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Report: Bruins sign defenseman John Moore to five-year deal

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Report: Bruins sign defenseman John Moore to five-year deal

The Bruins have signed defenseman John Moore to a five-year contract, per TSN's Frank Seravalli.

Moore spent the last three seasons with the Devils. The 27-year-old accumulated 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists last year.

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Was the Winter Classic win the turning point for the Bruins in 2019? They sure think so

Was the Winter Classic win the turning point for the Bruins in 2019? They sure think so

Entering their 2019 Winter Classic clash with the Blackhawks, the Bruins were 22-14 and far away from title contention. Tampa Bay and Washington were presumed to be the best teams in the Eastern Conference, while the Bruins were destined for another underwhelming close to a season. 

Then they became one of the top teams in the NHL in a matter of two months, almost immediately following their 4-2 win over Chicago in Notre Dame Stadium.

If you ask Torey Krug and Bruce Cassidy, they'll tell you that the Winter Classic win was a turning point in the B's season.

Boston then went 19 consecutive games without losing a game in regulation, sparking a 107-point regular season, which was good for second-most in the league trailing only the Lightning. 

Boston had its issues in the playoffs finishing out the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets, but in each series, they seemed to have overcome a level of diversity you expect out of championship teams. 

Whether the Bruins end up winning the Stanley Cup or not, the Winter Classic transformed them from pretenders to contenders. At least, that's what the Bruns believe.

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Brad Marchand has a different appreciation for making it to his third Stanley Cup Final

Brad Marchand has a different appreciation for making it to his third Stanley Cup Final

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final is not Brad Marchand's first with the Bruins. After sweeping the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final, Boston will make its third trip to the league's championship series since 2011. 

The Bruins ended a near-40-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup FInal in seven games, and then suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Blackhawks in 2013 when Chicago scored two goals in the final 90 seconds of Game 6 to snatch the Cup before Boston could force a Game 7. 

Marchand was a member of both teams, and even though this his third trip to the Cup Final, he knows now not to take the opportunity for granted. 

"You expect it to last a long time. You don’t realize how one change in a team can drastically affect how things play out," Marchand said. "One player change, one injury or one call, you don’t realize what it takes to get back to the (Stanley Cup) Final and how fortunate you are to get there."

Despite how successful the Bruins were in the regular season, they weren't the favorite to make it this far. The best team in the league throughout the year in Tampa Bay were swept in the first round by Columbus, and the Capitals, a team Boston can never seem to beat, fell to Carolina in the first round as well. Now the Bruins await either the Blues or Sharks, while St. Louis holds a 3-2 series lead and will try to close out the series on their home ice.

"This time around I’m definitely more appreciative of being here, but at the same time a lot more calm I guess," he said. "At the end of the day it’s just hockey and we’ve done it a million times.

"We may never be back here again, so you gotta enjoy it."

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