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Expected to miss at least the next two games, the Boston Bruins announced they have placed defenseman Torey Krug on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The team has recalled Paul Carey from the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

For Boston, the injury adds to the list of banged-up Bruins, as the team is also without David Backes, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Jake Debrusk, Brett Ritchie, Zachary Senyshyn and Karson Kuhlman.

Krug has been out since suffering the upper-body injury on Nov. 10 against Philadelphia. He had already been ruled out for both weekend games and with the injury having occurred almost a week ago, the team could activate him early next week if he’s ready.

Carey has been a solid addition to the Providence Bruins. The 31-year-old forward, who has mostly been a journeyman through the AHL, fared well last year with Providence, scoring 22 goals in 30 games. He has also played well this year with seven goals and 13 points in 17 games. He has played 99 NHL games over the course of his career. His most impressive season came in 2017-18 when he played 60 games with the New York Rangers.

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Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he’s told.

How much he plays has changed.

A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins’ 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with Matt Murray, then made 46 starts for Vegas and led the expansion Golden Knights to the final.

“As a player, I love being in there. I love playing the game,” Fleury said. “It’s tough to find like the perfect amount of games. Nowadays, I feel like we’re hearing more than ever how we’re going to manage two goalies and stuff.”

Consider it hockey’s version of “load management” that’s gained popularity in basketball. Don’t expect NHL teams to handpick games throughout the season to rest star players — except top goaltenders who are getting more nights off while their backups share the net with an eye toward playoff success.

Each of the past five Cup-winning goalies started fewer than 60 games in the regular season, along with three of the past five runners up. The days of Martin Brodeur starting 78 games are gone — only three goalies have 70-plus starts over the past five seasons — and teams think year-round about how to best prepare to play deep into June.

“The trend is definitely going the way that you split the net more,” said Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask, who carried the Bruins to Game 7 of the final last year after starting 46 times in the regular season. “It’s a tough thing because if your starter makes $8-9 million, you want him to play. But then you want to win the Cup, so you’ve got to think of it like, well, if this guy plays 70 games, is he going to play 25 in the playoffs at the same level? Versus OK we’re playing him 45, 50 really good games and then we got the other guy and the A guy’s going to play 25 really good (playoff games).”

Rask and Jaroslav Halak, Washington’s Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in 2018 and Pittsburgh’s Murray and Fleury the previous two years are prime examples. Jordan Binnington didn’t make his first NHL start until January, but 32 games of work made him fresh to help the St. Louis Blues win the Cup last season.

It’s a delicate balance of having enough salary cap space to employ two capable goalies with playing time, plotting out the schedule for maximum rest benefits and collecting enough points to make the playoffs.

“It’s a collaborative discussion that all teams have,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. “What we’re doing is trying to win hockey games during the regular season, trying to keep both of our goalies sharp and trying to have all our players at the top of their game come playoffs.”

The New York Islanders have alternated Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov for their first 24 games and allow the fourth-fewest goals in the league. Anaheim’s coaching staff pencils in both John Gibson or Ryan Miller for all 82 games and revisits incrementally to adjust for injuries and workloads.

“It has very little to do with games,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “It has more to do with how much work. We had a game earlier this year where we were overwhelmed in the game against Vegas. I think they put up 50 shots, and we were in our zone the whole time. That went down as one game for John, but he really played two, so that’s kind of how we look at it.”

Miller previously preferred to skip a game with a couple days off on each end for a mental break. He sees so many teams splitting back-to-backs and understands it but also thinks battling some old-school fatigue can be good for a goaltender.

“I don’t think there’s a strict recipe,” said Miller, whose career high was 74 starts in 2007-08 with Buffalo. “I think some adversity is good to keep your mentality in the right place. It’s not going to be a cake walk and then playoffs hit and it’s like (you’re) dialed in. You’ve got to go through some stuff and work through it and battle through the harder situations so that’s just your mindset every night.”

NHL goalies believe modern games are more difficult with higher shot totals than past decades. Teams are averaging 30 shots a game in 2019-20, while the schedule has more back-to-backs.

“Nowadays there’s a lot more work for a goalie: a lot less hooking and holding up for the D-men, so there’s a lot more chances or a lot more in-zone time that you’re actually working,” said Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott, who’s part of a successful tandem with Carter Hart. “Even if you’re maybe not getting shots, you’re looking through screens, you’re doing a lot of work.”

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant appreciates Fleury wants to play all 82 games, and he’s not alone in wanting to grab the net and not let go.

“I’ve felt a lot better every year I played a lot more games,” said Holtby, who led the league with 73 games played in 2014-15. “It’s a little more of a feel game instead of an analytics game just because of the speed of it. … It’s one of those things everyone’s probably different. It probably has a lot to do with how you practice and everything.”

Some goalies are going to play more than others; Florida’s $10 million man, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Montreal’s Carey Price, the highest-paid goalie in the league, could start 60 or more just because his team needs an elite level of play.

“We’d love to have (Price) in every game, but it’s not realistic,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “We give him some days off of practices because that’s not quite as important as him in games.”

The most important thing, of course, is the playoffs. It’s tough for starters who want to play all the time and it takes an adjustment, but the proof is in the names on the Stanley Cup that splitting the net works.

“Everybody wants to play,” Rask said. “The older you get, I think it becomes a little easier to realize that it’s not about me. I’m resting for the team.”

And resting with the hope that shouldering less of a load now makes a goalie more likely to raise a trophy over his shoulders at the end of the season.

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By The Associated Press | MassLive
BOSTON (AP) — David Krejci scored 1:40 into overtime, David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 24th goal and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday for their sixth straight win.

Krejci’s goal, his fifth of the season, came on a left-circle wrist shot against an out-of-position Henrik Lundqvist after Pastrnak created space with a deke in the right circle before feeding Krejci through the slot.

Sean Kuraly also had a goal and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Bruins. Boston matched its longest winning streak of the season and its longest point streak at 10 games (7-0-3).

Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil scored for the Rangers. Lundqvist had 24 saves as New York’s three-game winning streak was snapped.

Buchnevich’s fifth goal this season put New York up 1-0 with 5:46 to play in the first period. Buchnevich beat Halak high to the glove side on a shot from the low slot after Tony DeAngelo’s pass from the sideboards.

Chytil’s eighth of the season doubled the Rangers’ lead at 6:21 of the second. Chytil charged into the slot and scored five-hole on Halak after Ryan Strome’s shot from the right circle bounced off Halak right to Chytil.

Kuraly’s second of the year made it 2-1 with 1:32 left in the second. Jake DeBrusk’s blue-line shot caught a piece of Kuraly’s stick, bounced off the left post and trickled in after Lundqvist’s inadvertent stick swat.

Pastrnak tied it 4:27 into the third on a one-timer from the left circle after Krejci’s feed through the slot. Pastrnak finished November with 12 goals after also scoring 12 in October.

New York failed to convert on an extended power play after Boston’s Par Lindholm was assessed a double minor for high-sticking against Brendan Smith. Smith immediately grabbed his face and skated off the ice with 7:02 to go.

NOTES: Boston remained the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season at 10-0-4. … Rangers C Artemi Panarin assisted on Chytil’s goal, giving him a team-record 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) in November. Panarin has at least a point in 16 of his last 17 games and 20 of 24 this season. … Bruins C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) remains day-to-day after sitting out for the fifth time in seven games. … Lundqvist entered with the best career save percentage (.929) against the Bruins among all goalies with a minimum of 30 games against. Lundqvist allowed four goals on 31 shots before being pulled after two periods in New York’s 7-4 home loss to Boston on Oct. 27. … Boston debuted its newest alternate jersey, a black sweater with a large “B” logo on the front and yellow accent stripes. The logo is a throwback to the 1940-era Bruins teams that won two Stanley Cup titles.

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Patrice Bergeron will miss the next two games with an injury. Fortunately for the Boston Bruins, David Krejci is there to fill that top line role.
All NHL teams deal with injuries, so we never want to use them as an excuse. That said, we’ve finally reached the point of craziness on the injury-front with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins seem to deal with a new injury every day. This time, it’s Patrice Bergeron who will miss another set of games. Bergeron missed time two weeks ago with a lower-body injury.

According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Bergeron won’t travel with the Bruins early on Tuesday, so he’ll miss the games against Montreal and Ottawa. To take Bergeron’s spot on the roster, the Bruins recalled Jack Studnicka from Providence.

We can’t expect Studnicka to fill in for Bergeron at this point, and the Bruins certainly don’t either. These are only his first couple NHL games, so no way he’ll be ready to play in the top six. Instead, somebody else needs to step up to the first-line center role.

Who can replace Bergeron on that top line? Enter David Krejci.

Krejci moved to the first line at Monday’s practice, and this means he’ll likely skate in this role Tuesday in Montreal and Wednesday in Ottawa.

#NHLBruins practice lines:

Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Coyle – Heinen
Bjork – Kuraly – Backes
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner

Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Clifton
Moore – Kampfer


— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 25, 2019

Krejci is the only center on the roster capable of that top line role. Studnicka, like we mentioned before, doesn’t have the experience, and Charlie Coyle lacks the offensive upside to make that line work.

Fortunately for the Bruins, Krejci will be up to the task. With him in the middle, don’t expect that top line to miss a beat.

Because of Bergeron’s presence in the lineup, people forget the level of talent Krejci brings to the table. He has incredible vision and playmaking skills, and when he’s on the ice, his linemates are always a threat to score.

Krejci had 73 points in 81 games last season without a reliable right wing. He did play the full year with Jake DeBrusk, but he’s not yet an elite scorer. Can you imagine if Krejci had high-scoring, consistent wingers?

As such, look for Krejci to light it up with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak at his wings. Pastrnak still leads the NHL in goals, while Marchand continues to prove night in and night out that he might be the best all-around wing in hockey.

Two weeks ago, when Bergeron missed a few games with injury, Krejci stepped in and certainly made that top line work. He functioned as the chief playmaker with three assists in two games. Marchand also had three assists, and Pastrnak had three goals.

Krejci then continued his pace when Bergeron returned to the lineup. In last Saturday’s win over Minnesota, Krejci scored two goals in the final two minutes to send the game to overtime.

Based on his current form, we know the top line will work with Krejci instead of Bergeron. Krejci and those two wings are simply too talented to not produce.

This is why Krejci continues to be so valuable to the Bruins. Fans often complain that he’s inconsistent, but how many teams have a second-line center who can produce like Krejci?

Because Krejci’s in the lineup, the Bruins can take things slow with Bergeron and give him time to totally rest. Then, at the end of the year, Bergeron and Krejci can give Boston that one-two punch down the middle that other teams lack.

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BOSTON — David Backes couldn’t help but smile after scoring his first goal of the season in his first game in nearly a month.

The Bruins right wing picked a big moment against a big-time rival to accomplish the feat.

Backes scored the deciding goal with 9 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third period, David Pastrnak added his league-leading 25th goal, and Boston won its seventh consecutive game, beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Sunday night.

“You could see [the emotion] on my face. That was elation,” Backes said. “I’ve been watching this team do this for a month, and now it’s great to be part of it.”

Backes’ goal came off a feed from David Krejci through the right circle. Jake DeBrusk added his sixth goal of the season on a give-and-go with Charlie Coyle a couple minutes later and the Canadiens’ season-high losing streak reached eight (0-5-3).

Backes was in the lineup for the first time since being injured during a scary collision with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin on Nov. 2.

“We didn’t know what he’d have, to be honest with you,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “He hadn’t played in a while. I thought he gave us some good energy, had a couple looks, was banging bodies.”

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins.

Boston extended its points streak to 11 games (8-0-3) and entered the third month of the season as the only team without a home regulation loss (11-0-4).

Joel Armia scored and Carey Price had 31 saves for Montreal.

“For 45, 46, 47 minutes, we were playing solid hockey,” Montreal and former Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We needed that win desperately, and now we’ve got to go back home and find a way to win the next one.”

Montreal had allowed 24 goals in four prior games, including a season-worst 8-1 loss to Boston at home Tuesday that featured a hat trick by Pastrnak.

Price gave up five goals on 11 shots in Tuesday’s loss to the Bruins and has surrendered 19 total over his past four games.

But the Canadiens star saw improvement in his team’s effort.

“If we definitely play like [we did today], the majority of our games are going to be a better result,” Price said.

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The Canadiens got off to a fast start this time after giving up three first-period goals in Tuesday’s matchup.

Armia’s backhand shot from the right circle deflected off Charlie McAvoy’s skate and into the net for his 10th goal of the season 1:58 into the game.

Play was stopped with 2:47 left in the second as a scuffle broke out involving all 10 position players on the ice after Shea Weber interfered with Pastrnak.

Pastrnak evened the score at 6:16 of the third after skating into the right circle and firing a one-time shot past Price high to the stick side.

“Twenty-five [goals] by December 1st, I wouldn’t have predicted that,” Cassidy said. “I know he’s certainly, maybe could have had 30. I don’t think he’s had a lot of freebies, let’s put it that way.”

Backes’ goal came with 9 seconds left on a Bruins’ power play after Montreal’s Nick Cousins was whistled for holding Boston’s Torey Krug.

“It’s unfortunate. It was a bad call,” Julien said. “Krug’s stick was stuck under his own player. As a referee in a 1-1 hockey game, you’ve got to make sure when you make those calls. I was pissed off at the way that was handled.”

The Canadiens beat the Bruins 5-4 in their first meeting on Nov. 5 in Montreal.

NOTES: Bruins LW Brad Marchand played despite being a game-time decision after playing through flu-like symptoms on Friday. … Boston C Patrice Bergeron (lower body) was out for the sixth time in eight games. Bergeron skated before Sunday’s practice and is still day-to-day. … Canadiens D Victor Mete did not travel and was to be reevaluated Sunday after suffering a lower-body injury Saturday against Philadelphia. … Montreal LW Jonathan Drouin (torn tendon in left wrist) has missed eight games following his surgery but has been medically cleared to ride a stationary bike. His return date, originally thought to be eight weeks, is still uncertain. RW Paul Byron (knee) also missed his eighth straight. … Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur underwent surgery Thursday in Montreal to remove ganglions and a lobe on his lung, the team announced Sunday. LaFleur is expected to return home soon to continue his recovery.


Canadiens: Host New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Bruins: Host Carolina on Tuesday night.

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The Blackhawks arrive at TD Garden tonight at 7:00PM to face the Bruins, watch on NESN.
The Blackhawks arrive with their moms in tow, and with a Monday loss to the Blues marking 3 losses in their last 4 games. NHL
What’s better than one stellar goaltender? A league-leading tandem. The Bruins’ roster depth doesn’t end with their forwards and defensemen. Boston Globe
Please reunite Brandon Carlo with Zdeno Chara for tonight, Bruce Cassidy. Causeway Crowd
When the going gets tough, Boston buckles down to find ways to win. This is often after glacial starts, as fans are biting their nails in the third period, Boston Herald
Of course, with notable players returning from injury soon, there will be a clog in the pipeline. Providence Journal
Brandon Carlo has been money 5-on-5, defensively. It is nice to see him slip in a goal now and again. Boston Sports Journal
As for the Bruins postseason hopes, much depends on Charlie McAvoy and his performance at the blueline. Bonus- There’s a new biography of Lionel Hitchman available for your gift list, and please call the Bruins’ backup netminder “Yar-0” Halak. South Coast Today
Putting David Pastrnak ’s hot start into perspective and musing the likelihood of re-signing Jaroslav Halak and David Krejci , and the state of the NHL as far as bigotry is concerned. Kevin Paul Dupont is the guest on The Skate Podcast. (Link to audio, 49:39) WEEI
Lend your ears to this discussion of the Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner contracts as well as planning to actively manage the workloads of a few key Bruins. (Link to audio, 42:50) NESN
Meanwhile, in Providence, the news is good. The cupboards are stocked with young talent and former Panther Alex Petrovic is pouncing on his chance to prove he is resdy to return to the NHL. Bruins Daily
For more in PBruins news, this podcast covers Providence standing atop the AHL’s Eastern Conference right now, and prospect Jeremy Swayman making the most of his time at UMaine. (Audio, 38:53) CLNS
NHL Standings:
The Bruins are still tops in the Atlantic Division NHL, but are behind the Capitals (with a game in hand) in the Eastern Conference NHL and the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
David Pastrnak is solidly number one as the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. Marchand, David Krejci,and Zdeno Chara are in the Plus/Minus Leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are the cream of the crop and also within spitting distance of each other in every category but wins. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL
Elsewhere around the rink:
Their sage Director of New Media has taken steps to eliminate injuries to Penguins players with notable success. Other NHL teams should follow suit. @AndiPerelman
Is it hubris to brag that Boston’s autumn professional teams are all undefeated at home? Prime Time Sports Talk
What is the likelihood that recent revelations mean curtains for Mike Babcock’s NHL coaching career? The Hockey News
Have a hankering for sports stories from diverse viewpoints? Try this interview of Kristen Shilton, who covers the Maple Leafs for TSN, from this new source- Limitless Media.
31 Thoughts breaks the news that the NHL is preparing a Code of Conduct to roll out soon. Brad Marchand apologized for his ire at the concussion spotter that pulled him from the recent Rangers game for observation. Sportsnet
Things are not going well in Toronto, so TSN has resorted to trigger warnings on their Maple Leafs related content. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton

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So I was thinking about Dean Prentice, the outstanding left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the right and Larry Popein in the middle on some pretty good Rangers teams in the latter part of the 1950s, and who passed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t thinking that he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, though in a bit I will establish a comparative standard that would certainly seem to indicate that No. 17 has been done wrong by a succession of HHOF selection committees.

Rather, I was thinking about the trade that sent the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a fine center, on Feb. 4, 1963, in the midst of a typical early-’60s Original Six season in which the NHL’s only two U.S.-based Northeast teams both missed the playoffs in six of the decade’s first seven years.

And I was thinking not only how that trade wasn’t exactly a winner for the Blueshirts, but how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the best of the Rangers in just about every deal between the clubs that I could recall.

Guess what? Until Jeff Gorton had baubles to offer the B’s leading up to the 2018 deadline purge, Boston pretty much had run the table.

As follows, ranked from best to worst, the good one or two, the bad, very bad and worst of the eight significant trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.
Pending free agent Nash sustained what became the final concussion of his career in Boston before retiring for medical reasons following the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, not only netted Lindgren, who is fast impressing folks in New York, but K’Andre Miller by virtue of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the previously owned Boston first-rounder.

Dean Prentice; Rick Nash
Dean Prentice; Rick NashAP (2)
2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.
The draft choice became Joey Keane, a potential part of the future on the blue line gained for a transitory part of the past on his way to free agency.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.
On the ice, it honestly wasn’t all that terrible, the Rangers getting to one post-trade losing Cup final in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. But according to the heart, it was the day the music died and never, ever should have happened.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.
From 1955-56 through 1961-62, Prentice was 10th in the NHL with 358 points (163 goals). McKenney was seventh with 387 points (159 goals), per Hockey-Reference. But while Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded just 50 points (17 goals) in 76 games before he was sent to the Maple Leafs a year later in the Bathgate trade.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.
True enough, Fleming was a fan favorite and a reasonably important part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff teams, but Pie became an integral part of the Animalistic team wearing the spoked-B that won two Cups in the early ’70s while scoring 28 goals or more in four straight years on the line with Fred Stanfield at center and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.
When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to defense, where he became a first-team All-Star before going to Montreal, where he won the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an appreciable impact during their respective short stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.
Knuble, acquired from the Red Wings entering the 1998-99 season, simply could not establish himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 games) despite getting opportunities to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first year and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. But after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of the league’s most productive power wingers (243-236-479 in 851 games) while DiMaio rang up one goal and two assists in 12 career games wearing the Blueshirt.

Why the Rangers’ inconsistency might be around for a while
8. May 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.
Seriously, need one say more about this one other than it stands as New York hockey’s version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (under the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who played through 1973-74, retired with 860 points (391-469) in 1,378 games, for .624 points per game. His name is never mentioned when the annual balloting rolls around.

Yet winger Dick Duff, a contemporary, was inducted into the Hall in 2006 after a career in which he recorded 572 points (283-289) in 1,030 games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, except that Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal while Prentice won none while skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

But how many do you think each would have won if they’d exchanged sweaters throughout their respective careers?

Duff, of course, played in New York for a brief time, obtained as part of the package from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 points (7-13) in 42 games as a Ranger before he was sent to Montreal for Bill Hicke 10 months later.

So maybe we can infer.

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HASTINGS — Often times the history of a place or time belongs only to those who remember, but Dave Barry and Stewart Richardson have solidified a place in time for the stories of the Trent Valley Hockey League. Barry and Richardson have written a book called “Ice and Thunder”, History of the TVL.
Barry and Richardson were both originally from the Hastings area and have deep roots in the community. They made a presentation to the Hastings Historical Society about the book on Wednesday November 6.
Barry had a long career in the oil and gas industry. Since retirement he has taken a much more active role in local history. He has published family histories and many articles in the Trent Valley Archives. Richardson is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Richardson launched his book Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins on Dit Clapper Day in 2012.
“The book is 180 pages, about 50,000 words and contains lots of photos. It is meant to be a coffee table book”, said Richardson. “the title, Ice and Thunder, is a derivative of; Dit Clapper was the guest speaker in 1948 when they opened the Marmora Arena and he was reminiscing to the crowd that the TVL was referred to as the Blood and Thunder League. We thought Ice and Thunder was a little better title.”
Bobby Hull wrote the forward to the book. Hull played one season in the TVHL on a line with his father and brother-in-law on the Point Anne team. He was only 13 years old at the time and had already signed to a contract with the Chicago Black Hawks. “When Robert Sr. was asked if he was not concerned for his son playing in this rough and tumble hockey league, he replied well they have to catch him first,” said Richardson in his remarks.
The TVL was comprised of about 30 communities from Fenlon Falls to Picton. Communities throughout the region had teams in the league at one time or another, including Tweed, Stirling, Brighton, Picton, Napanee, Hastings, Warkworth and Campbellford.
The book covers three eras of hockey. The early era from 1900 to 1916, the gala era from 1921-1940 and the golden era from 1945 to 1955. The breaks in the eras coincide with the world wars. At least one player from each era won a Stanley cup.
A quote from the back cover of the book sums it up best. “A forgotten time and place has now been rescued from the dustbin of hockey history and finally the story of the Trent Valley Hockey League has been told,” said Todd Denault, author of Jacques Plante – The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey.
The book is a great gift for any hockey player and a must read for anyone who remembers the TVHL. Copies are available in Hastings at The River’s Edge.

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You just knew honoring Zdeno Chara in the Bell Centre was going to be a little dicey. And when the announcement of Chara’s 1,500th game came during the second media timeout in Tuesday’s game, it first sounded like the boos were going to rule the day. But soon the applause started to fill in and, when Chara acknowledged the crowd by standing and waving, he got an appreciative roar.

After the game, Chara said the feeling was mutual.

“Obviously that felt really nice. I really appreciated that,” said Chara. “It was very classy and it’s something I will definitely remember.”

It may not have matched the poignancy of the night in 1942, when the Habs and Bruins players came together to carry Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer on their shoulders in that famed line’s final game at the Garden before going off to World War II. But there aren’t many other moments vying for second place in this heated rivalry.

In this current iteration of the rivalry, Chara has been the face of the Bruins to many of the Canadien fans. When he drove former Hab Max Pacioretty into the Bell Centre stanchion back in 2011, he became public enemy No. 1. Many even wanted him to be arrested.

Claude Julien, now in his second term with the Habs, was behind the Bruins’ bench that night and for 10 years, all of which he had Chara in his prime.

“We know he’s strong, we know he’s got long reach, but he’s worked on his quick feet and everything else. You saw him tonight — lots of ice time, still a good player,” said Julien. “But where I think I’ve got to give most of the credit is to our fans. … I remember when I was on the other side with that incident with Pacioretty. I know and I can stand here today on the Montreal side and say there was never intent to injure that player. That’s not his style. It was an unfortunate accident, but he was not a very well-liked player here in Montreal. But the class of our fans to do what they did tonight in giving him not necessarily a standing ovation but clapping and looking at what he’s accomplished in his career just says a lot about our real fans. I was really impressed and glad that they did that. I know him personally and I think what he got from our fans was well-deserved.”

Ottawa-born Bruce Cassidy was a die-hard Bruins fan before he became their coach.

“I thought it was great, classy,” said Cassidy. “This is an Original Six, right? They’ve got a lot of classy fans in Montreal. Just because it’s a Bruins-Habs rivalry and I don’t happen to like the Canadiens, it doesn’t mean I dislike their fans. They’re good people and they know hockey. I was glad to see it.”

Clifton engaged
In the B’s 5-4 loss in Montreal, Connor Clifton not only scored his first goal of the season, the third-pair defenseman was much more involved all night, dishing out five hits.

“He was just more engaged,” said Cassidy. “We had a little conversation with Cliffy. I think he’s been fine without the puck, but I don’t think he’s played — we always say it — Cliffy Hockey. He hasn’t gotten involved, being assertive, playing with confidence, and that may be by design. He was trying to find his balance. But for him to be effective, he still has to get those timely hits or don’t be afraid to move your feet and get into space. If teams are going to back off and give you space, take it. That’s what he did.”

Short time for Ritchie
After getting benched for much of the second period, Brett Ritchie had a team-low 8:15 in ice time.

“Brett, we’re still learning about three in four nights. We’ll have to address that. Our team is a working team, an energy team and we expect to play well in these games and find our legs. And we did,” said Cassidy.

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The Boston Bruins have won four in a row, secured at least a point in each of their last eight contests (6-0-2) and have tied the best 12-game start (9-1-2) in franchise history (1929-30).

For all of his club’s success, however, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy expects more — and he hopes to get it on Saturday as the team hosts the Ottawa Senators in the second contest of a three-game homestand.

“We’re getting there. I think these past four, five, six games, we’ve progressively tightened up, played more our style where teams have got to earn their way out there,” Cassidy said. “I thought at the start of the year we were a little bit too loose, even though our goals against was down. …

“But, I see us more start to finish now, playing that way. Listen, nobody’s going to be at 60 minutes every night at this time of the year. You’re still figuring out your team, guys are still getting going, but we’re getting closer. I like where we’re at.”

Cassidy should, considering the Bruins have outscored their foes by a 19-7 margin during their winning streak.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak extended their respective point streaks during Boston’s 5-1 victory over San Jose on Tuesday, with the former setting up a returning David Krejci in the first period to dent the scoresheet in his 11th consecutive contest (seven goals, 14 assists).

Pastrnak pushed his point streak to 10 games (12 goals, 12 assists) after notching his team-leading 12th goal, making him just the third player in franchise history to reach that mark in a single October (Phil Esposito, 14, 1973; Charlie Simmer, 12, 1985).

Speaking of streaks, Boston won all four of its games against Ottawa over the last two seasons — and Marchand and Pastrnak have had a hand in that as well.

Marchand collected seven points (two goals, five assists) in the meetings in 2018-19 while Pastrnak has 12 (five goals, seven assists) over the two-campaign run.

Impressive numbers to be certain, however the Bruins are more interested in the here and now.

“We’re feeling good as a team. We reset after each game and come into the next game with the same mentality that we’ve had for these four that we’ve won in a row,” defenseman Brandon Carlo said. “So we’re just continuing to keep a positive attitude in here, play for each other and most of all, just have fun.”

Ottawa is starting to have fun after answering a dismal eight-game stretch (1-6-1) by sandwiching 5-2 victories around a 4-2 loss during its recent three-game homestand.

Nick Paul (two goals, one assist) and Brady Tkachuk (one goal, two assists) each recorded three-point performances in Sunday’s win over San Jose while Craig Anderson turned aside 34 shots.

Anderson is expected to return to the crease against Boston, vs. which he owns a 12-14-0 record with one shutout, a 3.08 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Senators coach D.J. Smith praised the contributions of fourth-liners Filip Chlapik and J.C. Beaudin, who combined for seven hits against the Sharks. The pair was shuffled to Belleville after the San Jose game before promptly being recalled from the American Hockey League.

Smith said he doesn’t intend to tinker with his lineup, especially after a victory.

“That’s the message: If you play well and you play hard then you get to play again,” Smith said, per the Ottawa Sun. “I thought they were a big reason why we were good the other day. They took short shifts and they hit everything.”

The Senators will vie for their first win away from Canada’s capital when they open their three-game road trip.