|Zdeno Chara on tiny Olympic beds: ‘I don’t think it’s going to be anything bad’||02.04.14 at 11:59 am ET|
While the lodging accommodations (or lack thereof) for media in Sochi have made headlines recently, it appears that the athletes won’t have the most luxurious stay for the Olympics either.
One of rooms Canada men’s hockey team will stay in pic.twitter.com/7OJQd2m4bq
‘ Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 4, 2014
One thought comes to mind at the sight of those tiny beds: What in the world is Zdeno Chara going to do?
Chara, the tallest player in the NHL and the captain of Slovakia’s Olympic hockey team, might have a hard time properly resting his 6-foot-9, 255-pound body in that small a space, but he doesn’t seem overly concerned.
“I’ve been in Russia many times, and yeah, there are many different levels of hotels from one-star, two-star to really luxury ones,” Chara said. “I’m sure it’s not going to be a five-star accommodation, but I don’t think it’s going to be anything bad. Really, as an athlete, we’re more looking for getting enough rest and a good night’s sleep and obviously good food. That’s all you should really care about — not what kind of pillows.”
Though that picture makes the rooms look especially crammed, Chara, who played in both the Torino and Vancouver Olympics, said that in his Olympic experience it’s common to have three players to a room.
“I think that you can choose to have one or two roommates; it depends on what sport, I guess,” Chara said. “But yeah, usually you always have a roommate, but every village is a little bit different. You can have kind of like a common area for certain rooms where you can watch TV, or each room can have a TV. It depends. I don’t know what it’s going to be like.”
Chara will leave the Bruins prior to Thursday’s game to carry the flag for Slovakia in Friday’s opening ceremonies. He will not play Thursday or Saturday for the B’s.
|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.
|Seahawks fan Milan Lucic compares P.K. Subban to Richard Sherman, Broncos to 2007 Patriots||02.03.14 at 1:20 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The best sports analyst during Bruins’ media availability on any given day isn’t a member of the media, but rather Milan Lucic, so he was happy to discuss his hometown-ish Seahawks‘ Super Bowl victory when chatting with reporters following Monday’s practice.
Lucic, who grew up in Vancouver and has “converted” to being a Patriots fan, spent the earlier years of his life rooting for the nearby Seahawks and continues to pull for them as his “NFC team.”
It was in a conversation about the Seahawks Monday that loud and proud Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman came up, and whether there is a player like Sherman — among the best at what they do, and happy to let you know — in the NHL. Though Brad Marchand would seem to be a candidate, Lucic said the closest comparison would be Canadiens defenseman and reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
“As far as cockiness? Well I mean there are a lot of guys who are definitely overconfident and stuff like that,” Lucic said. “I mean, Boston, you can almost kind of look at a guy like Subban. Everyone loves to hate him, but he’s still good at what he does, as far as being a defenseman. He won the Norris last year. As far as we go in Boston, I guess you could say he’s kind of a comparison.”
As for the game itself, Lucic said he was in awe of Seattle’s defense, which took the ball away four times and limited Peyton Manning‘s offense to just eight points in a blowout win. He compared the Broncos‘ high-powered offense missing out on the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots in 2007-08, as it too set records but failed to reach its ultimate goal.
“Yes. Yes,” Lucic said when asked if he was surprised to see Seattle handle Denver the way it did. “Especially a safety off the first play, and it kept going downward for the Broncos after that, but you know what? It was pretty impressive to see Seattle’s defense and what they can do. They kind of just bull-rushed the Broncos offense and [Denver] didn’t have really any answer for it. It still amazes me how in most sports, the best defense usually comes [out] on top over the best offense.
“I guess from the Broncos standpoint, you could kind of compare it to the ’07-’08 Pats, having all that success and all those touchdowns and points, but they lose the big game. I felt that here my rookie year, so I’m sure they’re really disappointed, but like I said, it’s great to see that defense does win championships.”
|Claude Julien: ‘Very doubtful’ Adam McQuaid plays for Bruins before Olympic break||02.03.14 at 12:58 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid did not skate Monday, and with the B’s now five days away from their last game before the Olympic break, B’s coach Claude Julien admitted it is “very doubtful” that McQuaid will play before the break.
McQuaid has been limited to 30 games this season, missing the other 24 due to lower-body injuries. He has not played since the team’s Jan. 19 game in Chicago due to a leg injury.
‘He’s hasn’t started skating yet, so it would be very doubtful that he would play until after the break,” Julien said. “If he’s 100 percent, and I checked on him today, they weren’t putting him on the ice and he was only going to start skating sometime this week, so he’s been out too long for me to throw him out there. I would be very surprised if you see him here.’
David Warsofsky, who was recalled Monday, practiced with the team as he prepares to play Thursday and Saturday with Zdeno Chara out.
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|Bruins recall David Warsofsky||02.03.14 at 9:59 am ET|
The Bruins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky on Monday as the team enters the final week before the Olympic break.
The B’s have three games this week, two of which will be played without Zdeno Chara due to his duties as Slovkia’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. Given that the team had been carrying just six defensemen, a call-up was going to be required.
Warsofsky already has played in four games for the B’s this season, recording one goal and no assists with an even rating. In 42 games for Providence, the Marshfield native has three goals and 23 assists for 26 points with a plus-12 rating.
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|Chad Johnson earns first shutout with Bruins in win over Oilers||02.01.14 at 3:31 pm ET|
Chad Johnson recorded his first shutout as a Bruin to lead the B’s past Edmonton, 4-0, Saturday at TD Garden.
Johnson made 22 saves on the day, good for his second career shutout. The backup netminder had a 21-save shutout last Jan. 28 against the Predators while playing for Phoenix.
David Krejci made it 1-0 on a second-period power play with a shot that went off Ryan Jones’ skate and past Ben Scrivens. Dougie Hamilton built on the lead with a wraparound goal in the third period, with Carl Soderberg picking his eighth goal of the season just over six minutes later. Torey Krug made it 4-0 on a power-play goal.
Soderberg (a goal and an assist), Zdeno Chara (two assists) and Jarome Iginla (two assists) turned in multi-point performances for the Bruins.
The win was Boston’s fifth in its last six games, as the B’s had won four straight before suffering a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Saturday also marked the return of former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. The Edmonton native and Oilers captain was greeted with a standing ovation was acknowledged with a video during a first period stoppage of play.
The Bruins now enter the final week prior to the Olympic break. They will host the Canucks Tuesday, face the Blues in St. Louis on Thursday and play the Senators at TD Garden Saturday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Hamilton now has back-to-back goals for the first time in his career. He did all of the work on his goal Saturday, taking the puck to the net, getting his own rebound and going behind the net for the wraparound.
- Daniel Paille‘s been earning some power plays for the Bruins of late, drawing three penalties in his last three
games and four in his last five games. Two of the last three — Tuesday’s hook from Mike Weaver and Saturday’s trip from Jeff Petry — came off him using his speed to go to the net. He was also interfered with by Jordan Eberle during a second-period penalty kill in which he had previously been stopped by Scrivens on a shorthanded breakaway.
- The B’s survived a couple of injury scares, as Kevan Miller returned to the game in short order after blocking a shot with his right hand/wrist in the first period and Shawn Thornton returned for the second period after going down the tunnel and missing all but one shift of the first period due to a fight with Luke Gazdic.
- In picking up the secondary assist on Hamilton’s goal and scoring a goal of his own, Carl Soderberg now has a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists).
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Loui Eriksson had a goal disallowed in the second period when a review led officials to the conclusion that there was a distinct kicking motion. Eriksson angled his skate toward the net as he took a feed from Matt Bartkowski down low, with the puck going off his skate and in. Though the exact phrasing “distinct kicking motion” is tough, he did move his foot forward as he tried to angle it, making for a kick, whether intentional or not. The goal would have been Eriksson’s fourth point in four games.
- Speaking of Eriksson, he turned in a candidate for the most accidentally hilarious move of the year when he did this in the second period:
- Patrice Bergeron‘s line has now gone three games without a goal. It had been red-hot in mid-to-late January.
|Zdeno Chara to miss two games, pre-break return not ruled out for Adam McQuaid||02.01.14 at 12:28 pm ET|
Claude Julien confirmed Saturday that Zdeno Chara, in addition to missing the last game before the Olympic break against the Senators next Saturday, will miss Thursday’s game against the Blues as he heads to Sochi early to carry Slovakia’s flag in the opening ceremonies.
The opening ceremonies will take place Friday, so the idea that Chara would have played Thursday night and then traveled cross-country with a six-hour time difference seemed close to impossible. As such, the news that Chara won’t play Thursday should come as no surprise. Julien said he is unsure whether Chara will travel to St. Louis with the team and then leave for Russia or stay back in Boston following Tuesday’s game against the Canucks.
Adam McQuaid, who has not played since leaving the team’s Jan. 19 game against the Blackhawks with a leg injury, continues to work out but has yet to skate. He began to bike about four days ago, estimated Julien.
“If he’s 100 percent, he’s going to go,” Julien said. “We’ve always said that; there’s no use holding a guy back if he’s 100 percent, but there’s no doubt that if he’s not quite there yet, that the next two weeks would be really useful for him. That’s what we have to decide here, but especially with Zdeno being gone the last couple of games, if he’s 100 percent, you want him in the lineup.”
Asked whether it was conceivable that McQuaid could get on the ice in the coming days and be ready for a game in short order, Julien was a bit more reserved in his expectations.
“I don’t even know if he’s going to get on the ice,” Julien admitted. “I haven’t gotten that far with him or with the trainers, I should say, but I know he’s progressing well. I don’t even want to kind of make a prediction because I don’t know.”
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