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Boston BruinsOn Monday, the Boston Bruins regained their composure after an embarrassing blowout defeat in Vancouver by taking down the Calgary Flames in overtime, 2-1. Exactly how did they do it? With help from Brad Marchand, one of the grittiest players and goal scorers in the NHL. The Bruins and the Flames went into overtime tied at one, and, just a mere 3:36 into the extra period, Marchand netted the game-winner -- his 22nd goal of the season. The special moment came just two days after the Bruins were creamed by the Canucks, 6-1, in what appeared to be a heavy momentum killer for one of the league's hottest teams this season. Marchand's clutch goal in overtime was a much-needed pick-me-up for the Bruins to help them get back on track and continue their push toward the Stanley Cup playoffs. After defeating the Flames, Boston improved to 36-13-8 and moved to within a point of the Tampa Bay Lightning in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. It was a win that may prove...
NewsThe Boston Bruins have acquired veteran defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers. In exchange for the 30-year-old blueliner, the Bruins sent 24-year-old defender Rob O'Gara and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Rangers. This deal came shortly after the Washington Capitals sent a third-round pick to acquire Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks - a similar move for a similar cost. https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/965998246819659777 With this trade, the Bruins now have a total of nine NHL-caliber defenders on their roster. Holden has averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per game in his career. This season with the Rangers, he's right around that mark with 19:57 averaged through 55 games. While Holden may have been tasked with playing a top-four role with the Rangers, however, it's clear that he's better suited as a depth defender than a top-option for a contender. This move was exactly the one the Bruins needed to make. The Bruin already had seven capable...
Boston BruinsMomentum is building behind Patrice Bergeron’s Hart Trophy case, albeit mostly driven by Boston’s media and fanbase. Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill added fuel to the fire earlier this month when he said that he thought Bergeron had been, “probably been the best player in the league for the season up until now”. That comment prompted NBC’s Joe Haggerty to lay out the 32-year old centerman’s case for consideration in more detail. The reality? There’s a zero percent chance that the Boston Bruins' alternate captain is named among the finalists for league MVP at season’s end, let alone winning the honour. To be honest, the sooner fans banish any thought of it from their minds and stop talking about it, the better. It may well be unfair that the league’s most prestigious award is mostly viewed through the narrow prisms of goals and points, or occasionally an all-time great save percentage. Of course, there’s a lot more to a player’s value and success...
ColumnWhat a difference a few years makes. On June 15 in 2011, Danton Heinen had to watch his hometown Vancouver Canucks lose the Stanley Cup on home ice to the Boston Bruins. On Feb. 17, 2018, he'll be returning to Vancouver as an integral part of this Bruins team. "It's definitely funny how things come full circle," Heinen said when talking to media. "I was here for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. I watched these guys raise the Cup and now I’m in the dressing room with a lot of them. It’s funny how it works out." Now with the Bruins, Heinen has been one of the team's best players. While it's easy to look at Heinen's production as a rookie and compare him to other first-year players around the league, the fact that Heinen is fourth on the Bruins in goals (12), tied for third in assists (26) and fourth in points with 38 in just 51 games makes it clear that he is more than just a rookie. Averaging 15:44 of ice time a game and getting consistent power play time, Heinen's...