Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bruins draft selections on day 2

Bruins draft forward Alexander Khokhlachev with 40th overall pick
ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 25: 40th overall pick Alexander Khokhlachev by the Boston Bruins dons a Boston Bruins hat during day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 25, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Saturday was day 2 of the 2011-12 NHL entry draft and the Boston Bruins had 5 selections.

The Bruins drafted forward Alexander Khokhlachev with the 40th overall pick in the second round. Khokhlachev is a 17-year old native of Moscow, Russia, is 5'10" and 172 lbs and a left-handed shot. "In 2010-2011 with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Khokhlachev had 34-42=76 totals in 67 games played. He also had 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 18 playoff games this season."

In the third round, the Bruins drafted forward Anthony Camara with the 81st overall pick. Camara is 17-years old, from Toronto, Ontario, is 6'1" and 194 lbs and a left-handed shot. He is said to be a tough guy and there are various videos on YouTube with him dropping the gloves. He played the last two seasons with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. "In the 2010-2011 season, he notched eight goals and added nine assists for 17 points in 64 games. The left winger also compiled 132 penalty minutes." Some are saying he could be a potential third or fourth line player and some fans are hoping he's the next Milan Lucic but I wouldn't go that far yet. We'll see what he can do in the upcoming years. You can check out Camara's stats here.

Bruins draft forward Brian Ferlin with 121st overall pick
ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 25: 121st pick Brian Ferlin by the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during day two of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 25, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
In the fourth round, the Bruins drafted forward Brian Ferlin with the 121st overall pick. Ferlin is 19-years old, from Jacksonville, Florida, is 6'1" and 196 lbs. He played the last two seasons with the Indiana Ice of the USHL. "In the 2010-2011 season, he notched 25 goals and added 28 assists for 73 points in 55 games, while compiling 26 penalty minutes. Ferlin will attend Cornell University in the fall." You can check out Ferlin's stats here.

In the fifth round, the Bruins drafted defenseman Robby O'Gara with the 151st overall pick. O'Gara is 17-years old, from Massapequa, NY, is 6'3" and 195 lbs. "O'Gara was a member of the Milton Mustangs squad that captured the 2011 NEPSIHA prep championship. O'Gara has committed to Yale University where he is expected to enroll in the fall of 2013."

In the 6th round, with their final pick in this years draft, the Bruins drafted goalie Lars Volden. Volden is 18-years old, from Oslo, Norway, is 6'3" and 198 lbs. "He played for the Espoo Blues in Finland during the 2010-2011 season, posting a .907 SV% and 2.76 GAA in 24 games."

Source for quotes above

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bruins draft defenseman Dougie Hamilton with 9th pick

Boston Bruins draft defenseman Dougie Hamilton
ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton by the Boston Bruins puts on a Boston Bruins jersey at the podium during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Tonight is the 1st round of the 2011-12 NHL draft and the Boston Bruins had the 9th overall pick, their last draft pick from the Phil Kessel trade. The Bruins selected defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Hamilton is 6'4", 187 lbs, born in Toronto, Ontario in 1993, he is a right-handed shot, he played for the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL last year and had 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points in 67 games, along with 77 PIMs and +35. He also had 16 points in 14 playoff games. Check out his numbers here and read a little history about Hamilton here.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Hamilton: "He's a big, strong kid with good offensive instinct," Chiarelli said on the TSN broadcast of the draft. (Source)

TSN analyst Pierre McGuire on Hamilton: "Boston's tough blueline just got a whole lot more nasty! That trade with Toronto is paying serious benefits." (Source)

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards on Hamilton: "He moves the puck well and makes good outlet passes, he does make good decisions with the puck, moves it very well out of his zone. He's a big guy, he'll take the body. ... He uses his size well. He can muscle people off the puck." (Source)

Bruins 2011-2012 season schedule released

The Boston Bruins 2011-2012 regular season schedule has been released which you can view on Bruins.NHL.com here. The Bruins open up the season with a 3-game home stand, first playing the "new" Philadelphia Flyers (after they've made some big deals on Thursday) October 6th. Then the Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning and then the Colorado Avalanche.

Some other games to note:
The Leafs and Phil Kessel will come to Boston on Thursday, October 20th.

The Bruins play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, October 22nd. It will bring Joe Thornton back to Boston after Thornton had some comments about Bruins players not being suspended last season. Maybe Bruins fans can somehow remind Joe of his infamous dive in the playoffs this past season.

The Bruins have a home-and-home after that Sharks game I just mentioned above. On Thursday, October 27th Montreal visits Boston and then the Bruins go to Montreal on Saturday, October 29th.

On Thursday, November 10th, the Edmonton Oilers will come to Boston where we'll see Tyler Seguin (who now already has won a Stanley Cup) vs Taylor Hall round 2.

On Saturday, November 26th, the new Winnipeg team will come to Boston for a night game. Mark Stuart should be returning and if Blake Wheeler is re-signed, he will too.

On Saturday, January 7th, the Vancouver Canucks will visit Boston for a 1pm game.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thomas and Chara win awards

Tonight was NHL award night and Bruins Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara both won some nice hardware. Tim Thomas won the 2010-2011 Venzina Trophy, which is awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position. Thomas beat out Canucks Roberto Luongo and Predators Pekka Rinne.

Tim Thomas posing with the Vezina Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins poses after winning both the Vezina Trophy and the Conn Smythe during the 2011 NHL Awards at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara did not win the Norris Trophy for best defenseman as that award was awarded to Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom. Lidstrom beat out Bruins Zdeno Chara and Predators Shea Weber. Lidstrom played in every game this season (82) and finished the season with 16 goals and 46 assists for 62 points, was -2, had 49 hits, 92 blocked shots, and 175 shots. When was the last time a Norris Trophy winner a minus player? Chara played in 81 games and finished the season with 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points, was +33, had 153 hits, 111 blocked shots, and 264 shots. Weber played in every game this season (82) and finished the season with 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points, was +7, had 211 hits, 113 blocked shots, and 254 shots. The best overall defenseman (counting offensively and defensively) was Weber not Lidstrom. Sure Lidstrom had the most points out of the three, but I'm not sure how you win best defenseman and have a minus rating. If I had to pick one of these three defensemen for my team, going by this past seasons stats only, I would be picking either Chara or Weber, not Lidstrom. Lidstrom now has 7 Norris trophies during his career and is one behind the greatest of all-time Bobby Orr.

Despite not winning the Norris Trophy, Chara was awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award. The Messier Award is an annual award that recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The award is given to a player selected by Mark Messier to honor an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. Source

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Horton and Lucic played hurt in playoffs

There were probably many players who were hurt with some kind of injury during the playoffs and managed to still play. Two of those players were Bruins Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

Lucic had a sinus infection late in the season and in the first-round of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. Then in the Bruins-Lightning series, during a Bruins practice, Lucic took a shot off his right foot from Tyler Seguin, which would give Lucic a broken big toe. In 25 playoff games, Lucic had 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points. He was +11, had 63 PIMs, 1 power-play goal, and 56 shots.
"I always said along the way that it didn't matter how I played as an individual," Lucic said Sunday as the Bruins gathered for breakup day at TD Garden. "Luckily we had more wins there than losses so I could get criticized a lot less."

"I was letting the pressure of the expectations get to me. ... I was forgetting all the things I did that led to me scoring 30 goals [during the regular season]," he explained.

Lucic is going to rest the big toe and then later this summer have surgery to fix his nose, which hasn't been set properly since he broke it in his rookie season.
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Horton played the entire playoffs with a serious separated shoulder that was re-aggravated during Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 21 playoff games, Horton had 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points. He was +11, had 35 PIMs, 1 power-play goal, 3 game-winning goals, and 52 shots.
"If you get hurt in the playoffs, it's just a thing. That's what everybody says, you play through it," said Horton Sunday during the Bruins' break-up day at TD Garden. "Obviously, it didn't feel good, but you just play through it. That's it. Everyone does it and I'm no different."
Source

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Boston Bruins parade

Today was the Boston Bruins parade in Boston. It was announced that this was the biggest rolling rally in Boston history. Here's a couple of videos from the rolling rally:

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup parade in downtown Boston, MA
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18: Fans of the Boston Bruins cheer during the Stanley Cup victory parade on June 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

*Updated: added more videos with parade highlights and a picture.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thomas, Chara, Bergeron on Today Show

Bruins Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron were in New York City this morning on NBC's Today Show. They brought the Stanley Cup with them on the show. Of course the hosts sounded like they knew nothing about hockey.

Bruins return to Boston with Cup

On Thursday the Bruins came back to Boston with the Stanley Cup.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Champs History Will Be Made

The NHL has created a new History Will Be Made video featuring the Boston Bruins, the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions.

Bruins vs Canucks game 7 summary

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup! The Bruins beat the Canucks Wednesday night 4-0 as Tim Thomas again played a great game and shutout the Canucks. Tim Thomas also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP.

Boston Bruins team picture after winning the Stanley Cup
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: The Boston Bruins pose with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Bruins Tim Thomas wins the Conn Smythe Trophy
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins is awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In the first period, Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal of the game, the eventual game winner, his 5th goal of the playoffs, off a nice pass from Brad Marchand.

In the second period, Marchand scored his 10th goal of the playoffs, attempting a wrap-around and Luongo knocked it into his own net. Bergeron would later score a short-handed goal, his 6th goal of the playoffs and 2nd goal of the game. Bergeron went crashing into Luongo and the net as he got hooked down from behind and the puck found its way into the net. Some were saying that Bergeron knocked the puck into the net with his glove but they reviewed the goal and it stood as a good goal.

In the third period, with Luongo pulled, Marchand scored his 11th goal of the playoffs and 2nd goal of the game to make it 4-0 and put the Canucks away.

Tim Thomas saved all 37 shots against him to get his 4th shutout of the playoffs. In the playoffs, Thomas went 16-9 with a 1.98 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

The Canucks led the game in shots 37-20 and hits 47-29. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 29-26.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara celebrates with the Stanley Cup
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Notes from the game
After game 6, Canucks Daniel Sedin said that the Canucks would win Game 7. Not only was he wrong but he and his brother Henrik were both -4 in Game 7.

Before the game, Nathan Horton poured some water onto the Vancouver ice. It was water from the Boston TD Garden. Nathan Horton: "Yeah, I put the Garden Ice on it."^BISH Source

How about the Bergeron-Marchand-Recchi line coming up huge. Bergeron had 2 goals, was +4, with 4 shots, 5 hits, and went 5-6 in faceoffs. Marchand had 2 goals and an assist, was +3, and had 3 shots. Recchi had an assist, was +3 and 4-0 in faceoffs.

Recchi told reporters after the game that he is retiring from the NHL. What a way to go. I'm glad he stuck around for this season. Recchi is 3-0 in Stanley Cup Finals in his Hall of Fame career.

Dennis Seidenberg had 2 assists, was +2, had 2 blocked shots and 4 hits.

Zdeno Chara was +2, had 3 blocked shots and 1 hit.

Bruins are champs!
The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972. I'm so proud of this team and so happy.

The Boston Bruins are the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champions!

In case you haven't seen these yet, Tim Thomas wins the Conn Smythe Trophy, Gary Bettman awards the Bruins with the Stanley Cup, the Bruins team photo with the Stanley Cup, and the Bruins celebrate in the locker room. Check out the pictures page too, I'll be adding new ones as I find them.

We hope everyone in Vancouver is ok with a riot going on with fires, stupid people jumping on top of cars on fire and overturned cars. Hopefully any Bruins fans who went to the game are ok and safe. Even one stupid Canucks fan named Brock Anton posting on Facebook all of the crimes he committed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 6 summary

Milan Lucic scores a five-hole goal against Roberto Luongo
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 13: David Krejci #46 stands by the net as Milan Lucic (not pictured) #17 of the Boston Bruins scores a goal in the first period against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Bruins beat the Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 and have forced a Game 7 on Wednesday in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo, who criticized Tim Thomas on the only goal he gave up in Game 5, allowed 3 goals on 8 shots in only 8:35 of ice time in the first period. Cory Schneider came in after the third Bruins goal and played well but Thomas was the star of this game once again.

In the first period, Brad Marchand scored his 9th goal of the playoffs, shooting the puck high over Luongo's glove short side as he raced into the zone on his off-wing side. 35 seconds later, Milan Lucic scored his 5th goal of the playoffs, getting one through Luongo's five-hole to make it 2-0 Bruins. 2:29 later, Andrew Ference scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal which went right by a screened Luongo and into the net short-side. Schneider came into the net for Vancouver and 1:10 later Michael Ryder tipped in a Tomas Kaberle shot to score his 8th goal of the playoffs to make it 4-0.

Near the beginning of the game Mason Raymond was checked by Johnny Boychuk into the boards but Raymond went into the boards with his backside. It didn't look like a bad hit but Raymond had trouble getting off the ice. It looked like a possible knee or leg injury. It was later said he had to be put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. We hope he is ok. You can see the hit below.


In the second period no scoring happened.

In the third period, Henrik Sedin finally scored in the series to make it a 4-1 game. Later, David Krejci scored his 12th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to make it 5-1. Pro-flopper Maxim Lapierre scored later on for the Canucks to make it 5-2.

Tim Thomas made 36 saves on 38 shots. Thomas is now 15-9 with a 2.06 GAA and a .937 save percentage in the playoffs. During the pre-game warmups they showed Thomas coming out onto the ice and shooting a puck down into the Canucks net.
@Panger40: At Bruins bench to interview Ference. Usually Thomas shoots 1st puck into own net. He fired it at Canucks net. Source

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-38, faceoff wins 46-28, and hits 43-38. The Bruins went 1 for 4 on the power-play while the Canucks went 1 for 5.

Notes from the game
Nathan Horton was in attendance and during one of the television timeouts Horton waved a Bruins rally towel to fire up the fans.

Patrice Bergeron took three minor penalties in the second period alone and one in the third period. Bergeron was +1, with 1 shot, and went 11-7 in faceoffs.

Tomas Kaberle had 2 assists with 4 shots.

Chris Kelly went 14-5 in faceoffs.

Mark Recchi had 3 assists, was +1, and had 4 shots.

Michael Ryder had a goal and an assist with 3 shots.

Shawn Thornton led the Bruins in hits with 7.

Onto the next one
Game 7 is on Wednesday in Vancouver at 8pm ET. The Bruins need 1 more win to bring the Cup to Boston. It all comes down to one last game. This has been a great series. We'll see who gets to raise the Cup on Wednesday.

Just a side-note: the last three Stanley Cup winners have won the Cup on the road. Mark Recchi is 2-0 in Stanley Cup final series.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 5 summary

Maxim Lapierre scores the only goal against Tim Thomas
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) stretches for a shot by Vancouver Canucks right wing Maxim Lapierre (40) as Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) helps defend in the second period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Friday, June 10, 2011, in Vancouver, B.C. The shot deflected off Thomas' arm and into the net for a goal. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Another 1-goal game in Vancouver as the Canucks beat the Bruins 1-0 with pro-flopper Maxim Lapierre scoring the only goal of the game, 4:35 into the third period. This was a tough loss for the Bruins as they had some good chances and just couldn't bury them on Luongo. The Canucks defense played much better than the previous two games and were much more physical.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves on 25 shots. Thomas is now 14-9 with a 2.07 GAA and a .937 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-25. The Canucks led the game in faceoff wins 34-31 and hits 47-27.




Notes from the game
The Bruins power-play again hurt them as they went 0 for 4. The Bruins penalty killing did a good job killing all 3 power-plays that the Canucks had.

Patrice Bergeron went 13-13 in the faceoff circle and had 6 shots.

Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg were both on the ice for Lapierre's goal. The first line of Lucic-Krejci-Peverley were also on the ice for the goal.

Tyler Seguin looked good for the limited time he got (9:02) as the guys on NBC kept saying to put him on the ice more, which in the third period Claude Julien used Seguin on the first line a few times.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins in hits with 4.

Onto the next one
Game 6 is on Monday in Boston at 8pm ET. The Bruins still need 2 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 4 summary

Rich Peverley celebrates his first goal of the game
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 08: Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with his teammate Zdeno Chara #33 after he scored a goal in the first period against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Four of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the Bruins 4-0 win over the Canucks tonight in Game 4 the series is now tied 2-2 and you could say that the Bruins have all the momentum now in the series.

In the first period, Rich Peverley opened the scoring on a breakaway shooting the puck between Roberto Luongo's five-hole to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It was Peverley's 3rd goal of the playoffs.

In the second period, Michael Ryder scored his 7th goal of the playoffs on a shot that tipped by Canucks defenseman Edler and Luongo looked like he was staring down Edler after that goal. 2:18 later, Brad Marchand scored his 8th goal of the playoffs to make it 3-0 Bruins. That was great work by Marchand and Patrice Bergeron to score that goal.

In the third period, Peverley scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 4th goal of the playoffs to make it 4-0 Bruins. After that goal Luongo was pulled for Cory Schneider who played well.

Things got a little heated near the end. With 2:27 left in the period, Marchand got a tripping penalty as he tried to jump by and past Ehrhoff but it looked like he pulled him down with his glove. For some reason Daniel Sedin came skating at Marchand and it looked like he was going to hit Marchand up high. So Marchand ducked and Sedin went flying over the top of Marchand and down onto the ice. Keith Ballard came flying in with gloves off and they bear hugged each other and went down to the ice. Marchand was just protecting himself in that situation. What would you do when you see someone coming at you up high? Stay there and take the hit (possibly in the head) or try and get out of the way any way you can? Funny how Ehrhoff wanted no piece of Adam McQuaid and then when the refs got between them then Ehrhoff started talking. Victor Oreskovich then talked with McQuaid but he wanted no piece of McQuaid. Maybe he remembered what happened the last time they met up.

Then with 1:51 left in the period, Alex Burrows whacked Tim Thomas' stick out of his hand so Thomas gave a return whack to Burrows ankle. Burrows then went at it with Thomas and Dennis Seidenberg then came in and tackled Burrows down onto the ice.

Thomas had this to say about the incident:
"I thought I'd give him a little love tap," Thomas said. "Let them know that I know what you're doing, but I'm not going to let you do it forever. That's all that was. A typical battle."
Source

Tim Thomas made 38 saves to get his 3rd shutout of the playoffs. Thomas is now 14-8 with a 2.11 GAA and a .936 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Canucks led the game in shots 38-29 and faceoff wins 39-32. Both teams had 27 hits apiece.

Notes from the game
It was good to see Bobby Orr before the game waving the Bruins flag, which had Nathan Horton's #18 on it.

For the most part, Rich Peverley took the place of Horton on the first line, and he had 2 goals on 2 shots and +2. Claude Julien did try Ryder in that spot as well during the game.

Nathan Horton was in the building and gave Peverley the jacket after the game.
"When I personally got to see him in the locker room, you know, I was incredibly happy and it gave me a big boost," Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. "He was there to pass the jacket on. We didn't pass the jacket on the last game with him gone. I think the team would have been happy leaving it with Horty for the rest of this series, but he wanted to give it away and keep the tradition going that we'd started."

"So actually he gave it to Peverley, the guy who replaced him on the line," Thomas added. "He was obviously great for us tonight. He got the first goal and the last goal. That first goal and the fourth goal are very important goals. We wouldn't have won without the way he played. I think he did a great job stepping into Horty's spot on the line. I'm very happy for Pevs, too."

"It was awesome," forward Shawn Thornton said. "He's such a good team guy. He does everything for us and he has all year. Everybody on this team loves him. He makes everyone around him feel better about themselves. I don't think I've ever met a more positive guy in the room. So for him to come in, the guys were pretty excited. I didn't even know he was here until he walked out to give the jacket. That was a pretty nice surprise."
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Patrice Bergeron had an assist, was +1, had 3 shots, 3 hits, and went 7-9 in faceoffs.

Zdeno Chara had an assist, was +2, had 12 PIMs (10-minute misconduct during the Burrows-Thomas scrum), and 4 hits.

David Krejci had 2 assists, was +2, had 3 shots and went 5-9 in faceoffs.

The Bruins improved to a 10-1 record when scoring first in the playoffs.

Onto the next one
The series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is on Friday at 8pm ET in Vancouver on NBC. Game 5 won't be easy as the Canucks will have last line change and home crowd advantage. It should be another good one. The Bruins need 2 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Cauncks Vigneault still crying about Thomas

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault cried about Tim Thomas after Game 1 and now he's crying again. As the guys over at DaysOfY'Orr said it best: "Vaginault is just pissed Timmy Thomas can throw better clean (and legal) hits than anyone on his team."

Make sure to check out the GIF that DoY have (via the link above) it clearly shows Thomas was in his crease, you know the blue area, and Sedin came into his kitchen so he got what he deserved.

Here's what Vigneault said today:

"Part of Thomas's way of playing is playing out of the blue paint, initiating contact, roaming out there," Alain Vigneault said. "He seems to think that if he's out, he's set, and makes the save, he can go directly back in his net without having anybody behind him. Well, that's wrong. He's got the wrong rule on that. If we're behind him, then that's our ice. We're allowed to stay there. We've talked to the NHL about that. We've talked to the NHL about him initiating contact like he did on Hank. They're aware of it. Hopefully they're going to handle it."
Source

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rome suspended 4 games for hit on Horton

The NHL has announced that Canucks defenseman has been suspended for 4 games for his late hit on Bruins Nathan Horton.

"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision," said NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy. "The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury."

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Horton's agent, Paul Krepelka, was with the winger in the hospital last night. He said that after being woozy in the ambulance, Horton was up and alert last night. Horton was released from the hospital this morning.

While Horton's concussion is termed "severe," Krepelka said that so far tests for any other injuries have come back negative.
Source

Report: Nathan Horton suffers severe concussion

This NESN.com article says that Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub said that Horton suffered a severe concussion and will not be able to return during the Stanley Cup Finals.

"He's got a severe concussion and the good news is that it doesn't appear to be any neuorological damage, broken bones, anything of the like, but he's not going to play again this series," Massarotti said on Toucher and Rich. "It sounds like he dodged some of the worrisome [long-term] issues."

So another Bruins player with a bad concussion. We all hope Horton gets well soon.

Update: The Bruins have confirmed that Nathan Horton will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals with a severe concussion. Source

Reactions to Rome's hit on Horton

If you missed the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton you can watch it here. Here's what some had to say about the hit:

Claude Julien: "I think what I would call it is it was a blindside hit that we've talked about taking out of the game," Claude Julien said. “[Horton] made the pass. It was late. [Rome] came from the blindside. Whether it's through the motion of the hit, it appeared he left his feet a little bit."

Alain Vigneault: "That hit was a head-on hit," Vigneault said. "[Horton] was looking at his pass. It was a little bit late, but I don't think that's the type of hit that the league's trying to take out."

Manny Malhotra: "I thought it was a very clean hit. The timing was maybe a fraction off, but all in all, you see those hits on a daily basis."
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Mark Recchi: "It's tough to see your teammate laying down there on the ice. We knew it was a late hit, but we're more concerned about his health at this time. The league can take care of the rest. The refs did a good job. Like I said, the league will handle things the way they handle it. We can't control that."

Milan Lucic: "I was obviously on the ice with Nathan there and I had looked in his eyes and you could tell he had his bell rung a bit. But he's a tough guy, he's a warrior. He's been one of, if not our best forward throughout the playoffs. It was good to hear in the first intermission that he was doing OK and it definitely was something that he would have wanted us to step up and get that win for him."
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Shawn Thornton: "We talk about it all the time as players. That's the shit we've got to get out of the game. Headshots, blindside, that's what the rule is there for. So I got to see the replay and I don't think that stuff is warranted. And that's on us as players. It's out of our hands now. It needs to be addressed because there's too many of those things going on in this league as far as I'm concerned."
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Video of Shawn Thornton, Henrik Sedin, Brad Marchand, Andrew Ference, Daniel Paille, and Mark Recchi reactions to the hit

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 3 summary

Henrik Sedin down on the ice after being hit by Tim Thomas
Vancouver Canucks left wing Henrik Sedin falls backward on the ice after taking a hit from Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) in the third period during Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 6, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Wow what a difference Game 3 was compared to the first two games of this series as the Bruins blew out the Canucks 8-1 and now the series is 2-1 Canucks.

The game started out with both teams going back and forth with chances. Then at 14:53 of the first period, Aaron Rome hit Nathan Horton with a late hit that looked to be shoulder-on-shoulder but there was some contact with the head and then as Horton went down to the ice his helmet did hit the ice. Horton looked like he was knocked out for a second. Horton would be carried off on a stretcher and it was later confirmed that Horton was moving his extremities which is good news. He is expected to remain overnight for observation at Mass General. The Bruins went on a 5-minute major power-play but didn't manage to score a goal.

Video of Aaron Rome knocking out Nathan Horton with a late hit

In the second period, the Bruins would break the game open by scoring four goals. Andrew Ference scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs on a long slap shot from the blue line on a screen Luongo. Mark Recchi would make it 2-0 with a power-play goal, his 4th goal of the playoffs, as his shot got deflected into the net by Ryan Kesler. Brad Marchand would later score a short-handed goal on a great effort to make it 3-0, his 7th goal of the playoffs. Later, David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the playoffs to make it 4-0.

In the third period, Daniel Paille scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, a short-handed goal to make it 5-0. Jannik Hansen would later score after slashing Rich Peverley in his leg (some payback for Peverley slashing Kevin Bieksa in Game 2) to make it 5-1. Later, Recchi scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 5th goal of the playoffs to make it 6-1. Chris Kelly later scored his 5th goal of the playoffs to make it 7-1. With 31 seconds left in the game, Michael Ryder scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to make it 8-1.

In the third period there was a lot of rough stuff going on, mainly because of the score and guys getting some revenge. Even Tim Thomas got in on the action laying out Henrik Sedin with a big hit. Andrew Ference and Daniel Sedin got misconducts after Ference knocked Sedin down, Sedin then hugged Ference from behind and wouldn't let go as they talked. Later the refs would throw out Shawn Thornton after he grabbed Ryan Kesler in front of the Bruins net and talked to him. A little later, Milan Lucic went after Alex Burrows and mocked him by putting his fingers in front of Burrows mouth. Both would get thrown out of the game. After the game Lucic said his actions were classless but felt he needed to do something after Burrows slashed at Thomas. During that same scrum, Dennis Seidenberg dropped the gloves with Ryan Kesler. What a Canucks player dropped the gloves? Yup just this one time though. Not much of a fight as they both fell down and Kesler threw some punches at Seidenberg with Seidenberg down on the ice and Kesler on top. With 2:09 left in the period, Ference and Bieksa got misconducts but I don't know what happened as the Versus broadcast didn't show it and kept going away to replays and whatever during the scrums which sucks.

Tim Thomas made 40 saves on 41 shots. Thomas is now 13-8 with a 2.21 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

The Canucks led the game in shots 41-38 and faceoff wins 38-27. The Bruins led the game in hits 39-31.

Notes from the game
Shawn Thornton was in the lineup for Tyler Seguin and his presence seemed to bring energy and jump that the Bruins have needed. Thornton played well, throwing hits and cycling the puck. If Horton can't play in Game 4 then look for Seguin to come back into the lineup.

Mark Recchi had another strong game despite people questioning if he should be playing. He had 2 goals on 2 shots and 4 hits.

Patrice Bergeron went 10-9 in faceoffs, had an assist, was +2, and had 6 shots.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists and was +3.

Andrew Ference had a goal and an assist, was +2, led the Bruins in hits with 6 and PIMs with 22.

David Krejci had a goal and an assist.

Milan Lucic had 16 PIMs, was +2 with 2 shots and 3 hits.

Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist and was +2.

Daniel Paille had a goal and an assist and 5 hits with 3 shots.

Michael Ryder had a goal and 2 assists

Gregory Campbell went 0 for 9 in faceoffs.

The Bruins put the game jacket in Hortons stall. We all hope Horton is ok, our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Rome will meet with the NHL tomorrow for any discipline for his hit on Horton. I have no idea what to expect with the NHL dealing with discipline so who knows if Rome even gets suspended for any games.

Onto the next one
Game 4 is on Wednesday at 8pm ET in Boston. The Bruins need 3 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston. The Bruins need to play the rest of the series as they did tonight. If they do that they will win this series.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 2 summary

Tim Thomas diving at Alex Burrows where Burrows would go around the net and score on an empty net to win the game in overtime
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 04: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins comes out to defend a shot by Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks during overtime in Game Two of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 4, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
All I can keep asking myself is what was Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas thinking about in overtime. Alex Burrows basically went in, faked a slap shot, Thomas was aggressive and out of the net, dived at Burrows at the side of the net which got him way out of position, as Burrows was able to get around the net with the puck and throw it into the empty net as Chara couldn't tie him up or stop him from putting the puck into the net.

It only took the Canucks 11 seconds in the overtime period to score and win Game 2 by the score 3-2 and now they lead the series 2-0.

Once again, thanks NHL for a great job disciplining players. Burrows, the guy who bit Patrice Bergeron, was not suspended and ended up scoring two goals and assisting on the other one.

In the first period, Burrows scored a power-play goal on a shot that went short side on Tim Thomas and it got threw him and into the back of the net.

In the second period, the Bruins looked much better and managed to score twice. First, Milan Lucic scored his 4th goal of the playoffs. Later, Mark Recchi scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, the Canucks outplayed the Bruins and Daniel Sedin tied the game 2-2.

Tim Thomas made 30 saves on 33 shots. Thomas is now 12-8 with a 2.27 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

The Canucks led the game in shots 33-30 and hits 40-31. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 24-21.

Notes from the game
Patrice Bergeron was -2, had 0 shots, with an assist, while going 10-5 in the faceoff circle.

Mark Recchi led the Bruins in hits with 5.

David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg had 4 shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

Onto the next one
Game 3 is on Monday in Boston at 8pm ET on Versus. The Bruins still need 4 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Alex Burrows will not be suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron

Not really a surprise because it's the NHL, as Canucks forward Alex Burrows will not be suspended for Game 2 after biting the finger of Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Game 1 last night.

"After reviewing the incident, including speaking with the on-ice officials, I can find no conclusive evidence that Alex Burrows intentionally bit the finger of Patrice Bergeron," said NHL vice president Mike Murphy.
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So as long as you don't look like you're intentionally biting someone it's ok to do. So now if any players get face washed or whatever just bite away. You won't get suspended or fined. Congrats NHL for another fine job with not disciplining players that cross the line. Just pathetic.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bruins vs Canucks game 1 summary

Canucks Raffi Torres scores the game winning goal against Bruins Tim Thomas
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 01: Raffi Torres #13 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal late in the third period against Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins during game one of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena on June 1, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was a great game with both teams getting chances but the goalies closed the door. Just when it seemed the game was going to go to overtime, with 19 seconds left in the third period, the Canucks Raffi Torres scored to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal the Canucks would need and take the series lead.

Ryan Kesler tipped the puck past Johnny Boychuk, who looked like he was going for a hit and missed Kesler. Kesler just barely stayed onside, passed it to Jannik Hansen who passed it to an oncoming Torres who had an open net with Thomas a little too far out of the net and couldn't get across to make the save.

The Bruins made a few mistakes throughout the game and Thomas bailed them out but eventually they got one past Thomas and that was the game.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 34 shots. Thomas is now 12-7 with a 2.23 GAA and a .931 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-34, led in faceoff wins 36-28 and led in hits 31-30.

Notes from the game
The Canucks looked like Montreal tonight, with their diving (H. Sedin) and overreacting (Ehrhoff throwing his head backwards on a high stick). But Alex Burrows shows he is still the classless player he always has been since he came into the league as he bit Patrice Bergeron's finger threw his glove at the end of the first period during a scrum. Bergeron showed the ref his finger but Burrows only got 4 minutes and Bergeron got 2 minutes. Look for Burrows to be suspended for at least Game 2. Yes biting has happened in the past as Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for two games for biting Andrew Peters. So a precedent has been set for biting in the past but will that be the case here or will the NHL once again do something completely different from the precedent? And it's clear that Burrows bit Bergeron's finger. Video of the incident is down below.

Bergeron on Burrows biting him:
"Oh yeah, he did," Bergeron. "He cut me a little bit on my finger, but I'm not going to complain about it. I'll let the league do their job, but he sure did [bite me]."

"They didn't see it, but we were speaking French and I [asked Burrows] why did he do that," Bergeron said. "That lineseman speaks French, and he said that [Burrows'] explanation was that he put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it."

"I don't mind the rough play and the little scrums at the end, as long as it's just pushing and shoving and all of that, but biting? I mean, come on."
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Burrows on if he bit Bergeron:
"I don't think so," said Burrows. "He had his fingers in my mouth, but I don't think I bit him. He put his hand up and put it in my face and his fingers in my mouth and that's what happened."
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Video of Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron from NBC broadcast

Bruins coach Claude Julien on Burrows biting Bergeron:
"I haven't seen it, to be honest with you," Julien said. "I haven't had time to look at that stuff right now. I'm going by what Patrice told me. Obviously there was something that happened. I guess I'll save my comments for after I see it. But if that's the case, it's a classless move, not something players should be doing at this level anyway."
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Canucks Dan Hamhuis left the game injured in the second period after he hip checked Milan Lucic, lifting Lucic up and over his back and down onto the ice. David Krejci came in and got a cross-checking penalty but it looked like a soft call. Hamhuis was slow skating off the ice, as it looked like a possible leg injury but I couldn't tell.

Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci were both 12-9 in the faceoff circle.

Nathan Horton and David Krejci both had 5 shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 8 hits.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in ice time with 28:09. He was also 1-0 in the faceoff circle. Yes you read that right.

There were lots of penalty calls which affected the flow of the game. Both teams went 0 for 5 on the power-play.

Onto the next one
The Canucks now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Saturday at 8pm ET in Vancouver on NBC. The Bruins still need 4 more wins to bring the Cup to Boston.