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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“I’ll tell you a true story that happened the other day,” said Orr, chuckling as he gets rolling. “We had a mixed member-guest-couples event at our golf course and I’m walking down the corridor to the men’s locker room and there was a board set up there, listing all the teams. A couple of ladies were standing there and saw my name, and I heard one say, ‘oh, he’s an old hockey player.’
“I looked at them and was thinking, ‘Old hockey player? Yeah, you’ve got that right.’ But the age thing, it doesn’t bother me. Life is great.”
For hockey fans of a certain age, there are two images inextricably linked to Orr. The first dates back to when he was the new kid on the NHL block, the teenager with the brush cut who joined the Boston Bruins in 1966 and in very short order, stood the NHL world on its ear. The second is of Orr, in mid-flight, tripped by defenceman Noel Picard, scoring the winning goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues to complete a sweep of the 1970 Stanley Cup final, the first of two championships he would win.
Orr helped revolutionize the game of hockey, with his ability to create offence from defence and influenced generations of players that came after him. There are many who believe he is the greatest player ever. Officially, Orr played only 657 NHL games over 12 seasons because of a series of debilitating knee injuries that prematurely ended his career, but he still scored an astonishing 915 points in that time – remarkable for any player, unprecedented for an NHL defenceman....
And I was only 14 years old in 1970 when this documentary came out on Bobby Orr at the age of 22.
There is no doubt about it, the greatest defenseman I have seen and would be in my top 3 all-time hockey players if he would have been able to play a little longer.
Orr changed the game and his skating ability was like no other.
added 12:30pm, Watch below as Don Cherry shares Bobby Orr memories, some great footage too.
from Mike Cole of NESN,
“We have some big forwards, we have some guys that can play physical if they want to do that,” Washington head coach Adam Oates said after the game, according to the Washington Times. “But we don’t want to play that kind of game, we don’t want to get involved in their game.”
The Capitals were none too pleased with some physical play that unfolded in the third period. Hendricks and Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton could be seen having words prior to a faceoff in the Washington zone. Hendricks wanted no part of it. The puck was then dropped and as play shifted into the neutral zone, Thornton was once again unsuccessful in his attempt to pick a fight. That prompted Adam McQuaid to jump into the fray, essentially forcing Hendricks into the unfortunate situation of having to choose between Thornton and McQuaid.
Hendricks chose McQuaid, and the big Bruins defenseman ended up taking Hendricks to the ice, only to pick him back up and give him a couple of more big rights before the fight ended.
“The biggest joke I’ve ever seen,” Washington’s Karl Alzner reportedly quipped. Unsurprisingly, the Bruins had no problem with the situation after the game.
more and watch the McQuaid/Hendricks fight below...
David Krejci intended to make a short pass in front of his own net today... instead...
Goal credited to Marcus Johansson of the Capitals.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
In the dogfight that is the top of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins can’t afford to give games away like they did Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, where they showed up, played a great first period, and then disappeared in the 2nd and 3rd, allowing the Penguins to skate wherever they wanted and plant a flag in the Bruins’ defensive zone.
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, March 13, on forward Chris Kelly: Chris Kelly will be out indefinitely after breaking his left tibia in the second period of Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
If you missed the incident on Monday night, watch it here.
I don't think we will see this again.
All the goaie needs to do is take away the bottom of the net.
added 11:10pm, In the AHL, Daugavins scored on the same type of shootout goal, watch it below...
The Habs give their take on Claude Julien’s comments and look towards their match-up with the Islanders.
Claude Julien may have had a few choice words for the Habs after Sunday night’s game in Boston, but as far as the Canadiens are concerned, that just means they’re doing their job. When asked about some of Julien’s less-than-flattering comments on Monday afternoon, the Habs’ head coach couldn’t help but grin.
“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game. Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own,” offered Michel Therrien following the Canadiens morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, before further expanding on the subject.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
The opposite proved to be true, however, as the plucky Capitals took the Bruins to seven games and wore them down in the series finale, capping off a dogged seven-game effort with a Joel Ward game-winner that Bruins fans won’t soon forget. The star of the 2011-2012 Capitals-Bruins series was Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, who rose from relative obscurity to start every single one of the Capitals’ games that postseason, posting a sub-two goals against average.
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