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Milt Schmidt Night

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.

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Video- Thank You Kessel

After Tyler Seguin of the Bruins scored last night, the faithful Bostonians started a Thank you Kessel chant, which you can watch below.

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Bruins Preparing To Deal

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.

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All Cam Neely

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?

A. No.

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…

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Tim Thomas Has His Style Back

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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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/20/10

A toast to those who shined last night (albeit 10:00 in the morning!) It’s time, once again, for JJ’s Three Cheers.

***A collective cheers to the Carolina Hurricanes, who rode a complete team effort, with five different goal-scorers and 11 players with at least one point, to a 5-2 decision over the Sharks in San Jose. Chad LaRose led the way with a goal and two assists and Cam Ward stopped 41 San Jose shots in the win for Carolina, who will finally finish a seven-game, three-country adventure after stops in Los Angeles tonight and Phoenix on Saturday.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/19/10

Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)

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Once Hot, the Lightning/Panthers “Rivalry” Needs a Serious Spark

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning share a home state, divisional alignment and the perks of leaving their home rinks to 80 degree-plus temperatures on the regular.

Their tenure as National Hockey League member franchises is nearly identical as well, with Tampa entering the league for the 1992-93 season and Florida one year later.

But you won’t find much evidence of a rivalry when speaking to current players from these clubs and, from members of the organizations of years gone by, what once sounded like legitimate hostilities have either fizzled into forced assertions or a longing for the good ol’ days.

It can’t hold a candle to the long-standing, emotionally charged levels of Calgary/Edmonton, Boston/Montreal or Colorado/Detroit.

It’s not likely to ever split households, a la Islanders/Rangers or Canadiens/Maple Leafs.

And, though both teams have had their share of supreme talents over the years, the odds of a superstar-driven rivalry, as in Ovechkin-Crosby/Capitals-Penguins, between the Lightning and Panthers are poor.

But there has to be something there still, right?

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/11/10

Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.

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