Attempting to put perspective on one of the most physical starts to a hockey game in recent NHL history, Claude Julien said his team responded well to the physical challenge of the Dallas Stars and then went about the business of winning the hockey game.
Thursday's 6-3 Bruins win began with three fights in the opening four seconds, including the opening bout between Gregory Campbell and Stars forward Steve Ott, who leveled Campbell with a head shot two seasons ago when Campbell was with Florida.
"Hockey purists know what this is all about," Julien said. "Certainly not a goon show, and I don't think that was purpose of it. It's two teams that are extremely physical and seem to have a dislike for each other whenever they play against each other. In 82 games — and we're in No. 52 — I think this is the first time we've seen this kind of reaction. I'm pretty sure Bruins fans didn't mind it. We...
The Bruins announced Thursday that have called up center Zach Hamill from Providence. The team's first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in the 2007 draft, Hamill is second on the Providence Bruins with 28 points. His 25 assists are a team-high.
The promotion does not have anything to do with Daniel Paille, who seems a safe bet to be suspended for a blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada in the second period of Thursday's 6-3 victory over Dallas. Hamill could be seen in the Bruins' dressing room after the game, and coach Claude Julien noted that he was informed of the move earlier in the day.
Hamill is likely up to provide an another option for the team with Marc Savard's season in question. Savard suffered the fourth concussion of his career last month against the Avalanche.
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Patrice Bergeron scored twice in a four-goal first period and the Bruins rode the momentum from three fights in the opening four seconds of the game to beat the Stars, 6-3, Thursday night at TD Garden. Bergeron nearly netted a hat trick but missed the empty net and had to settle for an assist on Brad Marchand's goal that finished the scoring late in the third.
The crowd was immediately treated to a fight between Gregory Campbell and Steve Ott off the opening face-off. One second later, it was Shawn Thornton and Krys Barch mixing it up. The fighting frenzy finished when Adam McQuaid and Brian Sutherby brawling. Milan Lucic scored just 35 seconds into the game before Bergeron scored 45 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins lost some momentum when Daniel Paille took a major, five-minute match penalty for a head shot on Raymond Sawada in the second period. Paille was ejected and could be suspended for the...
The Bruins and Stars put on a fighting display rarely seen in the current-day NHL to open Thursday night's game at TD Garden.
The crowd was treated to a fight between Gregory Campbell and Steve Ott one second into the game. Campbell - leveled by an Ott headshot two seasons ago when Campbell was with Florida - was bloodied and sent to the dressing room before returning later in the period. One second later after the ensuing face-off, it was Shawn Thornton getting the best of Krys Barch. Two seconds later, Adam McQuaid leveled Brian Sutherby.
Adding to the crowd's frenzy and satisfaction was the 21st goal by Milan Lucic just 35 seconds into the game. Just 45 seconds later, Bergeron redirected a shot past Andrew Raycroft and it was 2-0 Bruins. After Raycroft allowed the second goal, he was immediately pulled for Kari Lehtonen.
Four minutes later, Andrew Ference dropped Adam Burish in...
Suns coach Alvin Gentry joined KTAR in Phoenix and discussed Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. He discussed the incident in which Garnett hit Suns forward Channing Frye below the belt in the fourth quarter of an 88-71 Phoenix victory over the Celtics last Friday night.
"If you're asking me, yeah, I lost a little respect for him," said Gentry. "I mean, I love his competitive nature, but there's no place for what he was doing in our game."
"I used to be a big fan of his," Gentry added. "I think some of the antics he's pulled lately, I mean you don't need to do that as a star player. I've never seen Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant or even a Dwyane Wade do that."
Garnett was not suspended for the play, Gentry was distressed both by the low blow and his suggestion that the Celtics forward purposely slid his foot underneath Frye as the forward went up for a...
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
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Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss some of the testimony from Aaron Hernandez' fiancee, and try and judge how her words might change the outcome of this case.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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Scott Cordischi and John Rooke take your calls, texts, tweets and emails on the week's hot topics. The boys are back together in studio! It’s a bittersweet reunion due to the end of the NCAABB Tournament run for the PC Friars, so we say “see you next season” to the play by play team of John Rooke and Joe Hassett. We don’t waste time looking ahead with the issues confronting the men’s basketball program at URI and PC. On the table is the argument over the validity of RPI, outgoing coveted players, incoming recruits and whether Coaches Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley will remain after their successful 2014 season. Some time is spent on the NFL owners meetings, with the whiny Baltimore Ravens and a ranting Bill Belichick. We close March in all it’s madness, with “Three Things” where we celebrate the open mic and a young man’s passion .More from this show