|12.14.10 at 11:25 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins took the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday after two days off. The team had an off-day following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Flyers in overtime and spent Monday picking out gifts for local hospitalized children.
Everyone was accounted for as the B’s took the ice, and it’s their first skate since trading Marco Sturm. The team worked on the power play before practice. Here’s how the color-coded lines looked:
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Wheeler – Bergeron – Recchi
Seguin – Savard – Ryder – Paille
Marchand – Campbell – Thornton
|12.14.10 at 9:52 am ET|
Forget cultural differences, as the Belfast Giants, the Bruins’ opponent in one of their preseason games in Europe, have proven that it’s difficult for anyone to remain seated during Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
The video features some killer choreography and some Hockey East faces.
|12.14.10 at 9:38 am ET|
WOBURN — Christmas shopping is crazy enough, but it’s a little crazier when professional athletes are doing the same, easily identifiable by their jerseys and Santa Clause hats.
That was the scene at Woburn’s Target store on Monday as the B’s did their annual Holiday Toy Shopping to pick up presents for local hospitalized children.
“It’s always nice, especially when you know it’s going to kids that won’t have a chance to be home for Christmas,” captain Zdeno Chara said. “At least this way, we want t make it really easy and comfortable for them. Hopefully they’re going to enjoy it.”
This was no case of grabbing the first things you can find and calling it a day. Players were given checklists, shopping carts and Target employees as they went through the store. Nathan Horton, a father who admittedly is learned on the popular gifts, had no trouble filling shopping carts with toys and even iPods.
It wasn’t long ago that 18-year-old Tyler Seguin was getting giddy over Christmas presents. The youngest player on the team, Seguin said he enjoyed Power Rangers toys as a child. As he picked presents on Tuesday, he was careful and deliberate in taking a good look at each gift before tossing it in the cart.
“This is a lot of fun,” Seguin said as he inspected the toys. “Any time you get to give back to the community and fans, it’s always a nice feeling. I get to tell my family all the good stuff and good causes we’re supporting.”
The B’s have been picking up presents for hospitalized children since the days of Ray Bourque. After Bourque was sent Colorado, Concord-born Hal Gill took over the operation, with P.J. Axelsson succeeding Gill. Patrice Bergeron, the longest-tenured current Bruins player, runs the show now.
“I liked doing it when Hal was here, and then P.J. took care of it,” Bergeron said Monday. “Once they left, I told [Director of Community Relations] Kerry [Collins] I wanted to take over because it’s something that I like and I think it’s something that the kids enjoy. It’s something that’s very important for the community.”
The next step of the process is actually delivering the gifts, which players noted is the best part.
“Today, it’s fun. You’re throwing a bunch of toys and stuff in the cart, but the big thing is when we drop them off at the hospitals,” Mark Stuart said. “It’s good to actually meet the kids and actually know where it’s going. That’s important with any charity.”
|12.14.10 at 9:36 am ET|
Flyers forward Jody Shelley was suspended for two games on Monday for his hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. Shelley shoved McQuaid with two hands into the boards in the second period of Saturday’s 2-1 Flyers overtime victory as the two were chasing an iced puck. It was a couple of minutes before McQuaid, who went head-first into the boards, would return to his feet, though he fortunately only had the wind knocked out of him. He returned to the game later int the period.
McQuaid told WEEI.com on Monday that he was still feeling “a little stiff and a little sore,” but that he’s glad he wasn’t hurt on the play and can move on from it. He said he has watched replays of the hit “a few times” and that “it looked worse than it was.”
|12.12.10 at 5:06 pm ET|
According to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Monday in regard to Flyers forward Jody Shelley‘s hit on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. The play, in which Shelley received a boarding major and game misconduct, occurred in the second period of the Flyers’ 2-1 overtime win. The players were racing for an iced puck when Shelley pushed McQuaid, who went head-first into the boards and had the wind knocked out of him.
Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio tweeted Sunday that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren expects Shelley to be suspended for one game.
|12.11.10 at 10:55 pm ET|
In his postgame press conference, Bruins coach Claude Julien called Jody Shelley’s hit from behind on Adam McQuaid “definitely uncalled for” and that he didn’t know what the intent of the play was. McQuaid and Shelley were racing after an iced puck when Shelley pushed the B’s defenseman. The momentum carried McQuaid into the boards head-first, and the 24-year-old blueliner remained on the ice as play was stopped.
“I looked at it again and personally, I didn’t think there was any need for it,” Julien said. “I don’t know what [Shelley’s] intention was, but certainly, there was no need for that at all and I think that’s one of the things we’re trying to get out of game.
“I know [Jody] Shelley a little bit from a long time ago and he’s actually a good person and, to me, he’s a tough guy. I don’t know that he’s purposely gone out there to injure people like that so I found that a little bit strange that he would do that. It’s unfortunate. … Hopefully the League deals with it the proper way and we’ll go from there.”
McQuaid said that he could hear Shelley saying he didn’t mean it while he was on the ice, but regardless of intent, McQuaid wasn’t a fan of the play.
“I mean, I didn’t go in on my own,” McQuaid said when asked if he felt it was a reckless play. “I felt like I got pushed.”
McQuaid said he got the wind knocked out of him, and after undergoing a few tests was allowed to return to the ice later in the period.
|12.11.10 at 9:38 pm ET|
UNH product and former second overall pick James van Riemsdyk got the Flyers on the board in the second period, firing a wrist shot that tipped off of Thomas’ glove and in.van Riemsdyk nearly beat Thomas in overtime, but the B’s netminder recovered to grab the slow-moving puck.
The Bruins next play in Buffalo on Wednesday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Brian Boucher was outstanding for the Flyers, leaving the likes of Michael Ryder frustrated throughout the night. Ryder had a golden opportunity in front of the net on a rebound on the first, only to have it blocked by Boucher’s outstretched arm.
–Daniel Paille –– who did come up huge for the B’s in blocking a shot in front of the net following a Thomas rebound in the first period — has had a positive rating in two games this season. Saturday marked his third negative rating in 10 games this year, and he’s tied with Ryder and Blake Wheeler with a team-worst minus-2 on the season.
– The Bruins got nothing done on the power play. They were 0-for-2 on the night, with one of their opportunities coming off a five-minute major. Theyr’re now 18-for-101 on the man advantage.
– Nathan Horton is spared in this space thanks to how he finished, because up until the second he touched that puck that he fired over the left shoulder of Boucher, there wasn’t much proof of him doing much on Saturday. He continued to come alive late in the game, putting a shot on Boucher in the final seconds of regulation, but Horton was strong for just one period on Saturday, and that’s not reasonable output from a player as talented as Horton.
He may not take shifts off, as was his reputation in Florida, but it may be fair to say he is prone to stretches of minimal impact. He is understandably one of the night’s heroes, but the start he got off to suggested another down night. Horton’s been much better and likely will continue to be.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins didn’t lose one of their six blueliners and weren’t forced to have to call somebody up. Given the way things looked in the second period, that’s pretty big.
McQuaid was racing Jody Shelley for an iced puck. Shelley shoved him into the boards from behind, and the B’s defenseman remained down for a few minutes. Though he got up and came back later in the period, it was a real scare for the
Bruins and yet another opportunity for Boston fans to express their outrage with dirty play from the Flyers.
– After getting just one shot on net on Thursday (it counted for an empty-net goal), Patrice Bergeron had a season-high six shots. He didn’t put any past Boucher but was buzzing in the offensive zone throughout the night.
– Thomas came up with big saves throughout the night, but once again was big in the third period, stopping nine shots. The Bruins may have swarmed the Flyers’ zone more in the third, but key stops from Thomas allowed them to make it to overtime.