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“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...
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The night’s signature play came with 5:52 left in the first period. Foligno was attempting a pass up the middle and the 5-foot-7 Gionta stretched for it just inside the Buffalo zone but was hit high by the 6-foot-1 Bartkowski.
Bartkowski’s shoulder seemed to contact Gionta’s shoulder and head before his elbow followed through on the hit. Gionta cartwheeled through the air and landed face-first on the ice, appearing to suffer a cut before skating off the ice for good under his own power.
“I was a little ahead of him so I kind of saw him just hit the ice,” winger Brian Flynn said of Gionta. “I knew it must have been bad. I got back to the bench and guys said the hit was a little early and to the head.”
Coach Ted Nolan had no update on Gionta other than to say he was “a little shaken up.” But Nolan acknowledged Foligno is going to be out a while after suffering a major hand injury while battling Bartkowski.
“The head hits are dangerous hits,” Nolan said. “We’ll let the league look at that and make the correct call.”
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Watch the hit and fight below...
"My job is to make decisions. I don't have to explain everything to you. Your job is you can second-guess. That's your priority and that's the way it is. ... Let me put it this way: It's called coaching."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins to the gathered media in Boston after the morning skate. More from Julien by Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle would be good Bruins. They are 23 and 24 years old, respectively.
Hall is under contract through 2020 and Eberle is locked up until 2019, both at $6 million annually. They can score, which is a talent that is eluding the Bruins.
Yet the Bruins are missing two critical elements: tradable assets and cap space. Edmonton needs an ace goalie, centers, and defensemen. The Bruins aren’t dealing Tuukka Rask, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are here for good. Zdeno Chara has a no-move clause. That leaves Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg as the two players that would interest the Oilers for either of their top-line forwards.
There’s no match in salary. And the Bruins would be moving a pace-pushing, two-way defenseman who projects to develop into Chara’s replacement. Translation: It ain’t happening.
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added 8:30am, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on the Oilers...
Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night. Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.
A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swap of top-six wingers.
The appeal of Lucic to the Blues is obvious. If they hope to get past the Blackhawks, Ducks and Kings they need to be heavier up front. And Lucic, when he's on his game, is as heavy as they come.
Boston, meanwhile, needs someone that can help them set a higher pace. A bit of an edge would be nice, but speed and scoring touch are paramount. Oshie is struggling this season, but is coming off a 21-goal, 60-point campaign highlighted by his stunning performance in the Olympics for Team USA. He has the wheels and the tools to fill that hole.
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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers all earned two points on Tuesday night to pass by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The more sobering realization: Each of those teams also has games in hand on Boston. The B's 15-13-3 record after the first 31 games is their worst over that number of games in any of the eight seasons that Claude Julien has been coach. If the B's don't find another gear, and soon, this may be the first season a Julien-coached Bruins team doesn't made the playoffs.
more on the Bruins after their 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville last night...
Also from Haggerty,
“You’ve got Zdeno [Chara] coming back as your top defenseman, and you’ve got David Krejci still out and injured,” said Julien to reporters following Tuesday night’s loss in Nashville. “We’ve had our best players out this season, so there’s no doubt that we’ve had to scramble. Now that we’ve got players coming back it’s going to make us better.
“I think we’re making a big deal out of a guy [in Chara] that’s missing two months. The first couple of games were a bit of a challenge, but he’s getting better and finding his game. I told him, and everybody, it’s like training camp for him after he’s been out for two months. It’s like just starting the season when everybody he’s playing with and against him has been going pretty good for the last few months.”
below, a look at the Eastern Conference race including wild card spots...
On St. Louis capitalizing on momentum:
I didn’t really see it like that. I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating.
On the team having been strong at protecting leads:
It’s not the same team. It’s quite a bit different team on the back end, and I’ve said all along we need great goaltending.
LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after losing 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues, via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
"things aren't coming easy for us--have to find a way to get some wins here. You look at the standings, we're behind the eight ball"
"hasn't been an easy year at all and we need to find ways to grind it out, start getting wins & start feeling good about ourselves"
-Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in a shootout. Quotes via the Boston Bruins twitter account.
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