B's wonder: What were mouthy Canucks thinking?

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B's wonder: What were mouthy Canucks thinking?

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The Bruins finally came clean about some of the more oft-discussed things from the Stanley Cup Final with the mouthy, confusing Vancouver Canucks.

Several of the Canucks continually chirped the Bruins publicly and chose some very ill-timed moments to comment on things that the Bs were doing rather than putting their own Vancouver house in order. Everybody will go back to the Roberto Luongo verbal gaffe after Game 5 when he backhandedly criticized Tim Thomas for failing to save Maxim Lapierres goal in the 1-0 Boston loss, but there was also Kevin Bieksas disparaging comments about the 1980s Bruins Starter-style jacket purchased by Andrew Ference on EBay.

The jacket was passed from player to player over the final two months of the season and the playoffs, and awarded to the player of the game in victory that exemplified performance, teamwork and all of the things that make up the Bruins Way of doing things.

When Bieksa called the awarding of the jacket a Pee Wee hockey thing to do in the world of stone cold pro hockey, the Bruins took notice and stored the Vancouver defensemans comments in the back of their minds. The Pee Wee jacket took root along with the notion Tim Thomas wasnt pumping Roberto Luongos tires enough, and Boston derived all kinds of motivation and fire from the self-inflicted verbal wounds authored by the Canucks.

I know we got ripped on it a bit and people questioned it apparently it was a Pee Wee thing to do but I really thought that jacket was something special that we did, said Chris Kelly. It was given to the guy that played hard and played for his teammates. I loved it. For us to raise that Cup the jacket had a lot to do with it.

While Ference claimed he wasnt really annoyed by Bieksa ripping on the jacket, he did openly wonder during the Stanley Cup Final what public relations Vancouver was running under while continuously tweaking their opponents in a public forum.

Needless to say it didnt work out for the Canucks, and instead added fuel to Bostons fire.

It didnt annoy me. It just surprised me that he would say that publicly, said Ference. How did that benefit them? You can think whatever you want and chirp us in your own locker room, but to say it publicly was more surprising than anything else.

It didnt hurt our feelings. We loved it, you know, and what it represents. Some of the decisions by the Canucks to say some things publicly was very surprising because it does no good for their team.

It will continue to be one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 2011 NHL playoff season: what were the Canucks thinking while self-destructing against a team that was their physical and emotional superior despite holding much less in the way of skill and skating ability.

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

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

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Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

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Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins had a pretty humbling experience hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night when they were outhustled, outworked and vastly outscored in a lopsided, 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

So, they’re clearly looking for a much crisper, cleaner and competitive result at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night for the first road exhibition game in a rematch with the Wings. Adam McQuaid had a rough night in his first preseason game as the most experienced guy on the D-men group iced that night, so he’s looking for a better performance personally and team-wide against Detroit this time around.

“It goes without saying that our last game was pretty bad from top to bottom,” said McQuaid. “There are a lot of areas to improve on. Guys were working hard at times, but the battle, and getting in on guys and battling, you have to make sure you’re on top of them when you defend quick players like that. Yesterday was a good up-tempo [practice] and guys were battling with each other, and hopefully that carries over into [the game].”

Helping matters will be a much more experienced group as the solid pairing of John-Michael Liles and Brandon Carlo will be added to the mix and Joe Morrow will be making the trip as well. Up front, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey will be playing in their second consecutive games after generating some decent offense against Detroit. They will have 19-year-old speedy Zach Senyshyn added to their mix.

“The last game we had a bit of a hard time with our breakouts, so we worked on that a little bit,” said Spooner. “I don’t think we were very happy with how we played. The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0, I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about, and we expect a better effort for sure.”

Young prospects Danton Heinen and Peter Cehlarik will also be in the mix with Riley Nash and Dominic Moore bringing experience down the middle of the ice. Perhaps that combined with the growing intensity in each succeeding preseason game will pull a better result out of a group facing the first cuts of training camp following the two games this weekend.