B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

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B's indifferent toward Thomas reaction

BOSTON -- While there is more than enough passionate discourse to go around on Tim Thomas decision to go public with his political leanings, there isnt much emanating from the Bruins dressing room.

The greatest slice of the annoyance pie may stem from simply answering questions about their goaltenders hot political takes something Milan Lucic was asked to do Thursday while hosting a team-sponsored charity event that had nothing to do with Thomas or politics of any kind.

There arent many fellow political activists in the making inside the Bs dressing room aside from the environmentally conscious Andrew Ference, and there are very few Bruins players taking part in the social media networks. Tyler Seguin, Steve Kampfer, Brad Marchand and Zach Hamill are the only Bruins players with twitter accounts that have worn the Bs sweater this season. That lessens the impact within the Bs dressing room and had teammates reiterating their indifference toward Thomas Facebook posts.

It doesnt matter whether its about President Obamas domestic policy or the latest Ronald Reagan quote to pop up on his public Facebook page, guys like Lucic dont take much of an active interest in it at all.

I dont have Facebook so I only hear that from you guys, said Lucic when asked if the Thomas flap was a distraction. He has his own personal views on things. He felt strongly in sharing it. He is who he is. We have to accept him for who he is. His main job for us and as a teammate is to be a good goaltender.

The relationship between the two of us is as teammates and whatever he does in his own personal life is his own business. Obviously if people are still talking about it then people are making a big deal out of it.

Bs captain Zdeno Chara also confirmed he doesnt have an account with Facebook or tweeter, and perhaps may have won a moral victory in avoiding the obligatory Myface reference that Bill Belichick loves to drop. He was asked what level of concern he has over the distraction potential for Thomas political offerings.

None. I dont know what people are saying. Im not into that thing of Facebook or tweeter, said Chara. I dont listen to much radio, so I really dont know what people are saying or not saying. But its not a distraction in the room.

Interestingly enough the Bruins players have been equally open to those questioning Tim Thomas decision to air his opinions in public as well. After all its a free country and everybody gets a chance to fire away on what they deem appropriate, inappropriate, courageous, selfish, patriotic or ill-conceived as the case may be.

People are obviously going to have their opinions about what he has to say and rightfully so, said Lucic. Tim Thomas has his opinions about stuff and people have their own opinions. Youve got to respect the opinions that they have on Tim Thomas as well as we should respect his opinions. It is what it is; take it for what its worth.

That opinion actually sounds like it's worth quite a bit, and would carry plenty of weight along with a couple of wins for the Black and Gold in the next few days.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.