A Big Morning for the Boston Bruins
Team signs Pastrnak to eight-year contract, acquires Bertuzzi from Detroitby Elaine Cavalieri @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - The B's returned Wednesday night from a four-game road sweep and kept the good vibes rolling starting Thursday morning with eight more years of David Pastrnak and a new veteran forward in Tyler Bertuzzi.
Sweeney Reacts to Trade for Orlov, Hathaway
Boston's general manager met with media to discuss deal with Washingtonby Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with the Boston media via Zoom on Thursday evening to discuss the team's trade to acquire defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals in exchange for winger Craig Smith, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, and a 2024 third-round pick. Here are some key points from the GM's presser:
Bruins Host Siblings for Trip to Dallas, Nashville
Boston set to cherish time with family as team hits the roadby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - For Kayla McAvoy, hockey trips with her brother are nothing new.
When her and Charlie were growing up, weekend voyages to hockey tournaments were the norm. This time around, however - with her brother now the Bruins' ace blue liner - things are a tad more interesting.
"It's crazy exciting. It's kind of a throwback," Kayla McAvoy said ahead of the B's first-ever siblings trip. "It reminds me of coming along for the ride for all of those weekend tournament trips, but it's a lot bigger stakes now and a lot more fun and there's a lot more to do, so it's really exciting."
Bruins Triumvirate Captures All-Star Game Crown in Florida
Montgomery, Ullmark, Pastrnak lead Atlantic Division to titleby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
SUNRISE, Fla. - Jim Montgomery was looking for some advice.
Fortunately, as he stood behind the bench during his first career All-Star Game, he had his son Colin alongside offering up some coaching tips.
"It was special. To joke around with him on the bench and ask him what he was seeing. In the first game, he was like, 'I would switch up [David] Pastrnak's line. They're getting scored on right now," Montgomery said with a chuckle. "And we did. We made the switch and every line scored after that."
Pastrnak Channels 'Happy Gilmore' at Skills Competition
Winger put up 38 out of a possible 40 points during Breakaway Challengeby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
SUNRISE, Fla. - David Pastrnak didn't think much about it.
When presented with his options for the Breakaway Challenge at Friday night's NHL All-Star Skills Competition at FLA Live Arena, the Bruins' winger knew there was an easy choice.
"That was kind of a quick idea," said Pastrnak. "The All-Star happens quick and obviously 'Happy Gilmore' is rocking the Boston Bruins jersey, so it was an easy choice."
For Grzelcyk Family, the Beanpot 'Means the World'
Matt and his father, John, were inducted into the tournament's Hall of Fame on Mondayby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - John Grzelcyk hasn't missed much during his 50-plus year stint as a member of the Garden bull gang. But there was one particularly important moment on Causeway Street that he did not witness firsthand.
It just happened to feature, perhaps, the biggest goal of his son's hockey career.
When Matt Grzelcyk scored the overtime winner against Northeastern to secure Boston University's 30th Beanpot title back in 2015, his father was not in his seat inside the TD Garden bowl to witness the goal that came just 51 seconds into the extra session.
Krejci's Big Day Spurs on Bruins in Rout of Flyers
Veteran pivot tallied three assists in 1,000th game as Boston sailed to a 6-0 victoryby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - David Krejci has not made a habit of wearing his emotions on his sleeve.
The 36-year-old centerman is known for his cerebral and unassuming style, two attributes that have served him quite well during his 16-year career with the Black & Gold.
And while those two traits remained apparent as he spoke with the assembled media on Monday afternoon, the emotion in his voice and the way in which he struggled to find the right words made it clear: his 1,000th career game was one he won't soon forget.
For Bruins, Krejci Has Been an 'Irreplaceable' Piece
As centerman hits 1,000-game milestone, his teammates show their appreciationby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - Jim Montgomery acknowledged it took a little bit of time to fully understand David Krejci.
The long-time centerman can be tough to crack - an attribute that has served him well in 16 seasons on the ice - as he navigates the dressing room with a calm, cool, and sometimes unassuming manner.
But once Krejci lets you in, as Montgomery has discovered, the personality comes flowing out.
"It took a little while to break down the walls," said Montgomery. "He is very funny. When we were in Anaheim, he scored that goal where he snapped one. I told him, 'I didn't know you had a bottom-hand, forehand.'
"He said, 'There's a lot you don't know about me.' He's very quick witted. What makes him so much fun to be around is how good a person he is. His teammates love him."
Zacha Has Been Valuable Addition to Bruins Roster
Forward inked to four-year extension at midway point of first season in Bostonby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - Pavel Zacha was looking to prove himself.
When the 25-year-old was acquired by the Bruins from the New Jersey Devils this past July, he was a restricted free agent in need of a new contract. Several weeks later, Zacha and the B's came to an agreement on a one-year contract, while both sides said that they would continue to explore opportunities for a longer-term deal.
Montgomery: All-Star Nod is Reflection of Team's Accomplishments
Bruins bench boss will be head coach for Atlantic Division at 2023 ASGby Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com
BOSTON - Jim Montgomery is appreciating every moment.
With the Bruins sitting atop the NHL standings at the midway point of the regular season, boasting an astonishing 32-4-4 record, Boston's bench boss has been nothing but grateful for how the players have embraced his message - and each other - in the midst of their historic first half.
And on Wednesday, Montgomery had even more gratitude to express upon being named the Atlantic Division's head coach for the upcoming NHL All-Star Game in Sunrise, Florida.