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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Bruins are not “trying too hard.” It’s insulting to the many knowledgeable hockey fans in Boston to try and convince anybody that a team needing 17 minutes to get off a shot in the first period – and a team that could only muster two shots on net in the third period of a tied hockey game – is being sapped by wanting things too badly. This is a Bruins team that looks like they are slogging through the season right now, and seems to not enjoy playing with each other very much right now. They are much closer to being guilty of “not trying at all” after losing to a rogue’s gallery of meh NHL teams in Columbus, Toronto, Ottawa and Carolina rather than “trying too hard.” So let’s bury that alibi for losing for a while.
from Nichols On Hockey,
Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.
On the Boston Bruins:
“I think Boston is really trying hard to do something. Like, there was a rumor going around last night they were really trying to close a deal with Vermette. Some people I know who were at the world junior game from NHL teams had heard that. I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but that rumor was going around last night."
On if Milan Lucic is really available:
"The only thing I've heard about Lucic I think there's at least one team, I believe, that's asked about him and I don't think there was a deal to be made there.
“We’re a team right now that is on the outside looking in.
“We can talk about the effort and look at what guys are doing all game, but we can’t be satisfied with that. We’re upset we don’t get the results because that’s what we demand out of ourselves and out of this team and the guys in this locker room.
“We bring that effort to most games and it’s well known our team works hard and competes hard, so when you don’t get those bounces you think sometimes you deserve, it’s easy to get down on yourself. But you have to make sure we bring everything to get those two points.’’
-Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins after a 3-2 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators. More on the Bruins from Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
He could be the behemoth that chewed up the Blackhawks in the Bruins’ 3-2 loss Dec. 11 to Chicago, the NHL’s best team. In the third period, Lucic scooped up a loose puck in the defensive zone. He accelerated past Andrew Shaw. He shook off Patrick Sharp’s stick check like it was a toothpick. Lucic capped the rush by bulling through Michal Rozsival and Klas Dahlbeck before dishing to Torey Krug for a net-front strike.
Or Lucic could be the bystander who submitted a 0-0—0 line two nights later. In the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators, Lucic landed just one puck on goal and offered little impact outside of a second-period fight with Mark Borowiecki.
Through 35 games this season, Lucic had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He’s been without David Krejci, his regular center, for 20 games. But that’s no excuse, not when Alex Ovechkin (16-12—28), Zach Parise (13-14—27), Daniel Sedin (8-22—30), Patrick Marleau (7-20—27), and Henrik Zetterberg (7-23—30) are the only left wings earning more annually than Lucic.
So if projecting how Lucic will play short term is such a challenge, consider applying the same exercise to the left wing’s next contract. It’s why figuring out how to progress with Lucic — or without him— is one of the trickiest challenges on the Bruins’ agenda.
more plus other hockey topics...
Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog on the 'soft' Bruins...
When the Columbus Blue Jackets scored their fifth goal, Bruins play-by-play Jack Edwards expected it to not count because the puck should have been called dead a minute ago. But when it ended up counting, he wasn’t a happy camper.
Another round of Milan Lucic vs. Dalton Prout, Jack Edwards with the call.
Milan Lucic this morning as the Bruins prepare to play the Blue Jackets tonight...
“Not many people watch the game. A lot of people just open up the Internet and look at the score sheet. They see my name, and I get zero [points]. They see that I make lots of money, and that I don’t produce. No one cares if I play well, or not. It is what it is. I just have to stay positive. I know that the coaches and upper management…they watch the games, so I just try to stay away from the Internet and try to stay away from what’s happening.
-David Krejci of the Boston Bruins. Read more from and about Krejci by Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“I can’t even figure out why goals don’t count, so I’m certainly not going to comment on that,” said Claude Julien when first asked about the Matt Bartkowski hit on Brian Gionta in the first period. “First of all, [Eriksson] doesn’t hit him, he barely touches his glove.
“It’s kind of a flash screen is what we call it and he’s in position. I guess it’s another non-goal that I’m sure we’ll hear should’ve been a good goal later on. But it’s what we keep going through.”
Watch the no-goal below, scroll to the :19 second mark...
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