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Boston Bruins Need To Find A Way To Put A Full 60 Minutes Together



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Boston Bruins Continue to Play Poorly Against Non-Playoff Teams and leave Valuable Points on the Board

Boston Bruins of late have not been able to put in a solid 60 minutes of hockey. Just in the past few games, they have given up two goals and three-goal leads in the third period. The worst part is it is against teams who that are way out of the playoff picture. The B’s are just leaving valuable points on the board and could be in second place right now but instead stay in a wild card spot. They need to find some mental toughness and/or just start putting more pucks in the back of the net. Boston is 5-2-3 in their last 10.

Once again the B’s have struggled to find secondary scoring. Many seem to be in a bit of a sophomore slump mainly Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk.  DeBrusk only has 19 points this season and Heinen only has 16. Points are not everything, although their play has been pretty lacking as well this year. Last year in the playoffs we saw how DeBrusk can take control of the game with his speed and skill. We have not seen much of that this year.

Additionally, it seems as if he is afraid to shoot the puck. In his last 5 games, he has only mustered 7 shots on goal. Most of which I do not remember being high scoring shots. Hopefully, he can get out of this slump but not sure how as we saw yesterday DeBrusk was demoted to the third line. While the other Struggling Bruins Heinen was pushed up to the first line. Bruce is trying to spark his team any way he can. We all know they can play better and have seen it.

The B’s had it in the beautiful shutout win against the Capitals. The defense that Cassidy has been saying had been missing from there game of late. We did not see the offense but did not need to. This Bruins team for a long time now has ridden on how well their defense is. Since that win, it has disappeared once again. Then there the other big issue of the team not playing a full 60 minutes. Hockey is a 60-minute game. The last time the Black and Gold went on a winning streak was back at the end of December and beginning of January when they won 5 games straight.

Boston Should Be Looking to Make an Addition at the Deadline If The Price Is Right

Whatever it is they need to do to play a full 60 minutes. They need to find it fast. That could mean making a trade to finally get some secondary scoring. One of the best guys out there right now would be Mark Stone from Ottawa. Stone Currently in his 7th year in the league is still only 28 and would be a good fit for the Bruins. Not only would he bring a scoring touch he currently has 25 goals with a struggling Senators team. He would bring size as he stands 6’4”. He would most likely be slotted next to David Krejci on the other side of Debrusk.

There are other contenders out there like Artemi Panarin, although he will be a free agent at the end of the season. Panarin r has also already stated that he would like the test the market. Stone is also a free agent at the end of the season but would most likely be open to an extension. Almost everyone out there is on the market right now if the price is right. Just do not want to see the Bruins give up some prospects and 1st rounders for a rental.


Justin is currently a Help Desk Analyst for the Law Firm Choate Hall & Stewart. He is a Graduate of Wentworth Institute Of Technology, graduating in December of 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Computer Networking and a minor in Computer Science. He originally joined Trifecta Network back in February 2016. He covers the Boston Bruins and the NHL.


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Bruins Needs To Fix Their End Game Discipline Before Playoffs



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Boston Bruins Need To Tighten Up Their End Game Before The Start Of Playoffs

Boston Bruins have been playing excellent hockey of late. They have scored 4 plus goals in all of the last 5 games. Two of those games were against playoff teams. Opposite that is the Bruins still control the second seed in the Atlantic. The only thing nagging them is allowing those late game goals. 

The Bruins game against the Tampa Lightning was a loss due to a late goal from Anthony Cirelli with only 53 seconds left in the game. That is just an unacceptable goal being this close to the playoffs.

Not only did it happen against the Lightning it happened last night in the Rangers game. Now the Bruins routed the Rangers by a score of 6-3. It was that third goal scored by Mika Zibanejad with only 4seconds left. Only 4 seconds left and they gave up a goal.

Giving up a goal that late in the game is not the to cap off a 6 goal night, where there had been stellar D prior to the goal. This is the time of year to square that kind of stuff up and get ready for the playoffs. Boston should not be allowing the team any kind of leeway in the final minutes of the game.

We saw this last night and against Tampa especially the forwards push when they should stay back and the D try and be aggressive in areas they need to hold. This happened on the tying goal in the Tampa Game. Brad Marchand made a nice steal at his blue line and it was a 3-2 rush. Then Charlie McAvoy tried to get involved. Pastrnak fell down after his shot.

Now Andrei Vasilevskiy made a great save but that gave Tampa numbers going the other way. Nikita Kucherov was also able to make a great shot off the rush and tie the game.

That brings up the next point Tuukka Rask is going to have to make some of those saves. That was a great shot by Kuch but Vasy had just made a huge save on the other end. If the Bruins are going to go deep in the playoffs Rask is going to have to come up with those saves.

Hopefully, the Bruins can clean up their end game before the playoffs, If they do that against the Leafs they won’t make it out of the first round.

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Providence Bruins Committed To Playing At Dunk Center Through 2028-29 Season



P-Bruins Committed To Playing At Dunkin Donuts Center Through 2028-29 Season With New Contract Unveiled

On Wednesday when the Boston Bruins announced that they had come to an agreement with the AHL Providence Bruins on a 10-year extension running through the 2028-29 season it was assumed the Dunkin Donuts Center tenant would remain at the old civic center.

That assumption proved to be right.

On Thursday Trifecta Sports was able to obtain the contract amendment between the owners of the P-Bruins and the Dunkin Donuts Center ownership, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority. 

The two sides came to an agreement in January that has the AHL franchise remaining at the Dunk through the 2028-29 season aligning with their extension with their big brother in Boston. 

 Providence has played at the Dunk since the teams inception in 1992 and will play all of their regular season home games and playoff home games at the Dunk going forward. In addition the team can play select exhibition games, Boston Bruins exhibition games, and select AHL exhibition games at the center as well. 

The AHL team beginning next season will pay the RICCA $20,000 for every regular season home game and going up $200 a game annually from there through the remainder of the contract. 

For any playoff game or exhibition game a flat rate of $7,500 will apply. For the remainder of the 2018-19 season the team will pay RICCA $8,979 per game. 

Per the Providence Bruins they have averaged 7,793 fans per game in the 2018-19 season 

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Boston Bruins Assign Karson Kuhlman To AHL Providence



Boston Bruins Assign 23-year-old Forward Karson Kuhlman To AHL Providence Bruins

On Wednesday, March 27th, the Boston Bruins announced that forward Karson Kuhlman has been assigned to AHL Providence after being ruled a healthy scratch ahead of the NHL team’s game with the New York Rangers. 

Kuhlman,  23-years-old, is in his first professional season and signed a two-year contract with the team on April 10, 2018. 

The former Minnesota-Duluth Captain made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on February 16th and scored his first NHL goal against the Sharks on February 18th. 

Through seven games with Boston Kuhlman has two goals and seven assists. During his time with the P-Bruins he has played in 58 games with 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points with a plus-23 rating. 

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