Tonight will be the second meeting of the Boston Bruins and Rochester FloridaPanthers this preseason. The Bs are home, so not only will there be double the attendance tonight, but they'll probably be just as many Florida fans as there were at their "home" game in New York(the over-under is 2).
Whats concerning is the we'll once again probably not be seeing Tim Thomas, who won't even be dressing for the game tonight. Bruins continually insist that it's just precautionary, but seeing as how he's a 36 and coming off of surgery, it's a tad concerning. Don't be surprised to see Tuukka Rask to get the start tonight, which, as much as we love Thomas, is cool with us.
Despite fans clamoring for one of those fabled puck moving defenseman, the Bruins defensive corp is certainly a strong point. Unless one of the "bubble" players blows away management during training camp the Bruins top six will likely include Captain Zdeno Chara (duh), Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny "Destroy of Worlds" Boychuk, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick (looking less likely) and unfortunately Andrew Ference. Hey, five out of six ain't bad. Let's explore.
Last year: Chara had a "down" year by his standards, but 98% of the Bruins did. He dealt with a dislocated pinky all season, an injury that affected his ability to drop the gloves and defend teammates and likely affected his booming slap shot.
He scored 44 points, his second lowest point total since coming to the Bruins but certainly not bad. He had just seven goals, down from the 19 his scored during his Norris winning campaign. He fired off 242 shots, but held an accuracy rate as low as Ference's games played rate (2.9%).
In the playoffs the Captain scored seven points in 13 games and upped his shooting percentage to 5.9%, perhaps a result of his pinky feeling a bit better. As usual he was rock solid in both the regular season and playoffs and still remains one of, if not the, most feared defenders in the league.
Role: We're expecting a big season out of Chara. Norris level again. Not exactly a bold prediction, but like many of his Bruins teammates Chara seems extra motivated. We loved that he showed up for a voluntary Captain's practice to lead his troops. He had to leave for a day to go to LA for another nude photo shoot.... ah, Easton hockey shoot but then came right back.
He'll still be the Bruins shutdown defender, working his magic at even strength, on the powerplay and the penalty kill. He'll dominate physically and should be back to his fiesty self. A lot of the leagues agitators knew Chara couldn't fight back within the rules of the league without suspension (when he had his splint on his finger) and certainly took advantage. His problems behind him, we expect Chara to put the fear back in his opponents.
Seems like he wants hockey to start right now. Like... this season. We're expecting better powerplay numbers and better accuracy, and as a result more goals for the big man. He will likely be paired with Seidenberg but also showed great chemistry with Boychuk in the playoffs. The Bruins slogan last year was Big and Bad are Back. We have a feeling that this year Chara will personally live up to that slogan.
Patrice Purrgeron says: Chara will break you.
After the jump, we look at the rest of the Bruins D-men...
Why the hell do the networks hate Bruins preseason? No where to watch, listen, or stream it tonight. And it makes these recaps a lot harder to write.
That makes us angry...
Without any options left, we were forced to drink heavily and yell at the twitters to give us updates. By the end of the game, this was me:
I may or may not have issues..
Seriously though, it's almost as if the game didn't even happen. If you don't have access to any social media, there was virtually no live coverage of the game. In fact, the game was so poorly covered, here is NHL.com's recap of the game. No joke, this is it:
Things didn't start off too great, not even halfway into the first, the Bruins went down 1-0 after a goal by Booth. Kampfer managed to answer back for the Bs (assisted by...Ryder? Holy Shit!). Didn't take long for Booth to score his second goal though, and the Bruins ended the period down 2-1.
There were two fights in the period. Lane MacDermid took on Andrew Peter, and Nathan McIver instigated a fight with Bryan Allen. I'd love to post video of these, but since video cameras apparently don't exist in Rochester, we were hard pressed to find any.
Moving on to the 2nd period and... lets get it over with... Wideman scored early in the second, which was ultimately the game winning goal. Hopefully Boston fans will get the complaints that we never should have traded him out of their systems fast and move on. Who knows? Maybe we weren't far off with Wideman's part of what the Bruins Never Leave Home Without.
Jeff LoVecchio scored in the 3rd off a Zach Hamill, but the final score was 3-2 Panthers. Wasn't all bad though, Bruins PK performed well, and some of the younger players performed well.
See you on Saturday Panthers. In Boston, not Providence. We actually like hockey here.
Bruins take on the Florida Panthers tonight in Rochester, NY.
Wait... Really? Rochester? Are the Panthers so desperate for fans in the seats that they need to travel to their AHL affiliates club to get an audience for pre-season games?
From the Panthers official site
The Panthers official site said the team is going to go with a mostly veteran line-up tonight, meaning Bruins fans will finally get to see Wideman do something good for Boston for once.
Oh wait... no they won't... because no one is airing the frikin' game!
The damn Bruins rookies had over 11,000 and 14,000 fans in the Garden, but no TV stations think that the team can get good ratings in a Bs pre-season game? What a cocktease that Bruins Training Camp special NESN air was. What's the point of such a special if the station isn't going to air the pre-season games? So much for NESN being the Bruins flagship station.
No word if our old friend Bitz! Bitz! It's a Byron Bitz! will suit up tonight, yet. Does the count as a vet?
We miss you!
After the jump, the Bruins roster and Game Day Links and video...
Last time we saw our old friend, Carey Price was... umm... err... riding the pine like a champ while Halak led an overachieving Canadiens squad into the Eastern Conference Finals. He started only one game during the playoffs, a 6-3 loss to the Capitals. In fact, he ended the playoffs with a sub-.900 save percentage.
So naturally, the Habs shipped Halak off in favor of Over-Price.
And just when you thought Over-Price couldn't suck anymore, he proved us all wrong by letting in four goals on 10 shots. A .600 save percentage is good, right?
There's going to be a lot more of Price on the bench.
Per a clause in his contract, Over-Price got yanked halfway through the game as to not over exert himself. He wasn't around to talk get lynched to the media after the game. Geesh.
Bergeron, the Natural Canadien killer, scored two goals, including a shortie. Boychuk was his awesome self and scored on the power play. Cool Hand Tuuk wracked up 36 saves.
The new guys didn't do so bad either. Horton scored on his very first shot of the game (not a bad way to introduce yourself to Boston/Montreal fans), and Savior Seguin wracked up an assist.
"He's going to learn you can't stickhandle through two and three guys in this league" --Claude Julien, via a few sources on Twitter
That may be, but we love the spirit and the effort.
Jordan Caron also got some high praise from Julien. The kid's got skills. We're excited.
Our only qualm is the Bs were out shot 36-16. But I guess you can't be too angry at a 25% shooting. Oh, and Seidenberg/Hunwick was a horrid pairing.
We know it's only pre-season, but it's good to see a decisive Bruins victory, especially over the Habs.
We know it's only pre-season, sooo that doesn't bode well for Price, right? What a long season he has ahead of him if his suckyness carried over from last year. Boo'd out of the game during pre-season? How does one even accomplish that? What level of suck do you need to be at for that to happen?
Price must mean fail in French.
Enjoy Price, Montreal. You're giving the Leafs something to laugh at these days.
Bruins take on the Panthers tomorrow in Rochester. Maybe Wideman will show up.
Tonight we all get our first look at Tyler Seguin in an NHL-level game and Nathan Horton in a Bruins uniform. And it happens to be against the Canadiens. Win.
Sadly, the game isn't being televised on local TV. Instead, NESN is defaulting to airing the Red Sox lose another game. *Vomit* File under fail. Most of the Sox pinkhats have bailed on the Sox weeks ago and are on drunk on Seguin hype. The ratings couldn't be much worse at this point.
Game possibly might be streamed via this site. Who knows though. Thanks to Sarah Connors of SomethingsBruin for the tidbit. (apologies for spelling Sarah's name without an h the first time)
Should be interesting to see read how Seguin fairs in the Bell Centre tonight. Tough crowd. Tough building. Bruins coaches have no qualm about throwing Seguin in the deep end. What better way to see his mettle, right?
"That’s a way to find out whether he’s in or not. (joking) I know you’re comparing the Montreal Bell Centre to Rochester and it’s a totally different situation, but yes there is something to be said about...playing in those situations and understanding what it does for you as an individual.
Anybody who’s played at the Bell Center or any of those rinks for the first time, they’ll tell you they get shivers going on the ice and stuff like that, so there is a special feeling in some of those rinks and that’s maybe something we’ll look at when we decide on our roster.
Of course, we're also interested to see how guys like Caron, Sauve and Spooner do. They impressed enough during rookie camp and bigboy camp to not be cut yet. Gotta wonder how Wheeler and his CCM skates are feeling.
Also, let's not forget about Horton. Guy should be revved up and tonight will give him his first taste of the Bs-Habs rivalry.
Tonight's game mean's nothing, but doesn't make it any less exciting.
The Days of Y'Orr crew attended last night's "State of the Bruins" event for season ticket holders. It is basically what it sounds like... the Jacobs, Chiarelli, Julien, Mr. Neely and a few players (this year was Bergeron, Recchi and Chara) sit up on a stage and kind of review the offseason and cover basic issues then open up the floor to questions from the crowd and do their best to answer the stupid questions with humility and strategically avoid the good questions to not give up any good info. We were entertained.
Prior to the State of the B's, Comcast SportsNet New England hosted a question and answer session at Johnnie's On the Side/West End Johnnie's.
Mike Giardi hosted while Joe Haggerty, Milan Lucic and Bob Beers fielded questions from the crowd. Mary Paoletti worked the crowd and encouraged questions. Definitely a great time. If they have these in the future, we highly recommend you attend. It was a great time and the entire CSNNE team was very approachable and happy to chat with fans. We also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Haggs. She was super nice as well. Good times had by all.
We also ran into Cornelius Hardenbergh of Hockey Blog Adventure. If for some reason you haven't checked them out, you really should. Talked hockey for a bit before we headed over to TD Garden. Great guy, great blog.
After the jump, the highs and lows (mostly lows) from the State of the Bruins.......
You may have heard over the weekend that former Bruins coach Pat Burns “died.” If that was news to you, you’re not the only one.
It was also news to a very much alive Pat Burns. The rush to be the first site, radio station, channel etc to break a story seems to have eliminated the need to verify stories or check facts.
One of mainstream media’s biggest problems in the media vs blogger war is that they says bloggers are unreliable and don’t fact check.
But as these situations arise more and more, mainstream no long has the “journalistic integrity” argument.
Multiple “reliable” sources quoted, retweeted, republished, etc an erroneous story that Pat Burns had died, likely sending many friends, family members and fans around the country into a state of shock and extreme sadness before realizing that once again some idiot decided to report a rumor as fact without verifying first. Not to mention the harm it caused Burns' immediate family who likely received calls expressing condolences.
The desire to break the story first rather than get the story right seems to be a common theme these days.
“Here we go again,” Burns said. “I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I'm dead. I'm not dead, far f-----g from it. They've had me dead since June.”
Still as fiesty as ever...
The fact this spread so fast just goes to show that most these days don’t care about credibility, they just want to say they got the story up as quick as possible. The more this happens, the less people will believe mainstream media. And that doesn’t really separate them from the bloggers, now does it?
“A phone call to the family to verify the news might have halted the wildfire earlier, but no one made that call because the important thing was to get it on Twitter first, and worry about whether it was accurate later,” wrote Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun.
Everything is a race. Everyone wants to say they were the first that reported something, as if it matters. It’s like those people that go to an article and write “First!” in the comments section. Really, who cares if you were first? Get the story straight first.
We are sometimes at odds with Scott Burnside’s opinions here at Days of Y’Orr, but he pretty much nailed it with this quote:
“What a proud day for Twitter journalism. People tripping over themselves to be first to report a man's death.”
I think that is what makes this situation even worse. There was a race to be the first to report that a man died. People out there wanted to be the person who broke the Pat Burns death story. Sad day for social media if you ask us.
And then afterwards, the same people in a rush to break the story started pointing fingers at everyone and anyone to place the blame for the erroneous story, ignoring the fact that they themselves had quoted it. Pathetic.
But at the end of the day, Pat Burns is still alive. If there was anything positive about the whole debacle it was that the story was false.
How soon before mainstream media gets the "boy who cried wolf" treatment? Now we "eagerly" await the next instance of a blatantly false story that spreads like wildfire because no one wants to take the time to confirm. Have fun being first. We'll just wait for the correct story, not the first story.
The Bruins rookies completed the first ever undefeated season in the NHL as they went 2-0 in the rookie season against the Islanders to win the Rookie Cup that we just made up right now.
Max Sauve continues to make a good case for a roster spot. That sound you hear is Mikey Ryder shitting himself. Julien loves his vets so Ryder will certainly still have a chance to earn some trust back but Caron and Sauve are on his ass.
Yeah.... we know we're not the first to make this joke....