Sharks’ McLellan shoots down possible comparison to 2011 Bruins

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The San Jose Sharks lead the Western Conference – after four games.

They have yet to lose in regulation and had a three-game winning streak snapped in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

It’s a decent start to the season, following what was a tumultuous summer with many questions in the wake of the club’s disappointing elimination from the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Up 3-0 in their first-round series to the L.A. Kings, the Sharks imploded and lost the next four games, getting ousted from the post-season by their California rivals.

As pointed out by Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, the 2010 Boston Bruins held the same advantage over the Philadelphia Flyers, then lost four straight to get eliminated. The 2011 Bruins then went on to win the Stanley Cup, erasing a 2-0 series deficit to the Vancouver Canucks.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan pretty much put any possible comparison between the 2011 Bruins and 2014-15 Sharks to rest on Friday. It is the middle of October, after all.

“The most recent analogy has been to compare us to Boston, and I don’t think that’s fair at all,” said McLellan, as per CSN Bay Area.

“Boston has its own organization, its own way of doing things, as do we. To say that history will or will not repeat itself is very unfair to our group. We have to go and play a long season and deal with the days as they come.”

Bruins’ Krug says ‘shame on us’ for poor defensive effort versus Habs

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The Boston Bruins have been one of the best defensive teams in the NHL for quite some time now.

In fact, the last time their goals-against average was anything but stellar was 2007-08, when it was a still-respectable 2.62 (11th best in the league).

Hence, the strong words from defenseman Torey Krug after last night’s 6-4 loss in Montreal — a defeat that dropped the Bruins’ record to a disappointing 2-4-0.

“That’s not us. We’re a team that prides ourselves on our defense,” said Krug, per CSN New England.

“When we’re spaced out in the defensive zone bad things are going to happen. We didn’t collapse on the net like we normally do, so shame on us for not doing that. We need to get back to our defensive ways in that next game.”

Boston’s next game is Saturday in Buffalo, against a Sabres team that’s scored just seven times in four games. Which is to say, it shouldn’t take a Herculean effort for the B’s to get back to their “defensive ways.”

Then again, the Bruins no longer have the services of solid defenseman Johnny Boychuk, now a member of the undefeated Islanders.

And against the Canadiens, veteran d-man Dennis Seidenberg continued to struggle, finishing a minus-2 and with the worst possession numbers on his team.

Seidenberg, of course, played just 34 games last season before undergoing knee surgery for a torn ACL/MCL.

At the very least, B’s coach Claude Julien was happy with his players’ effort against the Canadiens.

“We were doing OK,” said Julien, “but with about five minutes left [in the second period] we had some costly mistakes.

“They were things we had talked about, and we had shown before the game. We lost our focus, and because of that we made some really bad mistakes that ended up in the back of our net.”

‘Good thing I didn’t go blind’: Fan shines laser at Bruins’ goalie Rask

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A fan inside the Bell Centre in Montreal somehow came to the decision to shine a green laser pointer at Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.

The action was caught on replay. You can see in the video a green laser pointer scurrying around Rask, who was in his crease. The screen grab in the photo picked out a speck of the laser against the right pad of Rask while play was going on behind the net.

According to Sportsnet, the fan was removed from the game.

Rask was pulled in the third period after allowing five goals on 23 shots, and the Bruins lost by a final score of 6-4. Milan Lucic mimed raising the Stanley Cup after taking a penalty late in the third period.

“At me? I saw it in the offensive zone. Good thing I didn’t go blind,” Rask said afterward, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

Video: Bruins’ Lucic gestures to Habs fans after late penalty

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Oh yes, the rivalry lives on, the ill will between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens persists.

Milan Lucic was at the center of it yet again, particularly late in the third period of Thursday’s game between the two clubs in what was a rematch of last spring’s highly intense and emotional Eastern Conference semifinal.

Lucic, the Bruins power forward who is struggling to begin the season but added two assists Thursday, was called for boarding after he delivered a heavy hit on Alexei Emelin along the boards with 1:20 remaining in regulation and Boston down a goal.

The Bruins, losers in that second-round series against Montreal, lost this meeting by a final score of 6-4.

As he entered the penalty box, Lucic, already at odds with the call, gestured to the crowd behind the glass, including what appeared to be the lifting of an imaginary Stanley Cup.

With Lucic in the sin bin, the Habs scored into the empty net, increasing their lead to two goals and, more importantly for them, securing two points.

Lucic, who said he was more concerned about getting the win rather than revenge against the Habs for what happened in the playoffs, was tossed after continuing to argue the call when he was let out of the box.

Now, this isn’t the first time a Boston player has lifted an imaginary Stanley Cup over their head while in the building of a rival.

Brad Marchand did the same thing last December, when the Bruins visited the Vancouver Canucks, the team Boston defeated to win the 2011 championship.

Bruins goalie Rask gets the hook in Montreal

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Tuukka Rask was pulled in the third period of Thursday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, a rematch of last spring’s hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal series and the league’s greatest rivalry.

Rask gave up five goals on 23 shots when he got the hook. The Habs trailed the Bruins in the second period, but scored three straight goals, including Brendan Gallagher’s deflection goal in the third, to take a 5-3 lead when Rask was taken out of the game.

Niklas Svedberg came into the game for Boston.