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Highlights from the Briuns' 3-2 loss in 2OT to the Blue Jackets in Game 2

Highlights from the Briuns' 3-2 loss in 2OT to the Blue Jackets in Game 2

FINAL SCORE: Blue Jackets 3, Bruins 2

IN BRIEF: After going to overtime in Game 1, Game 2 took two overtime periods to decide a winner. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Columbus found its way into the back of the net to even the series. 

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS SERIES: Series tied 1-1

BOX SCORE

HIGHLIGHTS:

BRUINS HONOR JOHN HAVLICEK PREGAME

BRUINS FANS SING BON JOVI

GRZELCYK GIVES B'S A 1-0 LEAD

BLUE JACKETS MOVE THE PUCK AROUND TO TIE IT 1-1

COYLE RESPONDS RIGHT AWAY TO GIVE B'S THE LEAD AGAIN

PANARIN WITH HIS SECOND OF THE GAME

TERRIFIC SAVE BY RASK

BERGERON NEARLY WINS IT IN OT

UP NEXT:
Game 3: Tuesday, @Columbus, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Game 4: Thursday, May 2: @Columbus, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Network
*Game 5: Saturday, May 4: @TD Garden, 7:15 p.m., NBC
*Game 6: Monday, May 6: @Columbus, TBD
*Game 7: Wednesday, May 8: @TD Garden, TBD

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Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

The Boston Bruins will reportedly re-sign one of their free agent defensemen. However, it's not one of the ones that many expected it to be.

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Bruins have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran defenseman, Steven Kampfer. Pagnotta broke the news on Twitter.

Kampfer was a key role player for the Boston Bruins last season. When called upon in the regular season, he had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 35 games of action while averaging 14:38 time on ice. And in the playoffs, he appeared in three games for the squad and notched his first career postseason goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Though Kampfer didn't see a lot of action, he serves as an experienced depth piece with seven years of NHL experience. And when called upon, he was solid. The Bruins probably were looking to retain him as cheap depth, especially with a couple of their top defenseman -- Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo -- hitting restricted free agency (though keeping both McAvoy and Carlo is a priority for the Bruins). 

Additionally, Torey Krug is entering the final season of his contract, so re-upping with Kampfer for two years gives them depth in case he leaves or if the team chooses to trade him.

It's unclear what the financial component of Kampfer's deal will be or if keeping him cause them to part with any of their other veteran defensemen. But for now, it appears that Kampfer is planning on returning the Bruins for another season. And keeping him as insurance is a sensible move for the Bruins.

HAGGERTY: Grading the Bruins' five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft>>>

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

The Bruins didn't have long to transition from the regular season to the offseason, as this past weekend's NHL Draft took place less than 10 days after the B's dropped Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fortunately for B's general manager Don Sweeney, he had a first-round pick this time around after trading a first-rounder away a season ago in the Rick Nash trade.

When all was said and done, the Bruins addressed several needs, adding four forwards and a defenseman. 

None of those players are expected to contribute in the 2019-20 season, but how did Sweeney and the Bruins fare?

Joe Haggerty evaluated each of the B's picks based on need and where they were drafted.

Click here for Haggerty's grades for all five Bruins draft picks.>>>>>

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