|Montreal sports radio host Mitch Melnick on M&M: ‘Every player dives and embellishes a little,’ including Bruins’ Shawn Thornton||05.01.14 at 12:04 pm ET|
Montreal sports radio host Mitch Melnick of TSN 690 joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday to discuss the Bruins-Canadiens playoff series and accusations that the Habs sell out in an effort to get penalty calls. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Canadiens often are criticized — at least in Boston — for embellishing physical contact in an effort to draw penalties.
“When the Bruins talk into microphones and cameras and are talking about stuff like, ‘We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t dive. We don’t embellish. We don’t do this, we don’t do that.’ Everybody does it. Everybody does it. Shawn Thornton, stand-up guy, he does it. Every player dives and embellishes a little,” Melnick said.
“The fact of the matter is, if you polled players around the league, who’s the most disliked guy on the ice, Brad Marchand probably wins that poll by a mile since Sean Avery was kicked out of the league. And do they respect Brad Marchand? Absolutely. It’s kind of like Boston toward [P.K.] Subban. The bigger the moment, the more P.K. Subban wants that spotlight. Those guys are winning hockey players. On the ice, in the heat of battle, they do things that drive you absolutely up the wall, and you want to strangle them. But there’s a respect factor. As long as they don’t cross the line and do stuff that ends up in a serious injury. These are winning hockey players.”
Subban has become the poster child for Bruins fans’ distaste for the Canadiens’ style. Melnick said Subban “takes a lot of abuse ‘¦ behind the play” and it’s not always visible to fans.
“I’m not trying to defend him. He’s still learning. He’s still a kid,” Melnick said of the 24-year defenseman. “He’s doing things that he won’t do a year from now, or two years from now. But it’s a growing process. And he feels that he gets so much abuse that once in a while he’s got to put some mustard on it.”
|Dougie Hamilton on M&M: ‘We have to play our game and not cross the line’||04.30.14 at 2:11 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday afternoon, a day before the B’s return to the ice to start their second-round series against the Canadiens. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Bruins have been off since dispatching the Red Wings in five games on Saturday.
“It’s been good just to refresh a little bit, and I guess able to refocus,” he said. “Now we’re prepping hard for Montreal tomorrow. I think we were kind of expecting it to be Friday or Saturday, but nicer that it’s already tomorrow. I guess we’re all excited to get going now.”
Hamilton made two key offensive plays that led to goals vs. Detroit by taking advantage of a gap in the defense.
“Right from the start of the series they were kind of taking away everyone else and then kind of leaving me,” he said. “So I think it was up to me to make the good play and figure out how to beat that. I thought skating was the best idea. I guess I got, I don’t know, lucky on those two plays. But I think just they were really similar, kind of just holding the first guy off and getting through the blue line and then making a decision after that.
“I’m sure this series the penalty kill will be different, and I have to go back to how it was in the season.”
Hamilton said the Bruins will continue to be physical against the Canadiens, while trying to avoid ending up in the penalty box.
“We have to play our game and not cross the line,” he said. “I think obviously when you’re playing a team in a series I think you can wear them down. When we’re effective I think we’re chipping pucks in and forechecking hard and making their ‘D’ make mistakes. I think that really helps us. I think we’re definitely going to have to do that and keep hitting them and kind of try to wear them down, and hopefully not make them want to have the puck. Obviously not cross the line, but I think it’s a different mindset in the playoffs. But we’re definitely going to try to be physical again and fast, and hopefully get on them.”
|Report: Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs at top of list to buy NFL’s Bills||04.07.14 at 9:19 am ET|
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs “leads the list of potential suitors” for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, according to a report in The Buffalo News that cites highly placed sources.
Jacobs, who hails from Buffalo, is prohibited by NFL rules from owning teams in different cities, but there is speculation that his six children could head the purchase. Jacobs’ son Charlie Jacobs is a principal and alternate governor of the Bruins.
Jeremy Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Buffalo-based concession company Delaware North, is worth a reported $3.1 billion.
The Bills are owned by Mary Wilson following the death of her husband, Ralph Wilson, on March 25. The club was valued at $870 million in Forbes magazine’s most recent annual story on teams’ worth.
The Buffalo News report also listed as possible buyers real estate mogul Donald Trump, Sabres owner Terry Pugula and former Sabres owner Tom Golisano.
|2 fans injured after pole falls behind goal following Bruins game||03.07.14 at 7:19 am ET|
Two women in their 20s were injured when a metal pole holding up the protective netting behind one of the goals at TD Garden fell on them following the Bruins’ 3-0 victory over the Capitals on Thursday night, authorities told The Associated Press.
The women suffered minor injuries and were taken via ambulance to the hospital as a precaution.
The netting, designed to protect fans from flying pucks, fell at about 9:40 p.m.
According to a Boston Herald report, the netting was being raised to the ceiling when it gave way. A metal bar that holds one end of the net fell and appeared to strike one or both women in the head, leaving at least one of them bloodied.
|Bruins call up forwards Craig Cunningham, Alexander Khokhlachev||02.20.14 at 12:46 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have called up forwards Craig Cunningham and Alexander Khokhlachev from the team’s AHL affiliate in Providence.
In 53 games with the P-Bruins, Cunningham has a team-high 19 goals with 15 assists. Khokhlachev has 13 goals and 21 assists in 43 Providence games.
Cunningham and Khokhlachev are expected to provide depth in practice as the Bruins give their Olympians some time to readjust before the NHL starts up again next week.
|Video: Canucks coach John Tortorella wants to move past suspension, but auto-tuned song of him sure to live on||02.04.14 at 11:48 am ET|
Canucks coach John Tortorella leads his team against the Bruins on Tuesday night at TD Garden in his second game back on the bench following his 15-day suspension for his actions during last month’s game against the Flames.
Prior to Monday’s loss to the Red Wings, Tortorella told reporters that he acknowledges his mistake.
“I apologize first and foremost to the players for the situation I put them in, to the organization for my stupidity, to the league,” Tortorella said. “It’s been embarrassing and not just for me, but for everyone around me.”
Added Tortorella: “It’s been very embarrassing for my family and for myself and more importantly, everybody around me that I’m supposed to represent. As far as the nonsense I caused, I want to move by it. I think too much focus has been put on this. We need to worry about our hockey club right now.”
In the Jan. 18 game in Vancouver, Tortorella responded to Calgary starting its fourth line by sending out his fourth-liners, leading to a line brawl upon the drop of the puck. The fiery coach then attempted to get to the Calgary locker room between periods.
After the game, Tortorella explained the reasoning for his actions, and that press conference was auto-tuned to create this memorable video.
|Peter Gammons on D&C responds to Jack Edwards’ attack: ‘I actually love hockey’||01.24.14 at 10:55 am ET|
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, during a appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Friday, responded to an attack from NESN Bruins play-by-play voice Jack Edwards and defended his criticism of hockey.
The controversy started when Gammons sent out a tweet after watching highlights of the incident in Vancouver on Saturday in which the Canucks and Flames engaged in a line brawl immediately following the opening faceoff, and Canucks coach John Tortorella tried to get at the Flames locker room after the first period, leading to a 15-day suspension.
During a Wednesday appearance on Salk & Holley, Edwards went off on Gammons.
Said Edwards: “Peter Gammons commenting about hockey is like me commenting about women’s fashion. It’s just absolutely not his spectrum. He has no validity. He has no credibility. If the guy were at the rink all the time, maybe we’d consider his opinion.”
Gammons, who said he has no issues with Edwards and that they’ve “always been friends,” said he had not previously heard Edwards’ comments, although he had heard from other hockey supporters.
“You can’t believe some of the tweets I got back from people in Canada,” Gammons said, although he stood by his criticism. “I think television ratings and so forth do say something about the standings of sports. But they’re very offended by it. As you guys know, I actually love hockey. But I don’t think that reenacting ‘Slap Shot’ is that great an idea. I didn’t think [legendary minor league enforcer] Billy Goldthorpe was a great hockey player. But there are those who do.”
Edwards went on to say that Gammons should not criticize the sport without showing up in a locker room to address the participants.
“My friend Larry Brooks of the New York Post has many times experienced asking a question like, ‘Why did you pull the goalie’ or something, and being sworn at [by Tortorella when he coached the Rangers],” Gammons said. “I don’t really know why standing at the rink is a qualification as a viewer. But that’s neither here nor there.”
Added Gammons: “I appreciate his being very defensive of his sport. It’s a sport that he broadcasts and he obviously has always loved. Hockey and soccer have been two sports he’s been devoted to. ‘¦ Each one of those sports is always fighting uphill against the NFL, college football, Major League Baseball, college basketball, golf, auto racing — the big, major sports in this country. And I understand that.”
Gammons insists he is a fan of hockey, but not the way it was played Saturday in Vancouver.
“It may be the greatest sport in the world. I certainly enjoy it. I love it,” Gammons said. “But to me, watching a Bobby Orr or a [Wayne] Gretzky or someone who was great is one thing. And watching that Billy Goldthorpe mentality is another. Hey, I’m one who actually still has ‘Slap Shot’ on his iPod. I think it was very funny. It’s just that that’s theater, like the WWE.”