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Boston Bruins Get Shutout Against The Colorado Avalanche



Boston Bruins VS Colorado Avalanche Game Recap

In Game one of this home and home with the Av’s the Bruins… Once again the B’s were without Patrice Bergeron and David Backes who was placed on the IR today. While Torey Krug and Austin Czarnik were activated and played today.

Boston got off to a very slow and sloppy start. Not sure what it was but the team as a whole looked very sluggish. Just 4:41 into the game and the Bruins went down 1-0.

The goal was very ugly in every way possible. Just a complete defensive breakdown. The main issue was that Anders Bjork failed to pick up his man and he ended up scoring. The other issue is that Tuukka Rask should have stopped it as he just missed and the puck bounced off his glove and into the net.

Then right when it seemed as if the Bruins were getting the momentum back as they went on the power play. The A’s scored again it was not scored a shorthanded goal but it sure felt like one. McAvoy miss played this one but that is going to happen.

Boston started the second with a bang. Except the bang went under review and it was called no goal which was the right call. This all happened after David Pastrnak crashed the net and tried to push the puck in. Varmolov stayed strong and the puck just did not cross that line. From here on the two teams traded chances as it turns into the battle of the goaltenders. Both Rask and Varlamov came up big.

The Bruins had two power plays but were unable to do anything with them. It did seem like some momentum was gained. One of the best chances came from a play between Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano, a play straight from the mighty ducks. Beleskey flipped the puck up and Frank beat the Av’s man to it but was unable to convert.

Boston had a terrible third period and the worst highlight of the period was when Rask tried to beat Nail Yakupov to a loose puck and he put it in the empty net. Words can not describe the stupidity from Rask on this play. What a horrendous game by the Bruins. There are not many good things about this game.

Brick summed up the game pretty well he continuously said the Boston was missing “sharpness” from their game. He was 100 percent right. There were not many crisp passes at all. They also went 0/4 on the powerplay.

Boston has now never beaten Colorado at home in 20 years.

Up Next:

Boston and the Av’s will face off again on Wednesday night this time in Colorado. Hopefully it will go better.

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



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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