Monday, December 31, 2007

Krejci recalled and Sobotka sent down

Yesterday the Bruins recalled center David Krejci from the Providence Bruins (AHL) and assigned center Vladimir Sobotka to Providence (AHL). In today's game against the Thrashers, Krejci played well and picked up an assist as well. I think this was a good move as Sobotka was providing grit and energy but the Bruins right now need all the offense they can get.

The Bruins stopped their 6-game losing streak and are now 19-16-4 this season. The Bruins next game is on Thursday when they play against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lucic with a nice pass to Kessel

Even though the Bruins lost against the Hurricanes on Friday there was one play I wanted to show anyone who didn't get to see it. Bruins' rookie Milan Lucic made a beautiful pass to Phil Kessel, who scored his 10th goal of the season. I included the video of the pass and goal below. Lucic has made some nice passes in the past few games. He also made a sweet pass in the game against the Thrashers yesterday. I think Lucic going to be a special kind of player that the Bruins need to keep and get more players like him.

Phil Kessel scores assisted by Milan Lucic

You can download video of this goal here.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Lucic mailbag on The Hockey News

The Hockey News site has a Milan Lucic mailbag which I think is cool and interesting to read what Lucic has to say. Read all the questions and answers here. Below I quoted two questions and answers from the mailbag.

I'm always interested in how players pick their jersey number. How did you pick your No. 17?
J Purvis

The number I like and used the last three years in junior was No. 27. Obviously 27 was taken by Glen Murray, so I wanted to stay with the No. 7 because I was born on the seventh. So that’s why I use the No. 17.

Enjoy watching you play Milan, you bring a much-needed dynamic to this team. Which of your NHL fights was the toughest so far?
Peter S.

I’d say Raitis Ivanans of Los Angeles because he was the strongest of them all.

Injuries and call-ups

With the injuries that the Bruins have, there are now more. Fernandez and Bergeron are out for a long time, maybe even for the season. Adding onto the injury list is Andrew Alberts with post-concussion syndrome (missed last three games), Glen Murray with a hip flexor strain (suffered it in Thursday's game against the Penguins), and Aaron Ward with a broken foot (suffered it during Friday's practice). It was good to see Shawn Thornton come back from his injury and play against the Blues, where he had an ok fight against Blues' enforcer D.J. King.

On Friday, the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL). On Saturday, the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Both young defensemen will help the Bruins' D as injuries are hurting them right now.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Milan Lucic TKOs David Clarkson

Well I mentioned it last night in my blog post, but what a fight Milan Lucic had last night. He dropped the gloves with New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson and at the start of it they were trading punches. Clarkson looked to land more. But then Lucic landed a big right hand to Clarkson's face that stunned him. The refs then came in to save Clarkson from more of Lucic's punches. Watch the YouTube video of the fight below.

Milan Lucic vs David Clarkson

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bruins injury update and game update

Earlier today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that goalie Manny Fernandez had successful surgery on his left knee and is likely out for the season. Quoted from a article, Chiarelli said:

"It's a relief, because we know he's going to be in shape for next year," B's general manager Peter Chiarelli said last night before his team's 4-3 win over the Thrashers. "It's likely that he'll be gone the whole year, maybe not, but he'll be ready for next year.

"It’s been a chronic thing all year and Manny felt he couldn't perform at 100 percent. He had to alter his style. I'm not ruling out him coming back this year, but we're under the assumption that with proper rehab, it's going to take the rest of the year."

Defenseman Andrew Ference came back the last game against the Atlanta Thrashers. It's good to have him back in the lineup. Marco Sturm is playing tonight against the New Jersey Devils. I have heard that Patrice Bergeron is slowly improving. Defenseman Bobby Allen is day-to-day with back spasms.

If I had to pick someone as best Bruin player playing in the past few games, I would pick either Marc Savard or Milan Lucic. Lucic may not have the numbers but he's definitely shown some good signs. Did you see the pass he made to Glen Murray in the Thrashers game? It was a sweet pass that I didn't expect from Lucic. Tonight he dropped the gloves with Devils' agitator David Clarkson and landed a punch that stunned Clarkson. The refs had to come in and save him. On the article page (link above) there is a poll that asked who was the Bruins player of the game on Wednesday night, and guess who leads the poll? Milan Lucic does, which is who I voted for.

Hopefully the Bruins can come back as they are losing 2-1 with 4 minutes left in the third period.

Update at 9:30 PM
The Bruins lost 3-1 against the Devils tonight. The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bruins defeat Sabres, lose Sturm

Nice 4-1 win last night by the Bruins against the Sabres. The Bruins took advantage of the Sabres' mistakes and capitalized on them. Rookie Milan Lucic picked up two assists in this game. His first assist, he stole the puck on a bad clear and made a sweet pass to Peter Schaefer and Schaefer scored his fifth goal of the season. Lucic had 15:35 of ice time, getting 2 assists, was a +2, was credited with 3 hits, and had 4 shots on goal. Bruins' goalie Alex Auld played great and surprised me. I didn't think he would play this well but he shut me up. Auld is playing awesome right now and so is the Bruins defense.

Bruins winger Marco Sturm was hit near the eye with a puck in the first period and did not return to the game. I must have missed this on television.

From Yahoo! Sports:

After the game, Boston coach Claude Julien said Sturm's eye was at first completely swollen shut, but shortly after was able to open it. Julien said he didn't believe Sturm would miss the Bruins' next game at Atlanta on Wednesday night.

"We didn't want to take a chance at putting him out there," Julien said.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bruins trade for goalie Alex Auld

It seems that Tim Thomas may be more injured than what I thought. Last night it looked like he hurt his ankle or groin near the end of the third period, and Tuukka Rask had to come into the game. So the Bruins traded forward Nate DiCasmirro from the Providence Bruins and a 5th round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to the Phoenix Coyotes for goalie Alex Auld. I could only find news on this trade on the Coyotes site here. From the site:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Nate DiCasmirro and a 5th round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for goaltender Alex Auld.

DiCasmirro, 29, registered 2-3-5 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 20 games this season for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). DiCasmirro has recorded 57-105-162 in 358 career AHL games with Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton, Grand Rapids and Providence. He also has 9-10-19 and 44 PIM in 57 career playoff games. The Atikokan, Ontario native set career-highs in points (52), assists (36) and PIM (97) as a member of Grand Rapids during the 2005-06 season.

Auld registered a 3-6-0 record with a 3.54 goals against average (GAA), .880 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in nine games with the Coyotes this season, his first in Phoenix. He also collected a 1-1-0 record with a 2.53 GAA, .906 SV% and one shutout this season with Phoenix’s AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. For his career, Auld has collected a 49-50-2-11 record with a 2.94 GAA, .901 SV% and three shutouts in 117 NHL games with Vancouver, Florida and Phoenix.

Auld was considered to be a good prospect a few years ago but he hasn't shown much with his time in the NHL so far. For a team that is the third worse so far this season (looking at the team points in the standings, Coyotes have 24, and are only ahead of the Kings and Capitals), and they traded away a goalie can only tell you what they thought of Auld. I'm hoping Rask gets most of the starts while Thomas is out, if he is out for any amount of time, and Auld is just here to backup Rask. Or maybe Thomas is fine and the Bruins want to send Rask back down to Providence for him to play more, and have Auld backup Thomas. I guess we'll find out soon.

The Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens in Boston tonight. Should be a good one, against those pansies and divers.

Update at 6:00pm
I just noticed on the Bruins site they also mentioned the trade. Tim Thomas has a slight groin pull and will be out of the lineup until next week. Also goalie Manny Fernandez has been placed on long-term injured reserve and has been assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL) for conditioning.