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.