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.

Bruins vs Canadiens game 2 live update

Game 2 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 is the lineup for the Bruins for game 2 (source):

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

Scratches: Bitz, Ference, Hunwick


Update @ 8:16 PM
Lots of back and forth action. Some good hits as well.

Update @ 8:24 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play. Kostitsyn for hooking.

Update @ 8:26 PM
Bruins score on the power-play. Marc Savard with the goal. Bruins lead 1-0.

Update @ 8:34 PM
Bruins with a few more good scoring chances.

Update @ 8:37 PM
Bruins score and it's 2-0. Chuck Kobasew scored.

Update @ 8:39 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play. Higgins for high sticking.

Update @ 8:41 PM
Wow Carey Price just robbed Chuck Kobasew on a great scoring chance. Bruins did not score on the power-play.

Update @ 8:45 PM
Big scrum with everyone involved. Phil Kessel and Tom Kostopoulos were roughing and so were Zdeno Chara and Maxim Lapierre.

Update @ 8:49 PM
The first period is over as the Bruins lead 2-0.

Update @ 9:07 PM
The second period just started.

Update @ 9:09 PM
Kovalev scores and it is 2-1 Bruins.

Update @ 9:16 PM
Montreal has come out strong getting some good scoring chances. Montreal's Francis Bouillon will not return. Bruins score and it is now 3-1 Bruins. Shane Hnidy with the goal.

Update @ 9:20 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play. Metropolit with the penalty.

Update @ 9:22 PM
Bruins score on the power-play. Marc Savard with the goal and it's 4-1 Bruins.

Update @ 9:32 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play. Tanguay for hooking.

Update @ 9:39 PM
Bruins did not score on the power-play but they are going on another power-play. Kovalev for hooking.

Update @ 9:41 PM
Michael Ryder with a power-play goal to make it 5-1 Bruins.

Update @ 9:43 PM
The second period is over. Bruins lead 5-1. Kostopoulos with a classless late shot that missed the net at the end of the period. Good for the Bruins to keep their cool and not let Montreal get under their skin. Montreal put back their Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev line in that period as they finally realized Georges Laraque can't play for shit.

Update @ 10:01 PM
The third period has just started. Montreal has put in Halak for Carey in net.

Update @ 10:10 PM
Kostopoulos tries to hit Chara and he goes down instead. How many times has that happened to Kostopoulos including last season. I remember seeing it quite a few times. Mark Stuart with a big hit on Koivu. Stuart is having such a good game tonight.

Update @ 10:16 PM
Seems like the Versus channel is not showing the scrums much and after the whistle stuff much. I get a feeling like Montreal might try and do a stupid cheapshot. Just as I'm posting this, Patrice Bergeron sends Josh Gorges down to the ice with a big punch. Wow. That is Bergeron's first ever fight I believe. Remember Gorges was the guy who cross-checked Bergeron in the back after he scored in the last regular season game between these two teams.

Update @ 10:30 PM
Big scrum with Milan Lucic and Maxim Lapierre with Komisarek coming in to double team Lucic. Everyone comes in, big scrum.

Update @ 10:33 PM
Lucic got a 5-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

Update @ 10:37 PM
The game ends and the Bruins win 5-1 and the Bruins now have a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 at Montreal is on Monday at 7pm EST. We will have to wait and see if Lucic gets suspended for the 5-minute cross-checking major. He shouldn't but hey who knows with the NHL, as a player gets eye gouged and no suspension for that, so Lucic shouldn't be suspended.

Bruins vs Canadiens game 2 tonight

Tonight @ 8pm EST is game 2 between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. It should be another good game between these two heated rivals. In case you haven't heard, Matt Hunwick has been taken to the hospital earlier today, not because of the eye gouge, but because of his spleen. So defenseman Shane Hnidy will take his spot in the lineup.

A few changes for Montreal:

According to the Montreal media, Plekanec and D'Agostini are out. S. Kostitsyn and Weber are in for the Habs.
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I will again be blogging during the game keeping you all up-to-date what is going on during the game. Go Bruins!

Komisarek responds to eye gouge claim

After Friday's practice, the media asked Montreal Canadiens' defenseman about the eye gouge he gave Matt Hunwick at the end of game 1. Komisarek of course played dumb, read his quotes below. If you haven't seen the video yet, watch it in the previous post.

"It's playoff hockey. Face-washes happen every other shift so - I don't know if the kid's got gentle skin or whatnot - but it's playoff hockey," Komisarek said. "I've never been a guy that's Moe, Larry and Curly, trying to poke someone's eye out. It's playoff hockey, and we’re battling."

"Sticks are high, gloves are high in that situation. Just battling. I saw his face and didn't know how it happened or when it happened."

"The ref's right there, there's no penalty to call. He knows I'm not that type of guy."

"It's playoff hockey," he said. "You don’t need a reason."
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He'll get his in due time. I'm counting on Milan Lucic sometime to give him another beatdown, maybe not this year, but next year or later.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Looks like no suspensions for late scrum

Reading the page on NHL.com, Colin Campbell remarks from The Situation Room, it seems that there will be no suspensions for the Montreal Canadiens who started scrums in the final minute of game 1 yesterday. First it was Maxim Lapierre who went after Phil Kessel, after Kessel scored an empty net goal to put the game away. Milan Lucic then went after Lapierre to protect Kessel. Then after that scrum, in the final seconds Guillaume Latendresse went after a Bruin player and Steve Montador came in to protect his teammate, which then led to everyone getting involved. Mike Komisarek came in and tried to rough up Matt Hunwick by throwing gloved punches at his head, who ended up with a bloody right eye, which I thought was an eye gouge but I haven't heard anything from other sites reporting this. So not sure how Hunwick got the bloody eye, maybe Komisarek's stick, as I think he still had his gloves on.

On the events at the end of Boston-Montreal Game 1: "People take things out of different incidents last night (and say:) 'Oh boy! Same thing (as Philadelphia-Pittsburgh)! How many games are you going to suspend him?' You've got to let the games unfold. You've got to let hockey be hockey, playoffs be playoffs. You've got to let the energy flow. And then, when they cross that line, you do what you have to do."
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So let's see, Dan Carcillo punches Talbot in the head, gets suspended for a game, who by the way Talbot is not a star in this league, more of a grinder. Phil Kessel, a young star in the league gets roughed up after he scores an empty net goal by Lapierre, and Komisarek repeatedly throws gloved punches at Hunwick's head/face and there are no suspensions? Uuummmm, well looks like the NHL is just going to pick spots to suspend players. I wonder if it was Georges Laraque who was out there throwing punches at a Bruin he would probably get suspended. So with no suspensions from last night, it looks like the NHL is just going to watch the tough players/enforcers on teams to make sure they don't start trouble at the end of a game but a player like Lapierre, Latendresse or Komisarek can do all they want. Wow, way to go NHL.

Don't get me wrong, I love the rough stuff and message sending at the end of playoff games. But the NHL sent out a message to all teams before the playoffs saying if that happened, suspensions and fines would happen. We saw it with Carcillo. And when the Bruins didn't put out Shawn Thornton or Zdeno Chara in the final shift, and you had Montreal trying to rough up the Bruins and send a message, it sounds like it falls into the category the NHL didn't want.

Update @ 2:50 PM
I just found a video on TSN showing more at the end of the game last night. Something I did not see was the Tom Kostopoulos attempt of an elbow to Hunwick's head at the end of the game, and then the eye gouge by Komisarek. You can watch it here on TSN. Kostopoulos should be suspended for that crap, that's just gutless cheap shot shit. I'm not surprised though, that's Montreal's way, cheap stuff by cheap players.

Here's a picture of Matt Hunwick with the bloody eye and Mike Komisarek being escorted off the ice by a lineman.

Matt Hunwick and Mike Komisarek
Image courtesy of AP


Update @ 4:35 PM
Here's a YouTube video of the last scrum with the Komisarek eye gouge on Hunwick.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bruins-Canadiens game 1 summary

The Boston Bruins won 4-2 in game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens. Game 2 will be on Saturday. I will be doing a live game post as well for that game. The stats for game 1 are below.

In the first period, at 13:11 Phil Kessel scored his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by David Krejci and Chuck Kobasew. At 14:41, David Krecji scored his first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic. At 16:19, Christopher Higgins scored to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, at 17:37, Alexei Kovalev scored to make it 2-2.

In the third period, at 11:15, Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, assisted by Marc Savard and Phil Kessel. At 19:46, Phil Kessel scored his second goal of the playoffs into an empty net, assisted by Milan Lucic.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 28 shots against. Carey Price made 35 saves on 38 shots against.

Here is a video summary of the game, which shows some of the scrums at the end of the game.

Update @ 2:04 PM on 4/17/09
You can watch highlights of the game and video of the scrums at the end of the game on ESPN.com.

Bruins vs Canadiens game 1 live update

Game 1 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 both teams for game 1 (source):

Bruins lines:
Axelsson-Savard-Kessel
Lucic-Krejci-Ryder
Recchi-Bergeron-Kobasew
Wheeler-Yelle-Thornton
Chara-Ward
Hunwick-Wideman
Stuart-Montador
Thomas

Scratches: Bitz, Ference, Hnidy


Canadiens lines:
Tanguay-Koivu-Kovalev
A. Kostitsyn-Plekanec-D'Agostini
Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos
Higgins-Metropolit-Laraque
Hamrlik-Komisarek
Schneider-Brisebois
Gorges-Dandenault
Price

Scratches: S. Kostitsyn, Stewart, O'Byrne, Weber


Update @ 7:13 PM
Milan Lucic with a huge hit on Patrice Brisebois.

Update @ 7:15 PM
Power-play for the Bruins coming up. Plekanec received two minutes for hooking.

Update @ 7:22 PM
Milan Lucic and Georges Laraque having some words. Lucic doesn't fall for the trap and just smiles at Laraque.

Update @ 7:30 PM
Another power-play for the Bruins, penalty on Roman Hamrlik.

Update @ 7:33 PM
Phil Kessel scores and it is 1-0 Bruins. Carey Price complains to the ref thinking he had the puck covered. It was not a power-play goal.

Update @ 7:35 PM
P.J. Axelsson and Zdeno Chara with good checks on Laraque. Laraque keeps trying to get Chara to take a penalty. Big Georgie go sit on the bench where you belong.

Update @ 7:38 PM
It's 2-0 Bruins as David Krejci scores on a backhander after some nice forechecking by Milan Lucic. And the crowd starts chanting "Carey!"

Update @ 7:40 PM
Higgins scores for Montreal, and it is 2-1 Bruins now.

Update @ 7:46 PM
The first period is over. Bruins lead 2-1.

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

Update @ 8:11 PM
Patrice Bergeron gets a two minute penalty for hooking. Montreal on the power-play.

Update @ 8:17 PM
Bruins kill off the penalty. Lucic with a few big hits.

Update @ 8:26 PM
Plekanec gets two minutes for elbowing. Boston on the power-play.

Update @ 8:30 PM
Bruins don't score on the power-play. The Bruins are now 0 for 3 on the power-play.

Update @ 8:33 PM
Stephane Yelle gets called for a goalie interference penalty. Not sure about that one. Montreal on the power-play.

Update @ 8:38 PM
Alexei Kovalev scores with a wicked shot over Thomas' glove, wow what a shot. It's tied 2-2 now. It was not a power-play goal.

Update @ 8:40 PM
The second period is over and the game is tied 2-2.

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

Update @ 9:18 PM
Bruins to go on the power-play as Josh Gorges takes a dumb cross checking penalty.

Update @ 9:21 PM
Zdeno Chara scores on the power-play with a big slap shot. Bruins lead 3-2.

Update @ 9:27 PM
Looked like P.J. Axelsson got injured blocking a shot. Hopefully it is not that serious.

Update @ 9:32 PM
P.J. Axelsson is back on the ice and looks ok.

Update @ 9:37 PM
Montreal pulled the goalie, Lucic stole a pass, went in and passed to Phil Kessel for the empty net goal. Lapierre then went in and tried to rough up Kessel, and then everyone got in it, scrum ensued. It's 4-2 Bruins now. 13.4 seconds left.

Update @ 9:47 PM
The game is over now, Bruins win game 1 with the score 4-2. There was a scrum at the end of the game with everyone getting involved. Steve Montador and Latendresse were first involved with each other. Mike Komisarek goes after Matt Hunwick of all people and tries roughing him up with face washes and gloved punches. The telecast showed Hunwick with a bloody right eye, and it looked like Bruins players were trying to get the attention of the refs after the game maybe for an eye gouge penalty or something.

Before the playoffs, the NHL told all teams they didn't want message sending at the end of games. And I'm guessing what happened tonight in the Bruins game, some players may get in trouble such as Lapierre or Komisarek.

Game 2 is on Saturday at 8pm EST. Should be another good one.

Update @ 2:01 PM on 4/17/09
You can watch highlights of the game and video of the scrums at the end of the game on ESPN.com.

Bruins vs Canadiens tonight game 1

Tonight @ 7pm EST is game 1 between the Bruins and Canadiens and I will be blogging during the game letting you all know what is going on during the game, just like I did last season right here on this blog.

I watched an interview with Tim Thomas and had to post it here (see below). Make sure to catch the first question they ask Thomas, as Georges Laraque apparently went on Montreal radio saying he would like to fight Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic. Watch the video below to see Thomas' response to that question.

My reaction to that question is who cares, in the playoffs fighting really isn't a factor until like the final few minutes of a game where things get heated and messages get sent for the next game. Laraque can't do anything but fight, so if you don't fight him you don't give him the edge he is looking for. Just ignore him and let him skate around and talk. Like Mike Milbury said on NBC a little while ago during a game, signing Laraque was a waste, Montreal should just release him and send him home, he can't play hockey.




Update @ 6:46 PM on 4/16/09
From Bish's Blog, here are some comments Georges Laraque had about Shawn Thornton, which you can tell he is lying about and trying to get the Bruins off their game. Laraque wants to be a drama queen I guess.

And of the comments about Thornton?

"Like I said, he wants to take it personal and stuff, then he can do that," said the Canadien. "Somebody asked me a question about it, and then I answered what I thought about him, and that's it."

"You can interpret it the way that you want, but at the end of the day, we have to play hockey."

"We have to be disciplined, and it's going to be a physical series," he said.

According to Mike Zeisberger of The Toronto Sun, George Laraque decided to let words start a battle earlier this week instead of waiting until the drop of the puck tonight.

Zeisberger, no doubt working off a translation of an interview on CKAC, a French radio station in Quebec, reported that Laraque said of Shawn Thornton, "When we dropped the gloves in Montreal, I fell...I'm out of his league. He's way too small for me."

According to Zeisberger, Laraque added: "Actually, some of his teammates told me he was shaking in his boots before the game. He really didn't want to face me. If he wants to dance in Boston it will be my pleasure to go with him. I'll make sure the crowd quiets down really fast."

Lastly, this nugget: "Of course I'd like to also fight with Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara but I have to be careful...In the playoffs they'll eject you immediately."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bruins send Lehtonen to Providence

Today the Bruins sent forward Mikko Lehtonen to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Lehtonen earned his first career recall on Friday, April 10 and made his NHL debut on Saturday, April 11 during the Bruins’ loss to Buffalo. He was a healthy scratch during Boston's regular season finale against the Islanders on Sunday, April 12.
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Update on 4/15 @ 5:08 PM
On Tuesday the Bruins assigned forward Vladimir Sobotka to Providence (AHL).

Funny Bruins TV ads

I found out about some videos that the Bruins made that I haven't seen before and I had to post about it here. This was posted on Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog, and they asked visitors which was their favorite. My favorite was the "Bruins Hockey Rules Date" which I included below. You can see the other two videos at Puck Daddy. Let us know which is your favorite video.

Bruins vs Canadiens schedule released

The Bruins-Canadiens first round playoff schedule has been released, view it below.

Game 1 - Thursday, April 16th @ Boston, 7pm, Networks: CBC, RDS

Game 2 - Saturday, April 18th @ Boston, 8pm, Networks: Versus, CBC, RDS

Game 3 - Monday, April 20th @ Montreal, 7pm, Networks: CBC, RDS

Game 4 - Wednesday, April 22nd @ Montreal, 7pm, Networks: CBC, RDS

Game 5 - Saturday, April 25th @ Boston, 7pm, Networks: CBC, RDS

Game 6 - Monday, April 27th @ Montreal, TBD, Networks: CBC, RDS

Game 7 - Wednesday, April 29th @ Boston, TBD, Networks: CBC, RDS

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Thomas & Fernandez Win Jennings Trophy

Bruins goalies Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez have earned the NHL's William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders finishing the regular season having surrendered the fewest goals.

Thomas appeared in 54 games and Fernandez 28 as the Bruins finished with NHL's fewest goals against (196), edging the second-place Minnesota Wild (200). This is the first career Jennings Trophy for Thomas and second for Fernandez, who teamed with Niklas Backstrom to win as members of the Wild in 2006-07. Thomas and Fernandez are the second Bruins tandem to win the award since its inception in 1981-82, as Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin captured the trophy during the 1989-90 season.

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). Fernandez meanwhile compiled a 16-8-3 record with a 2.59 GAA and .910 Save Percentage.

Thomas and Fernandez will be presented with the Jennings Trophy at the 2009 NHL Awards, to be held for the first time in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 18.
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Dennis Wideman interview on NHL.com

NHL.com had a seven question interview with Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, make sure you check it out. Below is one of the questions he was asked and his response.

3. NHL.com: You faced the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs last season and lost in seven games. They were the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division champions but you extended them to seven games with big wins in Games 5 and 6. What did you learn from that experience?

Wideman: "It was a big confidence booster for us. A lot of us hadn't played in many Stanley Cup Playoff games -- or any at all. To get a taste of it in Montreal, the loudest building to play in, and playing against a team that had beaten us in something like 13 or 14 games in a row, to give them the series we gave them, to take it to seven games, that was a big wakeup call to us.

"If we play the way we can, we can play with any team in the League. We never expected this success this season. We were hoping to move from mid-pack into maybe the top five or six teams. We didn't expect to be sitting atop the conference. We weren't even picked to make the playoffs by many experts. Our expectations were above those of other people, but we weren't thinking we'd be in this spot."

Bruins-Habs to continue rivalry in playoffs

Well it is set, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins being the first seed and the Canadiens the eighth seed, a reversal from last years playoffs. We'll see what happens this year, anything can happen its the NHL playoffs.

I found this funny picture of Ryan O'Byrne with purses on stanleycupofchowder.com so I had to post it here. Funny stuff, props to whoever made it. And all women should be careful with their purses when Montreal comes to Boston for the games. If O'Byrne actually plays in any playoff games there has got to be a "purse" chant or a "put it in your own net" chant.

Ryan O'Byrne the purse stealer

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Milan Lucic wins 'Hit of the Season'

Bruins' Milan Lucic won the Fans' Choice Award for Hit of the Season, in NHL.com's inaugural Fans' Choice Awards. The Lucic hit that won, was his huge hit on Toronto's Mike Van Ryn which you can watch on our site.

Defenseman Mike Van Ryn was trying to break out of the Leafs zone, which he accomplished with an outlet pass, but not before Lucic caught him with a clean, but vicious, shoulder check that knocked Van Ryn through a shattered pane of glass. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

A highlight-reel hit across the globe, Lucic's glass-shattering body check on this night in October catapulted the young forward into the forefront of the Boston renaissance, and sent a message to the rest of the NHL that a new sheriff was patrolling the ice in Boston.

In fact, this hit, perhaps more than any other play this season, endeared Lucic to the Burins' faithful, reminding them more than a little of the early days of beloved power forward Cam Neely as a Bruin wrecking ball.
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Bruins recall Mikko Lehtonen

On Thursday the Bruins recalled forward Vladimir Sobotka on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins (AHL). He did not play against the Canadiens on Thursday though.

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

This is Lehtonen's first career recall to the NHL. He is expected to join the Boston Bruins today and accompany the team on their two game road trip to Buffalo and Long Island this weekend.

Lehtonen was the P-Bruins' leading goal scorer this year after potting 28 goals in 72 games. His 10 power play strikes ranked tied for first and his 53 total points were the fourth most on the squad. 2008-2009 was the first professional season for the 6'3" 196-pound winger from Espoo, Finland, as he played the last four years with the Blues of the Finnish Elite League.

The 22-year-old Lehtonen was originally drafted by the Bruins in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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Bruins game at Fenway Park?

It seems the next location for the Winter Classic on New Years Day is going to be Fenway Park (source). I am hoping that it will be at Fenway Park and the Bruins play the Montreal Canadiens, that would be sweet. What are your thoughts on it? And who would you want to see the Bruins play if there was an outdoor game?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Bruins-Habs what a game last night

Well if you missed last night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens, you missed one hell of a game. It looks like these two teams may meet in the first round of the playoffs and this game sure had playoff intensity. The first period was wild, but not as wild as the second period. In the first period, rivals Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek had a little scrum after the whistle, with both guys falling down to the ice wrestling around with the linesmen trying to break them up.

The next incident was right after Patrice Bergeron scores a goal, Josh Gorges hits him from behind sending Bergeron into the net. So all the Bruins came in and a little scrum ensued. At the end of the first period Mike Komisarek took some cheap shots at David Krejci so Zdeno Chara came right after Komisarek and they exchanged gloved punches, before Chara dropped his gloves and threw two big uppercuts with Komisarek trying to duck for his life. Watch the replay of that incident, and watch Komisarek's face when Chara is roughing with him, it's hilarious.

Now in the second period things got heated between Shawn Thornton and Ryan 'I score on my own team' O'Byrne as between line changes O'Byrne skates into Thornton and pushes him. Thornton doesn't like it, it looks like Thornton says 'you wanna go?' and then drops the gloves and O'Byrne turtles and goes straight down to the ice. Maybe O'Byrne should stick to taking women's purses instead of playing hockey.

The next scrum was more like a line brawl which started because Byron Bitz hit goalie Carey Price, nothing major but you would expect a reaction to it either team you're on. Everybody got in on this scrum as Lucic was trying to get at Maxim Lapierre because Lapierre did something that I can't remember right now when the scrum started. Shane Hnidy and Josh Gorges paired off as Gorges pulled Hnidy away from everyone but once they got to the boards he wanted nothing to do with Hnidy. Not sure how they got fighting majors as no punches were thrown, just a lot of wrestling and Hnidy trying to get Gorges to actually fight, but Gorges just wanted to hold him.

Next was Komisarek hitting Lucic in the numbers (from behind) near the boards. Thornton came right after Komisarek dropping his gloves ready to fire a punch at Komisarek's face, but of course Komisarek didn't do anything. Lucic, being upset about the dirty hit no doubt, went after Komisarek and tackled him from behind which then a big scrum ensued.

And that was it for the rough stuff as the third period went on with back and forth scoring chances. The game went into overtime, which gave Montreal a point which backed them into the playoffs. In overtime Mark Recchi scored on a nice pass from Bergeron.

Wow what a game that was. It will be interesting if these two teams meet in the playoffs. Last year it was reversed with Montreal as first place and Bruins at eighth place meeting in the playoffs. Get ready for playoff hockey. Some pictures are below from the game. Source: AP

Mark Recchi scoring the game winning goal

Mark Recchi scoring the game winning goal

Two pictures of the scrum in the second period after Byron Bitz hit goalie Carey Price.

Bruins vs Canadiens line brawl

Bruins vs Canadiens line brawl


Update on 4/13 @ 1:14 AM
Well I saw this article about the Habs-Bruins game on a Canadien News site and wanted to point out some things that they were wrong about. Go figure a Canadien News site embellishing about a Habs-Bruins game.

One part in the article says:

And as the horn blew to end the first, a scrum saw colossus defenceman Zdeno Chara raining blows on a hapless Komisarek - who clearly featured as the top target in the Bruins gameplan.

Though Chara sought out Komisarek, who was exchanging angry words with another Bruin, he received only a double-minor for roughing.


Umm, did this writer actually watch the game? Mike Komisarek tried to rough up and intimidate David Krejci while Krejci was down on the ice. So Zdeno Chara saw this and came in to protect his teammate and proceeded to rough up Komisarek. Komisarek being the 'man'? he is, hid behind linesmen and wanted nothing to do with Chara, but if it was Krejci I bet he would go right at him. Chara threw two uppercuts at the turtling Komisarek who then went down to the ice to hide.

Next the article says:

And on another occasion, Montreal defenceman Ryan O'Byrne took a double-minor and a 10-minute misconduct after bumping Thornton during a stop in play and dropping to the ice to protect himself as the Bruins player dropped his gloves and began punching him. Thornton got two minutes for roughing.


Again, did this writer watch the game? Shawn Thornton did not throw punches, he cocked his fist and was ready to pound away but Ryan O'Byrne turtled like the chicken he is. Remember O'Byrne was the one who elbowed Chuck Kobasew in the head at the end of the game, in the last game at Montreal this season. It takes a real man to do that eh? Or real purse stealer to do that?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

David Krejci wins 7th Player Award

On Thursday night, before the Bruins played against the Ottawa Senators, David Krejci was awarded with the 7th Player Award, an award that goes to the player who has exceeded the expectations voted by fans. Last year rookie Milan Lucic won it. This was definitely my choice as well, as Krejci has put up some nice numbers in only his second NHL season.

Voted on by Bruins fans online at NESN.com, NESN's Seventh Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceed the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2008-2009 season. In addition to the Seventh Player Award trophy, Krejci will take home a 2009 Dodge Ram, courtesy of New England Dodge Dealers.

This year, in his first full season with the Bruins, the 22-year-old Krejci established career highs in games played (76, previous career high 56), goals (22, previous 6), assists (49, previous 21), points (71, previous 27) and plus/minus rating (+36, previous -3). Krejci - who ranks second on the team and 24th in the entire NHL in points - is one of four Bruins to have played in all 76 games to date, while his +36 rating currently leads the league.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Tim Thomas agrees to extension

ESPN.com news services is reporting that Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins have agreed to a contract extension, team sources told ESPN's John Buccigross Thursday. The years and money was not mentioned, but the deal is suppose to be announced on Saturday. Source

This is great news as Tim Thomas has been unbelievable this season. I'm excited to see what the Bruins do in the playoffs. This is a fun time to be a Bruins fan. With the Thomas extension, I think you may see Manny Fernandez not be re-signed and Tuukka Rask as Thomas' backup next season.