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Boston Bruins Playoff Chances Have Gone From Slim To Non Exsistent



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.


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 Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin



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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