Bruins win another in the third period

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Bruins win another in the third period

Once again the Bruins separated from their opponent in the final 20 minutes of regulation in Bostons 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden. It's become something of a calling card.

The Bruins have outscored other NHL teams by a 48-22 margin in the third periods of NHL games this season and that isnt just an accident.

Its also because the Bruins dont hold the third period up as an be-all end-all for winning or losing games either. They just simply look at it as an opportunity to continue attacking with the same consistent flow from the beginning to the ends of games. It's an approach that is the residue of winning a championship.

It also helps if youve done some researching into King Arthurs Court, as Tim Thomas seems to have done.

Its probably because were trying to play every period the same and were not putting an over-emphasis on any period, said Tim Thomas, who made 16 saves in a final 20 minutes that saw him in full brick wall mode. We have confidence that we have stronger as the game goes on.

Stronger 'til dawn like Sir Lancelot. I dont know if you guys know what that means. Back in medieval times the duels would go all night because they had the heavy armor and they could hardly move, and the legend is that Lancelot would just keep getting strong the longer they went on. So thats what I mean by that.

Much of it is predicated on the depth of their lines and their overall physical style that wears down opponents, but theres also the simple mechanics of a team that knows the best time to break their opponents.

When we play our game we just try to be consistent and I think the consistency eventually pays off. Its usually in the third period, said Andrew Ference. Good things happen if we get a good fore-check going and we get some extended shifts in their zone. It tires teams out, and I think that there are mistakes that are made when youre tired.

When were playing really good hockey, I think that helps us out. I think teams just, especially their defensemen . . . when our forwards do a good job and our fore-check can be really effective, guys get worn out.

Wave after wave of attackers come for the Bruins as Claude Julien rolls four lines. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron finally busted through with Marchands dangling one-on-one move following an elite Tyler Seguins saucer pass. That play was made possible by a softened Montreal defensemen corps that had made some mistakes through the game like P.K. Subbans soft play that turned into a goal off David Krejcis skate in the second period but was really ripe for the kill in the final 20 minutes.

Travis Moen gave away the puck to Bergeron by the Habs blue line, and Marchands score arrived just seconds later.

Theres a reason the Bs are a gaudy 17-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period: Killer instinct and good goaltending.

The team often talks about playing a full 60 minutes, but maybe they should just simply embrace the slogan stronger 'til dawn because thats exactly what they are.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

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'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.