|Claude Julien: Bruins fans ‘made you feel proud of this city’||04.18.13 at 9:32 am ET|
Whether player, coach or team staffer, Wednesday night was a night of solidarity.
That was a point made unmistakably clear by Bruins coach Claude Julien, even after a 3-2 loss to the Sabres at TD Garden.
Julien was asked about his reaction to the fans singing the national anthem and the “We are Boston” chants throughout the game.
“Well, I think like everybody else, it was pretty emotional,” Julien said. “In a way, it made you feel proud of this city and of our fans of this solidarity that was shown throughout this whole thing. Certainly, like I said, proud of this city for how they responded.
“The national anthem was pretty touching. And, obviously, everything that they did. I remember the video, I remember the national anthem and we even saw those people up there on the screen in the TV timeouts. And looking up there and realizing that those guys have done an unbelievable job for this city throughout this crisis and we should be grateful to a lot of people and we should also feel for the people that are going through it right now. I think we still do.”
Did it ever felt like a normal hockey game to Julien and his staff?
“I don’t know,” Julien said. “I think through it all, our guys really wanted to battle hard and make it happen. We had a lot of chances and, sure we probably didn’t bury those and we’d like to be better in regards to that, but the main goal is to go out there and really play well for the cause and I thought we played a really decent game. Unfortunately, sometimes bounces don’t go your way. They tied it up late in the game and I thought we probably deserved to win at that point.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Video: With national anthem, Bruins fans show just how Boston Strong they are||04.17.13 at 8:26 pm ET|
In one of the most powerful and stirring moments in recent Boston sports history, Bruins fans took over for national anthem singer Rene Rancourt Wednesday night, singing the entire national anthem in tribute to the victims and the heroes from Monday’s Boston Marathon attacks that killed three and left over 170 injured. Before the anthem, the Bruins showed a wonderfully crafted video tribute to the first responders who rescued victims from the carnage on Boylston Street. That video – courtesy of the Boston Bruins – is below.
|Shawn Thornton undergoing evaluation, update expected Friday||02.01.13 at 12:35 am ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien said an update on Shawn Thornton is expected on Friday after the Bruins enforcer received a full evaluation Thursday night.
Thornton was handed a rare beating in a bout with Buffalo’s John Scott three minutes into a 7-4 loss to the Sabres Thursday night at TD Garden.
After serving his five-minute fighting major in the penalty box, Thornton skated across the ice and immediately to the Bruins dressing room. He did not return.
“We’ll know more [Friday],” Julien said immediately after the game. “He’s being evaluated, until we get a definite answer, nothing more.”
Julien said Thornton’s loss in the fight had little to do with his team’s defenseless loss to the Sabres, a game in which they allowed seven goals in the final two periods.
“I mean you know that’s just part of the game, and you know Scott did his job that his job for them and Shawn did his job for us,” Julien said. “And those things happen you win some you lose some. But at the same time I don’t think it deflated our team. We were in the lead 3-1 there half way through the second so it didn’t do anything in that way. I think again you know, we keep looking for other reasons than the one I gave you guys – we were just terrible defensively. And you know the other part is – give them credit they played a really good game tonight. And I’m not saying that just to say, they really did play a good solid game tonight and they were the better team at the end of the night.”
“I think it’s what happens, it’s a square-off between the two tough guys in the building,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Somebody said they were talking in warm-ups, I didn’t really anticipate what was going to happen. I think John has provided us some team toughness, and it’s spilled off onto other guys. He did a nice job for us and I thought the rest of the game was just a hard fought game.”
As for the Bruins’ players, they reacted in different ways to the Thornton loss.
“He’s been a great team guy here for the last six years, and he takes a lot of pride in what he does, sticking up for himself and his teammates,” Milan Lucic said. “He’s a great team guy, and he’s an important person to this hockey club. It was unfortunate that he missed the rest of the game after that, but knowing him, he’s a tough guy and he’ll try to get back as soon as he can.”
“I wasn’t too sure if Thorty was gonna fight him, but that’s the type of guy he is, make sure no one else had to do the job and you know, did it,” added Tyler Seguin. “I came in and saw him, he looked like he was doing fine.
“Obviously Thorty can fight and he’s a tough guy, but you’ve still got to look at that Scott guy, he’s not a small guy and Thorty has a ton of passion, and will do anything it takes for this team. Whether it’s fighting a giant just to get the boys going, win or lose, that’s what he’s gonna do.”
|John Scott on his fight with Shawn Thornton: ‘Last year’s not going to happen this year’||01.31.13 at 10:55 pm ET|
After he got the better of Shawn Thornton Thursday night, it’s almost as if Sabres enforcer John Scott, who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs 270 pounds, felt for his fellow ice combatant.
Scott admitted that he and Thornton talked about dropping the gloves pre-game before the fateful bout 2:53 into game.
“I’m not going into what we talked about,” Scott said. “We talked and I’ll leave that between me and Shawn.”
Scott knew what his job was: take on the toughest guy on the Bruins and send a message that the Sabres were not going to be the punching bag they were last season.
“Well, obviously going into this game there was a lot of hype around what happened last game,” Scott said. “So, I kind of just wanted to set the tone and say, ‘Okay we’re here to play’. And it happened out that I came out on the fight. And regardless of the outcome I just want to be there for my teammates and let them know I’m here to fight, I’ve got your back. And last year’s not going to happen like [that] this year.”
To send that message, Scott knew what he had to do.
“Yeah, he’s obviously one of the tougher guys in the league, and it just happened,” Scott said. “I kind of got the right grip, and kind of had him on the run, and it just happened that way. He will bounce back, he’s a tough guy and he’ll probably fight me again, and probably do a lot better next time.”
Thornton was handled unlike he’s ever been handled in a fight while wearing a Bruins uniform. He never got a solid shot in. It was Scott doing all the punching, right after right after right to the face and head of Thornton.
“I think it was the one over the top, it might have hit him in the back of the ear and dropped him,” Scott said. “And then yeah, the uppercut didn’t help.”
Scott watched Thornton leave the penalty box and head straight for the Bruins dressing room. Thornton never returned.
“I was asking our trainers how he’s doing,” he said. “You never want to hurt somebody, I was kind of concerned after the first period we never saw him again. So, I still don’t know how he’s doing, hopefully he’s doing well. You hate to see someone leave the game like that.”
Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick and Ryan Miller stopped 38 of 42 shots on the night as the Sabres handed the Bruins their first regulation loss of the season, 7-4, Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins were denied matching their best seven-game start in franchise history and fell to 5-1-1 on the season. Vanek now has 54 points in 46 career games against Boston.
The only significant action of the first period was a fight 2:53 into the game that had John Scott taking down Shawn Thornton in stunningly fast fashion with several rights to the face and head of the Bruins enforcer. Both men served their fighting majors and then Thornton headed immediately down the Boston tunnel to the dressing room and did not return. The Bruins did not reveal the nature of the injury before announcing early in the second period that he would not return.
After a scoreless first period, the two teams combined for six goals in the second, with the division rivals splitting the difference for a 3-3 score after 40 minutes. The Sabres took the first lead of the game when Vanek one-timed a shot past Tuukka Rask 1:38 into the second.
The Bruins then answered with a dominating 10-minute stretch. Rich Peverley scored his first on a Daniel Paille rebound from the edge of the right circle at 5:12 to tie the game. Brad Marchand then scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season just 3:11 apart, putting Boston up, 3-1 and capping a three-goal flurry in five minutes, 42 seconds.
But the game turned on two Bruins penalties called simultaneously as Milan Lucic was whistled for boarding and Zdeno Chara was called for holding, giving Buffalo a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes. The Bruins controlled the kill early but Vanek scored his second of the night and fifth of the season 60 seconds into the power play, making it 3-2. The Bruins killed off the final 60 seconds with Lucic still in the box. But the Sabres used the power play for valuable momentum, earning the equalizer when Tyler Ennis was left all alone on the right post in front of Rask. Vanek fed a perfect pass across the slot and Ennis didn’t miss. Read the rest of this entry »
Shawn Thornton will not return to Thursday’s game after suffering a beating at the hands of Sabres enforcer John Scott.
The 6-foot-8 Scott and 6-foot-2 Thornton squared off at the Sabres blue line just three minutes in the game. Before Thornton could get himself free to throw punches, Scott delivered no fewer than five rights to the head and neck area of the Bruins enforcer. Thornton and Scott went to the penalty box to serve their fighting majors.
The fight did not come as a surprise as the game was billed as a physical contest coming in, with several physical tussles expected between the Bruins and the Sabres, who were trying to make a point in the Northeast Division. Anticipating the fisticuffs, the Bruins scratched healthy players Aaron Johnson and Chris Bourque, activating Lane MacDermid.
Once the penalties expired, Thornton went immediately down the Bruins tunnel and into the dressing room and did not return. The Bruins announced at the start of the second period that he would not be returning but did not specify the nature of his injury.
The fight had no impact on the scoreboard as the two teams skated to a scoreless first period. The Bruins actually fell behind 1-0 early in the second before awakening with three goals in a span of 5:42, including back-to-back goals from Brad Marchand in a span 3:11.
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|Johnny Boychuk helps Bruins find their jam||03.09.12 at 9:53 am ET|
In the midst of a 1-1 game in the third period, the Sabres and Bruins appeared for all the world to be heading for overtime.
Then with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third – BANG – Johnny Boychuk delivers.
No, it wasn’t his go-ahead blast from the right point with seven minutes remaining. It was something just as electric and woke everyone up in the building. Boychuk cleanly leveled Sabres star Thomas Vanek at Buffalo’s blue line and the tempo had been set for the rest of the game.
“I saw a guy coming back so I could pinch down and I could see [Vanek] wasn’t really paying attention too much – I just wanted to make sure it was a clean hit,” Boychuk said. “The fans gave us a little boost and we took it from there.”
Shawn Thornton knows a thing or two about physical play and loved what he saw from the hit. To Thornton, the Bruins were playing a solid game and Boychuk’s hit just raised the level.
“Yeah, he’s a very physical player,” Thornton said. “I thought we played a pretty good game so I thought the momentum might have been amped up a little bit more. I thought we were pretty solid most of the night as it was.”
There’s an expression in hockey for what the Bruins had Thursday night – jam. It’s the energy to make things happen on the ice.
Two minutes after Boychuk’s wake-up call – just about 15 feet in closer from where he delivered his hit on Vanek – he unloaded one of his characteristic “Johnny Rockets” past Jhonas Enroth and the Bruins had the lead for good in a 3-1 win over the Sabres at TD Garden.
“It was just like a scramble play and I saw the puck coming through and I just decided I’ll go down and try to rip it home,” Boychuk said. “It’s just, you see the play developing and I know [Patrice Bergeron] is good defensively, so if I go down and get that puck I know he’s going to be backing me up.”
Boychuk was asked if he were actually aiming the puck to an open spot above Enroth’s shoulder, the mere suggestion of which made Boychuk laugh.
“Well, I was aiming of course,” Boychuk laughed. “I hit him in the belly a couple of times and one went through him so you know, try to just put it on top.”
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