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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yelle back tonight

Stephane Yelle will be back in the lineup tonight centering the fourth line. Yelle has missed the previous five games after falling backwards into the boards. With the return of Yelle, expect Byron Bitz to be the healthy scratch. Bitz has 4 goals and 3 assists in 28 games this season. Bitz brings grit and energy to the fourth line but with a healthy squad he's the odd man out.

Matt Hunwick and Shane Hnidy are both expected to be scratches once again. It wouldn't be a bad idea to try some different defensemen in there, especially the way Ference and Montador have been playing lately.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sit axelsson for the love of god

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolute FUCKING Joke this team is right now !! Fighting for first place with 4 days off and that's all they have !! Losing to the Kings....come on !!! They are going to get waxed with this kind of shit effort against the Devils. Nice P.P. tonight !! Put Axellson first line centre and scratch Savard...amybe he will wake up ! BRUTAL................

9:34 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

Maybe it's just me, but the Bruins do not take enough shots. A goalie should stop 90% of the shots he faces, but you can't score if you're not shooting. Boston players hold on to the puck way too long trying to make pretty plays. It's obviously not working. Marc Savard had a good shot at the net earlier in the game and tried passing, having it taken away, and Krejci had a decent opportunity in OT to shoot, and hope for a rebound, or garbage goal, and passed it away having waited to long to make a play.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous calm it down said...

we'r going to be fine guys. relax.

teams play differnt in the playoffs. they play with more passion. trust me, i want to do nothing more then scream at the top of my lungs and smack each player. but remember, wer not used to this whole winning all the time thing. we always gotta fight in the the playoffs and its a mess.

we ARE playing like shit, and we have for a while. but we are still in 1st and we cant risk injury.
stop boo'ing and bashing and think positive ( as hard as it may be right now) because wer going to the playoffs and wer going to light it up.


10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

something that stood-out to me last night was a lack of backchecking by the forwards...other than wheeler NOONE on the top 3 was doing it.

also, our #1 line needs to start producing.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous James said...

pekese good call on switching up the d. monty out hunwick in. but i think ward should be the guy who gets scratched. i know hes a leader and blocks shots but hes been brutal lately. hes slow(er then usual) and takes lazy penalties. i hate his "forearm shiver" i always think its going to be a penalty.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Dave Lewis said...

I hear the Bruins are looking for a coach. Tell Pete I am still available and I hold no hard feelings.....

10:11 AM  
Anonymous MCPuck said...

Well, as much as everyone thinks the bruins played like crap last night, I disagree. I think the turning point was when they got defensive and stopped trying to score goals. They spent a solid 5 minutes passing back and forth behind their net at the beginning of the 3rd when they should have been attacking.

As bad as the Kings have been, they've been pretty game lately. They beat the Stars, Wild, and Canucks and lost to the Sharks in an OT game, and this is part of a 4-4-1 stretch in which they played ALL solid playoff teams. That team has a lot of young talent and they can play.

Stop acting like the sky is falling, the bruins are 2-2 in their last 4 but their showing signs of waking up (did you forget the first two periods before Claude stopped them from playing?)

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hire Carbonneau!

Howard Berger: "On a scale of 1 to 10, how surprised were you when the Bruins hired you as head coach?"

Carbs: "12"

11:22 AM  
Anonymous psands said...

that was brutal again, big game sunday though, i think we will find out a lot about the bruins after this game vs the devils.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

If it wasn't for an unreal first half of the season, this team would be fighting for it's playoff lives right now. They need to start finding ways to win games. Period. Yeah, the play-offs are different, but that doesn't mean that each of the other 7 teams don't step it up either. The Bruins need to finish off the season strong, or they'll have no confidence in the playoffs. Bad bounces, heartbreaking losses, Flat starts etc, etc sound like excuses to me, and excuses don't win championships. This team is a top of the league and should be considered a championship contender. Maybe they should start playing like it.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Get back to the simple things.

Remember when earlier in the season, we found the Bruins winning by a good forecheck, backcheck, finishing their checks, and creating space in the offensive zone. It wasnt awesome, but it was good on all accounts.

Of course, by November, it was awesome. Kessel was on pace for 50+. Savard was on pace for 100+ points and vying for first in in the league. The Krecji line was th best second line since forsbergs line on colorado. Tim Thomas was first in GAA, SV %...oh yeah, he's still first!

They had the expectations from media and punists to finish 10th in the conference, all after an impressive finish last season.

So, for such a young team, with so many players still developing, they had an open door to prove everyone wrong once again, with no pressure.

These Boston Bruins won 27 out of 29 hockey games. I want you all to think about that for a moment.

I have never watched a professional hockey team, win 27 out of 29 games.

But you know who did it? A bunch of kids, who were once again supposed to fail in many regards.

I suspect the Bruins will win this Sunday. If they dont, I still expect them to win at least the first round and they will remember come playoff time; you dont have to anything great. Just do it all good just like they have done this season before.

I want the Cup as much as any Bruins fan. I have wanted it since childhood in the 80's, and I want just as much now. But this team, is doing what it takes to win, and it doesnt come easy.

What I am trying to say, is that if this team were to win the Cup this season, I would not be surprised. But if they win ONE round, I will be monumentally proud.

Go Bruins.

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Turk16 said...

Right on Jefe77!!. We have to remember that we weren't even expected to make the playoffs. As much as I would like the Bruins to go all the way, I think we have to set our expectations realistically - a round 1 win though is absolutely a must.

The Bruins must get their game back & quickly. early in the season they were playing like there were no expectations and everyone in the locker room believed in themselves and played hard every night and played for each other. They moved the puck quickly, they forechecked with energy, changed lines quickly, just kept coming at you. Now it doesn’t seem like the same team. They have to go back to the hard work and the little things that made them successful at the beginning of the year. Full 60 minutes, play hard for the full 60 and play for each other. Being happy to be a Bruin and happy to be on the ice together. They have struggled of late and they are second-guessing themselves. As long as they stand behind each other and defend each other, they will be fine.
Right now they are not playing tough enough & appear at times be resting on their past accomplishments. I think they got a big lead in the Conference and got a way from the physical aspect. They've tried to win with goaltending and just get by without playing the physical style that got them the big lead in the first place. They need to find that again and get back to what made them successful early on. And it's just not Lucic & Thornton who have to play physical. The whole team must compete hard & work for each other each & every shift.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Orr4ever said...

We all want the cup Jefe77. You have been waiting since the 80's. I was there in 1970 & 1972 & can tell you 1st hand that the feeling of pride is like no other. In the 70's the Bruins were a powerhouse. I remember crying when the Dryden stood on his head in 1971 and ousted the Bruins. In 1974 it was the Boradstreet Bullies, in 1978 & 1979 it the Habs again and in the 90's it was Gretky & the Oilers. Apart from the 90's Oilers & the 1978 Habs, the Bruins should have won all the other years. It was a lack of disciplined effort at that time & unfortunately I see the same undisciplined play now. They must play for each other and as a TEAM. TEAM - TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi jefey

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Neb said...

I would officially like to put P.J. Axelssons name in the Hart trophy consideration.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous psands said...

i cant believe what im hearing, i too have been watching the bruins my whole life, and have not been able to see them win the cup yet. but only satisfied with the bruins getting past the first round? we have been waiting a long time for a bruins team to be this good and if they lose in the second round i will not be happy. it is not easy to be great in the NHL and even though we have lots of young talent, this could still be our best shot.
i am not saying they have to go all the way, but if they finish first and only beat the eight seed in the playoffs, i will be pissed.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Orr4ever said...

All I'm saying is that it takes time psands. The teams that I watch win the Cup in the 70's were cultivated in 68 and 69. They finished last in Orr's first year and much like last year's Bruins tasted defeat to the Habs in 68 and 69. What I'm saying is that you must experience how it feels to lose in the playoffs before you can win. Through such losing you know what it takes and the commitment needed. In order to win it all without that experience, everything must fall into place - like it did for Tampa & Carolina. I'm not saying it can't be done - but it is a monumental task. Even more so for the Bruins this year since they are now the hunted.
I am patient Bruin fan of 43 years. I would love to see them win too but as long as I continue to see improvement from last year's playoff, aka, a 1st round win, I'll be satisfied. But not happy until they win it all. If that takes another year or maybe 2, I'll wait. Believe you me when you've seen them do it it'll be worth it. My only regret is that once they won it, I was too young to really apreciate it even though as I was in 30's. Now at my age, I can only wish that they win one more time before I die.
Patience & experience wins - a 1st round loss destroys everything and sets you back another year. I've seen the Bruins being set back too many times to remember and that is why I think it is critical this year that they must win at least the 1st round.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Well Psands, I guess you need to figure out what round will make you happy, and hopefully they can pull it off for you.

The Bruins are still young as a team, and will I be happy if they lose in the second round? No, I am never happy after any kind of Bruins loss, but you need to have a sense of when your team is moving forward, or backward. A first round win, would be a move in the forward direction. I dont think I can put it any other way.

I tend to agree with Orr4ever, as the pattern for success without blowing your tires along the way is to culture your team. Orr's teams didn't win right away, but they put the right pieces together, and won the Cup.

"It takes neither courage nor intelligence to cheer for a team only when that team wins. The true test of a fan's mettle is the same as it is for a player: Were you there when you were needed?" -Ian Wilson

5:52 AM  
Anonymous willisss said...

i hope we get to play the habs in the first round and just romp there ass's

11:56 AM  
Anonymous psands said...

great game today, showed a lot about who we are when we play hard for a full game. thats a big win going into a five game break.

i do not mean any harm or foul jefe77 or orr4ever, my only point is the NHL has (sadly) changed a lot since the days of orr, mostly because of the salary cap. so what i meant was this might be the best group of players we can put on the ice, because there is still a very real chance we will have to move a core guy in the off season, like bergeron. like every bruin fan i hope this does not happen, but it very well might happen.

yes the bruins future is bright, im just saying that this could be our best chance. so i will be happy like you if they can pull off a series win, but excuse me if im hoping for a little more.

6:23 PM  

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