Important Bruins win against troublesome Detroit: 'We wanted to make sure we got a win today'

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Important Bruins win against troublesome Detroit: 'We wanted to make sure we got a win today'

BOSTON – With a pair of losses to the NHL’s worst team this season and less than two months remaining in the regular season, it was ultra-important for the Bruins to finally take care of business this weekend with a third chance against the Red Wings.

They did just that in fine all-around fashion with a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon at TD Garden, where they got contributions throughout the lineup and truly dominated Detroit while outshooting them by a 41-26 margin in the victory. This time around the Bruins were a little more well-rested than they were in last Sunday’s loss to the Red Wings in Detroit, and they were able to execute better in the key situations throughout the game.

The B’s actually handed the Wings a one-goal lead after a first period they otherwise utterly dominated, and then stormed back with three goals in the second period as Charlie McAvoy, Patrice Bergeron and Charlie Coyle notched the scoreboard for the Black and Gold. They got David Pastrnak’s NHL-leading 42nd goal of the season in the third period as well, and that was more than enough to beat the woeful Red Wings and keep pace with a Tampa Bay Lightning team that won their 10th game in a row on Saturday night.

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If the opposite had happened and the Bruins had finally succumbed to the Bolts in the Atlantic Division due to another loss to the lowly Red Wings, there would have been hell to pay. Thankfully for them that didn’t happen at all and the B’s still barely hold down first place ahead of the hard-charging Lightning.

“We wanted to make sure we got a win today. We had a couple of losses to them this year [and] we wanted to make sure we took care of business in the right manner. I think everyone was involved today so it was a good hockey game in that regard. We didn’t steal anything,” said Cassidy. “That’s a good way to hit the road, feeling good about your game. I think it’s just an extension of what we’ve been doing the last two, three weeks, ten games let’s say.

“Again, different guys [were] contributing — our top guys, they do their thing. But I thought everyone sort of pulled on the rope [against Detroit]. I thought [Charlie] Coyle’s line did a good job of establishing O-zone possession time and had a big influence on the momentum shifts for us.”

Earlier in the season, it appeared that games against bottom feeder teams like Detroit were traps of the highest order for the Bruins. At times their focus waned and it was clear they didn’t generate as much energy against lowly teams like Detroit, New Jersey, Chicago and Los Angeles, and that led to wasted opportunities for points against much lesser opponents during their stretch drive.  

Now the Bruins have won eight of their last nine games and continue to play with great focus, energy and effort while rounding their game into form for a stretch run that’s going to be challenging for everybody over the final 23 games.

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric. 

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.