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.