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Another strong start for Khudobin in 35-save effort

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Another strong start for Khudobin in 35-save effort

GOLD STAR
Anton Khudobin stopped 35 of 38 shots in his evening of work and was the best player on the ice for the Bruins with the B’s defense giving up some really high-quality chances throughout the game. Khudobin was brilliant to start making a handful of big stops in the first five minutes when Boston had a couple of rough breakdowns. He then he stopped 26-of-28 in the final 40 minutes of a game where one of two miscues could have meant the difference. It continues a brilliant season for the Bruins backup goalie where he’s been very, very good on a number of instances where the team hasn’t been up to par in front of him. Both Khudobin and the Bruins were in a little better place by the third period, but it would have been for naught if he hadn’t been so good to start for the Black and Gold.

BLACK EYE
A bit of a tough night for a couple of rookies in Danton Heinen (9:04) and Jake DeBrusk (9:51), who both finished with less than 10 minutes of ice time and seemed to be having some difficulty keeping up with the fast and physical attack from the Devils. DeBrusk was on the ice for a couple of goals against the Black and Gold, but both first-year wingers are going to be monitored pretty closely for drop-offs in performance as the intensity picks up in the second half. Both have been pretty consistently good as rookies this season, but it really becomes a different animal in the second half of the NHL season leading into the postseason. It’s going to be like that each night for the remaining 30 or so games, and it’s going to be a big challenge for all of Boston’s rookies to be on point at all times.

TURNING POINTS
The Bruins were nursing a one-goal lead in the third period after Adam McQuaid’s goal midway through the third period and Patrice Bergeron was whistled for delay of game after a puck went over the glass. Rather than buckle and potentially allow the tying goal with one of their best PK guys in the box, the B’s stiffened and finally got some quality play up and down the lineup while putting the clams on the Devils power play. The Bruins killed off that New Jersey PP with roughly five minutes to go in the third period got their empty net goal shortly afterward and never looked back while holding New Jersey to a 0-for-7 performance on the man-advantage.

HONORABLE MENTION
It looked early on like it was going to be a tough night for McQuaid as he took a couple of penalties and was on the ice for a goal against in the second period. But McQuaid kept with it and stepped into a play to keep an offensive possession alive at the offensive blue line, and that wobbly, long-distance shot bounced off a Devils body in front and lifted past Eddie Lack for the winning goal. McQuaid finished with a goal and a plus-1 rating in 17:51 of ice time, had four hits and four blocked shots in a gritty night of work. Best of all, McQuaid went into berserker mode after Brad Marchand took a big hit setting up Boston’s empty-net goal, and fought through the entire Devils team to get a piece of Damon Severson at the end of the game. McQuaid is exactly the kind of player a hockey team wins with.

BY THE NUMBERS
1 – the number of career shorthanded goals for Torey Krug after he scored one in the first period of Sunday night’s game by alertly throwing a puck to the front of the net from below the goal line. Krug’s bid bounced off Nico Hischier’s stick and went right through Eddie Lack’s pads for Boston’s first goal of the game.

QUOTE TO NOTE
“It’s a character statement. It shows that we have a lot of fight in the room. At this point in the season that’s going to take us a long way.” –Bruce Cassidy to reporters on the B’s fighting through a less-than-stellar performance to earn the two-point result when it was all said and done.

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Boston Bruins' new-look third line to debut against Blues

Boston Bruins' new-look third line to debut against Blues

The Boston Bruins debuted their new-look third line on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Recently acquired Charlie Coyle will center the line with David Backes and Peter Cehlarik flanking him on the right and left sides, per the Bruins' official Twitter.

Coyle is expected to be the permanent third-line center moving forward. He will take over from Trent Frederic, who had seen a good deal of time at that position since late-January but was sent down to Providence.

Coyle, who grew up in Weymouth, Mass., expressed some excitement about the potential to work with his new linemates after his first practice with the Bruins. He covered a range of topics regarding his trade from the Minnesota Wild and acclimation to Boston in an interview with NESN.

Backes expressed excitement about the potential of working alongside Coyle as well and is eager to play his second game in St. Louis since joining the Bruins. Backes was a member of the Blues from 2006 to 2016, and logged 727 appearances for the franchise.

The other notable change to the lineup is that Cehlarik will be starting on that unit. Cehlarik was called up in the corresponding move to Frederic's demotion. Cehlarik will take over for Joakim Nordstrom, who has skated in 50 games this season for the Bruins but has only logged seven total points. Cehlarik has logged six points (four goals, two assists) in  13 games.

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Report: Bruins 'among the suitors' for Senators' Ryan Dzingel

Report: Bruins 'among the suitors' for Senators' Ryan Dzingel

The NHL trade deadline is coming up on Monday, and the Boston Bruins have been one of the more active teams on the trade market. After trading for third-line center Charlie Coyle, the team is reportedly considering another deal to strengthen their team.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Bruins are "among the suitors" for Ottawa's Ryan Dzingel. It's unclear exactly what the Bruins would have to give up, but Dreger speculates that the Sens would get a "quality return."

Dzingel, 26, has already tallied career-high 44 points in 57 games. He has 22 goals and 22 assists, and he notched 23 goals in the previous season. He is a scorer, and that's exactly what the Bruins need to help their offense.

If the Bruins did acquire Dzingel, he would be a top-six player who would likely slot in on the second line as a wing. He would fill in there until David Pastrnak returns from injury and at that time, the B's could then evaluate whether to return Pastrnak to the Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand line or move Dzingel up there. Either way, he'd fill the team's need for a top scorer.

Dzingel was a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent following the season.

The Bruins have also been tied to Ottawa's Mark Stone in trade talks. They could be on the phone quite a bit with the Senators in the coming days.

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