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.

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.