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Brandon Carlo snaps 115-game goal-scoring drought with no-doubter

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Brandon Carlo snaps 115-game goal-scoring drought with no-doubter

PITTSBURGH – It was two seasons in the making, but Brandon Carlo finally felt what it was like to score a goal once again.

After zero goals last season for the 6-foot-5 defenseman, it took until the 32nd game of the season this year for Carlo to score in Boston’s 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paint Arena. The score snapped a 115-game goal-scoring drought for the young D-man, and certainly brought a smile to his face after the game was over.

“It had been a long while. But I feel the way I’m starting to put the puck on net a little bit more and there were a lot of opportunities to shoot the puck,” said Carlo. “I thought it was going to come eventually, but it felt really good to put that one in the back of the net.

For me I don’t think I’ve always had that shoot mentality, so coach [Kevin Dean] has done a good job of showing me videos in situations where I can shoot and either go down the wall or get to the middle [of the ice].  I’m happy to get the goal. I just wish it had translated into a win tonight.”

It was actually a pretty solid goal as the B’s fourth line battled in front of the Pittsburgh net, and Chris Wagner eventually pushed the puck back to the point where Carlo stepped into a rocket blast toward the net. It went top corner without any doubts and Carlo had his first goal-scoring celebration in a while on a score that got the B's on the board.

Carlo has just a goal and three points in 23 games this season for the B’s as a shutdown defenseman, but he did finish with six goals and 16 points as a rookie a couple of years ago. So there’s belief that the hard, accurate shot and the skating ability should translate into a little bit more offense for the third year D-man.

“I think it’s in him. He’s not a go-to-guy by any means, but I think he’s a guy that’s rangy enough and skates well enough that he’s going to find pucks up top,” said Bruce Cassidy. “He can shoot it fairly accurately when he’s on. Hopefully that’s the monkey off his back and he gets going. I think he had six his first year. There might have been a couple of lucky ones in there if I can remember, but he’s certainly capable of pitching in four, five or six goals [in a season]. So maybe this is the beginning.”

He’s probably never going to run a power play or even get to double-digits in goals, but Carlo can provide a little bit more. But for now the youngster is just happy to be back on the board at all, and ready to supply a little bit more with some newfound offensive confidence to go along with his natural defensive strengths. 

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Marc Savard waves honorary flag as Bruins banner captain for Game 5 vs. Maple Leafs

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Marc Savard waves honorary flag as Bruins banner captain for Game 5 vs. Maple Leafs

It was a special moment for Marc Savard at TD Garden as the former Bruin got to wave the honorary flag as banner captain before Game 5 vs. the Maple Leafs.

Savard spent five seasons in Boston before his career was cut short due to head injuries. Friday night was his first time back at the Garden since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, and it's safe to say he was fired up to return.

Savard remains beloved by Bruins fans, so it's cool to see his pitch to be the team's banner captain for a game this series didn't go unnoticed.

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Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Game 6 will be a 3 p.m. game on Sunday

Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Game 6 will be a 3 p.m. game on Sunday

The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing in what could be a decisive Game 6 on Sunday in Toronto. The time for the game has officially been set.

The Bruins vs. Leafs game will take place at 3 p.m. The game will be on NBC, and all Stanley Cup Playoff games can be seen on the NBC Sports App.

Of course, the earlier start time also means that Game of Thrones fans won't have to choose between watching the hockey game and watching the second episode of the show's final season.

Friday night's game will help decide who has a chance to clinch the series in Game 6. The Bruins are getting Sean Kuraly back on their fourth line and have outscored the Leafs 13-12 so far in the series.

The Bruins will be hoping that Brad Marchand can net a goal on Friday and Sunday, as they have a ridiculous record in playoff games that Marchand scores in.

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