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Julien: Bruins ‘ran out of gas’ against Avs

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The Boston Bruins have been on a roll since 2015 began, but they just couldn’t get it done against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 decision via a shootout.

Head coach Claude Julien explained it simply to NESN: the Bruins “ran out of gas.”

The stats certainly back up such a sentiment. After slightly edging Colorado in shots 19-17 through the first two periods, the Avalanche dominated in that regard to the tune of a 19-5 disparity in the third period and OT.

Overall, Torey Krug and plenty of other Bruins seemed happy with most of their efforts, but disappointed with the outcome, as the team’s website reports.

“We played a good 58 minutes of hockey,” Krug said. “And killed a lot of penalties and Tuukks came up big for us in some key moments. They just outbattled us at the end and they scored the goal in the shootout that mattered.”

The Bruins enter the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season, even with this last blemish. They’ve won six of eight and have generated at least a standings point in all but one of their games since Dec. 29.

While they aren’t in a perfect situation – the Florida Panthers could surpass the Bruins by winning in their four games in hand, for example – Boston is currently in the East’s second wild card spot as of the break. Considering how shaky certain stretches of the 2014-15 season have been, they’ll take it.

Video: Iginla nets milestone goal with a buzzer beater

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Jarome Iginla moved into sole possession of 20th on the NHL’s all-time goals list with his first period goal tonight against the Boston Bruins.

The 37-year-old reached the milestone with less than a second remaining on the clock.

Iginla now has 14 goals and 31 points in 48 games this season.

Torey Krug tied it 1-1 early in the second period.

Video: Bob McKenzie discusses the NHL’s plans for outdoor games in 2015-16

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A day after we learned due to scheduling conflicts the Winnipeg Jets will not host the Heritage Classic during the 2015-16 season, more details have emerged regarding next season’s outdoor games.

Hockey insider Bob McKenzie joined the NBCSN panel to discuss the outdoor games to be hosted in both Minnesota and Colorado next season.

McKenzie says the NHL will use the all star weekend to officially announce next season’s outdoor games.

McKenzie reports the Red Wings will play in Colorado in one of the Stadium Series games while the Chicago Blackhawks will visit Minnesota in the other.

He also confirmed Boston will play host to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium.

The L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks will play in the lone Stadium Series game this season on Feb. 21 at Levi’s Stadium.

Who did Roenick and Jones pick in their All-Star Fantasy Draft?

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Via NBC Sports PR, here’s how the two NHL Live analysts made their picks, in preparation for Friday evening’s All-Star Fantasy Draft (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

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So…not sure how Patrice Bergeron gets picked third to last. Maybe Roenick and Jones figured the reigning Selke Trophy winner isn’t the kind of player who would shine in a defense-discouraged All-Star Game? That’s possible I guess. Doubt he’ll go that low in the actual draft though.

Anyway, assuming the draft rules haven’t changed from 2011, remember that “each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15,” so the player picked last has to be a forward.

The two top picks

Roenick on Malkin: “There’s no question that in an All-Star Game, he’s the perfect guy to pick number one. Even though he’s from Pittsburgh, and I was a Philly guy, I’ve got to make him my first choice.”

Jones on Voracek: “He’s heading back to Columbus where he started his career – he’ll be pretty pumped up about that. He’s leading the NHL in points, and when he plays with All-Star talent, he’ll pick up big-time points.”

In 15 days, the Bruins have gone from ‘very disappointing’ to one of the NHL’s hottest teams

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It was only 15 days ago that the Boston Bruins’ new CEO, Charlie Jacobs, tore a strip off his struggling hockey team.

“I’d say without question this has been a very disappointing year,” Jacobs said. “It’s unacceptable the way that this team has performed given the amount of time, money and effort that’s been spent on this team.”

At the time, the B’s were 19-15-6, one point behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. And such was Jacobs’ displeasure at being outside the playoff picture that coach Claude Julien’s job security was actually being questioned in the media.

Things, suffice to say, have changed in the 15 days since. Heading into tonight’s game in Colorado, the Bruins have won six of seven and, yes, if the playoffs started today, they’d be in them.

Simply put, the B’s are playing better hockey. In their last seven games, they’ve possessed the puck at a higher rate than they did over their first 40; defensively, Julien’s praising the “layers” again; and perhaps most importantly, they’ve received far better goaltending from Tuukka Rask, who, after finishing December with a save percentage of just .896, has allowed only nine goals in his last six starts.

Also helping Boston? The collapse of the Maple Leafs and a Florida Panthers mini-slump.

The B’s aren’t home and free yet. They could still miss the playoffs with a record of, say, 16-16-3 in their final 35 games.

But making the playoffs seems a lot more doable today than it did a couple of weeks ago.

In fact, it almost seems easy for a team as good as Boston.

Things can change quickly in the NHL.