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Boston Bruins Talk: Tuukka Rask Is the Clay Buckhholz Of Hockey



Boston Bruins Talk: Is Pulling The Team Down

Boston Bruins are in a tight race for the playoffs with only a couple of weeks left in the regular season. The Bruins came out with a big win on Saturday against the New York Islanders without Tuukka Rask.

In that game backup goaltender Anton Khudobin was between the pipes as Tuukka Rask was out with a “lower body injury”. We have seen this before as last season he did not play in the teams last game as the year. He had the shits. I get it sometimes you eat some bad food and have can’t do much but they have medicine for that crap (pun intended). He should have played as it was the teams biggest game of the year and he said nah I am sitting this one out because I do not feel good.

This time around at least it was an injury. If he really was hurt than okay your hurt but if you are sore or “tired” he should be able to play through it. If Rask does not play Tuesday against the Predator’s then okay, he is really hurt. The only probably with that is that Zane McIntyre was recalled for Saturday’s game. He has already been re-assigned to Providence, which means that Rask will most likely play Tuesday.

An argument for his lack of play late in the season is that he is tired. Do not give me the he is tired BS, every other skater on the team has played just about every game. You do not hear Patrice Bergeron complain that he is tired.  Rask claims that he is “hurt”, or is it he just doen not want to play. He has been known to throw his team under the bus after a bad loss. That type of mentality is bad for the locker room. Teams play for their goalie and if the goalie does not trust the players then it can make for some bad chemistry in the locker room. That being said I have never been a big fan of his.

Tuukka is not an Elite goalie. He may be a very good one but he is not elite. Rask is not in the same category as Carey Price, Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist. Some may say look at his numbers and I say yes numbers wise he could be considered elite. The problem is that most of his numbers came when he had an elite defense in front of him. Also people might say what about this season? I would say yes this season he has been good. There were points of the season where he carried the team. I still do not think he can be considered elite.

Another reason I do not like him well more the Bruins front office, but he is getting payed $7 million to be a very good goalie. That is more than both Quick and Price.

Anton Khudobin Should Start Tuesday

Khudobin played very well on Saturday as the he only allowed one goal. I know he was not very good most of the season. Mostly due to the lack of drive the Bruins have for their backup’s. I still think that he should play Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. First I think he deserves it after Rask copped-out of the B’s biggest game of the year. Second if Rask really is injured and/or tired this will give him the rest he needs to be able to finish the rest of the season. Then play in the playoffs if the team can make it.

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 Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt



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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak



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Boston Bruins Veterans Respond to Bruce Cassidy‘s Call Out And Step Up

Boston came into this game looking to end a two-game losing streak. Once again Patrice Bergeron was absent from the roster. This was a must-win game.

The game started off really bad. The team looked terrible. Passes were not connecting the breakouts were atrocious. first period summary in one word. Awful. Luckily the B’s were able to salvage a goal off David Pastrnak‘s hip.

Then is the second it was like a completely different team. Not sure what Bruce said in that locker room but it sure worked. Boston came out in full scoring just 1:39 into the second with a power play goal from Jake Debrusk. Zdeno Chara followed up Debrusk just a few minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. This was Chara’s third point of the night. The goal also put him on a list of legends. The list is Bruins Players who have scored at the age of 40. The other being Johnny “the chief” Bucyk, Mark Recchi, and Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the teams continued to trade chances as both goalies came up big. Brad Marchand then found himself on a breakaway and put the team up three with the B’s fourth goal of the game. The Black and Gold were able to hold the Coyotes and head into the third with a nice three-goal cushion.

The third was relatively quiet for most of it. Arizona had some pressure early on but Anton Khidobin made some key saves. Chances were traded by both teams the Arizona went on the power play late in the third and got a goal back from Oliver Eckman-Larsson.

23 seconds later Tim Schaller answered with another B’s goal to keep a three-goal lead. Boston then goes on the power play and put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Anders Bjork. This is Bjork’s first career goal.

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The Bruins will head to Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time. The game is at 7 pm and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship



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The Fans Need To Relax

Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game?

Off To A Tough Start

The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively.

This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some.

What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry.

This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup.

When To Panic

The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team.

The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season.

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