Hard as it is to believe in calendar year 2013, there are still coaches in the NHL that think the best way to coax young players to perform at the top of their games in the present and thrive in the future is to lambast them on the bench and criticize them through the media.
The Bruins suffered the famous double indignity Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
First, fourth-line center Joe Vitale scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Penguins win — the second win for Pittsburgh over Boston in six days.
The Bruins pounded Washington on the scoreboard, 4-1, Saturday, and they punched them with their fists at TD Garden.
Nathan Horton recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick, including his first fighting major of the season (and since last winter’s concussion) and the Boston top line combined for nine points in the win.
The Bruins will host the Washington Capitals at TD Garden Saturday in the Caps’ first visit to Boston since they eliminated the Bruins in last spring’s first round of the playoffs.
Of course, the Bruins will continue to be without Chris Kelly because of a broken tibia.
Patrice Bergeron scored twice, including one into an empty net, in the Bruins’ 4-1 win against Florida Thursday night at TD Garden.
While the Bruins were completely off Wednesday– no game and no practice — they still made news, even if Wes Welker and the new pope buried them on the airwaves.
Center Chris Kelly, who collided awkwardly with Ottawa’s Chris Neil Monday night and missed Boston’s loss in Pittsburgh Tuesday, was diagnosed with a broken left tibia.
Maybe when it’s all said and done, it’ll turn out that Tim Thomas did the Bruins a major favor.
Especially when you factor in the favor the New York Islanders did for the Bruins – taking Thomas’ $5 million cap hit off their hands – the two-time Vezina Trophy winner made the Bruins’ goaltending decision for them.
General manager Peter Chiarelli’s prophecy about Dougie Hamilton competing for a NHL job when he came to Boston this season not only was fulfilled, the 19-year-old exceeded that expectation by earning a regular spot in Boston’s top four and on the power play.
Hamilton has endured the usual ups and downs that come with being a teenage defenseman in the NHL for the first time.
Is Brad Marchand one of the elite goal scorers in the NHL?
That’s a question that’s been floating around during the Bruins’ 2013 season, which hit the halfway point Tuesday night after a loss in Pittsburgh.
For the fourth time this season the Bruins took a lead into the third period and lost.
This time they led 2-0 with less than seven minutes to go when the Pittsburgh Penguins exploded for three goals and a regulation victory that kept Boston from taking over first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins have done everything short of taking over the capitol building to prove they own Ottawa.
With their 3-2 shootout win against the Senators Monday night, the Bruins ran their winning streak in Canada’s capital to 10 games dating back to April 2009.
You’ve heard about getting all dressed up but having no place to go.
Well, there are nights out on the ice when Shawn Thornton’s temper gets pushed over the edge, but he has no one to go – in a fight that is.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Although he eventually got onto the ice for his spin with the Stanley Cup in 2011, Nathan Horton famously didn’t play the second half of the Bruins’ series with Vancouver due to a concussion.
Last season, he didn’t get any postseason run because of the concussion that felled him in January against Philadelphia.
BOSTON — Just after the Bruins’ morning skate ended with Chris Bourque staying on the ice along with perennial healthy scratches Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson, TSN reporter Bob McKenzie broke the news that the Bruins had placed Bourque on waivers.