Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bruins vs Thrashers tonight, Winter Classic on Friday

With Monday's loss to the Lightning, the Bruins are now 19-12-7 with 45 points for second place in the Northeast division, only behind the Buffalo Sabres by 7 points in the division. The Bruins are in 5th place in the Eastern conference. Tonight the Bruins play the Atlanta Thrashers (18-16-4) at 7pm.

The Winter Classic game is this Friday and I can't wait to watch it. Look at the pic below of Fenway Park from left field of the layout, posted by the Bruins Twitter feed.

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Update @ 2:33 PM
Zdeno Chara has been named to Slovakia's Olympic hockey team. David Krejci has made the Czech Olympic team. Patrice Bergeron has made the Canadian Olympic team.

Update @ 6:34 PM
Marco Sturm has made the Germany Olympic team.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Funny Bear & Savard commercial

Another funny Bruins Bear commercial. With the Christmas holiday coming up soon, the Bear and Marc Savard exchange gifts. Check it out below.

Bruins injury update

The latest Bruin to get injured is defenseman Mark Stuart. Stuart suffered a broken sternum earlier this week and is expected to be out more than a month. That's not good news for the Bruins defense, hence why they recalled defensemen Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski. Stuart's iron man streak will end at 196 consecutive regular season games (214 straight including playoffs) and has not missed a game since breaking into the NHL on a full-time basis in 2007-08.

Milan Lucic is expected to miss at least another week with the high ankle sprain. It looks like he may be back for the Winter Classic game at Fenway Park.

Dennis Wideman is expected to miss tonight's game vs the Chicago Blackhawks for undisclosed reasons, while Derek Morris is still listed as day-to-day.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bruins recall McQuaid and Wozniewski, place Lucic on IR

On Tuesday, the Bruins recalled defensemen Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis. Also, the Bruins have placed Milan Lucic on injured reserve.

Both McQuaid and Wozniewski had good training camps. Some info on McQuaid and Wozniewski:

The 23-year-old McQuaid has played in 29 games this season for Providence and has registered 3-7=10 totals and 66 penalty minutes. Last year with the P-Bruins, McQuaid had 4-11=15 totals and 141 penalty minutes in 78 games. He was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (55th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. McQuaid was traded to Boston from Columbus for a 2007 fifth round draft pick (Jamie Benn) on May 16, 2007.

The 29-year-old Wozniewski has skated in 29 games for the P-Bruins and recorded 6-17=23 totals. He was signed by Boston as a free agent on September 9, 2009 after splitting last year between the AHL affiliates of the Penguins and Blues. The Buffalo Grove, Illinois native has tallied 2-10=12 totals and 81 penalty minutes in 77 career NHL games with the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was signed to his first pro contract with Toronto on May 27, 2004 and was a member of the Leafs organization until he signed as a free agent by the Blues on July 17, 2008. He was traded to Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009 before signing with the B’s as a free agent on September 9, 2009.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bruins beat Toronto again, hold Kessel to zeroes again

Last night the Bruins beat Toronto again, this time the final score was 5-2. It was 3-0 at the start of the third period but Toronto made it interesting by scoring twice making it 3-2. But then Jason Blake took a dumb high sticking penalty and the Bruins capitalized on the power-play and then later got an empty net goal, Mark Recchi scoring those two last goals.

Toronto's Phil Kessel was held to two shots and no points and an even plus/minus. Bruins' Mark Stuart almost had a Gordie Howe hat trick, but didn't get an assist to get it, as he scored the first Bruins goal of the game, his second of the season. Then in the second period, Stuart at Jamal Mayers did what they did the last time these two met, they dropped the gloves and had a short fight where Mayers lost his balance and they only got two minute roughing penalties again like last game. So after those two minutes were up, they came out of the penalty boxes and dropped the gloves and had a fight that was 5-minute worthy finally. Tuukka Rask again played solid in net and is hot. I'm curious to see if he plays on Saturday instead of Tim Thomas. If you missed the game make sure to check out the highlights of the game.

I saw a blog post on According To Cameron Frye, where Shawn Thornton says that he doesn't like Phil Kessel. Check out his comments below:

"...I don't like him."

"I don't know if we're better off without him, but I know he wasn't the best fit."

"I hope he didn't come here thinking he was going to get cheered whenever touched the puck."
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Even during the game Jack Edwards said that a few unnamed Bruins didn't like what Phil Kessel, signing with Toronto for a little more money instead of re-signing with the Bruins. Apparently also Marc Savard and Kessel had some words in the third period after Savard hit him. And we all know Kessel doesn't like the physical play.

The next time the Bruins and Maple Leafs meet will be on Saturday, December 19th. I wonder if Milan Lucic will be back in time for that one? :) He probably won't be as I'm assuming he may come back just in time of the Winter Classic game at Fenway Park.

The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bruins injury update

In Monday's Bruins practice, defensemen Derek Morris and Dennis Wideman were missing as they had minor injuries in the last game vs Toronto. Also it is reported that Zdeno Chara has a minor injury from the Toronto game as well. Hopefully all three are back in the lineup on Thursday against Toronto.

Milan Lucic is making good progress with his recovery from a high left ankle sprain. Lucic talked about his injury:

"It's an injury where you can never really tell how fast or how long it's going to be just because it's got to be pain free before you get back," he said yesterday. "If you reaggravate it, you set yourself back and have to start all over again. That's why you have to be real careful with this high ankle sprain."
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I also saw an article on Stanley Cup of Chowder where Phil Kessel was trying to get Marc Savard to not re-sign with the Bruins. I thought this was hilarious. Why would Savard want to sign with Toronto which is obviously what Kessel was hinting at. Toronto is rebuilding and will be for the next few years and I don't think Savard wants to go through that.

Marc Savard was on Dale & Holley on WEEI this past Thursday. During the interview, Marc Savard mentioned that he stays in touch with Phil Kessel and Phil told him not to re-sign with the Bruins.

"Yeah, I have. We text a lot. He was obviously one of the guys telling me to wait and to not sign."

- Marc Savard when asked if he stayed in touch with Phil Kessel
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Lucic will be on NHL Live

I don't have the NHL Network with my cable package but for those that do, you will be able to see Bruins' Milan Lucic on the NHL Live! show later today from noon to 2pm.

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic will be among the guests on NHL Live! on Monday, scheduled from noon-2 p.m. on NHL Network and NHL.com and broadcast on XM Radio.

Lucic will appear in-studio at the NHL Store Powered By Reebok in Manhattan to speak with hosts Deb Placey and E.J. Hradek. Lucic, 21, is 2-3-5 in 10 games for the Bruins this season and enjoyed a 17-goal campaign in 2008-09.
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The Bruins are currently 15-9-5 with 35 points, which is first in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It will be at Boston again and hopefully the Bruins can spank the Maple Leafs again. I just wish Lucic was healthy so we can see him play against Mike Komisarek again. In Saturday's game against the Leafs, Phil Kessel was held to 2 shots and was a -3. Komisarek was a -1.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Savard signs 7-year contract extension

It's now official. Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed center Marc Savard to a 7-year contract through the 2016-17 season. Tomorrow a press conference will be held.

Since signing with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2006, the 32-year-old Savard has led the team in scoring each of the last three seasons, in addition to leading the team’s postseason scoring race each of the last two seasons. Savard has twice finished in the league’s top ten in scoring with 95+ points and has played in two consecutive NHL All-Star Games.
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This is good to see as Savard has been the Bruins best offensive player since they signed him. So he'll basically be here for the rest of his career.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Lucic out for a month

As you probably know, Milan Lucic was injured in Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Wild. Today it was announced that Lucic will be out for about a month with a high-ankle sprain.

In today's noon game against the New Jersey Devils the Bruins lost 2-1 in a shootout. On Saturday at 7pm EST the Bruins play against the Ottawa Senators.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lucic returns, Bruins win, Savard deal close

Bruins forward Milan Lucic returned to the lineup last night but that didn't stop another last minute meltdown of the Bruins as the Thrashers tied the game in the final minute of the third period. The game went to a shootout and with Patrice Bergeron's awesome deke goal and Tuukka Rask stopping all three Thrashers, the Bruins got the two points. Lucic missed 14 games but looked good in the game as he was playing physical and had some good offensive opportunities.

According to a report from Canada's RDS, Marc Savard is close to signing a 7-year contract worth $39 million ($5.7 million per season). Earlier the Bruins offered a 3-year contract worth $6.5 million. This is good news for Bruins fans to get Savard locked up as you can see the Bruins offense without him is not as good.

Look for Tuukka Rask to play again tonight against the Sabres as Tim Thomas has an unidentified minor injury.

Right now the Bruins are 9-8-4 with 22 points, which is 3rd place in their division and 11th place in the conference.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

David Krejci diagnosed with H1N1

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that David Krejci has been diagnosed with H1N1 and will be away from the team until he is symptom free and fever free for 24 hours.

"Like most people, we are taking many precautions to try to prevent our players and staff from contracting the H1N1 virus," said Chiarelli. "Our medical staff is working with David to get him healthy as soon as possible, and our players and staff will continue to take precautions with hopes of preventing the spread of the virus to others in the organization."
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The Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens tonight, their first meeting this season and it should be good.

The Bruins recalled forward Mikko Lehtonen from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Also today Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed goalie Tuukka Rask to a two-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Marc Savard injured with broken leg

Well last season the Bruins weren't faced with much adversity but it looks like they're getting a double dose of it this season as now Marc Savard is injured with a broken left leg and will be out 4-6 weeks. Savard joins Milan Lucic on the long term injured reserve. The Bruins have recalled veteran forward Trent Whitfield from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. Wow just more bad news for the Bruins with the news of Savard's injury, what else will go wrong this season.

Bruins acquire Daniel Paille

Today the Bruins acquired left wing Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres for Boston's natural third round pick in 2010 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2010. He should be available to play Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators.

Paille has appeared in 195 career games in the NHL - all with Buffalo - and has amassed 35-42=77 totals and 54 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by the Sabres in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old Paille enjoyed his best season statistically in 2007-08 when he set career highs in games played, goals, assists and points after tallying 19 goals, 16 assists for 35 points in 77 games.

Last year, the 6'0, 197-pound forward registered 12-15=27 totals. He has skated in two games this year and recorded one assist for Buffalo.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lucic out 4-6 weeks after surgery

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that Bruins forward Milan Lucic had successful surgery to repair his broken right index finger. Lucic will be out for 4-6 weeks.

Lucic's surgery was performed by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday, October 18. Lucic sustained the injury on Friday, October 16 during the team's game against the Dallas Stars.

The 21-year-old has skated in six games this season with 0-3=3 totals. He was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve on Sunday, October 18, retroactive to October 16.
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With Lucic being out for that long this is bad news. The Bruins got to step up and play much better than what they've been showing, except for the game vs the Stars. Hopefully Craig Weller or someone can step in and provide the physical presence that Lucic usually does. It's going to be a big hole to fill.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bruins trade Kobasew, make roster moves

First the big news as forward Chuck Kobasew has been traded to the Minnesota Wild. In return the Bruins get a second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the rights to unsigned draft choice Alexander Fallstrom, and forward Craig Weller.

Some info about Fallstrom and Weller:

Fallstrom, selected in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, began his freshman year at Harvard University in September, 2009. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, he played for Brinken, Lindigo and Djurgarden in Sweden before moving to Minnesota where he attended Shattuck St. Mary's School from 2007-2009. A senior captain at Shattuck St. Mary's in 2008-09, Fallstrom led his team with 40 goals and 87 points (40-47=87) in 52 games. In his first season with Shattuck he had 67 points (20-47=67) in 62 games.

Weller, a fifth round selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (167th overall), has played in 95 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and has 4-10=14 totals with 127 penalty minutes. This season, Weller has played five games for the Houston Aeros (AHL) and has one assist and seven penalty minutes. Last season, Weller played in 36 games for the Wild and earned 1-2=3 totals and 47 PIM's.
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I've seen Weller in some games when he played for the Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild and he's more of a fourth line player, somewhat like Byron Bitz but not with the offensive upside of Bitz. But Weller will fight more and is a more experienced fighter than Bitz.

The Bruins earlier today loaned forward Guillaume Lefebvre to the Providence Bruins (AHL) for a game today. But later tonight they recalled Lefebvre and also called up forwards Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka. Also Milan Lucic was placed on the long term injured reserve with a broken finger. Hopefully Lucic's finger heals quickly and he can come back and play.

Lucic out, Lefebvre recalled, Bruins lose

Another bad performance by the Bruins last night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Bruins Milan Lucic missed last night's game vs the Coyotes due to a broken finger. Bruins coach Claude Julien on Lucic's injury:

"Right now, I think the severity of it, we're not 100 percent sure," coach Claude Julien said. "We'll re-evaluate it with our own doctors when we get home. We'll probably have more news at the beginning of the week."
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Before yesterday's game, the Bruins recalled forward Guillaume Lefebvre on an emergency basis from Providence (AHL).

The Bruins next game is at home against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. The Predators have been struggling this season with a 2-4-1 record, only scoring 10 goals in 7 games.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dennis Wideman will miss road trip

Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman will not make the 2-game roadtrip the Bruins will be on this weekend. Wideman has an upper-body injury that will keep him out of the lineup.

Another change will be the first two lines. Milan Lucic will move to the second line with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler. As Michael Ryder will move to the first line with Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. Hopefully this will provide an offensive spark that the Bruins need.

Bruins coach Claude Julien on the change:

"It might take a little pressure off, but more than that hopefully we'll have the focus we need to be successful and find the identity of our hockey team that we like so much."

"It's never a bad thing -- just a little tweak," said Julien. "We'll see if that will help...shake things up a bit."

"Maybe it will spark something, but I don't think [the change] is reflected [of anything] besides trying to get the best four line combinations."

"It's something different...I think Lucic has had real good success with Krejci before, they've worked well together when he's been on that line in the past," he said. "And with Michael...when you look back at the last game [when he] was a decent player."

"[You see that] when he works hard he creates chances and when he works hard he is strong on the puck."

"And with Sturmie [Marco Sturm] with speed and with Savvy you hope that somehow something can come out of [it]," said Julien.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bruins start slow this season

The Bruins haven't looked good this year, minus the second game vs the Carolina Hurricanes where they looked like last year's team. To me they seem not into games with the slow starts. The hitting has really not been there in the first two periods in most of the games. The Bruins have their first road trip this season starting on Friday where they take on the Dallas Stars. It's only a 2-game road trip though. They'll take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. Hopefully things turn around on this road trip for the Bruins.

The Bruins are currently 2-3-0 through five games with four points and tied for third place with the Montreal Canadiens in the Northeast division. They have a total of sixteen goals scored and nineteen goals scored against them.

A few interesting stats: defenseman Derek Morris is a -4; David Krejci and Milan Lucic have 0 goals. Mark Stuart is playing well with a +4 rating (leading the Bruins in that stat).

Tim Thomas is 1-2-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a 86.8% save percentage. Tuukka Rask is 1-1-0 with a 3.39 GAA and a 88.3% save percentage.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Milan Lucic signs 3-year extension

Great news for Boston Bruins fans as power forward Milan Lucic has signed a 3-year contract extension through the 2012-2013 NHL season. And bad news for other Eastern conference teams that will have to play against him. I'm looking for Lucic to have a career year this year where it looks like he will mostly be playing on the first line with Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. We'll see how that goes. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 21-year-old Lucic set career highs in all major statistical categories last year after recording 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points, in addition to tallying 136 penalty minutes and a +17 rating. He netted his first career hat trick and a career-best four points on October 25, 2008, after a 3-1=4 performance against the Atlanta Thrashers.

During the 2008-09 postseason, the 6’3’’ 228-pound winger had three goals and six assists and a team best +12 plus/minus rating in 10 games.

In his rookie year in 2007-08, Lucic registered 8-19=27 totals and 89 penalty minutes in 77 contests. Lucic earned the team's "Seventh Player Award" for his efforts, an award voted on by the fans and given to the Bruin who performs above and beyond expectations. He also contributed two goals in seven postseason games.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bruins get revenge on Hurricanes

Last night the Bruins got some revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes as they pummeled them on the scoreboard and physically on the ice. The Bruins won the game 7-2 and won the fights that took place in the game. The Bruins had seven different goal scorers and thirteen different players got points. Watch the game summary video courtesy of the NHL.

Ex-Bruins Aaron Ward and Andrew Alberts both made numerous errors that led to Bruins chances and goals. Milan Lucic bloodied Jay Harrison in a good fight where both guys landed some nice shots. Harrison was a bloody mess after the fight. After that fight, former Bruin Andrew Alberts hit Marco Sturm from behind with a cross check and push into the boards. Marc Savard went after him and then everyone joined in as a pile ensued. Out of the pile came Zdeno Chara and Tom Kostopoulos where Chara man handled him and Kostopoulos was left grabbing onto Chara's leg for mercy. You can find the videos with all of the action right here on our site.

The Bruins next play on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. If you remember their meeting last season, then you probably remember when Milan Lucic and Mike Brown had a fight where an angry Lucic kept throwing punches at Brown when he was down. We'll see if those two have a rematch on Thursday. I doubt it as Brown is out of Lucic's weight class but you never know I guess. Also in that same game, Marc Savard and Scott Niedermayer had a quick roughing exchange. Thursday's game should be an interesting one.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Krejci likely to play tonight

Good news for the Bruins and for tonight. David Krejci is expected to play in tonight's game vs the Washington Capitals.

Bruins coach Claude Julien on David Krejci:
"The official (decision) will be (today), but right now things are looking good," Julien said after practice yesterday. "He's feeling better and more confident. He's ahead of schedule and a lot of the credit has to go to two different (parties): Obviously him, with how hard he's worked at it; but also our trainers for how hard they've worked. Donnie (DelNegro) and Scott Waugh have done a tremendous job in rehabilitating him and putting him ahead of schedule."
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The lines for tonight's game seem to probably look like:

1st line:
C - Marc Savard
LW - Milan Lucic
RW - Marco Sturm

2nd line:
C - David Krejci
LW - Blake Wheeler
RW - Michael Ryder

3rd line:
C - Patrice Bergeron
LW - Mark Recchi
RW - Chuck Kobasew

4th line:
C - Steve Begin
LW - Shawn Thornton
RW - Byron Bitz

G - Tim Thomas

Recent roster moves by the Bruins
On Saturday, the Bruins the following players were waived to go to Providence (AHL): Drew Fata, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dany Sabourin, Trent Whitfield and Andy Wozniewski. None were claimed so they will be with the Providence Bruins. Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio and Adam McQuaid have also been assigned to Providence (AHL); and Kirk MacDonald has been returned to Providence.

On Monday, the Bruins sent forwards Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

On Wednesday, forward Vladimir Sobotka was sent to Providence (AHL).

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bruins camp roster cuts

The Bruins have made some training camp roster cuts, they're listed below courtesy of BostonBruins.com:

Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Jordan Knackstedt, and Matt Marquardt have been assigned to Boston's American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

Scott Fletcher and Rob Kwiet have been released from their tryout agreement with the Boston Bruins are being returned to Providence.

Alain Goulet and Lane MacDermid are unsigned draft choices who are being released from Boston's training camp and reporting to Providence's training camp.

Ryan Button, Jordan Caron, Michael Hutchinson, and Tyler Randell are unsigned draft choices who are being returned to their respective junior clubs.

Chris DeSousa, Brad Good, Mark Isherwood, Jason Lawrence, Taylor MacDougall, Peter Stevens, Jason Wilson and Marc Zanetti have been released from their Boston Bruins Rookie Camp tryout agreements. Please note that Wilson participated in Boston’s full training camp in addition to their rookie camp.
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Also, for you Bruins fans, like me, that like the preseason fights, I found some from YouTube and put them in the videos section of the site.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bruins trade Kessel to Toronto

Well it was bound to happen it seemed and now it has happened. The Bruins have traded young star Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for first round picks in 2010 and 2011 and a second round pick in 2010. I think it was good to get those high draft picks from a team like Toronto that is rebuilding and won't probably make the playoffs this season. But trading a star winger to a team in your own division I do not like. Hopefully the Bruins can shut Kessel down when they play against him. Let me know your thoughts on this trade, was it a good or bad trade?

Update on 09/19/09 at 2:52 PM
Here are comments from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and forward Patrice Bergeron about the Kessel trade. First, from Chiarelli:
"A trade of this nature is obviously difficult. When you trade a good young player who can score goals with speed, who we drafted and helped develop, so obviously it's a difficult thing and I'll fill you in on some of the details. But let me be perfectly clear, this trade is really about two things: one, it's about a player who did not want to play in Boston, and two, it's about the threat or the perceived threat of an offer sheet. And I'll get into detail a little bit those two things, but really that's what this trade is all about."
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And from Bergeron:
"Well, I think for us, we're pretty happy with what we have in the dressing room and we believe in all the guys that's here right now," he said. "It's Phil's decision and we all respect that, but at the same time we're here in training camp and we feel good with all the guys that are here now."
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Update on 09/19/09 at 4:45 PM
Yahoo's Puck Daddy has a good blog post about the Kessel trade and mentioned some stuff that makes you think he may have been a problem in the Bruins locker room and now he is Toronto's problem. I did not know about these incidents so this definitely interested me. In the Puck Daddy blog post, they link to two other articles, the first article on theScore.com with some Blue Jackets staff interviewing Kessel pre-draft, and some really non-team/selfish comments. The other article on CBCSports.ca is also a good read and expands on some of Kessel's weaknesses.

A guy who beat testicular cancer, but wouldn't play through last season's shoulder injury until teammates pointed out they were playing through worse.

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Lucic arrived willing to do anything and everything necessary to succeed. It was no trouble getting him to do extra work on the ice or in the weight room. It was much, much harder to convince Kessel that the extra work is necessary. There is still a feeling that he doesn't understand how important it is. One teammate said, "He is still young (22 in October), so he will figure it out." Others are not so charitable.

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One of the reasons he dropped down to fifth in the 2006 NHL Draft were suggestions that he was coddled and not receptive to criticism. That label remains. Julien's had a tough relationship with Kessel because that's not his style. (The two even fought about the kind of stick Kessel used.)
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We all know Kessel doesn't like talking with the media. I remember seeing him on some NESN interviews where he looked out of place and didn't really want to be there. If it was hard for him in Boston, well it's going to be ten times harder in Toronto where they go nuts about hockey like fans in Boston go nuts about the Red Sox. Kessel signed a 5-year $27 million contract with Toronto. Good luck to you Kessel.

Update on 09/19/09 at 5:32 PM
Yes another update to this post as I found an interesting article on TSN.ca. Read the quotes below from the article.

"This is not about frugality," Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Saturday. "There were some significant offers made."

Chiarelli said Kessel told him in July he no longer wanted to play in Boston, and the Bruins traded the rights to the 21-year-old former first-round pick to the Maple Leafs for Toronto's first-round picks in each of the next two drafts plus the Leafs' second-round pick in 2010.

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It is believed Kessel's problems with the team started when coach Claude Julien benched him for part of the first-round 2008 playoff series against Montreal. Julien was unhappy with Kessel's two-way play, something the coach said improved last season.

"My first year here (2007-08) was really trying to convince him that we were really trying to make him a better player and that he needed to just understand that," Julien said on Saturday. "Obviously, he did because he scored 36 goals the next year (and was a plus-23), but I even told him in a conversation that I didn't get a bonus for making him a bad player, so that he had to understand that everything I did was to try and make him a better player and I think that message was understood."

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"We are all happy with what we have, the group of guys we have in this room," captain Zdeno Chara said. "I can't really make comments on Phil's behalf, what he felt, why he decided not to be part of it. It's absolutely Phil's decision. It's part of the business."
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sounds like Kessel trade coming soon

The Boston Herald today is reporting that "two well-placed sources in Toronto" said that the Toronto Maple Leafs are close to pulling off a blockbuster trade to get Bruins Phil Kessel.

According to the sources, the deal likely will be finalized within the next week, as four teams are in the running. Toronto and Nashville have made the best offers in talks with B's general manager Peter Chiarelli. Minnesota and the New York Rangers also are in the mix.

The Bruins hoped all along to keep Kessel but could not re-sign him despite making a lucrative offer, so they are close to getting what they can for him and moving on.

"We're obviously at an impasse," Chiarelli said before last night's preseason game against the Maple Leafs, where he expected to speak to Toronto counterpart Brian Burke.
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I really don't want to see Kessel traded to the Leafs because they are in the Bruins division and despite not being physical, Kessel can put the puck in the net. With Toronto though, they don't have a center like Marc Savard to dish the puck to Kessel so you never know. I guess we'll find out in the coming week happens with Kessel.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Phil Kessel probably not a Bruin anymore

The latest news on Phil Kessel is not good as it looks like he will be traded. The front runner seems to be the Toronto Maple Leafs but it would be best if he wasn't traded to a team in our division. Losing Kessel will mean lots of goals to make up for but I think the Bruins can handle that. Kessel was the softest player on the team and hasn't shown the want to be physical. So we'll see what happens with Kessel as there is also talk that the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators are also interested in Kessel.

From an article on Boston Globe site:
Chiarelli has what Burke wants, and Kessel's agent already has informed the Bruins that he is done negotiating with the Spoked-B franchise. Both Kessel and Arnott have shot down that impasse, which was reported here first last week, but that’s only because they don’t want Kessel's reputation in Boston to morph into what Dany Heatley's became in Ottawa when he requested out over the summer...
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From an article on TSN:
The Leafs, New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators are the three most aggressive bidders, but at least two other teams are also believed to be in the hunt.

At this point there is nothing imminent, but Kessel's future is a hot topic in Boston.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that Kessel has made it clear his priority is to sign an offer sheet with another NHL team and he doesn't intend on negotiating with the Bruins any longer.

Kessel's agent, Wade Arnott refutes this, saying they have never stopped talking to the Bruins and Kessel's priority is to play in the NHL - if not with Boston, then with the team that successfully acquires him.

"The story in the Boston media is a complete fabrication," Arnott told TSN. "Having said that, we are at an impasse with the Bruins."

Arnott insists Kessel hasn't taken a hard stance, but acknowledges that - based on the impasse - the young forward's days in Boston are likely over.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bruins training camp roster

On Thursday the Bruins announced their 54-man roster for the Bruins 2009 Training Camp. List of players is below courtesy of BostonBruins.com:

2009 BRUINS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

Forwards (31):
Jamie Arniel, Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Byron Bitz, Jordan Caron, Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre, Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Matt Marquardt, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Mark Recchi, Yannick Riendeau, Michael Ryder, Marc Savard, Max Sauve, Vladimir Sobotka, Marco Sturm, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, Trent Whitfield, Jason Wilson

Defensemen (16):
Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Zdeno Chara, Drew Fata, Andrew Ference, Alain Goulet, Matt Hunwick, Rob Kwiet, Adam McQuaid, Derek Morris, Zach McKelvie, Jeff Penner, Mark Stuart, Dennis Wideman, Andy Wozniewski

Goaltenders (7):
Adam Courchaine, Matt Dalton, Michael Hutchinson, Tuukka Rask, Kevin Regan, Dany Sabourin, Tim Thomas

Unsigned Restricted Free Agents as of September 10 (1):
Phil Kessel
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You can also view the preseason schedule on that same page with the players listed (link above).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bruins sign Andy Wozniewski

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a one-year contract. Wozniewski is a big defenseman, listed at 6'5" 225lbs but I don't remember him being that great of a player last season with Toronto. And if Toronto traded him away then he's probably not all that, since they needed defense help last season. Look for Wozniewski to be in Providence (AHL) or the seventh defenseman on the Bruins roster who is scratched for most nights.

Wozniewski split the 2008-09 season between the St. Louis Blues' and Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliates. He played in 56 games for the Peoria Rivermen with 1-16=17 totals and 56 penalty minutes before being traded to the Penguins organization. He then skated in 18 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and posted 2-2=4 totals, and 26 penalty minutes.

Wozniewski appeared in one NHL game for the Blues during the 08-09 on February 3 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Bruins sign Claude Julien to extension

Today it was announced that the Bruins have signed coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. This is good news as Julien has done a great job with the Bruins team since he came aboard. Hopefully this next season they build on last year's success.

Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference's top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded "to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team's success," becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

P.J. Axelsson signs with Swedish team

The Stanley Cup of Chowder blog is reporting and the Boston Herald is reporting it too, that Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson has signed a 4-year contract with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. I want to wish Axelsson the best of luck there as he gave it all for the Bruins during his 11 years here as one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL. Axelsson played a total of 797 regular season games, scoring 103 goals and having 287 total points. In 54 playoff games he scored 4 goals and had 7 points. He won't be forgotten and he will be missed.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bruins sign Derek Morris

TSN.ca is reporting that the Bruins have signed defenseman Derek Morris to a one-year contract for $3.3 million. So with this signing the Aaron Ward trade makes a little more sense. But still I think $3.3 million for Morris is a bit high but I'm hoping he can play the way he use to back in his Calgary Flames days. Morris brings more offense to the game than Ward did, but I think Ward was better defensively. I'm thinking Morris will be paired with Zdeno Chara and that should be an interesting pair. Also Morris is known for getting injuries so hopefully that doesn't happen this coming season for him. Now we just got to wait and see what happens with Phil Kessel as with this signing I'm not sure how much room in the cap there is for him.

This will be the fifth NHL stop for the Edmonton native who also patrolled the blue line for the Rangers, Coyotes, Avalanche and Flames during his 10-year career.

In 75 games last season split between New York and Phoenix, the 30-year old Morris had five goals and 15 assists.

Morris was originally a first round pick, 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
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Bruins trade Aaron Ward to Hurricanes

The Bruins have traded defenseman Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Patrick Eaves and a 4th-round draft pick next year. I'm going to miss Ward as he brought a strong D game every night and played well for the Bruins. Best of luck to him in Carolina. If you're also wondering what may happen with Ward and Scott Walker, remembering the sucker punch incident in the playoffs, Ward had this to say about it:

"Tell him I still have practice -- I'll get him back at practice," Ward said with a smile. "It's water under the bridge. I'm on his team now. ... There's a lot of emotion in the playoffs, both in the media and playing the game. ... I'll see Scott Walker when he comes in, shake his hand, tell him how grateful I am to be here, how excited I am to play with him, and it'll be past."
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After the trade, the Bruins put Patrick Eaves on waivers to get more cap room. No big loss here as Eaves only had 6 goals in 74 games. He'll be lucky to find a team for next season and probably end up in the AHL. We'll see what happens with restricted free agent Phil Kessel, hopefully the Bruins can work out a deal with him.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bruins resign Matt Hunwick

Yesterday the Bruins announced that they re-signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a multi-year deal.

Hunwick registered six goals, 21 assists and a plus/minus rating of +15 in 53 games during his rookie season in 2008-09. His 27 points placed him third amongst Bruins defensemen and he scored his first NHL goal on November 17, 2008 against the Maple Leafs. Hunwick played forward in six games last year and posted 1-1-2 totals while skating up front.
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Good to see Hunwick signed for more than a year. I think he will continue to get better as he surprised me in how well he played last season.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bruins sign Fata and Sabourin

Yesterday the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Drew Fata and goalie Dany Sabourin to one-year contracts. These two players are most likely pickups for the AHL Providence Bruins team, as Tuukka Rask is the probable backup to Tim Thomas this coming season, so Sabourin should get playing time down with Providence. And with Jeremy Reich signing with the New York Islanders, Fata brings toughness to fill that void for Providence with Reich gone.

The 26-year-old Fata split the 2008-09 season between the San Antonio Rampage and the Binghamton Senators, both of the American Hockey League. He skated in 75 regular season games with seven goals, nine assists and 141 penalty minutes. He has played in eight career NHL games and registered 1-1=2 totals with nine penalty minutes, all with the New York Islanders.

The 28-year-old Sabourin appeared in 19 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season and registered a 6-8-2 record, 2.85 Goals Against Average and .898 save percentage. On January 17, 2009, he was traded by Pittsburgh along with Ryan Stone and a 2011 fourth round pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Mathieu Garon. Sabourin did not appear in a game with the Oilers before being waived on January 20, 2009.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Bruins player moves

Here is the latest on player moves by the Bruins and some players they have already lost to free agency by signing with other teams.

On June 30th, the Bruins bought out the contract of forward Peter Schaefer.

On July 1st, the Bruins re-signed forward Byron Bitz to a multi-year contract. The Bruins signed ex-Montreal/Dallas forward pest Steve Begin to a one-year contract. If you remember Begin was the one with that cheapshot on Marc Savard which broke a bone in Savard's back. Hopefully Begin can be that same kind of pest for the Bruins against Montreal and everyone else. He's also known for dishing out some big hits. The Bruins re-signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a one-year contract. Martin St. Pierre signed with the Ottawa Senators.

On July 2nd, the Bruins re-signed veteran Mark Recchi to a one-year contract. This will be Recchi's last season playing hockey. Forward Jeremy Reich signed with the New York Islanders. Defenseman Steve Montador signed with the Buffalo Sabres. Defenseman Shane Hnidy signed with the Minnesota Wild.

Looking at some Bruins opponents in the Eastern Conference, Montreal and Toronto have changed their team much. Montreal has added forwards Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, and Scott Gomez (through a trade with New York), and defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill so far. Toronto has added a lot more toughness with defensemen Mike Komisarek, Garnet Exelby (through a trade with Atlanta), and enforcer Colton Orr. So now we'll be watching those Toronto games more closer with Lucic and Komisarek going at each other again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bruins draft results

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was on June 26th and 27th and in case you missed it, here were the Bruins picks. In the first round, the Bruins drafted forward Jordan Caron with the 25th overall pick.

Caron, a 6-2, 202-pound forward has spent the past three seasons playing with the Rimouski Oceanics in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In 2008-2009 Caron was his team’s leading scorer, notching 36 goals and 31 assists for 67 points in 56 regular season games. His 36 goals ranked him 11th overall in scoring in the QMJHL. From October 6-October 12, Caron scored five goals, including two game-winners and was named the QMJHL offensive player of the week.
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On day 2 of the NHL draft, the Bruins drafted defenseman Ryan Button, forward Lane Macdermid, forward Tyler Randell, and forward Ben Sexton.

In the third round, with the 86th overall pick, the Bruins selected 18-year-old defenseman Ryan Button. The 6-0, 185 lb. Edmonton, Alberta native spent 2008-2009 with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL). With the Raiders, Button tallied five goals and 32 assists, for 37 points in 70 games, making him his team’s highest scoring defenseman. He finished the season tied for second on the Raiders in assists, while his 32 assists tied him for 18th in the WHL out of all the league's defensemen. Button has appeared in 128 career games in two seasons with Prince Albert, registering 5-40=45 totals and 73 penalty minutes.

Boston used its fourth round pick, 112th overall, to select 19-year-old Lane Macdermid, a forward from the Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He split his 2008-09 season with the Owen Sound Attack and Windsor. With Owen Sound, he played in 26 regular season contests with eight goals, six assists, and 14 points before being traded to the Spitfires on December 8, 2008. With Windsor, he played 38 regular season contests with 7 goals, 14 assists, and 21 points. He also appeared in 20 playoff games during Windsor’s Memorial Cup run with 4-5=9 totals and 38 penalty minutes. In 2008-2009, Macdermid was assessed 17 fighting majors and has collected 502 penalty minutes in 187 career regular season games in the OHL. Macdermid is the son of former NHLer Paul Macdermid, who is a veteran of 690 career NHL games.

The Bruins returned to action in the sixth round (176th overall) by selecting Tyler Randell, a 6'1, 191 pound 18-year-old forward from Brampton, Ontario. Randell spent the beginning of his 2008-2009 season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he had a total of 10 goals, five assists and 15 points in 36 games. He continued the 2008-2009 season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL after being traded on December 17, 2008 where he played in 37 regular season games with 14 goals, 8 assists, and 22 points. In 2008 Randell was also a member of the 2008 Gold Medal Ontario U17 team. In 135 career games over three seasons in the OHL, Randell has compiled a 29-19=48 line.

Boston's final pick in the draft was used to select forward Ben Sexton, 206th overall. The 5'11, 182-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario spent 2008-2009 with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League (CJHL). He played in 87 regular season games in two seasons with the Raiders totaling 30-38=68 career totals. Sexton has committed to Clarkson University for the 2010-2011 season.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bruins win some award hardware

In case you missed it, coach Claude Julien, defenseman Zdeno Chara, goalie Tim Thomas all won some awards at the NHL awards.

Julien was named the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded "to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team's success."

Chara was named the winner of the 2009 Norris Trophy, which is awarded "to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."

Thomas Thomas was named the winner of the 2009 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ference has successful surgery

Today Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference underwent successful surgery to repair an abdominal hernia and to perform an adductor release. Ference will be forced to miss approximately four to six weeks. Ference has always been a dependable defenseman and I hope he's ready to go when training camp starts for next season.

Bruins extend GM Chiarelli's contract

On Monday it was announced that the Bruins extended GM Peter Chiarelli to a 4-year contract. I have to say good move by the Bruins to extend Chiarelli to a long-term contract as he has done a great job since he's been here. I didn't know anything about Chiarelli before he came to Boston but now everyone should know his name as what he has done here in Boston with the Bruins.

Chiarelli's club enjoyed one of their best regular seasons in team history in 2008-09, as they posted an Eastern Conference leading 53-19-10 record. Their 53 wins and 116 points were both their third-highest totals in team history, while their 116 points ranked second overall in the NHL, one point behind the San Jose Sharks (117). The Bruins led the NHL in goals against (196) and goal differential (+78) and led the Eastern Conference in goals for (274), second overall in the NHL to the Detroit Red Wings (295). His club swept the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs and earned their first Eastern Conference Semifinals berth since 1999. He was honored by The Sporting News as the 2008-09 NHL Executive of the Year from a poll of his peers, which included 39 coaches and executives.
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Bruins re-sign Krejci to 3-year contract

The Bruins re-signed forward David Krejci to a 3-year contract (worth $11.25M, $3.75M per year, source).

Krejci established a career high in games played, goals, assists and points this season with 22-51-73 totals in 82 games. His 51 assists ranked him second on the team behind Marc Savard, and he led the NHL with a plus/minus rating of +37. In 2009, Krejci also received the Bruins Seventh Player Award, given to the player who performs above and beyond expectations.
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This is good getting Krejci signed for a long-term contract as he is probably going to improve every season. Next season should be exicting. On Thursday Krejci underwent success hip surgery. Krejci will be forced to miss approximately four to six months.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Chara named finalist for Messier award

Today Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was named a finalist for the 2008-2009 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The other two finalists are Flames' Jarome Iginla and Penguins' Sydney Crosby. The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award is an award that honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans in compiling a list of potential candidates. However, the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is Messier’s alone.
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bruins injury update

Besides the known injuries with Marco Sturm, Andrew Ference, and Matt Hunwick, other Bruins players have had injuries while in the playoffs.

And just revealed today, a problem with Phil Kessel's shoulder, David Krejci's hip and a quick kidney stone surgery for Mark Recchi -- just to name a few – probably didn't help either.

It's becoming clear that Boston was a MASH unit by the second round. Mark Recchi had a rib injury and also had kidney stone surgery before Game 7. Krejci will have hip surgery that will sideline him for 4-6 months.

Phil Kessel revealed that he injured his labrum and rotator cuff in the game in Columbus. He will have shoulder surgery and he said he could be out as long as six months.
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I remember the game in Columbus when Kessel got layed out with a big hit and he landed against the boards awkwardly hitting his shoulder and missed some of the game after that hit.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 7 summary

The Bruins have lossed game 7 in overtime by the score of 3-2 and are now out of the playoffs as the Hurricanes will move onto the Conference Finals to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. And guess who scored the series winner... none other than sucker puncher Scott Walker. I can only imagine what would have been if the league actually did their job and suspended Walker for 2 or more games. It hurts to see the Bruins lose, but seeing Walker score the series clincher just makes it more painful. The scoring summary for game 7 is below.

In the first period, at 7:42, Byron Bitz scored his first ever NHL playoff goal, assisted by David Krejci and Michael Ryder making it 1-0 Bruins. At 13:59, Rod Brind'Amour scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, at 7:45, Sergei Samsonov scored to make it 2-1 Hurricanes.

In the third period, at 6:19, Milan Lucic scored (3) assisted by Marc Savard and Phil Kessel to tie the game 2-2.

In overtime, at 18:46, Scott Walker scored to win the game and end the series.

Tim Thomas made 34 saves on 37 shots against him. Cam Ward made 34 saves on 36 shots against him.

You can watch post-game interviews with Bruins players and coach Julien on bostonbruinsTV.


Bruins players line up to shake hands with Hurricanes players
Bruins players line up to shake hands with Hurricanes players
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Bruins sign Jamie Arniel

Yesterday the Bruins signed center Jamie Arniel to an entry-level contract.

Arniel, a 5'11", 183-pound center was selected by the Bruins in the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2008-09 regular season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he tallied 32-36-68 totals in 63 games, ranking third on the team in both goals and assists. In five playoff games this season he posted 1-2-3 totals for Sarnia. Arniel is currently playing for Boston's American Hockey League affiliate - the Providence Bruins - where he has skated in two postseason games to date.

The 19-year-old from Kingston, Ontario, split time between the Sting and the Guelph Storm during the 2007-2008 season. He played in 20 games for Guelph with 9-4-13 totals before finishing the year with the Sting where he notched 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 total points. His 27 regular season goals were enough to rank him third overall on the Sting.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Julien says Marc Savard will play game 7

Good news for the Bruins. Marc Savard will be ready for game 7 despite getting hurt in game 6 by a knee-on-knee hit from Hurricanes' Chad LaRose.

Boston center Marc Savard left early in the third period of Tuesday's Game 6 against Carolina after a knee-to-knee hit with Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose -- but coach Claude Julien said he'll be ready for Game 7.

Savard didn't play after the collision at 6:12 of the third period. He went right to the bench, tried to skate during a timeout, and finally went to the locker room.

"I'm the one who sent him off," Julien said in his postgame news conference after Boston's series-tying 4-2 victory at the RBC Center, adding that the time left in the game was a factor in the decision.

Savard's goal midway through the second period proved to be the game-winner. He's tied with Michael Ryder for the team lead in playoff points with 11 and averages more than 19 minutes of ice time.

"He’ll be fine for next game," Julien said.
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Bruins vs Hurricanes game 6 summary

Tonight the Bruins looked good, despite the end of the first period and the start of the second period, as they won 4-2 and have tied up the series 3-3 to force a game 7 on Thursday night. The scoring summary for game 6 is below.

In the first period, at 2:01, Mark Recchi scored (3) assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew, making it 1-0 Bruins. At 5:04, Steve Montador scored (1) assisted by David Krejci and Michael Ryder, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, at 2:49, Matt Cullen scored for the Hurricanes to make it a 2-1 lead for the Bruins. At 8:53, Marc Savard scored (6) assisted by Milan Lucic and Dennis Wideman, making it a 3-1 Bruins lead. The pass by Lucic was sweet. I will post this goal on the site when I get a chance. At 18:03, Chuck Kobasew scored (3) assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, making it a 4-1 Bruins lead.

In the third period, at 7:20, Sergei Samsonov scored to make it a 4-2 game. The game would end at 4-2.

Tim Thomas made 31 saves on 33 shots against him. Cam Ward made 15 saves on 19 shots against him.

Hopefully Marc Savard will be ok enough to play in game 7 on Thursday as in the third period, Chad LaRose hit Savard with a knee-on-knee check. No penalty on the play but Savard went off the ice. He tried coming back on but couldn't and went to the locker room when there was a TV timeout. The Garden on Thursday is going to be jumping. I can't wait to watch that game on TV.

Hey look bandwagon Hurricanes fans holding up stupid signs like "Aaron 'One Punch' Ward", and another sign saying something about Zdeno Chara.

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I guess moron Hurricanes fans enjoy sucker punches and approve of them. And wow Aaron Ward was a big part of their Cup champion season a few years back. Wow how quick they forget or maybe they didn't even know he was on their team. Don't you hate bandwagon and dumb fans? :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bruins-Canes bad blood

Well if there was a question about bad blood between these two teams, now we all know that there is some bad blood. It started in game 5 on Sunday with a few incidents. First there was Jussi Jokinen using his stick, as most Europeans do instead of their fists, to slash at Zdeno Chara's ankle which sent the Bruins captain down to the ice in pain. After the game Jokinen basically said that Chara was faking it. Well that was the first time I've seen Chara go down like that and guys are always taking shots at him to get him off his game. Then there was the sucker punch I'm sure everyone has seen by now, by Scott Walker on Aaron Ward.

So Scott Walker was not suspended for his sucker punch and here are responses by members of both teams/organizations.

Quotes from Aaron Ward:
"If you see the video, I didn't see him, I didn't talk to him, my hands were by side," said Ward at the Bruins' morning skate before tonight's Game 6 at RBC Center. "It was the usual scrum (with Carolina's Matt Cullen), gloves on, you take a punch, no big deal, it's three minutes left in the game, nothing's going to happen."

"Out of convenience, (Carolina) went to another story and I obviously feel it's a convenient story that the NHL accepted. And I think if you as the media accept that, you're a bunch of sheep. It's a convenient excuse and in the moment it allows people to get off scott-free and not have to deal with it."

"It's a joke. It's honestly a joke."

Asked directly about the ruling, Ward said, "I don't feel like getting a bigger fine than Scott Walker did for voicing my personal opinion. They showed me based on their decision that I don't matter, so to voice my opinion now isn't worth it."
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Quotes from Scott Walker:
"I went over there, pushed him and I thought he punched me and I dropped my gloves and swung," said Walker this morning. "You never want to see anyone get hurt or go down like that and for that I'm sorry. But I've been on the other end, where you think nothing's happening and you get punched. So I think you have to defend yourself."

"But it's not something I'm proud of, that's for sure."

"I think it's tough watching that game," said Walker. "If you watched Tim Conboy's fight with (Shawn) Thornton, if you watch it closely, (Conboy) didn't have his gloves off halfway through the fight, but he was still doing the job of protecting himself. He knew there was a fight going on. I guess I feel the same way."
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Aaron Ward will play tonight. Doctors said he should wear a visor, but he doesn't want to.

"I haven't worn one in 16 years and I'm not going to start now," said Ward.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Scott Walker fined, not suspended for sucker punch

Well the NHL seems to be more of a joke when it comes to discipline as Hurricanes Scott Walker was only fined $2,500 and not suspended for his sucker punch on Bruins Aaron Ward in the final five minutes of game 5 yesterday.

Walker received a five-minute fighting major, a two-minute instigation minor and a game-misconduct penalty for the altercation, with the instigator penalty carrying an automatic one-game suspension because it was levied in the final five minutes of regulation. However, the suspension was rescinded after a hearing with the NHL earlier Monday.

"I accept the league's decision," Walker said in a statement. "Based on what was said on the ice as I was dropping my gloves, it was my understanding that I was engaged in an altercation."
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This is such a joke. Milan Lucic gets suspended for what he did to Lapierre in the Bruins-Canadiens series, but this sucker punch gets no suspension? So what this tells other players is, hey go ahead and sucker punch people, just don't get your stick high on players. If that's the case then if the Bruins are up by four or five goals on the Hurricanes in the next game then go ahead and sucker punch Scott Walker, or better yet take out one of their good players. I know that won't happen because the Bruins don't have cheap shot artists like Walker. Even though there is a rule that says if you get an instigating penalty in the final five minutes of a game, you will be suspended for one game, that did not happen as well. I don't know what is going on with the NHL.

Here's a video clip of Milan Lucic answering questions after last night's game.

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 5 summary

The Bruins finally looked like them old-selves in game 5 Sunday night playing a great game Bruins style. The Bruins won game 5 by the score of 4-0. The series is now 3-2 Hurricanes and game 6 will be on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm EST. The scoring summary for game 5 is below.

In the first period, at 14:48, Mark Recchi scored (2) a power-play goal assisted by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman making it 1-0 Bruins. Just before the power-play Milan Lucic layed out Dennis Seidenberg with a huge hit which ignited the fans and the Bruins. Seidenberg then took a slashing penalty which was the power-play the Bruins scored on. At 18:36, Phil Kessel scored (5) assisted by Marc Savard and Milan Lucic, making it a 2-0 Bruins lead.

In the second period, at 4:40, Phil Kessel scored (6) assisted by Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the third period, at 12:21, Milan Lucic scored (2) assisted by Michael Ryder and Patrice Bergeron, making it 4-0 Bruins.

Tim Thomas made 19 saves on 19 shots against him, earning his first career playoff shutout. Cam Ward made 36 saves on 40 shots against him.

With the score being so lopsided, the third period got nasty. Shawn Thornton and Tim Conboy dropped the gloves and it was a one-sided fight with Thornton getting the decision. Later there was Mark Stuart dropping the gloves with Tim Conboy and Stuart getting the upper hand in that fight. Conboy went 0 for 2 in this game. Then next we had some cheapshot shit. Aaron Ward roughed up a Hurricanes player, I think it was Matt Cullen, with his famous push/shove with one arm. Scott Walker didn't like that, came over, dropped his gloves and sucker punched Aaron Ward who went down to the ice and looked hurt (scroll down to watch the video). Milan Lucic tried going after Walker but everyone including the linesmen got in there so nothing came of that. Walker got lots of penalties and was done for the night. Near the end of the game, Wallin and Chuck Kobasew had a cross checking match where both players got minors. At the end of the game, apparently Chad LaRose came out of the penalty box and went over to Lucic trying to start something but linesmen broke them up and Lucic got a 10-minute misconduct.

Aaron Ward is a huge part of the Bruins defense and if he is out for the next game or more, it's going to be tough for the Bruins. This is a big loss for the Bruins. From AP after the game on Aaron Ward:

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward left Sunday night's playoff game with what team doctors fear is a broken orbital bone after he was punched by Carolina's Scott Walker.

Bruins coach Claude Julien asked the NHL to look into the play, and complained about Jussi Jokinen's slash that sent Zdeno Chara to the locker room with less than a minute left in the second period.

"The slash on Zdeno is a cheap shot; we all know that. The Walker incident is not something they should be proud of," Julien said after Boston beat Carolina 4-0 in Game 5 to avoid elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "Something like that is not what you want to see, your player put in that position. Hopefully the people in charge will see that play and decide what they want to do about it."

Ward left the game with 2:47 remaining after Walker punched him in the face. Walker was given a misconduct, a fighting major and an instigator penalty.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice laughed off the possible repercussions.

"Scott probably has sore knuckles," he said.

Asked whether there will be a fine, he added: "I may have to sell my truck."
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It seems Paul Maurice thinks it's a joke what happened. Will he still be laughing if Walker is suspended for game 6? Anyways who knows if Walker will be suspended for game 6 or longer. If you watched the other games in the playoffs, with Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom elbowing Ducks' James Wisniewski in the head and Capitals' Alex Ovechkin's knee-on-knee hit on Penguins' Sergei Gonchar, both players were not suspended, so I wouldn't guarantee Walker will be suspended. But Walker has been known for losing his cool at times and doing stupid stuff like this and he has been suspended before, so who knows. And I look back at Lucic getting suspended for what he did to Montreal's Maxim Lapierre but I see these other incidents which are far worser and have caused injuries and no suspensions. The NHL can be a joke at times.

Scott Walker sucker punches Aaron Ward


Response to TSN's Pierre Maguire saying Aaron Ward should be ready (on the TSN telecast), well you know hockey so you should know that Aaron Ward is not a fighter and is not going to drop the gloves. And why drop the gloves? It's 4-0 and the game is over. It's just a gutless cheapshot sucker punch by Scott Walker. I forgot to mention the cheap slash by waiver pick-up Jossi Jokinen on Zdeno Chara near the end of the second period. Chara looked to be in a lot of pain and Jokinen got no penalty for that cheap shot. Chara did come back a few minutes into the third period. I don't expect any suspension from this incident since Chara came back and the way the NHL is doing their discipline actions during the playoffs.

Update @ 2:10 AM
I just remembered, with the new rules about instigating, that any instigating penalties in the final 5 minutes of a game gets a player automatically suspended for a game, so Scott Walker will be suspended for the next game.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 4 summary

The Bruins lossed 4-1 in game 4 to the Hurricanes and will be facing playoff elimination on Sunday when game 5 takes place in Boston at 7:30pm EST. The stats for game 4 are below.

In the first period, at 4:54, Eric Staal scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Hurricanes.

In the second period, at 2:37, Marc Savard scored (5)  a power-play goal, assisted by Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, at 2:52, Jussi Jokinen scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1 Hurricanes. At 14:31, Sergei Samsonov scored to make it 3-1 Hurricanes. At 15:41, Eric Staal scored to make it 4-1 Hurricanes.

Tim Thomas made 27 saves on 31 shots against him. Cam Ward made 20 saves on 21 shots against him.

Chuck Kobasew and Rod Brind'Amour got into a semi-fight at the end of the game. I'll post that up on the site when I get a chance to create video clips of the other fights from this season and playoffs. I'll also be posting other stuff like some goals and hits from this season and playoffs from the Bruins so stay tuned for that.

Eric Staal and Zdeno Chara roughing
Eric Staal and Zdeno Chara roughing
Photo courtesy of AP

I'm just in total shock of this series as the Bruins have not looked like themselves in this series. I don't know what is wrong, but they got to bring it in game 5 on Sunday night or they are out. The Hurricanes are just playing great and mistake-free. The Bruins got to get back to their ways from the season.

Looking at the playoff stats for the Bruins, I found some interesting numbers. Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and Stephane Yelle are all a -2. P.J. Axelsson is a -4 in the playoffs. Blake Wheeler has no points in the playoffs (8 games played).

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 3 summary

The Bruins lossed game 3 in overtime with the final score 3-2. The Carolina Hurricanes now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 will be on Friday at 7:30pm EST. The stats for game 3 are below.

In the first period, at 8:43, Milan Lucic scored his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Dennis Wideman and Marc Savard.

In the second period, at 16:39, Eric Staal scored to tie the game at 1-1. At 17:58, ex-Bruin Sergei Samsonov scored to make it a 2-1 lead for Carolina.

In the third period, at9:03, Mark Recchi scored his first goal of the playoffs, to tie the game 2-2. Recchi's goal was assisted by Chuck Kobasew Steve Montador.

In overtime, at 2:48, Jussi Jokinen scored to end the game.

Tim Thomas made 38 saves on 41 shots against him. Cam Ward made 21 saves on 23 shots against him.

One thing to note, defenseman Andrew Ference did not play in the third period.

Ference, who missed the final eight days of the regular season and then the Montreal series with a lower body injury, had to leave last night's Game 3 against Carolina with what appeared to be either a new lower body injury or a re-aggravation of the old one.

Early in the second period, Ference was checked hard by the Hurricanes' Scott Walker in the corner of the Bruins defensive zone. He got up slowly and skated gingerly to the bench.
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So it seems that Ference will be out for Friday's game 4. Then we would see Shane Hnidy probably dress and play in game 4 for the Bruins.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 2 summary

The Bruins lossed 3-0 in game 2 to the Hurricanes. Game 3 will be on Wednesday night. The stats for game 2 are below.

In the first period no scoring took place.

In the second period, at 2:30, Joe Corvo scored for the Hurricanes making it 1-0. At 7:32, Matt Cullen scored a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 lead for the Hurricanes.

In the third period, at 19:32, Eric Staal finally scored a goal against the Bruins this season and playoffs, but it was an empty net goal though. So the final score was 3-0 Carolina.

Tim Thomas made 22 saves on 24 shots against him. Cam Ward made 36 saves on 36 shots to get a shutout.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bruins vs Hurricanes game 1 summary

The Bruins won 4-1 in game 1 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Game 2 will be on Sunday night. The stats for game 1 are below.

In the first period, at 1:34, David Krejci scored (3) assisted by Aaron Ward and Michael Ryder. At 18:50, Jussi Jokinen scored for Carolina to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, at 7:21, Marc Savard scored (3) assisted by Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic to make it 2-1 Bruins. At 12:41, Michael Ryder scored (5), unassisted, to make it a 3-1 Bruins lead.

In the third period, at 7:21, Marc Savard scored (4) his second goal of the game, which was assisted by Phil Kessel, making it a 4-1 Bruins lead.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 27 shots.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bruins to face Hurricanes in round 2

With the Carolina Hurricanes upsetting the New Jersey Devils in game 7 on Tuesday night, and the Capitals defeating the Rangers in their game 7, the round 2 playoff series are set. The Bruins will be playing against the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming round for the Bruins:

Game 1 - Friday, May 1st @ Boston, 7:30 PM, TV: NESN, TSN

Game 2 - Sunday, May 3rd @ Boston, 7:30 PM, TV: VERSUS, TSN

Game 3 - Wednesday, May 6th @ Carolina, 7:30 PM, TV: NESN

Game 4 - Friday, May 8th @ Carolina, 7:30 PM, TV: NESN

Game 5 - Sunday, May 10th @ Boston, 7:30 PM, TV: VERSUS

Game 6 - Tuesday, May 12th @ Carolina, 7:30 PM, TV: NESN, TSN

Game 7 - Thursday, May 14th @ Boston, 7:30 PM, TV: TBD

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bergeron and Ference healing during break

While the Bruins wait to find out who will be their next opponent in the playoffs, players are healing with injuries that have had. Patrice Bergeron has a bruised and still-sore right foot; Tim Thomas is getting over the flu; and Andrew Ference is healing from a suspected groin injury. Good news is that all three will be ready for round 2 of the playoffs. There is speculation that the first game of round 2 for the Bruins won't start until Friday or Saturday.

Andrew Ference, out with a suspected groin injury, joined his teammates for practice for the first time since getting injured late in the regular season. The defenseman had been skating on his own the last week or so.

"He's very close to having a full practice with us," Julien said. "(Yesterday) he did almost everything. We predict that if everything goes well he should be ready for the next round."
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Tim Thomas named a Vezina finalist

Yesterday the NHL announced that Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named as one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position. The other two goalies who are finalists for the award are: Wild's Niklas Backstrom and Blue Jackets' rookie Steve Mason.

Thomas - who set a career high with 36 wins this year and played in his second straight NHL All-Star Game - finished the 2008-09 regular season as the league leader in Goals Against Average (2.10) and Save Percentage (.933). He helped lead the Bruins to their highest victory (53) and points (116) totals since 1971-72, and he and teammate Manny Fernandez shared the NHL’s William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders for the club finishing the regular season having surrendered the fewest goals (196).

The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 18, during the 2009 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Zdeno Chara named finalist for Norris Trophy

Today the NHL announced that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been named one of the three finalists for the 2008-09 Norris Trophy, which is awarded "to the defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." The other two finalists are: Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom and Capitals' Mike Green.

Chara anchored a Bruins blue line that allowed the lowest goals per game figure in the NHL this season (2.29). He led the Bruins and ranked sixth overall in the league in average ice time (26:04) and finished the regular season with a career-high 19 goals, 31 assists and a +23 rating. His 19 goals ranked fourth in the league amongst all defensemen, while his 11 power play strikes ranked third.

Chara's average ice time (26:04), hits (169) and blocked shots (123) are the highest amongst the other two Norris finalists.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, June 18, during the 2009 NHL Awards show that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bruins vs Canadiens game 4 summary

The Boston Bruins won 4-1 in game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens and have swept the Canadiens and move on to round 2. The stats for game 4 are below.

In the first period, at 0:39, Andrei Kostitsyn scored for a 1-0 Montreal lead. At 17:27, Michael Ryder scored (3), an unassisted goal, to make it a 1-1 game. At 19:25, David Krejci scored (2) assisted by Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, at 11:58, Phil Kessel scored (4) assisted by Patrice Bergeron, to make it 3-1 Bruins. At 12:43, Michael Ryder scored (4) assisted by David Krejci and Dennis Wideman, to make it 4-1 Bruins.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Stay tuned as we wait to see who the Bruins will play in the next round of the playoffs. Right now it looks like it may be the New York Rangers in round 2, but you never know.

12 more wins to go.

Bruins vs Canadiens game 4 live update

Game 4 between the Bruins and Canadiens will be starting soon. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it as the game goes along.

Update @ 7:24 PM
Montreal leads 1-0.

Update @ 7:27 PM
Ryan O'Byrne gets a 2-minute penalty for roughing. Bruins on the power-play.

Update @ 7:28 PM
Michael Ryder gets a 2-minute penalty for hooking. Bye Bruins power-play.

Update @ 7:38 PM
Kostopoulos to the box for interference. Bruins on the power-play.

Update @ 7:43 PM
Nice goal by Michael Ryder to tie the game 1-1. Nice effort by David Krejci to keep the puck going to the net that Ryder found from a nice pass from Roman Hamrlik, and then Ryder fired it pass Price.

Update @ 7:44 PM
Wow what a goal. David Krejci scores on a return pass from Michael Ryder to make it 2-1 Bruins.

Update @ 7:48 PM
The first period is over. Bruins lead 2-1.

Update @ 8:04 PM
The second period has started.

Update @ 8:07 PM
Laraque and Lucic get two minutes each. Bullshit, Laraque should have just got 2, Lucic didn't do shit. Laraque came in late to rough up Lucic. So Lucic gets 2 minutes for being roughed up.

Update @ 8:21 PM
Phil Kessel gets two minutes for slashing. Montreal on the power-play.

Update @ 8:24 PM
Bruins kill the Montreal power-play and Phil Kessel scores on a slight breakaway coming out of the box and getting a nice pass off the boards by Patrice Bergeron. Bruins lead 3-1.

Update @ 8:27 PM
Ryder scores with a nice wrist shot to make it 4-1 Bruins, from a nice pass from David Krejci.

Update @ 8:32 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play as a Montreal player shot the puck into the stands. Just before this the crowd cheered when Price got the puck and Price raised his arms to the crowd.

Update @ 8:39 PM
Lucic and Komisarek drop the gloves in front of the Montreal goal and Lucic lands the first punch which dazes Komisarek and almost goes down. Lucic wrestles Komisarek as he is off balance and eventually goes down to the ice.

Update @ 8:40 PM
The second period is over. Bruins lead 4-1.

Update @ 8:58 PM
The third period has started.

Update @ 9:18 PM
7:39 left in the third period.

Update @ 9:20 PM
Komisarek goes after Lucic and tries to rough him up. Komisarek got a 5-minute major and game misconduct. Lucic had a cut on his face from Komisarek's stick going up high on him. So shouldn't we see Komisarek suspended for this display?

Update @ 9:29 PM
2:15 left in the game. Montreal kills the 5-minute power-play as the Bruins mostly wasted the clock on that power-play.

Update @ 9:32 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play as Montreal gets a too many men on the ice penalty. 44 seconds left.

Update @ 9:34 PM
The Bruins win 4-1 and they sweep the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. On to round 2. The teams line up and shake hands. Komisarek missing from the hand shake.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bruins vs Canadiens game 3 summary

The Boston Bruins won 4-2 in game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens. Game 4 will be on Wednesday. I will be doing a live game post update as well for that game. The stats for game 3 are below.

In the first period, at 11:52, Christopher Higgins scored. At 18:35, Phil Kessel scored (3) to tie the game 1-1, assisted by Dennis Wideman.

In the second period, at 3:36, Shawn Thornton scored his first goal in the playoffs, assisted by Byron Bitz and Stephane Yelle. At 5:16, Yannick Weber scored to tie the game 2-2. At 17:21, Michael Ryder scored (2) assisted by Dennis Wideman and Mark Stuart.

In the third period, at 19:23, Chuck Kobasew scored (2) an empty net goal, assisted by David Krejci and Zdeno Chara.

Game 4 is tomorrow night. Get ready Bruins fans!

Montreal's GM and coach Bob Gainey tells Montreal fans to not boo the American National Anthem.


"I feel like there's a confusion there with our fans," Gainey said Tuesday. They feel like booing the anthem is supporting our team, in that the anthem represents the Boston team."

"And I think if they could separate those two things, then we could respect the anthem of the United States of America and they could still participate loudly in whatever way they want to disrupt the Bruins."
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I thought this was only the second time that this has happened recently but I was wrong.

When told of Gainey’s statement, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas said "that sounds like a very classy thing he did." Thomas, of Flint, Mich., was not put off by the booing.

"The same thing happened last year and it happened just about every time I've played here," he said. "I was prepared for it. I knew what was going to happen and I just ignored it."
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Bruins vs Canadiens game 3 live update

Game 3 between the Bruins and Canadiens will be starting soon. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it as the game goes along. Here are the lineups for game 3:

Bruins lines:
Axelsson-Savard-Kessel
Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder
Recchi-Bergeron-Kobasew
Bitz-Yelle-Thornton
Chara-Ward
Montrador-Wideman
Stuart-Hnidy
Thomas

Scratches: Ference, Hunwick, Lucic


Canadiens lines:
Kostitsyn-Koivu-Kovalev
Stewart-Plekanec-D'Agostini
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque
Hamrlik-Komisarek
Gorges-Dandenault
O'Byrne-Weber
Price

Scratches: Schneider, Tanguay


Classless Montreal fans boo and chant "Go Habs Go" during the American National Anthem. What a suprise, eh?

1st period
[11:52] Higgins scores and Montreal gets their first lead of the series. 1-0 Montreal

[18:35] Phil Kessel scores assisted by Dennis Wideman. Game is tied 1-1.

2nd period
[3:36] Shawn Thornton scores on a nice wrist shot. Nice pass by Byron Bitz. Bruins lead 2-1. That is Thornton's first NHL playoff goal.

[5:16] Weber scores and it is tied 2-2.

[8:57] Laraque, Stewart, Bergeron, Stuart all get 2 minutes each for a big scrum.

[13:20] Montreal to go on the power-play with Bitz getting two minutes for tripping.

[17:21] Michael Ryder scores and it is 3-2 Bruins.

[18:28] Mark Recchi gets two minutes for holding.

3rd period
[19:23] Chuck Kobasew scores an empty net goal to make it 4-2 Bruins.

The Bruins win game 3 with the score 4-2 and now lead the series 3-0. Game 4 is on Wednesday.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Milan Lucic suspended for game 3

It was announced that Bruins' Milan Lucic will be suspended for one game and will miss game 3 in Montreal vs the Canadiens, for the cross-check incident on Maxim Lapierre.

"While it is unclear whether Lucic's glove or stick makes contact with Lapierre, what is clear is that he delivered a reckless and forceful blow to the head of his opponent," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
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So let's see, Lucic gets suspended for a high hit on Lapierre which was, using Colin Campbell's words, "unclear" that it was his glove or stick. But we see Mike Cammalleri hitting Martin Havlat in the head and no suspension there. We see Tom Kostopoulos throw an elbow at Matt Hunwick's head, and no suspension. It's "unclear" that Mike Komisarek eye gouged Matt Hunwick or not but no suspension there. Good job NHL, looks like you're really setting a standard here. What a joke.

Byron Bitz will be inserted into the lineup in the fourth line where Blake Wheeler was playing. Wheeler will move up and take Lucic's spot on the second line.

Lucic suspended until disciplinary hearing

Well for now Milan Lucic appears to be suspended for his "supposed" cross-check to Montreal's Maxim Lapierre. But if you watch replays, Lucic's stick doesn't touch Lapierre, but his glove does.

At 15:28 of the third period, Lucic and Montreal defenseman Mathieu Schneider shoved at each other with sticks, earning Schneider a minor for high-sticking and Lucic a minor for cross-checking. Montreal's Maxim Lapierre then became involved, and Lucic hit him in the face with his stick, earning a match penalty under Rule 60.4, which mandates the call when "a player or goaltender attempts to or deliberately injures an opponent while carrying or holding any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent."

Under NHL Rule 21.2, Lucic is suspended until a disciplinary hearing is held. The series resumes Monday night in Montreal.
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So hopefully Lucic meets with Colin Campbell or whoever for the hearing and they actually watch the tape and see that Lucic's stick didn't touch Lapierre. I'm in total agreement with what Bruins coach Claude Julien said about the incident (below).

Lucic "might have lost his composure a little bit," Julien said. "You have to remember that he got elbowed in the head and then high-sticked by Schneider and then Lapierre comes in and Lapierre has been an instigator throughout the whole series and even during the regular season -- and what Looch did is react to (Lapierre) coming at him.

"It wasn't premeditated and, in reviewing it, (Lucic) hit him with his glove. He had his stick in his hand but he the glove hit the helmet. Had the stick hit him in the head, I think he would have been down, but Lapierre stayed up and kept coming at Looch. If there is one thing, I know it certainly wasn't premeditated."
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If Lucic does get suspended, well something here is wrong. In game 1 we saw Tom Kostopoulos throw an elbow to the head of Matt Hunwick (luckily he missed). Also there was no looking into of the claimed eye gouge of Hunwick by Mike Komisarek. No suspensions or fines were handed out to either players.

Maxim Lapierre and Milan Lucic roughing
Picture of Maxim Lapierre and Milan Lucic roughing
Image courtesy of Getty


Update @ 2:40 AM
Here is video of the supposed Lucic cross-check to Lapierre's head. You'll see Lucic's glove hit Lapierre and not his stick.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bruins vs Canadiens game 2 summary

The Boston Bruins won 5-1 in game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens. Game 3 will be on Monday. I will be doing a live game post update as well for that game. The stats for game 2 are below.

In the first period, at 9:59, Marc Savard scored a power-play goal assisted by Steve Montador and Phil Kessel. It was Savard's first goal of the playoffs. At 15:12, Chuck Kobasew scored his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron.

In the second period, at 0:46, Alexei Kovalev scored. At 5:45, Shane Hnidy scored his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by P.J. Axelsson and Marc Savard. At 8:13, Marc Savard scored a power-play goal, his second goal of the game/playoffs, assisted by Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman. At 19:57, Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal, his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Marc Savard and Tim Thomas.

No scoring happened in the third period.

Tim Thomas made 30 saves on 31 shots against him. Carey Price made 21 saves on 26 shots against him. Jaroslav Halak came in at the start of the third period and made 5 saves on 5 shots against him.

Who knows, maybe Halak will get the start in game 3. We saw Halak get a start in the playoffs when Price was a little shaky in the Bruins-Canadiens series last year.