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via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Another win by the Blackhawks Friday night was followed by yet another coach heaping praise on them.
“You need a perfect game to beat Chicago,” Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Hawks’ 5-4 win in a shootout at the United Center. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. At least we salvaged a point, because we knew coming in here that Chicago’s a tough team to play at home.”
The Hawks improved to 22-8-3 and moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with San Jose and Los Angeles with 47 points.
“Chicago’s a great team with a lot of talent, and right now they’re probably playing the best in the NHL,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.
“I never imagined I’d be standing out here no, never. This is kind of surreal. You look around and you’re in a baseball park, Fenway Park! Then you look down and you’re on ice. Really unique, that’s for sure.”
-Bobby Orr after skating on the ice at Fenway Park today. More from James Murphy at NHL.com.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Does anyone really believe that the Bruins are on the road to Stanleyville after losses to the Islanders in overtime – who then got utterly waxed by the lowly Florida Panthers two days later – and a wilt job in the third period against an underachieving Flyers bunch?
The suspicion is that a future trade over the next two months for a scoring force will answer that question for everyone.
With that in mind, there are several names popping up on Boston’s radar, and the possibility that the problem-solving move will come sooner rather than later. Here are the favorites for new facein the Black and Gold clubhouse should Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli makes his move:
The Russian-born Thrashers scoring machine is the Gold Standard, and represents the elite scorer that would immediately vault the Bruins into a role as Stanley Cup favorite. Kovalchuk has nearly twice as many goals as any player on the Bruins roster, and missed six games with a broken left foot.
This was pretty popular on KK last season so I am adding it again, which allows people to check the progress as the NHL prepares Fenway Park in Boston for the Winter Classic 2010.
The webcam is on 15 minute delay and not much happening right now, but when the boards and ice start going in, it is fun to take a look at what is going on.
See the webcam video below…
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Three times this season, the Bruins have recorded two or more fights in a game. All three times, they have won.
On the other hand, some of the Bruins’ worst outings - last Friday’s 5-1 stinker against Montreal the latest example - have come when they’ve tucked their tails and sleepwalked through a game without showing any resistance.
“We’ve touched on that a few times this year,’’ Ference said. “There’s certain teams you play against that let you sleep. I’m sure that’s what some teams like to do with us, let some of our guys sleep.
“The onus comes upon yourself to create your own emotion in the game. Get yourself engaged without having to be pulled in by the other team. It’s something that can slip away from your game if it’s not brought to your attention.’’
via Matt Kalman of ESPNBoston,
Krejci tried to challenge Plekanec after the whistle, but he was rebuffed. In addition to Plekanec’s high-sticking penalty, the two players received unsportsmanlike conduct minors. Krejci says he has no idea what precipitated Plekanec’s hit because there were no words exchanged.
“I don’t care about suspended, but he should stick up for [himself],” Krejci said before Saturday night’s game with Toronto at TD Garden. “But he didn’t do it. He did what he did and he just left. He didn’t respond or anything. So I think it’s a gutless move. And we’ll play them again this year, so we’ll see what happens.”
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to ESPNBoston.com that he has been in contact with the NHL offices about the hit and the league is reviewing it.
It hit the airwaves today.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Good thing for Phil Kessel that Boston sports fans don’t hold a grudge. Just ask Bill Buckner. Or Roger Clemens. Or Johnny Damon.
That Kessel will be booed Saturday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Bruins is a fait accompli. The question is, how many years will fans view him as Public Enemy No. 1.
His exit from Boston was a fascinating one, to be sure.
There have been different tales spun from different camps. No matter whom you believe, it’s hard to know for sure exactly what happened.
For example, one side will insist Kessel essentially asked for a trade during the summer, something the kid himself denied upon his arrival in Toronto. His agent, Wade Arnott of Newport Sports, also said a trade was never demanded.
from Erik Duhastchek of the Globe and Mail,
Another week and another NHL team blatantly plowed through a CBA loophole in order to circumvent the salary cap.
And no, we’re not talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, who signed three players – including defenceman Duncan Keith – to multi-year contract extensions Thursday worth a cool $135-million in total. The NHL gave the deals, including Keith’s 13-year extension, its blessing – which is not to say that the Blackhawks are in the clear on the Marian Hossa extension signed this summer.
Keith’s $72-million contract received the OK, after it had been vetted by the league and tweaked so that the dollars at the back end are defensible.
Instead, the contract that the league will scrutinize is the seven-year, $28.5 million extension signed by Marc Savard with the Boston Bruins.
On the surface, it looked as if Savard granted the Bruins a large home-town discount.
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Marc Savard did something very rarely seen in this day and age of big money professional sports.
He put his money where his mouth was.
The Bruins’ crafty center and leading scorer has been the model of consistency over the last two years whenever he’s been approached about impending free agency and his related desire to remain with Boston.
Savard told me as much last season during a one-on-one conversation. The line of questioning veered off toward his future hockey address – and where he saw himself playing once the four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins was over and done.
“Once I signed here, I had all the intentions of wanting to retire here and play for one team for a long time,” Savard said. “I don’t want to move around anymore. I love the fans here and I love the city, so I don’t have any intentions of going anywhere.
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