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December 15, 2008 - 6:07 am
There are plenty of shinning beacons serving as great examples of the masterful job that Claude Julien has done coaching this Bruins team, but perhaps no example is more dazzlingly brilliant or as stunning as the complete transformation of Phil Kessel . The 21-year-old has a Beckett-like...
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December 15, 2008 - 3:18 am
Though it's starting to seem more like a MASH unit than a hockey team, injuries haven't stopped the brazen Bruins from streaking on a number of different fronts. The Back in Black B's have won 11 straight games within the friendly confines of the TD Banknorth Garden , Phil Kessel has grown into...
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Mike Petraglia
December 14, 2008 - 5:24 am
Martins Karsums made his NHL debut on Saturday night, playing with Vladimir Sobotka and Shawn Thornton on the Bruins fourth line. He was Boston's second round pick in 2004. In the Juniors, he was a star for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL (see the highlight clips below). The 22-year-old right...
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Mike Petraglia
December 14, 2008 - 4:38 am
The Bruins made it 11 straight home wins with a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night at the Garden. The Bruins roll into four straight off days as the club with the second-highest point total in the NHL . Only San Jose, with a remarkable 24-3-2 record and 50 points, can boast a...
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Mike Petraglia
December 13, 2008 - 3:58 pm
One thing a captain does is stand up for his teammates, under any and all circumstances. When Boris Valabik tried to intimidate Phil Kessel in front of the Thrashers net in the second period Saturday night, Zdeno Chara came in like a raging bull and made sure that his countryman knew that wasn't...
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Mike Petraglia
December 13, 2008 - 12:26 pm
Best battle of the night with 3:46 left in the third when 6'9" Zdeno Chara went up against Atlanta's Boris Valabik, who stands 6'7", with Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting roaring over the loudspeakers. Valabik grew up in Chara's homeland of Slovakia, styling his game after Chara. Full...
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December 12, 2008 - 4:14 pm
The resurgence of the Bruins has led to plenty of attention from the national media, and Boston Bruins Vice-President Cam Neely has been one of the up-front-and-center voices and faces helping to promote the team. Neely was the guest of Bill Clement and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the "...
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Mike Petraglia
December 09, 2008 - 10:08 am
While he didn't take part in any contact drills on Tuesday, Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward felt good about returning to the ice after a left leg injury that has forced him to miss the last three games. "That's the approach now," Ward said before joining the team on its sojourn to Washington for...
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December 09, 2008 - 8:08 am
Here's a couple of quick links this morning as I blog hockey from the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and work on the first "Ask Haggs Mailbag" or "Haggbag" if you're into the whole brevity thing. Utilized the NHL GameCenter Live on the computer to watch portions of the 5-3 win over the Lightning...
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Mike Petraglia
December 09, 2008 - 7:40 am
Bruins coach Claude Julien worked his team through an energetic practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, with the emphasis being on how to handle success... namely don't get cute when you have the lead. The Bruins led after one period Monday night, 3-0, but allowed Tampa Bay to make...
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