Golden Knights hire former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
Golden Knights Cassidy Hockey FILE - Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy watches during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Feb. 17, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. The Vegas Golden Knights named Cassidy as the team's coach Tuesday, June 14. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin, File) (Corey Sipkin)LAS VEGAS — (AP) — Bruce Cassidy wasn’t out of a job for long after being hired to coach the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, little more than a week after being fired by the Boston Bruins. Cassidy becomes the Golden Knights’ third coach and replaces Peter DeBoer, who was fired after Vegas missed the playoffs for the first time in its five-year history. He was fired on June 6, a month after the Bruins lost a seven-game first-round series to Carolina.wftv.com
Bruins fire coach Bruce Cassidy after 1st-round playoff exit
BOSTON — (AP) — The Boston Bruins have fired coach Bruce Cassidy several weeks after losing in the first round of the playoffs. General manager Don Sweeney announced the surprising move Monday night and said the search for a replacement will begin immediately. “His head coaching record for the Bruins is impressive, and we are appreciative of Bruce both professionally and personally,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Bruce has been a fantastic coach and has helped this team win many games and achieve success over his tenure behind the bench,” team president Cam Neely said. "I also want to extend my gratitude to Bruce and his family for everything they’ve done over the years to support the New England community and Bruins organization.wftv.com
Goal crazy: Offense highlights opening night of NHL playoffs
(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) (Frank Gunn)So much for the notion that goals are hard to come by in the playoffs. If the opening night of the chase for the Stanley Cup is an indication of what’s to come, the NHL is in for another wildly unpredictable postseason. The St. Louis Blues blanked the Minnesota Wild 4-0, with Marc-Andre Fleury giving up four goals on 31 shots. Monday night was also a busy night for officials, who doled out 48 penalty minutes in Blues-Wild. The Blues not only ranked second in the NHL during the regular season with the 27% success rate on their power play, they set a franchise record for that efficiency.wftv.com
Abundance of goals on opening night of Stanley Cup playoffs
(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) (Frank Gunn)So much for the notion that goals are hard to come by in the playoffs. If the opening night of the chase for the Stanley Cup is an indication of what’s to come, the NHL is in for another wildly unpredictable postseason. The St. Louis Blues blanked the Minnesota Wild 4-0, with Marc-Andre Fleury giving up four goals on 31 shots. The opening-night scoring barrage came after a regular season in which teams combined to average 6.29 goals per game — up from 5.87 the previous year. Monday night was also a busy night for officials, who doled out 48 penalty minutes in Blues-Wild.wftv.com
Marchand has hat trick, Bruins beat Canadiens 5-1
Canadiens Bruins Hockey Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) picks up a hat from the ice after scoring his third goal of the game during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) (Mary Schwalm)BOSTON — (AP) — Brad Marchand skated around the ice, waiting for the cleanup crew to gather up the hats tossed over the glass to celebrate his fifth career hat trick. “The hat speaks for itself," Marchand said on Wednesday night after recording his fifth career hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins home game was moved up, with the hope that capacity restrictions in Canada will be eased by March. It was still a three-goal lead seven minutes into the second when Marchand started the Bruins on a short-handed break and then finished it by crashing the net on the rebound for his fifth career hat trick.wftv.com
Coyle gets OT winner as Bruins rally past Sabres, 4-3
Sabres Bruins Hockey Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime during an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) (Mary Schwalm)BOSTON — (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored on a wrist shot from the slot 34 seconds into overtime and Boston completed a 4-3 comeback victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in the Bruins’ first game in 16 days. The Bruins outshot the Sabres 41-24 to snap a two-game losing streak. Alex Tuch added a power-play score and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 37 saves for the Sabres, who have lost their last three games. … Fourteen years ago, the Sabres hosted Pittsburgh in the inaugural Winter Classic at the home of the Buffalo Bills.wftv.com
Canadiens and Flyers to play in empty Bell Centre
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (Michael Dwyer)The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers were to play in an empty Bell Centre on Thursday night due to a spiraling rise of COVID-19 cases. Montreal says it has been assured it will be allowed to return to partial capacity at the Bell Centre beginning in January. The Bruins placed forwards Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic and goalie Jeremy Swayman in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol Thursday. Bergeron, Marchand and fellow forward Craig Smith went on the protocol list earlier this week. Hard-hit Calgary added two more players and another member of the team’s support staff to its COVID-19 protocol list.wftv.com
Bruins put 3 more players in COVID-19 protocol
Lightning Bruins Hockey Boston Bruins' Jeremy Swayman (1) blocks a shot by Tampa Bay Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) as Connor Clifton (75) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (Michael Dwyer)The Boston Bruins placed forwards Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic and goalie Jeremy Swayman in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Thursday. With the number of coronavirus cases and game postponements rising across the league, the addition of Blidh, Frederic and Swayman gave the Bruins six players in the protocol. Patrice Bergeron, leading scorer Brad Marchand and fellow forward Craig Smith went on the protocol list earlier this week. The Nashville Predators also have been hit hard, announcing Thursday that assistant coach Dan Hinote had been added to the protocol list.wftv.com
Marchand scores twice, Bruins end Devils 3-game win streak
Brad Marchand scored twice, Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves, and Boston beat New Jersey 5-2, ending the Devils' three-game winning streak. Then you get the empty net and that’s how you end up with three goals and you extend the lead. Marchand extended the advantage to 2-0 early in the second period with a power-play goal. Ruff smiled when asked if he ever gets sick of seeing the Bruins' top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron. ... Devils F Tyce Thompson did not play because he was hurt in the win over the Islanders on Thursday.wftv.com
Islanders beat Bruins 6-2 in Game 6, reach Stanley Cup semis
Brock Nelson scored twice in another big second period by New York, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals for the second straight year.
Bruins coach Cassidy fined $25,000 for criticizing refs
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola)BOSTON — (AP) — The NHL fined Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy $25,000 on Tuesday for his criticism of the officials after Game 4 of Boston's second-round playoff series against the New York Islanders. After the game, Cassidy commended the officials but said the teams were treated differently despite playing similar styles. “I think they sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” he said. Asked about Cassidy's comments, New York coach Barry Trotz noted that his team was one of the least penalized in the regular season. It’s just the end of the day, the similar plays — they need to be penalized on those plays," Cassidy said.wftv.com
Pastrnak's open-net miss a bad sign for Bruins coach Cassidy
Shoot it!’” Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the Islanders beat Boston 4-1 in Game 4 to tie their second-round playoff series at two games. “When your best player hits the post on an open net, and it just kind of sits there. “At the end of the day, I don’t know if (the miss) makes a difference in the game or not,” Cassidy said. It didn’t happen.”Game 5 is Monday night in Boston, with Game 6 back at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night. “I obviously have bias, but I feel he should be the winner,” the Bruins coach said.wftv.com
Similar Islanders, Bruins face off in 2nd-round mirror match
Islanders Bruins Hockey New York Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech (3) checks Boston Bruins right wing Ondrej Kase (28) to the ice in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola)When the Boston Bruins look in the mirror, they see the New York Islanders. “We’re playing ourselves a little bit,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of the Bruins' second-round opponent in the playoffs. “We’re straight-line hockey teams," Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield said. “It’s two similar hockey teams, and it’s going to be a battle.”Half of these teams' regular-season meetings were one-goal games, which fits the tightness of playoff hockey, particularly this year.wftv.com
Rangers beat Bruins 4-0 in Panarin's first game back
New York Rangers' Chris Kreider celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, March 13, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON – Chris Kreider scored his team-leading 14th goal, Artemi Panarin had an assist in his first game back since leaving the team, and the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 4-0 Saturday to halt a three-game losing streak. Ryan Strome, Pavel Buchnevich and K’Andre Miller each had a goal for New York, which lost 4-0 in Boston on Thursday. The Rangers called the story about Panarin fabricated and designed to intimidate him for his political views against Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also robbed Kreider’s two close chances on a Rangers power play midway into the second.
Bruins coach: Carlo 'feeling better,' week-to-week after hit
Boston Bruins' Brandon Carlo is helped off the ice after an injury in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, March 5, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON – Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo “is feeling better” but remains week-to-week from the head hit that earned Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson a seven-game suspension, coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday. Cassidy called the hit “predatory” but declined to go into details on the suspension. ... I’ve kind of moved on and getting ready for New Jersey.”The Bruins return to the ice Sunday night against the Devils. “The guys are in a good place," Cassidy said, adding that he texted Carlo on Sunday morning.
Carlo released from hospital; Wilson suspended 7 games
Boston Bruins' Brandon Carlo is helped off the ice after an injury in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, March 5, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON – Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo was released from the hospital Saturday after spending the night following a head hit from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Later Saturday, Wilson was suspended for seven games by the NHL without pay after an Zoom hearing to discuss the incident. Carlo left Friday night's game against the Capitals after Wilson hit him late in the first period, smashing his head into the glass with his hands and stick. Boston's Trent Frederic and Jarred Tinordi both fought Wilson later in the game, which the Bruins won 5-1.
Pastrnak's 3 goals lead Bruins past Flyers 7-3 at Lake Tahoe
The Bruins' high level of play matched the picturesque setting with the lake and snow-covered mountains in the background. Joel Farabee, Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk scored for the short-handed Flyers, who have six players on the COVID-19 list. AdThere were plenty of goals as well, starting with Pastrnak’s 34 seconds into the game. The Flyers responded with two goals and took the lead when Couturier came out of the penalty box and took advantage of McAvoy’s broken stick. There were even more on Sunday, including some waving Flyers flags and others with Bruins paraphernalia.
Bruins erase 3-goal deficit against Capitals, win 5-3
Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal with the bench during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. Buoyed by their top scorer's first two goals of the season and a big rookie's fight against one of the toughest players in hockey, the Bruins erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Monday night. “In the box, I was like a little kid in there just jumping around when we scored,” Frederic said. The Capitals had front-row seats for Pastrnak's breakout performance in his second game after undergoing offseason hip surgery. Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored in his second game against his old team.
Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson formally retained Boughner as San Jose's coach Tuesday, removing the interim tag to make him the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history. He’s very open-minded in looking to find solutions.”Boughner also hired Rocky Thompson as his associate coach and John Madden as an assistant coach. Mike Ricci, the former Sharks forward who became an assistant under Boughner, will be an NHL development coach. Thompson succeeded Boughner as the head coach at Windsor in 2015, and he won the Memorial Cup in 2017. He spent the past three seasons as head coach of the AHL's Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' top affiliate.
Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams
TORONTO, ONT Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as a blue-collar team. Is that a positive or a negative? Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL playoffs against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets. Thats in the history books forever, Cooper said, noting how both teams have made various changes to their lineups. Id call them a really good team.Familiarity is breeding respect among the East opponents entering the first round. The Islanders hold a 5-2 playoff series edge over Washington.
NHL's older coaches debate wearing masks, taking precautions
In this photo provided by the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team, interim head coach Rick Bowness watches practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. You get out there and you miss it, the Dallas Stars coach said. You realize how much you enjoy being out there.The NHLs oldest head coach still worries about COVID-19 but not enough to stop doing his job. Im going to have to adjust to it, there is no question. The average age of the 24 head coaches in the playoffs is just under 54, the second-oldest behind the NBA among North Americas four major professional sports leagues.