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01/01/2010 - 3:22pm
Winter Classic first fight

Bruins winger Shawn Thornton and Flyers forward Dan Carcillo squared off and fought 12:01 into the opening period of the Winter Classic. Their brawl was the first in the three-year history of the Classic. Neither team scored in the first period. The Flyers sent six shots at Tim Thomas, while the B's fired nine at Michael Leighton. 


01/01/2010 - 1:04pm
Bettman, Jacobs credit Boston, fans

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs stopped by to chat with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning at Fenway Park, a couple of hours before the start of the Winter Classic, and gushed about the way the region and local fans have responded to the event. "The City of Boston has been absolutely phenomenal," Bettman said. "There's a real buzz here." Bettman credited the people behind the scenes as a key to the event's success. "People have really thrown themselves into this and really given their own time," he said. "I've never seen a happier group working on a holiday."

 

Jacobs said this year's Winter Classic is better than the first two (in Buffalo and Chicago), mainly due to Bruins fans. "We're doing it better than anybody else, and I think it's because of what hockey is in New England." Jacobs said.

 

Bettman noted that the area has...

01/01/2010 - 12:40pm
Lucic: Time for B's to make push

Injured Bruins winger Milan Lucic stopped in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning at Fenway and talked about trying to return from his high ankle sprain. "With this you can never tell," he said. "As soon as I'm pain-free, I'll be ready to go."

 

Lucic was asked if he thought he injured his knee on the play, but he said he only felt pain in the ankle. "[Later on] I went onto YouTube to check out what it looked like," Lucic said. "I was surprised it wasn't my knee by how bad it looked on TV."

 

Lucic said the Bruins are heading into a key point in the season. "After this game we have an important stretch to start off the second half of the year," he said. "Right now is the time when we really need to make that push and take that next step to becoming an elite team and where we want to be at the end of the year heading into the playoffs. Hopefully if I can get...

01/01/2010 - 12:22pm
Chiarelli on D&H: Careful with Rask

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning prior to the Winter Classic to talk about his team's season. Talking about the possibility of the Bruins making a trade soon, Chiarelli said: "To make a major addition, there would have to be a subtraction at some point. We'll see how it goes," noting that it's been a slow season regarding player movement, perhaps due in part to the fact that so many teams still have legitimate playoff aspirations. "We've just got to keep our finger on the pulse of the trade market and see how it goes."

 

Chiarelli cautioned those who have been impressed with young goalie Tuukka Rask and want to see more of him. "You have to be careful with that," Chiarelli said. "It's a lot different dynamic being the No. 2 guy vs. being the No. 1 guy and knowing you've got to carry the mail every day. I think we've brought him along pretty...

01/01/2010 - 12:12pm
Classic ice is good to go

NHL facilities operations manager Dan Craig took a final skate around the rink at Fenway at 11:20 and indicated the ice is ready for hockey at the Winter Classic. "We're right where we want to be," Craig said when asked about the temperature of the ice. "The Good Lord couldn't have done better for us right now." For more on this afternoon's Winter Classic, including photos from this morning's final preparations, visit the Big Bad Blog.


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