Player News - Bruins

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Tuukka Rask allowed two goals on 29 shots in Monday's 3-1 Game 6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rask was average tonight and didn't come up with a big save when Boston needed it on Mitch Marner's game-winner. If the Bruins want to advance to the next round, they'll need their Finnish netminder to step up his game and do better on shots that can be stopped. The 31-year-old goaltender will see his career playoff record drop to 33-26 with a 2.18 goals-against-average and .927 save percentage. Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Boston.
Apr 23 - 10:13 PM

David Backes could be the recipient of a phone call from the Department of Player Safety after Monday's Game 6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Backes was parked in front of goal when he connected an elbow directly to Frederik Andersen's head, knocking Toronto's starter to the ice. No penalty was called on Backes for the collision but Toronto's Roman Polak was penalized for coming to his goaltender's defense. Looking over the play in slow-motion, the elbow looks completely accidental and we do not expect Boston's veteran forward to face any league discipline. Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night and the Bruins will be looking to avoid blowing a 3-1 series lead.
Apr 23 - 10:05 PM

Jake DeBrusk scored Boston's only goal in Monday's 3-1 Game 6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

David Krejci won the faceoff and DeBrusk fired off a shot that got through traffic and beat Frederik Andersen to open the scoring 1:02 into the second frame. Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Leafs were able to tie the game through William Nylander just 35 seconds later to kill any momentum they built. The Bruins will now head back home for Wednesday's do-or-die Game 7 matchup after having led the series 3-1. DeBrusk has three goals and five points through six playoff games.
Apr 23 - 10:01 PM

Danton Heinen will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against Toronto on Monday night.

Heinen suited up in the first five games of the series, but he failed to record a point and he has a minus-1 rating. The 22-year-old picked up 47 points in 77 games during the regular season. Ryan Donato, Brian Gionta and Nick Holden will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 23 - 6:48 PM

Danton Heinen may be a healthy scratch for Game 6 on Monday night at Toronto.

Heinen appeared to be on the ice for a while at Boston's optional morning skate. Tommy Wingels or Ryan Donato are candidates to return to the lineup if Heinen is moved to the press box. Heinen doesn't have a point through five playoff games and he logged just 9:29 of ice time on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 12:07 PM

Patrice Bergeron should be good to go for Game 6 on Monday night against Toronto.

Bergeron was a late scratch for Game 4 because of an upper-body injury, but he logged nearly 21 minutes of ice time on Saturday night in his return. "You always want to see how they are in the morning," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "I don't anticipate there will be any issues going into Game 6. Of course, that could change, but that's the way it is right now." Bergeron was back on the ice Sunday and didn't appear to be hindered.
Apr 23 - 9:44 AM

Sean Kuraly has been productive in Round 1 of the postseason.

Kuraly has contributed two goals and two assists in five games against Toronto. He has continued to pick up points on the fourth line, but he did play on the third unit to start the series because of an injury to Riley Nash.
Apr 23 - 9:35 AM

Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins in Game 6 on Monday.

No surprise there. Rask is coming off a rough game where he was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots, but he's a great netminder and the clear starter in Boston. It would take more than one bad start for him to lose his position in the playoffs.
Apr 22 - 1:01 PM

Jake DeBrusk recorded an assist in Boston's 4-3 loss to Toronto in Game 5 on Saturday.

DeBrusk is up to two goals and four points in five playoff games. That's a pretty solid showing out of him after he recorded 16 goals and 43 points in 70 regular season contests as a rookie. So far, Game 3 is the only postseason contest where he's been held off the scoresheet.
Apr 22 - 10:05 AM

Torey Krug has been one of the league's top defensemen offensively so far in the 2017-18 playoffs.

Krug has stood out in Boston's first round series against Toronto with a goal and eight points in five games. That puts him in a tie with Washington's John Carlson for first place among defensemen in the scoring race. No other blueliner is close to Krug and Carlson as there's currently a five-way tie for third place at five points.
Apr 22 - 10:03 AM

Matthew Grzelcyk recorded his first career playoff point on Saturday.

Grzelcyk registered an assist in what was his fourth career postseason game. He also had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes in 16:25 minutes of ice time. During the regular season, he had three goals and 15 points in 61 contests.
Apr 22 - 10:00 AM

Tuukka Rask was hard on himself following Saturday's 4-3 loss to Toronto.

Rask allowed four goals on 13 shots before being yanked about halfway through the contest. "I probably could’ve stopped more pucks with my eyes closed," Rask said. "That’s about it. It’s on me . . . I felt good [going into the game]. Sometimes you track pucks better than other days. Today, as you can probably tell, I wasn’t tracking the puck very well and it happens sometimes." Rask has also had some really solid performances in this series. Boston will be counting on him to bounce back in Game 6.
Apr 22 - 9:54 AM

Torey Krug registered a pair of assists during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Krug picked up the secondary assist on goals by David Backes (power play) and Noel Acciari. The Bruins blue liner finished the night with an even rating, six shots on goal and five hits in 23:54 of ice time. The 27-year-old is up to one goal and seven assists in five games during this series. He's proven to be a valuable commodity in all standard fantasy playoff leagues. The Bruins will now head to Toronto with a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played on Monday night.
Apr 22 - 12:00 AM

Tuukka Rask was pulled during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rask gave up four goals on just 13 shots in 31:55 of action. The Bruins managed to make the game close after he was yanked, but they couldn't complete the comeback. Rask now has a 3-2 record with a 2.90 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage this postseason. Anton Khudobin, who entered the game in relief of Rask, turned aside all eight shots he faced. Despite the loss, the Bruins still lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Monday night. Expect Rask to be back between the pipes for that one.
Apr 21 - 11:31 PM

Noel Acciari scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Acciari helped set up Sean Kuraly's second-period goal which cut Boston's deficit to 4-2 at the time. The Bruins forward then added tally of his own to make it 4-3 early in the third frame. These were the 26-year-old's first two points of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. David Backes also found the back of the net for the Bruins. Despite the loss, Boston still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Monday night.
Apr 21 - 11:22 PM


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