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Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: How to watch NHL game online

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: How to watch NHL game online

The Boston Bruins just beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at the TD Garden. After the Penguins scored the opening goal just seconds into the contest, the Bruins roared back and scored four unanswered to earn the win.

Now, they'll have to bring forth that same type of energy in a hostile road environment.

The Bruins are taking on the Penguins at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon in a marquee afternoon clash at the PPG Paints Arena.

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The Penguins (30-13-5) sit at second place in the Metropolitan division behind only the Washington Capitals, a team that has the most points in the NHL. Pittsburgh is coming off a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night that will serve as a palate cleanser for the team.

Meanwhile, the Bruins (28-9-12) are coming off the win against the Penguins and have posted a modest 5-2-3 record in their last 10 games. They've made some roster changes in the past week with Brett Ritchie and David Backes being waived while Tuukka Rask is dealing with a concussion.

Rask's concussion means that Jaroslav Halak will likely start again in net. Halak had been in a bit of a slump before the game against Pittsburgh, allowing 17 goals in a five-game span in which he went 1-2-2 as a starter. Hopefully, he will be able to repeat his strong performance against Pittsburgh.

The Bruins will also be without second-line center David Krejci for another game. Par Lindholm will take his place in the lineup and will likely center the team's third line with Coyle playing on the second unit. Lindholm is on a two-game point streak and scored a goal on Thursday against the Penguins.

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Joe Thornton reveals his NHL trade deadline disappointment in candid comments

Joe Thornton reveals his NHL trade deadline disappointment in candid comments

Few players in the NHL want to win a Stanley Cup more than Joe Thornton, so you can imagine his disappointment at not being dealt to a contender before Monday's trade deadline.

The San Jose Sharks made a couple moves Monday, including a trade that sent veteran forward Patrick Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional third-round draft pick. Thornton and Marleau were taken first and second overall, respectively, in the 1997 NHL Draft, and they are two of the best players in league history who've never won a Stanley Cup.

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Marleau will now get a shot in Pittsburgh, but Thornton is staying put on a Sharks team that has no chance of making the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, let alone win a championship. 

Thornton wasn't shy about expressing his disappointment about what happened at the trade deadline. Here's what he told Kevin Kurz of The Athletic on Tuesday:

So, why didn't Thornton get traded? The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun explained in his trade deadline notebook:

The problem when it came to Thornton is that the teams who did show interest — and there was interest from three or four teams — did not match the teams that Jumbo would have signed off for in his quest to win a Cup.

So no, as far as I can tell, Boston, Colorado and Vegas were not among the teams that phoned on Thornton. I think the teams that did just weren’t surefire Cup contenders, so it didn’t present the allure for Thornton. He was always going to be picky, as he should be.

This makes a lot of sense. It's one thing to want to play for a contender, but these teams actually need to have interest and a fit for Thornton for any deal to materialize.

Thornton going back to the Bruins, with whom he started his Hall of Fame career more than 20 years ago, would've been awesome and made for a fun story. The Bruins arguably are the favorite to win the Stanley Cup and enter Tuesday with the league's best record. It's hard to see a fit for Thornton on Boston's roster, though, so it's not terribly surprising they didn't make a trade for him.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Charlie Coyle are firmly cemented as the team's top three centers, and Sean Kuraly is able to be effective in that role on the fourth line. Does it make sense to play Thornton on the fourth line? No, not really.

Thornton will be an unrestricted free agent if unsigned July 1, so he doesn't have to wait too much longer for an opportunity to pick a Stanley Cup contender that will help him chase his first championship ring.

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives update on Torey Krug contract extension talks

Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives update on Torey Krug contract extension talks

The Boston Bruins freed up salary cap space over the last week as a result of two trades made with the Anaheim Ducks, and this situation could make it easier for the team to re-sign defenseman Torey Krug in the offseason.

Krug is arguably the team's most important player eligible for free agency July 1. He will be an unrestricted free agent if unsigned at that time, and as a premier offensive defenseman in the prime of his career, he could command quite a large salary.

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Where do talks stand between Krug's camp and the Bruins? B's general manager Don Sweeney gave a brief update Monday while speaking to reporters after the NHL trade deadline.

"I don’t have an update in terms of a timeline," Sweeney said. "We’ve continued to stay in communication with Torey, whether we find one at an appropriate time between now and the end of the year, I don’t know yet. We’ll have talks, they’ve been very cordial, both sides sort of understand where they are, and whether or not we can bridge something along those lines is to be determined."

Krug has tallied 42 points (eight goals, 34 assists) in 55 games for the Bruins this season, with 24 of those points coming on the power play. Boston controls 56.22 percent of shots on goal and 53.42 percent of scoring chances during 5-on-5 play when Krug is on the ice, per Natural Stat Trick.

The Bruins should have around $24 million in cap space this summer, which is a pretty good amount of room, but Krug isn't the team's only free agent to bring back. Other important Bruins free agents include left winger Jake DeBrusk (RFA), captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara (UFA), backup goalie Jaroslav Halak (UFA) and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (RFA).

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