|Andy Brickley on M&M: NHL will ‘make an example’ of Shawn Thornton with lengthy suspension, but Brooks Orpik should have answered call to fight earlier||12.12.13 at 12:17 pm ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined Mut & Merloni via phone from Edmonton, where the B’s play Thursday night, for his weekly discussion about the team.
“No question he crossed the line, he’s aware of that, and the league will obviously discipline him, use him as an example,” Brickley said. “This is the type of stuff that’s a hot-button issue in the National Hockey League — injuries, concussions, bad decisions, bad hits in the game. That’s what they’re trying to clean up, and it’s an opportunity for the league to really make an example of him, which they probably will do.
“Certainly in the moment, when we were doing the broadcast, when the initial hit [by Orpik on Loui Eriksson] was made and then Eriksson was concussed, obviously, no penalty on the play, I thought it was a borderline hit, could have been a penalty, could not have been a penalty. I have a hard time even with my experience knowing what’s a penalty and what’s not a penalty anymore. …
“When the first hit by Orpik was made on Eriksson, then he was challenged initially, if you remember, by Dougie Hamilton — no response. Then Shawn Thornton had the opportunity to challenge Orpik — no response. That’s when you know, because you’ve been there, that this is going to get ugly. Because if you’re not going to handle it the way the Bruins feel it should be handled, then people were going to start crossing lines and the game was going to get ugly. You knew it was going to happen, and I think that’s where it started to break down.”
Brickley said Orpik, who is known as a hard hitter but someone who does not fight, could have handled the situation better.
“This kid, he’s a good player, he’s a good hitter, he likes to hit in open ice,” Brickley said. “But he’s also got a reputation for a guy that hits the Loui Erikssons, the Jeff Skinners. He broke Erik Cole‘s neck from hitting him from behind. … When you have a reputation like that, you have to answer for those types of hits if you’re going to play that way. It’s plain and simple. That’s code. If you want to talk code, that’s code.”
Added Brickley: “Just flip it around if you want to have this kind of conversation. If Johnny Boychuck stands up and knocks Chris Kunitz on a borderline hit, interference, on-the-puck play, if you want to call it that, and Deryk Engelland comes over and challenges Boychuck, what does Boychuck do? … That’s how those plays get defused and you don’t get into the nasty anymore.”
|Tyler Seguin shows Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins why it’s great to be a Bruin||11.11.11 at 8:25 am ET|
There’s no doubt that Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have All-Star careers ahead of them. By all accounts from NHL scouts, the pair are can’t miss talents that will help lead the Edmonton Oilers back to prominence.
Throw in Ryan Smyth, who had two goals Thursday, and you can see why their forward skill is envied by others around the league.
All three certainly showed their talent Thursday night.
But in the end, it was Tyler Seguin‘s Bruins who had the deeper roster and better defensemen as the B’s prevailed, 6-3.
Seguin already has a Stanley Cup ring.
Seguin was a second overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft while Hall and Nugent-Hopkins were the last two No. 1 overall picks. Seguin said it was fun taking it all in.
“Yeah, I mean it was fun,” the 19-year-old Seguin said, before referencing Nugent-Hopkins, who is a whopping one year younger than Seguin. “And then there were some ' you know, that new first overall kid ' I don't know why I said kid; I'm a kid ' that was the first time I'd actually seen him play as well, and it's cool seeing new talent coming into the league. They're going to be a great team in a few years to come; they've got a lot of talent.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Tyler Seguin doesn’t remember whether he was matched up with Taylor Hall a lot in juniors, but Hall certainly remembers Seguin. When asked the same question Seguin couldn’t answer a day earlier, Hall said he learned enough from playing against Seguin in the OHL that he has an idea of how to silence the Bruins’ leading scorer.
“I’ve played against him a lot in the playoffs. Over the last few years of my junior career, I played against him probably 20 times, so I kind of know what he’s all about,” Hall said Thursday.
Hall’s Windsor Spitfires swept Seguin’s Plymouth Whalers in the playoffs in 2010, a series in which Hall — whose line was out there against Seguin’s — kept Seguin from registering a point, while Hall picked up eight points in the four-game series.
Now, the tables are turned quite a bit. It’s Seguin who’s doing better statistically (15 points for Seguin compared to Hall’s nine), and while the Oilers boast the far superior record of 9-3-1, Seguin is the one playing on the defending Stanley Cup champions.
For that reason, Hall’s line with fellow young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle might have a trickier time keeping Seguin off the score sheet. Even so, Hall hopes to draw from experience as he tries to silence the line he figures to see plenty of Thursday night.
“We had to play him really hard,” Hall said of Seguin. “We couldn’t give him a lot of time with the puck especially. Tonight — his line’s playing great, with [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron — we’re going to try to limit their time and try to play in their end and make them come 200 feet to score on us.”
|Seguin elaborates a bit more on expectations, playing time to Montreal Gazette||03.01.11 at 4:30 pm ET|