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Bruins Blow The Lead Three Times In Loss To Tampa

Boston Bruins playoff hopes are slipping away. They are falling off the block like they have been the past few seasons. Last nights game was a perfect example.

Recap:

First Period:

There were no goals score in the first period. I thought that it was going to be a boring game but I was right and wrong.

Second Period:

David Pastrnak and the Bruins jumped out to a quick lead with Pasta’s power play goal. The lead did not last long at all as Brayden Point tied the game just 44 seconds later. Then Zdeno Chara scored to put the B’s back on top with a short-handed goal. The Bruins are now tied for first for the most shorthanded goals as a team. Again the Lightning answered quickly with a Nikita Kucherov goal just 24 seconds later. Another 5 minutes went by and Riley Nash put the B’s up for the third time in the game. One again Tampa scored quickly this time a tad but longer at 1 minute and 24 seconds later with a snipe from Anton Stralman.

Third Period:

The third was all Tampa as Jonathan Drouin, and Kucherov scored twice to make it a hat trick.

The game as a whole was very ugly as the Bruins first unable to keep a lead at all in this game. Second the defense was horrendous. I would say that none of the goals was just Tuukka Rask‘s fault. Third the Bruins just played like crap overall. The passing was awful, there was a point in the game where neither team was completing any passes and I just though what an ugly game of hockey. Another thing is the way the Bruins set up the box on the penalty kill. It does not make any sense. Last night its was Riley Nash and Dominic Moore covering the points. On both of Tampa’s power play goal Moore and Nash were at fault, or its the way they were told to play.

Kucherov’s first goal breakdown:

lets set up it up. Victor Hedman gets the puck at the point he is covered by Moore. Hedman then sends it to Drouin, covered by Nash. Now for some reason when Drouin gets the puck and then Moore decided to follow the puck to Drouin. I think Moore was trying to take the pass back to Hedman out of play. A pass back to Hedman was not threat though. Now Nash instead of defending Drouin because Moore moved toward him, moves to the middle of the ice. This opened the passing lane for a second for Drouin to fire the pass over to Kucherov for an easy one timer. Drouin is going to make that pass every time you do not give a player like that any room to think and make any moves.

This is a little bit tough in text so here is the video again to refer back to.

Up Next:

The Bruins biggest game of the year tomorrow when the face the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. The Isle’s are two points behind the Bruins in the second wild card spot. Also Toronto won last night so there lead has increased to 3 points for third place in the Atlantic.

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 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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Boston Bruins Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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