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via Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE,
Kelly Olynyk may be getting some angry stares from the guys down the hall.
Not the visiting team - but the Boston Bruins.
Olynyk, who played through a badly bruised left eye, accidentally spilled the beans Wednesday night after the Celtics' 100-87 win over the Pacers:
Dougie Hamilton is dealing with broken ribs.
Hamilton hasn't played since Mar. 21, missing the last five games, but the Bruins keep their injury news top secret - so nobody knew exactly what the injury was aside from "upper-body".
While discussing his eye injury, the Canadian-born Olynyk joked that he couldn't miss Wednesday's game or he'd hear it from Hamilton, who had divulged the broken ribs information to him a couple days ago.
“I remember two days ago I was texting Dougie Hamilton and he told me he broke his ribs and he’s trying to come back before the playoffs," Olynyk said. "I was like, ‘Man I can’t sit out, he’s gonna rip me' . . . all those hockey guys would have killed me so I had to do it.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference is apparently over.
The Senators have lost.
At least, that's the message being delivered by the Boston Bruins, who late Monday afternoon gave notice on Twitter that tickets for the B's first round Stanley Cup playoff games go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.
With the Bruins holding a three-point edge on the Senators, and having played one more game, some of their fans were unimpressed.
"We haven't made it yet," tweeted one of them.
"I almost feel like this is tempting fate," added another.
"Thanks in advance for jinxing us," stated a third.
from Michael Felger of CSNNE,
Fighting is down across the NHL, and the B's have been all too willing to go with the flow. I don't think that's a good thing.
According to the folks at hockeyfights.com, the Bruins rank 14th in the NHL with 26 fights. And for those of us who have watched most of them, calling some of these altercations actual "fights" is being kind. It's safe to say the B's are at a soft 26.
Anyway, that's way down from last year, when the B's had 46 fighting majors. And that's down from the year before, when the B's had 32 fights over 48 games (a pace of 55 over an 82-game schedule). And that was down from the 61 they put up in 2011-12.
I'm not good at numbers, but I'm sensing a trend. It's gotten so bad that Montreal fights more than the Bruins.
via the NHL Situation Blog,
At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.
Watch the goal below...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Bruins had their closers on the ice with Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing in the final minute, but Corey Perry managed to tip a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Tuukka Rask for the game-tying score with 38.5 seconds remaining.
That led to the Getzlaf overtime game-winner in the 3-2 loss for the Black and Gold at TD Garden and a closer look at Perry’s third-period score for the game-tying goal. Both Perry and Matt Beleskey made “incidental contact” with Rask in the crease just before the game-tying redirection, and either player could have been called out on it.
Julien wanted a call at that crucial point in the game, but that isn't meant to be for this year's team.
“[It’s] really disappointing that the goal was allowed. There was, no doubt, goalie interference there and that’s why they talk about reviewing those kinds of goals and coaches’ challenges,” said Julien. “You can’t allow those kinds of goals. This was a big point we lost tonight on a missed call. Those are the things that are hard to swallow right now.”
Watch the goal below...
from Chris Villani of WEEI,
Wasted first-round draft picks, an overpaid core and a couple of disastrous trades. It's a recipe for a mediocre hockey team in a bad salary cap situation and the concoction that should have the Bruins cutting ties with general manager Peter Chiarelli at the end of the season....
When you trade a player like Seguin, it's the kind of deal that will make or break you as a GM. Couple that with the Johnny Boychuk trade at the beginning of this season. Full disclosure, I was more supportive of the deal than most at the time ... but that support hinged on the "second piece" of the deal I assumed would be coming down the pipeline. We're all still waiting for that, and no question Boychuk has been missed on what's been a mess of a blue line beset by injuries and ineffective play.
Turning this roster over won't be easy, and the outlook isn't completely bleak. A goaltender like Rask and a two-way player like Bergeron are pretty nice cogs around which to build, and Hamilton and David Pastrnak show promise. But the core needs to be broken up and the proverbial deck reshuffled.
That reshuffling has to start at the top.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
When they’re humming, the Bruins are a checking team that scores. Lately, they have done neither.
“We can’t give up five goals a game,” said coach Claude Julien. “That takes away our opportunities to win those. When we take care of our own end, the rest usually takes care of itself.”
The Bruins have been a metal-on-metal team for the last two weeks. They got a lucky 3-1 result in Ottawa March 10 when the Senators dominated the pace of the final 40 minutes. Their good fortune continued two nights later in a 3-2 home win over the Lightning. In the second period, they gave Tampa chance after chance.
The wins disguised what was going on. The Bruins were playing with fire. Their shots, especially on the power play, were finding the back of the net. Rask was spectacular under assault.
High shooting and save percentages are difficult to sustain. It was only a matter of time until Rask became mortal, especially under the heaviest workload of his career.
The wheels have since fallen off. In their wins, the Senators and Lightning maximized their speed and skill against the plodding Bruins. They faced little resistance flying over the blue line because of the Bruins’ turnovers, sloppiness in the neutral zone, and slack gaps between the defensemen and forwards. Because of how fiercely they attacked, both clubs chewed up the scrambling Bruins in front of the net. This season, this has been a familiar sight for Rask.
“One mistake always leads to another,” Rask said. “At some point, that ends up costing us a goal. It’s the sum of a lot of things.”
from Chris Kelly of the Boston Herald,
With 73 games done and just nine to go, the inconvenient truth about the Bruins is that they are not one of the eight-best teams in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. Maybe not even top-nine.
The B’s team that performed in Florida this past weekend, losing to the Panthers and Lightning, simply was not a club that deserves a berth in the upcoming playoffs. A team that one year ago was arguably the best in the league is probably now a middle-of-the pack, non-playoff group.
And right now, they are out of the playoffs.
The Senators beat San Jose last night to jump one point ahead of the B’s for the final playoff spot.
Teams as inconsistent as the Bruins just don’t warrant a crack at the Stanley Cup. Consider: The B’s have had two very good periods of play this season. Starting in late-October, from Games 12-21, the team went 8-2-0. Then in late-December, from Games 37-52, its record was 10-2-4. That’s 18-4-4 in 26 games, which leaves 47 others.
And in those games, the Bruins have gone 18-21-8.
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