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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Is there a more anticipated rematch in the early NHL season?
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens get it going again Thursday night after last spring's drama-filled, seven-game series, which saw the underdog Habs prevail.
Given the handshake line heard around the world, who knows exactly what will transpire Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal's home opener.
Normally, these types of games rarely live up to the hype fueled by media and fans.
Although sometimes ...
"I had one with Vancouver where we played Boston for the first time after the Stanley Cup final and we had a line brawl seven minutes in. So I think the fans, the media and everybody got what they wanted there," Canadiens winger Dale Weise said Wednesday after practice.
"I don't see it being the case tomorrow. The media kind of blows things up and the games have a hard time living up to that. We're just focusing on trying to come out and have a good game. Obviously, being the first home game, we're excited; our crowd is going to be jumping and we'll be ready to go."
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Assuming the on-ice officials determined O'Reilly contacted the puck above the crossbar but below his shoulders the puck is eligible to be played by any player. We know that the puck did not enter the net directly off the stick of Ryan O'Reilly but instead glanced off Bruins goalie, Niklas Svedberg and then deflected into the net off the leg and skate of Dennis Everberg. Since there was no distinct kicking motion by Everberg, logic and common sense would indicate that this should be a good hockey goal.
Bill, this is where your question has exposed the contradiction!
Rule 80.3: When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed (This translates that the subsequent deflection of the puck off the leg and/or skate of Everberg should still result in no goal).
Only to be contradicted by Rule 78.4: If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal...
more and watch the play below...
So before I give my take here as I did on my show “Top Shelf” last Wednesday, on Bruins winger Brad Marchand ripping the media on the day of his team’s season opener for trade rumors surrounding him over the summer and also giving his opinion on the NHL’s new embellishment rule after being the first player NHL referees enforced it on, I’d like to commend Marchand and other athletes who aren’t afraid to tell it like they see it.
That being said there’s a difference between speaking your mind and coming off as a Prima Donna and a whiner. Throughout the first week of this young NHL season and at other times in his career, that’s exactly how Marchand has come off. All the “little ball of hate” needed last week was some fine cheese for his whine. Being upset about trade rumors involving him and expressing such frustration is only natural. But actually challenging the reporters that wrote them as well as calling for their jobs, is another.
-James Murphyof XN Sports where you can read more on this topic.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Tuesday, October 14, that the club has signed forward Simon Gagne to a one-year, one-way contract worth a cap figure of $600,000. The club has also waived forward Bobby Robins for purpose of assignment to Providence and assigned forward Jordan Caron to Providence.
In his 13 seasons playing in the NHL, Gagne has scored a total of 288 goals with 309 assists for 597 points and a career plus-129 rating in 799 games.
The 34-year-old most recently played with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2012-13 season where he skated in 27 games and tallied five goals and six assists.
It happened to be the game winner with less than a half of second left on the clock.
The ref on the goal line called it a goal, the back ref said no goal.
So they huddled before review and called it a no-goal, then went to Toronto and they confirmed no goal.
See the GIF below...
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from Nicholas Goss of NESN,
The Washington Capitals came into TD Garden and earned a convincing 4-0 win, dropping the Bruins to 1-2-0 and giving the Original Six club its first shutout loss at home in 81 games, and its first back-to-back regular-season losses in regulation since Jan. 9.
“We all are struggling. It’s just one of those things that we knew we didn’t have our, I’m not going to say best game against Detroit and we didn’t even follow up being better for tonight’s game,” a frustrated Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said in the locker room postgame.
“We just got embarrassed and I think we all have to really look at what we can start doing better and really take pride in that because a game like tonight is not acceptable. For sure it’s something that we have to correct really fast because you can be saying whatever you want, its early in the season but these games are as important as a game in the mid season or end of the season, so everybody has to be a lot better.”
Boston’s issues aren’t found in just one aspect of the game — nearly every area is hurting.
“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?
“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule. More from DJ Bean of WEEI.
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 9, 2014 – Last night’s NHL opening night doubleheader on NBCSN was the best on record, according to The Nielsen Company, generating record ratings and viewership, as well as digital consumption.
Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN. The game also set live streaming records for uniques and minutes consumed.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“It’s everyone, “said Marchand, when asked who he had something to prove to this season after coming into camp in phenomenal shape. “It’s something to prove this year, on and off the ice. It’s just frustrating sometimes when you’re expected to be perfect every single day, and that’s just not how it is.
“But that’s part of the job. The funny thing about the media is they think that you’re best buddies, and it doesn’t matter how much you trash them. I don’t like that, I don’t respect that, and if they think we’re going to be buddies this year then they’ve got something else coming.”
So what particularly infuriated the Nose Face Killah?
It sounds like it was a rumor from James Murphy of XNSports.com that a trade was being discussed that would have swapped Marchand for San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. It was quickly squashed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, and it sounds like Marchand would like to do some squashing of his own with the media reporting those trade rumors.
“There are a lot of guys who like to call out," said Marchand. "There’s a few that really like to jump on the bandwagon,. I did see a couple . . . people have brought up a few tweets and articles that came out that were just outrageous. We knew we were tight up against the cap, and its like, ‘Let’s trade Marchand for Marleau.’ He’s a guy who makes $2 million more than me, and that’s going to fix the cap situation?
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