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Talking Points from Bruins' 5-4 loss to Canadiens: Offside call the turning point

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Talking Points from Bruins' 5-4 loss to Canadiens: Offside call the turning point

GOLD STAR: Victor Mete was a solid, solid player for the Habs in this one. He opened the scoring in the first period with a nice shot off a deflected puck in front of the Boston net, and then he closed out the second period with a goal that featured bodies flying all around Tuukka Rask in the crease. The goals were Mete’s second and third of the season, and acted as the cherry on top of the sundae on a night when he finished with five shots on net and seven shot attempts in 20:53 of ice time to go along with three blocked shots. Mete was strong at both ends of the ice for Montreal and is part of a Canadiens back end that’s helped the Habs step up their offensive attack this season.

BLACK EYE: Tuukka Rask was not good in this one. It was his worst game of the year as he allowed all five goals on 31 shots and simply missed with his glove on the final Ben Chiarot shot from the face-off circle that he got a clear look at. He was similarly beaten in the first period for a pair of goals within 31 seconds of each other after David Pastrnak scored to tie up the game, and got sucked into some contact in front of the net at the end of the second period instead of battling to try and stop a Victor Mete goal as well. For a guy that’s been pretty much invincible this season between the pipes, Rask finally showed cracks and did it as the well-rested guy behind a team that battled their way to a comeback over Pittsburgh 24 hours earlier. Rask simply didn’t give the B’s a chance to win in Montreal.

TURNING POINT: The turning point was very clearly the third period when Zach Senyshyn fed Charlie Coyle for a goal that would have put the Bruins ahead 5-4 in the third period, and would have finally given them a foothold in a game they were chasing all night. Instead, Coyle was perhaps offside depending upon the interpretation of the rule and it took three minutes for the officials to decide whether or not to overturn the play. Once the goal was taken off the board, the Habs got one more soft goal past Tuukka Rask and that was all it took for the Canadiens to hold on in the third period at a raucous Bell Centre. Afterward, the Bruins were understandably miffed about a questionable challenge review costing them an important divisional game, but then again they also allowed five goals. So they didn’t exactly deserve to win either.

HONORABLE MENTION: Anders Bjork had a hell of a night for the Bruins. He scored his second goal of the season, was in the middle of the third period score that got overturned and led the Bruins with six shots on net in the game. He also a plus-3 in just 12:07 of ice time and was part of a third line with Charlie Coyle and Zach Senyshyn that Bruce Cassidy said was his best line all night in the Tuesday night showdown with the Habs. That is very good news for Bjork as he’d seemed to quiet down a little bit in the last couple of games, and it was natural to wonder if he was regressing a little after an adrenaline-filled start to his stint in Boston. Nope. He played with speed and aggressiveness and scored his goal by getting his nose dirty around the net for a rebound goal. That’s something he was not doing in the last two seasons when he was in Boston.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 – the number of goals in 15 games this season for David Pastrnak, the fastest a Bruins player has gotten to the 15-goal mark since Peter McNab did it for the B’s way back in 1976-77.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The rule was specifically put in place for egregious [examples]. They were over there for 3 minutes. You think 'What's the purpose of this rule?' Either you find something or you don't...3 minutes. So now you're looking for something to be offsides.” –Bruce Cassidy, not a fan of the coach’s challenge for being offside that overturned a Charlie Coyle goal in the third period that ended up being the difference in the game.

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Why Bruins have Blues' Justin Faulk to thank for Ondrej Kase trade

Why Bruins have Blues' Justin Faulk to thank for Ondrej Kase trade

If the Anaheim Ducks had gotten their way, Ondrej Kase wouldn't be a member of the Boston Bruins right now.

The Bruins sent veteran forward David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick to the Ducks on Friday in return for Kase, a 24-year-old winger with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) on the season.

As The Athletic's Eric Stephens pointed out Friday, however, Anaheim tried to trade Kase to another Eastern Conference club back in September.

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In fact, the cellar-dwelling Ducks had a deal in place with the Hurricanes that would have sent Kase to Carolina in return for defenseman Justin Faulk.

But the deal fell through -- because Anaheim was on Faulk's no-trade list. Days later, the 'Canes dealt Faulk to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who promptly signed him to a seven-year extension.

As Elliott Teaford of the Orange County Register wrote at the time, Faulk would have waived his no-trade clause to join the Ducks (which would have sent Kase to Carolina) but couldn't agree to terms with Anaheim.

"It’s believed the Ducks had offered Faulk a six-year extension with an average annual value of $6.5 million, but that he wanted seven years and an AAV of $7 million in order to waive his no-trade clause and come to Anaheim," Teaford wrote.

Thanks to that small difference, Kase stayed in Anaheim, and is now headed to Boston as a potential solid contributor for a Stanley Cup contender.

The NHL world works in mysterious ways.

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NHL Twitter gives Bruins' trade for Ondrej Kase positive reviews

NHL Twitter gives Bruins' trade for Ondrej Kase positive reviews

The Boston Bruins saw many of their Eastern Conference rivals make trades over the last few weeks, and on Friday, the defending Eastern Conference champions made a move of their own.

The B's acquired forward Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for veteran forward David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick.

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Kase is a 24-year-old forward signed through next season with a $2.6 million salary cap hit. He's capable of scoring 20 goals and driving puck possession/shot attempts at a positive rate. The primary concern with Kase is health. He's been injured for long stretches of his NHL career, but when healthy, he's been quite effective. Backes was waived by the Bruins last month after failing to make an impact at both ends of the ice. Getting rid of his contract, which lasts through the 2020-21 campaign with a $6 million salary cap hit, gives the B's more financial flexibility to make additional trades and/or take care of free agents this summer. 

Here's some of the initial reaction to the Kase trade from hockey Twitter. Most of the reviews have been positive.


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