Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals schedule: Bruins vs Canucks

Here's is the schedule for the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks.

Game 1: Wednesday, June 1st, Bruins @ Canucks, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, NBC, RDS
Game 2: Saturday, June 4th, Bruins @ Canucks, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, NBC, RDS
Game 3: Monday, June 6th, Canucks @ Bruins, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Wednesday, June 8th, Canucks @ Bruins, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 5: Friday, June 10th, Bruins @ Canucks, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, NBC, RDS
Game 6: Monday, June 13th, Canucks @ Bruins, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, NBC, RDS
Game 7: Wednesday, June 15th, Bruins @ Canucks, 8pm ET, TV: CBC, NBC, RDS

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 7 summary

The Boston Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Finals! The Bruins beat the Lightning 1-0 in Game 7 tonight to advance to take on the Vancouver Canucks for the Cup.

The Boston Bruins gather around the Prince of Wales trophy for pictures
BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: The Prince of Wales trophy is presented to the Boston Bruins by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 1 to 0 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Before I go into the game summary I must say I'm very proud of the Bruins and how they showed the team unity they have, especially when accepting the Prince of Wales trophy. The Bruins pulled something that I haven't seen done before in hockey when presented with the conference champion trophy. Zdeno Chara waived everyone in to take part in the picture for the Prince of Wales trophy, even the guys who were healthy scratches. Usually you see just the captain from the winning team stand there for pictures but we saw all the Bruins join in. You could say they pulled a "Patriots move," referring to when the New England Patriots decided to be introduced in the Super Bowl as a team instead of individually. I have a feeling we may see this move done more by other teams in the future as teams in the NFL later copied the Patriots. And no, no Bruin touched the Prince of Wales trophy. Watch it here.

The Boston Bruins posing for pictures with the Prince of Wales trophy
BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: The Prince of Wales trophy is presented to the Boston Bruins by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 1 to 0 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

First off, the refs let the players play tonight as there were no penalties in the game. There were some obvious interference non-calls that the refs let go. This let the game flow and the action was intense. No scoring happened until in the third period when David Krejci sent a perfect pass to Nathan Horton who tipped the puck into the net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at the 12:27 mark. That's all the Bruins would need as they held off the Lightning as the Lightning had a hard time getting the puck deep as they pulled Dwayne Roloson. It was a great to see the players celebrate the huge win.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves getting his 2nd shutout of the playoffs and of the series. Thomas is now 12-6 with a 2.29 GAA and a .929 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-24 and in faceoff wins 35-26. Both teams had 23 hits.

Tim Thomas was definitely the MVP for the Bruins in this series, even though there were some goals he maybe should have had. Nathan Horton definitely comes in at a close second for Bruins MVP in this series.

Props to Steven Stamkos for coming back into the game after a Johnny Boychuk slap shot got redirected and hit Stamkos in the nose. His shield definitely helped him but his nose was still busted up.

Onto the next one
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is on Wednesday in Vancouver at 8pm ET on NBC. I will post the Stanley Cup Finals schedule in my next post. The Bruins are definitely the underdogs in their next series. The Canucks finished the season with the top record in the league and have been picked by many to win the Cup. This should be one heck of a series. I'm going to say Bruins win the Cup in 7 games.

The Bruins need 4 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Personally, I'm so happy to see the Bruins make the Stanley Cup Finals. I have been following and watching the Bruins in the mid-1990s and to see them come from the bottom of the league to an average team to a team that couldn't get it done in the playoffs and to now in the finals, it's just amazing the progress they have made. Go Bruins!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 6 summary

Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Milan Lucic celebrate a Bruins goal
Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton (18) and David Krejci, center, of the Czech Republic, celebrate after teammate Milan Lucic, right, scored a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final series in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, May 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
There will be a Game 7 on Friday in Boston as the Lightning beat the Bruins 5-4 tonight. With all of the crying that Lightning coach Guy Boucher did about penalties before the game, well his team got their chances and they lit up the net on the Bruins, going 3 for 4 on the power-play. The Bruins had their chances on the power-play as well but they went 1 for 5 which really hurt them in the end. The Bruins top line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton was on fire tonight scoring all four of Boston's goals but the Bruins defense and Tim Thomas just couldn't stop the Lightning.

In the first period, it only took 36 seconds for the Lightning to grab the lead 1-0. The Bruins then took control of the play and scored twice in the period to take a 2-1 lead. Milan Lucic scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs and David Krejci scored his 8th goal of the playoffs.

In the second period, it was all Tampa Bay as they scored twice to take the lead 3-2.

In the third period, the Bruins controlled most of the play but Stamkos would score a power-play goal on Andrew Ference's cross checking penalty that carried over to the third period to make it 4-2. I'm not sure how Ference got called for a weak cross checking penalty as Stamkos was seen punching the back of Dennis Seidenberg's head a few times in the same scrum and Stamkos got nothing for that and Ference got a penalty. I guess crying about penalty calls may get you some help.

Later, David Krejci would score his second goal of the game, his 9th goal of the playoffs, to make it 4-3. The Lightning came right back as Martin St. Louis scored on a 2-on-1 with Steve Downie to make it 5-3. Johnny Boychuk got caught going too deep and couldn't get back. Krejci later would score his third goal of the game, his 10th goal of the playoffs, recording a hat trick to make it 5-4. The game would end with a scrum as a Lightning player decided to hit Nathan Horton just before at the buzzer so Milan Lucic joined in and a few players paired off but not much happened.

Tim Thomas made 21 saves on 26 shots and looked human in net. Thomas is now 11-6 with a 2.42 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

The Lightning led the game in shots 26-20, in faceoff wins 34-31 and in hits 23-18.

Notes from the game
Dwayne Roloson played in net for the Lightning and did not look at his best.

Patrice Bergeron had a bad game as he was 9-10 in the faceoff circle and was -1 with 0 shots.

The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line had their best game of the series combining for 7 points and all of the Bruins goals. Lucic had 1 goal and 1 assist, was +2 with 4 shots. Krejci had 3 goals, was +2, had 4 shots and went 10-8 in the faceoff circle. Horton had 2 assists, was +2 with 2 shots and again led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Johnny Boychuk was on the ice for all 5 goals against in only 12:27 of ice time. Maybe he isn't over that hit he took from Downie in Game 5?

The good news is that Game 7 is back in Boston where the Bruins looked good in Game 5.

Oh and nice job to whoever was the Lightning marketing genius that thought of giving out a hard noisemaker paddle or whatever those were to fans which were seen being thrown out onto the ice at the players at the end of the game. You could see Bruins players and Lightning players getting hit with them.

Onto the next one
Game 7 is on Friday in Boston at 8pm ET. It all comes down to one game now for a trip to the finals.

The Bruins still need 5 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Johnny Boychuk is ready to go for game 6

Bruins head coach Claude Julien's comments on Johnny Boychuk's condition:

"Nothing has changed," Julien said. "He's fine."

Johnny Boychuk's comments about how he feels and the hit:

"I was a little foggy, but then after I got off the ice, I felt totally fine," Boychuk said Tuesday. "Even when I was on the ice, they just wanted to make sure I was OK before I even tried to skate. I didn't really want to fall."

"I didn't see him… obviously," Boychuk said. "I didn't see him coming. You can't really brace yourself if you can't see him."

"I saw the hit," he said. "If it's suspendable, then the league will do it, but I'm feeling fine and that's the main thing."

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Some news from Tampa Bay about upcoming Game 6. Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said that Dwayne Roloson will start in net for Game 6.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 5 summary

Bruins Brad Marchand celebrates scoring a goal
Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand and fans celebrate his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, in Boston on Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tonight's Game 5 looked similar to Game 4 where one team dominated the first period and then the other team came back in the next two periods, but the teams were reversed this time. Tonight the Lightning dominated the first period, scoring a goal only 1:09 into the game getting the 1-0 lead and looked better than the Bruins. Tim Thomas made some good saves to make sure it was only a 1-0 deficit. Mike Smith started the game for the Lightning in goal and played well.

The Bruins came back strong in the second period scoring twice. Nathan Horton scored his 7th goal of the playoffs on a one-timer, after receivig a beautiful backhand pass from Milan Lucic. Later in the period, Brad Marchand made up for his lack of hustle in the first period and a penalty by scoring the go-ahead goal, his 6th goal of the playoffs.

In the third period, the Lightning came out strong and had chances to tie the game but Thomas was great making save after save. Thomas also made the save of the year by robbing Steve Downie with his stick as he dived backwards to block a Downie shot after a shot went wide off the end boards and back out in front. Watch it below.


Rich Peverley would add an empty net goal, his 2nd goal of the playoffs, to put the game away 3-1 for the Bruins.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 34 shots. Thomas is now 11-5 with a 2.27 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

The Lightning led the game in shots 34-19. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 41-30 and hits 25-18.

Notes from the game
Johnny Boychuk was hit by Steve Downie behind the Bruins net and Boychuk's head smacked against the glass from the impact. Downie did not make contact with Boychuk's head as it was a clean hit but it was late. Downie got called for a 2-minute boarding penalty. Boychuk went off the ice slowly as he tried to shake it off. He did not return to the game. Hopefully Boychuk is ok and can play the next game.


Nathan Horton took two bad interference penalties during the game. He needs to control himself more in the playoffs but I do like his tenacity. He led the Bruins in hits tonight with 4.

Brad Marchand had a tough first period as he got laid out by Matthias Ohlund from a big hit and made some mistakes. He played better though in the second and third periods.

Onto the next one
Game 6 is on Wednesday at 8pm ET in Tampa Bay. I think the Lightning will go with veteran Dwayne Roloson in Game 6. I have a feeling that this series will go to a game 7 just like the Montreal series.

The Bruins need 5 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 4 summary

Bruins Tim Thomas make a save against Lightning's Ryan Malone
TAMPA, FL - MAY 21: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins defends against Ryan Malone #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 21, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Bruins came out in the first period strong, scoring three goals and looking to be in good shape. But the rest of the game was controlled by the Lightning. They came back scoring three quick goals in the second period to tie the game. Then in the third period, Bruins killer Simon Gagne scored the go-ahead goal to make it 4-3 Lightning. The Lightning would then add an empty net goal to finish the game 5-3.

For the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal, his 3rd of the playoffs. Michael Ryder would score the second goal for the Bruins, his 5th goal of the season. And Bergeron would score his 4th goal of the playoffs, second of the game to make it 3-0 Bruins. The Bruins looked strong in the first period and for whatever reason they didn't play the same way in the second and third periods. So now the series is tied 2-2 and going back to Boston for Game 5.

Tim Thomas made 32 saves on 36 shots. Thomas is now 10-5 with a 2.34 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

The Lightning led the game in shots 36-30, in faceoff wins 39-26 and in hits 26-22.

Notes from the game
David Krejci was -3 and going 3-9 in the faceoff circle.

Milan Lucic was -2 and had a big turnover that led to a TB goal.

Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg were also -2 each.

At the end of the first period, troublemaker Steve Downie started a scrum and Rich Peverley and Marc-Andre Bergeron ended up dropping the gloves in an uneventful fight.

Onto the next one
Game 5 is on Monday at 8pm in Boston.

The Bruins still need 6 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 3 summary

Patrice Bergeron returned to the Bruins lineup in Game 3
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) starts a break up-ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final series Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Tampa, Fla. Bergeron was in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals after missing two games because of a concussion. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Patrice Bergeron came back to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night and showed just how much the Bruins missed him in Games 1 and 2. Bergeron had a good game, going 18-10 in the faceoff circle and playing his solid two-way game in 19:13 of ice time.

Tim Thomas came up huge making save after save and recording his 1st shutout of the playoffs this year to give the Bruins a 2-0 win at Tampa Bay. Thomas made 31 saves in the game and he is now 10-4 with a 2.23 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

In the first period, David Krejci scored his 7th goal of the playoffs off a beautiful no-look pass from Milan Lucic. Later in the period Krejci was layed out with a huge hit by Marc-Andre Bergeron. Krejci got up slowly but he would be ok and play the rest of the game. It looked like a clean hit but Bergeron was called for a 2-minute elbowing penalty.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Andrew Ference scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs to make it 2-0 Bruins. It was a shot from the blue line that went five-hole on a screened Dwayne Roloson and it slowly crossed the goal line to count.

The Lightning led the game in shots 31-25 and hits 22-19. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 37-28.

Notes from the game
This was a change from the first two games where there was so much scoring. The Bruins looked much better defensively in this one.

David Krejci was also solid in the faceoff circle, going 13-5. After the game, Krejci was asked about the hit.

"I was a little sore, but I feel pretty good."

"I'm fine. I don't think I have to look at it. I'm sure I'm going to see it. The guys told me that the guy just came off the bench. I didn't even see him. They gave me a little heads up, so I got a little ready for it. If they didn't give me a heads up on the bench, then I would get hit and in a relaxed body and it'd be maybe way worse. But I feel fine."
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Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk were +2.

Tyler Seguin didn't get any points but still had a good game as he was +1 with 3 shots.

Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch with Bergeron returning to the lineup and Seguin being hot.

Onto the next one
Game 4 is on Saturday at 1:30 PM ET in Tampa Bay. It will be on the NBC broadcast.

The Bruins need 6 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 2 summary

Nathan Horton scores a goal for the Bruins in the first period
BOSTON, MA - MAY 17: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins scores a first period goal on a power play past Dwayne Roloson #35 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 17, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Game 2 did not start how the Bruins wanted it to but it ended how they were hoping.

Only thirteen seconds into the game the Lightning managed to get one past Tim Thomas as the puck deflected off the end boards out to the other side of the net and Adam Hall was able to knock it in the net past Thomas. After that goal the Bruins came back with some solid play. They would tie the game 1-1 with Nathan Horton scoring a power-play goal, his 6th goal of the playoffs. He tipped in a hard Dennis Seidenberg slap shot. From the replay it looked like the puck would have gone in even if Horton didn't tip it. With only 7 seconds left in the period, Martin St. Louis scored to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, the Bruins dominated the play and scored five times in the period. Tyler Seguin would score 48 seconds into the period and give the Bruins a big lift and to tie the game 2-2. It was Seguin's 2nd goal of the playoffs in his 2nd playoff game. David Krejci would score later, his 6th goal of the playoffs, to make it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Seguin would score again, his 3rd goal of the playoffs, to make it 4-2 Bruins. 1:18 later, Vincent Lecavalier would score a power-play goal for the Lightning to make it 4-3. Later, Michael Ryder scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, to make it 5-3 Bruins. With 19 seconds left in the period, Ryder scored again, his 4th goal of the playoffs, to make it 6-3 Bruins.

Mike Smith would replace Dwayne Roloson for the third period. The third period was dominated by the Lightning as it looked like the Bruins sat back. It was really tough to watch this period. The Lightning scored twice in the period (Steven Stamkos and Dominic Moore scored) and they had chances to tie the game but Tim Thomas came up big stopping those chances. The Bruins would hold on and win the game 6-5 but it was a nail biter down to the end.

Tim Thomas made 36 saves on 41 shots. Thomas is now 9-4 with a 2.39 GAA and a .927 save percentage in the playoffs this season.

The Lightning led the game in shots 41-35. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 41-32 and hits 30-23.

Notes from the game
Marc Savard was at the Garden in attendance watching the game.

The Bruins power-play woke up tonight, going 2 for 5.

Tyler Seguin ended the game with 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) and was +3. He now has 6 points in 2 games during the playoffs. He needs to keep playing and playing more minutes. Seguin had 13:31 of ice time. When someone is producing like that you ride them.

Michael Ryder had a strong game as well, on a line with Seguin, scoring 2 goals, getting an assist and was +2.

Moving Rich Peverley on the line with Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi was a good move. I initially thought they would do this in game 1 but they didn't. Peverley's speed should work well with Marchand's speed.

Nathan Horton had a strong game too, scoring a goal and getting 2 assists, despite his 4 PIMs. Horton led the Bruins with 7 hits.

Dennis Seidenberg had 2 assists and was +2.

Johnny Boychuk had a rough night as he was -3.

Can I ask what's with the fans throwing stuff on the ice after the game? You do realize the Bruins won right? Were you upset the Bruins sat back in the third period? I just don't get it. Maybe it's because I'm grown up now that I don't get it?

Onto the next one
Game 3 is on Thursday in Tampa Bay at 8pm ET.

The Bruins need 7 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bruins vs Lightning game 1 summary

Tyler Seguin gets congrats after scoring his 1st NHL playoff goal
Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin is congratulated at the bench after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series, Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
After a long layoff for both teams, it was expected that they may have a slow start. Well the Bruins had a bad first period and the Lightning looked good capitalizing on Bruins mistakes. The Lightning managed to score three goals in the first period and that would be all they needed as they beat the Bruins in game 1 by the score 5-2. The Lightning scored the three goals in a total of 1:25 during the period which set a new team record. Tyler Seguin would answer for the Bruins scoring on a breakaway beating Roloson low glove side. That would be Seguin's first NHL playoff goal in his 1st NHL playoff game.

In the second period, no scoring happened, just a bunch of power-plays.

In the third period, the Lightning scored a power-play goal and then added an empty net goal. Johnny Boychuk would score a late goal, his 3rd of the playoffs, as the puck deflected off the Lightning's Bergeron's stick. Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic got late roughing and misconduct penalties in the period. Horton got tangled up with Dominic Moore, remember they had something going during a regular season game as well, and when Horton got up he threw a gloved punch at Moore. Lucic then came in and threw a gloved punch at Victor Hedman, who went down quite easily.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 29 saves on 33 shots. Thomas is now 8-4 with a 2.19 GAA and a .932 save percentage. You can only fault Thomas on the Brett Clark goal as he should have had that and maybe the Teddy Purcell goal, but Kaberle really messed up turning the puck over in that area next to Thomas.

Both teams had 33 shots on net. The Lightning dominated the faceoff circle going 41-26, which shows how much Patrice Bergeron means to the faceoff game for the Bruins. The Bruins led the game in hits 26-23.

Notes from the game
Patrice Bergeron did not play and Tyler Seguin was in the lineup. Possibly some good news for game 2 from Joe Haggerty via Twitter: "Indications I got from talking to few players inside #bruins dressing room is that Patrice Bergeron is going to play in Game 2 vs #Lightning"

Besides Johnny Boychuk and Tyler Seguin you could possibly say nobody else on the Bruins showed up for this game. Seguin had a goal and an assist with 3 shots on net and 2 hits. Boychuk had some big hits in this game, including a hip check on Steven Stamkos and a hit knocking down Simon Gagne that brought Vincent Lecavalier in, which then Boychuk threw a gloved punch at him.

Seguin only had 9:38 of ice time in the game. The Versus crew said he had 5 minutes of ice time after two periods. He was the Bruins best forward by far and got very little ice time. That makes no sense to me.

Dennis Seidenberg was -3 while Zdeno Chara was -2.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to the lineup. He had 12:29 of ice time and was +1.

At one point during the third period, Mark Recchi was helmetless and going at it with cheapshotter Randy Jones. Good to see the fire Recchi still has in his game.

Hopefully we won't see this kind of effort for the rest of the series from the Bruins and I hope they woke up from this game. I hope Lucic and Horton don't get suspended for their actions in the third period showing their frustration.

Onto the next one
Game 2 is on Tuesday in Boston at 8pm ET.

The Bruins still need 8 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Round 3: Bruins vs Lightning schedule

The schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning has been released:

Game 1 at Boston: Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m.
Game 2 at Boston: Tuesday, May 17, 8 p.m.
Game 3 at Tampa Bay: Thursday, May 19, 8 p.m.
Game 4 at Tampa Bay: Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m.
Game 5 at Boston: Monday, May 23, 8 p.m.
Game 6 at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, May 25, 8 p.m.
Game 7 at Boston, Friday, May 27, 8 p.m.

Some good news on Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron was seen at TD Garden on Tuesday which is good news. Of course there is no telling if he will play in the next series but we hope he gets better soon.

"He's here and he's doing better," said the coach. "Given with the concussion symptoms and everything else and the protocol of it, he's here today because he's feeling better. So we're getting some positive feedback from him."
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Looks like Chris Kelly will center the line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Tyler Seguin will play on wing on a line with Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bruins broadcaster Jack Edwards signs extension with NESN

For all of the fans of Bruins broadcaster Jack Edwards you will love this news. To those who hate Jack Edwards because he is a homer, like most sports teams broadcasters are, well you won't like this news. It was announced today that the Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with NESN.

"For the past six years, Jack has been an energetic and important part of NESN's Bruins hockey coverage," said Sean McGrail, NESN president and CEO. "We are very happy to extend his contract, and look forward to his passionate presence in the broadcast booth for years to come."

Jack Edwards said, "Who has more fun than us? To work with Brick, Naoko [Funayama], and our NESN production crew is to live the dream. We feed off the energy and passion of Bruins fans across New England and hockey fans all over the world. We love our work and we love working together. To be part of that, to share the space with people who pour so much of their time and effort into covering this team and this sport, is the pinnacle of my career."
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bergeron sustains mild concussion

On Saturday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Patrice Bergeron has sustained a mild concussion from Claude Giroux's somewhat late hit on Friday and is expected not to start the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Video of the hit is down below if you haven't seen it.

"When I spoke with him after the game," said Chiarelli, "he was a little despondent, but he was quite lucid, to me. But he was despondent having suffered another concussion."

When asked if it were fair to assume that Bergeron would miss the first couple of games of the next series, Chiarelli said, "I guess anything could happen, but that is the assumption I am operating under."
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This is not good at all for Bergeron. This is his third concussion in 3 1/2 years. This is a huge loss for the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin will likely get into the lineup but I think you'll see Rich Peverly on the line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Peverley has been playing well.

Claude Giroux hits Patrice Bergeron

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bruins vs Flyers game 4 summary

Bruins Johnny Boychuk and Tim Thomas celebrate the Bruins sweep of the Flyers to win the series
Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, left, celebrates with goalie Tim Thomas after the Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 in Game 4 in a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston Friday, May 6, 2011. The Bruins swept the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The Bruins are going to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992 as they beat the Philadelphia Flyers tonight 5-1. The game was much closer than the score indicates, as the Bruins added two empty net goals at the end. With all of the celebration and joy from the sweep of the Flyers, there was one down moment during the game. Early in the third period, Patrice Bergeron was nailed with a huge hit from Flyers Claude Giroux. It looked like they hit helmets but I'm not sure. Bergeron looked shaken up and went straight to the dressing room and did not return. We hope he is ok as the Bruins desperately need him for a long run in the playoffs.

In the first period, Milan Lucic scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Kris Versteeg would score for the Flyers to tie the game.

In the third period, Johnny Boychuk scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. With 4:57 left in the period, Lucic would score his second goal of the game (and 2nd of the playoffs) on a breakaway to make it 3-1. Brad Marchand would add the first empty net goal making it 4-1, his 5th goal of the playoffs. Daniel Paille would score the second empty net goal, his 2nd goal of the playoffs. He tipped in Gregory Campbell's shot and you could see Paille apologizing to Campbell for that.

Tim Thomas made 22 saves on 23 shots. Thomas is now 8-3 with a 2.03 GAA and a .937 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 25-23 and hits 23-19. The Flyers led the game in faceoff wins 33-28.

Notes from the game
Bergeron had another great night in the faceoff circle, going 14-4. He and Thomas are probably the MVPs from this series. David Krejci is also another Bruin who came up big in this series.

Nathan Horton with 2 assists and Lucic with 2 goals, while Krejci picked up an assist.

Shane Hnidy played in place of Adam McQuaid again, logging only 2:37 of ice time.

Chris Pronger and Zherdev did not play in this game.

Sergei Bobrovsky played in net for the Flyers in this one and played well.

Onto the next one
I will post the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals between the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning when I find it. The Bruins have home ice in this series. Nobody should think the Lightning will be an easy opponent. They swept the Washington Capitals and their goalie Dwayne Roloson was hot playing very well. It will be tougher than this series I believe.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bruins vs Flyers game 3 summary

Sean O'Donnell and Nathan Horton drop the gloves and fight
Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton, right, battles Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell during a fight during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Everyone was expecting the Flyers to come out strong since they were down 0-2 in the series but it was the other way around. The Bruins came out flying, scoring two goals in the first 1:03 of the game. The Bruins would dominate most of the game and finish it 5-1 to take a 3-0 series lead.

In the first period, Zdeno Chara scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to make it 1-0. Chara received a nice pass from Brad Marchand who was behind the Flyers net. Chara was wide open in the slot for a quick one-timer which blew right by Boucher and into the net. 33 seconds later David Krejci scored his 5th goal of the playoffs to make it 2-0, from a nice pass from Milan Lucic.

In the second period, Nathan Horton dropped the gloves with Sean O'Donnell after they mixed it up during an entire shift just about. Going on one view of the fight it looked like O'Donnell controlled most of it but both guys didn't really land anything. Daniel Paille would later score his 1st career playoff goal to make it 3-0. Later Horton would finish the Gordie Howe hat trick, scoring his 5th goal of the playoffs to make it 4-0. Boucher should have had that one and he was pulled after that goal. Sergei Bobrovsky would come into the game in net for the Flyers. The Flyers would score later to make it 4-1.

In the third period, the Flyers had the better of the play as it looked like the Bruins sat back a little. But Thomas made the saves and the Bruins defense played well. Late in the period, on a 5-on-3 power-play, Chara would end the power-play goal-less streak by scoring his 2nd goal of the playoffs to make it 5-1.

Tim Thomas made 37 saves on 38 shots. Thomas is now 7-3 with a 2.13 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

The Flyers led the game in shots 38-28 and hits 31-23. The Bruins dominated the faceoff circle going 43-12.

Notes from the game
Patrice Bergeron had an assist, was +1, and went 17-2 in the faceoff circle. That faceoff stat is just amazing.

Gregory Campbell had an assist and went 11-1 in the faceoff circle. Another amazing faceoff stat.

David Krejci had a goal, 2 assists, was +2 and went 8-0 in the faceoff circle.

Zdeno Chara had 2 goals, an assist, was +4 and had 5 shots.

Brad Marchand had a strong game, leading everyone with 7 hits, and recording an assist.

Shane Hnidy played in place of Adam McQuaid. Hnidy had 4 shifts for 2:38 of ice time.

Jeff Carter came back to the lineup for the Flyers and had 5 shots on net. Chris Pronger did not play in this game. I'm going to bet that he will play in the Game 4. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said that the Flyers would win this game and win this series. Well you were wrong about this game Peter. I wouldn't be surprised if Bobrovsky started Game 4.

The Tampa Bay Lightning swept the Washington Capitals, finishing the series tonight, so whoever wins the Bruins-Flyers series will take on the Lightning.

Onto the next one
Game 4 is on Friday at 8pm ET in Boston. The Bruins lead the series 3-0 and can end it on Friday.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

McQuaid day-to-day with sprained neck

Today Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Adam McQuaid is day-to-day with a sprained neck and that all of the X-rays on McQuaid have come back negative. So look for Shane Hnidy to get into the lineup for Game 3 if McQuaid can't go. Steve Kampfer skated today for the first time since suffering a knee injury in April, but Julien said he is "still going to be a while." Source

Video of Adam McQuaid's missed check and crash into the boards is below.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bruins vs Flyers game 2 summary

Tim Thomas makes a save
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 02: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stretches to make a save against James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins have to thank Tim Thomas for keeping them in this game as he was unbelievable as you could say that Thomas stole this game. Thomas made 52 saves on 54 shots earning the 3-2 win in overtime after David Krejci scored on a one-timer, receiving a pass from Nathan Horton and putting it past Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.

In the first period, the Flyers came out flying as James van Riemsdyk scored two goals. Later, Chris Kelly would score his 4th goal of the playoffs. Less than two minutes later, Brad Marchand scored his 4th goal of the playoffs to tie the game.

In the second period, no scoring happened. Brian Boucher would hurt his hand making a save on a Johnny Boychuk shot. Sergei Bobrovsky would come in and do well for the rest of the period.

In the third period, Boucher came back out to play the period. Again, no scoring happened.

In overtime, both teams had chances. Krejci would score the game winner at 14:00 of the overtime period to win the game for the Bruins.

Tim Thomas is now 6-3 with a 2.24 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

The Flyers led the game in shots 54-41, faceoff wins 33-28, and hits 39-21. The Bruins went 0 for 2 on the power-play while the Flyers went 1 for 4.

Notes from the game
There were way too many 2-on-1's for the Flyers in this one. The Bruins have got to be more careful when pinching in.

The Flyers are now going after Krejci and trying to make him take penalties and hit him whenever they can. In this game it was Kris Versteeg getting under the skin of Krejci.

Adam McQuaid got injured and had to be helped off the ice. He went for a big hit on Mike Richards and Richards moved out of the way and McQuaid went crashing head first into the boards behind Thomas. He looked shaken up and he did not return. I don't think you will see him back in game 3 but who knows. He was taken to a Philadelphia hospital and is said to be coming back with the Bruins to Boston.

Johnny Boychuk had a strong game despite being a -1. He led the Bruins with 5 hits, including a huge one laying out Braydon Coburn behind the Flyers net, and he had 7 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg was a +3 with 6 blocked shots. He led the Bruins in ice time with 36:26 (he led all players in the game as well).

Patrice Bergeron went 14-10 in the faceoff circle.

Flyers Chris Pronger did not play in this game.

Hours before game 2, some Flyers fans "dumped the 'Boston tea' into the not-very-salty Delaware River." Will some Bruins fans dump some philly cheesesteaks into the Boston Harbor on Wednesday? Hopefully there aren't Bruins fans that dumb.

Onto the next one
Game 3 is on Wednesday in Boston at 7pm ET. The Bruins lead this series 2-0.

I have a feeling the Bruins will go up 3-0 and then everyone will keep talking about last year and how the Flyers can come back. We'll see. This series has been played hard and physical. That's hockey.