Monday, March 23, 2009

Tuukka Rask goes a little crazy

I just found this video on the Bruins Blog on and had to post about it here. On March 21st, Providence Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask goes a little nutty after some bad calls in a shootout. We all heard that you have to be a little crazy to play goalie, so does this surprise you? Just joking around, as I would be upset about the calls too that were made. The first shootout goal, looks like the guy looses the puck, stops, reaches back, and then shoots which I thought you can't do in a shootout. And the second goal Rask thought it hit the crossbar/post and then went a little crazy. Watch the video below.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Bruins clinch Northeast Division title

With the Bruins 4-1 win today over the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins have clinched the Northeast Division title. Michael Ryder (25th goal), Chuck Kobasew (18th goal), Marc Savard (23rd goal), and Milan Lucic (14th goal) all scored for the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 41 saves and got his 31st win of the season.

The Bruins are 7-9-4 in their last 20 games, and they don't play their next game until Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here's an interesting statistic: the Bruins are 22-0-0 when they lead by three goals (source).

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bruins acquire Mark Recchi

I just saw this on TSN's trade tracker, the Bruins have acquired veteran forward Mark Recchi and a 2010 second-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums. I think this is a good move, although the Bruins are giving up some young talent but Lashoff hasn't done much given all the chances he has been given, and Karsums may turn into a better player if he gets more ice time, which in Tampa Bay he should.

Recchi, a seven-time NHL all-star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, is a veteran of 1472 NHL regular season games with 535 goals, 891 assists (1426 points) and 962 penalty minutes over 20 seasons. Of his 535 goals, 182 have come on the power play and 81 have been game-winners. He has 15 career 20-goal seasons, seven 30-goal seasons, four 40-goal seasons and one 50-goal season. The 41-year-old Kamloops, BC native has played in 62 games for Tampa Bay this year with 13-32-45 totals.

Update @ 4:49pm
Some trade news on former Bruins. Defenseman Kyle McLaren who has been playing in the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. New York Islanders captain Bill Guerin has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Update @ 2:18am on 03/11/09
The Kyle McLaren trade to the Flyers was nixed because McLaren failed a physical.

Bruins acquire Steve Montador

The Bruins have acquired tough defenseman Steve Montador from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Petteri Nokelainen. Montador can also play some forward. Montador is good friends with Andrew Ference from their days with the Calgary Flames. Chuck Kobasew and Stephane Yelle also know Montador from their Flames' days.

The 29-year-old Montador skated in 65 games this season for Anaheim, compiling four goals and a career-high 16 assists. The 6-foot, 211-pound Vancouver, BC, Canada native was signed as a free agent by the Ducks on July 11, 2008.

Before joining the Ducks, Montador played two-plus seasons for the Florida Panthers from 2005-2008 and three-plus seasons for the Calgary Flames from 2001-2005. A veteran of 355 career games played in the NHL, he has registered 18 goals and 49 assists. Montador has also appeared in 20 postseason contests- all during the 2003-2004 postseason -- and was a member of the Calgary Flames club that was defeated in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003-2004.