The Boston Bruins’ recent run of shaky play continued on Saturday as they dropped a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Head coach Claude Julien explained the team’s biggest issues to CSNNE.com following the defeat:
“It’s a different line in another game, and then the other three [aren’t going]. We can’t win hockey games relying on one line per night producing for us,” Julien said. ” … We need to relax a little. But we also need to wake up and play Bruins hockey. Because that’s not what we’re playing right now.”
Many Bruins fans probably wonder what could have been as Jarome Iginla made his Pittsburgh Penguins debut today.
Julien seemed to indirectly address the lack of trades while reflecting on Boston’s woes.
“If we’re looking for help, we’re looking in the wrong direction,” Julien said. “We really need to start looking at ourselves because as a team right now we’re not playing well. We’re very average in all areas and we’re not playing Bruins hockey. We can out-shoot teams all night long, but it doesn’t mean much.”
Tough guy Shawn Thornton believes it’s not for a lack of trying.
“I don’t think it’s a lack of effort right now. I think it’s just a lack of execution,” Thornton said. “For whatever reason, we were squeezing our sticks in the first two periods. We’re just not making plays that we’re capable of making. I honestly think the effort was there.
“I don’t know if we’re trying a little bit too hard and we’re just bobbling things right now. We just need to get back to having fun and making plays. We’re a good team.”
The Montreal Canadiens completed a wild comeback against the Boston Bruins to win 6-5 (SO) on Wednesday night … and they apparently did so in front of a captivated audience.
NBC’s press release reveals that yesterday’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” match brought in 773K viewers and a household rating of .48, making it the sixth-most watched regular season game in NBC Sports Network history.
Perhaps most interestingly, the historic Canadiens-Bruins rivalry’s NBC SN matches have generated the three highest ratings for cable-televised regular season games featuring a Canadian team since 2000:
March 3: 813K
March 27: 773K
Feb. 26: 771
March 3’s match is the only game that produced a higher rating household in Boston (9.26) than last night’s 8.51 mark. That made it the highest rated network in Boston overall during that time (7:30 – 10:45 p.m. ET).
The dust is settling on a wild night where reports initially linked former Calgary Flames captain to the Boston Bruins only for him to eventually be shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
As it turns out, Iginla might have been even closer to becoming the latest member of the Boston Bruins than some might assume.
The Bruins actually made the stronger offer for Iginla in the Flames’ eyes, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. However Iginla, who needed to approve any trade, ultimately decided that he would rather play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters that he worked with Iginla to help the superstar pick his final destination, according to NHL.com. Before he pulled the trigger, there were three deals on the table.
Iginla might have ultimately been influenced by the presence of Sidney Crosby, who he previously played with as a member of the 2010 Gold Medal-winning Team Canada.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Boston lost out to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They reportedly went after former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, but the Penguins won that battle too.
So who will the Bruins pursue now?
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While all that was going on behind the scenes and on Twitter, Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher was playing a pivotal role in helping his team get past their arch rivals, the Bruins, in a shootout and back into top spot in the Northeast Division.
The 20-year-old Gallagher, who stands just 5’9″ and 178 pounds, scored late in the third period to get the Canadiens within a goal before Andrei Markov tied the game with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Gallagher then won it in the shootout, scoring the only goal between both teams in what was six-round skills competition, as the Habs completed a late comeback with a 6-5 victory.
Gallagher is now up to 10 goals and 19 points in 29 games. That puts him third in rookie scoring, behind Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
And Gallagher seems undeterred by his size, or lack of.
“He shows a lot of character by going to the dirty places and competing,” Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges told the Montreal Gazette.
“He gets hacked and he gets whacked and cross-checked and he’s still going to the front of the net.”
“I don’t know if there are many rookies who have the impact he has on our team.”
The Canadiens improved their record to 21-7-5. Their 47 points lead the Bruins by a single point for the division lead, however Boston does have a game in hand.
So, apparently, a deal between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames for Jarome Iginla was going to happen tonight after all.
And so, this would mark the end of an era in Calgary.
Aaron Ward of TSN reported the news first on Twitter just a few moments ago.
There were reports out of Boston tonight that there would be no announcement regarding a possible Iginla trade tonight.
Iginla, 35, scored 525 goals in 1,219 games with the Calgary Flames, after beginning his NHL career with that team in 1996-97.
Update: In a stunning turn of events, Iginla has been dealt to Pittsburgh. Read all about it here.