Did Boucher play the refs to Bolts' advantage?


Did Boucher play the refs to Bolts' advantage?

By Joe Haggerty

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Eric Furlatt saga continued in Game 6 after Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher used his pregame press conference as a bully pulpit to critique the NHL official for his inability to award Tampa Bay with power plays in the recent past.

Boucher said before the game that Furlatt had called 24 penalties against the Lightning and only 9 of them in favor of Tampa Bay. Furlatt had a series of calls against the Bolts early in the game as well, but then fellow ref Kelly Sutherland got involved and questionable calls to Dennis Seidenberg and Rich Peverley led to power-play goals for the Bolts in the second period.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was visibly frustrated about the calls, and frustrated about losing the special-teams battle. The Tampa Bay power play went 3-for-and the Bruins were only 1-for-5 while losing oodles of momentum and energy in the process.

Obviously special teams was a difference maker, said Julien. They scored three goals on the power play and it obviously took us a long time to get the first one. That certainly dictated the game.

Whats more disappointing is the fact that I dont know if I agree with those calls. Hopefully what was said by Boucher in the morning didnt have any impact on the game. If it did, Id be really disappointed. I guess it certainly makes things look even worse. Referees have a tough job to do. Youre allowed to agree or disagree, but theyve got a job to do. But it was something that was tough to swallow.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.