Tag: Shane Hnidy

Tomas Kaberle

Would benching Tomas Kaberle be the right move for Boston to make?


One of the big figures in the playoffs this year is defenseman Tomas Kaberle. After being dealt from Toronto to Boston in mid-February, Kaberle was hailed as being the answer to the Bruins puck-carrying worries as well as an elixir for a power play that was inconsistent at best during the regular season. In short, Kaberle was meant to be the missing piece for a Bruins team poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Things haven’t quite gone according to plan for both the Bruins and for Kaberle. Since joining the Bruins, Boston’s power play has been clicking along at a 9% success rate in the regular season and playoffs (11-118) and in the playoffs, the Bruins have found ways to win in spite of a terrible power play (4-52 in the playoffs).

However, after Game 4’s effort from Kaberle that saw him get outworked and out-muscled by Sean Bergenheim leading to the game’s tying goal in the second period in what turned out to be a toothless affair for Boston in a 5-3 loss.

CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty has a gutsy solution for the Bruins to solve what ails both the team and Kaberle. He says it’s time for coach Claude Julien to bench Kaberle in favor of either Steve Kampfer or Shane Hnidy to shake things up for the Bruins and get them back to playing “Bruins hockey.”

No matter what Julien says publicly about Kaberle and the team’s belief in him, it’s clear the coaching staff has lost confidence in the player as he’s relegated to a bottom pairing defenseman. No amount of public spin and positive feedback can cover up the stench left on the ice after Kaberle’s shift has concluded and another round of mistakes have to be cleaned up by his teammates.

He hasn’t surpassed 20 minutes of ice time since the opening playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, and his pairing with Adam McQuaid was a flammable liability in Saturday’s loss to the Lightning.

It’d make for quite the gutsy move to do that and given that he’s seen his minutes reduced to playing just over 12 minutes and 11 minutes in the last two games respectively as a third-pair defenseman, the case to be made for benching Kaberle is strong. Even though coach Julien won’t be sitting him out, is it the right move to try and spur the Bruins to victory? Let us know in the comments and vote in our poll to let us know your thoughts.

Bruins say the right things about Game 3, Hnidy will take McQuaid’s spot

James Wisniewski, Shane Hnidy

When you build up an early lead, it’s almost natural to sag a bit. After all, you’ve acquired some sporting insurance and you’re inherently less hungry than your opponent. If the talent levels are close, losing that heightened sense of urgency can be an issue.

Despite building up a 2-0 lead, the Boston Bruins are saying all the right things as they prepare for Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. It’s not as if they need to search far and wide for an example of how fickle a two-game (and yes, even a three-game) series lead can be, considering the team’s recent history.

The Flyers will be the team facing the biggest changes, as Chris Pronger is expected to miss tonight’s game while Jeff Carter will be a game-time decision. (Naturally, these situations are always subject to change.)

Nope, the only difference for the Bruins is some home cooking and that Shane Hnidy will replace an injured Adam McQuaid. All indications point to Tim Thomas going up against Brian Boucher in the nets, so the biggest changes could be in execution and attitude.

Here’s what the team said about Game 3 against the Flyers.

“If we play well, we’ll be up by another game,” said coach Claude Julien, shedding some light onto the approach in the B’s dressing room. “I don’t think there’s anyone in that dressing room, including coaching staff and players, that are certainly sitting comfortable. This is going to be a tough task, and they’re a good team, and we’re ready to face that challenge.”


“For us, it’s about taking all the emotion and energy from the crowd and use it to give us everything that we need,” said Patrice Bergeron. “We need to take whatever we can to do the job at home because that’s going to be huge going down the stretch.”

Game 1 was a blowout, but Thomas really bailed the Bruins out in Game 2. It should be interesting to see if Game 3 has the same neck breakneck pace or if Boston will use home ice advantage to clog things up a bit. Either way, they’re taking the Flyers’ threat seriously, at least on the record.

Zdeno Chara returns to Bruins lineup in pivotal Game 3

Zdeno Chara

If you’re watching Boston-Montreal Game 3 tonight and there’s a very large man in white being booed every time he gets the puck, it’s Zdeno Chara. After missing Game 2 with dehydration issues, Chara is back in the lineup tonight to try and lead the Bruins back into the series against the Canadiens.

With Boston down 2-0 in the series, they’ll need Chara’s presence on the ice and they’ll need him to be very good as well. The Bruins need a lift in the worst way and Chara is the guy to spark that. Defenseman Shane Hnidy sits back down after taking Chara’s spot in the lineup in Game 2.

If Chara’s return can’t lead Boston to a win tonight, it sets up for a very disappointing Game 4 in Montreal on Thursday night.

Zdeno Chara out for tonight’s game against Montreal

Zdeno Chara

After being taken to a Boston hospital earlier today for dehydration, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did warm up during the pregame skate with the rest of the team making it look like he’d play tonight.

As it turns out, Chara is a late scratch for tonight’s Game 2 against Montreal. Taking Chara’s spot in the lineup will be Shane Hnidy. The Bruins will need big play out of Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, and Tomas Kaberle to make up for Chara’s absence in the lineup.

While Hnidy will bring the physical game, all six defensemen will need to be especially sharp defensively as Chara’s presence on the ice is virtually impossible to replace. No other player on the team is as big or as intimidating as Chara. Expect Seidenberg to pick up the slack defensively in minutes played as he’s primarily a shot blocker and all-around solid defender.

If Chara’s absence leads to another loss and the Bruins heading to Montreal in a 2-0 hole, the desperation in Beantown will reach a hysterical level.