Boston and Montreal met for the third time in a week Saturday night as the two historic rivals faced off for their second straight Hockey Night in Canada at the Bell Centre. The Bruins had won the previous two meetings heading into the evening. They looked to extend their point streak to 16 games. Montreal entered the meeting fresh off a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on the road. Canadiens’ captain Max Pacioretty had two goals in the game and six in six games coming into the night.
Coming off a 4-1 home win over their rivals the Montreal Canadiens the victory was short lived for the Boston Bruins who had to travel to Brooklyn for a date with the Islanders. The Bruins have handled the Isles this season winning 3-1 at TD Garden and most recently 5-1 at Barclays Center. The Barclays Center has been a friendly place for the B's who are 4-0-0 life time in the Islanders new building. On back-to-back nights Anton Khudobin picked up the start oppositeJaroslav Halak who had started the past two games against Boston. This would be the 166th career meeting between these two clubs with the Bruins winning 84 of those contests
It was an eventful day in the city of Boston. Rene Rancourt announced his retirement after 42 years of singing the national anthem, Willie O'Ree was honored by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as the 60th anniversary of him breaking the NHL's color barrier was nearing, and Claude Julien returned to Boston as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. After O'Ree was honored in a ceremonial puck drop as the first black player to play in the NHL fans inside the TD Garden were eager for the 740th installment of the Bruins and Canadiens
The Boston Bruins (24-10-8) faced off with the Dallas Stars (25-17-3) on Monday afternoon at TD Garden. The B’s ended up falling to the Stars 3-2 in OT. The Bruins are currently in a playoff spot with 56 points in the Atlantic Division, sitting in second place with three games in hand on the third place Maple Leafs and two games in hand on the first place Lightning. Anton Khudobin got the start in goal for Boston indicating that Tuukka Rask will most likely start in goal on Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bruins (23-10-7) traveled to Montreal to faceoff against the Canadiens (18-20-4) for the first of three meetings between the historic rivals in the span of a week. Both teams entered the night coming off their league-mandated five-game bye weeks. The Bruins took an 11-game point streak into the break, suffering a 6-5 loss most recently to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Montreal rode back-to-back wins into the bye, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks. Saturday marked the first time the Bruins faced off against former head coach Claude Julien who was fired by Boston on February 7th and promptly hired by Montreal a week later.
With the 111th pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Boston Bruins selected goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the Sioux Falls Stampede(USHL). Swayman is 6’3, 200 pounds of pure greatness. He is originally from Anchorage, Alaska...a great place to play hockey considering there’s a lot of ice there. Born on November 24, 1998, the 19 year old has a long way to go before he reaches the NHL. The young, freshman goaltender currently plays for the University of Maine and in 13 games played holds a 2.37 GAA and .932 SV%.
The Bruins (23-10-6) traveled to Pittsburgh (21-19-3) Sunday night to faceoff against the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champs for the second time of the season. The first meeting between the two franchises came back on Nov. 24th, Black Friday, a game Boston took a 4-3 at home. The Bruins are 8-0-2 in their last ten games while the Penguins have split their last ten with five wins and five losses. It has been a fall from grace for Pittsburgh, a team which sat one point out of a playoff spot coming into the night. They looked to build on a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders Friday, before both teams were set to head into their respective bye weeks.
The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at TD Garden by a score of 7-1. Anders Bjork was sent to the Bruins AHL affiliate earlier this week and will be out of the B’s lineup until he gets his game back together. Adam McQuaid also remains out of the lineup as Matt Grzelcyk has been playing very well. Patrice Bergeron had himself a night recording four goals and an assist.
The Boston Bruins came into Brooklyn as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Coming off a 5-0 trouncing of the Ottawa Senators the Bruins sought to ride that momentum against an Islanders team that has won just three times in their last ten games. Tuukka Rask took to the nets fresh off his second shutout of the season, Jaroslav Halak stood opposite for the Islanders who rank dead last in save percentage
The answer to this question is no, Torey Krug will not be traded this season. Despite facing some defensive challenges, Krug puts up the most defensive points for the B’s. In 33 games this season, Krug has 6 goals and 16 assists for 22 points. Krug is tremendous on the power play and is a terrific puck moving defenseman. At 5’9 and 186 pounds, the undrafted defenseman has exceeded expectations from the day he entered the B’s lineup years ago. In his first full season back in 2013-14, Krug recorded 40 points in 79 games. During the 2016-17 season, Krug set a career high in points with 51 in 81 games played.