Sunday, January 22, 2017

Penguins spank Bruins 5-1


Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins game recap video, on January 22, 2017.
Not much to say about this ugly game but the really good team beat the average team in this one, with the Penguins beating the Bruins 5-1. The Bruins have now lost four straight games.

Claude is frustrated, just like the fans are
After the game Bruins coach Claude Julien had some comments for his team, particularly calling out the players not trying hard enough. Hopefully this wakes them up, but since they haven't already, I doubt it will which is sad. Julien's comments can also maybe be seen as a message to management, get me better players, and I would have to agree with that.
"It's frustrating. There's a lot of guys right now that aren't giving us enough. This is a team that needs all 20 guys going in order to win. We don't have enough talent to think that we can get away with a mediocre game," Julien said. "This is where it's important for our guys to understand that and it's important to have 20 guys who want to go."

"It's OK to have talent, but you've got to compete. And for others, you've got get involved. You've got to be willing to do the things that are not fun to do but are going to help your hockey club. It's too bad because I think the players that we expect a lot out of every night are certainly battling every night. But we need more than that."
Source: bostonherald.com

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

In the second period, Penguins Bryan Rust scored, giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Later, Penguins Conor Sheary scored, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the season, cutting the Penguins lead to 2-1.

In the third period, Penguins Patric Hornqvist scored, giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Penguins Conor Sheary scored again, giving the Penguins a 4-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Penguins Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal, giving the Penguins a 5-1 lead. With less than a minute left in the game, Bruins Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves with Penguins Scott Wilson and they had a short nothing fight.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask came out of the game a little past halfway in the second period because he was having a bad migraine that was affecting his vision. Rask made 20 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 22-12-0-4 with a 2.11 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season. Backup goalie Zane McIntyre came in after Rask left and played the rest of the game, making 11 saves on 14 shots. McIntyre now has a 3.95 GAA and a .860 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 52% faceoff percentage and shots 45-36. The Penguins led the game in hits 33-30 and blocked shots 27-7. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Penguins went 1-for-1.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 7 shots each. Riley Nash led the Bruins with 6 hits. David Backes led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes and Kevan Miller (concussion) were scratched for the Bruins.

On Saturday, the Bruins sent forward Anton Blidh down to Providence (AHL). This is no surprise as Blidh hasn't really done much in the 19 games he's played this season (one goal and an interference major).

Three stars of the game
1) Penguins forward Conor Sheary
2) Penguins goalie Matt Murray
3) Penguins forward Sidney Crosby

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-21-6 with 52 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 13-9-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, when they host the Detroit Red Wings, at 7pm ET.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blackhawks score late, beat Bruins 1-0


Chicago Blackhawks @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on January 20, 2017.
On Friday, the Bruins hosted the Chicago Blackhawks and the Bruins played good enough to win but couldn't get any pucks past Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling. Late in the third period, Blackhawks Marian Hossa was able to capitalize on a Bruins mistake and put one past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask which would be the only goal in the game.

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

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, with only 1:26 left in the period, Blackhawks Marian Hossa scored, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 21 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 22-11-0-4 with a 2.08 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 59% faceoff percentage, shots 30-22 and hits 19-14. The Blackhawks led the game in blocked shots 19-15. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-3.

Austin Czarnik, David Krejci and David Pastrnak all led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Tim Schaller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Jimmy Hayes, Kevan Miller (concussion) and Anton Blidh were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa
2) Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling
3) Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-20-6 with 52 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 3-5-2 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 10-12-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Sunday, when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, at 3pm ET.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bruins blow big lead, lose in shootout to Red Wings


Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings game recap video, on January 18, 2017.
The Bruins had a really good start to their game tonight against the Detroit Red Wings, but then the second period came and everything went downhill from there. The Bruins had a 4-1 lead after the first period, then allowed the Red Wings to come back in the second period. In the third period, the Red Wings tied the game up and eventually win the game in the shootout. This was a frustrating game to watch as a Bruins fan, as you see how good the Bruins "can" be, as they showed in the first period, but then they completely fall apart in the second period, then they can't get back to that kind of play for the rest of the game, and end up losing in the shootout.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 44 seconds into the game, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 4th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Brandon Carlo scored his 4th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Later, Red Wings Dylan Larkin scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 3-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

In the second period, Red Wings Xavier Ouellet scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-2. Later, Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou scored, cutting the Bruins lead to 4-3. Later, Red Wings Tomas Tatar scored, tying the game 4-4. Only 21 seconds later, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 5-4 lead.

In the third period, Red Wings Gustav Nyquist scored, tying the game 5-5.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, (Bruins killer) Red Wings Thomas Vanek and Bruins Brad Marchand both scored in the second round; Red Wings Frans Nielsen scored in the third round to win the game 6-5 for the Red Wings.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 20 saves on 25 shots. Rask is now 22-10-0-4 with a 2.11 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 59% faceoff percentage and shots 33-25. The Red Wings led the game in hits 25-17 and blocked shots 12-7. The Bruins went 2-for-2 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 0-for-4.

Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller (concussion) were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin
2) Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar
3) Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-19-6 with 52 points this season and are in 2nd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 13-8-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday, when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, at 7pm ET.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Islanders pound no-show Bruins 4-0


New York Islanders @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on January 16, 2017.
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss led the Islanders, the worst team in the Eastern Conference, to a 4-0 shutout win over the Bruins who didn't show up on Monday. The Bruins not showing up to games still happens all to frequently.

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

In the second period, Islanders Nikolay Kulemin scored, giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Islanders Josh Bailey scored, giving the Islanders a 2-0 lead. Later, Islanders Nikolay Kulemin scored again, giving the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

In the third period, Islanders Jason Chimera scored a short-handed goal, giving the Islanders a 4-0 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started in net, played the first two periods, making 12 saves on 15 shots. Zane McIntyre played the third period and made 11 saves on 12 shots. Rask got the decision and he is now 22-10-0-3 with a 2.03 GAA and a .923 save percentage this season. McIntyre now has a 3.70 GAA and a .868 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 53% faceoff percentage, shots 32-27 and blocked shots 15-10. The Islanders led the game in hits 26-17. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-4.

Riley Nash led the Bruins with 5 shots. Anton Blidh led the Bruins with 4 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin
2) Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss
3) Islanders forward Casey Cizikas

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-19-5 with 51 points this season and are in 2nd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 10-11-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday, when they visit the Detroit Red Wings, at 8pm ET.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Marchand leads Bruins to 6-3 win over Flyers


Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on January 14, 2017.
Don't worry Bruins fans, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was back in net today against the Flyers and came away with a 6-3 win as the Bruins offense came alive, led by Bruins Brad Marchand's 5-point game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Flyers Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 16th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. The goal was Krejci's 500th career point. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 4th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead. Krug now has a goal in three straight games. Later, Flyers Brayden Schenn scored a power-play goal, cutting the Bruins lead to 3-2. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 9th goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Later, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 5-2 lead. With four seconds left in the period, Flyers Wayne Simmonds scored a power-play goal, cutting the Bruins lead to 5-3. Also in the period, Bruins Kevan Miller was injured when he was hit from behind by Flyers Jakub Voracek. Voracek received a 5-minute boarding major.

In the third period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, giving the Bruins a 6-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 21 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 22-9-0-3 with a 1.98 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 55% faceoff percentage and shots 39-24. The Flyers led the game in hits 21-14. Both teams had 14 blocked shots. The Bruins went 2-for-6 on the power-play while the Flyers went 2-for-4.

David Pastrnak and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 6 shots each. Tim Schaller and Anton Blidh led the Bruins with 3 hits each. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Jimmy Hayes, Colin Miller and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Bruins forward Brad Marchand
2) Bruins forward David Krejci
3) Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-18-5 with 51 points this season and are in 2nd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 10-10-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday, when they host the New York Islanders, at 1pm ET.