Meet Chuck Kobasew. A player with his pedigree is something the Pittsburgh Penguins have lacked over the past few seasons. It’s no coincidence the Pens have seen playoff disappointments during […]
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The Blackhawks dropped a rather boring game, 4-2, at the United Center last night. Follow the links for linear recaps and then scroll down for my quick thoughts. The All-Star […]
By Mike Miccoli, Boston Bruins correspondent
Quick! What were you doing on March 9, 2006 when you heard that Sergei Samsonov was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny and a 2nd round pick in the NHL Entry Draft later that year?
Maybe you were at work, or in a class when the news broke. Perhaps you were driving, boarding a flight or preparing to attend that night’s Bruins game at the Garden against the Montreal Canadiens. Seriously though, does anyone actually remember what they were doing? Because frankly, I don’t.
But hold that thought, because this is going somewhere.
With the NHL trade deadline days away, rumors are spinning out of control after all trades remained frozen for the two-week olympic, leaving as little as 48 hours or so […]
I’m 1-0 on running diaries for the season when the Bruins are playing an opponent from last season’s playoffs. Or at least I was before Thursday night’s shootout loss against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bruins celebrated their first goal in 192 minutes and 6 seconds, a baffling amount of time between tallies if you think about it. In that stretch, the Bruins only allowed four regulation goals, a sign that their defensive abilities have strengthened. But the overall game play of the team? Not the best, especially when injuries are becoming more popular with each passing day now that Byron Bitz and David Krejci have been added to that list
By Mike Miccoli
It might be an understatement to say that I’m a bit nervous about the Bruins’ season for the next, oh, we’ll say four to six weeks; the said amount of time that both Milan Lucic and Marc Savard will be shelved. Take into account, too, Shawn Thornton missing Wednesday & Thursday night’s game with an undisclosed injury, Chuck Kobasew being shipped to the Minnesota Wild, and Tim Thomas playing like it was 2006 again. Factor in everything together and you have the makings of an NHL team that resembles a jumbled, minor league roster with little chemistry and a different lineup each night–only eight games into the season.
But right now, the Bruins are 4-4-1; technically, right at .500 The doom and drab most hockey scribes put on paper can be disappointing and pessimistic to read, but fear not! There’s plenty to look forward to still, only nine games into the season.
The Minnesota Wild is not a good NHL team right now. But, it’s becoming evident that the players are, in fact, starting to assimilate to head coach Todd Richards’ new system.
We’re going to pretend that Thursday night’s season opener for the Bruins didn’t happen. Except, it kind of did. The Caps came into Boston and made the B’s look silly. Not even a close game aside from the first ten minutes when I thought about calling my dad and telling him how good we looked. (Fact: I got the ‘we suck, man’ call after the first Caps goal. Never a good sign.) It’s a shame really, because the Bruins home opener might have been the most hyped ice event at the Garden in years. Second only to the first game between the Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes. A rematch of sorts from their ugly game seven in the 2008-09 playoffs. Enter me, live on level 9 for the game with a running diary of all of the night’s events. The following diary was transcribed live, as it happened.
If I had to sum up the Bruins preseason, I’d look to the very last game before it counts; Saturday’s preseason finale against the Columbus Blue Jackets. All of the elements were there, really. The Bruins roster was just about finalized with most of the starters in the lineup and prospects trying to make the club, the game was the first of the preseason to be televised on NESN (I tweeted how excited I was to see Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley back in action), and most importantly, it’d be the last contest that fans would see before opening night. Even if it was, at the end of the night, one for the loss column.