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Daniel Paille: The Unsung Hero

I knew as soon as the 7th Player award was announced that I needed to sit in front of my computer and air my grievances with the internet masses of hockey fans alike. There have been rumblings on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets by disgruntled Bruins fans over the recipient of the award this year. The fans choose who receives the award, and while I disagree with their choice, I was clearly in the minority of voters who actually pay attention the game and understand what a 7th Player means to the team.

A 7th Player is someone who may not get a ton of ice time but when he does, he out-skates, out-performs, and plays 150% every time he puts on the spoked-B uniform. He is a player who may not always be talked about by sports analysts and writers, but they acknowledge his contribution to the team as a whole. He most certainly is not a starter, but he could be.

Daniel Paille

edit by Judy (the-destroia)

So rather than complain about the outcome of the award, I want to talk about why I voted for Daniel Paille, and why I think he should be recognized by the Bruins fan base as more than just a member of the infamous Merlot Line. Continue reading ‘Daniel Paille: The Unsung Hero’


Hockey East Player Spotlight 4/25/13 — Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino

I am so excited to begin this Hockey East Player Spotlight here on CTNB with one of my favorite players from Boston University, Nick Bonino. Nick Bonino attended Boston University from 2007-2010, when he left after the 2010 hockey season at Boston University to join the Anaheim Ducks for the remainder of the season. Bonino was an integral part of the Boston University (Dominating) Terriers of 2008-2009, when they won EVERYTHING (literally – I remember the parade and they had a trophy for every senior graduating that year, which I guess was seven), including the NCAA Frozen Four title in Washington, D.C. against University of Miami (OH). Read more about Nick Bonino at Boston University, see some awesome Youtube clips, and more after the break.

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Hockey East Representin’ the NHL – Dominating In College and In the NHL

Hockey East has dominated in college hockey for decades (well, since it was created in the mid-80s). The schools that make up Hockey East have many players in the NHL currently. Because I love Hockey East and all that they represent, in the next few weeks, I will be putting the spotlight on as many Hockey East alumni in the NHL currently as I can.

The schools that make up Hockey East for the 2012-2013 season are: Boston College, Boston University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Merrimack College, University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Providence College, and the University of Vermont. Next season, Hockey East will add two more schools: University of Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut.

Hockey East alumni include the wonderful Jimmy Howard from the Detroit Red Wings, the fiery Nathan Gerbe from the Buffalo Sabres, Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and recent Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick from the L.A. Kings.

So stay tuned to learn about their collegiate days (maybe even some bad hair cuts or crazy rumors) and see just where these boys came from.

Pre-game notes: Rangers vs. Bruins 1/23/13

I would like to take a moment and say how happy I am the Bruins are back and how difficult it is to type this on my phone. Challenge accepted.  Let’s talk hockey. So far the B’s have started the season with a bang. After beating the Rangers in the home opener and skating away with a shoot out win in a matinee game, the Bruins head away from arctic Boston to New York City for a 7:30pm match up against the Rangers.

After the break, see the projected lines and prediction for tonight’s game. Continue reading ‘Pre-game notes: Rangers vs. Bruins 1/23/13’

Bergeron is a Selke Finalist

All I can say is: It’s about time.

Bergeron’s name has been circling around the Selke trophy for some time, but it’s only now that he finally gets enough votes to be a finalist. In case you guys don’t know what the Selke Trophy is –  it is awarded to the “forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” His competition for the award are two other great forwards – Pavel Datsyuk and David Backes.

He is revered for his dedication and passion for the sport by his team mates, but also by other players in the league. When the NHL followed Patrice around for thirty-six hours for their “NHL36” segment, people got to see the kind of man Patrice is. He doesn’t fool around in the locker room. He is focused, poised, and ready to play the game. He congratulates all of his team members and encourages them on and off the ice to do their best. These are the qualities of a leader who works hard day in and day out to win games.

Patrice Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus with +36. He also led the Bruins in assists this season with 42 and had 64 points by the end of the regular season games. He was second in the NHL for the best face off win percentage at 59.3%, trailing Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. Bergeron only went to the penalty box for 20 minutes total during the regular season, which is considerably low when compared to the rest of the players on the Bruins. He led the Bruins forwards this season with 67 blocked shots and 55 takeaways.

But the stats really only begin to cover the way Bergeron plays the game. Here is a clip from the NHL website where Claude Julien talks about Bergeron: Bergeron Named Selke Finalist.

The Awards ceremony will take place on June 20th. I encourage everyone to watch it, even if Nickelback is performing. You can change the channel then.

Pre-game Notes Round 1: Capitals vs. Bruins-Game Five 4/21/12

The Bruins and Capitals are all tied up in the series as we enter game five, today in Boston. One one team so far has been eliminated in the playoffs, with many other teams in the same deadlock as the B’s. The Bruins return to the Garden faithful and hope to find the offensive spark that has eluded them for much of this series. Julien is going to shake things up with the lines today, hoping to find a combination that will produce the results the team and the fans want. The twenty-two year old goaltender for the Capitals, Braden Holtby, has had a lot of stellar performances during the playoffs so far, so the Bruins will have to find his weak spot and throw a lot of good shots at net today. Last game, Holtby stopped 44 out of 45 shots. The Bruins have only scored before the Capitals once this series, and that was the thrilling OT goal by Chris Kelly in Game One.

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Post-Game Notes Round 1: Capitals vs. Bruins – Game Two 4/14/12

It was another low-scoring affair for the Black and Gold. If this series is going to go into OT every game, I may need to buy a pacemaker.

By the time the siren sounded and signaled the game was about to go into 2OT, everyone knew that the next goal would come from some sort of mental error. Both teams were playing phenomenal hockey, with the Capitals blocking shots like pros, and the Bruins rushing to the net when given the chance. Still, the Bruins know that they need to work on offense more. The defense is there. The Bruins need to find a way to move around the Capitals blocking shots if they are going to get a goal behind Holtby. Otherwise, I see this series coming down to a goaltender war.

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