B's to Thomas: Don't you ever change


B's to Thomas: Don't you ever change

By DannyPicard

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 Bruins dont have a problem with Tim Thomas goaltendingstyle. They made that clear on Sunday at the TD Garden, after returning toBoston.

Thomas overtime blunder that caught him out of position forAlex Burrows' wrap-around game-winner 11 seconds into overtime on Saturdaynight was the hot topic of conversation one day later. But the Bruins wantedno part of it.

I have a pretty good idea of how to play goalie, saidThomas when asked if he felt he needed to make adjustments to his goaltendingstyle. Im not going to be taking suggestions or advice at this time. So Imjust going to keep playing the way I have.

His way isnt alwayspretty. But its worked most of the time, as Thomas is one of the major reasonsthe Bruins are four wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Problem is, the Vancouver Canucks are now only two wins awayfrom the capturing the same prize, after Thomas mostly reliable, sometimesoutrageous style led to Burrows Game 2 overtime winner, which gave the Canucksa 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

Burrows came in hard down the left wing with Zdeno Chararight on him and Thomas decided to not only come out of the net to cut offthe angle, but he also chose to lunge at Burrows as he took the puck behind thenet.

The result was a wide open net, a Burrows wrap-around, and a2-0 series lead for Vancouver.

A day later, the Bruins are defending their goaltender, andthey dont believe he needs to change anything.

All year long weve played in front of Timmy Thomas, and tome, hes a Vezina Trophy winner, said coach Claude Julien. We are hereright now because his contribution has been really good. For us to be sittinghere, having to answer those kind of questions, is ridiculous to me.

Hes won a Vezina Trophy already, as I mentioned. Hesprobably going to win one this year, in my mind anyway, for what hes done. Soto question his way of playing is really looking for something to talk about.

Yesterday, he made some unbelievable saves to keep us inthe game, added Julien. So if we want to focus on that last goal -- which Ithink theres a lot of other players who could have done a better job -- isfocusing on the wrong thing.

Once Thomas came out of the net, there was still anopportunity to stop Burrows from wrapping the puck around the far post and intothe net. Chara was right on him, but couldnt find a way to slow him down.

Still, the sentiment in the Bruins room at the TD Garden onSunday was, win as a team, lose as a team.

And that comes with Thomas playing the way he always has.

We play the same way in front of Timmy, at leastpersonally, for as long as Ive been here, said Chara. And hes got his ownstyle, and I dont think anything is wrong with it. Its been really successfulfor him. Hes really, as we all know, hes probably one of the best, if not thebest goaltender in the league. So I dont see why we should change the way weplay or the way should he change the way he plays.

Danny Picard is onTwitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?


Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo.