|Carey Price happy for Tim Thomas for skipping White House, standing up for what he believes in||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.”
|Bruins hit break on a low note, fall to Capitals||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.
|Nathan Horton likely has another concussion||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.
|Tim Thomas issues statement on why he skipped White House||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”
|Tim Thomas skips White House based on political beliefs, will make statement via Facebook||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.
|Andrew Ference suspended three games for hit on Ryan McDonagh||01.22.12 at 1:55 pm ET|
Ference and McDonagh were both chasing a puck Ference had chipped behind Henrik Lundqvist’s net in overtime when Ference shoved the Rangers blueliner into the endboards.
The B’s defenseman, who had tied a career high with his fourth goal of the season earlier in the game, was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. The Bruins remained on the penalty kill until Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 remaining to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory.
With Ference out, Steven Kampfer will be in the Bruins’ lineup Sunday in Philadelphia.
Ference’s suspension is the Bruins’ third of the season, which ties the Flames for most suspensions for a team this season. Milan Lucic (one game in December) and Brad Marchand (five games earlier this month) are the other two Bruins to b suspended this season.
|Andrew Ference hopes to avoid suspension after hit on Ryan McDonagh||01.21.12 at 4:46 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference put the Bruins in a tight spot Saturday when his dangerous hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime put the Rangers on the power play until Marian Gaborik won the game with 3.6 seconds remaining.
The play, which resulted in a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct, came when Callahan and Ference were racing for a puck behind the Rangers’ net.
“I’m obviously going as fast as I can to get to the puck, and when I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out,” Ference said. “I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position. I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough.”
“I honestly haven’t seen the replay, so I don’t know how it looks,” Ference said. “I just know the intent — I feel like I’m leaning back, but obviously didn’t slow up fast enough. It’s really their call.”
Coach Claude Julien defended Ference, but spoke as though he expected the defenseman to hear from the league.
“Andrew Ference is not a dirty player,” Julien said. “He’s one of those guys that certainly supports what the league is trying to do as far as minimizing those injuries. It was a player chasing the puck, and when he did get hit, his legs were pretty far apart. There wasn’t a very good balance from the player, and it certainly resulted in an unfortunate thing. We’ll let the league look at it. They dissect things their own way, and we’re just waiting to hear from them.”
The Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence after the game. He will travel with the team to Philadelphia and play in the event that Ference is suspended prior to Sunday’s game.