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from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
It will be Game No. 52 for the Panthers and Thomas is 14-14-3 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He said after Monday's optional practice that he's so focused on the task at hand that Tuesday's game is about earning two points.
"I'm really just focused on getting ready for tomorrow's game," he said. "You know me, I don't try to overblow things."
When the Panthers were in town last November, Thomas sat high above the rink at the Garden and at one point during a TV timeout, the Bruins recognized the two-time Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner with a video tribute. The 17,565 in attendance gave him a standing ovation and he waved to the fans.
"That was awesome," Thomas said Monday afternoon. "I was very honored. It was a great tribute. The way it worked out, I'm happy I didn't play my first game back here because it gave me time to come back. I did get a flood of emotions -- all good.
"It was actually better that I wasn't playing because I could appreciate it a bit more, because when I'm playing I'll be focused on what I can do," Thomas said.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It would seem that Edmonton's 31-year-old Nick Schultz most closely fits the profile of what Boston is looking for: a veteran, stay-at-home, left-shooting defenseman that blocks a lot of shots. Schultz leads the Oilers with 90 blocked shots in 50 games, but has only three assists and a minus-17 while averaging 16:53 of ice time for the sad sack Oilers.
The Bruins aren’t looking to take on players with term on their contract beyond this year, and Schultz certainly fits that criterion.
A player like Schultz wouldn’t make a huge splash, but he would give the Bruins solid insurance should the injury bug decide to hit them once again this season....
Schultz isn’t the name on the top of most people’s tongues when discussing potential D-man trade targets for the Bruins, but names like Chris Phillips of the Senators, Dan Girardi of the Rangers and Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders simply aren’t being made available this point. Their teams are still very much in the thick of playoff races, and it’s very likely those kinds of players wouldn’t be made available until the March 5 deadline day.
“The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.
"Well, I don't think you can stand here and say there's not concerns at all [about Sochi security. You don't like seeing what's going on but there's no doubt that what's happened lately is certainly -- they're trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.
"At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There's never any guarantees in this life and you'd like to make it as safe as possible. That's basically all I can say, because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins and assistant coach for Team Canada. More from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston plus a video report regarding security at Sochi from ESPN.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,
Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided not to appeal his 15-game suspension to an independent arbitrator for attacking the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik during a game at TD Garden on Dec. 7.
After the team's morning skate Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena, Thornton said it was not an easy decision and he's had difficulty sleeping the last couple of days. He was even late getting onto the ice Tuesday because he was exhausting all his options with his lawyers.
Thornton, his agent and the Bruins felt that by the time a decision on the appeal was made, it actually wouldn't save him any games. He's eligible to return on Jan. 11 at San Jose.
Thornton said he'd rather not be a distraction for the team and wants to focus on preparing for his return. He thought there would be a hearing prior to Jan. 11 but it was not a guarantee that it would happen.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, December 28, that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL/MCL in his right knee. The expected recovery time for Seidenberg is 6-8 months.
The injury occurred during the third period of the Bruins/Senators game on Friday, December 27.
Chiarelli also announced that the team has recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis and assigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to Providence. Trotman will join the team in Ottawa Saturday and be eligible to play in Saturday night's game.
Trotman has skated in 22 games for Providence this season, tallying one goal and six assists with a plus-11 rating
If you scroll to the 1:09 mark of the video below, you can see how Seidenberg was injured.
NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2013) – Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruin sforward Shawn Thornton by the Department of Player Safety for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent,Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in NHL Game No. 438 at Boston on Dec. 7.
Commissioner Bettman heard Thornton's appeal at a hearing in New York on Friday, Dec. 20. The original decision was assessed Dec. 14.
The incident occurred at 11:06 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a match penalty for violating NHL Rule 46.15.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Thornton will forfeit $84,615.45. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
View Bettman's ruling here...
The next tweet from Bob McKenzie...
If, after receiving Bettman's judgment and narrative, Thornton wants to appeal that, he can go to independent arbitrator.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
There is no question that Reilly Smith was guilty of charging when he crashed into Roberto Luongo after the puck entered the net. The goal would stand since the puck crossed the line prior to the infraction but a minor penalty should have been assessed to Smith.
Let me attempt to explain why the referee might not have reacted to the contact on Luongo and therefore did not call a penalty. From the ref's position (behind the goal line, on the same side of the net that Smith approached 'Lou') the referee was focused on multiple elements of this bang-bang play.
First, there was potential for a penalty shot to be called if a foul from behind had resulted once Christopher Tanev gave chase from his opposite-side defensive position. Tanev attacked from a back-side angle and made stick-to-stick contact with Smith just as the shot was being taken from outside the goal crease. Tanev then slid behind Smith making very light physical contact with the back of the Bruin player.
continued and watch the goal below...
To answer my own question, I think it was a good no-call.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Vancouver native called the incident “an unprovoked attack” and said that he’s following up on with the authorities in his hometown. He also expressed exasperation at the treatment he’s received there over the last few years.
He said he was struck once inside a nightclub, and then outside a nightclub when “he was trying to get food.”
The only “no comment” he gave was when he was asked whether the assailant said anything about him being a member of the Bruins before striking him, but otherwise the B’s power forward was as candid as always.
“I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions," said Lucic, who explained that he did not know his attacker. "There was no reason for him to punch me. From this point forward we’re exploring this in a legal manner. That’s as much as I can say about it right now.
“It sucks to be in that situation, but you’ve got to take ownership of it and that it happened because you were in that situation. We came off a good road trip, and wanted to go out and blow off some steam . . . have a little fun. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, and hopefully it’s not a distraction to the team any further after today.”
via CTV British Columbia,
A video has surfaced of Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently involved in a scuffle outside of a downtown Vancouver nightclub.
In the video (warning: foul language), which was reportedly filmed Saturday, Lucic and another man exchange words in front of Vancouver police, who had arrived on scene.
“You know who you’re f**ing with mother f**er?” Lucic asks the other man. “I’ll f**ing kill you.”
“He hit me three times,” the power forward tells the officer on scene. No fighting can actually be seen in the video.
Another man in the background pipes up, yelling “Milan Lucic is beyond good right now!”
Watch the video below and note, f-bombs being tossed left and right...
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