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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
01/02/2012 - 3:37pm
Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask are no strangers to leading the NHL in save percentage. Thomas did it in 2008-09, Rask did it in 2009-10 and Thomas did it again last year.
DJ Bean
12/31/2011 - 5:20pm
It goes without saying that 2011 was the year of the Bruins. It was the year Tim Thomas established himself as the best in the business, the year the B’s brought home the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years, and the year the team added another key piece to its future in Dougie Hamilton with another top-10 pick. 
DJ Bean
12/29/2011 - 4:19am
It’s been a while since Tuukka Rask has thrown a milk crate or tossed a stick. Maybe it’s because his play has been so good that he should be wearing an ear-to-ear smile, Nathan Horton style. 
DJ Bean
12/24/2011 - 2:59am
The Bruins are frighteningly good. Yes, they beat up on a team that was both dealing with injuries and playing its third game in four nights, but in crushing the Southeast-leading Panthers, the Bruins just added another team to the long list of Eastern Conference squads that can’t hang with them.
DJ Bean
12/22/2011 - 12:24am
Tim Thomas doesn’t expect anyone to expect greatness from him. He’s been through the drill enough times to know that people may write him off. In the process, he has developed quite the reputation for proving doubters wrong.
DJ Bean
12/20/2011 - 2:36am
If you heard a collective “finally!” at, oh, 3:10 p.m. Monday, that may have just been the hockey world reacting to the news that Milan Lucic – better yet, a Bruin –  had been suspended. 
DJ Bean
12/17/2011 - 6:43pm
I’m slowly beginning to think that the Bruins have good goaltending.  Now, now – don’t write off this absurd notion just yet. Hear me out.
DJ Bean
12/16/2011 - 12:47pm
Every single Tim Tebow angle has been analyzed a bazillion times this week. One of the more interesting storylines relates to the Patriots, and another instance in which a second-year quarterback came in and captivated the country with an ability to win.
DJ Bean
12/15/2011 - 1:58am
Pardon the baseball lingo in a hockey column, but Adam McQuaid just threw Brendan Shanahan a fastball right down the middle. Shanahan can knock it out of the park, and that might knock the defenseman out of a game or two. In other words, McQuaid is probably going to be suspended. 
DJ Bean
12/14/2011 - 12:39am
If you want proof that history repeats itself, watch the guy wearing No. 63 for the Bruins. 
DJ Bean
12/09/2011 - 1:58pm
If you’re in a scoreless game with less than two minutes and have Tim Thomas as your goaltender, you have to like your odds. 
DJ Bean
12/06/2011 - 4:05am
The Bruins’ last three games have been what those in the cliché business would call “measuring stick games.” Those, of course, are contests in which a team is able to gauge how good they are based on whether they can hang with their opponent. 
DJ Bean
12/04/2011 - 1:57am
After eight seasons in the NHL without a fighting major to his name, Joe Corvo had an inkling this summer that he’d be getting in his first career fight this season. He'd been traded to Boston, and he knew being a member of the Bruins meant not taking any guff.
DJ Bean
12/02/2011 - 1:34am
Peter Chiarelli has a pretty simple plan of attack when it comes to re-signing his players: He targets those he finds important to the team’s future, and he generally gets extensions done well before some other team can vie for their services. 
DJ Bean
12/01/2011 - 2:20am
Here’s a prediction: the Bruins will lose a game in December. Maybe even in regulation.  The fact that such a prediction could be considered bold is proof of just how outstanding the Bruins’ month of November was. 
DJ Bean
11/29/2011 - 2:33am
Tim Thomas’ historic 2010-11 season was rewarded with a lot of hardware and recognition. From it came the Vezina, the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy. Locally, he was on the cover of the Improper Bostonian, and nationally, he was one of three Bruins to go on The Today Show. 
DJ Bean
11/27/2011 - 1:41am
Chris Kelly is on pace for 34 goals, Rich Peverley has been a point-per-game player in November and Benoit Pouliot is finding his way while winning games in the process. Not bad for a third line. 
DJ Bean
11/25/2011 - 6:25pm
There was no eulogy to be delivered after the Bruins saw their 10-game winning streak halted by the Red Wings Friday afternoon at TD Garden, and for good reason. Just because they didn’t get two points means they suddenly resemble the 3-7-0 Bruins of Nov. 1. 
DJ Bean
11/24/2011 - 4:19am
The Bruins knew amidst their 3-7-0 start to the season that things needed to be turned around in November. Though a pretty accurate playoff picture generally takes shape by the first of November each year, the Bruins enter the next checkpoint, Thanksgiving, sitting much prettier than they were when they began the month dead last in the Eastern Conference. 
DJ Bean
11/21/2011 - 6:28am
Top-two pick to top scorer. Contributor to superstar. Occasional healthy scratch to occasionally earning upwards of 20 minutes a night and playing against top lines. Regardless of how one chooses to describe Tyler Seguin’s leap from his rookie year to his highly impressive sophomore campaign, the 19-year-old has shown that though his first year on the job featured flashes of brilliance, he has simply taken it to another level on his second try. 
DJ Bean
11/20/2011 - 12:54am
It’s OK Bruins fans, you can look at the standings again.  After weeks of getting every possible point they could and being the best team in the league this month, the Bruins are finally in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Their eighth consecutive win, a 6-0 shutout of the Islanders Saturday night, helped them leapfrog the Senators and Capitols and jump into seventh in the conference.  If the fact that it took this long to get there isn’t proof that climbing out of a hole in this league is tremendously difficult, nothing is. 
DJ Bean
11/18/2011 - 1:52am
Tuukka Rask reads the news from his homeland of Finland every day, and when he went online Thursday, he was surprised at what he saw.  "I made news in Finland," Rask said Thursday. "Freaking crazy." 
DJ Bean
11/16/2011 - 12:52am
Normally, a team on a five-game winning streak might not get the urge to "respond" to that many things, but on Tuesday, Claude Julien got big responses from a guy he benched and a guy he'd scratched in the previous game. It ended up being the difference between victory and defeat.
DJ Bean
11/13/2011 - 3:54am
Brad Marchand intercepted a puck from Tyler Myers in the neutral zone in the second period Saturday, and he was going to make the Sabres pay with his fifth goal of the season. As soon as he got that puck, the 23-year-old had one thing on his mind: shooting. 
DJ Bean
11/11/2011 - 12:37am
Brad Marchand has a way with words. He knows how to use them to his advantage when getting in opponents’ heads, and he knows which ones will get him in trouble with the referees. He’s everyone’s favorite smart aleck, but on Wednesday, it was Claude Julien who was poking fun at him, and using Marchand’s now famous guarantee of 20 goals last season to motivate the slumping forward.


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Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.

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