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Boston Bruins Take Down Nashville Predators In Home Opener

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The Kids Are Alright, As They Take The B’s To Victory

The Boston Bruins took on the Nashville Predators in their opening game last night. The team was without star center Patrice Bergeron, and also David Backes who was diagnosed with diverticulitis. Also defender Torey Krug with a broken jaw.

1st Period:

The B’s came out strong running two rookies in the top six.

The kids came out the strong as Anders Bjork came into the slot with Krejci to his right. Bjork had a clear lane to the net but the rookie nerves got to him and he passed it. It was not the worst decision but he needs to not be afraid to shoot it. That is the only problem I had with him all game

Boston was granted a powerplay early in the first and David Pastrnak capitalized on it with a beautiful onetimer set up from Charlie McAvoy and David Krejci.

It looked like the Boston would end the first 1-0, but Viktor Arvidsson had other plans. He scored the tying goal with just 10 seconds left in the period.

2nd Period:

Once again the team came out strong pushing the pace which we as Bruins fans have not seen in a long time. Just 5:48 into the second Jake Debrusk scored his first Career goal. What a beautiful goal it was too. This kid has an amazing shot. The goal wa assisted by Krejci and Bjork (this is Bjork’s first NHL point)

Pretty surreal to be honest. It was one that I’ll never forget, that’s for sure. A little bit of a blur at the moment. Was just trying to make a quick move, and it went in, and the crowd went pretty loud. So I’ll never forget that feeling

The cam continued at a one-goal game then at 15:43 McAvoy also got his First NHL goal. Assisted by Krejci and Debrusk. McAvoy is the epitome of an offensive defenseman. He was able to jump into the play and create an odd-man rush. This put the Bruins up 3-1 going into the third.

3rd Period:

The third was a slow start as there was some back and forth but that’s about it. The B’s then went onto the PK and Peter Laviolette decided to pull his goalie to make a 6 on 4. This plan backfired as Brad Marchand secured the loose puck and fired it down into the empty net. The game is now 4-1.

Then in typical fashion, the Bruins let the Pred’s come back in the golden last two minutes of a game. Somehow I missed this one due to the Pats game, but the B’s committed to penalties and it was now 6 on 3. Scott Hartnell scored on the 6 on three, then Filip Forsberg banked won off of Rask on the 6 on 4 to make it a one-goal game.

Luckily the B’s held the puck off and are able to walk away with a win.

Up Next:

Boston’s next game is not until; Monday when they take on the Colorado Avalanche.

 

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 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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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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