FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Flames 3
IN BRIEF: The Bruins and Flames engaged in a wild offensive battle in the first period of their game, but things slowed down after seven total goals were scored in the first 21 minutes. The Bruins were able to come from two goals back to earn a key victory. Patrice Bergeron netted a couple of goals while Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle also added goals.
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BRUINS RECORD: 39-11-12, 90 points (1st in Atlantic Division)
BACKLUND SCORES VERY EARLY FOR THE FLAMES
BACKLUND DOUBLES THE LEAD OFF FEED FROM RIEDING
BERGERON GETS A GOAL TO SLOW THE FLAMES MOMENTUM
FLAMES GET A BOUNCE OF THEIR OWN
BERGERON EATS INTO THE LEAD AGAIN
COYLE NETS A BREAKAWAY TO COMPLETE FIRST PERIOD COMEBACK
MARCHAND TIPS HOME CARLO SHOT TO GIVE B'S FIRST LEAD
@ Vancouver Canucks, Saturday, 7 p.m., NESN
vs. Calgary Flames, Tuesday, 7 p.m., NESN
The Boston Bruins don't have a robust prospect pool filled with elite talent. This is not unusual for a franchise that's been a perennial playoff contender, and one that often looks to move draft picks and/or prospects to make roster upgrades at the NHL trade deadline.
This also doesn't mean the Bruins lack exciting talent throughout the organization, though. For example, Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman, who Boston selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, was recently named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Trophy.
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The top prospect in Boston's system is center Jack Studnicka -- a second-round pick by the Bruins in 2017. Studnicka had played the entire 2019-20 campaign with the AHL's Providence Bruins before the outbreak of the coronavirus halted the season. He's tallied 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 60 games for Providence.
Studnicka's performance has drawn positive reviews from Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.
“How he scores goals is interesting,” Cassidy told Joe McDonald of The Athletic. “He gets inside and works to the good ice a lot, which is important in the NHL. It’s hard to be a perimeter player and have success. That was one thing I noticed about him. … He’s a very aggressive guy on the puck, and for a centerman that’s unique because usually you want your wingers in there on puck pursuit more than a centerman because he has a long way to go (to get back into the defensive zone).”
Studnicka's chance to make a real impact in the NHL could come as early as next season. He'd be an excellent addition to the bottom-six, a group that could use more speed and offensive skill.
The goal for Studnicka is becoming a top-six center, and his play in Providence this season should give Bruins fans plenty of optimism that he'll eventually reach that level.
Count Bobby Orr among those offering their thanks to those battling the coronavirus.
Orr wrote a letter to Massachusetts General Hospital thanking the people involved in the battle against COVID-19. Here's a look at some of what the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman had to say in his letter, per Mass General's official website.
Undoubtedly, the days and weeks ahead will test us all in many ways. But none will be tested more than those of you who continue to manage, treat and research the virus day after day after day. Given your efforts and expertise, I have great confidence in the eventual outcome of this pandemic, in no small measure because of the excellence I have personally witnessed at Mass General.
To all of you, please ... keep on fighting the good fight, and thank you so much for all you do.
That is certainly a kind gesture by Orr and one that echoes how thankful a lot of people are for the dedication of these hospital staffers during these incredibly difficult times.