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Talking Points: Boston Bruins Lose Embarrassingly to Carolina…Again



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BOSTON – Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 6-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden on Thursday night.

GOLD STAR: Who else but Boston Bruins killer Sebastian Aho? Aho now has 10 goals and 16 points in 13 career regular season games against the Black and Gold and continues to do damage in all kinds of ways against Boston. Aho finished with four shots on net, six shot attempts overall, two hits, one takeaway and 8-of-14 faceoff wins in 16:05 of ice time to go along with a plus-1 rating. There were other standouts like Andrei Svechnikov with his three-point evening and Jordan Staal with a dominant, 200-foot game. But it was Aho that put two on the board for the Hurricanes and continues to post big numbers against the Black and Gold in his career.

BLACK EYE: On a night when the Boston Bruins are missing Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, it’s the perfect time for a guy like Charlie Coyle to step up and provide some offense and good two-way play. Instead, Coyle didn’t land a single shot on net in the first two periods when it mattered, had a couple giveaways and really didn’t do anything impactful that could have helped the B’s cause. It’s too much to expect a guy like Coyle to be Bergeron or provide the kind of superstar level of play that Marchand is capable of, but it’s not too much to expect Coyle to actually do something of note with key guys out of action. He didn’t deliver in a big spot, but Coyle was far from the only one with a lot of underwhelming performances among some young veteran leaders in the B’s dressing room.

TURNING POINT: While it didn’t end up being a turning point for the Bruins, it damn well should have been when Charlie McAvoy stepped up and delivered a thunderous hit on Sebastian Aho in the neutral zone during the first period in a game that was 1-0. This was after McAvoy gave Martin Necas the rough treatment around the Boston net as well earlier in the period.

Unfortunately, nobody else stepped up and followed suit behind McAvoy and Tony DeAngelo dropped the gloves with the Boston Bruins defenseman following the big open ice hit on Sebastian Aho. This is truly where the Bruins miss the attitude and spirit of a guy like Brad Marchand, who drags them into the fight with his fiery, competitive passion.



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HONORABLE MENTION: Got to say, in all of the ugliness of the loss I didn’t hate Trent Frederic’s game at all. He was a minus-1 and he took a penalty, but he also had six shot attempts and registered six hits in a very physical game for the Black and Gold. Certainly, some of that was the pent-up energy at having been out of the lineup for so long, and some of it is probably the understanding that he’s going to need to play that way all the time if he wants to stay in the lineup. So it’s very clearly a consolation prize while looking at a positive for the Boston Bruins in a 5-0 shutout loss with Boston’s best players on the sidelines, but that’s where are right now.

BY THE NUMBERS: 16-1 – the total amount that the Boston Bruins have been outscored in three ugly, pretty one-sided losses to the Carolina Hurricanes this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “If you go into a game thinking we don’t have Bergie, we don’t have March, we’re dead…you can’t have that. If that creeps into your mind, then you’re already dead. It certainly didn’t creep into my mind. We have to believe in each other. I do & I think we all do.” –Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who was one of the few players that stepped up and played with some attitude in the blowout loss.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Michael J Parahus

Not a lot of positives to take away from this one. I thought Studnika played well. Ulmark looked like a beach whale half the game. I realize he is a big guy….but once he is prone on the ice I could take a nap in the time it takes him to get back up and into position. I realize we were playing one of the top teams in the league. But, if tonight (and the prior games against the Canes when we were at full strength are any indication….it should be a clear signal to Sweeney that this team is… Read more »


This is what happens when you keep going half in every single year and not deciding if you’re going all in. Sweeney Is not making the necessary trades and drafting is definitely killing this team and will kill them for years to come now hes wasted this core. Building for the future and trying to be competitive do not win U cups

Rick W Murray

I didn’t think at this time I would be posting this, but it’s time to sell, If you’re gonna put your trust in Sweeney to mold and shape this team for the future, that’d be like letting the Sweat hogs loose in the Taj Mahal. If we get bona fide top d, if Krecji comes back, if Bergy’s healthy and If Swayman starts playing like he should the bruins might surprise some teams. But those are a lot of ifs I’ve given up on this club now Sell, but first get rid of Sweeney, Sea Bass, and Bruce.


Sweeney doesn’t have the balls to make a big trade. Most of his draft picks, free agent signings and trades have not worked out. It’s time for Sweeney, Neely and the entire scouting staff to be replaced. I also don’t understand all the hype about Charlie McAvoy. He’s better than any other defenseman on the Bruins but he’s ranked 18th in scoring among defensemen and 98th in plus / minus. Not what I would consider Norris Trophy caliber.


Depending on the “Perfection Line” over the past few years has led to this situation. Tine to make bold decisions about the future of this team. If the plan of the start this season was the last kick at the can to get a cup for Bergie, it ain’t happening. Offer him a chance to win a cup by checking with him on where he would like to go before the trade deadline. Secondly, trade Marchie before the deadline Get high draft picks and a good young roster player. Thirdly, bring on the young guns in the minor league and… Read more »

William Mahoney

Bruins are wimps! Playing not only against better teams every night but the HNL are trying to punish the team. New management is overdue; except for Cassidy all should go!

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