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  • Weekly 3 Stars: November 9-15, 2015

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    Weekly 3 Stars: November 9-15, 2015

    Tim Rosenthal November 16, 2015

    For a team that only played two games last week, there was still plenty of things to talk about regarding the Boston Bruins both on and off the ice. This week, we honor a “veteran defenseman” continuing to impress, an improvement on special teams, a few fans, and workers, who donated their time for a good cause and the men and women in uniform protecting our country.

    With that in mind, here is this week’s edition of Weekly 3 Stars.

    *** – Bruins penalty kill

    There’s still work that needs to be done with the Bruins shorthanded unit, but over the last three games, they are quietly progressing. Despite Chris Kelly’s injury and Dennis Seidenberg shaking off the rust, the B’s penalty kill has killed 11 of their last 13 penalties.

    The only two goals the Bruins have allowed on the man advantage in the last three games came against a Johnny Boychuk bomb against the Islanders in Brooklyn and backhander from Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the third period of their 3-1 win Saturday night. Still, they have gotten timely kills and have tightened up their defense while shorthanded.

    “Our penalty kill has been better. Even [Saturday], kind of a tough goal there, a couple of bounces and it goes right on their stick, but our penalty kill’s been better,” head coach Claude Julien said following Saturday’s win. “Our five-on-four, in the last three games I’d say, has been pretty good, and even though we allowed a goal [against the Red Wings] and it looks bad on our penalty kill, overall I think our guys have been much better in its attention to details. But then again, tonight, a few times we’re not getting the puck out when we should, so we’ve got to keep working on it.”

    While there’s still work to be done Julien is hoping that the Bruins penalty kill can sustain their pace and keep up with their league-leading power play.

    ** – Torey Krug

    Weekly 3 Stars

    Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored his first goal of the season in the Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Red Wings. (Photo by Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)

    Following injuries to Seidenberg and captain Zdeno Chara to start the season, Torey Krug entered the opening night lineup against the Jets as the second longest tenured defenseman in Boston. His defensive partner, Adam McQuaid, was the longest tenured defenseman for the first two games of the year.

    From Day 1, Krug has continued to impress the Bruins brass with his on-ice play. Additionally, he is taking his increased responsibilities as a “veteran defenseman” in stride and has been relied upon for advice from the young blue-line.

    “Yeah for sure, I mean I don’t know what the stats are but at one point I was the guy with the second most games on our d-core,” the 24-year old Krug said after he scored his first goal of the year on Saturday. “You know when guys go down, other guys have to step up. It’s a learning process for me, and it’s been nice to just have a little bit more of a role and obviously the young guys rely on you to ask questions and see how things work.”

    Last season, Krug signed another one-year contract extension and viewed that as another chance to prove himself. The former Michigan State defenseman is doing just that, and, at this rate, it’s safe to say he’ll be in line for a lengthier extension once contract negotiations begin with General Manager Don Sweeney.

    *A – The U.S. Military

    In honor of Veteran’s Day last week, the entire National Hockey League paid tribute to the troops — both past and present — in honor of their service and dedication to keeping our country safe. Many hockey venues, including the TD Garden, had touching tributes to show their thanks to the men and women in uniform. It was only appropriate for us this week to give one of the top stars to the soldiers serving in the military.

    From everyone at Bruins Daily, we thank the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect the United States of America.

    * – Frosted Fall supporters

    On Friday Night at the Boston Exchange Conference Center, Bruins Daily and Stinky Socks Hockey teamed up to host the 4th annual Frosted Fall event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Good Sports.

    With special guests such as legendary anthem singer Rene Rancourt, two-time Olympic silver medalist Molly Schaus, Bruins legend Rick Middleton, Bruins Foundation Executive Director Bob Sweeney, Miss Massachusetts, the Bruins Ice Girls and Blades (just to name a few), the night was full of entertainment. And of course, all of it was to support a good cause.

    This year, over $26,000 was raised for the Bruins Foundation and Good Sports to help disadvantaged kids get into the game of hockey. To everyone who came out in support of this cause, we can’t thank you enough for your time and generosity.

    We’ll have a complete story on the Frosted Fall later this week on Bruins Daily. In the meantime, we leave you with Rene Rancourt singing the Star Spangled Banner and a rendition in french of the Canadian National Anthem.



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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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