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from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,
The Panthers announced via their Twitter feed on Wednesday, just as the B's finished up practice at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, that the former B's goaltender "will play against his previous club" on Thursday....
Though confirmation from Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien on his starting goaltender won't come until after morning skate on Thursday, we can expect to see Tuukka Rask starting in goal, making what years ago would have been an unlikely reunion at opposing ends all but inevitable.
"I never thought that we would play against each other," Rask said following Wednesday's practice. "But I’m glad that he made his comeback and proved people wrong again, and I hope he does well."
"All those years shooting on him in practice, I think it’ll be fun to finally shoot on him in a game and I’m sure he’s looking forward to it as well," said Milan Lucic. "I’m sure he’s happy to be back in the NHL playing and he’s found a new home here in Florida."
"I think, especially for this one, regardless of how it ended or not," added Lucic, when it was insinuated that Thomas might be bringing his best for this one.
"I think there’s still something special with this organization and him just because of the Stanley Cup and two Vezinas and a Conn Smythe. He was a competitor and that’s why you expect that level of play from him."
Peter Mansbridge of CBC did a great interview with Bobby Orr last night. Orr is promoting his new book, Orr: My Story (read an excerpt from chapter one at NHL.com).
Watch the 18 minute interview below...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Lucic seemed to be making reference to a different set of rules for the NHL’s young stars when wondering why he was hit with a misconduct for a little pushing and shoving without throwing punches. Against an ordinary NHL plumber, Lucic wouldn’t expect any extra penalties in that type of exchange....
“[It was] just the grab from behind and the face ...just an altercation,” said Lucic, when asked started things between the two players. “I bet you if I would have pushed [Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it, I don’t get ten minutes. So that’s what it is ...it is what it is.”
Bordeleau, of course, is the 6-foot-6 player that took a run at Dennis Seidenberg in the second period, and ended up dropping the gloves with Shawn Thornton in a brief, uneventful fight following the body check.
It seemed Landeskog had initiated the entire exchange by grabbing Lucic’s head from behind in a scrum in front of the net, but then twice the Bruins power forward threw the Avs youngster to the ice. Lucic had quickly tossed his gloves to the ice looking for a fight with the 205-pound winger, but Landeskog wanted no part of the fracas with one of the NHL’s most fearsome forwards.
Below is the game highlights via Sportsnet and does include the tussle...
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins and TD Garden announced today, October 3, the “Garden Greats” game viewing experience, which offers fans the opportunity to watch a Bruins game alongside a Bruins Alumni or front office personnel in an Executive Suite. Participating Bruins Greats include Ray Bourque, John Bucyk, Lyndon Byers, Gord Kluzak, Reggie Lemelin, John McKenzie, Tom McVie, Rick Middleton, Mike Milbury, Jay Miller, Barry Pederson, Mark Recchi, Dave Shaw, and Bob Sweeney.
The package also includes a pregame VIP tour of TD Garden, two parking passes, food and beverage, a group photo with the Bruins Great, and Bruins pucks for each person to have autographed.
The pregame VIP tour of TD Garden will feature a walk through of the Bruins Press Box, TD Garden Control Room, and concludes in the Bruins locker room hallway where fans will get to watch the Bruins players head out to the ice for pre-game warm-ups. The tour will provide fans with behind-the-scenes access to the Garden’s game operations and bring them up close with their favorite players.
Pricing for a “Garden Greats” package, which includes 20 tickets in an Executive Suite, will range from $10,000-$15,000* depending on the game.
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
“I remember saying when I was younger if I had a choice I’d rather win it (Stanley Cup) near the end of my career than at the beginning and never win again,” Iginla said. “I maybe shouldn’t have said that. I should have said I’d rather win at the beginning and the end and the middle.
“That’s what I should have said. That’s what I was really hoping for.”
He laughs now, ruefully. He has come from a post-practice workout with Zdeno Chara, another 36-year-old trying to hold back the hands of time. Iginla has left a place that was his home for nearly half of his life, coming to a new team and a new country, searching for what he couldn’t find with the Flames.
On his last day in Calgary, Iginla couldn’t play, couldn’t risk being injured, so he didn’t get to skate with the Flames a final time. It was just over. Conroy remembers him saying, “It’s disappointing. I just wanted to do it for the city. They’ve been so great to me. I wanted to be able to give them back a Stanley Cup, and I wasn’t able to do it.”
He always wanted to win it in Calgary, to justify that love affair. He couldn’t. Now he moves on, and tries to win one for himself.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The ever-evolving helmet and visor rule enforcement was in the spotlight Monday night in Boston as players, coaches and management all attempt to figure out how things will be called during the regular season. The NHL now penalizes players two minutes for willingly taking their helmet off prior to a fight in an effort to lessen head injuries associated with hockey fighting.
Aaron Volpatti and Boston defenseman Kevan Miller squared off in Boston’s defensive zone in the first period after the Washington skater came in a bit high on Miller in a physical exchange in the corner. A review of the video showed that Miller unsnapped his helmet as the two were getting ready to throw punches, and then Volpatti removed Miller’s bucket while also tossing off his own at the same time.
Both combatants then tossed a series of punches at each other with Volpatti earning the decision after catching Miller directly in the nose with a heavy right handed blow. Both players were whistled for the customary five-minute major for fighting, and each skater was also whistled for a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct after taking off the other player’s helmet.
continued and you can watch the fight below...
The cameras take us into the dressing room of the Bruins after their SCF game 6 loss to Chicago.
Then the Bruins coaching and management staff prepare for the upcoming season.
If you have seven minutes to watch, I suggest you do.
from DJ Bean of WEEI,
"I'd rather get attention by helping the team win and raising the Cup rather than getting hurt and breaking my leg," he said Thursday night, hours after participating in captains practice for the first time. "… For me it was more of a discouraging moment that I had to overcome."
In fact, Campbell felt so uneasy about the celebrity that accompanied his injury that he decided this summer to not sign any autographs on the image. Fliers for an autograph signing in Braintree last month even included a message: "Please note: Campbell will not sign any photos related to his injury."
"I did a few, and then I started thinking about it. I don't want to glorify it," Campbell said. "It's over. The play's over, and I want to move on and focus on what's really important -- that's playing. I don't want to make something out of that play and make it into something bigger than it was. It was a blocked shot that happens countless times in a game and series and things like that, so I was just trying to what I a had to do to help this team."
If you want to see the shot block, you can watch it below...
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