|Tuukka Rask puts Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Stephen Gostkowski on Winter Classic mask||12.31.15 at 11:20 am ET|
FOXBORO — Wednesday saw Canadiens goalie and local product Mike Condon reveal quite the Patriots tribute on his Winter Classic. Tuukka Rask has done him one better, as the Bruins’ goaltenders Patriots-themed mask features the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Stephen Gostkowski.
|Brad Marchand suspension forces Bruins to send Colin Miller down, recall Alexander Khokhlachev||12.31.15 at 10:57 am ET|
FOXBORO — Brad Marchand‘s suspension has created a bad ripple effect for the Bruins.
Without Marchand’s services, the Bruins were down to 12 forwards and eight defensemen for the Winter Classic. As such, they opted to send down a defensemen in order to recall forward Alexander Khokhlachev. Unfortunately for them, the only defenseman they could send down without waivers is Colin Miller, who just so happens to be one of their best defensemen.
Miller has been up with Boston all season, playing in 28 of the Bruins’ 36 games. The rookie has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points this season.
Marchand will not appeal his three-game suspension for clipping Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki. He apologized Thursday for his actions.
“I just want to acknowledge the situation that I’ve put my team in for being undisciplined and affecting the game for them, taking away from the excitement for the fans, being part of this rivalry, taking that away from them and also for affecting this game for myself and putting myself in the situation to not be part of this,” Marchand said. “I want to apologize and I truly am sorry to everyone about the situation. It was not my intent to make a hit or try to injure anyone on that play.”
With Thursday’s roster move, the Bruins’ lineup in practice was as follows:
|Bill Belichick and Claude Julien skate together ahead of Winter Classic||12.31.15 at 10:40 am ET|
FOXBORO — Look who took a twirl at Gillette Stadium before Thursday’s Bruins practice.
‘ DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) December 31, 2015
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‘ DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) December 31, 2015
“It’s always great to catch up with Bill,” Julien said. “I was fortunate enough to be a guest of his yesterday at his practice, and we walked through it, and it was nice to see him work with his team. I’ve admired him for a long time for how he handles his team, how he coaches, how prepared he is.
“We play different sports, but as coaches, I think there’s a lot of things we can learn from each other and admire from each other. And that’s the one thing I have learned from Bill is his preparation is second to none.”
|Brad Marchand suspended 3 games, will miss Winter Classic vs. Canadiens||12.30.15 at 7:32 pm ET|
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended three games for clipping Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki. The suspension means he will be ineligible to play in Friday’s Winter Classic against the Canadiens.
Marchand could appeal the suspension to commissioner Gary Bettman, but he would remain suspended during his appeal.
The video explaining the suspension calls Tuesday’s play a “late, low hit to the lower body” and notes a track record of Marchand targeting the lower body with dangerous hits. Marchand was suspended last season for slew-footing Derick Brassard.
This is the fourth suspension of Marchand’s career. His biggest ban came in 2012, when he was given a five-game suspension for low-bridging Sami Salo.
|Canadiens goalie Mike Condon’s Winter Classic mask features Bill Belichick||12.30.15 at 6:43 pm ET|
Holliston native and Belmont Hill product Mike Condon plays for the Canadiens, but his Winter Classic mask displays his football allegiances clearly.
The mask, which was painted by goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson, features the Habs logos on the sides, but the back consists of a Patriots tribute, complete with a hooded Bill Belichick, four Lombardi trophies, a flying Elvis and the Patriots’ “Do Your Job” motto.
Following are pictures, courtesy of Gunnarsson (@artofdave) on Twitter:
|Video: Testing out Winter Classic ice||12.30.15 at 3:21 pm ET|
FOXBORO – While Wednesday technically qualified as an off-day, the Bruins took the ice with their families for an open skate as they got their first look at Gillette Stadium‘s setup for Friday’s Winter Classic.
After the skate, the media took the ice. Here’s a weird video from that:
|Brad Marchand doesn’t feel hit warrants suspension||12.29.15 at 10:44 pm ET|
Brad Marchand will likely have to plead his case to the Department of Player Safety in order to play in the Winter Classic. He practiced Tuesday night with reporters.
Marchand insisted after Tuesday’s game that what could be seen as a low-bridge hit on Mark Borowiecki was mere incidental contact as he was trying to turn up the ice from the defensive zone.
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 30, 2015
‘It was a simple play,’ Marchand said. ‘I mean, I was trying to get to the puck area and turned up ice. He was kind of standing there. I just turned up and tried to go after the puck-carrier.
Asked if he was worried about being suspended for Friday’s Winter Classic, Marchand responded, ‘I can’t control that.’ He gave the same response when asked if he felt the hit warranted a look from the Department of Player Safety.
Marchand was last suspended in January of last season for slew-footing Derick Brassard, a ban recent enough that Marchand will be considered a repeat offender if the league does indeed decide to suspend him. The player also has a history with low-bridging, as he committed such a hit on Sami Salo back in 2012.