Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Are Headed To The Stanley Cup Playoffs For The First Time In Three Years Published 10 months ago on April 5, 2017 By Justin Doyle Share Tweet Playoff Hockey Is Back In Boston The Boston Bruins are headed the the Stanley Cup Playoffs with last nights win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It is still undetermined who the Bruins will play in the first round. As of right now they are tied for second place in the Atlantic, but Ottawa has the tie breaker. Toronto is now one point back with their loss last night to Washington. They would play the Ottawa Senators if the playoffs started to day but they don’t so we have to sit and wait. Toronto and Ottawa have three games left in the season, the B’s have two. Recap For the first time in a while the Bruins came out looking like they wanted to win. They knew what this game meant and it showed from the beginning. First Period: There may not have been any goals scored in the first but it was still an exciting period. The pace of the game was high almost playoff pace but not there yet. The one thing that did happen in the first is Brad Marchand was ejected for spearing Tampa defenseman Jake Dotchin. This was a vicious play and very uncalled for. Second Period: Drew Stafford opened the games scoring with a nifty top-shelf back-hand past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Then David Pastrnak followed up with a one-timer from a beautiful pass from Riley Nash. Rask looked very good through the first two periods where he made some key saves. That was it for the second. Third Period Boston came out hard in the third not wanting to let Tampa back in the game. Zdeno Chara extended the lead to three with a rocket shot on the power play. The lead stayed at three until Tampa pulled their goalie with a couple of minutes left. Then David Pastrnak took advantage and potted his second for the empty net goal and the win. With that Tuukka Rask notched his 8th shutout of the season, a career high for him. Rask was asked about the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time and three years and this is what he had to say. Also this will be Pasta’s first playoff experience and he is very excited. “You know, I think the city deserves [the playoffs]. The organization deserves it, and, you know, we feel like we deserve it too,” said Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 pucks in the 4-0 win for his career-best eighth shutout of the season. “We fought hard all year to secure a spot, and it took 80 games, so it’s a good feeling. I think everybody can breathe a little easier now, but we’ve still got two games left and then real games start so… but great accomplishment [for now].” “Obviously a new feeling for me,” Bruins forward David Pastrnak said. “I’m really enjoying it, it’s a lot of fun and it’s exciting. Now we’ve got ourselves in a spot we can actually fight for home ice and a good spot in the playoffs. We can play a little more relaxed knowing that we made it and it’s a lot of fun.” Up Next: Here is a little pump up video to get you ready. This gave me chills. It has been a while since we have had Playoff hockey here. But its back and let’s go! Related Topics:Boston BruinBruins PlayoffsBruins Recapfeatured Up Next Boston Bruins Forward Brad Machand Is A Dirty Player And Needs To Be Suspended Don't Miss UNC Defeats Gonzaga To Win Third National Championship Under Coach Roy Williams Justin Doyle 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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While in Boston he was loved by the players and fans. Claude brought the team to be known as one the if not the top defensive team in the league year after year. After winning the cup in 2011 he then brought the team back to the cup in 2013 where we all know what happened. After that, the league seems to make a shift towards a faster-paced game and more offensive. Not only the offense but the defensemen were also looking to be more offensive. Claude was not one to change his style and he stuck to his guns. Continually playing the savvy vets over the skilled and less defensive kids. This may have been one of the reasons he was fired because Cam and Sweeney wanted a younger faster team. Still, once the video tribute to Claude comes up which will definitely include Captain Zdeno Chara hoisting the cup he will get an ovation for all that he did for the team. Claude has cemented his name in Boston Bruins history and we will not forget what he did for this city. He is the Boston Bruins winningest coach with 419 wins. Also in 2009, he won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year. The Players Opinion The players that were coached under him seem to not have much emotion going into tonight’s game. Although some look back at what Claude did for their careers. Here is Marchand on his time with Claude: “He gave me an opportunity to play, dealt with me more than I think a lot of coaches would have, worked with me tirelessly,” Marchand said of the former Bruins coach. “Had plenty of conversations about how to act and how to be a good player, a good pro, how to learn the game and become a better player. Brad Marchand is now one of the best wingers in the game today and it may Claude has a lot to do with that. Another young kid that grew up playing under Claude is David Pastrnkak who is still developing. He also had a few words about his former coach: “He’s the one that I was given the opportunity to play in the NHL, We had a bunch of meetings in the time I was here…obviously have a lot of good memories. He spent so much time with this organization and has given a lot.” Captain Zdeno Chara had some nice words to say to the coach who gave him the “C”: “He definitely should be recognized for that…he’s a great coach, a great person, taught me a lot about how to play the game the right way in certain situations. He’s just a great teacher.” Tonight’s game may be a bit odd for some of the players that were the core of the team while Claude was here. These players have all said that they are treating it like any other game and are looking to go out there and win. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 and will air on NBCSN. Continue Reading Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Have A good Problem To Have With Their Roster Published 2 weeks ago on January 2, 2018 By Justin Doyle The team has many players that could play each night Boston Bruins of late have been playing really well and have had almost a 100 percent healthy roster. This leads to a great problem to have. The problem of having many players that can play every night and not knowing which ones to start. Bruce Cassidy has had to make these tough decisions on who plays and who sits. Not to mention who gets sent down. Now Bruce does not have a big role in sending players to Providence but he definitely gets a say. With all this, it seems as if he has found his roster with a couple players still on the Bubble. Boston current roster looks like so: Forwards: Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak Jake Debrusk–David Krejci–Ryan Spooner Danton Heinen–Riley Nash–David Backes Tim Schaller–Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari Defense: Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy Torey Krug– Brandon Carlo Matt Grzelcyk–Kevan Miller Goalies: Tuukka Rask Anton Khudobin Players On The Bubble Now then who is missing well there are a couple big names missing. Adam McQuaid is the biggest, now he is not a star defensemen. Although he has been a solid D for the team over the years and now he is a healthy scratch every night. The reason being is that Grzelyck has shown that he has what it takes to be in the big club and it would be stupid to take him out. Also missing just recently is Anders Bjork who has not been performing to his expectation. Now at the beginning of the year, Bjork and Bergeron were paired before his injury. When Bergy cam back they put Pasta with him and Bjork with Krejci. Maybe Bjork and Krejci are not a good fit. Still, the kid needs to produce and Bruce has no problem sitting anyone. Also along with Bjork is Peter Cehlarik who had claimed a roster spot until injury and now he too is on the outside looking in. Also with Cehlarik is Frank Vatrano who has been a bit of a disappointment since he’s been here. He has had spurts of great, then he just seems to lose. Look for him to be used in a trade if the B’s lose someone. Providence and Prospect pool are Abundant Even the B’s System is stacked with talent that could be up here very soon. They also have many kids that are playing in the NCAA that look great. Two of them are currently playing for Team USA in the World Juniors. Then just yesterday Bruin prospect and current Harvard member Ryan Donato was named to the 2018 Olympic team. The Current Roster is here to stay Bruce seems like he has found his crew and will look to stick to his guns. Possibly Bjork renters the roster, other than that most likely not much deviation. The main reason being is that with this roster they are currently in second place in the Atlantic and only 10 points back of first. The team has brought there differential from -6 to plus 20 and have been playing better overall. In the last 10 games, the team is 7-1-2. This team could be a cup contender if they keep playing like this. Continue Reading Boston Bruins Boston Bruins Showing They Are Here To Win Published 3 weeks ago on December 28, 2017 By Justin Doyle Boston Bruins Have Moved Into Second Place In The Atlantic With 5th Straight Win The Boston Bruins are sitting in second place with last nights win over the Ottawa Senators. With 45 points and two games in hand to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boston is just 9 points back of Tampa Bay who sits at 54 points. Hopefully, the B’s can keep the streak alive. Last night we saw the points come from a very underrated player on the roster. Riley Nash finished the game with 2 goals and an assist. Nash’s goals were not garbage goals either they were indeed the opposite and very skilled goals. Since joining the team last year as what most people believed to be a role player as well as a veteran presence. Then last night on the Broadcast Jack and Brick had stated that Nash has been told to shoot more. Clearly is paying off, as Nash shows that he is not just a role player. Nash only has 32 points in the year and a half he has been here but most things he does do not go on the score sheet. Boston will look to see some more production from him. Then there is the rest of the team, they seem to have found “it” and whatever “it” is it needs to stay. In the last 10 games, the team is 8-1-1. The only teams better in that stand are Vegas and Tampa who are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Patrice Bergeron line is looking like the conehead line from the movie Miracle (Pass, Pass, Score). Then there is the Nash line with Danton Heinen and David Backes on his wings. Backes has found his games on the wing with Nash and currently has 5 goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. The team as a whole has just been great. Then Tuukka Rask has been playing the way he is expected to play. It might be too early to say but the Bruins are a contender for the cup right now. The only thing missing is Anders Bjork who has been quiet as of late. If he can find his game then Boston will be a hard team to beat. Up Next: Boston is on to take on what seems to be the unbeatable Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are always a tough matchup and it would be a great team to beat. 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