The Bruins might need to find a higher hockey league to play in.
They upped their record to 23-3-1 since Nov. 1 with a 9-0 drubbing of the Calgary Flames on home ice to cap off two wins in two days that featured the Bs scoring 15 unanswered goals.
Its often looked like theyre playing a video game with the settings permanently placed at rookie level with little to no resistance from their opponents.
In fact the Bruins have outscored their opponents 45-11 in the last nine games, and continue to make a statement to the rest of the league theyre the best that the NHL has to offer. Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton both enjoyed two-goal evenings, Benoit Pouliot matched a career-high with points while filling in for Brad Marchand and even Daniel Paille getting into the act with a shorthanded breakaway in the third period to cap things off. Twelve Bruins skaters ended up on the scoresheet for the well-rounded Bruins, and Joe Corvo had a team-best plus-4 in the blowout win.
The Flames mercifully pulled goalie Leland Irving from the game in the second period, but it didnt stop the Bruins from attacking in the third period thats been their domain all season long.
Tuukka Rask made 22 fairly easy saves en route to winning his fifth straight game and his third shutout on the young season, and the Bruins never stopped pouring it on against a whipped bunch of Calgary skaters.
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter.
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.
Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot.
That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement.
Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration.
Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6).
"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."
Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."
When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react.