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Bergeron-Marchand Connection Was on Full Display

Dynamic duo dominated in Bruins win over Islanders

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

NEW YORK - There isn't much about Patrice Bergeron that surprises Brad Marchand anymore.

After playing on the same line for the better part of eight seasons, the duo can pretty much predict whatever the other might be up to next.

So, as Marchand cruised down the left wing late in the first period on Thursday night in Brooklyn, he knew his partner in crime was not far behind. The winger approached the top of the left circle and instinctively zipped a cross-slot pass to Bergeron, who ripped a wrister over the right shoulder of Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

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A Garden Legend Indeed

Rancourt reflects on his retirement, the fist pump, and his most memorable Garden moment

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Rene Rancourt, admittedly, was not a hockey guy.

As a student at Boston University, his focus was far more on the theater than it was the ice. But eventually his love for the opera crossed paths with the sports world - and an unlikely Boston legend was born.

"I would never have gone to a hockey game. I am an opera singer," Rancourt said during the first intermission of Wednesday night's Bruins-Canadiens tilt at TD Garden. "I was at Boston University way deep into opera and Boston conservatory, and I never would think to go to a hockey game, 'What is that?'

"But I sang at Fenway Park one day and the organist there, the famous organist John Kiley said, 'Can you sing for the Bruins?' and I said, 'Where do they play?' They say, 'You know, North Station,' and I said, 'Oh yes.'

"When I saw the fan reaction, it was a far cry from the grand old opera, I'll tell you. It was unbelievable. I said, 'these are my people.'"

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O'Ree A Vital Part of Hockey History

Bruins legend honored on 60th anniversary of breaking NHL's color barrier

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Willie O'Ree first met Jackie Robinson when he was just 14 years old.

The New Brunswick native was in New York for a trip honoring his youth baseball team and managed to carve out a few minutes to chat with the legend by the dugout during a visit to Ebbets Field. O'Ree made sure to inform Robinson that in addition to his baseball accomplishments, he was also a hockey player.

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Bruins Laud Julien's Impact Ahead of His Return

Former coach will be back in Boston for first time on Wednesday night

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Brad Marchand knows he was not always the easiest person to deal with when he first entered the league. As a young player, there were plenty of times he needed to be reeled in as he tried to establish himself.

That's where Claude Julien came in.

"He gave me an opportunity to play, dealt with me more than I think a lot of coaches would have, worked with me tirelessly," Marchand said of the former Bruins coach. "Had plenty of conversations about how to act and how to be a good player, a good pro, how to learn the game and become a better player.

"He definitely gave me a huge opportunity and allowed me to grow into a better player."

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First Half Recap: B's Overcome Early Season Injuries

Rookies vital in powering Bruins to second in the Atlantic Division

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Tim Schaller, Zdeno Chara, Sean Kuraly and Brandon Carlo.

Those are the names of the only six Bruins players to have appeared in all 40 games the Bruins have played this season.

Adversely, 13 Bruins skaters or goaltenders have missed multiple games or spent time on the injured reserve. From diverticulitis and concussions to fractured bones and groin tears, the B's have seen it all.

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Wahlstrom's Shootout Goal Was One for the Ages

Lacrosse-style tally a lasting memory of TD Bank's Mini 1-on-1

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

This year's Bruins Academy Mini 1-on-1, powered by TD Bank, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 14 at TD Garden. - Oliver Wahlstrom knew he wanted to make his mark.

Day after day, the Maine native - just nine years old - took the ice at his home rink with a stick and a puck to, as he called it, "mess around." There was no specific drill, no pre-meditated plans, just the love of the game and an endless bounty of creativity and imagination.

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McAvoy, Bruins Enjoying World Juniors from Afar

Rookie defenseman can only watch this time around

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Charlie McAvoy is not used to being home for the holidays. For the last two years, the blue liner has spent Christmas out of the country competing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship.

McAvoy won bronze with the United States at the 2016 tournament in Helsinki, Finland, and was the Yanks' best player as they captured gold at last year's event in Montreal. His performances at both tournaments helped to solidify his billing as a player undeterred by the bright lights of the big stage.

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Backes Makes Most of Special Day

Following birth of son, winger grabs two assists in win over Detroit

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Compared to what his wife battled through early Saturday morning, suiting up for a hockey game did not seem all that difficult for David Backes.

Boston's alternate captain made his way to TD Garden for the B's matinee with the Detroit Red Wings just hours after his wife, Kelly, gave birth to the couple's first son, Dawson Michael. Following eight-pound, nine-ounce Dawson's arrival at 1:12 a.m., Backes managed to grab a few hours of sleep before reporting for duty.

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Bergeron's Goal Was One for the Books

Tally against Washington pushed him past Orr on Bruins' all-time list

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - On Thursday night against the Washington Capitals, Patrice Bergeron received a pass from longtime linemate Brad Marchand in the high slot. As the Bruins' No. 1 center fired, Caps winger Alex Chiasson swept his legs out from underneath him, causing Bergeron to fall to the ice as the puck flew into the back of the net.

A little over 47 years ago, another beloved member of the Black & Gold was also swept off his feet while scoring a goal - one that was much more significant, of course.

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Healthy Roster Creating A Good Problem for B's

DeBrusk's return is fueling competition

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins are about to have a pretty good problem on their hands.

For the first time this season - barring any further ailments that could certainly arise - the Black & Gold are approaching full health.

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