Bourque, Hamilton getting some Bruins PP looks

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Bourque, Hamilton getting some Bruins PP looks

WILMINGTON, MA Its back to Black and Gold business as usual as the Bruins are being put through their steps by the Bs coaching staff at their longtime practice home at Ristuccia Arena.

A handful of skaters were on the ice for PP drills prior to the entire squad jumping on for a full practice, and it appears that Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic formed one unit along with David Krejci and Zdeno Chara manning the points. Rich Peverley and Gregory Campbell also both jumped on with that unit at times during the drills.

"You've got two big bodies and one that's a great shooter in the slot in Horton," said Julien. "The other good is a good big body in Lucic. As you know the quarterback there is probably Seguin, he's got the skill and the one-timer. We thought that five-man unit would be give us a pretty decent power play. We think we've got some personnel in some places this year that we think will give us more."

At the other end newcomer Chris Bourque was on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand with Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton running the points.

It should be an interesting new look for the Bs man advantage if Seguin gets big minutes with the top power play talent, and both Hamilton and Bourque get time with the second unit. As for the lines at practice, they were the exact same as yesterday and should look familiar to anybody that watched the team last season. That being said Claude Julien said he wont be as patient with those lines as hes been in the past given the short 48-game schedule with every game carrying more significance.

Theres no doubt youve got to be a little bit more proactive in regards to changing things up, said Claude Julien. When youve got 82 games sometimes youll tell yourself oh, well give these guys a little bit of time here, theyll get through it and theyll be better. It might be a little bit different with this schedule here.

We may not have time to let them go through their slump or whatever you want to call it. But at the same time its going to be up to me to be a little bit more proactive and find solutions and push those buttons hopefully to our advantage. But its a different dynamic when you look at the situation we are in compared to usual. It goes back to what we said earlier, sprint vs. marathon.

Here are the lines and pairings:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Bourque-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
MacDermid-Spooner-Tardif

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid
Bartkowski-Warsofsky

Rask
Khudobin

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

Are Patriots still 'pissed off' at Ravens for Deflategate role?

The Patriots should always be motivated heading into games against the Ravens. After all, Baltimore might be the team’s primary rival. 

Yet Monday’s matchup might be about more than past meetings. It could be a revenge game for the Ravens’ role in the Deflategate fiasco. 

As Tom E. Curran notes in the above video, the then-recently eliminated Ravens set off the ordeal when they tipped off the Colts entering the 2014 AFC Championship game. From there, the year-and-a-half-long saga played itself out, ultimately resulting in Tom Brady accepting a four-game suspension from the league. 

Curran and Mike Giardi discussed whether Monday could be a revenge game, with them both concluding that they feel the Patriots are still “pissed off” at the Ravens. 

"I’m just reading the tea leaves,” Curran said. “Bill Belichick will usually throw bouquet after bouquet at the Baltimore Ravens any time they play, from Ozzie Newsome, to George Kokinis, to Eric DeCosta, to John Harbaugh, Dean Pees, everyone. Not a lot of that today. Make of that what you will; I don’t think it’s a coincidence because I do know that when the Patriots were going through the process early on, the fact that the Ravens had dropped a dime -- their assistant special teams coach Jerry Rosburg calling the Indianapolis Colts and saying, “Look there was some foolishness going on with the K balls.’

“Additionally, when that email from the Colts to the NFL was sent to Mike Kensil, it said, 'It’s well-known throughout the league that the Patriots screw with the balls after they’ve been checked by the officials.' So if that conversation was going on during the week between those two teams, one certainly has to surmise that they also spoke about the fact of deflating footballs. 

“So as much as John Harbaugh has tried to dissuade anyone from thinking there was involvement, Dean Pees was interviewed by Ted Wells, Jerry Rosburg was interviewed by Ted Wells. Those are the only two principals from other organizations who were involved, so yeah, I think they’re still probably pretty pissed off about it.” 

What if Belichick had coached the Ravens? 'I think we would've been competitive'

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What if Belichick had coached the Ravens? 'I think we would've been competitive'

FOXBORO -- Ever wonder what might've been if Bill Belichick had remained the coach of the Browns, and later the Ravens, after they moved from Cleveland? He says he doesn't.

"I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it, no," Belichick told Baltimore reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. "I try to think ahead and make the best of the situation that I’m in, which is what I tried to do when I was in Cleveland. I took a team that wasn’t very good in 1991, prior to free agency and all of that, had a real good team in 1994. The team moved in 1995."

The decision to move the team helped undo the Browns season in 1995, and Belichick was later fired. There's little denying, though, that he left the pieces of a competitive roster behind. And he helped stock the Ravens' cupboard with valuable assets.

Five years after Belichick's tenure in Cleveland had expired, the franchise won a Super Bowl with linebacker Ray Lewis -- drafted with a pick Belichick had acquired -- as its foundational piece. 

"We made a trade that provided two first-round picks that Ozzie [Newsome] did a great job with," Belichick continued. "Ozzie and Ray Lewis were two of the cornerstones of that eventual championship team.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ability, I had a lot of confidence in the coaching staff and the players that we had at that time – 1995 wasn’t obviously a great year for us. I don’t think we need to talk about that. We all know what happened. But yeah, I think we would have been competitive if I had been the head coach there. I think we would have been competitive. We had a good team, we had a good staff, and we had a lot of good players.

"Ozzie did a good job with that team and made it better, and they won a championship five years later [with] some of the same players that we started with. But you know, it wasn’t my choice, Ted [Marchibroda] came in there and was going to transition that for what they needed at that point in time. But I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it, no."