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Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

Rask Stops 34 as Bruins Tie Series with 4-1 Game 2 Victory

BOSTON, MA– After a hotly contested playoff opener on Friday evening at the TD Garden, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins had found themselves behind, in a surprising 0-1 series hole at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins were given another chance to prove the championship resolve that has helped guide [...]

Datsyuk’s Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

Datsyuk’s Late Tally Lifts Detroit to 1-0 Series-Opening Victory

BOSTON, MA– After anticipation had far surpassed a boiling point in the city of Boston this week, the NHL postseason finally kicked off for the Bruins on Friday evening. With the B’s having long ago secured the top-seed in the conference and the No. 1 spot in their division, fans and players alike had more or [...]

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

GameDay: Bruins, Red Wings Set for First Playoff Battle in 57 Years

– With Game 1 of the first round playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings rapidly approaching, we’ve opted to bring back the Hockey Independent Bruins’ GameDay features for use at various times during this year’s postseason. This will be the first installment of this feature for the 2014 postseason, with a [...]

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

There Goes the Neighborhood…Team

It’s been a while since we’ve written, faithful readers. Largely because we wrote back in September about this season was going to pan out, with a highly on point degree of accuracy. We predicted injuries- specifically Evgeny Nabokov and Lubomir Visnovsky from overuse at their ages. We predicted the missing the playoffs that was inevitable [...]

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Fire Jack Capuano

With every rebuild, there are a few common occurrences. Primary in a rebuild are good draft picks, based on the lousy play of the rebuilding team. Trades also come into play, as those draft picks (or prospects) can acquire players that speed along a rebuild. When a rebuild gets to reality, teams become attractive to [...]

While playing with the Penguins, McClelland learned a number of tips on how to fight better from Paul Baxter, a fellow southpaw, who went on to become his adversary. McClelland had several highlight-reel bouts with the scrappy Flame, including a dominant knockout victory over his former mentor.

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio, Kevin McClelland joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981 assuming that he would be a ‘mucker’ and a ‘grinder’. Two seasons later, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and his role changed from ‘grinder’ to guardian. Overflowing with the skillful likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey, the team [...]

Weiss, Cleary Lead Red Wings to 3-2 Columbus Day Victory Over Bruins

Weiss, Cleary Lead Red Wings to 3-2 Columbus Day Victory Over Bruins

BOSTON, MA – For the second time in the last nine days, the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings were on the ice for an Atlantic Division tilt at the TD Garden. After capturing a victory in their first meeting last Saturday, by the score of 4-1, the B’s were looking for another hot start against [...]

B’s Score A Pair On The Power-Play, Cruise To 4-1 Win Over Detroit

B’s Score A Pair On The Power-Play, Cruise To 4-1 Win Over Detroit

BOSTON, MA — Following a 3-1 season-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday evening, the Boston Bruins were on the ice again on Saturday for their first showdown of the year against their newly-minted division rivals; the Detroit Red Wings. In their second outing of the season, I think it’s safe to say [...]

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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 [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Round 2 Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Round 2 Predictions

With the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, five 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 [...]

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 [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this epic, we promised three pieces of evidence to explain how Garth Snow does things with the sole intention of job preservation. We pointed out how he is relatively awful at drafting in part one. Part two will speak to other shortcomings, starting here: Two- Garth Snow uses salary cap [...]

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Honey, I Lost the Kids – part one of two

It’s almost like a reflex when you ask hockey fans about the best way to build a winner “It’s the draft!” Drafting allow you to develop players or trade for established ones. Since the Isles have had no playoffs since 07-08, they’ve been in rebuild mode. We’re going to look at this draft rebuild with [...]

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Why Was John Tavares Holding His Head in His Hands?

For the 9,000 or so fans in attendance (way below the average of 13,000 that they had when they were a winning team), the debacle that was the 6-4 loss at the hands of the not that good Carolina Hurricanes had a few unusual moments. The Islanders scored 4 power play goals and lost. That [...]

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Hockey Myths Exposed – Defensemen Need Time to Develop

Anyone who has watched more than a handful of hockey games gets serenaded with statements that are undisputed in the hockey world, but in reality it doesnt make a lot of sense. We’ve already disproved the myth that power forwards need years to develop in our article “Ninogate,” in which we use the “talent is [...]

Jim Agnew: Ex- NHL Tough Guy Turned Missoula, Montana Sheriff

Jim Agnew: Ex- NHL Tough Guy Turned Missoula, Montana Sheriff

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jim Agnew is a man in uniform who is most deeply proud of being a wholehearted team player. These days, he buttons up a beige and brown shirt before excitedly starting his work time as a deputy sheriff in Missoula, Montana. In earlier years, he wore another type of distinguishing outfit, [...]

Fishing for a Winger

Fishing for a Winger

The lockout shortened season is a marathon. By March, we should have an idea of what teams are in the running for the post-season. Because its all-conference games being played, there will be a mosh pit of combatants bludgeoning each other for every point. We know an injury now could be a detrimental handicap that [...]

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The Islanders 2008 Entry Level Draft- Highly Rated or Overrated?

Like many Islander fans, we have been hearing about “the rebuild” and “the future.” Not only did our system produce John Tavares (who never played one day in our minor league “system”), but also Andrew MacDonald, Travis Hahahamonic, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Franz Neilsen, and Rick DiPiawful. Garth Snow, it has been said, produces more [...]