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Bruce Cassidy will remain Bruins coach

Boston went 18-8-1, qualified for Stanley Cup Playoffs after replacing Claude Julien on Feb. 7

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Bruce Cassidy will remain coach of the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins went 18-8-1 under Cassidy, who replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7, and finished in third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013-14. The Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Under Cassidy, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37) and fewest shots allowed (741), and tied for second in the League in wins (18) and power-play percentage (27.8). Boston was also third in goals allowed per game (2.30) and tied for fifth in faceoff percentage (53.6).

Before joining the Bruins prior to this season, Cassidy spent five seasons as coach of Providence, the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate, after serving as an assistant for three seasons. Providence had a winning record in each of Cassidy's five seasons and qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs four times.

Cassidy, 51, coached the Washington Capitals from 2002-04, guiding them to the playoffs in 2002-03, and was an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005-06.

Cassidy had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 36 games during parts of five NHL seasons after being selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 18 pick in the 1983 NHL Draft.

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