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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
12/29/2010 - 1:51am
The Bruins seem to have a full head of steam at the right time. After Mark Recchi delivered the game-winner with 19.7 seconds remaining in regulation to give the B's a 4-3 win over the Lightning on Tuesday (recap), the B's have won three straight since their ugly 3-0 loss to the Ducks last Monday.
DJ Bean
12/28/2010 - 1:15am
The Bruins technically never led in Monday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers (recap), but they got what they needed from the contest: two points and sudden bragging rights around the Northeast division. 
DJ Bean
12/22/2010 - 3:56am
On Oct. 8, Mark Recchi sat and unlaced his skates in a small Czech Republic locker room as he both wrapped up his final practice of the preseason calendar and looked ahead to the regular season. He talked about what season-openers mean to a team, how many he's been through, and shared other stories that only someone with his experience could tell. 
DJ Bean
12/21/2010 - 3:09am
Teams struggle for odd reasons, and often times they can't put their finger on what ails them. Unfortunately for the Bruins after their 3-0 loss to the Ducks on Monday (recap), the diagnosis is quite simple: They lack emotion.  And it's really, really obvious. 
DJ Bean
12/19/2010 - 12:45am
Though the end got a bit scary for the Bruins in their 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday (recap), the win accomplished two things. It snapped their three-game losing streak and it put one of the tougher teams in the division (usually, anyway) out of their heads for the rest of the regular season. 
DJ Bean
12/19/2010 - 12:41am
Though the end got a bit scary for the Bruins in their 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Saturday (recap), the win accomplished two things. It snapped Boston's three-game losing streak and it put one of the tougher teams in the division (usually, anyway) out of their heads for the rest of the regular season. 
DJ Bean
12/17/2010 - 1:52am
Thursday night's game, a 4-3 Bruins' loss (recap) to Montreal, featured just about everything it could have, including more goals than one would have expected in a contest started by Tim Thomas and Carey Price.  Thomas allowed four goals for just the second time this season and took his first road loss in regulation, while Price allowed three in picking up his league-leading 18th win of the season. 
DJ Bean
12/16/2010 - 1:53am
Penalties and a Drew Stafford hat trick did the Bruins in as they fell to the Sabres, 3-2, on Wednesday (recap), but the more significant big-picture story was that the game marked the first time Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch.
DJ Bean
12/12/2010 - 2:43am
The Bruins and Flyers came within three seconds of a shootout on Saturday night, but Mike Richards ended it with a 2-1 Philadelphia win before it could come to that.  The Flyers got the overtime victory off a Marc Savard pass to nobody at the point, and Richards gained possession, kept it the whole way, and beat Thomas.
DJ Bean
12/10/2010 - 12:55am
Milan Lucic added two more goals to his team-leading total in the Bruins' 5-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night. He now has 15 on the season, and continues to make his preseason hope for 20 goals look like the underestimation of the century. 
DJ Bean
12/08/2010 - 3:00am
Tim Thomas called it a "weird game," as the Bruins defeated the Sabres, 3-2, in overtime on Tuesday.   The Bruins struggled to capitalize on offensive opportunities at times in regulation, but they scored when it mattered most, as Mark Recchi tipped a Dennis Seidenberg shot past Ryan Miller with the Bruins on the power play in overtime. Yet the puck bounced in and out quickly, perhaps as a result of hitting the crossbar, and play continued with no goal being called. 
DJ Bean
12/03/2010 - 3:40am
The Bruins rocked the Lightning to the tune of an 8-1 victory at TD Garden on Tuesday night. Twelve Bruins ended up on the score sheet, and Tim Thomas made 37 saves on 38 shots to improve to 13-2-1 on the season. 
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.


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