Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thomas and Bruins shut out Blackhawks

Bruins congratulate Mark Recchi as he got an assist
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammates on the bench after he got the assist to a goal by Johnny Boychuk #55 in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 29, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. It was Recchi's 1,532nd career point. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Another game, another accomplishment by veteran Mark Recchi. Recchi recorded an assist on Johnny Boychuk's goal in the second period which moved him to 12th place on the NHL's all-time points list.

Tim Thomas recorded his 9th shutout of the season, his 26th career shutout which puts him tied for 4th place on the Bruins all-time shutout list with legend Gerry Cheevers. The Bruins went on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored his 14th goal of the season. Later, Boychuk would score his 3rd goal of the season. During the second period, a scary incident with Shawn Thornton getting cut above his right eye by Fernando Pisani's skate. Play was stopped and Thornton skated to the Bruins bench. But before he could get there someone on the Blackhawks bench said something because Thornton got enraged and was trying to get at the bench but was held off by referee Don Van Massenhoven. Thornton would go to the dressing room and not return. He got a 40-stitch repair job on his forehead. Check the video out below to hear his comments and see the cut.

"If I ever find who it was, I'll deal with it my own way," Thornton said. "Yeah something was said. Obviously I can't swear when I talk to you guys. There was some stuff said that I am not happy about."

"He [Don Van Massenhoven] heard it and he was [ticked]," Thornton said. "He was [ticked] too. He didn't know who it was either. He actually yelled at their bench. I appreciate it. Those guys on their team chirp a lot. I don't know if it is right when someone's face is half across the other side of their face.
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Media asking Shawn Thornton questions after the game

In the third period, Nathan Horton scored his 24th goal of the season on a nice deke move he put on goalie Corey Crawford. Tim Thomas made 32 saves to earn the shutout. Thomas is now 33-10-8, with a 1.96 GAA, and a .940 save percentage. The Bruins led the game in shots 34-32. The Blackhawks led the game in facoff wins 33-31 and hits 22-17. Onto the next one The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lucic and Beach will not meet up tonight

Milan Lucic in warmups before game at Toronto
TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 19: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins shoots during warmup before game action at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs March 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
I previously wrote a blog post before the season started about the chance of Milan Lucic facing off against an old WHL enemy of his in the NHL. That would be Kyle Beach of the Chicago Blackhawks. But as of right now Beach is in the AHL playing for the Rockford IceHogs with 14 goals in 65 games with 145 PIMs and is a -22. Well maybe next season they will meet up, that's if the Bruins and Blackhawks play against each other next season.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bruins clinch playoffs with win over Flyers

Brad Marchand scores the eventual game winning goal against the Flyers
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) reacts after scoring the go-ahead goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Brian Boucher (33) and Kimmo Timonen (44), of Finland, in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Philadelphia. Boston won 2-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Bruins were able to score twice on their power-play to get by the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Sunday night and clinch a spot in the playoffs.

In the first period, Kris Versteeg scored for the Flyers to make it 1-0.

In the second period, Nathan Horton scored his 23rd goal of the season, a power-play goal to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, Mike Richards was sent to the penalty box for high sticking Tomas Kaberle. Richards had some words for Kaberle but it was obvious he high sticked Kaberle. I'm not sure what Richards was saying, or maybe he was trying to get Kaberle to get a penalty as well. Anyways, Brad Marchand would score on the power-play, his 20th goal of the season.

The game would end 2-1 with the Bruins winning. Tim Thomas played in net and made 27 saves on 28 shots. Thomas is now 32-10-8, with a 2.00 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-28 and faceoff wins 34-28. The Flyers led the game in hits 30-22.

Michael Ryder was scratched and Daniel Paille was in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks in Boston. The Blackhawks are fighting for their playoff lives so it will be a tough game of the Bruins.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wrong call screws Bruins

It took only one bad call to screw the Bruins on Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers. A faceoff, which should have been outside the Bruins zone because the Rangers were offside but somehow the linesman missed it even though he was right there looking at the play, was won by the Rangers and a shot from the point was redirected by Rangers rookie Derek Stepan and into the net for the only goal of the game. The Rangers would beat the Bruins 1-0.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 22 saves on 23 shots. Rask is now 10-13-2, with a 2.69 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

I didn't think the Rangers were much divers but after that game it looks like they are. Brandon Dubinsky gets 5 stars for his, falling to his knees after a noticeable delay from getting slashed at by Milan Lucic.

The Bruins played tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers which I'll cover in the next post.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Marc Savard having memory problems

Some not-so-good news on Marc Savard, from Pierre LeBrun blog post on ESPN.com:

Wish I had better news to forward on the Marc Savard front, but it's quite the opposite. A source told ESPN.com Saturday that the concussed Bruins center is having "real memory problems and he's quite worried about it."
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bruins spank Montreal 7-0

Bruins celebrate Gregory Campbell's goal
Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell, left, celebrates his goal with teammates Shawn Thornton, middle, and Brad Marchand (63) as Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) and Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14), of the Czech Republic, react at right during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
It only took 1:01 into the game for the Bruins to get on the scoreboard and to start the Bruins 7-0 spanking of the Montreal Canadiens.

Before the game there was lots of talk about Mark Recchi's comments. To all those hockey people, hockey bloggers like Puck Daddy, and Montreal Canadiens players who didn't know why Recchi said what he said. Well Recchi was basically getting the pressure off of Zdeno Chara. And it worked. Chara had 3 assists and was a +3. To all of those who were getting on Recchi for his comments, you've been punked.

"I took pressure off my captain for one day," Recchi said. "He deserved it. He earned it."

"It says a lot because I know what kind of player he is," added Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I knew exactly what he was doing. You don't have to speak. He's 43 years old, he's a big boy. He can answer for himself. I don't think I need to coach him on any of that stuff."

"When you see a guy with that kind of experience say something like that, you know what he's doing. So, there was nothing to be said. Their focus was on the game. He had to say what he had to say for whatever reason. That was something where I didn't need to ask him that question because I knew exactly what he was doing."
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"Well I have to be honest with you guys. I wanted to take the heat off Zee [Zdeno Chara] for a day and I'm a big boy. And I think anyone who knows me, knows that I have great respect for the Montreal organization, I played five years there. I have great respect for Doctor [David] Mulder, the medical staff there. I had a great five years there. I took the pressure off of Zee. In twenty-two years, I've respected all my teammates, all the players I play against. My record has shown that. For twenty-two years, I took the pressure off of Zee for one day, I'm a big boy, I can handle it. I have nothing but great things to say about the Montreal organization, I had five great years there. And it's still an unfortunate situation it all happened. We all hope Max [Pacioretty] gets a full recovery here soon and we know he's well on his way. And like I said, this is something that I believe in twenty-two years I've been very respectful to players and opponents throughout. So that should be the end of it really."
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In the first period, Johnny Boychuk scored his 2nd goal of the season to make it 1-0. Gregory Campbell scored his 11th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal, after getting high sticked from what looked to be an on-purpose stick swing by Tomas Plekanec at Horton's head. Nothing new for Plekanec, that's what he does when you hit him along with diving. That was Horton's 21st goal of the season.

In the second period no scoring happened. With 17 seconds left in the period, Campbell dropped the gloves with Paul Mara and had an uneventful fight. A little earlier Recchi (2 minutes) and Mara (4 minutes) got roughing penalties so this could have been Campbell sending a message to Mara for that.

In the third period, Horton scored his 22nd goal of the season to make it 4-0 on a beautiful wrist shot roofing the puck over Price's glove. Adam McQuaid scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 5-0 (thanks Eller for the tip in). Price was then pulled and former Bruin Alex Auld came into the net for Montreal. Tomas Kaberle scored his first goal as a Bruin, his 4th goal of the season to make it 6-0. Campbell would later score a shorthanded 5 on 3 goal on a breakaway to make it 7-0, his 12th goal of the season. Tyler Seguin would have had a goal at the end of the game but the clock ran out.

Tim Thomas was in net and made 24 saves on 24 shots he faced. Thomas is now 31-10-8, with a 2.02 GAA, and a .938 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-24 and faceoff wins 38-25. Montreal led the game in hits 25-11. Both teams had 13 blocked shots.

Some notes from the game
Punk of the game goes to Tomas Plekanec for two-handing Horton in the face with his stick after Horton hit him against the boards. I'm hoping the NHL takes a look at that, it's a stick swinging incident, but I'm going to guess that they won't.

Gregory Campbell had two goals, was +2 and had a fight.

Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci were all a +3. Horton with 2 goals, and Lucic and Krejci each had 3 assists.

Brad Marchand had a big hit on Scott Gomez which got him a 2-minute roughing penalty in the third period.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the New York Rangers in Boston. It's a 1pm EST game.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bruins end losing streak, beat Devils

Last night the Bruins ended their losing streak by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-1. In the first period, Ilya Kovalchuk scored a power-play goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. After that goal it was all Bruins. Shawn Thornton tied the game up in the first period, scoring his 9th goal of the season. A Dennis Seidenberg shot deflected off of Thornton and into the net.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1 Bruins. It was Chara's 13th goal of the season and what a beautiful pass from Milan Lucic.

In the third period, Lucic scored his 30th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead. With 40 seconds left in the game, Mark Recchi would add an empty net goal to make it 4-1.

Tim Thomas made 30 saves on 31 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston. Everyone is talking about this game since it's the first time since the Chara hit they will be playing each other. Will anything happen? I'm guessing that nothing will happen because the points both teams need for the playoffs are important.

Veteran Mark Recchi was asked on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Massarotti Show if he was bothered by the Canadiens' "embellishment" of the injury.

"Obviously yeah [they embellished it]. He does have obviously a fractured vertebrae. But the concussion was obviously really a non-factor. Maybe a day or two; maybe a day he felt it and then he was fine a couple days later. I believe, yeah, they were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit. I guess in terms of that side, I mean you have to look at it as they were trying to do anything they could to get him suspended. And I think the league sent a message that it was a hockey play and that's the important thing that people have to understand.

While explaining that over his career he's been checked into the stanchion maybe 40 times, Recchi added: "That was an interference play at best and the partition got in the way."
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Leafs dominate Bruins 5-2

Saturday night the Bruins were completely outplayed by the Toronto Maple Leafs and were beaten by the score 5-2. It was a real bad game overall for the Bruins. Tim Thomas started in net but was pulled in the second period after allowing the fourth goal and Tuukka Rask finished the period. Claude Julien then put Thomas back in net for the third period. My guess on that move is that Rask will play in the next game.

The Bruins goal scorers were Adam McQuaid (his 2nd goal of the season) and Daniel Paille (his 3rd goal of the season).

In the third period, Nathan Horton challenged Dion Phaneuf to drop the gloves, dropped his gloves and his helmet, while Phaneuf kept talking. Phaneuf finally dropped the gloves but kept his helmet with a visor on and started fighting with Horton.

Nathan Horton vs Dion Phaneuf


Tim Thomas made 18 saves on 22 shots. Thomas is now 29-10-8, with a 2.08 GAA, and a .937 save percentage this season. Rask made 6 saves on 7 shots. Rask now has a 2.75 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-29, faceoff wins 32-31, and hits 27-24. Both teams had 14 blocked shots.

Some notes of the game
Andrew Ference returned to the lineup as Steve Kampfer was a scratch. Ference was a -3 in 14:17 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils in Boston.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bruins lose in overtime to Predators

The Bruins lost 4-3 last night to the Nashville Predators in overtime as Shea Weber, with one of the hardest shots in hockey today, scored on a power-play in overtime. Steve Kampfer got a holding penalty which caused the power-play in overtime.

In the first period, Tyler Seguin scored his 11th goal of the season, on a sweet shot going far side glove side on Pekka Rinne. One of the diving brothers, Sergei Kostitsyn, scored for Nashville to tie the game up 1-1.

In the second period, Colin Wilson scored on a similar semi-far shot, that was similar to Seguin's goal, to give the Predators a 2-1 lead. Later, David Krejci scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 22nd goal of the season. Later, David Legwand scored to tie the game.

In overtime, Shea Weber scored to end the game.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 27 saves on 31 shots.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-31 and faceoff wins 40-27. The Predators led the game in hits 20-12. Both teams had 14 blocked shots.

Some notes from the game
Seguin took an elbow to the head from Patric Hornqvist, who got a 5-minute major and game misconduct. The Bruins though couldn't score on the major.

Dennis Seidenberg was a -2 while Tomas Kaberle was a +2.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Brad Marchand suspended 2 games

Rookie forward Brad Marchand has been suspended 2 games by the NHL for his hit on R.J. Umberger in Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Marchand will forego $6,330.64 in salary. Marchand will be eligible to play next Tuesday against New Jersey at TD Garden.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bruins come back, win in shootout

Tyler Seguin scores against Steve Mason in the shootout
Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin, right, scores against Columbus Blue Jackets' Steve Mason during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 3-2. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
The Bruins came out slow and seemed to be not really into the game tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. But as the game went on the Bruins got it together and sent the game into overtime. Then eventually the game went to a shootout where Tyler Seguin, who only played 9:57 during the game, scored the only shootout goal. Tuukka Rask would stop every chance against him for the Bruins to win 3-2 against the Blue Jackets to stop their 4-game losing streak.

In the first period, rookie Grant Clitsome scored for the Jackets to make it 1-0. Yes that is his real last name, no joke. I can only imagine what opponents say during games to him.

In the second period, David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the season to tie the game. It was originally thought that Zdeno Chara's shot went in the net without a redirection but I guess it somehow touched Krejci.

In the third period, Bruins killer Scottie Upshall scored to make it 2-1 Jackets. Later, Rich Peverley scored his 16th goal of the season on a great individual effort and move to score a shorthanded goal, tying the game 2-2.

And as I said previously Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout and Rask stopped every shot against him for the Bruins to win. It looked like Seguin was going to do his usual fake and shoot on the backhand. Steve Mason fell for it as Seguin then went back to his forehand and put it passed Mason for the game winner.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made some great saves during the game and in the shootout. Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots.

The Blue Jackets led the game in shots 36-29 and hits 37-22. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 33-21. Both teams had 17 blocked shots.

The Bruins had 1 power-play compared to the Blue Jackets having 6 power-plays. The Bruins killed all of the power-plays but there were some questionable calls again tonight. I have a feeling this will continue for the rest of the season.

Some notes from the game
Michael Ryder was a healthy scratch and Tyler Seguin was in the lineup. Good thing Seguin was in.

Steve Kampfer was back in the lineup, coming back from a concussion.

Mark Recchi played in his 1,640th career NHL game, which put him passed former-Bruin Dave Andreychuk for 5th all-time on the list.

Blue Jackets rookie Matt Calvert is a diver. If that's what you want to be known for then keep doing what you're doing kid.

Update: Brad Marchand made contact with R.J. Umberger's head in what looked to be unintentional but look for the league to give him something for that, especially since all of the headshot talk.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday at the Nashville Predators. The Bruins have to keep their heads up when Jordin Tootoo is on the ice.

Caps coach Boudreau's comments about Montreal protesters

If you haven't heard yet, well a Montreal fan is having a protest against dangerous hits and I guess someone asked Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau what he thought and he spoken out open and honestly.

"Don't come. If you don't like it, don't come to the games," Boudreau said, according to The Washington Post. "I think the players realize they could get hurt. They don't want to do it, but unless you've played and see what goes on at the speed of the game, you're not gonna be able to argue with it."

"And listen, I don't want to get into any controversy," he said, "but if that was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci, I don't think there'd be a protest going on here today."
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Finally someone said what lots of others not from Montreal were thinking.

The fan who started the protest then came back with a response.

"Mr. Boudreau has to remember who pays his salary," Henriquez said. "Guys like him are paid by fans. If fans want to protest, I don't think anybody should judge what fans want on the ice. It's unacceptable. But he has the right to have his opinion. We're in a free land."

"Too often, people like Bruce Boudreau say it's part of the game and it's what fans like," Henriquez said. "I'm sorry, it's not part of the game and it's not what we want."
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Just about every hit in the game of hockey is dangerous, now with how fast the game is played. It's the headshots that need to be stopped. And of course the Montreal media is turning Boudreau's comments into an attack against the protesters.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Don Cherry's comments about Chara hit

Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry on Coach's Corner gave his opinion on the whole Zdeno Chara hit on Montreal's Max Pacioretty. You can watch the whole segment below. Cherry's quotes are below.


"If the [stanchion] is on a slant, the kid [Pacioretty] has a headache today. If you [make that change] it would be good," said Cherry, as he held a drawing of a reshaped stanchion.

For years, there have been incidents of players hitting the stanchion, Cherry added.

Cherry agreed with the decision by Mike Murphy, the assistant to NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, not to suspend Chara for the hit.

"Here's a guy, six-foot-nine, 260 pounds. For thirteen years he's never been suspended, he's never tried to hurt guys. If he tried to hurt guys, he'd kill 'em at that size," said Cherry.

For those wondering why the league wouldn't banish Chara for three or four games, Cherry had an explantion.

"It's either you give him 20 games or you give him none. It can't be a little," he said. "He was just taking [Pacioretty out of the play].

"The league did it right this time."

Don Cherry also had some comments for Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, who said the NHL should have suspended Chara and player safety was a point of urgency.

"Here's what I want you to do, Geoff," began a perturbed Cherry. "I want you to ... call all your players together in the dressing room and you say: 'I want you to answer this honestly and don't be afraid. How do you feel about playing 41 [home] games with that seamless glass and the boards in Montreal?'

"Worst in the league for injuries. Ask them that, instead of going in the paper and saying you want to do this and want to do that [and that Chara] should have been suspended."
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*Updated post on 3/13: added YouTube video of the Coach's Corner video.

Bruins assign Matt Bartkowski to AHL

Today the Bruins sent defenseman Matt Bartkowski back down to Providence (AHL).

The 22-year-old native of Pittsburgh, PA has skated in 55 games for the P-Bruins this season with 5-16=21 totals and 38 PIM. He traveled with the Boston Bruins on their preseason trip to Belfast and Prague but did not see any NHL regular season action before being assigned to Providence on October 6. Prior to joining Providence, Bartkowski played for Ohio State University (CCHA) and appeared in 80 games over two seasons with 11-27=38 totals from 2008-2010 for the Buckeyes.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Bruins blow lead and lose 4th straight

I don't know if it was because it was their third game in four nights but for the most part the Bruins looked sluggish and tired at times. The first line of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, and David Krejci had the best chances but it wasn't enough as the Bruins dropped their fourth straight game, losing 4-2 to the Islanders.

In the first period, Nathan Horton scored his 20th goal of the season off a nice pass from Milan Lucic.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored his 12th goal of the season, it was a power-play goal. The Bruins had a two-goal lead, just like last night, and they lost it just like last night as the Islanders scored a power-play goal with two seconds left in the second period to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, the Islanders scored three unanswered goals (the last one being an automatic empty net goal after Patrice Bergeron tripped up the Islander going for the empty net).

Tim Thomas was in net and made 38 saves on 41 shots. Thomas is now 29-9-8, with a 2.03 GAA, and a .938 save percentage.

The Islanders led the game in shots 41-28. The Bruins went 1 for 3 on the power-play, finally scoring a power-play goal. The Bruins led in faceoff wins 35-27. The Islanders led in hits 19-16. Both teams had 24 blocked shots.

Some notes from the game
The Bruins used the same lineup as last night.

Chara had a strong game, playing well defensively (even though he was a -1) and scoring a goal in 27:31 of ice time. There were boos from the crowd throughout the game when Chara had the puck.

You don't say this often but Patrice Bergeron had a bad game, going 12-12 in the faceoff circle and was a -2.

Tomas Kaberle got his first power-play point as a Bruin, an assist from the Chara goal. Finally. He was also a -1 with 5 blocked shots.

Adam McQuaid had 7 blocked shots in the game. Two of those came on a power-play where they looked to really sting him. Hopefully he is ok from blocking those shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday, March 15th at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bruins lose in overtime to Sabres

It was back to hockey tonight for the Bruins as they faced the Buffalo Sabres.

In the first period, Nathan Horton scored his 19th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Early in the game Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Cody McCormick after they lightly collided behind the Sabres net. McCormick got the better of Campbell but props to Campbell for taking on the bigger more experienced McCormick.

In the second period, Mark Recchi scored his 12th goal of the season to make it 2-0 Bruins. But the Sabres would score twice to tie up the game in the period. There were also two fights late in the period. First Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Paul Gaustad in a spirited bout. Later Milan Lucic took on Cody McCormick in a fight where both guys looked tired.

In the third period, Gregory Campbell scored his 10th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The Sabres would tie it and the game would go into overtime.

In overtime, ex-Bruin Brad Boyes would score the game winner for the Sabres.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 41 saves on 45 shots. Thomas is now 29-8-8, with a 2.01 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Sabres led the game in shots 45-29 and faceoff wins 34-32. The Bruins led the game in hits 24-23. Both teams had 18 blocked shots.

Watch all three fights from the game below

Some notes from the game
Tyler Seguin was scratched and Daniel Paille was in the lineup. Steve Kampfer was again out with a concussion. Johnny Boychuk was sporting a black eye from his fight with Ryan White in the last game.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists, was a +2 and was physical.

Some of the penalty calls in the game were questionable (especially the Zdeno Chara's boarding call, Dennis Seidenberg's cross checking call, and Brad Marchand's triping call).

Mark Recchi was playing with an edge tonight, crashing the net, throwing the body around, and even challenging Drew Stafford to a fight which Stafford wanted no piece of the smaller older Recchi.

I noticed one time in the faceoff circle, Sabres Paul Gaustad was holding his stick as a right-handed shooter facing Patrice Bergeron (Gaustad is a left-handed shot). Bergeron went 15-11 in the faceoff circle.

The Bruins power-play continues to look awful as they went 0 for 3 tonight. Tomas Kaberle really hasn't helped the power-play as some thought he would when the Bruins traded for him. Since coming to the Bruins, Kaberle has 1 assist in 9 games, is a +4, with 8 shots, and 0 power-play points. With those numbers, you can say he hasn't done much at all for the Bruins.

Bruins killer Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist. If he only played against the Bruins every game he would have over 100 points during the season.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the New York Islanders. The Bruins need to stop this 3-game losing streak.

Ex-Bruin Joe Thornton comments about Boston

Wow it's open season on the Bruins. I didn't expect this. Props to Matt Kalman's Bruins blog for posting about this as I didn't see this article but Joe Thornton had some comments about Boston and how the Bruins don't get disciplined.

"It's just something with Boston. It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We've seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Dominic Moore] earlier, and there's no disciplinary thing.

"It's just something about Boston and the disciplinary [process] is on their side. I'm not sure why that is. I'm not assuming that Colin's kid is on the team and that's why, but it's really bizarre."
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Yes Lucic has to learn to keep his stick down just as you Joe Thornton had trouble doing that same thing in your early days for the Bruins. Lucic will learn as Thornton did. I guess Thornton missed the non-suspension for Matt Cooke's cheapshot/headshot on Marc Savard and the light 2-games suspension for Randy Jones' hit on Patrice Bergeron. The disciplinary process was on the Bruins side then too right Joe?

Just to note, Joe Thornton has been suspended this season for 2 games for a blindside headshot on St. Louis Blues David Perron, who hasn't played since November 4th.

Mike Milbury's thoughts on Chara's hit on Pacioretty

Tonight Mike Milbury shared his thoughts on Zdeno Chara's hit on Max Pacioretty the other night. Watch the NESN video below to hear his thoughts.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Max Pacioretty talks about Chara and hit

TSN's Bob McKenzie talked with Montreal's Max Pacioretty about the non-suspension and the hit he took from Zdeno Chara.

"I am upset and disgusted that the league didn't think enough of (the hit) to suspend him," Pacioretty told TSN. "I'm not mad for myself, I'm mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it's okay, they won't be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt."

"It's been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I've got a fractured vertebrae, I'm in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something. I'm not talking a big number, I don't know, one game, two games, three games...whatever, but something to show that it's not right."

"I heard (Chara) said he didn't mean to do it. I felt he did mean to do it. I would feel better if he said he made a mistake and that he was sorry for doing that, I could forgive that, but I guess he's talking about how I jumped up or something."

"I believe he was trying to guide my head into the turnbuckle. We all know where the turnbuckle is. It wasn't a head shot like a lot of head shots we see but I do feel he targeted my head into the turnbuckle."
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Ex-teammate Montador's comments about Chara

I saw a blog post on the Big Bad Blog with some quotes from ex-Bruin Steve Montador about Zdeno Chara and his character and I was kind of shaking by head because I'm not sure how he got that impression from the story he mentions and only playing a total of 24 games (13 regular season games and 11 playoff games) with the Bruins. Here's some of Montador's quotes:

"He has this — and I say this in a good way — a complex that he's the biggest, strongest guy in the league, and for the most part he probably is," Montador said. "I think that he uses that just because she feels that mentality."

"One thing about Zee that I recall when he and I and Mark Recchi were talking was that he had a lot of respect for Mark. When [Recchi] got traded there, [Chara] was talking to him saying, 'I remember one game when you came after me and kept hitting me,' and here's Rex, who at the time would have been 40 years old, and he's going after Zdeno Chara and kept going and ket going."

He had a lot of respect for that, because I think he thought, 'Hey, I'm Zdeno Chara. I'm the biggest guy in the league,' and Mark Recchi, although he’s a really thick and strong guy — he's not the tallest guy — here is coming after him, and [Chara] was kind of wondering, 'What's this guy, is he on something or whatever? He keeps coming after me.' The only reason I tell that story is to just give a sense of how he thinks about himself."

Montador said that he has never found Chara to be "overly dirty," but said that "he's certainly somebody that in some instants you don't want to be going into the corner with."

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"I got a sense that Zee meant to hit him in the way that he did, but I don't think in any way that he wanted the outcome to be the way that it did. The puck had already been chipped past Zee. Maybe just the emotion of that game and from games previous [led to it]."

"I think Zee knew what he was doing there, but like I said, in no way would I think that he'd want to hurt him like that."
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To me, I'm not sure how Montador gets that conclusion about his story of Chara and Mark Recchi. To me Chara is praising Recchi for his work ethnic and never die attitude.

What do you think of Montador's comments?

Zdeno Chara not suspended

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will not be suspended for his hit on Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

"After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline," Murphy said. "This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly — with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous.

"This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career."
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Chara caught a break here, not getting suspended at all for the hit. Chara did get suspended once in the past, back while he was with the Ottawa Senators when he instigated a fight with then LA King Tim Gleason with less than five minutes in the game.

Bruins lose ugly to Montreal

The Bruins got beat 4-1 by Montreal last night but people aren't talking about that, they're talking about the interference hit that Zdeno Chara put on Max Pacioretty where Pacioretty hit his head against the partition

Video of Zdeno Chara's hit on Max Pacioretty


Update on Pacioretty's condition:
Canadiens coach Jacques Martin announced Wednesday that forward Max Pacioretty, who was motionless on the ice after taking a hit into a stanchion along the boards from Zdeno Chara Tuesday night, suffered a severe concussion and fractured the fourth cervical vertebrae.
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The only Bruins goal came from Milan Lucic in the third period (his 29th goal). It was a beautiful wrist shot from far out.

Tuukka Rask played in net and didn't look sharp as he gave up quite a few rebounds. Rask made 22 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 9-12-1, with a 2.73 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

Some notes from the game
In the first period, Johnny Boychuk went for a big hit to lay out P.K. Subban but missed. Ryan White went after Boychuk and instigated a fight with him. Both guys looked to land some punches. As the game went on, on NESN you could see under Boychuk's left eye was a bruise/bump. Watch the fight here.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins in hits with 6.

Patrice Bergeron, back in the lineup, went 13-3 in the faceoff circle.

Tyler Seguin only had 8:55 of ice time.

David Krejci now leads the Bruins in points with 51, surpassing Patrice Bergeron who hasn't been putting up points as he was previously.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres in Boston.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Brad Marchand talks about the Montreal Canadiens

I like that Brad Marchand was talking the truth about the Montreal Canadiens and the way they play, but I don't like giving the other team extra motivation aka bulletin board material, even if it is the truth. Here's what Marchand said about Montreal's players:

Marchand, who has never been afraid to put things frankly, shared some interesting thoughts on the Habs Tuesday morning.

"They like to get in and shoot their mouths off and then when you hit them they'll dive down and fall easy," Marchand told a group that included CTV's Arpon Basu.

"They get a lot of shots behind the play, and then they play it off like when we run them they didn't do anything to deserve it."
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bruins tie game late but lose in overtime

Saturday night's game by the Bruins got them a point but they were lucky to get that point as they seemed to not get much going during the game. The Bruins were able to tie the game in the final minute of the game with the goalie pulled to send it into overtime but the Penguins would score in overtime for the 3-2 win.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored his 11th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins. The Penguins would score twice in the period to take a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, with 33 seconds left, David Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. The game would go into overtime and the Penguins would score to win it.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 36 saves on 39 shots. Thomas is now 29-8-7, with a 1.97 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Penguins led the game in shots 39-31. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 29-27 and hits 32-19. Both teams had 14 blocked shots. You can watch the game summary video here.

Some notes from the game
The Bruins had a really good game throwing the body with 32 hits in the game. Below is video from NESN.com showing the big hits from the game and the Shawn Thornton-Mike Rupp fight.


You can watch the Shawn Thornton-Mike Rupp fight here and the Nathan Horton-Craig Adams fight here (although the NESN feed didn't catch any of the fight).

The Bruins currently have 62 fighting majors this season, which is tied for 2nd in the league with the St. Louis Blues, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who lead the league. With 62 so far this season, this is the Bruins highest amount since the 2001-02 season when they had 83 total for the season.

Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly were both a -2.

Dennis Seidenberg led the game in hits with 7.

Rich Peverley went 9-7 taking faceoffs.

David Krejci had a goal and an assist, while Milan Lucic had 2 assists, and Nathan Horton had an assist.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Tuesday at the Montreal Canadiens. It will be the first meeting between these two teams since the game in Boston with the line brawls. Will Montreal call up Alex Henry or another tough guy from the AHL for this game? We'll see what happens.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bruins recall Matt Bartkowski

Today the Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis (source). With Steve Kampfer out, Bartkowski will take his place in the lineup. He will play against Pittsburgh again, the Penguins are the only team he has played against when called up previously this season.

Bruins beat Lightning, win 7th straight

Last night the Bruins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning, who had the same record as the Bruins fighting for second place overall in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins came out on top in a 2-1 win that now puts the Bruins two points above the Lightning in the conference and three points below the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the second period, Steve Kampfer scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 28th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. That lead would hold and the Bruins would win 2-1.

Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and made 27 saves on 28 shots. Thomas is now 29-8-6, with a 1.95 GAA, and a .940 save percentage.

Both teams finished the game with 28 shots, 24 faceoff wins, and 7 blocked shots each. The Bruins led the game in hits 26-16.

Some notes from the game
Defenseman Andrew Ference was again out of the lineup with a lower body injury.

Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch.

Lucic dropped the gloves with Eric Brewer and handled him pretty good. Watch it here.

Lightning's Dominic Moore gets 5-stars for his diving performance.

Steve Kampfer now has a mild concussion from a big hit he took from Mattias Ritola (video of the hit).

Rich Peverley was 5-1 in the faceoff circle. Nice.

Johnny Boychuk had a game-high 5 hits.

As of right now, Bruins rookie defenseman Adam McQuaid leads the NHL in +/- with a +27 rating. Yes he doesn't play against the number one lines from opponents but I still think that is impressive.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both Kampfer (concussion) and Patrice Bergeron (personal reasons) will miss Saturday's game against the Penguins.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bruins win 6th straight, beat Sens

Tuesday night the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators, which was their 6th straight win. In the third period, Nathan Horton scored the only goal of the game, to get the Bruins the lead and eventually the win.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 33 saves on 33 shots, earning his 2nd shutout of the season. Rask is now 9-11-1, with a 2.66 GAA, and a .921 save percentage.

The Senators led the game in shots 33-21. Both teams won 20 faceoffs apiece. The Senators led the game in hits 27-21. Both teams blocked 16 shots apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Boston.