Les Miserables

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Les Miserables

By Michael Felger

We have another Montreal game tonight?

Oh, goody . . .

Felger,Which fans do you think are the worst? Philly sports fans or Montreal fans? As a Boston sports fan, I believe that Philly sports fans are animals.WillNewton

In terms of pure menace, youre right. There is nothing worse than a Philly fan. But if youre talking the "worst" fans in North America, its Montreal and there isnt really a close second. I mean, we all remember the Eagles fans being ugly down at the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, but as far as I can remember, I dont remember any of them calling the cops on Rodney Harrison after the game.

Montreal fans are babies of the highest order. Frauds. Hypocrites. And the worst part is that the media up there doesnt keep them in check. They make it worse.

What Montreal has attempted to do to Zdeno Chara through all of this is despicable. Arrest him. Ruin his reputation. Vilify him. All for a questionable hockey play that the NHL deemed 100 percent legal. Not even Philadelphia fans would do that.

Hey Felger,I was watching you and Haggerty the other night debating about who would be a good matchup for the Bruins in the playoffs. I cannot believe Haggs is dismissing the Penguins so easily. Is he watching the games or does he just look at box scores and see that Crosby and Malkin arent there and assume they are no longer a contender? Not sure why he is commenting on hockey if he isnt watching the games.VictorCambridge

Its hard to see when your glasses are tinted black and gold and your poo bear underwear are riding up high in the back. Poor Joe. Watch that team play. Theyre tough. Theyre smart. As their coach likes to say, they grind you down. Theyve been without three of their best players (add Orpik to Crosby and Malkin) and without the very best player in the league (Crosby) for months -- and yet they have virtually the same record as a Bruins team thats been relatively healthy the entire season. If the Penguins had their full lineup, theyd beat the Bruins in five. In their current state, theyd still probably beat them in seven.

Mikey,Im liking this bickering with you and Haggs. How long have you two been married now? Good stuff, keep it up!But anyways, my hockey question of the week: Why is the NHL and Bettman so scared to exercise their power and only go straight by the book? Is it the NHL union? Also, I'm on the Tyler Seguin bandwagon. I'm convinced that if he'd gone to the Oilers and Hall was here, Seguin would be a 20-30 goal scorer. He needs 12-15 minutes a night and to be on the PP. He has the skills and, from what I read, has the work ethic and a great attitude. I am totally convinced he will be a top 10 scorer!And on to Tuukka. I've thought about this a lot: Wouldnt you have been flipping your lid like he was with the crap playing in front of him? I dont think he got a fair chance to be the No. 1 goalie this year. There was no competition since Thomas was so good early. If Im pissed about it, he's probably pissed too, and this is his way of venting frustration towards his team and mostly towards Claude for the way he has not allowed him to get into a routine. He didnt play back to back games until January!DaveWoburn

Agreed on the by-the-book nature of NHL justice. They could easily invoke the "intent to injure clause more than they do and eliminate plenty more dangerous hits from hockey. They could have gotten Chara on in and they could have gotten Cooke on it last year. The NFL has gone outside the book and its had an impact. Head shots are down. Just another example of how the NHL is behind the rest of the leagues in North America.

Meanwhile, Seguin to the power play? Yes, of course. Beyond that, nothing is more important to the future of the Bruins than his development. Whoever the coach is next year, that has to be priority No. 1.

And dont worry about Rask. Hes got a long career in front of him. Hell get over it.

Hey, Felg,I agree with everything you say about the Bruins. The ONLY thing we disagree on is Bergeron; I like him. Everything else you say is genius. Let me ask you this, where is Haggerty? I remember after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup on their westCanada trip (oops, I mean after they went 6-0), the Bruins were all the sudden the best team in the league? Wow, let's not get ahead of ourselves. A lot of callers were even agreeing with that -- and I just could not believe it. Also, insanely good job calling out the buffoons on that radio show up in Montreal. That was priceless. Keep up the awesome workThanks againNeal

A: A quick clarification: I like Bergeron very much. I just dont love his contract (I dont think hes a 5 million player) and I think Krejci is better. But Bergeron is huge for this team. They need him in the playoffs big time.

Hey Felger,The only word to describe the Bruins this season has been inconsistent. They win 6-of-6 on a road trip and fans are starting to think of a parade down Causeway in late Mayearly June. But then they follow that up with losing 6-of-7. Incredibly inconsistent.The success of the Bruins is extremely dependent on the play of their goalies. When they play well, the Bruins usually play well. With only 10 games remaining in the regular season, I think it is time for Claude to pick a goaltender and stick with him for the remainder of the season and the playoffs (an off night here or there is fine, but he needs to pick one). Having two goalies and playing them both consistently doesnt allow them to get into any rhythm and flow. You dont want to go into the playoffs with your starting goaltender cold and rusty, thats why I think now is the time to pick a goalie and ride him. That guy is Thomas in my opinion, tough to go against his experience in the playoffs.Ryan
Yup, its Thomas. Peter Chiarelli even said the other day that he expects Thomas to get 6 or 7 of the remaining 10 starts. So thats the guy, as it should be.

And the inconsistency is easily explained. Its what happens when youre good but not great.

Felger You DB!I think you greatly underestimate the backlash from the NFL rule changes that increase on-field instant replay. The reason why I brought up sponsorship is pretty simple. While anyone selling anything wants to be associated with the NFL, you wont find a bit of signage or a single logo on those sideline replay confessionals. You would assume that, say, Sony would love to see its name burned into tens of millions of viewers retinas as officials review a call. But for once, advertisers know better. They know that they way replay is currently conducted in the NFL is a joke perpetrated on viewers just to allow the on field staff to save face. The way to go is obviously a full-time official buzzing Hochuli and telling him, "Hey Pecs, you blew it reverse the call. But instead were subjected to an impromptu commercial break as the crew chief decides for five minutes what the meaning of inconclusive is. Viewers are sick of the never-ending commercials as it is. And now there is the possibility of one of these after every scoring play? Thats the NFL equivalent of Potassium nitrate, because nothing will collapse a touchdown pants tent faster than being subjected to five minutes of Hochulis beefy ass sticking out of the replay booth like a peep show with arena seating. Oh yeah, sponsors want a piece of that! Sony adores customers going into Best Buy for a new 5-D TV before the Super Bowl and getting the douche chills when they see their logo. BTW, any idea on why Mazz gets so worked up when I agree with you? Youd think I had trademarked the phrase "Youre Absolutely Right Mike!MikeAttleboro

Now, now, Mikey. Theres plenty of me to go around to both you and Tony.

As for the new replay provision, I see your point. But you know more commercials are coming. The touchdown-commercial-kickoff-commercial thing is already insufferable. Just wait until we get the touchdown-commercial-Hochuli explanation-extra point-commercial-kickoff-commercial flow. I just thought it would open up more sales opportunities, but maybe youre right. No one will want to be associated with it.

Bottom line: I dont think people understand how bad its going to be. Every time a runner slams into the pile at the goal line the ref is going to go under the hood. Its going to be brutal.

Hey Felger,Just listened to a recent interview Mike Francesa had with John Mara, the Giants owner, where he discusses the Giants' policy regarding the payment schedule of season tickets during the lockout. (Giants season-ticket holders are not required to pay up front during the work stoppage). Now, put yourself back in college where your professor had you "compare and contrast." Do that with the Patriots payment schedule policy that requires payment in full by March 31. See the difference? Like the saying goes, "it's all about the money."
Would you pay full price for a Broadway production or theater district performance five months in advance if you didn't know who was in the cast, or how many rehearsals they had? Probably not. But Patriot season-ticket holders are expected to pay for a similar situation. The Giants have the proper approach.Your comments please.Dick

If Kraft wanted to be a mensch on this he could easily tell the fans to hold their money during the lockout but he doesnt feel like being a mensch. Simple as that. Up to you whether you want to continue to give him your business.

Felger,I didnt like it when it happened. I have watched for weeks as all the folks in the official Greg Dickerson Celtics NBA ball bag sold us Krstic as a tremendous offensive rebounder and scorer and Jeff Green as the replacement for James Posey in waiting.Just me, or did it seem like the urgency to bring back the "small lineup" went from 0 to 60 on trade day? I haven't heard the C's say they missed that lineup for two years, and all of a sudden it's all you hear out of the sack.I listened to them list this trade as a steal because Green brings you length, youth, energy, quickness and flexibility. (And did you hear he can play the 3 and the 4?) Perkins brought defense, toughness and championships. I like the second list.Hows your boy Tony feeling about that "chance that the Celtics might be "significantly better?Didnt like it then. Dont like it now.Peace,
JakeBoston

Careful, Jake. Youre going to make Dickerson cry.

Yo, Felger,Listen to 98.5 every day and watch Comcast reruns every morning out here in Northern California. Below is something I e-mailed to the local sports station regarding the eminent moving of the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim. It is only my opinion, but the repercussion of what Stern did to make sure Los Angeles got a chance at Game Seven (in 2002) has had a decade-long ripple effect that will ultimately kill an entire team. . . . the recent power-hungry, look-at-me comments from the dictator Stern concerning Van Gundy, as well as the twitter crap with the MN ref, are just a reminder of how those conniving a--holes screwed up royally in Game 6. Stern took control of history like a puppet master controls his dummies on strings. Sacramento WAS devoted to the NBA and the Kings, and if the league was true to us, we would have been true to the league-even during these financially hard times. Stern blew it, created a game for big TV bullies and continues to control a fraudulent league . . . "Jeff

Ah, were getting to that time of year again. You cant talk about NBA playoff series without talking about the refs. Nice league you got there, Tanguay.

Felger,I saw that you answered my question about Mark Sanchez on Sports Sunday. Are you out of your freakin' mind? So down the road, you would be okay with your 17-year-old high school daughter sleeping with a 24-year-old dude she met in a club at two in the morning? There is a huge maturity discrepancy between a high school senior and a 24 year old working man. I wonder if Mrs. Felger would be on board with your twisted view!!KenWhitman

Im not going to let my daughter date until shes 30 (the windows and doors of my house are going to lock from the outside), so the scenario you lay out is completely impossible.

Nice try, though.
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Bruins center Acciari’s status uncertain after leaving with apparent leg injury

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Bruins center Acciari’s status uncertain after leaving with apparent leg injury

BOSTON – There were no updates following the preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, but fourth-line center candidate Noel Acciari had to leave in the third period with what appeared to be a leg injury. 

The Rhode Island native appeared to be favoring his right leg after getting tangled up in front of the benches just a couple of minutes into the third period, crawled toward the bench and then headed back to the B’s dressing room for repairs.

Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco didn’t have any update in the moments directly after the 5-1 preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

“Noel did leave the game. I’m not sure what his status is, or what the injury was. I haven’t been told,” Sacco said. Acciari finished with five hits and a blocked shot in 10:35 of ice time vs. Detroit. “I’ll have to check with medical and see where we’re at.”

The hope is that the injury isn’t a serious one after Acciari looked strong and heavy playing an energy role down the middle last season for the Bruins in the final weeks of the regular season. He teamed with Justin Hickman and Anton Blidh to play a gritty, energy line on Wednesday night, and they were largely effective for the Black and Gold while some of the other bigger name players struggled.

A potential injury to Acciari, however, does leave the door open for Dominic Moore to really put an iron-fisted grip on the fourth-line center spot after it appeared there would be a big surplus of centers at the start of camp. 

 

 

Local kid Grzelcyk ‘really excited’ to suit up for first Bruins game

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Local kid Grzelcyk ‘really excited’ to suit up for first Bruins game

BOSTON – It wasn’t the perfect outcome, or exactly how he probably dreamt it would go down growing up on the streets of Charlestown in the shadow of the home of the Bruins, but Matt Grzelcyk finally got to wear the Black and Gold in front of friends and family at TD Garden. 

The former Boston University standout was on the ice for a couple of goals against in a rough 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night and clearly had a little bit of culture shock adjusting from NCAA hockey to the speed and intensity of a preseason NHL game.

The 22-year-old admitted as much after slowly showing during the game that he was getting more accustomed to the speed, power and precision of NHL opponents playing with purpose.

“I think maybe I was a little bit shocked coming out there. The speed of the game is obviously noticeably faster. But I think as time went on I felt a little more comfortable out there, and was able to skate pucks out of trouble. Hopefully I can build on that going forward,” said Grzelcyk. “It was obviously really exciting to get out there. I was a little bit nervous for the game and stuff and [had to] get the jitters out. But it was nice to get my first game under my belt.”

The puck-moving defenseman had tons of friends and family in the stands including his father, John, who usually works on the bull gang making sure the Garden sheet is in tip-top shape for games such as Wednesday night’s affair. So, it was natural for the nerves to be there despite “Grizz” suiting up for plenty of Beanpot games at the Garden as a member of the Terriers, but they went away as the game went along.

He picked up an assist on Boston’s only goal after working the puck up to Ryan Spooner prior to him feeding Austin Czarnik for the score. Then it was about simply playing the game, and showing where his level of play is right now as the Bruins evaluate all of their D-men. Grzelcyk had the point and he logged a solid 19:49 of ice time while finishing with a minus-1 rating and a couple of shots on net.

So, there were some positives for the local kid and some things to work on as he gets ready for some seasoning in the AHL when cuts eventually come in this B’s camp.

“I think it was a night where, as the game went on, he got better. I thought his third period was the best period he had, and as the game progressed, he started to feel a little bit more confident out there,” said Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco. “He was skating. He was avoiding… being able to escape some of the breakouts, and it’s his first game in a Bruins uniform back at home here, so I’m sure at the beginning he was probably fighting some nerves. I’m sure it was a special night for him in that regard, but I thought he got better as the game went on.”

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder will clearly take that the first time out, but clearly Grzelcyk will be looking to show the abilities that saw him post 20 goals and 61 points over his past two seasons at BU as a talented offensive D-man looking to help sooner rather than later.