Weekend worlds collide


Weekend worlds collide

I don't write much about hockey on this blog because I don't know much about hockey, and any time I try, the response is generally horrendous. But with that being said, it's great to see the Bruins back in business.

I know how much the Black and Gold means to a lot of people in this town. I know that the Bruins are for real and have a legit shot to bring the Cup back to Boston. And even if I can sit through an entire game and still fail to produce even a morsel of worthy NHL insight, it's just fun to have the Bruins around. To have another team to root for. More games to watch. More fodder for sports radio so they don't continue to destroy our brains by stretching 10 minute conversations out over the course of four hours. (Nah. Just kidding. They'll do that anyway.)

Best of all? Another year of Tyler Seguin! Who I'm going to convince to go to prom with me if it's the last thing I do.

But either way . . .

Welcome back, Bruins!

Hockey's return actually leaves us in a pretty exciting place heading into the weekend. This will be the first time since last April when the Bs were eliminated from the playoffs that Boston will have three active sports teams at the same time. We've got CelticsBulls tonight at the Garden. BruinsRangers tomorrow at the Garden. PatriotsRavens on Sunday at Gillette (Note: The Celtics play in Detroit on Sunday, too, so you should probably just watch that and DVR the Pats).

But there's one big question looming over all the excitement of our first weekend with three active teams in the mix:

Will it also be our last weekend with three active teams in the mix?

The answer lies in the finely manicured hands of Tom Brady and the Pats.

That is, unless Gary Bettman finds a way to somehow screw it all up.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.