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Matt Kalman
October 22, 2018 - 3:49 pm
No one wants to ever see a player get injured. But for the remaining healthy forwards that make up the Bruins’ bottom six, David Backes’ absence will settle at least one debate: has the 34-year-old Backes been clogging up the works in the Bruins’ pursuit of a consistent third and fourth line?...
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Matt Kalman
October 21, 2018 - 8:55 am
Gritty is not just a mascot in Philadelphia, folks. Gritty is also the state of mind the Bruins needed to be in while playing without Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller and David Backes in Vancouver on Saturday. So it was appropriate Joakim Nordstrom, a player Bruins general manager Don Sweeney signed...
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Matt Kalman
October 20, 2018 - 11:58 pm
The biggest news involving Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy on Saturday was that he was sent home before the Bruins played the Canucks because he hadn’t been feeling right since taking a hit against Edmonton on Oct. 11 in Boston. But on Saturday’s “Headlines” segment during the second intermission...
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Matt Kalman
October 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm
The Bruins’ defense corps will have a different look Saturday night in Vancouver because of a pair of injuries. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy revealed Saturday morning to the media at Rogers Arena that defensemen Kevan Miller (hand) and Charlie McAvoy (undisclosed) have returned to Boston to be...
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Matt Kalman
October 19, 2018 - 2:58 pm
Give Calgary Flames sniper Johnny Gaudreau credit: he stands just 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, but Friday he proved he’s as big a man as he is a star. Gaudreau practiced with his teammates two days after he was knocked out of the Flames’ 5-2 win against the Bruins by a hit from Boston defenseman...
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Matt Kalman
October 19, 2018 - 12:41 am
It wasn’t exactly “Khudobin Magic” but Jaroslav Halak did enough in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss at Edmonton on Thursday to earn the right to be the first Bruins goaltender to make consecutive starts this season. Halak made 19 saves on 22 shots, the last of which was Leon Draisaitl’s game-winning...
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Erin Walsh
October 18, 2018 - 9:48 am
After going through what many called a “sophomore slump” during his second season as a Bruin, Brandon Carlo seems to have improved his game coming back from a gruesome leg injury. In 76 games last season, Carlo recorded six assists. The numbers certainly aren’t impressive, and the young defenseman...
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Matt Kalman
October 18, 2018 - 1:20 am
Less than an hour after fan interference denied Mookie Betts a miraculous over-the-wall catch at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was left looking for a stray fan’s hand or any reason for him dropping a catchable puck in the first period in Calgary on Wednesday. Flames...
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Matt Kalman
October 17, 2018 - 1:31 pm
It seems like every other day some national hockey pundit writes or takes to the airwaves to predict that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is going to call it quits after this season Most recently Frank Seravalli of TSN put those words onto our screens, and you don’t have to listen long to...
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Matt Kalman
October 16, 2018 - 4:38 pm
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Tuesday he expects to split the first two games of the upcoming four-game road trip between his two goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Rask will start Wednesday night in Calgary before Halak gets the start in Edmonton on Thursday. The goaltenders have...
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