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Sweeney Recaps 2016-17 Season, Stresses Areas for Improvement

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney held a press conference at TD Garden on Wednesday afternoon, along with Bruce Cassidy, who was officially named the 28th head coach in team history. 

 

Sweeney and Cassidy both recapped the 2016-17 season, and how they view team moving forward. 

 

There is obvious disappointment in the way the season ended, but the Black & Gold got back into the postseason and showed plenty of character both down the stretch, and while battling through injury adversity in the playoffs. 

 

"Overall, I think our staff did a very good job," Sweeney told gathered reporters at TD Garden. "We have a lot of work to do as an organization, still. We want to become a deeper, more talented team from top to bottom."

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After Long Journey, Cassidy Back at the Helm

Interim tag removed, he's named 28th head coach in Bruins history

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy was some five years removed from his last National Hockey League coaching experience when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. After two years as head coach of the Washington Capitals and a yearlong stint as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks, Cassidy was trying to work his way back to the sport's highest level.

As an assistant with the Providence Bruins during Boston's championship run, Cassidy helped oversee the "Black Aces," a group of scratches from the AHL who were with the team staying fresh in case of injury or other needs.

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McAvoy Named to Team USA's Roster for World Championship

Bruins defenseman will represent men's national team for first time

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was added to the roster of the U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming 2017 IIHF Men's World Championship, which will be held May 5-21 in Germany and France.

This will be McAvoy's men's national team debut, but the fourth time that the 19-year-old has represented Team USA in international competition. McAvoy was an alternate captain for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he earned a gold medal and was named Team USA's Player of the Game in the title game.

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Chara Has No Plans of Slowing Down

No rest for Bruins captain as he sets eyes on 20th NHL season

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Perhaps, Zdeno Chara should have a chat with Bill Belichick. Like the legendary New England Patriots coach, taking days off is not in Chara's nature.

The Bruins captain prides himself on being in pristine shape. Each fall at training camp, he is among the fittest members of the Black & Gold, often taking the crown as Boston's pull-ups king.

As such, the last few days have been a bit unusual for Chara.

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Bruce Cassidy Named 28th Head Coach Of The Boston Bruins

Cassidy served as Interim Head Coach for the Bruins' final 33 regular and postseason games, compiling a 18-8-1 regular season record and propelling the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 26, that Bruce Cassidy has been named the 28th head coach of the Boston Bruins.

Cassidy served as Interim Head Coach for the Bruins' final 33 regular and postseason games, compiling a 18-8-1 regular season record and propelling the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Since Cassidy assumed head coaching responsibilities on February 9, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37), first in the NHL in fewest shots allowed (741), tied for second in the NHL in wins (18), tied for second in the NHL in power play percentage (27.8%), tied for third in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.30), tied for fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (53.6%) and tied for sixth in the NHL in takeaways (229).

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Bruins Bid Farewell to the 2016-17 Season

Players gathered at Warrior Ice Arena for their final media availability on Tuesday

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins gathered at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday afternoon to speak with reporters during the final media availability of the 2016-17 season. 

 

It is always an odd feeling, to walk into the locker room and see the players' packed-up hockey bags sitting in front of their stalls waiting for them. Goals feel unaccomplished. The season doesn't quite feel like it's over quite yet. 

 

"You never want this day to come," said Patrice Bergeron. "You know, unless it's positive, like after 2011. So it's always tough."

 

"At the same time, it's one of those years where we fought and we showed a lot of character, and you have to be happy with that. At the same time, you're never satisfied, and you wish for better results."

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Bruins' Season Comes to End with Overtime Loss in Game 6

MacArthur's power-play goal clinches 3-2 win for Senators

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins' season came to an end Sunday afternoon in Game 6 of the team's first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. Senators forward Clarke MacArthur notched the winner, a power-play goal at 6:30 of overtime, to secure a 3-2 victory and eliminate Boston from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We battled hard to give ourselves a chance to be back here for Game 6, but also to get back in that game and go into overtime, so it definitely stings a lot. It's tough to be standing here right now," said Patrice Bergeron, who tied the game at 2 early in the third period, when he jammed home a rebound off a Brad Marchand rush.

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Bruins Battled Through Obstacles in Game 5 Victory

Boston overcame loss of Krejci, negated goal to extend series

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins entered Friday night's Game 5 against the Senators mired in a 3-1 series deficit, facing an already uphill climb to keep their season alive.

Things did not get easier once the puck dropped.

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Bruins Week Ahead: 4/22-4/27

Stay up-to-date on all the latest Bruins news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

2017 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS TICKETS: Lock in your tickets for Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators for the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. That battle continues back home at TD Garden on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Secure your seats or rent a luxury suite by visiting BostonBruins.com/Playoffs or the Bruins Mobile App.

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Back in the Lineup, Kuraly Delivers Game 5 Victory for Bruins

Rookie pots first two NHL goals, including double overtime winner

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

OTTAWA -Sean Kuraly left Friday's morning skate happy to be living out his dream.

After sitting out the previous two games as a healthy scratch, Kuraly was going to be returning to the lineup as the Bruins' fourth-line center. The 24-year-old forward would be suiting up in a Stanley Cup Playoffs game, wearing the Spoked-B across his chest. Life was pretty good.

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