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Boston Bruins Playoffs: The Bruins Take Game One In A Hard Fought Battle

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Boston Wins Game One

Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 last night in game one of the playoffs. That game is the reason I crave playoff hockey. Name a more intense sport than playoff hockey, go ahead I’ll wait. Plus it is huge going into the enemy’s home and winning game one. This is how you start off a series.

First Period

There were no goals scored in the first but there was plenty of action. Both teams had many chance. David Pastrnak had a great breakaway chance but he hit the post. Craig Anderson was unbeatable in the first and he made his fair share of great saves. Although it was his competitor Tuukka Rask who was making the big saves. For example his save here, here, and here. He played like a $7.5 million dollar goalie last night. That ended the first.

Second Period

Once again we saw no scoring from the B’s but we did see a goal from Bobby Ryan. The Senators had multiple chances to make it a two goal game. Rask had other ideas as he made more great saves like this one, I’m still not sure how he stopped it. Then again he made another crazy save to keep his team in the game. The Bruins also had there chances too but once again Anderson was able to steer them aside.

Third Period

I am not sure if it was the veterans or the coach but the Black and Gold came out flying in the third. Just four minutes into the third Frank Vatrano found himself uncovered in the slot and he made sure to take full opportunity of it. He fired a rocket past Anderson for the B’s first goal. This was Vatrano’s first NHL playoff game as well as his first goal and point of the playoffs. We will probably be seeing a lot more of that in the future. The game continued a tie for almost the rest of the period. It looked as if we were going to get the first overtime of the series. Fortunately Brad Marchand did not want to wait that long. With only two minutes left in the period Marchy put in a rebound for the go ahead goal, that turned out to be the game winner.

Also Charlie McAvoy did not play very much in the third which is understandable. Other than that he looked very good out there.

The Senators gave a last push when they pulled Anderson at about the minute and a half mark. Then once again Tuukka cam up big keeping the B’s lead with these saves here.

Up Next:

The next game is Saturday for the second game in Ottawa before they come back home. It would be nice if they could come home up 2-0.

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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