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Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Bruins Get Hosed By Referees

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Bruins Get Hosed By Referees

1. Official’s Call

* First of all – the ref had already established he was letting everything go – Two Bruins were pulled down in the offensive zone
* Nash received a vicious elbow to the head – official had already established he would send off both players earlier in the game
* No way does Dominic Moore chase a skater like Karlsson behind the net and give him free run on the game winner
* To set up the other team in overtime on a questionable call should be censured by the league
* Neely or Cassidy had to be waiting for that referee after the game – Neely has to take a league fine. Can not happen that was the series.

2. Offense

* Might have been Bergeron’s worst playoff faceoff game I’ve ever seen
* I know Pastrnak scored (only shot of the game) but he was so bad – I would have contemplated sitting him like Julien did to Seguin / what did I tell you that he can even handle passes he is pressing so back
* Marchand another no show with one shot – did get a stupid penalty though – he also was losing every 50-50 battle and backed down from punk Methot
* Marchand ONE playoff goals in his last TWENTY THREE post-season games
* Too bad Krejci couldn’t play – oh he did?
* Outshot 32-20 absurd – passing it around the perimeter on power plays was bogus
* Congratulations to Spooner who got his first shot on net in three games
* Chara please hit the net 30% of the time

3. Defense

* Chara looked tired
* Kevan Miller best defenseman of the night
* Morrow is a good skater
* Cross was holding on for dear life all night
* Backes got used again by Karlsson on the second goal out at the blue line

4. Ottawa

* Brassard took Bergeron’s lunch money winning 18 of 24 faceoffs
* Hoffman is exciting – the first goal is one of the great goals/passes in NHL HISTORY – In the air from his one end line from Karlsson which Hoffman caught on his tape and them went Forsberg on Rask
5. Physical Play

* Methot getting free punches at Bruins and the ref sending off the guy who ate glove is absurd – Cassidy should have gone Great Santini on the Bruins – you take down Methot or don’t come home!
* Chara took a two-hander across the wrist – he needs to skate over to the Ottawa bench at a stoppage of play and threaten that Senator’s life
* You have to hit Karlsson every single time – the entire offense runs through him
* Red Auerbach would be on every news station talking about Phaneuf’s stickwork putting the refs on notice

6. Refs

* Gutless not sending off just Methot after he punched Schaller in the face
* The first call of the night on Backes was bogus too

7. Stat of the night

* Hoffman had more  than double the shots than Marchand, Chara, Pastrnak, Backes combined: 8 to 3

8. Kraft Sighting: 10 minutes left in the third period

9. Coaching

* Good job by Cassidy switching up Backes and Pastrnak
* He needs to go nuts on the Nash penalty call

10. Misc

* The yellow towels are too cliché – we don’t need to be stealing from the Steelers
* Rene Rancourt not on his game – and should have sensed the crowd was into the National Anthem and held the microphone up to let the crowd finish (by the way he is looking like the Wizard behind the curtain)
* I never seen a Bruins team lose their sticks more than Game 3 – Derek Sanderson would have told the story about his Niagara coach pulling players who ever lost their stick
* Is that Tony Montana coaching the Senators

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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Boston Bruins Preseason Game 1 Preview

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Boston Bruins VS Montreal Canadiens

Boston looks to take on rival Montreal in their first preseason game of 2018. This will be the first time we are seeing some players in a Bruins uniform. Look for the B’s to have some interesting lines.

The veterans will not be playing tonight like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and David Pastrnak. Tonight’s game is all about the kids and what they can bring to the table. The game is not listed on being shown on NESN, but it may be broadcasted on 98.5 the sports hub.

Everything else is up in the air. The B’s have a ton of guys eyeing a spot on the roster and they do not want to let it slip away. The veterans are the only one who is a shoe-in and we may even see some of their jobs taken.

The puck drops tonight at 7 pm in Quebec City.

Game Roster for Tonights Game:

Forwards: Noel Acciari, Kenny AgostinoMatt Beleskey, Anders ‪Bjork, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner, Jack Studnicka

Defensemen: Chris Breen, Connor Clifton, Tommy Cross, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Kevan MillerPaul Postma

Goaltenders: Zane McIntyre, Malcolm Subban

Non-Game Roster:

Forwards: David BackesPatrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik*, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Ryan Fitzgerald, Colton Hargrove, Heinen, Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonDavid Krejci, Joona Koppanen, Sean KuralyBrad Marchand, Cedric Pare, David Pastrnak, Teddy Purcell, Jordan SzwarzFrank Vatrano

Defensemen: Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo, Taylor Doherty, Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, Adam McQuaid, Rob O’Gara, Jakub Zboril

Goaltenders: Anton KhudobinTuukka Rask

 

 

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Boston Bruins Trying Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk As A Line

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On Saturday morning at Boston Bruins training camp at the Warrior Ice Arena, the team skated an interesting line.

The newly re-signed David Pastrnak, the overpaid veteran David Krejci, and the unknown rookie in Jake DeBrusk all skated together in practice on Saturday.

This is an expected move with the main goal over the next several weeks to build chemistry within the trio.

Of course, this isn’t the only new lineup that Bruce Cassidy is trying out. On the top line, the B’s are skating Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron-Anders Bjork. Following this logic, the third line center as of right now is veteran David Backes who failed to work out successfully as a wing last season. Backes, of course, could fly out on the wing with JFK centering which is something Boston has worked on in practice.

DeBrusk, like Bjork, will be in a battle for this top 6 role with other players like a Backes or a Frank Vatrano vying for those same spots. Boston’s forward group projects to be younger this year than any other season in recent memory. Aside from DeBrusk and Bjork there are other rookies who will likely find themselves on the Boston Bruins roster to start the season.

Jakob Forsbecka Karlson and Danton Heinen are two other names that come to mind when talking about this young forward group. Their roles with the 2017-18 Bruins is unclear at the moment. But as camp develops their role and potential for this season should start to clarify. But as it currently sits, here is what my forward group lines would look like as of right now based on what Cassidy is rolling in camp.

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

Pastrnak-Krejci-DeBrusk

Vatrano-JFK-Backes

Nash-Spooner-Acciari

Spooner on the fourth is a tough move, but it provides for a solid fourth line that can match up with other teams 3rd liners. This is an early look at the potential lines which will likely change as camp develops and exhibition games get underway.

On the outside looking in for now are players like Austin Czarnik, Tim Schaller, and Heinen.

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