Max Talbot

Max Talbot

Bruins forward Max Talbot joined Middays with MFB on Friday to discuss the team’s recent strong play. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Talbot joined the Bruins at the trade deadline. Since he arrived, the team is 4-1-0 after struggling in the month leading up to the deadline.

“[The Bruins are] a team that’s won before and that’s still very hungry to win,” Talbot said, adding: “We know what it takes to win and to be a good team, and that it’s crunch time. That’s the feeling you like to have. It’s not just, ‘OK, we win, let’s move on.’ It’s, ‘We can do better, let’s be better,’ and that’s obviously the sign of a great team.”

The Bruins are the fourth team that Talbot has played for in his 10-year NHL career.

“I didn’t really expect to be traded, it was kind of a surprise,” Talbot said, adding, “When I learned it was to Boston, I got pretty excited because of the team. I’ve competed for eight, nine years against the Bruins, and I don’t think there was one easy game.”

Talbot is not known as someone who shies away from confrontation on the ice. In the past, he has had several run-ins with current Bruins.

“I had a couple fights against [Gregory] Campbell before, I remember Chris Kelly as well, and you know, obviously a couple chirping matches against [Brad Marchand],” Talbot said, adding: “Usually the guys you get in battles with on the ice are usually the guys that are more welcoming.”

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Nik Beimler
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The Bruins have finally hit their stride. And they couldn’t have picked a better time.

They’re even winning shootouts. After winning their first two shootouts of the season, they lost their next seven such contests, prompting their head coach to say shootouts “suck” and giving thanks they end with the regular season. Thursday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the skid and gave many inside the dressing room and organization reason to hope.

Their critics will point to the up and down play of key players like Dougie Hamilton, who, by his own admission, had an off night Thursday. The critics will say the Bruins, even during the four-game winning streak, haven’t displayed the consistent 60-minute-plus effort it takes to win in the playoffs.

But wins are wins and Thursday was the seventh straight time the Bruins took the ice and gained points. Boston has won four straight, 6-of-7 and 7-of-9 since their six-game skid that put their playoff position in serious peril. Now, the Bruins have 80 points, six points better than ninth-place Florida with 15 games left.

“We keep pushing,” said Patrice Bergeron, who gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead early in the third period and scored the first shootout goal of the night.

“I see a lot of character and a lot of guys wanting to do the little things and little details in order to win. Everyone chips in doing what they have to and what they need to for us to be successful so we need more of that.”

Bergeron has always been a good barometer of the attitude of the Bruins, especially when his line plays with a sense of urgency as it did to open the third period after a sluggish and sloppy second.

“Yeah, it was really important,” Bergeron said. “We talked about it after the second period. It was still tied and I liked our chances if we were going back to playing the way we did in the first and I think we did that.”

As is usually the case, Bergeron’s coach agreed.

“We played really well in that first period and we did exactly what we had talked about doing, and in the second period there for some reason we started going back with the puck, our D’€™s were, our forwards were stretching out,” Claude Julien noted. “So instead of being a five-man unit, we were spread in two parts there, and that really hurt us a lot in the second period.

“But we were able to regain our game in the third period and made it an exciting third, and then the rest obviously you know what happened afterwards. But, it was one of those game where you have to play against teams that have had a lot of success, have a lot of confidence in themselves, and tonight we came out there and showed that we had a lot of confidence in our group and played like it.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

For Claude Julien, his opinion of shootouts hasn’t changed, but he likes to win, so Thursday night’s victory over the Lightning will do just fine.

Earning just their third shootout victory in 10 tries this season, the Bruins extended their win streak to four games, edging Tampa out in the skills competition with goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Tuukka Rask posted 35 saves in the win and stoned both members of the Lightning he faced in the shootout.

And while getting that second point was big for a Bruins team that’s gaining ground in terms of playoff seeding, a couple of penalties in overtime displayed the probable future alternative to the shootout. With Chris Kelly off for holding and Lightning center Alex Killorn to the box for embellishment, the teams were left with three skaters apiece.

This situation isn’t unfamiliar to those playing at the AHL level. Teams needing more than regulation have a seven-minute overtime period where the first four minutes are played four-on-four, and the final three are played three-on-three. If all that doesn’t decide it, then the shootout is used.

Guys like David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner, who spent time in Providence this season, have experienced three-on-three play more so than their NHL counterparts. In fact, some of the most memorable chances for the Bruins in that stretch of play were created by the duo.

With Spooner by his side, Pastrnak was able to turn two chances on netminder Ben Bishop within the span of eight seconds, the first of which was flicked wide and the second was a backhand that required the Lightning goalie to make a stop.

But for guys who haven’t necessarily had that chance, it was definitely different.

“I was a little nervous out there actually,” Marchand said. “There was so much room you almost don’t know what to do with it, but it was fun for sure.”

The fun was cut a little bit short as Matt Bartkowski took a holding penalty 1:20 after Kelly and Killorn went off, allowing Tampa to add another player back to the equation.

But during that time, and before Bartkowski’s penalty, the B’s and Lightning took different approaches to what was in front of them. Julien and the Bruins went with two forwards and a defenseman, using combinations like Bergeron-Marchand-Torey Krug and Spooner-Pastrnak-Bartkowski, while Tampa opted for a more conservative two defenseman, one forward approach. Lightning coach Jon Cooper sent out the likes of Tyler Johnson with Jason Garrison and Mark Barberio, and Valtteri Filppula saw a shift with Victor Hedman and Andrej Sustr.

“I thought there was lots of room and if we would have kept, we went back to the four-on-three, but if we would have stayed like that something can happen because there’s so much room and there’s lots of skills on the ice,” Bergeron said.

Marchand also added that he’d definitely be in support of three-on-three being utilized before a shootout was.

“I think it would definitely allow for more goals and opportunities,” he said.

Though Julien didn’t offer much of an opinion of the three-on-three after the game, the sentiments he expressed in his pregame press conference on Thursday morning reinforced the idea that he would also rather have games decided by group play.

“Personally I’m more of a team-oriented coach I guess, which I always believe that this is a team sport and should be decided by a team,” he said. “I’d like to see it decided in a way that its more than just one player against a goaltender. Whether it’s four-on-four or three-on-three, it’s still a group. I think that’s the way games should be decided.

“For some reason we’ve decided that there needs to be a winner every game,” he added. “Sometimes a lot of people can go home really happy having seen a game that was well played, that was tight at the end of it, was exciting to watch versus people going home feeling like they didn’t do a great job because they lost in the shootout. It really tarnishes the outcome of the whole game. That’s my personal opinion on it.”

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

Carl Soderberg has gone 21 straight games without a goal. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Carl Soderberg hasn’t had a slump like this since coming to Boston. 

Claude Julien doesn’€™t like to see a game end in a shootout, but at least he saw a 3-2 win for his team.

Claude Julien doesn’€™t like to see a game end in a shootout, but at least he saw a 3-2 win for his team.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both beat Ben Bishop after a wild overtime as the Bruins improved to 35-22-10 on the season. They now sit just two points behind the Capitals for the first wild card spot with one game in hand.

Julien said Thursday morning that he wanted to see three-on-three overtime next season. Thursday night, he got it.

With Chris Kelly getting called for a hook on Alex Killorn and the Tampa forward getting an embellishment call, the B’€™s and Lightning got some shortened three-on-three play before a Matt Bartkowski holding penalty sent the play to four-on-three.

David Pastrnak, who scored earlier in the game, had a couple of chances during three-on-three play, missing the net on one and getting robbed by Ben Bishop on the other.

Steven Stamkos was then given a 10-minute game misconduct when his stick went flying into the stands/bench area. That disqualified him from participating in the shootout.

The teams will next play March 22 in Tampa.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:


Gregory Campbell has had his fair share of painful performances this season, but Thursday was literally painful for the veteran center.

Campbell had to leave the ice after a pass from Torey Krug went off a stick and up into Campbell’€™s face. He was bleeding significantly on the ice and missed most of the period. Though he returned 15 minutes later, he went into the boards head-first off a hit from Nikita Kucherov and was very slow to leave the ice.

Campbell finished the period with just three shifts and was injured in two of them. He was on the bench for the start of the second period and stayed in the game.


Ryan Spooner’€™s line continued to prove that it does two things: score and spend a lot of time in the defensive zone.

David Pastrnak scored his ninth goal of the season when Spooner fed him in front with a pass that went off the winger’€™s left skate and in. The goal held up after a review.

Yet late in the second period, the line had yet another scary shift, as has been the norm of late. Tampa enjoyed two lengthy stays in Boston’€™s zone on the shift, and when Spooner finally got the puck, he iced it, forcing Claude Julien to burn a timeout to get his players a breather amidst what was a 1:59 shift for Spooner and Milan Lucic.

All three members of the line once again had negative possession numbers, but you can’€™t argue with the most important stat: Through nine games, the line (including four-on-four play and goals when two members of the line were on the ice) has scored seven goals and allowed four.

Spooner’€™s point streak is now at seven games (three goals, five assists). He has three goals and six assists in the nine games since his callup.

It’€™s worth noting that Julien has often sat his young players at crunch-time against tough opponents, but this marked the second time this season that he’€™s been willing to play Pastrnak late in a close game against Tampa.


Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton are used to facing the best players in the world in their first-pairing assignments. As such, their mistakes can be far more costly given the talent of their mistakes’€™ beneficiaries.

Such was the case late in the first period, when Chara turned the puck over to Steven Stamkos at the left circle. Hamilton was actually in good position to defend Stamkos at the right circle as Stamkos, a righty, tried to go to his strong side. Instead of staying put, however, Hamilton slid across to Stamkos all the space he needed to fire a wrist shot past Rask glove-side high.

Speaking of good players messing up’€¦


The Bruins survived a late second-period push from the Lightning. For getting through that, they were seemingly rewarded an early third-period goal by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.

In an attempt to glove Patrice Bergeron’€™s slapshot from high in the offensive zone, Bishop fanned as the puck sailed in to give Boston a 2-1 lead. The Lightning would get the goal back on Namestnikov’€™s goal.

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DJ Bean
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The Islanders have reportedly signed former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a seven-year, $42 million extension. Boychuk tweeted that he re-signed, with Newsday’s Arthur Staple providing the financial details.

Yes! Yes! Yes! For seven more years!!

The Islanders have reportedly signed former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a seven-year, $42 million extension. Boychuk tweeted that he re-signed, with Newsday’s Arthur Staple providing the financial details.

Boychuk, 31, will carry a $6 million cap hit until he is 38.

The Bruins traded Boychuk to New York prior to the season due to cap constraints, receiving Philadelphia’s second-round pick in 2015 and the Islanders’ 2016 second-round as compensation. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said following the trade that the Bruins had not tried to negotiate a new contract with Boychuk before trading him.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean