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Boston Bruins Talk: Charlie McAvoy Should Not See A Second In The Playoffs



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McAvoy Should Not Play In The Playoffs

Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins Signed Charlie McAvoy to a three-year entry-level contract yesterday. This means that he is now eligible to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. McAvoy joined the team for practice as well on Monday.

“I think I got some of the nerves out today in practice,” said McAvoy, who will wear No. 73. “Being on the ice with so many guys that I’ve looked up to my whole life, it’s just very special, I don’t really have words for it, but all of those guys, there’s so much I can pull, as far as information from those guys, on how to be a better player, how to be a better person, so right now I’m just trying to be a sponge.”

The signing is in response to the injuries to both Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo. This better jut be a precautionary thing. I do not want to see this kid play a single second in the playoffs. McAvoy is only 19, yes I know Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak were 18 when they started. They are phenomenal players and have proven themselves during the regular seasons with the team. McAvoy has no NHL experience and to just throw him into the playoffs would do more harm than good. He very well could turn out to be a top 4 pairing defenseman, but let’s not try to figure that out now. Also he only has a couple AHL games under his belt.

In Providence

He appeared in four games with the Providence Bruins. He notched 2 assists ans a plus three. There is no denying that he is a great hockey player but now is not the time to test it. Just pushing him into the pace of play that is the NHL Playoffs is stupid. McAvoy is not used to the pace of a regular NHL game never mind the playoffs. We all know that the playoffs is a while different monster. The one thing that makes me think that he could play in the NHL right now if more injuries occur is his size. He is not the tallest guy at only 6′ 1” but he is 211 pounds. To put that in prospective Kevan Miller is one of the bigger guys on the team and he is only 210 pounds and Adam McQuaid is three inches taller and only two pounds more. Yes size is not everything but as a defenseman it helps.

What The Bruins Should Do

If I was the Don Sweeney I would say that Colin Miller and John-Michael Liles would take Krug’s and Carlo’s place in the lineup. C. Miller may also not have any playoff experience but he has proven that he deserves a shot before McAvoy. Then Liles is a veteran guy who has been here many times before and knows how to handle the pressure of the playoffs. If Miller or Liles does not pan out or gets injured then almost by default McAvoy would be slotted into the lineup. But I am not Don Sweeney and we have different opinions.

“Well, we’ll have to see [when he gets in], if that’s the decision Butch decides to make,” General Manager Don Sweeney said of McAvoy. “We feel comfortable, having seen him play recently, with his skill set, that he’d be able to handle it.”

We will have to wait until tomorrow in Ottawa to see if McAvoy will make his NHL debut.

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 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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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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