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from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
In a matter of just five days, they have done a real Jekyll and Hyde, morphing from a confident, successful, cohesive bunch into a fragile, unorganized band of losers who suddenly find themselves on the ropes with rubbery knees.
Can these be the same Bruins who won their sixth straight game just last Saturday? With the exception of the absence of injured defenseman Aaron Ward, it’s the same roster and the same coach, but an entirely different karma.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bruins top four defenseman Aaron Ward showed up on crutches for today’s morning skate on Causeway Street, which meant he wasn’t skating, and which also meant he won’t be in uniform tonight when the Bruins face the Panthers at the Garden.
Initial indication: a deep bruise, possibly on the bone. But it could be worse.
The Bruins are awaiting results of X-rays taken at Mass. General this morning.
more on the Bruins…
The Boston Bruins’ own Milan Lucic in The Hockey News,
My place is just outside the city in Charlestown – or ‘Chucktown’ as it is called here. I live close to three of my teammates; Marc Savard, Jeremy Reich and Mark Stuart. Because of our close proximity, we always carpool to practice in the morning (our practice rink is about 25 minutes north of Boston).
Every morning we’ll discuss what’s going on around the league, who won games the night before and what our schedule looks like coming up.
more… on being in Boston and hanging with the ‘Chucktown Crew’
NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.
More on each player below, plus video available at this link.
from the Worcester Telegram-Gazette News,
Considering what enthusiasm this modest streak has created, can you imagine what will happen if the Bruins make the playoffs and — dare we even suggest? — win a round or two? We’ll need oxygen and defibrillators at every Bruins game after the month of April.
But little steps are what got the B’s this far, and little steps are what they continue to take, which means the players, coach Claude Julien, and general manager Peter Chiarelli are keeping things in perspective.
added 10:10am, for more on the Bruins and numerous NHL topics, make sure to check out Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe...
from the Boston Herald,
Manny Fernandez skated for the first time since undergoing knee surgery Dec. 12. The goalie had struggled with the injury through November and December.
“It went really well,” Fernandez said. “It was just skates and gloves, shooting some pucks, doing laps. (Today) I’ll strap on some equipment and do the same stuff. We’ll take it a step at a time, every day get a little more stuff included. Next thing I know, I’ll be back on my knees again and going forward.”
GM Peter Chiarelli said recently he thought it was possible Fernandez could play in an NHL game before season’s end.
more on the Bruins…
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…
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