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Injuries Providing Opportunity for Others

Boston must adapt with Bergeron, Chara sidelined

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

DETROIT - Bruce Cassidy needed a couple of moments to think it all through.

Asked what his team will need to do more of with Patrice Bergeron sidelined for at least a month with a rib and sternoclavicular injury, Boston's bench boss rattled off the laundry list of ways Bergeron contributes on a nightly basis.

By the end of his response, Cassidy decided to offer a simpler, more direct description of the areas Bergeron will be missed: everywhere.

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Bruins Issue Update On Patrice Bergeron

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have issued the following update on Patrice Bergeron:

Patrice Bergeron sustained a rib and sternoclavicular injury during the second period of the Bruins vs. Stars game on November 16 in Dallas.

Bergeron will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

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Bruins Recall Colby Cave From Providence

Cave leads Providence in scoring this season with 18 points in 15 games

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 20, that the team has recalled forward Colby Cave from the Providence Bruins.

Cave leads Providence in scoring this season with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points with a plus-nine rating in 15 appearances.

He has served as the alternate captain for the Providence Bruins for the past three seasons. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound center skated in 72 games with Providence in 2017-18, tallying 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. He also appeared in three games with Boston last season, making his NHL debut on December 21 vs. Winnipeg. Cave enjoyed his best offensive season in 2016-17 with Providence, recording 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points, while adding one goal and five assists for six points in 17 playoff games. In his first full professional season with Providence in 2015-16, the 23-year-old skated in 75 games and posted 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points, while notching two goals and one assist in three playoff games.

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B's Blue Liners on the Mend

Miller expected to return vs. Red Wings; McAvoy, Vaakanainen to join team in Detroit

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - While the Bruins will be without captain Zdeno Chara for at least a month, the result of an MCL injury to his left knee, they may finally be finding some relief for their injury-riddled back end over the coming days.

Boston has played the last two games sans five of its six Opening Night blue liners, with Chara, Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand), and John Moore (lower body), as well as rookie Urho Vaakanainen (concussion), all sidelined by various ailments.

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Bruins Announce Thanksgiving Initiatives Spearheaded By Zdeno Chara

B's captain will deliver $2,000 worth of pies to local shelters

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, November 19, that Zdeno Chara will continue the Bruins annual tradition of donating 400 pies purchased from Mike's Pastry in the North End for Thanksgiving and delivering them to local organizations on Thursday, November 22.

Chara will make stops at New England Center and Home for Veterans (17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108), St. Francis House (39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116), Pine Street Inn (444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118), Haley House (23 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116), and Home For Little Wanderers (69 Alleghany St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120).

The best media opportunities for photos and video will be at Pine Street Inn.

In addition, Chara and the Bruins are encouraging fans to give back this Thanksgiving to those in need by donating $33 to benefit the Boston Children's Patient and Family Holiday Support Program, which helps families struggling with food insecurity this holiday season. Any fan who raises or donates more than $100 will receive an autographed Zdeno Chara 8x10 photo. 

Fans can donate by visiting

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Bruins Grind Out Win in Arizona

Injury-riddled Black & Gold bear down for 2-1 victory over Coyotes

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Brad Marchand did not enjoy much of his Friday night in Dallas. On top of the Bruins' overtime loss to the Stars, Boston's No. 1 left winger exited American Airlines Center frustrated by the 18 minutes in penalties he racked up along the way.

Not to mention, his long-time partner in crime, Patrice Bergeron, came away from the contest battered and bruised, the result of hard crunch into the boards in the second period.

So when news came down late Saturday afternoon that the Bruins would be without Bergeron - on top of Boston's already depleted defense corps - it was only natural for the team to turn to one of its longest-tenured players to lead the way.

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Bruins Issue Updates On Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, John Moore

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have issued the following updates on Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and John Moore:

Patrice Bergeron (upper body) and John Moore (lower body) will travel back to Boston to be re-evaluated by team doctors. The team will issue further updates when available.

Zdeno Chara sustained an injury to his left MCL during the first period of the team's game against Colorado on Wednesday, November 14. He will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

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Bruins Earn A Point in OT Loss to Dallas

Despite depleted defense corps, Boston battles in 1-0 setback

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

DALLAS - Not much was working in the Bruins favor entering Saturday night's game with Stars. Injuries to Zdeno Chara and John Moore left Boston without five of its six Opening Night defensemen and forced Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril into the lineup to make their NHL debuts.

With so many moving parts on the back end, it was easy to expect a difficult night for Boston in the defensive end.

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Clifton, Zboril Set to Make NHL Debuts

Young blue liners step in for Chara, Moore as defense corps dwindles

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

DALLAS - To say the Bruins' defense corps is depleted is an understatement.

Boston will enter Friday night's tilt with the Dallas Stars down six defensemen, five of which were part of the Opening Night Roster. The latest to join the Black & Gold mash unit are Zdeno Chara and John Moore, both of whom were injured in the B's loss to Colorado on Wednesday night.

Chara played just over five minutes against the Avalanche before leaving with a lower-body injury. The captain returned to Boston on Thursday for further testing.

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Bruins Week Ahead: November 17-23

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

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

STAT OF THE WEEK: The Boston Bruins have scored three hat tricks in nine home games this season (Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak - 2). The St. Louis Blues are the only other NHL team to have more than one hat trick at home so far this season, with two (David Perron, Ryan O'Reilly).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Well, I mean, I don't know, physically I felt better, and I don't know what I did differently. Good dinner, maybe, good breakfast, said couple of swear words and went to bed." - David Pastrnak on his pregame routine before scoring a hat trick against Toronto.

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 12): @ConorRyan_93 (Conor Ryan, Boston Sports Journal): "my iphone just autocorrected "very" into "vaakanainen" so I think it might be time for a factory reset."

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