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from Nicholas Goss of NESN,
The Washington Capitals came into TD Garden and earned a convincing 4-0 win, dropping the Bruins to 1-2-0 and giving the Original Six club its first shutout loss at home in 81 games, and its first back-to-back regular-season losses in regulation since Jan. 9.
“We all are struggling. It’s just one of those things that we knew we didn’t have our, I’m not going to say best game against Detroit and we didn’t even follow up being better for tonight’s game,” a frustrated Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said in the locker room postgame.
“We just got embarrassed and I think we all have to really look at what we can start doing better and really take pride in that because a game like tonight is not acceptable. For sure it’s something that we have to correct really fast because you can be saying whatever you want, its early in the season but these games are as important as a game in the mid season or end of the season, so everybody has to be a lot better.”
Boston’s issues aren’t found in just one aspect of the game — nearly every area is hurting.
“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?
“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule. More from DJ Bean of WEEI.
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 9, 2014 – Last night’s NHL opening night doubleheader on NBCSN was the best on record, according to The Nielsen Company, generating record ratings and viewership, as well as digital consumption.
Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN. The game also set live streaming records for uniques and minutes consumed.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“It’s everyone, “said Marchand, when asked who he had something to prove to this season after coming into camp in phenomenal shape. “It’s something to prove this year, on and off the ice. It’s just frustrating sometimes when you’re expected to be perfect every single day, and that’s just not how it is.
“But that’s part of the job. The funny thing about the media is they think that you’re best buddies, and it doesn’t matter how much you trash them. I don’t like that, I don’t respect that, and if they think we’re going to be buddies this year then they’ve got something else coming.”
So what particularly infuriated the Nose Face Killah?
It sounds like it was a rumor from James Murphy of XNSports.com that a trade was being discussed that would have swapped Marchand for San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. It was quickly squashed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, and it sounds like Marchand would like to do some squashing of his own with the media reporting those trade rumors.
“There are a lot of guys who like to call out," said Marchand. "There’s a few that really like to jump on the bandwagon,. I did see a couple . . . people have brought up a few tweets and articles that came out that were just outrageous. We knew we were tight up against the cap, and its like, ‘Let’s trade Marchand for Marleau.’ He’s a guy who makes $2 million more than me, and that’s going to fix the cap situation?
from Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston,
Julien has accrued lifelong hockey friends in his travels. The owners of the French team that he played with for just one season are now annual guests in Boston. When the team is on the road, it's not uncommon for Julien to dine with teammates from his junior hockey days.
Even the two men who fired him, Bob Gainey (in Montreal) and Lou Lamoriello, value his loyalty.
"I called him and told him how happy I was when he won [the Cup]," Lamoriello said. "He's such a quality individual, he deserves success. You root for him.
"I consider Claude a friend."
The pressure is squarely on Julien again this season to produce a winner. He recognizes it and has even learned to embrace it.
"He views disappointments as an opportunity to make the core of your team stronger," Ward said. "Claude believes adversity is a good teacher."
The winning has defined him, but the disappointments have shaped him. Claude Julien, the roofer's son, is still up to his elbows in hockey, and that's all he's ever wanted.
The team will carry 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders into thir tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. First line center David Krejci has been placed on injured reserve while fellow center Gregory Campbell and left wing prospect Anthony Camara will begin the season on non-roster injured reserve. Marc Savard, still under team control, was placed on long term IR.
Krejci will miss a minimum of seven days as of Tuesday per the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. The Bruins have four games scheduled during that stretch.
more on the Boston's roster...
Today was media day for the Boston Bruins and owner Jeremy Jacobs has high expections for his team.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Saturday, October 4, that the club has traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders in exchange for two second round draft picks (the Philadelphia Flyers second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and the New York Islanders second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft) and a conditional third round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Bruins would acquire the conditional 2015 third round pick from the Isles if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team. Chiarelli will be available to the media on Saturday, October 4 to discuss the transaction.
Boychuk has skated in 321 regular season NHL games -- four with Colorado and 317 with Boston – and has accrued 19 goals and 56 assists for 75 points with a combined +89 rating. The defenseman appeared in 79 postseason contests with Boston, where he tallied 13 goals and 14 assists. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Boychuk skated in all 25 games and notched three goals and six assists.
“Gordie is, in my mind, the greatest ever. His numbers are outrageous and most of that was with the six teams, when it was a lot tougher. I don’t think there’s any question. Play any way you want to play…he was special.”
-Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe. More from Orr by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News including Orr warning the game is too fast.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have three preseason games to determine their roster for the Oct. 8 season opener against Philadelphia. Jobs are up for grabs on the third and fourth lines. But re-signing Krug and Smith gives the Bruins a clearer snapshot of how they’ll break camp, both in terms of dollars and roster strength.
They will still move a defenseman, most likely for futures. But once they account for the bonus overage and Marc Savard’s long-term injury exception, they will not have to move big bucks — namely Johnny Boychuk’s $3,366,667 — to get the league’s green light.
This is a good thing. After this season, Boychuk will command an annual salary north of $6 million. This is not money the Bruins are in good position to spend.
But trading Boychuk would not improve the team. He is an experienced and dependable second-pairing defenseman. Because of the pot that awaits, Boychuk will be motivated to play well. The Bruins will benefit from that.
This puts Matt Bartkowski and Adam McQuaid at highest risk to be moved.
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