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Bruins, Canadiens to Play in 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium

By on January 19, 2015 at 7:54pm
Bruins in 2010 Winter Classic (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

In what has become one of the cooler traditions in professional sports, the Winter Classic will make its second stop in New England since it began in 2008. This time, the Bruins will host the game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Going up against the Bruins will be the hated Montreal Canadiens. Continue reading Bruins, Canadiens to Play in 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium »

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Despite dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Bruins head into the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season. In their last eight games, they have won six and lost another in a shootout. They have registered points in nine of their last ten games overall.

A major reason for this is that the Bruins best players are consistently playing up to their capabilities. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant in net, posting a .946 save percentage in the month of January. Milan Lucic has had a fire lit under him and since the Bruins played Pittsburgh two weeks ago he is a plus five with three goals and four assists. He is playing with his trademark physicality and aggression which has been a cornerstone of the Bruins success. Patrice Bergeron has continued his excellent play and has been rewarded as the team’s only All-Star. Continue reading Bruins Head into All-Star Break Playing Well »

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David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup

January 14, 2015 at 1:48pm in Boston, Bruins, NHL
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Rookie Pastrnak shining

In an effort to spark some offense from his roster, coach Claude Julien mixed up the lines and now has David Krejci centered between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. It’s worked well, as Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his career this weekend against the Flyers and added two more last night against Tampa Bay. Both showed excellent hockey IQ and a knack for the net that bodes well for his future as a Boston Bruin.

Part of me is hesitant on getting excited about this young, talented winger who can score because I saw how the front office dealt with Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin. However, I believe he has the talent to play a more complete game than either of these two and has shown great energy so far. He’ll need to bulk up, but he has time. After all, he is the youngest player in the league. Hopefully, we’ll be watching this kid score in bunches for the Bruins for years to come.

Patrice Bergeron an All-Star

Is it really his first ever selection to the All-Star team? That baffles me. Well deserved, though. Patrice Bergeron has been a tremendous player for year and he excels in really every facet of the game. I honestly believe that if he went to another team with a run and gun offense and he didn’t have to worry about his two-way play (cough, Tyler Seguin in Dallas, cough,) he could put up 80+ points every year. He’s that good. Continue reading David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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In what can be summed up as a disappointing season for the Bruins so far, the team has showed little signs of being a serious Cup contender and are on the cusp of not making the playoffs at all. The media and fans are quick to point fingers in all directions, but most notably the blame is going toward the General Manager, Peter Chiarelli.

Chiarelli, who has been known as more of a passive GM, gets criticized as being too committed to his core group, which limits the Bruins ability to make big deals. While this may be fair, this is for a good reason. The Bruins core is the reason we don’t need to make big deals. Outside of Chara, the core of this team includes Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Dougie Hamilton. All under thirty years old. A lot of teams would kill for a core like that.

When people want to blame Chiarelli for every single thing that goes wrong with the Bruins, I want to cringe. He’s an excellent GM. Is her perfect? Of course not. But he’s put together a great team overt the years with a track record of success. He took a crumbling franchise back in 2007 and slowly, steadily, and patiently built it into the team that won a Stanley Cup and a President’s Trophy.

So I took the time to lay out three of the main criticisms of Chiarelli and thrown in counter-arguments. Truth be told, it seems silly to me that we even have to have this conversation but that that’s the way things go.

1. Chiarelli got lucky when the Bruins won the Cup

This one drives me crazy. It fits right in with the age-old theme that when things are going well, people praise the players, and when things are going poorly, people blame the GM. Did Tim Thomas stand on his head during that Cup run and play out of his mind for a month and a half? Absolutely. He was incredible. A performance for the generations. And who signed Thomas, despite the fact that he was 34 years old and we had a young superstar in Rask waiting in the wings? Peter Chiarelli. Continue reading In Defense of Chiarelli: Debunking 3 Myths about the Controversial GM »

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The Bruins recalled rookie forward David Pastrnak from the Providence Bruins of the AHL Tuesday morning. Pastrnak had spent the previous few weeks shining at the World Juniors Tournament for the Czech Republic. Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick for the Bruins in the 2014 draft, played in five games earlier this season for the Bruins registering one assist and 14 shots.

Boston has been mired in a season long offensive slump and shaky play from top line forward Milan Lucic as well as shaky healthy from top line center David Krejci have exasperated the Bruins problems. Putting Pastrnak on the top line with both Lucic and Krejci could provide an offensive shot in the arm for the black and gold. He leads Providence with 10 goals this season and had one of the best goals of the tournament for the Czech Republic to win an overtime game at the World Juniors.

Pastrnak is young and inexperienced but he makes up for that inexperience in raw offensive talent. When in training camp with the Bruins he looked like the best young player to debut since Tyler Seguin. He is fast, smart, and has a deadly accurate shot from anywhere on the ice. He has a knack for finding open holes in the defense and making plays happen. Surely he will have growing pains but Pastrnak is the best in house option for the Bruins and would provide an instant upgrade over the solid but less talented Seth Griffith.

One concern for the Bruins is that if Pastrnak plays ten games in the NHL this season he would become a free agent one year earlier than if he did not. However, at this point the Bruins should be thinking about what moves give them the best chance to be  a Stanley Cup Contender in 2015 and 2016. Bringing Pastrnak up and pairing him with elite offensive talent such as Krejci’s would do just that.

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After scoring just three goals in his first twenty seven games in the 2014-15 season, Loui Eriksson was beginning to feel the heat in Boston. Fans and media alike were clamoring for more production from the centerpiece of the Tyler Seguin trade all while comparing the two-way Swedish forward to the sharpshooting second overall pick. There have been rumors abound about Eriksson’s trade value both to Edmonton and St. Louis, with many feeling the “bust” needed a fresh start. A former 30 goal scorer in Dallas, Eriksson’s lack of production in Boston, especially this season, was mind boggling.

Eriksson has done his best to answer those questions over the past two weeks, scoring six goals in his last eight games including two goals against Nashville on Tuesday night. His defensive play has been solid all season and he is finally beginning to look like the offensive piece the Bruins thought they were getting from Dallas. Continue reading Loui Eriksson Finally Beginning to Score for Bruins »

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Bartkowski Hit (nbcsports.com)

In case you missed it, Matt Bartkowski laid a crushing hit on Buffalo’s Brian Gionta on Sunday night, earning him an ejection from the game. The NHL has reviewed the hit and will not pursue further punishment on Bartkowski. But was this the right move?

The NHL cited that this was not an intent to be malicious and the point of contact was shoulder to shoulder. Still, it was questionable. How would Bruins fans feel if this was Andrej Sekera laying a hit on David Krejci?

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