Quest for the puck-moving D-Man: an epic poem


Quest for the puck-moving D-Man: an epic poem

By Mary Paoletti, Adam Hart

"I take it as a necess'ry challenge,"
Chiarelli says with so much vibrato.
But there's one caveat: dude's gotta scavenge.
He's a better chance at winning the lotto.

Yet the search goes on for a mover of pucks.
"It can't be that hard," he wonders aloud.
Thus far, his oral thoughts bear no such luck
And in Boston's own zone, the defense gets plowed.

There is Lidstrom, Markov, Boyle, Streit and Green;
Proof that The Puck-Mover's not a tall tale.
His dreams of Kaberle? Downright unclean.
But the efforts to snag him all result in a fail.

For two years Chia tries to bring Tomas to town;
The D-men at home just can't get it done.
Wideman, alone, almost takes the team down,
And his awkwardness puts Chia under the gun.

"Puck-movers are great, puck-movers are sound!"
Nary a flaw is found in Claude's system,
Must be their fault, careers near below-ground.
There's somebody out there, he just musta missed him.

Chia insists Kaberle will fix all.
So a deal is reached-- But his talents go missing.
In Boston, the order proves far too tall.
And it's Wideman for whom he is now reminiscing!

In frustrating fashion the power play rots:
7-for-78 since Kaberle signed.
Chia panics and dives into hookers and yachts;

Some wonder if Julien's out of his mind.

"Pssh!" say the fans, "Enough is enough!
You hired Claude and endorsed him at will,
But the fact is, Kaberle just isn't tough.
We lost Colborne and picked up a 4M bill!"

"This betrayal is something that I must avenge,"
Chiarelli now cries. "We expected more!"
Says Tomas: "I take it as a necess'ry challenge.
Don't wanna be blamed if les Habs win this war."


Two-goal night for Pastrnak not enough for Bruins in 4-2 loss to Avalanche


Two-goal night for Pastrnak not enough for Bruins in 4-2 loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – Some nights are emotional, come-from-behind efforts full of hope and energy that the Bruins have turned a corner, and then others are like Thursday night’s slog against the Colorado Avalanche. 

The majority of the Bruins simply didn’t show up to start the game, and most of them never really fully showed up in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche at TD Garden that snapped a 4-0-2 stretch of games with points for the Black and Gold. 

It all started with 4-on-4 play during the first period when Matt Duchene was allowed way too much time and space in the offensive zone, and hammered a shot past Anton Khudobin while all alone in the slot. Seven minutes later the Bruins power play was leaking oil all over the ice, and Torey Krug laid out for a puck at the blue line while he couldn’t keep possession. Instead Nathan MacKinnon beat him in a race down the ice and buried a shot past Khudobin to give Colorado a commanding, early 2-0 lead over Boston. 

A John Mitchell score on a short side wrist shot off the rush to makes it a 3-0 advantage, and that’s when things turned into the David Pastrnak Show. 

The 20-year-old scored a pair of goals to get the Bruins back into the game, electrify the crowd and give Pastrnak an amazing 18 goals scored in 23 games this season. The first was a breakaway after a long stretch pass from Tim Schaller connected with the dangerous Pastrnak, and the second was a bazooka one-timer off a Brad Marchand feed from the corner. 

Unfortunately the Bruins couldn’t hold onto that momentum while playing at their lollygagging pace for the night, and allowed a late Carl Soderberg score late in the second period that wiped out all of their momentum.

It was a rough night all-around, and that goes for Khudobin as well while allowing four goals on 20 shots that dropped his record to 1-4-0 on the season.