Julien: It's 'a mental thing' against the Habs (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:14:00 PDT)
MONTREAL -- Claude Julien knows the numbers between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. The Black and Gold have lost five straight games to the Habs, and they havent beaten their NHL arch-rivals in over a full year. Most of the games have been tight one-goal decisions over the last few seasons, but the Bruins laid a 4-1 egg at TD Garden the last time they suited up against the Canadiens at the end of January. The speed and aggressiveness of players like Daniel Briere, Brian Gionta and Brendan Gallagher really gave the slower, plodding Bruins fits during that eye-opening game.
Goalie nods: Raanta goes for ‘Hawks, Lack back after epic collapse (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:54:23 PDT)
All the latest from the blue paint...
Get your game notes: Bruins at Habs (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:14:16 PDT)
Montreal's beaten Boston five straight times.
Paille (no contact) skates with B's at practice (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:56:46 PDT)
MONTREAL -- The Bruins held an optional skate on Wednesday morning at the Bell Centre prior to the divisional showdown taking place later tonight on Montreal home ice, and a few Boston players were absent.
Video: Dryden on why hockey should ‘give up the fighting, but keep the fight’ (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:27:50 PDT)
The full interview airs on Costas Tonight this Thursday, Mar. 13 at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
NHL on NBCSN: Bruins-Canadiens tangle in Montreal on Rivalry Night (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:28:23 PDT)
The Habs have five straight wins against Boston.
Picard: Hamilton will be 'mainstay' in playoffs (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:36:22 PDT)
The Celtics are fighting for ping pong balls. The Patriots are fighting for a corner back. The Red Sox are fight- they're, soaking in the sun at spring training. Meanwhile, the Bruins are battling it out for a top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Haggerty: Bruins in a must-win situation vs. Habs (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:11:58 PDT)
MONTREAL Some of the Bruins seemed a little too unaware of their recent string of ineffective play against the Montreal Canadiens.
Julien: Don't read into Meszaros pairing with Chara (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:59:22 PDT)
MONTREAL Andrej Meszaros played in place of Dougie Hamilton in Sundays win over the Florida Panthers, and he played very well. The newest Bs defenseman topped 20 minutes of ice time, scored a goal and fired a team-high six shots on net while moving the puck slickly and confidently most of the game.He looked comfortable skating with Zdeno Chara, his past partner with the Ottawa Senators and Team Slovakia. ...
Sam Bennett leads the way (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:44:00 PDT)
McKeen's Hockey's David Bursytn and Gus Katsaros preview the first round of the upcoming June Draft
Bruins-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:31:53 PDT)
In the midst of their longest winning streak of the season, the Boston Bruins are pulling away in the Atlantic Division. It's been a while since they've had any luck doing the same against the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins look to avoid a sixth consecutive loss to the Canadiens by winning a sixth straight game overall Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. Boston (42-17-5) scored seven goals in its last game before the Olympic break and hasn't slowed down much since returning, putting up an average of 3.86 to rank among the league leaders.
Paille out at least two games with concussion (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:30:59 PDT)
MONTREAL -- Daniel Paille was missing from the Tuesday afternoon practice ice at the Bell Centre, and has been diagnosed with a minimal concussion according to Bs head coach Claude Julien.
The Front Line: Hemsky, Moulson thrive after trades (NHL)
(Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:00:00 PDT)
Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy forwards in his weekly segment: "The Front Line." From updated rankings to players you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy forwards insider all season long.
Maple Leafs-Sharks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:32:27 PDT)
The San Jose Sharks gained on the Pacific Division leaders after beating one of the Atlantic's top teams over the weekend. They have a chance to climb even closer thanks to the surging Toronto Maple Leafs. With both clubs looking to stay hot, San Jose tries to continue its recent success against visiting Toronto on Tuesday night. Tommy Wingels scored twice and Logan Couture had a goal and two assists as the Sharks (41-17-7) cruised to a 4-0 win over Montreal on Saturday.
Sharks winning despite power play futility (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:24:20 PDT)
SAN JOSE On one hand, the Sharks power play has been generally miserable for the last 15 games, scoring just two goals in 48 opportunities. Its sunk to 21st overall in the NHL at 16.2 percent. On the other, San Jose continues to win hockey games, and after Saturdays 4-0 triumph over Montreal, the Sharks sit tied for fourth overall in the NHL with 89 points. Nearing full health again, the Sharks are proving once again be among the best teams in the league.
Sharks' Burns finds his game after line demotion (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:43:53 PDT)
Programming note: Canadiens-Sharks coverage starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
The Stars are Shining in Texas (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:46:00 PDT)
Michael Finewax reports that the Stars power play has really taken off of late and Tyler Seguin is a major reason why.
Bruins take top spot in East with Florida sweep (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:44:56 PDT)
Dont look now but the Bruins are now kings of the Eastern Conference jungle.
Julien: Paille injury 'not very serious' (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:32:37 PDT)
Daniel Paille only played one shift in Sunday afternoons 5-2 win over the Panthers before leaving with an apparent injury, but the Bruins downplayed the fourth line wingers issue following the game.
NHL Three Stars: Bob shuts out the Preds; Lupul wins it in OT (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:26:47 PST)
No. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Officer Bobrovsky stopped all 28 shots he faced, as Artem Anisimov’s goal stood up for the 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. That included an awesome save on Colin Wilson with 28 seconds remaining.
No. 2 Star: Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Lupul cashed in a Dion Phaneuf pass on the doorstep, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3. He earlier assisted on Nazem Kadri’s first-period goal. Kimmo Timonen had two goals for the Flyers.
No. 3 Star: Tuomo Ruutu, New Jersey Devils
The former Carolina Hurricanes forward set up Travis Zajac’s opening goal and scored the game-winner for the Devils, as New Jersey survived a Canes rally for the 5-4 win. Adam Henrique had two goals.
Honorable mention: Tommy Wingels had two goals and Logan Couture had three points in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Antti Niemi made 27 saves for the shutout. … Ryan Miller made 26 saves and Patrik Berglund had the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. … Erik Cole had a goal and an assist and Tyler Seguin had a 3-point night in the Dallas Stars’ 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. … Ales Hemsky and Jason Spezza each had three assists in the Ottawa Senators’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. … Tuukka Rask was perfect in the shootout while Reilly Smith scored for the Boston Bruins, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3. … The Washington Capitals scored three third-period goals to rally post the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2. ... Eddie Lack rebounded from a bad goal to make 22 saves in the Vancouver Canucks; 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
Dishonorable mention: Mark Streit and Tyler Bozak were a minus-3. … Thomas Vanek was scoreless again for Montreal. … Paul Stastny played just 40 seconds before leaving the Avs’ game with an injury. … Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game in the third period following a collision with Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula. … Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty were a minus-3. … Raffi Torres boarded Lars Eller and was jumped by Jarred Tinordi, who was given an instigator. … Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after giving up five goals.
Sharks steadily take over in shutout win over Habs (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:07:21 PST)
SAN JOSE Early on in their match against the Canadiens, the Sharks looked to be suffering from a bit of a hangover after what was arguably the most exhilarating win of the season two nights earlier. The Canadiens never did. Tommy Wingels scored twice, and Matt Nieto and Logan Couture also lit the lamp in a 4-0 shutout of Montreal, which concluded a four-game West Coast roadie with one shootout win and three regulation defeats. The Sharks won their second straight, and sixth in the last eight overall (6-1-1).
Niemi, Sharks beat Canadiens 4-0 (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:42:52 PST)
When Tommy Wingels scored a fluky, short-handed goal in the opening minutes, it was clear this was going to be San Jose's night. Wingels scored two goals and Antti Niemi shut Montreal out for the second time this season in the Sharks' 4-0 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night. Wingels opened the scoring with a short-handed goal after Peter Budaj misplayed a shot from center ice and added another on a deflection to lead the way for the Sharks. It kind of gave us some momentum in the first there.'' Matt Nieto also scored and Logan Couture had a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who have won seven straight home games against Montreal since last losing here to the Canadiens in 1999.
Sharks, Niemi shut down Canadiens (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:38:48 PST)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- If the Montreal Canadiens see the San Jose Sharks again this season, it will be too soon. The Sharks swept the season series without allowing a goal to the fabled franchise that owns 24 Stanley Cups. Right winger Tommy Wingels scored twice and goalie Antti Niemi stopped 27 shots on Saturday night in a 4-0 win. Center Logan Couture added a goal and two assists as San Jose moved to within four points of idle and Pacific Division-leading Anaheim for the first time since trailing the Ducks by three and the Kings by two on Dec. 14.
Sharks 4, Canadiens 0 (The SportsXchange)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:07:02 PST)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Right winger Tommy Wingels scored twice and goalie Antti Niemi stopped 27 shots as the San Jose Sharks beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Saturday. Center Logan Couture added a goal and two assists as San Jose moved to within four points of Two of Niemi's three shutouts this season have come against Montreal, and he has 26 for his Niemi stopped 22 shots during San Jose's 2-0 win over in Montreal on Oct. 26.
Instant Replay: Sharks dominate Canadiens in 4-0 win (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:49:33 PST)
SAN JOSE Tommy Wingels scored twice and Logan Couture had three points as the Sharks beat a flat Montreal Canadiens team at SAP Center on Saturday, 4-0. The Sharks were never really in danger, gradually taking over the game against the Canadiens, who were wrapping up a four-game road trip that ended with three regulation losses and a shootout win over Anaheim. Wingels had the Sharks first two goals in each of the first two periods, and finished with a game-high eight shots on goal. Antti Niemi stopped all 27 shots he faced in recording his first shutout since Oct. 26, the last time the Sharks opposed the Canadiens, a 2-0 win.
Fast fights: Bieksa makes quick work of Giordano, Tinordi roughs up Torres (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:14:36 PST)
Short ones on Saturday.
East update: Leafs get another OT win to climb ranks (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:59:04 PST)
Seeding battles heat up.
Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon placed in induced coma on Thursday (NBC Sports)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:37:39 PST)
He was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis earlier this month.
Murray has no hard feelings after trade by Sharks (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
(Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:46:22 PST)
Programming note: Canadiens-Sharks coverage starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California SAN JOSE Former Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray harbors no ill will towards the organization, after he was traded to Pittsburgh just prior to last seasons trade deadline. Hed still like to leave town with a win, of course, as he makes his first appearance as a visiting player tonight when the Sharks host Montreal. Murray signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Canadiens in August after spending the first seven-and-a-half years of his NHL career in a teal sweater.