Wednesday, December 31, 2008

St. Pierre sent down, Bergeron on IR

Martin St. Pierre, who scored his first goal of the season last night against the Penguins, today was sent down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Also Patrice Bergeron has been put on injured reserve. The St. Pierre demotion was a surprise for me as I thought they need another forward with all the injuries unless he is just going down for today and then called back up against the Penguins on Thursday. Seeing Bergeron placed on injured reserve isn't a shock and I don't expect him to come back this season again. It's sad but that is what it is with head injuries. I wish Bergeron all the best and he really needs to think if he should be coming back from another concussion is best for him again.

Update on 1/1 @ 7:25pm
Martin St. Pierre was recalled on an emergency basis before the game and is playing tonight vs the Penguins.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bergeron out with concussion

Well if you saw it on Saturday then you probably thought the same as I did when Patrice Bergeron stayed down on the ice after a collision where his head seemed to hit a Hurricanes' players head. Bergeron has a concussion and will be out indefinitely. On Sunday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released this statement:

"After first being treated at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday, Patrice was diagnosed as having sustained a concussion, and was admitted to Mass General Hospital under the care of Dr. Peter Asnis."

"Since being admitted to MGH Patrice has undergone extensive testing, and all of the results have come back normal. When examined this morning, his condition had improved greatly over last night, and he was released from the hospital. There is no timetable for his return to the ice."

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In other news, on Saturday the Bruins recalled center Martin St. Pierre from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Marco Sturm was placed on long-term injured reserve. Some info about St. Pierre this season in the AHL:

The leading scorer for the P-Bruins this season and second leading scorer in the AHL, St. Pierre has recorded a 10-25=35 line in 30 games. His 25 assists lead the team and his 10 goals rank tied for second.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bruins assign Martins Karsums to Providence

After the Bruins win against the Atlanta Thrashers last night, the Bruins sent forward Martins Karsums back down to Providence (AHL).

The Bruins beat the Thrashers 4-2. Patrice Bergeron did not play due to the flu. Aaron Ward also did not play which seems like he re-injured himself on Friday against the Thrashers. Phil Kessel (19th goal), Michael Ryder (9th and 10th goals), and Dennis Wideman (7th goal) scored the goals for the Bruins. Manny Fernandez played in net and made 20 saves on 22 shots against and is now 9-2-1.

It was good to see Zdeno Chara come in and stick up for teammate Phil Kessel as Thrashers' defenseman Boris Valabik was whacking away at him and pushing him around. Not much of a fight but it sent a message. Kessel extended his point streak to 15 games. The Bruins have won their 11th consecutive game at home. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bruins recall Martins Karsums

Today the Bruins recalled forward Martins Karsums from the Providence Bruins (AHL). They also placed forward Marco Sturm on long-term injured reserve. Some info on Karsums:

Karsums has registered 11 goals and 16 assists in 26 games for Providence this year, after tallying a career-best 20 goals and 43 assists in 79 games during his second professional season with the P-Bruins last year. The 22-year-old joined the Providence Bruins in 2006 after playing three seasons of junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he notched 78-66-144 totals and 196 penalty minutes in 139 career games.

Source: BostonBruins.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Vladimir Sobotka recalled on emergency basis

Today the Bruins recalled forward Vladimir Sobotka on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins (AHL). In last night's game vs the Lightning, forward Stephane Yelle collided with a linesman and was seen going off the ice slowly, so I'm assuming Yelle is injured and Sobotka will be taking his place.

The next Bruins game is on Wednesday vs Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at 7pm EST.

Update on 12/11 @ 4:05pm
Stephane Yelle appears to not be injured as he played last night in the loss against the Washington Capitals.

Bruins get by Lightning 5-3

The Bruins beat the Lightning last night to extend their winning streak to 5 games, as they have won 14 of their last 16 games. They had a really good first period, ending it 3-0. Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal, his 7th goal of the season; Phil Kessel scored his 17th goal of the season; and Michael Ryder scored his 7th goal of the season. In the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal to make it 4-1 Bruins. In the third period, the Lightning scored two goals to make it interesting as the Bruins from the second period on didn't play the same as in the first period. Seemed like they sat back a little expecting the Lightning to just give up. P.J. Axelsson closed out the game with an empty net goal, his first goal of the season.

Tim Thomas played in this one and made 26 saves on 29 shots against him. Thomas is now 11-3-3 with a 1.90 GAA and a 94% save percentage. Meanwhile Manny Fernandez is 8-1-1 with a 2.09 GAA and a 92.6% save percentage. Both goalies are playing great and the Bruins defense is playing good as well.

Is it me or does anyone else notice the huge amount of off-sides calls when Blake Wheeler is on the ice? Either when he has the puck or doesn't have it, he goes off-side or causes off-sides a lot. Hopefully he improves in that area. Although he is a surprise to be playing this well with 9 goals, 6 assists for 15 points, with a +15 rating, and he has the highest shooting percentage on the Bruins with a 23.1% percentage.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bruins explode vs Islanders

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving day. It seemed like the Bruins did as they started slow today against the New York Islanders, but then exploded and dominated the Islanders. The Bruins had a slow first period, which ended 1-0 Islanders. In the second period, Chuck Kobasew scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal to tie the game. Later in the period, Michael Ryder scored on a nice wrist shot, his 4th goal of the season too. In the third period, the Bruins just broke it open. Blake Wheeler scored his7th goal of the season on a one-timer, from a nice pass by David Krejci. Ten seconds later David Krejci fought his way to the net with the puck and roofed it, to get his 6th goal of the season. A little later, on the power-play, Dennis Wideman scored on the power-play, his 6th goal of the season. The Islanders managed to score on a power-play to make it 5-2. But the Bruins didn't let down as Michael Ryder scored his second goal of the game, his 5th goal of the season. Phil Kessel finished the scoring with his 12th goal of the season, from a sweet pass by Milan Lucic.

Kessel, Krejci, Wheeler, Wideman all finished the game with a goal and an assist. Marc Savard finished the game with two assists. Manny Fernandez started and finished this game in net for the Bruins making 22 saves on 24 shots. There were two fights in this one as Milan Lucic and Brendan Witt fought, and Shane Hnidy took on Tim Jackman.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bruins beat Sabres, play Panthers tonight

Wednesday night the Bruins were down 4-3 after the 1st period to the Sabres. But the 2nd and 3rd periods were owned by the Bruins outplaying the Sabres in every way just like their previous meeting. The Bruins won the game 7-4. Zdeno Chara and Chuck Kobasew each finished the game with 2 goals apiece (Chara now with 4 goals and Kobasew with 3 goals this season). Marc Savard finished the game with a goal (his 7th goal of the season) and 3 assists. David Krejci had a goal (his 4th goal of the season) and an assist. Marco Sturm didn't play because of an upper body injury, so Petteri Nokelainen played. Manny Fernandez started the game not to good, but got better as it went on. He made 25 saves on 29 shots, getting the win and is now 5-1-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a 91% save percentage.

And it's a joke not seeing Tim Thomas on the All-Star ballot, being 7-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a 94.4% save percentage, with 2 shutouts also.

The Bruins host the Florida Panthers tonight at 7pm EST. Expect Sturm to be out tonight and Nokelainen to play again. Saturday the Bruins play at Montreal which should be a good one. On Monday the Bruins are suppose to unveil their new Reebok third jersey. Read more about the new third jersey unveiling.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bruins beat Canadiens, but lose Ference

On Thursday, the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens soundly, but they lost defenseman Andrew Ference in it. He was injured while blocking a shot and will be out for 6-8 weeks with a broken tibia. So look for young defenseman Matt Hunwick to get to play or the Bruins may even call up defenseman Matt Lashoff.

I will be posting some clips from this game like the Milan Lucic vs Mike Komisarek fight where Lucic handled the Canadiens defenseman well and put him down to the ice. I will also post the goal Milan Lucic scored and some of his hits as well.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sobotka sent down; Kobasew may return

On Tuesday, the Bruins sent forward Vladimir Sobotka down to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Tonight the Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm EST. Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew could play tonight as his injury looks to be healed as he's been practicing. Tonight's game should be good as Toronto has been playing well. The Bruins last game vs Toronto, Bruins had a two goal lead but lost the game 4-2.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lucic has career game vs Thrashers

Last night Milan Lucic had his best NHL career game scoring 3 goals (his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th goals of the season) and adding an assist for 4 points vs the Atlanta Thrashers. None were pretty goals but hard working goals via tips/deflections and rebounds. Lucic also had 4 hits last night which led the Bruins in that department. You can watch the Thrashers-Bruins game highlights video.

Manny Fernandez started vs the Thrashers and made 28 saves on 32 shots against. Fernandez and Thomas have similar numbers as Claude Julien rotates them to see who plays better. So far this season, in 4 games, Tim Thomas is 1-1, with a 2.65 GAA, and his save percentage is 91.9%. While also in 4 games so far this season, Manny Fernandez is 2-1, with a 2.96 GAA, and his save percentage is 89.2%.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bruins blow lead to Leafs

Last  night the Bruins had a 2-0 lead against the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs but wound up losing the game 4-2. Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal and Blake Wheeler scored his second goal of the season in the first period. The Leafs tied the game in the second period and then went ahead in the third period. Tim Thomas started for the Bruins, made 33 saves on 36 shots against. Thomas has now started 4 games and is 1-2-2, with a 2.65 GAA, and 91.9% save percentage.

There were two big hits by the Bruins is this game that were noticeable. The first one was Dennis Wideman laying out a Maple Leaf when the Leaf tried cutting into the middle of the defensive zone. It looked like a classic Andrew Alberts or Kyle McLaren type of hit. The next hit was Milan Lucic slamming Leaf defenseman Mike Van Ryn threw the glass. Lucic finished the game with 4 hits, while Zdeno Chara led the team with 5 hits.

You can watch the Leafs-Bruins game highlights, which includes the two big hits.

The Bruins next game is on Saturday at 7pm EST vs the Atlanta Thrashers.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Chuck Kobasew injury update

On Monday, it was reported that Chuck Kobasew will be sidelined for three weeks with a fractured right ankle. I hope he heals up quick and is able to return and play well.

Tomorrow night the Bruins will take on the Ottawa Senators at Ottawa. Should be a good one. I'm wondering if ex-Bruin goalie Alex Auld will start for the Senators.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bruins recall Sobotka and Hunwick

Today the Bruins recalled forward Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Matt Hunwick from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Sobotka has two goals and two assists in two games with the Providence Bruins this season. Hunwick has two assists in two games with the Providence Bruins this season. They both will travel to Montreal for the Bruins next game. Not sure if they will play though.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bruins trade Andrew Alberts to Flyers

Today the Bruins traded defenseman Andrew Alberts to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Ned Lukacevic and a fourth round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Alberts will now become a teammate of Scott Hartnell, the guy who gave him a concussion with a cheap hit on him last season. I'm surprised by this move but it looks to be more of a salary cap room trade. I personally would like the younger Alberts to play and sit or trade veteran Shane Hnidy. But with Alberts making $1.1M and Hnidy making only $755k I guess Jacobs had something to do with this? :) Please don't go back to your cheap ass ways Bruins management. Alberts has a much better upside than Hnidy, as Hnidy has reached his potential and is what he is (a 5th or 6th defenseman).

Some info about Ned Lukacevic:
The 22-year-old Lukacevic played 61 games for Reading of the East Coast Hockey League and tallied 17 goals and 19 assists last year. In three-plus professional seasons split between Reading (ECHL) Manchester (American Hockey League) and Philadelphia (AHL), the 6-0, 200 pound Podgorica, Serbia native played in 126 games, recording 25-36-61 totals and 99 penalty minutes. Originally drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Lukacevic was dealt to the Flyers on June 30, 2008 along with Patrik Hersley in exchange for Denis Gauthier. He did not see any action in the first two games of the 2008-2009 season for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL).

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Some comments from Bruins' coach Claude Julien about the trade:

"It's not as easy thing to do," said head coach Claude Julien when he spoke to the media after practice. "Obviously, we had to make some moves, and we know that we're a little tight with the cap as well."

"I think it's going to be good for him to play," added Julien. "But at the same time, we (also) feel that we've got some prospects coming up, and they'll eventually get a chance to play."

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bruins lose to Wild 4-3

Tonight the Bruins had a good start, then fell apart, and then almost came back but fell one goal short to the Minnesota Wild with the final score 4-3. In the first period, Phil Kessel scored on a nice wrist shot (his 2nd goal of the season). After the first period it was 1-1, but the Wild took over the game in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals making it 4-1. In the third period, Marc Savard scored two goals (his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season) to make it 4-3. Manny Fernandez played in this game and made 22 saves on 26 shots.

Some other notes about this game: Bruins winger Chuck Kobasew was scratched from the lineup as he broke his ankle in the game vs the Avalanche. Forward Petteri Nokelainen took Kobasew's place in the lineup. Michael Ryder had two assists in this game.

The next Bruins game is on Wednesday at the Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 PM EST.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bruins win season opener

Last night the Bruins opened the 2008-09 NHL season at the Colorado Avalanche. The Bruins started slow in the first period with the Avalanche mostly dominating the play. At the end of the first period it was 2-2, with Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler scoring for the Bruins. Wheeler's goal was his first NHL goal. At the end of the second period, the score was 3-3, with Marc Savard scoring a power-play goal on a redirection. In the third period, new Bruin Michael Ryder scored, and David Krejci scored the game winner with less than three minutes left in the game. Krejci's goal was set up from the hard work by Milan Lucic (Lucic received an assist on the goal).

David Krejci was the first star of the game with a goal and an assist. While Marc Savard was the third star of the game also with a goal and an assist. Patrice Bergeron looked good in his first regular season game back and recorded two assists with five shots on net. Tim Thomas started and finished in net for the Bruins, stopping 35 of 39 shots. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had an assist on Savard's goal, but was a -3.

It was a total team effort as every player played twelve minutes or more.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sobotka sent down and Thompson claimed

Today the Bruins assigned forward Vladimir Sobotka to Providence (AHL). Forward Nate Thompson did not clear waivers and was claimed by the New York Islanders.

Update on 10/9 @ 12:31PM
Forwards Peter Schaefer and Jeremy Reich have cleared waivers and were sent down to Providence (AHL).

Bruins make roster moves

On Monday, center Martin St. Pierre cleared waivers and was assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL). On Tuesday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that forward Peter Schaefer has been released and will be put on waivers for any team to claim him. If no team does, then he will be assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Forwards Jeremy Reich and Nate Thompson have been placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence (AHL). Defenseman Matt Hunwick has been assigned to Providence (AHL). Forward Carl Soderberg has been assigned to Malmo (Sweden2). Defenseman Mike Egener, who is only 23 years old, has announced his retirement from professional hockey.

The Schaefer move surprised me but with the emergence of rookie Blake Wheeler, Schaefer became expendable. The Reich move also surprised me as I thought he would make the team. Hopefully he makes it through waivers so later in the season he may be called up. I'm expecting some team to pick up Schaefer. Maybe look for Ottawa or Vancouver to pick him up (both are former teams of his), or any other teams that are looking for offense.

Some quotes from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli about the roster moves:


"So we've made some roster moves today," was how Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli began his comments to the media earlier this afternoon.

"We've released Peter Schaefer and he's on waivers, today and will be designated for reassignment pending if he clears or not," said Chiarelli. "We've put Jeremy Reich on waivers and we'll see if he clears in 24 hours."

"(With) Nate Thompson and Matt Hunwick, Nate would go on waivers, too, for 24 hours. And Matt is just a pure assignment, no waivers."

Chiarelli talked about the decision to waive Schaefer at length.

"Yah, it was difficult with (Schaefer)," said the GM. "I had a history with him in Ottawa and I brought him in here and it wasn’t working out."

"And I know he's a good player, (but) these things happen."

"We talked yesterday, it was a good talk, and he may end up in another NHL city or he may end up in Providence," he said.

Chiarelli was asked if he sensed a lot of disappointment from the veteran forward.

"Well, he’s been in the league a while," said Chiarelli. "I think he knew what was coming, especially with the play of Blake Wheeler."

"So he pretty much expected it is what he told me."

"But he was disappointed that it didn’t work out here," he said.

Cap wise and roster wise, Chiarelli said, "We're still pretty tight (cap wise)."

"This may not be our final roster, and there may be one more move before we leave tomorrow, but we'll see how the rest of the day plays out."

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Bruins release four from camp

Yesterday the Bruins released four players from training camp. Defensemen Matt Lashoff and Jeff Penner, and goalie Tuukka Rask have been assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Center Martin St. Pierre has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence (AHL).

The Bruins have two more preseason games before the regular season starts. On Saturday the Bruins play the New York Islanders and on Sunday the Bruins play the Washington Capitals. The regular season starts on October 9th at the Colorado Avalanche.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bruins pound Canadiens in preseason game

Last night was the Bruin's first preseason game vs another team and it went very well as they pounded the Montreal Canadiens 8-3. Vladimir Sobotka and Marco Sturm both had 2 goals, while the big story of the night was Patrice Bergeron with a goal and 3 assists. Bergeron's first real game back from the serious cheapshot he took last season and what a game he had. Looks like he may be back to his old self, but time will tell.

The game also included some rough stuff as usual between these two teamsm as there were a couple of fights with the score being so lopsided. The first fight was the Bruins Byron Bitz vs the Canadiens Alex Henry (a known tough guy who has fought in the NHL with the Capitals, Wild, and Predators). From what I read it sounded like it was mostly Henry and he also got the takedown. The second fight was Bruins Jeremy Reich vs Canadiens Ryan Flinn, which if anyone has seen Flinn knows that is a mismatch as Flinn is like 6'6" while Reich isn't even 6' tall. I didn't really hear how that one went but it seems Flinn probably instigated that one (even though no additional penalties were handed out). At the next faceoff Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Steve Begin which was a really good fight with Thornton getting the decision. Watch video of the fight below (created by nowhockey.com). The last fight was between Andrew Ference and one of the Kostitsyn sisters, oh I mean brothers. Apparently Andrei Kostitsyn hit a Bruin with a not-so-clean hit and Ference came to the rescue and put a beating on Kostitsyn. This season's games should be interesting with these two teams. Remember the Canadiens signed enforcer Georges Laraque in the off-season so Shawn Thornton will have his hands full with him, but he has got a decision over Laraque in the past. We also remember those two wrestling matches that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had with Laraque last season.


Shawn Thornton vs Steve Begin

The Bruins next preseason game is tonight vs the New York Islanders.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bruins training camp and preseason

You can check out the Bruins training camp and preseason schedule on the Bruins site. It also lists the Bruins training camp roster by rookies and veterans. Hockey season is near and I'm very excited about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bruins sign Stephane Yelle

Today the Bruins announced that they have signed veteran center Stephane Yelle. Yelle played for the Calgary Flames last season and in 74 games scored 3 goals. He's not known as a scorer but as a good faceman, and a good two-way player who I think will bring some leadership to the Bruins dressing room. He has two Stanley Cup rings which he won with the Colorado Avalance. Yelle already knows Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference from their days with the Flames. I think this is a good move to give the Bruins more center depth and someone good at winning faceoffs. We all know during the playoffs you need players who can win faceoffs.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bruins sign Egener and Stokes

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed defensemen Mike Egener and Ryan Stokes to contracts, and terms of the deals was not disclosed.

Egener will be 24 years old this year, born in Germany, is 6'4", 213 lbs., and shoots left. He was originally drafted in the 2nd round (#34 overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003 NHL entry draft. Looking at Egener's stats he is not a real offensive threat but looks like he is a tough guy as his PIM numbers are high. It's always good to have a tough defenseman.

Stokes is 25 years old, born in Ontario, is 6'4", 200 lbs., and shoots left. Looking at Stokes's stats he too is not a real offensive threat, and he too racked up a lot of penalty minutes so he seems to be another tough defenseman.

These two will probably be playing with the Providence Bruins to work on their game.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bruins sign St. Pierre and Thompson

Yesterday the Bruins signed forwards Martin St. Pierre and Nate Thompson. The Bruins didn't release details on years or money on either deal. Thompson played in 4 games last season with the Bruins, but spent most of the season with the Providence Bruins where he scored 19 goals. You can read more about St. Pierre in a previous blog post.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bruins buy out Glen Murray

Today it was announced that the Bruins have bought out veteran Glen Murray's final year on his contract. Murray is now a free agent and can sign with any team. As I said in a previous post I want to wish Murray the best as he was a class act with the Bruins organization all of those years.

Bruins acquire Martin St. Pierre

On Thursday, the Bruins announced that they traded forward Pascal Pelletier to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Martin St. Pierre. Last season Pelletier played in 6 games for the Bruins but did not record any goals or assists. Last season St. Pierre played in 5 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and also recorded no goals or assists. He played the majority for the AHL Rockford IceHogs where he played in 69 games, recording 21 goals, 67 assists, 88 points, and 80 PIMs. St. Pierre will be 25 years old this year, is 5'9", 185 lbs., was born in Ontario, and he shoots left.

Looking at St. Pierre's stats on HockeyDB.com, his stats show that he is more of play-maker than a scorer, but he can score. He is a smaller player so he should fit into the new NHL. I'm not sure he'll make the Bruins lineup but he'll get a chance to.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bruins sign Wideman and waive Murray

Today the Bruins re-signed defenseman Dennis Wideman to a 4-year contract worth $15.5 million. This is a good signing as Wideman has improved defensively and he has offensive touch which the Bruins need. Last season he scored 13 goals and had 23 assists in 81 games.

He'll see $3.25million the first year, $3.75 million the second year, $4 million the third and $4.5 million in the final year of the pact. Because of the structure of the deal, which includes a $250,000 bonus, Wideman's cap hit will be $3.25 million this year and then move up to $4 million next season.

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Also today the Bruins announced that they have placed veteran forward Glen Murray on waivers. It's tough to see the veteran go but he hasn't played the way he once did when Joe Thornton was feeding him those sweet passes. I wish Murray the best wherever he lands, he's a total class act. Maybe he'll land in San Jose and be reunited with Joe Thornton or maybe head back to Los Angeles and help the young kids over there.

It's not likely a team will claim Murray off waivers, but rather wait until the Bruins complete a buyout.

Here's the rationale, according to the Globe: "If Murray goes unclaimed and the Bruins complete the buyout, they will trim $2,766,667 from their 2008-09 cap hit, bringing their current number down to $55,469,999. They will carry Murray's remaining money of $1,383,333 on their 2009-10 payroll."

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Bruins 2008-09 schedule released

On Thursday the NHL released the 2008-09 season schedule.

The Bruins start their 2008-2009 campaign with a four game road trip where they will visit Colorado, Minnesota, Montreal and Ottawa. The season opener will be against the Avalanche on Thursday, October 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Avs did not play each other this past season and their most recent meeting was on March 6, 2007, where the Bruins fell at home 2-0.

Boston's home opener will take place Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET against the Stanley Cup Finalist Pittsburgh Penguins. The teams split their four decisions last season, with the final meeting between the two clubs coming on February 28, 2008 in Boston, where the Bruins posted a 5-1 victory.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Possible free agent pickups

With most of the big free agents already going to teams, I looked through the list of free agents and found some guys who may be "quiet" good additions to the Bruins.

Center/wing Jeff Hamilton who is 30 years old and is known as an ok/average player. He played last season for the Carolina Hurricanes, in 58 games, scored 9 goals and had 24 points. He had a good year the season before with the Chicago Blackhawks, but a down year last season.

Wing/center Zenon Konopka who is 27 years old, and mostly known as an agitator on the ice. He played only 3 games and had 15 PIMs for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.

Defenseman/right wing Steve Montador who is 28 years old, is a solid defenseman who plays a rough tough game. Last season he played for the Florida Panthers in 73 games, with 8 goals, 23 points, and 73 PIMs.

Center/wing Mike York who is 30 years old, has been average to bad ever since his good rookie season with the New York Rangers. Last season he played for the Phoenix Coyotes in 63 games and he had 6 goals with 14 total points. He definitely would be a gamble to pick up but if you could get him for the league minimum then why not.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Bruins re-sign Petteri Nokelainen

On Wednesday, the Bruins signed forward Petteri Nokelainen to a multi-year contract. I think this is good for the Bruins, keeping Nokelainen as he played good for 3rd/4th line player during the season and in the playoffs.

The Imatra, Finland native spent the majority of the '07-'08 season playing in Boston and posted the highest NHL totals of his career for game appearances (57), goals (7), assists (3), and points (10). He also played in all seven games in the postseason for Boston and contributed two assists. Nokelainen began last season with Boston's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence and registered 3-5-8 totals in eight games there before being recalled to Boston on November 4, 2007 for the remainder of the season. Nokelainen rejoined Providence in the Calder Cup playoffs and tallied 4-1-5 totals in six appearances.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bruins sign Michael Ryder

Also today it was announced that the Bruins have signed former Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder to a multi-year contract.
The 6-0, 186 pound Newfoundland native has spent his entire four-year NHL career playing in Montreal, recording 99 goals and 108 assists in 314 games. 46 of his 99 goals have come on the power play, including a career best 18 power play strikes in 2005-2006.

Last season, Ryder tallied 14-17-31 totals while playing in 70 games for the Canadiens. He also appeared in four playoff contests for the team during the most recent postseason.

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I'm not sure I like this move as Ryder had a bad season this past season. He was even scratched during some of the games vs the Bruins in the playoffs. He use to kill the Bruins so it's good he doesn't play for the Canadiens anymore. Hopefully he'll play better with coach Claude Julien once again as his coach.

Update on 7/4 @ 9:30pm
The deal is for three years at $4 million per season. I personally think that is a lot for Ryder. Hopefully he shows the Bruins that he is worth it.

Bruins sign Blake Wheeler

Today the Bruins signed forward Blake Wheeler. Wheeler is 6'5" 215 lbs and is 21 years old.
Wheeler, who recently finished his third year with the University of Minnesota, opted out of his senior season with the Gophers to turn pro. But Wheeler chose not to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, who drafted him 5th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and became a free agent.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bruins sign Mark Stuart to contract extension

On Tuesday the Bruins signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension.

Stuart's 2007-2008 season with the Bruins was marked by a number of career highs, including games played (82), goals (4), assists (4), and points (8). Stuart was one of three Bruins to play in all 82 regular season games, joining Phil Kessel and Glen Metropolit, and played in all seven postseason contests. He also represented Team USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship this past May.

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Bruins acquire Johnny Boychuk

On Tuesday the Bruins traded forward Matt Hendricks to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

The 6-2, 225 pound Boychuk spent the majority of the 2007-08 season with Colorado's minor league affiliate, Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, where he posted 8-18-26 totals in 60 games. His 26 points ranked second highest among Erie defensemen and he led all blue-liners on the squad in power play scoring with 17 points.

Source

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bruins 2008 draft picks

Yesterday during the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Bruins picked #16 in the first round and they picked center Joe Colborne.

Colborne, a 6-5, 190-pound center has spent the past two seasons playing for the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He was recently honored by being named the Canadian Junior A Hockey League Player of the year for the 2007-08 season.

"This kid can really fire the puck," said Chiarelli of the newest Bruins forward. "He's a good skater…very smart, with offensive acumen. He's a big, strong focused kid."

Source


Today was round 2 and beyond. Below are who the Bruins drafted.
  • Maxime Sauve - Center, Shoots left, 6'0", 170 lbs. Born in Tours, France, January 30, 1990, Hometown is Boisbriand, Quebec
  • Michael Hutchinson - Goaltender, Catches right, 6'3", 185 lbs. Born in Barrie, Ontario, March 2, 1990, Hometown is Barrie, Ontario
  • Jamie Arniel - Center, Shoots right, 5'11", 183 lbs. Born in Kingston, Ontario, November 16, 1989, Hometown is Kingston, Ontario
  • Nicholas Tremblay - Center, Shoots left, 5'11", 190 lbs. Born on May 04, 1988, Hometown is Candiac QC
  • Mark Goggin - Center, Shoots left, 5'11", 177 lbs. Born in Chicago, Illinois, July 29, 1990, Hometown is Glen Ellyn, Illinois
You can read more about these players here.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bruins sign Matt Marquardt

On May 29th the Bruins signed forward Matt Marquardt to an entry-level contract. The Bruins acquired Marquardt in a trade sending defenseman Jonathan Sigalet to Columbus.

"Marquardt, who will turn 21 on July 19, 2008, registered 43 goals and 26 assists in 68 games during the 2007-2008 season which he split between Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats, both of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). After recording 20-13-33 totals in 35 games for Moncton, he was traded to Baie-Comeau on December 22, 2007 where he scored 23 goals and added 13 helpers in 33 games."
Source

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bruins sign Aaron Ward to an extension

The Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Ward to a multi-year contract extension. I think this is another good re-signing by the Bruins. First Kobasew and now Ward. Ward showed throughout the season and playoffs just how tough he is while playing in pain and injuries. He's one of those guys that every team would love to have.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bruins sign Kobasew to extension

On Tuesday the Bruins signed forward Chuck Kobasew to a multi-year extension. This is good as Kobasew was a good player for the Bruins last season. If only he was not injured for the playoffs maybe things would have been different. Anyways, having him on the team for more than one year is good news.

Update on 5/20
Kobasew was signed to a 3-year deal.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bruins news this past week

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was named as a finalist for the Norris Trophy which is awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom and Flames' Dion Phaneuf were also named as finalists.

On Wednesday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli signed goaltender Kevin Regan and center Levi Nelson to entry-level contracts.

Regan, "23-year old assistant captain and South Boston native finished the 2007-08 season as UNH's career leader with 70 wins, 3,235 saves and a .928 save percentage in 112 collegiate games. He is the only goaltender in UNH history to capture back-to-back 20-win campaigns." (Source)

Nelson "has played the last four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League, appearing in 198 games with 65 goals, 87 assists and 340 penalty minutes. During the 2007-08 regular season with Swift Current, Nelson notched 25 goals, 31 assists, a +23 plus/minus and 152 penalty minutes in 67 games. He has recently added seven goals and eight assists in 12 postseason games." (Source)

Phil Kessel, Tim Thomas, and Mark Stuart have been added to the roster of the U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.

On Thursday, Chiarelli announced that forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Petteri Nokelainen have been assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Live game updates: Bruins vs Canadiens game 7

It's 6 minutes into the first period of game 7 of the Bruins-Canadiens series. It's 1-0 Montreal with Mike Komisarek scoring his first career playoff goal. I will continue to update this post to keep you updated with the game.

Update at 7:26pm
There's a break in the action. Patrice Brisebois took a cross-checking penalty, and Boston will be on the power-play.

Update at 7:30pm
The power-play is over as the Bruins couldn't get much done during it.

Update at 7:35pm
The Bruins have another power-play as Andrei Markov took a penalty. The Bruins are actually getting power-plays. They got to do something now. Glen Murray looked to get hurt after a scoring chance on the power-play he got pushed from behind into the boards by Roman Hamrlik. That was pretty cheap by Hamrlik.

Update at 7:39pm
Mark Stuart took a cross-checking penalty so Montreal is now on the power-play.

Update at 7:44pm
The Bruins killed the Mark Stuart penalty. The first period is over and it's 1-0 Montreal.

Update at 8:00pm
The second period is going to begin. Glen Murray has a mid-torso injury from that hit he took from Hamrlik.

Update at 8:14pm
Bruins have a power-play.

Update at 8:27pm
It's now 2-0 Montreal with Mark Streit scoring the second goal. Montreal now has a power-play.

Update at 8:32pm
Montreal just scored on the power-play to make it 3-0. Andrei Kostitsyn scored the goal.

Update at 8:43pm
The second period is over. It's still 3-0. Bruins need to come back in the third period or their year is over.

Update at 9:00pm
The third period has started. Bruins have a power-play because Francis Bouillon hit Phil Kessel from behind.

Update at 9:30pm
Andrei Kostitsyn scores on the power-play and now it's 4-0. 90 seconds left in the game.

Update at 9:36pm
The game is over and Montreal wins the series.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Live game updates: Canadiens vs Bruins game 6

The Bruins-Canadiens game has started. The Bruins have the same lineup as game 5 except Aaron Ward is back and Andrew Alberts is out. For Montreal, Saku Koivu, Francis Bouillon and Mark Streit are in the lineup. I will continue to post updates throughout the game in this post. Stay tuned!

Update at 7:19pm
Very physical early as both teams are finishing their checks.

Update at 7:26pm
Phil Kessel and Steve Begin get minors. Kessel for slashing and Begin for Montreal's specialty diving.

Update at 7:28pm
Montreal's Chris Higgins scores off a faceoff win as he goes to the net and beats Thomas. 1-0 Montreal.

Update at 7:40pm
Sergei Kostitsyn dives and Mark Stuart gets called for tripping. Montreal as a power-play.

Update at 7:49pm
The first period has ended and there was a scrum at the end of the first as Mike Komisarek and Marc Savard were the first two getting into it. Then Zdeno Chara came in and started messing with someone else. Chara and Steve Begin received 2 minutes each for roughing. Not a good tradeoff for Boston. All good playoff action.

Update at 8:07pm
It's the second period and Phil Kessel just scored a beautiful goal with a sweet deke between Bouillon's legs and shooting the puck past Carey Price. What a goal! It's tied 1-1 now.

Update at 8:14pm
Milan Lucic drew a tripping penalty and the Bruins have a power-play.

Update at 8:18pm
Tomas Plekanec came out of the penalty box after his penalty and received a nice pass for a breakaway and he scored on Thomas. It's now 2-1 Montreal.

Update at 9:11pm
Sorry for being late updating this. It's now the third period. Marc Savard got hooked but no call. Then Vladimir Sobotka scored to tie the game 2-2. Andrew Ference then got called for an interference penalty, where the Montreal player looked to go down easily. No call on Montreal, but Boston gets called for a penalty, wow.

Update at 9:22pm
Montreal just scored to get the 3-2 lead with less than ten minutes left in the game. Francis Bouillon should get the goal I believe.

Update at 9:27pm
Milan Lucic just scored by redirecting an Aaron Ward slap shot. That is Lucic's second goal in the playoffs. It's now 3-3 and there are seven minutes left in the game.

Update at 9:38pm
Wow! Phil Kessel with his second goal of the game as he shot it high and over Price. He received a sweet pass from Marco Sturm. The very next shift Montreal's Chris Higgins scores to tie the game. It's now tied 4-4.

Update at 9:41pm
Marco Sturm scores and it's now 5-4 Bruins with the lead.

Update at 9:47pm
The Bruins have won game 6 and force a game 7 to be played on Monday at Montreal.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Live game updates: Bruins vs Canadiens game 5

For game 5, the Bruins are dressing Phil Kessel and Andrew Alberts. Forward Jeremy Reich is a healthy scratch and Aaron Ward is out with an injury he suffered in the last game. I will keep updating this post as the game goes on. Bruins need to win to force a game 6.

Update at 7:22pm
Almost eight minutes into the first period and Montreal is getting most of the scoring chances. Tim Thomas is keeping the Bruins in the game. Phil Kessel looks like a boy against men out there as he is getting pushed around by Montreal players as in game 1. Those that wondered why he hasn't played, that's the reason in my opinion.

Update at 7:24pm
Marco Sturm gets called for interference and Sergei Kostitsyn for diving. The refs finally caught a Montreal player diving. It's been happening all series long.

Update at 7:27pm
Alexei Kovalev scores on a backhander to make it 1-0 Montreal. Thomas was screened and the puck went five-hole. Looked like a bad goal to me but Thomas was screened with quite a few players from both teams.

Update at 7:41pm
Mark Stuart gets a penalty for cross-checking. Montreal is now on the power-play.

Update at 7:46pm
The Bruins killed the penalty just barely. They had a good scoring chance afterwards but they still were not able to get it past Carey Price. It's now the end of the first period.

Update at 7:55pm
I'm watching the CBC telecast of the Bruins-Canadiens game and I'm watching the HNIC Coach's Corner segment with Don Cherry and they show highlights of the Milan Lucic-Mike Komisarek rivalry in the playoffs. But they ONLY show the hits that Komisarek had on Lucic. They didn't show not one hit by Lucic on Komisarek. Wow what homerism that is. Lucic had many clean hits on Komisarek during the series, especially the biggest hit of the series in game 3 (which they didn't show). What a joke.

Update at 8:18pm
Phil Kessel scores on the power-play to tie up the game.

Update at 8:36pm
Shawn Thornton drove to the net with the puck and got high-sticked by Mike Komisarek. Bruins are now on the power-play.

Update at 8:41pm
Shane Hnidy got called for a penalty as he skated to the Montreal net and pushed off Andrei Markov and Markov conveniently fell into Carey Price. The second period has ended.

Update at 9:05pm
Bruins came out with some good scoring chances. Kovalev had a semi-breakaway and missed the net. The Bruins have to be careful as you can just feel that Montreal will get a power-play soon. The Bruins just scored on a Carey Price mistake with the puck. Glen Metropolit with the goal. The goal went under review but it's a goal. It's now 2-1, Bruins with the lead.

Update at 9:06pm
Sergei Kostitsyn just got a hooking penalty and the Bruins are on the power-play. Getting a goal here would be huge for the Bruins.

Update at 9:09pm
Zdeno Chara scores on the power-play with a big slap shot. The puck looked to be deflected by Montreal's Bryan Smolinski. It's now 3-1, Bruins with the lead.

Update at 9:26pm
Zdeno Chara took a bad slashing penalty a few minutes ago but the Bruins managed to kill it. Now it looks like Glen Metropolit will get a high sticking penalty or something as Andrei Markov fell to the ice while going to the net. Actually Metropolit gets a roughing penalty as Markov falls to the ice as if he just got shot. Even the CBC broadcast said Markov did a nice acting job there.

Update at 9:28pm
Carey Price looks shaky now as Marco Sturm just scored a short-handed goal with a big slap shot from about the right faceoff dot. It's now 4-1 Bruins.

Update at 9:32pm
Vladimir Sobotka just scored on a wrister and Price looked bad on that goal. Could it be a rookie goal losing his confidence in the playoffs? Wouldn't be the first time something like that happens. It's now 5-1 Bruins.

Update at 9:37pm
It was dead quiet at Montreal as the clock ticked down. The Bruins win this one 5-1 and game 6 will be on Saturday at Boston. What a game. The Bruins have to play like this for the rest of the series if they want to win this series. It should be a good one on Saturday.

Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and Glen Murray celebrate Chara's power-play goal
Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and Glen Murray celebrate Chara's power-play goal
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Live game updates: Canadiens vs Bruins game 4

Game 4 has started and it has been physical since the start. No changes for the Bruins lineup, which means Phil Kessel is again out and Vladimir Sobotka is in. For Montreal, Michael Ryder is out, Streit moves to forward, and Ryan O'Byrne is playing defense and in his first playoff game. I will continue to post updates during this game as previous games. Bruins should have had a power-play when P.J. Axelsson was tripped but no call. Again the Canadiens get a break. And there was already an Alexei Kovalev dive trying to draw a call.

Update at 7:25pm
Mike Komisarek went low on Milan Lucic and Komisarek got called for a clipping penalty. What a dirty hit that was, and Komisarek is lucky he hid behind linesmen from Lucic as Lucic was looking to beat his ass. This isn't the first time Komisarek has gone low on Lucic as earlier this season he did the same thing. Komisarek must be upset with all the hits he has taken from Lucic. A little into the Bruins power-play, Petteri Nokelainen knocks down Roman Hamrlik and gets called for a penalty. Wow, being penalized for being strong on your skates and Hamrlik goes down easy.

Update at 7:43pm
Milan Lucic challenged Mike Komisarek a few times to drop his gloves but Komisarek wanted no part in fighting Lucic.

Update at 7:48pm
The first period is over and the score is 0-0.

Update at 8:08pm
The Bruins have started the second period a bit sloppy and haven't had many offensive chances as Montreal has so far this period. Jeremy Reich was on a 2 on 1 with the puck, but instead of shooting he passed across and back to a Bruin who lost control. He should have shot the puck.

Update at 8:37pm
Montreal scores on the power-play, Patrice Brisebois with the goal. Montreal leads 1-0.

Update at 8:39pm
Steve Begin tripped up Milan Lucic at the 20-minute mark in the period and got a penalty. So when the third period starts the Bruins will be on a power-play. The Bruins have definitely outplayed Montreal, but they can't get the puck past Carey Price. They got to do it in the third period though.

Update at 9:45pm
The Bruins lossed tonight 1-0 as they couldn't get anything past Carey Price. Montreal now leads the series 3-1. Game 5 is on Thursday at Montreal.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Live game updates: Canadiens vs Bruins

Game 3 has started and the Bruins have killed off a Milan Lucic boarding penalty, which looked like a good hit. I will keep updating this post with game updates. The Garden has a lot of Montreal Canadiens fans which just seems wrong.

Update at 7:20pm
Milan Lucic just scored his first NHL playoff goal with a nice wrist in the slot. What a goal! Bruins lead 1-0.

Update at 7:26pm
Montreal is now on a power-play because of another bad penalty call. Aaron Ward was called for a penalty because he pushed down Maxim Lapierre after he passed the puck. What? Isn't that called playing defense? Bruins got to kill this penalty.

Update at 7:48pm
At the end of the first period there was a big scrum because of a late Latendresse hit on Mark Stuart and then Shane Hnidy and Latendresse dropped the gloves. Latendresse was holding on for dear life as he didn't want to get pounded. Hnidy threw a lot of punches but they mostly landed on Latendresse's helmet.

Update at 8:11pm
Montreal has tied up the game 1-1. Milan Lucic continues to play physical laying hits on anyone he can. He's hit Mike Komisarek so many times in this game.

Update at 8:40pm
It's now the end of the second period with the score 1-1.

Update at 8:57pm
Third period has started. Alexei Kovalev dives and Montreal gets a power-play. Unbelievable.

Update at 9:29pm
The third period has ended and the game will go into overtime. This has definitely been the best game of the series with both teams going back and forth with scoring chances and hits.

Update at 10:02pm
The Bruins have scored in overtime and won the game. On a delayed penalty call on Montreal, Marc Savard came off the bench as the extra attacker and received a sweet pass from Dennis Wideman to score on Carey Price. The series is now 2-1 Montreal, with game 4 on Tuesday at Boston.

Update at 10:30pm
Marc Savard was first star of the game with a goal and an assist, Milan Lucic was the second star with a goal and 6 hits, and Tim Thomas was the third star with 27 saves.

Marc Savard celebrates after scoring the overtime winner
Marc Savard celebrates after scoring the overtime winner
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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Live game updates: Bruins vs Canadiens

It's game 2 of this series, right now it's in the second period with 9:24 left and the score is 2-0 Montreal. Montreal is outplaying the Bruins, but the Bruins are starting to play more physical. Hopefully they can scores some goals soon.

Update at 8:42pm
At 1:40 of the second period, Montreal's Tom Kostopoulos falls and a penalty is called. Nice diving there. Montreal now on the power-play.

Update at 9:27pm
The Bruins managed to tie the game up with a 5 on 3 power play goal. Now Montreal has a 5 on 3. Nice diving by Montreal again.

Update at 9:31pm
The Bruins killed the penalty but have another penalty kill coming as Shawn Thornton is getting a 4-minute high sticking penalty.

Update at 9:56pm
The game is now in overtime and Montreal has another power-play with Andrei Markov going down from a Jeremy Reich stick.

Update at 9:59pm
Alexei Kovalev scored for Montreal in overtime on the power-play. So now Montreal leads the series 2-0. Game 3 is tomorrow at Boston.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Habs win game 1 vs Bruins

The Canadiens beat the Bruins in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the score of 4-1. The Canadiens looked like the better team vs the Bruins as they have been this season. The Bruins are going to have to work harder, be more physical, and be disciplined. Tim Thomas has got to get better at puck handling as the Canadiens are exposing his weakness in that area.

Game 2 is on Saturday night (7pm EST). Hopefully the Bruins can win and tie up the series as they will go to Boston for Game 3.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Game 1 tonight, get ready to rumble

Later tonight the Bruins and Canadiens will faceoff against each other in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Marc Savard practiced yesterday and is expected to return to the Bruins lineup. Earlier this week, Patrice Bergeron was cleared by doctors for physical contact but he won't be playing in game 1, and I wouldn't expect him to play in this series at all. Defenseman Andrew Ference is ready to return so look for him, Mark Stuart, or Shane Hnidy to be a healthy scratch tonight.

For the Montreal Canadiens, captain Saku Koivu is going to miss game 1 because he broke a small bone in his left foot while blocking a shot during a game March 28 in Buffalo. The Canadiens are the favorite for this series and they have all the pressure, and the Bruins are the underdog.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Bruins round 1 playoff matchup is set

The Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday and clinched a playoff spot. On Saturday the Bruins lost to the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 and will now face the hated Montreal Canadiens in round 1 of the NHL playoffs. The Canadiens have owned the Bruins this season with Montreal winning all of the games. Can the Bruins turn things around and upset Montreal? We'll wait and see. I think this playoff series should even bring back some/build up the rivalry between these two teams. It should be a good playoff series.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Andrew Alberts is cleared to play

Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts has been cleared by doctors to play and expect him to play tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils as defenseman Matt Lashoff was sent back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

"I was cleared by all the doctors," he explained, which means that the d-man could be out on the ice during a game as soon as tomorrow night.

"Actually, there's a real good chance you'll see him tomorrow," Coach Julien told the large scrum of reporters.

Source

Other Bruin Injury Updates
  • Jeremy Reich should be back in action as forward Jeff Hoggan was sent back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL).
  • Andrew Ference might play on Friday against the Ottawa Senators, but he won't play tomorrow vs the Devils.
Tomorrow you can chat live with Patrice Bergeron on BostonBruins.com at 2pm EST.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Milan Lucic wins 7th Player Award

Last night before the game vs Toronto, the Bruins 7th Player Award was awarded to none other than rookie forward Milan Lucic. Lucic deserved to win the award and he was my choice as well. Congratulations to Milan Lucic! Some quotes from the rookie after last night's game (source):

"I think [the Bruins] set that certain identity with the players they've had in the organization," said the rookie to the reporters who waited for him after the game -- many of whom had smiles on their faces while listening to Milan. "Back in the day I can name lots of them who played here: Cam [Neely], Ray [Bourque], and Terry O'Reilly. Look up at the rafters and you can see all the guys who've had their numbers retired. It's all guys who have played hardnosed hockey in your face."

"It's a very successful style and I think it's an entertaining style," he said.

"You know, as a player you always want to be a popular player," said Lucic. "You want to be a fan favorite. [But, before tonight] to be perfectly honest, it never really crossed my mind."

"I just went out there and tried to play my game, play hard everyday, and tried to contribute."

"I guess you could say that my style of hockey sort of fits the bill for a Boston Bruin," he said, finally. "So it's probably the best place I could've come out of all thirty teams."

The Bruins beat Toronto last night to finish off Toronto's chances of making the playoffs. The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Good and bad injury news

Well there is some news about the Bruins injuries and there is some bad news and some good news. First the bad news. Forward Chuck Kobasew who got hurt in the game against Toronto on Tuesday, has a fractured tibia and will be out anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on how fast it heals. This is really bad for the offense-struggling Bruins as Kobasew has been a big offense provider for most of the season. Defenseman Andrew Ference is still day-to-day with a knee injury. No news on defenseman Andrew Alberts but don't expect him to come back this season or for the playoffs. Center Marc Savard will be evaluated after the weekend.

Some good news on Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron had a neuro-psych test earlier this week which he passed. There is still no timetable on when/if Bergeron will come back to play this season/playoffs.

Source

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bruins youngsters bring it vs Toronto

Tonight the Bruins won a big game against the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. With Marc Savard and Andrew Ference already out for this one, Chuck Kobasew got hurt in the first period after taking a puck off one of his feet. But the Bruins youngsters and character players stepped up and helped the Bruins offense score six goals.

David Krejci had a goal and an assist. Matt Lashoff had two assists. Phil Kessel scored the fifth goal of the game which came at a good time. Milan Lucic had two assists, one which was a nice pass to Shawn Thornton where Thornton deked around Vesa Toskala to score his 4th goal of the season. Jeremy Reich scored an empty net goal to end the game, his 2nd of the season. Glen Murray and Marco Sturm added the other two goals in the game for the Bruins. I will try and post the Shawn Thornton goal and the Jeremy Reich goal.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Savard and Ference injury updates

The Bruins Bear Essentials blog says that center Marc Savard and defenseman Andrew Ference are injured. Marc Savard was injured on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens when agitator Steve Begin cross checked him in the back, and the referees didn't call a penalty when Savard was down, obviously hurt and in pain. Savard will not play in the next two games, which is a huge blow to the already low-scoring Bruins.

"Savvy's situation is a result from the crosscheck the other night," he told the media gathered in the Ristuccia Center on Monday. "He's having a CAT scan done today and we'll probably know more later on today.

"But he will not be making the trip, there is no doubt about that."

As for Andrew Ference, he also will not play in tomorrow's game against the Maple Leafs.
"With Ference it is a leg injury and that happened last game, as well," said Coach Julien. "He's day-to-day. And will definitely not be making the trip with us for tomorrow's game.

"But after that, he'll be a day-to-day situation."

This is bad news for a team that needs points desperately and needs veterans like Savard and Ference in the lineup. Hopefully someone steps up in their places.

Bruins recall Matt Lashoff

The Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis because of the leg injury to defenseman Andrew Ference. Lashoff traveled to Toronto and might play on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Live game updates: Bruins vs Canadiens

Since this is a big game for the Bruins I will try and give updates during the game so those who can't watch it know what's going on.

The game has begun and Tim Thomas is starting for the Bruins tonight.

Update at 7:17pm
Early game update: Glen Murray with a big hit on Alexei Kovalev already. Montreal scored so it's 1-0. Off the next faceoff P.J. Axelsson and agitator Maxim Lapierre had some words then a few seconds later they dropped the gloves and fought. Not much by both players but good to see.

Update at 7:53pm
The first period has ended and the score is 2-1, Montreal with the lead. Well the refs are calling lots of penalties which I think is disrupting the gameplay. The Bruins once again can't seem to stop the Canadiens' offense. Hopefully in the second period things turn around.

Update at 8:28pm
The Bruins have tied up the game 2-2. Petteri Nokelainen scored his 7th goal of the season.

Update at 9:57pm
The Bruins lossed to the Canadiens in the shootout. Saku Koivu scored the only goal to win it for Montreal.

Update on 03/24/08, 11:27pm
We've added the game summary video for this on game on our new Bruins videos page. You can watch it here.

Big game for Bruins tonight

Thursday night the Bruins once again lost to the hated Montreal Canadiens and are still winless this season against the Canadiens. Later today the Bruins will play at Montreal (7pm EST) and try to win to make them closer to the playoffs. The Bruins (8 games remaining with 83 points) are fighting for one of the last two playoff spots with the Philadelphia Flyers (7 games remaining with 84 points), Washington Capitals (6 games remaining with 82 points), and Buffalo Sabres (7 games remaining with 81 points).

I think you may see Alex Auld start against the Canadiens later tonight. That wouldn't surprise me as Tim Thomas has not looked good recently. I haven't read anything yet on who would start though.

On Thursday, the Bruins sent defenseman Matt Lashoff back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Lashoff has played in 14 games this season for the Bruins, scoring 1 goal and recording 2 assists.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Chatting with Shawn Thornton

On March 19th BostonBruins.com had a chat session for fans who could ask questions to Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton. You can read the whole chat log on BostonBruins.com. Below I quoted some interesting and fun comments from Shawn.

BsGal127: Hi Shawn. What's the most difficult part of being a fighter in the NHL today?
Shawn Thornton: Well besides getting punched in the face, just getting mentally prepared for guys that are a lot bigger than me.

GahhhdenGuy: Hey Shawn, who do you consider the hardest puncher you've faced in the NHL, past or present?
Shawn Thornton: Tough one to answer...A guy I played with, Louie DeBrusk.

savvy_91: Hey Shawn, I've noticed that sometimes on the road the team seems to need an early game fight to get energized. How do you and the other fighters gauge this energy and how do you sort out who fights?
Shawn Thornton: There's fights for three reasons as far as I'm concerned...
To stick up for a teammate.
To stick up for yourself.
Or to create energy or momentum.

GahhhdenGuy: What was the story behind you and Lucic in the opening 2 fights against the Capitals? Was it pre-meditated?
Shawn Thornton: It wasn't premeditated for me. I think it might have been for Luch.

Bosbruins9875: Hey Shawn Have u ever fought with P.J. Stock.
Shawn Thornton: Yeah we have fought twice, he's a tough character.

Stockfan42: What was your favorite moment from all of this year's games?
Shawn Thornton: Luch getting the Gordie Howe hat trick in LA

Chara and Thornton vs Brashear

Here are the fights from the Bruins awful game on March 3rd when they got blown out by the Washington Capitals. Zdeno Chara first took on Donald Brashear and then later in the game Shawn Thornton fought Brashear. Thornton's fight was more interesting and one of the best of the season. Watch them both below.

Chara vs Brashear


Thornton vs Brashear

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bruins sign forward Jeff LoVecchio

Today the Boston Bruins signed 6'2" 200lb left wing Jeff LoVecchio to an entry-level contract.

"Jeff is a big, strong skater who also has a good shot," said Chiarelli. "Last year he was voted one of the best defensive forwards in the CCHA and at the same time scored 19 goals. We expect Jeff to work on his skills in Providence and then in time, contribute as a two-way player in the NHL."

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Goals from Bruins tough guys

I enjoy seeing the tough guys score goals and I've been trying to post the goals scored by Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, and Jeremy Reich this season. Well below are videos of two more goals, one from Lucic and the other from Thornton.

On February 23rd against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Milan Lucic scored his 7th goal of the season. Watch it below.


On February 26th against the Ottawa Senators, Shawn Thornton scored his 3rd goal of the season. Watch it below.

Milan Lucic's fight vs Jarkko Ruutu

If you missed the Bruins vs Penguins game on February 28th, then you missed a good win by the Bruins and a big long fight between Milan Lucic and Pens agitator Jarkko Ruutu. In the third period Ruutu went after Lucic as Lucic was at the end of a shift and pushed Lucic a few times to get him to drop the gloves. They dropped the gloves and then had one of the longest fights this season. Lucic started with some body shots which you could tell helped later as Lucic landed some big punches on Ruutu. You can watch the fight below. Make sure to pay attention to the replay they show after the fight as Ruutu throws a punch that misses which then Lucic counters that with a huge punch that lands on Ruutu's face and watch the background as you'll see the Bruins bench yell in excitement for Lucic. Also included in the video below is a TSN interview with Milan Lucic after that game.

You can download this clip here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Action from 2/21 game vs Panthers

I'm late again posting some clips from Bruins games this season, but below are two video clips from the Bruins vs Panthers game on February 21st. I hope you enjoy the clips. First one is Jeremy Reich in a good fight against Steve Montador. Give the decision to Reich in that one. The second clip is Mark Stuart vs Gregory Campbell. Campbell didn't like a hit that Stuart gave him earlier in the period so they dropped the gloves, but it wasn't much of a fight.

Jeremy Reich vs Steve Montador


Mark Stuart vs Gregory Campbell

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Action from 2/19 game vs Hurricanes

I know I'm late in posting this but below are some video clips from the game vs the Carolina Hurricanes on February 19th.

Jeremy Reich and Tim Conboy drop the gloves and it's all Reich in this fight. Reich gets the win in this fight. Watch it below.
Milan Lucic hits Scott Walker from behind and Walker doesn't like it as they shove and talk to each other. Watch it below.
Milan Lucic comes out of the penalty box from his hitting from behind penalty, and he gets a scoring chance. Former Bruin Wade Brookbank follows Lucic around the ice challenging him to a fight. Lucic and Brookbank do drop the gloves and have a good fight. I would give this fight a draw. Watch it below.
Tim Gleason hits Marc Savard with a big hit and Milan Lucic challenges Gleason to a fight. They drop the gloves and have a good squareoff. Looks like Gleason lands a left on Lucic's already broken nose and Lucic loses his balance and goes down to the ice. Decision to Gleason in this one. Watch it below.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Shawn Thornton's 2 goals vs Hurricanes

Here's a video clip of the two goals that Shawn Thornton scored against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 12th.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Chatting with Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic had a rinkside chat with fans on February 27th and BostonBruins.com has the chat transcript. Lucic seems to be a funny, easy-going kid and has become my favorite Bruin this season. Make sure to check out the transcript. Here are some interesting questions by fans and answers by Lucic (taken from various spots throughout the chat):

Jessie: Any reason for the number 17?

Milan Lucic: Well I was born on June 7, so I like to have the #7 in my number. Growing up in Junior I wore 27 but obviously it is taken by Glen Murray and 37 was taken by Patrice...7 and 77 weren't available either!

Kapler_Fan: Who has been your idol for hockey?

Milan Lucic: Growing up my uncle Dan Kesa played pro hockey and also played 130 games in the NHL for Van, Pit, Dal and Tampa.

MarcoSturm16: Are you done fighting for the year after you re-broke your nose?

Milan Lucic: That's a good question haha. I'm going to let the bone heal and we will see what happens... about six weeks left in the reg season so somewhere in the last few games there may be an altercation.

blackngold: Keep up the great work Milan! Have you received any fighting pointers and help from Thorts and/or Reich?

Milan Lucic: Not really, but they give me good scouting reports... Thorts get out of my chat you can ask me these questions tomorrow. Haha.

mdrew: Do you hate the Montreal Canadiens as much as I do?

Milan Lucic: What do you think?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vote for Bruins 7th Player Award

It's that time again Bruins fans, it's time to vote for your pick of who should win the Bruins 7th Player Award. You can vote on BostonBruins.com here. The top choices I think are: Milan Lucic, Chuck Kobasew, and Tim Thomas. My choice for the Bruins 7th Player Award is Milan Lucic. He has no doubt surprised everyone with how good he has played being a rookie at 19 years old and has passed everyone's expectations. So far this season Lucic has played in 57 games, has 7 goals (4 game winners) with 13 assists for 20 points. Lucic has 71 PIMs and a team leading 11 fighting majors.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trade deadline today

With the NHL trade deadline today I didn't expect the Bruins to do anything, and it seems they have not as I haven't heard anything on TSN. But it looks like a move was made by another team that may help the Bruins. The Montreal Canadiens, who have beat the Bruins badly this season, have traded away goalie Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a second-round draft pick next season. Huet was a Bruins' killer, as he seemed to always play great against the Bruins. Now rookie Carey Price will take over the starting goaltending job in Montreal. Hopefully this helps the Bruins beat Montreal next time they play.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Patrice Bergeron skates

I didn't think I would be saying this right now, but injured Bruin Patrice Bergeron spent about ten minutes on Sunday and twenty minutes today skating on the ice. Some comments from Bergeron, (source):
"I felt good yesterday, and today I felt good again," Bergeron said at practice Monday. "After the second time in four months, it feels great."

"It's taking it day-by-day, and seeing how I feel at every workout, every time I step on the ice," he explained. "It's pretty much seeing how I react, and if I react well, we'll do the same thing the next day."

"It's tough for me to stop," he said. "I want to keep going, but I've got to take it easy obviously."

Any news like this about Bergeron is good. I still don't think he will come back this season and I'm hoping he gets fully healthy again before he does. I don't want to see him come back too soon and get re-injured. Bruins fans (including myself) wish Bergeron the best and get better.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Patrice Bergeron injury update

The BostonHerald.com has an article from today's paper by Stephen Harris with an update on Bruins' injured center Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron is hoping to come back this season, but I personally think it's kind of a long shot because of the severity of the injury, but if anyone can do it, it's Patrice Bergeron.

Bergeron took a small - but significant - step forward this week. He has been working out since Monday on the elliptical trainer, which basically combines a stair-stepper and a treadmill.

"It feels good so far," he said. "We're slowly but surely doing some more stuff. I started doing the elliptical for six minutes and now we're up to between eight and 12 minutes. It's getting there. It feels good just to do something, and to be around the players again and have a chance to see them more often. In my mood, I feel more happy. I want to do more stuff now.

"When you work out, at least there's something to look forward to the next day. You don't just get up and sit around, stay in bed all day. It feels like you're doing something."

Other Bruins Injury Updates
On Saturday night the Bruins play at the Toronto Maple Leafs. It also seems Bruins' defenseman Aaron Ward will be able to play Saturday even after sustaining a neck injury against the Penguins. Chuck Kobasew, who missed the game against the Penguins, might play against Toronto. Peter Schaefer still won't play because of a sliced bruised shin. Bobby Allen will play if one of the regular six defensemen cannot play.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Last few Milan Lucic goals

I'm a big fan of Bruins' rookie Milan Lucic so I thought I would post clips of the goals he scores this year. Here are two more. The first video below is of Lucic' goal in the 2007-08 NHL Young Stars game on January 26th. The second video below is Lucic scoring against the Ottawa Senators on January 31st, which was his 6th goal of the season.



Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ference's big hit and fight vs Preds

If you missed the Bruins vs Predators game on Tuesday, January 29th then you missed a big hit and then beatdown by defenseman Andrew Ference. Ference layed out Predators' forward Martin Erat with a huge hit and then Scott Nichol came over and dropped the gloves with Ference. Ference then pounded Nichol down to the ice. Watch the fight below.

Andrew Ference vs Scott Nichol

Friday, February 1, 2008

Bruins send Pascal Pelletier back to minors

The Boston Bruins sent forward Pascal Pelletier back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL) today. Pelletier played in 6 games with the Bruins but recorded 0 points.

Bruins beat Senators in nice win

The Bruins played great against the Ottawa Senators last night and got the 4-1 win. Tim Thomas really saved the Bruins with some spectacular saves and rookie Milan Lucic continues to show improvement with a goal, an assist, was +2, had 2 shots, and led the Bruins with 4 hits.

The Bruins better be ready for tomorrow night as they play the Detroit Red Wings.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tim Thomas is named to the All-Star game

On Tuesday the NHL announced that Bruins' goalie Tim Thomas was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

This marks Thomas' first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game. Thomas, 33, currently leads all NHL goaltenders with a .930 save percentage, a ranking he has held most of the season, and he is eighth overall in the league with a 2.30 goals against average. He has played in 31 of Boston's 47 games this season with a 15-11-3 record and one shutout in those contests.

Source. These stats were from before the game vs the Canadiens on Tuesday, so Thomas' numbers have definitely changed after that game.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Milan Lucic highlights vs Canadiens

I didn't get a chance to post the Milan Lucic highlights vs the Montreal Canadiens from January 10th so I will now. Lucic had some big hits on Mike Komisarek and he also received a few. Also Lucic scored his fourth goal of the season. Watch the YouTube video below.


Also in that game Shawn Thornton roughed up Roman Hamrlik which I liked seeing. Watch it below.


You can download video clips of these videos here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bruins recall Pascal Pelletier

The Bruins have recalled forward Pascal Pelletier from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Pelletier currently leads the AHL in goals with 24. He has 48 points and a +17 rating in 40 games this season. The Bruins play the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow and Pelletier may play.

Savard and Lucic named to 'Stars' games

First, Bruins' center Marc Savard was named to the Eastern Conference All-Stars team. From BostonBruins.com:

This marks Savard's first appearance in an NHL All-Star Game in his 10-year-career. Savard leads the Bruins with 47 points this season, having posted 11 goals, a team-best 36 assists, and a +5 plus/minus rating in 43 games.

On Tuesday, Bruins' rookie power forward Milan Lucic was named to the Eastern Conference YoungStars team. From BostonBruins.com:

This year, in his first NHL season, Lucic has tallied four goals and five assists, while registering 59 penalty minutes in 39 games.

Before joining Boston this season, Lucic's previous two campaigns were spent with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Last season, Lucic led the Giants in regular season scoring with 30 goals and 38 assists and 147 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games. During the Giants run towards the 2007 Memorial Cup Championship, Lucic added 19 points and 26 penalty minutes in 22 games and was named the Giants Most Valuable Player, the team’s Humanitarian and Service award winner and the 2007 Memorial Cup MVP.

It's good to see Savard and Lucic awarded for their good play so far this season.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Chara named a starter for All-Star game

Today the NHL announced that Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara has been named a starter for the Eastern Conference team in this years NHL All-Star game, which will be on January 27th. So far this season Chara has played in 41 games, has 6 goals and 20 assists, along with 76 PIMs and a +5 rating.

Andrew Ference talks about his fight with Sydney Crosby

Over at ESPN.com, David Amber had an interview with Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference and Ference had some interesting comments about Sydney Crosby.

From the interview:
Q: Last month you fought Sidney Crosby in his first NHL fight. How did that fight start?

A: I wish it was a better fight, since I get to talk about it so much. It started like any other fight. I finished my check on him in the corner and then he punched me and I punched him back, then we fought. I was surprised it was his first fight, because I've seen him punch guys before after he gets hit. I figured someone else would have grabbed him and started a fight. It would have been a fight no matter who it was because that's the way hockey is supposed to be -- if you give a guy a shot in the face, you better be willing to drop the gloves to follow up with it.

Q: What kind of reaction did you get from friends, fans and the media after fighting with arguably the game's biggest star?

A: My sister called me, she's a teacher in Alberta, she told me she has been getting a hard time from her students [laughs]. My friends kind of laughed and said they wished it was a little longer, they wanted more punches thrown. Guys on the team have thought it was funny how much exposure it got, especially since they think it was the worst fight I have had this year.

Q: But can you really win a fight like that? Let's say you broke his jaw or gave him a concussion. Then you're known as the guy who injured Sidney Crosby. Isn't it a losing battle for you?

A: [Laughs.] if I did that, I would have to fight Georges Laraque every time we played Pittsburgh. I wouldn't want that [laughs].

Q: Did Laraque or any of the other Pens have words for you after you fought Crosby?

A: No, nobody said anything. That's the thing, nobody should have to say anything, the kid's not little. He's bigger than I am.

Q: Crosby cut you during the fight. How good a fighter is he?

A: No, his visor cut me. He came up and his visor cut the top of my head. Go back to that Jarome question. Jarome in my books is a better hockey player than Crosby because he does those things. He will fight, he will lay his body on the line and take the hit and not complain if someone hits him and stuff like that. The superstars of the league should have to do that because they're hockey players, they're not ice-skating princesses. Hockey is an emotional game, you have to stand up for yourself. You have to stand up for your actions. If you punch somebody in the face, then you should fight, that's the way hockey is suppose to be.

Q: So are you saying Crosby is a little soft?

A: Well, he's not Jarome.

I think all of Ference's comments here are all true.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Wild ending last night against the Devils

Last night's game between the Bruins and Devils was a good one. The Bruins played a strong game for the most part as they played physical, played strong defense, and capitalized on some of their offensive chances. Although in the third period the Bruins looked to get away from the way they played in the first two periods, and the Devils got back into the game. At the end of the game their was a big scrum starting with Zdeno Chara and Brian Gionta getting into it, and Dennis Wideman and Devils' captain Jamie Langenbrunner holding onto each other. Watch it below if you missed it.

Bruins-Devils scrum at the end of the game

The Bruins next game is on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins will be playing three big games this week, the Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The Bruins are currently 21-16-4 with 46 points, which puts them in third place in the Northeast Division (Senators with 58 points and Canadiens with 48 points are ahead of them).

Random stat I think is interesting. Last season the Bruins had 29 fighting majors total for the whole season. This season they already have 30 fighting majors.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bruins trade Bochenski for Hnidy and draft pick

Today the Boston Bruins traded forward Brandon Bochenski to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Shane Hnidy and a 6th round draft pick. Bochenski played in 20 games this season and has 0 goals and 6 assists for the Bruins. Hnidy played in 33 games this season and has 1 goal and 2 assists, with 30 PIMs for the Ducks. Hnidy is known for physical defensive play and not known for his offense. I see this not as a great move because Hnidy won't do anything to help the offense but he should help the defense. Hopefully this turns into a good trade.