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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Canucks

Boston could have much different lineup as it kicks off important stretch

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins will play seven of their next eight games at home. And they could be doing so with a much different lineup than they've iced for the season's first five games.

With an important stretch beginning on Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden, Boston may have veteran forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Backes back from injury, while Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik - both of whom were recalled from Providence on Wednesday - may also make their season debuts.

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Bruins Issue Update On Ryan Spooner

Spooner will miss approximately 4-6 weeks with a right groin adductor tear

by BostonBruins.com @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has issued the following update on forward Ryan Spooner :

Ryan Spooner suffered a right groin adductor tear during the team's game at Vegas on October 15. The expected recovery time is approximately four to six weeks. 

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Rask Leaves Practice After Collision

Bergeron not ruled out for Thursday; Backes, McQuaid could play against Canucks

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask was forced to leave Wednesday morning's practice at Warrior Ice Arena after a collision with forward Anders Bjork in the crease. Rask needed assistance from the training staff as he skated off the ice.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy did not have an update on his condition following practice.

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Bruins Recall Kenny Agostino And Peter Cehlarik From Providence

Agostino (2 G, 5 A), Cehlarik (2 G , 3 A) lead P-Bruins in points

by BostonBruins.com @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 18, that the team has recalled forwards Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Agostino and Cehlarik are expected to join the team for Wednesday's practice.

Agostino leads Providence with two goals and five assists for seven points (tied for third in AHL) with a plus-four rating in three games this season. Cehlarik is second on the team with two goals and three assists for five points with a plus-three rating in three games with Providence this season.  

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Backes Returns to the Ice

Veteran forward makes first appearance since bout with diverticulitis

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - David Backes did not have the most pleasant view of Opening Night. Instead of skating around the ice at TD Garden, he was staring at the building from the window of his hospital room.

The standard definition television he was forced to watch the Bruins battle the Predators on didn't help.  

"That's a tough emotional swing to swallow," said Backes, who was sidelined by a bout of diverticulitis a few days before the opener.

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Bruins Assign Austin Czarnik and Danton Heinen to Providence

Heinen has three assists in three games with Boston this season

by BostonBruins.com @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 17, that the team has assigned forwards Austin Czarnik and Danton Heinen to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Czarnik has appeared in two games with Boston in 2017-18, and has compiled five goals and eight assists in 51 career NHL games. Heinen has three assists and a plus-one rating in three games with Boston this season, and has totaled three assists in 11 career NHL games.

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Prospect Report: Agostino Named AHL Player of the Week

Providence forward leads team in points, assists

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - When Kenny Agostino signed with the Bruins, he had already established a reputation as an elite scorer at the AHL level. Agostino was named the MVP of the American Hockey League last season after tallying 24 goals, 59 assists, and a league-leading 83 points.

The New Jersey native has picked up right where he left off last season. Through three games for Providence, Agostino leads the P-Bruins in assists (5), points (7), and is tied for the team lead in goals (2). After recording a point on each of Providence's five goals over the previous two games (2-3-5), the forward was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 15.

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Bruins Drop Inaugural Meeting With Golden Knights

Boston struggles to create offense in first trip to Vegas

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

LAS VEGAS - The Bruins' inaugural trip to Las Vegas was not as fun as they had hoped.

Boston struggled to create much offensively, while surrendering back-to-back goals late in the second period, in a 3-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights in the teams' first-ever meeting at T-Mobile Arena.

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Bjork Tallies First NHL Goal in Arizona

Fourth line shines, Khudobin shut door in win over Coyotes

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anders Bjork is on the board.

After watching fellow rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy get their first career goals out of the way during the season opener, Bjork finally tallied his on Saturday night in Arizona.

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Chara Leads the Way in Win Over Coyotes

B's Captain takes control to end two-game skid

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. - David Pastrnak found out the hard way that Zdeno Chara was going to be a force to be reckoned with on Saturday night.

With the Bruins trailing by a goal late in the first period, Pastrnak parked himself at the top of the crease. When a sizzling Chara one-timer came buzzing toward the net, there was little time for the winger to avoid it.

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