Bergeron Hat-Trick Lifts Bruins to 5-0 Win

Milestone Night At TD Garden for Multiple Bruins. Boston, MA – Patrice Bergeron‘s hat-trick book-ended the Boston Bruins’ 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. On what turned out to be a historic night at TD Garden, the 17,850 in attendance witnessed the Bruins’ captain’s eighth career hatty and David Pastrnak‘s 40th goal of the season,… Continue reading Bergeron Hat-Trick Lifts Bruins to 5-0 Win

Bruins Edge Rangers 3-1

Healthy Line-Up Gets the Win in Saturday Matinee. Boston, MA – The return of David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark sparked the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Pastrnak’s goal and assist, coupled with Ullmark’s 30 save performance, helped the Bruins break the 100-point plateau for the season.  “A lot. This time… Continue reading Bruins Edge Rangers 3-1

Second Period Woes Down Bruins Again

Young Senators Squad Scores Three Unanswered in Second Period for 3-2 Win

Boston, MA – A pair of second-period penalties led to the Boston Bruins squandering a 2-1 lead for the second straight game. The visiting Ottawa Senators took advantage of a five-on-three, and with the remaining five-on-four, they beat the Bruins 3-2 in front of 17,850 at TD Garden. Boston has dropped three straight and four of five. 

The Senators controlled the action early in the game, but Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark was getting in front of everything Ottawa put on goal. Ullmark had three or four quality stops in the opening two minutes before the Bruins found their footing. Unfortunately for Boston, one of Ullmark’s saves was with his head. The 6′-4″ Swede took an Erik Brannstrom slapshot from the top of the left circle to the helmet early in the game. Ullmark elected to play on after a brief consultation with the Bruins’ training staff. 

Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark made a lunging glove save to rob Ottawa Senators defenseman Artem Zub late in the first-period. Ullmark would make eight saves in twenty minutes of action before departing the game with an injury as Boston lost to Ottawa 3-2 at TD Garden on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Boston forward Marc McLaughlin continued his shot streak by netting his third goal in six games since signing out of Boston College. The forward from Billerica, Massachusetts gave the Bruins the lead at 6:36 of the first when he redirected a Nick Foligno shot past Senators goalie Anton Forsberg (40 saves).

Jesper Froden potted his first NHL goal at 19:01 when he tipped a Matt Grzelcyk shot from the blue line past Forsberg to give the Bruins the 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.

Boston celebrates the first NHL goal for Bruins forward Jesper Froden during the Bruins 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at TD Garden.

“I tried to stay in front of the net, battle for the puck,” said Froden of his goal. “I lost my glove and I was thinking should I change or should I stay? Then I saw that the D got the puck and I just tried to be in the lane and tip the puck there. It went in and it was an amazing feeling.”

“I tried to come in and bring the energy to the guys, skate a lot, and battle,” added Froden of his first game with Boston in over a month and sixth of the season.

Ullmark turned back eight Senators shots during the first period but couldn’t come back out for the second before calling it a night during the first intermission.

Ottawa was 2-14-2 when trailing after the first period coming into the game, while the Bruins were 25-4-1 when leading after one. However, the Senators took advantage of a cold Jeremy Swayman (21 saves) just forty-seven ticks into the middle frame when Brady Tkachuk bounced a shot from behind the goal line off Swayman’s backside, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The Bruins fell victim to the opposing team’s power-play for the second straight game. Tkachuk drew a High-Sticking call on Bruins defenseman Mike Reilly at 8:39. Patrice Bergeron went to the penalty box for Hooking at 8:46, which led to the Senators’ five-on-three power play.

The Senators capitalized on the five-on-three at 9:30 when centerman Josh Norris blasted a one-timer past Swayman from the top of the right circle. Drake Batherson and Tim Stützle assisted on Norris’ 33rd.

Fifty-seven seconds later, the Senators had the lead for good when Stützle banged in a loose puck in front of Swayman for his 18th. Batherson and Tkachuk assisted on the go-ahead power-play goal.

Ottawa Senators forwards Josh Norris and Tim Stützle celebrate Stützle’s power-play goal to give Ottawa the 3-2 lead in the second period of the Senator’s win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I don’t know if it’s fatigue or lack of urgency. It’s tough to see,” said Bruins defenseman Grzelcyk of the second-period struggles. “The two penalties, they capitalize on both. We have to put out the fire there, but it’s something we have to address.”

“They (Ottawa) made a lot of good plays. They got to run the plays they wanted to, went through Stützle a lot,” said Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy. “He’s a dangerous player, and made some good plays. We were a little late with our assignments. That five-on-three was a good shot (by Norris); give credit for executing. What they did a lot better than us was hit the net quick with their plays. They hit the net.”

In the third, the Bruins controlled the early action, but Forsberg’s play and a continuation of the penalties kept the Bruins from establishing consistent pressure on Ottawa. Swayman turned back two Connor Brown breakaway bids to keep the Bruins within striking distance. 

Credit the Senators, who, despite being 27-40-6 and in seventh place in the Atlantic Division, lock down the win when leading after two periods. Ottawa is now 21-1-2 when leading after two. 

Boston has struggled without David Pastrnak on the power play. The team’s leading scorer has been out of the last five games due to a core injury. Meanwhile, a patchwork defense has been inadequate as Grzelcyk, Brandon Carlo, and Hampus Lindholm have all missed time over the last few games. 

“Losing Pasta and his shot, teams know how good he is over there,” Grzelcyk said of the power-plays lack of success. “A lot of times they take him away, and we kind of play four-on-three from there so we lose a little bit of that.”

“They’re doing a great job,” said Grzelcyk when asked about McLaughlin and Froden contributing to the cause. “They both work really hard. They’re not the biggest guys but they’re both fast and smart hockey players. It’s really impressive with them both stepping into the lineup.”

The Bruins will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at 12:30 pm EST at TD Garden.

Bruins Rout Devils, Score Six in Second Period

12 Players Grab a Point, None Bigger Than Marc McLaughlin’s first. Boston, MA – After getting battered by the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Tuesday, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said changes were coming to the Bruins lineup. On Thursday, those changes paid dividends as Boston put the visiting New Jersey Devils through the wringer in an 8-1 laugher in front… Continue reading Bruins Rout Devils, Score Six in Second Period

Bruins Squander, Kings Conquer

Boston, MA- A week ago, the Boston Bruins embarrassed the Los Angeles Kings 7-0 in L.A. In Monday’s rematch, the Bruins embarrassed themselves by blowing a 2-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the game on a Trevor Moore rebound stuff. Then Andreas Athanasiou beat Linus Ullmark top shelf in overtime to earn the Kings revenge. “We didn’t do a good job… Continue reading Bruins Squander, Kings Conquer

Islanders Sink Bruins in 3rd Period

Elmont, NY. –The Boston Bruins‘ offensive struggles continued in a 4-1 loss at UBS Arena on Long Island, NY., Thursday night against the New York Islanders. The Bruins have lacked scoring depth off-and-on all season, but the latest stretch with Brad Marchand serving game number four of a six-game suspension and Patrice Bergeron out with injury the previous three games, the offense has… Continue reading Islanders Sink Bruins in 3rd Period

Bruins Slay Kraken 3-2

Boston, MA – The Boston Bruins squandered a two-goal lead in the third period to the expansion Seattle Kraken during Kraken’s first visit to TD Garden on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. David Pastrnak‘s second goal of the evening was the difference-maker in Boston, not dropping two points as they head into the All-Star break. Pastrnak’s two-goal night gave him 22 on the season… Continue reading Bruins Slay Kraken 3-2

Bruins Outlast Capitals 4-3

Boston, MA – The Washington Capitals made the Boston Bruins earn their 4-3 win the old-fashioned way in front of 17,850 at TD Garden on Thursday night. The Capitals knocked Anton Blidh and Brad Marchand from the game in the first and second periods, respectively. Still, defenseman Charlie McAvoy knocked the Caps down a notch in the Eastern Conference standings with his game-winning goal with forty-five… Continue reading Bruins Outlast Capitals 4-3

Hurricanes Crash Bruins Party 7-1

Boston, MA – A historic evening at TD Garden quickly turned sour as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes throttled the Boston Bruins 7-1 in front of 17,850. The game was over in the first period after a “flat” start by the Bruins had them in a 5-1 hole after seventeen minutes of play.  The Bruins organization retired Willie O’Ree’s # 22 to the rafters pre-game.… Continue reading Hurricanes Crash Bruins Party 7-1

Marchand’s Hatty Paces the Bruins

Boston, MA – The Montreal Canadiens rolled into TD Garden on Wednesday for a matchup with their Atlantic Division rival Boston Bruins and stunk up the joint in a 5-1 thrashing in front of 17,850. The last-place Canadiens haven’t played a game since January 1 due to COVID-19 protocols in Canada. In that stretch, the Bruins have gone 5-1 while outscoring opponents 28-15. Tonight… Continue reading Marchand’s Hatty Paces the Bruins