Author: @pastagrl88

Boston Bruins- the Grizz Is Back

Late Friday Night, the Boston Bruins announced that they signed restricted free agent Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year deal worth $2.8 million. The Charlestown native will be signed through the 2019-202 season. BY THE NUMBERS This past season, the 24-year-old defenseman had quite the season, if not impressive for a rookie. As one of the many first-year players that made an impact, Grzelcyk tallied up three goals and 12 assists over 61 games. During the Stanley Cup playoff run, he had one assist. At just 5’9″, 174 lbs, the defenseman looks to add some strength to his game: “Getting in the weight...

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Providence Bruins- Getting to Know Connor Clifton

In the leading months the NHL regular season, the Bruins have been positioning themselves into becoming a dominant force in 2018. And to become a contender, you have to not only look at your current roster, but also develop your AHL prospects. In a league where every player is competing for a spot in the big leagues, how do you make a big enough impact for the NHL to take notice? For New Jersey native Connor Clifton, making that impact has been an improving steady climb. BACKGROUND The 23-year-old defenseman recently played for the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. Drafted in 2013...

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TRADE RUMORS-BOSTON BRUINS

GETTING A HEAD START After the recent NHL combine that’s was held in Buffalo, NY, many prospective draft picks were closely monitored. The Boston Bruins interviewed close to 80 potential players,  but one thing has been lurking on GM Don Sweeney’s mind:  to get the first round pick back.  As we near the June 22nd NHL draft day,  there’s been  a lot of rumblings throughout the organization on possible trades for the upcoming season. Let’s take a closer look at some of those rumors. OPEN MARKET For the Bruins, getting the higher draft pick position back will be difficult. Another question facing Boston:...

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Bruins Prospects to Watch out For

The 2018 season is over and the Boston Bruins are finally resting amid all the injuries they were playing with, GM Don Sweeney and Co. have been busy looking to make much-needed changes to the team‘s roster. With rumors swirling about possible trades with the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins will be looking to help bolster their defense. The most exciting thing about this recent team was the important impact that the young prospects had. Even though the season ended shortly and, let’s be honest –exceeded everyone’s expectations, there’s no question that Sweeney and Neely will be faced with some...

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Bruins Players Shine Overseas at the 2018 IIHF

HEADING TO THE WORLDS As the annual break up day came to a close, a quick decision was made by some of the Bruins players to opt to continue to play overseas. Czech mates David Pastrnak and David Krejci  continued on and represent their home country of the Czech Republic; a few days later Charlie McAvoy flew over to Copenhagen, Denmark to represent the USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). They say no rest for the weary, and not even jet lag would keep both Krejci and Pastrnak from dazzling at a recent game against Russia. Charlie McAvoy represented the...

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Looking Ahead for the Boston Bruins

TOUGH ENDING FOR THIS SPECIAL TEAM It’s been a few days since the second round exit of the Bostons Bruins, and things are settling down. As with any team that has been eliminated, everyone has their take on what happened: what went wrong, and was it all on Rask?, Marchand’s “lick gate” antics, what can be improved, lack of defense, etc. When it comes right down to it, Tampa was faster and better at clearing the zone. The Bruins couldn’t adjust and found themselves playing from behind. The officiating was extremely frustrating (to put it nicely), but there’s no question;...

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Stanley Cup Round 2- Bruins Meet Tampa

WELCOME TO ROUND 2 TAMPA- Boy, it was a hot one Saturday afternoon. The race to clinch the Atlantic Division bounced back and forth between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Throughout the regular season Tampa came out and dominated, leaving very little room for any other team to overtake first place. But when it comes to the playoffs, all bets are off and regular season stats go out the window. For the Boston Bruins, they have managed to once again get into the minds of the Lightning, as they clobbered their way to a 6-2 victory. A...

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Jake DeBrusk: A Star Is Born

IT’S DO OR DIE The stage was set for Game 7 in one of the most anticipated series in the playoffs. After 60 minutes of play, the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in a dramatic 7-4 win last night at TD Garden. In a hard-fought game with missed scoring chances, rough net minding in a back and forth game, a young superstar helped his team punch their ticket to round two.  In his first taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,  scoring two goals and playing a solid game throughout the series,  Jake DeBrusk came through—big time. HOT...

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David Pastrňák Is Making It Look Easy

The young Czech right wing is quickly living up to his superstar role The Bruins knew Toronto would come out swinging after suffering a 5-1 loss last Thursday night at the Garden. As the story goes for this Boston team, the Bruins do not give up, nor will they let how they ended their regular season dictate their gameplay against a tough Maple Leafs team. The playoffs is a whole new beast and, so far, the Black and Gold have come out in full force with a quick 2-0 lead in the series. The Leafs had the Bruins’ number all...

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No Jack Adams for Bruce Cassidy?

With little talk about being coach of the year, Coach Bruce Cassidy has helped rebuild the Boston Bruins. When General Manager Don Sweeney announced last April that Bruce Cassidy would the 28th head coach of the Boston Bruins, there was hope and excitement about the new direction this team was taking. Amid the plethora of young players coming in and the return of seasoned veterans, you could see that the Bruins were going to be contenders. Then came the injuries. OVERCOMING SOME ODDS The B’s went through their ups and downs through the beginning of the season. Without making excuses,...

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David Pastrňák- Playing with Flash and Grit

Young, talented, and fast, the 21-year-old right winger is making some important plays as the Bruins look to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs The story has been writing itself for this year’s Boston Bruins. From a rocky start to becoming a dangerous team to play against, there’s no question that this team is special. From the explosion of youth to the “never give up” attitude this team has developed, there’s one particular line that’s leading the team. Prior to losing Patrice Bergeron, the first line consisted of Bergeron,  Brad Marchand and a young Czech player named  David...

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Jake DeBrusk- Playing Where It Counts

Bad timing always seems to befall teams, especially during the most important part of the season. For the Bruins, it’s something that they’ve become somewhat experts on. With their roster being filled with many first-year guys, you knew that this team would be going through some growing pains. As the team would experience one injury after another, it seemed Boston couldn’t catch a break. ENTER DEBRUSK The Bruins not only had those nagging injuries to deal with. On top of this, they were trying to find their style and voice on the ice. Early on there was a concern...

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Czech This Out- the Bruins Are Back in Fighting Form

Last night’s blowout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins cements the Bruins spot in the playoffs with some help from fellow Czech Mates. At the end of 40 minutes, the horn sounded and the Boston Bruins were up 8-3 against two-time Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins. 8-3. At the end of the second period. Let that sink in. WILD NIGHT AT THE GARDEN The air was electrifying last night at the Garden and the Bruins exploded, defeating the Penguins 8-4. Boston was ready to play and they played hard, leaving Pittsburgh floundering on the ice. With last night’s lopsided win, it may be time to...

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The Bruins Are Making Some Moves

The Bruins look to make a playoff push with the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching Early Sunday morning, Don Sweeney made his move- a somewhat aggressive one. The Boston Bruins signed Rangers Rick Nash in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, a 1st round draft pick and a 7th round pick in 2019. For some fans, this move is either great or terrible and judging from comments online, fans are split. I want to hate this trade, but in truth, I think it’s smart. Believe me, I’ve haven’t always been a Sweeney fan, but you have to give him...

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It’s Crunch Time for the Bruins

As teams continue to put pressure on the Boston Bruins, can the Black and Gold continue to tough it out? I’ll be first to admit, I wasn’t sure if the Boston Bruins really needed to make a trade. But I had to take a hard look at their recent playing effort. The one thing about this team, which has been an issue these past few years, is the depth of their defense. As the trade deadline nears, most teams are looking to rebuild and that means making some changes. Recent rumbles throughout league would have the possibility of Jake...

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Leading the Charge- Bruce Cassidy

Bruce Cassidy- a New Coach for a New Era The Bruins were down 2-1 in their recent game against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at the Garden. Boston was on a power play when forward David Pastrnak got called on a slashing penalty and with their power play cut short, the Bruins knew something had to change. For Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, that meant changing up the lines. This was a move that needed to be done. And boy, did it work. Veteran David Backes joined Bergeron and Marchand with Pastrnak playing alongside Riley Nash and Danton Heinen. For...

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Patrice Bergeron- Fire on Ice

After losing in a recent game against Anaheim, the Bruins were looking to bounce back. In their next game, they had their chance for redemption when they faced the St Louis Blues. The Bruins are getting into the latter part of the season where every point is crucial. Boston scored three goals-all coming from key veteran players: David Krejci, David Backes, and Patrice Bergeron. In this article, we take a look at one of the league’s most humble player. THE ART OF THE DRAW If you want to win a faceoff, you put Patrice Bergeron on the ice. The...

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From Russia With Love- Anton Khudobin

Every player on every line has so far stepped up and pushed through the many injuries that have plagued this team so far this season. For once in a very long time, this Bruins team has major depth on the bench. One of the biggest surprises this season for the Bruins is their newly found tenacity amongst personnel. For one particular player, this year has proven to be his shining moment. Enter Anton Khudobin, Russia’s import to the Boston Bruins. ENTER THE DOBINATOR Despite the loss on Tuesday night, Anton Khudobin has been on fire lately. Up until Tuesday’s...

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Zdeno Chara: Big Man on Ice

With the sudden news of young superstar Charlie McAvoy recovering from an abnormality in his heart, the Bruins will once again be playing with one man down. The big difference with this year’s Bruins team is how much depth they have on the bench. With the tremendous amount of talent being developed at the NHL and AHL level, Coach Bruce Cassidy has smartly paired up veterans alongside the first year players. One of those veterans is Captain Zdeno Chara. GUIDING LIGHT A towering force at 6”9”, Zdeno Chara has secured the admiration of both teammates and the NHL as...

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Looking to the Future

  Boston, MA–The 2017-2018 Boston Bruins are playing impressive hockey lately, especially in the last two months. This is a feat that the NHL can no longer ignore; they are the real deal. They continue to pummel through their opponents to extend their streak to sixteen points against Montreal. Their surging success is quietly carrying over to their “freshman” team: the Providence Bruins. Currently in second place in the Atlantic division, P-Bruins are racking up impressive numbers. Case in point, Providence is 10-0-1 when rookie player Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scores. Next Man Up The future of this club, or any club, relies...

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Changing of the Guards

SHOWDOWN IN MONTREAL The Boston Bruins face a tough schedule heading into to the second half of the season. There’s no doubt that there will be a lot of emotion on the ice in Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins and Canadiens hold what is considered to be one of the NHL’s greatest rivalries. This also marks the first time that coach Claude Julien will return to Boston to face his former team. For the past decade, Julien sat behind the Bruins bench and coached a team that made two Stanley Cup appearances in 2011 and 2013. To...

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An Unlikely Superstar for the Black and Gold

A look at the rapid rise of Danton Heinen: one of the hottest young studs of the Boston Bruins A Rough Start Early on in the Boston Bruins training camp, there was talk about the upcoming first-year guys. Players like Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, and Charlie Mcavoy were creating a buzz. But for Danton Heinen, his star was starting to slowly (and quietly) shine brightly. The 22-year-old British Columbia native has no doubt made an impressive impact so far this season. He started out his career playing eight games before being sent down to Providence. After honing his skills in...

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