FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31:  Denna Laing #24 of the Boston Pride (NWHL) is taken off the ice following an injury against the Les Canadiennes (CWHL) during the Outdoor Womens Classic at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins, Canadiens jerseys to be auctioned off, with proceeds to Denna Laing


From the NHL:

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will autograph and auction their game-worn jerseys from tonight’s contest at Bell Centre, with all proceeds going to support Boston Pride forward Denna Laing in her rehabilitation and recovery from the injury she suffered while playing in the Outdoor Women’s Classic presented by Scotiabank. The announcement was made jointly by the National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as part of their joint and ongoing commitment to Denna Laing.

Click here for the auction site. Bidding will begin at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Boston Bruins have already pledged $200,000 to help Laing in her recovery from a severe spinal cord injury.

A website has also been set up to raise funds.

It was reported last week that the NHL expected Laing to sue the league; however, a source subsequently told the New York Post that Laing’s family does not intend to sue the the NHL or “anyone else.”

Bruins owner Jacobs donates $200,000 to Denna Laing

Jeremy Jacobs

BOSTON (AP) The owners of the Boston Bruins say they will donate at least $200,000 to help the professional women’s hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury at the Winter Classic.

Denna Laing crashed into the boards at Gillette Stadium in an exhibition the day before the NHL’s showcase game on New Year’s Day. Laing’s family says she has limited feeling in her arms and none in her legs.

The 24-year-old Laing played at Princeton and for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League. She works as a witness victim advocate at the Essex district attorney’s office.

Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs says the donation is the first step in continuing support for Laing’s recovery.

Video: Bergeron dekes out Bernier, scores on first Bruins shot

Well, that was fast.

Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as he completely fooled goalie Jonathan Bernier with a move to the backhand and tucked the puck into essentially a wide open net.

Two other notes on this goal:

— That’s a heads-up stretch pass from Torey Krug.

— That’s not a good line change from the Leafs, leading to the Krug stretch pass.

Struggling Bruins ‘rewarded’ with a much-needed victory over Sabres

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

The struggling Boston Bruins needed that. They needed a win. Against the Buffalo Sabres, that’s exactly what they accomplished.

That’s only the second win of January for Boston, and the club’s recent slide has it precariously in a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. After falling behind in the first period, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals — Ryan Spooner had a three-point night and Zdeno Chara scored the winner — to defeat the Sabres 4-1 on Friday.

Sabres’ goalie Robin Lehner started his first game since Oct. 8, when he suffered a high-ankle sprain, and made 27 saves on 30 shots.

“We knew tonight’s game was going to be a big game for us. We wanted to finish strong,” said Chara, as per the Associated Press.

“And that’s what we did. We were able to score goals, maintain the same play, be aggressive on pucks, kept up the high pace. So that’s pretty much why we got rewarded, and we got two points.”

Two points keep the Bruins in a Wild Card spot. As you can see below, the margin for error is growing smaller and smaller.

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As for the Sabres, Zemgus Girgensons left the game with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Sweeney concedes Bruins’ defense is a ‘work in progress’


Despite calling his defense a “work in progress” — which is a nice way of saying it’s not all that great — Bruins GM Don Sweeney doesn’t intend to do anything rash as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches.

“I think you have to be of a mindset to grow it,” Sweeney told the Boston Herald. “That may seem counterintuitive to a player we traded in that light (Dougie Hamilton), though circumstances may have dictated otherwise.

“But I firmly believe we have players in the pipeline and we’re going to look to continue to improve that, be it through trade, be it through free agency, or whatever way.”

The Bruins did draft a defenseman with one of their three first-round picks in June; they got Jakub Zboril 13th overall. They also selected d-men Brandon Carlo and Jeremy Lauzon 37th and 52nd overall, respectively.

So, Sweeney’s not wrong. They do have some players in the pipeline.

Still, it’ll be a while before those guys are ready to make an impact, if they ever do make an impact. With that in mind, we wonder if the B’s might pursue a proven NHLer like Dustin Byfuglien. Perhaps not at the trade deadline, but in free agency if he’s still available July 1.

Byfuglien in a Bruins jersey.

Yeah, we could picture that.

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