Hockey News A Bruin November 18, 2013


November 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk (55) is congratulated by forward Jarome Iginla (12) after his 3rd period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Bruins were able to get their monkey off their back at the PNC Center. They came out early and often, and got Cam Ward twice on their first four shots on goal. Tuukka Rask made twenty three stops in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.  Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Johnny Boychuk, and Milan Lucic all brought in tallies on the win. Here’s our report on the win. (Causeway Crowd)

To be completely fair to all parties, here is the after action report from the Bruins (Boston Bruins) and the Hurricanes (Carolina Hurricanes).

When the Boston Bruins bench a player that is performing well….wait they don’t do that. But the Montreal Canadiens sure do. The Habs have been sitting (last year’s Norris Trophy winner) PK Subban (while not a personal favorite of mine, save for his diving skills) for no really good reason, and the fans in Montreal have actually written a song to express their frustration. While it is actually catchy, I am a little surprised it was written in English. (Puck Daddy) 

In last night’s game, Jordan Caron got his first start in seven games. To put Caron in uniform, they decided to give the healthy scratch to Shawn Thornton. With players like Brad Marchand underperforming, and Thornton getting a goal against the Blue Jackets, I’m a little surprised with it. Here’s Comcast’s opinion on it. (CSNNE)

Wrapping it up, Yahoo Sports takes a look at some hot and not so hot players in the realm of fantasy hockey. As luck would have it, players at the top of each list just happen to be former Bruins. One is Tyler Seguin, the other is Phil Kessel. Guess which one is on which list. (Yahoo)

But if you are into fantasy hockey and need someone for some clutch points and you are down a forward, pick up Reilly Smith. He’s owned in only 1% of the leagues, and he does produce those clutch points you might need as injuries start to accrue on your team. (If you have him in an ESPN fantasy league, he just got you seven points tonight.)