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Retooling The Boston Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

This could be the summer Sweeney is forced to alter his approach and take some bold risks, with an eye focused on acquiring a needed top center — no matter Patrice Bergeron’s career decision. The need is acute even if Bergeron stays, all the more severe if he goes.

Again, the June draft won’t deliver a fix for 2022-23. For the moment, the UFA market has three interesting centers in Nazem Kadri, Claude Giroux, and Evgeni Malkin. Their collective cap hit this season was just over $22 million.

The best fit among those three could be Kadri, who posted a career season (28-59—87) with the high-flying Avalanche, but it is almost unfathomable that the fiery (combustible?) ex-Maple Leaf would be targeted as part of the fix for the Bruins’ issue at 1-2 center. But the need is great, meaning Kadri, 32 at next season’s start, cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Sweeney has a ready-to-ship asset in Jake DeBrusk, the left winger’s trade request dating to November. The other name Sweeney could consider, though it would hurt from the front office suits down to the TD Garden suites, would be defenseman Brandon Carlo.

Together, the 25-year-olds, each with proven NHL résumés, would enable Sweeney to enter the trade market in pursuit of a legit, young (maximum age 24-27), potentially primo center.

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The Coaching Situation In Boston

 

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There Will Be A Game 7 Between The Boston Bruins And Carolina Hurricanes

from Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe,

Even as the Bruins fell behind two games to none, even as the odds and the history tilted against them, they braced themselves for the long game.

Carolina was clearly formidable. Three regular-season losses made that clear to the Bruins.

But the Hurricanes were an upstart. The Bruins were a team with postseason war stories.

Add this one to the list.

The Bruins forced Game 7 with a 5-2 win Thursday at TD Garden.

“I love it,” said Bruin coach Bruce Cassidy. “This is what you play for. Guys should be excited. Game 7, Stanley Cup playoffs. Home or road. We’d rather be at home, not going to lie to you, but we’d play them on Mars if we had to. That’s what it’s all about. I’m sure they’d say the same thing.”

Sort of.

Faced with a winner-takes-all scenario, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour understood the unpredictability of a Game 7.

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The Boston Bruins Face Elimination On Thursday

frm Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe,

There was still 1:34 to drain from the clock in a game that turned lopsided on the Bruins in the third period but was probably over in the first.

When the puck went into the bench and stopped play, it gave the PNC Arena DJ a chance to have some fun.

The Carolina Hurricanes had a 5-1 win in the bag, and DJ Mista Illz decided the most fitting sounds for a late-game celebration was a Boston favorite: “Sweet Caroline.” The 19,163 fans on hand belted out the “Ohs” as if they were at Fenway Park.

Whether it was coincidental or it was a twist of the dagger the Hurricanes had already driven into the Bruins, it served its purpose.

The Bruins, facing elimination in their first-round series, had to grin, bear it, and hope they got a chance to hear the tune when they return to TD Garden on Thursday for Game 6.

Even with Charlie McAvoy arriving at the last minute after being cleared from NHL COVID protocols, the Bruins were overwhelmed. The Hurricanes are a different monster at home and a different monster with a lead and they pushed the Bruins, who had just climbed out of a 2-0 hole to even the series.

“Obviously, do-or-die situation is not the one we want to be in,” said the Bruins’ Brad Marchand. “But all that matters is that we regroup and get prepared for the next one.

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The Boston Bruins Are Back In Their Series Against The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins rediscovered a much-needed spark Friday night, with timely goaltending from Jeremy Swayman and a pair of power-play goals (David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall), and tiptoed away from what looked a fast exit from the postseason.

Their 4-2 win over the Hurricanes at the Garden, in the wake of two dispiriting losses in Carolina, left the Bruins in a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-seven Round 1 playoff series.

But in playoff hockey, emotion counts, and often counts for a lot, and especially so for the Bruins when they have the force of 17,565 believers, some still dressed in faded No. 4 Bobby Orr sweaters, filling their building in the old West End.

“We know what’s at stake,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, noting what he felt was the club’s “calm” start. “The crowd gives you a lift, obviously, you score a huge goal ...”

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Video- Another Reason Not To Bang On The Glass

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Brad Marchand And Derek Forbort Fined Today

NEW YORK (May 5, 2022) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $5,000 for slashing Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov and Boston Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort has been fined $5,000 for high-sticking Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen, both during Game 2 of the teams’ First Round series in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, May 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The Marchand incident occurred at 17:52 of the second period. He was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The Forbort incident occurred at 2:53 of the third period. He was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

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The Boston Bruins Limp Home Down 0-2 To The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins were back on Tobacco Road Wednesday and, come night’s end, it looked as if their playoff season went up in smoke.

Once again unable to handle Carolina’s unremitting speed and opportunistic scoring touch, the Bruins fell behind by two goals in the first period and suffered a 5-2 loss that left them in an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-seven first-round series with the former Hartford Whalers.

The Bruins also didn’t have an answer for the Hurricanes’ chippiness and aggression, which included a heavy, shoulder-to-chin hit by Andrei Svechnikov on defenseman Hampus Lindholm late in the second period.

It left the Bruins with a huge hole on their backline, and Lindholm, believed to be concussed, will be out for a while, possibly the remainder of the postseason.

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Fixing The Boston Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins have some fixing to do, and in a hurry, after a 5-1 loss Monday night to the Hurricanes in their postseason First Night.

Once again, much to the frustration of the Bruins, the Canes were faster, more opportunistic, and much better at figuring out the basic objective of the sport: Generating ways to put the puck in the net.

Through four games this season, the Canes have outscored the Bruins, 21-2. No one has had the Bruins’ number this season like them....

So, the quick, short list of “fix its” prior to Game 2 here on Wednesday: Better action around the offensive net.

The list doesn’t end there, but it was clearly the No. 1 problem. The one they fix or go home.

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A Look At Tommy McCarthy’s Life

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

...Sinden sent a pair of draft picks to the North Stars to acquire Tommy McCarthy, then age 25. Strong and energetic, McCarthy already had seven years of NHL experience (including a 39-goal season) with the North Stars. He lasted in Boston for little more than a season, connecting for 30 goals his first season on Causeway Street.

On Wednesday, McCarthy died of a heart-related aneurysm while in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was 61.

Fun-loving, a bit goofy, it was virtually impossible to dislike McCarthy, as it is a tail-wagging Great Dane that turns a family room into a Hazmat site. He was full of smiles, good words, energy, moves, and talent. The spark in his personality stood out, even in the day when NHL dressing rooms were chock full of characters not afraid to go off team script, willing to repeat something other than clichés and team-screened party lines.

Post-Boston, there were some very difficult years for McCarthy, beginning not long after his NHL days came to an end after only seven games with the Black and Gold in 1987-88.

“It really started when I stopped dreaming,” he told CBC reporter Scott Morrison years later, reflecting on some of the poor choices he made.

At his lowest, McCarthy recalled, his mind-set became, “I had my chance, my life is over . . . ”

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