Talking Points from the B's 4-0 win in Game 4 over Carolina

Talking Points from the B's 4-0 win in Game 4 over Carolina

GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron is always a beast in elimination games, and that was the case once again versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Bergeron finished with two goals, three points and a plus-2 rating in 16:42 of ice time, had six shots on net, a whopping 11 shot attempts, a hit, four takeaways and three blocked shots along with a 10-for-21 performance in the face-off circle.

David Pastrnak scored the game-winner while snapping in Boston’s first goal of the game, but Bergeron added the next to give the Bruins all of the cushion they would need to take down the Hurricanes. The entire Perfection Line was something special for the Black and Gold, but Bergeron really was at his best in the big game.

BLACK EYE: Jaccob Slavin is a talented defenseman, but he was not very good for the Hurricanes in this one. He had an outlet pass bounce right off Patrice Bergeron’s skate before it led to a goal for Bergeron, and he finished with a minus-1 rating in 23:29 of ice time.

Slavin didn’t have a single shot on net and finished with a couple of giveaways during the game, and really wasn’t much of a factor at all for a Canes team he helped drive through the first couple of rounds in the playoffs. In fact, Slavin finished without a point in the entire four-game sweep at the hands of the Bruins after he posted 11 points in 11 games.  

TURNING POINT: The Bruins actually had a scoreless first period battle with the Hurricanes and then just had the one David Pastrnak goal for much of the second period. It looked like Carolina might get a game-tying goal when the B’s fourth line and the Torey Krug/Brandon Carlo defense pairing were hemmed in the zone for a good two-plus minutes. But the Hurricanes never managed to score against the exhausted crew of players, and only managed a measly four shots on net for the entire period.

That kept the door open for Patrice Bergeron to score his first goal in the final minutes of the second after a goalie interference call, and that effectively slammed the door on Carolina’s chances.

HONORABLE MENTION: It wasn’t Tuukka Rask’s best night by any stretch of the imagination, but he still managed with a shutout while stopping 24 Carolina shots in the 4-0 victory. The shutout means that Rask has never lost a game in the conference final and has allowed only seven goals in eight conference final games over the course of his career.

Rask had some pretty good saves in the first period when both teams traded some chances, but things really tightened up for the Bruins in the final 40 minutes of the game as they effectively suffocated Carolina’s offense. That made for a less-than-busy night for Rask, who stopped everything he needed to while winning his seventh playoff game in a row.

BY THE NUMBERS: 17-for-50 – the NHL’s top power play in the playoffs kicked in a pair of goals in the Game 4 win and leads the entire playoff field with a 34 percent success rate this spring.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’ve earned the right to be where we are.” –Bruce Cassidy, on the podium after a Game 4 win that clinches their berth in the Stanley Cup Final.  

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Highlights, key dates from Bruins' 2019-20 regular-season schedule

Highlights, key dates from Bruins' 2019-20 regular-season schedule

The Bruins were hoping that their 2019-20 season would kick off with a championship celebration and a banner-raising ceremony at TD Garden.

But a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final dashed those hopes. Still, the upcoming schedule for the upcoming season (which was announced Tuesday afternoon) features many highlights for the Black and Gold.

Boston's first chance to take down the defending champs comes on home ice in late October, but they'll have to wait until the penultimate game of the regular season to face the Blues in St. Louis. 

From playoff rematches to challenging stretches of the season, Joe Haggerty has circled some key dates on the B's regular-season slate.

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Boston Bruins 2019-20 NHL schedule: All dates, times, opponents revealed

Boston Bruins 2019-20 NHL schedule: All dates, times, opponents revealed

The Boston Bruins came within one win of hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2019, and they'll get back to work defending their Eastern Conference crown on Oct. 3 in Dallas.

The full schedule for the 2019-20 NHL season was revealed Thursday at noon ET. According to one hockey mathematician, the Bruins have one of the most grueling schedules in the league.

Here are most notable matchups on the Bruins' schedule:

Home opener: Oct. 12 vs. New Jersey Devils
2019 Stanley Cup Final rematch: Oct. 26  in Boston and April 2 in St. Louis 
Matchups with the rival Montreal Canadiens: Nov. 5 in MTL, Nov. 26 in MTL, Dec. 1 in BOS, Feb. 12 in BOS
Chicago Blackhawks' only game in Boston: Thursday, Dec. 5
Connor McDavid's only game in Boston: Saturday, Jan. 4

And without further ado, here's the full Bruins schedule for next season (all times local):

Thursday, October 3 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5 at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 at Vegas, 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 12 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Monday, October 14 vs. Anaheim, 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 22 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29 vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 2 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 4 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 8 at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 15 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 21 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 23 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Friday, November 29 vs. N.Y. Rangers 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 5 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 9 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 12 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 14 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17 vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
Monday, December 23 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 27 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 29 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31 at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

Thursday, January 2 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 vs. Edmonton, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7 at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 9 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Monday, January 13 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 16 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 19 at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 21 vs. Vegas, 7 p.m.
Friday, January 31 at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 1 at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5 at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 vs. Arizona, 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 9 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.
Sunday, February 16 at N.Y. Rangers, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21 at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25 vs. Calgary, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 27 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at Florida, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 13 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Monday, March 16 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18 at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 2 at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.

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