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BST&N Review: Road To The Winter Classic Episode 3

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The Road To The Winter Classic series on continues to impress as we approach the big game on New Year’s Day.

What I enjoy most is seeing the players in the “real world”, Tuukka with his young daughter or Seids with his family. Or Jimmy Hayes having 2,000 people over his house for X-mas eve.

Don’t get me wrong the on ice “hockey porn” is outstanding as well just in more savage way. Seeing what transpired and what was said before Tyler Randell and Ryan Reaves squared off during the Christmas Carol serenade from Jack Edwards.

As a Bruins fan, I was pissed off after the team’s collapse versus Buffalo and it was good to see how bad the players took the loss as well. They knew it was inexcusable and as Claude Julien said “They were not respecting the game of hockey”.

Damn….no sugar coating there.

And on the other side of the ice, it was great to see the Habs continue to be a RED HOT MESS.

There was one question that needs to be answered…how did Dale Weise land her?

dale weise wife

Talking about outkicking your coverage…she must have lost a bet, poor thing.

Be sure to catch the Winter Classic on New Years Day on NBC and the final episode of the Road to the Winter Classic on on January 6th!

Road To The Winter Classic: A Chat With Writer Aaron Cohen

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The 2016 Winter Classic between the Bruins & Canadiens is almost upon us and the excitement is growing by the second. The Epix series “Road To The Winter Classic” has helped build the hysteria for this winter hockey spectacle.

Boston Sports Then & Now spoke with writer Aaron Cohen to get some insight on the Winter Classic series and his journey in sports media:

Boston Sports Then & Now: What makes the Winter Classic so special when it comes to telling the story leading up to the event?
Aaron Cohen: I think its uniqueness. I have a friend who always talks about how “unique” is a word people overuse, but I think in this case, it totally holds up. I don’t know if I can think of anything in any other sport that really compares — from taking the game back to its roots … to creating a really, really cool spectacle at all these venues … and much more. And then, in terms of the documentary series, it also offers a new story — or really, two new stories — every year. We’re catching two teams in the middle of the season, and with all our access, we get the opportunity to give hockey fans four hours behind the curtain, on and off the ice. We take that opportunity seriously, and really try to pack as much as we can into every episode.

BST&N: How did you get involved in the Winter Classic in general?
AC: I actually was at the first Winter Classic in Buffalo in 2008, working on NBC’s production team. Then, three years later, HBO created the 24/7 series. Having written all the 24/7 boxing series, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work on the Pens-Caps show. And then when the show moved to Epix, Ross Greenburg, the producer of the series who had created the show when he was at HBO, brought me along to be part of his team.

BST&N: I see on your IMDb that you have worked with the event all the way back to the Pens-Caps in 2010. How has the series changed over the years?
AC: I think in the first few seasons of the show, it was a new experience for everyone — from the producers to the players and the coaches. Now, with this being the fifth installment of the series — and then there have also been the Stadium Series shows — everyone knows what to expect a little bit more. For us on the production team, that means the degree of difficulty is raised a bit. How do we deliver original segments? How do we cover the games in new ways? How do we go through some of the familiar plot points — from hot streaks and slumps to holiday break — with a fresh eye? These are all the things we are constantly thinking about.

BST&N: Why did you get involved in sports media? When was that moment when you knew this is what you wanted to do for your career?
AC: I was very lucky — I got an internship at ABC Sports when I was in college, and met some producers who helped me keep my foot in the door and mentored me for years. Before that internship, I hadn’t really thought about working in sports for a living — even though I was always a sports nut. It was almost too good to be true: you could get paid for working on sports television shows? Then, as I progressed through the business, I found my passion within the sports media world — telling stories, and working on documentaries like this series.

BST&N: One non Winter Classic related question, how was it working on Courtship of Rivals? I am a huge Larry Bird fan and that era was just magical for sports fans not just basketball fans.
AC: It was great. The director of that documentary, Ezra Edelman, is an amazing filmmaker. To me, what makes that film great are some things that don’t show up in the box score, so to speak — the way Ezra structured that story, and the interviews he did with Magic and, in particular, Bird. I don’t think there’s ever been a better on-camera interview that Larry Bird has ever done. I was fortunate Ezra asked me to help him with the writing of the film; I’ve been involved in lots of documentaries, but that’s one that people always have great things to say about — in Boston, LA, and beyond.

BST&N: At your time going to school at Harvard, what did you learn about the people of New England?
AC: I think the word that stands out is “pride.” Growing up in the New York area, on Long Island, I (perhaps predictably) had a pretty provincial view of the world. Then, spending four years in New England, I definitely learned how much pride people there take in their identity and heritage — and of course also their sports teams. I still have a lot of fondness for the area, and it’s been a blast writing about the Bruins over the last few weeks … even if I have to remain neutral heading into the game! It should be a great event for New England, and for hockey, and I’m looking forward to it.

Thanks to Aaron Cohen for his time and bringing us the hockey eye candy that is the Road to the Winter Classic.

Be sure to catch it on Wednesdays on!

Bruins This Week: 31 Stats You May Have Missed

Just two games on the schedule for the Bruins this past week, so we’ll take a look at some of the numbers from their pre-Holiday Break play. Featured this week are a lenghty goal drought for one of the team’s best offensive players, a milestone game for a fourth liner and an impressive special teams streak. This is Bruins This Week: 31 Stats You May Have Missed.

Landon Ferraro has been a welcomed addition to the Bruins this season and has even seen some first-line minutes recently.

Landon Ferraro has been a welcomed addition to the Bruins this season and has even seen some first-line minutes recently.

2: Landon Ferraro and Loui Eriksson were the only Bruins to register a shot on goal in the first period of Sunday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Devils.

2: They earned their second shootout win of the season, 2-1, in that game. They had just four shootout wins all of last year.

2: Max Talbot received a 2-game suspension on Monday for his interference penalty on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty in Sunday night’s win.

3: For the third time this season, Patrice Bergeron won 20 or more faceoffs in a game as his 21 wins led the B’s to a shootout victory over New Jersey on Sunday. He also fell to 0-for-3 in shootout attempts this season in the win.

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BST&N Review: Road To The Winter Classic Episode 2

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The second episode of Epix’s The Road To The Winter Classic continues to give fans an intimate look at the Bruins and Canadiens players on and off the ice.

Brad Marchand reading the Twas The Night Before Christmas at the Boston Pops is pure gold. Who would have thought that the Nose Face Killah would be so good with the spoken word……which does not involve chirping and ball busting.

Great look at hometown boy Jimmy Hayes and his family. Those Boston accents are friggin’ LEGIT (take note Hollywood).

Max Talbot should be in the lineup every night because his veteran presence is a great intangible for the Bruins (plus he’s a f’n riot!).

Frankie V is here to stay…

And last but not least, prepare to have your stomach turn as Darth Quaider gets his chin sewn up. I am pretty sure my lunch from the Border Cafe got regurgitated against my will.

Oh yeah nothing is more pleasurable than watching the Canadiens lose again and again and again.

And making excuses and more excuses and more excuses…P.K. is the best at this, bar none.

Basque in the Habs’ misfortune and the Bruins’ surge on Epix and!


Watch The Cartoon Versions Of Z, Marchy & Pasta In Space (VIDEO)

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The Boston Bruins marketing department has outdid themselves yet again. This time with an animated series featuring the Bruins players, Rene Rancourt and of course the Bear.

Only thing more funny than the real Brad Marchand is the animated version……but the Bruins cop?

I don’t really get that one!

Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To Awful Announcing!

Bruins This Week: 30 Stats You May Have Missed

The Bruins may well have found their identity as 2015 is coming to a close, showing dramatic improvement compared to their play at the start of the season. Along with some wins over quality opponents, this week the B’s also extended a 15-year point streak, the offense carved out a season high, an NHL first for a local kid, and one of their wingers hit a milestone for points. This is: Bruins This Week: 30 Stats You May Have Missed.

Frank Vatrano celebrates his first career hat trick after the B's stomped the Penguins Friday night.

Frank Vatrano celebrates his first career hat trick after the B’s stomped the Penguins Friday night.

1: Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up, 4-2, over Pittsburgh Friday night as he scored the team’s first 4-on-4 goal of the season and extend his point streak to seven games (is third 5-game points streak of the year).

3: Ryan Spooner picked up his third multi-point game of the season in Saturday’s win over the Panthers – his first since Oct. 23. It was also his third career multi-goal game and first against a team other than the Senators.

3: Edmonton managed just three shots on goal in the second period of their 3-2 overtime win in Boston on Monday and did not have one until the 16:39 mark. That tied the fewest shots the B’s have allowed in a period this season.

3.26: Boston currently has the 2nd-best offense in the league, averaging 3.26 goals per game. It would be the third time they finished as a top-2 offense under Claude Julien.

4: Zdeno Chara is the only Bruin to have at least a point in all four of the team’s overtime losses this season.

4: Boston matched a season low with just four shots on goal in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Pittsburgh.

4: With his fourth shutout of the season Wednesday night against Pittsburgh (30th of his career), Tuukka Rask moved into a tie for the league lead in 2015-16. He had just three all of last season.

4: Spooner logged a career-high four points (0-4–4) in the 6-3 win in Pittsburgh on Friday.

7: Loui Eriksson scored his seventh power-play goal of the season Friday in the win over Pittsburgh and, in so doing, passed his power-play goal total for all of 2014-15.

8: The Bruins have now won eight consecutive home games against the Panthers and 18-of-22 overall in the series after their 3-1 victory on Saturday.

9: Brad Marchand set a career high with nine shots on goal in the loss to the Oilers on Monday. It also marked the most shots on goal in a game by any Bruin this year.

9: Boston has fewer regulation losses (9) than Montreal does (10) with two games in hand.

9: Frank Vatrano broke a 9-game goal-scoring drought as he went off for a hat trick in the win over Pittsburgh Friday night. Of course, it was his first career NHL hat trick and he became the first Bruins’ player to record a hat trick on the road since Tyler Seguin on Nov. 5, 2011 as well as the first Boston rookie to get one since Blake Wheeler on Nov. 6, 2008.

10: Spooner has 10 points in his last six games and Rask is riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-2) with a .959 save percentage.

11: At 11-2-2, the B’s have the best road record in the Eastern Conference.

13: They have points in 13 of their last 14 games (10-1-3).

14: Rask improved to 14-2-1 in 17 career appearances against the Panthers and improved his GAA to 1.28 in those games as he led the B’s to a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

15: Jimmy Hayes scored his first goal in 15 games (Nov. 5) to give the B’s a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It was also his first multi-point game since Oct. 27 (third of the season).

15: Marchand’s 15 goals are tied for seventh in the league and his plus-14 rating is tied for sixth. It’s also the same amount as Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby combined.

16: The B’s extended their point streak against the Oilers to 16 consecutive games despite falling, 3-2, in overtime Monday. Their last regulation loss to Edmonton came on Oct. 17, 2000. It was also their first home loss of any kind to the Oilers since Nov. 7, 1996 – before Connor McDavid was born and while the “Macarena” was the Billboard No. 1 song.

17: The Bruins have now allowed two goals or fewer in 17 consecutive home games against the Panthers following their 3-1 win on Saturday. The last time they allowed more than two was Feb. 9, 2008.

18: Rask made a season-high 18 saves in the second period of Wednesday’s shutout win over the Penguins. The 18 shots on goal matched the most the B’s have allowed in a period this season. The 14-shot differential (18-4) was also the team’s worst in a period this season.

20: The Bruins’ 20 shots on goal in the third period of Monday night’s loss, however, were the most they have had in a period this season (previous high was 19 on Oct. 17).

21: Bergeron’s 21 assists are tied for sixth in the league and his 30 points are tied for 13th. 

25: The Bruins outshot the Oilers by 25 (49-24) in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss – their best shot disparity in a game this season and best since Jan. 8 when they outshot the Devils by 29.

29: Max Talbot scored his first goal in 29 games and first as a Bruin to give the B’s a 1-0 lead against his former team, the Penguins, on Wednesday. Talbot scored in his final game with the Avalanche on Feb. 28. It was also his first point of the season.

29.2: The Bruins’ still lead the league with a 29.2 percent success rate on the power play this season.

49: The Bruins took a season-high 49 shots on goal in Monday’s overtime loss to the Oilers – their most in a game this season (previous high was 43 on Oct. 17) and the most the Oilers have allowed this season. It was their most in a game since piling on 50 in a win over the Leafs on April 4.

61: The Bruins and Penguins combined for 61 hits Friday night in Pittsburgh.

250: With his goal Monday against the Oilers, Marchand reached 250 points for his career in his 404th game played.

The B’s are back in action late Sunday afternoon as they travel to New Jersey for their first matchup of the season with the Devils.

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