Seguin, Caron make up 'Odd Couple' roommates


Seguin, Caron make up 'Odd Couple' roommates

WILMINGTON There was plenty of talk during the month of Bruins training camp that 19-year-old Tyler Seguin might be staying with a billet family this season in Boston.

The Bruins front office waited more than six weeks before finally making a housing decision for their puck prodigy, but they eventually settled on the odd couple roommates in Seguin and 20-year-old Jordan Caron. Theyve leased a beautiful, spacious condo in Charlestown together with guiding hand of the Bruins, and have already gotten into the swing of living together on their own.

Theres been talk of Xbox being played with the latest Call of Duty and NHLgames among the most popularchoices. There are also plenty of movies on tap now that the cable guy has been by the place.

Its going pretty good. We were on the road over the last week or so, so its only been a few days. But were playing Xbox and watching movies. You know . . . teenager stuff, said Caron. I just got Xbox Live, so Ill probably start gaming in the next couple of days.

Its almost like a college dorm-type situation for the pair of Bruins, though the 6000 a month price tag for the eight month lease is probably a little steep for the average 19-year-old living in Boston. Then again Seguin and Caron arent exactly the average teenagers are they?

Our place is beautiful. Its a great three-bedroom in Charlestown with a crazy view, said Seguin. Its so big that we havent even really bumped into each other yet.

While they havent been living together long enough to have their typical roommate complaints and they do have a cleaning service coming on a regular basis to spruce things up, theres some early indicators that Seguin might be taking the Oscar Madison role in this Odd Couple.

I might have left my spaghetti plate on the table from yesterday, and I looked this morning and it was gone. So he must have cleaned it up, Seguin said with a laugh. But Im not going to say 'Thank you' like I know hes doing it, though, so hopefully he just keeps doing it without me saying anything.

Caron said hes not an overly neat guy, but theyll figure out a natural working order between the two young Bs forwards.

Its a good idea with the two young guys living together. Weve been playing a lot of games, so things are pretty calm around there, said Caron. We clean up and take care of our own dishes. Im not too messy and not too neat, but I just clean up my own stuff. I dont want Seguin to have to pick up any of my stuff.

Sounds like Seguin has the better of that Odd Couple arrangement for the time being.

Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss


Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss

BOSTON – The Bruins are starting to run out of adjectives and descriptors for these “no-show” performances on home ice.

The Bruins made it twice in two months that they’ve dropped a disappointing dud to one of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams when they came out flat, and never showed any signs of life in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The lack of effort and pitiful results were particularly disappointing coming off a solid five game stretch where they’d engineered high effort wins over Florida, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron finished a minus-3 on the afternoon, and said in quasi-disgust that he knew five minutes into the game that his team didn’t have “it” on Monday.

“Something that we talked [headed into Monday was] about building from the last few weeks, and how good it felt around the room, I guess, with winning games basically,” said Bergeron. “[The shutout loss] just shows that you have to show up every night and not take things for granted. I think we did [take things for granted] this afternoon.

“It was about finding someone to get us a shift to get us going basically. We had a few good shifts there, and we sustained a little bit of pressure there. But then we just couldn’t keep that for the next lines after going, we couldn’t sustain that or build from that. It was really the whole team throughout the lineup that didn’t show up and, you know, it’s obviously inexcusable, unacceptable.”

Claude Julien mentioned the compacted schedule and potential fatigue playing into the Bruins looking “flat” on Monday against the Islanders, and perhaps that is partially to blame for an uncharacteristically lifeless performance from the Black and Gold. But the B’s essentially did nothing for 60 minutes after not having played for 48 hours dating back to a Saturday afternoon matinee win over the Flyers, so the fatigue excuse is difficult to swallow.

Instead it looked like a Bruins team that thought they were going to roll out the pucks and beat the worst team in the Metro Division that had lost four-of-five games. Instead a defensive zone breakdown led to a Nikolay Kulemin goal midway through the second period, and the Bruins collapsed after that. Josh Bailey tucked a short side goal past a late-reacting Tuukka Rask for a soft serve special allowed by Boston’s ace goaltender, and Kulemin scored again in the second period once the Bruins began cheating at the offensive end of the ice.

To make matters worse, the Bruins showed zero fight or willingness to scratch and claw their way back into the game in the third period. Instead it looked like they quit on two points that could end up being extremely important at the end of the season.

It also looked like the Bruins weren’t ready to play, and that they overlooked the downtrodden Islanders for the second time in as many months.

“Maybe we took them a little lightly, but we just weren’t ready [to play],” said Brad Marchand. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror and all be a little bit better. We all have to be prepared for every game. You can’t look at the guy besides us and think he’s going to do the job. We have to take a little onus on ourselves and all be a little bit better. As a team, again, we have to play the system together and we have to back each other up. We have to play as one unit and we didn’t do that.”

It’s long past the point where the words even matter that the Bruins are uttering after games like Monday afternoon. Instead it’s about results and nothing else, and the B’s were nothing short of putrid in that category against the Islanders with points at a premium this time of year.