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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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10/26/14 02:11 EST
Considering the start to the season the Bruins have had, there was anticipation for Saturday’s game to see what kind of team would show up. If they played the way they had been playing -- especially defensively -- things could have gotten really ugly. Instead, the Bruins rose to the challenge and played better defensively than they had all season. Dougie Hamilton also put up three points (a goal and two assists) in one of the best games of his young career. It’s going to be an uphill climb without Chara in the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks, but the Bruins’ effort Saturday against the Leafs suggests it’s a climb on which they’ll willingly embark. The ice time for defensemen was as follows: Dennis Seidenberg: 25:59 (0:16 PP, 3:03 SH) Dougie Hamilton: 22:31 (3:40 PP, 1:33 SH) Adam McQuaid: 21:57 (1:52 SH) Torey Krug: 20:05 (2:31 PP, 0:05 SH) Matt Bartkowski: 12:26 (0:08 PP, 1:06 SH) Zach Trotman: 12:23 (0:13 PP, 0:44 SH) Here’s how the Bruins began the
10/24/14 02:08 EST
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said that there’s “no discouragement” in the Bruins’ room after learning that Zdeno Chara will be out for four to six weeks with a torn PCL. “If we become that bad of a team because of one player, it’s not a real good sign for our hockey club,” Julien said. The issue, of course, is that the Bruins weren’t a very good team this season before Chara went down. It’s nothing like last season, when they lost Dennis Seidenberg and recovered exceptionally in the regular season. This is a Bruins team that was already thin on defense and is struggling mightily in its own zone. Now it’s lost its best defenseman, so it isn’t a great team losing one player, but rather a struggling team losing its best player. It obviously makes sense for Julien to downplay the significance of losing Chara. There’s nothing to be gained by saying that the chips are stacked against his club, or that the incline has been
10/24/14 01:36 EST
Dougie Hamilton grew up wanting to be like Zdeno Chara. Now he kind of has to be. Losing Chara -- TSN'sAaron Ward reports he’s out for at least 4-6 weeks, with the possibility of surgery afterward -- is nothing short of devastating for the Bruins. Their defense was struggling big time this season with him in the lineup, and without him the Bruins face a long stretch that absolutely could drop them out of playoff contention if they don’t find some sort of identity. So while Hamilton won’t grow four inches, get a longer stick, start shooting left or learn a bunch of languages, he has to be an anchor on what has been a bad Bruins defense so far. Somebody’s got to, and Dennis Seidenberg, amidst a slow start of his own, can’t do everything. The issue is that Hamilton isn’t happy with his start to the season. Then again, no Bruins defenseman not named Adam McQuaid or Torey Krug should be. “I think I need to step up anyways,” Hamilton said after the
10/23/14 08:32 EST
Bruins goalies are generally spoiled because they play for the Bruins. Having Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron play in front of you generally means the other team’s best players aren’t going to have a lot of good scoring chances, while the rest of the roster has also boasted plenty of players who have consistently kept possession in Boston’s favor. So what happens when a really good Bruins goalie sees the group in front of him struggle more than we’ve grown accustomed to over the years? The numbers go way down. Even for Tuukka Rask. Rask is coming off a Vezina-winning 2013-14 season that saw him finish second in the NHL with a .930 save percentage and fourth in the league with a 2.04 goals-against average. Yet as the Bruins got off to a tough start to the season that saw them shuffle their forward lines several times and try to weather the storm of trading Johnny Boychuk, Rask’s job became much tougher. The results through six starts: A .880 save percentage



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