So the Olympic hockey teams have been announced and we're taking a look at the Bruins who made it to the big 4 year dance this year. This season five Bruins players and their head coach will represent the spoked B in Russia.
United States: The Bruins have about 3 American born players who regularly play on their roster. For some reason people believed that Torey Krug would make the team, but failed to realize that he's not great defensively and his usage charts have him playing against third liners. There's no such thing as a "third line" in the Olympics because they are virtual All-Star teams.
Canada: Patrice Bergeron once again has a shot at a gold medal after winning it in 2010 with Canada. Apparently in 2010 Bergeron played on a line with Sidney Crosby and Rick Nash yet only came away with 1 point in 7 games. I feel like that's a mistake. How does that happen? Crosby finished the tournament with 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) and Nash finished with 5 (2 goals, 3 assists).
Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were invited to Canada's camp tryouts, but apparently didn't make the cut.
Claude Julien did however as he will be an assistant coach for Team Canada. I just hope he brings his Winter Classic hat.
Finland: Not a real surprise here. Tuukka Rask was named as one of the goaltenders to Team Finland and some believe he could start. Personally, I think Niemi will get the start for the Fins.
Rask led Team Finland to a WJC bronze medal back in 2006. He posted a 2.11 GAA and .940 SV% that tournament. Solid stats. Goalie who won gold that year? Justin Pogge. Silver? Old friend Anton Khudobin. Rask was named Best Goaltender of the tournament and All-Star Goalie of the tourney.
Czech Republic: David Krejci was named to the Czech Olympic squad, which shouldn't be a surprise because Krejci was also part of the squad in 2010. In 2010, Krejci had 2 goals and 1 assist in 5 games for a Czech that will have to lean on Ondrej Pavelic. In 2010 they at least had Vokoun, who hasn't played at all this season with blood clot issues.
Slovakia: Zdeno Chara has been named to Team Slovakia. He's also been named the country's captain which probably has Jimmy Murphy in a fit somewhere. Slovakia hosts ex-Bruin Miro Satan as well, who now hates Chara for a high hit during last year's lockout. Seriously, you can't make this shit up. In 2010, Chara had 3 assists in 7 games for the Slovaks.
Sweden: Okay, I was a little surprised at this given his concussion history this season, but Loui Eriksson has been named to Team Sweden. Eriksson was part of Sweden's 2010 Olympic team. He scored 3 goals and had 1 assist in 4 games in Vancouver. Can he produce the same way? It's unknown because he's been out with his second concussion. You know who Sweden didn't want?
There you have it. Unless a surprise is announced with Russia (which I don't think there will be because the Bruins don't have many Russian players), it looks like Boston will send five guys burgers and fries. And a coach on the side.Add a comment
Get it? It's cold out right now. Like "balls reverting into your body" cold out.
The Bruins are a lucky group, hanging out in Anaheim where the high is going to be about 73. Are you shitting me? 73? I'd be out tanning in 73 degree weather. Just kidding, I don't tan. My lovely German skin just turns a deeper shade of red. Anywhoozle, the Bruins are starting their West Coast road trip or as I like to call it "half asleep by the end of the first period" trip.
Anaheim is a monster at home with a record of 17-0-2. That's right folks, we're halfway through the season and Anaheim hasn't suffered a home regulation loss yet. I never thought that they would be playing so well under the adult version of a Garbage Pail Kid, but here we are.
What's surprising to me is that Jonas Hiller is becoming a useful goaltender. He's not out of this world and he's not considered among the "elite" goaltenders in the NHL, but he's quietly providing solid tending for the Ducks. On the year, his GAA is 2.47 and he has a SV% of .911. Normally you would scoff at such numbers (or maybe you wouldn't), but when the Ducks have a goal differential of +35, he's gotta be doing a solid job.
The Bruins are looking at a deep Anaheim team that some consider to be the best in the West. While they have a first line that can run with anybody in the league, they also have balanced scoring. It will be a test for one of the East's best teams - who are banged up. I'll get into that more later in the preview.Add a comment
B's just keep giving the finger to the injury bug. Guys dropping like flies but Bruins continue to win. Seems like it's a different person stepping up every game which is awesome. This time is was Torey "Two Goals" Krug. That's his mob name by the way.
Bruins are generally TERRIBLE at matinee games. Apparently the cure is a teaspoon of Krug with a couple drops of Winnipegisterrible. Sure, Krug had that awful turnover that led to the Jets only goal, but whatever. Kid made up for it big time.
We heard Krug yell TEAM AMERICA FUCK YEAH before jumping on the ice to absolutely DOMINATE the Jets.
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Team Russia is full of poor sports. We saw this after their empty net goal where the scorer taunted the US bench, and then the Russian trainer did this.
We're assuming he's telling them to suck a dick, because eating a very large sub doesn't seem like an insult to us. Then again, it's Russia, so who knows...
And at the end of the Swededn-Russian game, we saw Russia's true colors come out again. They lost 2-1 to the Swedes, and then proceeded to take their frustration out and start shit with some sucker punches. The Swedes reacted, including one player who was in the penalty box and started throwing haymakers at the end. Here's video from the crowd:
We haven't seen a fight like this since the Russo-Swedish War of 1788.
Here's a link to TSN's video from their live coverage if you want a better look at the action.
Long story short, this could be bad for Sweden. The guys by the boards at the start of it might get off easy, but kinda hard to imagine Patterson will be seeing the gold medal game in uniform after flying out of the penalty box to throw haymakers. GIFs compliments of our buddy Pete.
Also, we thought banning fighting was supposed to stop fighting? Oh well...Add a comment
Bruins back at it this afternoon for a matinee match up against the Winnipeg Jets. We're going to blame the Jets for the artic weather outside. Bastards.
Winnipeg, despite moving to the West, is still a shitty team, playing .500 hockey which isn't bad for a team with roots from the Thrashers.
Meanwhile, we're still waiting for the Bruins to play a full 60. This has been a common theme for the Bruins for years. Years. It's almost part of their identity now. You'll get a couple good periods, or maybe just a super solid 10 minutes somewhere. But a full 60 just isn't something the Bs love to do except during the playoffs. At least they don't care playoff games off... still, do we need to call Mike Wallace or something?
Justin Florek has been recalled from Providence on an emergency call basis. No word on for who, as all forwards were present at the morning skate. Florek has 9 goals, 11 assists and is a +11 for Providence.
If no other injuries, Florek seems like an ideal replacement for Caron on the fourth line. Bruins can and should start showcasing AHLers.— Mike Miccoli (@MikeMiccoli) January 4, 2014
In injury news, Torey Krug is a maybe for today's game. He didn't play much in the third and got the day off yesterday for maintenance, so it sounds like he's a little banged up and might need a few more days to recover. He's told reporters he needs to talk to trainers first.Add a comment
Not even blizzards can stop the Bruins. Boychuk dropped a bomb on the Nashville net. Lucic and Iginla hooked up like two horny teens at a frat party. Marchand undressed Mike Fisher. Suck it Preds.
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Full recap later, but we felt the need to share this GIF of Jack Edwards from the start of the broadcast. We could give you the context, but it's much better just seeing it...
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New day. New year. And Boston's hoping to start 2014 better than they ended 2013. Tonight they host the Nashville Predators, despite the foot+ snow that's already acculminating in Boston.
The Predators are sitting in 12th in the Western Conference. Womp womp. Good thing Team USA's GM wasn't in a decision making position.... wait... dammit...
Some good news, though, for Bruins fans is that Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton were cleared to play and are expected back in the line-up tonight. With Dougie back in, most likely Millar is the odd man out, but he's been a solid replacement for the Bruins this season. If the Bruins want to send Miller back down to Providence he'll have to clear waivers -- and the chances of clearing seems slim -- so expect him to be a healthy scratch or mixed in and out to give other guys breaks.
Having Soderberg will also be a boost to the Bruins third line. Soderberg has looked better and better as this season has trucked forward. He was out with "concussion symptoms" but he and the team are saying he didn't actually have a concussion. Whatever it is, we're glad to have the Yeti back and we're sure he's feeling good about all that snow outside.
And starting tonight will be Niklas Svedberg! Unless some more random serendipitous events pop up between now and puck drop. We wouldn't want Rask to pull a Dante Hicks again.
Svedberg was Goalie of the Year for the 2012-2013 season and this year for Providence he's racked up 13-5-3 record.
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