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."


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.


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.


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.