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Highlights of the Bruins' 2-1 Game 3 win over the Hurricanes

Highlights of the Bruins' 2-1 Game 3 win over the Hurricanes

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 2, Hurricanes 1

IN BRIEF: Tuukka Rask had 35 saves and made two second-period goals stand up in a 2-1 victory that has given the visiting Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The B's can complete the sweep and return to the Cup Final for the first time since 2013 on Thursday night in Carolina. BOX SCORE 

HIGHLIGHTS:

NO, THESE AREN'T ALL 20 OF TUUKKA'S 1ST-PERIOD SAVES, JUST LOOKS LIKE IT:

NORDSTROM-TO-WAGNER, 1-0 B'S IN 2ND:

MARCHAND PP GOAL MAKES IT 2-0:

DE HAAN GETS CANES ON BOARD:

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

*What in the world is going on with Justin Williams? He just completely lost his mind and took three penalties in the first period while making it his mission to take runs at Torey Krug for pretty much the entire 20 minutes. First, he got called for a matching penalty as they traded punches to the head, then he got a minor for holding the stick and another one for throwing a dangerous elbow at Krug’s head in the final minutes of the first period. Williams is obviously a proven veteran performer, but he’s totally lost his poise and his cool after Brad Marchand embarrassed him in Game 2.

*Rask was amazing for most of the two periods while stopping 25 of 26 shots that he faced including a double-stacked beauty of a save on Sebastian Aho in the second period after moving post to post to make the stop. But he also allowed a bit of a softy to Calvin de Haan on a wrist shot that somehow got underneath his pads and through the five-hole for a goal. It’s perfectly permissible given how good he’s been, but you’ve got to call the soft goals when you see them. The 20 saves that Rask made in the first period when the Bruins were getting stormed was the very definition of your goaltender stepping up and having the back of the team when they need him most.  

*What a backbreaking goal scored by the Bruins fourth line to open the scoring. After Carolina couldn’t score on Boston despite 20 shots in the first period, Chris Wagner redirected a Joakim Nordstrom pass past Curtis McElhinney and again the Bruins depth is the difference-maker in this series. They are just far superior to the players at the bottom of Carolina’s roster. 

UP NEXT:

Game 4: @Carolina, Thursday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
*Game 5: @Boston, Saturday, 7:15 p.m. NBC
*Game 6: @Carolina, Monday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
*Game 7: @Boston, Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBCSN

*if necessary

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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.

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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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