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Tuukka Rask's struggles against the Montreal Canadiens are well documented.
The Bruins goaltender has a career 3-11-3 record against Boston's arch rival.
Niklas Svedberg got the nod against Montreal on Thursday night, and didn't have much success.
"You already knew about their goalie's problems [playing in Montreal], now you know the backup goalie has problems there, too," said Marc Bertrand on Sports Tonight. "So they have no goalies when they go to Montreal or play the Canadiens. Nobody can play net. Nobody."
Michael Felger isn't happy with the decision to start Svedberg over Rask.
"They were afraid to play Tuukka Rask, their $7-million-a-year, Vezina Trophy-winning goalie," said Felger. "They were afraid that he's so fragile up there [against Montreal] that they played the backup. To me, that's puke inducing."
There is more in the video, which you can watch below...
On NESN, Sportsnet360 and RDS. Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET.
from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,
... the last time Boston visited Montreal, Bruins forward Milan Lucic allowed his emotions to get the better of him. In the closing minute of Boston’s 6-4 loss on Oct. 16, Lucic was called for a penalty, and as he entered the box he made an inappropriate gesture toward fans. The league fined him $5,000 the following day.
When Lucic steps on the ice Thursday night, Montreal fans will let him know what they think of him. He publicly admitted he was wrong and sorry for his actions last month, but he plans on using the fans’ hatred as motivation when puck drops Thursday.
"That’s one of the things you have to try to do, is try to spin it into kind of a positive feel where you can get those competitive juices going,” Lucic said after Tuesday’s practice before the team left for its current road trip. “You can get yourself riled up sooner than later. For myself, I’ve always been a guy when I play with that type of emotion I’ve been at my best, so you can try to use that and spin it into a positive.”
Not a happy team after a poor showing against Toronto last night.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
David Krejci has missed three of the last four games and six games on the season with a lower body injury that’s believed to be related to his hip. We found out on Tuesday that he'll miss the next two games, too.
Krejci played last week in one game against the Edmonton Oilers and topped 16 minutes of ice time, but admitted after the game that he was “sore”, and hasn’t been seen on the ice since.
Krejci was again missing from practice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday morning, and Chris Kelly will continue to center the forward line between rugged left winger and promising rookie right winger Seth Griffith. Interestingly enough Claude Julien addressed the mounting reports that it is a hip injury bedeviling Krejci, and intimated that speculation is “wrong.”
“He’s not going to make the trip, so he’s definitely out for the next two,” said Claude Julien of upcoming back-to-back road games against the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. “I’m not going to comment on it. There’s a lot of speculation out there, and I’m going to say that the speculations are wrong.”
Whatever the mystery injury is that the Bruins refuse to discuss, it would appear that they made a mistake playing him last Thursday against the Oilers rather than giving him roughly 10 days of rest entering this week.
Watch the goal below...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Rather than being daunted by the challenge of playing without Chara, Hamilton said it’s been “fun” in a way that makes you think he’s been pining for this chance.
“I think it’s been a lot of fun. I’m just playing more obviously, and being relied on more. I think it’s a fun challenge, and I’m just having fun with it,” said Hamilton. “I think it’s also been fun that we’re winning and playing better. So I’m not in as grumpy of a mood in the locker room. We still have to improve just to keep going this month.”
Put all of those things together, and one has to wonder if the cold-blooded (in a good way) B’s front office might start wondering what kind of value Chara would have in the trade market. The 6-foot-9 intimidator is still playing at an extraordinary high level and would make many bottom feeder NHL clubs an immediate playoff contender by his mere presence.
It would make a lot of other upcoming tough decisions (contracts for Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug, Reilly Smith etc.) much easier if they could move Chara’s near $7 million cap hit. It could also bring them the bona fide scoring right wing, a No. 3 defenseman or a raft of future assets that the team is currently searching for to complete a roster-in-flux since the beginning of the season.
from Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel,
As for expectations in the evening for his first game as a visitor at TD Garden, the veteran toughie said he has no plans to drop the gloves against his former team, though he didn't rule it out.
"I never go into a game thinking about it. I haven't for a long time," said Thornton, a veteran of 125 NHL regular-season fights since entering the league in 2002, according to HockeyFights.com. "They're pretty banged up, I think a lot of their toughness is actually out of their lineup.
"But you never know. I'd beat up my own sister if it got us two points. So it really doesn't matter to me."
Thornton is one of those players that fans embrace when he's on the home team but single out for loathing as an opponent. Thus, Tuesday will be a unique experience for him cast as a villain in Boston.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Consider: Hamilton leads all Bruins this season in average ice time with 22:29 per game. In the four games that Chara has been absent the Black-and-Gold production line, Hamilton has clocked an average of 24:40, a stout 5:34 more than what the former first-round draft pick (No. 9 overall, 2011) averaged all last season. The gangly, wide-eyed, slick-skating Hamilton is no longer the wunderkind in waiting, but rather an essential element to the Bruins remaining among the league’s elite franchises.
“I think you are going to see someone who probably recognizes that he can rush the puck because of his size and skating ability — he can rush it at will,’’ said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, pondering what could be Hamilton’s career trajectory. “Because of his sense for the game, he will be able to pick his spots, a guy who can control the puck.’’
Such commodities are rare in today’s game. The Bruins haven’t had a true wheeler-dealer with the puck since Ray Bourque’s days, which came to a bittersweet end on Causeway in March 2000. Hamilton doesn’t have Bourque’s bulky build or his breadth of game, but he has a growing command of skating and puck-moving skills that he’ll now have to augment with stout defense during Chara’s 4-6-week absence.
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Sunday, November 2, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli made the following statement on the extension: "This morning, Claude and I finalized the terms of a multi-year contract extension agreement for him. We have worked at this for a few months, but there was never any doubt in my mind that this would get done. Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching. Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task. During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward."
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