Rich Slate

Sports Reporter

Bruins will need Tuukka Rask to get where they want to go

It is less of a hot take than simply a general rule of thumb that in hockey, you need a dependable goaltender (s) to get anywhere in the regular season and then more importantly in the playoffs. So far in 2018-19, Boston’s (14-8-4) goaltending situation hasn’t exactly been the picture...

Monday, December 3, 2018, 4:39 PM

Jake DeBrusk has been dependable force for Bruins

In the NHL, one forward line (no matter how dominant it might be) can only carry you so far. One of the biggest challenges for the Bruins (11-6-3) in 2018-19 is figuring out who they can count on up front besides the brilliant trio of left wing Brad Marchand (6 goals, 15 assists), center Patrice...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 2:42 PM

ESPN College Gameday ready to invade Boston College

Boston is and will forever be defined as a pro sports city. We devour everything that involves the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. Boston College is the only nearby college or university (sorry UMass) with a Division 1 (FBS) football program and for the reason mentioned above (and many more...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:21 PM

Red Sox 1-2 punch of Chris Sale and David Price come through in unorthodox fashion

It only took two seasons together in Boston for the well-compensated starting pitching duo of David Price and Chris Sale to win their first World Series title with the Red Sox. The interesting part with exactly how 2018 unfolded is what their roles morphed into come October: Price finally earned...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 8:26 PM

Mookie Betts became a Boston superstar in 2018

He finished second to Angels icon Mike Trout in 2016 for American League MVP, but if (as expected) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts picks up his first AL MVP award later this offseason we will look back at 2018 as the time when he truly entered another plateau both in terms of stardom in Boston...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 3:04 PM

Alex Cora and JD Martinez World Series champions in first year in Boston

It can’t possibly be as easy as manager Alex Cora and star hitter J.D. Martinez just made it look, right? In his first ever season as an MLB manager, Cora became the first Puerto Rican to lead his team to a World Series championship as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers four games to one with a 5-1...

Monday, October 29, 2018, 4:25 PM

Bruins David Pastrnak coming into his own as an NHL superstar

It’s hard to believe but this is Bruins right wing David Pastrnak’s fifth season in the NHL after debuting with Boston in 2014-15. Still, he’s only 22 years old and as we saw in last spring’s playoffs, he is knocking on the door of superstardom. In 12 playoff games vs....

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:48 PM

Bruins own the ingredients of a Stanley Cup champion

Since Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien as the Bruins head coach on Valentine’s Day 2017, Boston has shown significant improvement in a relatively short amount of time. From 95 points and a wild card spot in his first season to 112 points last season (1st full year in charge) and the...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:58 PM

NHL rumors Bruins in on John Tavares James Neal Jacob Trouba?

It might not feel anything like hockey season with summer officially having started last Thursday, but rest-assured that with the NHL Draft just completed on Saturday and free agency set to begin on Sunday (basically a national holiday in Canada), the 2018-19 NHL season is not too far away. The...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 1:01 PM

3 things Bruins must do to become true NHL contender

It was an unexpectedly successful season for the Bruins: they nearly captured the Atlantic Division crown, they won a playoff series for the first time in four years and many falsely thought (myself included) that they were a Stanley Cup contender. Then they ran into the Tampa Bay Lightning who...

Monday, May 7, 2018, 2:19 PM

Bruins with home ice advantage as series shifts to Garden

When you win a Game 1 on the road, you naturally tend to get greedy and also want to do the same thing a few days later. Boston destroyed Tampa Bay, 6-2, in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon so you had to know that the Lightning would do everything in their power to win Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Monday...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6:17 PM

NHL world watching Bruins, Maple Leafs Game 7

Up 3-1 in the series after a 3-1 victory at Air Canada Centre last Thursday, few would have predicted that the Bruins would find themselves in their current predicament: tied 3-3 with the Maple Leafs and headed to a do-or-die Game 7 on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NESN) at TD Garden. Toronto...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:12 PM

Bruins will need quick start in Game 6 against Maple Leafs

The Bruins had a chance to end Toronto’s 2017-18 season on Saturday night in Game 5 at TD Garden but they just couldn’t do it as the Maple Leafs survived 4-3 to trim Boston’s series lead to 3-2. They’ll meet again at Air Canada Centre on Monday (7, NESN) for Game 6....

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5:11 PM

Bruins - Maple Leafs: Bs are kings of the bounceback game

Nobody expected this playoff series to be over that quickly so it was a bit shocking when Boston beat Toronto so handily in the first two games at TD Garden (5-1 in Game 1 and 7-3 in Game 2) last week. Playing with basically their season on the line, the Maple Leafs responded with a much better...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 5:49 PM

5 Reasons why the Bruins can win the Stanley Cup

Sometimes pieces like this can be quite a stretch when said team doesn’t have much of a chance to go all the way in their given sport. That certainly isn’t the case with the Bruins (50-20-12) at the moment since Bovada gives them the second-best odds (11/2) to win the Stanley Cup this...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4:39 PM

Sky is the limit in NHL for Bruins Ryan Donato

Last Friday night, the Harvard men’s hockey team (15-14-4) lost 5-4 to Clarkson (23-9-6) in overtime of an ECAC Hockey semifinal in Lake Placid, NY. It was the abrupt end to a disappointing season for the Crimson who won the Beanpot, reached the Frozen Four last season and had high...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:40 PM

Bruins with good shot of catching Lightning for NHL East 1 seed

On Sunday in Boston, there was plenty more for the Bruins (45-17-8) to celebrate other than St. Patrick’s Day and captain Zdeno Chara’s (7 goals, 16 assists, plus-26) 41st birthday. The night before in Tampa Bay-in the final tilt of a week-long four-game road trip-the B’s turned...

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4:37 PM

Bruins would be wise to play the caution game moving forward

The Bruins (40-15-8) have established themselves as one of the top teams not only in the Eastern Conference but in the entire NHL. As such, they don’t have to worry about just making the playoffs (of course seeding and matchups always matter) but rather being able to field their strongest...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:00 PM

The Bruins legitimacy skyrockets in NHL this past week

If the flurry of moves made by the Bruins (37-15-8) over the past week is any indication, GM Don Sweeney and Boston’s front office understandably believes that with the right tweaks, this is a club that can contend for the Eastern Conference crown and Stanley Cup this spring. It all started...

Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

Are the Bruins the best team in the NHL?

By any measure, 54 regular season games is more than enough of a sample size to get a fair read on an NHL team. Therefore thus far in the 2017-18 campaign, you have to conclude that the Bruins (34-12-8) are one of the top teams in the NHL. Boston has the second best record in the NHL, tied with...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 1:00 PM