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from the Courier-Post,
Tonight at the Wachovia Center, Jones is likely to be the topic of conversation on the Bruins bench when they take the ice against the Flyers for the first time since the hit that jeopardized Bergeron’s season.
“I knew the time was going to come,” Jones said when asked about possible retribution. “I’m not worried about it.”...
Flyers coach John Stevens said he is not sure what to expect when the Bruins and Flyers take the ice tonight, but he probably won’t take any chances.
Enforcers Riley Cote and Ben Eager are expected to be in the lineup.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
But the X factor here, frankly, is that the Bruins are winning, and they are doing so with a very slim margin. For the most part, that margin is: 1. goaltending and 2. Claude Julien’s coaching.
For the few goals the team scored in the first quarter (51 in 20 games), it didn’t have much business owning an 11-7-2 record. Even average netminding by Thomas would have had the Bruins in a struggle to be 9-9-2 (right where they were through 20 games last season). Less-than-average netminding by Thomas, and they’re somewhere around 6-12-2, keeping company with the Capitals at the bottom of the barrel.
more Bruins and NHL talk…
The Montreal Canadiens say Hockey Hall of Famer Tom Johnson has died. He was 79.
Johnson spent 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens before finishing his career with the Boston Bruins.
The native of Baldur, Man., won six Stanley Cups as a player with the Canadiens.
Behind the scenes as the Boston Bruins prepare their All Star Campaign, with comedian Lenny Clarke. (The Bruins are also starting to build a collection of photos on Flickr dedicated to getting the fans out voting.)
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Chara said the Canadiens started all the nonsense on the ice, but were unwilling to finish it, and that what goes around, comes around, etc.
(The two teams meet next on Dec. 6 in Boston.)
Carbonneau was buying none of that, with these illustrations:
Ten minutes into the third period, Bruins’ Jeremy Reich, who’d played not enough this game to work up a sweat, ran Canadiens goalie Carey Price;
Less than a minute later, Bruins defenceman Mark Stuart pummelled a why-me? Andrei Kostitsyn.
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Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.
You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.
You want fights?
They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
For those fans anxious to see the Bruins deal away the unproductive Glen Murray, don’t get your hopes too high.
For one thing, Murray has trade restrictions in his $4.15 million-a-year contract, which doesn’t expire until after next season. If there’s not an outright no-trade clause, which can’t be confirmed, then there’s at least something that limits the cities to which Murray can be sent.
Secondly, the struggling forward is 35 years old, and the market for him is limited.
from the CP via TSN,
Just as defenceman Aaron Ward returned from a concussion, blue-liner Andrew Ference was sidelined for a second time this month - this time with a sprained knee.
Ference returned from an upper body injury for the Bruins’ 5-2 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, only to suffer a brand new injury.
more on the Bruins…
From Kevin Dupont at the Boston Globe,
It wasn’t the answer Manny Fernandez wanted.
“No, it wasn’t,” said the Bruins’ injured netminder yesterday, his knee woes making him a spectator for most of this season. “But at least we’ve reached a decision. We have a plan, and now we’ll go from here.”
The plan, in a nutshell: 1. get back on skates immediately; 2. build up leg strength through on-ice workouts and off-ice rehab; 3. hope for the best.
All of that, which Fernandez plans to begin as early as tomorrow in a late-morning workout, is in lieu of surgery.
via the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward, who missed his first game last night after suffering a concussion against Montreal, has passed two of the tests that are required for players who have sustained head injuries, and believes he can play on Thursday against Toronto.
Despite his recovery, Ward’s still not happy that defenseman Francis Bouillon, who delivered the hit, was not disciplined.
“In my past dealings with the National Hockey League, I’ve learned to set my expectations low. They met them,” said Ward. “It was a cheap hit. I’ve seen the video. The puck is 140 feet away. It’s not even in the zone. It’s inexplicable. But I’ll deal with it and move on.”
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