Bruins legend Ray Bourque appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Bruins and NHL topics of interest.
Bourque said that not only are hits to the head more noticeable now because of the NHL’s crackdown, but also because it seems like there are just more of them. “I think some of the stuff has changed,” Bourque said. “You might’ve seen certain hits that were similar in our day, but it seems like there were less head shots.
“Just flagrant elbows to the head, you’re seeing a lot more it seems like, like [Matt] Cooke a few times that he’s done,” Bourque continued. “I don’t think you used to see that as much. I’m not sure why you’re seeing more of that now, if it’s lack of respect for each other out there or what. I’m happy that they’re really trying to cut it down.”
Bourque also discussed Mark Recchi’s comments about...
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk made an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday. Boychuk scored 61 seconds into Thursday night's game vs. the Canadiens, starting off the Bruins on a 7-0 rout.
There was a lot of hype leading up to Thursday's game, but Boychuk said the team was able to focus on hockey. "We just wanted to put all the distractions away and worry about what we have to do on the ice, and we did that last night," he said.
Asked if he was surprised a Canadien such as Ryan White didn't make a run at Zdeno Chara in retaliation for the defenseman's hit on Max Pacioretty earlier this month, Boychuk said White showed understandable restraint.
"I don't think for him it would be the smartest decision to go after Zdeno, especially when [the 6-foot White] is 6, 7, 8 inches shorter and Zdeno is just a monster. That wouldn't have been the best decision if he would have made that one."
Based on his play of...
Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens received a 6.6 Nielsen household rating on NESN, making it the highest-rated regular-season Bruins game in the station's history.
NESN has broadcast Bruins games for 27 years. The previous record was a 6.2 for last season's Bruins-Penguins on March 18.
Going against the NCAA basketball tournament, the B's game ranked first in the Boston market for men age 25-54, No. 2 for adults age 18-49 and No. 3 in households and adults age 25-54.
NESN analyst Andy Brickley appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Bruins’ 7-0 thrashing of the Canadiens on Thursday night. The hosts suggested that the game was only a Shawn Thornton fight short of perfection.
“I’m not sure that Shawn would ever have a dancing partner on that team,” Brickley said. “I know that Ryan White did a pretty good job on Johnny Boychuk when we were up in Montreal, but outside of him and maybe Travis Moen, I don’t think there’s really anybody on that roster that’s in Shawn Thornton’s league. So that was not going to happen.”
Of course, there was an expectation of fisticuffs given Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty in the teams’ last meeting and Mark Recchi’s suggestion that Montreal embellished the severity of Pacioretty’s concussion.
“I was just curious to see if Montreal would alter their...
A Cleveland businessman sued the Browns and the NFL’s 31 other teams Thursday, saying the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the club. Self-made millionaire Ken Lanci asked the court to prohibit the lockout. “What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can’t settle it when the country is in a recession,” he told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”
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