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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
12/02/2010 - 1:25am
The Bruins didn't have the fondest memories of Philadelphia as they entered Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Thought they couldn't erase what happened last May, a shutout victory over one of the Eastern Conference's top teams had to have been the best salve they could have hoped for. 
DJ Bean
11/30/2010 - 12:44am
The Bruins have it bad enough right now without being reminded of how bad it was last May.  Yet on Wednesday, the B's, currently in the midst of a 5-6-2 slump, will have the chance to turn last season's devastation -- a blown three-games-to-none series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals against Flyers -- into a motivating factor when they head to Philadelphia for the first time since Game 6. 
DJ Bean
11/29/2010 - 11:14pm
On Monday, the Bruins traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Avalanche in exchange for former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen. Hunwick, 25, was in his fourth season with the B's. He had three points and a plus-4 rating through 22 games. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said the deal had been in the works for some time, and the trigger was pulled on Monday.
DJ Bean
11/29/2010 - 5:15am
Every offseason is full uncertainty. Of course, the summer is also the time that everyone, from the fans to the media and everyone in between, looks at what the coming season may hold. It's no surprise that once the games are played, just about everybody gets proven wrong in some, way shape or form. Injuries, sleepers and letdowns happen, and it's impossible to always see each one coming. 
DJ Bean
11/28/2010 - 1:14am
The Bruins were missing a couple of key guys from Saturday's practice in Jordan Caron and David Krejci. Both players, as well as Marco Sturm, were battling the flu, but the absences weren't the story for B's. Instead of worrying about who wasn't on the ice, it seemed the focus was on the guy who was there -- the guy who was doing everything without any problems. 
DJ Bean
11/26/2010 - 5:09pm
It was an ugly special teams showing for the Bruins, but to put it in plainer terms, Friday's 3-0 loss against the Hurricanes in their black Friday matinee was just an ugly showing all around. 
DJ Bean
11/25/2010 - 2:21am
After Wednesday's 3-1 Bruins' win over the Panthers (recap), a couple of things seem to be happening more than one would expect this season: the B's are falling behind and overcoming it, and Brad Marchand is scoring shorthanded goals. 
DJ Bean
11/23/2010 - 1:27am
Given the Bruins' 7-1-0 road record entering Monday, one would think it would take a lot for a team to defeat them away from TD Garden. Luckily for the Lightning, the B's didn't give a lot in a 3-1 loss Monday night. Not 60 minutes' worth, at least. 
DJ Bean
11/21/2010 - 2:28am
The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit for the second time this season, but unlike the first time in Washington, they grabbed a point in a 4-3 shootout loss. David Krejci made his return to the Bruins' lineup after it was unknown whether he would play.
DJ Bean
11/19/2010 - 1:09am
In sports, there are perfect matches, and there are just bad fits. Call them what they are.  Nathan Horton and the Florida Panthers were just a bad fit.  "Nothing [changed] when I was there," Horton told WEEI.com recently. "It was tough. Some days were tough to go to the rink. Losing all the time is not fun." 
DJ Bean
11/18/2010 - 12:21am
NEW YORK -- The Bruins grinded out a tough win over the Rangers on Wednesday, edging them in yet another one-goal game, 3-2. Tim Thomas made 34 saves on the night, really turning it on late as the Bruins were forced to kill off a 5-on-3 in a one-goal game late in the third period.  "He was the difference," Rangers coach John Tortorella said of Thomas following the game. "We had a chance at the end on the 5-on-3 three and we don't get it done, but he certainly was the difference."
DJ Bean
11/16/2010 - 2:43am
The Bruins ended their losing streak at home (0-2-1 over their last three at the Garden) on Monday night, defeating the Devils, 3-0, thanks to a 28-save shutout by Tim Thomas.
DJ Bean
11/14/2010 - 1:59am
 The Bruins' goaltenders have been saying "that's hockey" an awful lot lately, and it hasn't been following poor individual performances.
DJ Bean
11/12/2010 - 2:59am
The Bruins followed up an impressive come-from-behind victory in Pittsburgh by returning to the Garden in style, but unfortunately it was the same style fans have grown accustomed to in Boston over the last year. The B's struggled to get going throughout the night and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Canadiens.  
DJ Bean
11/11/2010 - 12:24am
The Bruins finally made their statement in Pittsburgh, and it didn't involve anybody touching Matt Cooke. 
DJ Bean
11/09/2010 - 2:16am
As Peter Chiarelli addressed the media on Monday regarding the status of David Krejci, who is out for at least a week with a concussion, it was clear as day that for a team that's off to such a hot start (7-3-1), the Bruins sure do have to give a lot of injury updates. Their top goal-scorer of a year ago, Marco Sturm, is still recovering from knee surgery.
DJ Bean
11/07/2010 - 3:06am
There was one word on the minds of observers throughout Saturday night thanks to four pucks clanking off posts in the B's shootout loss to the Blues. Turns out it was on the Bruins' minds too. 
DJ Bean
11/05/2010 - 11:58pm
When a team heads to the locker room trailing 3-0 with just nine shots on goal after two periods, it's hard to think that the eventual loss they'd be handed would be of the heartbreaking variety.  That's just the way it played out on Friday in the nation's capital, as the Bruins rode a goaltending switch and quick comeback to pull even with the Capitals less than 10 minutes into the third period. 
DJ Bean
11/05/2010 - 3:56am
Tim Thomas has done some remarkable things on the young season, but if there's one thing that he's shown, it is that his left hip is even more interesting than his goals against average. Thomas and the hip, which he had offseason surgery on, have emphatically silenced naysayers as he, at 7-0-0 on the season, has reached perhaps the highest level of play in his career after facing the ups and downs of the last two seasons. 
DJ Bean
11/03/2010 - 11:58pm
The Bruins record books need some revising after Wednesday night.
DJ Bean
11/02/2010 - 11:11am
Bruins winger Jordan Caron celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday and, fittingly, his ability to seize opportunity early in his NHL career has been a gift to the B's. 
DJ Bean
10/31/2010 - 12:38am
The Bruins are a perfect 4-0 on the road to open the season, and nobody is talking about it. The team's leading goal-scorer of a season ago admittedly had a setback in his recovery from knee surgery recently, and nobody is talking about it. The flavor even wore on the news that Tyler Seguin will not be returning to juniors.
DJ Bean
10/29/2010 - 3:25am
The Bruins kicked off the first game of their season series with the Maple Leafs in style, with two of their top young forwards achieving milestones and Tim Thomas picking up his second shutout of the season. 
DJ Bean
10/27/2010 - 1:21pm
Move over, Taylor Hall: With an old friend back in town, Phil Kessel will star in the most recent edition of "Tyler vs." 
DJ Bean
10/24/2010 - 3:25am
As Claude Julien spoke of his team's first period play in a 3-2 loss on Saturday night (game recap), he wasn't saying anything the room didn't already know. 


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