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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers

The Bruins seem to have found their stride as the first half of the season has come and gone and as a team hanging around the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, their current five-game winning streak could not have come at a better time. Over the last couple of weeks, the B’s have extended some recent dominance over a couple different opponents, seen their prized rookie do something not many Bruins’ teenagers have, outshot an opponent by more than they have in almost five years, fired the fewest shots on goal they have had in a period this season, had a couple centermen hit a milestone on the same night and rattled off a season-high point streak. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.

David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.

1: Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made his first start against Boston as his Hurricanes came away with the 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 4 in Raleigh.

1: David Pastrnak scored his first NHL goal – first two actually – in the 3-1 win over the Flyers on Jan. 10. He is the youngest NHL player to appear in a game this season.

1: In the same game, the Bruins won for the first time this season when Zdeno Chara committed a penalty (1-5-3). They then improved to 2-5-3 in their next game against Tampa Bay.

1: Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins’ lone representative to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers For 12/21/13

A lot has happened over the last two weeks for the Bruins. As the (mini) Christmas break approaches, the action on the ice has not slowed down and perhaps has only been overshadowed by what has happened off of it. Among some notable events of the past two weeks are the first suspension for one player, the return of another to his longtime home, multiple NHL debuts and an impressive streak when the big man scores a goal. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers. 

Jarome Iginla made an emotional return to Calgary last week complete with a come-from-behind win and postgame victory lap.

Jarome Iginla made an emotional return to Calgary last week complete with a come-from-behind win and postgame victory lap.

0: Daniel Paille has still not committed a penalty this year, though he has been out since Dec. 8 with concussion-like symptoms.

1: Shawn Thornton’s suspension was the first of his 11-year NHL career.

1: Kevan Miller scored the first goal of his NHL career in the three-goal second period against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 8 on the team’s way to a 5-2 victory.

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B’s Beat: An Analysis Of Shawn Thornton’s 15 Game Suspension

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Well, we finally know how long the Bruins are going to be without Shawn Thornton. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has given him a significant 15 game suspension. For those of you who live in a giant hole and have no idea what is going on; this ban stems from an ugly incident that happened in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 7th.

In the game Penguins’ defenseman Brooks Orpik laid a borderline hit on Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson. Eriksson left the game, and was later diagnosed with a concussion. He has since been put on injured reserve.

Obviously Shawn Thornton, the team’s enforcer, had a problem with the lack of action taken by the officials in the game, and decided to challenge Orpik to a fight. The Pens’ defenseman declined to fight Thornton, and skated away with play resuming. Later in the period during a scrum, Thronton grabbed Orpik, “slew-footed” him to the ground, and punched him in the head three times while he was lying down on the ice. The three hits Thornton threw caused Orpik’s head to bounce of the ice and knock him unconscious.

Orpik required a stretcher to me removed from the ice, and assistance from both the Bruins and Penguins’ medical personnel. Thornton received a 5 minute major roughing penalty, and a game misconduct.

Following the game, a clearly remorseful Thornton had this to say “It’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates, but I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It’s hard for me to talk about it right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough. I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it. It’s true. I hope he’s doing all right.”

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When Will Rajon Learn: Celtics Star Continues To Be Court Jester (VIDEO)

February 22, 2012

May 1, 2012

November 29, 2012

January 7, 2013

What do all of these dates have in common? Well, all of them have taken place in the past year and all of them take place during basketball season. More importantly, all of these dates are ones where Rajon Rondo has been suspended for some type of on court issue. Lets revisit them, shall we?

The first incident took place in February last season during a game at Detroit. After not receiving a foul call following a hard drive to the basket, Rondo tossed the ball and hit the official in the chest. Rondo received a double technical, was ejected from the game and resulted in a two game suspension. The Celtics lost both games while Rondo was suspended.

The second incident also involved a referee, this time taking place during the 2012 playoffs. During a quarterfinal match up against the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo was once again arguing an official’s call and bumped a referee in the final minute of the game one loss. Rondo once again received a double technical, was ejected from the game and would later be suspended for game two of the series. The Celtics won that game behind a 36 point effort from Paul Pierce.

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Patriots Running Back Bolden Suspended Four Games

Bold move: The NFL suspended Patriots running back, Brandon Bolden, on Friday after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing supplement.

Injured Patriots running back, Brandon Bolden, made news on Friday for something other than his injured knee or potential return to the playing field.

The NFL suspended the rookie from Ole Miss for four games without pay for violating the league’s substance policy with the use of an illegal performance-enhancing drug, according to the league. They declined to indicate what drug it was.

The hit leaves New England with just three running backs on the active roster. Bolden joins the newest Patriot, Aqib Talib, on the suspension list. Talib was acquired by the Patriots from Tampa last week and has one game remaining on a four-game suspension of his own.

Initial reports indicated that the drug may have been pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant commonly found in popular cold medications like Sudafed & Dimetapp, but the league declined to comment further than the announcement of the suspension.

Bolden burst on to the scene in the team’s Week 4 win against the Bills in which he exploded for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, but has not played since leaving New England’s Week 6 game in Seattle with that injured knee.

He will be eligible to return to practice following the team’s Week 13 game against the Dolphins and can return to game action the following week against the AFC South leading Texans. He will miss games against the Bills (Sunday), Colts, Jets and Dolphins.

In six games this year, Bolden has run the ball well. He has carried 43 times for a total of 231 yards – most of which came in his breakout game against Buffalo – and two touchdowns.

The undrafted running back will forfeit $97,500 of his rookie salary, according to boston.com.

New England should be fine without their rookie in the backfield, however, as they will continue to ride second-year man, Stevan Ridley and mix in Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen against the terrible rush defense in Buffalo, which ranks 31st in the league through nine weeks of play, giving up an average of 169.5 rushing yards per game. Should they need him, they can always sign James Develin off the practice squad to fill the void.

The Patriots host the Bills (3-5) tomorrow at 1:00 in their first game since their demolishing of the Rams in London two weeks ago.

 

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Bruins’ Brad Marchand To Return Against Devils

Bruins Forward #63 Brad Marchand will be returning from his five game suspension to face the New Jersey Devils Thursday night

Following three mediocre games against Carolina, Florida, and Tampa Bay it is clear the Bruins are missing suspended winger Brad Marchand. Marchand has been serving a five game suspension due to a clipping incident on the Vancouver Canucks’ defenseman Sami Salo. Brad’s suspension was undoubtedly extended given his reputation as a player who plays on the edge and his past fines and suspensions. The Bruins have clearly missed his offense as the have not looked right in their last three or four games and often times looked out of place. In 37 games this season Marchand has 16 goals, 16 assists, and a plus 27.

Fortunately for Boston various players have stepped up as of late to somewhat limit the hit of Brad’s absence. David Krejci had an 11 game point streak going into the Florida Panthers game only to start another streak the following night against the Lightning. Krejci now has 10 goals, 24 assists, and a plus 1 in 40 games for the Bruins so far this season. Nathan Horton has also notably improved as of late having now scored 16 goals on the season which is good for a tie for second place in Bruins’ goals scored. Horton has struggled mightily at times this season looking to still be suffering from lingering effects from the concussion he suffered in game three of last season’s finals.

Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin have been impressive as well in Marchand’s absence but to me it is Benoit Pouliot who has really stepped up his game to fill in. In the last five games Pouliot has contributed a goal and an assist which may not make up for the missing offense, but it is his two way game as of late that has really opened eyes. Pouliot’s stick always seems to be in the right place and breaking up various plays. There is no doubt this excellent all zones play had led to him getting powerplay time on Claude Julien’s squad. As we can all remember from our frustrations last season when Tyler Seguin barely got any powerplay time, it is not easy to get on the Bruins powerplay unit. Pouliot has obviously earned the opportunity and to me that is impressive.

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