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Boston Bruins Playoff Hopes Are Slipping Away with Loss To Ottawa Senators

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Bruins must not like playoff hockey

The Boston Bruins faced the second place Ottawa senators for the third time this season giving Ottawa the season series. Boston needed to win this game to help their playoff chances.

Recap

Once again the Bruins out shot their opponent. Boston had 36 shots to Ottawas 22 but yet Ottawa won the game. Boston also won in the face-offs too, winning 54% while Ottawa only won 46% of the time. What hurt the Bruins was they failed to capitalize on the power play. They went 2/5 on the PP. It would have been nice to seem them go 4/5. The thing that killed them though was there 15 giveaways and inability to get the puck to the dangerous areas of the net. Ottawa was able to hold the B’s to the outside for most of the game despite good zone time at points in the game.

Tom Pyatt scored first for the Senators. Then David Krejci answered quickly with a powerplay goal. All of the scoring in the first took place in the first 10 minutes. The rest of the period was fairly boring. Then Kyle Turris took the lead back for the Sen’s with the only goal of the second. In the first few seconds of the third Torey Krug decided to take things into his own hands and tie the game at 2 with a gorgeous goal. Unfortunately the tie did not last long as Turris scored his second of the game a few minutes later which turned out to be the game winner.

Bruins Playoff Picture

Boston is still in third place in the Atlantic but barely. Toronto is only one point back and the Islanders are looking to take that Wild Card Spot. If the Leafs win tonight then they will take over third place and the Bruins will be the second wild card team.  The leafs face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight who have already secured a playoff spot, so the might be on auto pilot. Also the Islanders are playing the Rangers tonight and the Isle win they move to within 2 points of Boston. The Bruins do not want to be in a situation where their playoff hopes come down to the last game of the season. One because it is not fun and two it is against the Washington Capitals.

If the Bruins are going to make the Playoffs this year they need to win 7 out of their last games. This is not an actual stat this is what I think could get them there. These wins are also counting on a the others teams losing a few games as well.

Up Next

Boston plays the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at home. The Lighting are also fighting for the last wild card spot with 77 points. Boston can not afford to lose the Tampa.

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.

Up Next

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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