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from Barbara Matson of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are in third place in the Atlantic Division, only a point ahead of Detroit, which has a game in hand. Seven games remain for Boston.
“You’re going to have to really look at it one game at a time here, and that next game has to be that game,’’ said Julien. “You try and get yourself back on track. We’ve got to make our own breaks.
“Sometimes things are a little tough, but you find ways to get yourself out of it by staying positive, by staying determined. Being willing to do what it takes to win those hockey games.’’...
oth Julien and Chara refuse to brood about whether the current downward spiral mirrors what happened last season, when the Bruins finished out of the playoffs by 3 points.
“We’re really focusing on what’s happening now, this season,’’ said Chara. “I know it’s easy to point to similarities to what happened last season.
“I think we knew all along it was going to be a very tight race. It’s never easy to make the playoffs. I think this team is good enough to make the playoffs. I think we will make the playoffs. It’s going to be a fight to the end.
“We have seven games left and every point is going to be a big point. A lot of teams are in a similar situation. We’ve just got to focus on us and how we’re going to play.’’
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The goal would have tied the game at 2-2 in the third period, and would have been a major development for a B’s team struggling for offense. Instead, the NHL ruled the video was “inconclusive” as to whether the puck crossed over the goal line, and so the “no-goal” call was upheld by league officials. It was a ridiculous blown call by the NHL in the third period of a game with major playoff implications for both teams, and an embarrassment given the technology and tools that the hockey ops people have at their disposal in Toronto.
There were major reactions of stunned outrage from the Bruins huddled around the home bench, and disgruntled TD Garden fans started raining debris, and boos, down on the ice.
Claude Julien was beside himself postgame while discussing the blown video replay after feeling like there were already some questionable calls in the Rangers loss just 24 hours earlier.
“I can’t explain it either,” said an exasperated Julien. “I’m as baffled as you are right now, and I looked at it many times here before coming out here. It looks like it’s in. It looks very conclusive. That’s two in two games now. Tonight, obviously, was a very important goal, and, you know, it’s unfortunate. We think we’ve got great technology.
“We’ve got everything going, but people just think we were getting it right [with the replays]. I don’t necessarily agree with that because we’re obviously still not getting it right. I’ve got another coach that texted me [on Thursday], and there was, ‘WTF. How can that not be a goal?’ That’s coming from somebody who’s neutral.”
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Went to Toronto for a better look, still not a goal.
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from Fluto Shninzawa of the Boston Globe,
After Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rangers, Claude Julien did not have a beef about a first-period Lee Stempniak goal that was denied after a coach’s challenge determined Brad Marchand had gone offside. Julien initially argued when he believed the puck hit the netting before Mats Zuccarello opened the scoring at 8:37 of the first, but ceased his contention once video coordinator J.P. Buckley saw the puck had hit the dasher on top of the boards.
But the Bruins coach did not care for a phantom holding call on David Krejci — it was unclear whether Trevor Hanson or Steve Kozari blew the whistle — that led to the Rangers’ second power-play goal, a Derek Stepan strike at 11:39 of the first.
“That was a crappy, [expletive] call,” said Julien. “He knows why he made that call. Really disappointed. But we fought back. We had a goal there they decided to call no goal, and it was inconclusive. We got the wrong end there as well. But at the same time, I don’t think we played well enough to win. We seemed out of synch tonight. Those tape-to-tape passes were far and few in between. We needed to be better. That was the disappointing part of our game tonight, a game we really needed to win.”
Krejci was just as mystified about going to the box.
“I think that was a weak call,” Krejci said. “That happens all the time. The guy didn’t even have the puck. I just touched him. I can’t believe he called that. I just can’t believe it.”
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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
If you hope to solve the perplexing riddle of just what kind of team the Bruins truly are, check back about a month from now, after we’ve seen them perform in the playoffs, when the truth about teams and individual players tends to be exposed to the world.
For now, just scratch your heads, Bruins fans, and behold the enigma of a club that can be so good at times — and be the exact opposite at other times. Both were plainly on display Saturday night in Los Angeles, where the B’s closed their 0-for California trip with the same sort of performance as in San Jose and Anaheim: They were very good for much of the game, far less so in other parts of the match.
That’s not a formula for success down the stretch of the regular season, and certainly not in the postseason. The story of this enigmatic hockey team this season has been inconsistency.
Now, as Brad Marchand noted after the 2-1 loss to the Kings, no team can play a perfect 60 minutes. But the performance swings of the B’s are so extreme, who knows if this team can win in the playoffs?
No, amend that: It’s obvious the Bruins could be a very effective playoff performer, if they play the brand of hard-working, aggressive, sharp and smothering hockey they did for 38 minutes in LA.
from Colin Fleming of Sports Illustrated,
Orr’s teams underachieved, in the sense that they never became dynastic. Instead, they had a run of two Cups in three years. A run is different than a bona fide dynasty of the kind the Canadiens had, and the go-go-go pace of the regular season, with Orr’s headlong, driving rushes down the ice and his mad scurries back towards his own end, to dispossess a rusher of the puck, might have had something to do with it.
That aforementioned forward would be caught unawares, the biscuit would no longer be his, and Orr would be swiftly headed towards the attacking zone, seemingly all in one motion. Thrilling. And unlike anything you would ever see at the rink. But, so was, on its whole, Ray Bourque’s career.
Bourque was Boston’s other great defenseman, a magisterial, super smooth stalwart who nonetheless has always been cloaked in a touch of shadow. Everyone agrees that Gretzky, Orr, Lemieux, and Howe, in some order, are the four best players in league history. But even an Orr-lover could argue that Bourque’s career, on balance, as a guy you’d want to have around for 20 years as your team’s benchmark, puts him in a discussion for the fifth best player. And if you had a choice of Orr’s career, or Bourque’s, and you were a GM who was like the overlord on high, picking teams to do battle for all time from your misty mountain, you could well go with Bourque rather than the vaunted #4.
from Darren Hartwell of NESN,
Thursday night provided the chance for Tuukka Rask to voice his complaints, as the Bruins netminder was victimized by a juicy rebound on a breakaway that led to Phillip Di Giuseppe’s overtime goal in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-2 win.
“I mean, I’ve had it with these three-on-three overtimes,” Rask said after the loss. “It’s just scoring chance after scoring chance. But, you just try to win the games, right? I was hoping (the Bruins) would score a quick goal like last game (against the Tampa Bay Lightning), but it didn’t happen.”
The Bruins have had plenty of experience with the new format of late, as they’ve now gone to overtime in four consecutive contests, winning two and losing two. The extra frames have been especially taxing for Rask and backup Jonas Gustavsson, who was able to fend off the Lightning on Tuesday before Brad Marchand delivered the OT game-winner.
“It’s usually just wide-open shots, breakaways or two-on-ones,” added Rask, who made 25 saves on 28 Carolina shots. “And there are no wide-angle shots or point shots. It’s just scoring chances.”
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from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,
Note how Liles’ arm extends away from his body, specifically targeting or “picking” Kucherov’s head. It’s not the movement of a player trying to avoid dangerous contact. What might save Liles is the fact his glove and forearm appear to do the most damage as opposed to his elbow, reducing the violence of the blow. Still, any play singling out the head like that deserves a lengthy look. Liles isn’t a dirty player, but he was at the very least a careless one Tuesday night. That Kucherov wasn’t seriously hurt and that Liles is not a repeat offender ensures Liles won’t face a long suspension. But the educated guess here is he sits for a game or two.
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from Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald,
The Boston Bruins are clamping down on secondary market resellers who typically sell tickets well above their face values — freeing up about 1,000 season tickets for fans on their waiting list.
The NHL team has canceled the accounts of 150 to 200 high-volume ticket agencies and scalpers located outside of New England and New York who hold season tickets for the current year, preventing them from renewing the tickets for next season.
The team will offer those approximately 1,000 freed-up season tickets to New England fans on the 10,000-plus waiting list that began in 2011.
The team said it identified the high-volume resellers through data analysis.
“This would be our first strategy that identifies the professional resellers,” said Glen Thornborough, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Bruins and TD Garden. “Our process was to identify resellers and/or accounts that post a high amount (of tickets) and don’t really participate in coming to the games. Our goal is to make sure our most loyal fans get the best access and the best prices to come to our games.”
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