Kalman: Bruins' Game 3 Loss Deficiencies Easily Correctable Before Game 4Two nights after setting all kinds of Bruins and NHL records with a six-point game and finishing the night in a shower of hats, Pastrnak probably needed to be showered in ice packs.
Kalman: Bruins' First Line Producing, Leaving Matthews At Loss For WordsThe Bruins’ first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak has reduced Auston Matthews to a score-less pedestrian player on the ice.
Simplified Approach Pays Off For Pastrnak, Bruins' Top Line In Game 1 Vs. LeafsDavid Pastrnak became the 12th player in Bruins history to record a three or more points in a playoff game at 21 years of age or younger, and then celebrated by wearing a unique hat.
Don Sweeney’s Ahead Of Schedule With Bruins Plan, Even If Playoff Run DisappointsA surprisingly sensational regular season that raised expectations multiple notches doesn’t mean that anything less than a Cup championship will tarnish what the Bruins accomplished through the first 82 games.
Bruins’ Rick Nash Ready To Do Whatever It Takes To Make Postseason A SuccessOff the ice, Rick nash doesn’t shy away from his fan- and media-generated reputation. He knows that when he came to Boston in the Feb. 25 trade with the New York Rangers, he brought with him his 200-foot game, his tough-to-control size and a past filled with unmet postseason production expectations.
Kalman: They're No Merlot Line, But Bruins' Fourth Line Could Be As Impactful In Bruins' Stanley Cup RunWhen you play for the Bruins, there are a lot of legacies to live up to. Even if you're a fourth-liner.
Two Positives For Bruins After Disappointing Defeat To PanthersSunday's loss to the Panthers gave the Bruins some hard lessons for what they’re going to have to do in the playoffs to make sure they don’t continue to replicate their performances of the past week and a half.
Kalman: Finding Optimism In Potential First-Round Matchup With Leafs, And More Bruins ThoughtsThe Bruins can’t spend too much time worrying about seeding. They have to get healthy and in sync now that they’re on just their second losing streak of three or more games this season.
Getting Mean Has Helped Bruins’ Carlo Turn Around Sophomore SeasonThe Bruins don’t need 6-foot-5, 208-pound defenseman Brandon Carlo to be The Incredible Hulk. They don’t even need him to be Zdeno Chara or Adam McQuaid.
Kalman: Tuukka Rask Did More Than Just Make Crucial Saves To Help Bruins Reach First PlaceRask is known for being at his best when he’s calm in net, but he can also have a temper that sometimes results in clumsy self-punishment, equipment destruction and the abuse of milk crates. The Bruins benefited from a little bit of both sides of Rask’s personality in their 4-2 win against the Lightning at TD Garden.
Kalman: Zdeno Chara’s Off-Ice Impact -- As Much As On-Ice Performance -- Makes New Contract A Bargain For BruinsChara said at the start of the 2017-18 season his priority was to keep playing and to do it for the Bruins, and his performance this season, during which he turned 41, made it impossible for the Bruins to play around in negotiations.
Bruce Cassidy Mixing, Matching For Playoffs And Other Thoughts After Bruins' Successful Road TripHere are some observations and thoughts I had after the Bruins earned their fifth point of the road trip with a shootout loss in Winnipeg.