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Bruins’ Miller expresses concern after taking out 1/6th of Montreal’s forwards

Mar 25, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller had a pretty eventful Monday night, taking out a pair of Habs forwards — Dale Weise and Travis Moen — in the span of roughly 45 seconds.

Miller caught Weise with a hit from behind early in the first period, then fought Moen in retaliation. When the dust cleared, Weise had left the game for good with an undisclosed injury and Moen’s night was finished after taking this punch in the melee:

“I hope [Wiese] is all right — both those guys,” Miller said, per CSNNE. “To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him. I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second, and Moen asked if I wanted to go.

“I just hope they’re both okay.”

The 26-year-old Miller is quickly proving himself to be one of the toughest pound-for-pound guys in the league. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he’s a fairly physical specimen — though hardly a giant — and his ability to throw down has turned a lot of heads. Decisive victories over the likes of Moen,  Ottawa’s Zack Smith and San Jose’s Mike Brown have earned Miller a reputation, one head coach Claude Julien says is well deserved.

“He just plays well all-around,” Julien told the Boston Herald. “He moves the puck well, he defends well, he’s strong, he’s winning his battles, he stands up for himself, and so not disappointed with him at all.”

  1. pastabelly - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    If Lucic needs a bodyguard, he’s found one. :) Miller never meant to hurt Wiese. Moen, given his history, was a fool to go at it with Miller. Hopefully, he will be okay and a lot smarter the next time.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Why would Lucic need a bodygaurd.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        i wanted to ask Chara the same thing.

      • pastabelly - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        He wouldn’t. That was a joke.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Classy statement. Making him the third star was not classy. But Miller’s reaction was, and I’m glad there was a story written about it.

    • kovodisc - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Who else should have gotten it? I didn’t see the results, but I would say the three stars should have been Hamilton, Rask, and Miller.

      He played the best defensive game out of all D-men, and brought a spark to the team.

      • refpete - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        How can you possibly pick 3 Bruins as the stars??
        Fact is, they were loosing all game until the last what, 4 minutes! I don’t care if they were hitting more. In close games as this, you pick 2 from the winning side and 1 from loosing. Most times. Stop being so narrowminded.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Do people really care who gets the three stars? I bet you guys collect stickers for doing your chores too. I’m pretty sure the stars are selected by a marketing intern on each team. Do you think a player ever cared about that silly accolade?

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Three Boston players should not be chosen, no. However, to dropthepuckeh’s point….the three stars are a pointless tradition, dating back what, like 80 years or something. Normally, you’re right – who cares. But, if you use it to be a completely classless d-bag, such as the Boston media did (i.e. we’re going to give the award to the guy that caused injury to your guys), then it becomes more significant. Which is why I brought it up in this article. His hit caused injury, he expressed concern – good on him. He didn’t mean to. Moen challenged him to a fight, and got hurt – that’s on Moen. Boston media not only doesn’t share the concern, they celebrate the injuries. I don’t have the adjectives handy to describe that move.

      • bildomac07 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Hockey412 are you able to eat meals throughout the day or sleep at night knowing the Boston Bruins exist as a franchise? Try and breathe a little bit buddy, talk a nice stroll outside get some fresh air. Step away from the keyboard and try and forgot about your disdain for the black and gold for a few minutes a day haha. I see you on every article just ripping them to shreds, I can appreciate that you have a passion for the game like most of us, but c’mon man give it a rest already we get it you hate them and they should all be thrown in prison haha.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        i don’t disagree with anything you said, dropthepuckeh. but just thinking on the subject, doesn’t first star at an all star game get a car or something? and don’t some teams keep track of stars on the season and give some sort of awards at the end? just trying to think of times where stars matter.

      • kovodisc - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Sorry – I meant to say 3 BRUINS STARS – not for the overall game.

        Budaj, Rask, and _________ (NOT Miller)

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        bildomac – sure, I can – if you’ll refer to me earlier post I was only saying it was a classy move by Miller, then someone asked a question. So I answered it.

      • bildomac07 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        I was impressed by your compliment of Miller which was legit, he seemed concerned and answered the bell when challenged after an unfortunate play that was not a deliberate intent to injure the habs forward. Commendable on his behalf and yours for pointing it out, but you couldn’t just stop there you had to throw in a jab at making him the 3rd star. I thought Miller had a huge impact on the game injuries aside, he was active all night albeit in limited time on ice. Who knows what criteria is used in Boston to determine something as meaningless as 3rd star of the game, but I thought he played great and a guy like Miller probably doesn’t get a lot of opportunites to be a top 3 star of the game so in this game I thought it fit. Sure there were other options for 3rd star of the game, I thought Krejci and Bergeron both played very well, but to get all up in arms over it is a bit obsessive in my opinion, but to each their own.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Just making the distinction between his actions and the club/media. We disagree on the reasons that he was given the ‘star’. You can read the earlier post, I agree it’s meaningless, unless the club is giving praise for him injuring other players, and let’s just please not pretend that wasn’t what it was. Thanks for your input, though. No points, 1 hit, 7 PIMS, 2 injuries. Which do you think earned him the ‘star’. I honestly don’t care all that much about it, nothing surprises me anymore, but I’d argue the point all day long.

  3. terrier92 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I too hope Moen is ok. Stand up guy. Miller is one tough kid

  4. kastout11 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Just read yesterday about Neal intentionally trying to injure players, then you read today about Miller who plays as hard as anyone, then hurts someone and actually feels bad about it. He plays his role and plays hard, but clean. Then you have Neal who is as dirty as they come. Neal is a dbag.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Who did Neal intentionally try to hurt?

      I would agree that Neal’s moves have been D-baggy – hopefully you’d admit that those moves put him on par with Lucic, Chara, Marchand, and Thornton. To take a single instance of actual class on the Boston squad and compare it to another team’s player though seems odd.

      • topshelf37 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I will give you that Marchy is cheap. No way would I agree with the other 3. Chara and Thornton each have one ugly incident. Lucic plays hard and is huge. Neal has many incidents. There is a great article out on Yahoo where a well known former ref is blasting Neal for being “Everything that is wrong with the NHL”. Explain that? I understand if you are upset that the Bruins are playing great, physicaly hockey right now and have taken the conference from the hands of the Pens, but don’t go attacking them all with accusations that cannot be backed up.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Just becuase the league doesn’t suspend Lucic does not mean the hits are legit. Running a goalie, his little poke at Emelin last night that he denied, his constant boarding and shots in the back, punches thrown after the whistle for no damn reason, but ok…chara had a head shot as early as this year – according to the league it’s cool…because he’s chara. I’m not so sure wingels agrees, and if you’ll remember he blindsided a guy last night, to me there’s no difference between that and what neal did. All parties, in every case, skated away.

      • flyerspsu - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Neal has been suspended 3 times and has had seven plays the league contacted and fined or warned him about where nearly all were premeditated blindside headshots

      • flyerspsu - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        couturier, giroux, gledenning, marchand to name a few, all premeditated blindside headshots

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Glendenning, no. Marchand, no. These players were bumped and never missed a shift. Couts, I’ll give you – he had enough of Couts cross-checks to Malkin’s kidneys. Giroux was a mistimed hit, same as Giroux’s was to zajac (right?)….

        Neal’s not a clean player. Dirty, and it’d be nice to have him go away in favor of another 40+ goal scorer. But for people cheering for boston (or philly for that matter – mr. glasshouse) to single him out is kind of delusional.

      • goodolejr - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        So attempting to crosscheck someone in the face (Glendenning) isn’t a cheap shot? Ignoring the fact that he missed and only glanced his head, the intent was clearly there. And skating by a player down on the ice and purposely kneeing him in the head isn’t a cheap shot?! Are you high?

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Not sure if I’m supposed to answer you or not, dropthepuck just basically told mom and dad on me for answering his questions…but I never said they weren’t cheap. I never said they weren’t dirty, or punishable (all of them were punished). Not arguing in favor of anyone doing it. Horrible plays from a player that has set the record for cheap shots this year. The argument was ‘intent to injure’. Just not sure how you make that leap – Neals shot to the face didn’t even startle glendenning. wasn’t hard, just extremely dirty and cheap. Marchand didn’t miss a shift. There were two arguments, one from a philly guy and one from a boston guy…two teams known to take liberties, throw punches (also to the head). Just seemed absurd.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        intent to hit and intent to injure are two separate things.

      • goodolejr - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        Oh come on, any attempt to hit somebody in the head is an intent to injure, otherwise, why not just take the body? And just about every team has made a questionable hit or 2. Giroux was suspended a game once and Rinaldo only suspended once. Neal is a repeat offender who clearly has attempted to injure players here and there. I’m not saying all of his cheap shots were an intent to injure but I can’t stand behind the notion that someone trying to take a guy’s head off didn’t intend to injure someone. Clearly none of us can read people’s minds, but when a guy goes out of his way to skate into the head of another player (Marchand) or tries to crosscheck them in the head, it’s blatantly obvious what his intentions were.

      • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        I’m just not sure I agree. I understand your point, and that’s why I bring up crap like Chara’s head hit on Wingels, or Lucic, Boychuk and McQuaid constantly throwing punches to the head after the whistle or during play. Intent to injure? I really don’t think so, though I don’t think they care if they injure someone any more than neal. I think they are all just being a-holes – in neal’s case, some are brighter than others, he’s a moron. It’s not a “boys will be boys” situation, it’s dirty and frankly I don’t care for him either. But look at why his name was brought up in this section – it’s all hypocrisy. I understand your point.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Who did Neal intentionally try to hurt? Are you suffering from amnesia, early onset dementia or a case of Yinzerpidity ? Just cuz Marchand is a rat does not take away from the gutless, cowardly act of Neal’s INTENTIONAL kneeing of Marchand while he was prone on the ice, with his back turned. And don’t get me started on the 3 embellishment penalties that the habitual diver has already received this season. The combined transgressions of the four Bruins who you have sited would have a tough time matching what Neal has on his own, with his 7 league reviewed plays in his career. As former referee Paul Stewart said ” Neal is the poster child for what’s wrong with the NHL discipline system”.

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    “Do people really care who gets the three stars? I bet you guys collect stickers for doing your chores too.”

    HAHAHA way too good.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Is hockey412 the moderator of these boards? If so, can we start a petition to remove him? His constant condescending comments and the need to chime in on everything is exhausting. We get it man, you think you are THE authority on hockey and have far too much time on your hands to spend online here. Take the advice of the guy earlier and go for a walk. The rest of us amateurs will be fine without you.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      That’s actually not true! I had a comment, I made it, you argued it, I argued back. So what you want is for any responses to me to go unanswered, correct? To let you have the last word? If it is, by all means just say it, and I’ll do whatever you want.

      Go back and look at the posts. I’m answering YOUR argument. Even now, though I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to have a response, YOU are bringing ME into it. Quit doing that, and I will quit answering. Deal? I only said it was a classy response from Miller.

    • goodolejr - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      To be fair, he does seem to respond to the topics discussed, without resorting to name calling like some other trolls on here. I don’t mind someone who voices their opinion like an adult without resorting to the typical 3rd grade insults.

  7. gallyhatch - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    hockey412 referred to Philadelphia Flyer Rinaldo as “Retardo” a week or two ago.

    I think you kind of forfeit your ability to judge what is and isn’t classy when you say something along those lines.

    Just my $0.02.

    • hockey412 - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Glad to see it left an impression. I’m sorry if it struck too close to home.

      • gallyhatch - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Yeah, I know you’re glad, but at the same time, no, you’re not sorry.

        I look forward to your next post telling me about what is and isn’t classy. Try to exude a little class yourself and have some respect for people with disabilities.

      • hockey412 - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        I’m sorry that you were offended! I will choose my words more carefully, I forget the sensitivity of the day and age that we live in, we are all walking-exposed nerves, and sometimes I forget to cater. In retrospect, I agree with you; if I were mentally handicapped, if that is still the appropriate term, I would not appreciate being associated with Rinaldo either. It was hurtful.

  8. muckleflugga - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    what a pantload …

    miller’s proving to be one of the toughest guys in the league …?

    had moen not held miller up after catching him flush and buckling his knees, miller would have been pissing himself prostrate on the ice … so much for reputation … but it sells in boston

    and what could be more disingenuous than expressing regret after drilling someone in the temple … stand-up guy … what planet do these cro-magnons crawl over one is left to ask

    but it makes a good read after seeing lucic and paille getting absolutely rocked with clinically perfect hits and after being schooled in disciplined play from the historically superior canadiens

    someone find lucic a rag to cry into but print rag in big letters so he’ll know what it’s for … i have a hunch milan’s no rocket surgeon

    i’ll give he and like-minded teammates this … they are collectively the ugliest assemblage of low-brow thugs in the professional game … falling out of the ugly tree and hitting every branch on the way to the swamp

    if circling menacingly and scowling and threatening wins cups, bruins are in for a walk … it clearly scared les canadiens

    the fact of the matter is bruins haven’t had a bona fide tough since o’reilly and jonathan … they’ve been replaced by certifiable assholes like brad marchand

    why i oughta …

  9. bruins2011next - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    guys I was at the game last night and the announced 3 stars chosen by the Boston radio announcers were #3 Bergeron, #2 Rask and #1 Budaj. Miller was not one of the stars!

  10. slaugin - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I was also at the game…Bruins 2011 is correct, No Miller as star

  11. drewsylvania - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    As opposed to guys like Emelin & Bourque, who make a living out of intents to injure.

  12. slysipops - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM


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