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Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday.
Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.
From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,
Yes, this is the same Manny Fernandez who ranks dead last among NHL goalies in goals-against average (5.00) and save percentage (.796), and once again is splitting time with another goaltender.
Fernandez is 1-1 in two starts. In three starts, partner/backup Tim Thomas ranks second in the NHL with a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage, right behind the Wild’s Nik Backstrom (1.00, .959) - the guy who pushed Fernandez out of Minnesota after seven seasons.
So, for Fernandez, it has been a case of here we go again.
“We’re splitting time for now,” he said. “You know, it’s the same questions and the same answers as it’s always been. We don’t make the rules, and we don’t make the decisions.”
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward, more than most of his teammates, has been steamed ever since the preseason by the league-wide crystal-ballers who have pegged the Bruins for yet another rotten season.
“Most people,” said Ward about the season-opening five-game swing, “would have predicted that we’d be lucky to get 2 [points].”
Instead, the Bruins finally flew east - they had been on the road for 10 days - late Saturday night as owners of 6 hard-won points, probably more than any Black-and-Gold homer would have predicted for the West Coast trip.
“We’re struggling for attention in the city of Boston,” said Ward. “We’re kind of the redheaded stepchild out of the four teams.”
from The Pilot,
...Some hope there could be some nice irony at work here. The theory goes that if the Bruins go further into the tank, Owner Jeremy Jacobs and his clan will at last become exasperated and dump the team. Nice theory but it completely misreads Jacobs and his unpleasant brood.
If the Bruins no longer reap huge profits, the building does and they own the building. Much more to the point, Jacobs is a heavyweight in the highest councils of the league and he delights in being a genuine NHL poobah. Maybe this tells you as much as you need to know about the state of the National Hockey League.
If the boys from Buffalo were sensitive chaps they might recognize that the party is over for them in this town. Trust is gone
From Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
But not even Hollywood would need to embellish the life story of Bruins center Glen Metropolit, and the immense disadvantages and obstacles he overcame on his way to being an NHL player. If you think his story would also make a good movie, you’re not alone: The 33-year-old Metropolit has already been approached by filmmakers.
“It’s a firm out here somewhere, and they’re very serious about doing it,” said Metropolit. “I think it may happen, but I told them, ‘You know what? The story’s not done yet. I’m not done yet. Let’s wait ’til the story’s over.’ ”
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Like most of the Bruins, Kobasew had a season to forget in 2006-07. On Jan. 4, he suffered a concussion that knocked him out for eight games. Then he cracked his elbow Jan. 26. Finally, Kobasew (5-14 -19 in 50 total games with Calgary and Boston) missed the final seven games.
“I’m not even thinking about it,” the 25-year-old said. “Just focusing on this year.”
In the first two games of 2007-08, a healthy Kobasew has shown why the Flames signed him for $1.2 million per season.
from the Enterprise,
General manager Peter Chiarelli is so confident in the ability of Julien, who coached Montreal before the Devils, to wring sound defensive hockey out of a team that Boston’s frequently maligned corps of defensemen was left virtually untouched in the offseason.
“I want to see these (defensemen), these players in Claude’s system first,” Chiarelli said.
Chiarelli describes Julien’s system as a “collapsing zone.” Players say it’s highly structured.
“There’s a transition of passing (an opponent) off, from one area to another, to another player,” said defenseman Aaron Ward. “There’s a lot of thinking involved.”
from the Eagle-Tribune,
So what would make any sane person - whether they’re a puck-loving hockey krishna or not - think that the Boston Bruins can turn around their decade-plus of lethargy and put more fannies back in the seats at the TDBanknorth Garden?
There’s only one way for that to happen: win games. Lots of games. The B’s open up at Phoenix tomorrow as part of a five-game road trip.
“Boston is a city that’s used to winners,” said center Marc Savard, who led the team in scoring by a wide margin a year ago with 96 points. “We have the personnel in place to do that. This is a team ready to win.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
Only 10 of the players who will start the season in Boston were on last year’s season-opening roster, reflecting the wholesale changes that have occurred in the last 12 months under general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“This is the group we’re going forward with as it stands (now),” Chiarelli said during a conference call. “But if there’s an area where we can improve and an opportunity to improve, we’re still going to look at it.”
The 13 new faces include winger Shawn Thornton, who was signed as a free agent this summer, and versatile forward Glen Metropolit, who made the team after being invited to camp without a contract. Chiarelli said he expects to have Metropolit signed within a day or two.
from the Boston Globe,
Bochenski, once in the mix as a second-line right wing, was a healthy scratch in yesterday’s preseason-ending 4-2 loss to the Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Bochenski dressed in only two of the team’s six matches, recording three shots and zero points - not exactly the numbers expected of a go-to scorer.
“With an extra 20 pounds, it’s trickier than you think,” said Bochenski, referring to his struggles at the start of camp. “But I’m not making any excuses. I chose to come in like that.”
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