Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ducks beat Bruins ending Cassidy's win streak


Boston Bruins @ Anaheim Ducks game recap video, on February 22, 2017.
The Bruins had their 4-game winning streak come to an end last night when the Anaheim Ducks beat them 5-3, giving Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy his first loss as their coach.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brandon Carlo scored his 5th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Ducks Ondrej Kase scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 6th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Ducks Rickard Rakell scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Ducks Josh Manson scored, giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead.

In the third period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 9th goal of the season, tying the game 3-3. Later, Ducks Rickard Rakell scored, giving the Ducks a 4-3 lead. With less than a minute left in the period, Ducks Andrew Cogliano was awarded a goal after the Bruins tripped him up when he was about to score an empty-net goal, giving the Ducks a 5-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 20 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 28-14-0-4 with a 2.28 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-25. The Ducks led the game with a 56% faceoff percentage, hits 23-18 and blocked shots 20-10. The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Ducks went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. David Backes led the Bruins with 5 hits. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Tim Schaller, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 4-1 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Ducks forward Rickard Rakell
2) Ducks forward Ondrej Kase
3) Bruins forward David Backes

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-24-6 with 66 points this season and are in 5th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 15-11-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday (today), when they visit the Los Angeles Kings, at 10:30pm ET.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bruins win again, beat Sharks in overtime 2-1


Boston Bruins @ San Jose Sharks game recap video, on February 19, 2017.
After a week off, the Bruins returned to the ice in San Jose yesterday to take on Joe Thornton and the Sharks. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy would stay undefeated as the Bruins came away with a 2-1 overtime win over the Sharks.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 9th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Sharks Patrick Marleau scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 25th goal of the season, winning the game for the Bruins 2-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 29 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 28-13-0-4 with a 2.24 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 21-18 and blocked shots 23-15. The Sharks led the game with a 51% faceoff percentage and shots 30-28. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Brad Marchand and Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 4 shots each. David Backes led the Bruins with 5 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Matt Beleskey, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 4-0 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Brad Marchand
2) Sharks defenseman Brent Burns
3) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-23-6 with 66 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 15-10-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday, when they visit the Anaheim Ducks, at 10:30pm ET.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rask leads Bruins to shutout win over Canadiens


Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on February 12, 2017.
The Bruins and Canadiens met for their final regular season meeting tonight and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask led the way, stopping every shot he faced, along with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and rookie Peter Cehlarik having strong games. The Bruins went on to a 4-0 win over the Canadiens.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 0:58 seconds into the game, Bruins Torey Krug dropped the gloves with Canadiens loose cannon Andrew Shaw and they had a spirited fight. Later, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 2nd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 5th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

In the third period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 8th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Later, Bruins Kevan Miller dropped the gloves with Canadiens Michael McCarron after McCarron looked like he purposely tripped up Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. McCarron looked like Brian Boyle fighting, which is bad.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 25 shots that he faced, earning his 6th shutout of the season. Rask is now 27-13-0-4 with a 2.27 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 53% faceoff percentage, in shots 36-25 and blocked shots 10-7. The Canadiens led the game in hits 29-24. The Bruins went 1-for-7 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 0-for-6.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 6 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 7 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Peter Cehlarik recorded his first 2 career NHL points in this game with 2 assists.

Tim Schaller, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 3-0 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
2) Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara
3) Bruins forward Peter Cehlarik

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-23-6 with 64 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 15-13-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins isn't until next Sunday (2/19) when they visit the San Jose Sharks, at 8:30pm ET.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Bruins win again, beat Canucks 4-3


Vancouver Canucks @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on February 11, 2017.
This afternoon the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 earning their second consecutive win with new coach Bruce Cassidy.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Canucks Bo Horvat scored, giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead. Later, Bruins Kevan Miller scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, Canucks Alex Burrows scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, Bruins Colin Miller scored his 4th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Later, Canucks Markus Granlund scored a power-play goal tying the game 3-3. With two minutes left in the game, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 25th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 4-3 lead.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net and made 29 saves on 32 shots. Khudobin is now 2-5-0-1 with a 3.05 GAA and a .888 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-23. The Canucks led the game with a 51% faceoff percentage, in shots 32-30 and blocked shots 12-9. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Canucks went 1-for-3.

David Pastrnak led the Bruins with 5 shots. David Backes led the Bruins with 7 hits. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Peter Cehlarik played in his first NHL game and finished with a +1 in 13:50 of ice time.

Matt Beleskey, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 2-0 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Frank Vatrano
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Canucks forward Bo Horvat

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-23-6 with 62 points this season and are in 3rd place (as of this blog post, Toronto plays tonight) in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 14-13-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow (Sunday) when they host the Montreal Canadiens, at 7:30pm ET.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bruins beat Sharks in Bruce Cassidy debut


San Jose Sharks @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on February 9, 2017.
New Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy picked up his first win in his first game as Bruins coach. The Bruins capitalized on their power-play and Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Sharks. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was out of the lineup due to illness.

Quick game summary
In the first period, less than a minute into the game, Bruins David Backes scored his 12th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Sharks Joe Thornton scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 14th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 23rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

In the second period, Sharks Justin Braun scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 3-2. Later, Bruins Tim Schaller scored his 7th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 24th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 5-2 lead.

In the third period, Sharks Timo Meier scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 5-3. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 24th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, giving the Bruins a 6-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 23 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 26-13-0-4 with a 2.32 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 56% faceoff percentage, in shots 33-26, hits 27-23 and blocked shots 12-8. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Sharks went 0-for-2.

David Backes led the Bruins with 7 shots. Tim Schaller led the Bruins with 4 hits. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Peter Cehlarik, Zdeno Chara and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Bruins forward David Backes

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-23-6 with 60 points this season and are in 4th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 13-13-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Canucks, at 1pm ET.