|01.25.12 at 2:30 pm ET|
Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon and talked at length about the Bruins’ visit to the White House, time off from hockey during the All-Star break and the team’s prospects for the second half of the season.
On Monday, the Bruins visited the White House and President Barack Obama to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup title. For Marchand, it was an incredible opportunity that he and the team cherished.
“That was pretty cool, it was almost surreal,” Marchand said of being on stage with the president. “You see him on TV and obviously he’s such an iconic figure and it’s a room filled with cameras and everything. It was a good time.”
The visit, however, did not come without some controversy, as goaltender Tim Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient, did not attend the ceremony. In a Facebook post, Thomas noted that he believes “the Federal government has grown out of control,” but stressed that his decision was “not about politics or party.”
Marchand said that Thomas’ absence did not take away from the Bruins’ day in Washington.
“I had fun,” Marchand said. “Timmy made his decision and that’s that.”
With the Bruins sitting at 31-14 and in first place in the Northeast Division, Marchand also stated that he feels good about the direction of the team heading into the season’s second half.
“Definitely,” he said. “We’re sitting in a very good position right now. We haven’t been as hot of late, but with a little bit of a break right now and we get back into things, hopefully we get back to the way we were playing before. We’re in a great position, especially after how we started.”
|01.25.12 at 12:55 am ET|
The Canadiens goaltender said Tuesday that he respects Thomas’ decision to skip the team’s day with President Barack Obama. In a statement explaining the decision, Thomas said it “was not about politics or party,” something Price got a kick out of.
“He’s not political? That’s a pretty political move,” Price told reporters with a laugh. “It’s bold. Good on him, to stand up for what he believes in.”
Price was then asked if he would visit Prime Minister Stephen Harper if the Habs ever won the Cup.
“I’d be there with bells on. That’s just me,” he said. “I don’t really have much issues with our government. Everybody has their own opinions, and it’s absolutely amazing that [Thomas] stands up for what he believes in, so good on him.”
Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who won the Cup with the B’s, made the trip to the White House, but offered little comment on the Thomas situation.
“It’s the guy’s opinion,” Kaberle said, “and that’s it.”
|01.24.12 at 9:32 pm ET|
Mathieu Perreault picked up his first career hat trick Tuesday night as the Capitals defeated the Bruins, 5-3, at the Verizon Center.
With Alexander Ovechkin out, the Capitals forward stole the show, beating Tuukka Rask three times to send the B’s to the All-Star break on a low note. Cody Eakin scored Washington’s first goal, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman sealed it with an empty-netter.
The Bruins will now break for the All-Star game, in which Seguin, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara will participate. Chara and Daniel Alfredsson will select the teams Thursday, with the game being played Sunday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Tuesday’s loss marked the third straight game in which the Bruins allowed three or more goals to their opponent. That’s the first time that has happened this season, as the B’s have been third in the league in goals against. The defense has been far sloppier than the Bruins have been used to, and Thomas and Rask were not at their sharpest in the last two outings.
– Speaking of Rask, the Finnish goaltender allowed more than three goals for just the second time this season, with the last occurrence coming when he allowed four goals to the Hurricanes on Oct. 18. Rask entered Tuesday leading the NHL with a .943 save percentage, but that number took a hit with his performance against the Capitals.
The Capitals’ first goal was rather flukey, as Rask had the puck in his blocker, and, upon moving, put it in his own net. He wasn’t positioned well enough to respect Perreault 41 seconds later, and his overcommitting to Alexander Semin made for an easy Washington goal.
– Perreault’s hat trick meant the Bruins allowed hat tricks to opposing players in back-to-back games, which is a rather rare sight. Scott Hartnell scored three goals in the second period for Philadelphia in the Bruins’ shootout victory Sunday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Patrice Bergeron remained red-hot for the Bruins, as his assist on Peverley’s goal made for his 25th point in his last 25 games. The assist was his 15th in that span, and he has 10 goals since the start of December. Bergeron was taking Krejci’s place on the line with Peverley and Lucic after the first-line center left the bench in the first period.
– Steven Kampfer was credited with the lone assist on Seguin’s goal, giving the extra defenseman his second point of the season.
|01.23.12 at 11:06 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Monday that forward Nathan Horton likely has a concussion and is considered day-to-day by the team.
Horton left Sunday’s win over the Flyers in the second period after he was hit in the head by Philadelphia forward Tom Sestito. The league did not discipline Sestito for the hit to the head.
Horton’s postseason was ended in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last June when he was the victim of a blidnside hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. After struggling to begin this season, Horton admitted that he still wasn’t back to being his usual self after the concussion.
|01.23.12 at 9:20 pm ET|
How do you feel about Tim Thomas' decision to skip the White House ceremony honoring the Bruins because of his political beliefs?
- He was right to stand up for what he believes and let it be known (47%, 539 Votes)
- He should have attended the ceremony and kept his mouth shut (44%, 506 Votes)
- He can skip the function, but he should have kept quiet about it (6%, 69 Votes)
- None of this would have happened if he would have only pumped Roberto Luongo's tires (3%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,148
|01.23.12 at 6:50 pm ET|
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas issued the following statement Monday on why he chose not to attend the White House with his teammates:
“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”
|01.23.12 at 3:05 pm ET|
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was a notable absence at the White House Monday when President Obama honored the Stanley Cup Champions. According to the Boston Globe, Thomas chose not to attend based on political beliefs but will not be suspended by the team.
Thomas, a known fan of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, won both the Vezina and Conn Smyth last season, breaking the single-season record for save percentage and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years.
Thomas will address the situation on Facebook at 6 p.m.