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Boston Bruins Have Signed Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson To An Entry Level Contract And McAvoy Dazzles In Debut

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You Could See JFK Sooner Than You Think

Yesterday April 2nd Don Sweeney announced that the Boston Bruins have signed Jackob Forsbacka Karlsson. The Boston University forward signed a three-year entry-level contract beginning with the 2016-2017 season which is this season. He is expected to join the team sometime this week.

JFK was the assistant captain at BU and this season had 14 goals, 19 assists for 33 points with only 22 penalty minutes. The sophomore was also a plus 11. His freshman year he was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. That season he potted 10 goals and 20 assists.  JFK has also seen action in international playing for Sweden. He appeared in 49 games and scored seven goals and 22 assists. Karlsson will help bring a scoring touch, I would slot him in on the third line with Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano. Yes that is a very scary line with all those kids but they are not there to play defense that are there to score. Look to see this in the Tuesdays game against the Lightning.

Charlie McAvoy Impresses at Providence Debut

Charlie had given himself not too many expectations going into his first professional hockey game. This seemed to help him as he was able to just concentrate on his game and play the way he knows he can. McAvoy landed and assist and three shots in the PB’s loss to Springfield. He also finished a plus 2. McAvoy was very happy with his performance.

“It was very exciting, very exciting, something I’ve been looking forward to since the moment I signed that [amateur tryout agreement on Wednesday]. It was fun, it was fun being around this group of guys, everyone wants to win real bad,” said McAvoy, who was paired with Providence captain Tommy Cross for the evening.

Funny that McAvoy (BU) was now paired with Tommy Cross (BC). The two never played each other but you know that came up in conversation.

“I did what I could tonight – not perfect, but I’m going to be able to take a lot of lessons from tonight and continue to use them the rest of the season.”

Providence head coach Kevin Dean was also very impressed with what he saw out of 19-year-old McAvoy.

“I thought it was a really strong first game for him,” said Dean, who is in his first year at the helm of the P-Bruins. “He shows a lot of composure. Physically he’s not going to be an issue playing in this league or even the next league.

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 Need To Play A Full 60 Minutes If They Want To Win

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Bruins Only Like To Play Part Of The Game

Boston Bruins are not starting the season, as well as many, have hoped. the team had been stricken with injuries as well as an extremely new and young team. The injuries and the rookies are not their main problem.

The Bruins main problem is not playing a full 60 minutes. We have seen it every game this season. They get the lead and just kind of stop applying pressure. Now holding a lead is a difficult thing to do just ask the Atlanta Falcons. With the lead, a happy medium needs to be found between attacking pressure and keeping the lead. The best defense os a good offense.

Right now the B’s offense is much better than their defense. The best example is this past game against Buffalo. Boston had a 2 goal lead going into the third. The best way for them to get the win would have been to score first in the third and put the Sabres back on their heels. Instead, they let Buffalo score first and early in the period.

Similarly, even in the win in game 1 against the Predators, the Bruins gave the Pred’s a chance to come back and they did. It seems like a pattern is developing. Get the lead then sit back and relax and try and coast to the victory. This needs to stop and the first place it starts in the veterans like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. Not saying that it coming from them but they need to stop it.

We have seen this issue in previous years the 2013 Stanley Cup for example. It seems like this is the theme this year as it has happened in every game so far. Hopefully, they can find the drive to play an entire game because it is getting old annoying to see them take the lead then lose it as fast as they got it. If they plan to win this year Boston will need a full effort from everybody.

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Boston is off until Thursday when they take on the San Jose Sharks who always play a tough game. The game is at 7 and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the sports hub.

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Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron Impact Felt Immediately In Win Over Vancouver

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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

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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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