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from the CP at TSN,
TJ Brodie scored a fluke goal with two seconds left in the extra period as Calgary overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit to edge Boston 4-3 for its league-leading 10th victory when trailing after two periods.
"I don't know what to say anymore. Those guys never quit," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "We always have the feeling that we can pull out those comebacks."
From near the corner, Brodie sent the puck towards the front of the net where it deflected off the stick of Brad Marchand, fluttered high in the air and ended up behind Tuukka Rask.
"I knew there wasn't too much time left, I was just trying to get the puck to the net. It took about three or four bounces and luckily it went in," said Brodie.
Rask tracked the puck OK but couldn't squeeze it.
"I tried to bend myself and grab it and it hit my glove, hit the top of the net, bounced back," said Rask.
read on for more on the game...
Watch the T.J. Brodie goal below...
Earlier in the week, Insider Joe Haggerty suggested the B's could kickstart the teams future by trading captain Zdeno Chara.
Haggerty discussed the idea on Cross Check.
"I think this summer it's something they absolutely have to look at and they should do," said Haggerty. "He's signed on for three more years at a $7 million cap hit per season and you can still get some value for him. I think you've got to make that move now before you're watching him really deteriorate over the next couple years."
Mike Milbury agreed that the team needs to bring in some new blood, and no one on the roster should be safe from a trade.
more and below, watch Haggerty and Milbury discuss the options for the Bruins...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Bruins looked discombobulated, disorganized and fairly disenchanted with the whole “compete level” thing in a 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at TD Garden. It was their third loss in four games during the month of February, and a third defeat in four tries against opponents built on speed and skill that attacked the Bruins like a pack of hyenas taking down a big, old, slow, injured elephant in the jungle.
The Bruins now sit just four points ahead of the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference wild card standings. It appeared just a week ago they were leaving Florida in the dust, but that’s clearly not the case with Florida still holding a pair of games in hand against a Boston club freely giving up ground they worked extremely hard to gain last month.
It was enough to bring a truly negative vibe into the B’s dressing room on Tuesday night that some of the younger players certainly picked up on.
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from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
It’s something that has become nearly routine for the Bruins this season, and in recent years. They are once again last in the NHL in power-play chances, far behind the 29th-place team. The Bruins have had 122 chances this season. New Jersey, in second-to-last place, has had 147 entering Monday. Tampa Bay, in first place, has gone on the man advantage 196 times.
Sunday’s game marked the third time this season that the Bruins received no power-play opportunities; it also happened Nov. 4 against Florida and Dec. 2 at Montreal. It was the 28th time the Bruins had gotten two or fewer power plays in a game.
And it’s something that’s clearly frustrating them.
Asked about his team’s penalty kill after Sunday’s game, coach Claude Julien said, “That’s all we can talk about, right, is our PK, not our PP? They did a good job. Our PK did a good job.”
When the issue of not having any power-play chances was followed up on, Julien said, “It’s always nice to have a PP sometimes. Gives you momentum.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have 28 games remaining in the regular season. That’s still enough for things to go sideways.
Chances are likely, however, that the Bruins will remain among the top eight in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs. The ninth-place Panthers lost to the Predators in a shootout Saturday. The Panthers are 6 points behind the Bruins, a deficit that will be difficult to wipe out with just over two months remaining until the postseason begins.
Assuming the Bruins make the playoffs, they could face off against the second-place Canadiens in the first round. This would not be a good thing.
The Canadiens have the Bruins’ number. They swept the four-game season series Sunday at TD Garden with a 3-1 win.
Last year, they stopped the Bruins’ march toward the Stanley Cup. They could send them golfing yet again this spring.
“It can’t,” coach Claude Julien answered when asked if Montreal presented a mental block for his team. “We can’t allow it.”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“We weren't executing well enough to deny their speed,” admitted Patrice Bergeron. “We'd seen that wide side pass all game...it was kind of obvious.”
That sounds eerily like the laments of the Bruins from last spring when they knew exactly what the Canadiens were going to do and yet still fell to the Habs in the second round of the playoffs. It remains to be seen what the B’s can do to improve their overall speed among their defensemen group leading into a trade deadline that’s less than a month away, but the answer is likely “not much” outside of a course-changing deal for a D-man like Andrej Sekera or Keith Yandle.
It’s difficult to see the Bruins changing much about their DNA makeup when it comes to their defensemen given how heavily they rely on defensive size and strength around the front of the net. But it’s also difficult to avoid seeing that as part of their ultimate downfall this season in a year where they certainly look like a playoff team, but don’t really have the look of a dangerous playoff team in losses that expose their weakness like the Wednesday night rivalry game at Madison Square Garden.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Boston Bruins: Slowly but surely, the Bruins are beginning to look like the team we're used to and the one opponents expect to see come spring. Winners in eight of their past 10 games, the Bruins have won two straight and they hold onto one of two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference. A big part of their resurgence comes as a result of goaltender Tuukka Rask’s improved play. Rask had a stellar month of January and most recently turned away 30 of 31 shots faced in the team’s 3-1 win against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Minnesota Wild: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk is looking like a pretty shrewd acquisition by general manager Chuck Fletcher right about now. Dubnyk stopped 35 of 37 shots he faced Sunday night, helping lead the Wild to their third consecutive road victory, a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Since joining the Wild via trade in mid-January, Dubnyk has posted an impressive 5-1-1 record while the Wild have recorded a point in six of their past seven games. Those points are absolutely critical for a club that struggled in the first half and is desperately trying to claw its way back into the playoff mix.
“What are we, 6-1-3 in our last 10 games? I feel we’re certainly trending better. We’ll still have the odd game where we seem a bit uninspired, but I guess you’re going to have that in an 82-game schedule. Having said that all of that, the stuff that we’ve done with the better play has gotten us to eighth place.
“Do I feel better about it that we’re in a playoff spot? Yes. Do I wish we were in a better position than we are? Absolutely. Again, I’ll repeat that for this team to be even remotely close to missing the playoffs isn’t something we can be happy about. I would hope that this solid continues for the next 10, the next 20 and for the rest of the season, frankly. We’re at where we’re at, we’ve dug ourselves a hole and we’re starting to get ourselves out of it. But until we have a nice playoff run, the jury is going to have to be out on this group.”
-Charlie Jacobs, CEO of the Boston Bruins. More from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
NEW YORK (January 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the participating Clubs, locations and dates for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games planned for the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Jan. 1, 2016. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.
The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the Club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.
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