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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's still a bit jarring to look at the Atlantic Division standings and have to search all the way to the fourth spot to find the Boston Bruins. But, that's exactly where the Bruins are after Monday's 3-2 loss in Anaheim that kicked off a four-game west coast trip.
The Bruins began the season in salary cap hell, having to off-load solid defender Johnny Boychuk who is now thriving for the New York Islanders. Then there were injuries to the blue line including the loss of captain Zdeno Chara. Still, not so long ago the Bruins had won eight of 10. However, Monday's loss, in which they launched 34 shots at Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen, is their third loss in the last four outings (one was in overtime).
With Montreal and Tampa Bay both winning Monday and Detroit on fire, the preseason notion that the Bruins would somehow automatically find themselves at or near the top of the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings has yet to be proven true.
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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Bruins, who began a four-game Western trip Monday with a 3-2 loss at Anaheim against the Ducks, and will face the Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center, have been rocked by injuries to franchise defenseman Zdeno Chara (left knee), big-bodied defenseman Adam McQuaid (broken thumb), and skillful forward David Krejci (undisclosed), among others. The Bruins are fourth in the Atlantic Division and lead the wild-card standings in the East, short of what is expected of a team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and lost to Chicago in the 2013 Cup Final.
“We've faced a lot of adversity this year, but I think at the same time, it makes you a stronger team. It builds a lot of character, and you know how to handle it down the road if that presents itself again,” center Patrice Bergeron, a two-time winner of the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, said Monday morning.
“I think it is somewhat a good thing. We can learn from it and relish the challenge and keep trying to get better as a team. It's never getting satisfied, and getting the job done no matter who's in there.”
“Can you imagine saying to the Detroit Lions even when they really stunk, ‘You can’t play on Thanksgiving day. The Bruins created that slot, they own it and the league and NBC took it away from them. It’s flat-out wrong.”
-Jack Edwards on the Bruins not playing a matinee game on Black Friday. NESN has a video with more from Jack Edwards on this topic.
"When you've got to score two goals every night to get one, it’s tough to win hockey games. We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right till the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that second point that I thought we deserved."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in OT. More on the game from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com.
You can view two of those "tough calls" below....
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Boston Bruins are irate at the altercation between forward Milan Lucic and Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout at the end of overtime on Friday and are vowing revenge when the teams meet on Dec. 27 at Nationwide Arena.
Lucic told the Boston Herald that he let Prout know he wasn’t going to fight, and he let his guard down just before Prout buckled his knees with a heavy right to the chin.
“It’s the end of the game,” Lucic said. “I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.”...
“There’s many a times when I could have done the exact same thing, and I held off because the guy’s refusing to drop his gloves,” Lucic said. “I find it to be gutless, and that’s my thoughts on it.”
Watch the incident below if you missed it earlier, video includes feed from both teams.
The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in a shootout.
Dalton Prout with one punch...
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager announced today, November 19, that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb.
The injury was sustained on November 18, during the Bruins/Blues game at TD Garden.
Tuukka Rask's struggles against the Montreal Canadiens are well documented.
The Bruins goaltender has a career 3-11-3 record against Boston's arch rival.
Niklas Svedberg got the nod against Montreal on Thursday night, and didn't have much success.
"You already knew about their goalie's problems [playing in Montreal], now you know the backup goalie has problems there, too," said Marc Bertrand on Sports Tonight. "So they have no goalies when they go to Montreal or play the Canadiens. Nobody can play net. Nobody."
Michael Felger isn't happy with the decision to start Svedberg over Rask.
"They were afraid to play Tuukka Rask, their $7-million-a-year, Vezina Trophy-winning goalie," said Felger. "They were afraid that he's so fragile up there [against Montreal] that they played the backup. To me, that's puke inducing."
There is more in the video, which you can watch below...
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