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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
11/26/2013 - 12:52am
The Bruins probably shouldn't go into games any more hoping for solid 60-minute efforts. That would assume these games are only going to be 60 minutes.  That has not been the case for six of their last 13 games, as the B's have gone into overtime regularly. Luckily for them, they're at least starting to avoid the shootout. 
DJ Bean
11/23/2013 - 6:33pm
The second period of Saturday's game was positively a laugh riot. The Bruins were outshooting and out-everything-ing the Hurricanes. There was even a guy dressed as Jesus in the stands. Really crazy stuff over at TD Garden. 
DJ Bean
11/22/2013 - 12:29am
In the world we live in, a game can go from having that “If you’re not watching this game, turn it on now” status to, “See? This is what's wrong with the NHL” pretty quickly.  Thursday night’s game between the Bruins and Blues was the poster child for why the shootout's days should be numbered. 
DJ Bean
11/20/2013 - 6:39am
Here we thought Chad Johnson was going to start playing more. 
DJ Bean
11/19/2013 - 1:10am
It was a minor surprise to see that Jordan Caron was in the Bruins’ lineup Monday night in Carolina in place of Shawn Thornton, but seeing him on the second line by the end of the game was what really raised eyebrows. 
DJ Bean
11/16/2013 - 12:52am
This isn’t an overreaction to seeing Matt Bartkowski have a productive first period Friday night, but an exploration of just how far the Bruins are willing to bend as they embrace a more offensive back end: Can Matt Bartkowski find a way to earn himself something at least loosely resembling a full-time job in the Bruins’ lineup as Adam McQuaid recovers from his lower-body injury?
DJ Bean
11/15/2013 - 12:32am
Chad Johnson needed that. 
DJ Bean
11/13/2013 - 5:05pm
The Bruins paid Tuukka Rask $56 million to be the $3.5 million Tuukka Rask, as all they could have hoped for were eight repeat performances of his 2013 season. So far, they’re getting the same guy, and one who doesn’t seem changed by his newfound wealth.   
DJ Bean
11/11/2013 - 6:39pm
From looking at the standings, you wouldn’t guess that the Bruins are just turning a corner as they try to hit their stride and get all of their new guys comfortable in their system.  That’s because as of Monday evening, after shutting out the Lightning in a 3-0 win, the B’s and their 23 points are just a point back of the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa squad. 
DJ Bean
11/10/2013 - 2:03am
The Bruins are two winning third periods separated from the early season malaise that plagued them, but while some areas have improved in order to get the Bruins some wins, it’s been more of the same from Boston’s first-liners. That’s been a good thing. 
DJ Bean
11/08/2013 - 6:15pm
Two games, three goals. So far, so good for the Carl Sodereberg - Chris Kelly - Reilly Smith trio. 
DJ Bean
11/08/2013 - 12:46am
When it’s worked, it’s been exciting to see the Bruins’ young defensemen join the rush as Boston’s back end receives a slight makeover in the post-Andrew Ference era. 
DJ Bean
11/07/2013 - 4:11pm
Claude Julien is right. Tim Thomas did not singlehandedly win the Bruins a Stanley Cup. 
DJ Bean
11/06/2013 - 12:55am
To paraphrase Dave Grohl, one last thing before I quit writing about Tyler Seguin until January: What happened Tuesday night was really surprising. 
DJ Bean
11/04/2013 - 1:31am
Whatever was going on during Tyler Seguin’s one-goal postseason wasn’t the reason the Bruins traded him.  That postseason was a reason, sure, but it was just one of the reasons why Seguin’s days in black and gold came to an end after just three seasons. 
DJ Bean
11/03/2013 - 1:18am
The Bruins aren’t very good right now, so forgive the lack of serious concern.
DJ Bean
11/01/2013 - 1:13am
Things were looking pretty rough for Carl Soderberg, and they got worse before they got better. Still, the takeaway is that they did indeed get better, as Soderberg scored his first NHL goal Thursday and showed that he’s earned the trust of his coach. 
DJ Bean
10/31/2013 - 1:23am
On June 15, 2011, Josh Beckett threw a one-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays. Nobody saw it because everyone was busy watching the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in Vancouver that night. 
DJ Bean
10/29/2013 - 10:08pm
Last season, the Bruins tried to upgrade Nathan Horton’s position with Jarome Iginla. It didn’t happen. 
DJ Bean
10/27/2013 - 1:14am
It’s way too early in the season to know how good a team the 2013-14 Bruins are, but the guess here is that after 10 games, they’re just scratching the surface of what they can be.
DJ Bean
10/24/2013 - 11:41pm
Patrice Bergeron’s line is looking different these days than the Bruins had planned, so it sure is a good thing that David Krejci’s line appears to have things under control. 
DJ Bean
10/24/2013 - 1:02am
No matter how many games John Scott is suspended, it will not impact the Sabres as far as wins and losses go. That should tell you all you need to know about what Scott brings when it comes to actually playing hockey. 
DJ Bean
10/22/2013 - 6:03pm
As is often the case, Milan Lucic put it best. 
DJ Bean
10/22/2013 - 12:18am
Defensemen are moving in and out of the Bruins' lineup, but it wouldn't be possible without Dennis Seidenberg moving around.
DJ Bean
10/20/2013 - 2:34am
For two of the past three years, we in the local hockey media have smirked at the poor guys and gals on the baseball beat as they’ve posted lineups of regular-season baseball games when the whole city was focused on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals.


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