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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Bruins ended their four-game trip on a positive note.

David Pastrnak scored two goals and the Bruins snapped a five-game winless streak, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night.

“It looks like we’re getting back to more Boston Bruins style of hockey the last three games,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Only one win to show for it, but if you play that way this week at home, I see good things for us, especially if all four lines are able to contribute.”

David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Torey Krug had two assists. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots.

The Bruins return to home ice for their next four games.

“It hasn’t been what we wanted here on this road trip,” DeBrusk said. “Now, we’re going home not necessarily happy with how the road trip went, but you kind of go as your last game goes. Coming back home feeling good about ourselves is always a good thing.”

Keith Yandle and Mark Pysyk scored for the Panthers, who lost their third straight. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves, including 21 in the first period.

“They came out hard. You could feel it in the first period when they got so many shots,” Bobrovsky said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter who’s desperate, who’s not. It’s a hockey game. Unfortunately, we lose two points again.”

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov had to be helped off the ice by teammates late in the third period with an apparent leg injury after being forced into the boards by Boston’s Charlie McAvoy.

“He should be fine,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said.

Pysyk closed the score to 3-1 when he poked in a loose puck from in front at 2:46 of the third.

The Panthers trimmed the lead to 3-2 when Yandle shot from the point and the puck went over Halak’s glove and into the net with 10:47 left in the game.

Quenneville took little solace on the third-period comeback.

“We scored early and got a little excitement off that,” Quenneville said. “Then we got a second one and all of a sudden you’ve got plenty of time. We got a couple decent looks, but not enough. You can’t think that was good enough and accept it. That was tough to watch for the majority of the game.”

Pastrnak’s second goal was an empty-netter with 2:10 left.

The Bruins went ahead 2-0 on Krejci’s shot from the high slot that was initially blocked but trickled under Bobrovsky’s pads at 3:14 of the second.

Pastrnak’s power-play goal stretched Boston’s lead to 3-0. Brad Marchand passed from the left circle to Pastrnak on the right side of the crease for an easy tap-in at 7:30 of the second. Pastrnak has scored seven goals over the last 11 games.

Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot at 13:31 of the third when Aaron Ekblad was called for hooking, but his attempt was blocked by Bobrovsky.

DeBrusk gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after he got a loose puck in the slot and fired it over Bobrovsky at 14:41 of the first.

NOTES: Marchand leads the Bruins with 49 points — 18 goals and 31 assists. … Bruins F Brett Ritchie was scratched. … Panthers C Dominic Toninato was a healthy scratch. … In the teams’ last meeting, Nov. 12 at Boston, the Panthers recorded the first four-goal comeback in franchise history, with all four goals coming in the third period.


Bruins: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Panthers: Host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

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For the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, John Moore will have a uniform waiting in his stall, as the 29-year-old will make his season debut after missing the first 28 games of the year due to offseason shoulder surgery.

“When you sit and watch almost 30 games, you understand and you’re reminded what a privilege it is not only to play in the NHL, but to play for such a great franchise,” Moore told the official team website. Moore, who totaled four goals and 13 points in 61 games with the B’s last year, also noted that he was “very fired up” for this contest.

The feeling is mutual throughout the room, too, with every Boston skater noting how excited they were to see Moore back in action after what’s been a difficult rehab process, and with Moore’s return making the Bruins that much closer to finally operating at 100 percent for the year.

And with Moore back, Connor Clifton will move to the press box as the team’s healthy scratch, joining No. 8 defenseman Steven Kampfer. Moore’s activation will also see his partner, Matt Grzelcyk, move from the left to the right on Boston’s third pairing.

“I think they’re both better on the left, [but] I think last year Grzelcyk played more on the right, more comfortable there,” said Cassidy. “I’ve actually discussed it with both of them because I don’t have a strong opinion either way.”

Tuukka Rask will get the start in net for the Bruins. Rask is a perfect 6-0-0 with a .943 save percentage over his last six starts, and is coming off a 28-of-29 performance against the Canadiens this past Sunday night.

The Bruins as a team, meanwhile, come into play riding an eight-game winning streak, and have captured points in all 16 of their home games to date this season by way of a 12-0-4 record.

It’s a much different story for the visiting Blackhawks, however, as they come to town with losses in six of their last seven contests, and have been outscored 26-13 over that stretch.

Here are the complete lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand – Charlie Coyle – Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – David Pastrnak

Anders Bjork – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner

Joakim Nordstrom – Par Lindholm – David Backes

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

John Moore – Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

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After seven straight games on the shelf, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will find himself back atop the B’s depth chart and between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak for Monday’s road meeting against the Senators.

“It will really help [Brad Marchand] and [David Pastrnak],” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, who has experienced some quieter nights from his top two wingers in recent games, said of Bergeron’s return to the lineup. “They’re a good line and they function well as a threesome, so take any one of those three guys out and I think it hurts their performance.”

???? Patrice Bergeron on returning to the lineup tonight: “We took this extra time right now to make sure I wouldn’t have to go through [sitting out] and feel good for hopefully the remainder of the season.” — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 9, 2019
Bergeron appeared in two games prior to this most recent seven-game absence, and recorded five assists and won 24 of 40 faceoffs. Bergeron’s production over that two-game stretch upon his initial return would indicate the team erring on the side of caution given their long-term goals after what was an obviously short summer, and with consideration for Bergeron’s chronic lower-body ailments.

“Obviously, you don’t want to miss [practice] time, but you hate to miss games,” Bergeron admitted. “If it needs to take a couple practices here and there and not miss games, obviously that’s what I’ll do. We took this extra time right now to make sure I wouldn’t have to go through that and feel good for hopefully the remainder of the season.”

The 34-year-old Bergeron has eight goals and 24 points in 21 appearances this season, with the Bruins posting a 14-3-4 record with No. 37 in the lineup this year (32 of a possible 42 points).

Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start in the Boston crease.

Rask took an overtime loss behind a 27-of-31 performance against the Blackhawks last Thursday, but comes into this contest with nine straight wins and a .949 save percentage in his last nine starts against the Senators.

The Senators will counter with Anders Nilsson.

With Bergeron back, the Bruins are expected to sit David Backes, Par Lindholm, and Connor Clifton as their healthy scratches.

Here are complete expected lines and pairings for the Bruins…

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork – Charlie Coyle – Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom – Sean Kuraly – Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo

John Moore – Matt Grzelcyk

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On the back of a really rough result in Ottawa, the Boston Bruins will look to turn things around against the league leading Washington Capitals.
Luckily for the Boston Bruins, they’re not the only team coming off a 5-2 loss. The Capitals fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their most recent fixture to that exact same scoreline. Both teams go into the game ever so slightly wounded, no doubt seeking to set records straight.

Both sides welcomed back key players last game too; with the Capitals welcoming Niklas Backstrom back whilst the Bruins saw the returning Patrice Bergeron grab a goal in their losing effort against the Senators.

The biggest key to coming away from this fixture with the win will be for the Bruins to ensure they get their power-play going. While Boston sits at 28% for the season, the past week their power-play is operating at just 8.3% – that’s a significant gap to make up.

What is even more bothersome is the fact that, with the exception of Patrice Bergeron returning, likewise John Moore, not much has actually changed.

It leads you to think that maybe teams have sussed out the Bruins on the man-advantage. They’ll be hoping that isn’t the case against a Washington penalty-kill ranked among the top ten in the league.

In terms of players; the key pair that need to be kept quiet are the obvious one; Alex Ovechkin and the less obvious one; John Carlson who has broken out in a big way this season. He leads the league’s defensemen by a significant 13-point margin with his 43 points thus far this year.

With that said though, both David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand managed to add two points apiece against the Senators and continue at 1.45 and 1.48 points-per-game pace respectively. That is what the Capitals will be contending with.

In terms of injuries, the Boston Bruins finally seem to be getting over the hump in that regard, with Karson Kuhlman and Kevan Miller still not back but John Moore has now returned at least. It’ll be an intriguing decision for Bruce Cassidy with regards to giving Moore a rest and bringing back Connor Clifton or retaining the veteran in the line-up.

Given these two teams are one and two in the standings, we should be in for a classic. Neither is going to want to lose and both have some very clear offensive threats. The Bruins out-match the Caps on the power-play, so that’ll be the key to turning their recent form around and getting back to winning ways.

Courtesy of The Action Network, the Bruins are +110 on the Moneyline (best line). The Capitals comparatively are -120 at the time of writing.

56% of the bets placed thus far are leaning Boston’s way though with margins so tight, it’s fair to say those making the odds can’t pick a winner with any degree of certainty here.

Daily Faceoff projects Jaroslav Halak starting this one, with Braden Holtby his likely adversary in the opposition net.

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The puck drops at 7PM Eastern Time with both these teams looking to turn their fortunes around. Weird thing to say for the number one and number two team in the league, but recent results suggest it to be the case!

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Patrice Bergeron will miss the next two games with an injury. Fortunately for the Boston Bruins, David Krejci is there to fill that top line role.
All NHL teams deal with injuries, so we never want to use them as an excuse. That said, we’ve finally reached the point of craziness on the injury-front with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins seem to deal with a new injury every day. This time, it’s Patrice Bergeron who will miss another set of games. Bergeron missed time two weeks ago with a lower-body injury.

According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Bergeron won’t travel with the Bruins early on Tuesday, so he’ll miss the games against Montreal and Ottawa. To take Bergeron’s spot on the roster, the Bruins recalled Jack Studnicka from Providence.

We can’t expect Studnicka to fill in for Bergeron at this point, and the Bruins certainly don’t either. These are only his first couple NHL games, so no way he’ll be ready to play in the top six. Instead, somebody else needs to step up to the first-line center role.

Who can replace Bergeron on that top line? Enter David Krejci.

Krejci moved to the first line at Monday’s practice, and this means he’ll likely skate in this role Tuesday in Montreal and Wednesday in Ottawa.

#NHLBruins practice lines:

Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Coyle – Heinen
Bjork – Kuraly – Backes
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Clifton
Moore – Kampfer


— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 25, 2019

Krejci is the only center on the roster capable of that top line role. Studnicka, like we mentioned before, doesn’t have the experience, and Charlie Coyle lacks the offensive upside to make that line work.

Fortunately for the Bruins, Krejci will be up to the task. With him in the middle, don’t expect that top line to miss a beat.

Because of Bergeron’s presence in the lineup, people forget the level of talent Krejci brings to the table. He has incredible vision and playmaking skills, and when he’s on the ice, his linemates are always a threat to score.

Krejci had 73 points in 81 games last season without a reliable right wing. He did play the full year with Jake DeBrusk, but he’s not yet an elite scorer. Can you imagine if Krejci had high-scoring, consistent wingers?

As such, look for Krejci to light it up with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak at his wings. Pastrnak still leads the NHL in goals, while Marchand continues to prove night in and night out that he might be the best all-around wing in hockey.

Two weeks ago, when Bergeron missed a few games with injury, Krejci stepped in and certainly made that top line work. He functioned as the chief playmaker with three assists in two games. Marchand also had three assists, and Pastrnak had three goals.

Krejci then continued his pace when Bergeron returned to the lineup. In last Saturday’s win over Minnesota, Krejci scored two goals in the final two minutes to send the game to overtime.

Based on his current form, we know the top line will work with Krejci instead of Bergeron. Krejci and those two wings are simply too talented to not produce.

This is why Krejci continues to be so valuable to the Bruins. Fans often complain that he’s inconsistent, but how many teams have a second-line center who can produce like Krejci?

Because Krejci’s in the lineup, the Bruins can take things slow with Bergeron and give him time to totally rest. Then, at the end of the year, Bergeron and Krejci can give Boston that one-two punch down the middle that other teams lack.

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Jake DeBrusk was a big piece to the offense for the Boston Bruins last year. He scored 27 goals in only his second year, so expectations were high in advance of year three.

Although most expected DeBrusk to flirt with the 30-goal mark, he started the season ice cold. He didn’t even record a point until his fifth game. Then, it took DeBrusk three more games to score his first goal.

A big reason for DeBrusk’s slow start was the absence of David Krejci. Without Krejci down the middle, DeBrusk and his linemates struggled to generate chances.

Then, DeBrusk picked up an injury of his own. He missed five games for the Bruins before he returned against New Jersey on November 19. That game marks a turning point for DeBrusk’s season in more ways than one.

First, the game against New Jersey obviously represented DeBrusk’s return from injury. More importantly than that, it represented a significant shift in DeBrusk’s play.

He didn’t have a point against the Devils, but DeBrusk flew up and down the ice all night. He was physically engaged, and he looked like the guy we all saw last year. Based on DeBrusk’s play, it seemed like goals would come. That’s certainly been the case.

Since his return from injury, DeBrusk has two goals and three assists in six games. All these points, in fact, came in the past four games. These are modest numbers, but this pace is definitely better than it was before the injury.

That’s five points in three games for @kurals9.#NHLBruins

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 29, 2019

DeBrusk was especially good in the last game against the Rangers. He assisted on two of Boston’s three goals. His first assist came off an excellent individual effort when he circled around the zone and fired an easily-tippable shot on goal.

DeBrusk really turned his season around these past two games. Surprisingly, he’s done so without Krejci as his center.

Krejci jumped up to the top line in the absence of Patrice Bergeron. That left DeBrusk with some new centers, including Charlie Coyle most recently.

DeBrusk and Coyle form a strong duo. Coyle’s bigger and more physical than Krejci, and he plays a north-south game like DeBrusk. Coyle also forces DeBrusk to play with more pace, something that definitely works out.

With new linemates, DeBrusk improved his play for the Bruins at the right time. Bergeron’s out of the lineup, so Boston needs secondary scoring now more than ever. DeBrusk, Coyle, and company provide that.

DeBrusk remains an important part of Boston’s forward group now and in the future. He’s a restricted free agent after this season, so DeBrusk needs to show Boston why he’s worth a long-term commitment. If he continues to play like he has since the injury, the Bruins will have no choice but to extend him.

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The 2010s saw the Boston Bruins bring home their first Stanley Cup in nearly 40 years, but there were also many other playoff moments that helped define team history.
If you’re a Boston Bruins fan this decade has been relatively good for you. Aside from a few mediocre years in the middle, the B’s have been competitive Cup contenders multiple times. And while they did lose a pair of titles, they had as much success throughout the decade as nearly any team but the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The decade began and ended with heartbreak in the final game, but there was plenty to enjoy in between. 2011 was a dream. 2013 was a showcase of resiliency and 2019 was a ride to remember.

As Boston Bruins fans, we were privileged to witness three Winter Classics, two of which had terrific endings. We were able to see some of the game’s best players, Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla, here for a brief time. By the end of the decade, there were plenty of moments that stood out, but the playoff runs were what we should all cherish.

Here are the five best Boston Bruins playoff moments of the decade.

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NBCSN’s coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season continues with the Wednesday Night Hockey matchup between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

The current pace. With 11 goals and 43 total points through the Capitals’ first 32 games Carlson is currently on an 82-game pace that would give him 27 goals and 109 total points. It would be asking a lot and probably setting an unreachable bar to expect him to maintain this pace, but let’s just pretend he can for a second just for laughs.

This is how rare such an offensive performance would be.

There have only been 14 100-point seasons for defensemen in NHL history, while only five different players have done it (Bobby Orr six times, Paul Coffey five times, Denis Potvin, Al MacInnis, and Brian Leetch once each).
It has not been done since Leetch did it for the New York Rangers during the 1991-92 season.
Carlson would need 57 points in 50 games to reach that mark.
No defenseman has topped 90 points since Ray Bourque during the 1993-94 season. Carlson could get there with 47 points in 50 games, which is similar to the per-game pace he scored at the previous two seasons.
Only three defensemen have topped 80 points since 1995-96 (Nicklas Lidstrom in 2005-06, Erik Karlsson in 2015-16, Brent Burns in 2018-19).
No stat padding going on here. His 43 points entering Wednesday are 13 more than any other defenseman in the league (Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton is closest), and while he no doubt gets a boost by being a part of the Capitals’ power play unit alongside Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and T.J. Oshie, it is not just the power play that is driving his production.

His 30 even-strength points are 10 more than the next closest defender (Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber is the closest with 20 points at even-strength).

He also leads all defenseman with 20 first assists, which are eight more than any other defender in the league.

Thirty-one of his 43 points are primary points (meaning he either scored the goal, or had the first assist on a goal scored by someone else). No other defenseman in the league has more than 22 primary points (Hamilton has 22). Only 12 of his 43 points have come by way of a “secondary” assist.

Driving the offense. Carlson has had a hand (scoring or assisting) in 37 percent of the Capitals’ goals this season. Hamilton is the only other defenseman in the league that has contributed to more than 30 percent of their their team’s goals (Hamilton is just over 30 percent).

Dominant three-year stretch offensively. Here is where Carlson has ranked among the NHL’s defenseman since the start of the 2017-18 season.

Goals: second (39)
Assists: first (142)
Total points: first (181)
Shots on goal: fourth (514)
Even-strength goals: second (30)
Game-winning goals: first (9)
He was mostly a top-20 defenseman in all of those categories in the three years prior to that, and throughout most of his career. This current level of production, where he is in the top-two in almost everything, is a recent development for him over the past three years.

Is there a flaw? With numbers like this offensively it would seem to make Carlson a lock to at least be a finalist for the Norris Trophy, but if there is one thing that might hold him back it’s that his defensive metrics in terms of shot attempts, scoring chances, and goals against are all only middle of the pack or worse (via Natural Stat Trick). Meaning that for as much as he is giving the Capitals offensively, other teams are getting a lot for themselves as well. Right now it is still working out in the Capitals’ favor as they are getting significantly more with Carlson on the ice. His dominance this season is almost entirely offensively driven.

Multi-point games. Carlson already has 13 multi-point games this season, six more than any other defender in the league. Only nine defensemen topped that number during the entire 2018-19 season. That includes six three-point games. No other defenseman in the league has more than three. Only two defensemen had six three-point games a year ago (Mark Giordano had eight; Brent Burns had six) for the entire season. The Capitals are 5-1-0 in his three-point games this season. Since the start of the 2015-16 season NHL teams are 358-38-0 when a defenseman has at least three points in a game. That is a 90 percent winning percentage.

Kathryn Tappen will host Wednesday’s coverage on NHL Live alongside analysts Patrick Sharp and Keith Jones and NHL insider Darren Dreger. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher will call Bruins-Capitals from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

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Alright folks, we’ve reached the second Monday in September. Is everyone hanging in there? Did you enjoy your weekend?

Today, we’ve got a really weird 9:30 AM hockey game, as the Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils in the Prospects Challenge tournament. I think there will be a stream somewhere for this one, so if you find it, feel free to share.

UPDATE (8:56 AM) – It like like the Devils are streaming this one on YouTube. Watch here.

Today’s Peter Cehlarik Fact
Peter Cehlarik was born on August 2, 1995. Only one other player in Bruins history was born on August 2: Leo Boivin (born in 1932), a Hall-of-Fame defenseman who spent 12 seasons in Boston. Boivin played 751 games with the Bruins.

Cehlarik also shares a birthday with a couple other notable hockey names: Tony Amonte (1970) and Evander Kane (1991).

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HASTINGS — Often times the history of a place or time belongs only to those who remember, but Dave Barry and Stewart Richardson have solidified a place in time for the stories of the Trent Valley Hockey League. Barry and Richardson have written a book called “Ice and Thunder”, History of the TVL.
Barry and Richardson were both originally from the Hastings area and have deep roots in the community. They made a presentation to the Hastings Historical Society about the book on Wednesday November 6.
Barry had a long career in the oil and gas industry. Since retirement he has taken a much more active role in local history. He has published family histories and many articles in the Trent Valley Archives. Richardson is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Richardson launched his book Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins on Dit Clapper Day in 2012.
“The book is 180 pages, about 50,000 words and contains lots of photos. It is meant to be a coffee table book”, said Richardson. “the title, Ice and Thunder, is a derivative of; Dit Clapper was the guest speaker in 1948 when they opened the Marmora Arena and he was reminiscing to the crowd that the TVL was referred to as the Blood and Thunder League. We thought Ice and Thunder was a little better title.”
Bobby Hull wrote the forward to the book. Hull played one season in the TVHL on a line with his father and brother-in-law on the Point Anne team. He was only 13 years old at the time and had already signed to a contract with the Chicago Black Hawks. “When Robert Sr. was asked if he was not concerned for his son playing in this rough and tumble hockey league, he replied well they have to catch him first,” said Richardson in his remarks.
The TVL was comprised of about 30 communities from Fenlon Falls to Picton. Communities throughout the region had teams in the league at one time or another, including Tweed, Stirling, Brighton, Picton, Napanee, Hastings, Warkworth and Campbellford.
The book covers three eras of hockey. The early era from 1900 to 1916, the gala era from 1921-1940 and the golden era from 1945 to 1955. The breaks in the eras coincide with the world wars. At least one player from each era won a Stanley cup.
A quote from the back cover of the book sums it up best. “A forgotten time and place has now been rescued from the dustbin of hockey history and finally the story of the Trent Valley Hockey League has been told,” said Todd Denault, author of Jacques Plante – The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey.
The book is a great gift for any hockey player and a must read for anyone who remembers the TVHL. Copies are available in Hastings at The River’s Edge.