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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
 
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DJ Bean
04/22/2014 - 11:59pm
DETROIT -- The Red Wings learned the hard way Tuesday night that you can't give teams even one period in the playoffs. In particular, you shouldn't give a team that doesn't let you score a period.  Game 3 saw the Bruins blank the Red Wings, 3-0, at Joe Louis Arena and take a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was better in the second and third periods, but a wretched first period meant a wretched result. 
DJ Bean
04/21/2014 - 1:52pm
It’s been something of an inconsistent start to the postseason for the Bruins offensively, as they struggled to get set up in the Detroit zone in Game 1 and were shut out, then bounced back with four goals in Game 2. 
DJ Bean
04/20/2014 - 11:54pm
Even if it was only parts of five periods -- 98 minutes and 15 seconds, to be exact -- David Krejci's line did not get the start it wanted. Not at all.  
DJ Bean
04/19/2014 - 1:37am
A matchup that looked favorable for the Bruins looked less favorable when Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller were absent as the B’s and Red Wings took the ice for warmups Friday night at TD Garden. 
DJ Bean
04/17/2014 - 11:50pm
In the 2011 postseason, the Bruins had a great third line. Not only did it help get them out of the first round, but it helped them win the Stanley Cup. Last postseason, put plainly, they did not have a good third line. 
DJ Bean
04/17/2014 - 2:48pm
The season was about halfway over when Reilly Smith began to put two and two together: His team was really good, and his brother was playing for a good team that had injuries. Months later, the pieces fell into place to set up a Bruins-Red Wings meeting in the first round and the brothers Smith will square off in the Stanley Cup playoffs. 
DJ Bean
04/17/2014 - 10:13am
Torey Krug was a veteran of three NHL games and was headed to Wilkes-Barre with his Providence teammates for Game 3 of the second round last season. 
DJ Bean
04/16/2014 - 8:55am
Last year, Dougie Hamilton could only watch from the press box as the Bruins came so close to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. He was a rookie then, and the Bruins didn’t need him on the blue line.  Now they do, and in a big way. 
DJ Bean
04/15/2014 - 8:13am
The Red Wings will be a pretty tough matchup for the Bruins, but the Bruins are a nightmare matchup for anyone.  The first round of the playoffs matches the Bruins against a Detroit team that handled them in the regular season (the Red Wings won three of the four games, including a 6-1 drubbing at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 27), and is getting healthier than it was for much of the season. 
DJ Bean
04/14/2014 - 10:22am
In perhaps the strangest way, the Bruins were better than anyone expected them to be this season.
DJ Bean
04/12/2014 - 6:00pm
You don’t see many 30-goal seasons around these parts. It might be a long time before anyone sees another like Patrice Bergeron’s. 
DJ Bean
04/11/2014 - 2:32am
The Bruins said they were going to rest their best players. Nobody said it was going to be enjoyable, but it will all be over soon.  It seems the B’s haven’t enjoyed the not-quite-post-regular-season, pre-postseason part of their schedule and it’s hard to blame them; it’s boring. 
DJ Bean
04/09/2014 - 8:39am
The Bruins aren’t going for the Presidents' Trophy -- they haven’t all season -- and they’re probably going to get it. 
DJ Bean
04/07/2014 - 5:25pm
Andrej Meszaros is good enough to play for a lot of teams, but he understands the chances of him being a seventh defenseman on a Stanley Cup favorite. 
DJ Bean
04/06/2014 - 1:19am
The Bruins have the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so who’s No. 8? Though the potential opponents vary in degrees of difficulty, there really isn’t a first-round scenario that should scare them as long as they don’t suffer any injuries in the next four games. In other words, the Bruins can beat any of these teams. 
DJ Bean
04/03/2014 - 12:32am
Jarome Iginla got out of his comfort zone Wednesday night. He watched a game. 
DJ Bean
04/02/2014 - 8:20am
When Reilly Smith was leading the Bruins in goals in early January and on pace to push for a 30-goal season, general manager Peter Chiarelli -- the guy who knew better than others that Smith would be a very good NHL player -- cautioned that “half a season does not a player make.” 
DJ Bean
03/29/2014 - 5:23pm
Saturday should have solidified what everyone probably knew for a while: Jarome Iginla was a slam-dunk signing for Peter Chiarelli, and is someone the Bruins should have in their future plans. 
DJ Bean
03/28/2014 - 12:54am
Zdeno Chara knows you’re worried about him.  He knows that the average Bruins fan's worst fear is seeing him play out these final nine games of the regular season hard. He knows that, much like when he had a tiny bed in Sochi, people are talking more about his rest than his play. 
DJ Bean
03/27/2014 - 12:24am
As the regular season draws to a close, hockey writers must begin thinking about their ballots for the annual trophies that will be awarded to individual players. As usual, Bruins players should find themselves in the discussion. 
DJ Bean
03/25/2014 - 9:37pm
Chad Johnson doesn't want to be a journeyman backup goaltender anymore -- at least not for a while. 
DJ Bean
03/25/2014 - 1:24am
The win streak is over, and just like any of those 12 games, we won’t get carried away with the 13th. It was a regular-season game. That the Bruins lost wasn’t a big deal.   Bruins fans should be annoyed, however -- not because of the streak, which we should now all be able to admit was actually pretty cool, but because the Bruins still are capable of falling for Montreal’s antics. 
DJ Bean
03/22/2014 - 1:31am
We aren't the type to get carried away with speculation, but since the Bruins won't close the door on Dennis Seidenberg possibly returning late in the postseason, neither will we. 
DJ Bean
03/19/2014 - 1:13am
Peter Chiarelli had a busy offseason last summer, and by the looks of it, the Bruins appear to be in for a busy postseason. 


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