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Bruins Fans Want Khudobin Over Rask

Bruins Fans Want Khudobin Over Rask

November 22nd, 2017 Following Anton Khudobin's first win of the road trip against the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that he would go with his backup goalie again against the San Jose Sharks. The decision paid off in spades. In a young season where the Bruins had yet to string two wins...
Bruins' Draft Class of 2014 Potentially Historic

Bruins' Draft Class of 2014 Potentially Historic

November 22nd, 2017 Though a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011 was probably worth it, Peter Chiarelli's tenure with the Boston Bruins is (for better or worse) largely tainted by miscalculations. Swings-and-misses in free agency and at the draft. Rash, compromising, franchise-altering trades. Egregious misappropriations...

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November 10th, 2017
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With injuries wiping out key players, the Boston Bruins have been stranded on an island to start the season. In their past two games against the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, Boston's lines looked more like a minor league team on paper.That is where forward Noel Acciari and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin come in. Both are expected to return from injury in order to see playing time against the Maple Leafs this weekend.In their absence, however, the young Bruins have not been all that bad. While they need to up their game defensively, this squad has been exciting to watch in the offensive zone. Execution in climactic situations remains to be the biggest challenge for this group, but that is exactly what the Bruins face this weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs.Lucky for Boston, they will not have to face the Leaf's young prodigy in Auston Matthews. He did not skate with the team on Thursday, indicating that he could get the weekend off.The Leafs are...
November 10th, 2017
Editor's Choice

After 1,300-plus games, 600-plus points, a Norris Trophy, a Stanley Cup ring, and twelve years spent as team captain, one might think Zdeno Chara couldn't possibly be underrated. In the hockey world, the term is used most frequently when attempting to shed light on the importance of a depth player, or someone whose impact goes above and beyond what's expected from them at a young age. Seldom are Norris Trophy-winning, Hall of Famers included in that classification.But this is Boston. It's a city recently beset by excellence, championships, and heightened expectations. And, if I may speak candidly, more than a hint of entitlement. Such is typically the cost of winning.Knee-jerk reactions and hyperbole dominate the time that we live in, so perhaps it's unsurprising to see so many in Bruins Nation come to such drastic conclusions regarding Chara. That he should be traded, stripped of his captaincy, placed in a rocket and shot back to Slovakia...Professional sports are a 'what...
November 10th, 2017
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The Boston Bruins have yet to lose more than two straight games. Still, they can't seem to string any wins together, falling to a 6-5-3 record following a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.Though it was essentially a one-goal game with Rick Nash tallying an empty-netter in the last minute of the third period, many Bruins fans may recall shouting at their television set throughout the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal. Boston certainly hasn't lacked pace thanks to the youth movement, but what they do lack is composure. Vesey Buries Bruins Early The Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich registered the first goal of Wednesday night's Original Six matchup. The opportunity arose when "a tired bunch of Bruins," according to NHL on NBC play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick, could not get off the ice.Zdeno Chara attempted to pass the puck to Tim Schaller from behind the goal line, but Schaller merely got his stick on the puck in an attempt to bat it out of the zone.The puck was...
November 8th, 2017
Long Read

Boston Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand has developed himself from a fourth-line pest into one of the NHL's premier scorers. His path to joining the NHL elite was atypical, however. According to Hockey-Graphs, most players plateau in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) from age 22 to 25 and endure a slow decline in the following years. Other studies, using raw point totals, find that the peak age is somewhere between 24 and 26. So, where did Marchand come from, and what business did he have breaking out at age 28?The narrative has long been that Marchand is the beneficiary of playing alongside Patrice Bergeron. Of course, anybody who plays with Bergeron will reap the benefits, but the theory that Marchand couldn't be a star independently has been debunked.Marchand tallied three goals and three assists in the five games Bergeron missed to begin the 2017–18 season. In the three games without Bergeron the preceding year, Marchand was good for two goals and five assists. It was the...

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The Evolution of Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand has developed himself from a fourth-line pest into one of the NHL's premier scorers. His path to joining the NHL elite was atypical, however. According to Hockey-Graphs, most players plateau in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) from age 22 to 25 and endure a slow... November 8th, 2017

A Trade that Shaped a Franchise

Phil Esposito was inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame on this day in 1994. For a look back at his impact on the league, THW presents this article, originally published in June, 2015.In today's look at important off-season trades over the years, we set our sights back to 1967.  While this... September 25th, 2017

Boston Bruins Logo History

The Boston Bruins: known worldwide as one of the National Hockey League’s Original Six…except they didn’t actually come along until seven years after the league began play. There were also only four teams in the NHL’s original iteration. Whatever. We’ll gloss over that.The Boston... August 8th, 2017

Top 3 All-Time Bruins Goalies

The Boston Bruins have a rich history in the world of hockey as an Original Six franchise, but their history of goaltenders has not always been strong.According to hockeyreference.com, 106 goalies have pulled the Bruins jersey over their pads and guarded the net. In my 26 years as a Bruins... March 25th, 2017

Bobby Orr's Landmark Season

When the NHL announced the '100 Greatest NHL Players of All Time' Bobby Orr was, of course, one of the easiest choices. In a truly remarkable Hall of Fame career, Orr not only re-wrote the record books but reinvented the way hockey was played.In honour of the NHL 100 and the incredible hockey... March 20th, 2017