Bruins notebook: Bruce Cassidy approaches anniversary as B’s bench boss, Bruins looking to keep championship run going

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Patrice Bergeron won’t be the only member of the Bruins celebrating a career milestone this week.

Boston might be off on Thursday, but Feb. 7 will stand as the two-year anniversary of Bruce Cassidy’s appointment as head coach of the B’s. Boston’s latest bench boss didn’t have much time to catch his breath after taking the reins of the team — already asked to replace Boston’s all-time wins leader in Claude Julien, Cassidy was also tasked with jumpstarting a stalled club that was stuck in the mud with a 26-23-6 record.

It was a tall task for Cassidy — who spent the previous five seasons as head coach of the Providence Bruins before earning a promotion as assistant coach on Julien’s staff at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

But he was ready to make the most of his opportunity — 13 years after he was fired from his first NHL head-coaching gig with the Capitals.