Max Talbot, a Boston Bruins forward, has been handed a two-game suspension without pay because of a delay-hit with an accident last Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
The accident occurred at around 14:30 of the second period.
Jiri Tlusty also stayed in the game after the delay-hit, which happened well after he had let go of the disc, and was obviously worthy of a penalty for interference.
Tlusty, after losing a back tooth, said that Talbot would have been able to avoid the blow.
The accident occurred in the second period at around 14:30 of Boston’s 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils last Sunday. After Jiri Tlusty cycled the puck in the Bruins’ corner, Talbot managed to deliver a late hit that made contact with the Devils’ head forward.
The league has added that even if all of the players must be aware of their environment, it was perfectly reasonable for Jiri to not expect to contact a lot of time after possession, and that Talbot does not initiate contact until after that. The player should also be prepared for an opponent to finish his check-up.
Talbot will lose $19,354.84 in his salary. He will be missing Boston’s home game Tuesday against St. Louis Blues and Saturday against Buffalo Sabres, and then will be eligible to return Sunday in Ottawa.
“It dropped on the ice. The shovel guys probably picked it up,” he said.
Was Talbot really deserving of the suspension? Or was the accident really just that – an accident? Well, may this serve as a lesson for Talbot.
Right-winger David Pastrnak scored the go-ahead goal towards the end of the second period which led the Boston Bruins to a 5-3 victory against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center.
The young defenders of the Boston Bruins made less mistakes, and if it were not for some of the first lucky bounces, they could have put the game away in the second period. They learned from their mistakes against the Philadelphia Flyers. This time, after having secured a two-goal advantage they maintained the pressure with a constant presence in the offensive zone. This kept the New York Islanders bottled up in the last period and that, in turn, handed the victory to the Boston Bruins.
“It’s a weird game — some buildings, you just can’t win,” said Boston Bruins’ first goal scorer, right wing Brett Connolly. “I know last year, Montreal, just for whatever reason, we couldn’t get anything going against them.”
Josh Bailey’s equaliser for the New York Islanders was followed just 1:19 by Cizikas’s tally which gave his team a 2-1 lead and the momentum after the Boston Bruins had held a 1-0 lead half way through the period.
“Then you come into New York and we play well,” Connolly said. “So it’s a funny game. Some buildings, you just play well.”
The Boston Bruins return home to take on the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. Once again, they have the ability to get above the .500 mark for the season. We hope that this will be the time that the Black and Gold can do it.
We are now only a few weeks away from the start of the 2015-16 NHL season. This means that questions are being asked, and some answers are starting to emerge.
The fractured hand that Brett Connolly suffered during his second Boston Bruins practice healed just in time for him to take part in the Bruins’ last five games, but the 23-year-old right wing knows that he has a lot to prove in the three weeks before the 2015-16 campaign begins.
Connolly, who has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Boston Bruins, will compete for one of the places on the wing that have been created by the departure of Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith. Forwards Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes have also joined the team. They will bring a unique mix of skill, speed, and physical strength to the Boston Bruins.
Although the Boston Bruins had a narrow miss in last year’s season, the team made the post-season in the seven consecutive years before that. During the 2015 season the Boston Bruins have made a lot of moves with the hope of getting back into the playoff picture.
Connolly is positive about the Boston Bruins’ chances. “It’s going to be a fun year,” he says. “Obviously, it’s a great city, great fans. We’ve got a great leadership core here, guys that have won. It’s a good position for me and a lot of the new guys here to come in and be a factor and be a difference-maker. So, we’re all excited.”
Legendary ice hockey player Simon Gagne, who played for 14 seasons and three different teams in the National Hockey League, has officially announced that he is retiring from the sport immediately.
An ice hockey icon, Gagne’s ice hockey career began in 1998 when he joined the Philadelphia Flyers. He left the Philadelphia Flyers to join the Broad Street Bullies, for which he played with for 11 seasons. He finished his ice hockey career with a brief stint playing with the Boston Bruins, a team that had been struggling to score goals and win matches.
Gagne played in 23 games with the Boston Bruins, playing in a variety of positions and scoring three goals and an assist for four points. However, after two months of playing with the Boston Bruins team, Gagne had to take time off to care for his father who had fallen ill. Sadly, his father died shortly afterwards and at that point, Gagne was suspended to make room on the roster for his replacement.
Half way through the current season, Gagne decided that he needed to spend more time with his family, and as a result he took the rest of the year off. It was at that point the Boston Bruins team agreed to terminate Gagne’s contract and release him.
Gagne enjoyed a long playing career and was one of the best ice hockey players of his era. He was one of ice hockey’s true gentleman. He will surely be remembered with affection by his former team-mates and companions.
The Boston Bruins are home again at Ristuccia Arena where they have started their practice sessions recently. On Monday, Zdeno Chara, the captain of the squad said that nine of the Bruins (and one borrowed ECHL goalie) were preparing for their first day of practice since last year and the B’s captain did not disappoint.
“I’m feeling better and that’s the most important thing,” Chara said. “I didn’t do any extreme traveling stuff [during the summer]. I stayed with family and focused on recovering from the injuries I had toward the end of the season.”
Zdeno has been with the league for 17 years. The last year has been a difficult year for the big Slovak, who has put on only eight goals for a total of twenty points. His goal is to go forward with the 2015-16 season. He has already strategized everything to fix last season’s problems, and hit the ice with the new determination for the month of October.
The Bruins finished behind the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points and, that has led to big changes in their staff, both management and roster. Gone is their GM, Peter Chiarelli. Taking over is assistant GM Don Sweeney, while Dougie Hamilton (defense) and Milan Lucic (forward) swapped positions.
“It’s tough to see guys being gone, but we all saw management announce that they were making changes to try and improve the team,” Chara said. “The most frequent word that came out of last season was ‘inconsistency.’ It’s what we have to work on; we can’t have ups and downs.”
Gwinnett Gladiators is Boston Bruins’ new ECHL affiliate.
The announcement was made last August 6, with Bruins GM Don Sweeney saying that Bruins players from their development system could now be designated for assignment with the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season. And the players who make it in this year’s development camp can soon join Gwinnett.
According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, Andy Brandt, the head coach of the Gladiators is quite happy and excited about the agreement.
The East Coast Hockey League‘s Gladiators are the third team coming from the ECHL to be affiliated with the Bruins. with the previous teams being Reading Royals and South Carolina Stingrays.
For the last four years, the Gladiators had been affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes. For eight season prior to that, the Gwinnett were Atlanta Thrashers ECHL affiliate. Over the last season, the Gladiators also had short-term affiliations with the Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Bruins, and their primary development team Providence Bruins, had been affiliated with the Stingrays, who happens to be the Gladiators’ division rival, from 2012-2015. Adam Morrison, Frankie Simonelli and Andrew Ammon were the Bruins players that skated for the South Carolina last season.
Sweeney himself was happy with Thursday’s agreement with the ECHL team.
The Boston Bruins are now changing their ECHL partner, after working with the South Carolina Stingrays for three years.
On Thursday, the Bruins announced a new partnership with the Gwinnett Gladiators, which marked the squad’s third affiliation with an ECHL team in association history. The deal for this forthcoming season will allow the B’s to designate their players to the Gladiators for improvement.
The Gladiators ended last in the ECHL’s Easter Division in the
previous year, with a 20-45-3-4 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record and a minus-89 goal differential. However, Boston saw a lot of similarities between them and their new affiliates in the way they hone players, prompting the partnership to be born.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney told the press that the new affiliation would provide a great opportunity for the Black and Gold amateurs to continue growing and helping them to reach their full potential as professional hockey players. Now that they’re affiliated with the Bruins, the Gladiators will also benefit by getting some strong and solid players from the B’s. which will aid in pulling them out from the lowest spot in their division.
Boston is the sixth team to associate with the Gladiators in their history. The latter’s previous NHL affiliations include the Atlanta Thrashers, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes.
On the other hand, the Stingrays wouldn’t be left without an affiliate as they’ve been connected to two NHL squads over the past few years – the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals.