BruinsKings: 5 from the first

BruinsKings: 5 from the first

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLOS ANGELES Here are five thoughts from the first period of Bruins and Kings at the Staples Center with the Bs trailing Los Angeles by a 1-0 score after 20 minutes of play.1)The Bruins left the Staples Center angry about several calls the last time the Bruins traveled here for a game, and its starting out that way again for the Black and Gold. The Kings were given two power plays in the first on a Zdeno Chara penalty and a questionable holding the stick call on Blake Wheeler at the end of the period. The Chara call led to LAs only goal.2)Three shots on goal for Michael Ryder, who was very active in the first period for Boston and looks to be having one of his good nights.3)A good scrap between Shawn Thornton and Kyle Clifford designed to wake the Bruins up a little bit at the end of a sleepy first period. Well see if theres a response in the second period after things were slow to get going in the first 20 minutes for Boston at the tail end of a deceptively long two-game road trip.4)Interesting to watch the Bruins struggle to clear the front of the net with Mark Stuart standing as a healthy scratch and Zdeno Chara in the penalty box. Ryan Smyth simply crashed the net with both body-bangers out of the lineup and potted home a rebound after fighting through Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg to get there.5)The Bruins could be getting accustomed to their new lines in the first period, so well see what happens in the middle 20 minutes. Anze Kopitar gave Tyler Seguin a pretty hard body check in the opening minutes of the first period to set a bit of a tone, and the Bruins have yet to really answer.6) Celeb sighting at the Staples Center: Harvey the semi-crazed drill sgt. from VH1's Celebrity Fit Camp milling around outside the rink prior to the game tonight. Not a big one, but still notable.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.