Tag: Boston Bruins

Bobby Ryan, Tuukka Rask

Frustrated Rask thinks Boston faces ‘biggest mountain we’ve had to climb’


Maybe it’s losing in overtime thanks to Bobby Ryan’s odd game-winner. Perhaps it’s the added frustration of settling for “charity” points in the last two games. Most likely, it could be the unfamiliar sensation of being just OK, as the Boston Bruins are merely 19-15-5 to start the season.

Either way, it seems like Tuukka Rask was very frustrated following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Next Impulse’s Pete Blackburn shared this moment of frustration from Rask:

Apparently the 27-year-old had other, choicer words to other sources.

Cam Neely clearly wasn’t pleased after that OT defeat, either.

That said, Rask at least tried to put on a brave face after venting, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.

“I feel like this is the biggest mountain we’ve had to climb, but we’re not going to give up the fight,” Rask said.

Pastrnak building on experience with the Bruins at world juniors

David Pastrnak: Georg Sorensen

David Pastrnak setup three goals Wednesday night at the world junior hockey championship as the Czech Republic defeated Russia 4-1 in a must-win game.

The Bruins’ prospect now has a team-leading seven points (one goal and six assists) heading into Friday’s quarterfinals against Slovakia.

Pastrnak, the 25th overall pick at last June’s draft, appeared in five regular season games with Boston to start the season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The 18-year-old says his experience in the NHL is helping him even at the international level.

“It helps me a lot,” he said. “I played on the team with stars in the NHL so I picked up a lot of experience. I tried to learn as much as I can. (World juniors) is very different hockey than the NHL, but the experience has helped me a lot and I’m trying to get better every day.”

Entering Wednesday’s game Pastrnak said the team has been feeling pressure from the Czech Republic after being out-scored 10-4 in preliminary round losses to Sweden and Switzerland. The Czechs used overtime to edge the Danes 4-3 prior to Wednesday’s win which secured them a berth in the final four.

“We felt some pressure from back home,” said Pastrnak. “When you get to this situation, you feel you don’t play for yourself, you play for all of your country. All you want is to make your country proud of you. That’s what we said to each other, we have to play as one (unit) and do it for our country.”

A native of Havirov in the Czech Republic, Pastrnak had 10 goals and 27 points in 23 AHL games prior to joining the Under-20 team.

Pastrnak knows what to expect from the Slovaks on Friday.

“They are our neighbours so we have to get ready,” he said. “They beat us in a training game, but that doesn’t matter (now). It’s going to be about one game, the quarterfinals and we have to play our game.

“They’ve got a good power play, they play really simple hockey, but they skate well.”

The winner of the Czech and Slovakia quarterfinal will meet either Canada or Denmark in the semifinals on Sunday.

Lucic happy to get rough 2014 behind him


There were lots of people celebrating on New Year’s Eve. In a way Milan Lucic was among them, but not for the conventional reasons. By the sounds of it, he wasn’t in the mood to rejoice over the start of a new year so much as he was simply glad to be rid of the last one.

“It wasn’t a good 2014,” Lucic said, per the Boston Globe. “I’m happy it’s over. I’m looking forward to 2015 and hopefully we can turn things around.”

When 2014 start, the Boston Bruins were leading the Atlantic Division and seemed poised for another lengthy playoff run after making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013. Instead they lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to the rival Montreal Canadiens and cap problems forced them to principally subtract over the summer. They entered the 2014-15 campaign without forwards Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton as well as defenseman Johnny Boychuk and those losses have taken their toll as the Bruins are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

This hasn’t been a particularly good stretch for Lucic either, who has made headlines over personal rivalries, but has just six goals and 18 points in 37 contests this season.

“Not much good things happened in 2014 for myself and for the team,” said Lucic. “Just looking forward to 2015 and turning things around, and hopefully it will be better than this year.”

Video: Kessel lights up the Bruins

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Phil Kessel had gone six games without a goal. Then he faced the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Skid snapped.

Kessel, earlier denied on a breakaway and then a penalty shot, gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a two-goal lead in the second period, snapping home a wicked wrist shot on the power play for career point No. 500.

What. A. Shot.

Prior to that, he danced around the towering Zdeno Chara at the Toronto blue line, flew down the wing and set up James van Riemsdyk with a perfect pass for a goal on a two-on-one rush, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead just 31 seconds after Boston had evened the score.

Here’s the video of the van Riemsdyk goal.

The news is not all good for the Leafs. Joffrey Lupul suffered a lower-body injury and will not return, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

PHT Morning Skate: Another reason New Year’s Day is a big deal for hockey


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The 2015 Winter Classic and a slew of New Year’s resolutions make tomorrow a significant day for most of us. Here’s one other reason not to sleep through half of the day after having a little too much fun tonight: teams can re-sign players who were on one-year contracts starting on Jan. 1, 2015. Could we see the likes of Torey Krug (pictured), Reilly Smith and Christian Ehrhoff inking extensions? (Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts)

If you were watching the Oilers’ eventual shootout win against the Kings last night, you may have noticed a peculiar moment of “gamesmanship” when Ben Scrivens was forced to tape up the knob of his goalie stick. Kukla’s Korner does a nice job breaking down what that was all about, aside from Darryl Sutter being a sly fox, of course. (Kukla’s Korner)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Wednesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Wednesday at 5pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The perils of being a hockey sports broadcaster. (Puck Daddy)

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty answers some Boston Bruins-related questions in his latest mailbag. (CSNNE.com)

Even with mounting injuries, the Winnipeg Jets are still acquitting themselves pretty well on defense. (Winnipeg Free Press)