Bruins hope to keep Canucks from partying in Hub

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Bruins hope to keep Canucks from partying in Hub

By Danny Picard
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BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The thought of the Vancouver Canucks hoisting the StanleyCup at the TD Garden on Monday night is sickening to most New Englanders.

But the Cup will be in Boston for Game 6, as Vancouver has a3-2 series lead. The thought of that alone is reason enough for the Bruins tobe determined to force a Game 7 back in Vancouver.

Well, I think we want to be the ones to lift the Cup, saidBrad Marchand on Saturday at TD Garden. We want to fight as hard as we possiblycan to make sure that happens. We know that if thats going to happen, we haveto win next game. So we just have to make sure that we do our best to make thatpossible.

The Bruins will have to use the one-game-at-a-timementality from here on out. But if they do force a Game 7 back in Vancouver,the Bs will have plenty of confidence, knowing that all three of their roadlosses in the series were one-goal games.

We were in every game in Vancouver, said Bruins coachClaude Julien on Saturday. And thats important for us, right now, to knowthat if we can play a little better in our building, and create that Game 7,well be a confident group.

So right now, the smaller picture is the most importantthing. And thats to make sure that we create a Game 7, by playing extremelywell here in our own building. And to look any further than that, would be amistake on our part.

The Bruins realize that they werent the more physical teamin Game 5. But they also know that that wasnt their biggest issue. The biggestissue was offensive production. And the Bs hope that offense shows up for Game6, so that they have one more chance in Vancouver.

Lets not hide behind that fact that they outhit us, and they seemed a littlehungrier, said Julien. Thats where we should have been able to push back.And we didnt do that well enough. Were aware of that, and we certainly wouldlike to have another crack at it.

When you dont score, I think you need to improve on morethan the physical play. Thats an area that I dont think weve done a goodenough job, in Vancouver.

It just didnt seem like we had our energy in Game 5,said Marchand. Everyone seemed a little slow, and our legs just werent going.So we just have to make sure we leave everything on the ice next game, and ifwe go down, we go down fighting.

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Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

Bruins don't poll well in latest New England Sports survey

It’s no secret Bruins fans are getting fed up with a hockey team in decline, one that’s missed the playoffs each of the last two years. Now there are numbers to prove it.

Channel Media and Market Research, Inc. came out with its annual New England Sports survey,  tabulating responses from over 14,600 polled, and, according to the numbers, the Bruins are dropping in popularity, fan support and faith in the current management group.

The B’s are holding somewhat steady with 16 percent of voters listing them as their “favorite sports team” behind the Patriots (46 percent) and Red Sox (29 percent) while ahead of the Celtics and Revolution. Claude Julien also ranked ahead of John Farrell among the big four teams in the “coaches/manages most admired” category.

But after sitting at a relative high of ranking at 27 percent for “ownership performance” in 2014 -- they year after their trip to the Cup Finals against the Blackhawks -- the Bruins now rank dead last in that category at 2 percent, behind the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and even the Revolution. Ouch, babe.

Also sitting at a lowly 2 percent is Bruins president Cam Neely in the “leadership performance” category. In "management performance," Neely has dropped from a solid 49 percent in 2014 to just 16 percent in this summer’s survey.

So B’s fans are clearly upset with a team that traded away Tyler Seguin, Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton, and has featured a decimated defense corps for each of the last two seasons. But do the B’s fans think that things are getting any better with prospects coming down the pipeline?

Not really.

In the “which team has done the best job making its product better.” category, the Patriots (35 percent) and Red Sox (31 percent) were resting at the top, with the Celtics (27 percent) a respectable third. The Bruins limped in at just 4 percent with a fan base that very clearly sees that, on paper, this upcoming season’s club doesn’t appear to be much better than last year's.

On top of that, only 13 percent of those surveyed believe the Bruins have gotten better over the last year, and 52 percent believe they’ve just gotten worse. A lowly 3 percent of those surveyed think the Bruins have the best chance of the five teams to bring a world championship back to Boston; the Patriots (79 percent), Red Sox (11 percent) and Celtics (5 percent) all ranked higher.

Finally, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and Jimmy Hayes were at the top of the list of the Boston athletes “who did not meet expectations” last season. None of that is a surprise, given the state of Boston’s defense along with Hayes’ subpar season.

The good news for the Bruins: They still have a passionate fan base. But they need to start reversing course immediately before they do lasting damage to the B’s brand.

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats