Monday, November 29, 2010

Bruins Bear Respect the Jersey video

The Bruins Bear has a new Bruins Rules commercial, respect the jersey. Good to see Terry O'Reilly in the video.

Bruins trade Matt Hunwick to Colorado

I didn't expect this, especially since yesterday's game Matt Hunwick got the team going with a fight, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli needs to get cap room and Matt Hunwick is the first to go. The Bruins have traded Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Colby Cohen (source). Cohen will be sent to Providence (AHL). This is definitely a salary dump, the first of a few probably, to make room for Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. The best of luck to Matt Hunwick in Colorado. Who will be next?

Adam McQuaid should now be a regular on defense as the Hunwick trade opens up a spot. McQuaid has played pretty good when he had the chance so this shouldn't be much of a loss as Hunwick has been struggling this season. McQuaid brings more toughness, but we do lose speed and a little scoring with Hunwick leaving.

Some info about Cohen:

The 21-year-old Cohen made his NHL debut earlier this season for the Avalanche on November 6 and has skated in three games for the Avs this year. He also registered one goal and 12 penalty minutes in 14 games for Colorado’s minor league affiliate in Lake Erie this season. 2010-11 marks Cohen’s first full professional season after playing three games for Lake Erie at the end of last year.

Cohen skated at Boston University for three seasons from 2007-10 and helped lead the Terriers to the NCAA National Championship in 2009. For his career at BU, the 6’2’’, 200-pound blueliner recorded 25-53=78 totals in 118 games.

A native of Villanova, Pennsylvania, Cohen was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the second round (45th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Source

Update: I read that this trade frees up enough cap space to bring back Marc Savard, which there is speculation will return on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Thrashers strong start puts Bruins away

The Atlanta Thrashers came out flying in the first period yesterday against the Bruins and put the Bruins down 3-0 after the first period. The game eventually ended 4-1 as the Bruins couldn't make a comeback. The Bruins picked up their play in the second period after Matt Hunwick got into a fight with Evander Kane, the guy who KO'd Matt Cooke last season. Kane definitely won the fight, as he gave Hunwick a cut above his left eye, but it was good to see Hunwick do this and he threw some good punches himself. Shawn Thornton also had a good fight with Eric Boulton. Also in the second period, Blake Wheeler scored the only Bruin goal, his 5th goal of the season.

Tuukka Rask again gets no support and gets the loss in this one, making 22 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 1-6-1, with a 2.59 GAA, and a .926 save percentage.

This was rookie Jamie Arniel's first NHL game. He played good, he had one real good scoring chance that Pavelec saved. Today Arniel was sent back to Providence (AHL).

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-26. The Thrashers were better in faceoffs, going 32-29.

The Bruins next game is on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be the first meeting between the Bruins and Flyers since the Bruins choking in last years playoffs.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hurricanes power-play kills Bruins

The annual game after Thanksgiving for the Bruins this season was yesterday where the Bruins faced the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins had a good start but didn't manage to put any goals on the board. From there it only got worse for the Bruins as they couldn't put any pucks past goalie Cam Ward and Carolina capitalized on all three power-plays they had to put the Bruins away 3-0.

Tim Thomas was in net for the Bruins, making 18 saves on 21 shots. Thomas is now 11-2-1, with a 1.56 GAA, and a .951 save percentage.

The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Atlanta Thrashers. Jordan Caron and David Krejci will not make the trip to Atlanta because they both will be out with the flu. The Bruins have recalled Jamie Arniel from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis.

The Bruins are still in 2nd place in the division with 26 points (21 games), only behind Montreal (29 points in 23 games). With this loss the Bruins home record goes to 4-5-2.

Some statistical season notes so far:
Milan Lucic leads the Bruins with 10 goals.

Mark Recchi leads the Bruins with 11 assists.

Nathan Horton and Lucic lead the Bruins with 18 points each.

Andrew Ference leads the Bruins in plus/minus with +12. Michael Ryder has the worst plus/minus with a -5 rating.

Gregory Campbell leads the Bruins in PIMs with 35.

Horton and Ryder lead the Bruins with 3 power-play goals each.

Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 2 shorthanded goals.

Lucic leads the Bruins with 3 game winning goals.

Zdeno Chara leads the Bruins with 66 shots on net.

Lucic leads the Bruins with a 23.3 shooting percentage.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bruins wake up in 3rd period and win

Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi celebrate Recchi's 2nd goal of the game, his 1,500 career NHL point
SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 24: Mark Recchi #28 is congratulated by Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins after he scored the third goal of the game against the Florida Panthers on November 24, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
In the first two periods tonight the Bruins looked out of it, they looked like they had no energy, and they didn't do much at all but let the Panthers control most of the play. Luckily it was only 1-0 Panthers after two periods. In the third period, the Bruins woke up right away. Eight seconds into the third period, Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal (his 3rd goal of the season) after goalie Tomas Vokoun misplayed a puck. Coach Julien switched up the lines a little bit, making lines with: Horton-Bergeron-Lucic, Ryder-Krejci-Wheeler, Recchi-Campbell-Caron, and Marchand-Seguin-Thornton. Veteran Mark Recchi stole the show. Almost three minutes after the Marchand goal, Recchi scored on a quick one-timer from a sweet pass from David Krejci behind the Panthers net. Later, Recchi scored a power-play goal with 4 minutes left in the period, which was the 1,500th point of his NHL career. Congrats go to Mark Recchi on that achievement. Recchi finished the night with two goals (his 3rd and 4th goals of the season). Krejci finished the night with two assists.

Tim Thomas started the game and made 31 saves on 32 shots. Thomas is now 11-1-1, with a 1.46 GAA, and a .955 save percentage. The Bruins out-shot the Panthers 37-32. The Panthers were better in the faceoff circle going 33-30.

The Bruins are now 12-6-2, with 26 points (in 20 games), which is 2nd place in the NorthEast division, behind Montreal (29 points in 22 games). The Bruins road record improves to 8-2-0.

The Bruins next game is on Friday at noon EST against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Some notes from the game:
-Again congrats to Mark Recchi on 1,500 points in his NHL career.

-Another slow start for the Bruins, they need to stop these kind of starts. If they do this against good teams they won't be able to come back like they did tonight.

-Milan Lucic needs to start hitting again. I don't remember seeing him hit anyone tonight. In fact the whole team needs to follow Mark Stuart in the hitting department, as he had one of the few hits I can really remember from the game.

-Tim Thomas again saved the Bruins butts making some nice saves to keep them in the game early.

-Near the end of the game Brad Marchand got hit from behind into the boards by Dmitry Kulikov. Marchand looked shaken up on the hit, hopefully he is ok. It was a really bad hit. It looked like Kulikov only got 2 minutes for it because Marchand got up after a minute.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bruins Statement Regarding Marc Savard

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released this statement regarding injured forward Marc Savard:

"Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact. Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for morning skate in Florida. There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games."
Source

Bruins now on 2-game losing streak

The Bruins have now been beaten in their last two games. On Saturday they lost in a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings by the score 4-3. Monday night the Bruins were beaten by the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score 3-1.

In the game vs the Kings, the Bruins were down 3-0 and came back in the second and third periods to tie it up and send it into overtime. In Monday's game against the Lightning, the Bruins were outplayed in the first two periods but couldn't score enough in the third period to make a comeback.

Tim Thomas played in net against the Kings, making 23 saves on 26 shots. Thomas is now 10-1-1, with a 1.49 GAA, and a .954 save percentage. Blake Wheeler scored his 4th goal of the season, Gregory Campbell scored his 2nd goal of the season, and Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the season in this game. The Bruins finally dominated a game in the faceoff circle going 43-25. The Bruins also led in shots 41-26.

Tuukka Rask played in net against the Lightning, making 33 saves on 36 shots. Rask is now 1-5-1, with a 2.36 GAA, and a .935 save percentage. Michael Ryder scored the only Bruins goal in this game, 6th goal of the season. The Lightning were better in the faceoff circle, going 27-21 and also led in shots 36-27. Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference were both a -2, while Mark Stuart was the only plus player for the Bruins at a +1. Tyler Seguin played wing again and had 4 shots on net and a -1. Chara looked a little lost out there at times, because of the speed of the Lightning players. Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic both had 0 shots on net. Lucic had a good scoring chance at the end of the second period where he shot it wide of the net at the buzzer. Bergeron led the Bruins in shots with 5.

Another game with Randy Jones in it that I was hoping for someone to beat his face in, even though I knew nobody would do it because they don't want to jeopardize the game and the 2 points. I also wonder if Bergeron would ever challenge Jones to a fight and if Jones would accept.

The Bruins next game is on Wednesday at Florida against the Panthers.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Lucic hat trick puts Panthers down

The hats rain down on the ice after Milan Lucic's hat trick goal
BOSTON - NOVEMBER 18: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins is showered with hats after his hat trick in the third period against the Florida Panthers as teammate Nathan Horton #18 stands by on November 18, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Bruins Milan Lucic is playing some great hockey right now. After an ok first period by the Bruins, a not so good second period by the Bruins, the Bruins came to life in the third period, led by Bruins power forward Milan Lucic. Lucic scored in the first period to give the Bruins the lead and then exploded in the third period with two quick goals (getting his 8th, 9th, and 10th goals of the season). His first two goals were hard perfectly placed wrist shots that beat Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, while his third was a "garbage" type of goal as he knocked in the puck after Patrice Bergeron tried to pass it to Nathan Horton and Vokoun couldn't get to it in time. This was Lucic's second career hat trick, his first was against the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2008.

Also in the first period, Shawn Thornton had a real good fight with Panthers Darcy Hordichuk. They both exchanged wild punches and at the end both were showing the aftermath of the fight. Thornton had a bloody nose while Hordichuk had a nasty bruise and cut under his left eye, see the picture below and watch the fight below too. This fight was definitely the Bruins fight of the year so far. In the third period, Thornton scored his 4th goal of the season with a backhander that deflected off of two Panthers players. Good for him.

Tuukka Rask started in net, and made 41 saves to get his first win and first shutout of the season. Rask is now 1-4-1, with a 2.24 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Bruins next host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. It should be a good one.

Thornton gave Hordichuk a bruise and a cut under his left eye
BOSTON - NOVEMBER 18: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins is pulled away from Darcy Hordichuk #16 of the Florida Panther by linesman Steve Miller #89 on November 18, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bruins shutout struggling Devils 3-0

Andrew Ference congratulates Tim Thomas on his shutout against the Devils
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, is congratulated by teammate Andrew Ference after his shutout against the New Jersey Devils in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. The Bruins beat the Devils 3-0. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal in the first period (his 5th goal), Nathan Horton scored at the start of the second period (his 8th goal), and Blake Wheeler scored at the start of the third period (his 3rd goal). That would be all of the goal scoring.

The Bruins controlled the first and second periods, but the Devils outplayed the Bruins in the third period, as it seemed the Bruins sat back and made mistake after mistake and not being able to make solid breakout plays. In the faceoff circle, both teams won 23 faceoffs apiece. The Devils had the advantage in shots 28-24.

Tim Thomas got the start in net and got his 9th win this season, and his 4th shutout already this season, stopping all 28 shots he faced. Thomas is now 9-1-0, with a 1.31 GAA and a .960 save percentage.

The Bruins are still undefeated when scoring first in games. The Bruins next play on Wednesday at the New York Rangers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Colin Campbell emails exposed

If you haven't heard yet about the emails that Colin Campbell sent a few years ago that were exposed on mc79hockey.com (cached link because the site appears down now), where he says a few things about a player he didn't like, which all evidence points to Marc Savard. Which then makes you wonder or makes you realize the real reason that Matt Cooke didn't get suspended for his cheapshot hit. PuckDaddy has a good article about this whole thing, check it out. There's even quotes from Campbell's emails where he does not like the penalties given to his son Gregory Campbell to then-director of officiating Stephen Walkom. I wonder how long before he is fired? Or will he even be fired? I'm going to assume he won't be.

Bruins will regroup on Monday

Chris Neil vs Zdeno Chara
Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil (25) and Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)
With the Bruins bad game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, the Bruins will be looking for a better effort and start on Monday against the struggling New Jersey Devils. Do not take the Devils lightly though, they are slowly improving.

Tim Thomas recorded his first loss of the season on Saturday, making 31 saves on 33 shots. Thomas is now 8-1-0, with a 1.45 GAA, and a .957 save percentage. I don't know about you but Saturday's game reminded me of last season when the Bruins had trouble scoring and were making defensive mistakes. Anyone else think the Bruins aren't hitting enough either? To me it seems they make a few hits but then stop. They need to be more physical throughout the game. Maybe it's fatigue? Who knows I guess.

The Bruins have another busy week this week, playing 4 games in 6 days. The Bruins play the Devils on Monday, at the Rangers on Wednesday, the Panthers on Thursday, and the Kings on Saturday.

The Bruins are currently 3rd place (17 points) in the division behind Montreal (23 points) and Ottawa (19 points). The Bruins have 3 games in hand on both Montreal and Ottawa though.

Here are some telling statistics about the Bruins so far this season. The Bruins are 27th in the league in faceoff winning percentage at 47.9, only ahead of the Rangers, Oilers, and Hurricanes. The Bruins are also 27th in the league in shots allowed per game with 34.4, only ahead of the Coyotes, Thrashers, and Ducks. They need to improve in both of these areas. The Bruins home record is 2-4-1. That definitely needs to change. The Bruins road record is 6-1-0.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bruins Bear responds to woman kicking hole in column

The girl who kicked the hole in the column
After Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Blues, a woman, who looks like a teenager, kicked a hole in a column in the women's bathroom and a friend or whoever she was with, recorded it and posted it online. Well first off, posting it online is stupid because if you're found out you may face some kind of charges or have to pay for damages. Secondly, you pissed the Bear off and he has a message for everyone. Video of the girl kicking the hole is here. Watch the Bruins Bear response video below.

Bruins lose 3-1 to Montreal

Adam McQuaid knocking Travis Moen to the ice
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, top, drops Montreal Canadiens left wing Travis Moen to the ice during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Carey Price once again showed he can play really good against the Bruins during the regular season, stopping 34 of 35 shots on him, and beating the Bruins 3-1. Tuukka Rask again couldn't get enough goal support, making 38 saves on 41 shots himself. Rask is now 0-4-1, with a 2.75 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Zdeno Chara scored in the first period which turned out to be the only Bruins goal, his 4th goal of the season. The second period had some really bad officiating which even had NESN broadcaster Jack Edwards and color commentator Andy Brickley shaking their head and questioning things. In the third period, the Bruins looked tired and Montreal took advantage, scoring two goals.

The Bruins got the day off today and will play the Ottawa Senators tomorrow in Boston at 7pm EST. I'm hoping Shawn Thornton takes care of Chris Neil for his actions in their last meeting.

Tyler Seguin now a Dunkin' Donuts spokesperson

Tyler Seguin at a Dunkin' Donuts in Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Tyler Seguin at a Dunkin' Donuts in Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, November 9, 2010
On Thursday Dunkin' Donuts announced that it has signed Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin as a company spokesperson. As part of the deal, Seguin will play a starring role in "Caught Cold," Dunkin' Donuts' new season-long iced coffee marketing initiative. I was sent this press release about it, read below. I have to say I love Dunkin' Donuts ice coffee myself. Maybe you'll be one who gets to see Seguin at a Dunkin' Donuts. if you do, leave a comment here and tell us.




Dunkin' Donuts Secures Boston Bruins Rookie Sensation Tyler Seguin as Company Spokesperson

Longtime Bruins Sponsor Taps Highly Touted Forward to Play Feature Role in Dunkin' Donuts "Caught Cold" Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CANTON, Mass. (November 11, 2010) – Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that it has signed Boston Bruins rookie phenomenon Tyler Seguin as a company spokesperson. As part of the deal, Seguin will play a starring role in “Caught Cold,” Dunkin’ Donuts’ new season-long iced coffee marketing initiative.

"Caught Cold" rewards New England consumers who are "caught" drinking Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee. Every Tuesday throughout the 2010-11 NHL season, the Bruins street team will traverse the region on a mission to find and instantly reward customers spotted drinking Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee with two tickets to an upcoming Bruins home game at the TD Garden. Dunkin' Donuts will give away more than 400 Bruins tickets, team gear and Dunkin' Donuts gift cards through the program.

The highly touted Seguin, who was selected as the second overall pick by the Bruins in the 2010-11 NHL draft, will be featured in "Caught Cold" television and radio commercials and participate in promotional appearances that drive consumer awareness of the program. Dunkin' Donuts has been a proud sponsor of the Boston Bruins for more than 20 years.

"It doesn't get any bigger than Dunkin' Donuts in Boston. They're an institution and I'm honored to work with them. It's even become part of my pre-game ritual. I drink a Dunkin' coffee before every game," said Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin. "Dunkin' Donuts' commitment to the community and their customers was very appealing to me, and I'm looking forward to giving Dunkin' and Bruins fans the opportunity to see me and my teammates at TD Garden through 'Caught Cold.'"

The new partnership is a fitting one for Dunkin’ Donuts, which has long been a supporter of countless youth sports and charity initiatives within the communities it serves. In 2001, Dunkin' Donuts launched the highly acclaimed Dunkin' Donuts "KidZone," a special seating section at TD Garden in which Dunkin' Donuts hosts children from charitable organizations at every Bruins and Celtics home game. Dunkin' Donuts has provided thousands of tickets to children throughout New England who might not otherwise have access to area sporting events.

"We're excited to have a rising young star like Tyler represent our brand," said Tom Manchester, Dunkin' Donuts director of sports marketing. "We've had a great, long-term partnership with the Bruins, and Tyler will be a great addition to that relationship, and play a significant role in helping us reward our loyal customers with the opportunity to experience Boston Bruins hockey through the 'Caught Cold' campaign."

Dunkin' Donuts recently announced that Boston Celtics All-Star guard Ray Allen will serve as a spokesperson and be fully integrated into “Caught Cold.” The company also recently unveiled its sponsorship renewal agreement with the 17-time World Champion Boston Celtics. The three-year extension, which will focus on community and promotional initiatives, will run through the 2012-13 NBA season.

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About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories, and the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for four years running. The company has more than 9,000 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2009, Dunkin' Donuts' global system-wide sales totaled $5.7 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bruins come back and beat Penguins

Shawn Thornton celebrates his goal
Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) celebrates his third-period goal with Matt Hudwick, left, Gregory Campbell, second from left, and Adam McQuaid (54) during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. The Bruins won 7-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Last night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins started bad for the Bruins who were definitely outplayed in the first period but managed to escape the first period with the score at 2-2. Mark Recchi scored his 1st goal of the season, a power-play goal. Brad Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the season.

In the second period Pittsburgh outplayed the Bruins again and that period ended with the Penguins leading 4-2. Kunitz and Crosby scoring for the Penguins.

In the third period though it was all Bruins. They scored five unanswered goals in the third as the Penguins fell apart. Goals by Nathan Horton (7th goal), Zdeno Chara (3rd goal), Shawn Thornton (3rd goal and the game winner), Blake Wheeler (2nd goal), and Milan Lucic (6th goal, empty net goal) put the game away.

Tim Thomas made 42 saves on 46 shots, staying undefeated this season now at 8-0-0, with a 1.39 GAA and a .959 save percentage.

Tonight the Bruins are playing the Montreal Canadiens in Boston. It should be a good game as Montreal is 2 points ahead of the Bruins in the division, but the Bruins have 3 games in hand.

Side note: Today Montreal traded purse stealer Ryan O'Byrne to Colorado.

The Bruins sent forward Jamie Arniel back to Providence (AHL).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bruins recall Jamie Arniel

Michael Ryder left today's practice with an undisclosed ailment. The Bruins have recalled forward Jamie Arniel on an emergency basis. In Providence (AHL), Arniel has 6 goals and 3 assists in 12 games this season. So if Ryder can't play tomorrow vs the Penguins look for Arniel to play in his first NHL game.

McGrattan clears waivers

Forward Brian McGrattan has cleared waivers with no one picking him up so he will be sent to Providence (AHL).

The Bruins play tomorrow at Pittsburgh. It should be a good game. Everyone needs to make sure they know when Matt Cooke is on the ice. I don't think anyone will go after Matt Cooke, for what happened last season with Marc Savard, but if he starts his crap someone needs to put him in his place. Hopefully Marc-Andre Fleury starts in net for the Penguins as he has struggled this season badly. Brent Johnson is playing much better right now. Kind of sounds like the Bruins goalies last season.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brian McGrattan put on waivers

Today the Bruins put tough guy forward Brian McGrattan on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence (AHL). If he goes unclaimed he will be sent to Providence (AHL). This is what Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had to say about the move:

"I felt it was time for him to go down there," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "Frankly, it [McGrattan's toughness] was something I thought we might have needed to start the year. I'm not saying we still won't need him. I spoke with him and there's a good chance he'll be back, but it was time to put him down and get him off the cap for one thing. We'll see where it goes from there."
Source

I'm hoping that no team picks McGrattan up, but I'm also not expecting any team to pick him up off waivers. Taking a look at teams around the league, some teams could use some muscle such as the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames (they lost Ivanans early in the season to a concussion and McGrattan played there last season but Tim Jackman is filling that void nicely), Carolina Hurricanes (they always need toughness but never get anyone), LA Kings (they're doing the "team toughness" thing the Bruins tried a few seasons ago), Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils (can't, no cap room), and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Krejci diagnosed with a concussion

Bad news for David Krejci, as he has been diagnosed with a concussion. Krejci will be out for at least a week, and he will continue to be evaluated by the Bruins medical team. It is said to not be a bad concussion, but a concussion is a concussion. I believe this is Krejci's second concussion, as his first was from his first NHL game when then Sabres Adam Mair nailed him with a late cheap hit. Look for Daniel Paille to get into the lineup this week.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bruins come back but lose in shootout

Bruins Mark Stuart skating off the ice
Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart skates off the ice as St. Louis Blues celebrate their 2-1 shootout win in a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
The St. Louis Blues gave the Bruins a tough night and it wasn't until the third period that the Bruins could get one by goalie Jaroslav Halak. Old friend Vladimir Sobotka scored in the first period to give the Blues the lead.

In the second period, things got more physical as there were two fights. First Andrew Ference instigated a fight with David Backes after Backes laid out Mark Recchi with a big clean hit. It was a good fight as Ference handled himself well against a bigger opponent. Later on in the second period, Mark Stuart stepped up and laid out Jay McClement and B.J. Crombeen challenged Stuart and they had an ok fight too. Crombeen didn't get the instigating penalty as Ference did earlier which was a little surprising.

Finally in the third period the Bruins were able to get one by Halak as Gregory Campbell scored his first goal as a Bruin.

The game went into overtime and although no scoring happened in overtime, the big story may be David Krejci getting nailed into the boards by T.J. Oshie hard. Krejci stayed down and they stopped play as the Bruins trainer went to check on him. There was some blood on the ice. Hopefully it was just a bloody nose or a broken nose, but on the replay it did look like Krejci may have reached for his shoulder but I could be wrong. Hopefully it's not a shoulder or head injury and just his nose that was hurt from the hit.

The game then went to a shootout. T.J. Oshie scored, then Tyler Seguin scored a beautiful goal deking Halak and scoring on a backhander. Ex-Bruin Brad Boyes scored the winner as Michael Ryder didn't score on his chance, he actually hit the post, as many Bruins hit the posts during the game. So the Bruins lose 2-1 in the shootout tonight.

Tuukka Rask played well, making 34 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 0-3-1, with a .921 save percentage, and a 2.66 GAA.

The Bruins next play on Wednesday at the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bruins beat struggling Sabres

Patrice Bergeron scores a shorthanded goal
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins (C) scores a first period shorthanded goal against the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena on November 3, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Bruins continued their hot streak last night beating the struggling Buffalo Sabres 5-2. The Bruins played well the first two periods capitalizing on some Sabres mistakes and just outplaying them. In the third period though it seemed they sat back and the Sabres tried to come back but they didn't have enough to come back from the hole they were in. Tim Thomas was in net for the Bruins and made 33 saves on 35 shots to get his 7th win this season. Thomas is now 7-0-0, with a .977 save percentage, and a 0.72 GAA.

In the first period, Brad Marchand scored his 1st NHL goal on a shorthanded breakaway. Thank you Tim Connolly for that pass to no one which created the breakaway for Marchand. On another penalty kill, Patrice Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal (his 2nd goal of the season) by outworking the Sabres, even being outnumbered in the Sabres zone. Two minutes later Blake Wheeler finally got his 1st goal of the season from a nice feed from Michael Ryder from behind the net.

In the second period, Michael Ryder scored his 3rd goal of the season.

In the third period, Milan Lucic added an empty net goal to put away the Sabres, his 5th goal of the season.

Some notes from the game:
Punk of the game goes to... I want to say Patrick Kaleta just because he is a punk but it goes to Tyler Myers for glove punching Mark Recchi in the head with the stick in his hand in the second period. Recchi went down from the cheapshot and Myers got called for a roughing penalty. Recchi got up and skated down the ice and took a whack at Myers. Surprisingly, Recchi didn't get called for a retaliation penalty. Myers, looking like Wideman last night with those bad turnovers, even though you're having a bad second year, there's no reason for that cheapshot.

Congrats to Brad Marchand for his first NHL goal. He's been playing much better the past two games. He just needs to continue to stay out of the box.

Props for Milan Lucic for giving Patrick Kaleta a gloved punch during a scrum, which made Kaleta's visor cut his own face. If you're going to play that way and wear a visor that's what you deserve. Kaleta was taking runs at Bruins the whole game, luckily they saw him coming and were able to side-step and avoid his charges.

Kaleta's charges at Bruins is what prompted Mark Stuart to go after him in the second period and of course Kaleta does his best at diving and Cody McCormick came in and fought Stuart.

The Sabres are good at diving and drawing penalties. Although I didn't see Derek Roy dive once which is a surprise.

The Sabres are possibly the softest team in the Eastern Conference.

I was curious to see if Zdeno Chara and Paul Gaustad would continue their little rivalry from last years playoffs but nothing happened between those two.

Looking ahead:
The Bruins next game is on Friday at the Washington Capitals. The Bruins are currently 2nd in the division, 1 point behind the Montreal Canadiens, with 3 games in hand.

Monday, November 1, 2010

McGrattan talks about Neil fighting Seidenberg

It's good to hear the comments by Brian McGrattan on Chris Neil's actions Saturday night when he basically forced non-fighter Dennis Seidenberg to fight him. Neil is known for this type of stuff. I'm hoping the next time these two teams meet someone takes care of Neil. Or maybe someone should grab Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and start pounding his ass, but that's not the Bruins, they don't have any cheap players like that, like Neil is. Here are McGrattan's comments about the incident:

"I heard about it," McGrattan said of Neil's actions. "That's typical Chris Neil. I had to protect that guy for three years when I was there. He'd do that and I'd have to fight all his battles for him the next time we'd play a team after he'd do something stupid like that. It doesn't surprise me."

"That's the way he does it," McGrattan said. "He'll do something where he knows he'll get kicked out of the game and won't have to come back and fight anybody. I've been around him long enough to know he does that. Then I'm the one who usually has to fight his battles the next time. It's typical."
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I'm hoping McGrattan is dressed the next time the Bruins play the Senators. But even if he is, I doubt Neil will actually drop the gloves with McGrattan. If you haven't seen the fight you can watch it below.

Dennis Seidenberg vs Chris Neil