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Talking Points: Torey Krug steps up the physicality, shows leadership in Bruins win

Talking Points: Torey Krug steps up the physicality, shows leadership in Bruins win

GOLD STAR: He didn’t factor in the scoring at all, but credit Torey Krug as one of the Bruins leaders that stepped up and showed some attitude in a needed win over the Penguins.

It was Krug that got into a shoving match with Patric Hornqvist in front of the bench, and then continued it with a hockey fight after they both got out of the penalty box.

Krug finished with six shot attempts and a takeaway in 16:06 of ice time, but it was really a team-wide showing of physicality and attitude that elevated the game of the Bruins and got them back into the winning flow against Pittsburgh. Krug was one of the key guys that got them there even as he was an unlikely 5-foot-8 combatant that won his bout with the sandpaper-playing Hornqvist.

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BLACK EYE: Evgeni Malkin was pretty invisible for the Penguins in this one. He was challenged early and often by Zdeno Chara in the game and that seemed to render him pretty ineffective after that point against the Bruins.

Malkin finished pointless with a minus-2 rating and had a whopping three giveaways over his 19:21 of ice time. It was a harmless little swipe at Jaroslav Halak in the first period that really started setting things off as Chara grabbed Malkin and roughed him up in the corner afterward. That started the two big-bodied players going at each other for the better part of the evening.

Most times Malkin is going to lose that battle as he did on Thursday night.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins fell down by a 1-0 score early in the game as Sidney Crosby scored in the opening minute, and that could have been a big time problem on another night. But the Bruins were determined to make this a prolonged, invested all-around effort right from the drop of the puck. They did exactly that when they fought back to tie the game, and then go ahead by a goal when Par Lindholm redirected a Karson Kuhlman pass down low.

The Bruins outshot the Penguins 12-10 in the period and overcame the early deficit with some hard-nosed, determined physical play and some digging in by their bottom two lines coming up with a couple of goals in the secondary scoring department. Once they did that they had the momentum on their side.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jaroslav Halak had been struggling a little bit of late, but he pulled together after allowing a bad goal in the first period to the Penguins.

Halak stopped 29-of-30 shots and was brilliant at the end of the second period when the Penguins went on a 2-on-none shorthanded breakaway with Halak making four different saves to keep Pittsburgh from tying up the game. He stoned Zach Aston-Reese at least four different times with point blank chances from the front of the net and never buckled even as the B’s broke down just a little bit.

Halak's performance is a good sign that he is going to backstop the B’s to some good things as he’ll be given the starting nod for a few games in a row with Rask (concussion) on the shelf right now.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the number of registered hits for Chris Wagner on the stat sheet, which is kind of ridiculous given that the fourth line winger threw at least four or five of them in a tremendously physical game against the Penguins.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I thought tonight was a pretty good first step to getting back to who we are.” –Bruce Cassidy on the B’s overall effort in a 4-1 win over the Penguins.

2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to stream, watch live on MyTeams app

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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to stream, watch live on MyTeams app

Do the Boston Bruins have another move to make ahead of 3 p.m. ET?

The 2020 NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and while the Bruins already acquired forward Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks last week, there's evidence to suggest they're not done dealing.

Boston's competitors have been busy, as well: The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals both have made key acquisitions as they jockey for position in the Eastern Conference?

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What other trades could the Bruins and the NHL's contenders make, and how will these moves impact the league hierarchy?

NBC Sports' 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show will break it all down beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET, with our Tom Giles, Joe Haggerty and DJ Bean joining NHL experts from across the country.

You can stream the show live on the MyTeams app. Here's how to watch the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show online.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: MyTeams app and Desktop Stream

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NHL trade deadline. This Monday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com.

2020 NHL trade deadline live: Latest rumors, news and completed deals

2020 NHL trade deadline live: Latest rumors, news and completed deals

The NHL trade deadline has arrived, and even though we've seen plenty of moves made over the last week, there are still many quality players rumored to be available who could be dealt in the coming hours.

The deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the name atop every trade board is New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. The 28-year-old plays a power forward-style of hockey that's well-suited for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's also a proven goal scorer. Kreider has scored 24 goals this season, and he's been on fire in February with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 11 games. He has the talent to be the final piece of a contender's championship puzzle.

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One team that's been linked to Kreider in trade rumors for several weeks is the Boston Bruins, who are his hometown team. The Bruins made a trade last week with the Anaheim Ducks in which the defending Eastern Conference champions acquired forward Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick. Since that trade, two of the Bruins' main competitors in the East have made additional moves. The Washington Capitals traded for Montreal Canadiens winger Ilya Kovalchuk, while the Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Zach Bogosian.

What will the Bruins and other Stanley Cup hopefuls do at the trade deadline? Keep it right here for the latest rumors, news, analysis and completed deals throughout Monday.

10:54 a.m.: Not to be outdone, the Philadelphia Flyers have bolstered their forward depth.

10:11 a.m.: The Carolina Hurricanes are the latest East team to make a move on deadline day.

9:45 a.m.: Another Eastern Conference contender is bolstering its lineup, with the Islanders adding Jean-Gabriel Pageau in a trade with the Senators.

9:37 a.m.: We have a trade! Ottawa Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov is heading to the Colorado Avalanche, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

9:25 a.m.: Tough look for the Bruins, as Kovalchuk apparently chose Washington over Boston, per his agent.

8:45 a.m.: The Bruins aren't done trading, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels, and continue to keep an eye on Joe Thornton.

8:18 a.m.: Keep an eye on the Detroit Red Wings, who could move winger Andreas Athanasiou or center Luke Glendening, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

8:15 a.m.: Could Joe Thornton return to the Bruins or sign with another contender? It appears the San Jose Sharks are stilling willing to deal the veteran forward.

7 a.m. ET: The Canadiens made the smart move trading Kovalchuk for a draft pick, but his time in Montreal might not be totally over, as TSN's Pierre LeBrun explains.

If the Rangers and Kreider can't work out a new contract, will New York make a trade or risk losing him for nothing this summer in free agency?

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NHL trade deadline. This Monday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com.