BostonBruins.com – It’s gold for Brad Marchand and Canada.
The Canadians took down previously undefeated Finland, 2-0, in the gold-medal game Sunday afternoon for their second straight IIHF Men’s World Championship title.
Marchand assisted on Matt Duchene’s empty-netter with 1 second remaining to seal the victory. The Bruins winger finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in 10 games.
Marchand added a goal in Canada’s 4-3 semifinals win over the United States on Saturday. After a give-and-go with Cody Ceci, Marchand got the puck at the goal line and fired one past goalie Keith Kinkaid to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
BostonBruins.com – All three Bruins participating in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship have advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Brad Marchand (Canada), Frank Vatrano (United States), and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have each been important contributors to their teams to this point, combining for four goals and 11 assists through the preliminary round.
Marchand (two goals, two assists) helped Canada to a 6-1 record and the second spot in Group B with 18 points. Pastrnak (one goal, six assists) and the Czech Republic advanced with a 5-4 win over Switzerland Tuesday to clinch the top spot in Group A, with a 6-1 record and 18 points.
The United States is also moving on, despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia Tuesday morning. The U.S. needed only to avoid a regulation loss, which they did with help from Vatrano, who assisted on Brock Nelson’s second-period tally that tied the score at 1.
BostonBruins.com – Canada secured a place in the quarterfinals of the IIHF Men’s World Championship on Saturday after a 5-0 win over Slovakia.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand contributed to the victory, with an assist on Matt Duchene’s first period tally that gave the Canadians a 2-0 advantage. Marchand added another helper on Monday in Canada’s 4-0 win over France, assisting on Mark Scheifele’s goal in the third period.
Canada improved to 6-0 and is tied with Finland for the Group B lead at 18 points. The teams square off on Tuesday afternoon (1:15 p.m. EST) in the final preliminary round contest for each country.
BostonBruins.com – To this point of the IIHF Men’s World Championship, the Republic is the only team to have reached five wins, having captured all five of its contests during the preliminary round, for a tournament-high 14 points.
That success can be attributed in large part to Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who is one of just three NHLers playing for the Czech Republic. Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens) and Michal Jordan (Carolina Hurricanes) are the others.
Pastrnak is tied for the team lead in points, with six (one goal, five assists), along with Michael Birner and Roman Cervenka.
BostonBruins.com – Brad Marchand is fresh off the best season of his career. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound winger led the Bruins with a career-best 37 goals, good for fifth-most in the NHL.
And while his Bruins campaign ended sooner than he would have liked, Marchand picked up right where he left off with a strong start at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Russia.
Marchand tallied a goal in each of his first two games of the tournament to help propel Canada (3-0) to convincing victories over the United States and Hungary. Frank Vatrano (USA) and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have also been significant contributors to their teams during the preliminary round, combining for six points in six games.
BostonBruins.com – Three members of the Boston Bruins will be competing in the upcoming IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia.
Frank Vatrano was added to Team USA’s roster on Tuesday afternoon, joining Brad Marchand (Canada), and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) as the Bruins’ representatives at the tournament, which begins Friday and lasts through May 22.
Vatrano, who was a member of the U.S. National Development Team from 2010-12, also represented the United States at the 2012 U-18 World Championship, where he scored two goals and added two assists in helping the team to a gold medal.
BostonBruins.com – The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will be held Saturday evening in Toronto (8 p.m., NBC). The Bruins are one of 14 teams eligible to receive the No. 1 overall pick. This year, the second and third picks will also be determined through drawings.
Because the Bruins finished with the most points among non-playoff teams, they have the lowest chance of securing the No. 1 pick.
BostonBruins.com – With the final week of the NHL regular season comes plenty of excitement and drama. And the Bruins find themselves right in the thick of it all.
The Bruins are fighting with Detroit and Philadelphia for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s try to break it all down.
Eastern Conference Standings (as of 9 a.m. on April 9)
GP PTS Regulation/Overtime Wins
7. Detroit 81 93 39
8. Boston 81 93 38
9. Philadelphia 80 92 36
The Bruins do not control their own destiny. Below are the scenarios in which the B's can qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
WILMINGTON – When the season kicked off in early October, the Bruins no doubt believed they would be playing postseason hockey.
That optimism and hope still remains.
But if the Bruins are to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they will have to win the regular season finale against Ottawa – and hope for some other games to fall their way.
“You’re kind of wondering who did the schedule and how does it happen like that?” Max Talbot said after the Bruins practice Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena.
“It makes for fun hockey, excitement, and I think it’s good for the game.”
A win over the Senators would go a long way for the Bruins in their quest to qualify for the playoffs. But it does not guarantee them a spot.
Detroit, which is tied with the Bruins for the third and final playoff position in the Atlantic Division, plays the New York Rangers. And Philadelphia, which sits 1 point back of the Bruins for the second wild card spot has two games remaining, Saturday against Pittsburgh and Sunday against the New York Islanders.
If the Bruins win and the Red Wings or Flyers lose, Boston qualifies. For the rest of the scenarios, click here.
BOSTON – Earlier Thursday afternoon, the Bruins arrived at TD Garden feeling loose, excited, and confident ahead of a crucial meeting with the Red Wings.
Torey Krug was adamant about not shying away from the big moments, but rather embracing the challenge and opportunity that was in front of them.
And when the puck dropped, the Bruins – and Krug – performed just as they expected they would.
Five different Bruins scored, including Krug, who notched the eventual winning goal – his first tally since Dec. 5 – in a 5-2 win over Detroit Thursday night at TD Garden.
“It was huge,” said Krug. “We’re in a position where we can continue to live and hopefully get some more help and Saturday we have a job to do.”
The win moves the Bruins into a tie with Detroit for third place in the Atlantic Division with 93 points, though the Red Wings hold the tiebreaker with one more regulation/overtime victory.
Boston also moved 1 point ahead of Philadelphia for the second wild card spot, after the Flyers overtime loss to Toronto. Philadelphia has a game in hand.