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Patrick Kane with his first, regula season hat trick.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a 'hatty' too for the Tampa Bay Lightning...
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
One has to wonder how many more seismic hits the Bruins can take before it starts to reveal some cracks in the foundation.
The Bruins have lost eight of their past 10, scored just 26 goals in those 10 contests and scored two goals or less in seven of those as a clear offensive slowdown has occurred with David Krejci out. It’s the exact same thing that happened last season when the Bruins dropped to 22nd in the NHL in offense with Krejci in and out of the lineup. The offensive drop-off has magnified other ongoing problems with the Black and Gold.
Those were on display Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, where the B’s scraped for two goals and then collapsed in the final 20 minutes again with Zdeno Chara on ice for all three goals scored by the Flyers. That’s a recipe for disaster for the Bruins and it will drag the team out of the playoff picture if it continues much longer.
The Bruins are locked into the final wild card spot with the same 47 points as the New Jersey Devils, but Boston has the inside track on the position right now by virtue of their two games in hand. That will change, however, if the Bruins keep blowing the games in hand they hold over the other teams in the East.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was knocked out of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals thanks to a vicious hit from behind by Washington’s Zach Sill, which is now being reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The incident took place in the middle of the second period, and went without any kind of penalty call on the ice against Sill.
“They didn’t, I guess, seem to get a good look at it, or just seemed to think it was maybe two minutes at best,” said Claude Julien. “I had the luxury of going back to my office and looking at the replay. Obviously, for me, there should have been a call there.
“But you know we’ll see how the league deems it. It was definitely a hit from behind in my book, but we’ll let the other people take care of it as always.”
Watch the hit below...
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the host Boston Bruins 5-1.
In this special 2016 NHL Winter Classic edition, Ron & Don look back at some vintage Cherry moments behind the Boston Bruins bench vs. their rival Canadiens.
Plus more topics...
Raymond Bourque is playing in the Montreal/Boston outdoor alumni game today.
Click the link if if video is not working or watch below...
Elliotte Friedman joined Hockey Central @ Noon to talk about the suspension to Brad Marchand, and why missing the Winter Classic hurts more than missing multiple regular games.
I tweeted a short version of Bill Belichick skating earlier today, here is a longer version.
Marchand: "I just want to acknowledge the situation that I've put my team in for being undisciplined & affecting the game for them"
Marchand: "I truly am sorry to everyone about this situation & it was not my intent to make a hit or try and injure anyone on that play"
Marchand: "it's obviously something we were looking forward to but I respect the decision that the League has made & I'm going to live w/it"
added 11:25am, below, watch Marchand with the statement.
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