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).


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."


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."


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.