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Why Is Jeremy Jacobs Being Inducted Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The election and induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday of Bruins’ owner Jeremy Jacobs calls into question the independence of the 19-member selection committee that does its business in sworn secrecy.

Why Jacobs? The committee members can’t say, not even the four members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who participate on the panel under the pledge of confidentiality. That seems a little bit too inside for my liking — creating news but self-censored from analyzing it — but then, that’s the view from the outside, isn’t it?

Jacobs is the man who has been the voice behind the voice of Gary Bettman for each of the three owners’ lockouts. Clawing back oodles of money for the owners is his claim to fame. This is also the man whose penurious ways forced Raymond Bourque to flee Boston in search of a Stanley Cup, never mind the irony of No. 77 himself having parroted management’s stance for years when his Bruins teammates sought higher pay.

The fingerprints of the commissioner and his lieutenants on the committee are all over this one.

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A Veteran And His Puck

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“Inside the blue line in the Bruins’ offensive zone,” Dotson recalled. “He was trying to keep the puck in the zone. He goes at it. The North Stars player goes at it. Their two sticks collided. The puck goes over the glass. I’m sitting in Row 8. It came right to me and I caught it. I’m superstitious to begin with. To me, a puck off Bobby Orr’s stick three days before I’m shipping off to Vietnam is a good omen.”...

As platoon leader, part of Dotson’s duties was to track enemy installations and call in air strikes. His 14-man platoon would usually go out in two helicopters. Dotson was the last one to board and the first man off.

One day, as he prepared to board, Dotson noticed he had left his puck behind. He would not leave without his talisman. Dotson had a radio operator get off the helicopter to retrieve the puck. This delayed the helicopters’ departure.

“The squad leader wants to know why we’re not going,” Dotson said. “I say, ‘I had to pick up my puck.’ He says OK, walks back to the helicopter, and tells the pilot. This time, the pilot says, ‘What goddamn hockey puck?’ He was from California. In ’69, there’s hardly any teams out there.”

read on with Orr getting involved and more topics too...

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Morning Line- Harry Sinden On Jeremy Jacobs

"Mr. Jacobs makes a marvelous chairman because he's able to see all sides and corners of the table he sits at, and he has an understanding of all of those things. I think many owners, especially new owners, rely on him to answer some of their questions. He's been very good at it, and he's earned the position.

"He's a big part of the growth of this League. He's been a terrific sounding board for Commissioner [Gary] Bettman all these years. He has foresight, and he's able as well as anybody in the League to look at the big picture as it involves expansion or rules or such delicate items as the Olympics, things like that. He's well versed and well aware of every piece of business that goes on in this League."

-Harry Sinden on Jeremy Jacobs.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has more on this topic (Jacobs goes into the HHOF on Monday).

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Video- Bruce Boudreau Not A Happy Coach After The Wild Lose 5-3 To The Bruins

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Following another spotty performance—and another loss—Wild forward Eric Staal couldn’t find any fresh words. “It’s not good enough,’’ he offered. “Not much else to say.’’

Amen, brother. The Wild repeated itself again Monday in a 5-3 loss at Boston, playing some small portions of solid hockey in the midst of many ugly ones. Staal said he “didn’t like the way we responded’’ after Boston scored twice in the first period to overcome an early 1-0 Wild lead. The second period was particularly horrid.

The Wild was outshot 15-4 in that period as Boston scored twice more. Both goals came off of Wild mistakes, sometimes in multiples. As coach Bruce Boudreau said, the Wild often looked “like we don’t know how to play,’’ an alarming idea at the start of a four-game, six-day road trip.


Below, watch Boudreau post-game after a 5-3 loss to the Bruins.

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David Backes Will Have A Part Of His Colon Removed, Expected To Miss Two Months

BOSTON - Boston Bruins Team Internist Dr. David Finn has issued the following update on forward David Backes :

"David Backes will undergo surgery on Thursday, November 2 to remove a portion of his colon. The expected recovery time is approximately 8 weeks. The decision to have surgery was made in consultation with team physicians as well as outside specialists in the management of diverticulitis. David's episode of diverticulitis at the beginning of the season was his second episode in two months and was complicated with an abscess (collection of infection adjacent to the colon) that required drainage. Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem. It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health.

David was cleared to play in the team's games on October 19 while waiting for his colon to properly heal from the most recent episode of diverticulitis which sidelined him for the first five games of the 2017-18 season. David was at no additional risk while playing during this period, and he is having the surgery as soon as the medical team felt comfortable moving forward with the operation."

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Video- 0.9 Seconds Left In OT, Kings Beat the Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

With 0.9 seconds left in overtime, and David Pastrnak opposing Anze Kopitar for a faceoff, most everyone in the building figured the night would be decided in a shootout. Bring on the shooters.

Uh, not so fast.

Instead, all of one half of one second later, after Kopitar undressed Pastrnak and pulled the puck toward the slot, Kings center Tyler Toffoli ripped home a screaming one-time slapper, handing the Kings a 2-1 victory and leaving a hometown crowd, and the entire Boston bench, in utter dismay.

“I didn’t see that one coming,” said Rask. “I didn’t see the shot . . . it’s tough . . . I was thinking of standing in the middle of the net, in case that happens. Would have been better off doing that, I guess. But, hey, always something new I guess.”




Below, watch the full game highlights...

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Afternoon Line- Matt Halman On Anton Khudobin

After Khudobin started the season 2-0-0, some were coming out of the woodwork to compare him, in stature and style, to Tim Thomas. Yeah, maybe he’s Tim Thomas – on acid. Because the way he plays, and especially the way he played against Buffalo, one has to assume Khudobin is seeing three or four pucks out there. And maybe they’re even disguised as white rabbits.

The sprawling and battling, the snow angels, and the rolling and diving outside of the blue paint are all well and good … when they’re done as a reaction to the puck, not in anticipation of a shot that may not come. 

-Matt Kalman of CBS Boston on Boston goaltener Anton Khudobin.  More on the game and Khudobin at CBS Boston.

Below, watch the game highlights of Boston's 5-4 loss to Buffalo.

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Bad Start For The Boston Bruins

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The B’s have played five games in this young season. Two were highly positive, wins against Nashville and a weak Arizona club. Three were troubling, as the B’s were outworked and outplayed by unsung Colorado (twice) and Vegas teams.

Like so many NHL clubs, the Bruins are a work in progress. But it seems, with two weeks completed, that the work hasn’t really started yet.

So the Bruins are back in Boston this week, still trying to find an identity and consistency of effort and execution, which more often than not, have eluded them.

Center David Krejci tried hard to defuse the negativity just after Sunday’s , 3-1 loss to the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

“There’s no reason to point fingers,” said Krejci. “Yeah, we lost the game. (It was) a frustrating loss. But it was just the fifth game of the season, so don’t make a big deal out if it. We’re going to go back to Boston, work hard in practices and get ready for the next game. We’ve got to figure things out.”

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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

“I’m kind of embarrassed for the fans, you don’t want to babysit players but it’s just got to get harder around here. Whether it’s harder practices, whether you want to put curfews, all that baby stuff. I hate doing that stuff but if that’s what it takes, we might have to do it.

“Some coaches in the NHL, they skate the hell out of their guys and for whatever reason they come back the next night and they play well so maybe I’ve got to do that. Some guys want more than they’re giving right now and that’s something we’ve got to try to figure out quickly because we don’t want this thing to spiral out of control.”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins.  Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports has more.

Game highlights are below...

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Video- Tuukku Rask With The Bad Goal Of The Afternoon Games



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