Bruins

Bruins lack of scoring touch is an alarming trend

In many ways, it is a miracle that the Bruins (16-12-2) are four games over .500 and currently sit tied for second place in the Atlantic Division with Ottawa (16-11-2) at this point in the 2016-17 campaign. Boston has a near fatal flaw — goal scoring — that seems like it will eventually be their...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 1:01am

Bruins need to take care of business on home ice if they want to return to playoffs

There are a million reasons why the Bruins didn’t make the postseason in 2015-16 but for the purpose of this piece, I’ll submit that their struggles on home ice (17-18-6) ultimately cost them a playoff spot. In case you forgot, they ended up tied with Detroit in points (93) for third-place in the...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 5:10am

Website ranks Boston as the No. 2 sports city in nation

At the first game following the Boston Marathon bombings, Red Sox star David Ortiz famously and emotionally told fans, “This is our f—ing city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom!”In, Boston where being a die-hard sports fan is in the genes, "Big Papi's" statement was met with a warm embrace...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:51pm

Dominic Moore helping to lead Bruins back to respectability

When veteran two-way center Dominic Moore signed a one-year deal with the Bruins back on Aug. 30 for $900,000, it’s safe to say that it barely made a ripple around the NHL. Playing for his 10th club, it was no guarantee that Moore would make Boston’s opening day roster - let alone have a profound...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:55am

The Bruins finally have an identity again

For the past few fruitless seasons, one of the morecommon but also valid complaints about the Bruins was that they were a hockey team without an identity. They couldn’t figure out who they wanted to be: shuffling through a flawed mix of young players and veterans while also being slow to adapt to...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 1:11am

David Pastrnak looks like the true sniper the Bruins need

Goal-scoring is such a precious commodity in today’s NHL that if you have a talented sniper, you have to do everything you can to cultivate him and make sure he can reach his full potential. Goaltenders are mostly huge in terms of size and the quality of their equipment has never been better, two...

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 1:15am

Bruins hoping Matt Beleskey, third line has snapped out of funk

In light of Donald Trump having been elected President of the United States (seriously though, did that happen!?), I guess that we should all be a little more careful about writing things off too soon. That said, odds are that Bruins left wing Matt Beleskey won’t be a Hall of Famer or even an All-...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 1:41am

B’s find out the hard way how valuable Tuukka Rask can be

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is already paid handsomely enough (an 8-year contract worth $56 million through 2020-21), otherwise you know that his agent would be negotiating a new deal as we speak. It’s a very small sample size into the 2016-17 campaign but could Boston’s franchise goaltender’s...

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:48pm

We tried the new TD Garden food offerings —and then we ranked them

After last year’s ascent as an emerging Eastern Conference powerhouse, and the offseason acquisition of rookie and veteran talent, the Celtics roster holds great promise, but fans’ expectations aren’t the only thing on Causeway Street that have been renewed for the upcoming season. After extensive...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7:29pm

Bruins looking to get everything clicking at the same time

Their 6-3 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus last Thursday showed what can happen when the offense is clicking as David Pastrnak, David Backes and Brad Marchand all found the back of the net twice. Two nights later in Toronto, however, the B’s offense was close to non-existent as Pastrnak...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3:50am

2016-17 Boston Bruins preview: B's need to get out to a fast start this season

In a weird way, the Red Sox unceremoniously getting swept out of the MLB postseason by the Indians in the ALDS on Monday does no favors to the Bruins on the eve of the NHL regular season. Boston opens up its 2016-17 campaign at Nationwide Arena on Thursday (7 p.m., NESN) vs. Columbus. The B’s first...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 2:04am

NHL Eastern Conference Preview: Lightning, Penguins, Capitals the favorites

For years, the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference was viewed as secondary to the Western Conference.That may be changing.The Pittsburgh Penguins are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, and in doing so may have changed the way the sport is played at the NHL level. Instead of the...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:00am

Bruins front and center at World Cup of Hockey

For local fans in need of their hockey fix after 5.5 long months of nothing puck-related, the Bruins’ preseason starts on Monday at TD Garden vs. Columbus (7, NESN). However, there are games with much more meaning later this week in Toronto with plenty of Black and Gold connections to add further...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:58am

Plenty of intriguing storylines for Bruins as they open training camp

It might not feel like it outside where the temperature remains in the 70s and 80s all around New England but hockey season is almost here. The Bruins have been holding informal captains’ practices for a few weeks, many of their rookies took part in a competition last weekend in Buffalo and...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 11:47pm

World Cup of Hockey preview: Canada, USA, Sweden top contenders

Feel the chill in the air? OK, maybe not yet.Either way, hockey season is right around the corner. Rookies report to the Flyers training camp on Monday, while veterans show up next Friday.In the meantime, hockey fans get to feast on the World Cup of Hockey, an eight-team tournament full of stars,...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 11:11pm

David Backes the gem of Bruins latest free agent haul

With NHL free agency officially opening last Friday, the Bruins got a jump on the holiday weekend by making two notable moves with their own defensemen on Thursday: They signed Torey Krug (four goals, 40 assists last season) to a four-year contract worth $5.25 million annually and, as expected,...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 1:01am

Making sense of the NHL's wild free agent weekend (Rangers, Islanders, Bruins)

Simply put, what transpired in a nearly one-hour span on June 29 was a precursor to the National Hockey League’s July 1 shopping spree.P.K. Subban. Shea Weber. Taylor Hall. Adam Larsson. All were dealt in shocking trades that, in essence, dropped the puck on the league’s reset which many observers...

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 11:06pm

Bruins land David Backes, Loui Eriksson headed to Canucks

Free agent forward David Backes is headed to the Bruins, according to multiple reports. According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet Canada, the deal is worth $30 million over five years.The Backes news broke around the same time that it was learned that forward Loui Eriksson was leaving the Bruins...

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 9:50pm

Bruins free agency, trade rumors: Latest on Jacob Trouba, Steven Stamkos

The Bruins have coveted a top-flight defensemen for what seems like forever, and it finally looks as though Don Sweeney is closing in on one. Sweeney is preparing an offer sheet for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, according to a CSNNE report.The price tag is too high for many fans and...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:05am

Danny Picard: Bruins need to make trade for a defenseman before NHL Draft

Crazy to think it’s already been five years since the Boston Bruins hoisted the Stanley Cup.It was five years ago on Wednesday, to be exact. But it feels longer than that.As I watched Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins hoist the Cup on Sunday night in San Jose, it made me immediately search...

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 3:48pm