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Claude Julien pays homage to Bill Belichick with Bruins hoodie for Winter Classic

01.01.16 at 1:55 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are good friends, as evidenced by their skate around the Gillette Stadium rink on Thursday morning.

So it should come as no surprise that Julien decided to pay homage to Belichick by wearing a Bruins hoodie for Friday’s Winter Classic against the Canadiens. Here’s video of Julien showing off his hoodie to Belichick, courtesy of the Bruins’ Twitter account.

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Live blog: Bruins take on Canadiens in Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium

01.01.16 at 12:14 pm ET
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Live Blog Bruins vs. Canadiens, Winter Classic
 

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Tom Brady repays Tuukka Rask by throwing on goalie gear in Facebook post

01.01.16 at 12:02 pm ET
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If his first post of 2016 is any indication, this is going to be another strong year for Tom Brady on Facebook.

Brady opened the year by getting into the Winter Classic spirit and repaying Tuukka Rask, whose special Winter Classic mask features Brady, Rob GronkowskiJulian Edelman and Stephen Gostkowski.

Rask and the Bruins take on the rival Canadiens at Gillette Stadium Friday afternoon.

Thanks Tuukka for featuring me on your mask today! In your honor, I’ll be rocking your pads this Sunday in Miami. Happy new year and go Bruins! #WinterClassic

Posted by Tom Brady on Friday, January 1, 2016

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Photos: Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium

01.01.16 at 11:20 am ET
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The Bruins host the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Friday, and WEEI has been in Foxboro all week. Check out our photos from Thursday and Friday here.

WEEI.com’s DJ Bean also hosted a Winter Classic Special with Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn at Bar Louie just outside Gillette. Mark Recchi and Kathryn Tappen were among those who stopped by.

The scene Friday morning.

The scene Friday morning.

Mark Recchi with Joe McDonald, DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn.

Mark Recchi with Joe McDonald, DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn.

Bruins win Winter Classic Alumni game against Canadiens

12.31.15 at 7:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Bruins over yesteryear got the Winter Classic result they wanted. Now the actual ones will hope for a similar result.

Playing in front of 42,193 people in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, the B’€™s skated to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Habs alumni. Mark Recchi had two goals in regulation and one in the shootout, while Ray Bourque scored the deciding shootout goal. Sergei Samsonov and Marco Sturm also chipped in with goals.

Sturm’€™s third-period goal paled to the last one he scored outdoors, as he scored the game-winning overtime goal in the 2010 Winter Classic against the Flyers at Fenway Park.

Massachusetts natives Mike Condon, Brian Flynn embrace playing for rival Canadiens in Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium

12.31.15 at 6:04 pm ET
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The drive from Mike Condon’€™s hometown of Holliston to Gillette Stadium is about 14 miles. His path to starting the Winter Classic there has been much longer.

The Canadiens rookie played at Belmont Hill School before attending Princeton, where he appeared in just four games as a freshman in 2009-10. He split time over the next two years before finally winning the starting job outright as a senior. He posted an impressive .923 save percentage that season and then signed with the ECHL’€™s Ontario Reign. He went on to see playoff playing time with the AHL’€™s Houston Aeros that spring as well.

Over the next two seasons, Condon spent time with the ECHL’€™s Wheeling Nailers and AHL’€™s Hamilton Bulldogs, continuing to post strong numbers the whole time. He continued to impress in Montreal’€™s training camp and preseason games this year and wound up winning the Canadiens’€™ backup goalie job over Dustin Tokarski.

When starter Carey Price went down with a lower-body injury in late October, Condon took over as the starter. He went 9-2-3 with a solid .918 save percentage over his first 15 NHL games (including one no-decision in relief), but then he started to struggle. He lost his next seven decisions and posted an ugly .871 save percentage during that time as the entire Canadiens team began to slide.

Condon enters Friday’€™s Winter Classic on a bit of a high note, though, having stopped 36 of 39 shots in a win over the Lightning on Monday. He’€™ll look to build on that Friday playing in front of plenty of friends and family in the home of the football team for which he grew up cheering. In fact, Condon has Bill Belichick, ‘€œDo Your Job’€ and the Patriots’€™ four Lombardi Trophies on his special Winter Classic mask (photo courtesy of David Gunnarsson).

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Most of Condon’€™s friends and family have always been Bruins fans, but he said they’€™ve all changed sides in the rivalry pretty quickly.

“I know all my family and friends will be wearing the bleu, blanc and rouge for sure,” Condon said. “I think the maximum number of tickets you could get was 14, so I maxed that out. Other than that, there are a lot of friends outside that are still coming. I think they’€™re all cheering for the Canadiens.” Read the rest of this entry »

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P.K. Subban talks ‘unfortunate’ Brad Marchand suspension, ‘respect’ for Tom Brady ahead of Winter Classic

12.31.15 at 4:33 pm ET
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P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban

The Bruins-Canadiens rivalry may get ratcheted up a notch in Friday’s Winter Classic given the Gillette Stadium setting and national exposure. But it will also be missing one key part of its recent history, as Brad Marchand will miss the game after getting suspended for a low hit on Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.

No one is more familiar with what Marchand brings to the rivalry than Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who has had more than a couple run-ins with the pesky Bruins forward during his career.

The two have exchanged hits, punches, slashes, words and more over the years, not to mention plenty of great one-on-one play given the skill level of each player and the fact that they’re usually on the same side of the ice.

The next chapter in the Marchand-Subban rivalry will have to wait, though. On Thursday, Subban was asked if he’s going to miss Marchand.

“Well, I know Brad’€™s a big part of their team, so I’€™m sure they’€™re going to miss him,” Subban said. “As far as I’€™m concerned, I know there is a rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. I don’€™t ever think of playing a specific player. But obviously with the history of us playing against each other, going back to World Juniors playing with each other and against each other in the playoffs and during the regular season, yeah, there’€™s been some heated battles.

“But that’€™s just a part of the game. There are many players I can probably think of in the league that I’€™ve had heated battles against. But it’€™s unfortunate he’€™s not playing tomorrow.”

Subban and the Canadiens enter Friday’s game having lost 11 of their last 13. Subban said he’s hopeful that the big stage and added excitement Friday can help his team pull out of that skid.

“I think for us right now it’€™s about building confidence from one shift to the next shift,” Subban said. “So we have an opportunity to do that again tomorrow, and I think that this is perfect for us. A stage like this where everybody can get up for and it’€™s refreshed, right? Your family and friends there and everybody watching. So you want to be at your best. I think when we’€™re at our best, there are not too many teams in the league that can compete with us.”

Subban’s excitement did take a bit of a hit Thursday, though. He was hoping to meet Tom Brady, but things didn’t work out.

“Tom, just so much respect for him as an athlete,” Subban said. “I was hoping to bump into him today in the hallway. I was probably going to jump on him or something like that. … A player like Tom Brady is special. It would have been nice to meet him today. But we’€™ll have to save that for another day.”

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