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via the NBC Sports Group,
NEW YORK - NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the NHL (National Hockey League), enlisted Hollywood director Bobby Farrelly for its multi-platform marketing campaign to promote the 2013 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the Original Six match-up of the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins on Friday, November 29 at 1pm ET on NBC. The campaign, which includes three 30-second TV commercials and an extended version to run online, will debut during tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry broadcast, featuring the Bruins and the Penguins, at 8 p.m. ET. on NBCSN.
Farrelly, whose film credits include “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber,” directed this year’s TV and digital campaign in which family relatives from Boston and New York carry their personal Bruins-Rangers rivalry to Thanksgiving dinner. The TV campaign was shot in Boston, and features NHL greats Cam Neely and Mike Richter.
“The goal is to celebrate the holiday, and the historic rivalry between the Bruins-Rangers,” said Bill Bergofin, Senior Vice President, Marketing , NBC Sports Group. “The campaign is a light hearted look at a typical Thanksgiving dinner, in the home of a passionate NHL family. Bobby Farrelly’s sense of humor and his love of the Boston Bruins, made him the perfect director for this project.”
“I’m a hockey nut. So when the NHL and NBC approached me to direct the commercial and said it would feature Cam Neely and Mike Richter, I was flattered,” said Farrelly. “It was a pleasure to work with two hockey greats to promote a game featuring two legendary teams, including my beloved Bruins.”
watch the extended promo below...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Boston humbled the mighty Pens last spring, and Zdeno Chara pushed Sidney Crosby around the ice like a bully kicking sand on the 98-pound weakling. Key offensive players like Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were all bottled up by the Bruins defense, and Pittsburgh had no answer to Boston’s physicality once the puck dropped for Game 1.
So it’s safe to say the Penguins will have a little vengeance on their mind in tonight's highly anticipated “Rivalry Night” on NBCSN. (You'll be able to watch a livestream of the game right here on CSNNE.com.) There’s no Matt Cooke to rattle the Bruins' cages, but they’d better brace for whatever storm the Penguins are capable of creating.
“It always enters your mind, but it’s not up to us,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “It’s up to them in how they approach that game. . . . We lost our last game and we need to be better, so we need to bounce back. I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting game to watch.”
Sharks winger Tommy Wingels was forced from a game in Boston after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara with 2:28 to go in the first period. Wingels did not return.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
If McLellan had a problem with the Chara hit, he didn’t express it in his postgame presser, although he said earlier he “didn’t have a good angle, so I can’t comment.”
“You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It’s a hard game, and it’s played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out,” said the head coach. “They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps. If it’s dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it’s hard hockey, than so be it.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit below and because of the far away camera view, I can't really tell what kind of hit it was...
Krejci scored with less than a second to go in regulation to give the San Jose Sharks their first loss in regulation tonight.
Boston, MA - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, October 24, regarding Loui Eriksson: "Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui's status when appropriate."
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
There are goons, and there are rats.
Rarely do you get both in one hockey player. But the Buffalo Sabres, a franchise fallen on very hard times, have such a player.
A goon rat in Sabres clothing, as it were.
A player, quite simply, who needs to have his membership as a player in the NHL revoked for a considerable period of time, an exceptional case even these days when there seems to be a suspension-per-day and NHLPA members seem more determined than ever to cause each other serious brain injuries.
People complain that we in the media only want to talk about this stuff.
How can we not? There's a new sensational violation every day.
Below, some video reaction to the hit...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Talk to players who regularly face Steve Ott and Brad Marchand and one thing you'll hear is their skill sets are as impressive as their mouths are loud.
"The most important thing is they can play," Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher told NHL.com. "If they weren't able to play the game, no one would pay attention to them. They're important players for their team, and they play an important role. You add in the fact they can play that agitator role, they can get under the skin of their opponent, and that is a skill as well. They both have that ability, and I guess they're both pretty good at it."...
Ott had 24 points in 48 games last season and averaged more than 38 points over the prior four seasons. Marchand had 18 goals and 36 points in 45 games last season after putting up career highs across the board in 2011-12 with 28 goals, 27 assists and 55 points.
They know they're on their game and at their most annoying when the opponent is trying to talk back at them. Ott said he regularly hears it from players on the bench and even opposing coaches. He smiles and keeps talking because he knows whatever he's saying is making an impact and helping his team.
"When you're not effective is when the other team is quiet toward you, no one is saying a word out there," Ott told NHL.com. "Those awkward situations, that's the telltale sign that you're not effective. But when guys on the bench are yelling at you, opposing coaches, then you're doing your job."
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins signed Iginla on July 5 to put pucks in nets, like he did on 530 previous occasions heading into 2013-14. Iginla leads the Bruins with 24 shots. None has gone in. Through seven games, Iginla’s been more valuable as a penalty killer and fighter instead of as a finisher.
The smile on Iginla’s face, however, indicates a player who is otherwise satisfied with his game. Iginla is creating chances on the first line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. On the power play, Iginla’s presence at the left circle on the No. 1 unit is freeing seams for his teammates. Iginla is playing on the penalty kill. He’s fought twice, both times against Tampa Bay’s Radko Gudas.
“At this time of year, I’m actually feeling pretty good,” said a cheery Iginla (0-2—2, 18:15 average ice time per game). “I’m feeling probably better than I have the last couple years at this time of year as far as shots and timing. A big part of it is being able to jump in there with Krech and Looch and their familiarity with each other. They’ve helped me fit in with them.”
“Taking the [agitating element] out of my game might have been the wrong approach. It kind of lights a fire under my butt, and maybe I have to get back to that. It might be nice to put it away, but I’m not kidding myself into thinking that I’m a skill player. I need to stick to my roots, and do what got me here. Playing hard and gritty is my style.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. More from and on Marchand by Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.
from George Richards of On Froze Pond,
New Panthers goalie Tim Thomas said he approached Thursday's game like any other. His shaking body in the moments after a hard-fought 3-2 loss to his former teammates belied Thomas' words.
This one stung.
"It hurts the way ended up,'' Thomas said minutes after Reilly Smith -- one of the few Bruins on the ice Thomas hadn't shared a locker room with -- trickled a backhanded shot through for the game winner.
"I really wanted the guys who played in front of me to be rewarded.''
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