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Malcom Subban Flub

The highly touted goalie prospect was recalled from Providence a second time last week with the intentions of finally getting an NHL start. Malcom Subban got that opportunity on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, and boy was it ugly. After a scoreless first period, he began the second by letting in three goals on three shots and was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask. He was simply overmatched by an elite Blues team that he probably shouldn’t have been playing against in the first place.

The Bruins missed a couple big opportunities here. One was that they should’ve started him a couple weeks ago against the Canadiens. The Habs may have been just as tough an opponent as the Blues, but when your starting goalie has a tough history against the team to begin with what do you have to lose? Then, when they called him up last week, they should have started him against Edmonton, not St. Louis. It would have been a great chance to showcase him to a team that needs a goalie and the Oilers have much less firepower than the Blues. The B’s have a tricky situation on their hands now and must be careful not to let this kid lose his confidence.

David Krejci and other Injuries Continue reading Injury Woes and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three

The Bruins announced on Monday that they would be without center David Krejci for 4-6 weeks due to a partially torn MCL. Krejci, who had missed significant time earlier this season, is a top two center for the Bruins and proven himself to be an upper-echelon playmaker for the Bruins for years. He inked a seven year contract extension prior to this season showing that both he and fellow long term center Patrice Bergeron were part of the team’s long term future.

The injury may change how the Bruins approach the March 2 trade deadline and their playoff run. Up until news of Krejci’s absence, the Bruins had been in the market for a top six right wing and a top four defensemen, which are not easy to find in their own right. They now could be in the market for a top three center as well. Ryan Spooner played well in Krejci’s absence in a 6-2 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday and for now will hold the top 3 center role vacated by Krejci. Continue reading Bruins Center David Krejci Out 4-6 Weeks »

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Lucky or Blades? Who's Having More Fun at the Garden? (Photo Courtesy of ESPN Boston)

I’m not talking about the price of the ticket because both teams, along with every team in our great snowy city, charge too much for their tickets, but which of these teams is the more exciting one right now? At the beginning of the season it was easy to say the more exciting team throughout the whole year would be the Bruins. They had just come off of a season where they won the President’s Trophy and made another run in the playoffs despite a disappointing finish in the second round against their hated rivals north of the border, the Montreal Canadiens. Sure, they did not replace the scoring hole left by the departure of Jarome Iginla and then they traded away Johnny Boychuk just before the season started, but they were still going to be contenders in the East if not Stanley Cup contenders. There was no way you could even try to make the comparison between the Celtics and the Bruins as to who was going to have the better season or at least be more exciting, right?

Well, here we are midway through February with both teams facing their upcoming trade deadlines and both teams essentially battling for the eighth spot in their respective playoff brackets. So the question on the table is: which team is more exciting right now? Who would you rather go see? Continue reading The Celtics or the Bruins? Who’s the Bigger Ticket at the Garden? »

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Dallas Stars v Boston Bruins

After playing their best hockey of the season in January, the Bruins have stumbled to begin February. They are 1-3 in their last four games. They have looked slow and sloppy, two bad signs for a team fighting for a playoff spot. They have also looked lazy at times, which is the strongest indictment that can be levied against a team that prides itself on toughness and physicality.

The most glaring element the Bruins have struggled with is defending speed. Carl Hagelin was a force against them when the Bruins faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Montreal Canadiens speed gave them fits. The most troubling loss was Tuesday night’s effort against the Dallas Stars and old friend Tyler Seguin. The Stars scored two (yes two) short-handed goals and left the Bruins at an almost unthinkable -2 on the power play. The Bruins looked completely lost in the first period, heading to the dressing room down 3-1. They were able to tie the game at 3-3 but then gave up their second shorthanded goal followed by an empty netter for the final of 5-3. In total, the Bruins played roughly five minutes of good hockey, the start of the second period, throughout the entirety of the game. Continue reading Bruins Renewed Funk Raises Persistent Questions »

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Bruins Trade Rumors

The next anticipated shake-up of the hockey world will likely come out of Winnipeg, as it appears tensions between LW Evander Kane and the team have finally come to a head. He has had lots of off-ice issues for years now and always seem to be clashing with the front office. Things got even worse on Friday when, after an incident with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, Kane informed the team that he was not going to play in the game that night. Long story short, he’s on the back burner and will likely be moved.

Of course, as with any big name rumored to be available, the Bruins are among teams expected to have a good deal of interest in Kane. And rightfully so– to a degree– because Kane’s a young, energetic, and explosive player. But this is not the right fit for this Bruins team and this Boston market. The media and fans tore apart Tyler Seguin‘s antics and 1-way play, and that was when he was a 20 year old kid with a Cup already on his resume. How are they going to feel about a player who’s a few years older and still immature? As talanted as he may be, let Kane be someone else’s headache. Continue reading Trade Rumors and Bruins Weekly Thoughts »

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Malcom Subban Recalled

It was announced this morning that backup goalie Niklas Svedberg was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan and Malcom Subban will back up Tuukka Rask in Boston. This will be exciting; Subban is obviously a highly prized prospect for the Bruins and did really well against NHL-level talent in the pre-season. They’re taking their time with developing the kid, and rightfully so, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do. We have a game against the Canadiens in a couple weeks. Talk about a storyline…

All Star Game

Say what you want about the All Star Game, but any time that many elite players skate together on the same ice it’s something cool to watch. Patrice Bergeron represented the B’s well, notching a goal and 4 assists in a dazzling 17-12 game. It’s hard to believe that this was his first All Star appearance but he just displayed once again how talented and under-appreciated he is in this league. I’ve said it before, but he could absolutely be a point-per-game player if he was given free reign to score and not worry about two-way play. Continue reading Malcom Subban and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Despite dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Bruins head into the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season. In their last eight games, they have won six and lost another in a shootout. They have registered points in nine of their last ten games overall.

A major reason for this is that the Bruins best players are consistently playing up to their capabilities. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant in net, posting a .946 save percentage in the month of January. Milan Lucic has had a fire lit under him and since the Bruins played Pittsburgh two weeks ago he is a plus five with three goals and four assists. He is playing with his trademark physicality and aggression which has been a cornerstone of the Bruins success. Patrice Bergeron has continued his excellent play and has been rewarded as the team’s only All-Star. Continue reading Bruins Head into All-Star Break Playing Well »

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