By Joe Haggerty
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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Bruins have made a selection on their coach for the AHL Providence Bruins, and its a familiar name to the farm club.
Bruce Cassidy has served the Boston organization well as a P-Bruins assistant for the last three seasons, and the Bs stayed in house to name Cassidy as the new head coach in Providence. Cassidy will be replacing Rob Murray, who has been offered several different assignments within the organization after leading the P-Bruins for the last three years.
Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said that Cassidy has a wealth of knowledge in a pro hockey career thats taken him all over the world, and the Bs front office felt the head P-Bruins job was the next logical step for the 10th coach in their franchise history.
Bruce brings a wealth of experience at both the National Hockey League level, the American Hockey League level, as a player, you know, he brings insight, said Sweeney. I think that hes traveled a different course to get back to where he is right now and I think that hes hungry for the opportunity again.
Hes done a really good job of developing players at all different levels, to tell you the truth. Hes worked with the forwards and the defense and in the last couple of years weve seen a nice impact that hes had with our younger players. We feel excited about going forward with him.
Cassidy was a first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983 and played 35 games for the Hawks from 1985-1990 before playing pro hockey for Italy and Germany at the end of his hockey playing career.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.
*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.
*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.
The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.
“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”
One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.
“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.
“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”
So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden.