Archive for the ‘Hockey’ Category

Winter Classic Is Here
January 1, 2010

On the surface, this is just another regular season hockey game. But having spent a few days down at winterized Fenway now, I can tell you that the NHL is treating this like the World Series. Dare I say, a bigger deal than the Stanley Cup? Maybe that’s my local bias coming through. But we’re going on three weeks of media availabilities, hockey games, open skates, etc. and the visual of hockey being played in Fenway Park is just too much to resist. The players are excited, I’m excited, the NHL is very excited, so this should be quite a show!

You can check out the slideshow, which I will be updating throughout the day, here.

And we’ll be doing something of a live tweet (to be honest, it depends on how well my iPhone handles the conditions – touchscreens don’t like driving snowstorms, as I learned yesterday!) on Twitter – just follow @SportsCenter5 or click here.

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Red Sox, Celts-Orlando, Pats-Jets, Bruins win
November 20, 2009

Lots to talk about heading into a big sports week-end.

RED SOX: Jason Bay today officially enters free agency. That is not good news. The Red Sox have thrown out a 4 year offer worth 60 million that is way too low. The Yankees have more money than that hanging around in pocket change. I do not have e good feeling about this one.

CELTICS: Can the Celtics finally beat a good athletic team (Orlando) at home after losing to 2 such teams (Atlanta and Phoenix) the last 2 Friday night’s at home which hasn’t happened since the 18 straight losses season of  06-07. I know all NBA teams are athletic but the Celtics, with their experience ( age) are not as young and athletic as most NBA teams. This one is going to be a struggle for the Celtics.

PATRIOTS: Can the Patriots come back from last weeks heartbreaking loss to beat the Jets? In a word-Yes. This is going to be decided by halftime. I know the Patriots lost to this team earlier this season 16-9, but the Patriots are much better now, especially their pass offense. And I think the Jets are not better.

HARVARD-YALE: Have to mention The Game, the 126th renewal of The Game, this year in New Haven where under 1st year coach Tom Williams Yale has just a 4-5 record. Will the impetus to finish .500 be enough to carry the Eli’s to a win over the Johnnies? Or will Harvard’s outside chance of winning the Ivy title be enough for them to pull one out on enemy turf? Emotionally you might like to take Yale winning one for their rookie coach but I think talent and experience will win out. Harvard by about 10.

BRUINS: Can the Bruins tonight actually win 2 in a row facing one of the best teams in the east in Buffalo who have won 4 straight at home? I’d be shocked, but that’s what make hockey fun- it’s the most unpredictable of all the sports.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: I am already getting excited for Thanksgiving Day high school football. There’s nothing like it in the country. We will again have unmatched wall to wall coverage. I’m going to Dracut for their game against Methuen. We will have cameras at about 10 games with highlights of at least 10 more games. It will be here before you know it.

-MD

Goooooooooooooal!
October 16, 2009

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails and calls about the ridiculous goal scored by 9-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom Monday in the Bruins famous “Mini 1-on-1” shootouts that entertain fans at halftime.

Oliver playes for the Portland Junior Pirates in Maine. The competition won’t start airing until October 29, but the Bruins have posted the video online.

Click here to check it out!

This Is Cool
May 3, 2009

Here at Game 2 of the Bruins-Carolina series and I notice the Bruins have added a cool new tradition since the first round (when last I attended a game).

Before the introduction of the starting lineups, the PA blares “Lose Yourself” by Eminem and a massive Bruins flag is tossed into the crowd by the Zamboni entrance. The fans then pass the flag all the way around the arena, letting out a huge roar when it makes it way home. A fancy “wave” if you will.

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Bruins Encourage Playoff Beard Growth
April 10, 2009

From a team press release:

BOSTON, MA – Beginning Thursday, April 9 the Boston Bruins are inviting fans to grow their own playoff beards to support the B’s during their playoff run by kicking-off the “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” on bostonbruins.com, the team’s official website. The 2009 “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” gives Bruins fans the opportunity to show their support
for the team and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation.

The hockey playoff beard is an age-old tradition for players participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans can join in on the tradition by “growing one for the team” and inviting family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards to raise money for
the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Fans can create their “Bruins Beard-A-Thon” profile by uploading their
photo at bostonbruins.com. Participants can choose to grow their own
beard and update their growth throughout the playoffs or they can grow
their beard virtually by choosing the ‘Build-A-Beard’ option, giving
women and children an opportunity to get involved.

Beard growers may pledge themselves by making a donation and their friends and family may also pledge their efforts. Donations can be made in two ways, a one-time pledge (minimum $10) or a daily pledge (minimum $0.50/day). Throughout the playoffs, fans will have the opportunity to win tickets if their beard is voted the best on BostonBruins.com. At the end of the contest there will be various prizes for the best and worst beards as well as a prize for most money raised.

Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics
February 11, 2009

Yes, all 3 professional teams are now on the radar since Red Sox Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow with their 1st official workout scheduled for Saturday- and Channel 5 and Mike Lynch will be one of the only stations covering it each night.

OK, enough about the Red Sox-starting tomorrow you are going to see and hear plenty from Mike Lynch both on all of our newscasts and in this blog with pictures, so let’s talk about the Celtics.

Big Road trip for the C’s (longest of year) as they are gone for 2 and half weeks with 6 road games-5 against teams with winning records. They start with New Orleans tonight and Dallas tomorrow before the all-star break. They may get a huge break tonight as the Hornets all-star Chris Paul is questionable with a strained groin and their starting center Tyson Chandler has missed the last 11 games with a sprained ankle.

And the Bruins-disappointing performance last night against the Sharks, even tho they are a very good team, but aren’t the Bruins supposed to be as good (or better?). The B’s now head out on their own long road trip -5 games in 10 days, so we’ll see how (or if) they bounce back from last night’s 5-2 loss to San Jose.

Meanwhile we wait, wait for the pictures of warmth and baseball players from Fort Myers as Opening day is now just 54 days away.

-MD

Do Not Mock The Hockey Gods
January 28, 2009

Hockey and I have had a strange relationship. Despite going to Albany Academy (Craig Darby) and growing up around RPI (Joe Juneau and Adam Oates) and Union (both hockey powerhouses), I’ve never really been a fan, or been able to grasp some of the concepts. Baseball and basketball have always been my areas of expertise.

Since moving out here, and well, getting paid to know hockey (among other things), I’ve made a concerted effort to “better know the Bruins” as Stephen Colbert might put it. I’ve made it a point to attend practices and games, I listen intently to Jack Edwards, Mike Milbury, and Andy Brickley. I’ve learned rules and techniques. I get fired up after big hits. Tradition… well, that’s another matter.

Because the game was Patrice Bergeron’s first since suffering a second major concussion (he notched an assist in extended playing time), I went down to the locker room after tonight’s overtime win over Washington to help our photographer with postgame interviews. I’ve been in the locker room numerous times, but amazingly, it’s the first time I’ve been in there AFTER a game, when it’s somewhat crowded (and man, does a hockey locker room stink).

After a few interviews, it was about time to go. I took a couple of steps and felt a hand on my shoulder. It was the Bruins PR chief…. “Scotty – don’t go there. The logo.” Not two seconds later, Bruin Shawn Thornton came running by towards the shower, slapping me on the back and shouting “don’t step on the logo bro!”

Apparently, it’s tradition to avoid the giant logo stitched into the carpet of the locker room floor (see a picture here). Stepping on it is a signal for anyone aligned with the team to check you into the boards. Luckily, I was warned in time.

Of course, upon returning home, I immediately googled this ritual, and found it’s not only the Bruins. The locker room floor logo is off limits for just about every hockey team. I can’t explain it, but you can bet that if huge, tough hockey players tell me it’s tradition, I’ll observe it!

–SI

Bruins Bergeron to play tonight
January 27, 2009

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been cleared to play in tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. This comes just over a month after Bergeron suffered a serious concussion against the Hurricanes on Dec 20 when he was helped off the ice.

Doctors cleared Bergeron to play after Monday’s practice and just minutes ago Bruins head coach Claude Julien announced that Bergeron would be in tonight’s lineup.

This Just In: Bergeron Cleared
January 27, 2009

Lots of news coming from the morning skate down at TD Banknorth Garden, where the Bruins will take on Washington tonight.

First and foremost, Patrice Bergeron has been cleared to play.

Bergeron has been out since taking a hard hit against Carolina on December 20 — his second serious concussion in two seasons. He had said that this one was not nearly as bad as the concussion he suffered after a cheap shot by Philly’s Randy Jones in October of 2007, but the team wasn’t taking any chances.

Whether he actually sees action tonight is up to head coach Claude Julien. We expect to hear from him in a few minutes.

Madness At The Garden
April 20, 2008

Let me preface this by saying I’ve never been much of a hockey fan, despite spending my early years at Albany Academy, a “hockey factory”/school (where they put you in skates before they put you in class) and growing up near RPI (the college that produced Joe Juneau and Adam Oates, among others).

That said, I’m being converted (and educated) by a raucous crowd here at the Garden for Game 6 between the Bruins and Canadiens. It’s almost like a college game, where the visiting team has it’s own section (pretty much the entire goal zone beneath the Bruins banners) that is very nearly drowning out the home fans.

That has led to some entertaining exchanges between the fans, who are booing EVERY time the other team touches the puck. Add to that some big hits, great saves, a fight, and two breakaway goals and you have an exciting hockey game.

Phil Kessel, seemingly banished by Coach Claude Julien, has ressurrected himself here. Hey, you have to score to win games, so it was only a matter of time before the light hitting (yet high scoring) Kessel made his way back into the lineup. He was all alone against Montreal goalie Carey Price and took him one on one early in the second period to tie the score at 1.

Montreal got it back a few minutes later when Tomas Plekanec, just released from the penalty box, found the puck in his lap, and beat Tim Thomas. It was awfully close. Makes you wonder who controls the door… what if he kicked his way out (I kid, I Kid)?

Speaking of things I don’t understand, why are the Bruins Ice Girls never on the ice? Can we do something about that? Might as well call them the Stands Girls or something (UPDATE – they proved me wrong by making their way on to the ice for a promotion during the 2nd intermission). At least they are giving out hockey hankies tonight instead of the dreaded thundersticks, which seem to have disappeared after only one game.

Another thing that mystifies me… the Canadian advertising on the boards. I know baseball teams with Japanese players do it… but this just doesn’t feel right. There are spots for a Canadian radio station, pizza chain, and airline. Come on local advertisers, step up! Fill those boards (and buy more time on Channel 5 too – hint)!

A lot of shots late in the second period, but no lighting of the lamp. Second period comes to an end with the score Montreal 2, Bruins 1. We’ll check back in after the game with more.

-SI