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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
David Krejci, three floors above the North Station rail tracks, left the action early in overtime last night when he suffered a head-on collision with the No. 74 commuter train known as the TJ Oshie Express.
Oshie, the hard-charging St. Louis center in the No. 74 sweater, hammered head on with Krejci along the boards in front of the visitor’s penalty box at the Garden. The stunned Krejci, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in last season’s playoffs, was first rocked by Oshie’s shoulder to his head. Krejci then slammed his head against the top of the boards, and it looked as if the point of contact was near his left temple.
continued and watch the video of the hit below…
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
What’s the toughest thing to do in the NHL right now? Is it getting a puck past Tim Thomas? Or it could be turning on the red light behind Jaroslav Halak?
Who’s better? That could be answered (at least for now) Saturday in Boston, where the two could be at opposite ends of the ice when Halak and the Blues come to TD Garden for a game against Thomas and the Bruins.
It’s hard to argue with the performance of either goaltender so far
from James Duthie of TSN,
James Duthie: You gave up two goals Wednesday night. That must be pretty embarrassing for a guy who had a .50 goals-against average going in. I’m frankly surprised Claude Julien didn’t pull you after the second one.
Tim Thomas: (laughs) I think the coach didn’t know what to do. I’d hadn’t put him in that situation this year.
JD: Be honest. Did it actually cross your mind when they scored that giving up two goals was going to balloon your save percentage and GAA?
TT: It did for a second, but that’s a terrible way to think. You start the season just thinking about the wins, but when you have the kind of streak I had, you can’t help but think about the numbers a little bit. So for a split second, yeah. But then reality set in. It was 4-2 with more than 10 minutes left, and I had to get my head straight and remember the priority, to get the win.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard skated on his own this morning, prior to the Bruins’ late-morning workout, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli sounded encouraged about the No. 1 pivot’s progress.
‘‘Savvy had a real good skate—a lot harder than anything so far,’’ said an upbeat Chiarelli. ‘‘He was moving. He is starting to ramp it up.’‘...
Savard’s progress, in part, has Chiarelli looking to slim down his payroll, be it by trades or other means. Watching from the stands here at this morning’s workout, Chiarelli boldly stated that he would not shy away from placing a current roster player in the minor leagues—perhaps sooner that anyone might expect—in order to save or relax payroll dollars.
This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:
***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Causeway Street is always a better place any time Milt Schmidt is around, and last night it was an even better place when Schmidt — 92 years old, firm of handshake, sharp of memory, and sparkling of eye — was feted for his 75 years of myriad good deeds and accomplishments with the Bruins.
“You remain the wise and dignified leader of the Black and Gold,’’ extolled Dick Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum of New England, introducing Schmidt late in the afternoon for the unveiling of an exhibit in his honor on the Garden’s fifth floor.
There was Schmidt, some two hours later, sitting on a chair at center ice for the pregame ceremony in his honor. Schmidt, who played from 1936-55 (excluding military service), was among the game’s fiercest and toughest competitors. To see him sitting there so serenely, with a pleasant smile on his face, waving regally to fans, family, and friends, seemed comically out of character. Not for the gentleman in the man, mind you, but for the hard-as-nails hockey player that will always rumble around in his soul.
After Tyler Seguin of the Bruins scored last night, the faithful Bostonians started a Thank you Kessel chant, which you can watch below.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Several hockey sources indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins are in the beginning stages of discussing deals involving several players including Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. The urgency for Chiarelli and the Bruins is a need to make room for at least two forwards when Marco Sturm (knee) and Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome symptoms) are ready to come off the long-term injured reserve.
Matt Hunwick could also be in the trade mix for the Bruins if they can find a willing partner, but thus far the market hasn’t quite fully developed for the aspiring puck-moving defenseman. Hunwick has been inconsistent over the last year plus since a promising rookie season two years ago, but his skating ability remains unquestioned.
Mark Stuart has drawn interest around the league at points over the last two seasons, but he’s an integral part of the B’s leadership inside the dressing room.
The B’s will need to clear $7.5 million in salary cap space by the month of December when both Sturm and Savard return, and the Bruins are desperately hoping to avoid the salary cap crunch that has already sabotaged the New Jersey Devils’ season in the wake of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal.
from Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun,
Q. When was the last time you saw Ulf Samuelsson?
A. Well, we played Phoenix in Prague and I saw him from afar, which was good enough for me.
Q. Have you guys ever spoken?
Q. Do you have an opinion on that day?
A. I think it’s been well chronicled, so let’s just leave it there.
more from Cam on numerous topics.
If you don’t know what happened between Neely and Samuelsson, watch the video below…
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Claude Julien sees the difference in Tim Thomas’ game, how the Bruins’ goalie is attacking more, challenging shooters.
“He’s played more like he did a couple of years ago,” the Bruins’ coach said.
Thomas feels the difference in his game because the nagging hip injury that bothered him last season is gone and he’s free to flail and flop around in his crease in the way only he can.
“That’s my style,” the goalie quipped.
And with the puck requiring the world’s greatest GPS to find the back of the Bruins’ net, their opponents have learned that the old goalie, 36 and coming off a forgettable 2009-10 season, still has plenty of life left in his game, enough to create the most fabulous of goalie controversies.
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