Bruins Haven't Won Anything Yet

Bruins Haven't Won Anything Yet

April 18th, 2018 Before you hit that comment button or throw caps lock on and shoot me a tweet -- I know the Boston Bruins have won two games. But if Monday night was a reminder of anything, it's that a playoff series can change at any moment. The Toronto Maple Leafs struck back in Game 3, evading a 3-0 hole...
Krejci Returning to Playoff Form for Bruins

Krejci Returning to Playoff Form for Bruins

April 16th, 2018 The Boston Bruins are two games into their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs and so far, the main storyline is the production from the B's top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, who have accumulated a total of 20 points (five goals, 15...

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April 13th, 2018
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A common narrative surrounding Rick Nash has always been his supposed inability to score in the postseason. It's a somewhat fair point given the fact that he's averaging 0.41 goals per game in his career in the regular season compared to 0.19 goals per game in the postseason. What that fails to recognize, however, is the fact that Nash is so much more than just a goal-scorer. While finding the back of the net is a huge part of his game, the 33-year-old is the prototypical power forward who contributes to his team by throwing his weight around, using his size and reach to protect the puck and by playing responsibly in all three zones. When looking at his first postseason game in Boston, it's easy to look at his zero points in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and assume that he was a non-factor in many ways. Anyone who watched the game, however, can attest to the fact that Nash had an excellent game despite missing the previous nearly a month of action due to a...
April 13th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

The third period of Game 1 of the first-round series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs was marred by an ugly incident between the Leafs’ Nazem Kadri and the Bruins’ Tommy Wingels. At 08:18 of the third, Kadri was given a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for laying an illegal hit on Wingels, just after Wingels had caught Toronto’s Mitch Marner in the head with an elbow – also a prohibited play. It was an ugly scene all around, and should see both players suspended by the National Hockey League. Background Between Kadri and Wingels Kadri makes himself noticed nearly every time he steps on the ice, generally for good reasons. However, he comes close to – sometimes crossing – the line often enough that officials pay a little more attention to him than most other players. Once amongst the NHL leaders in penalty differential, Kadri is now one of the league’s players least likely to get a break from the officials, either when on the...
April 12th, 2018
Boston Bruins

Because of their loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday, the Boston Bruins failed to win the Atlantic Division. They now have a harder start to the playoffs. Their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have had immense success against them this season and won three out of four meetings. This is mainly due to the fact that the Leafs have one of the strongest offenses in the NHL. The Bs simply could not handle them. Yet, playoff hockey offers a fresh start and the Bruins will look to turn the tables. With a roster full of offensive talent and players like Rick Nash set to return, there is a lot to be optimistic about. There is also a lot of pressure on the Maple Leafs in this match-up. They will be looking to make up for their abysmal collapse against the Bs back in the 2013 playoffs. This, in a sense, has rekindled their intense Original Six rivalry. Because these two teams are so equally matched, Game 1 is extremely important. The Bruins, fortunately, have home ice advantage...
April 12th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

When the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, nothing that happened in the regular season will matter. It's for that reason that the 50-win, 112 point-earning Boston Bruins will have to work hard and not rest on their laurels against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round of the postseason. It's for that very same reason that the Maple Leafs shouldn't look at their 3-1 regular season record against the Bruins in 2017-18 and immediately think they have the upper-hand. When it comes down to it, the division-rival Bruins and Maple Leafs will face off with a blank slate. Both teams have made adjustments in recent seasons that have pushed young players to the forefront of the discussion. Players like Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Matt Grzlecyk, Ryan Donato, Austin Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner. None of those young players were even drafted the last time the Bruins and Maple Leafs squared off in the playoffs in 2013. Now, however,...

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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... March 23rd, 2018

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, 2018

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