|Don Cherry on D&C: Matt Cooke is ‘a little rat,’ Mario Lemieux ‘one of the biggest phonies’||03.22.11 at 9:20 am ET|
CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss the Matt Cooke suspension, what could happen the next time Zdeno Chara travels to Montreal and the recent slide of the Bruins.
After a seven-game winning streak that seemed to announce the Bruins as serious Stanley Cup contenders, the club has struggled, posting a 1-3-3 mark in its last seven games. Cherry was asked if the Bruins were built for a deep postseason run.
“There’s something wrong there,” said Cherry, who coached the Bruins from 1974-79. “Right now, there’s something wrong with that team. When they came into Toronto, and they were absolutely awful. But if you’re going to take a swoon, this is the time to do it. I would like to see [Shawn] Thornton play. He hasn’t played that much since [Chris] Kelly came to Boston. ‘¦ I would play Thornton a regular shift because he’s the Bruins for sure.”
The NHL suspended Penguins forward Cooke for the final 10 games of the regular season plus the entire first round of the playoffs on Monday, the fifth suspension in Cooke’s 12-year career. Cooke, of course, was not suspended for the elbow to the head of Marc Savard last year, which directly caused what might turn out to be a career-ending concussion for the Bruins center. Cherry feels if Cooke had been properly disciplined for the Savard hit it might have prevented the elbow to Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh that led to Cooke’s suspension.
“He should have been tossed for what happened to Savard, but they said they didn’t have a rule,” Cherry said. “The guy never even got four minutes or anything for that. If he had got [suspended for] 20 games then, maybe he would have been straightened out. He should have been suspended for what he did to Savard and he got his comeuppance. ‘¦ They should have given him 20-30 games back then and it might have straightened the little rat out.”
Cherry added that Mario Lemieux, who complained about dirty play following last month’s game against the Islanders, is “one of the biggest phonies I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“He says, ‘we have to get ride of headshots,’ and the [president], Dave Morehouse, says ‘we have to get rid of headshots,’ and [general manager] Ray Shero, who I really like, says the same thing. What happens? They’ve got the [biggest] headshot guy of all time, they’re paying his paychecks. What a bunch of hypocrites, I’ll tell you.”
Chara was not suspended for his March 8 hit of Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who suffered a concussion and a non-displaced fracture of cervical vertebrae. This led to outrage throughout Montreal, and Montreal police did open a criminal investigation against Chara. Cherry was asked if the Boston defenseman has reason to be concerned about future trips to Montreal.
“Who’s going to arrest him? That’s not going to happen. And the Canadiens have really have nobody to do anything to him,” Cherry said. “Who would? And if the game is close, nothing is going to happen. He’s too big, too strong. ‘¦ There’s no way he did that to that guy [on purpose], he was just taking that guy out. And I really give it to the owners ‘ the Molsons ‘ they didn’t have enough padding on that turnbuckle. It should have been padded, the kid would have bounced right off.”
To hear the interview, click here.
|Bruins, Predators enter third period tied||03.17.11 at 9:37 pm ET|
For the second straight period, each team contributed a goal Thursday night, and the Bruins and Predators enter the third period tied, 2-2.
Tyler Seguin, who left the ice after taking an elbow from Patric Hornqvist late in the first period, returned to the game and even saw time on the power play on Hornqvist’s major penalty.
With Michael Ryder in the box for interference, he Bruins ended having to play down two men for 40 seconds when Daniel Paille was sent off for holding. Patrice Bergeron banked a pass along the boards to Ryder as the winger left the box, and Rinne came up with a key glove save on Ryder’s breakaway bid.
|Tomas Kaberle transcript||02.18.11 at 7:24 pm ET|
Courtesy of the Bruins, here is the transcript of new Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle‘s comments to Bruins.com writer John Bishop:
On his reaction to the deal…
It was one of those things, I found out after practice today. My reaction was mixed feelings.
Obviously, you know here 13 years and playing for the Leafs. It’s sad to leave but at the same
time happy to go to Boston. Original Six, it’s a really good team, good organization. Hopefully I
have a chance to play in the playoffs.
On how he would describe himself as a player’¦
Yeah, I think so, offensive-minded, puck mover, skate and pass mentality, just try to keep it
simple. Hopefully I’ll help out the power play and offensive guys on the team.
Yeah obviously like I said, in the past, especially the last couple years, there was a lot of talk
about moving out from Toronto. Boston always come up in the media and stuff. I was kind of
glad about Boston because of the history and stuff like that. It’s such an honor to join and spend
time with a new challenge for me.
On his conversation with Mark Recchi this afternoon’¦
It was actually unbelievable. Mark texted me first, congratulating me on the trade, he was happy
about it, and wishing good luck and hopefully I can make it tonight, and anytime I need
something I can call him or text him, and he would be more than helpful to show me around, and
help me out in Boston.
On his impression of the Bruins’¦
Obviously a tough team to play against. Start with the goalies, you know they’re always tough to
beat. Seems like a good defensive team and at the same time they’ve got a lot of scoring, like
guys up front, which is great. I’m looking forward to it.
On how he can help the Bruins in all three zones’¦
I’m just going to try to fit to the team first. Today’s a busy day, with traveling, and the game.
Like I said, a lot of mixed feelings, excitement at the same time. Hopefully we’ll have to keep it
simple tonight. Obviously the first couple practices are gonna tell more about the system and
everything. Hopefully I’ll jump right into it and fit well.
On waiving his no-trade clause’¦
Like I said, I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for. Honestly growing up, it was
my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team. I always looked up to him, he
was like my hero when I was a kid. Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of
special, and you know, last year, there were a few teams on the list. This year we kind of decided
to try and keep it away from media and stuff. Hopefully the Boston fit-in could be good for both
sides. For me and Boston as well.
On his impression of the city of Boston’¦
I think it’s a great sports city, and hockey city. Because you know New England, Boston Red
Sox and Boston Bruins. I know I always liked the fans and inside the stadium they’ve been loud
and always when we played them, it was such a good atmosphere
|Mike Milbury on D&H: B’s made ‘wise decision to add to their depth and toughness’||02.16.11 at 12:52 pm ET|
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk Bruins and NHL news. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Milbury indicated he likes the Bruins’ acquisition of Chris Kelly from the Senators. “I think the Bruins have made a wise decision to add to their depth and toughness,” he said. “In both cases, you can’t get enough of it, particularly when it comes time for playoff time.”
The Bruins reportedly have interest in Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. “He’s a quiet player,” Milbury said. “He’s efficient, he’s not a physical force, doesn’t have a big shot, moves it pretty well from the point. I didn’t mean to be too critical of him the last time we spoke. If I was, I stand somewhat corrected.”
Added Milbury: “This is a player that’s going to need to step it up in terms of intensity and commitment level if he does come to Boston. That’s how I see it.”
On Friday night, the Islanders sought revenge on the Penguins for previous hits by sparking a number of brawls. The NHL responded with suspensions and a $100,000 fine for the Islanders due to their inability to control their players. However, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said it didn’t go far enough.
“What happened on Long Island was unacceptable,” Milbury said. “Clearly, the league made that statement. We allow fighting because we like it. ‘¦ We like the manliness of it. We like the immediate retribution for a perceived slight to our teammates or to ourselves. We like it when guys stand up for themselves. And we like it that they’re willing to sacrifice and are they’ll go as far as dropping the gloves to do it.
“But it’s not supposed to be a tactic. We bristle when people come up from behind, because it crosses our sense of etiquette in the hockey world. We bristle a little bit more when it seems to be not a mano-a-mano retribution thing but almost a team-wide, orchestrated thing. And we really don’t like it ‘ and what happened on Long Island ‘ is when somebody is in a compromised position that the fighter continues to pummel his opponent. And not only that, once it’s over, he comes back to taunt him from the runway. All silly, and a black eye for the league.
“Fortunately, it’s an aberration. It doesn’t happen very often any more. But when you allow fighting, and you allow those emotions to vent, it’s difficult to control it. From time to time, you’ll see this stuff. As I said, fortunately it’s less frequent now.
“The league acted. Was it strong enough? You can debate that. You could certainly have an argument about whether it was forceful enough to make changes in behavior. But it was a strong and it was an immediate statement. I think everybody would grant that.”
As for Lemieux’s criticism, Milbury noted that Matt Cooke still is a member of the Penguins. “Pittsburgh is not a goody-two-shoes team,” he said. “They’re a snippy little bunch. They’re not shy when it comes to a hit when you’re vulnerable.”
|Tuukka Rask to start for Bruins vs. Stars, Mark Stuart a healthy scratch again||02.03.11 at 11:54 am ET|
Tuukka Rask was first off the ice in Thursday’s morning skate, an indication that he will get the start in goal when the Bruins take on the Stars at TD Garden.
Rask last started on Jan. 20 against the Sabres, making 29 saves on 33 shots in a 4-2 loss. He is 4-10-1 with a 2.67 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.
Coach Claude Julien said after the skate that Mark Stuart will be a healthy scratch once again for the Bruins, and that it’s “not really” a matter of him being a game-time decision at this point. He noted that with six defensemen playing well, he doesn’t want to “punish” any of them by disrupting the success they’ve had. Stuart has been a healthy scratch for the last four games.
|Daniel Paille scores first goal of season, Bruins tied with Hurricanes after two||02.01.11 at 8:38 pm ET|
The Bruins and Hurricanes followed a scoreless period with one-goal efforts in the second, and after 40 minutes, the teams are tied, 1-1.
In a game that has featured terrific goaltending throughout the night, it’s only fitting that Daniel Paille provided the night’s first goal. Paille, who hadn’t scored since last April, tipped a Zdeno Chara past Cam Ward at 4:14 of the period. Hurricanes defenseman Jamie McBain scored his fourth goal of the season when he got his stick on a slow-bouncing pass from Sergei Samzonov in front of the net.
Blake Wheeler had the period’s only penalty, a delay of game minor for flipping the puck over the glass in the B’s defensive zone at 6:07. The Hurricanes are now 0-for-3 on the power play, while the B’s have yet to have a man advantage.
Carolina had eight shots in the period to Boston’s six. Through two, the Bruins are outshooting the Hurricanes, 21-18.
|Bruins, Hurricanes scoreless after one||02.01.11 at 7:47 pm ET|
The Bruins and Hurricanes are scoreless after a period, with the B’s outshooting Carolina, 15-10.
The Bruins were shorthanded twice in the period, with Daniel Paille and Michael Ryder going off for hooking and interference, respectively. Neither Hurricanes power plays yielded goals, though Paille had a breakaway opportunity for the Bruins when he hopped out of the box. Tim Thomas made some big saves, and even went without his mask for a few seconds, on the first penalty kill.
Milan Lucic and Jay Harrison dropped the gloves briefly, though the fight yielded very few punches before beanbag broken up.
with Lucic in the box, Claude Julien went with tweaked lines, and a line of Wheeler-Campbell-Thornton would have produced the game’s first goal were it not for Cam Ward robbing Blake Wheeler in front.
The period ended with a bang, as Steven Kampfer crushed fellow rookie Jeff Skinner accepted a pass coming into the Bruins’ zone.
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