Bruins hoping to see more shots out of Charlie McAvoy


Bruins hoping to see more shots out of Charlie McAvoy

TORONTO – Charlie McAvoy has been nothing short of outstanding in his first month of NHL duty.

The 19-year-old is the only NHL rookie averaging north of 20 minutes of ice time per game, he’s already logging penalty kill duty and facing the other team’s best players in a partnership with Zdeno Chara and he’s got a solid eight points of production in 14 games thus far. 

He’s a minus player right now which is clearly something to work on, and he’s taken a couple of penalties along the way as well. But perhaps the biggest area where the Bruins would love to see growth from right now is McAvoy rearing back and shooting the puck, something that can create offense when he does pick his spots with his hard, heavy and accurate shot.

“Things happen quickly out there, and we trust his instincts and his vision. What you see is how you make the play, but, yes, we’d like to see him get more pucks to the net,” said Bruce Cassidy of McAvoy, who is on pace for a pretty solid six goals and 47 points as it is right now without any further shooting frequency. “I think it’s something that will gravitate to his game over time. I don’t think that’s something that will happen overnight, when you’re a certain type of player. We see with a lot of different guys where we’re overpassing, and we could shoot more often. We’re working on it.”

McAvoy was joined by both Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron in that category in the third period vs. the Rangers on Wednesday night, as both premier offensive players passed up good looks at the net in favor of passes that never connected.

McAvoy didn’t have a single shot on net in either of Boston’s last couple of games, and has just one shot on net in his last four games. He’s talented enough to be a bigger factor on offense with more tries at the net per game, and then that can be added to his aggressive physicality and all-around workhorse game that he brings to the table.

It’s certainly something that the youngster knows could be another component to an already impressive all-around game.

“I think shooting the puck is something I want to do. It’s something where if a guy is open and he’s giving me the pass option I am going to make the play, and in that respect, I can be a pass-first guy,” said McAvoy. “But I’ve been talking to [Bruce Cassidy] about it, and he’s very good at expressing that he’d like to see me shoot the puck more. It’s something I want to do and it’s something I know I can do more. I just want to get more pucks to the net.”

What better place than Toronto for a multi-skilled player like McAvoy, with a seemingly endless amount of talent, to start generating a little more offense by throwing a little more rubber at the net? 


Dominant Rask leads Bruins toward 3-2 victory against Devils


Dominant Rask leads Bruins toward 3-2 victory against Devils

BOSTON – It was a strange game with multiple delays, a goalie injury and a linesman that also went down leaving both teams with three on-ice officials for much of the game.

It also featured the Bruins fighting from behind against the New Jersey Devils a couple of times before finally collecting a solid 3-2 win at TD Garden that extended their point streak to 17 games.

The Bruins were outshot by a 20-margin in the first period, but watched Tuukka Rask turn away all 20 of the shots that he faced behind a B’s club that clearly wasn’t starting on time.

The Devils actually took control of the game in the second period as Miles Wood tipped a Will Butcher shot past Rask while camped out all alone in front of the net. The Bruins stormed back and tied it up five minutes later on a Riley Nash shot that bounced and pin-balled it’s way over Cory Schneider from a bad angle.

New Jersey once again jumped on top as a Torey Krug point blast caught Patrice Bergeron squarely in the chest at the offensive zone, and Jersey was able to turn that into an odd-man rush and a Damon Severson strike at the other end.

After that, however, it was all Bruins. They limited the Devils to just seven shots in the middle 20 minutes, and scored a pair of unanswered goals to take control of the game sandwiched around a 13-minute delay after a major time clock snafu. Patrice Bergeron scored on a power play strike from the slot during a 5-on-3 advantage to tie things up, and after the delay Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with under a minute to go in the period.

The rest was up to Rask, who shut down Severson on a breakaway attempt in the third period and stopped 37 shots in all in one of his best performances of the season. 


Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'


Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while Tanguay is busy taking America...again!

*I kind of missed the "Mighty Ducks" phenomenon as I was a little too old to be the target audience when the movies first came out, but hopefully my kids will get to experience it fully with a new Mighty Ducks TV show in development. Gordon Bombay might be one of the greatest names for a movie character in cinema history, let alone hockey movie history.

*Speaking of hockey and television, it looks like PK Subban is going to get the big-shot experience on the Daily Show in the near future.

*A couple of major hockey figures say that the NHL has been completely silent on their pitches for funding to further study concussions.

*There’s a lot of concern over whether or not the Vancouver Canucks will play it smart at the trade deadline, but I’m more concerned about the health and well-being of this “sentagraph” that’s badly in need a breath: “It was only a little more than a week ago that the team’s effort to put everything together after kinda-sorta blowing it up a year or two back (at least as far as ownership would allow) was dubbed a “model rebuild” but that was not the world’s greatest take and I think everyone disagreed with it immediately.”

*The Chicago Blackhawks lost again and continue to spiral further out of a playoff spot with a team that sure seems like they should be better than they are.

*For something completely different: The Oscar nomination for the adapted “Logan” screenplay should be a game-changer for comic book movies.