Report: Bruins to host Habs in ’16 Winter Classic at Gillette

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From WEEI:

The Bruins will host the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, WEEI.com has learned from league sources.

The Jan. 1 meeting between the two clubs, which has long been speculated, will be the second Winter Classic the Bruins have hosted.

Boston, which hosted the ’10 Classic at Fenway Park, has long been rumored as the landing site for the 2016 event, with Colorado and Minnesota tabbed as potential Stadium Series hosts (it’s also been rumored that Winnipeg will get the Heritage Classic, which will reportedly be reincarnated next year after taking 2015 off.)

Where the game would be played in Boston, though, was up in the air. The Red Sox openly campaigned to have the event at Fenway — in mid-December, Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy said he’d already spoken with B’s president Cam Neely — but many figured Gillette Stadium would get the game, largely because of the canyon-sized disparity in attendance.

Gillette goes 68,756 at max capacity, almost double what Fenway (37,400) can hold.

It’ll be interesting to see how scheduling will work if the game does eventually land at Gillette. This year, the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs happened two days after the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington; in 2011, the Capitals and Penguins played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, with the wild-card round beginning six days later. (The Steelers had an opening-round bye and didn’t begin their playoff campaign until Jan. 15.)

Report: Bruins’ Soderberg won’t face discipline for hit on Blue Jackets’ Calvert

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Boston Bruins forward Carl Soderberg won’t face a fine or suspension for his check on Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

The hit occurred during the second period of the Blue Jackets’ eventual 3-1 win against the Bruins on Saturday:

The check didn’t draw a penalty, yet Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wasn’t happy about it, deeming the blow a “shot right to the head.”

Calvert (pictured) bounced back from that hit to score the game-winner and an empty-net goal in the third period. Here’s a video of the clincher:

Calvert, 25, has dealt with some injury issues this season (basically fitting in with the rest of the Blue Jackets), so we’ll keep an eye out to see if anything lingers from the hit.

Calvert, Blue Jackets end Bruins winning streak at five games

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Matt Calvert, on the receiving end of what appeared to be a questionable hit from Carl Soderberg earlier in Saturday’s game, scored twice late in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets escaped Boston with a victory.

The loss ends the Bruins’ winning streak at five games. Boston was already without forward Brad Marchand, who is serving a two-game suspension for a slew-foot.

Further to the Soderberg hit on Calvert, there was no call on the play. Calvert went for a shot, when Soderberg swiped in front of him and delivered the hit, which sent the Columbus forward spiraling around to the ice.

The Blue Jackets, thanks to the two Calvert goals in the final 3:03 of regulation, earned a 3-1 victory.

Calvert was not available to media after the game due to illness, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“We didn’t want to put in the work. We lost a lot of battles,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

Bruins’ Marchand calls slew-foot a ‘selfish act’

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Brad Marchand, a repeat offender in the National Hockey League, has been forced to answer for yet another suspension.

The Boston Bruins agitating forward was given a two-game ban on Friday for a slew-foot on Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers. It’s Marchand’s third suspension of his career. It comes at a time when the Bruins are on a roll, having won five consecutive games prior to puck drop on Saturday’s NHL schedule.

“It’s definitely on the edge, for sure. It’s a dangerous play, no doubt, and it’s something they’re trying to get out of the game,” said Marchand, as per CSNNE.com.

“It could be worse. It could be three or four [games], so I’ve got to be happy that it’s not. Hopefully the guys do well without me, and I’ll get back against Colorado.

“Our team has been playing so well, and I don’t want a selfish act like that to impact how well the team can do. Hopefully they can without me, which I know they can.”

In 42 games this season, Marchand has 12 goals and 24 points. The Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Bruins blank Rangers to win fifth straight

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Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 Thursday night.

With the win, the Bruins extend their win streak to a season-high five games.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson provided the offence for the Bruins while defenseman Torey Krug had two assists in the win.

Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the loss.

With the shutout loss the Rangers have been blanked in consecutive games for the first time under Alain Vigneault.

During the first intermission the Bruins announced rookie David Pastrnak would stick with the club and play in his 10th game Saturday burning the first year of his entry-level contract.

In the second period Bruins forward Brad Marchand slew footed Derick Brassard. There was no penalty on the play. However, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, the league will be reviewing the play.

The league could also look at the dangerous hit by Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider on Carl Soderberg.

Kreider received a boarding minor for the hit. Soderberg remained in the game.

Chris Kelly stepped in to fight Kreider and received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.

The two teams meet again Feb. 4 in New York.