Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, March 16, 2014


Mar 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing

Carl Soderberg

(34) keeps the puck away from Phoenix Coyotes defenseman

Zbynek Michalek

(4) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Ever wonder what the Bruins players do in their off days? How their cheer on their teammates at the Olympics? How Shawn Thornton gets his brother Bruins to agree to have their heads shaved for his foundation’s Cuts for a Cause event? How quickly players adjust to a new team after getting traded? If you haven’t watched it yet, check out the most recent episode of Behind the B, courtesy of the Boston Bruins (Boston Bruins)

The Bruins are so hot right now, they’re making it feel like spring in Boston. They’ve won eight in the row, and have played to their strengths. They’re back on top of the Eastern Conference and are closing fast on St. Louis to become the best scoring team in hockey. The staff at Comcast New England though look at the Bruins team and wonder if they’re peaking too soon before heading into the post season (CSNNE)

Looking at the Metropolitan Division, the Philadelphia Flyers took two games from the once hot, now not Pittsburgh Penguins. Sure, the Penguins are having the same type of injury problems the B’s had earlier in the season, but the Penguins seem less like a cohesive team and more like a Sidney Crosby ‘one-trick pony show’ without their regulars in the line up (Pro Hockey Talk)

When I was living in Dallas, Texas back in the late ’90s, I saw the Dallas Stars win the Stanley Cup. I didn’t have the love for hockey I do now, and I saw the Stanley Cup as more of a rather impressive trophy than anything else. Getting dragged out to a practice arena, I got to watch a player named Mike Modano make some shots that I deemed at the time to be mathematically impossible.  I finally got to see his number retirement ceremony, and he’s still the humble, self deprecating man that took the ice two decades earlier. He was referred to as the ‘American Wayne Gretzky‘ for what he did for hockey.

If you haven’t watched it yet, head over to the Dallas Stars site and watch the enshrinement of Modano’s number in the halls of Dallas hockey. (Dallas Stars)