BFR1 – Game 21 – Cranberry Sauce

By: Spencer Fascetta                                                     Twitter: @PuckNerdHockey

The Bruins push their win streak to 4 in a row, they go with a wonky lineup, Khudobin and DeBrusk are on fire, and I gained about 20 pounds just from Thanksgiving. These things and more in a very thankful edition of BFR!

Boston Bruins Rookies Playing Big Roles

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Photo Credit: Michael Dwyer (AP Photo)

By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

The Bruins have finally bought in on playing the young guys, mainly due to an unprecedented amount of injuries to their veteran players. Players like McAvoy, DeBrusk, and Bjork have been in the lineup since the first game, but the others have been thrown into the mix as regulars have been injured. They have definitely added to the energy and youth of the team, but have they come with their fair share rookie mistakes too.

Charlie McAvoy burst onto the scene for Bruins fans last spring when both Krug and Carlo were unable to play in the playoffs. In his first few games, McAvoy limited his mistakes and played very well for being thrown into the lineup of elite NHL players around him, on his team and the other team. He is leading the entire NHL rookies in time on ice (22:58 avg) and leading by an extra 3 minutes compared to the second place player (Keller, 19:44). This is also the second highest rookie TOI since the 2010-2011 season. Jonas Brodin has the highest since ’10-’11  with 23:12 in ’12-’13. McAvoy has shown his ability on the powerplay too. He is regularly out with large PP minutes and has contributed a lot to the physical part of the game. He is one of the better rookie defensemen in the NHL.

Anders Bjork was a big surprise for many people outside of the Bruins organization, but once you see his numbers at Notre Dame and how well he works with Bergeron/Marchand, there’s less of a shock. Bjork, when he is playing on his usual line with 37/63, excels because of speed and the chances he creates. He leads all Bruins rookies in points (9) and is tied for highest goals (3). He hasn’t been able to reach his full potential yet with injuries to both Bergeron and Marchand, along with the majority of the lineup. I believe that when the B’s get healthy, Bjork will start to make more of an impact.

Sean Kuraly is one of my favourite players in the lineup. He brings that old Bruins style of play. Real gritty. Dump and chase. Tire them out through physical play. Kuraly has the most hits as a forward with 29 so far in 16 games played. He also leads the Bruins rookies in shots and tied for most game-winning goals. He seems to have a bright solid 3rd/4th line center kind of future.

The Bruins have a multitude of rookies playing in their lineup on a nightly basis, and this is both a good thing and a bad thing. There will be a learning period. The adjustment from the AHL to the NHL is a big one, and some players need more time than others. Most of the rookies now are almost over that hump, but they still need time. Not everyone can make the jump like Bergeron did all those years ago in 2003.

 

Sources:

NHL.com, TSN.com, Hockeydb.com, Twitter.com

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Bear Sightings #2:  Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres (10-21-17)

(**NOTE**:  All images were screencapped by me;  the footage is owned by NESN & the NHL)

By:  Karen Still           Follow Me @bluinsfan2017

Welcome back to Bear Sightings!  In this edition, we share some caps from the Bruins’ game vs the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  If you would like a more thorough recap of the game, please check out our colleague KG’s post here.  It’s a really good and enjoyable read!

On to the show!

Score:  Bruins 4 — Sabres 5 (OT)

There was another pregame moment of silence to honour Mr Roger Napolitano, a lifelong Bruins fan and WWII veteran who had passed away October 13, 2017 (the article I found above is fascinating–what a wonderful man!)

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The Bruins began the game as if they were picking up where they had left off with the Canucks:  full steam ahead.  Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak got 2 goals each for the boys in the B, in what seems to be turning into a friendly competition for the team’s #1 in goals, both tallying numbers 5 and 6 respectively:

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That’s where all the fun ended.  For some reason our boys collapsed in the 3rd period, allowing for the Sabres to rally and tie it in the closing minutes.  They would go on to win it in OT on what could have been goalie interference but ruled otherwise.

That was pretty depressing, wasn’t it?

BUT despite that, there were a few bright spots:

Defenseman Paul Postma finally made his Bruins’ debut given the injuries to Miller and McQuaid.  He seemed pretty steady and definitely eager to make the most of this opportunity from my eye test.

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Sean Kuraly had this nifty breakaway which almost resulted in a goal.

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And Jack Edwards gave us this interesting insight into Patrice Bergeron’s further forging of his place in Bruins’ history.

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Now for this game’s Token Ugly, I give you…

The Buffalo Sabres bench!

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They’re a pretty boring looking bunch yes?  Not only that, but what exactly are they all staring at anyway?

Miscellaneous Bear Sightings!

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Thank you for joining me! See you next time and Go Bruins!

Bruins Kuraly Proves He Belongs In The NHL

( Above Photo Credit:  NHL .com )

By Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

For the past few seasons, Boston Bruins fans have heard this team’s coaching staff and upper management members say the best players are going to play and a perfect example of that came in last night’s game five double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators. Before last night’s contest from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy made a bold move to subtract forward Ryan Spooner and insert rookie Sean Kuraly. Although Spooner played in all four games in this series prior to last night, he’s shown signs of struggle particularly on the man advantage where he’s relied on heavily contributing 18 power-play points in the regular season but only has two assists, two shots on goal while decreasing minutes in his first four career playoff games.

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The 24-year-old Kuraly appeared in his first eight National Hockey League games before this postseason notching one assist bouncing from the third to fourth line but his time in the American Hockey League was the catalyst for his call up while injuries on the Bruins roster during this first-round also played a key role. In his first year of pro hockey with the Providence Bruins the Dublin, Ohio native had 14-12-26 numbers with the Bruins top-minor Pro Affiliate, but his numbers weren’t the reason for the call-up, but his physical style of play was a factor in a series with the natural matchup between these two Atlantic Division foes.


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Obviously, his role changed in this game with the lower-body injury to center David Krejci who left the in the closing minutes of the first period with him moving up to the Second line after the Senators Chris Wideman “no-call.” knee on knee hit to the veteran forward who’s struggle to stay healthy for a better part of this best-of-seven game series. His placement as a top six forward would go down in the history books as on of coach Cassidy’s best moves as he continues to be the bench boss under the “intern” label.

The Bruins didn’t have the best start to the game as the Senators went up 1-0 after the Bruins neglected to cover forward Mark Stone who received some sweet sauce skating in all alone deking Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period. Yet again, the B’s failed to cover defensively in the second period as the Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau skated in unmolested to find space between Rask’s pads for the five hole tally and a 2-0 lead.

The 8:40 Mark Of The Second Period

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Midway through the second period forward David Pastrnak got the Bruins closer with a sweet goal from a wrap around effort from forward Brad Marchand and seemed the B’s were more involved in the game while exposing a Sens defense that’s been so frustrating to play against this series. The tempo definitely changed as the ice tilted in the Bruins favor but the heroics would come from the former Captain of the University of Miami (Ohio) player in his first year of hockey at this level, and the rest is sweet history as the Bruins stay alive in the series after being down 3-1.

The 17:05 Mark Of The Second Period

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After no third period goals or 20 minutes of the first overtime, the tension in Bruins Nation could be felt worldwide as both teams enter the second overtime where an unlikely hero would continue the belief in this organization playoff effort that hasn’t been seen in the previous two seasons. Yes, Sean Kuraly came through once again…….

The 10:19 Mark Of The Double overtime

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Game six will be tomorrow from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts at 3 pm EST. and can be seen on NBC Sports, TVAS, and SportsNet. You can listen to the game action on 98.5 The Sports Hub.


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Bruins Prospect Kuraly Recalled From AHL Providence

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By: Mark Allred  ( @BlackAndGold277 )

Per theahl.com transactions, The Boston Bruins have recalled Center Sean Kuraly from their AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins. The 23-year-old Dublin, Ohio native joined the B’s earlier today and was at the morning skate according to the official Bruins Twitter account below.

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Looks like Patrice Bergeron is sitting out for tonight’s road game against the Florida Panthers at 7 pm.

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Sean Kuraly Stats Provided In This Link: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=49938

The 6′-2″ 205-pound center has played eight career games in the AHL (all with Providence) and has contributed one assist in his time with the Bruins top minor-pro affiliate. Kuraly is a Miami University Graduate that came to the Bruins organization via a trade with the San Jose Sharks that had goaltender Martin Jones going the other way.

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