BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the First

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Avalanche by a 2-1 score at Pepsi Center after 20 minutes of play in the Mile High City.1)Much better first period on Saturday afternoon from Milan Lucic and David Krejci after invisible games against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The two struggling forwards combined on Bostons second goal when Krejci stuck with the play after his first shot on net deflected, and he flipped a pass in front that somehow got through to Lucic in the slot. Lucic now has a career-high 18 goals this season.2)Huge hit near the blueline by Brad Marchand on Colorado leading scorer Matt Duchene, and the Avalanche do little to respond after the mighty mites body check. Looks like the Bruins are playing with swagger and a touch of intimidation against a young Colorado team thats backing down.3)Speaking of Marchand, he has 11 goals on the season and 21 points with his first period score off a good pass to the front of the net by Mark Recchi. Who wouldve that would have been possible little more than halfway through the hockey season? Marchand is proving to be a very valuable player in what the Bruins are doing. Have I mentioned that Mike Felger was dead wrong in his early season assessments of Marchand in every way, shape or form?4)Good job by Gregory Campbell of keeping the focus where it needed to be when he dropped the gloves with Cody MacLeod in the first period. Campbell was taking on a tough customer, and making a statement to the rest of his teammates that it was time to step up with the Bs trailing by a 1-0 score at that point.5)Two assists for Mark Recchi on both of Bostons goals, and hes now tied with Milan Lucic and David Krejci for second on the Bs in scoring with 32 points (9 goals, 22 assists) this season. Add in his five game-winning goals this year and were all witnessing something pretty special from a guy thats turning 43 in a couple of weeks.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.