Friday, December 31, 2010

Thrashers beat Bruins in shootout

As with a lot of games that are hyped up to be physical and possibly full of fights for revenge, usually nothing happens and that's exactly what happened in Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Thrashers. The only dust-up that happened was between Daniel Paille and Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien came in late and with an elbow at Paille in front of the Thrashers goalie after a save and Paille didn't like it so he pushed back. Byfuglien dropped the gloves as did Paille but both fell to the ice in an awkward position. Besides that, there were some hits but it was mainly a tame game. The game was filled with questionable penalties on both sides, which led to two Atlanta power-play goals. For the Thrashers, Freddy Meyer and Evander Kane were out of the lineup. For the Bruins, Gregory Campbell was out with the flu.

Now to the scoring. After the first period it was 1-1. Patrice Bergeron scored on a backhander, his 8th goal of the season. In the second period, both teams scored a goal each. Blake Wheeler scored his 9th goal of the season. No scoring happened in the third period as the game would go into overtime 2-2, and then the shootout. In the shootout Tyler Seguin and Wheeler were both stopped and both Thrashers shooters scored to win the game 3-2.

The Bruins played well in this game and outplayed the Thrashers in the third period, but Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec played great in net.

Some notes about the game:
Seguin only had 6:30 of ice time in the game. He was hit hard and was slow getting up and skated to the bench. Hopefully he is ok, but he looked a little dazed after the hit. Please no more concussions. In the shootout, Seguin tried his deke and go to the backhand move again and Pavelec was ready for it.

Wheeler tried his lose the puck and hopefully get it back and shoot it in the net move, like he did in Florida, but it didn't work tonight.

Brad Marchand skated on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi and that line looked good.

Tim Thomas allowed both shooters in the shootout to score on him. The first one looked to beat him glove side and the second beat him five-hole. I would expect Tuukka Rask to get the start against the Sabres on Saturday. Thomas may need a rest, as I believe I read somewhere that he said he felt tired in the last game.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recchi's power-play goal with 20 seconds left in game wins it

Brad Marchand and his teammates celebrate his goal
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates with teammates, including Gregory Campbell (11) and Shawn Thornton (22), after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
With Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos in the box on a controversial boarding call, the ageless wonder Mark Recchi scored a power-play goal with 20 seconds left in the third period to give the Bruins the 4-3 lead. That goal would be the game winner and the Bruins would get the two points from the game.

The first three Bruins goals came from Michael Ryder (his 11th goal of the season, a power-play goal), Steve Kampfer (his 1st NHL goal), and Brad Marchand (his 5th goal of the season). Marchand returned to the lineup and besides scoring a goal, he also drew a few penalties.

Coach Claude Julien benched Marc Savard and Nathan Horton for some of the third period as both players weren't playing well. Julien put Recchi and Patrice Bergeron with Milan Lucic, which meant Tyler Seguin found himself on the bench as well for some of the third period.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 31 saves on 34 shots. Thomas is now 18-4-3, with a 1.73 GAA, and a .947 save percentage.

The Bruins are currently in first place in the Northeast division (2 points ahead of Montreal with 2 games in hand) with a 20-11-4 record. In their division, the Bruins lead in goals scored and have the lowest goals against. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Atlanta Thrashers.

The next three games are all rivalry games, Atlanta on Thursday, Buffalo on Saturday, and Toronto on Monday (all road games for the Bruins). We all remember what happened in the last meeting between the Bruins and Thrashers. We're all expecting something to happen and usually when we do, nothing happens. In the last meeting the Bruins had with the Sabres, at the end of the game Zdeno Chara and Ryan Miller got into it and then Paul Gaustad came in with his stick (similar to last year in the playoffs) and not his fists. Will Gaustad finally grow a pair and take on Chara rather than use his stick all the time? Probably not. And then on Monday the Bruins-Maple Leafs matchup which is always interesting. These games should be exciting and should be rough physical games.

Bruins beat Panthers in shootout

Blake Wheeler scores the game winner in a shootout
Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen is unable to block a shot by Boston Bruins' Blake Wheeler (26) during the shootout of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Blake Wheeler scored the only goal that was needed in the shootout to beat the Florida Panthers as Tim Thomas stopped all three chances against him. After an uneventful first period, the second period brought some scoring with the Panthers scoring two goals and the Bruins scoring one, David Krejci scoring his 7th goal of the season on a beautiful play.

In the third period, David Krejci scored his second goal of the game, his 8th goal of the season to tie the game. The game would go into overtime and then the shootout and end 3-2 Bruins.

Tim Thomas made 32 saves on 34 shots and is now 17-4-3, with a 1.68 GAA and a .949 save percentage.

The Bruins next play tomorrow at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 pm EST.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lucic fined, not suspended

Today it was announced that Milan Lucic will only be fined and not suspended for his punch on Freddy Meyer in the game against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 23rd. This makes sense, as Scott Walker wasn't suspended when he sucker punched Aaron Ward a few seasons back.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding the NHL's disciplinary hearing with forward Milan Lucic:

"The NHL has informed us that Milan will not be suspended as a result of the match penalty assessed to him during our game against the Thrashers last Thursday. He will be fined $2,500 for the punch thrown in the scrum and $1,000 for making an obscene gesture directed at the Thrashers bench. He will join the team on the flight to Florida and be available for Monday’s game against the Panthers."

The match penalty was assessed to Lucic at 15:54 of the third period in the Bruins/Thrashers game on Thursday, December 23. The hearing was held via teleconference on Sunday, December 26.

Lucic and the rest of the Bruins will travel to Sunrise, FL on Sunday for their five-game road trip through Sunrise, Tampa, Atlanta, Buffalo and Toronto.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bruins beat Thrashers 4-1

Tonight's game started with a bang, with Shawn Thornton and Eric Boulton dropping the gloves and having a good even fight. It got the crowd and players going as they scored first with Patrice Bergeron scoring his 7th goal of the season, a shorthanded goal on a breakaway. In the second period, it was an ok period but not much physical play but the Bruins managed to score twice and the Thrashers scored to make it 3-1 by the end of the second period. Michael Ryder (his 10th goal) and Shawn Thornton (his 6th goal) put the goals up for the Bruins.

Boston Bruins-Atlanta Thrashers line brawl
Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

In the third period, things got wild with a full line brawl. Thrashers Freddy Meyer hit Milan Lucic with somewhat of a high hit that Lucic nor any Bruin player liked. To me it looked like a clean hit but the players on the ice thought different. Andrew Ference came in and went after Meyer as did Lucic and then everyone joined in. Lucic managed to throw a punch at Meyer when things got a little more calm and Meyer did his Kaleta impression and dropping to the ice. Nathan Horton and Evander Kane squared off as the entertaining main bout where both threw punches with Horton getting the better against Kane and his visor. Marc Savard and Bryan Little paired off and Little threw quite a few punches at Savard who recently returned from concussion issues. Hopefully Savard is ok as he's not a fighter by any means. I'm not sure how Ference ended up bloody, something must have happened in the pile up. After looking at the video again, in the video below, at the 0:49-0:50 mark you see Anthony Stewart throws a sneaky punch at Ference which lands at the place where he was cut at so I think that unsuspecting punch cut Ference open. Lucic did receive a match penalty so he may get some form of discipline from the punch he threw at Meyer. Lots of people are saying that the punch Lucic threw was a cheapshot, well you know what, I say it is what Meyer deserved. You could also easily say the punch Stewart threw at Ference was cheap. Video of the line brawl below.


Some quotes from Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference after the game about the Meyer hit that started the line brawl:

"It was a high hit and I was bleeding from the lip after a hit like that," Lucic said. "It was the second time that he hit me late and he hit me cheap."

"You can't give a guy a free pass too many times, but I'm happy that we stuck together as a group and as a team."

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"I was following right behind him, so I had a really good view of it," Ference said. "The guy just put his stick and his hands right on Lucic's head; it was a high hit no question about it."

"I was right behind him and I saw it really clearly. It wasn't a clean hit at all. We have a team that's committed to each other, so if something goes down like that, the closest guy will come to your aid."

Even Claude Julien thought the hit was dirty:

"Nobody saw that coming until that dirty hit, and that was a dirty hit," he said. "I've looked at it again, and it's a cheap hit."

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Later in the third period, Shawn Thornton scored his 2nd goal of the game (his 7th goal of the season). The Bruins tried to feed Thornton the puck at the end of the game and he managed to hit the post. Great game by Thornton, first setting the tone with a big fight with Boulton off the opening faceoff and then two nice goals.

So the Bruins beat the Thrashers 4-1. Good game by the Bruins but I wanted to see more physical play, more hitting. The line brawl was good to see and hopefully that sparks something in them to play more physical. When they do play physical they can be unstoppable. The Bruins play the Thrashers again next week on Thursday at Atlanta. It should be a good one.

Tim Thomas was in net and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Thomas is now 16-4-3, with a 1.67 GAA, and a .949 save percentage.

The Bruins next game is next Monday at the Florida Panthers.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ducks shut Bruins out 3-0

Another game with not much emotion and physical play equals another loss for the Bruins as they lost 3-0 last night to the Anaheim Ducks. The Bruins home record is now 8-6-3. The Bruins managed to get 45 shots on net as Anaheim has been giving up lots of shots all season long but they were unable to get one behind Jonas Hiller.

Tim Thomas was in goal and made 22 saves on 25 shots. Thomas is now 15-4-3, with a 1.70 GAA, and a .948 save percentage.

The Bruins (38 points in 32 games) remain in second place in the Northeast division behind Montreal (40 points in 33 games).

The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Atlanta Thrashers in Boston.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bruins survive and beat Capitals

As NESN's Jack Edwards said at the end of the game, the Bruins had a backwards type of game where they started the game strong and ended it bad. If it wasn't for Tim Thomas the Capitals would have won Saturday night's game. But Thomas came up big, making 39 saves on 41 shots and the Bruins won 3-2. The Bruins scored their three goals all in the first period. Patrice Bergeron scored his 6th goal, Andrew Ference scored his 1st goal, and Blake Wheeler scored his 8th goal. The Bruins managed to survive the third period as the Capitals completely outplayed them. The Capitals had 26 shots alone in the third period, that's how bad it was.

Brad Marchand did not finish the game and is day-to-day. Tim Thomas is now 15-3-3, with a 1.65 GAA, and a .951 save percentage. Adam McQuaid got into a good fight against Capitals Matt Bradley. Another decision for McQuaid, who is gaining a reputation around the league as one tough guy.

The Bruins next game is on Monday against the Anaheim Ducks in Boston.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Krejci says what all Bruins fans think of Montreal

Here are some quotes from David Krejci after last night's game against Montreal. All Bruins fans know this and say it whenever we play them, but it's good to hear a player finally say it.

"That's all they do, these little things, for the ref it's hard to see," said Krejci after the Habs' 4-3 win. "These little guys, they just play like that — little elbows and everything, and it's hard for the ref to see. I just didn't like the way they do it, and I didn't like when they do it on me, so that’s what happened."

Krejci looked to land one or two blows, and Cammalleri was seen with a bloody nose afterward.

"I felt like I got him a couple of times pretty good," said Krejci. "You guys like to talk to me about this fight. I did it. I don't know the next time I'll do it again. It just happened."
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Bad first period beats Bruins

David Krejci vs Michael Cammalleri
Montreal Canadiens' Michael Cammalleri, top, fights with Boston Bruins' David Krejci (46) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Canada on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Graham Hughes)
Another bad start by the Bruins and another loss because of it. By the end of the first period, it was 3-1 and Montreal was skating around with space and doing whatever they wanted. But before I go into details about the game let me just say that this game tonight, now that was hockey. Not that stuff I watched last night with the Bruins vs the Sabres. This game vs Montreal had everything... passion, trash talking, hitting, scoring, fighting, defense, offense, and great saves by the goalies. That is hockey.

It started off with Shawn Thornton challenging the always talking, smiling, and gloves taped on Maxim Lapierre. 1:04 into the game Michael Cammalleri scored on a penalty shot because of a weak call by the ref. As Mike Milbury said during the first intermission on CBC, you can't even touch them anyone, it's the whimpification of hockey. Later, Maxim Lapierre scored to make it 2-0 Montreal. Later in the period, Blake Wheeler scored his 7th goal of the season to make it 2-1.

Then came P.K. Subban and his huge hit on Brad Marchand. Gregory Campbell came over to Subban and challenged him but it looked as if Subban slew footed Campbell (at least that was the word the commentators said during intermission about what the Bruins thought of that incident). Subban of course kept his gloves on, he must be taking notes from Lapierre. As Mike Milbury and P.J. Stock both said during intermission, I don't know how you can respect both Lapierre or Subban for what they do and not back it up, it must be hard having them as teammates. Montreal made it 3-1 late in the first period.

P.K. Subban does his impression of Rob Blake with his "behind" check on Brad Marchand
In the second period, the Bruins picked up their game and brought energy and emotion. Marc Savard scored his 1st goal since coming back this season on a beautiful redirection tip in from Andrew Ference, to make it 3-2. Later in the period, David Krejci and Cammalleri got into a fight and both looked like they landed a few. After the fight, both had cuts on their foreheads/above the eye area. Cammalleri was bleeding quite a bit that he had to go to the dressing room. I would give that fight a draw. Later, Brian Gionta would score to make it 4-2 Montreal. Even though that was officially David Krejci first NHL fighting major, he did drop the gloves in the 2008-09 season against Rangers Chris Drury, but they only received double minors.

In the third period, Johnny Boychuk layed out Benoit Pouliot with a huge hit as he stepped up and sent Pouliot flying and down to the ice. Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal, his 16th goal of the season as the puck somehow went into the net off of his body as he screened Carey Price. Price, as Ryan Miller did last week when Mark Recchi scored on him, complained to the ref about interference but there was none. The game would end 4-3 Montreal.

In my opinion, even though the Bruins lost, this was possibly the most entertaining game of the season for the Bruins. You could feel the rivalry, it did feel somewhat of a playoff game. It was good to see Tyler Seguin back in the lineup, who recorded an assist in the game.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 37 saves on 41 shots. Thomas is now 14-3-3, with a 1.63 GAA, and a .951 save percentage. Montreal led in shots 41-37 and led in faceoff wins 32-28.

The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the struggling Washington Capitals.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sabres beat Bruins 3-2

I know I'm late on this but here's a quick recap on yesterday's Bruins game against the Buffalo Sabres. The first period ended tied 1-1, with David Krejci scoring his 5th goal of the season. In the third period, Michael Ryder scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead. Then Drew Stafford finished his hat trick scoring twice in the third period to give the 3-2 lead to the Sabres. The game ended 3-2 and with some bad blood. Goalie Ryan Miller was upset that Zdeno Chara was trying to screen him so he gave Chara a shot, so Chara responded with a push. Then things broke out as Chara tried protecting himself from at least three different players throwing gloved punches and whatever they could at Chara. Players started pairing off but no fists went flying. Marc Savard even came to the rescue tackling someone down to the ice.

To me the game seemed very similar to last week's game against the Sabres where the game seemed slow and not much energy and passion was in the game, until the very end that is.

Tuukka Rask again gets no offensive support and falls to 2-7-1, with a 2.57 GAA, and a .927 save percentage.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Flyers beat Bruins in overtime

Yesterday the Bruins came back in the third period with a goal from Nathan Horton (his 11th goal of the season) against the Flyers which tied the game 1-1. The game would go into overtime where Flyers captain Mike Richards would score with three seconds left in the overtime period to give the Flyers the two points.

Adam McQuaid was hit/pushed from behind on an icing play by enforcer Jody Shelley, which got Shelley a 5-minute major and game misconduct. Expect him to be suspended by the NHL. McQuaid returned a few minutes later and was able to finish the game. Luckily he seems ok from the hit. What is it with the Flyers and making cheap hits against Bruins players on the boards, such as Randy Jones on Patrice Bergeron and Scott Hartnell on Andrew Alberts and now Shelley on McQuaid?

Tim Thomas made 31 saves on 33 shots and is now 14-2-3, with a 1.51 GAA, and a .954 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-33, and in faceoff wins 36-26.

The Bruins next game is on Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Marco Sturm officially traded to Kings

NESN is reporting that the Bruins have traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations, pending a physical. (source: NESN.com)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bruins beat Islanders 5-2

Last night the Bruins beat the New York Islanders by the score 5-2 but it was a much closer game than what the score says. In the first period, Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal, his 14th of the season. In the second period, the Bruins let up and the Islanders came back into the game. Rookie Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal off a Rick DiPietro turnover, his 4th goal of the season. In the third period, Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal, his 8th goal of the season to make it 3-1 Bruins. The Islanders made it 3-2 but then the Bruins scored two empty net goals to finish the game, with Lucic (his 15th goal of the season) and Patrice Bergeron (his 5th goal of the season) getting the freebies.

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 33 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 2-6-1, with a 2.51 GAA, and a .928 save percentage.

The Bruins and Islanders both had 35 shots on goal apiece. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 37-25.

The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bruins make 2 minor trades

Today the Bruins made two minor trades that will only affect the Providence Bruins lineup. The Bruins traded center Levi Nelson to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Juraj Simek. In the second trade, the Bruins traded left wing Jeff LoVecchio and right wing Jordan Knackstedt to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a conditional 2011 seventh-round pick.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mark Stuart out for 4-6 weeks

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement on defenseman Mark Stuart, who will be out of the Bruins lineup for 4-6 weeks after being injured in yesterday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Mark sustained a fracture to the 4th metacarpal of his right hand (ring finger) and dislocated his 4th metacarpal phlangeal joint. He was evaluated by Dr. Matt Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks.
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Bruins recall Steven Kampfer

Today the Bruins have announced that they've recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis (source). So if Mark Stuart can't play on Thursday against the New York Islanders look for Kampfer to make his NHL debut.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thomas again saves Bruins and win in overtime

Mark Recchi tips the puck into the net past Ryan Miller to win the game in overtime
Boston Bruins right wing Mark Recchi, left, tips the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, right, to score the game-winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. The Bruins beat the Sabres 3-2.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tonight was a weird night with a few weird goals. The Sabres came out strong controlling most of the play in the first period and keeping the Bruins in their defensive zone. The Bruins did manage to score first with Milan Lucic scoring his 13th goal of the season. Lucic somehow managed to get the puck in the net short side on Miller and it barely crossed the goal line for a goal. Not too long after the goal, ex-Bruin Steve Montador went after Johnny Boychuk for a hit he layed on Jason Pominville (who came back from a concussion not too long ago) and they dropped the gloves. Montador did his usual wrestling tie up move while Boychuk tried to get free to swing away, and eventually Boychuk was able to get in some good uppercuts on Montador. If you're Montador, I know you want to stick up for your teammate, but why drop the gloves and wrestle and not throw punches? Wrestling with someone's jersey I don't think will inspire your teammates.

In the second period, the Sabres came back to tie it up 1-1 with Luke Adam scoring his 1st NHL goal. Doesn't it seem that lots of players score their 1st NHL goal against the Bruins or is it just me?

In the third period, Bruins killer Thomas Vanek scored from behind the net as he threw the puck at the net and it somehow bounced in between Thomas' armpit area, another weird goal. Later in the third period, Christmas came early for Nathan Horton as Mike Weber personally gift wrapped and sent a puck right on the tape of Horton's stick in front of Ryan Miller and Horton fired it into the net to tie the game, his 10th goal of the season.

The game went into overtime. 1:46 into OT Marc Savard was high sticked and Sabres Luke Adam got a double minor high-sticking penalty. During the power-play Dennis Seidenberg took a shot from the point and Mark Recchi tipped it into the net. Everyone heard the ding as it happened quickly but the referee didn't call it a goal. When play finally stopped they reviewed it and they deemed it a goal as the puck was definitely tipped into the net by Recchi. That was Recchi's 6th goal of the season.

Tim Thomas was again the Bruins best player tonight. He made another highlight save, this time robbing Thomas Vanek point blank. Thomas is now 14-2-2, with a 1.49 GAA, and a .955 save percentage. The Bruins led the game in shots 36-30. The Bruins also led in faceoff wins 31-25.

The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the struggling New York Islanders.

Some notes about tonight's game:
-The Bruins had another slow start despite scoring first.

-The Bruins hitting game wasn't there for much of the game. The game seemed slow and uneventful to me until overtime kicked in.

-Johnny Boychuk's fight was the first fight for him this season.

-Defenseman Mark Stuart didn't come back to the game after the first period. After the game, Claude Julien said that Stuart suffered an upper body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

-Tonight's game was Dennis Seidenberg's 400th career NHL game.

-Sabres goalie Ryan Miller complained to the referees about the overtime winner, as he thought Mark Recchi interfered with him somehow even though no one else saw it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Jordan Caron sent to Providence

On Monday the Bruins assigned rookie Jordan Caron to Providence (AHL). Caron played in 20 games, scoring 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points, +4, 6 PIMs, 1 game winning goal, and had 27 shots on net. Caron was a healthy scratch for the last two games. Look for Daniel Paille to take his spot in the lineup. Is this just a temporary thing, for Caron to get big minutes down in Providence as a top 6 player rather than being on the 4th line with the Bruins? Maybe it's showcasing whatever you can of Paille for some kind of trade? We'll see what happens next with the Bruins.

Tomorrow the Bruins play the Buffalo Sabres. It should be a good one. The Bruins have got to be ready for the Sabres as they've been playing well their last few games.

HNIC interview with Marc Savard

Before Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Elliotte Friedman of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada sat down with Marc Savard and asked him a few questions. It's a good interview, check it out below.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kessel finally hurts Bruins

The Bruins had another slow start despite scoring first in Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and it seemed to continue throughout the game. They didn't appear to be as fast as they looked on Thursday against the Lightning. In the first period, Nathan Horton scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Bruins the lead, but later Toronto tied it up in the period. In the third period, Gregory Campbell scored his 3rd goal of the season to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead and Tim Thomas made the save of the season robbing Francois Beauchemin of a goal. With forty-two seconds left in the third period, Kris Versteeg scored on the power-play to tie the game 2-2 and send it into overtime.

The game went to a shootout where Kadri scored on a beautiful backhander, Seguin scored on a beautiful backhander as well, then Phil Kessel finally got to the Bruins has he scored a goal as Thomas made the save but his momentum made him slide back into the net. Crap goal but it counted. Michael Ryder then hit the post to end it. I still can't figure out why Ryder was chosen to go then. Remember the last time he had a shootout try he also hit the post which ended the shootout. I would have rather wanted Patrice Bergeron or Nathan Horton taking that next opportunity instead of Ryder. I personally thought that the Bruins needed to pick up their hitting game as it seemed the Leafs were running around hitting every Bruin they could.

Tim Thomas made 38 saves on 40 shots. He is now 13-2-2 this season, with a 1.46 GAA, and a .956 save percentage. The Bruins were out-shot 40-27. Faceoffs were even at 27-27 apiece. The Bruins power-play looked awful as they could barely set up in the offensive zone, going 0 for 2. Props to Shawn Thornton for taking on the bigger but younger Jay Rosehill in the first period as Rosehill was running around laying out Adam McQuaid and Gregory Campbell with big hits. Thornton gave Rosehill some red marks on his face, decision to Thornton in that one, I'll post it in the videos section soon.

The Bruins next game is on Tuesday against the hot Buffalo Sabres, in Boston at 7:30pm EST.

One of the best saves of the season: Tim Thomas robbing Francois Beauchemin

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bruins offense explodes against Lightning

Tim Thomas gives Martin St. Louis a facewash with his glove
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, covers the face of Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, right, after making a save during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
After the big 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers last night, the Bruins carried the momentum into tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and with the return of Marc Savard the Bruins beat the Lightning 8-1. Savard had 15:45 of ice time, with 0 points and 1 shot on goal. After the game Savard said, "It was great to be back. The fans were fantastic. I got a little emotional there. It was kind of tough to go out on that [first] shift." (source: NESN.com)

In the first period, David Krejci opened the scoring up, scoring his 3rd goal of the season. Later in the first period, Dennis Seidenberg got his 1st goal of the season as he shot the puck on net from the blue line as he reached it, Lightning goalie Mike Smith anticipated that he would just throw it around the boards and got caught cheating.

In the second period, Milan Lucic scored his team-leading 12th goal. Later in the second period, Shawn Thornton scored his 5th goal of the season off another mistake by goalie Mike Smith, as Smith and a Lightning defenseman weren't too sure what to do with the puck as it was loose in front of the net and Thornton came in hard and jammed it in the net.

In the third period, David Krejci scored just 34 seconds into the period, his 4th goal of the season. Also in the third period, Michael Ryder scored his 7th goal of the season, Mark Recchi scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal. And Blake Wheeler finished the scoring, by getting his 6th goal of the season.

Tim Thomas got the win, making 37 saves on 38 shots. Thomas is now 13-2-1, with a 1.44 GAA, and a .956 save percentage.

The Bruins were outshot 38-32 in the game and led in faceoff wins 34-27.

The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chiarelli statement about Marco Sturm

Well it seems Marco Sturm is still a member of the Boston Bruins and he may not be getting traded to LA. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released the below statement:

"I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team."
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So either this means that there was never a trade in place or there was one but it fell apart, maybe Sturm failed some kind of test. Who knows, the trade may happen tomorrow. I'll let you know if I hear anything else about this.

Report: Marco Sturm traded to LA Kings

TSN is reporting that the Bruins have traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional draft pick.

Sturm, 32, agreed to the deal by waiving his no-trade clause. He has not played this year after having off-season ACL and MCL knee surgery, but returned to practice with the Bruins this week. He is currently two-to-three weeks away from returning to game action.

Sturm is an unrestricted free agent at end of this season, and carries a cap hit of $3.5 million.

The winger returns to California, where he began his career with the San Jose Sharks and played his first seven seasons before being dealt to Boston as part of the Joe Thornton trade in 2005.
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