NHLBruins.tumblr.com — The Bruins look to increase their early season momentum when they play the Senators in ScotiaBank Place tonight in Ontario.
To do so, newcomers like Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin will have to continue to bring their skills to bear against Ottawa.
On Friday, David Krejci said that Horton’s blend of power and skill has allowed for “some” ease of movement for his line.
"You know, we are trying to be a hard team to play against and…it’s good for me when I have Luch [Milan Lucic] and Horts [Nathan Horton], both guys that can fight, and they’re really tough so it makes it a lot easier on me," said Krejci. "So it’s…good for the team.
"I think we’ve been playing great hockey so far. We’ve just got to keep doing that and not sit back.
"We just have to keep doing the things that we’ve been doing so far."
At 5-2-0, the Boston Bruins are enjoying a successful, exciting start to the 2010-11 season.
At 4-5-1, the Ottawa Senators, who have won their last two, are working to get over the .500 mark.
But don’t expect the Bruins to arrive in Canada with any cockiness in their game.
According to B’s Head Coach Claude Julien, Boston must maintain their focus as they face their Northeast Division rivals from Ottawa.
"Well, you know, I’ve got my philosophy that every game should be viewed as a game where you go in and you play hard," said Julien. "The team that you’re going to play against can beat you if you’re not ready.
NHL ready for the season’s busiest night The NHL has deeded Halloween to the trick-or-treaters. But Saturday night belongs to the skaters and goaltender –and to hockey fans, who have their choice of 14 games on the busiest night of the 2010-11 season. The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers are the only teams that get the night off. The action starts with six games at 7 p.m. ET. NHL.com
Canadiens Complete Home-and-home Sweep of Isles Alex Auld had gone nine months since his last NHL victory. It’s not as bad as it might appear because the veteran goalie only played four games in that long span. Auld made 30 saves in his season debut with workhorse goalie Carey Price getting a rare night off, and Benoit Pouliot and Travis Moen scored in the third period for the Montreal Canadiens, who beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. TSN.ca
Oilers beat Blackhawks 7-4 to end 6-game slide The Edmonton Oilers ended a six-game losing streak and gained some respect. Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle(notes) scored in a 1:09 span late in the first period, Gagner added an empty-netter in the third and the Oilers beat the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-4 on Friday night. Rookie Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and Andrew Cogliano(notes) and Ryan Jones also scored for Edmonton, which was 0-4-2 after winning its first two games of the season. Edmonton had the NHL’s worst record last season. sports.yahoo.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins held a short, crisp practice at 11:00 a.m. before boarding Bear Force One for the 2:00 p.m. trip to Canada’s capital and a date with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
The club was without forward Brian McGrattan.
Earlier in the day, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club has assigned McGrattan to the Providence Bruins for conditioning.
The P-Bruins have three games this weekend, with home games against Albany (Friday, October 29) and Worcester (Sunday, October 31) and a road game in Worcester on Saturday, October 30.
McGrattan will rejoin Boston on Monday, November 1.
In the meantime, the B’s entire travel squad sprinted through a shot-filled session that began with Zdeno Chara and crew setting up foam mini boards to serve as obstacles in front of the lower halves of the goal mouths.
Next came shots on goalies Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask with a second skater standing just outside the crease to wait for a tip-in or rebound opportunity.
Finally, line drills finished out the formal exercises before the club met with the media and left for the airport.
Sentiment is not often encountered around a professional team, but there was plenty of it to be found in the Boston Bruins locker room after Thursday night’s 2-0 win over Toronto on Milt Schmidt night in the TD Garden.
Schmidt, 92, was celebrated by the sold out TD Garden crowd for his 75 years of association with the Bruins.
“You know, it being Milt Schmidt night, the best thing we could do for him I think was to get a win tonight, and so we were trying hard to get a good result,” said goalie Tim Thomas, who earned a 20-save shutout. “I mean, just listening to the accomplishments that the man has had as part of the Bruins organization — he deserved the win tonight, so we were focusing on that.”
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Brian McGrattan to the Providence Bruins for conditioning (American Hockey League). The P-Bruins have three games this weekend, with home games against Albany (Friday, October 29) and Worcester (Sunday, October 31) and a road game in Worcester on Saturday, October 30. He will rejoin Boston on Monday, November 1.
There’s no doubt that there is something magical about Milt Schmidt and the night to celebrate the man’s 75th anniversary of signing with the Boston Bruins brought out the best in everyone who wears Black & Gold.
Perhaps inspired by Schmidt’s admission that “the spoked-B is practically my family crest” the B’s defeated their now bitter rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 in the TD Garden last night.
But even before the on-ice ceremonies, the celebration of everything “Schmidt” was well underway in the TD Garden’s Sports Museum, where, on the fifth floor, a new exhibit that highlights Milt’s career took center stage among a priceless collection of New England sports memorabilia.
“Well, this night means to me about everything,” said Schmidt as he looked at his new collection in the Garden.
The 92-year-old former player, captain, coach and general manager of the B’s said he was simply honored to be associated “with the game of hockey, the greatest game in the world.
“And I have been privileged to be honored this evening to be part of this game of ours.
“I’m just so happy and I hope that the present Bruins are going to have a little bit of the success that I had,” said Scmidt.
Penguins unveil 2011 Winter Classic uniform The Pittsburgh Penguins today unveiled their uniform for the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field. Predominantly navy blue with light blue accents, the uniform is a new design that features elements from many different eras of Penguins uniforms. It was designed by Reebok with input from both the Penguins and the NHL. NHL.com
Halak makes 24 saves, Blues shut out Predators Jaroslav Halak made it look easy — at the Nashville Predators expense. Halak made 24 saves for his second straight shutout and 11th in the NHL, and the St. Louis Blues beat Nashville 3-0 on Thursday night, handing the Predators their first regulation loss of the season. TSN.ca
How bad is it? Devilish question How low can the New Jersey Devils go? That remains to be seen, but it’s already clear after 10 games that the Devils are grasping for something — anything — that can restore sanity to their young season. How bad is it? Their future Hall of fame goalie has been porous, their $100 million sniper has been missing in action, there’s little chemistry throughout what should be a dynamic lineup and their rookie coach is already on the hot seat. TSN.com
Don’t ask Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien whether Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask is his number one goalie.
"Plain and simple, I don’t have a number two goalie," is his answer.
“That’s the ‘dilemma’ I have right now,” said Julien to the hockey press on Thursday morning. “I don’t have a backup. I have two number ones.
“So, that’s a great situation to be in, and they both know that they are capable of being number one goaltenders and it’s up to us to manage that the best we can.
“It’s up to them to manage that the best they can as well, and so far, as I’ve mentioned in the past weeks, they are very supportive of each other because their number one goal is to have this team succeed more than their individual goals.”
BOSTON BRUINS VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PRESS BOX PREGAME NOTES: OCTOBER 28, 2010
MILT SCHMIDT NIGHT: The Bruins will be honoring one of their all-time greatest tonight, Milt Schmidt. The only man in Bruins history to serve the club as player, captain, coach and General Manager, he has figured in four of the team’s five Stanley Cups - as a player in 1939 and 1941 and as the team’s GM in 1970 and 1972. The 92-year-old Schmidt had an exhibit in the New England Sports Museum (5th floor TD Garden) dedicated to him earlier this afternoon and will participate in a special pregame ceremony.
HORTON’S HOT START: Forward Nathan Horton has jumped out to a quick start to the season, having scored a point in all six games to date. For the year, the 25-year-old has 5-4=9 totals and a +3 rating. He and linemates David Krejci (1-6=7) and Milan Lucic (3-3=6) have combined for 22 points through the first six games of the season.
THIRD JERSEYS: The Bruins will be sporting their third jerseys tonight for the first time this season. They will wear the third jersey 12 games this season.
Tonight versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will take the ice for the first time this regular season.
Asked this morning about any pre-game jitters, McQuaid just smiled and said he’s simply excited to play.
“I’m sure there will be a little more nerves when it’s time for the puck to drop, but right now I’m just looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m trying not to over-think things too much and to just go out there a play my game.”
For Tyler Seguin, tonight’s game in TD Garden against the Toronto Maple Leafs is more than just an intra-division game featuring two original six teams.
Tonight, the Boston Bruins talented young center faces off against the very team he rooted for growing up in Brampton, Ontario.
Seguin, who played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers for two years during his time in Juniors earned OHL player of the year and was named to the OHL First All-Star team during the 2009-10 season.
Thus far this season, Seguin has turned heads in Boston and tonight he hopes to turn some heads in Toronto, as well.
“All I [wanted] was for Toronto to win a cup” said Seguin on Wednesday. “I mean, that’s what everyone wanted.