October 1, 2009
Before I begin, here is a link to get you pumped up (Hibernation Always Ends In October). And also, there is this one…
Tonight, the Bruins drop the puck for the first time tonight, when it counts, against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Is it strange that the Capitals team name is always accompanied by Ovechkin’s name? No. The guy deserves every bit of recognition he gets because he is, hands down, the most complete and most electrifying player in the league. The opposing goaltender will be Jose Theodore which comes as a total shock because of how well Semyon Varlamov played in the playoffs last year. Here is the line-up for the black and gold:
LW – C – RW
Lucic – Savard – Sturm
Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder
Recchi – Bergeron – Kobasew
Thornton – Begin – Bitz
LD – RD
Chara – Morris
Ference – Wideman
Stuart – Hunwick
September 30, 2009
Today on the Bruins website the Bruins Ice Girls were announced to the world. So, what does this mean for you? Well, only that excitement of choosing The Spoked B‘s favorite Bruins Ice Girl is just around the corner! Here’s the deal, as much as I would love to get this thing started right now, I can’t. The bios have not been put up on the Bruins website yet and I refuse to get this thing going without a proper way to identify the new Garden cheer crew. It is said to be announced shortly. I think pulling a Dr. Seuss and calling the ladies Thing 1, Thing 2…etc. would be a little degrading. So, I will assign each one of the girls a number and draw them out of a hat…The only thing deemed on my discretion will be the three girls who earn a bye into the second round because the total number of Ice Girls is 15.
As soon as I can see the bios I will get OCTOBER MADNESS underway. Hockey starts tomorrow night!!!
September 28, 2009
Found this link on twitter about Tim Thomas at a TSN video shoot with big Z. I tried to post it in here but, the site wasn’t having it. Enjoy!
September 26, 2009
Bruins Scoring Summary:
- Sobotka: Lucic, Ryder
- Chara (PP): Lucic, Savard
Rask stopped 31 of 35
I didn’t get to watch too much of the game but, for the most part it can be summed up by this: rough start, great recovery, rough finish. Three unanswered goals in the third period is inexcusable. However, they did put up a fight to show they can’t be pushed around and probably gained even more camaraderie for it.
Let’s just hope they turn on the gas up full blast and get this grill blazing for Thursday. This is going to be a long five days!
September 26, 2009
The Boston Bruins announced today that Don Sweeney received a promotion to Assistant General Manager and will be sharing the duties with Jim Benning. Sweeney is about to enter his fourth season in the Boston front office, where he has held the roles of Director of Player Development and Director of Hockey Operations.
”Don deserves the promotion,” said GM Peter Chiarelli in a statement just released by the club. ”He is a very diligent person who truly cares about the welfare and development of the player, both from a personal and professional perspective.”
McKeon’s Take: I don’t have too much insight here aside from the fact that he deserves this. Back when I was interning in the Public Relations Department for the Manchester Monarchs in the 2006-2007 season, Don Sweeney was in the press box for almost all of the games against the baby B’s. He was always pleasant and never shied away from engaging in hockey talk with me and my buddy (another PR intern). One night, after a Monarchs game, the Bruins were in a shootout. So, we flipped the game on in the press box and watched (just me, DS, and my buddy). Don called 5 out of the 6 moves of the guys in the shootout. It was pretty cool to watch him do this almost effortlessly. Basically, what I am trying to say is that this much deserved promotion couldn’t come to a nicer guy. Congrats Donny! Keep up the fantastic work!
September 25, 2009
I’ve been able to watch the last two preseason games and have followed the others as closely as possible so, despite my limited views I feel that I can state a few thoughts and observations here. Of the Bruins five preseason victories, four have finished with a score of 2-1. The other was a 3-2 victory over Toronto. There are some pros and cons to this (mostly pros). Keeping that in mind, I will start my list with the negatives because I would like to finish on a positive note since I really like what I’ve seen/gathered. Plus I’m a glass is half full type of guy…take note ladies.
- There has been a major lack of scoring despite a 6-5 shootout loss.
- The Bruins have been generously outshot (at least the last couple games).
- And that’s generally it. If I get too picky I’m just being ignorant because, after all, it is just the preseason.
- Everyone seems to be playing the system very well. The most obvious testament is low score victories. From Chara all the way down to MacDonald everyone has adopted that D-first mentality and doing it correctly.
- Goaltending. Both Thomas and Rask have been stellar. Even Sabourin looked decent. The reason he lost 6-5 in a shootout was mostly because of the extremely sloppy play in front of him.
- The Powerplay. Looks to be a VERY mobile and confusing system for the opposition to pick up. I’m not sure of their success rate but, it has ooked very effective overall.
- The defense. Peter Chiarelli made all the correct moves to help out the blueline this offseason saying that he wanted to get much faster and have them join the rush and contribute more. He did just that. The D could easily help out with picking up for the loss of Kessel’s offensive contributions from last season.
- Tight victories. That’s what she said? Maybe. I digress. All the Bruins wins were by one goal in this preseason which shows a lot about character and player “make-up.” You will see the Bruins much higher in the standings if they are winning these games the majority of the time rather than blowing them. Those are the types of games that are won in the playoffs, not blowouts.
So, those are the general observances from what little we were allowed to see during the preseason. Overall, I really like what I see (as expected) from all facets of the organization from the All-Stars to the prospects. Barring many ridiculous injuries (knock on wood) we are in for another great season in the Hub.
The Last game is tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the TD Bank Garden at 7pm on NESN. Almost time for the regular season to start!
September 25, 2009
Tonight the Bruins take on the Senators for their second to last preseason game before next Thursday’s season opener tilt against Washington. The game can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and viewed on TSN2 (Canada) and the NHL Network (USA). If you get neither of the above channels you will be able to find the feed on atdhe.net.
Bruins Scoring Summary:
- Marchand: Morris, Savard
- Fata: LoVecchio, Sobotka
Thomas stopped 35 of 36
Lucic – Savard – Marchand
Thornton – Hamill – Bitz
LoVecchio – Sobotka – Lehtonen
Lefebvre – Whitfield – MacDonald
Chara – Morris
Wozniewski – Hunwick
Fata – Boychuk
- Thomas will get the start tonight with Rask expected to to start the preseason finale tomorrow at the Garden against Columbus
- Sturm stayed home for this trip with a very minor groin injury but is expected to be ready for the season opener
- Begin, who is also nursing a groin injury, may be ready to go tomorrow but, said he’ll definitely be able to dress next Thursday
- Hamill took a shot off of the left leg from Drew Fata in today’s skate and left practice. However, Hamill is still ok to go tonight (courtesy of the Boston Globe)
Quick question…What’s with all the groin polls in camp this year?!