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Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston's Offseason Activity

Summertime Slowdown: Catching up with Boston’s Offseason Activity

– Good afternoon, Hockey Independent readers! I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable start to your summers! While I’ve spent the bulk of this offseason visiting other parts of the country and exploring various opportunities, I’ve also taken a bit of a respite from writing to relax and recharge for the upcoming season. In the weeks [...]

Trade Proposal This: Who's On Their Way Out?

Trade Proposal This: Who’s On Their Way Out?

The Chicago Blackhawks are over the cap. This is a fact. Fans are waiting for a trade, even though, it may mean parting with a player that A) they like, B) is vital to this hockey team or C) all of the above. Chances are they will have to wait a little longer as the [...]

Well, Why Not?

Well, Why Not?

I really don’t know why they’re bothering to even drop the puck Wednesday night. After all, if the entire world is to be believed, Gary Bettman came out after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Sunday night, congratulated both teams on a great series, then told Kings captain Dustin Brown to [...]

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

BOSTON – After falling flat in Monday’s Game 6 contest at the Bell Centre, losing by a visibly one-sided 4-0 score, the Boston Bruins returned home on Wednesday evening with one last chance to salvage their second-round series against the Canadiens. With each team having won three games, this epic clash between two Original Six rivals [...]

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

BOSTON – After salvaging a split of the two games in Montreal with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory on Thursday at the Bell Centre, the Boston Bruins returned home this weekend for a Saturday evening Game 5 tilt against the Canadiens. With each team taking one game in both Boston and Montreal, the second round series between [...]

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

BOSTON – Less than forty-eight hours after the visiting Canadiens had topped the Bruins in a thrilling double-overtime series opener on Thursday evening, the two teams were back on the ice at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final set. With their backs against the wall as they were looking to avoid a prohibitive [...]

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

BOSTON – For the first time since their epic 2011 playoff battle that was decided in overtime of Game 7, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for a postseason match-up at TD Garden. In front of an extraordinarily raucous sellout crowd of 17, 565, the NHL’s two oldest rivals kicked off their Eastern Conference [...]

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

– After both teams quickly dispatched their opening round opponent in four and five games, respectively, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are set to meet in the postseason for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Having entered the series with each team playing their best hockey of the season, we could be [...]

2014 NHL Playoffs: What A Sight!

2014 NHL Playoffs: What A Sight!

So let me see if I’ve got this straight. We’re 11 days into the playoffs and here’s what we’ve seen. These two unlikely youngsters are leading the way in terms of Points (MacKinnon – 10) and Goals (Tarasenko – 4):   These two teams have already closed out their series in 4 and 5 games, [...]

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

Stifling Defense and Productive Power-Play Help Bruins Sink Red Wings in Game 5

BOSTON, MA– After capturing back-to-back road wins in Games 3 and 4 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Boston Bruins were back on home-ice this Saturday afternoon with a chance to close out their series against the Red Wings. With just one win in their previous five outings in playoff Game 5′s, the Bruins were [...]

Fast Feather Friday: Playoff Edition

Fast Feather Friday: Playoff Edition

It goes without saying that tonight’s game will be a huge factor in how this series will finish. The Hawks and Blues are knotted up at 2 games aside and with they way they’ve roller-coastered their way through the first 4 games, either side will be desperate to get a leg up. Today’s edition of [...]

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

GameDay: Zetterberg Returns as Red Wings Look to Even Series

– After the Boston Bruins utilized a near-perfect road effort in Tuesday’s Game 3 to secure a shutout and a 2-1 series edge, they will be looking for a duplicate performance on Thursday evening at the Joe Louis Arena. With Game 4 set for this evening and puck-drop coming just after 8 o’clock, we present [...]

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 [...]

Hawks Up A Creek Without A Seabrook

Hawks Up A Creek Without A Seabrook

There are a lot of fans emotionally displaced today because of a unraveled Chicago Blackhawks team. A team that has blown Game #1 AND Game #2 of a series they now do not deserve to win. Unfortunately, Blackhawks fans, you have no one to be angry with than your beloved players you’ve backed all year. Mr. [...]

Better Than Christmas, It's the Playoffs!

Better Than Christmas, It’s the Playoffs!

St. Louis claimed game #1 on Thursday night in their own barn. We laughed, we cried and we were extremely tired the next day. This marathon ended in triple overtime with the Blues prevailing on an Alex Steen goal. A real crotch-grab moment for Hawks fans after Toews & Co. were looking to pull off [...]

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 [...]

2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions in :60

2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions in :60

      Now, now. Before you blast me for being a homer, an uneducated hockey fan or Pens-hater, keep in mind a few things. These are my rapid fire picks. I took a whole :60 (if that) to select the way the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs would Plinko their way to the top (or [...]

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents' Trophy

Bruins Rout Sabres in Home Finale to Capture Presidents’ Trophy

BOSTON, MA– For the final time of the 2013-14 NHL campaign, the Boston Bruins were on home-ice for a regular season game at TD Garden this Saturday afternoon. In town for a visit on “Fan Appreciation Night” was newly-promoted head coach Ted Nolan and his last-place Buffalo Sabres squad. Entering the day with the league’s worst [...]

Eriksson, B's Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

Eriksson, B’s Push Toward Playoffs with 5-2 Win Against Flyers

BOSTON, MA– For just the third time this season — and the second time in the past week — the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers were on the ice Saturday afternoon at TD Garden for their final showdown of the 2013-14 campaign. Thanks to a freshly reformed NHL scheduling system that involves visits to every city [...]