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Morning Skate: Is Backes a realistic trade chip for Bruins?

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Morning Skate: Is Backes a realistic trade chip for Bruins?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while pumped that Thor: Ragnarok is now on Netflix. 
 
-- Here's a look at potential trade candidates from each of the Eastern Conference teams. They listed David Backes for the Boston Bruins. Given his age and the $6 million cap hit he has for the next three years, there is pretty much zero chance that the Bruins are going to be able to trade the 33-year-old, even if they wanted to. The most realistic player the Bruins could/would move from the current roster is Torey Krug, based on his value and the fact that the Bruins could use a more frontline defeseman on the left side, but that would only happen if they got a significant return.

-- Pro Hockey Talk says the Stanley Cup Final run is Barry Trotz’s masterpiece with the Washington Capitals, and I’d have to agree. He had as much to prove in the postseason as any of the Caps players, and he’s really gone about doing it just like them. 
 
-- Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Buckley on former Bruins great Johnny “Pie” McKenzie, who isn’t doing well health-wise at 80 years old.
 
-- Speaking of Trotz, he might emerge as one of the candidates for the head coaching gig with the New York Islanders if he doesn’t end up returning to Washington as a soon-to-be coaching free agent. 
 
-- Maple Leafs fans are searching for context clues with the news that Auston Matthews has changed the agent representing him
 
-- For something completely different: Welcome to the NBC Sports Boston family, Danielle Trotta. Good to have you on board! 
 
 

Krejci (upper body) day-to-day after getting knocked out of Game 1

Krejci (upper body) day-to-day after getting knocked out of Game 1

BOSTON – The Bruins started their second-round playoff series relatively healthy and they hope that is still the case after David Krejci was knocked out of Game 1 late in the proceedings.

Krejci exited Boston’s 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period after absorbing a big hit from Riley Nash at the defensive blue line and didn't return for the rest of the third period or OT. Coach Bruce Cassidy said following the win that Krejci was “day-to-day” with what appeared to be an upper-body injury after his right shoulder absorbed most of the contact in the forceful collision.

Cassidy also confirmed that Krejci had not suffered a concussion, which is good news for Boston considering how key No. 46 is to the Bruins' chances of going on a long playoff run this spring.

“He didn’t finish the game. We saw that. I would rule him as day-to-day for now. First thing someone said was well is he in [concussion] protocol – no, it’s not a concussion. He got hit,” said Cassidy. “He left the game, and by the time he was available to come back, the game was over. So we’ll see how he is in the morning. Hopefully, have an update for you then if it’s anything more serious than day-to-day.”

The nature of Cassidy’s comments sounded a hopeful tone that Krejci would be okay after missing some key moments in Game 1.

Krejci finished with four shot attempts, a blocked shot and 8-for-12 on face-offs in 15:36 of ice time and was denied an assist on a beautiful feed for a first-period Charlie McAvoy one-timer that Sergei Bobrovsky somehow kept from going into the net.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 3-2 Game 1 OT win over the Blue Jackets

Talking Points from the Bruins' 3-2 Game 1 OT win over the Blue Jackets

GOLD STAR: Charlie Coyle continued his torrid 2019 postseason for the Bruins as he scored the tying and winning strike, and now has five goals in the playoffs for the Black and Gold after scoring just a couple after arriving in the regular season.

The first goal for the third-line center allowed him to make up for a turnover that led to the first Columbus goal in the third period. The overtime winner was a beautiful tap-in where he cut to the net and buried a feed from Marcus Johansson. 

Coyle finished with the two goals, two shots on net and three registered hits in his 16:37 of ice time, but the timing of the goals was about as clutch as you can get. How many times do you think a young Coyle dreamed of doing that in Weymouth, Mass., when he was a kid?

BLACK EYE: Invisible game from Matt Duchene after he dominated the first round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Duchene didn’t get a single shot on net and really didn’t do much of anything with his speed and skill. Part of it certainly was the trick-or-treat nature of him as a player, but credit also the Bruins for doing the job on him defensively when he was out on the ice. 

Artemi Panarin finished with an assist on the night, but he also really wasn’t a consistently dangerous force for a Blue Jackets team that could have really used that in the latter half of the game. One would expect both will be much, much better in Game 2 on Saturday night.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins clearly took a gut-punch from the when Columbus scored twice in a 13-second span in the third period, and briefly took a 2-1 lead. But credit the Bruins for sticking with it and seeing things through to the end, and eventually, their third line busted through again with Coyle scoring the tying goal on a one-timer bullet that bounced in and out of the net so quickly that people in the press box weren’t even sure it was a goal. That score energized the Bruins and sent them on their way to the eventual OT winner from Coyle.

HONORABLE MENTION: Noel Acciari was another role player who factored in a massive way for the Bruins with his shorthanded goal in the first period. It came amidst the Bruins outshooting the Blue Jackets 14-4 and Sergei Bobrovsky standing on his head to keep the B’s off the scoreboard. 

It would have been a major bummer for the Bruins if they had gone through the first period without lighting the lamp. Even just the single goal felt like a missed opportunity, but at least Acciari gave them the early lead that they rode for a couple of periods. Without the shorthanded strike, the B’s might have lost this game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – The number of shots on net for David Pastrnak in Game 1 as he continued to be off target with his shots and have difficulty cleanly handling the puck. It sure looks like something is wrong with his hands.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: “His buddies probably expect him to get a hat trick next game, that’s the problem. Listen, [Coyle] has got to be excited. I think in Minnesota they didn’t have much luck in terms of getting to the second round, so he’s probably excited he’s advancing. Now you’re at home. Now you’re the hero of the game, so I think it’s awesome. Good for him. Great story.” –Bruce Cassidy, on Weymouth native Charlie Coyle scoring the tying and winning goals for the Bruins.  

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