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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.
continued & watch a video when the Bruins retired the #4 at the Boston Gardens below…
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
In the pressbox at the Calgary Saddledome a week ago, longtime Flames followers were astonished by the play of Bruins [team stats] center Marc Savard, reacting with true incredulity.
“Did you see that?” one asked. “Marc Savard just hit someone.”
“He’s on the penalty-kill,” another said in amazement.
“He’s actually back-checking,” added a third.
The times they are a changin’ for Savard, who in his early 30s has evolved into a far more honest and complete player than he was in his first several seasons in the NHL.
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
Veteran free-agent forward Glen Murray will have additional ankle surgery on November 11th. It’s the same ankle that was surgically repaired in Boston in April.
This follow up surgery, according to Murray’s agent Anton Thun is to repair a secondary injury that Murray did not become fully aware of until September when he started to feel pain.
Following initial surgery at the end of last season, the Boston Bruins opted to buy the 35-year old Murray out of the final year of his contract, paying two-thirds, or $2.76 million of the $4.1 million owing.
Murray is physically unable to play and because the secondary injury was discovered after the buyout he and Thun are conducting an investigation to prove this injury is pre-existing and should have prohibited the Bruins from buying him out.
Dreger also states that Murray will be filing a grievance with the NHLPA.
“I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to hip check any more. It is a new rule? I didn’t see the referees’ arm go up. You’re allowed to hit.”
-Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars when asked about the hits he delivered on a few of the Bruins. A little more from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog.
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