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The Bruins will face Colorado for the first time in two years on Thursday.
The Bruins will face Colorado for the first time in two years on Thursday.
about 1 hour ago
I've always enjoyed keeping track of music in sports and movies. Walk-up music in baseball is super fun, and so is warm-up music in the NHL. The differences in music style from team to team and year to year - you likely won't hear songs...
I've always enjoyed keeping track of music in sports and movies. Walk-up music in baseball is super fun, and so is warm-up music in the NHL. The differences in music style from team to team and year to year - you likely won't hear songs like "State of Massachusetts" in, say, Nashville, nor will you hear ridiculous country in Boston - and the Bruins have taken an odd turn with theirs in the last year or so. Gone are all the arena-rock selections - gone even are the few terribad rap songs from last season (in last year's playoffs they used Dropkick Murphys, 50 Cent, Kanye West, etc). So, ok. What are the Bruins using this year instead? Song 1: Onerepublic Feat. Alesso - If I Lose Myself (Pump it Up Edit) Okay, when the team came out to a not-Dropkicks song it was pretty great, but this seemed like a...not very pump-up-esque song Song 2: Empire of the Sun - Alive (Zedd Remix) Sticking with the rave theme, this song actually sounds super cool when blasted at the highest volume - or with all the bass weirdly echoing around a building with as much open space as the Garden. Where are my glowsticks. Song 3. Showtek & Justin Prime - Cannonball (Original Mix) Oh god I TAKE IT ALL BACK about the first two songs. This one doesn't even have words! It's just all noises and bass and I feel like I should be at Axis in 2003 with about 1000 other people and a lot of strobe lights. Song 4. Showtek & Justin Prime - Cannonball (Original Mix) This song is fun. Like, too fun for serious-business hockey warmups, one would think. With lyrics like "Hey now, I haven't had a good laugh for a day now...." well, I guess the fact that it was played before the Bruins walloped the Red Wings in hilarious fashion is pretty appropriate. What do you think of the Bruins' shift in song-selection? Anyone planning on bringing glow-sticks to the next game?
about 1 hour ago
The Boston Bruins meet the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night. NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub will cover, 7PM start. It will be the battle of the undefeated at TDGarden, and a look at Patrick Roy behind the bench. [CausewayCrowd] Tha...
The Boston Bruins meet the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night. NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub will cover, 7PM start. It will be the battle of the undefeated at TDGarden, and a look at Patrick Roy behind the bench. [CausewayCrowd] Thanks to the finals, Chris Kelly's usual workout mates were unavailable, he had to find a new offseason workout, and his new trainer's focus on explosive strength and agility is clearly paying off. [BostonHerald] Carl Soderberg's recovery is progressing, and his return will make Claude Julien's job hard once again. [ESPN] Ho hum, practice was a bore this morning! [@DJ_Bean] Meanwhile, Jordan Caron is bustin' out. [Boston,CBSLocal] Adam McQuaid knows what it is like to be in Matt Bartkowski's dress shoes and suit. [WEEI] Zdeno Chara takes a page from Shawn Thornton's offseason workout. (Video, 1:51) [YouTube] Soul stealer Milan Lucic is STILL haunting Lindy Ruff. Muahahaha! [DallasNews] Chad Johnson has a new goalie mask, me gusta! (Video, 0:30) [Bruins.NHL] Johnny Boychuk was happily surprised at the size of the crowd attending his "meet and greet." [WestRoxburyPatch] Tuukka Rask and Shawn Thornton visited patients at the Cam Neely Unit of Tufts Floating Hospital for Children. (Video, 1:16) [NESN] Seen at the scene- a bunch of Bruins came out to help hosts Daniel and Dana Paille fundraise for The Jimmy Fund at Tresca restaurant... [BostonHerald] ... picture courtesy of an old friend. [@NaokoFunayama] Ryan Spooner should be okay, but Kevan Miller (Go, Cats, Go!) and Matt Lindblad are injured and doubtful for the Providence Bruins' home opener on Friday. [ProvidenceJournal] Elsewhere around the rink: The Panthers were dominating the offensive zone for stretches, but lost Tim Thomas to injury and ultimately the game to the Flyers. [LitterboxCats] Rangers captain John Tavares understands why awarding Andrew Ference the Oilers "C" over younger marquee players was a solid choice. [NHL] Tomas Hertl. His mom in the stands. Four goals. That is all. [Grantland] An anniversary that will live in Los Angeles Kings infamy... about a draft pick traded for a Bruin goalie, at the expense of a Bruin they could have had. [TheRoyalHalf] Team Czech Republic sweaters. Fake laces. Swooshes. Too much white on the dark one. [SportsLogos]
about 2 hours ago
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens brought his former Butler numbers guru to town to help with statistical analysis. One of Cannon’s early tasks: Track hockey assists. In practice. What are hockey assists? It’s an advanced hoo...
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens brought his former Butler numbers guru to town to help with statistical analysis. One of Cannon’s early tasks: Track hockey assists. In practice. What are hockey assists? It’s an advanced hoops stat that spotlights the player who assists the player who assists a made field goal. In hockey, a second assist is often credited on goals, but it’s fairly easy to track when a typical game features only a handful of scoring plays. In basketball, where the Celtics, for instance, averaged 37 made field goals per game last season (61.4 percent of which were assisted), it’s a far more daunting chore that often requires video review to truly track with accuracy. [...] “I’ve tracked it before in my career because I’ve coached for a lot of teams that didn’t have what you would consider to be a pure point guard,” Stevens said. “And I think it is important when you’re trying to emphasize the extra pass, and you’re only focused on assists, then you’re not giving any credit to the guy who created the play. So we do track that [and] we will start tracking it more. “ ESPN Boston: C’s put emphasis on hockey assist This is great.  There’s no better way to get guys to do what you want than to create a statistic for it and let guys know who’s doing it well. Guys love their stats.  Anyone in the league who tells you he doesn’t know what his stats are is probably lying to you.  Stats make contracts, and great stats make great contracts.  So if a guy can go to a GM and say “I led my team in hockey assists last year,” that now means something. I’ve long advocated for the hockey assist in basketball.  The pass to set up the pass is just as important as the assist, so I’m glad guys are getting credit for it now.  And on this team, with a lack of guys who can really create their own shot, assisting the assist is going to give the Celtics their best chance to score baskets. I do think Jeff Green is going to get lost in this system a little bit, though, if he doesn’t ramp up the aggressiveness.  There’s making the extra pass, and then there’s playing passively.  Jeff’s got to understand that the Celtics not only need his scoring on the floor, they need the threat of his scoring to soften the defense and make those eventual extra passes more effective.  He needs to be more of a threat out there because doing so forces more defensive attention on him, and it makes it tougher for defenders to rotate and chase the ball.  If Green makes it tougher for defenses to do that, he gives his teammates that extra tick they need to get a clean look versus a contested shot. C’s play the Knicks tonight… let’s see if they can clean it up a bit from Monday and get that crisp ball movement going.
about 4 hours ago
Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) warms up before the start of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Claude Julien is known for ...
Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) warms up before the start of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Claude Julien is known for being very vocal with his opinion on the ice. If you’ve ever sat behind the Bruins bench, you might want to make sure your kids can’t read lips. Compared to the Colorado Avalanche’s Patrick Roy however, Claude Julien is Mister Spock. That’s part of the excitement of tomorrow’s upcoming game. Julien’s brash honesty verses Patrick Roy’s bi-lingual vitriol. To his credit, the feisty Roy has cooled his demeanor and has led the Avalanche to three straight wins, knocking off the Toronto Maple Leafs to remain one of the few undefeated teams left in the NHL. We were resilient,” Roy said on the win over the Maple Leafs. “This is what our team is all about right now: Everybody is chipping in. Last game it was [Patrick] Bordeleau that had the winning goal. Tonight Sarich tied it and it was a great effort by [P.A.] Parenteau driving the net on that second goal. Overall, it’s a team effort and that’s what we’re looking for.” This game is going to come down which team has the better wall in the crease. Seymon Varlamov is proving to be solid in the net, he’s played in all three games with a 1.00 goals against average with a .967 save percentage. On the bright side of this, the Bruins Tuukka Rask’s numbers are just as impressive. Tuukka’s save percentage is .966 with the same goals against average. If the Bruins stick to their defensive minded hockey, they Black and Gold should be able to help Rask keep the Bruins undefeated. It will also come down to chemistry. The Colorado Avalanche just got back their captain Gabriel Landeskog, and they’ve had some trouble on the blueline. The Bruins on the other hand have been firing on all cylinders. Even with Soderberg’s injury that has delayed his debut, Jordan Caron has proven to a lot of impatient Bruins fans(this one inclusive) that he’s earned the right to wear the spoked ‘B’. In fact, the team has been getting a little restless with a large four day gap between games. “We’re used to playing every other day. For me personally, down in Providence we’d practice all week and play on the weekends, so it’s similar to that, but we’re itching to get back into competition,” said defenseman Torey Krug yesterday after their morning skate. The puck drops tomorrow night at 7:05 at the TD Garden. The NHL Network, NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub will be providing coverage. Battle of Undefeateds as the Avalanche come to Boston - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 6 hours ago
Sep 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) celebrates a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Carl Soderberg is sti...
Sep 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg (34) celebrates a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Carl Soderberg is still recovering from his ankle injury that is holding him back from his 2013-14 NHL Debut. “Day to day is the best I can say right now. He’s skating, and when I say day to day it’s just, he’s getting closer to practicing with us and then I get the okay from the medical staff and we’ll move forward,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. See how his recovery is going (Boston Bruins) Who will be this year’s most valuable player for the Boston Bruins? Will it be Chara’s power on the blueline, the accuracy of Bergeron, the surprising speed of Paille, or the chirping of Marchand? Check out the list of potential MVPs here (Bleacher Report) On that note, I think there should be a hockey IQ test given before a person can vote for NESN’s 7th Player Award this year. In my opinion, Daniel Paille was robbed of an award he earned, and it was given a young and good looking player that just made a certain segment of the population (puck bunnies, you know who you are) swoon and giggle. The San Jose Sharks utterly routed the New York Rangers 9-2 last night. Tomas Hertl showed the National Hockey League that he has the potential of being the next Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. He scored four goals last night, the last one being jaw dropping good. If he doesn’t earn a NHL Star of the Week for this performance, then there is something wrong with the league. Check out our pals at Blades of Teal to read more on this impressive rookie and what he brings to the table (Blades of Teal) It’s been a rough last few games for Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers. They were simply schooled in a 7-0 pasting by the Saint Louis Blues. Thomas let in five goals before being chased out of the crease. Then Thomas let in two more against the Flyers, hurting himself on the later goal. The only possible good news in all this is that the Philadelphia Flyers finally got themselves some points. Could this be the end for the ex-Bruin who won us the Cup back in 2011? (Miami Herald) After the Maple Leafs first loss of the year to the Colorado Avalance, will there be changes made to Toronto’s fourth line? (Editor in Leaf) Hockey News a Bruin for October 9th, 2013 - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 7 hours ago
You guys remember the movie xXx? Vin Diesel starred as an extreme-sport-minded criminal roped into working for the government by Samuel L Scarface Jackson. A modern classic of the action and spy genres. Anyhow, next time you take in this...
You guys remember the movie xXx? Vin Diesel starred as an extreme-sport-minded criminal roped into working for the government by Samuel L Scarface Jackson. A modern classic of the action and spy genres. Anyhow, next time you take in this important piece of cinema, check out just how much action is packed into the first 30 minutes. It's right around when our anti-hero jumps a 25 foot barbed wire fence on a dirt bike. It's an incredible amount of action. The start to this Bruins season is the exact opposite of that. Finally we get a game tomorrow. What's on tap?
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins have plenty of new faces this season, but a familiar one has been a major reason for the team’s fast start.Chris Kelly is back.The veteran center has a noticeable jump in his step as he attempts to bounce back fro...
WILMINGTON — The Bruins have plenty of new faces this season, but a familiar one has been a major reason for the team’s fast start.Chris Kelly is back.The veteran center has a noticeable jump in his step as he attempts to bounce back from perhaps the worst regular season of his career. Kelly scored just one goal in his first 21 games in 2012-13 before breaking a bone in his leg March 11. He finished with three goals, six assists and a minus-8 rating in 34 games, then had only three points in 22 playoff contests.
about 14 hours ago
Most high-profile athletes have a natural urge to give back to the community. In a city like Boston, there are countless opportunities for the area’s most popular athletes to take some time out to brighten someone’s day. That...
Most high-profile athletes have a natural urge to give back to the community. In a city like Boston, there are countless opportunities for the area’s most popular athletes to take some time out to brighten someone’s day. That’s exactly why Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and forward Shawn Thornton visited the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center recently. Jamison Coyle caught up with Rask and talked with the netminder about his experience. Hear what he had to say in the above video. Filed under: Boston Bruins, Boston Bruins Video, Jamison Coyle, NESN Sports Today, NESN Video, Top Stories, Video
about 15 hours ago
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports All offseason, we’ve heard about a couple of forward lines for the Boston Bruins that were subject to some notable changes. There was the team’s first line, formerly consisting of Milan Lucic, ...
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports All offseason, we’ve heard about a couple of forward lines for the Boston Bruins that were subject to some notable changes. There was the team’s first line, formerly consisting of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Horton, however, jumped ship and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent. He has since been replaced with former Calgary Flames great Jarome Iginla. Before that, the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin off to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson and a few prospects. Since then, Bruins fans have been debating over whether or not Eriksson is an upgrade on Seguin’s former line, featuring Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. While these two lines stole the stories all summer, its Boston’s third line that has been seeing the significant success early in the regular season. Ironically, it was partly pieced together thanks to the aforementioned trade with the Stars. Along with Seguin, the Bruins also sent third line grinder Rich Peverley to Dallas as well. And one of the prospects who accompanied Eriksson to Boston, Reilly Smith, has taken Peverley’s place alongside assistant captain Chris Kelly. Carl Soderberg was set to open the season as Kelly’s other winger, however a bum ankle has him sidelined. Soderberg’s injury opened the door for Jordan Caron, who’s been attempting to be a steady presence on the Bruins for more than a few seasons now. Two games in, and Boston’s least publicized line is contributing the most. Since the puck dropped for the Bruins’ opening night game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the third line has shown excellent on-ice chemistry. If you tabbed Kelly as the first Bruin to score this season, you’re either related to him or lying. Though it was on a penalty shot, picked up while on a penalty kill, getting Kelly going is huge for Boston. His struggles last season had a major effect on the lack of success the third line saw, especially after he signed a large contract the year before. Caron should’ve been given his first goal of the year that night, too. However, the refs made an absolutely awful call when they lost sight of the puck — which was nowhere near contained by Lightning goalie Anders Lindback — right before Caron put it in net. The play was blown dead, and Caron was robbed. He wouldn’t wait long on a second chance, as he scored a no-doubter against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston’s next game. His goal was beautifully set up by Smith, who collected a loose puck that had Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard scrambling. Instead of taking a shot, he sent a slick backhand to Caron, who quickly sent it past Howard. Again, Caron wasn’t even expected to be on the ice opening night. However, of all three players, he’s playing with the most fire. Its as if he feels he’s down to his last shot with Boston, and as a result is playing with a very noticeable intensity. A consistent healthy scratch, a “prospect” piece in a trade highlighting another player and a center who many thought wasn’t earning his new contract. This is what makes up Boston’s hottest line at the moment. Its way too early in the year to assume this pace will be maintained by Kelly, Caron and Smith. That said, if this line can stay consistent, and the team’s two marquee lines live up to expectations, the Bruins quickly become an incredibly balanced team offensively. Casey Drottar is an NHL writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CDrottar19 or “Like” him on Facebook
about 19 hours ago