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Talking Points from the Bruins 6-3 win over the Rangers at TD Garden

Talking Points from the Bruins 6-3 win over the Rangers at TD Garden

Here are you talking points from the Bruins' 6-3 win over the Rangers Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

GOLD STAR: Just like clockwork it was super quick puck movement leading to a wide open one-timer for David Pastrnak from the face-off circle after a slick cross-ice pass from Brad Marchand. That power play goal opened up the B’s scoring in the first period, and Pastrnak finished with a hat trick and five points in the blowout victory for the Black and Gold. The re-emergence of the one-timer from Pastrnak is particularly encouraging as it looks like he’s not having any problems whatsoever with the shooting part of his game while playing with the splint on his left hand and thumb. The one-timer shot was hard, accurate and right on point, and it looks like he’s back in midseason form with a couple of weeks still until the playoffs. Pastrnak finished with three goals, five points and five shots on net in a runaway victory for the B’s.

BLACK EYE: Whether it was Lias Andersson taking a run at Patrice Bergeron in the corner with an attempted flying hit where he left his skates or Brendan Lemieux challenging Zdeno Chara from the opposing benches directly afterward, the Rangers came off like a bunch of punks while playing the Bruins. Lemieux challenged “try me” to Chara after the kerfuffle between the two teams, and the son of Claude had better hope that the 6-foot-9 defenseman never decides to actually take him up on it. Andersson did get his comeuppance for his run on Bergeron in the third period when David Backes got in his face and throttled him in the corner for good measure.

BRUINS 6, RANGERS 3

TURNING POINT: Obviously it was the third period when the Bruins really pulled away from a sad, rebuilding Rangers crew and made New York pay for all of the penalties they began taking to hang with the Black and Gold. The Bruins outshot the Rangers by a 10-7 margin and honestly by the end the only thing left to do was feel good for Henrik Lundqvist that he had to sit around and keep fishing the puck out of his net. Contrary to the third period meltdown against the Lightning, the Bruins were able to extend and crush New York’s spirit with the four-goal explosion in the final 20 minutes of the game.

HONORABLE MENTION: Torey Krug looked good in his first game back from a concussion and certainly gave a shot to the arm to the top power play unit while returning to his role quarterbacking it. Krug picked up a pair of assists in 21:12 of ice time and now has the most points in Bruins franchise history by an American-born player, which is pretty amazing considering the B’s long, storied Original Six history and the fact that Krug still has many, many good years of offensive hockey in front of him. Krug finished with a pair of blocked shots and a plus-1 in addition to his five shot attempts, and really brought some energy to the power play.

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the Bruins have won a dozen straight games at TD Garden, which is their longest home win streak since a 14-game win streak at home during the 2008-09 season.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was actually really concerned. When we were on the ground I was just trying to make eye contact with [Pastrnak] to make sure that he was OK. Congrats on the hat trick & not dying on the celly" –Jake DeBrusk, on his goal-scoring hug-tackle of David Pastrnak after the two combined for a third period goal.

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Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

Report: Steven Kampfer to re-sign with Bruins on a two-year deal

The Boston Bruins will reportedly re-sign one of their free agent defensemen. However, it's not one of the ones that many expected it to be.

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Bruins have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran defenseman, Steven Kampfer. Pagnotta broke the news on Twitter.

Kampfer was a key role player for the Boston Bruins last season. When called upon in the regular season, he had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 35 games of action while averaging 14:38 time on ice. And in the playoffs, he appeared in three games for the squad and notched his first career postseason goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Though Kampfer didn't see a lot of action, he serves as an experienced depth piece with seven years of NHL experience. And when called upon, he was solid. The Bruins probably were looking to retain him as cheap depth, especially with a couple of their top defenseman -- Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo -- hitting restricted free agency (though keeping both McAvoy and Carlo is a priority for the Bruins). 

Additionally, Torey Krug is entering the final season of his contract, so re-upping with Kampfer for two years gives them depth in case he leaves or if the team chooses to trade him.

It's unclear what the financial component of Kampfer's deal will be or if keeping him cause them to part with any of their other veteran defensemen. But for now, it appears that Kampfer is planning on returning the Bruins for another season. And keeping him as insurance is a sensible move for the Bruins.

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

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Bruins draft: Grading all five picks from the 2019 NHL Draft

The Bruins didn't have long to transition from the regular season to the offseason, as this past weekend's NHL Draft took place less than 10 days after the B's dropped Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fortunately for B's general manager Don Sweeney, he had a first-round pick this time around after trading a first-rounder away a season ago in the Rick Nash trade.

When all was said and done, the Bruins addressed several needs, adding four forwards and a defenseman. 

None of those players are expected to contribute in the 2019-20 season, but how did Sweeney and the Bruins fare?

Joe Haggerty evaluated each of the B's picks based on need and where they were drafted.

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