Monday, February 28, 2011

Bruins acquire goalie Anton Khudobin

The only move that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made today at the deadline was a minor one. The Bruins acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent (RFA) rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen.

Khudobin, a 5'11", 203-lb native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, has appeared in 34 games for the AHL's Houston Aeros, with a 19-12-1 record, a GAA of 2.58 and a .911 save percentage. The 24-year-old has played in four NHL games this season with Minnesota, having a record of 2-1-0, a 1.59 GAA and a save percentage of .940. He recorded his first career NHL shutout when he made 32 saves in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on January 16. He has one shutout this year for Houston.

Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Khudobin has appeared in six career NHL games, all with Minnesota. He has a 4-1-0 record, a 1.39 GAA and a .955 save percentage with one shutout.
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Not the Seguin-Hall show as Bruins beat Oilers

Sunday night the Bruins played at the Edmonton Oilers and won 3-2. A lot were saying it would be Tyler Seguin vs Taylor Hall but it didn't turn out that way. Hall had 0 points, was a -2, with 2 PIMs, and 0 shots in almost 20 minutes of ice time. Seguin played only 9:32, had 0 points, was a -1, and had 2 shots.

In the first period, Michael Ryder (17th goal) and Nathan Horton (17th goal) scored to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, Rich Peverley scored his first goal as a Bruin, his 15th goal of the season.

The Oilers would score a goal in the third period but couldn't tie the game up. The game ended 3-2 Bruins.

Tuukka Rask was in net and made 15 saves on 17 shots. Rask is now 8-11-1, with a 2.80 GAA, and a .917 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-17 and faceoff wins 34-25. The Oilers led the game in hits 37-24. Both teams had 14 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday at the Ottawa Senators.

Bruins make minor trade

On Sunday the Bruins made a minor trade, trading forward tough guy Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman to the Anaheim Ducks for forwards David Lailberte and Stefan Chaput. Laliberte and Chaput will both go to Providence (AHL).

I'm disappointed we didn't get to see McGrattan up with the Bruins during the season, but he wasn't really needed. From this trade the Bruins are giving away lots of size and getting smaller players. Just from looking at the stats, it looks like the players the Bruins received will mainly be AHL players.

Laliberte, a 6'1", 198-lb native of St. Liboire, Quebec, has 8-10=18 totals and 52 PIM in 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch and Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

The 22-year-old Chaput has 3-7=10 totals and 15 PIM in 47 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and Charlotte Checkers. The 6'0", 192-lb native of Montreal, Quebec, has yet to appear in an NHL game.

McGrattan, 29, has 4-1=5 totals and 97 PIM in 39 games with Providence (AHL) this season.

The 6'3", 205-lb Zimmerman has 0-4=4 totals and 23 PIM in 30 games with Providence and Rochester (AHL) this season.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bruins sign Shane Hnidy

Before yesterday's game it was announced that the Bruins have signed veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy to a one-year contract.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed per club policy.

"I'm very excited," Hnidy said, postgame. "I think right when I got here and even before that, Boston is the dream place I wanted to go back to and here I am."

Hnidy has been with the team in Vancouver since Wed., Feb. 23, but did not play in Saturday night’s game against the Canucks as he is not yet cleared by the Bruins medical staff.

"I knew there was going to be a bunch of steps and the first one was coming out and skating," Hnidy said. "The next one was to hopefully sign and now I just have to move forward...and get my health and everything where it needs to be so I can be in whatever role is needed on this team."
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Lucic has big night back in hometown

Last night the Bruins played in Vancouver and beat the Canucks 3-1. Milan Lucic had a big night returning to his hometown, scoring the game winning goal, recorded 2 assists, was a +3, and took 3 shots.

In the second period, with the Bruins down 1-0 to the Canucks, Nathan Horton scored his 16th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, Lucic scored his 27th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. With 1:13 left in the game, Patrice Bergeron added an empty net goal to make it a 3-1 lead.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 27 saves on 28 shots. Thomas is now 28-8-6, with a 1.97 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Canucks led the game in shots 28-24, faceoff wins 31-24, hits 32-22. Both teams had 23 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is tonight at 8pm EST at the Edmonton Oilers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lucic scores twice, Bruins beat Flames

Mikka Kiprusoff making a save and Milan Lucic looking for a rebound
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, right, looks for a rebound from Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, from Finland, during second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
Milan Lucic always seems to love playing against Canadian teams in Canada and he showed it tonight, scoring two goals, being a +2, having 4 shots on net, and had a game high 5 hits. His second goal, an empty netter, put the game away to give the Bruins a 3-1 win. But if it wasn't for Tim Thomas in the third period the Flames would have tied it up.

For the scoring, in the first period, Lucic scored his 25th goal of the season. In the third period, Brad Marchand scored his 19th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Flames Curtis Glencross scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1. Lucic got the empty netter, his 26th goal of the season, with 47 seconds left in the game.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 28 saves on 29 shots. Thomas is now 27-8-6, with a 1.99 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Flames led the game in shots 29-28. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 29-23 and in hits 15-14. Both teams had 20 blocked shots.

Some notes from the game
Rich Peverley played in his first game as a Bruin, wearing #49, and looked good on a line with Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly.

Tyler Seguin looked good out there, with 3 shots on net, even with only 10:26 of ice time.

Zdeno Chara had 22:48 of ice time and Tomas Kaberle had 22:51 of ice time. Dennis Seidenberg had 22:23 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Vancouver Canucks.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bruins beat Senators 4-2

Tomas Kaberle in a Bruins uniform in warmups
OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 18: Tomas Kaberle #12 of the Boston Bruins skates in warmup before a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on February 18, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Earlier yesterday, the Bruins made two big trades which brought Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley, and Boris Valabik to the Bruins. Then later Friday night they played against the struggling Ottawa Senators. Kaberle and Chris Kelly made their Bruins debut in a 4-2 Bruins win. Despite at times looking asleep, the Bruins were tied 1-1 going into the third period. In the third period they exploded with three goals to put away the Senators.

In the second period, Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season.

In the third period, Nathan Horton scored his 15th goal of the season. Dennis Seidenberg scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal. Marchand scored his second goal of the game, his 18th goal of the season.

Tuukka Rask played again in net and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Rask is now 7-11-1, with a 2.85 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

The Senators led the game in shots 34-33, led in faceoff wins 34-29, led in hits 28-18. Both teams had 14 blocked shots. The Bruins went 1 for 5 on the power-play.

Some notes from the game
Kaberle wore #12 and Kelly wore #23 for their new team.

Kaberle was a -1, with 1 blocked shot, 2 hits, and 0 shots in 19:34 of ice time. Kaberle was on a defense pair with Seidenberg. He was on the power-play with Zdeno Chara at the point.

Kelly went 4-5 in faceoffs, had 2 PIMs, 1 blocked shot, and 1 hit in 15:09 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday, February 22nd at the Calgary Flames.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bruins acquire Tomas Kaberle from Toronto

It's now official, Tomas Kaberle is a member of the Boston Bruins.

Today the Bruins traded prospect center Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first round pick in 2011 and a conditional second round draft pick to Toronto for Kaberle.

The Bruins will be on the hook for the remainder of Kaberle's $4.25 million contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Colborne, 21, was Boston's first-round selection (16th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and is currently playing in his first professional season. He is third in goals with 12 for AHL's Providence Bruins and tied for third in team scoring this season with 26 points. The Calgary, Alberta native spent two years at the University of Denver and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2008-09.
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Kaberle should help the offense, especially the power-play for the Bruins but I feel he doesn't put the Bruins over the top. I also think that what the Bruins gave up to get him is a big price for an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Bruins trade Wheeler and Stuart for Peverley and Valabik

TSN is reporting that the Bruins have traded Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler to the Atlanta Thrashers for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. Peverley has 14 goals in 59 games this season. Valabik hasn't played this season due to an injury, because he's playing in the AHL right now (49 games, 0 goals, 9 assists, and 165 PIMs). Imagine if Zdeno Chara and 6'7" Valabik played as a pair on defense? That's two huge towers to get by.

Peverly is under contract through next season at $1.325 million a year, while Valabik makes $762,000 and will be an unrestricted free agent.

Peverley is a 28-year-old center with 14 goals and 20 assists for Atlanta this season. He posted 22-33-55 totals last year in his first full season in Atlanta. Prior to that, he spent parts of two and a half seasons with Nashville before getting traded to the Thrashers.

Valabik, a 24-year-old defenseman, has zero career goals in 80 games but has 210 penalty minutes. At 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, he's an imposing figure, and his plus-2 rating has him tied for third among Atlanta defensemen this season.
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Valabik seems like a throw-in, but can Julien work with him to improve his game? Hopefully the Bruins can re-sign him to a cheap deal in the offseason. Remember Valabik said that he looked up to Chara and they even fought in 2008. Valabik also beat Shawn Thornton in a fight.

A Tomas Kaberle trade is said to be coming as well, it's not final just yet.

Bruins score 6 goals to beat Islanders

The Bruins got the win and 2 points they needed from this game to stay ahead of Montreal in the division (with Montreal losing to Edmonton as well last night).

In the first period, Blake Wheeler scored his 11th goal of the season, Mark Recchi scored his 11th goal of the season as well, and Gregory Campbell scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

In the second period, the scoring would go back and forth and the period would end with the Bruins up 6-2. David Krejci (his 9th goal), Tyler Seguin (his 10th goal), and Milan Lucic (his 24th goal, a power-play goal) would all score in the period.

In the third period, John Tavares scored his 2nd goal of the game to make it 6-3 and that would be the final score.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 6-11-1, with a 2.90 GAA, and a .916 save percentage.

The Islanders led the game in shots 37-34, as the Islanders came on strong in the second period and the Bruins sat back a little with the lead. The Bruins dominated the faceoff circle going 36-17. The hit totals were head scratching, to me anyways, being 21-4 Islanders. Both teams had 14 blocked shots.

Notes from the game
Mark Stuart was a healthy scratch.

Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with tough guy Zenon Konopka and had an ok fight with him but not much landed by both guys. This is the second time these two have fought this season.

Micheal Haley, the guy who people ripped for fighting Brent Johnson in the Penguins-Islanders brawl game last week, tried to start something with Gregory Campbell but Campbell kept his cool and let Haley get a 10-minute misconduct. If you want to spark your team go after the B's toughest guy Shawn Thornton not Campbell.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is tonight at the Ottawa Senators. Chris Kelly will probably make his Bruins debut tonight and it'll be against his former team.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bruins acquire Chris Kelly from Ottawa

After the game tonight against the Maple Leafs, it was announced that the Bruins have acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for Boston's own second round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Kelly is signed through the 2011-12 NHL season, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after that season.

A little info about Kelly:

Including Tuesday's game against the Islanders, the 30-year-old Kelly has 12-11=23 totals in 57 games for the Senators this season. In his career, he has appeared in 462 NHL games, all with Ottawa, with 75-101=176 totals. He recorded his 100th career assist on February 5 against the Islanders, and he recorded a hat trick on December 5 against the Rangers.

His best statistical season in Ottawa was 2006-07, when the Senators reached the Stanley Cup Finals. That season, the 6'0, 190 pound native of Toronto, Ontario scored 15 goals, added 23 assists, and had a plus-minus rating of plus-28. In the playoffs, he had 3-4=7 playoff totals in 20 games.

Originally drafted by the Senators in the 3rd round (94th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Kelly played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for the London Knights and Sudbury Wolves. He was traded from London to Sudbury with Dan Jancevski for Dennis Wideman on January 10, 2001. In 265 career OHL games, he registered 106-148=254 totals.

The Bruins have Minnesota's second round pick they received in their October 18, 2009 trade in which the B's acquired Minnesota's 2011 second rounder, Craig Weller and the draft rights to Alex Fallstrom for Chuck Kobasew.
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Senators Chris Kelly playing against the New York Islanders
OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 15: In his final game as an Ottawa Senators player Chris Kelly #22 controls the puck behind the net of the New York Islanders in a game at Scotiabank Place on February 15, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris Kelly was just traded to the Boston Bruins. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
I'm not very high on Chris Kelly (career stats). In my opinion he's Gregory Campbell with a little more offensive skills. Looking at his faceoff stats, he has a 50.1 faceoff winning percentage. He is a good penalty killer so maybe that is a reason why the Bruins got him because right now the penalty killing is killing the Bruins. I also thought a 2nd round pick was a little high for Kelly but that's just me. Kelly is a good two-way player and hopefully he can provide the Bruins some good two-way play.

Leafs beat Bruins 4-3

Mikhail Grabovski scored with 1:01 left in the third period to give the Leafs the lead. That goal would be the game winner as the Bruins couldn't get another one past goalie James Reimer, as he robbed David Krejci of the best chance in the final seconds. Phil Kessel finally scored against the Bruins during regulation as he netted two power-play goals. Kessel was a -2 and now -21 on the season which is near the bottom of the list in the +/- stat.

In the first period, Daniel Paille, returning in his first game back after his suspension, scored his 2nd goal of the season. Later, Kessel would score his first goal of the game to tie the game up 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins killer Grabovski scored his first goal of the game to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead. Later in the period Gregory Campbell scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Later in the period Kessel would score to tie the game and then Grabovski would score with 1:01 left to give the Maple Leafs the 4-3 lead and that was the game.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves on 28 shots. Thomas is now 26-8-6, with a 2.02 GAA, and a .938 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-28 and faceoff wins 31-28. The Leafs led the game in hits 25-19. Both teams blocked 16 shots.

Notes from the game
Johnny Boychuk was scratched as Steve Kampfer was back in the lineup. Kampfer was a -1 with 17:55 of ice time in the game. Mark Stuart was a +1 with an assist and a team-high 4 hits in 11:42 of ice time. I don't see how you can scratch Stuart with the way he is playing right now.

Milan Lucic (4 shots) and Nathan Horton (1 shot) both had 0 hits.

Campbell had a goal and an assist and was 6-2 on faceoffs.

Tyler Seguin went hard to the net during the game and was 5-2 on faceoffs.

Michael Ryder had a good game, recording an assist, had 5 shots and 3 hits in the game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday at the New York Islanders.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bruins send Jordan Caron to Providence

Today it was announced that the Bruins have sent forward Jordan Caron down to Providence (AHL).

Caron has appeared in 23 NHL games this season for the Bruins, averaging 12:40 of ice time with 3-4=7 totals. Caron made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, and scored his first NHL goal on October 30th against the Ottawa Senators.

The 20-year-old native of Sayabec, Quebec, has appeared in 27 AHL games for the P-Bruins this season, with 6-11=17 totals.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bruins lose again to Red Wings

The Bruins looked better today than they did on Friday but they still couldn't beat the Red Wings as they beat the Bruins 4-2. Coach Claude Julien changed things up a little by dressing Tyler Seguin and Mark Stuart and scratching Zach Hamill and Steve Kampfer.

In the first period, Tyler Seguin scored his 9th goal of the season and Brad Marchand scored his 16th goal of the season, a power-play goal. The first period would end 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Detroit would score twice to take the lead 3-2.

In the third period, Bruins killer Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-2 and that would be the final score.

Tim Thomas was in net for the Bruins and made 32 saves on 36 shots. Thomas is now 26-7-6, with a 1.97 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

The Red Wings led the game in shots 36-25 and faceoff wins 34-25.

Some notes from the game
Mark Stuart was the only plus player being a +1.

Daniel Paille finished serving his 4-game suspension after today's game.

Zach Hamill was assigned back to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins next play on Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Red Wings beat Bruins 6-1

Milan Lucic trying to get by goalie Jimmy Howard
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins tries to get one past Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings on February 11, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
After a wild game against the Montreal Canadiens, Friday's game against the Detroit Red Wings was nothing like it. The Bruins fell to the Red Wings 6-1 and were totally outplayed by them as the score indicated.

At the end of the first period the score was 2-1 Red Wings. David Krejci scored the Bruins goal, his 8th goal of the season and it was a power-play goal. At the end of the second period the score was 5-1 Red Wings. The game would end 6-1 with Tim Thomas playing in the third period.

Tuukka Rask started in net, made 14 saves on 19 shots. Tim Thomas made 14 saves on 15 shots.

The Red Wings led the game in shots 34-26. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-28.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Sunday at the Detroit Red Wings.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens recap video

Here's a great recap video of last night's rough nasty side of the wild game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, that I had to post, created by YouTube user dafoomie.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bruins-Canadiens rivalry lives on

Tim Thomas and Carey Price drop the goalie equipment and square off
Tim Thomas and Carey Price drop the goalie equipment and square off. (Getty Images)
If you tuned into tonight's game between the Bruins and Canadiens you may have thought it was a playoff game as the intensity and passion was at a high level from both teams. Goals were being scored like crazy, hits were being thrown by everyone, guys were chirping at each other and guys were dropping the gloves. In a game that had 14 goals and lots of fights including a goalie fight (well kind of), this had to be game of the season for the Bruins as they kept re-gaining the lead whenever Montreal would come back and tie the game. The Bruins beat the Canadiens 8-6 in a slugfest that Montreal is just not built for. But Montreal can thank P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty for that. Subban got things going with his mouth and a few hits and Pacioretty did as well, as we all remember what he did in the last meeting, and when he went after Steve Kampfer during the first line brawl (more about that below). *Video with the fights is down below in this post* *Update* Watch all of the fights, line brawls and rough stuff in this video

In the first period, Brad Marchand scored his 15th goal of the season and Dennis Seidenberg scored his 5th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The period ended with some rough stuff as Milan Lucic gave goalie Carey Price a few shoves and both earned some penalties.

In the second period, things just broke out, goals and fights. Twenty-five seconds in the period Bruins killer Brian Gionta scored to make it 2-1. Later on, Subban scored to tie the game. 1:18 later, Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 3-2 Bruins. 1:13 later, Weber would tie the game 3-3 for Montreal. 31 seconds later, Michael Ryder scored his 15th goal of the season to make it 4-3 Bruins. 59 seconds later, Milan Lucic scored his 22nd goal of the season to make it 5-3 Bruins.

Then it got crazy as Marchand hit James Wisniewski on an icing call and Brian Gionta came charging in at Marchand. Marchand and Gionta wrestled on the ice and for whatever reason Max Pacioretty went after Steve Kampfer, who recently came back from a broken nose, so Zdeno Chara came rushing in and went after Pacioretty himself. We can also assume that Chara wanted a piece of Pacioretty since their last meeting, but with Roman Hamrlik hanging onto him he couldn't get loose to throw punches as they wrestled around too. Tim Thomas saw Carey Price go into the pile twice and after the second time Thomas saw enough and went down the ice to challenge Price. They dropped the equipment and didn't have much of a fight as Thomas lost his balance and they held onto each other after that, both smiling about their fight. Video of the goalie fight here.

17 seconds after the line brawl, David Desharnais scored for Montreal making it a 5-4 lead for the Bruins. 2:01 later, Lucic scored his 23rd goal of the season, a shorthanded goal, to make it 6-4 Bruins.

In the third period, Pacioretty scored to make it a 6-5 Bruins lead. Later, Ryder scored but the goal was called off because Marchand was pushed into Price, and somehow the ref missed it and deemed it goalie interference. That was a bad call there. A little later Ryder would get that goal back as he scored a power-play goal, his 16th goal of the season, to make it 7-5 Bruins. Later in the period, Nathan Horton scored his 14th goal of the season to make it 8-5 Bruins.

Then more rough stuff came as Horton and Subban had a scrum, with Horton cross checking Subban, which brought in Hal Gill and Lucic. Across from the scrum, for some reason David Krejci dropped the gloves with Benoit Pouliot, who is much bigger and more experienced in fighting than Krejci is, and Pouliot dropped Krejci with a punch. Krejci had a bloody lip as he went to the dressing room. Hopefully he doesn't have any concussion symptoms from that punch.

With 49 seconds left in the game, Andrew Ference tripped up diver Tomas Plekanec and Travis Moen went after Ference. They had a spirited scrap with both guys throwing punches. Two other fights then erupted, the camera cut to them late, with Shawn Thornton trying to get after Roman Hamrlik with the ref trying to pull him away (Hamrlik took a late shot at Thomas after the whistle), and Johnny Boychuk pounded the crap out of Jaroslav Spacek. After those two fights settled down, Tom Pyatt wanted a piece of Gregory Campbell and well he got it. Campbell bloodied Pyatt with a lot of left uppercuts to the face.

After all of that, 24 seconds later, Pacioretty slew footed McQuaid so McQuaid went after him and started throwing punches to a turtling Pacioretty. Pacioretty would then score a garbage goal to make it 8-6.

I thought that the Bruins-Stars game was the game of the season, but I was wrong, this Bruins-Canadiens game was game of the season. What a game, this was an instant classic. Pictures and videos from the game coming soon!

Tim Thomas got the win and is now 26-6-6, with a 1.91 GAA, and a .942 save percentage.

Some quotes from the players after the game

Tim Thomas talking about his fight with Carey Price:
"He was jumping in. I went off the blue line and he backed into his crease. And then so I'm like okay, and then he went in again and you just can't let it be an outnumbered situation and so that's what I was thinking when I went down there. He was more than willing to fight. And I had this big old plan. I was going to grab his right and I was going to throw lefts because I know he's bigger and taller and has a reach on me. And I thought I could do a better job throwing lefts in him and when I went to grab he got a good hold on my right arm and I got nothing. So then I was like, oh now what do I do? Because I know he's got a big right cocked and ready to come so I tried to switch arms and get my right free and I grabbed him by the back of the shirt and when he threw the right I pulled on...I was trying to pull him off-balance and his shirt came off his head and then I fell and…actually as I was falling my left arm came free and but then it was over. He fought with the fighter's manners as far as not hitting when you're down."

Adam McQuaid about things getting rough at the end of the game:
Yeah, that's what I felt. I should probably keep my cool a little better there. I can't take an instigator or anything late in the game like that. But that was kind of the reason I did what I did there."

Notes from the game
This game had a combined 192 penalty minutes.

As of right now, after tonight's game, the Bruins lead the league in fighting majors with 55.

Punk of the game goes to Max Pacioretty with his antics of going after Kampfer during the first line brawl and then slew footing McQuaid near the end of the game.

Tyler Seguin was scratched, Jordan Caron back up with the Bruins played 7:07 in the game, and Zack Hamill again played.

The line of Krejci-Horton-Lucic was on fire. Horton had 5 points, 1 goal and 4 assists, and was +5. Krejci had 3 assists and was +5 with a fight. Lucic had 2 goals, 1 assist, was +5, and had 16 PIMs.

I have a feeling the Montreal fans will be crying about all the fights. You can thank Subban and Pacioretty for that as the guys on Versus said, making their teammates answer the bell for the stuff they start. You better know who you're playing against before starting stuff.

It's funny how TSN's Pierre McGuire was going on and on about how bad Gomez, Eller, and Kostitsyn were being a -4, but I didn't hear him say anything about Subban being a -3... just saying.

NESN game summary video


NESN summary of the fights in the game


Onto the next one
The Bruins have a home-and-home with the Detroit Red Wings next. The Bruins play on Friday (in Boston) and Sunday (at Detroit) against the Red Wings.

Line brawl leads to Tim Thomas vs Carey Price

A game summary post is coming soon but I got to post this now so those who haven't seen it can see it, that is the line brawl which led to goalies Tim Thomas and Carey Price dropping the masks and gloves and throwing down. It wasn't much of a fight at all but good to see the emotion from both guys. Old time hockey baby!

Video from the TSN broadcast


Video from NHL.com, the Bruins broadcast

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bruins recall Jordan Caron

Today the Bruins announced that they recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence (AHL).

Caron has appeared in 20 NHL games this season for the Bruins, with 3-4=7 totals. He was assigned to Providence from Boston on December 6th. Caron made his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, and scored his first NHL goal on October 30th against the Ottawa Senators.

The 20-year-old native of Sayabec, Quebec, has appeared in 27 AHL games for the P-Bruins this season, with 6-11=17 totals.
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It's official: Savard done for rest of season

It's now official as today Peter Chiarelli along with Bruins center Marc Savard stated that Savard is out for the rest of the season and playoffs. You can watch some of the press conference below.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Report: Marc Savard done for season

Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com is reporting that Bruins center Marc Savard will be shut down for the rest of the 2010-11 NHL season because of the latest concussion he received, courtesy of ex-Bruin Matt Hunwick (and possibly the hit he took from Deryk Engelland).

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard will be shut down for the remainder of the 2010-11 season because of ongoing problems with concussions, according to a team source. An official announcement is expected from the team on Monday.

General manager Peter Chiarelli declined to comment on Savard's status on Sunday, but early last week Chiarelli admitted to ESPNBoston.com that there was a "strong possibility" Savard's season was over.

Earlier Sunday, at the conclusion of the Bruins' practice, coach Claude Julien said there was no update on Savard.

Savard, along with his agent, Larry Kelly, met with Chiarelli this weekend after undergoing further tests.

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Savard is expected to be placed on long-term injured reserve, which would clear cap room in order for Chiarelli to acquire another impact player via trade if the GM believes the team needs it.

"With the time between concussions, and with the severity of the concussion [last March], and the time between when he basically stopped having concussion symptoms, [shutting him down] is certainly something you would have to consider," Chiarelli said last week.
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I want to wish Marc Savard all the best and a full recovery. Your life comes first before hockey so I hope you take all the time you need to recover.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sharks shutout Bruins 2-0

The Bruins couldn't get a puck past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi and standout rookie Logan Couture scored a power-play goal in the first period as that's all the Sharks would need to go onto a 2-0 win over the Bruins. The Sharks did a good job not giving the Bruins any real great scoring chances throughout the game. The Sharks second goal was an empty goal by Devin Setoguchi to seal the deal.

The Bruins led the game in shots 26-17. The Sharks led the game in faceoff wins 23-21.

Tim Thomas was in net and made 16 saves on 17 shots. With the loss, Thomas is now 25-6-6, with a 1.80 GAA, and a .945 save percentage.

Notes from the game
In the first period, Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Ben Eager and they exchanged a few punches but it looked like Eager was the only one to land a punch in the fight. Later in the game McQuaid challenged Eager to fight again after Eager hit McQuaid from behind into the boards but Eager declined.

Ex-Bruin Joe Thornton had 0 points, 0 shots, 2 PIMs, and a game-high 6 hits.

The Bruins power-play looked awful. But I think it was also the Sharks penalty killing that made it look bad as well.

Call-up Zach Hamill played in his second career NHL game and had 10:35 of ice time and didn't really do much in the game (0 shots). Hamill played on the third line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder.

Tyler Seguin had 8:57 of ice time and played on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston on Wednesday, February 9th.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Daniel Paille suspended 4 games

Today it was announced that Bruins forward Daniel Paille was suspended for four games for his blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada last night.

"Paille delivered a lateral hit where the principal point of contact was his opponent's head," said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy in a statement. “Additionally, the injury suffered by the Dallas player was a factor in this decision."

Paille spoke to the media on Friday afternoon.

"Obviously, it was a fast paced play and I just recognized that Sawada was going on a breakaway," said Paille after practice at Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena. "I just went over to back check and get the puck, but he cut back to the middle.

"And If you look at the play, I'm ahead of him when I hit him. I felt that I hit his shoulder and...looking at the replay I felt that he kind of turned towards me, so I went and finished my check.

"I felt that I hit him in the shoulder at first," he said.

"Right now, although I don't agree with the amount of games, I accept it," added Paille. "I hope that Ray is alright.

"I heard that he does not have a concussion, which is something that I am glad [about].

"I haven't got a hold of him yet, but I hope that the injuries that he has now are all he gets and nothing more," he said.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bruins and Stars throw down

Milan Lucic scores a goal and celebrates
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Johnny Boychuck as Dallas Stars' Brendan Morrow, left, looks on during the first period of Boston's 6-3 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
I don't know what it is with the Bruins and Stars but whenever they meet up, the games are ones you don't want to miss during the season. The Bruins had the best first period they have had in a long time and managed to hang on in the third period to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 in a wild one. The game started with three fights in four seconds. That must be a record, right?

Off the opening faceoff Gregory Campbell lined up on the wing with agitator Steve Ott and they dropped the gloves, as Shawn Thornton took the faceoff. Ott landed the first punch he threw which bloodied Campbell's nose and not much was thrown after that as both guys grappled with each other. Off the next faceoff, the enforcers went at it, Shawn Thornton took on Krys Barch. These two fought two years ago in the last Bruins-Stars matchup. Thornton got the better of Barch and Barch went straight to the dressing room and didn't return to the game. Thornton tagged Barch with two solid punches to the face so you have to wonder if Barch has a head injury due to that fight. Off the next faceoff, Brian Sutherby went right at Adam McQuaid and they dropped the gloves and soon after McQuaid dropped Sutherby to the ice after some big punches. A first period highlights video is down below.

Thirty-five seconds into the first period, Milan Lucic would score his 21st goal of the season. Patrice Bergeron would score the next two Bruins goals to make it 3-0 (Bergeron's 18th and 19th goals). Shawn Thornton scored later on in the period, his 8th goal of the season. Between the Bergeron goals there was a fourth fight. Andrew Ference dropped the gloves with Adam Burish after Burish took a late shot at Rask after the linesman blew the whistle a few times indicating off-sides. Ference nailed Burish and dropped him with a huge punch. Burish's left eye I believe soon was black and blue and almost shut closed.

In the second period, the Stars scored a goal to make it 4-1. Later in the period, Daniel Paille hit Raymond Sawada with a blindside hit as he was backchecking. Paille got a 5-minute major and game misconduct. I have a feeling that he will be suspended for that hit.

In the third period, the Stars managed to score two unanswered goals to make it 4-3. But rookie Tyler Seguin scored his 8th goal of the season to give the Bruins a two goal cushion again. With 2:20 left, Brad Marchand scored an empty net goal to make it 6-3.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 30 saves on 33 shots. Rask is now 5-10-1, with a 2.69 GAA, and a .922 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-33 and the Stars dominated faceoffs 42-22.

Notes about the game
Before the game, GM Peter Chiarelli recalled Zach Hamill from Providence (AHL). If Paille gets suspended, which is almost a no-brainer, then look for Hamill to get into the lineup.

Props to Stanley Cup of Chowder for this info, but two years ago Steve Ott got a charging major for running Gregory Campbell into the boards.

Mark Stuart was again scratched for this game.

Bergeron, Marchand, and Mark Recchi all had 3 points apiece. Bergeron had 2 goals and an assist, Marchand had a goal and 2 assists, and Recchi had 3 assists.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is against ex-Bruins captain Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks.

First period highlights

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bruins beat Canes 3-2

Tonight Tim Thomas got his 25th win of the season in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Thomas made 24 saves on 26 shots. Daniel Paille scored his first goal of the season in the second period. In the third period, Nathan Horton (his 13th goal of the season) and Patrice Bergeron (his 17th goal of the season) would score and the Canes couldn't tie the game up.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-26 and faceoff wins 37-25.

In the first period, Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Jay Harrison. If you remember, Lucic bloodied Harrison last season but this fight was nothing compared to their first one. Some punches grazed helmets but nothing seemed to fully land. Yeah you read that right, Lucic fought tonight. It's only his 3rd fight of the season.

Thomas is now 25-5-6, with a 1.82 GAA, and a .945 save percentage.

Mark Stuart was again a healthy scratch. You got to wonder if he'll be trade bait at the trade deadline. There are rumors of Senators defenseman Chris Phillips coming to Boston but you never know for sure with rumors.

The Bruins are 4 points ahead of Montreal in the Northeast division, with the same amount of games played.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Dallas Stars at Boston. The Canucks beat the Stars tonight so look for the Stars to come out strong. The Stars are at the top of their division so they shouldn't be taken lightly.

Two young Stars players who I think will be solid NHLers (if they aren't already) are James Neal and Jamie Benn (injured and probably won't play Thursday). Both play physical and can score. If you haven't seen Benn's fight against Jarome Iginla you may want to check it out.