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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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11/22/14 11:29 EST
The Bruins’ latest loss to the Canadiens was not for lack of trying, but that doesn’t matter. The bottom line on a nightly basis is whether a team get points. Those points are hard to come by right now for the Bruins, who needed a third-period comeback and a seven-round shootout in order to eek past the lowly Blue Jackets Friday before getting shut out by the Habs on Saturday. Call it an excuse, but it's the truth: You can’t expect a team as banged-up as the Bruins to beat a team as good as the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens. Saturday saw Boston’s injuries pile up even more with the news that Chris Kelly is battling an injury suffered in Columbus. His absence, combined with the continued absences of David Krejci and Brad Marchand in addition to the team’s injuries on defense, left Boston sporting a much more Providence lineup than usual as it skated to a 2-0 loss. Injuries happen, but when lots of them happen, their impact on a team and how a coach must
11/20/14 05:06 EST
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If the Bruins had their way in the 2013 offseason, Nathan Horton would still be playing for them. If they had their way now, Horton would still be playing anywhere. Things haven’t worked out that way, however, and everyone is worse off for it. The Blue Jackets are worse off because their prized free agent acquisition hasn’t been able to play, while Horton’s worse off because his career could very well be over at age 29. Horton, who left the Bruins via free agency in the summer of 2013 despite the team’s efforts to re-sign him, continues to deal with a degenerative back injury. The only solution to his problems — he says he can’t sleep, stand correctly or get in and out of a car like he used to — would be to have career-ending surgery. Lots of Bruins can relate to Horton in certain ways, but none of them know the exact physical and mental pain that their former teammate is currently experiencing. “It’s very difficult to come to a
11/18/14 11:33 EST
It’s fitting that in a game in which the Bruins showed they could shut out one of the NHL’s top teams without their best defenseman, they lost another defenseman. That’s the kind of ride it’s been for the Bruins, who can now add Adam McQuaid to the list of blueliners who have been banged up at some point this season. The list has five names at this point — led by the still-recovering Zdeno Chara, it also includes Torey Krug and Kevan Miller (both of whom are now healthy) as well as David Warsofsky. The Bruins had to play most of Tuesday’s 2-0 win without McQuaid, who left the game and did not return after a shot that had been blocked by Chris Kelly hit him in the right hand/wrist area. McQuaid had played 20 straight games for the Bruins and had been something of a rock on their weakened back end. Claude Julien offered no update on McQuaid’s status following the game. Without McQuaid, the Bruins gave up 33 shots to the Blues but held their own in
11/15/14 05:43 EST
The best-case scenario for the Bruins when they lost Zdeno Chara to a torn PCL was that, for a 4-6 week stretch without their bestplayer, they would be good enough. Don’t confuse good enough with good. Since Chara went down, the Bruins have beaten bad teams and home and gotten blown out by a good team on the road. They’ve also beaten a good team at home, lost to a good team at home and gotten blown out by a bad team on the road for good measure. In a vacuum, their 7-3-0 record without Chara is impressive, but the Bruins aren’t particularly good right now. The truth is this team can’t be anywhere near its ceiling as long as Chara and David Krejci are out of the lineup. It isn’t a lack of effort from the guys that are healthy; it’s just that when everyone has to do more, they don’t always do better. The Hurricanes should not be able to hang with the Bruins, but they did on Saturday and stood a good chance at getting a point or two out of the game if



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