Beast of the Beasts: Chris Kelly

Will Chris Kelly have another big game? (Credit:Slidingsideways/Flickr)

This week the choice was quite simple based on the first couple of games in the first round of the Playoffs.  He scored the Game 1 overtime winning goal, had the honor of wearing the MVP Chain provided by Andrew Ference. Still need help? This week’s Beast of the Beasts is forward Chris Kelly. Kelly since coming to Boston has posted 22 goals and 22 assists through 106 games. This season Kelly was given the honor of being named Alternate Captain and for good reason. Kelly not only is stellar on the ice and leads by example, but he is also a strong voice in the locker room.

Kelly is the definition of a true hockey player. For example, back in February the team was in Minnesota on a road trip. In practice he took a hard hit into the boards, causing his teeth to disintegrate. Kelly, un-phased did an interview with Bruins reporter and stated it was ‘no big deal’, that his teeth were already falsies. He spent over an hour getting them fixed at a nearby dentist and was ready to play the next game. Kelly also dressed for all 82 games that the Bruins played this season.

He has the drive, the determination and the dedication, isn’t that what you look for in a ‘Beast’?

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Beast of the Beasts: Benoit Pouliot

Benoit Pouliot is proving himself to be a valuable piece to the Bruins puzzle (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

This week we asked you, our readers, who you felt was worthy enough of carrying the title of Beast of the Beasts. You provided us with not one, but three possible players to choose from, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Rolston and Marty Turco.  Looking at the stat cards for the past week, we had to make the choice and go with forward Benoit Pouliot, although Brian Rolston came in a close second. As for Marty Turco, we can give him an honorable mention, based on his short time with the Bruins and the two wins that he did provide. It was a great run Marty and we thank you for your time and efforts. It’s been real.

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Beast of the Beasts: Brian Rolston

Brian Rolston (Photo Credit: Emma Harger/adventuresinpucking)

This week’s Beast of the Beasts, after much deliberation is forward Brian Rolston. Currently the 6′ 2″, 215lb right wing has points in his last six straight games.  He has registered 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points.

Since coming to Boston Rolston has posted three goals and ten assists in just 16 games played. Adding that to his statistics from the Islanders, he has 7 goals and 15 assists totaling 22 points in 65 games.

There is no doubt that the addition of Rolston has helped boost the morale of the third line, with line mates Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot having their fair share in the spot light as well. To say they have made or break the Bruins games as of late would be quite accurate.

“My line has put up some points the last couple games, and that’s a great thing. I think we have good chemistry as a line as well…Well Kells, he’s a player that plays in every dimension of the game,” Rolston said. “He’s great defensively, he can make things happen offensively – he’s a pleasure to play with. Benny I know a little bit about him and what he brings, he’s a tremendously talented kid and I just think we’re supporting each other well and we’re building a little bit of chemistry. But it’s a lot of fun to play with these two guys.”-Brian Rolston (via Bruins Official Site)

Beast of the Beasts: Tyler Seguin & David Krejci

Krejci and Seguin have both seem to come alive in the past few games, being placed on the same line together. (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

This week A Cup A Bruin readers provided us with a tie for Beast of the Beasts. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin are provided with the honor of being in the spotlight, also known as the ‘french fries’ line.

The two have been playing on a line together for the past month or so as Cluade Julien attempted to change things up and try new things with the plaguing injuries that crept up on them.  In the past five games Krejci has managed to post two goals, both being against the Penguins, while Seguin has posted a goal and 2 assists. However, the speed and charisma they are bringing on the ice is what is helping give the Bruins a fighting chance.

The two have a certain chemistry on and off the ice, giving each other nicknames such as ‘franchise’ for Seguin and ‘french fries’ for Krejci, due to his accent. It has also been stated by road roommate (of Seguin) Gregory Campbell that the two are also very much into ‘ The Bachelor’ along with a few of the other ‘Big, Bad Bruins.’ With such a great dynamic off the ice, it is no wonder they thrive together on the same line.

Don’t forget to cast your vote for who YOU feel deserves to be this week’s Beast of the Beasts right here.

 

Beast of the Beasts:Jordan Caron

Jordan Caron (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

Prior to the past week most people know the guy photographed above as Tyler Seguin‘s roommate, the one who didn’t wake him up for team breakfast, causing Seguin to be benched.  He is just now beginning to shine and come into his skates as he steps into the spotlight as this week’s Beast of the Beasts.

Caron is a 25th overall 1st round draft pick by the Bruins in the 2009 entry draft who made the NHL roster out of training camp in 2010-2011. In 23 games he registered 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. Not bad for a rookie season, but not stellar stats either.  He played the majority of his first season with the Providence Bruins finishing the season with 47 games total. During the Stanley Cup Final Caron was part of the Black Aces, a group of players that would skate with the team in celebration after Game 7.

Much alike, this year Caron has spent time bouncing back and forth between Boston and Providence until recently. He is currently a second-line forward with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. In his last five games played Caron has registered 3 goals and four assists, for 7 points, tying his career NHL totals from last season. This isn’t including his previous 3 goals and 2 assists.

Caron is a player who has stepped up to the plate and filled the ‘skates’ of players such as Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot who are currently plagued with injuries.  One of his shining moments and reasons for choosing him as this week’s player of the week is his hit that he planted on Wasington’s Alexander Ovechkin, opening up the slot for Marchand to bang the puck into the net behind Vokoun to tie Saturday’s game.

At the young age of 21, he is still making room for improvements, meaning he can only get better from here. While he has had some ups and downs, he still has plenty of time to come into his game. After watching him step into the limelight in the past few games, and show us his potential, it is safe to say the sky is the limit for this young gun. Between him, Seguin and Marchand, this team has the ‘young guns’ to go far, just as the Penguins did/have with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Expect great things to come from this trio whether it be together or individually, they are going to blow everyone away in the years to come.

Beast of the Beasts: David Krejci

Krejci has stepped up to the plate with injuries plaguing the Bruins (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

After reviewing the poll results, the person that you, our readers, voted for this week’s Beast of the Beasts is David Krejci. Krejci had been in a serious slump, registering only 1 goal and 1 assist in 13 games played. In the last five he has jumped to 5 goals and 1 assist, that’s quite an improvement. The spark came after coach Claude Julien moved Krejci around a bit from different lines to different positions. He is currently sporting a line with forwards Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin whom he is centering.

The month of March has proven to be where Krejci thrives as an athlete, the minute the calendar flips and the numbers are there to prove it. Krejci has put up 13 goals and 20 assists along with a plus-14 in 32 games during the month of March over the last three years. (via Bruins statistics)

“He likes to thrive on big occasions. There’s no doubt that every playoff he’s played in, he’s been a good player. Every year at the end of the year, he’s always been a good player,” said Claude Julien. “What I remember the most is my first year here when [Krejci] was a rookie. We lost Patrice [Bergeron] and then [Marc] Savard with a broken back, and [Krejci] came in and just took over.”(via CSNNE.com)

It seems to be Seguin and Lucic’s speed that is the driving force behind the success of Krejci, paired with his undeniable talent. As he has been flourishing with the two forwards on either side of him. The tempo of his game has increased and the line as a whole has posted six goals for the team in the last two games. You can’t argue with those numbers.

“[Krejci is at his best] when he controls the pace and uses his wingers and gets into those areas where he can score those goals,” said Lucic. “Obviously, it’s been kind of an up and down year for David and it’s been frustrating at times for him, but it’s great to see him work through it.”(via CSNNE.com)

Beast of the Beasts: Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron earns himself three points in Saturday's game and this week's Beast of the Beasts (Photo Credit: Steph Phillips)

This week we turned to the polls to ask who you, our readers, thought deserved to be this week’s Beast of the Beasts to which you responded Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron, who was recently voted as the National Hockey League’s most underrated player by the NHLPA, has been a big part of the Bruins success as of late.

Bergeron was a second round draft pick, 73rd overall in the 2003 entry draft, the same year as Providence Bruin Josh Hennessy. Currently Bergeron is ranked 2nd in the League for his +/_ rating of 28 and is one of the teams top scorers with 19 goals, just three behind team leader Brad Marchand.

Bergeron was chosen this week for Beast of the Beasts because of the way he stepped up to the plate this week on the road with the absence of Peverley and Horton causing some serious wear and tear on the Bruins. In the last five games Bergeron has managed to post 13 shots on goal and register 2goals and 2 assists.

Last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators was more or less a showcase of the incredible talent Bergeron possesses. In the first period alone Bergeron had managed to net a goal and assist on the other to give the Bruins a one-goal lead going into the second period. The Bruins first first period lead since mid-January. In the second period Bergeron would showcase his talents in attempting a shot on goaltender Alex Auld that would hit him high in the shoulder and was the given to defensman Colin Greening. Bergeron would then intercept the puck from Greening and go on to fire yet another shot at Auld, which was also saved. Bergeron posted 9 shots on goal, tying his season high that dated back to October 20 as well as tying his season high for goals and assists in a single game. (vs Calgary on January 5)

In case you need a little more persuasion as to why Bergeron deserves to be this week’s Beast of the Beasts, here are a few videos for your entertainment.

He can score:

He can fight:

He can defend:


He creates GOLDEN opportunities:

He is a STANLEY CUP CHAMPION and he can rap:

 

Be sure to cast your vote on who you think deserves to be the next Beast of the Beasts!