The last week or so for the Boston Bruins has been dreadful on a variety of levels. As they sit at home licking their wounds following a brutal west coast trip, the Chicago Blackhawks are heading to town in what will likely be another beating if the B’s can’t get it together.
Injuries have dominated the team for nearly the entire season thus far, and the team has struggled to stay afloat. While guys like Torey Krug and Kevan Miller have missed a few games here and there due to minor injuries, big fish like Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have missed nearly 17+ games apiece dealing with their ailments.
I know there are the tough guys out there who don’t like to make excuses for people, but any team would struggle without their number one center and number one defenseman. Would the Blackhawks still dominate without Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith? Would the Los Angeles Kings still be great without Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty? No, probably not.
Now before you go all crazy accusing of me of comparing those players to Krejci and Chara; I just want to make it clear that I am comparing these players’ importance to their team and nothing more. Obviously Toews is better than Krejci.
Fortunately for the B’s; both Chara and Krejci are practicing in full with the team, and it looks as if both could return to game action by the end of the week.
The Bruins’ David Krejci may be sidelined at the moment but he is staying busy. Do what you ask? Would you guess dog grooming?
Krejci took on Channel 7 anchor Kayna Whitworth in the “Who Did It Better” pooch pampering contest.
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Who did it better? My bet is on the “Dog Whisperer”.
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The weather has not been the only thing in Boston to start getting colder over the last few weeks. To say that the Bruins have gone cold would be an understatement compared to the standards Black and Gold fans have grown accustomed to over the past few seasons. They are enduring through injuries and that has really shown in their play. Here is a deeper look at the statistics – most not being so pretty – that include a road slump, some troubling news about which team has been scoring first, milestones for coach and one of his oldest players, a winning streak over one recently relocated franchise and a less-than-stellar month on the power play. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins are fighting injuries and fighting to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings.
0: Gregory Campbell had zero points in 12 games in November. It was his first full month without registering a point since October 2013.
0: The 2-0 loss to the Kings on Tuesday marked the first time that the Bruins were shut out on the road this season.
1: Montreal goaltender, Carey Price, registered his first ever shutout against the Bruins on Nov. 22, blanking his rivals, 2-0, at TD Garden.
1: Rookie Joe Morrow got his first NHL point and goal in the 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh (the team that drafted him) on Nov. 24 just 28 seconds after a Milan Lucic tally.
Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask spent some time on the town in Los Angeles and was interviewed by TMZ wannabe Pop Candies TV. After leaving Bootsy Bellows, a West Hollywood Bar, this Tuukka Rask interview took a strange turn.
Tuukka Rask has made many tough saves over his career, but nothing could save this moment from going to awkward-ville.
In just 3 minutes, Tuukka was called the “Finland Guy”, gay & Sammy Davis Junior.
Only in L.A., only in Los Angeles….
The picture above encapsulates what a Habs “Yahoo” is. In case, you don’t know the definition:
Habs yahoo – noun informal: a rude, noisy, disrespectful or violent supporter of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club that doesn’t think his/her sh*t stinks and possess a holier than thou mentality even though he/she’s team has won NOTHING since 1993.
Canadiens fan - noun: a respectful, down to earth, hockey loving supporter of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club that can poke fun at themselves and carry on adult conversations/debates with the opposition’s fans without be hateful or accusing them of being racist.
Yes folks, Canadiens fans do indeed exist. They are not myths or legends like the Loch Ness Monster or Big Foot. There are actually Montreal fans that can engage in friendly debates with Boston Bruins fans rather than mud slinging contests. They can take a joke and a ribbing without picking up their phones to call 9-1-1.
I know at least a half dozen Canadiens fans on Twitter that I would even consider friends. Know how your friends tease you? They say, “We make fun of you because we like you”. That is my relationship with these salt of the earth kind of people north of the border. We NEVER take ourselves too seriously in this great and intense rivalry.
Despite a couple of consecutive startling losses, the Bruins have weathered the storm without Zdeno Chara quite nicely over the last month or so. They are now…since losing their captain, including…over the last two weeks. Also during that time, one winger notched an offensive milestone, Toronto scored the most goals it has scored against Boston at home in 14 years and one Bruins leader had his worst individual game in over three years. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.
1: Somehow, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg were each plus-1 in the 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Nov. 12 and no one was worse than minus-2.
1: Matt Fraser’s fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Canadiens on Nov. 13 was his first penalty of the season in his 10th game.
1: Matt Bartkowski recorded his first point of the season on Torey Krug’s Nov. 18 goal against the Blues though it was only his sixth game of 2014-15. Bartkowski, who still does not have a goal in 91 regular-season NHL games, notched his first point since April 3.