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BOSTON — The Boston Bruins re-signed two local players on Wednesday afternoon, inking forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year extensions, according to an official release from the team.

BOSTON – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 27, that the team has signed forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year contract extensions.

Coyle, a Weymouth native, signed a 6-year deal with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.25 million per season. That extension will carry him through the end of the 2025-2026 season with the black and gold.

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Wagner, a product of Walpole, Mass., will be under contract with the Bruins through the end of the 2022-2023 season after signing a 3-year extension with the team. His deal is worth an AAV of $1.35 million.

The Bruins acquired Coyle, 27, at the 2019 trade deadline from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for fellow local Ryan Donato. Since his acquisition, Coyle has amassed 20 regular-season points — 14 of which have come in 24 games this season.

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His nine goals in last year’s Stanley Cup Final run were tied for the team lead. Coyle was set to become an unrestricted free agent at year’s end, but will now receive a significant pay bump from his $3.2 million in salary this season.

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Wagner, 28, signed a two-year deal with the Bruins in July 2018 after spending four years with three different NHL teams. In his 99 games with Boston thus far, Wagner has 24 points (13-11–24) and led the team with 247 hits a season ago.

The forward’s current deal pays him $1.25 million this season, with his extension keeping him from hitting free agency at the end of the current 2019-2020 season.

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They would never admit it publicly, but the Bruins were feeling the stress of their five-game losing streak.

Veteran teams with championship cores don’t reveal when they’re losing their cool.

But coach Bruce Cassidy obviously felt he needed to take the heat off his team before they took on the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday.

It wasn’t a surprise that Cassidy gave his team off Friday in South Florida after their loss the night before in Tampa. But it was a mini shock that having not skated since that 3-2 defeat the Bruins still didn’t take the ice Saturday morning.

So the first time they skated after the final horn in Tampa was the opening shift in Sunrise. The Bruins had no excuses for not having their legs, and it showed. Right off the hop Boston’s top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak put the heat on in the Florida zone for one minute.

The Bruins landed 22 shots on Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in that first period – the most shots on net they accumulated in any period this season – and Jake DeBrusk even got one of those shots to go past Bobrovsky, helping Boston get to the intermission up 1-0.

They never let the Panthers catch them in a 4-2 win.

The respite Cassidy gifted his team coming off not just the Lightning loss, but a similarly difficult 3-2 loss at Washington the night before, wasn’t the only reason the Bruins returned home with two points out of a possible eight on the road trip instead of one or none.

Pastrnak scored twice, including a power-play goal that might get that unit back on track. Boston’s power play had been 1-for-21 in the past six games. The Bruins were 1-for-3 against Florida.

Charlie Coyle moved up to the right side of DeBrusk and David Krejci, and that trio played like a legit second line that Cassidy could trust at both ends of the ice. They protected the puck well, defended well, and what do you know, Cassidy kept that line together for the duration of the game.

With Sean Kuraly moved up into Coyle’s usual spot at center between Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen, Cassidy suddenly had three lines he could believe in, and he even gave the new fourth line of Chris Wagner centering Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes some run. When it was crunch time, Cassidy reunited Nordstrom and Wagner with Kuraly.

There was still room left for improvement. The Bruins hung on for dear life during stretches of the third period, Florida cut the lead from 3-0 to 3-2 and Bergeron’s line and Jaroslav Halak bailed them out. Pastrnak, the NHL’s leading scorer with 28 goals, needs to polish up his breakaway moves. He failed on his second penalty shot of the season, which is just as ugly as his 0-for-3 shootout record this season.

But considering how close the Bruins were to at least getting one point at Washington and Tampa, they didn’t need style points in Sunrise, just standings points. We still don’t know how Cassidy would respond to a six-game losing streak, but we know how he handled his first five-game slump as Bruins coach. His decision to give his players some extra free time was one of those subtle coaching decisions that pays off over the course of a season that’s at least seven months long, and the Bruins hope will be nine months long again.

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The Bruins announced this afternoon that they’ve placed defenseman Steven Kampfer on waivers, with the intent of assigning him to the Providence Bruins.

Because of his length of service in the league, Kampfer requires waivers to be assigned to the AHL. While it’s unlikely, there’s a chance a team looking for a body on the blueline grabs him.

Kampfer hasn’t played for the Bruins since the week of American Thanksgiving, and has only skated in 4 games all season.

Clearly he could use some ice time, and with John Moore returning and the team already using Connor Clifton as the healthy scratch, the Bruins don’t have a ton of ice time to offer at the NHL level right now.

Hopefully Kampfer sneaks through, as last year’s playoffs showed that he can fill in when called upon.

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Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle came home to a better place.

A hockey product of Weymouth High School and Boston University, Coyle came to the Bruins from Minnesota in a deadline trade for Ryan Donato on Feb. 20, 2019.

Coyle will go up against his former team for the second time when the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (14-3-5) host the Wild on Saturday night (7) at the TD Garden. The Wild are 9-11-2 and in last place in the Central Division.

“I’m happy where I’m at and this is where I want to be,” said Coyle following an intense, drill-oriented practice on Friday at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton.

“We have a great team and we have a great thing going, so yeah, I am definitely happy to be here.”

Donato was a finisher with great upside while Coyle was an established NHL veteran when Bruins general manager Don Sweeney pulled the trigger.

Coyle, who was a first-round draft pick (28th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played in 479 regular-season games with the Wild and accrued 91 goals and 151 assists. Coyle was not surprised that he was traded but pleasantly surprised he was coming to Boston.

“I was always in trade rumors and stuff and, as you get older, you learn to block it out and focus,” said Coyle. “I felt like I was doing my best job of that and not thinking about it and obviously that’s when it happened.”

Coyle adjusted to playing a variety of roles on multiple lines in the final 22 games last season, when he finished with four goals and seven assists. He enjoyed a more defined role in the postseason with nine goals and seven assists in 24 games.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy prefers Coyle in the middle of the third line between left wing Anders Bjork and right wing Danton Heinen.

But Coyle played some wing on the second line when center David Krejci replaced injured Patrice Bergeron on the first line. He has four goals and seven assists in 22 games this season.

“I’ve always moved around and injuries happen in games,” said Coyle. “I try to take pride in my versatility and be that guy that can do that and we have a few different guys who are able to fill roles like that which is great for our team.”

Krug going Wild
Defenseman Torey Krug, who missed the last five games with an upper-body injury, expects to be back on the second unit with Brandon Carlo against the Wild.

Krug is the Bruins best puck-moving defenseman and serves as rainmaker on the first power play unit with Bergeron, Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Krug has played in 17 games with two goals and 11 assists. Matt Grzelcyk did an exceptional job in Krug’s absence on the second unit and first power play.

“I felt good today and we’ll see how tomorrow goes,” said Krug.

Taking a break
After missing two games with a lower-body injury, Bergeron skated 18:16 minutes and notched an assist in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Bergeron was excused from practice for maintenance purposes but will play against the Wild.

Cassidy added that Par Lindholm suffered a cut that required 18 stitches in the first period against the Sabres and was excused from practice. He will be a game-time decision.

Brett Ritchie missed the Sabres game with an undisclosed ailment but practiced and should play. Defenseman John Moore (shoulder) is still two weeks away while Kevan Miller (knee) suffered a recent setback

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The Boston Bruins have a real dilemma on their hands when it comes to their blue-line, with Connor Clifton now requiring waivers to be shifted from the roster.
In playing his 60th game for the Boston Bruins, suddenly Connor Clifton becomes a lot harder to juggle between Providence and Boston, although that hasn’t exactly been a play of Bruins GM, Don Sweeney this year anyway.

There will however be a real asset management issue to deal with very shortly, with some juggling most definitely required if the Boston Bruins want to maintain the veteran defensive depth they have.

Should Kevan Miller and John Moore return to action soon, suddenly the Boston Bruins will have to find a way to fit Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Steven Kampfer, Moore and Miller onto the roster. That’s five guys into two spots, as there’s next to zero chance that Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo or Torey Krug get cycled into any rotation.

My gut feeling is that the former captain of the Quinnipiac University team is retained by the Bruins at any cost. If that means that the 24 year-old Connor Clifton is retained in the line-up over the veteran presence of Kevan Miller, so be it.

Connor Clifton, in his time with the Boston Bruins, has more than proven that he belongs in the NHL. His head coach has faith in him as you can by the ice-time he receives; he tallied 16:56 against the Montreal Canadiens last night.

What’s more; he has shown growing maturity and development as a National Hockey League player. Of the penalty minutes he’s taken in his young NHL regular season career, only 6 of the 21 have come this season; a vested improvement on the 15 minutes he took in less games last year.

Having missed just two games for the Bruins all season, it’d be hugely disappointing if Connor Clifton doesn’t remain with the team. Realistically, I don’t see any way you can try to sneak him through waivers; by allowing him his 60th game, Don Sweeney has essentially told the player he’s sticking with the big club.

The far wiser decision, albeit the one that will certainly irk people who believe all veteran players deserve respect and to be treated with the utmost class would be to send Kevan Miller, John Moore or Steven Kampfer through waivers when everyone is back from injury.

For a player that was an NHL long shot just over a year or so ago, Connor Clifton has proven he is no flash in the pan. He has firmly laid claim to a spot on at least the third pairing and is very much a part of the Boston Bruins blue-line these days.

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Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo aren’t a usual pair for the Boston Bruins. Here why they should be against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Boston Bruins play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night for their first matchup of the season. After weekend wins against the Rangers and Canadiens, the Bruins look to make it three-for-three against Original Six opponents.

The Blackhawks come to town with a few familiar faces, but they are far from the juggernaut to which we grew accustomed. This is especially the case when it comes to their depleted offense.

Through 27 games this year, Chicago only scored 74 goals. That’s 25th in the league.

Patrick Kane leads the way with 33 points, but there’s a big drop after him. Alex DeBrincat is second with 19 points, and Dylan Strome is next with 17.

Kane, DeBrincat, and Strome usually play on the same line, so the offense is top-heavy. If you can shut that line down, you can shut the Blackhawks down.

This makes the gameplan pretty straightforward for the Bruins. They can counter Chicago’s top line with Zdeno Chara and either Charlie McAvoy or Brandon Carlo.

McAvoy usually is Chara’s partner, but given Chicago’s team structure, Carlo looks to be the better option. He and Chara have the potential to a true shutdown pair.

This season, McAvoy’s CF is only 49.7%, while Carlo’s CF is 52.8%. And that’s with Torey Krug instead of Chara as his most-frequent partner. Carlo’s combination of size and skating makes him a beast defensively, at even strength and on the penalty kill.

Carlo and Chara together can take up a ton of space on the ice, and they can matchup against virtually and line. So, when the Bruins face a team that relies so much on one line, Carlo and Chara can truly make the difference.

At the same time, if Carlo plays with Chara, McAvoy has the chance to lineup with either Krug or Matt Grzelcyk. We already described before why McAvoy and Grzelcyk make a great pair. The same holds true with McAvoy and Krug.

Right away, most assume that McAvoy and Krug will be a nightmare defensively. That’s not really the case. McAvoy’s more than capable on the defensive side of things, while Krug too is reliable. They may not be overly big or physical, but they won’t make a ton of mistakes.

Instead, they can use their speed and offensive skills to push the pace. Krug and McAvoy both can retrieve the puck in the defensive zone and lead a breakout. They can share responsibility in this role, something they cannot do now with Chara and Carlo.

With the last change on home ice, Cassidy can also make sure Krug and McAvoy (or Grzelcyk and McAvoy) get offensive zone starts. This can help them generate scoring opportunities off faceoffs.

Rolling with Chara and Carlo and then Krug and McAvoy gives the Bruins a better chance against a team like the Blackhawks. The Bruins are fortunate to have great versatility on the backend, so Cassidy must take advantage.

The Blackhawks won’t have this kind of luxury on Thursday night. Their defense group isn’t great to begin with, but now they’ll play without Duncan Keith. He leads the Blackhawks in ice time, and he always take the toughest matchups.

Keith’s absence means that Chicago will have to counter the Bruins with a weakened defense. That usually spells bad news.

We don’t need stats to tell us that the Bruins offense is good. Really good. Boston is second in the league with 101 goals scored. Three players average a point per game. Patrice Bergeron won’t be in the lineup against Chicago, but David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will be there.

Another player, David Krejci, has 21 points in 22 games, and there are six more players with double-digit point totals.

While the Bruins look to have an answer for Chicago’s top forwards, the Blackhawks probably have no answers for Boston’s. All these will make a big difference Thursday night in Boston.

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Y’know the sick part about this game is that for a good portion of it, the Boston Bruins ended up looking pretty good, as after a dust-up between Zdeno Chara and Pat Maroon, and Brad Marchand getting a fantastic opportunity with Patrice Bergeron with the finish! 1-0 Bruins!

Patrice Bergeron opens the scoring for the @NHLBruins with his 10th goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/8Bkn3SdHYL

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 13, 2019
Oh if only the rest of the game could’ve been this good…

2nd Period:
The Bruins took a penalty to abdicate the lead of this game for the rest of eternity. Steven Stamkos was left undefended.

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN! ⚡

Steven Stamkos gets a one-timer to tie the game in the 2nd!

Watch @TBLightning action on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/vLSiEPv7Py#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/5DQx179zLA

— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) December 13, 2019
Unrelenting sadness ensued. 1-1.

Thankfully, the Bruins shut things down, with Rask making a bunch of absolutely phenomenal saves to keep things tight.

The period of unrelenting pain:
Another penalty, another good save by Rask…

Another @TBLightning power play, another ⚡ goal!

Brayden Point scores on a no-look pass from Nikita Kucherov and the Bolts take a 2-1 lead over the Bruins!

Don’t miss the 3rd-period action on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/vLSiEPv7Py#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/1APurZTdqd

— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) December 13, 2019
But not enough saves to matter. 2-1 Bolts.

Things didn’t improve, as a turnover in their own end had the Bruins all bunched up high, then Steven Stamkos got another chance to shoot effectively undefended.

Step 1: Get puck ✔️

Step 2: Put in back of net ✔️

Steven Stamkos gets his 2nd goal of the night!

Keep watching @TBLightning action on FOX Sports Sun and FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/vLSiEPv7Py#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/l82nOOJm5R

— FOX Sports Florida & Sun (@FOXSportsFL) December 13, 2019
I N F I N I T E S A D N E S S. 3-1 Bolts.

Thankfully, the Bruins would attempt to mount a comeback, as a net-scramble resulted in chaos in front of Vasilevskiy, and John Moore cleaned up for a nifty goal nobody saw coming! 3-2 Bolts.

GOAL!

John Moore brings the Bruins to within one! #NHLBruins 2#Lightning 3 pic.twitter.com/X0N1d0JxmZ

— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) December 13, 2019
That looked all the world like Anders Bjork scored it, but Moore got his stick in there. Hockey’s funny like that.

Regretfully…that’d be the end of the scoring. And Boston would drop their 5th game in a row.

Game Notes:
Tuukka Rask finished with a .903 SV%. He tried his damnedest to keep his team in this. They did not reciprocate. It will not get better with Halak, as you saw last game.
Your TOI leaders was far and away Charlie McAvoy, who played almost 28 minutes tonight.
Anders Bjork and Danton Heinen have gone 8 games without a goal. Brett Ritchie last scored back in October. The middle six depth once again has something deeply wrong with them, or they’re all mercilessly unlucky. The Fancystats that track luck say that isn’t the case, so it would behoove them to start acting like their jobs are on the line, because they all very well could be for the rest of the calendar year.
The Depth in general seriously has to step up. Boston looked quite Edmontonian in their ineptitude whenever the Bergeron line was off the ice. Say what you will of the individual players on it, at least they were able to mount possession time of some kind. Serious change needs to be considered before 2020 rolls around.
This team got torn to shreds possession-wise. Something’s gotta change there or things for the second half of the year could get really gross.
The great thing about the NHL in general is that you can play like ass for 60 minutes and if you score during any one of them you can be ultimately forgiven for most of it. Regretfully, John Moore’s goal in the third period does not entirely absolve him of the rest of his game, which indirectly resulted in Boston losing their lead for good.
Of course, the killer right now is special teams. Boston’s power play has gone stagnant, and tonight the PK was just not going to do it against one of the most lethal teams on the man-advantage in the league. You cannot get that many opportunities and do nothing with it. And that was what killed the B’s tonight.
Next game’s against Florida on Saturday.

We’ll see if the B’s show up for that one.

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Take a quick glance at the NHL standings and it is easy to conclude that the Edmonton Oilers have put themselves in a pretty good position.

They are just two points out of first place in the Pacific Division, and after a disastrous meltdown in 2018-19 it would seem first-year coach Dave Tippett and new general manager Ken Holland have made some significant strides this year. But the current standings are only a history of what has already happened. They tell us nothing about what will happen — or is likely to happen — in the future.

When you dig a little deeper than just the win-loss record it becomes really hard to be optimistic about the direction this season could take. And before you argue that the record is all that matters and the team is playing better, keep in mind they are only one point better after 34 games than they were a year ago (40 points this year vs. 39 points a year ago).

All of the same flaws that have plagued the Oilers still exist today, and without some sort of a major change they could be headed toward the same fate as last year’s team.

It’s Still McDavid and Draisaitl or bust offensively
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are two of the best offensive players in the league, and when they are on the ice together they are the best duo the league has seen in decades. But the second the Oilers take them off the ice the team’s lack of depth is exposed and they are unable to compete. It’s been a problem for two years and is somehow even worse this season.

Just consider…

When one of McDavid or Draisaitl is on the ice during 5-on-5 play the Oilers have a plus-5 goal differential. Not great, but at least on the positive side. At this time a year ago it was plus-11.
When both of them are on the ice their goal differential is a plus-6. At this time a year ago it was plus-10.
When neither is on the ice their goal differential is minus-17. At this time a year ago it was only minus-7.
When neither player is on the ice the Oilers are averaging just 1.46 goals per 60 minutes. That is a drop from the same point a year ago when they were averaging 1.65 goals. Last year’s number was awful. This year’s is worse.
They attempted to address the scoring depth issue by adding James Neal from Calgary. While he has been better than Milan Lucic offensively, he has cooled off considerably after a white-hot start that seemed to be the beginning of a bounce-back year.

He has just six goals in his past 26 games, while almost all of his production this year has been power play dependent (when he is with McDavid and/or Draisaitl). During 5-on-5 play his overall play has become a hot mess. Once you get beyond McDavid, Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins there is not another forward on the roster that is capable of driving a line on their own.

They still can not stop anybody
When it comes to goals against the Oilers have shown marginal improvement this season. Probably not enough to matter (still 18th in goals against per game), and it’s not the type of improvement they should be relying on to continue because it is entirely dependent on goaltending.

Almost all of that improvement is the result of Mikko Koskinen playing better than expected over the first month of the season in net and masking the team’s many defensive flaws.

When it comes to shot attempts against, scoring chances against, and their ability to control the puck the Oilers remain one of the league’s worst teams. They are still lacking impact players on the blue line, and if their goaltending is not flawless (and it often isn’t) they do not have much of a chance to win.

Mike Smith is in the middle of his second straight sub-par season, while Koskinen has already started to show some signs of regression over his past few starts. If the goaltending doesn’t hold up things could quickly derail.

It’s all starting to catch up them already

The lack of forward depth. The lack of a true No. 1 (or even No. 2) NHL defenseman. The mediocre goaltending.

All of it.

Since starting the season by winning seven of their first eight games, the Oilers have gone 11-11-4 in the 26 games that have followed, including a 2-5-1 mark in their most recent seven-game stretch. While they remain in second place in the Pacific, they are still only four points ahead of the first non-playoff team (a Vancouver team that has two games in hand). On top of that, their upcoming schedule doesn’t get any easier as the next seven games are against Toronto, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. If they can not successfully navigate through that stretch it is going to leave them in a tough spot where they might be in danger of wasting another fast start to the season.

What that change might be is hard to determine. It’s still a matter of talent and not having enough of it. There is only so much a coach can do with no forward depth and no top defenders. And there is only so much a GM can do to make changes when there are so few assets to trade.

In the end, it all goes back to the mess the previous front office left behind and is a reminder as to how much work Ken Holland still has to do in fixing it.

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1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

It’s hard to imagine there being all that many hot takes sizzling out there about MacKinnon not being able to dominate on his own, but if they existed, they’ve gone ice cold as the speedster continues to score with Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog on the shelf. (Among others.)

The Blackhawks had little hope of slow MacKinnon down – literally and figuratively – as he scored one goal and three assists, with two of those helpers being of the primary variety.

J.T. Compher had a strong game as well with a goal and two assists, while Pavel Francouz made 34 out of 36 saves.

2. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

The Predators have an elite defense, but at times, that label is more about how much they can drive offense (and serve as a net-positive) more than it is about always locking teams down, at least now that we’re firmly in the Peter Laviolette era.

With that in mind, Rinne, in particular, has been crucial to Nashville’s success. So, when he struggles (18 goals allowed in his last four games heading into Friday, with only one full game during that time), it’s a Rinne-sized worry.

Maybe Friday can serve as a confidence-booster? He made 31 saves to shut out a tough Hurricanes team, hitting some significant milestones in the process. Consider these some early factoids: Rinne became the 22nd goalie to reach 350 career wins, and this marked his 58th shutout, tying him for 19th in NHL history.

3. Gustav Nyquist, Columbus Blue Jackets

For all the CBJ lost during the offseason, they made a reasonable pickup by adding Nyquist’s skill and smarts to their mix.

After a respectable-but-unspectacular October, Nyquist scored 12 of his 18 points during 13 November games. Friday was the highlight, as Nyquist generated a hat trick as the Blue Jackets beat the Penguins. Considering how much John Tortorella seems to dislike the Pens, that’s a triply delicious accomplishment.

The only thing that keeps Nyquist from advancing up this list is that one of his three goals was an empty-netter.

Highlights of the Night

David Pastrnak‘s fantastic overtime setup can be seen in the overall highlights of the Bruins’ OT win against the Rangers:

To spread the wealth a little bit, enjoy Brenden Dillon setting up Noah Gregor for one heck of a first NHL goal. This is like a … well, luckier version of Erik Karlsson‘s memorable setup for Mike Hoffman from a few years back.

Factoids

NHL PR notes that Henrik Lundqvist is the only goalie with more shutouts (63) than Pekka Rinne (58) since Rinne came into the league in 2005-06.
David Pastrnak scored 12+ goals for the second consecutive month. Via NHL PR: only three other players have managed that during the first two months of a season: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Mike Bossy.
Maybe don’t sit on a lead against the Capitals? Washington already has five wins in games where they trailed by multiple goals in 2019-20, the most of any team, according to NHL PR. Alex Ovechkin scored his 255th career power-play goal, tying Teemu Selanne for third-most in NHL history. Brett Hull is second all-time with 265 PPG, while Dave Andreychuk has the record with 274. Feels like a healthy Ovechkin could blow those totals out of the water, right?
Sportsnet stats with another interesting Ovechkin nugget:
#ALLCAPS Alex Ovechkin is 2nd on this list for youngest players to reach the 675-goal plateau.

Will he catch Wayne Gretzky as the NHL’s all-time goal scorer? pic.twitter.com/1VvJfZootD

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It’s been exactly six years since Boston had Stanley Cup Final fever. It’s been 49 years since the Bruins swept the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final to win the then fourth Cup in their franchise history.
Beginning next Monday, two teams will knuckle down and compete for the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins will aim for their seventh elusive trophy and the St. Louis Blues for their first ever.

The very first time the Boston Bruins made it to the playoffs, in 1927 they also made the Stanley Cup Final. However, the Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators. That time, 92 years ago, the Stanley Cup Final was played up to two wins regardless of the ties. The Senators won two games and two games ended up in a tie. The Sens hoisted the Stanley Cup in Ottawa on April 13 that year.

90 years back in 1929, the Boston Bruins won their first ever Stanley Cup against the New York Rangers in the old Madison Square Garden, with Bill Carson scoring late in the third period to win the Stanley Cup for Boston. Well, that’s not the last time when the Bruins lifted the Stanley Cup in New York, surely a beloved city for all Boston Bruins’ fans.

The following year, the Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final again, this time to meet the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup back in Montreal. The Bruins had to wait until 1939 to get to the Stanley Cup Final again.

The Bruins met the Toronto Maple Leafs in a then new final series system, where the team has to win four games in a best-of-seven series. The Bruins won in five games, clinching at home in the old Boston Garden. It was Roy Conacher with the Cup-winning tally in that Game 5.

Just two years later, the Bruins returned to the Stanley Cup Final after they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, back then, the semi-final of the playoffs. In that Stanley Cup Final in 1941, the Bruins swept the Detroit Red Wings with Bobby Hauer scored a Cup-winning goal in Detroit in Game 4 on April 12.

Two years later in 1943, the Red Wings got their revenge as they swept the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final and hoisted the Cup at Boston Garden. In 1946, the B’s returned to the Stanley Cup Final, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens. again.

Not a pleasant fact for the Bruins for sure, but the Canadiens and the Bruins have met in the Stanley Cup Final seven times and the Habs have won all of those meetings.