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The New Expectations for the New Era Boston Bruins

Expectations, much like the Boston Bruins, have changed greatly. It’s not just about staying in games anymore, it’s about playing a full-60 minute battle that showcases the skill and grit of the roster. It’s not about just winning games anymore, it’s about winning games decisively. It’s a sharp contrast to where the team was years ago, but hey, win a Cup and get back to the final within two years of each other, and that happens.

It’s not about being a playoff contender, it’s about being a Cup favorite. Things change. Expectations become higher.

by · November 22, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
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Are the Bruins in Danger of Burning Tuukka Rask Out?

The Boston Bruins are on a roll as of late, winning six of their last seven, and it’s no secret that the stellar play of Tuukka Rask in net is […]

by · November 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Ryan McDonagh has had a tremendous season. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

New York Rangers: November 19th – November 23rd

It the latest installment of “The Week Ahead”, we take a look at what the New York Rangers are in store for this week before they embark on another lengthy […]

by · November 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers
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Bruins Team-First Philosophy is Key to Success

Before the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins could drop the puck on Thursday’s game, Claude Julien’s simple answer to a question about a former teammate set the tone for the entire night.

“They’d be right,” said Julien, when asked if the Bruins don’t win a Stanley Cup without Tim Thomas. He went on a bit further.

“Tim Thomas doesn’t win the Stanley Cup, if our team doesn’t play as well as they did in front of him,” finished the Bruins’ head coach. “So, this is an honest statement: Tim played well but I think our team played just as well in front of him.”

Forget what he said about Thomas. Julien set the tone by stressing the importance of playing as a team, in order to be successful. It was a common theme that came full circle. The Bruins needed to go back to the basics and play their game in order to win. After a bumpy first period, it’s exactly what they did.

by · November 8, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers
Antti Niemi certainly proved that he was worth the money during his solid 2012-2013 NHL season. (Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE)

Does Antti Niemi Need a Lighter Workload?

Throughout the first month of the regular season Antti Niemi has been the driving force of the San Jose Sharks as they have jumped out to a 10-1-4 record, good […]

by · November 8, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · San Jose Sharks
In fantasy hockey circles, Loui Eriksson seems to be the wrong kind of lightning rod. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

What’s Wrong With the Boston Bruins?

When the season started, everything looked so bright for the Boston Bruins. I mean after all they are the defending Eastern Conference champions and pretty much have the same core […]

by · November 3, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
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What Will the Boston Bruins Do With Niklas Svedberg?

For much of Tim Thomas’ run as the starting goalie for the Boston Bruins, many people wondered how long it would be before the team’s top prospect, Tuukka Rask, would […]

by · October 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, NHL Goaltending
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The Boston Bruins Three Stars for October

The first month of the Boston Bruins season is just about in the books, they have one more game tonight against the Anaheim Ducks, and it’s already been an eventful […]

by · October 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
The Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't find a way to beat Tuukka Rask. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Bruins Need to Battle

The Boston Bruins are once again faced with back-to-back games tonight in Pittsburgh against the Penguins and Halloween night back in Boston where they will face the Anaheim Ducks. The […]

by · October 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Game of Seconds Redux: Devils Burn Bruins Late

Game of Seconds Redux: Devils Burn Bruins Late

With about 100 seconds left in Saturday’s game, the Boston Bruins were clinging onto a one-goal lead against the one-win New Jersey Devils. After a double-minor high sticking call against Torey Krug, followed by a delay of game penalty on Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins would be outnumbered by two. Exit Martin Brodeur, approximately 39 minutes later than everyone would have guessed after allowing three goals on eight shots in the first period, enter the extra attacker for the Devils, who were already two for three on the power play, and you’d double the amount of New Jersey skaters on the ice against Boston’s.

It only took 23 seconds for the Devils to score twice on the power play to take the lead and the eventual 4-3 win.

Game of seconds, right?

by · October 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Rask Continues Stellar Play in Bruins Win Over Sharks

Rask Continues Stellar Play in Bruins Win Over Sharks

Before the puck even dropped, one could imagine what the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks would look like on the ice based on what they did the night before. You’d probably guess that the Bruins would seem lifeless after coming off of a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, while the San Jose Sharks would appear well-rested after having the night off in Boston, preparing for their game against last season’s Eastern Conference Champions.

You’d guess right.

After the Sharks outshot the Bruins 16-3 in the first period, it became painfully obvious which team was more prepared. For 59:59.52 of the hockey game, the Sharks had the upper-hand, even after Jarome Iginla opened up the scoring with his first goal as a Bruin late in the second period.

Hockey games are 60 minutes long for a reason.

by · October 25, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Ondrej Pavelec has a 1.33 GAA in the 3 game win streak (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

Is Pavelec the Problem for the Jets?

An oft-debated topic, especially after disappointing performances like the one we saw in the 5-4 OT loss to the Capitals at MTS Center, is whether of not Jets Goalie Ondrej […]

by · October 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Winnipeg Jets