Today on Bruins Daily
After an exciting 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins have a quick 30-hour turnaround as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets for a Saturday night tilt at the TD Garden. This will be third and final meeting between the two teams with the Black and Gold winning the first two contests, including a 3-2 overtime win 16 days ago.
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In case you missed it
Your’s truly has three takeaways from the thrilling win on the (day after) Thanksgiving Showdown on Boston.com.
After a rough night against Detroit, captain Zdeno Chara showed his leadership and tallied a Gordie Howe Hat Trick and the game-winner. Anthony Travalgia chimes in on Chara’s performance.
Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in ice time, and Chris Chirichello says it was a happy return to the lineup for the German defenseman.
And finally, Bruins Daily President Peter Manderino and video assistant Rich Ackerman film the postgame reaction from the B’s locker room.
Know the enemy
Although the Blue Jackets have struggled in their first year in the Eastern Conference, things have not been as bad for them as of late. They have 11 points in their last 10 games and find themselves three points behind the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Still, its been an adjustment for Columbus and things haven’t gone as well for them since the lockout shortened season when they were within striking distance of a playoff berth. Sergei Bobrovsky’s numbers have dipped (9-11-2, 2.81 goals against average and a .906 save percentage) since winning the Vezina Trophy last year, while Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and former Bruin Nathan Horton are still serving time on injured reserve.
Still, they’ve seen Ryan Johansen develop into the team’s top center in just his third season and have gotten plenty of production from James Wisniewski on the blue-line. Johansen and Wisniewski each have 18 points to lead the Blue Jackets.
Despite the Blue Jackets’ 10-13-3 mark, the Bruins have their work cut out for them as they’ve only outscored Columbus by a 6-3 mark in the first two meetings.
As evident by yesterday’s performance, Chara’s leadership has evolved quite nicely during his eight-year tenure as the B’s captain. (Ty Anderson/Hockey Buzz)
Patrice Bergeron ended his six-game scoring drought with the tying goal yesterday. (Joe Haggerty/CSNNE)
Claude Julien had quite a potty mouth about the officials. Yes, the cameras caught that, and it also made quite an epic GIF. (Jon Fucile/Days of Y’Orr – S/T Pete Blackburn)
Not only did Sharks fans throw hats on the ice when Brent Burns scored a hat trick, but they also showed their appreciation on his driveway during the team’s 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues Friday afternoon. (Sean Leahy/Puck Daddy)
Craig Anderson, who was once a favorite to be one of the goaltenders on the US Olympic team, is struggling in Ottawa and it may be time for Robin Lehner to take over as the Sens’ No. 1 goalie. (Rory Boylen/The Hockey News)
Don Cherry’s future may be in doubt when the new Canadian TV contract kicks in with Rogers SportsNet, but Grapes is not buying that one bit. (Allan Muir/Sports Illustrated)
Bruins’ projected lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-
Nathan Horton Reilly Smith Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Reilly Smith-Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Tore Krug-Adam McQuaid
Blue Jackets’ projected lines
Boone Jenner-Ryan Johansen-Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert-Artem Anisimov-Cam Atkinson
R.J. Umberger-Mark Letestu-Blake Comeau
Sean Collins-Michael Chaput-Jack Skille (Corey Tropp)
Jack Johnson-Fedor Tyutin
James Wisniewski-Ryan Murray
Nikita Nikitin-Daulton Prout
Tweets of interest
Fellow Bruins Daily colleague Dan St. Pierre and Kim Ring of Ring Communications have a bet for today’s Florida State-Florida game:
— Dan St.Pierre (@DanStPierre9) November 30, 2013
John Tortorella is being John Tortorella in his return to Broadway:
“I’m going to coach this game, hopefully kick their ass and get outta here” – Torts, asked if he’d be visiting any Rangers #Canucks
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 30, 2013
For something completely different…
It’s that time of year where Christmas light shows pop up on the interwebs, and this one that involves Christmas trees singing “What does the fox say” might take the cake already (S/T to Nina Falcone of CSN Chicago)