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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…
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.
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