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30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

30 games in, 10 points out. And ten in a row!

Half Empty….that’s too optimistic. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, right? We mean, after the last ten games we had nowhere to go but up, right? Nope. Now, depending who you ask, the last ten games could be considered good or they could be considered bad. For example, if you ask coach [...]

Bergeron’s Pair Lifts Bruins to 3-1 Win Over Leafs

Bergeron’s Pair Lifts Bruins to 3-1 Win Over Leafs

BOSTON, MA– For the first time since last April’s infamous overtime ending in Game 7 of their tightly-fought first round playoff series, the Boston Bruins were on the ice against old friend Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After getting off to a slow start in each of their last few games, the Black [...]

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

With the announcement of the “newcomers” that made the team, we felt that we needed to address the whys and hows of such, as well as the questions that are popping up as the new season approaches. By their standards, the Islanders certainly had a successful season last year. Ideally, this year should show more [...]

Hey fans- the joke's on us!

Guess We Now Know Snow’s Blueprint for 8th

This is a piece that we’ve been dying to write, which is what happens when the “I told you so” stuff comes to life. Let’s take a review of the first day of unrestricted free agency and see what the Islanders situation looks like, with needs and how they were filled. Understand that this is [...]

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

By Brian D’Ambrosio It’s often said that simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. Jamie Huscroft’s formula as a hockey player was simple – and reliable. Play laboriously. Lead by example. Answer the bell. That recipe secured him a spot on the rosters of seven teams, guided him through three hundred and fifty two regular season National [...]

Leafs’ lack of belief in Reimer is baffling

Leafs’ lack of belief in Reimer is baffling

By Tom Dougherty (@todougherty) When the Maple Leafs acquired Jonathan Bernier on Sunday, many were stumped at the price tag that GM Dave Nonis paid. Some thought the Leafs overpaid, others thought the Kings didn’t get enough. I don’t think the return was an overpayment or an underpayment. The Kings received forward Matt Frattin, backup [...]

Always have a patsy. It works.

The Clock is Ticking

Time is both a wonderful gift and a fantastic curse. Think of those times in life where time seemed to stand still. Those tend to be moments where you really did not want to be there.   Think of those times in your life that went by way too fast. Maybe it was a first kiss, [...]

Bruins Make History with Miracle Comeback in Game 7

Bruins Make History with Miracle Comeback in Game 7

BOSTON, MA – With eleven minutes left of regulation time in Monday’s Game 7, the crowd of 17, 565 Bostonians began to dissipate from the stands at TD Garden. Those that were left began to rain down upon their beloved Black and Gold with a large chorus of boos. After entering the third period trailing by [...]

GameDay: Can Bruins Avoid Collapse in Game 7 on Home Ice?

GameDay: Can Bruins Avoid Collapse in Game 7 on Home Ice?

Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Series: Series tied, 3-3. Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA Face-Off:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Boston 1, Toronto 2 Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Jagr Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Boychuk Seidenberg–McQuaid Redden–Hamilton —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron [...]

Maple Leafs Edge Bruins, Force Game 6 in Toronto

Maple Leafs Edge Bruins, Force Game 6 in Toronto

BOSTON, MA – For as dominant as the Bruins have shown they can be over the past few seasons, an Achilles heel of the Black and Gold has always been an inability to close out opponents in the postseason. Under head coach Claude Julien, the team was just 3-6 in non-Game 7 contests in which the B’s [...]

GameDay: Bruins Look to Close Out Leafs in Game 5

GameDay: Bruins Look to Close Out Leafs in Game 5

Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Series: Boston leads, 3-1. Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA Face-Off:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Boston 4, Toronto 3 (OT) Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Jagr Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Seidenberg Ference–Boychuk Bartkowski–McQuaid —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, [...]

GameDay: Bruins Looking to Take Control of Series with Game 4 in Toronto

GameDay: Bruins Looking to Take Control of Series with Game 4 in Toronto

Teams: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs Series: Boston leads, 2-1. Location: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario Face-Off:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Toronto 2, Boston 5 Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Jagr Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Seidenberg Ference–Boychuk Redden–McQuaid —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, [...]

Bruins Burn Leafs in Playoff Return to Air Canada Centre

Bruins Burn Leafs in Playoff Return to Air Canada Centre

TORONTO, ON – For the first time since 2004, NHL playoff hockey made its return to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Monday evening. And what an atmosphere it was. From hours before puck drop, there were thousands of fans lining the streets of Maple Leaf Square singing chants of “Go Leafs Go”. Once we [...]

Lupul’s Pair Lifts Maple Leafs to 4-2 Game 2 Victory

Lupul’s Pair Lifts Maple Leafs to 4-2 Game 2 Victory

BOSTON, MA – Buckle up, folks. We may be in for a long series. Following Boston’s 4-1 dismantling of the Maple Leafs in Game 1 on Wednesday, it looked as if there was a chance for this series to be fairly one-sided. However, on Saturday evening, the Leafs responded with a tremendous effort in all facets [...]

GameDay: Bruins Look for Repeat Performance in Game 2

GameDay: Bruins Look for Repeat Performance in Game 2

Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Series: Boston leads, 1-0. Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA Face-Off:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Toronto 1, Boston 4 Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Jagr Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–McQuaid Seidenberg–Boychuk Redden–Hamilton —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron [...]

Bruins Cruise Past Maple Leafs for 4-1 Game 1 Victory

Bruins Cruise Past Maple Leafs for 4-1 Game 1 Victory

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins have flipped the proverbial switch. Well, for now, at least. In perhaps their strongest effort of the season, the B’s dismantled the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series at the TD Garden on Wednesday. In doing so, the Bruins were able to pick [...]

GameDay: Bruins Open Postseason Against Maple Leafs

GameDay: Bruins Open Postseason Against Maple Leafs

Teams: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins Series: Tied 0-0 Location: TD Garden – Boston, MA Face-Off:  7:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info: NESN (Edwards, Brickley, Funayama) – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  N/A Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Seguin Lucic–Krejci–Horton Daugavins–Kelly–Jagr Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Seidenberg Ference–Boychuk Redden–McQuaid —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

With the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, four members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict each and every first round series of this year’s postseason. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) [...]

“I knew that if I played a tough game – and not many guys did – that would only help in their decision of whether or not to keep me,” says Odgers, who played 12 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Atlanta Thrashers. “So I erred on the side of scrapping more.”

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He never took a game for granted –scared that his career could fade away at any moment.  Odgers scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster and he made sure he never provided his coaches with a sufficient reason to [...]

Can They Pull This Off?

Can They Pull This Off?

Here we stand, in relative disbelief. As previously noted, we expected this team to miss the playoffs by a fairly wide margin. We expected that 53 points made a playoff team, and we expected the Islanders to be limping in at the end at the 46 point level. So bully for them, they shut us [...]