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Jim Montgomery makes a strong statement about this Bruins' forward

Published January 7, 2024 at 1:31 PM
BY CHRIST
In Boston, Trent Frederic achieved his third dual-goal game of the season, guiding the Boston Bruins to a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Saturday evening.

Filling in for the sidelined James van Riemsdyk, Frederic assumed a role in the second power-play unit and positioned himself by the net, seeking a deflection or a rebound. He scored during the Bruins' initial power-play opportunity, marking his first career power-play point, a fact of which he was fully aware.

"I think it was my first power-play shot," Frederic said. "I'm one-for-one."

Frederic humorously mentioned that this might be his final chance on the power-play and regretted not taking the puck as a significant keepsake. Alternating positions in the lineup, from wing to center and back, the 25-year-old forward has scored 12 goals in 38 games this season, along with nine assists, accumulating 21 points.


"I think his confidence has increased," said Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery. "His poise with the puck and he's got tremendous hands. In practice, he scores more than anyone — except (David Pastrnak). The kind of player that he is, he's got to keep just being really focused on his habits and details and moving his feet. He's doing those things. I expect him to keep scoring like he is."

"It's just his athletic ability," Montgomery added. "He can finish. He's got great hands. And he's a big body. The reason I think he can continue to finish is he's putting himself in situations to score. He's not deferring anymore. He's taking charge."

Frederic achieved a personal best of 31 points last season and is on track to surpass that figure this season. He will have the opportunity to increase his points tally on Monday night when the Bruins face off against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena.
Source: NESN
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