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Boston Bruins Recap: Despite Win Over Isles The Team Is Still Toast

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Boston Bruins Recap: Despite Win Over Isles The Team Is Still Toast

The Boston Bruins captured a win in what seemed like the most important game of their NHL season as the team beat the New York Islanders to stop their four game losing streak from going to a five game skid.

Going into the game the B’s found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in with the Islanders being the team that was ahead of them in the Wild Card spot, with the win the Boston Bruins moved back into the wild card spot and currently sit a full two points ahead of the Islanders in that spot. Mathematically the B’s have just north of a 60% chance of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they only sit one point behind the third place Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite the match moving back into Boston’s favor with seven games remaining in their regular season campaign, you can’t help but feel down on the franchise that has missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons and is coming off of a disastrous skid which ended in their star goaltending shitting his pants.

Even if Boston maintains this second wildcard spot it doesn’t mean much because they would have to face the Washington Capitals who are the top team in the Eastern Conference. That is a matchup that even the most optimistic Bruins fan knows they will lose quickly. Now if they can get by Toronto, then maybe, just maybe, there is a chance.

If the B’s sneak back into the third spot in the Atlantic they will then face off with the Ottawa Senators, a team that they are currently 0-3 against in the season series. But with the Black and Gold facing the Sens in the second to last game of the season they have the chance to change all of that momentum. If they can do all of this, which might be a long-shot, you could see this Bruins team make the playoffs and win a round.

But do not get your hopes up as the chances of this happening are slim at this point, especially after last weeks loss against Ottawa and the recent play/injury to goaltender Tuukka Rask.

I think at times like this it is important to remember going into the season many of us thought this Boston Bruins squad would not be playoff team this season given the lack of offseason upgrades and the general feeling of the team. But instead this years team has shown promise, players like David Pastrnak have broken out and rookies like Brandon Carlo have shown great promise. Even the promotion of Bruce Cassidy has shown the team has found a capable man in charge of the team.

With prospects like the Charlie McAvoy’s of the world on the horizon under GM Don Sweeney‘s excellent prospect acquisition skills we might see a young Boston Bruins team who can win a title in the near future. So my fellow Bruins fans, this might not be our season but it has shown promise of a future that looks brighter than it did at the end of last season.

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 Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt

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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak

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Boston Bruins Veterans Respond to Bruce Cassidy‘s Call Out And Step Up

Boston came into this game looking to end a two-game losing streak. Once again Patrice Bergeron was absent from the roster. This was a must-win game.

The game started off really bad. The team looked terrible. Passes were not connecting the breakouts were atrocious. first period summary in one word. Awful. Luckily the B’s were able to salvage a goal off David Pastrnak‘s hip.

Then is the second it was like a completely different team. Not sure what Bruce said in that locker room but it sure worked. Boston came out in full scoring just 1:39 into the second with a power play goal from Jake Debrusk. Zdeno Chara followed up Debrusk just a few minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. This was Chara’s third point of the night. The goal also put him on a list of legends. The list is Bruins Players who have scored at the age of 40. The other being Johnny “the chief” Bucyk, Mark Recchi, and Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the teams continued to trade chances as both goalies came up big. Brad Marchand then found himself on a breakaway and put the team up three with the B’s fourth goal of the game. The Black and Gold were able to hold the Coyotes and head into the third with a nice three-goal cushion.

The third was relatively quiet for most of it. Arizona had some pressure early on but Anton Khidobin made some key saves. Chances were traded by both teams the Arizona went on the power play late in the third and got a goal back from Oliver Eckman-Larsson.

23 seconds later Tim Schaller answered with another B’s goal to keep a three-goal lead. Boston then goes on the power play and put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Anders Bjork. This is Bjork’s first career goal.

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The Bruins will head to Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time. The game is at 7 pm and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship

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The Fans Need To Relax

Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game?

Off To A Tough Start

The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively.

This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some.

What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry.

This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup.

When To Panic

The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team.

The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season.

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