If you don’t follow Sharon Bradley Photography on Facebook – you should! She’s a talented photographer who’s been working with The Bruins Blog and can be seen shooting from her perch behind the glass. Here’s some great shots Sharon decided to share with me from Sunday’s Bruins win against the Rangers! Enjoy!
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Tickets are on sale for 3rd annual Cuts for a Cause(don’t believe what the site says – it’s the 3rd one). Toucher & Rich from 98.5 The Sports Hub join up with the Bruins and shed some hair for a great cause. All of the money raised goes to the Mass General Hospital for Children and will benefit pediatric cancer research.
This year’s event is will be @ Ned Devines on March 31st and it’s a blast. Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to my pictures from last year’s event to get you excited. It’s a great chance to meet the players, make fun of Adolfo(which is always a good time) and raise money for a great cause. Toucher & Rich should have the info on how to bid for the chance to shave someone’s head soon! Tickets are just $10 and you can purchase them by calling 617-746-5140.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make this year. I’ll be still in the hospital, so take tons of pictures for moi. Oh yeah, if someone wants to make a “Where’s Cameron?” sign and take pictures of the players holding it & get it signed for moi – I’ll be your best friend! haha
If you don’t go, Freddy T will be sad.
Greetings from chilly Wilmington! I braved the cold today to watch the Bruins practice before they jet off for their West Coast series tomorrow morning.
Gone were the playful, light-hearted Bruins who usually take to the practice ice. This team was physical, determined, and showed more desperation than they have exhibited during the past few games. Practice consisted mostly of game-situation drills and short scrimmages; emphasizing puck possession, capitalizing on (and subsequently, recovering from) turnovers, and maintaining pressure into the corners. Their intensity was rather refreshing, after their lackluster efforts coming into today. As Blake Wheeler said earlier this week, “We have to quit treating this like it’s a privilege and a right of ours to come and play in front of 18,000 people every night. And start playing like it’s the most important thing to us. For whatever reason, I think we lost sight of that night in and night out.” Hopefully this attitude is shared with his teammates and they can start turning things around.
Byron Bitz was dressed and joined the team, without signs of injury or the back pain that has kept him out of the lineup as of late.
Most noticeable was the change in offensive lines. Today saw lines of Lucic, Bégin, Whitfield; Wheeler, Krejci, Ryder; Thornton, Paille, Sobotka; and Sturm, Recchi, Satan. Perhaps this shake-up is something that the Bruins need to regain their composure and recover from missing so many of their major play-makers. Let’s hope so.
The serious air of purpose remained until the players began their cool-down. Thornton led the stretches, lightening the mood as he did so. Afterwards, some of the senior Bruins left the ice, and the young guns were left to goof off. Wheeler, Krejci and Sobotka were last to hit the showers, and entertained themselves by playing baseball while rounding up the pucks.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Wilmington without the fans. Today’s included a girl who shouted at the players that they were “cute,” made signs reinforcing this and held them to the glass. Honey, Shawn Thornton may have laughed when you held up your sign, but he was laughing at YOU and shaking his head. They’re at work; this is their job. If you thought a video store clerk was hot, would you shout at him and wave signs around while he shelved DVDs? On second thought, don’t answer that. Even the men were at it today, as one of them sniped Sobotka’s attempt to give me his stick (that’s what she said?). This was the same guy who loudly asked “Where’s Maaahk Savaahd?” and banged on the glass as if he were at the zoo. At least Sobotka broke his stick before handing it to the guy, and gave me an apologetic shrug. It’s ok Vlado, we’re still BFFs.
Until next time,
Bruins practice was suppose to start at 11:30, but somewhere between last night’s win and this morning, practice became optional. I didn’t know this, and arrived at Ristuccia at 10:30, and saw Patrice Bergeron arrive, with laptop. (Maybe he had some e-mails to catch up on?) Bitz and Julian arrived shortly after. When my friend Colleen arrived, we headed into the Ice Box.
As we waited (And waited) for the Bruins to take the ice; Wheeler, Morris, Boychuk and Savard all came in together through a side door. I yelled out “HI Blake Wheeler!” and got nothing in return. Whatever, Wheels! Denis Wideman arrived, alone, and quickly went into the locker room.
The waiting continued and Colleen and I debated whether or not the Bruins were going to hit the ice, or if they were doing off ice training. Finally we decided to brave the weather and stand outside to see the players arrive (leave?). Outside were about 7 – 10 autograph hounds, with their stuff to sell on E-Bay. These people amaze me! For the most part, none of them know one player from the next and constantly ask “Who’s that?” then scramble to find something for that player to sign.
We saw Thornton and Bitz leave, each with their own Winter Classic jersey. Neither said why they had them. Wheeler came out, no jersey in his hand, and walk right by me. Again, I said “Hi Wheels!” and NOTHING!! Now, I know I’m short, but he’s not deaf! Blake Wheeler, you are dead to me!
Wideman came out then and no one….NO ONE stopped him for an autograph. I actually felt bad. So bad, that when Wideman said hi to me, I said hi back. But I didn’t like doing it.
Now I could hear noise coming from inside the rink and went in to see who was there. Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart (yay!) Adam McQuaid and Patrice Bergeron were on the ice, with Tuukka Rask in net. Bergeron was working with John Whitesides, on one side of the rink; while the others trained with Doug Houda. Bergy did mostly skating and shooting drills, while the others did a timed shooting drill that turned into a skating drill. After Looch and Stuey failed to score on Rask; each had to skate back and forth, on the short part of the rink, four times. However, when Looch did score on Rask, Tuukka had to do the same, resulting in an over excited Tuukka slamming into the boards and sliding into the net. Needless to say, everyone had a good laugh. I thought Stuart looked great out there and was keeping up easily with Lucic. It will be a race between him and Bergeron on who will return, to the line-up, first.
Chara made an appearance, inside the rink. He spoke with a few people and said hello to the four fans, myself included, sitting in the stands. (See Wheeler! Chara said HI to me!).
By now it was 2pm, and everyone was finishing up. I had to leave to pick up my little guy from school, plus my feet were so cold, they were starting to hurt.
Dear Boston Herald,
This is Blake Wheeler. He’s 23 years old, he scored 21 goals last season(7 this year – he’s pacing himself!), he’s from Minnesota, went to the University of Minnesota with stupid, Phil Kessel and signed as a free agent with the Bruins in 2008. He’s # 26.
This is Daniel Paille. He’s 25 and from Ontario, Canada. The Bruins picked him up from the Buffalo Sabres this year and has so far scored 4 goals, 6 assists during the 33 games he’s played for Boston. He’s # 20, if you’re keeping track.
This is not Blake Wheeler.
Any questions? Oh wait, I do have one…. is it that hard to check these things? I know I’ve fucked up in the past, but seriously?
With Christmas just around the corner, I know there’s a few ladies out there who are expecting that man in their life to put a ring on it. After he does and it’s time for your maid of honor to start planning your bachelorette party – here’s a tip for your pal, Cameron Frye.
Thank you to the reader who sent me these and be nice to Brad next time you see him. Not everyone can get a big contract right out of the draft, sometimes you have to dance for a dollar or two to make ends meet. Hell, I’d work the pole if I was hot enough. I’d definitely would take a spin to ‘Bang The Gong’ by Power Station or ‘Ooh La La’ Goldfrapp . Girl, you know you would too!
John Bishop just twitter’d that Shawn Thornton is will more than likely not play tonight. Thornton didn’t practice yesterday with the team in Wilmington and there’s been grumblings that he might be more hurt than he’s letting on.
[Douche Bag Edit]
I will hopefully be at the game tonight. More on that story tomorrow. haha
You ignorant slut. Congrats on pissing away an amazing opportunity to play in Toronto. The Bruins organization were nothing but supportive and did whatever they could to help you grow as a player. But instead, you decide that you can’t take playing in Boston and would rather start all over again on a team in a bigger market, that won’t be making it into the playoffs or hoisting up Lord Stanley’s beer stein anytime soon(sorry, Curl). Maybe I’m bitter or simple minded(I did go to public school & Pine Mattress College), but I don’t understand how you can tell someone to piss off when they’re offering you an amazing opportunity?
Are you still bitter that Julien had you ride the pine during the ’08 playoffs? Are you upset that Krejci, Wheeler, Hunwick & Bitz are the new young studs on the block and willing to do whatever to win? It sure as hell wasn’t the cash – Lord knows they offered you enough. Did Charlie Jacobs refuse to pay you in Sour Patch Kids or were they going to force you to eat breakfast? It is the most important meal of the day….
I don’t get it. Since Friday night when the trade was announced, I’ve been trying to figure out what you would want to leave. Yeah, Boston is tough and it’s harsh and the people kind of suck and the media are pains in the ass – but in the grand scheme of things, it could be worse. Instead you’re going to Toronto where hockey is life and they’re going to expect you to earn that pay check. Who knows, maybe a change of scenery is exactly what he needs? Maybe that’ll help you mature or at least use that thing that’s three feet from your ass.
Good luck, bro – you’re gonna need it.
Dear Byron Bitz,
I’ll buy you a beer if you level Kessel on Dec 5th.
Yeah, so – I didn't see that happening. But then again, I should be use to disappointment. I am from Boston. Anyways, I've gone through the death stages already and I'm pretty much over it. I've done my best Rupert Pupkin and wished Cancer upon Scott Walker, I got teary eyed and had a boo-hoo, I've denied the goal was even scored and tried to convince myself that due to terrorist activities in the United State – Gary Bettman canceled the playoffs and we'll take it up next year.
But it did. So now what? Will I watch the rest of The Stanley Cup Playoffs? Probably. But I swear, if it's another Pittsburgh/Detroit series – I'm going to throw my tv out the window. I'm tired and over the same teams getting in the finals. No one wants to see that! My only hope is that The Chicago Blackhawks make it and win it all.
There's still the Red Sox. *snore* Baseball is getting painful for me to watch and the games are just a snoozefest. I'll save you from the David Ortiz rant. Listen, it was bound to happen one day. Whether we want to admit it or not, he is human.
Celtics? *eye roll* I'm over them. I was a big C's fans when I was a kid, but I have no emotional attachment to the team anymore. Well other than for Big Baby Davis. But somethings are left unsaid. So godspeed to them.
So what am I going to do? How am I going to distract myself? I'm going to watch The Memorial Cup ! The Cup starts tonight in Canada and thank GOD, the NHL Network is airing it. So if you live in one of the 16 houses that gets the NHL Network, cheers to you! You're in luck! Go Windsor Spitfires! Plus The Providence Bruins are taking on the Hershey Bearsin the Eastern Conference Finals. So you can go heckle Simeon Varlamov, I know I will and maybe if we're lucky, Vladimir Sobotka will stab someone with their skate.
This is it, people. Game seven! Someone is going to be setting up tee times tomorrow and while the other will be prepping to play the Penguins. The momentum has shifted and the B's have won the last two games. So this will be easy, right? Who knows.
But after the performance we got during Game 6, I'm thinking the people in Boston are going to be very happy tonight. I cannot wait for the game – it's going to be amazing! I could say more, but it's already been said. We all know what they need to do.
LET'S GO B'S!!!
Mike Wendt made this great video – add him on Twitter!
If the Bruins needed another reason to win – do it for Mikey!
By the way, congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins who demolished the Washington Capitals last night! I recommendy you watch the video Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski, did. Mike Green was just not having it when it came to the handshake. I guess that's what happens when you get pulled in the third period for playing like crap. At least he has his sack to come home to.