Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Looking to next season for Bruins

This offseason for the Bruins will be interesting as the Bruins have the second pick in the upcoming NHL draft that will bring in either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, and the Bruins have quite a few unrestricted and restricted free agents to bring back or let walk away.

The Bruins unrestricted free agents are: Mark Recchi, Steve Begin, Miroslav Satan, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, and Johnny Boychuk.

The Bruins restricted free agents are: Blake Wheeler, Daniel Paille, Vladimir Sobotka, Mark Stuart, and Adam McQuaid.

Of the unrestricted free agents, I think the Bruins need to try and re-sign Mark Recchi, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, and Johnny Boychuk. Recchi showed he still has gas in the tank during the season and especially in the playoffs. Thornton is well known as being a good technical fighter and always ready to stand up for teammates, he needs to be kept. Seidenberg showed what he could do after the Bruins got him at the trade deadline, some good defense and a little offense. Boychuk improved a lot this season despite not playing much the first half of the season. Begin is a good role player who I enjoyed having on the team but if he can't be kept another player should be able to fill in his role. Satan showed a lot of offense in the playoffs but his defensive skills aren't the greatest and he's getting older. Is he worth re-signing? Maybe at a cheap price but I would expect his price to go up a little because of the nice playoff numbers he put up.

Of the restricted free agents, I think the Bruins should try and trade Wheeler or see if there is any interest in him out there. He committed so many minor penalties during the season and didn't do much offensively during the season and playoffs. We all know he isn't a physical player so I'm not going to throw that in there. Paille I think the Bruins will let go as he didn't have much offense and couldn't finish some of the chances he had during the playoffs. He is a great penalty killer but I think Brad Marchand will take over his role next season. Sobotka won't be forgotten as one of the two players who caused the too many men on the ice penalty (with Marc Savard), but I think he'll be re-signed as he showed he can bring the physical game during the playoffs. Stuart needs to be re-signed by the Bruins as soon as possible as he is a good dressing room leader and on-ice leader, and a good defensive defenseman. McQuaid is a young tough defenseman that I hope the Bruins re-sign as well. He showed he could handle the playoff intensity.

We'll wait and see what happens for the Bruins this offseason. I'll keep posting Bruins news throughout the offseason here on The Bruins Corner blog.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bruins lose, Bruins vs Flyers game 7 summary

What a way to lose a game and the series... a too many men on the ice penalty. Yup a too many men on the ice penalty by the Bruins gave the Flyers a power play in the third period, where Simon Gagne scored the game winner. Nice job refs. But that doesn't really matter I guess, they had three other games to finish this off but didn't, and now they'll be going home and waiting until next season. The Bruins lossed game 7 to the Flyers by the score 4-3. After a 3-0 lead in the first period, the Flyers scored four unanswered goals and the Bruins couldn't come back at the end. The scoring summary is below.

In the first period, at 5:27, Michael Ryder (4) scored a power play goal assisted by Mark Recchi and Zdeno Chara. At 9:02, Milan Lucic (4) scored a power play goal assisted by Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk. At 14:10, Milan Lucic (5) scored. At 17:12, James van Riemsdyk (1) scored assisted by Claude Giroux.

In the second period, at 2:49, Scott Hartnell (2) scored assisted by Ville Leino and Danny Briere. At 8:39, Danny Briere (7) scored assisted by Scott Hartnell.

In the third period, at 12:52, Simon Gagne (4) scored a power play goal assisted by Mike Richards and Ville Leino.

Tuukka Rask made 23 saves on 27 shots and finished 7-6 in the playoffs. The Flyers led the game in shots 27-25. The Flyers led the game in faceoff wins 25-20.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bruins vs Flyers game 6 summary

Again the Bruins couldn't score and end this series as the Flyers won 2-1 and there will be a Game 7 on Friday. All of the momentum is on the Flyers side and so are all the breaks and calls going their way. Game 7 will be in Boston and hopefully the Bruins won't play like they did in game 5.

In the first period, at 6:58, Mike Richards (5) scored assisted by Simon Gagne and Daniel Carcillo.

In the second period, at 16:20, Danny Briere (6) scored a power play goal assisted by Mike Richards and Claude Giroux.

In the third period, at 19:00, Milan Lucic (3) scored assisted by Dennis Wideman and Zdeno Chara.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 27 shots and is now 7-5 in the playoffs. The Bruins led the game in shots 31-27. The Bruins also led in faceoff wins 39-25.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bruins vs Flyers game 5 summary

The Bruins played uninspired crap hockey tonight and got their asses handed to them 4-0 by the Flyers and the series is now 3-2 Bruins, but the Flyers have all of the momentum going back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Wednesday.

In the first period, at 6:41, Ville Leino (2) scored assisted by Chris Pronger and Matt Carle.

In the second period, at 11:16, Scott Hartnell (1) scored assisted by Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen. At 17:53, Simon Gagne (2) scored a power play goal assisted by Mike Richards and Ville Leino.

In the third period, at 6:48, Simon Gagne (3) scored.

Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on 31 shots and is now 7-4 in the playoffs. The Flyers led the game in shots 31-23. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 31-22.

With Brian Boucher getting injured during this game, it didn't look good for him, so I would expect Michael Leighton to start game 6.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bruins vs Flyers game 4 summary

On Friday, Game 4 was won in overtime by the Philadelphia Flyers to make the series 3-1. Game 5 is Monday night at 7pm EST in Boston. The stats for game 4 are below.

In the first period, at 15:37, Mark Recchi (5) scored assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille. At 19:06, Danny Briere (5) scored assisted by Claude Giroux and Matt Carle.

In the second period, at 4:28, Chris Pronger (4) scored assisted by Matt Carle and Daniel Carcillo. At 8:35, Claude Giroux (5) scored assisted by Scott Hartnell and Matt Carle. At 10:56, Michael Ryder (3) scored assisted by Matt Hunwick and Blake Wheeler.

In the third period, at 3:49, Milan Lucic (2) scored a power play goal assisted by Dennis Wideman and Marc Savard. At 14:20, Ville Leino (1) scored assisted by Chris Pronger and Danny Briere. At 19:28, Mark Recchi (6) scored assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Wideman.

In overtime, at 14:40, Simon Gagne (1) scored assisted by Matt Carle and Mike Richards.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves on 34 shots and is now 7-3 in the playoffs. The Bruins led the game in shots 37-34. The Flyers led the game in faceoff wins 38-36.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

David Krejci to miss rest of playoffs

Well this is bad news for the Bruins, more injury news. Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that David Krejci will miss the remainder of the playoffs due to a dislocated right wrist.

Krejci had surgery to repair the wrist at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD following the game. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham, Surgeon-in-Chief. Krejci is expected to return for the 2010-11 NHL preseason.
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Expect either veteran Trent Whitfield or youngster Brad Marchand to be put in the lineup. And some news about Adam McQuaid:

Adam McQuaid, who suffered a leg injury in last night's first period, is "very doubtful" for tomorrow's game, said Claude Julien.
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Bruins vs Flyers game 3 summary

Game 3 was won by the Bruins by the score 4-1 but it was a closer game than the score would say. The Bruins now lead the series 3-0 and will play Game 4 on Friday. The Flyers controlled most of the play in the first and second periods but Tuukka Rask was awesome and you could say that he stole this game. The game stats are below.

In the first period, at 2:32, Arron Asham (2) scored assisted by Claude Giroux and Blair Betts. At 4:11, Blake Wheeler (1) scored assisted by Matt Hunwick and Marc Savard. At 5:45, Miroslav Satan (Miro the Hero, this goal would eventually be the game winner) (5) scored assisted by Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Krejci was laid out with a big hit from Flyers captain Mike Richards. Krejci left the game and did not return.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, at 2:30, Mark Recchi (4) scored a power play goal assisted by Blake Wheeler and Zdeno Chara. At 18:08, Patrice Bergeron (4) scored an empty net goal.

Besides Krejci getting injured in the first period, defenseman Adam McQuaid also got injured and did not return to the game. Tuukka Rask made 34 saves on 35 shots and is now 7-2 in the playoffs. The Flyers led the game in shots 35-19. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 31-22.

Some early news about the two Bruins injuries suffered tonight:
David Krejci left the game with an injury in the first period after taking a big open ice hit from Mike Richards. He did not return to the game. Claude Julien said after the game that Krejci was taken to a Philadelphia area hospital. It appeared to be a shoulder injury. Adam McQuiad also left the game with an undisclosed injury in the first period. Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sports Net New England is reporting that Krejci has a "potentially separated shoulder" and McQuaid has a sprained knee.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bruins vs Flyers game 2 summary

Game 2 between the Bruins and Flyers was another good one with both teams going back and forth. The Bruins won 3-2 with Milan Lucic getting the game winner. The Bruins now lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is on Wednesday in Philadelphia at 7pm EST. The game stats are below the comments about the Savard-Carcillo incident.

The big story of this game was Flyers Dan Carcillo accusing Bruins Marc Savard of biting him during a scrum when Carcillo went after him after Savard took a whack at Brian Boucher's glove. Marc Savard's comments about the incident after the game:

"He pummeled on my face. He pulled on my teeth, so I guess that's biting when a guy tries and pull your front teeth out like his. I guess... I don't know... I don't see how that [is biting]."

"Yeah... I mean he embellishes stuff so obviously under the pile, you try pull out my front teeth, so if that's a bite then I don't know what to say."

"Yeah, his glove tried to yank them out. I don't know if you want to look like him but he pulled on them, that's for sure."

"Yes, it was his glove. I tasted his fingers pretty bad. I just tried to get out of there."
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Dan Carcillo's comments about the incident after the game:

"Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling it is pretty cowardly."

"Oh yeah that's what I try to do when I get into a scrum is try to pull people's teeth out."

"Guys don't bite. Men don't bite."
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Something else that the league should look into is a threat made by Flyers captain Mike Richards to Marc Savard:

According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, one of his sources told him that Mike Richards said something to Marc Savard along the lines of "You were out for six months weeks. We're gonna take you out for another six months weeks."
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In the first period, at 5:12, Johnny Boychuk (2) scored assisted by Patrice Bergeron. At 17:06, Mike Richards (4) scored assisted by Danny Briere and Ville Leino.

In the second period, at 9:31, Miroslav Satan (4) scored assisted by Blake Wheeler and Dennis Wideman. At 19:35, Danny Briere (4) scored assisted by Ville Leino and Chris Pronger.

In the third period, at 17:03, Milan Lucic (1) scored assisted by David Krejci and Miroslav Satan.

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves on 26 shots and is now 6-2 in the playoffs. The Bruins led the game in shots 27-26. The Bruins led in faceoff wins 38-26.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Marco Sturm to miss rest of playoffs

It's not good news for Marco Sturm and Bruins fans as Sturm will be unavailable for the remainder of the playoffs after tearing both the MCL and the ACL in his right knee. Sturm talked about the injury:

"I mean, I'm still speechless. After the ACL from last year and just, I just never thought there was going to be another injury like this. It's a tough one, but I always came back from big injuries and I'm going to do it again. Yeah, but it's definitely tough."

"I tried to [make a hit] and it happened right away when I started to push from my right leg. I got caught or something like that and I know my knee twisted just a little bit. I could hear right away the big pop. And I heard it again before, and I knew it right away that it's going to be the same thing."
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So either look for Shawn Thornton to get back in the lineup or Brad Marchand to get some playoff action. Tonight is Game 2 at 7pm EST. It should be another good one. I won't be able to do a live blog post with updates tonight.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bruins vs Flyers game 1 summary

Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers was earlier today with the Bruins winning the game in overtime by the score of 5-4. Marc Savard played in his first game in a long time and scored the game winner in overtime. It was good seeing him back on the ice and his celebration after he scored the goal was fun to watch.

Bruins forward Marco Sturm was injured in his first shift of the game. According to this ESPN.com article, Sturm "hurting his right leg, suffered a significant injury and likely will miss the rest of the season, according to a team source." Sturm has struggled in the playoffs, but this isn't good news. The Bruins perfect penalty killing is no more as the Flyers scored two power play goals in the game.

The Bruins now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 in Boston is on Monday at 7pm EST. The stats for game 1 are below.

In the first period, at 2:39, Steve Begin (1) scored assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. At 12:54, Patrice Bergeron (3) scored assisted by Dennis Wideman.

In the second period, at 7:38, Ryan Parent (1) scored assisted by Mike Richards and Arron Asham. At 11:43, Miroslav Satan (3) scored a power play goal assisted by Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Wideman. At 15:48, Chris Pronger (3) scored a power play goal assisted by Kimmo Timonen and Mike Richards.

In the third period, at 7:25, David Krejci (4) scored assisted by Miroslav Satan and Milan Lucic. At 12:37, Mike Richards (3) scored a power play goal assisted by Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell. At 16:38, Danny Briere (3) scored assisted by Matt Carle and Chris Pronger.

In overtime, at 13:52, Marc Savard (1) scored assisted by Dennis Wideman and Zdeno Chara.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves on 36 shots and is now 5-2 in the playoffs. The Bruins led the game in shots 46-36. The Flyers led the game in faceoff wins 38-34.

Marc Savard celebrating his overtime goal
Marc Savard celebrating his overtime goal
Photo courtesy of AP