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from Puck The Media,
PTM: ...are you kind of glad that ESPN doesn’t cover hockey anymore?
JE: Well, I think that all you need to know is - for those who wish that hockey was back on ESPN - last Saturday, which was probably the single most amazing night of the NHL season. Just in terms of teams switching places, dramatic things happening, crazy games, that kind of thing.
We went from Toronto to Philadelphia, we were in (Bruins radio play-by-play man) Dave Goucher’s room, having a couple cold ones. Now, the Sweet 16 is going on in college basketball at the same time, the only hockey we saw in the entire sportscast of “SportsCenter” was about 45 seconds of the UNH-North Dakota game, which was the one UNH tied with one-tenth of a second to go, that went into Overtime. That was 56 minutes into the telecast. There was nothing on the NHL in the entire show.
So, for those of you that hope that hockey gets back on ESPN, that’s what you’re gonna’ get. That’s where it belongs in ESPN’s hierarchy, because there are some bozos sitting in the accounting department in a bunker in Burbank, California running Disney, who look at the numbers and completely ignore the passion of hockey fans.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Sean Avery felt yesterday was the perfect time to give Thomas one to grow on - specifically, a smack to the back of the helmet as the Bruins’ No. 1 goalie was stretching his legs during a TV timeout in the third period.
“Unwritten rule,” Thomas mused, following his 31-stop afternoon and a 1-0 win over the Rangers that led to the Bruins clinching the Eastern Conference regular-season title. “Nothing happens during TV timeouts.”
Like most parts of the rulebook, the TV timeout rule hasn’t been committed to memory by the pugnacious Ranger forward. With Thomas some 30 feet out in the slot, stretching his hamstrings, Avery oh-so-subtly cruised up from behind and smacked his stick to the back of Thomas’s head.
“You look up and see who it is,” recalled Thomas, “and you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So it was just reflex.”
Late in the 3rd period with the Bruins leading the Rangers 1-0. TV timeout, Bruins goaltender taking a break on his knees.
Avery skates by and stick makes contact with Thomas. Avery looks innocent, and the fun begins.
Both Avery and Thomas received 2 minutes for roughing and the Bruins ended up winning, 1-0.
The above video is via the Rangers network and watch the Bruins network broadcast of the play below…
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
It was not his fault. Not entirely. He did not start it. He was just trying to defend himself from an angry mob of Boston Bruins. They were coming at him in waves: Terrible Teddy Green, Johnny (Pie) McKenzie, Johnny Bucyk and Gerry Cheevers. Everybody. The Boston bench was empty. Even the Bruins fans were coming at him, throwing punches and beers and God knows what else over the glass at the old Boston Garden.
It was hockey mayhem on April 2, 1969. It was the last NHL game Forbes Kennedy would ever play.
added 3:36pm, Thanks to a pointer left in the comments, I have added a video of the start of the incident below…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Tim Thomas, in net for Boston’s 50th win of the season last night, yesterday agreed to a multi-year contract that will keep him with the Bruins for at least three more seasons.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the deal will pay the 34-year-old backstop approximately the $5.2 million-a-year earned by New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, age 36, who last month became the game’s all-time winningest goalie.
from Joe Haggerty of WEEI,
Take a guess at the Bruins’ record this season when Krejci — fourth on the Bruins with 22 tallies — has potted himself a goal. In fact, the Bruins haven’t lost a game in regulation this season when young Krejci lights the magic red lamp — they’re an incredible 19-0-1 in 20 games this season Krejci has scored. The Black and Gold are a similarly dominant 27-2-5 in 34 games anytime the center has registered a point this season.
That tells you that the Bruins are pretty close to unbeatable when Krejci’s offensive line is clicking and throwing points up on the scoreboard, whether the slick center is picking a top corner of the net or dishing off a perfectly-placed tape-to-tape pass to a teammate for a Grade A scoring chance.
from Paul Altmeyer at Bruins Blog at Comcast Sportsnet,
(Tim) Thomas is an Unrestricted Free Agent next year, and even if he were to double his current salary from $1,100,000 to $2,200,000, he would still be a relative bargain compared to some of the other goalies. Outside of the BlueJackets Steve Mason, who entered the season as back-up to Pascal Leclaire, who has been hurt, Thomas is far and away the best bargain amongst starting goalies. Even with his pay ready to expand, he’ll still be a bargain, unless Mr. Jacobs dusts off the check-book and decides to sign Thomas to a King Henrik-like $7,750,000 deal, or the deal in Calgary where Miikka takes in over $8,000,000 per year,
more with a cost-per-win chart…
from Steve at Puck The Media,
This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday. It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives. It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer. But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.
continue to watch the video…
added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
If anyone can grapple the Norris Trophy from the clutches of multiple winner Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings, it is Chara.
The numbers speak for themselves. His 16 goals rank him among the league leaders for defencemen. His plus-24 is one of the best totals in the NHL.
Yes, the Washington Capitals’ Mike Green is having an outstanding offensive season with 28 goals. And yes, the likes of Lidstrom, Andrei Markov, Dan Boyle, Brian Rafalski and Shea Weber, just to mention a few, certainly deserve consideration.
Where Chara separates himself from the others is the ability to use his towering frame to completely smother opposing snipers, a quality his coach very much appreciates.
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
Manny Fernandez looked like he’d seen a ghost.
Clearly trying to put all things Minnesota behind him, Fernandez appeared stunned when a reporter from St. Paul walked up to him the other day in Ristuccia Arena, where the Boston Bruins practice.
You could almost see the wheels turning. Did he mix up the next opponent? Weren’t the Bruins scheduled to play the Devils the next afternoon?
At times cordial and at times a smoldering volcano during his six seasons with the Wild, Fernandez seems to have turned over a new leaf with the Boston Bruins. After a moment, he extended his hand, peeled off his big goalie pads and said he’d be happy to talk a little puck.
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