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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.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
On a night when he went low on Bruins Stephane Yelle and Milan Lucic, and ultimately punched out his time card with 18 penalty minutes, the Stars’ Steve Ott achieved a feat that few have managed to accomplish….
Saturday night, Ott took his under-the-skin game to new lows by appearing to target the knees of Yelle and Lucic, then refusing to answer the bell for his questionable tactics. After Ott went low on Yelle, Shawn Thornton tried to retaliate but was instead tagged with a four-minute roughing double minor. Later in the game, Shane Hnidy and Lucic tried to fight Ott but couldn’t get approval.
from the Windsor Star,
So simple, so symbolic.
With all due respect to the loud gargoyles, skeletons, rock stars, cartoon characters and city skylines which now protect the faces of today’s National Hockey League’s netminders, it’s Gerry Cheevers’ “stitch” mask which takes the cake as the coolest ever.
Picture the scene when Cheevers made his um, mark, on history, with the Boston Bruins.
The NHL was still coming out of the Original Six era, with old-school general managers and coaches gradually conceding that protecting their netminders’ faces from Bobby Hull-type slapshots was a good idea.
From Ron Spence at Crashing the Goalie,
What’s he learned the most about fighting in the NHL?
“The most important thing is to know what kind of fighter you’re fighting. It’s a good thing to know before you fight, if he likes to fight in tight, if he’s a righty, lefty, or both….”
So, he’s a student of the hockey fighters?
“Oh yeah, you get to know the people,” he nods. “You know when I watch for a couple of minutes, you get to know how they fight.”
from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,
Milan Lucic isn’t getting caught up in how much he seems to be catching on in the hockey world.
The burly Boston Bruins winger is hot off a hat trick Saturday. His glass-shattering check on Mike Van Ryn from Thursday is still on the minds of many, evidenced by the fact that, as of Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.
And Lucic, 20, who leads the Bruins against the Canucks tonight in his first NHL game at GM Place, has marquee sportscasters and columnists stating that he’s the next big thing in Beantown.
from the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins announced today that the third period in tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers will be split, with the teams switching ends at the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of the period….
The change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End (visitors bench side) of the TD Banknorth Garden Ice. In the West End, the two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line - four feet longer than NHL specifications. The corresponding face-off circles are also four feet further away from the goal line.
Milan Lucic threw a big hit on Mike Van Ryn, shattering the glass, and cementing the two of them on this season’s highlight reel.
Update 1:18am ET— In the Metro West Daily News, a quote from Lucic:
“It felt kind of weird because you usually just bounce off the boards and this time you went through.”
Thursday’s matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins begs the question: Can a shootout game end in a tie by default?
Both the visiting Maple Leafs (1-2-3) and the host Bruins (2-1-3) have been sources of much shootout futility so far this season, each losing three of their six games in that manner.
It’s to the point that you’d half-expect coaches Ron Wilson or Claude Julien to pull their goalie toward the end of overtime in order to force someone to come up with a victory the next time a shootout looms.
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