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It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.
For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.
Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.
(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)
Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Chara was also out on the ice for all three of Montreal’s goals in the final few minutes of the third period and the overtime session, and he clearly had some explaining to do.
Chara’s icing attempt at an empty-net goal with Carey Price yanked from the Montreal net turned out be a big play in the game: it forced a face-off in Boston’s defensive zone with their fourth line on the ice when it missed wide of the net by a mere four inches.
That sequence of events perfectly set up Brian Gionta’s game-tying goal second later after a James Wisniewski point shot bounced off both Tim Thomas’ skate and Gionta’s skate before skidding by the stunned B’s goaltender.
Chara was his usual solid Slovakian presence throughout the game, and the B’s Captain went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after the game was over.
more plus watch Chara go ‘cuckoo’ below…
Jared Knight will forever be known as the 3rd best asset traded in the deal for Phil Kessel to Boston.
The 32nd Overall Pick in 2010 went to the Bruins from the Maple Leafs on top of two 1st Rounders, one of which consummated to Tyler Seguin. Unlike Seguin, of course, Knight receives no respect when discussing the value of the Kessel trade.
And perhaps deservedly so.
Knight was ranked 82nd among North American Skaters in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Combined with top European Skaters like Mikhael Granlund, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Knight was projected to go late in the 3rd or early in the 4th round. In fact, Jared Knight was not even invited to the NHL Scouting Combine.
But what the draft projections won’t tell you is that Jared Knight suffers from Diabetes.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Thomas and more Thomas on a 24-hour loop through the first three-game stretch in four days. It appears that the Bruins are having a hard time winning hockey games unless their goalie is stopping 95 percent of the shots faced through a game.
It’s always unfortunate to watch a young goalie struggle, and it couldn’t be plainer Rask’s natural confidence is in the dumpster. It’s also fact – not opinion – that Boston’s 36-year Black and Golden goose has now played in eight consecutive games dating back to Dec. 16.
Did we mention the 36-year-old is coming off major hip surgery last summer and has shown a propensity to wear down when ridden into the ground over the course of an NHL season?
All the hue and cry is over Rask getting pulled after the first period in Buffalo when he allowed three goals on a whopping 16 shots in the first period, and mishandled a puck behind his net that led to Buffalo’s first goal. The Bruins were leading 4-3 when Rask hit the bench, and the Bruins were outscored 3-2 the rest of the way before dropping a 7-6 shootout decision to the Sabres at HSBC Arena.
(Boston) - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding the NHL’s disciplinary hearing with forward Milan Lucic:
“The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers.”
The match penalty was assessed to Lucic at 15:54 of the third period in the Bruins/Thrashers game on Thursday, December 23. The hearing was held via teleconference on Sunday, December 26.
Brought to you by Jack Edwards.
See the penalty log for the 3rd period below…
added 11:10pm, from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
Bruins forward Milan Lucic:
“I mean … it was a high hit for sure. I was bleeding from the lip and after a hit like that … I mean that was the second time he has done that. He’s hit me late. He’s hit me cheap. Now that’s the second time. I mean, you can’t give a guy a free pass too many times, but I’m happy that we stuck together as a group and as a team. … For myself personally, a match penalty, so I will do whatever I can …y ou know… to face the consequences.”
from Douglas Flynn of NESN,
The Garden faithful certainly don’t want to see Kane lighting up the scoreboard when the Thrashers take on Boston on Thursday night, but Kane should get a warm reception regardless of what he does.
That’s because last year, Kane did what most Bruins fans wanted to see one of their own players do, when he delivered a devastating knockout punch to Pittsburgh cheap-shot artist Matt Cooke. Kane administered the beatdown on April 10, just over a month after Cooke had knocked out Marc Savard with a blind-side head shot on March 7….
“I know Milan Lucic pretty well, I played in junior with him [with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2006-07],” said Kane. “So he sent me a text, told me what was going on in Boston. It was a fun time. Like I said, that definitely wasn’t in my mind at all, but I know it got a lot of attention and was a pretty big story.”
more plus a video of the knockout if you need a refresher…
from Matt Kulman of The Bruins Blog,
Most notably, Shawn Thornton twice lost his temper. Once when he was ridden into the boards hard during a forecheck drill by Dennis Seidenberg. Thornton banged his ribs against the dasher, and in response spiked his stick over at the bench.
Later during a 2-on-2, he responded to a Johnny Boychuk blow to the face with a slash to the defenseman’s back.
Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron even let their tempers flare at one another at one point. If ever a team needed a Festivus “airing of grivances” it was this Bruins squad, and that’s exactly what those at Ristuccia Arena were greeted by.
After the near-hour-long throwdown, during which every drills was high-intensity and full of rancor, Thornton tried to chalk up his show of emotions to having a bad day. But obviously the way the Bruins have played over some stretches of recent games is wearing on him as much as anyone. In particular, Boston’s lifeless loss to Anaheim had everyone ready to go at it as though this practice could be their last.
Billy Jaffe on the NHL Network points out the Washington stars have to play as stars.
Scroll to the :30 second mark and follow Mike Green, #52 in white.
Kelly Hrudey did the same thing on HNIC last night and do understand, Green may be suffing from a knee injury, but he has to find a man on the plays shown below.
P.K. Subban delivers an huge, open ice hit on Brad Marchand tonight. Gregory Campbell of Boston received two minutes for roughing.
note 8:39pm, a better quality video replaced the original one…
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