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David Pastrnak Boston Bruins
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
March 05, 2019 - 12:41 pm
On the “Zero Pucks Given Podcast” with Dale Arnold last week I mentioned that the Bruins may not have much of a choice when David Pastrnak returns from thumb surgery (34:40 into the clip) other than to put him back on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand because Pastrnak may need...
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Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
March 02, 2019 - 10:57 pm
Remember when Tuukka Rask’s season was a disaster and Jaroslav Halak was going to take his job and the Bruins were going to have to ship Rask out of town to clear cap space? The days of panicking in the streets about Rask seem like years ago, just like how long it feels since Rask lost a game in...
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Noel Acciari Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 28, 2019 - 11:34 pm
Remember when Sean Kuraly scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back Bruins victories Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 (in the Winter Classic) wearing a full shield to protect his busted mouth? Well, Kuraly does. That’s why he made a prediction before the Bruins faced the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. “Sean...
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David Backes Boston Bruins
Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
February 28, 2019 - 4:13 pm
General manager Don Sweeney’s Feb. 20 trade with Minnesota netted forward Charlie Coyle for the Bruins. But what if that deal turns out to add two productive forwards to the Bruins’ lineup? That’s what David Backes hopes happens. Coach Bruce Cassidy has used the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Coyle as Backes...
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Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 27, 2019 - 1:19 pm
Maybe you’ve noticed. Or maybe you’re so determined to look at the negative side of everything you’ve ignored Zdeno Chara’s return to form as one of the best shutdown defenders in the NHL. Admittedly it was a slow progression from where Chara was when he returned after missing 19 games because of...
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Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 26, 2019 - 11:23 pm
Brad Marchand had already asked for and received forgiveness from new teammate Marcus Johansson when the Bruins hit the TD Garden ice against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Just for extra incentive to give Johansson reason to forget the hit that sidelined the Swede for several months last season,...
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Brad Marchand Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 26, 2019 - 1:21 pm
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has had his run-ins with the NHL front office over the years but at 30 years old the speedy wing has emerged as a leader within Boston’s room and even wears an alternate captain’s ‘A’ from time to time. That’s why it’s no surprise that he made the gesture of calling...
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Marcus Johansson
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
February 25, 2019 - 6:59 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is all in. The Blue Jackets have never won a round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in their 17 years of existence before this season. So in an effort to change history Kekalainen retained his marquee would-be unrestricted free agents, Artemi...
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Marcus Johansson
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Matt Kalman
February 25, 2019 - 3:24 pm
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney waited nearly until the 3 p.m. Monday NHL trade deadline, but he eventually secured the scoring winger he thinks will complete his top-six forward group for the stretch run. The Bruins confirmed Monday afternoon that they acquired 28-year-old forward Marcus...
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Lee Stempniak Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
February 24, 2019 - 3:41 pm
Few players benefitted from the Bruins’ trip to China more than Lee Stempniak. The forward attended training camp on a professional tryout agreement, stayed in North America while most of Boston’s important players ventured to the Far East, and he accumulated six points (two goals, four assists) in...
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