Last Skate of the Day, January 4, 2014.


Jan 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien talks to his players on the bench during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The big news of today’s Bruins-Jets game was Torey Krug‘s first career NHL three point game. It earned him first star honors and showed just how far he’s come in his first full season in the NHL. There was another major milestone that occurred today.

The Bruins led by Krug’s scoring sailed to an easy 4-1 win over the .500 Winnipeg Jets. Here is how the Bruins broke down their win after the game. (Boston Bruins)

Here is how it looked from the other side of the ice. “Beat down in Bean town” is a nice working title. (Winnipeg Jets)

Today was Claude Julien’s 500th game as head coach for the Boston Bruins. In his tenure, he has taken the Bruins to the postseason every year and even coached to the team to their first Stanley Cup win in thirty nine years in 2011. Julien’s record in Boston is an impressive 284-158-58. He’s coached the Bruins to at least one point sixty eight percent of the time. They might say two out of three ain’t bad, but for Claude Julien it’s the hallmark of a great career as a coach. (Bruins Daily)

Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) breaks down the Bruins-Jets game and shows how Torey Krug just put himself in the same hallowed company of Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque with his performance tonight (CSNNE)

Derek McKenzie of the Columbus Blue Jackets earned himself the first ‘Shanaban’ of 2014. He earned himself a three game sit down after he boarded Phoenix Coyotes’ defenseman  Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Columbus’ 2-0 win over the Coyotes.  It’s pretty straight forward really. Player makes bad decision, follows it up with dirty hit, player gets review by DoPS, and then gets to cool his heels for a few days while writing out a marginally large check to the NHL. Congratulations on your own little piece of hockey immortality Mr. McKenzie (Puck Daddy)