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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The NHL season half over, coach Claude Julien sounded like a man who views his team’s effort as only half full - and even less satisfying. Last season’s Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s coach of the year sounded fed up.
“We can’t think we are going to win hockey games playing the way we are,’’ Julien said after last night’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in which the Bruins performed listlessly for more than two periods. “We are just showing up for a period, half a period, whatever, and get ourselves back in the game, get excited. We didn’t even deserve a point tonight. We didn’t get it. We didn’t deserve it.’’...
Julien wants the alleged leaders in the room to do some leading.
“Right now you have to coach, you have to be a cheerleader, you’ve got to wake ’em up . . . you’ve got to do too many things that a coach shouldn’t have to do at this level,’’ he said. “These are professionals and they have to take ownership of their room at some point.’’
from the CP at TSN,
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron left the game after being hit near the right wrist by a teammate’s slapshot early in the second period.
‘‘Patrice won’t travel to Ottawa with the team,’’ according to the team. ‘‘He is returning to Boston to be evaluated by our medical staff.’‘
more on the Bruins loss to the Rangers tonight…
from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,
So, a quick post on the disappointing NBC rating for the New Year’s day Winter Classic. The overnight rating of 2.6 was down 10.3 percent from 2.9 a year ago. (A rating is the percentage of potential U.S. households tuned in.)...
The problem is, if you’re NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and desperate to be the person responsible for growing the NHL game in the United States, a close, well played game appeals only to hockey’s core audience. The casual fans couldn’t have cared less. Bring on the snow, and, hey, where are Alex and Sid? There were no big names in this game, which is to say Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby weren’t there.
But let’s not get too serious about the Winter Classic. It’s a gimmick, a novelty that earns some extra money for the clubs, and, in a perfect world, would kick-start NBC’s NHL coverage.
via SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),
NBC earned a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating for the Flyers-Bruins Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday, down 10.3% from a 2.9 for the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup last year, and even with the inaugural Penguins-Sabres Winter Classic in ‘08.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.
It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.
But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.
“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”
If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.
added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.
All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.
Enjoy the game!
Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog.
Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.
Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.
from Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy,
Shawn Thornton knew the question was coming.
“Oh God,” he sighed, obviously exasperated, “here we go.”
No, there has never been a fight in a Winter Classic, or the Heritage Classic for that matter. No, there’s never even been anything approaching a dustup. The closest anyone has gotten is a pair of matching roughing penalties in the Heritage Classic between Francis Boullion and Jason Chimera. It was real exciting stuff.
So hockey fans are waiting for that historic first fight. And the media talks about it. Dan Carcillo said his team wasn’t ignorant to the talk. But that doesn’t mean players are making plans to fight like it’s seventh grade meeting by the flagpole at recess.
“I don’t know,” said Thornton. “I honestly have never gone into a hockey game thinking about fighting. This is no different. I mean, you guys can ask because it’s kind of one of my roles, but other than you guys bringing it up, I don’t think about it.”
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Putting the Bruins in the Red Sox locker room guarantees new standards for civility and accessibility in the 97-year-old clubhouse. It also means the polite hockey guys have to walk down 13 steps to get to the dugout runway. At the end of the long tunnel, it’s another four steps to the dugout floor, then five steps to the playing surface. Skate guards are required.
Boston’s ancient, beloved ballpark is ready for hockey. The indoor batting cage behind the Red Sox dugout has been converted to a hockey shop with skate sharpeners and propane torches. Retired Bruins numbers have been attached to the right-field facade alongside the Red Sox numbers. Bobby Orr walks hand-in-hand with Joe Cronin (both No. 4). Same for Cam Neely and Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8), and John Bucyk and Ted Williams (No. 9).
Orr has his own stall and nameplate in the Red Sox/Bruins locker room. It’s a locker last used by John Smoltz. Shawn Thornton was issued David Ortiz’s locker, which makes some sense, but how do you figure Zdeno Chara dressing in a front of a stall that belongs to J.D. Drew? Think the big fella knows about J.D.’s reputation?
The standings on the Green Monster look strange. It’s weird to see “Buffalo,’’ “Ottawa,’’ and “Montreal’’ under the heading of “AL East,’’ but it’s nice to have Baltimore erased entirely for a few days.
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