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Boston Bruins Prospects Showcased At Upcoming NCAA Tournament



The Bruins Will Be Well Represented At The NCAA Tourney

Boston Bruins have six of their prospects in this years 2107 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. The Tournament begins this weekend.

Anders Bjork (Norte Dame): Before we get to the tournament, Bjork is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award as college hockey’s best player. Unfortunately for Bjork and the Fighting Irish lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East semifinals last weekend but they are still in the tournament but just barley. Notre Dame is the 13 seed. Bjork and the Irish will face a tough team in Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Game will take place for the Northeast Regional on Friday at 3:30 pm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Bjork lead Norte Dame with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists). He is in his Junior year and was selected in the 2014 Draft in the fifth-round. If he plays well in the tourney look to see him on the Bruins next season. Bjork another forward who will bring a scoring touch and depth the Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy and JFK (Boston University): The terriers fell to Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey-East Tournament 3-2. Even with the loss BU enters the tourney as the seventh seed. They will take on North Dakota, Friday at 3 and that game will be aired on ESPN2.

JFK is third on the terriers in points with 32 and second in goals with 13. Forsbacka-Karlsson was a 2105 second-round pick. JFK will be af force to reckon with and I could see him as a solid third line winger to start with plenty of potential. McAvoy was pick 14th overall in last June’s Draft. He was named as a Hockey-East All Star last week. This season McAvoy had four goals and 20 assists through 36 games in his Sophomore year. Charlie has the potential to be a top 2 D-man but we will have to wait and see.

Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman (Harvard): Harvard will enter this years tourney as the second seed. Harvard also took down Rivals Cornell in the ECAC championship.

Donato who has had a spectacular season had two goals while Sherman had an assist in the victory.

Donato a second-round pick in ’14 has 20 goals, and 38 points this season in only 33 games. He was also a plus 16 on the season. I could see Donato be slotted into the top 6 once he makes the move to the Bruins. Sherman (’13 fifth-round) had no goals and 12 assists in 33 games. Sherman in a 6’7” defenseman who will be a solid shutdown d-man. He was a plus 18 this season.

The two will face Providence at 4 on Friday. Game can be seen on ESPNU.

Ryan Lindgren (Minnesota) 

Lindgren and the gophers fell to Pen State in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament last Friday. The game marked the longest in Conference history. Minnesota will face Bjork and the Irish.

Lindgren who was selected in the second-round in 2016 will unfortunately miss the tourney with a lower-leg injury. The injury came in the Gophers final regular season games. During the regular season he scored one goal and added six assists in his first year with the Gophers in 32 games. Do not look to see him anytime soon as he has plenty to learn.

End of the season for some: Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald season came to an end when they fell to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East Finals. BC needed to win this game in order to make it into the NCAA tournament. He was a fourth-round pick in 2013. Since he will not play in the tournament his collegiate career has come to an end. This season he scored 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, fourth on BC. Fitzgerald could possibly play for the team next season, he will help add some depth to a team that is in need a good players.

Also Trent Frederic and Cameron Hughes from Wisconsin also fell to Penn State in double-overtime, of the Big-Ten title game. Frederic 29th overall pick in 2016 finished his first year with 15 goals, 18 assists for 33 points, ranking him second on the Badgers in goals and points. Hughes a sixth rounder in 2015 finished his Junior year, potting seven goals, 25 assists for 32 points(third on team).

Cam Clarke of Ferris State also finished his freshman year with one goal and 10 assists. He was a fifth rounder in 2016.

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 Need To Play A Full 60 Minutes If They Want To Win



Bruins Only Like To Play Part Of The Game

Boston Bruins are not starting the season, as well as many, have hoped. the team had been stricken with injuries as well as an extremely new and young team. The injuries and the rookies are not their main problem.

The Bruins main problem is not playing a full 60 minutes. We have seen it every game this season. They get the lead and just kind of stop applying pressure. Now holding a lead is a difficult thing to do just ask the Atlanta Falcons. With the lead, a happy medium needs to be found between attacking pressure and keeping the lead. The best defense os a good offense.

Right now the B’s offense is much better than their defense. The best example is this past game against Buffalo. Boston had a 2 goal lead going into the third. The best way for them to get the win would have been to score first in the third and put the Sabres back on their heels. Instead, they let Buffalo score first and early in the period.

Similarly, even in the win in game 1 against the Predators, the Bruins gave the Pred’s a chance to come back and they did. It seems like a pattern is developing. Get the lead then sit back and relax and try and coast to the victory. This needs to stop and the first place it starts in the veterans like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. Not saying that it coming from them but they need to stop it.

We have seen this issue in previous years the 2013 Stanley Cup for example. It seems like this is the theme this year as it has happened in every game so far. Hopefully, they can find the drive to play an entire game because it is getting old annoying to see them take the lead then lose it as fast as they got it. If they plan to win this year Boston will need a full effort from everybody.

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Boston is off until Thursday when they take on the San Jose Sharks who always play a tough game. The game is at 7 and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the sports hub.

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Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron Impact Felt Immediately In Win Over Vancouver



Boston Bruins Get A Win And Bergeron Is Back

Boston Bruins faced the Vancouver Canucks and to everyone’s surprise, Patrice Bergeron made his return to the ice. His presence was noticed on the first shift. The team just looked better. This also meant that the Bjork-Bergeron-Marchand line was back together.

This line was unbelievable. The rumors were that they had grown chemistry at camp but who knew it would be like this. This line reminds me of the “conehead” line from Miracle on Ice. These guys just click and it is a sight to see. Bjork showed us what he can really deliver now that he has the best passer in the league back.

Just like most of the games this season the Bruins fell behind early. Everyone thought it here we go again. Except it was different this time. Bergeron was back and he made a difference as he nabbed an assist on the first goal of the game. The goal came from Anders Bjork who has been struggling to find the back of the net.

Boston was then given a power play after a vicious hit on Frank Vatrano from Erik Gudbranson. Then Tim Schaller abiding by the code of hockey fought Erik Gudbranson for his awful hit. It should be a suspendable play. Gudbranson received a major penalty. Luckily Frank would come back at some point in the game. David Pastrnak decided to take matters into his own hands and show that he is worth that big contract with a beautiful goal.

The Bruins were still on the powerplay and Bjork got his second of the game to make it a 2 goal game. Still, on the powerplay, David Krejci added a goal of his own to make it 4-1 just 10:40 into the game. Bergeron ended the first period with 2 assists. Just his presence and skill help the team step up their own game. It is something he has done for Boston for a long time.

Brad Marchand started off the second period with a goal from Bergeron. Boston then had a bit of a lapse as the Canucks capitalized on the powerplay with a goal from who else but Thomas Vanek. Then another from Bo Horvat just 34 seconds later. Luckily the Bruins got their composure back and were able to take the two-goal lead into the third.

The third was quite dull compared to the first two. Boston was able to get the nail in the coffin from you guessed it, Bergeron. Bergeron finished the game with 4 points. He is the difference maker in that locker room and on the ice.

Up Next:

The Bruins will face off against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night. It will be a clash of BU between Eichel and Charlie McAvoy.

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Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back Against Vancouver Canucks



Boston Bruins VS Vancouver Canucks Preview

Boston Bruins will look to bounce back from a tough start tonight as they face the Canucks at home.  Not much has gone right for the team so far and it is not going to stop at least not yet.

It was announced that Ryan Spooner will miss 4-6 weeks with a tear in his groin. Then on top of that yesterday in practice Anders Bjork collided with Tuukka Rask during a drill and Rask was helped off the ice. So far there has not been an update on Rask. There are also reports that Zane McIntyre has been recalled. Adam McQuaid was also injured last game but has practiced and s not ruled out.

There is some good news out of all of this both Patrice Bergeron and David Backes have been skating. Bergy has been wearing the red no-contact jersey but he is skating. It sounds like Backes may play tonight.

It may be early in the season but this still almost a must-win game. Boston has shown spurts of talent and promise but has yet to put it all together. Tonight could be the night against a very beatable team. Also, Loui Eriksson of the Canucks has been placed on the IR for the Canucks. This will help it make it easier on the Bruins as they will be able to put more attention on the Sedin brothers.

Also, Kenny Agostino was called up and may make his debut tonight. Should he have been here from the start is what many are thinking. He has been off to a hot start down in Providence. Maybe he is that spark the team is missing.

“We liked the way Anton played last year at the end of the year, we liked he’s camp, we liked his first game,” said Cassidy. “We sort of mapped out the schedule for October, we’re gonna stick to that. Obviously if we have to deviate because of an injury then we’ll do that and have confidence in him for sure.”

Let’s just hope the Bruins can pull out a win tonight as they need one.

Keys to The Game:

  • Score First
  • make crisper plays on the breakout
  • show some passion

The game will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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