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B's Ink Fitzgerald, Johansson To Entry-Level Deals

Both players will report to Providence for the remainder of the season

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 24, that the team has signed Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald to a two-year entry-level contract, beginning the with 2017-18 season, and defenseman Emil Johansson to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2017-18 season. Fitzgerald will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) and Johansson will join the Providence Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO) for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. 

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Bruins Can't Hold Onto Leads in Loss to Tampa Bay

Boston drops fourth straight despite holding three separate advantages

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins three times held the lead Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. David Pastrnak ended a brief slump with a power-play goal. Zdeno Chara sniped home his second shorthanded tally of the season. And Riley Nash grabbed his fifth goal of the year to put to bed a 10-game scoreless stretch.

But none of those advantages lasted very long. Combined, Boston's lead-time added up to just 2 minutes, 43 seconds.

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Bruins Going One Game at a Time

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins are still operating one game at a time.


With nine games remaining in the regular season, that next game will come against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at TD Garden.


The matchup will see the Black & Gold complete a set of three games in four days against Atlantic Division opponents. 


While the Bruins did not get the results against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators on Monday and Tuesday night, they felt the effort was there. They're striving for a different outcome on Thursday, in order to snap a three-game losing streak. 

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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Lightning

Boston will be attempting to break a three-game losing skid

by Chris Weyant @NHLBruins / - The Bruins were unable to make a move to further solidify their playoff hopes on Tuesday, falling, 3-2, to the Ottawa Senators in a rugged affair to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Despite a solid effort, it was the Bruins' third consecutive loss.

Boston remains in the third spot in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but will be eager to take points away from Thursday's matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who sit five points back of the Bruins with a game in hand.

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Bruins Prospects on Display at NCAA Tourney

Six teams with Boston draft picks will participate

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - While the Bruins gear up for a run at their first playoff appearance since 2014, some of the Black & Gold's prospects are already in the thick of the postseason.

Six Bruins draft picks will be part of the 2017 NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, which begins this weekend. Here is the rundown:

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Finishing Touch Missing As Bruins Fall to Senators

Boston can't solve Anderson in third conseutive loss

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - There was a clear playoff atmosphere on Causeway Street Tuesday night. The Bruins and Senators, currently in line to faceoff in the first round of the postseason, were meeting for the second time in two weeks and have one more matchup in store during the season's final week.

The scrums after the whistle, the back-and-forth play, and overall intensity made it apparent that both teams were aware of what was on the line. During such games, it's often one mistake that can mean the difference - and it was no different on Tuesday.

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Bruins Fall to Leafs Late in the Third

Toronto scored with 1:57 left and ultimately beat the Bruins 4-2

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

TORONTO - Two important points were on the line in Toronto on Monday night. 


The Bruins entered the game just three points ahead of the Leafs in the standings, with Toronto having a game in hand.


It was poised to be a tight, playoff-like matchup. 


Unfortunately, the Bruins left the game with just a slight one point lead over Toronto, after ultimately falling 4-2. The game had been tied at 1-1 until 1:57 left in the third period. 

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Bruins Move Acciari To Regular Recall; Assign Kuraly

Acciari is active against Toronto

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins /

TORONTO, ON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 20, that the team has transitioned forward Noel Acciari from emergency recall to regular recall and has assigned forward Sean Kuraly to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. 

Acciari, 25, has appeared in 19 games with Boston in 2016-17, recording two assists for two points with four penalty minutes. He has also skated in 30 games with Providence this season, tallying six goals and eight assists for 14 points with 11 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound forward has skated in 38 career NHL games with the Bruins over the past two seasons, compiling three assists and 12 penalty minutes. He played 45 games in his first professional season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16, registering seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points with 19 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. Acciari also skated in three postseason contests with Providence, scoring one goal and two assists with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating.

The Johnston, Rhode Island native was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent on June 8, 2015.

Kuraly, who is in his first full professional season with the Bruins organization in 2016-17, has skated in five games with Boston this year, making his NHL debut on November 3, 2016. The 24-year-old forward has also appeared in 50 games with Providence, producing 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points and 31 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating.

Kuraly served as captain at Miami University (Ohio) in 2015-16, posting six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 36 games. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward recorded a career high in goals and tied a career high in points during the 2014-15 season with the RedHawks, scoring 19 goals and adding 10 assists for 29 points in 40 games. Over his four-year collegiate career, Kuraly skated in 154 games, producing 43 goals and 50 assists for 93 points with 177 penalty minutes.

Kuraly was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (133th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Dublin, Ohio native was acquired by the Bruins, along with a 2016 first-round draft pick, in a trade with San Jose in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones on June 30, 2015.

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Marchand Doing It All During Torrid Stretch

Winger was named NHL's First Star of the Week Monday

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - There are no shortage of impressive statistics surrounding Brad Marchand's recent surge to the top of the NHL's scoring race. The Bruins winger leads the league in goals and points since Jan. 1. He potted his second career hat trick in a dominant third-period performance in Boston's win over Vancouver last week.

His league-high nine points (five goals, four assists) over the Bruins' last three games - of which they won two - earned him the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday afternoon.

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Brad Marchand Named NHL First Star Of The Week

All-Star forward led the league in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) in three games

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins /

BOSTON, MA - The National Hockey League announced today, March 20, that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been named the NHL first star of the week for the week ending March 19. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott were named second and third star of the week, respectively.

Marchand led the league in scoring this week with nine points (five goals, four assists) in three games as the Bruins won two of three games to improve to 38-27-6 (82 points), third in the Atlantic Division. On March 13, Marchand recorded his second career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and added an assist in the team's 6-3 win at the Vancouver Canucks. On March 15, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward posted one goal and one assist in the team's 5-2 win at Calgary, snapping the Flames' franchise-record-tying 10-game win streak. Marchand then netted one goal and two assists in a 7-4 loss at the Edmonton Oilers to close out the Bruins' Western Canada road trip. 

Since January 1, Marchand leads the league in goals (27) and points (48). In his eighth season, all with the Bruins, the 28-year-old Halifax, N.S. native leads the Bruins with 37 goals (second in NHL) and 42 assists for 79 points (tied for third in NHL) in 71 games. 

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