Bruins spend final moments with Cup at Foxboro


Bruins spend final moments with Cup at Foxboro

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins players knew heading into Sunday that it was going to be their final day with the Stanley Cup, and they savored it the best way they know how. The Bs players enjoyed a police escort down Route 1 and then shared the Cup with 70,000 screaming Patriots fans prior to New Englands 30-21 victory over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.

The majority of Bs players were somewhat relieved that their portion of the 100 days with the Cup was over, but also felt that taking it to a huge NFL rivalry game was the best way to go out with Lord Stanleys chalice.

For some Bruins, like Tyler Seguin, it was their first time attending an NFL game in person. For others, like Milan Luci,c it was their first chance to get a real taste of the Patriots-Jets rivalry. Claude Julien and Johnny Boychuk had talked about going to CFL games in the past, but theres nothing quite like a back-alley fight between division rivals like the Pats and Jets.

Its good to be a part of it," Julien said. "For the most part the Bruins players arent from a city with an NFL team, so for the most part theyre fans of the Patriots. Its fun to go there and support a team, and also get recognized by them for what weve done.

Whether it helps the Patriots motivationally or its just being recognized, this should be the last time you see the team going around with the Stanley Cup. Thats my wish anyway. Its the time when were really turning the page.

Lucic has spent enough time in Boston to know the landscape of sports in Boston, and he's already developed a hatred for the Jets in the border wars that have taken place over the last 10 years.

Id never been to a Pats-Jets game before. I knew it was going to be pretty intense, said Lucic. Just being around Boston you really learn how to hate teams like the Jets and the Yankees and the Lakers . . . all of the rivals of the Boston sports teams. Its the Boston way, right?

Anytime we get a chance to share our championship with another Boston team thats been there and done it, were definitely going to do it.

Is there going to be any separation anxiety for the Bruins players now that they know their time with the Stanley Cup has officially come to an end for this season?

I think this is it. Its the last thing and its probably a good thing, said Lucic. Its time to move on after this. Im going to have to give Stanley one last hug and kiss before we let him go.

The Bruins said their goodbyes with Lord Stanleys Cup after leaving Foxboro at halftime of the football game, and now they are truly on to the mission of repeating the whole thing again next year.

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Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0


Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0

BOSTON – The Bruins had to feel like things would go badly for them with both of their usual goaltenders on the shelf against the Minnesota Wild.

That’s exactly what happened with Malcolm Subban getting pulled in the second period for the second time in his two-start NHL career, and the Bruins ultimately falling by a 5-0 score to the Wild at TD Garden. Subban lasted a tad more than 30 minutes in this game, but looked shaky in allowing two goals in a span of 12 seconds to Minnesota as they took control early in the second period.

Weymouth native Charlie Coyle floated a spinning, surprise shot through the glove hand and leg pad of a slow-reacting Subban, and Chris Stewart followed by roofing a shot while all alone in front following the ensuing face-off.

Subban made a nice save on Marco Scandella to temporarily stop the bleeding, but was pulled from the game when Ryan Suter beat him low to the glove hand with a power play strike midway through the second. Subban was pulled after giving up the third goal of the night, and Zane McIntyre was ostensibly better even if he allowed a Jason Zucker deflected shot past him to give the Wild an insurmountable four goal cushion.

The Bruins tried to rally for something in the third period, but there wasn’t much going on after the shaky defense and subpar goaltending knocked all the wind right out of them. Jason Pominville scored late in the game on a rebound goal to round out the scoring. The scary part is that Tuesday night’s loss to the Wild represents the first of six games against worthy opponents that made the playoffs last season, and there’s no hint of when Tuukka Rask or Anton Khudobin might be ready to return. 

O'Gara sent to Providence, but could return any time


O'Gara sent to Providence, but could return any time

BOSTON – The writing was on the wall once Rob O’Gara was scratched in the last couple of games, and he was finally sent down to Providence on Tuesday. The move was made to clear room for Adam McQuaid to rejoin the B’s lineup, and help the Bruins continue improving from their 15th rank among team defenses in the NHL this season.

The 23-year-old O’Gara was a plus-1 rating in three games to start the season, and played very well in 16:01 of ice time while winning physical battles, adequately moving the puck and generally showing that he’s got a future in the NHL. With veteran defenders returning and little margin for error on a B’s back end already featuring 19-year-old Brandon Carlo, it was too much to attempt carrying two rookies on an NHL defensemen corps for a long stretch of time.

So now O’Gara will go to Providence where he’ll play bigger minutes, play in all situations and stay ready for the next time Boston needs him.

“He’s good. I think he makes good passes when he has time. I think we want him to work on maybe being under pressure, and being a little stronger on his feet and being able to make better plays,” said Claude Julien. “But he’s really close. When I say he’s real close I think you could see him back here at any time. I have no issues with Rob O’Gara.

“I think as a young player he has to play, so when we can play [him again] I have no issues with him in our lineup. If he doesn’t get [the playing time] here then we’ve got to get it for him somewhere else.”

While O’Gara is going to Providence for some more AHL development at this point in time, there’s a tacit acknowledgement from the Bruins that the big, hard-working defenseman is definitely going to be a valued part of their future.