Sunday, May 14, 2017

Upcoming Bruins free agents

In the coming months the Bruins will have to deal with their restricted free agents and unrestricted free agents. Below is a list of those upcoming free agents. The Bruins will also have to deal with the upcoming expansion draft, with the Vegas Golden Knights joining the NHL as the 31st team, where the Bruins can only protect eleven players (first and second year pros and unsigned draft picks are exempt and don't count towards the eleven players). The Bruins will definitely lose one player during the expansion draft but it could be more.

Restricted Free Agents
The Bruins players that will be restricted free agents are: forwards David Pastrnak, Noel Acciari, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

Unrestricted Free Agents
The Bruins players that will be unrestricted free agents are: forwards Dominic Moore, Drew Stafford, and defenseman John-Michael Liles.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bruins vs Senators game 6 summary


Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins, Game 6 recap video, on April 23, 2017.
Senators beat Bruins and win the series 4-2
The Senators got a gift power-play in overtime and finally capitalized on a power-play with a goal, beating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime to eliminate the Bruins from the playoffs.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Drew Stafford scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Senators Bobby Ryan scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Later, Senators Kyle Turris scored, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Senators Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal, winning the game 3-2 and ending the series.

Game notes
Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 2-4 with a 2.24 GAA and a .920 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game with a 56% faceoff percentage, in shots 30-29, hits 42-32 and blocked shots 16-8. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Senators went 2-for-5.

Drew Stafford led the Bruins with 6 shots. Noel Acciari and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 7 hits each. Kevan Miller and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Brandon Carlo, Tommy Cross, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jimmy Hayes, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Ryan Spooner were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Senators forward Clarke MacArthur
2) Bruins forward Brad Marchand
3) Senators goalie Craig Anderson

Bruins are done playing for now
The Senators won the series 4-2 and move on to face the New York Rangers in the next round.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bruins vs Senators game 5 summary


Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators, Game 5 recap video, on April 21, 2017.
Bruins beat Senators in double overtime, still alive in series
After getting a goal taken away from them and later they should have been awarded a penalty shot (due to Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau covering the puck with his glove in the goalie crease), the Bruins were able to stay alive with a double-overtime win with rookie Sean Kuraly providing the timely winner. Kuraly was in the lineup as coach Bruce Cassidy scratched forward Ryan Spooner, which turned out to be a great move. David Krejci was injured in the game with another uncalled knee-on-knee hit. After the game, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said that there were some derogatory comments made at Krejci while he was coming off the ice, which got the Bruins going (so thank you to whoever that moron was on the Senators). Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask also came up big and made quite a few game-saving saves as the Bruins defense didn't make it easy for him.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Senators Mark Stone scored, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, 30 seconds into the period, Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored, giving the Senators a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, cutting the Senators lead to 2-1. Later, Bruins Sean Kuraly scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In the first overtime period, no scoring happened.

In the second overtime period, Bruins Sean Kuraly scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, winning the game for the Bruins 3-2.

NHL changes rules for the Bruins
So this was the non-penalty shot call that should have been, but I guess the NHL changed their rules for this game...

Game notes
Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net and made 41 saves on 43 shots. Rask is now 2-3 with a 2.14 GAA and a .924 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 56-39. The Senators led the game with a 54% faceoff percentage, in shots 43-39 and blocked shots 29-19. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Senators went 0-for-5.

Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak led the Bruins with 6 shots each. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 9 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Matt Beleskey, Brandon Carlo, Tommy Cross, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jimmy Hayes, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and Ryan Spooner were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Sean Kuraly
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Onto the next one
The Senators lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is in Boston, on Sunday, at 3pm ET.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bruins vs Senators game 4 summary


Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins, Game 4 recap video, on April 19, 2017.
Senators take 3-1 series lead
Last night, the Senators came away with a big 1-0 win over the Bruins to take a strong 3-1 series lead.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Senators Bobby Ryan scored, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead.

Game notes
Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 1-3 with a 2.44 GAA and a .913 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 37-30 and blocked shots 12-11. The Senators led the game with a 54% faceoff percentage and in shots 27-22. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Senators went 0-for-3.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits. Charlie McAvoy led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Matt Beleskey, Brandon Carlo, Tommy Cross, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jimmy Hayes, Torey Krug, Sean Kuraly, Adam McQuaid and Malcolm Subban were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Senators forward Bobby Ryan
2) Senators goalie Craig Anderson
3) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask

Onto the next one
The Senators now lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is in Ottawa, on Friday, at 7:30pm ET.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bruins vs Senators game 3 summary


Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins, Game 3 recap video, on April 17, 2017.
Senators blow big lead, end up winning in overtime
Last night, the Senators got out to a big 3-0 lead but the Bruins managed to tie it up 3-3 in the third period. The game went to overtime and the Senators got a gift power-play, when it should have been matching penalties, and were able to score on it to win the game 4-3.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Senators Mike Hoffman scored, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Senators Derick Brassard scored, giving the Senators a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, Senators Mike Hoffman scored a power-play goal, giving the Senators a 3-0 lead. Later, Bruins Noel Acciari scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, cutting the Senators lead to 3-1. Only 42 seconds later, Bruins David Backes scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, cutting the Senators lead to 3-2. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal tying the game 3-3.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, Senators Bobby Ryan scored a power-play goal, winning the game for the Senators 4-3.

Game notes
Bruins Tuukka Rask played in net and made 28 saves on 32 shots. Rask is now 1-2 with a 2.89 GAA and a .898 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 44-38. The Senators led the game with a 55% faceoff percentage and shots 32-20. Both teams had 16 blocked shots. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Senators went 2-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron and Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 8 hits.

Matt Beleskey, Brandon Carlo, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jimmy Hayes, Torey Krug, Sean Kuraly, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller and Malcolm Subban were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Senators forward Mike Hoffman
2) Senators forward Bobby Ryan
3) Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson

Onto the next one
The Senators now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is in Boston, on Wednesday, at 7:30pm ET.