Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bruins vs Flyers game 1 summary

David Krejci celebrates his goal in the first period
Boston Bruins' David Krejci, left, of Czech Republic, reacts after scoring a goal as Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Carle skates by during the first period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series, Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The first line of David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton has awaken and showed a dominating performance in this afternoon's game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 7-3 Bruins Game 1 win. In all, the first line had 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists). Krejci finished with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Horton had 1 goal and 1 assist, and Lucic had 0 points but was noticeable and had a good game, along with leading the Bruins with 4 hits.

Lots of scoring in this one. In the first period, Krejci scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs to make it 1-0. Briere would later tie the game. With 36 seconds left in the period, Horton scored his 4th goal of the playoffs to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, ageless wonder Mark Recchi scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs making it 3-1 Bruins. Krejci would score another, his 3rd goal of the playoffs, to make it 4-1. Brad Marchand would later score his 2nd goal of the playoffs making it 5-1. Flyers starter Brian Boucher would then get pulled and Sergei Bobrovsky would come in to calm things down. After the goalie change, van Riemsdyk scored to make it 5-2.

In the third period, Mike Richards scored a power-play goal to make it 5-3 game. 1:57 later Marchand would score his 2nd goal of the game (3rd goal of the playoffs) to make it 6-3. Later Gregory Campbell scored his 1st playoff goal (also the 1st playoff goal of his career) to make it 7-3. That would be all of the scoring.

Tim Thomas played well, stopping 31 of 34 shots against him. Thomas is now 5-3 with a 2.33 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

The Flyers led the game in shots 34-33, faceoff wins 35-33, and in hits 25-20.

Notes from the game
Battle of the big men: Zdeno Chara was +3 with 2 hits and 28:08 of ice time. Flyers Chris Pronger was -4 with 1 hit and 19:45 of ice time. They even exchanged some pleasantries when Pronger was standing in front of Tim Thomas on a power-play.

Lucic got a misconduct at 15:29 of the third period. During a break, Flyers Rinaldo skated up behind Lucic and cross checked him in the lower back and Lucic responded with a gloved punch.

Patrice Bergeron had 3 assists while going 12-8 in the faceoff circle.

Marchand had 2 goals and an assist.

Dennis Seidenberg had 2 assists and was +4 in 25:43 of ice time.

Onto the next one
Game 2 is on Monday at 7:30pm. Bruins lead the series 1-0. This series has just begun so don't get too excited about this win because the Bruins need to play just like this every game and they'll have a good chance to win. This series will definitely be exciting. I can see Chris Pronger will start stirring things up, especially if the Flyers get down two games. Maybe he'll steal some more game pucks. Who knows, anything can happen in the playoffs. It should be fun to watch.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Andrew Ference will not be suspended

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will not be fined or suspended for the collision he had with Montreal's Jeff Halpern in last night's game.

No penalty was called on the play when Ference and Halpern collided, and after Thursday's hearing, the league ruled that no further discipline was warranted, either. Ference was not fined or suspended and will be eligible to play in Game 1 against the Flyers.

"When it first happened I wasn't [worried about a suspension]," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought it was just incidental contact, but when I took a closer look at bit I could see where the league's concerns lie. But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue [line], and when that happens the D are supposed to close off the rim around the wall.

"So he was moving that way and what Andy said is that he just saw a player off his shoulder as he was moving, as he was looking up when he saw the turnover," Chiarelli continued. "His motion and the player's motion, they ran into each other."

Tim Thomas doesn't respect divers

Tim Thomas was on the radio with WEEI's Mut & Merloni Thursday to talk about the Bruins series win over the Montreal Canadiens. During the talk, P.K. Subban's dive after holding Gregory Campbell came up in the discussion.

"I have respect for the Montreal Canadiens team and the way they played that series and the way that they battled, but to be completely honest, I don't have respect for actions like that," Thomas said. "That's a travesty to the game. That's not the way the game is supposed to be played. When I saw that happen in the first period, when he threw himself back on Campbell, it can be infuriating."

"If anything, it seems the refs let him get away with more, which I'm very surprised at. He's making the refs look not good on a regular basis. He's got enough talent, and he's a good enough player that there's no need for stuff like that."

Video of P.K. Subban's dive while holding Gregory Campbell

Round 2: Bruins vs Flyers schedule

Below is the schedule for the Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It should be another good series.

Game 1: Saturday, April 30th, Bruins @ Flyers, 3pm, CBC, NBC

Game 2: Monday, May 2nd, Bruins @ Flyers, 7:30pm, VS, TSN

Game 3: Wednesday, May 4th, Flyers @ Bruins, 7:00pm, VS, CBC

Game 4: Friday, May 6th, Flyers @ Bruins, 8:00pm, VS, CBC

Game 5: Sunday, May 8th, Bruins @ Flyers, 3:00pm, CBC, NBC

Game 6: Tuesday, May 10th, Flyers @ Bruins, TBD, VS, CBC

Game 7: Thursday, May 12th, Bruins @ Flyers, TBD, VS, CBC

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 7 summary

Montreal Canadiens center Jeff Halpern (15) looks up as Boston Bruins players celebrate the game-winning goal by Nathan Horton during the overtime period of Game 7 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The Bruins won 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The Boston Bruins are going to the second round of the playoffs to take on the Philadelphia Flyers as the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 7 in overtime. Nathan Horton was again the overtime hero, winning the game for the Bruins as his slap shot deflected off Jeff Halpern and past Carey Price into the net. Tim Thomas came up big in overtime and the Bruins were lucky at one time as Dennis Seidenberg almost knocked the puck into his own net.

In the first period, Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to make it 1-0 Bruins. Two minutes later Mark Recchi would make it 2-0, scoring his 1st goal of the playoffs. Montreal would later score a power-play goal to make it 2-1.

In the second period, Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Chris Kelly scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. With 1:57 left in the game, Patrice Bergeron in the penalty box for a high sticking penalty, P.K. Subban scored on a hard slap shot from the point to tie the game 3-3.

The game would go into overtime. 5:43 into overtime Nathan Horton would score to win the game for the Bruins.

It was a hard fought even series and great job by both teams.

Montreal led the game in shots 37-34. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 44-29 and hits 34-24.

Tim Thomas made 34 saves on 37 shots. Thomas is now 4-3 with a 2.25 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

Notes from the game
Bergeron had another strong game, despite the penalty in the third period, going 20-12 in the faceoff circle, getting an assist, was a +1, took 5 shots and had 4 hits.

Johnny Boychuk had a good game as well, scoring a goal, was +2, and had 3 hits.

We'll wait and see if there will be any discipline action taken on Andrew Ference for his incidental contact with Jeff Halpern that had Halpern down on the ice for awhile. Ference did have a good game, getting 2 assists and was +3.

The first line of Lucic-Krejci-Horton looked better in this game but at times didn't look good either. It was good to see them score the overtime goal.

Onto the next one
The Bruins will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the next series. Will they get their revenge from last season? I will post the schedule once I find out what it is. View the schedule here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 6 summary

Montreal Canadiens' Jaroslav Spacek (6) is tended to by a team doctor after being injured by Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, right, during second period Game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Montreal, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes
There will be a Game 7 tomorrow night in Boston as Montreal beat the Bruins tonight 2-1 in Game 6. I'm not going to go on and on about the officiating but it was just bad, really bad in this game.

In the first period, a Brian Gionta goal was waived off as the referee blew the whistle because he thought Tim Thomas had the puck but he didn't and Gionta tapped in a loose puck. Later in the period, Cammalleri scored on a 5-on-3 power-play to make it 1-0 Montreal. Near the end of the period, Patrice Bergeron was called for a phantom goalie interference penalty as Carey Price learned from his teammates how to dive and showed his skills. What a joke.

In the second period, 48 seconds into the period, Dennis Seidenberg scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to tie the game. Later on, Milan Lucic got a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Jaroslav Spacek was the player who got hit by Lucic and he stayed down on the ice for awhile and it looked like he had a cut on the side of his face. Maybe caused by his huge visor? Lucic was going in to finish his check and Spacek turned his back at the last second. Lucic couldn't stop and what happened is the result. 16 seconds after the Lucic major, Bergeron gets a delay of game penalty so Montreal gets another 5-on-3 power-play. Bruins killer Brian Gionta scores to make it 2-1 and that would be the game winning goal.

The Bruins took way too many penalties in this game. Some were the officials calling dumb penalties and others were the Bruins taking dumb penalties. The Bruins did have power-plays as well in this game going 0 for 4 while Montreal went 2 for 5. The Bruins power-play needs to wake up and do something as it is really hurting the Bruins right now. The Bruins are now 0 for 19 in the series on the power-play.

Tim Thomas made 25 saves on 27 shots. Thomas is now 3-3 with a 2.16 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

Bergeron went 10-12 in the faceoff circle. I think that was his worst game taking faceoffs so far in the playoffs. You can see Montreal getting frustrated when facing Bergeron in the faceoff circle as Plekanec was cross checking and taking extra whacks at Bergeron after some faceoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-27. Montreal led the game in faceoff wins 35-27 and hits 22-10.

Game summary video

Onto the next one
Game 7 is tomorrow/Wednesday in Boston at 7pm ET.

Bruins game 7 stats (from above NESN video)
-All-time Game 7's, Bruins are 9-10
-At home Game 7's, Bruins are 9-6
-Last 3 home game 7's, Bruins are 0-3
-Since 2004, Bruins are 0-4
-All-time vs Canadiens, Bruins are 2-5

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 5 summary

Nathan Horton scores the game winning goal in overtime for the Bruins
Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Norton (18) beats Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price for the game-winning goal during the second overtime period in Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Saturday, April 23, 2011. The Bruins won 3-2, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
What a game! It took two overtimes but the Bruins won Game 5 with Nathan Horton scoring the game winner in the second overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 series lead. The game was mainly a goalie battle as no scoring happened until the third period. Brad Marchand scored his 1st goal to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Halpern for Montreal would tie the game as the Bruins coughed up the puck behind their net. Then as I said above, in the second overtime, Horton scored to win the game 2-1. One thing to remember, before the Horton goal, Tim Thomas came up huge robbing Brian Gionta of a sure goal. This was definitely Thomas' best game of the playoffs so far.

Tim Thomas made 44 saves on 45 shots. Thomas is now 3-2 with a 2.19 GAA and a .927 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 44-39 and hits 37-33. Both teams won 43 faceoffs. The Bruins power play looked bad going 0 for 3.

Game highlights video

Notes from the game
Patrice Bergeron had another really good game. He had 1 assist, was a +1 with 4 shots, 3 blocked shots, and had 6 hits in 28:18 of ice time. He went 23-12 in the faceoff circle.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in ice time with 38:15. Zdeno Chara was next with 37:06.

Milan Lucic looked better in this game, although not much of a physical presence with just 1 hit. But he had an assist, was +1, and had 8 shots.

Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle were the only Bruins without a shot on net.

Michael Ryder had another really good game for the Bruins. He even made a big save on a Plekanec shot while in the crease.

In the second period, while the Marchand-Plekanec scrum was going on, Mark Recchi was going at it with Hal Gill. I don't know if anyone else remembers this but back when Gill was still with the Bruins and Recchi was with the Flyers they had a shoving match where Recchi pushed the much bigger Gill around. It looked similar to today's shoving match. They do have a history.

At one point in the first overtime, the Versus broadcasters called out Kaberle for not hustling back in overtime as Montreal had an odd man rush. Rightfully so. I haven't been impressed with Kaberle since we got him.

Onto the next one
Game 6 is on Tuesday in Montreal at 7pm ET. The Bruins lead the series 3-2 now and have a chance to close out the series in Montreal.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 4 summary

The Bruins celebrate as they won game 4 in overtime
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, left, joins in the celebration following a goal by Michael Ryder during the first period of overtime in Game 4 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Montreal.The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 5-4 to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
Michael Ryder has woke up and that is great news for himself and the Bruins. In the final year of his contract, if Ryder can play how he did Thursday night then he will get a good contract next season from some team.

The game did not start well for the Bruins as they fell behind 1-0 and were outplayed in the first period by Montreal.

In the second period, Ryder scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to tie the game up 1-1. Later, Montreal would score back-to-back goals to make it 3-1. Andrew Ference would later score his 1st goal of the playoffs to make it 3-2. After his goal Ference made a gesture that looked like he was giving the crowd the finger. The CBC broadcast caught this and CBC's Glenn Healy was outraged. Later Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs to tie the game 3-3.

In the third period, Montreal would take a 4-3 lead. But later, Chris Kelly would score his 2nd goal of the playoffs to tie the game and the game would go to overtime.

In overtime, Ryder scored his 2nd goal of the game, and 2nd of the playoffs, to win it for the Bruins and tie the series 2-2.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 34 saves on 38 shots but he didn't look like a Vezina winner, again giving up lots of rebounds.

Montreal led the game in shots 38-35 and hits 27-19. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 30-28.

Notes from the game
Ryder and Kelly both had 3 points each. Ryder with 2 goals and an assist, while Kelly had a goal and 2 assists.

Bergeron with another strong game, with a goal and an assist, a +1, 7 shots, and went 17-12 in the faceoff circle.

Milan Lucic still has 0 points in the playoffs, a -2, with 11 hits, and 5 shots in 4 games. The Bruins need him and his linemates to step it up if they want to get past Montreal.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is at Boston on Saturday at 7pm ET.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 3 summary

Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci celebrate Krejci's goal
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron congratulates David Krejci on a goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
Tonight the Bruins were ready and came out like they should have in the first two games.

After killing off a too many men on ice penalty, Patrice Bergeron set up David Krejci for a nice one-timer and made it 1-0 Bruins. It was Krejci's 1st goal of the playoffs. Later in the first period, Nathan Horton scored his 1st playoff goal to make it 2-0 Bruins. Horton, from behind the net, threw the puck out in front of the net and it crossed the goal line before the Montreal defenseman could get to it.

Near the end of the first period, Montreal's Benoit Pouliot charged at Johnny Boychuk, left his feet and elbowed Boychuk right in the head. Andrew Ference challenged the bigger Pouliot and they dropped the gloves. Ference had a cut on his cheek after the fight. Good to see Ference do that. Watch the fight here. There's a possibility that Pouliot could be suspended for that cheap hit as it was a hit to the head of Boychuk.

In the second period, Rich Peverley scored his 1st ever playoff goal to make it 3-0 on a bad turnover by Carey Price. Price tried to shoot it up the ice but it deflected off Mark Recchi and Peverley had an open net. Montreal would later score and make it a 3-1 Bruins lead. Andrei Kostitsyn used his speed to get around Zdeno Chara, shot it and the puck went through Tim Thomas' five-hole.

It was all Montreal in the third period. Tomas Plekanec scored to make it 3-2 on a shot that Thomas needs to save, especially during the playoffs. Another five-hole goal given up by Thomas. The Bruins would hold on and Chris Kelly would score an empty-net goal to make it 4-2, but Montreal kept putting the pressure on the Bruins.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 34 saves on 36 shots.

Montreal led the game in shots 36-24. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 27-22 and hits 28-27.

Notes from the game
Only in Montreal does the public address announcer have to tell the home fans that you're team has American players on their roster so they don't boo the American National Anthem as they have in the past. That's just sad.

The Bruins had three 3-on-1's and I don't think they got a shot on goal from any of them.

Montreal's Roman Hamrlik gets five stars for his dive in the third period after he went to hit a Bruin. The dive seemed to get Jack Edwards really hot. Then Carey Price tried to dive too but the refs weren't buying it (finally).

Patrice Bergeron had a strong game, recording 2 assists, was +3, went 10-7 in faceoffs.

Mark Recchi also had 2 assits and was a +2.

Onto the next one
The series is now 2-1 Montreal. Game 4 is on Thursday in Montreal at 7pm ET.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 2 summary

Montreal scores against the Bruins
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, foreground, looks behind as a shot by Montreal Canadiens' Mathieu Darche, right, goes in for a goal during the first period in Game 2 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series in Boston, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Game 2 between the Bruins and Canadiens was tonight and it didn't take long for Montreal to get on the board and then go on to win the game 3-1.

In the first period, Montreal scored twice to give them a 2-0 lead. The fist goal came only 43 seconds into the game by Michael Cammalleri. Later, Mathieu Darche scored a power-play goal on a questionable Dennis Seidenberg interference penalty call.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored the first Bruins goal of the series to make it 2-1. Later in the period Yannick Weber would score for Montreal to make it a 3-1 lead.

In the third period, no scoring took place.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 23 saves on 26 shots.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-26, faceoff wins 31-28, and hits 35-27.

Notes from the game
Zdeno Chara did not play in tonight's game because he wasn't medically cleared to play.

Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk were both -2. Seidenberg is now a team-worst -4 in the playoffs.

Patrice Bergeron went 14-7 in the faceoff circle.

Tomas Kaberle had a team-high with 28:04 of ice time.

Onto the next one
Montreal now leads the series 2-0. Game 3 is on Monday night at 7:30 ET in Montreal.

Chara hospitalized for dehydration Friday night

Friday night Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was hospitalized for dehydration so he is questionable for tonight's game, but I would expect him to play tonight.

"He got treated for a little bit of dehydration," said Boston Head Coach Claude Julien. "And that's basically all there is to that."

"Until our medical staff tells me he can't go, he's in tonight."

"That's basically all I can tell you," added Julien. "I'm certainly not going to be the guy that's going to be making the final decision -- our medical people are -- but they have yet to tell me he can't go."

Montreal's Michael Cammalleri had a comment about Chara's status.

Asked about Chara, Cammalleri reportedly said, "I'm no MD, so I'm not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team."

Other injury news: Montreal's Jeff Halpern and Andrei Kostitsyn are game-time decisions.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bruins vs Canadiens game 1 summary

Bruins killer Brian Gionta once again killed the Bruins, last night scoring two goals and led Montreal to take the 1-0 lead in the playoff series. The Bruins didn't show the intensity that they need in the playoffs and couldn't get any pucks past Carey Price.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 18 saves on 20 shots.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-20, faceoff wins 36-25, and hits 29-28.

Notes from the game
Patrice Bergeron went 12-5 in the faceoff circle.

Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg were both -2.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Onto the next one
Game 2 is on Saturday at 7pm ET.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Get ready for tonight!

I've been away so I haven't been able to post about the last two games of the season for the Bruins where they beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 and lost to the New Jersey Devils 3-2.

The playoffs start tonight for the Bruins where they take on the hated Montreal Canadiens in game 1. It should definitely be another wild series between the two franchises and lots of fun.

Here's the schedule for the series:

Game 1: at BOS
Thu, Apr 14 - 7:00 pm EDT

Game 2: at BOS
Sat, Apr 16 - 7:00 pm EDT

Game 3: at MON
Mon, Apr 18 - 7:30 pm EDT

Game 4: at MON
Thu, Apr 21 - 7:00 pm EDT

Game 5: at BOS
Sat, Apr 23 - 7:00 pm EDT

Game 6: at MON
Tue, Apr 26 - TBA

Game 7: at BOS
Wed, Apr 27 - TBA

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bruins beat Islanders 3-2

Bruins celebrate Shawn Thornton's goal
Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Gregory Campbell, left, and Tomas Kaberle, of the Czech Republic, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Bruins Shawn Thornton returned to the lineup, with his 40+ stitches, and came back with a lot of energy. At the end of the first period he put a rebound into the back of the net with less than a second on the clock. It was Thornton's 10th goal of the season.

In the second period, Dennis Seidenberg scored his 7th goal of the season to make it 2-1. Later, Gregory Campbell scored his 13th goal of the season to make it a 3-1 Bruins lead. The second period would end 3-2 and no scoring happened in the third period.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 30 saves on 32 shots. Thomas is now 34-11-9, with a 2.02 GAA, and a .938 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-32 and faceoff wins 28-20.

Some notes from the game
The Florida Panthers must be kicking themselves for putting Michael Grabner on waivers before this season started. Good job by the Islanders to pick this kid up, he can skate and score as he scored twice against the Bruins, getting to 33 goals as a rookie.

The Bruins fourth line of Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton-Daniel Paille was the Bruins best line last night.

The lineup last night is what we'll probably see in the playoffs. Tyler Seguin was scratched.

Onto the next one
The Bruins have two games left in the season. Their next game is on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators in Boston. Then on Sunday they play at the New Jersey Devils.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bruins blow 3-goal lead, lose to Rangers

The Bruins had a 3-0 lead half-way through the game but then the New York Rangers woke up. They must have realized they needed these two points to get some more space between them and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers then would score 5 unanswered goals (the 5th being an empty netter) to beat the Bruins 5-3. Tim Thomas looked good in the first period, but did not look good on the goals he gave up.

I'm just going to go over who scored for the Bruins, as I'm really disappointed in this loss. In the first period, Daniel Paille scored his 5th goal of the season. Paille is playing much better now and is making a case for a regular spot in the lineup during the playoffs. He could take Tyler Seguin's spot in the lineup if he keeps playing well (unless Shawn Thornton is unable to heal before the playoffs start). Nathan Horton would later score his 25th goal of the season.

In the second period, Chris Kelly scored his 1st goal as a Bruin, his 13th goal of the season.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 21 saves on 25 shots. Thomas is now 33-11-9, with a 2.02 GAA, and a .938 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-25 and faceoff wins 27-20. The Rangers led the game in hits 31-27.

Some notes from the game
Mark Recchi, Andrew Ference, and Adam McQuaid were all a -2.

Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg each had a team-high 4 hits apiece. Seidenberg also had 5 blocked shots.

Patrice Bergeron went 10-5 in the faceoff circle.

The Bruins killed all four power-plays that the Rangers had.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Wednesday hosting the New York Islanders in Boston.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bruins beat Thrashers 3-2

Before today's afternoon game against the Atlanta Thrashers, rookie Brad Marchand won the Seventh Player Award. The Seventh Player Award, voted on by Bruins fans, is an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the season. I also thought Marchand should win this as no one expected him to do what he is doing. Then the game came and the Bruins beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 with the game winning goal scored by Michael Ryder on a penalty shot. The Bruins have now officially clinched the Northeast division.

Here's the breakdown for the Bruins goals. In the first period, Mark Recchi scored his 14th goal of the season.

In the second period, Daniel Paille scored his 4th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Michael Ryder scored his 18th goal of the season on a penalty shot to give the Bruins the 3-2 win. The Bruins would hold on for the win.

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 11-13-2, with a 2.66 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

The Thrashers led the game in shots 30-24 and hits 16-14. The Bruins dominated in faceoff wins 41-19.

Defenseman Shane Hnidy played in his first game with the Bruins this season. He had 2 PIMs, 3 shots, 1 hit, and was even for the +/- stat.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Monday at the New York Rangers.

If the playoffs started today, the Bruins (3) would take on the Montreal Canadiens (6), but anything can happen from now to the end of the season.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bruins lose in shootout to Leafs

The Bruins once again couldn't hold a lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the game went to a shootout where the Leafs would come out with the two points in a 4-3 shootout loss for the Bruins. The Bruins now need one more point to clinch the Northeast Division.

After the first period, the Leafs led the game 1-0.

In the second period, Brad Marchand scored his 21st goal of the season, a short-handed goal on a great individual effort getting around Clarke MacArthur to tie the game. 59 seconds later David Krejci scored his 13th goal of the season on a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal between Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, and Krejci. The Leafs would tie it up. Later, Andrew Ference scored his 3rd goal of the season on a slap shot that may have been redirected by a Leafs defenseman but a shot that Reimer should have stopped.

Besides the goal scoring in the second period, there was also some rough stuff going on, you know hockey. Milan Lucic and Jay Rosehill dropped the gloves and had a long spirited fight with both guys exchanging bombs. I'm glad Lucic is ok and didn't get hurt from fighting a player who does that for a living. As Jack Edwards said, Rosehill probably won't score 30 goals during his whole NHL career. Watch the fight below.

In the third period, the Leafs would tie it up and the game would go into overtime, and then into a shootout.

In the shootout, for the Bruins, Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder couldn't score on their chances. For the Leafs, Phil Kessel missed the net and Nazem Kadri scored on a beautiful top shelf goal. Then Bruins Rich Peverley couldn't score to tie it.

I don't get why Ryder was chosen for the shootout as he is awful and does the same thing. At least put in Patrice Bergeron who has had some success on shootouts or even

Tim Thomas played in net and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Thomas is now 33-10-9, with a 1.98 GAA, and a .939 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-31. The Leafs led the game in faceoff wins 36-29 and hits 23-16.

There were times that Zdeno Chara was missing on the bench during the game. After the game Claude Julien wouldn't say what was up with him. And today Chara has an off day from practice. So you have to think that something is up with him. He will play on Saturday.

Onto the next one
The Bruins next game is on Saturday, hosting the Atlanta Thrashers at 1pm EST. These afternoon games are usually bad for the Bruins. It will be good seeing Mark Stuart on the ice, but now on the opposition. Oh yeah and Blake Wheeler.