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Bruins Are On A Roll

The Boston Bruins took down the flames last night by a score of 5-2. In the past two games the Bruins have scored 11 goals, as Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak stay hot.

This was another statement making game for the B’s. They have been in a must win scenario for about a month now, and have shown that they indeed want to make the playoffs. With last night win the black and gold sit in third place in the Atlantic, and are 5 points in front of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also Ottawa is only 3 points ahead except they still have games in hand.

First Period

This game started a little different that the previous as the B’s came out looking a little flat. Alex Chiasson was able to find the loose puck in front of the net and chip it past Anton Khudobin. The goal came from the Bruins inability to first clear the zone, then clear the front of the net. This allowed Chiasson to keep chipping at the puck that eventually went in. Next came the red hot David Pastrnak down the right wing, he then there the puck on net and it found its way through Ex bruin Chad Johnson in this battle of the backups. Pasta’s goal kept his point streak alive and he is now on a 10 game point streak. That would end the scoring for the first and the B’s would head to the locker rooms tied.

Second Period

The other hot Bruins Brad Marchand decided to show why he should be in the elite forward talk. Ryan Spooner had flipped the puck up to get it into the zone, and the Flames decided to just stand there and watch as Marchand made his way through the defense and chipped the loose puck past Johnson for the B’s to take the lead. The play reminded me of the scene from Might Ducks when they flip the puck sky high and the other team just watches as the ducks walk in and score. Next came one of the craziest goals I have seen in a while. Another ex Bruin Dougie Hamilton shot the puck on net from the red line an it somehow found its way into the back of the net. David Backes answered quickly with a goal of his own.

But lets rewind back to late in the first period where Backes was pursuing the puck and got his legs tangled with a flames player. Maybe he just tripped. Either way he fell awkwardly into the boards and hit his knee. He had to be helped off the ice. Now pack to is goal, he was part of a three on two with David Krejci and Frank Vatrano. Frank crashed the net which drew the defense to him and opened a passing lane for Krejci to hit Backes. Backes then made a sweet snipe to the far side top corner for the B’s to retake the lead.

Third Period

The third period was all Bruins as both Matt Beleskey and Pasta scored. Beleskey’s goal was his first in 22 games. The goal came from a 2 on 0 rush with Ryan Spooner. Spooner help the puck as long as he could then made a backhand pass and Beleskey was able to finish. Then Pasta closed out the scoring to cap the game with an empty netter and his second of the game. This was Pastrnak’s 30th goal of the season. His first 30 goal season of his career. I said at the beginning of the season that if he can stay healthy which he did for the most part. I would expect Pastrnak to get 25 goals. If it was not for that stretch were pasta was out with an injury he would be up there with Crosby and Marchand for the Rocket Richard trophy.

Coming Up

Next up for the Bruins is Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, who are actually good this year. The game is tonight in Edmonton, and can be seen on NESN at 9pm ET.

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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