Judging by rink board adverts, the Columbus Blue Jackets will have plenty of Ohio-sourced gas and groceries for the playoffs against Toronto. They certainly had more get-up-n’-go than the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, and lots of grind in case the Maple Leafs didn’t know they’ll be handful in Game 1 of the best-of-five qualifier […]Blue Jacket beat Bruins, Maple Leafs up next — Toronto Sun
The Boston Bruins on Thursday revealed how they will pay tribute to Colby Cave upon the restart of the 2019-20 season. Each player will sport helmet decals to honor Cave, who in April died at 25 years old after a brain bleed. Cave played in 23 games over parts of two seasons with the Bruins…Bruins To Honor Late Ex-Teammate Colby Cave With These Helmet Decals — NESN.com
Tuukka Rask has been dealing with a fracture in his finger, but he’s not worried about potentially missing any time. After being announced as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last week, the Boston Bruins netminder on Friday took part in a Zoom call. During the call, he was spotted wearing a splint on his…Tuukka Rask Reveals He Fractured Finger Doing Box Jumps, But Won’t Miss Time — NESN.com
After Pastrnak skated with a group of a dozen players and Kase skated later with Trent Frederic on Wednesday, both were deemed “unfit to participate” on Thursday, according to Cassidy. Who knows what tomorrow or the next day will bring?David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase absent from Bruins’ practice — Boston Herald
As the NHL begins to allow voluntary workouts for players at team facilities, a Boston Bruin has tested positive for COVID-19. The team announced Friday morning that one of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. However, the player proceeded to test negative twice thereafter and has been asymptomatic. During a Zoom call with the…Bruins Player Tested Positive For COVID-19, Has Since Tested Negative Twice — NESN.com
It was pretty easy to spot Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara in a crowd of the thousands of people who joined demonstrations popping up in communities across the state of Massachusetts on Friday. The Boston Bruins shared a photo of their 6-foot-9 captain joining protests against racism in Brookline, towering over those around him. Check…Bruins’ Captain Zdeno Chara Spotted Marching To Protest Against Racism — NESN.com
It was pretty easy to spot Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara in a crowd of the thousands of people who joined demonstrations popping up in communities across the state of Massachusetts on Friday. The Boston Bruins shared a photo of their 6-foot-9 captain joining protests against racism in Brookline, towering over those around him. Check it out: The Captain. pic.twitter.com/tRsy2eE3V4 — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 5, 2020 Chara last week posted a public statement in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic murder by a Minneapolis police officer, sharing a petition calling for justice for Floyd and other victims of police brutality. “No one should live with the fear and perpetual injustice faced daily by communities of color across the United States and around the world,” it read. Chara commendably took his message to the streets.
Gerry Cheevers believes the Boston Bruins’ bright present will reap future glory. The Bruins legend predicted Thursday in a virtual town hall with season ticket holders the team would win the Stanley Cup Final in the near future. “It’s obviously a great franchise,” Cheevers said, according to NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. “Just stick by them. They’re going…Bruins Legend Gerry Cheevers Predicts Boston To Win Stanley Cup ‘Soon’ — NESN.com
Gerry Cheevers believes the Boston Bruins’ bright present will reap future glory. The Bruins predicted Thursday in a virtual town hall with season ticket holders the team would win the Stanley Cup Final in the near future. “It’s obviously a great franchise,” Cheevers said, according to NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. “Just stick by them. They’re going to win the Cup soon.” Cheevers based his prediction on the enduring quality of the Bruins’ front office and players. “They’ve done a great job, that organization,” he said. “I don’t know what the format’s going to be or what’s going to happen. You (drafted) a guy like Patrice Bergeron (in 2003) — when I still worked for the Bruins (as a scout) … — and Zdeno Chara. I worked with Tuukka (Rask) a little bit. These are good people. The Bruins have done a good job in hiring and signing and recruiting classy players and certainly Patrice Bergeron is the A-1 example of that. And you like being associated with people like that.” The Bruins rebounded from last season’s Stanley Cup Final heartbreak nicely in 2019-20. They were leading the NHL after 70 games with 100 points when the season paused in March. Cheevers seemingly has faith the high-performing group will recover their place atop the NHL heap when the players return from hiatus the coronavirus outbreak prompted. And the Hockey Hall of Famer knows a thing or two about what makes a winning team. He played for the Bruins between 1967 and 1972 and between 1975 and 1980, winning two Stanley Cup Final with the big, bad B’s in the process.
Jaroslav Halak will be back for a third season in Boston. The Bruins’ backup goalie was a pending unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the team on Friday announced they signed him to an extension for the 2020-21 season. He’ll make $2.25 million next season, a slight bump down from the $2.75 million per year…Bruins Sign Backup Goalie Jaroslav Halak To One-Year Contract Extension — NESN.com
It’s been one day since news broke of Colby Cave’s brain bleed, and the Edmonton Oilers center is receiving lots of support from both current and former teammates. The Boston Bruins are among those sending their best wishes to Cave and his family. Several members of the Bruins have recorded messages for Cave, who remains…How Bruins Are Supporting Ex-Teammate Colby Cave During Brain Bleed — NESN.com
While the NHL was put on hold, Zdeno Chara celebrated his 43rd birthday. Read MoreTRAIKOS: League shutdown could spell end of career for Bruins’ Zdeno Chara — Toronto Sun
While the NHL was put on hold, Zdeno Chara celebrated his 43rd birthday.
Well, celebrated might be too strong a word.
Chara, whose birthday fell on March 18, was supposed to be in Anaheim for a game against the Ducks. Instead, he spent the day in his car completing a 20-plus hour drive from Boston to his off-season home in Florida with his wife and three kids.
“Strange times,” said Chara, who joked during an online conference call with three other Atlantic Division captains on Monday that it could have been worse. At least Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and notoriously gassy stomach wasn’t also on the road trip.
“The way he farts,” said Chara, “the smell is awful.”
That joke got a big laugh out of Toronto’s John Tavares, Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk and Detroit’s Dylan Larkin. But for most of the call, Chara was somber, if not serious, about how things have changed because of the coronavirus.
The severity of COVID-19 has halted the NHL’s regular season and crippled life as we know it. Normally, Chara might have gone out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. This time, he wisely kept it more low key.
“You reach a certain age,” he said, “and you try to hide it.”
That Chara would seek refuge down south made sense for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a lot warmer in Florida than it is in Boston. Chara said he has a pool where he can stay in shape swimming laps and plenty of room outside for him and his kids to run around and play.
David Pastrnak’s efforts on Wednesday night, and the efforts of those at TD Garden, have helped a good cause. After the Boston Bruins’ winger netted his third goal of the game against the Montreal Canadiens, B’s fans took part in the well-established tradition and threw their hats on the ice. The Bruins announced on Twitter…Here’s Where Hats From Bruins’ David Pastrnak’s Hat-Trick Goal Are Going — NESN.com
The Bruins announced on Twitter during the second intermission that those hats will be donated to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans
After a 29-save performance in the Bruins’ win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon, Tuukka Rask was scheduled to enjoy a day of rest Sunday when Boston visited Detroit for the second leg of a back-to-back. It turned out there would be no off day for Rask, however. Jaroslav Halak was a late scratch…Bruins Notes: Why Jaroslav Halak Was Late Scratch In Loss To Red Wings — NESN.com