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From the Boston Bruins,
“You know, re-breaking your nose—I broke it again back in Florida—the last thing you want to do is get in a fight with a broken nose,” said Lucic, laughing at the incredulity of the action. “It’s probably the most fragile thing, even when it’s healthy.
In fact, earlier on the night, Lucic begged off an encounter with Pittsburgh’s noted heavyweight, and Sidney Crosby’s bodyguard, Georges Laraque.
“He felt I was running around,” said Lucic, in reference to his noticeable physical play throughout the evening. “I said, ‘No thanks. I’ve got a broken nose and I need to stay away from this one.’”
But he didn’t stay away from the next one. Milan Lucic and Jarkko Ruutu go for it—video from the Bruins below…
Good to see Patrice Bergeron on the ice today…
via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
With the asking price for Marian Hossa being a young NHLer, a prospect, and a first-round pick, Kessel could be the first component of a trade for the Atlanta winger. However, Chiarelli made it sound like he’ll hold on to the 20-year-old, although he acknowledged he has listened to offers for every player on his roster, including Kessel.
Chiarelli denied a Toronto Sun report that had Kessel going to Philadelphia for forward Jeff Carter.
from the CP via TSN,
(Aaron) Ward was not bleeding when he left the ice and did not leave on a stretcher, but coach Claude Julien said following Boston’s 2-1 win that Ward coughed up some blood before leaving the ice.
The 35-year-old Ward was skating toward Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar near the end boards when Gonchar got either his forearm or his stick up and accidentally struck Ward in the neck.
‘‘I got there and he was making a choking sound, holding his throat and gasping for air,’’ teammate Zdeno Chara said.
Watch a video of the incident…
from the Boston Herald,
“I’ve skated hard for three pretty hard practices and (the injury) has been fairly good,” Murray said. “My skating legs aren’t quite with me yet but you have to skate to get your skating legs.”
Coach Claude Julien refused to commit to Murray’s return, saying he would prefer to hold off until after this morning’s skate.
“We’ll look at it and make an educated decision at that time,” Julien said. “Muzz has been around quite a while and he knows what those type of injuries are all about.”
more on the Bruins… Adding Murray to the lineup should be a boost for the Bruins while the try to maintain their playoff position.
from the Boston Herald,
Many players have waited years for the symptoms to go away. But now there is a more aggressive alternative that actually treats post-concussion syndrome, and is or will be employed by injured Bruins [team stats] Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron.
It’s a program designed by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who helped Sabres center Tim Connolly recover from his second major concussion during the 2006 playoffs. The program entails controlled exercise at a level of stress that does not trigger the symptoms. Its effect is to correct imbalances in brain mechanism brought on by the initial blow, which cause the illness and headaches.
from the Boston Herald,
As you might have heard, that victory parade in Boston today won’t be taking place, but the Bruins [team stats] harbor secret hopes that maybe, just maybe, they could be at the center of a championship celebration in June.
“It’s not out of the realm of imagination,” goalie Tim Thomas [stats] said.
“It’s not impossible,” general manager Peter Chiarelli added….
Heading into this season, it was hard to imagine anyone seriously suggesting the Bruins could be Stanley Cup contenders. It remains an extreme longshot, but after watching the B’s win in Ottawa by two goals then follow with a strong, competitive match against the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings, a deep run in the playoffs is not unthinkable.
from the Boston Herald, Aaron Ward talking about the Bruins 3-1 loss to the Wings on Saturday,
“We should have won,” said defenseman Aaron Ward. “No one asked me, ‘Do you think you guys should have won this game?’ But, yeah, we should have. And that’s a big positive to come out of a game with.
“There’s not a guy in this locker room who doesn’t believe we should have won the game. Not to diminish what (the Red Wings) accomplished, but we should have won, plain and simple. And that is a good sign.”
more on the Bruins…
from Naples News,
Almost 40 years ago, when hockey players didn’t wear helmets, sticks were wooden, and penalties were rare—Don Awrey hoisted the Stanley Cup with his Boston Bruins teammates. Twice: once in 1970 and again in ‘72. His Montreal Canadiens team also won in ‘76, but Awrey didn’t get his name on the Cup because he missed the playoffs, despite playing in 72 regular-season games that year.
Hockey was knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out Broadstreet Bullies back then, and Awrey was among the best of the era’s grittiest players.
Teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Orr on the Bruins’ blueline, Awrey was the punch to Orr’s pop. He stayed back and played defense, knocked guys around the front of the net while Orr zipped into the offensive zone and scored.
From Lew Serviss at Slap Shot (NYT hockey blog),
Lucic reported to Boston and banged and crashed through training camp and pre-season, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound bunker buster. He wound up cracking the Bruins’ opening night roster.
His introduction to the Boston faithful came 2:17 into the Bruins’ first home game. Lucic squared off with Tampa Bay’s Nick Tarnasky and rained about a dozen heavy rights on the unsuspecting Lightning tough guy.
The hit (and fight) parade continued. Lucic, 19, also looked at home offensively,setting up plays and firing a hard shot, on a line with the dangerous Phil Kessel and another skilled rookie, David Krejci. In the fourth game of the season, Lucic scored a Gordie Howe hat trick in Los Angeles, where he held his own with the Kings’ 260-pound enforcer Raitis Ivanans.
In Boston, the combination of physical play, heavyweight toughness and offensive ability in a Bruins jersey adds up to just one thing: Cam Neely.
more… profiling the development of Milan Lucic in Boston this year
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