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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Georges Laraque, itching to shed his gloves and teach the 20-year-old a lesson, was tapped to trail Lucic and goad him into a fight. On their first shift together, Laraque tapped Lucic on the leg with his stick, then got in his face, asking the Bruin to drop his gloves. Lucic didn’t bite. For the rest of the period, Laraque was talking to Lucic, no doubt questioning his courage in the most explicit of ways.
Lucic continued to decline, prompting the Montreal fans to boo the forward and chant his name. But Lucic had someone more important to answer to than Laraque.
“There was no way it was going to happen,” said coach Claude Julien, who had, before the game, forbidden Lucic from fighting Laraque. “[Shawn] Thornton was there, ready for Georges. Nothing happened. My tough guy was ready for their tough guy. Simple as that. I told him not to fight. It was me.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins will be in Montreal tonight to face Les Glorieux, and it’s a good bet big Georges Laraque, all 6 feet 3 inches and 253 pounds of him, will fill the role of Maitre’d pugilist at Bell Centre.
“Yes, come right in,” he might say to Messrs. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton. “How nice to see you gentlemen from Boston again. Might I find you a . . . seat?”
When Laraque and the Canadiens were in the Hub Nov. 13, he was equally as accommodating and gracious in the minutes after Lucic smacked elite Habs winger Alexei Kovalev with a hit near the Montreal bench that Laraque found, shall we say, objectionable.
Soon thereafter, Laraque asked Lucic to fight. Lucic wasn’t interested.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
They’ve got arguably the best goalie in the league in Tim Thomas. The Bruins. With the best goalie in the league. If this keeps up, Harry Sinden’s “101 Ways to Rip Your Goalie” will finally go out of print.
They won back-to-back nights, 1-0, in Western Canada (kudos again to Thomas). Two goals. Four points in the standings. The Bruins. With regulation-size nets. No one needs bigger nets when one goal is enough to win. True today. True, too, for Eddie Shore’s Bruins.
In their last dozen games, they’ve lost once in regulation (3-2 at Calgary), playing their best hockey since before the lockout.
Now that’s entertainment.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
If someone asked me to describe Tim Thomas’ goaltending style I would probably say he reminds me of a 34-year-old insurance salesman who plays once a week in the Friday night midnight recreation league.
The man looks frightfully awkward at times.
But Boston Bruins fans need to just close their eyes and utter the phrase “I do believe. I do believe. I do believe.”
Thomas might have a body like Gump Worsley, but he is leading the NHL with a 1.78 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.
from Kathryn Tappen of the Play Ground at NESN,
I liked what I saw from the Bruins on Monday night, however, I’m concerned that they looked tired. After getting out to a 2-0 lead over Toronto, I was just waiting for the Leafs to come storming back against an injury depleted Bruins blueline. We saw it against the Rangers on Saturday night, and I feared a repeat performance north of the border.
The Bruins are in the midst of playing 10 games in 18 days, four games in six days this week alone. They are physically drained, but even more so, they are mentally fatigued. Now is the time when the Bruins must work together as a team, and stay strong through 60 minutes of hockey (perhaps more as we saw in New York over the weekend).
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Bruins Blog,
...Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins General Manager, just announced outside the Boston dressing room that defenseman Andrew Ference sustained a fractured tibia (right leg), will undergo surgery Monday for the insertion of a surgical pin, and will be lost to the lineup for up to eight weeks.
‘‘He’ll be out a bit,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘Maybe, collectively the whole year, he’s been our best defenseman. He’s played a solid game, moving the puck….we will miss him.’‘
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Lucic might not have had much to say about the bout, but he certainly reacted on the ice with unbridled emotion - waving his arms in triumph and pounding the glass as the crowd went nuts.
“It’s just excitement,” said Lucic, downplaying the display. “When the fans are screaming and they’re pumped up, it gets you more pumped up. That’s just the adrenaline going through me.”
Train with Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
At 8-3-3, the Bruins are ranked fourth in the NHL, second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Northeast Division and it’s doubtful if there is a closer locker room in North American pro sports.
By design, the Black & Gold encourage a tight atmosphere, free of distinctions between veterans and youngsters, and that family atmosphere might have as much to do with the Bruins hot start as any goal, check or save.
“One of the neat dynamics we have on this team, and it’s not like that on some teams,” explained veteran defenseman Andrew Ference. “The young guys aren’t necessarily treated like young guys, I think in two very positive ways: They’re welcomed onto the team, and they’re included (in everything).
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Knee injuries may have robbed Bobby Orr of the flawless skating stride that changed the very face of hockey, but they haven’t had any impact on the Boston Bruin legend’s heart.
“I hope that I am remembered as a player that brought it every night,” Orr told NHL.com. “As hockey players, we are performers and we putting on a show. I want to be remembered as a player that came every night.”
That legacy will never be threatened. Orr is still celebrated throughout the hockey world as the best defenseman to ever lace on a pair of skates, even 30 years after he played his final NHL game.
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