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A Clean Shot

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“There’s a lot of situations where you want to front pucks, but you’re probably screening your goaltender and hurting him more than you’re helping him. Other times, we’ve got guys boxed out and Timmy was able to see them. That’s the part that’s probably changed a little bit.’’

The way Thomas visualizes the defensive zone, he sees a rectangle-shaped box that stretches from just below the tops of the circles to the low slot. He figures any shot taken from outside that box is stoppable as long as he sees the puck leave the stick.

“Anything outside of that box, if I can see it, I’m pretty much going to save it,’’ Thomas said. “Inside that box, you’ve got to make sure you pressure that shot and make him get it off quick. Then if I see it and they don’t have time to delay it and fool me, then I’m going to save it.’’

Within that box, however, is the gray area.


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Savard Concerned About His Memory

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Wish I had better news to forward on the Marc Savard front, but it’s quite the opposite. A source told ESPN.com Saturday that the concussed Bruins center is having “real memory problems and he’s quite worried about it.”

Just another reminder how serious the concussion issue is around the NHL. Savard’s career is in serious doubt and that’s just not right.

I bring this up because I’m uncomfortable with the way Mark Recchi got off the hook pretty lightly this past week for his comments doubting the severity of Max Pacioretty’s concussion in Montreal. Yes, Recchi later explained it was a move to take the heat off teammate Zdeno Chara ahead of his much anticipated rematch with the Canadiens.

read on plus more hockey topics…

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  Tags: marc+savard, mark+recchi

Canes, Bolts Present Huge Tests for Each Other this Weekend (and a Quick Thought on Boston/Montreal)

For the Carolina Hurricanes, tonight’s game in Tampa against the Lightning, the first half of a home-and-home between the two clubs, is about picking up two points and doing their part to stay alive in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The ‘Canes trail eighth-place Buffalo by three points as each team prepares for its 74th game of the year tonight, with the Sabres hosting the Florida Panthers.

For the home squad, it’s about picking up the pieces and restoring whatever’s been lost of late. The Lightning have managed just a single regulation win this month and have seen their prolific offense dry up, averaging only 2.18 goals per game in March. Take out last Monday’s six-goal outburst in Toronto and that number shrinks below two – unfathomable, really, for a team that had averaged over three tallies per game not all that long ago.

Tampa Bay’s miserable March has included a quartet of losses to also-rans most recently, falling to Ottawa twice, Florida and the New York Islanders, but tonight, the Lightning will be forced to match the intensity level of a team still very much alive in the playoff race and combat the desperation that comes with so much on the line.

The Lightning aren’t in any real danger of missing the post-season – in fact, with a pair of regulation wins over Carolina tonight and tomorrow, they’ll close the book on that remote possibility outright – but, with their production having plummeted so severely these last few weeks, there’s no doubting the very real threat of an early playoff exit. With nine games remaining on the regular season docket, Tampa has some time to figure things out but, the worse this gets, the harder that will become, meaning the time to put an end to their current struggles is now.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, ryan+malone, steve+downie, steve+yzerman, zdeno+chara

Morning Line

There was a distinct Charlie Sheen/Jerry Springer flavor in and around the Garden before the puck was dropped. One can only imagine how it was playing back home in Quebec. Les Habs and their fans won’t soon forgive Chara for shoving Pacioretty, and more gas was doused on the French-Canadian fires when folks learned of Recchi’s radio remarks.

-Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe on the Habs/Bruins game last night.  Read all about it.

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What Do YOU Expect in Boston Tonight?

We’ve learned over the years not to expect much from so-called revenge games, like tonight’s Montreal/Boston showdown – the first meeting between the two since the ill-fated collision of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and a poorly-placed, scarcely-padded stanchion.

You know, the hit that was either attempted murder on Chara’s behalf or a hockey play gone afoul, depending on who you ask?

You know, the hit that either concussed Pacioretty and fractured a vertebra in his neck or resulted in a little boo-boo, depending on whether or not Mark Recchi is asked his opinion?

Yeah, you know.

And, if you don’t, you’ve either been in a coma (or maybe just napping, according to Recchi?) or under a rock somewhere since the play in question went down a little more than two weeks ago.

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  Tags: david+koci, mark+recchi, max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty, zdeno+chara

Morning Line

A lot of times it’s viewed as the big, bad Bruins.  We’re the bigger, more physical team, so we’re certainly going to take the brunt of the criticism.

“But it takes two to tango. This rivalry has gotten, probably not necessarily in a good way, a little bit bitter, which is probably not the type of rivalry you’re looking for.”

-Claude Julien, coach of the Boston Bruins on the Montreal/Boston rivalry.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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  Tags: claude+julien

Oh Yes, Bruins/Canadiens Meet Again Tomorrow

from Jame Murphy of ESPN Boston,

Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi told a Boston radio station Wednesday that he thought the Montreal Canadiens “embellished” the concussion suffered by Max Pacioretty in an effort to try to get Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara suspended for his hit on the Habs forward.

The NHL did not punish Chara for his March 8 hit on Pacioretty, which left the Canadiens forward hospitalized with what the team called a cracked vertebra in his neck and a severe concussion. That decision caused an uproar in Montreal, where police launched a criminal probe into Chara’s hit.

“He’s OK and he’s getting better,” Recchi told Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub of the reports he’s heard on Pacioretty’s condition. “I mean we know he was at a movie, I mean he was twittering at a movie five days later ... and you know obviously if you have a bad concussion like this, you’re not going to be at a movie. So we’re glad in that sense that he’s getting better, but it was a hockey play and the injury happened.”


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  Tags: mark+recchi

Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Replace Julien As Boston’s Coach?

Douglas Flynn of NESN opens-up his mailbag…

Do you think it’s time for the Bruins to start looking for another coach? As a fan who pays attention to on-ice matchups, it sure seems that our fourth line is constantly getting matched up against our opponent’s first line. Have you noticed that or am I being too critical? [Claude] Julien also doesn’t seem to have answer for the dismal power play. Defensive system allows too much time and space for offensive players in our defensive zone which translates into too many quality shots on goal from players entering zone late.

Lots of questions this week about Julien’s status. I hate to break it to all of you, but he’s not going anywhere this season. The Bruins aren’t going to pull a Lou Lamoriello and fire a coach of a first-place team in the final weeks of the season. It’s just not going to happen. Nor should it. Yes, the club is in a horrible slump right now and there isn’t a lot of time to get it turned around before the playoffs. Of course, there’s also nowhere near enough time to bring in a new coach and try to implement a new system or style of play, but that sort of logic doesn’t dissuade the Julien basher


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Patric Hornqvist Elbow Hit Draws Review

Hornqvist delivered an elbow to Tyler Seguin and according to a tweet from Pierre LeBrun he has an interview with the NHL.

The hit starts at the 40 second mark.

added 12:47pm, Numerous reports state no suspension, but a $2500 fine.

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  Tags: patric+hornqvist

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