Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bruins will face the Flyers

Last night the Montreal Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals in their game 7 which means that the Bruins will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference Semifinals. For the Bruins, Marc Savard will be returning to the lineup. It doesn't look like Mark Stuart or Dennis Seidenberg will be back for this series. For the Flyers, they won't have Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Ian Laperriere. Laperriere is definitely out for the rest of the playoffs, but I'm not sure about Carter and Gagne.

The Bruins-Flyers series schedule looks like:

Game 1 - Saturday, May 1 at Boston, 12:30 p.m. on NBC, TSN
Game 2 - Monday, May 3 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. on TSN, VERSUS
Game 3 - Wednesday, May 5 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. on TSN, VERSUS
Game 4 - Friday, May 7 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. on TSN, VERSUS
Game 5 - Monday, May 10 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. on TSN, VERSUS
Game 6 - Wednesday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD on TSN, VERSUS
Game 7 - Friday, May 14 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. on TSN, VERSUS

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Marc Savard cleared to play

Yesterday it was announced that Bruins injured forward Marc Savard has been cleared by doctors to be able to play again. This is great news but I just hope he doesn't rush back and get hurt again. The Bruins will either face the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Philadelphia Flyers in the next round. It all depends on who wins tonights game 7 between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. If the Capitals win, the Bruins will face the Penguins. If the Canadiens win, the Bruins will face the Flyers. Of course most would probably not want to face Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and rather want the Flyers. But imagine the series vs the Penguins, Savard is coming back from his injury that he got from cheapshot artist Matt Cooke. What if Savard comes back and lights up the Penguins? Karma anyone?  That would be an interesting series to watch. We'll have to wait and see though what happens tonight.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 6 summary

The Bruins won Game 6 by the score 4-3 and move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Their opponent is not yet known until the Capitals-Canadiens series finishes up. The stats for game 6 are below.

In the first period, at 13:39, David Krejci (2) scored a power play goal assisted by Mark Recchi and Matt Hunwick.

In the second period, at 1:01, Mark Recchi (3) scored a power play goal assisted by David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. At 6:34, Patrick Kaleta (1) scored assisted by Tim Kennedy and Adam Mair.

In the third period, at 7:18, David Krejci (3) scored assisted by Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. At 7:40, Nathan Gerbe (1) scored. At 14:49, Miroslav Satan (2) scored assisted by Milan Lucic and Dennis Wideman. At 18:47, Thomas Vanek (2) scored assisted by Jason Pominville and Toni Lydman.

Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on 30 shots and is now 4-2 in the playoffs. Ryan Miller made 28 saves on 32 shots and is 2-4.

Bruins and Sabres players shake hands after the game
Bruins and Sabres players shake hands after the game
Image courtesy of AP

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 6 live update

Game 6 between the Bruins and Sabres is tonight at 7pm. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it when the game starts and throughout the entire game. For the Bruins, Savard is not playing. Sabres' Thomas Vanek is playing and will skate on a line with Kennedy and Kaleta. Stafford is out. It will be Tuukka Rask vs Ryan Miller again of course.

1st Period
7:11 PM - The game has started.

7:14 PM - Begin in the box, power play for Sabres.

7:17 PM - Bruins kill the penalty.

7:33 PM - Montador in the box, Bruins to go on the power play.

7:35 PM - Bruins score on the power play. David Krejci with the deflection off a Mark Recchi pass. Bruins lead 1-0.

7:44 PM - Lucic with a bad turnover in the defensive zone gave the Sabres a good scoring chance but save Rask.

7:48 PM - Delay of game penalty by Tallinder. Power play for the Bruins. Only 5.6 seconds left in the first period.

7:50 PM - Chara gets a roughing penalty at the end of the first period to wipe out the power play. The Bruins lead in hits 20-9. The Sabres lead in shots 14-11. Both teams are tied with 12 faceoff wins.

2nd Period
8:07 PM - The second period has started. Connolly got a cross checking penalty and the Bruins go on the power play.

8:08 PM - Recchi scores on the 4 on 3 power play. Bruins lead 2-0.

8:14 PM - Scrum near the benches, not sure how Lucic got the only penalty with Mair shoving and punching Bruins from behind. Power play for the Sabres.

8:17 PM - Bruins kill the penalty.

8:18 PM - Kaleta scores and makes it 2-1 Sabres. Bad pass by Wideman and gave up the puck to Mair.

8:22 PM - The Sabres bringing it on now and Bruins survived out there with a tired line.

8:30 PM - Rask robbed Vanek on a semi-breakaway.

8:36 PM - Penalty on the Bruins, too many men on the ice. Sabres to go on the power play.

8:40 PM - The Bruins kill the penalty. The second period ends with a 2-1 Bruins lead. Both teams have 19 shots. Bruins lead in faceoff wins 21-16.

3rd Period
8:57 PM - The third period has started.

9:00 PM - Kaleta got hit into the boards by Begin and stayed down a few extra seconds to try and draw a penalty. Fail, the refs didn't fall for it.

9:02 PM - Bruins to go on the power play. Mair high stick on Lucic. It's a four minute penalty.

9:07 PM - The Sabres kill the double-minor penalty.

9:10 PM - Score! Krejci scores from a sweet pass from Lucic from behind the net. Bruins lead 3-1.

9:11 PM - Gerbe scores to make it a 3-2 Bruins lead. Ryder with a really bad turnover in the defensive zone.

9:16 PM - Wheeler somehow missed an open net with Miller out of the net.

9:21 PM - 6:52 minutes left in the third period.

9:24 PM - Satan scores to make it 4-2, 5:11 left in the period. Satan was robbed by Miller just before and then redirected a shot into the net.

9:26 PM - 4:11 left in the period.

9:31 PM - 2:41 left in the period.

9:32 PM - Miller pulled.

9:33 PM - Timeout Buffalo. 1:46 left in the period.

9:35 PM - Vanek scores to make it a 4-3 Bruins lead.

9:39 PM - The game ends 4-3, the Bruins win to move on in the playoffs. The hand shake ritual takes place between both teams. The Bruins led in shots 32-30. The Bruins led in faceoff wins 40-25.

Savard and Vanek injury news

The Boston Herald has an article about Marc Savard and a possibility he could come back in the lineup if there is a game 7 vs Buffalo.

"There's not much I can do besides work hard and be ready to go when (coach Claude Julien) tells me. The guys are playing well, so I'm not going to cause any kind of scene about wanting to get in the lineup. But obviously everyone wants to get in the lineup. That's the nature of it.

But condition-wise, I felt better again. If you ask me? Yeah, I can play. But in the same sense, I have to do what's best for the team and I'm a team guy. So if it's me watching another one, that's what it's going to be."

For Thomas Vanek, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has said it will be Vanek's decision if he plays tonight in game 6.

The BostonHerald article also says that Milan Lucic will be moved to a different line, with David Krejci and Miroslav Satan.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 5 summary

The Sabres won Game 5 by the score 4-1. Game 6 will be on Monday night. I will be doing a live game post update as well for that game. The stats for game 5 are below.

In the first period, at 1:54, Adam Mair (1) scored assisted by Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick. At 18:54, Jason Pominville (2) scored assisted by Derek Roy and Tyler Ennis.

In the second period, at 9:22, Mike Grier (2) scored assisted by Paul Gaustad.

In the third period, at 17:30, Johnny Boychuk (1) scored a power play goal assisted by Dennis Wideman and Miroslav Satan. At 18:17, Tyler Ennis (1) scored an empty net goal assisted by Jason Pominville.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves on 32 shots and is now 3-2. Ryan Miller made 34 saves on 35 shots and is now 2-3.

Today it was announced that Zdeno Chara will not be suspended for game 6 because the NHL rescinded the instigator penalty the refs gave him at the end of game 5. Well I don't know why the refs gave him an instigator penalty and a fighting major at the end of game 5 as Paul Gaustad slashed at Chara as he was skating up ice. Then Chara turned around and defended himself and then McCormick and Gaustad gang tackled Chara down to the ice. That's not really a fight, if it was then McCormick should have got third man in. Someone should have popped Ryan Miller for acting all tough with his goalie mask on grabbing Satan and trying to push him around. The Sabres broadcast commentator was advocating violence saying someone should punch Chara right in his nose when he was down on the ice with Sabres piled on top of him. That's class for you. You can watch the incident below.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 5 live update

Game 5 between the Bruins and Sabres is tonight at 7pm. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it when the game starts and throughout the entire game. For lineup changes, the Bruins should have the same lineup. For the Sabres, again Thomas Vanek is out, and on the Sabres site it said that Nathan Gerbe will be taking Raffi Torres's spot in the lineup. It will be Tuukka Rask vs Ryan Miller.

1st Period
7:10 PM - Play is underway.

7:13 PM - Mair scores and makes it 1-0 Sabres.

7:26 PM - Kaleta goes down, power play Sabres.

7:29 PM - Bruins kill the penalty. Myers got a penalty for cross checking, the Bruins to go on the power play now.

7:32 PM - Sabres kill the penalty.

7:43 PM - Pominville scores and makes it 2-0.

7:45 PM - The first period ends and Sabres lead 2-0. The Sabres led in shots 12-5. The Bruins led in faceoff wins 11-7.

2nd Period
8:03 PM - The second period has started.

8:09 PM - Bruins to go on the power play. Gaustad for hooking.

8:13 PM - Sabres now on the power play. Bruins defense saved a goal, wow.

8:16 PM - Rask making save after save with tired Bruins penalty killers. Bruins kill the penalty off.

8:18 PM - Grier scores off the faceoff and makes it 3-0 Sabres.

8:21 PM - Rivet going to the box for roughing, Bruins power play to come.

8:25 PM - Sabres killed the penalty.

8:37 PM - The second period ends, Sabres lead 3-0. The Sabres lead in shots 26-14. The Bruins lead in faceoff wins 21-14.

3rd Period
8:55 PM - The third period has started.

9:06 PM - Looks like Grier got hit in the head with a shot. He is ok, he got up and skated to the bench.

9:19 PM - 5 minutes to go in the game.

9:20 PM - Bruins to go on the power play. Roy in the box.

9:24 PM - Boychuk scores on the power play to make it 3-1.

9:26 PM - Ennis scores in the empty net to make it 4-1 Sabres.

9:28 PM - Bruins on the power play with 1:10 left.

9:34 PM - The game ends 4-1 with a big scrum which started because Gaustad slashed at Chara, and Chara went back at him and then everyone joined in. Game 6 is on Monday in Boston.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 4 summary

The Bruins won Game 4 by the score 3-2 in the second overtime period. This was a great game as the Sabres led threw two periods but blew their two goal lead in the third period. Then the overtime periods had back and forth action, and the Bruins came out on top. Game 5 will be on Friday night. I will be doing a live game post update as well for that game. The stats for game 4 are below.

In the first period, at 2:12, Tim Kennedy (1) scored assisted by Tyler Ennis and Cody McCormick.

In the second period, at 6:59, Steve Montador (1) scored assisted by Tim Connolly. Milan Lucic and Craig Rivet dropped the gloves and went at it but I didn't think it was much of a fight, Lucic with the better punches.

In the third period, at 2:07, David Krejci (1) scored a power play goal assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Matt Hunwick. At 6:40, Patrice Bergeron (2) scored assisted by Daniel Paille and Johnny Boychuk.

In the second overtime, at 7:41, Miroslav Satan (1) scored a power play goal assisted by Michael Ryder and Tuukka Rask.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves on 37 shots and is now 3-1. Ryan Miller made 36 saves on 39 shots and is now 1-3.

Game 5 is on Friday night at 7pm EST and the Bruins could finish the series if they win that game.

Bruins vs Sabres game 4 live update

Game 4 between the Bruins and Sabres is tonight at 7pm. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it when the game starts and throughout the entire game. For lineup changes, the Bruins should have the same lineup. For the Sabres, again Thomas Vanek is out and hasn't been able to practice yet but he did skate this morning. Matt Ellis, who took that big hit from Johnny Boychuk in the last game, has a broken nose and didn't practice yesterday, so he may be out for game 4. The Sabres did recall Cody McCormick who is a fourth line type player, so he will replace Ellis in the lineup. It will be Tuukka Rask vs Ryan Miller.

1st Period
7:14 PM - [2:12] Kennedy scores and makes it 1-0 Sabres.

7:20 PM - Sabres playing their most physical game of the series so far.

7:33 PM - Sobotka draws a penalty, Bruins on the power-play.

7:35 PM - Sabres kill the penalty.

7:36 PM - Rivet gets a penalty, Bruins on another power-play.

7:39 PM - Lucic gets a penalty for boarding.

7:45 PM - First period ends. Big hit by Chara on Kaleta, and the ref tackled down Kaleta to not let things get out of hand. Sabres lead 1-0.

2nd Period
8:01 PM - Second period about to start.

8:07 PM - Bruins with some good scoring chances but not able to bury them.

8:10 PM - [5:26] Lucic and Rivet drop the gloves and have an ok fight, nothing much going on in the fight as Rivet made sure to tie Lucic up and get in close to Lucic.

8:12 PM - Good scoring chances by both teams but both goalies made the saves.

8:15 PM - [6:59] Montador took a shot from the point and it went in the net, not sure if Gaustad tipped that or not. Sabres lead 2-0.

8:27 PM - Miller with a great save on the Bruins.

8:30 PM - Penalty on Lydman, Bruins to go on the power-play.

8:41 PM - The second period is over and the Sabres lead 2-0. Both teams have 16 shots each. Bruins lead in faceoffs 18-17.

Third Period
8:59 PM - The third period is underway.

9:02 PM - Bruins to go on the power-play. McCormick in the box.

9:02 PM - [2:07] Bruins score right away on the power-play. Krejci with the goal. Now it is a 2-1 Sabres lead.

9:04 PM - Kaleta going to the box for boarding Lucic.

9:09 PM - [6:40] Bergeron scores and ties the game 2-2.

9:24 PM - 2:48 left to go in the third period.

9:30 PM - The third period ends tied 2-2. Overtime is next.

Overtime Period
9:47 PM - Overtime is underway.

9:52 PM - Sabres on the power-play. Bergeron for tripping.

9:53 PM - Wheeler had a shorthanded breakaway but save Miller.

9:54 PM - Bruins kill the penalty.

10:03 PM - Lots of back and forth action during OT.

10:06 PM - 4:18 to go in overtime.

10:07 PM - Miller with a great save on Satan.

10:12 PM - The first overtime ends. Going to a second overtime after the break.

2nd Overtime Period
10:28 PM - The second overtime is underway.

10:37 PM - Bruins to go on the power-play, too many men on the ice for the Sabres. Timeout Boston.

10:40 PM - Bruins score and win! Satan with the power-play goal. Bruins lead the series 3-1. Game 5 will be on Friday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 3 summary

The Bruins won 2-1 in Game 3 vs the Sabres Monday night. What a game as it was back and forth action throughout but the Bruins seemed to have the edge for most of the night. Game 4 will be on Wednesday night at 7pm EST in Boston. 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 6:57, Mike Grier (1) scored assisted by Raffi Torres and Henrik Tallinder. At 15:17, Dennis Wideman (1) scored assisted by Vladimir Sobotka and Matt Hunwick.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, at 12:57, Patrice Bergeron (1) scored assisted by Mark Recchi and Dennis Wideman. We also saw the first fight of the series, which was between Vladimir Sobotka and Andrej Sekera, and it was a draw as neither player landed anything but it was a spirited fight.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves on 33 shots and is now 2-1. Ryan Miller made 27 saves on 29 shots and is 1-2.

Game 4 is Wednesday night at 7pm EST and it should be another good one.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 3 live update

Game 3 between the Bruins and Sabres is going to start soon. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it as the game goes along. Sabres' Thomas Vanek is out and will not be playing tonight. Drew Stafford is in the lineup tonight, he's coming back from a concussion. It will be Tuukka Rask vs Ryan Miller.

1st Period
7:15 PM - Back and forth play. Looks like the Bruins have more jump.

7:17 PM - Wheeler with a great chance but save Miller.

7:21 PM - [6:57] Grier scores and makes it 1-0 Sabres.

7:34 PM - The Sabres seem to have more jump now.

7:35 PM - Bruins score, Wideman with the goal to tie the game 1-1.

7:45 PM - The first period is over, it's tied 1-1. Shots were 14-10 Sabres in the first period. Faceoffs were 8-7 Bruins in the first period.

Second Period
8:01 PM - Here we go, the second period is about to start.

8:06 PM - Lucic is going to the penalty box for high sticking on Rivet. Sabres on the power-play.

8:09 PM - Bruins kill the penalty.

8:12 PM - Boychuk with a huge hit on Ellis. Ellis had trouble getting to his feet and skated slowly to the bench and went down to the dressing room. No one went after Boychuk after the hit. The hit was clean.

8:24 PM - TV timeout, Bruins with the better play right now.

8:26 PM - Bruins to go on the power-play. Gaustad with an interference penalty.

8:30 PM - Ellis was back on the ice. Sabres killed the Gaustad penalty. Bruins put on the pressure and are going back on the power-play, Sekera in the box.

8:34 PM - Penalty on the Bruins, Sturm in the box.

8:37 PM - Another penalty on the Bruins. Ference in the box for tripping.

8:39 PM - The second period is now over. The game is tied 1-1. Sabres leads in shots 21-20. Bruins lead in faceoff wins 20-18.

Third Period
8:57 PM - The third period is underway.

8:58 PM - Bruins killed the penalty.

9:03 PM - Back and forth play.

9:14 PM - What a goal. What work in the corner by Recchi and then the pass to Bergeron for the goal. Bruins lead 2-1.

9:17 PM - Big scrum with lots of player glove punching each other. Sobotka and Sekera finally drop the gloves and have a short fight, with nothing landing from both guys. Rivet and Torres should get something, they were both throwing gloved punches at Bruins who didn't retaliate.

9:20 PM - Coincidental penalties, so still 5 on 5. Wideman and Rivet got 2, Sobotka and Sakara got 5, Torres and Ference got 10.

9:24 PM - Mair took a run at Boychuk.

9:30 PM - Sabres take a timeout and pull their goalie. 44 seconds left in the game. Faceoff in Bruins end.

9:31 PM - 6.4 seconds left, icing on Sabres.

9:33 PM - Bruins win Game 3 by the score 2-1 and lead the series 2-1.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 2 summary

The Boston Bruins won 5-3 in Game 2 vs the Buffalo Sabres today. Game 3 will be on Monday night at 7pm EST in Boston. 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 2:55, Tyler Myers (1) scored assisted by Henrik Tallinder and Thomas Vanek. At 12:00, Matt Ellis (1) scored assisted by Patrick Kaleta and Raffi Torres to make it 2-0 Sabres.

In the second period, at 2:35, Michael Ryder (1) scored assisted by Vladimir Sobotka and Blake Wheeler. At 9:54, Zdeno Chara (1) scored assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk. At 16:41, Jason Pominville (1) scored assisted by Tyler Ennis.

In the third period, at 5:23, Michael Ryder (2) scored assisted by Andrew Ference and Blake Wheeler. At 7:23, Zdeno Chara (2) scored assisted by Miroslav Satan and David Krejci. At 19:40, Mark Recchi (2) scored an empty net goal.

Tuukka Rask got the win and is now 1-1. He made 26 saves on 29 shots.

Game 3 is on Monday night at 7pm EST.

Bruins vs Sabres game 2 live update

Game 2 between the Bruins and Sabres is going to start soon. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it as the game goes along. Today's game is on NBC. Here is the Bruins lineup for game 2:

Lucic
Bergeron
Recchi

Sturm
Krejci
Satan

Wheeler
Sobotka
Ryder

Paille
Begin
Thornton

Chara
Boychuk

Hunwick
Wideman

Ference
McQuaid

Rask

1st Period
1:26 PM - [2:55] Tyler Myers scores and makes it 1-0 Sabres. It went off of Begin and into the net.

1:33 PM - [6:56] Sobotka gets two minutes for crashing into Miller. That's a bad call by the refs.

1:37 PM - Bruins kill the penalty. Bruins to go on the power-play. Roy in the box.

1:38 PM - Krejci gets a penalty for high sticking.

1:44 PM - [12:00] Ellis scores to make it 2-0 Sabres.

1:48 PM - Vanek looks to be hurt as he crashed into the boards after losing his balance. Hooking penalty on Boychuk.

1:59 PM - First period ends with Begin laying out Tallinder and Chara trying to put Ennis in the Bruins bench with a hit. Sabres lead 2-0.

2nd Period
2:19 PM - Second period is underway.

2:21 PM - Bruins score, goal by Ryder, tipping in a Sobotka shot, 2-1 Sabres lead now.

2:26 PM - Kennedy in the box, Bruins on the power-play.

2:29 PM - Sabres kill the penalty.

2:34 PM - [9:54] Bruins score, Chara with the goal to tie the game 2-2.

2:48 PM - [16:41] Pominville scores to make it 3-2 Sabres. Lucic turned over the puck.

2:53 PM - The second period is over, the Sabres lead 3-2.

3rd Period
3:11 PM - Third period has started.

3:18 PM - [5:23] A 4 on 2 turns into a Bruins goal with Ryder scoring his second goal of the game. The game is tied 3-3.

3:21 PM - [7:23] Chara scores from a long shot to make it 4-3 Bruins, Krejci with the screen in front of Miller.

3:23 PM - Sabres to go on the power-play. Thornton with the penalty.

3:32 PM - 6:10 left in the third period.

3:34 PM - What a save by Rask on Grier. Huge hit by Ryder on Sekeras.

3:35 PM - 4:16 left in the third period. Lots of back and forth action.

3:42 PM - 2:29 left.

3:44 PM - [1:30] Miller has been pulled.

3:44 PM - [1:07] Timeout Buffalo.

3:47 PM - [0:35.8] Timeout Boston. Begin had a chance at the empty net but it was deflected wide by a Sabres player.

3:48 PM - [0:19.4] Recchi scores an empty net goal to make it 5-3 Bruins.

3:49 PM - The game is over. Bruins win Game 2 by the score of 5-3. The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 is on Monday in Boston.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bruins vs Sabres game 1 summary

The Boston Bruins lossed 2-1 in Game 1 to the Buffalo Sabres. Game 2 will be on Saturday at 1pm EST. I will be doing a live game post update as well for that game. The stats for game 1 are below.

In the first period, at 4:52, Thomas Vanek (1) scored assisted by Derek Roy.

In the second period, at 9:30, Mark Recchi (1) scored a power-play goal assisted by Zdeno Chara and Matt Hunwick, which tied the game. At 14:10, Craig Rivet (1) scored assisted by Tim Kennedy to give the Sabres the 2-1 lead.

Rask (0-1) got the loss and made 30 saves on 32 shots.

Game 2 is on Saturday.

Bruins vs Sabres game 1 live update

Game 1 between the Bruins and Sabres has started. Stay tuned to this post as I'll be updating it as the game goes along. Here is the Bruins lineup for game 1:

Bruins lines:
Lucic
Bergeron
Recchi

Sturm
Krejci
Satan

Wheeler
Sobotka
Ryder

Paille
Begin
Thornton

Rask

1st Period
7:20 PM - [4:20] Vanek scores and makes it 1-0 Sabres.

7:24 PM - Icing call on the Bruins but it looked like Wheeler got there in time, bad call by the refs. Mair and Ryder collided. Mair went to the dressing room.

7:32 PM - 8:47 remaining in the first period. The Sabres look like the better team in the first period here. Whenever Wideman and Hunwick are out there they have a hard time getting the puck out of the defensive zone.

7:35 PM - Vanek shoved Wheeler from behind into the boards. No penalty.

7:39 PM - Huge scrum after Chara shoved Kaleta from behind into the boards. So Chara gets a penalty for that but Vanek doesn't for his shove from behind, wow. Lydman must have done something to Lucic as Lucic lost his cool and went after him and everybody got involved in the scrum except for the goalies. Lydman with his visor on, was making gestures and talking trash after the linesmen broke up Lucic and him. You know he's a real tough guy, talking after the linesmen separate them.

Two minute power-play for the Sabres. Chara got 2, Lucic got 4, Lydman got 2, Montador got 2, Torres got 2, and Kaleta got 10.

7:47 PM - McQuaid took a hooking penalty. Sabres with another power-play.

7:50 PM - The first period is over. Sabres lead 1-0.

2nd Period
8:07 PM - Second period has started.

8:17 PM - A lot of back and forth play.

8:20 PM - Bergeron had a great chance but Miller with the save.

8:22 PM - Lydman in the box, Bruins with the power-play.

8:24 PM - Recchi scores the power-play goal to tie the game 1-1.

8:32 PM - Rivet scores with a big high slap shot and makes it 2-1. Bruins have played better than the Sabres but Sabres now lead.

8:34 PM - Kaleta lost his helmet on a hit and then was hit against the glass. A scrum ensued and after the scrum you can see Kaleta was bleeding from the side of his eye.

8:38 PM - Bruins on the power-play. Vanek took a tripping penalty.

8:42 PM - Second period has ended.

3rd Period
9:00 PM - Third period has started.

9:10 PM - Miller dives backwards into the net trying to draw a penalty with Krejci crashing the net. The refs ain't falling for that one Miller. You should have Kaleta teach you the art of diving, he knows it best on your team.

9:16 PM - Recchi and Pominville in the box for roughing. 4 on 4 play. 10:37 left in the third period.

9:22 PM - 7:37 left in the third period.

9:23 PM - Wideman takes a tripping penalty cause Roy dived.

9:27 PM - B's kill the Wideman penalty but now Satan is going to the box for delay of game as he shot the puck over the glass.

9:30 PM - Roy missed an open net, not sure what happened that he didn't score there. Penalty is over.

9:32 PM - 1:35 left in the third period.

9:32 PM - Rask has been pulled.

9:33 PM - Chara took a penalty to save an open net goal by Grier. 6.7 seconds left.

9:35 PM - The game is over and the Sabres win Game 1.

Bruins and Sabres injury reports

Some good news for the Bruins in that defenseman Andrew Ference will play tonight in Game 1 vs the Sabres. Now for the injury news.

Who is out for the Bruins:
  • Marc Savard is out for the season with a head injury. There has been some talk that he may come back in the second round of the playoffs if the Bruins advance, but I think that's a long shot due to the severity of the concussion he sustained.
  • Mark Stuart will miss this series after finger surgery.
  • Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is out indefinitely after arm surgery.

For the Sabres, forward Tim Connolly is probable for tonights game. Who is out for the Sabres:
  • Drew Stafford suffered a concussion and is questionable for tonight.
  • Jochen Hecht has an upper-body injury and is questionable. Update: Hecht is out for the series.

The Stanley Cup of Chowder site has a good break down of the series looking at both teams. They also mention something I think is important for the Bruins to recognize: "Don't let that gutless P.O.S. Patrick Kaleta bait you into any dumb penalties."

Kaleta is known for his talking and cheap hits so watch your back when he is on the ice and don't retaliate. He is the Maxim Lapierre of the Sabres.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bruins recall four players

Today the Bruins recalled forwards Drew Larman, Mikko Lehtonen, Maxime Sauve, and goalie Dany Sabourin from the Providence Bruins (AHL). I don't expect any of them to see playoff action but they'll be at the practices.

Larman, Lehtonen, Sabourin and Sauve will join forward Zach Hamill and train in Providence as the Bruins open the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. All five players will be available to participate in Bruins practices during the playoffs and be available for the Bruins playoff roster. There may be additional players recalled subject to players' availability.
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Bruins get 2nd pick in 2010 draft

Today it was announced that the Bruins will get the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. That's the first round pick from the Kessel trade. Thank you Toronto.

The Draft Drawing took place at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 13, with the Edmonton Oilers to make the first overall selection and the Florida Panthers to make the third overall selection in this year's draft. The Bruins – who acquired Toronto's first and second round picks this year in the trade for Phil Kessel – had an 18.8% chance of landing the first overall pick and a 60.8% chance of landing either the first or second overall pick.

Tyler Seguin (Plymouth/ Ontario Hockey League), Taylor Hall (Windsor/ Ontario Hockey League) and Brett Connolly (Prince George/ Western Hockey League) are ranked the top three skaters respectively in this year's 2010 NHL Entry Draft, according to Central Scouting.

The 18-year-old Seguin is the top-ranked North American skater rated by Central Scouting. He notched five goals and five assists in nine playoff games for the Plymouth Whalers in this season's 2010 OHL (Ontario Hockey League) playoffs, before being defeated by the Windsor Spitfires in four games in the Western Conference Semifinals of the OHL playoffs. The 6'1" 172-pound Brampton, Ontario native tallied 48 goals and 58 assists in 63 regular games for the Whalers this season.

The 18-year-old Hall, rated as the number two North American skater eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft according to Central Scouting, is currently a member of the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. During the 2009-10 regular season with Windsor, Hall posted 40-66=106 totals and 56 penalty minutes in 57 games. The 6'1" 185-pound forward from Kingston, ON led the OHL during the regular season in assists with 66 assists and was tied with Tyler Seguin for the league lead in points with 106 points.

The 17-year-old Connolly, rated as the number three North American skater eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft according to Central Scouting, is currently a member of the Prince George Cougars of the WHL (Western Hockey League). During the 2009-10 regular season with Prince George, Connolly posted 10-9=16 totals and 8 penalty minutes in just 16 games due to injury. The 6'2" 181-pound forward from Campbell River, British Columbia registered 30-30=60 totals in 65 games during the 2008-09 season for Prince George.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Bruins set to face Sabres in playoffs

The Bruins will play the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the playoffs. Below is the schedule for the series and what television stations it'll be on.

Game 1 on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 7 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, CBC, NESN
Game 2 on Saturday, April 17, 2010, 1 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, NBC, CBC
Game 3 on Monday, April 19, 2010, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, VERSUS, CBC, NESN
Game 4 on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, VERSUS, CBC, NESN
Game 5 on Friday, April 23, 2010, 7 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, CBC, NESN
Game 6 on Monday, April 26, 2010, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, CBC, NESN
Game 7 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 7 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, CBC, NESN

Obviously the better team is Buffalo and the Bruins have injuries and trouble scoring goals, but anything can happen in the playoffs as all Bruins fans know. This will be Tuukka Rask's first time in the playoffs. This should be a good series. Remember Paul Gaustad and Zdeno Chara had some good battles during the games this season and it may get nastier in the playoffs.

Depending on other things I will try and do a live game blog as the games are being played as in past seasons.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bruins finish the season

Yesterday the Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 and today the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals in a shootout 4-3. The Bruins will finish the season in 6th place with a 39-30-13 record and 91 points. So the Bruins will face the 3rd place team, which right now is the Buffalo Sabres. But the Sabres and New Jersey Devils (2nd place) play tonight and if the Sabres win the Bruins will face the Devils, and if the Devils win the Bruins will face the Sabres.

Last night the Bruins recalled defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Zach Hamill from the Providence Bruins (AHL). They both played in today's game against the Capitals. It was Hamill's first NHL game and he got an assist.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bruins defense getting thin with injuries

It was announced that Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will be out for 8 weeks after undergoing successful surgery to repair a lacerated flexor carpi radialis tendon in his left forearm. This is bad to lose him now at this time in the season.

On Monday, remember the high stick on Zdeno Chara from Alex Semin that wasn't called a penalty, well that high stick broke Chara's nose. On Tuesday Chara had the broken nose "fixed."

Defenseman Andrew Ference won't be available to play until after the season.

And defenseman Mark Stuart is out after undergoing surgery on an infected finger.

Information found on ESPN.com.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bruins recall Adam McQuaid

Today the Bruins recalled defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis.

The 6'5" 209-pound Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island native 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 on May 16, 2007.
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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bruins recall Andrew Bodnarchuk

Today the Bruins recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis.

The 21-year-old Bodnarchuk has skated in 70 games with Providence this season, registering 5-10=15 totals and racking up 51 PIM. Bodnarchuck and the P-Bruins recently defeated the Worcester Sharks 3-1 on Friday, April 2, placing them six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games left to play in the regular season. The blueliner is currently ranked second on the team in plus/minus with a +7 rating. He has played in 133 games for Providence over the course of three seasons (1 GP in 2007 playoffs, 132 GP from 2008-2010) and has earned 6-19=25 totals and 84 penalty minutes. The 2008-09 season marked his first full pro season.

The 5'11" 190-pound Drumheller, Alberta native was drafted by Boston in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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