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Curtis Lazar Capped Of The Ottawa Senators Win Over The Bruins Last Night With An Ice Rink Hamburger

Curtis Lazar must be a fan of the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, because life threw him a hamburger last night, and he ate it. I’ll never openly root against the Bruins, as their the hometown team, but you’re not going to win against a competitor as hungry as Curtis. While I’ll never condone wasting that much delicious hamburger, it is a nice little wrinkle to the post game celebration. I have to imagine after three hours of hockey you’re pretty hungry, so what better way to conquer that hunger than with a delicious hamburger that was thrown from the stands? A+ for Curtis, and A+ for the Senator’s fans.

– Ryan

H/T UPROXX

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Boston Bruins 2014-2015 Season Preview

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October 8, 2014 isn’t a long time away from now, but there is still much to be decided before the opening night of the season for the Boston Bruins; especially after a less than desirable exit at the hands of their arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens in round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.  Although training camp didn’t officially start until late last week, current Bruins, prospects, and rookies have been finding their way to Ristuccia Arena well ahead of organized team activities.  Here’s what to watch for as the Bruins begin their quest toward Lord Stanley’s Cup.

-The Bruins return a solid core on offense headed into the season, but unlike training camp in the previous years, there seem to be anywhere from 1-4 available positions for the big club.  Following the departures of Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla, the Bruins are looking to add two more wingers to their roster.  However, there could be a third slot available if restricted free agent, Reilly Smith remains unsigned.  While the talent pool of prospects the Bruins have brought in seems prominent with names like Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, among many others, Reilly Smith seems like the first option to make the club, should he re-sign with Boston.

-Another name making a lot of buzz since the NHL Entry Draft is David Pastranak.  The 18 year old rookie has shown a lot of skill and maturity in his short time with the Bruins, and while this writer would like to see him make the team as the 13th forward, his size and toughness will be brought into question in the coming weeks.  However, he will be given every chance to make the team as he has impressed a lot of the Bruins brass since being drafted 25th overall in June.

-The Bruins have also brought in veterans like Simon Gagne and Ville Leino for training camp.  Gagne has been a solid player for the various teams he’s been with over his career, but that has to be taken with a grain of salt due to his injury history.  Leino is coming off another disappointing season in Buffalo, after a promising start to his career in Philadelphia.  His style of play could fit in well with the Bruins, but Boston may want to add younger, more skilled players to its 2014-2015 roster.

-Returning Forwards: P. Bergeron, B. Marchand, M. Lucic, D. Krejci, L. Eriksson, C. Soderberg, C. Kelly,    G. Campbell, D. Paille, J. Caron(?).

-On the defensive end, the Bruins return one of the better shutdown units in the National Hockey League led by Zdeno Chara.  Although it may seem like he has regressed in his recent years, much of the Bruins success lies with him.

-Personally, the storyline on the defensive side of the ice I’m looking forward to is the development of Dougie Hamilton.  There will be a day when Chara retires, and at age 21, Dougie Hamilton looks to be the future of the defensive unit for Boston.

-The Bruins also hope to resign restricted free agent Torey Krug.  Krug was integratl to both the Bruins back end and provided a spark on the power play.  Although Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli, believes they have 9 NHL caliber defenseman, it’s imperative to resign Krug due to the spark he provides with his offensive skill.

-Returning Defensemen: Z. Chara, D. Seidenberg, J. Boychuk, D. Hamilton, A. McQuaid, K. Millar, M. Bartkowski

-Now this is an easy one.  Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the Bruins this season, and as the defending Vezina Trophy winner for the year’s best goaltender, he makes sure the Boston has a chance at 2 points every time they hit the ice.

-The Bruins backup goaltender position remains somewhat of a question.  Last season, Chad Johnson performed extremely well in his as Tuukka’s backup, but with his departure the Bruins look to Niklas Svedberg or Malcolm Subban.

-Svedberg looks like the front runner due to his experience with minor league Providence Bruins, but Subban is progressing at a rapid rate and could surprise some in training camp.  Ultimately, I believe the job will go to Svedberg, leaving Subban as the number 1 goalie in Providence for a few years to come.

Returning Goaltender: Tuukka Rask

There you have it ladies and gents, the state of the Boston Bruins just a few short weeks ahead of the season opener.  The Bruins return a solid team that is most certainly a Stanley Cup contender.  However, a lot of roster question marks remain after an early departure in the playoffs last season, but hopefully they will be answered in the coming weeks.  Many of the returning players have been left with a bad taste in their mouth after a game 7 home loss to bitter rival, Montreal, so look for them to be hungry for a shot at redemption and ultimately another Stanley Cup this coming season.  A lot can happen between then and now so look for another update or two prior to the first puck drop at the Garden, but until then Go Bruins!

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-Berno

p.s. As we get into the season, these will most certainly get shorter, but in the meantime, thanks for reading.

 

Stanley Cup Wrap Up

Last night we saw the Chicago Blackhawks capture their second Stanley Cup in four years. As a Boston Bruins fan, I say congratulations. Like I said a few weeks ago Im a fan of theirs too, but I was rooting for the Bruins on this one.

Chicago was the clear cut best team all season and they finished the only way they could. The Bruins have nothing to be ashamed of. In a game that had a little over a minute left to push it to a seventh contest Chicago never gave up and beat Boston fair and square. Boston shouldn’t hang their heads on a fantastic run. It’s depressing to go down like that but at the end of the day it was a war that will go down as one of the best in the history books.

Next season should be interesting and I’m a firm believer that in hockey it’s any teams game all season. It would be something to see a finals repeat though. Have a great summer everyone!

+Berno

Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Tonight marks game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals between two original 6 teams, the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.

I for one cannot be more excited for this series. I’m a die hard Bruins fan, my old man took me to the old garden to see them play, I have a Terry O’Reilly jersey, and Pie McKenzies’s autograph. So naturally that’s who I’m rooting for here. I also have a special place in my tiny heart for the Blackhawks. Keith Carney is a family friend, I reffed Tony Amonte’s son, and I consider Chris Chelios an American hero. So this series will be very fun for me to watch personally.

As far as hockey goes we’ve got 2 hard nosed, skilled teams with absolute walls in net. It will no doubt be a grind. The teams match up pretty equally from top to bottom. The winner here will be dependent on who’s more headstrong and which goalie doesn’t get rattled. I’m going with Boston in 6.

However, one thing I look forward to after every NHL playoff series is the handshake. Pure respect after beating the shit out of each other for 4-7 games. These are two great hockey towns so I expect if one team should win the cup on enemy ice there will be an applause. But you have to account for the boo’s of that Antichrist, Gary Bettman.

Words cannot describe how psyched the home crowds will be. The fact that no team from the east has played a team from the west even adds an element of mystery. RL Stine couldn’t have written a better script. Anyways, I hope this got at least 3 people pumped for the series and if you wanna talk hockey hit me up.

+Berno

PS last time the Bruins won the cup I got black out drunk at the parade and was 4 hours late for my own college graduation party, boom.

Chara Would Have Eaten You, Crosby

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Here is a little something I made to commemorate the Bruins sweep of the Penguins.  Stupid, flightless, birds.

-MattyV

My Biased Opinion On Why Hockey Players Are The Toughest Athletes In Sports

Last night the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime to take a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was a great team effort, top to bottom, Tuukka Rask was outstanding for Boston, but the real hero here is Bruins forward Gregory Campbell.

On a penalty kill in the 2nd period Campbell took a slap shot to the leg as he blocked a shot toward the Boston net. He went down for about 10 seconds and hobbled around for another 60, giving his team everything he had in what would be his last minute of the 2013 season. Campbell broke his leg on the play.

Which brings me to my point, hockey players are the toughest athletes in sports. Any other event, NFL, NBA, or MLB there would’ve been an immediate stoppage with everyone and their brother from the medical staff out there to carry him off the field of play. But not in hockey. Campbell got back to his feet, played another 60, and skated off on his own power. That. Takes. Balls. A similar incident happened to Nicholas Hjalmersson of the Chicago Blackhawks the other night, same heart to stay out and finish your shift. Fortunately for him no serious injury occurred.

Baseball players miss weeks or months with a broken finger. Hockey players don’t miss practice. Basketball players can’t bump each other. Hockey players level each other. If there’s a fight in football, call the federal government. You’re allowed to fight in hockey.

To wrap this up, if you’re not a fan of hockey, watch these playoffs and you’ll be hooked. Hop on a teams bandwagon and see where it takes you because the respect you develop for these guys night in and night out is more than enough to grow the fan base of the NHL and hockey everywhere.

+Berno

The Hulkster Endorses The Bruins, May As Well Have Jesus On Our Side

From Toucher & Rich: Hulk Hogan’s Message for the Bruins

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/31/toucher-rich-hulk-hogans-message-for-the-bruins/

There’s no denying that Hulk Hogan is a legend, an icon, and one hell of a model American.  Well that last one is debatable, but how does the saying go?  Greatness finds greatness?  Ok maybe, I made it up, but when a guy like Hulk Hogan puts someone over, you know they’re destined for greatness.  I mean yes, the interview was the typical Hogan schtick with all of the “brothers” and “dudes”, but man can this dude draw a crowd.  Dammit.  Also, I’m starting to think this guy is just permanently in character now, which isn’t a terrible thing.  Aside from holding back my guy Y2J, Hogan recognizes talent, and when he says the Bruins are gonna run wild on you, you better batten down the hatches.

I can’t say I’m surprised the Bruins took game 1 in Pittsburgh, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting it, but knew it was possible.  The Hulkster probably saw it from a mile away.  What I do know is that wasn’t even the best hockey Boston can bring and we still came out with the W.  And another thing I know? You don’t bet against Hulk Hogan and with him on our side anything is possible.  Let’s go B’s!

+Berno

P.S.  What are the chances we can get him to play the National Anthem on guitar alongside Rene Rancourt on Wednesday? Let’s make that happen.

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