Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bruins lose to Capitals

Last night the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Washington Capitals. The Bruins mainly played their young players last night in the loss. You can read more about the game on the Globe's Fluto's recap. There was some rough play, as Shawn Thornton and D.J. King met up and had a good fight. Gregory Campbell apparently hit Alex Ovechkin into the boards causing Ovechkin to slash at him. Even Blake Wheeler was playing physical. Wow! Wheeler playing physical, did that really happen? Can't wait for the season to start. The next preseason game for the Bruins is tonight against the same Capitals.

Also news that forwards Zach Hamill and Joe Colborne, and defenseman Steve Kampfer have been assigned to Providence (AHL). So now that leaves 25 players on the roster to travel to Belfast.

The Bruins site will be streaming tonight's game online, read more info about that here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bruins make roster moves

Today the Bruins have made a few roster moves. They have recalled forward Jeff LoVecchio from Providence (AHL), made forwards Jeremy Reich and Wyatt Smith available to play in tonight's game vs the Capitals, and assigned defenseman Nathan McIver to Providence (AHL). Chiarelli also announced that the Bruins have released two players from training camp, Jamie Arniel and Ryan Spooner. Arniel has been assigned to Providence (AHL) and Spooner has been returned to his junior club (Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League).

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bruins lose to Panthers in shootout

On Saturday night the Bruins played the Florida Panthers for the second time in the last few days. They lost 3-2 to the Panthers on Thursday and they lost 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday. Rookie Tyler Seguin scored his first preseason goal from a nice feed from Zdeno Chara and roofed the puck on goalie Scott Clemmensen (watch the NESN video below to see it).

Andy Brickley on NESN talking about the game

There were also two fights in the game. The first was mainly a tie-up between Mark Stuart and Kenndal McArdle. The second fight was real good, with punches flying, between Milan Lucic and Triston Grant. Grant was whacking Nathan Horton off of a faceoff and Lucic came over to challenge Grant. They dropped the gloves and Lucic pounded on Grant, clearly getting the win. You can watch both fights on in our videos section.

Comments from Lucic on the fight:

"I think the game on both ends was kind of lacking a little bit of emotion there," said Lucic. "[Grant] was going after Horton a little bit, so it felt like it was the right time, end of the period try and get things going, get things started. You know it's preseason so it nice to get a couple out of the way. I think we responded pretty well after that."
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Milan Lucic punching Triston Grant
Milan Lucic punching Triston Grant
Image courtesy of AP

Later Saturday night, it was announced that the Bruins have released two more players from training camp, now making the roster at 33 players. Yury Alexandrov and Maxime Sauve have been assigned to Providence (AHL). Source

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bruins trimming training camp roster

Today Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have released five more players from training camp.

Matt Dalton and Jeff LoVecchio have been assigned to the Providence Bruins.

Nathan McIver, Jeremy Reich and Wyatt Smith have been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins.

35 players remain in Boston's training camp.
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Yesterday it was announced that the Bruins released nine players from training camp.

Ryan Button (Prince Albert Raiders, Western Hockey League), Craig Cunningham (Vancouver Giants, Western Hockey League) and Jared Knight (London Knights, Ontario Hockey League) are being returned to their junior clubs.

Joe Rullier and Kirk MacDonald have been released from their tryout agreements. MacDonald will be reporting to the Providence Bruins training camp.

Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jordan Knackstedt, Lane MacDermid and Jeff Penner have been assigned to the Providence Bruins.
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Marc Savard speaks to the media

Marc Savard talked with the media this morning about his concussion and the trade rumors. It seems he will be out of the Bruins lineup longer than expected as he is still experiencing some issues due to the concussion. You can watch the interview below via NESN.com.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bruins lose 3-2 to Panthers

The Bruins lossed their preseason game tonight against the Florida Panthers 3-2. You can see a good summary of the game on the Globe's Bruins blog by Fluto Shinzawa. Steve Kampfer with the first Bruins goal and Jeff LoVecchio with the second Bruins goal. Looks like goalie Nolan Schaefer played the whole game for the Bruins.

The Bruins are now 1-1 in the preseason. The Bruins next preseason game is on Saturday at 7pm against the Florida Panthers once again. It will be on NESN.

Bruins beat Canadiens 4-2

In their first preseason game vs opponents other than themselves, the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. Carey Price looked shaky while he was in net, letting in 4 goals on 10 shots. Tuukka Rask looked fantastic stopping 36 of 38 shots against the Canadiens, who after a bad first period, picked it up and the Bruins got caught running around a little bit. The Canadiens brought in Curtis Sanford half way through the game and he didn't allow any goals.

In the first period, Nathan Horton scored on a nice shot, assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. On the power-play, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored on a rocket slap shot off a one-timer, assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Tyler Seguin. Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period as well on a nice deke, assisted by Daniel Paille.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron put another sweet deke on Price to score his second goal of the game, an unassisted shorthanded goal. Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges. Tomas Plekanec scored a power-play assisted by Michael Cammalleri and Josh Gorges.

In the second period, Canadiens' Andrew Conboy and Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight. McQuaid got the better of this one, landing a punch on his way down to the ice with Conboy. Conboy looked upset and wouldn't let McQuaid go right away as the linesmen tried to break them up. If I find video of this fight online I'll post it on the site in the videos section.

It was cool seeing big Brian McGrattan sport the Bruins jersey, wearing #87. I'm hoping he somehow makes the team.

The next Bruins preseason game is later tonight (Thursday) at 7pm vs old pal Dennis Wideman and the Florida Panthers. Look for different players to be playing against the Panthers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Moog vs Rask Bruins goalie masks

Yesterday I was on Twitter for a little bit and noticed the Twitter trending topic #NHLMask. People were giving their opinions on who had the best goalie mask, which was started by the NHL's Twitter account.

I saw a Twitter user named PeraSyte said: "Tuuka Rask has the best mask in the NHL today. Reminds me of Andy Moogs epic Bruins mask"

That got me thinking who had the best Bruins goalie mask. Rask's goalie mask also reminded me of Andy Moog's popular bear goalie mask as it did for others on Twitter. I've always been a fan of Andy Moog's Bruins mask back in the day when I saw it on hockey trading cards. As I said on Twitter, Rask's mask looks like Moog's mask but on steroids :)

So whose mask do you like more? Who do you think wore the best goalie mask for the Bruins ever? Any other goalie masks you like?

Here's the only good picture I could find of Andy Moog in his Bruins goalie mask.

Andy Moog with his Bruins goalie mask
Image courtesy of Brian Winkler/Getty Images, Source

Here are two pictures of Tuukka Rask with his Bruins goalie mask on

Tuukka Rask with his Bruins goalie mask
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Another picture of Tuukka Rask with his Bruins goalie mask
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Marc Savard out indefinitely

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told the media today that center Marc Savard is out indefinitely with symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome.

"The latter part of the summer, he came to us and said he's been suffering some symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome," said Chiarelli.

"He's here. He's being treated. He won't be skating.

"I'll give you updates periodically when I have information. He won't be available to the media [and] I'll keep you posted as I learn the news."

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"We are just being very cautious, and we'll take it day-by-day."

"Any time there's this recurrence, there's concern," said Chiarelli. "[But] he's a very durable guy. He's played hurt in the past.

"He wants to come back, and we want him to be healthy."
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This is bad news for the Bruins as Savard is a big part of the Bruins offense. Who will center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton now? Krejci? Seguin? I don't know, but this also opens up a spot for a youngster to get a roster spot such as Joe Colborne, Max Sauve, and Jordan Caron.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bruins invite Brian McGrattan to camp

Globe's Fluto Shinzawa over at the Bruins blog is reporting that the Bruins have invited tough guy Brian McGrattan to training camp on a tryout basis. McGrattan is only 29 years old, and is 6'4", 235lbs. Last season McGrattan was with the Calgary Flames, played in 34 games, scored 1 goal, recorded 3 assists, and racked up 86 PIMs. He had a Gordie Howe hat trick last season (if you didn't know, that means he had a goal, an assist, and a fight in one game). McGrattan is an enforcer type of player and is one of the toughest guys out there. He had some real good fights last season (some posted below).

I like this move. I don't see him taking Shawn Thornton's place on the roster as the team's enforcer. Thornton has more offensive instincts than McGrattan, but McGrattan has more of a mean streak in him and can play nasty if needed. The Bruins could have used McGrattan in that game vs Pittsburgh last season. But anyways, I could see the Bruins giving McGrattan an AHL contract and have him protect their assets (talented young players in the AHL) and called up if Thornton gets hurt.

Some may ask if this was a move to counter the New York Rangers bringing in Derek Boogaard. It could be, but I doubt it. McGrattan has fought Boogaard twice in the NHL and both times Boogaard has dropped McGrattan.

Here are a few good fights Brian McGrattan had last season with the Flames.

Brian McGrattan vs Steve MacIntyre on October 24, 2009


Brian McGrattan vs Colton Orr on November 14, 2009


Brian McGrattan vs David Koci on January 11, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Chiarelli tells Savard he will not be traded

James Murphy over at ESPNBoston.com says that Peter Chiarelli confirmed on Friday that he spoke with center Marc Savard and told him that the Bruins will not trade him. From the ESPN.com article:

"We told Marc we are not moving him and he is part of the organization," Chiarelli told ESPNBoston.com.

Chiarelli acknowledged Friday that he did indeed have trade discussions regarding Savard, but apparently they weren't enough to entice the GM to pull the trigger on a deal. Chiarelli also acknowledged that teams have inquired about other Bruins players, as well.

"There is all these things that happen and there are always things that swirl around about moving guys, and I cannot respond to anything in kind because I don't directly comment on trade rumors," Chiarelli said. "I can tell you, though, that there was discussion and inquiries on Marc and they became public.

"There has been a number of inquires on a lot of the players, some become public and some don't for obvious reasons, but as we told Marc, that's part of the business and he understood that. I made sure he knows what we think of him: He is a Boston Bruin and an elite offensive player we're happy to have on this team."
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So do you think this will make Savard feel better now or do you think he will still be kind of upset that his name was mentioned in so many trade rumors? Remember Savard was upset about all of the rumors of him being traded. Will all of this stuff in the offseason make him have a better season, who knows, but I'm glad the Bruins are keeping Savard. It's September and hockey is coming, I can't wait. I, as I think most Bruins fans, need the season to start so we can forget about last season.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lucic may meet up with old enemy

I've been a fan of Milan Lucic ever since the Bruins drafted him. During his rookie season I heard about the back condition that he has, as a youngster he had Scheuermann's disease, a condition that causes the upper back to curve. As everyone knows when you're a teenager, if you're any different than most kids you will get picked on and made fun of. Some players did make fun of Lucic's condition but he responded to them (well at least one that I know of for sure).

The condition didn't affect his play until some opponents started to notice his back. Two years ago, Everett forward Kyle Beach shrugged his shoulders at Lucic in a hunchback style. The enraged Bruins prospect chased Beach, and several games later beat him up.

Last season, Kamloops defenseman Ryan Bender called Lucic a hunchback during a game and was slapped with a game misconduct, which was later changed to a 10-minute misconduct.

"You don't like to see that," Lucic said. "You hope guys are classier than that. But guys who do that have it coming to them. You just take care of it."
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There was a rumor that Mike Komisarek, then with the Montreal Canadiens, once made a gesture of Lucic's condition in Lucic's rookie season, but I do not know if that is true or not.

In the above article it mentioned that Lucic got back at Beach by beating him up, which you can watch below. I'm not sure it should be called "a beating" but Lucic clearly won that fight.

Milan Lucic vs Kyle Beach on April 25, 2006

So what does all of this have to do with anything? Well after reading this article on NHL.com, with the Chicago Blackhawks trading away a lot of players due to the salary cap, Kyle Beach is going to get a good opportunity to make the team.

So I checked out the Bruins upcoming season schedule, and on March 29, 2011, the Blackhawks will be visiting Boston for their only meeting this upcoming season. It's a 7:30pm EST game and on Versus and TSN2 cable stations.

Now I don't know if they are still enemies now since all of that happened. But I'm sure if that happened to most of us, we wouldn't forget the person who made fun of a disorder we had. I know I'll be making sure to watch that late season game.

Bruins sign Wyatt Smith

With Trent Whitfield going down with an injured Achilles tendon, the Bruins have signed forward Wyatt Smith to a one-year contract. He'll fill the role in Providence that Whitfield would have had. Smith has 211 career NHL games under his belt, while playing with the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, and Colorado Avalanche (source: Boston.com).