Thursday, November 29, 2007

Chiarelli disappointed about Hartnell suspension

Bruins' GM is disappointed about another suspension on a Flyers' player that injured a Bruin. He is disappointed about the latest suspension of Scott Hartnell because of his hit on Andrew Alberts. Chiarelli had this to say (source):

"The hit was completely unnecessary," said Chiarelli. "I did see [Hartnell] first kind of hold up, but then, after holding up, he followed through with his elbow. That's a classic head shot - and it easily could have been avoided."

Noting that he respects the league's disciplinary procedures, Chiarelli nonetheless said he is "very disappointed at the length of suspension, as well as the fact that we are the victims here for a second time."

Here are some comments from Andrew Alberts about the hit (source same as above):

"I was taught from the time I was playing Pee Wee hockey that you don't hit a guy when he's on his knees," said Alberts. "I went down to make the block, and as I'm doing it, I see [Hartnell], and I'm thinking, 'No way is he going to hit me.' "

"That's a senseless play to rub me out there," said Alberts. "I don't get it. But, hey, what's done is done, I guess."

"I've always taken pride in the fact that I don't hit anyone while they're kneeling and I don't hit a guy's knees. But that's the way I learned. Maybe other guys learn different ways."

The next time these two teams meet is on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Reading Alberts' comments he sounds pissed about the hit, and no doubt he should be. I hope he goes after Hartnell the next time they play each other and get some revenge on that piece of ****.

Again the league didn't surprise me with their lame two-game suspension of Hartnell. That suspension is a joke just like the Randy Jones two-game suspension was.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hartnell's cheapshot on Alberts gets him 2-game suspension

Well Flyers' Scott Hartnell was suspended today for only two games for his cheapshot on Andrew Alberts yesterday. So Hartnell only gets a two game suspension for elbowing Alberts in the head against the boards. After seeing what Randy Jones got after his cheapshot, I'm not surprised about this suspension either.

About the hit, Hartnell said:

"I did not try to hurt him," Hartnell said. "There was no intent at all. I am not that type of player. If you look at all the games this year and past years, I finish my checks every time I have an opportunity."

So Alberts has suffered a non-concussive head injury and is listed as day-to-day (source). If you haven't seen the cheapshot yet, you can watch the video below.

Scott Hartnell elbows Andrew Alberts in the head

Monday, November 26, 2007

Another Flyers cheapshot against the Bruins

As I'm typing this it's 5-3 Bruins with the lead. But the big story is that there was another cheapshot on another Bruins' player by a Flyers' player. This time it was Flyers' Scott Hartnell who elbowed Andrew Alberts in the head, while Alberts was on his knees against the boards. What the hell is wrong with some of these players? Alberts was on his knees against the boards and Hartnell sees this and still hits Alberts. Luckily Alberts was able to get up and go to the dressing room mostly on his own. Hartnell got a 5-minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Hopefully Hartnell gets suspended for this hit to make a statement that these head shots and hits from behind need to stop. But I'm expecting the league office to not do anything since Alberts was not carried off in a stretcher.

Before this cheapshot there was a hit by Ben Eager on Zdeno Chara which could also be seen as dirty. Eager hit Chara as Chara had his back to Eager and was passing or shooting the puck into the Flyers' zone. Aaron Ward didn't like it and went after Eager and challenged him to a fight but rather than dropping his gloves Eager elbowed Ward in the head. So Ward tackled and wrestled him down onto the ice and wouldn't let him up. Earlier in the game Eager fought Jeremy Reich and Reich got the decision in that one. Eager turtled in the end of that fight as he looked like he didn't want anything to do with Reich.

Update at 9:42PM
The game has just finished and the Bruins won 6-3.

Scott Hartnell elbowing Andrew Alberts' head into the boards
Scott Hartnell elbowing Andrew Alberts' head into the boards
(Picture courtesy of Getty images)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bruins recall Vladimir Sobotka

With Milan Lucic not going to play tonight, I believe because of precautionary reasons for the hit he took yesterday from Bryan Berard, have recalled center Vladimir Sobotka from the Providence Bruins (AHL).

More on Sobotka (source):

Sobotka, 20 years old, was assigned to Providence on September 23 and has played in 15 games for the P-Bruins. In this, his first AHL campaign, he has tallied seven goals, seven assists and a +/- rating of +10. A native of Trebic, Czech Republic, Sobotka was Boston's fifth pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (106th overall).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bruins recall Rask and Hunwick

The Bruins recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on Thursday. Today the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Tonight the Bruins play at the Montreal Canadiens.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bruins send Matt Hunwick down

The Bruins have assigned defenseman Matt Hunwick back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). He played his first NHL game last Friday against the Sabres. Maybe with Matt Lashoff and now Hunwick being sent back down to Providence, defensemen Bobby Allen and Andrew Ference will be able to play on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to a BostonHerald.com article, goalie Manny Fernandez will probably be the starter on Thursday against the Leafs, and defensemen Bobby Allen and Andrew Ference are probable for Thursday's game.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ward speaks about the Bouillon cheap hit on him

Reading this BostonHerald.com article, Aaron Ward was quite open with his thoughts on the Francis Bouillon elbow to his head which gave him a concussion.

The below quotes are from article mentioned above, by Aaron Ward about the hit:

"I felt it was a cheap hit," Ward said. "I've watched it on video and I don't know how I can draw any other conclusion. But I've had past dealings with the National Hockey League. I've learned to set my expectations low. And they met them. Nothing is going to be done. It's done. It was deemed an accident."

Ward gave a shot there to the NHL and Colin Campbell. But it's a shot well deserved. There have been hits and things that players don't get suspended for or they get suspended for a low amount of games (such as the Randy Jones cheap shot on Patrice Bergeron).

Ward on the NHL not suspending Bouillon for his cheap shot:

"I'm not surprised with the end results," said Ward. "We've talked about taking head shots out of the game. It didn't happen. I've just got to move on at this point. But in my estimation I don't understand what's going on. The puck's 140 feet away on the other side of the rink. Why he comes out of the penalty box and veers toward me while I'm circling back to get out of the zone, I don't get. The videotape speaks for itself. The elbow comes up. I'm still at a loss to understand."

So Ward probably thinks the hit was intentional as I do, while Bouillon says it was accidental. Quote from Bouillon:

"I didn't see him," Bouillon said. "I was coming out of the (penalty) box and I was trying to get back into the play. I was looking at our net and all of a sudden I hit him (Ward). I didn't know how it happened but then I looked at our (video)tape and he was turning around and he didn't see me.

It will be interesting the next time these two teams meet, which is on Saturday, November 17th at Montreal, and if Ward and Bouillon will have some words or if Bouillon will stand up as a man and take responsibility for his cheap shot. But when you hit someone when they're not looking, that is not being a man at all.

Rask and Lashoff sent down

The Bruins sent recent callups, goalie Tuukka Rask and defenseman Matt Lashoff back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). I'm assuming the Bruins will call them back up by Thursday, when the Bruins play against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins are third in their division with a 8-6-2 record with 18 points. Toronto also has 18 points and even though it is still early in the season, the Bruins need to beat teams in their division.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bruins recall Matt Lashoff

The Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Lashoff played nine games with the Providence Bruins so far this season and has one goal and two assists. Lashoff was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Bruins recall Matt Hunwick

With the Bruins losing Aaron Ward to a possible concussion, the Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Hunwick has played nine games for the Providence Bruins and has four assists with a +7 rating. He was selected in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Fernandez and Thornton go on injured reserve

The Bruins have placed goalie Manny Fernandez and forward Shawn Thornton on the injured reserve list. Fernandez is out with a left knee strain and Thornton is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot. So Tuukka Rask will be up with the club most likely with Fernandez out. Also Jeremy Reich will be filling in for Thornton while he is out and provide the Bruins with his energy and toughness, although I can't see Reich taking on heavyweights as Thornton would.

Bruins lose more than a game

With last night's 2-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens they are now winless in four straight games. Besides another loss added to the Bruins record, they also lost Aaron Ward to another cheap hit to the head. Bruins' defenseman Aaron Ward was hit in the head by Canadiens' visor-wearing defenseman Francois Bouillon. He came out of the penalty box from his stupid shooting the puck over the glass penalty and hit Ward, who didn't have the puck, in the head with his elbow.

Claude Julien on the hit (source):
"I think from what we saw, seemed like an elbow to the head on that play," he said. "It's what we've seen anyway so as far as he’s concerned, we haven't received the final update or diagnosis. Obviously, he got the elbow in the head and we know what happens from there."

What is it with these head shots? I just don't get it. There is no more respect anymore it seems. Hopefully Bouillon gets suspended for the head shot. With Randy Jones only getting two games for hitting Patrice Bergeron from behind and injuring him, I'm expecting that the NHL won't do shit and that little pussy Bouillon will get away with that cheap hit. It's just ridiculous.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Patrice Bergeron speaks

Patrice BergeronToday Patrice Bergeron talked to the media for the first time since he was hit from behind by Flyers' Randy Jones. It was good to see him actually talk but sad to see what the hit has done to him. I hope he recovers fully and is able to come back and play hockey.

Some quotes from Bergeron during the press conference (source):

"Personally I think it was a hit from behind," said Patrice, who decided to make himself an example to all hockey players. "Right now the point I'm here is to send a message for guys to think about the consequences when you go for a hit like that.

"You have to hold back -- hitting is a part of the game, but not from behind.

"We have to respect each other a little bit more. I know I'm not the only one who has been saying that this past year. Something needs to be done. We have to think about the consequences when you’re on the ice."

I agree with Bergeron. There is too much hitting from behind right now in the league that sometime someone may get hurt far worse than Bergeron and no one wants that.

(Photo above is courtesy of AP. Image hosted by Imageshack.us.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bruins recall goalie Tuukka Rask

The Bruins have recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) and have sent goalie Jordan Sigalet back down to the Providence Bruins. Rask is 6-1 and has a 2.00 GAA in 7 starts with the Providence Bruins.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Bruins send Krejci down, recall Nokelainen

The Bruins have assigned center David Krejci down to the Providence Bruins (AHL) and have recalled forward Petteri Nokelainen. Nokelainen had three goals and five assists in eight games for the Providence Bruins.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Milan Lucic now wears #17

Just a random update on one of the players who is a fan favorite. Rookie Milan Lucic has changed his number from #62 to #17. I can't remember who was the last player to wear #17 for the Bruins. If you know leave us a comment and let us know.