Post Tagged with: "Zdeno Chara"

Dougie Hamilton (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Bruins: 2013 Midseason Grades

We’re a judgmental bunch.

That’s not to say that we think we’re better than anyone or that our opinion matters more, but as a society, we judge. It’s the nature of the beast and a big part of being a sports fan. From the comfort of our couches, seats and press box viewing areas, we have this unfair advantage to tell someone that they’re doing something wrong and be perfectly okay with saying it.

It’s a little much at times, but it’s expected. The players and the coaches get it and put up with it every day when they open up their favorite sports blog or read their favorite column on their iPad or Kindle. God forbid they see what’s being said on Twitter.

So here’s our contribution of guilt-free, good ol’ fashioned judging. The Boston Bruins started out the truncated 2013 NHL season with full marks. They’ve been very good but still have plenty more to show. What follows is a player-by-player midseason report card of the players and coaches, 24 games in.

by · March 13, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Tyler Seguin (Icon SMI)

Will the Boston Bruins Ever Fix Their Power Play?

There isn’t much to say about the 2013 Boston Bruins that hasn’t already been said—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Prior to Tuesday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, the team was off to its best ten-game start in franchise history (8-1-1) behind a torrid goaltender tandem, contributions from all four lines and shrewd coaching from Claude Julien. For right now, the players are clicking and the Bruins are quickly becoming powerhouses of the Eastern Conference. So why does it feel like something is missing?

Because there is.

by · February 13, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Has Yet to Make a Statement

By Wayne Whittaker, Boston Bruins Correspondent The Boston Bruins are in the midst of their best start in franchise history, sitting at 8-1-1 just before the quarter mark of this […]

by · February 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Leo Komarov has come back strong in his second NHL campaign and it is paying dividends for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Ross Bonander/THW)

The Leo Komarov Game: Hits, Hits and More Hits

Eight games into this shortened NHL season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are wondering if they have their version of a pest in Leo Komarov.  As of now, he leads the […]

by · February 3, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Toronto Maple Leafs
(Icon SMI)

Props to Shawn Thornton For Taking Milan Lucic’s Fight

  When Boston’s Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Buffalo behemoth John Scott Thursday night, he earned the respect of his teammates, the fans, opposing fans, and likely Scott himself. […]

by · February 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, News/Commentary
(Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)

Top Defensemen Are Key to the Cup

For an NHL team to be considered a serious Stanley Cup contender, there are many – tangible and intangible – assets it needs: forward and defensive depth, experience, leadership, great […]

by · February 1, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey History, News/Commentary
Big game for rookie Dougie Hamilton (Photo Credit: SlidingSideways/Flickr CC)

Dougie Hamilton’s Early Emergence Big News for Boston Bruins

The thousands on-hand watching the Boston Bruins’ comeback victory over the New York Islanders Friday began to chant a young defenseman’s name as time wound-down in the third. Four games […]

by · January 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Big game for rookie Dougie Hamilton (Photo Credit: SlidingSideways/Flickr CC)

Bruins’ Defensive Depth Tested in Win Over Winnipeg

It didn’t take long for the Boston Bruins to call upon their seventh defenseman to enter their starting lineup. On Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets, the Bruins were forced to dress newly-acquired defenseman Aaron Johnson in place of Dennis Seidenberg, who was ruled out of the second game of the year with a lower-body injury.

Paired with Johhny Boychuk, Johnson made his presence felt early in the first period after connecting with a flattening hit on Dustin Byfuglien against the boards in Boston’s own zone. Johnson saw 15:14 minutes of ice time in his first game as a Bruin while spending time on the penalty-kill.

by · January 22, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Dennis Seidenberg - along with other Bruins defenders - will probably have to take on some added responsibility while the team plays without superstar d-man, Zdeno Chara. (Slidingsideways/Flickr CC)

Boston Bruins: The Fragile Nature of Defensive Depth

“Well if there’s one area (where) I would say that our depth is extremely good, it’s on defense.” This is a quote from Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien from Monday […]

by · January 21, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Five Major Questions for the 2013 Boston Bruins

Five Major Questions for the 2013 Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins step into the abbreviated 2013 with an excellent opportunity to continue their solid run of success in the Claude Julien era. However their season’s story depends on […]

by · January 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
Projecting the 2013 Boston Bruins: Part 2 – Defense and Goalies

Projecting the 2013 Boston Bruins: Part 2 – Defense and Goalies

    The Boston Bruins approach the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season as a favorite in the Eastern Conference. With talent and experience throughout the lineup – and a few dynamic […]

by · January 16, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
(Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

NHL Lockout: 5 Teams That Benefit From A Shortened NHL Season

The NHL Lockout 2012 has ended. The Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and a few others might just benefit from a delayed and a shortened NHL season in 2013.

by · January 7, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Previews and Predictions