Hamilton admits he was ‘bad’ in Bruins’ opener

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The Boston Bruins weren’t perfect, but they were far from “bad” in beating the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, last night at TD Garden.

Dougie Hamilton on the other hand? Well, we don’t want to be mean, so let’s just say he was a bit further away from perfect than the majority of his teammates.

“I thought we were good; I thought I was bad,” Hamilton said, per the Boston Herald. “Everyone else played well and battled.”

Bruins coach Claude Julien concurred that his young d-man had a “tough night,” noting a few poor reads that led to odd-man rushes the other way.

“There were a couple of times he might have forced it (when) we didn’t have a forward coming back,” said Julien. “Normally Doug will read those plays better.”

Hamilton, 21, has always played under a pretty big spotlight; when you’re good enough to be a ninth overall draft pick, that’s the price you pay.

But that spotlight is even brighter now, given Johnny Boychuk’s departure to the Islanders, as well as the general consensus that Zdeno Chara’s minutes will need to be managed in order to keep the 37-year-old fresh for the playoffs.

Before the season started, Hamilton was feeling positive about his game.

“Physically I feel stronger, and with the skating I feel a little bit faster,” he said, per CSN New England. “I’m just more confident with the puck. I just need to keep improving that, and improving my D-zone [coverage] and my gaps.”

Like any young d-man, Hamilton is a work in progress. (Lest we forget where Chara was at the age of 21.)

Still, he knows he needs to be better, starting tonight in Detroit.

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Flyers struggle in loss to Bruins: ‘It was like we were scared to make plays’

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The Philadelphia Flyers found themselves in a decent position late in the third period against the Boston Bruins, but saw at least a single point slip away.

The Flyers, playing on the road in Boston, allowed a late goal from Chris Kelly in a 2-1 loss to open the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. Philadelphia got off to a slow start and managed only 20 shots on goal, but managed to somehow stick around, getting a tying goal from Sean Couturier early in the third period.

Not enough, as it turned out.

The Flyers found themselves under pressure, out-shot in two of the three periods.

Based on the comments of their captain, Claude Giroux, held without a point and just one shot on net, it seemed like they were never really got comfortable in this one.

“The first two periods, it was like we were scared to make plays,” Giroux said, as per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I don’t know about the other guys, but I would get the puck and I didn’t get the confidence to make a play . . . I need to relax, play the game.”

Video: Bruins’ Kelly scores winner, still trying to understand Swedish linemates

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Chris Kelly underwent off-season back surgery. Back in the Boston Bruins lineup, he scored the winning goal in a season-opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Kelly, who scored only nine times in 57 regular season games for Boston last season, broke the deadlock with 1:51 remaining in the third period to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Flyers.

It’s early in the season, and line combinations can change in an instant through an 82-game schedule. But Kelly clearly enjoyed his time on a line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson – even if there is a bit of a language barrier.

“I like playing with the Swedes even though half the time I don’t understand them on the bench,” he said after the win, as per Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.

“I was just excited, like it was my first year again,” Kelly added.

Video: Flyers’ Schenn fights Bruins’ journeyman Robins

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Welcome to the National Hockey League, Bobby Robins.

Robins, who is 32 years old and has never played a game in the NHL, made an early impression for his new team, the Boston Bruins, on Wednesday.

Robins fought Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn just past the midway point of the second period. The two traded punches before going down to the ice.

Quite a start to such a belated NHL career. Apart from working his way up through the American Hockey League, Robins has spent time in such professional hockey hotbeds like Belfast and Austria. Another interesting factoid: he runs his own blog. Not sure how many guys in the NHL can claim the same.

Of course, he got quite the reaction from the Boston faithful. On a night when former Bruin and NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury made a call for the NHL to get rid of fighting.

WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins

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The Flyers and Bruins will kick off the 2014-15 NHL campaign tonight at TD Garden, in the first of a Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN and the NBC Live Extra stream.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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Enjoy the game, everybody. Hockey’s back!