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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.”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The replays shown inside TD Garden looked inconclusive, but those watching the replays furnished to the officials on the ice indicated that it clearly showed Eriksson’s skate was lifted up and hovering on the blue line making it an easy call to overturn. It was still frustrating for a coach in Claude Julien that has seen more negative than positive come out of the unpredictable coach’s challenges this season, and for a team that could have won had the goal counted.
Whether it’s the long delays, the erratic nature of the final rulings or the dubiously small tablet screens that the referees use for their reviews, Julien has clearly soured on the coach’s challenge as it’s gone on this year.
“You guys keep asking coaches. We’re not all, I guess, a hundred percent on board with some of that stuff, but you’ve got to live with it,” said Julien. “You live with it, because we always compare it to other calls that we’ve had, whether it’s with other games and stuff like that. I guess we don’t always see consistency, but who are we?”
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Bruins coach Claude Julien hopes the league addresses the Alex Ovechkin hit on Kevan Miller and Brad Marchand talks about sticking up for a teammate. Courtesy: Comcast Sportsnet.
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NEW YORK (March 1, 2016) – Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for five games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette during NHL Game No. 933 in Boston on Sunday, Feb. 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 10:49 of the first period. Rinaldo was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.
Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $51,829.25. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Only games played by his team while Rinaldo is on an NHL roster will count as those fulfilling the terms of the suspension.
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from Michael Felger of CSNNE,
Yesterday was not a good day for general manager Don Sweeney and the Bruins. Loui Eriksson shouldn't be here. He should have been dealt for draft picks and considerations that could have been packaged with the B's existing assets this offseason to address their massive organizational need on defense. There will be no true contention until that is done. It should have been the team's only priority.
The B's will now have less with which to deal this summer. In the meantime, Eriksson, right wing Lee Stempniak and defenseman John-Michael Liles do nothing for the B's other than increase the chances that ownership gets a couple of home playoff dates.
So is that what yesterday was all about? I've been under the impression it's been a new era in Bruins hockey for the past decade or so, where profit margins were no longer the overwhelming driving force. For sure, it was that way for decades under Harry Sinden, where the plan always seemed to be to do just enough to get in and win a couple of rounds, but never overextend.
Was the front office simply spooked by the prospect of missing the postseason for the second consecutive year? Is this all coming from the home office in Buffalo? If so, shame on them. That's no way to build a team.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
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