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Boston Bruins Playoff Push: Game Against Ottawa Senators Could Determine Teams Fate

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Boston Bruins Playoff Push: Game Against Ottawa Senators Could Determine Teams Fate

The Boston Bruins playoff push was in full force as of a week ago, then a 7-4 loss against the Edmonton Oilers led to a brutal 4-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now the Bruins enter one of their most important games of the year the losers of two straight looking to beat the always tough Ottawa Senators.

To make matters worse in the season series with Ottawa the Black and Gold are 0-2, with both of those games being played on the road. With the Senators sitting directly ahead of the B’s in the second spot in the Atlantic Division the Bruins cannot afford to lose. If that didn’t scare them enough their loss against Toronto pulled the Maple Leafs within one point in the standings of the Bruins, and if Toronto finds a way around Boston the B’s would be delegated to the Wild Card, a matchup that would pit them against the Washington Capitals.

Tuesday nights game against Ottawa is vitally important, a loss here would make them losers of three straight at a time where they need to grab every possible point to avoid an epic late season collapse that they experienced in the previous two seasons. If they fail down the stretch here in these key games you can kiss the playoffs goodbye, two more games against Ottawa, a chance to even up the season series starts on Tuesday.

Cannot dwell on a tough loss in Toronto, complaining after the game about the officiating isn’t the kind of mindset you want to have ahead of what might be the deciding game in your entire season.

“I thought it was an egregious call, to be perfectly honest with you,” said Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. “A guy driving the net and their guy is there. It probably happens about 100 times during the course of the game, but we’ve got to get the job done on the penalty kill. It’s been good for us all year and unfortunately we needed one more. “It was a great game until the penalty call, I thought, to be perfectly honest with you. I thought it was a really good hockey game. It’s really unfortunate that we got no points out of it.”

Ottawa is a team that always seem to have the Boston Bruins number, everyone remembers last year in a must win last game of the season the Bruins tucked their tail and got obliterated by a Sens team that had nothing to play for but pride.

Tuesday is the chance to change it all, the bad mojo, and the losing streak. Beat Ottawa on Tuesday, beat them again on March 6th, and then maybe, just maybe, you gain the confidence you need to take them down in a playoff series. If you are in attendance tonight be loud, cheer your team on, if they fail, boo them off the ice, there are no more excuses.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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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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