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Bruins announce a slew of minor league signings

Bruins announce a slew of minor league signings

The Bruins still have some big things to take care of with restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, but they took care of a few little things on Monday afternoon. The B’s made official the one-year, two-way contract for right winger Peter Cehlarik worth $700,000, which will allow the Bruins to avoid an arbitration hearing with the big right winger.

The B’s also announced six minor contracts to an array of young hopefuls that ranged from 21-year-old QMJHL leading scorer Samuel Asselin to big, veteran defenseman Chris Breen, who has spent the last five seasons with the Providence Bruins. The most interesting of them all might just turn out to be Russian D-man Alexey Solovyev, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder that played for Bentley University over the last four seasons.

But each of them will play a role, some bigger than others, with the P-Bruins next season and will provide the B’s with the necessary organizational depth they will need to ice a hockey team next season. Here’s a snapshot of each of them:

*The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Asselin is a Quebec native that scored a whopping 48 goals and 86 points in 68 games for the Halifax Mooseheads, as the 21-year-old led the QMJHL in goals scored in his final season of junior hockey. Asselin participated in Bruins development camp and showed good offensive ability while mixing it up with fellow B’s prospects. Asselin was signed to a two-year contract.

*The Bruins also signed 27-year-old Brendan Woods to a two-year deal as well. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound forward and Saskatchewan native had seven goals, 17 points and 103 penalty minutes for the Utica Comets in the AHL last season, and was originally a fifth round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012.  

*Chris Breen has spent the last five seasons with Providence, including the last four as an alternate captain. The 6-foot-7, 226-pound stay-at-home defenseman skated in 47 games with the P-Bruins in 2018-19 while posting two goals and 11 points with a plus-eight rating.

*Robert Lantosi, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward skated in 56 games with Nitra MHC in the Slovak Tipsport Liga, the top hockey league in Slovakia in 2018-19. The 23-year-old Lantosi produced 20 goals and 58 points with a plus-17 rating in the Slovakian League last season.

*Joel Messner, a 25-year-old defenseman, split time between AHL Providence and Atlanta in the ECHL for the B’s organization last season. Messner skated in 32 games with Providence in 2018-19 while putting up one goal and seven points. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound defenseman also appeared in 27 games for the Atlanta Gladiators, producing six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

*The 24-year-old, 6-foot-2, 205-pound Solovyev spent the last four seasons playing for Ryan Soderquist at Bentley University. Solovyev recorded five goals and 13 points in 37 games for the Falcons as a senior in 2018-19.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning Thursday night at TD Garden. 

GOLD STAR: David Pastrnak was once again the shining star for the Bruins offense with a pair of goals and three points overall to go with four shots on net and seven shot attempts in 21:34 of ice time. It was Pastrnak that scored with little more than three minutes to go in the third period to tie things up and make certain that the Bruins at least got a point for their efforts on Thursday night. Now Pastrnak has six goals in his last two games and leads the Bruins with seven goals scored in seven games this season for the Black and Gold. The problems are twofold: Pastrnak isn’t going to sustain this kind of scoring pace for the Bruins, and he’s doing most of his damage on the power play rather than during five-on-five play. It’s enjoyable for the Bruins while it’s going on, but it’s also masking some big issues with this team right now.

BLACK EYE: Zdeno Chara was on the ice for a pair of goals against and made one of the biggest mistakes of the game when he allowed Brayden Point to get behind him for a breakaway goal in the final two seconds of the first period. Chara finished with a minus-2 rating in his 22:05 of ice time, had just a single shot on net and wasn’t much of a physical factor either with two hits and two blocked shots in a game where the Lightning brought plenty of physicality to the table. The Bruins obviously rebounded from Chara’s mental mistake at the end of the first period, but B’s players both young and old need to pay much greater attention to detail if they are looking for two points against teams like Tampa.

TURNING POINT: The turning point for the Bruins was the end of the first period when the B’s had effectively held down the Lightning for nearly the entire 20 minutes, and were about to go to the first intermission up 1-0. Instead, both Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy allowed Brayden Point to get behind them in the final seconds of the period, and Point beat Tuukka Rask with a slick move to his glove hand with 1.6 seconds left in the first period. That gave all the momentum to Tampa headed into the first intermission and set up a back-and-forth game that the Bruins weren’t able to come out on top of when it was all done.  

HONORABLE MENTION: Brayden Point is one of the best players in the NHL that nobody knows about. Point took advantage of the Bruins at the end of the first period when he got behind the Chara/Charlie McAvoy pairing for a goal and he played an excellent all-around game with a goal, two points, a plus-2 rating, eight shot attempts and 7-of-9 face-off wins in 21:21 of ice time. The Lightning are going the Bruins route with a huge top line of Nikita Kucherov-Point-Steve Stamkos and that line produced a pair of even-strength goals before Stamkos scored the shootout game-winner in the extra session. Point has been excellent against the B’s for a while and Thursday night was no exception.

BY THE NUMBERS: 14-of-17 – the number of goals scored by Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak over the last six games, which is great for them and really not great at all for everybody else on the B’s roster.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We win that game if we get secondary scoring from anybody else. I think that’s stating the obvious.” –Bruce Cassidy, on the lack of secondary scoring on a night the B’s lost 4-3 to Tampa in the shootout.

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Highlights from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

Highlights from the Bruins' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning

FINAL SCORE: Lightning 4, Bruins 3 (SO)

IN BRIEF: The Bruins and Lightning went to a shootout after an evenly played game and a scoreless overtime Thursday night in Boston. But after the Bruins failed to score in every round of the shootout, Tampa went home with the win.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 5-1-1 (11 points)

HIGHLIGHTS:

PASTRNAK BURIES ONE TO PUT BOSTON AHEAD

TAMPA TIES IT UP

MARCHAND-TO-PASTA-TO-BERGERON FOR THE SCORE

LIGHTNING TIE IT AGAIN OFF A REBOUND

SHATTENKIRK PUTS TAMPA AHEAD LATE

PASTRNAK RESPONDS WITH HIS SECOND OF THE NIGHT TO TIE IT

UP NEXT:
@ Maple Leafs, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN

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