Saturday, March 31, 2007

Tim Thomas wins 7th player award

On Thursday Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was awarded the 7th Player Award. This was the second year in a row that Thomas has won the award. I personally thought that rookie Phil Kessel would win, he was my vote. But you can't go wrong with Thomas and the way he has played for most of the season, although he didn't play well against the Penguins on Thursday and the Bruins lossed 4-2. With the loss, the Bruins have officially been eliminated from the NHL playoffs this year.

Note: defenseman Mark Stuart was sent back down to Providence.

Dave Lewis' job may not be safe, as I heard during the Flyers-Devils intermission on the Devils telecast, a commentator named Stan (I think it's Stan, sorry I forget his name) said that Dave Lewis is in trouble in Boston and GM Peter Chiarelli may not bring him back next season. I personally have not liked Lewis' coaching style and of course the results. Who would the Bruins bring in to be the next coach? It seems that the Bruins are changing coaches almost every year. I think it would be a dream to say Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, or Terry O'Reilly will be the next Bruins coach, but I like the idea of any of those guys being the next coach. We'll wait and see what happens when the season is over.

On Saturday the Bruins will see MA-born Keith Tkachuk and the Atlanta Thrashers at 1pm. Tkachuk will be a free agent after this season I believe and I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Bruins' uniform next season. Chiarelli has said that he will be going after a second-tier free agent, but I put Tkachuk as a top-tier free agent. Hopefully though Chiarelli goes after Tkachuk in the offseason.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bruins look to redeem themselves from Sunday's game

Tonight the Bruins play against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston. They will look to get even with the Penguins who kicked their @ss on Sunday 5-0. The Bruins looked to give up on Sunday in that game. They looked better on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators so hopefully they play better. Anyone think Sydney Crosby and how about Evgeni Malkin score hat tricks tonight against the Bruins? I think it's possible, looking at Sunday's game and the way they've been playing. We'll see tonight, hopefully the Bruins show up and play with passion and pride.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Bruins display just how bad they really are

Today's 5-0 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins showed just how bad the Bruins really are. This team has a lot to work on during the rest of the season and during the off-season. Not much emotion was shown during and after the second period. Jeremy Reich was the only one who showed something but he alone couldn't bring the Bruins back against the Penguins. I'm so disgusted that I'm not even going to go through the game and write what happened. It was just awful. That third period reminded me of what we saw last season. No heart, no intensity, giving so many chances to the opposition, just awful hockey being played by the Bruins.

And what about Zdeno Chara? In my mind he has been somewhat of a disappointment this season. In an article on Telegram.com, in Bud Barth's NHL notes he makes some good points about Chara. A few interesting parts from the article:
If you want to talk numbers, they’re OK for a defenseman — 10 goals and 30 assists in 72 games after yesterday’s clash with the New York Rangers.

Chara’s minus-14 rating isn’t exactly worthy of a parade down Causeway Street, especially given that he was a plus-33 with Ottawa three years ago, but there are two Bruins with worse numbers, plus a couple of mitigating factors to consider.

On the other side, Chara is distressingly casual about puck possession, which may explain him being the runaway team leader in giveaways (82), or unforced turnovers of the puck.

Chara leads the Bruins in hits with 179, but he hasn’t dropped the gloves once in anger all season, either to defend a teammate or to turn the tide of a game. Not one fight all season.

Admittedly, you want your top defenseman on the ice instead of in the penalty box, but there comes a time when you have to do what you have to do — and Chara hasn’t done it, which may be the most alarming statistic of all. It conveys a lack of passion.
What do other Bruins fans think? Has Chara lived up to what you thought he would bring to the Bruins or has he not lived up to your expectations? I know that if he had better teammates like he did in Ottawa then his numbers would probably be better, but I still think he hasn't lived up to his contract.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bruins lose to Canadiens, playoffs are a dream

Canadiens' Mike Johnson flops onto the ice as Petr Tenkrat watches the acting jobThe Bruins lost tonight 6-3 to the Canadiens and the playoffs for the Bruins look to be gone and just a dream now. Going into the third period, the Bruins had a 3-2 lead and were playing good. But the third period came and the Bruins fell apart, as they have shown for most of the season. Canadiens' Mike Johnson, Maxim Lapierre, Christopher Higgins, and Michael Ryder all scored in the third period, and the Canadiens only took four shots in the third period, so every shot they took went in the net in the third period. Just a pathetic showing by the Bruins in the third period. The Bruins definitely are a rebuilding team and next season they probably will be as well. Montreal's diving, flipping, and flopping helped the refs make some penalty calls on the Bruins as well in this one. If the Canadiens make the playoffs I don't think they will get past the first round as their grit, goaltending, and defense are all questionable. I would love to see them swept if they do make the playoffs. As you can tell I hate the Montreal Canadiens.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bruins and Canadiens meet again tonight

Tonight at 7:30pm the Bruins and Canadiens will play the second game of their home-and-home series at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Bruins lost 1-0 on Tuesday and need to win tonight in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. It looks like both teams will have the same lineups as on Tuesday, but there could be late changes.

After the game on Tuesday Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference was not happy at all and had some interesting comments. Ference's comments from a BostonHerald.com article:

"Coming off of New York ... the next game has to be a real show of character," Ference said. "And I think you'd expect to see more guys (ticked) off, more guys with an edge. Systems-wise, it was great. We were in the right spot and did a lot of the right things. But the parts of the game that are played with emotion - driving the net, getting your nose dirty, and the guys away from the puck making sure they have their feet moving, and going through defensemen instead of around them ... there wasn't enough of that. That's the disappointing part of a game like that."
It's good to see that one guy gets it, but the whole Bruins team needs to feel this way and be like Ference if they will ever be a team.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bruins lose 1-0 to Canadiens

Tim Thomas robs Alexei KovalevThe Bruins' playoffs chances look slim now with their latest loss coming tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, a team they are battling to get into the playoffs with. Tim Thomas kept the Bruins in the game for all three periods as Montreal looked stronger than the Bruins. The Bruins' fourth line with Jeremy Reich, Jeff Hoggan, and Ben Walter was probably the Bruins most physical line that had some chances but couldn't finish. The only goal was scored by Canadiens' Guillaume Latendresse (his 16th goal of the season) with a minute left in the second period as Montreal was gaining momentum. Canadiens' goalie Jaroslav Halak was the story though as he made 30 saves to get his first shutout.

The Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens again on Thursday night to finish the home-and-home series. The Bruins need a better effort and need to play better defensively and actually score a goal if they want to win on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rivalry could re-heat tonight

With the Bruins looking and playing awful on Saturday against the New York Rangers and losing 7-0, the Bruins need to win as many games as they can in order to have a chance to make the playoffs this year. They are currently seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes. I don't think they'll make the playoffs this year, but we'll wait, watch and see if they do. Tonight is the first game of a home-and-home series with the hated Montreal Canadiens, with tonight's game at Montreal. The rivalry has died down the past few years, especially with the new rules taking a lot of the rough play out of hockey. The Bruins are 3-2 against the Canadiens this season. The Bruins will scratch defenseman Jason York and youngster Ben Walter will be dressed.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bruins vs Capitals tonight

Tonight the Bruins play against Alexander Ovechkin, former teammate Milan Jurcina and the Washington Capitals. The Bruins have 71 points and are 12th place in the division behind the Maple Leafs (9th place) who have 77 points, Rangers (10th place) who have 76 points, and Canadiens (11th place) who have 76 points. The Bruins have 13 games left to play and are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. They got to get on a roll and win games in order to catch up to the other teams for the eighth playoff spot. With forward Shean Donovan out with a knee injury the Bruins called up forward Ben Walter from the Providence Bruins to replace him in the lineup. It will be Walter's first time up in the NHL this season with the Bruins. You can view the game's scouting report on BostonHerald.com.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Bruins win back-to-back games

With the Bruins beating the Montreal Canadiens last night in a high energy game, tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils was big. The Bruins need two points from as many games as possible to make any kind of playoff push.

In yesterday's game against the Canadiens, the Bruins lead 2-0 after two periods. The atmosphere at the Garden was electric with a lot of Montreal Canadiens fans as the Garden was sold out. The crowd would have went more wild in the first period if Mike Komisarek accepted Jeremy Reich's challenge to drop the gloves and fight him, but Komisarek showed his Canadiens true colors by chickening out. In the third period Sheldon Souray scored to make it 2-1. Later in the period Glen Murray scored his 28th goal to make it 3-1. The Bruins held on and won the game 3-1 making them 31-28-5.

Tonight the Bruins played at the New Jersey Devils. In a surprise move, the Bruins' coach Dave Lewis started new backup goalie Joey MacDonald, who the Bruins claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on February 24th. This was a back-to-back game so I can see Lewis' reasons. The scoring started in the first period with Aaron Ward throwing the puck at the net and somehow it got in behind Martin Brodeur. In the second period Marco Sturm scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway to make it 2-0. In the third period Devils forward Mike Rupp scored to make it 2-1. But the Bruins came back less than two minutes after the Rupp goal, with Brandon Bochenski scoring his 10th goal of the season to make it 3-1. He scored in the Canadiens game as well. P.J. Axelsson added an empty net goal to put the game away 4-1.

Goalie MacDonald played well, making 26 saves on 27 shots. Rookie Phil Kessel had two assists, his second game in a row that he had two assists. Patrice Bergeron also recorded two assists in this game. Bochenski had a goal and an assist. The Bruins are now 32-28-5 and 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 69 points. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in 10th place with 71 points and the Montreal Canadiens are in 9th place with 72 points. The Bruins next game is against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. It's too bad the game is on Versus. They'll probably go to commercial when there are scrums or fights. I want to watch the Bruins games on NESN and not Versus. Geez, the NHL needs a new television deal. Who but hardcore hockey fans even know what Versus is?