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Pastrnak's Four-Goal Game Was One for the Books

Winger notched all four tallies in Bruins' 4-2 victory over Anaheim

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Brad Marchand could not identify any particular signs that point to when a strong performance may be in store for David Pastrnak. To his eye, his fellow first-line winger is always locked in.

"He's such a talented player, he's dangerous on every play," Marchand explained. "Regardless of where he is and where he gets the puck you've got to make sure you do your job on him, because if not he'll find himself in a scoring position."

On Monday afternoon, Pastrnak found himself in scoring position quite frequently. And he made sure to make the Anaheim Ducks pay. The 23-year-old had a day for the record books as he secured his first career four-goal game - and the 25th in franchise history - to pace the Bruins to a 4-2 victory at TD Garden.

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Former Bruin Ted Green Passes Away at 79

Defenseman played 11 seasons with the Bruins from 1960-72

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Former Bruins defenseman Ted Green has passed away at the age of 79. The St. Boniface, Manitoba, native played for Boston from 1960-1972.

Green, known for his rough-and-tumble style, was a member of the Bruins' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972. During the 1971-72 season, the blue liner - also known as "Terrible Ted" - put up 17 points (goal, 16 assists) in 54 regular-season games, before suiting up for another 10 postseason contests. Green was injured during the 1969-70 season, but his name is still engraved on the Stanley Cup.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound right shot had his best season in 1968-69, notching 46 points (8 goals, 38 assists) in 65 games. For his efforts, Green was named a Second-Team All-Star and finished third in the Norris Trophy voting. Green also ranked in the top 10 of the Norris voting in 1964-65 (seventh) and 1966-67 (10th).

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Media Day Sets Stage for 2019-20 Season

Bruins look ahead to Thursday's Opening Night tilt in Dallas

by Christopher Krenn @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The regular season is right around the corner as the Bruins hosted their annual Media Day on Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena. Boston is set to take on the Dallas Stars in its first test of the 2019-20 campaign on Thursday, but not before members of the team and front office spoke to reporters about the excitement for the upcoming season.

"It's tough," said Brad Marchand, who was asked about recovering from the loss in the Stanley Cup Final last June. "Obviously with what happened, I don't think we'll ever get over that, but I think we're excited about this season and what it's going to bring. We have the majority of the guys back and added a couple good players, so we're just looking forward to the next step and getting things going again."

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Backes' Offseason Work Paying Dividends

Veteran winger has been one of Boston's best forwards during the preseason

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - For David Backes, this past summer was anything but a vacation.

Despite being part of the Bruins' lengthy run to the Stanley Cup Final, the veteran winger was not interested in using his abbreviated three-month break for any sort of relaxation, instead electing to limit his "serenity time" at his Wisconsin ranch in favor of long days at the gym and the rink.

"How the season ended," explained Backes, "it kind of lit a fire under me for the summer and I think I've put the work in and I feel better on the ice than I have in a long, long time."

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Boston Bred

If you're a Bruin, being a 'Boston Boy' isn't always easy. But Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk, and Chris Wagner seem to thrive on it.

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Once in a while, when the Bruins hold their pregame skates at TD Garden, the team eats lunch in a dining area that overlooks the Zakim Bridge. The room's floor-to-ceiling windows provide a splendid outlook of Boston Harbor, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the southern tip of Charlestown.

For most of the team, the Garden's surroundings don't quite hit home. Such landmarks don't resonate as much for players that hail from Stockholm, Helsinki, Edmonton, or Chicago.

But for one Bruins player, in particular, the backdrop provides a unique and enduring view.

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Coyle Using Training Camp to Settle In

Following trade, Cup Run, hometown kid finally has chance to soak things up

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Charlie Coyle never had a chance to slow down.

When the Weymouth native was acquired from the Minnesota Wild on February 20, he was thrust into the spotlight as Boston's prime trade deadline acquisition. From learning a new system to adjusting to being back at home - and dealing with the fanfare that comes with being the hometown kid - Coyle had plenty on his plate as the Bruins charged towards the postseason.

On the ice, Coyle eventually got up to speed as Boston tacked on another six weeks to the hockey season with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, but he didn't truly have a chance to settle into his new surroundings.

As such, the 27-year-old believes that getting the experience of a full training camp in Black & Gold will do him wonders as he enters his first full season in Boston.

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Carlo Signing Has Bruins Looking Forward

With RFA blue liners signed, Boston can focus on preparing for 2019-20 season

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - The band is officially back together.

When the Bruins report to Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday morning, they will be in one piece for the first time this training camp.

Just two days after welcoming Charlie McAvoy back with a new three-year contract, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced that he had inked his other restricted free agent blue liner, Brandon Carlo, to a two-year deal worth an annual cap hit of $2.85 million.

"Overall it was a great process, I learned a lot throughout the entire process," Carlo said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. "A lot of respect to Sweens and [assistant general manager] Evan Gold and how they handled everything with me. They were reassuring at times and it helped a lot. But at the same time, it was stressful for me throughout these past couple days, especially after Charlie signed, to not be a part of camp.

"I was looking just to continue forward and stay here and remain here with this group of guys. I think everybody, as a young guy, you like the security aspect [of a long-term deal], but as I went through the process and things were explained to me, I'm very happy with the result of the two years."

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Contract is Just the Beginning for Bruins, McAvoy

Both sides hope blue liner will be in the mix for many years to come

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - On the surface, the announcement Sunday morning that the Bruins and star blue liner Charlie McAvoy had reached an agreement on a three-year contract signified the end of a long, drawn out process that kept both sides quite busy throughout a condensed offseason.

But in so many other ways, the new deal - worth an average annual cap hit of $4.9 million - marks the beginning of what the Bruins and McAvoy hope is a lengthy relationship.

"I'm excited…I've looked at this as, there's well beyond three years as to [how long] Charlie is going to play for the Boston Bruins," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said during a press conference on Sunday afternoon. "We're obviously excited that we got him back with the group here - an important, important part of our hockey club this year, last year, and many years going forward."

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Strong Relationships Have Paved Way for Cassidy's Success

Bruins' bench boss quickly earned the respect of players, staff

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy knew he had something special from the day he took over as head coach of the Boston Bruins.

When Cassidy was named as the Black & Gold's bench boss in February 2017, the first two players he talked to were Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron - the team's longest-tenured members and the unquestioned leaders of the club.

"[They were] terrific," said Cassidy. "I remember to this day, Bergy said, 'Listen, you're my coach. Whatever you need, I'll do'. I thought that was, for a guy in my position - that right away it's like, 'OK, let's go'. Make sure you're ready and direct and assertive in your approach and we were."

It was the ability of that championship-tested core to embrace the new man in charge - after nearly a decade with Cup-winning coach Claude Julien at the helm - that helped the Bruins ease into a new chapter. 

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Ritchie, Lindholm Will be in the Fold

July 1 signings ready to compete for spots up front during training camp

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOLTON, Mass. - The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this week much the same team that left it some three months ago.

The roster that carried the Black & Gold to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final has not endured much turnover since that Wednesday night in June. But two of the main spots that appear to be up for grabs could create plenty of opportunity when training camp commences on Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

The departures of wingers Marcus Johansson (Buffalo) and Noel Acciari (Florida) to free agency have opened up some competition for a bevy of players, among them Brett Ritchie (one-year, $1 million) and Par Lindholm (two years, with annual cap hit of $850,000), both of whom were signed by general manager Don Sweeney on July 1.

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