of hockey. Another thing is the way the Bruins set up the box on the penalty kill. It does not make any sense. Last night its was Riley Nash and Dominic Moore covering the points. On both of Tampa’s power play goal Moore and Nash were at fault, or its the way they were told to play.

Kucherov’s first goal breakdown:

lets set up it up. Victor Hedman gets the puck at the point he is covered by Moore. Hedman then sends it to Drouin, covered by Nash. Now for some reason when Drouin gets the puck and then Moore decided to follow the puck to Drouin. I think Moore was trying to take the pass back to Hedman out of play. A pass back to Hedman was not threat though. Now Nash instead of defending Drouin because Moore moved toward him, moves to the middle of the ice. This opened the passing lane for a second for Drouin to fire the pass over to Kucherov for an easy one timer. Drouin is going to make that pass every time you do not give a player like that any room to think and make any moves.

This is a little bit tough in text so here is the video again to refer back to.

Up Next:

The Bruins biggest game of the year tomorrow when the face the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. The Isle’s are two points behind the Bruins in the second wild card spot. Also Toronto won last night so there lead has increased to 3 points for third place in the Atlantic.

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 Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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Boston Bruins Preseason Game 1 Preview

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Boston Bruins VS Montreal Canadiens

Boston looks to take on rival Montreal in their first preseason game of 2018. This will be the first time we are seeing some players in a Bruins uniform. Look for the B’s to have some interesting lines.

The veterans will not be playing tonight like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and David Pastrnak. Tonight’s game is all about the kids and what they can bring to the table. The game is not listed on being shown on NESN, but it may be broadcasted on 98.5 the sports hub.

Everything else is up in the air. The B’s have a ton of guys eyeing a spot on the roster and they do not want to let it slip away. The veterans are the only one who is a shoe-in and we may even see some of their jobs taken.

The puck drops tonight at 7 pm in Quebec City.

Game Roster for Tonights Game:

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Kenny AgostinoMatt Beleskey, Anders ‪Bjork, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner, Jack Studnicka

Defensemen: Chris Breen, Connor Clifton, Tommy Cross, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan MillerPaul Postma

Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban

Non-Game Roster:

Forwards: David BackesPatrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik*, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Ryan Fitzgerald, Colton Hargrove, Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonDavid Krejci, Joona Koppanen, Sean KuralyBrad Marchand, Cedric Pare, David Pastrnak, Teddy Purcell, Jordan SzwarzFrank Vatrano

Defensemen: Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo, Taylor Doherty, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Rob O’Gara, Jakub Zboril

Goaltenders: Anton KhudobinTuukka Rask

 

 

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Boston Bruins Trying Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk As A Line

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On Saturday morning at Boston Bruins training camp at the Warrior Ice Arena, the team skated an interesting line.

The newly re-signed David Pastrnak, the overpaid veteran David Krejci, and the unknown rookie in Jake DeBrusk all skated together in practice on Saturday.

This is an expected move with the main goal over the next several weeks to build chemistry within the trio.

Of course, this isn’t the only new lineup that Bruce Cassidy is trying out. On the top line, the B’s are skating Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron-Anders Bjork. Following this logic, the third line center as of right now is veteran David Backes who failed to work out successfully as a wing last season. Backes, of course, could fly out on the wing with JFK centering which is something Boston has worked on in practice.

DeBrusk, like Bjork, will be in a battle for this top 6 role with other players like a Backes or a Frank Vatrano vying for those same spots. Boston’s forward group projects to be younger this year than any other season in recent memory. Aside from DeBrusk and Bjork there are other rookies who will likely find themselves on the Boston Bruins roster to start the season.

Jakob Forsbecka Karlson and Danton Heinen are two other names that come to mind when talking about this young forward group. Their roles with the 2017-18 Bruins is unclear at the moment. But as camp develops their role and potential for this season should start to clarify. But as it currently sits, here is what my forward group lines would look like as of right now based on what Cassidy is rolling in camp.

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk

Vatrano-JFK-Backes

Nash-Spooner-Acciari

Spooner on the fourth is a tough move, but it provides for a solid fourth line that can match up with other teams 3rd liners. This is an early look at the potential lines which will likely change as camp develops and exhibition games get underway.

On the outside looking in for now are players like Austin Czarnik, Tim Schaller, and Heinen.

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