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Connelly 10 – Bruins Win, KC Jones and Spacely’s Sprockets




Connelly 10 – Bruins Win, KC Jones and Spacely’s Sprockets

  1. Bruins Back in the Tournament:

* Nothing better than playoff hockey

* Marchand finally gets a playoff goal (two game suspension might have helped his legs)

* Doesn’t seem fair that Bruins can add Charlie McAvoy for the playoffs (24:11 time played)

* Don’t like that the Bruins are letting Borowiecki run around – went after Colin Miller’s knee and then after Backes who completely turtled (Backes useless)

* Has to be the worst defensive corps in Bruins playoff history – old Chara, McQuaid, Miller, Miller, Liles

* Bruins are trying to win a playoff round with some guys named: Vatrano, Stafford, Spooner, Schaller, Nash, Moore, Kurlay, Belesky

* Krecji better have an x-ray with a broken bone somewhere if he sat – old school Bruins must be shaking their head – somewhere Harry Sinden is saying “Damn Europeans”


  1. Celtics win the East

* Hats off to Brad Stevens – quite an accomplishment with that roster– should earn him Coach of the Year

* I hate their three point shooting system

* Horford – in 20 of the 68 games he took less than 10 shots (record 11-9) – Amazing what $30mm gets you

* Isaiah averaged 29.83 minutes last six games – hope that helps

* Cleveland under .500 on the road (20-21) should donate money to Boys Club

* Celtics won the East without a player averaging over 7 rebounds a game – has to be a record (see #8 below)


  1. Steven Wright should sue John Farrell:

* Before Pinch running Wright: 13-5 / 3.00 ERA / 123 K to 51 BB (2.41)

* Since Farrell thought he was Claudell Washington: 0-2 / 10.50 ERA / 7 K to 11 BB (0.63)


  1. Did the top four paid players from Boston teams make All Stars (only 3 of 12):

Celtics – Horford $30mm – No / Amir Johnson $12mm – No / Bradley $8.3mm – No / Zeller – 8mm – No

Red Sox – Price $30mm – No / Hanley $22.5mm – No / Porcello $20mm – No / Sandoval $18mm – No

Bruins – Krejci $7.2mm – No / Rask $7mm – Yes / Chara $6.9m – No / Bergeron $6.7mm – No

Patriots – Brady $13.7mm – Yes / Solder $10.6mm – No / Hightower $7.7mm – Yes / Sheard 6.9mm – No

5. Bogus sports movie list on MSN – Top Ten

  1. Hoop Dreams
  2. Raging Bull
  3. Hustler
  4. When We Were Kings
  5. Million Dollar Baby
  6. The Wrestler
  7. Searching for Bobby Fischer
  8. MoneyBall
  9. The Fighter
  10. Laggan – Once Upon a Time in India

* Ranked too low Rocky 11 / Hoosiers 25 / Bad News Bears 34 / Rudy 36 / Slapshot 38 / Miracle 40 / Friday Night Lights 44 / Caddyshack 45 / Rookie 56 / Sandlot 58

  1. Fun Fact – In 1953 a rodeo at the Boston Garden drew over 100,000 fans in five days
  2. Amazing Stat – Big Baby Davis averaged more a game than KC Jones – what? 7.57 to 7.41
  3. Old School – Celtics who averaged 7 rebounds or more a game in championship years:

2008 – Kevin Garnett 9.2

1986 – Bird 9.8 / Parish 9.5 / McHale 8.1 / Walton 6.8 (round up)

1984 – Parish 10.6 / Bird 10.5 / McHale 9.0

1981 – Bird 10.9 / Parish 9.5

1976 – Cowens 11.7 / Silas 8.1

1974 – Cowens 15.7 / Silas 11.2

1969 – Russell 19.3 / Howell 8.8 / Havlicek 7.0 / Sanders 7.0

1968 – Russell 18.6 / Howell 9.8

1966 – Russell 22.8 / Sanders 7.1

1965 – Russell 24.1 / Sanders 8.3

1964 – Russell 24.7 / Sanders 8.3

1963 – Russell 23.6 / Heinsohn 7.5 / Sanders 7.2

1962 – Russell 23.6 / Heinsohn 9.5 / Sanders 9.5

1961 – Russell 23.9 / Heinsohn 9.9 / Conley 7.3

1960 – Russell 24.0 / Heinsohn 10.6 / Conley 8.3

1959 – Russell 23 / Heinsohn 9.7

1957 – Russell 19.6 / Loscutoff 10.4 / Heinsohn 9.8


  1. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of Passover and Easter:

Players Boston should have Passed Over – Larry Anderson, Danny Cater, Kenny “got to find my car” Anderson, Rick Pitino (not a player but gotta add), Adalius Thomas, Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe, Eric Montross, Mark Blount, Chris Canty, Mike Torrez, Hart Lee Dykes, Brian Shaw

Players Reborn in Boston – Isaiah Thomas, David Ortiz, Luis Tiant, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Cam Neely, Wes Welker, Mike Easler, Charlie Scott, Derek Lowe, Tim Wakefield

  1. Randomocity

* Article in the Globe recently – Tom Brady’s family tree included a professional baseball player who lived in South Boston, a soldier who was the first POW of World War II and a fireman who fought the 1906 San Francisco Fire

* Who was a meaner boss – Mr. Slate or Spacely (from Spacely’s Sprockets?

* I’m a traditionalists but at some point the NHL will have to look at 4 on 4 hockey – really exciting (and sprinkle in 3 on 3)

* The bombing of the Dortmund soccer bus by terrorists is a sign of the future – we are going to have a major sports tragedy to a team or stadium within 24 months – sorry

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Boston Bruins Former Coach Claude Julien Returns To Boston



Claude Julien Applauded Or Booed Upon Return?

Boston Bruins former coach Claude Julien coached the team for a decade. will make his return tonight as the Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens tonight. He led the team to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back home to Boston. He also coached many of the current bruins as they were just starting out. The most significant being Patrice Bergeron and look how he turned out. Claude did many great things for Boston in his time here.

While in Boston he was loved by the players and fans. Claude brought the team to be known as one the if not the top defensive team in the league year after year.  After winning the cup in 2011 he then brought the team back to the cup in 2013 where we all know what happened. After that, the league seems to make a shift towards a faster-paced game and more offensive. Not only the offense but the defensemen were also looking to be more offensive. Claude was not one to change his style and he stuck to his guns. Continually playing the savvy vets over the skilled and less defensive kids.

This may have been one of the reasons he was fired because Cam and Sweeney wanted a younger faster team. Still, once the video tribute to Claude comes up which will definitely include Captain Zdeno Chara hoisting the cup he will get an ovation for all that he did for the team. Claude has cemented his name in Boston Bruins history and we will not forget what he did for this city. He is the Boston Bruins winningest coach with 419 wins. Also in 2009, he won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year.

The Players Opinion

The players that were coached under him seem to not have much emotion going into tonight’s game. Although some look back at what Claude did for their careers.

Here is Marchand on his time with Claude:

“He gave me an opportunity to play, dealt with me more than I think a lot of coaches would have, worked with me tirelessly,” Marchand said of the former Bruins coach. “Had plenty of conversations about how to act and how to be a good player, a good pro, how to learn the game and become a better player.

Brad Marchand is now one of the best wingers in the game today and it may Claude has a lot to do with that.

Another young kid that grew up playing under Claude is David Pastrnkak who is still developing. He also had a few words about his former coach:

“He’s the one that I was given the opportunity to play in the NHL, We had a bunch of meetings in the time I was here…obviously have a lot of good memories. He spent so much time with this organization and has given a lot.”

Captain Zdeno Chara had some nice words to say to the coach who gave him the “C”:

“He definitely should be recognized for that…he’s a great coach, a great person, taught me a lot about how to play the game the right way in certain situations. He’s just a great teacher.”

Tonight’s game may be a bit odd for some of the players that were the core of the team while Claude was here. These players have all said that they are treating it like any other game and are looking to go out there and win. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 and will air on NBCSN.


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Boston Bruins Have A good Problem To Have With Their Roster



The team has many players that could play each night

Boston Bruins of late have been playing really well and have had almost a 100 percent healthy roster. This leads to a great problem to have. The problem of having many players that can play every night and not knowing which ones to start.

Bruce Cassidy has had to make these tough decisions on who plays and who sits. Not to mention who gets sent down. Now Bruce does not have a big role in sending players to Providence but he definitely gets a say. With all this, it seems as if he has found his roster with a couple players still on the Bubble.

Boston current roster looks like so:


Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

Jake DebruskDavid KrejciRyan Spooner

Danton HeinenRiley NashDavid Backes

Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari


Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller


Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Players On The Bubble

Now then who is missing well there are a couple big names missing. Adam McQuaid is the biggest, now he is not a star defensemen. Although he has been a solid D for the team over the years and now he is a healthy scratch every night. The reason being is that Grzelyck has shown that he has what it takes to be in the big club and it would be stupid to take him out. Also missing just recently is Anders Bjork who has not been performing to his expectation.

Now at the beginning of the year, Bjork and Bergeron were paired before his injury. When Bergy cam back they put Pasta with him and Bjork with Krejci. Maybe Bjork and Krejci are not a good fit. Still, the kid needs to produce and Bruce has no problem sitting anyone. Also along with Bjork is Peter Cehlarik who had claimed a roster spot until injury and now he too is on the outside looking in. Also with Cehlarik is Frank Vatrano who has been a bit of a disappointment since he’s been here. He has had spurts of great, then he just seems to lose. Look for him to be used in a trade if the B’s lose someone.

Providence and Prospect pool are Abundant

Even the B’s System is stacked with talent that could be up here very soon. They also have many kids that are playing in the NCAA that look great. Two of them are currently playing for Team USA in the World Juniors. Then just yesterday Bruin prospect and current Harvard member Ryan Donato was named to the 2018 Olympic team.

The Current Roster is here to stay

Bruce seems like he has found his crew and will look to stick to his guns. Possibly Bjork renters the roster, other than that most likely not much deviation. The main reason being is that with this roster they are currently in second place in the Atlantic and only 10 points back of first. The team has brought there differential from -6 to plus 20 and have been playing better overall. In the last 10 games, the team is 7-1-2.

This team could be a cup contender if they keep playing like this.

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Boston Bruins Showing They Are Here To Win 



Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Boston Bruins Have Moved Into Second Place In The Atlantic With

5th Straight Win

The Boston Bruins are sitting in second place with last nights win over the Ottawa Senators. With 45 points and two games in hand to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boston is just 9 points back of Tampa Bay who sits at 54 points. Hopefully, the B’s can keep the streak alive.

Last night we saw the points come from a very underrated player on the roster. Riley Nash finished the game with 2 goals and an assist.

Nash’s goals were not garbage goals either they were indeed the opposite and very skilled goals. Since joining the team last year as what most people believed to be a role player as well as a veteran presence. Then last night on the Broadcast Jack and Brick had stated that Nash has been told to shoot more. Clearly is paying off, as Nash shows that he is not just a role player.  Nash only has 32 points in the year and a half he has been here but most things he does do not go on the score sheet. Boston will look to see some more production from him.

Then there is the rest of the team, they seem to have found “it” and whatever “it” is it needs to stay. In the last 10 games, the team is 8-1-1. The only teams better in that stand are Vegas and Tampa who are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Patrice Bergeron line is looking like the conehead line from the movie Miracle (Pass, Pass, Score). Then there is the Nash line with Danton Heinen and David Backes on his wings.  Backes has found his games on the wing with Nash and currently has 5 goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. The team as a whole has just been great.

Then Tuukka Rask has been playing the way he is expected to play. It might be too early to say but the Bruins are a contender for the cup right now. The only thing missing is Anders Bjork who has been quiet as of late. If he can find his game then Boston will be a hard team to beat.

Up Next:

Boston is on to take on what seems to be the unbeatable Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are always a tough matchup and it would be a great team to beat.

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