Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bruins beat Leafs 6-3

Milan Lucic celebrates his 2nd goal of the game
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, center, celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and defenseman Luke Schenn, right, look on during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 6-3 in the first of a home-and-home series Wednesday night. It was a good back and forth game with a lot of scoring chances and hitting. With the Bruins win tonight against the Leafs, the Bruins finished November going 12-0-1, with zero regulation losses. Tonight's win made this month the Bruins' first month without a regulation loss since January of 1969. Wow, that is just amazing.

Here's the scoring summary of tonight's game.

In the first period, Bruins killer Mikhail Grabovski scored to make it 1-0. Later, Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal, his 9th goal of the season, to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, David Krejci scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins. A little later, Joffrey Lupul scored to tie the game 2-2. Zdeno Chara scored his 5th goal of the season later in the period to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.

In the third period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 4-2 Bruins. Leafs Matt Frattin scored to make it 4-3. Later, Milan Lucic scored his 10th goal of the season and second goal of the game to make it 5-3 Bruins. Brad Marchand would put the game away with 52 seconds left in the game, with an open net goal, his 9th goal of the season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 39-37, faceoff wins 37-25 and hits 24-23. The Leafs led the game in blocked shots 19-18. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-2.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Thomas is now 12-4 with a 1.93 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

Benoit Pouliot's goal was the game-winner.

Zdeno Chara had 1 goal and 1 assist, was +2, had 6 shots (led Bruins) and 4 blocked shots (tied with Patrice Bergeron to lead the Bruins).

Nathan Horton had 2 assists, was +2 and had 2 shots.

David Krejci had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +2 and had 3 shots.

Milan Lucic had 2 goals, was +1 and had 3 shots.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins in hits with 5.

Ex-Bruins not getting it done
Phil Kessel finished the game with 1 assist, a -3 and 3 shots. Now in his career against Boston, Kessel is -12 in 15 games with 2 goals and 5 assists.

Joe Colborne finished the game +1 with 1 hit and went 3-10 in faceoffs.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 15-7-1 and in 1st place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Saturday against these same Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston at 7pm ET.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bruins start a new streak, beat Jets 4-2

Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid celebrate after Kelly scored his second goal of the game
Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his second goal of the second period with teammate Adam McQuaid during an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Saturday night old pals Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler came to Boston with the Winnipeg Jets to take on the Bruins. The Bruins would give up two quick goals in the first period but turn it around and not allow anymore to beat the Jets 4-2.

In the first period, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien scored two quick goals by mid-way through the period, to make it 2-0 Jets. Later, Zdeno Chara scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal to make it 2-1.

In the second period, Chris Kelly scored two goals for the Bruins, his 8th and 9th goals of the season, to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The first goal was a short-handed goal.

In the third period, Brad Marchand scored an empty-net goal to put the game away 4-2 for the Bruins.

This game wasn't as intense, spirited and physical as some recent past games but there was a lot of back-and-forth action trading scoring chances. Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had an assist and was -1 in the 14:01 of ice time he got. And former Bruin Mark Stuart was +1 in 19:42 of ice time he got.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 30-19 and blocked shots 11-9. The Jets led the game in shots 42-35 and hits 23-16. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Jets went 0-for-4.

Tim Thomas made 40 saves on 42 shots. Thomas is now 11-4-0 with a 1.86 GAA and a .937 save percentage this season.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Rich Peverley had 2 assists.

Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Gregory Campbell and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 14-7-1 and are 1st place in the Northeast Division (2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 4th place overall in the NHL). The Bruins next game is on Wednesday, November 30th at the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm ET.

Red Wings end Bruins winning streak

Tuukka Rask reacts after allowing the winning goal in the shootout to Todd Bertuzzi
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins reacts after Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings scores the game winning goal on November 25, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Sorry for not posting sooner as I've been away for a few days because of the Thanksgiving holiday but here we go.

The Detroit Red Wings came into Boston on Friday, November 25th for a 1pm ET game and they ended the Bruins 10-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins.

In the first period, Detroit's Valtteri Filppula scored to make it 1-0.

In the second period, Daniel Paille scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Pavel Datsyuk would score 35 seconds later to make it 2-1 with a beautiful individual play.

In the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

The game went into overtime but nobody scored so it went to a shootout. In the shootout: Tyler Seguin did not score, Pavel Datsyuk scored, Rich Peverley did not score, Jiri Hudler did not score, Nathan Horton scored, and Todd Bertuzzi scored on a beautiful deke to win the game for the Red Wings.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 43-31 and hits 30-22. The Red Wings led the game in faceoff wins 28-27. Both teams had 16 blocked shots. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power-play.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 29 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 3-3-1 with a 2.25 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins in blocked shots with 4.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in hits with 4.

Onto the next one
After this game the Bruins were 13-7-1. Their next game would be against the Winnipeg Jets in Boston on Saturday night.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bruins beat Sabres in shootout, now 10 straight wins

Paul Gaustad vs Milan Lucic
Buffalo Sabres' Paul Gaustad (28) and Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Derek Gee)
What a game tonight's Bruins-Sabres game was, with action throughout the game. We all knew Milan Lucic would drop the gloves with someone on Buffalo, we just weren't sure who exactly.

Only 1:23 into the first period, on Lucic's first shift of the game, the crowd booed loudly as Lucic lined up for the faceoff. Paul Gaustad came out onto the ice and lined up next to Lucic and they exchanged some words. Once the puck dropped, Lucic and Gaustad dropped the gloves and the helmets and went at it. Gaustad seemed hesitant and not sure how to go about fighting Lucic. Lucic threw more and landed more of the punches and the decision went to Lucic. Watch the fight below. Even though Lucic won the fight it gave the Sabres a big momentum boost as they would outplay the Bruins in the first period.

Milan Lucic vs Paul Gaustad, November 23, 2011

A little later there was a big scrum with all of the players included behind Tim Thomas and the Bruins net. Brad Marchand took a run at Nathan Gerbe, then Gaustad hit Marchand which brought Adam McQuaid and everybody else into the pile. Zdeno Chara and Robyn Regehr separated and had an ok fight exchanging a few punches with the decision going to Chara.

The Sabres scored two power-play goals in the first period. Ehrhoff and Bruins killer Vanek scored for the Sabres.

In the second period, the Sabres weren't as "hungry" as they were in the first period. Tyler Seguin scored his 12th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 2-1. Seguin scored on a Stamkos-like one-timer on the off-wing. Sabres T.J. Brennan later scored to make it 3-1. Later, Brad Marchand scored to make it 3-2. Before the goal, Marchand was laid out by Vanek, but Marchand would score a few seconds later and then yell at the Sabres bench after the goal. Also in the second period, Drew Stafford bumped into Tim Thomas and Andrew Ference went after him right away, dropping his gloves and they went at it but not much landed by either guy. Hey Sabres, that's how you're suppose to react to those kinds of things when they happen in a game.

In the third period, again the Sabres didn't look anything like how they played in the first period. Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal from a shot from the point that looked to deflect off a Sabres player's leg or skate.

Benoit Pouliot celebrates his game winning goal in the shootout
Boston Bruins' Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrates his game-winning shootout goal against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Derek Gee)
The game went into overtime but nobody scored so the game went to a shootout. Vanek didn't score, Seguin didn't score, Gerbe didn't score, Peverley didn't score, Pominville didn't score, Krejci didn't score, Roy didn't score, Bergeron didn't score, Stafford didn't score, and then of all people Benoit Pouliot scored to win the game for the Bruins as he roofed the puck into the net past Jhonas Enroth.

Tim Thomas remained perfect in the shootout this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 39-34, faceoff wins 40-31 and blocked shots 14-10. The Sabres led the game in hits 39-24.

The Bruins went 2 for 5 on the power-play while the Sabres went 2 for 4 on the power-play.

Tim Thomas is now 10-4 with a 1.85 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 assists in the game and went 10-8 in faceoffs.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins in hits with 6.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now on a 10-game winning streak and are 13-7 this season and in 1st place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Friday at 1pm ET hosting the Detroit Red Wings in Boston. The game will be on NBC.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lucic expects Sabres response

Milan Lucic
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 01: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the first period against the Ottawa Senators on November 1, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Milan Lucic talking a little with the media about tomorrow's game against the Buffalo Sabres and if he expects some type of revenge...

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe spoke with Bruins winger Milan Lucic today in advance of Wednesday's highly-anticipated Bruins-Sabres tilt.

Not beating around the bush, Dupont asked Lucic if he expected one of the Buffalo players to drop the mitts.

His response?

"Yes. I'm not going to lie...yes."

Not a surprise, but definitely interesting given Brendan Shanahan has spoken with both GMs — Buffalo's Darcy Regier and Boston's Peter Chiarelli — informing them that "awareness will be heightened" for the game. Lucic's honesty is admirable, even though a "no comment" might've been the smarter play.
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Lucic said he understands what may occur and is ready for whatever happens.

"Obviously," he said. "I mean, hitting a goalie, there's kind of a code there. No matter if it was accidental or not, you're going to have to stand up for your actions. I truly believe in that. That's why I'm not scared to stand up for it."

"They've been talking a lot about not having the right response, so who knows what'll happen? They might feel this is their time to respond. But you know how we are as a team. We're going to stand in there strong and do whatever we need to do. We'll make sure we protect ourselves and each other and try to win a game."
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I'm expecting either Sabres Paul Gaustad or Robyn Regehr to challenge Lucic to a fight on his first shift and then it will be over with. There's so much build up that possibly nothing will happen in the game as in the past we've seen, but who knows.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thomas keeps streak alive, Bruins win 9th straight

Andrew Ference and Bruins celebrate Ference's goal
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21), center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal against the Montreal Canadiens during first period National Hockey League action Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz
Tim Thomas showed tonight, and has been showing this whole season, why he's the best goalie in the NHL right now. Thomas stopped all 33 shots he faced, shutting out the Habs 1-0 in a game that went down to the final seconds as Montreal dived their way to a power-play. What a great game by Thomas. He was the reason the Bruins won as Montreal outplayed the Bruins.

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference scored the only goal of the game, in the first period, his 2nd goal of the season.

Bruins Benoit Pouliot took two bad dumb penalties in the second period and I won't be surprised if he doesn't play the next few games and Jordan Caron plays instead. The Bruins managed to kill off the first 2-minute penalty and then the 4-minute double-minor penalty that he took.

Game notes
Montreal led the game in shots 33-18, faceoff wins 26-25 and hits 26-21. The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 17-12. The Bruins went 0 for 1 on the power-play while Montreal went 0 for 4.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 33 shots and got his 3rd shutout of the season. Thomas is now 9-4 with a 1.77 GAA and a .938 save percentage.

Thomas now has a 133:04 scoreless streak going on (Source: Joe Haggerty via Twitter).

Patrice Bergeron had a bad night in the faceoff circle going 6-12, while Rich Peverley went 6-1.

Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins in blocked shots with 4 apiece.

Milan Lucic and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 12-7 this season and in 1st place in the Northeast Division. Get ready to rumble? As the next Bruins game is on Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm ET. This is the rematch game following the Milan Lucic hit on Ryan Miller. Many think that the Sabres will try and get some retribution in this game. So who will it be to step up and challenge Lucic to a fight? Their tough guy, Cody McCormick, is out injured. Tyler Myers is now out injured too. That leaves Robyn Regehr, Paul Gaustad and cheapshot artist Patrick Kaleta (he's the biggest cheapshot artist in the Eastern Conference behind Matt Cooke). I doubt Kaleta would fight but he will most likely try and lay out some Bruins so they have to keep their heads up when this idiot is on the ice. Speaking of which, Kaleta was fined today for high-sticking ex-Bruin Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris during Saturday's game. The refs should be watching him closely.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bruins dominate Islanders, win 8th straight

Bruins Patrice Bergeron scores on Rick DiPietro off a beautiful Tyler Seguin pass
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) shoots the puck past New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro (39) to score in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
The Bruins have now won 8 straight games since their back-to-back losses to Montreal, who they play next by the way, by beating the New York Islanders Saturday night 6-0 in a strong all-around performance. This was just a complete solid game by the Bruins. Here's the scoring summary.

In the first period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 4th goal of the season from a beautiful pass from Tyler Seguin. Later, Nathan Horton scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal, on a strong wrist shot. Chris Kelly would score later, his 6th goal of the season to make it 3-0 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Andrew Ference scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 4-0. Later, Chris Kelly scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 7th goal of the season, making it 5-0. Zdeno Chara would finish the scoring by scoring his 2nd goal of the season making it 6-0. Another six goal game for the Bruins and another win.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 30-23 and faceoff wins 42-26. The Islanders led the game in hits 28-18 and blocked shots 18-14. The Bruins went 1 for 4 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0 for 1.

With Johnny Boychuk back in the lineup, Steven Kampfer was a scratch.

Tim Thomas played in net and made some big saves when the Bruins needed him to. Thomas got his 2nd shutout of the season and is now 8-4 with a 1.92 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

Chris Kelly finished the game with 2 goals and 1 assist, +3 with 4 shots.

Joe Corvo was +4 and had 1 assist.

Gregory Campbell had a strong night in the faceoff circle going 12-2.

Brad Marchand had 2 assists and was +2.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 11-7 this season and in 3rd place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Monday at Montreal at 7:30pm ET on Versus.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bruins win 7th straight, beat Columbus in shootout

Tuukka Rask stops Antoine Vermette in the shootout to win the game for the Bruins
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask blocks a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets center Antoine Vermette during the shootout of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. The Bruins beat the Blue Jackets 2-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Bruins were lucky to get two points out of Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets as they did not look like they were into the game much and played really sloppy. But Tuukka Rask was the Bruins best player and played great to keep the Bruins in the game and eventually won it in the shootout. Andrew Ference returned to the Bruins lineup as Johnny Boychuk was scratched due to having flu-like symptoms. Daniel Paille also returned to the Bruins lineup, wearing a full cage, as Jordan Caron was the healthy scratch.

Here's the scoring summary.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Derek MacKenzie scored a power-play goal to give Columbus a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season to tie the game. In the period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Jared Boll and they had a good spirited bout. I would give it a draw. Thornton looked to have some red marks on his face after the fight. Thornton also looked really pissed off after the fight as if Boll broke the code in some way, maybe a late punch or something, but I didn't see anything unusual when watching. I'll have to take another look at it.

Update: Joe Haggerty via Twitter says "Shawn Thornton told me Jared Boll popped him twice with punches after the refs tried to break things up. That's what set him off afterward" Source

In the third period, no scoring happened. Benoit Pouliot did take a dumb roughing penalty in the period.

In overtime, both teams had a power-play but no one scored.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin didn't score, Rick Nash didn't score, Rich Peverley scored, Mark Letestu scored, David Krejci scored and Antoine Vermette didn't score. Bruins win 2-1.

Game notes
The Blue Jackets led the game in shots 31-27, faceoff wins 30-24, hits 22-17 and blocked shots 18-13.

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves on 31 shots and is now 3-3 with a 2.32 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 10-7 with 20 points and 4th in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the New York Islanders at 7pm ET.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zdeno Chara will not face charges

This will finally be put to rest. Zdeno Chara will not face any criminal charges for his hit last season on Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

QUEBEC CITY (AP)-Quebec's prosecutor says Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara won't face criminal charges for his hit on Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty last spring.

Pacioretty broke a vertebra and was out for the season after being shoved into a stanchion by Boston's 6-foot-9 defenseman in March.

The provincial prosecutors' office said in a statement Thursday that it does not believe a court would find Chara guilty of a crime and it has closed the case.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bruins hold off Devils, win 6th straight game

Brad Marchand celebrates his goal with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, center, celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and center Patrice Bergeron, right, in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The New Jersey Devils brought it tonight against the Bruins and Johan Hedberg had a great game but the Bruins were last to score and managed to keep the lead at the end of the game to win 4-3. Tim Thomas was in net for the Bruins and played well himself.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Brad Marchand took a bad dumb roughing penalty and with the Devils on the power-play, David Clarkson scored to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Marchand would find himself on the bench for the rest of the period. Later in the period, Chris Kelly would capitalize on a Hedberg puck handling mistake as Gregory Campbell chipped the puck out in front of the net while Hedberg was out of the net and Kelly came rushing in to put the puck in the back of the net to tie the game. That was Kelly's 5th goal of the season.

At the start of the third period, the Bruins had a set play that worked beautifully, as it did in Toronto with Milan Lucic-Zdeno Chara. The Bruins won the faceoff, Zdeno Chara got the puck and sent Brad Marchand in on a breakaway and Marchand would bury it behind Hedberg to make it 2-1. That was Marchand's 6th goal of the season. Palmieri for the Devils tied the game up 2-2. Shawn Thornton would score his 1st goal of the season to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead. What a great play by Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron to make that goal happen. Palmieri would score again to tie the game 3-3. Later, Benoit Pouliot scored his 2nd goal of the season to make it 4-3. The Bruins would hold on and win the game.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 37-30, faceoff wins 41-25 and hits 30-25. The Devils led the game in blocked shots 13-10.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 27 saves on 30 shots. Thomas is now 7-4 with a 2.09 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

Patrice Bergeron had another great game in the faceoff circle going 24-9.

Gregory Campbell had 2 assists and was +2.

Tyler Seguin's point streak ended tonight. He was +1 with 1 shot.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins in hits with 5.

Andrew Ference was again out of the lineup and Steven Kampfer played.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 9-7 this season with 18 points, which is still 4th place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Thursday taking on the league worst Columbus Blue Jackets at 7pm ET.

Claude Julien glad no suspension for Lucic

Ok it's time to move on from the whole Lucic-Miller drama. Here are some quotes about the non-suspension from Claude Julien.

"From our end of it, we were convinced it wasn't deliberate," Claude Julien said. "We were hoping that was the decision that was going to be taken, and it was."

"I don't think they should be hit. Absolutely not," Julien said. "But there's a difference between a hit and a collision. That's always going to be a gray area in people's minds. Some people are going to call it a hit. Some people are going to call it a collision. As far as I'm concerned as a coach, I'll abide by any rule they want to put in there. If they say you can't touch him at all, you can't touch him at all. If they keep the rule the way it is, let's keep the rule the way it is. I know for a fact if Milan had intended on hitting him, he would have never got up. We know how hard he hits. That speaks for itself."
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Yesterday Brendan Shanahan also reacted to Buffalo's complaining about the non-suspension and comments that it's open season on goalies now.
"I think Buffalo's comments are irresponsible to suggest that it's open season," Shanahan said at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I will have this warning for players: 'It's not. If you run a goalie you're going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you're going to have to explain yourself and you don't explain it sufficiently, and if I don't buy it, you're going to be suspended.'"
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Jack Edwards talking about possible revenge on November 23rd.


Update: Not surprised but interesting to see Ryan Miller admitted that they announced his concussion to try and get Milan Lucic suspended.
Miller revealed that he and the team went ahead with announcing he had a concussion in a bid to make a case that Lucic should be suspended.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Lucic not suspended for hit on Miller

Word came today that Bruins Milan Lucic will not be suspended for his collision with Sabres goalie Ryan Miller due to lack of intent. If you haven't seen the hit yet, you can watch it in our last post.

Shanahan held a hearing with Lucic via conference call because he had specific questions he wanted to ask before making a determination on potential supplemental discipline.

"I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him," Shanahan told NHL.com. "They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers."

Shanahan said the minor penalty for charging was the proper call in this case because it follows Rule 42.1, which reads "a goalkeeper is not fair game just because he is outside the goal crease area."

"The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call," Shanahan said. "And, while it's unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline."
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Earlier today Lucic talked with the media before the hearing:
"(The hearing) is something I have to go through and just state my case and whatever happens, happens. It's out of my control," said Lucic. "It's exactly the same thing I said after the game. I blocked a shot and pushed the puck a little too far ahead of me and I skated after the puck as fast as I possibly could. I looked up and he was still in his net. I looked down at the puck and was continuing on and the next thing I knew, I looked up and he’s coming out full speed at me. Obviously it was a hard collision and I did everything I could just to brace myself. Like he said, I have 50 pounds on him and that’s why maybe he got the worst of it. Even if you look at the video, I was cringing after the play, too, because I was winded and because it was such a hard collision. And he got a good piece of me as well."

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"I've looked at the hit 100 times and they said that he got a concussion. His shoulder hit my chest, so there was no hit to his head. His helmet came flying off but his head didn't hit the ice. And later in the period, someone lifted (Tyler Seguin's) stick and threw him into the net as well, so who knows what it was. It's obviously unfortunate that he got hurt on the play," said Lucic.

"Was I surprised? Yeah. Because with the new protocol and the concussion stuff, I know the last three NHLPA meetings that I've been a part of and their clarifying of concussions and head injuries, the main thing that they've talked about is there's no such thing as getting your bell rung or seeing stars anymore. That's considered a concussion and if you're in that position, you have to do whatever you can do to take yourself out of play. Obviously, Ryan plays a big in the NHLPA and I respect what he does there. That’s pretty much it."

Coach Claude Julien said he saw the play the way Lucic did and added that it's not the first time an unfortunate soul got in front of the determined, though not exactly agile, skater.

"It certainly wasn't our plan to run him over, and for what it's worth, Looch has done the same thing to one of our coaches last year," said Julien. "He buries his head when he chases a puck and when he lifts it up, somebody's there. Last year it was a coach, this year it was Miller."...
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In other Bruins news, Tyler Seguin has been named the NHL's First Star of the Week, for the week ending November 13th. In 3 games during the week, Seguin had 4 goals, 2 assists and was +4.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bruins smack around Miller, beat Sabres 6-2

I was away Saturday so I'm late with this post but here we go. Saturday night the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 and all the talk after has been about the Milan Lucic collision with Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. First let's get to the game summary.

In the first period, Bruins killer Thomas Vanek scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. That was all of the scoring in the period, but we did have some rough stuff. Milan Lucic passed the puck to himself to far ahead to catch up to it and Ryan Miller went out of his net to the defensive zone faceoff dot and Lucic collided into him sending Miller down to the ice on his butt. Miller swung his stick at Lucic trying to slash him but failed. Everyone joined in a scrum but there was nothing to come of it. No one did squat to Lucic, including Paul Gaustad or the 6'8" Tyler Myers. Lucic and Miller exchanged some words after the scrum as Lucic headed to the penalty box. Yes Lucic did not try to get out of the way and with Miller way out of the net and Lucic skating hard he couldn't stop in time. It was a shoulder on shoulder hit and not a hit to the head. A few minutes later in the game Robyn Regehr had a chance to go with Lucic as they exchanged shoves but he wanted nothing to do with Lucic. This whole Sabres not sticking up for a fallen teammate reminds me of the soft Bruins back in 2007 when Sabres Adam Mair took out David Krejci with a cheap high hit which gave Krejci a concussion. Karma anyone?

Milan Lucic collides with Ryan Miller

In the second period, Rich Peverley scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 1-1. Later, Tyler Seguin scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 2-1. 16 seconds later Nathan Horton scored his 5th goal of the season to make it 3-1.

In the third period, Jhonas Enroth started in net for the Sabres. Chris Kelly scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 4-1. Tyler Seguin scored his 11th goal of the season, his 2nd of the game, to make it 5-1. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 5th goal of the season to make it 6-1. Later, Marc-Andre Gragnani scored a power-play goal for the Sabres making it 6-2.

With the game out of reach, Sabres moron Patrick Kaleta then decides to run around and try for big hits. Referees gave both Kaleta and Shawn Thornton 2 and 10-minute penalties to make sure they were off the ice for the rest of the game.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 35-23, faceoff wins 44-25 and hits 26-14. The Sabres led the game in blocked shots 14-11.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 21 saves on 23 shots. Thomas is now 6-4 with a 2.00 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron finished the game with 1 assist, +3, going 16-4 in faceoffs.

Brad Marchand finished the game with 1 goal and 2 assists and was +3.

Tyler Seguin finished the game with 2 goals and 1 assist and was +3.

Andrew Ference did not play and Steven Kampfer took his place in the lineup. Pouliot was out and Hamill was in. Hamill was sent down to Providence (AHL) on Sunday.

Ryan Miller cries to media, wants his tires pumped, Shanny obliges
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller wasn't happy after the game and made sure to talk with the media and had some comments about Milan Lucic and the collision.

Ryan Miller on the collision with Milan Lucic:
"I just stuck around because I just wanted to say what a piece of [expletive] I think Lucic is," said Miller. "Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that? It's unbelievable. Everyone in this city sees him as a big, tough, solid player."

"I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless. Gutless, piece of [expletive]."
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Here's the video with Ryan Miller saying the above comments

Miller wants Lucic to be the best skater in the world and stop on a dime. But in reality Lucic is not the best skater in the world or in hockey and braced himself for contact and collided with Miller. The Sabres are one of the teams in the NHL that dive a lot and watch Miller after he is hit. He swings his goalie stick at Lucic, doesn't hit him, then lays back and down onto the ice. Then he sits up and gets up quickly and exchanges words with Lucic. What's with the laying down on the ice?

Milan Lucic on the collision with Ryan Miller:
"Well I blocked a shot, and it's a race for the puck," said Lucic. "I just put my head down and tried to get to it first. Next thing I looked up, he was out of his net and it was a collision."

"Obviously, going into the situation like that, I'm gonna brace myself. I was going full speed so it's pretty hard for me to put on the breaks."
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With Miller complaining and crying to the media, and the Sabres announcing that Miller is out indefinitely with a concussion, well NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is having a hearing with Lucic tomorrow at 1pm. Miller is not new to complaining to the media, he's getting to be an expert on it.

The Bruins and Sabres next play each other November 23rd in Buffalo and some are already saying Buffalo will try and get some revenge in that game. The only guy you have to watch out for on Buffalo is Kaleta as he likes taking cheap shots at anyone.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-7 this season and still in 4th place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Tuesday, hosting the New Jersey Devils at 7pm ET.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hot Bruins beat hot Oilers 6-3

Thursday night the Bruins beat the young hot Edmonton Oilers 6-3 and are now on a 4-game winning streak. Tuukka Rask played in net, his first back-to-back action of the season and got his 2nd win of the season. Rich Peverley again did not play and Zach Hamill got into the game and played well as he finished +2 with 1 assist and had 2 shots. Hamill played on a line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.

Here's the scoring summary:

In the first period, Edmonton native Johnny Boychuk scored his 2nd goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. 1:44 later Jordan Caron scored his 1st goal of the season, from a nice pass from Zach Hamill. The Oilers would score twice to tie the game 2-2.

In the second period, Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the season. It was a power-play goal. Later Tyler Seguin scored his 9th goal of the season off a weird bounce to make it 4-2.

In the third period, Oilers Ryan Smyth scored his 2nd goal of the game to make it 4-3. Milan Lucic scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal making it 5-3. Nice pass from Joe Corvo to Lucic for that goal. 44 seconds later, Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the game and 4th goal of the season making it 6-3 with a nice hard wrist shot that beat Devan Dubnyk.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 34-25 and blocked shots 13-12. The Oilers led the game in shots 30-28 and hits 17-15. The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Oilers went 1-for-5.

Tuukka Rask made 27 saves on 30 shots and is now 2-3 with a 2.63 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

Defenseman Andrew Ference only played 9:22 in the game as he left in the second period and did not return. After the game Claude Julien said it's a lower-body injury.
"Only that it's a lower-body injury right now," Julien said. "I don't know the severity of it, so that's all I can give you."
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Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Joe Corvo finished the game with 3 assists, was +1 and had 1 shot.

Nathan Horton finished the game with 2 assists.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-7 this season, in 4th place in the Northeast Division ahead of Montreal (both are tied with 14 points but Montreal has played 1 more game). The Bruins next game is on Saturday taking on the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm ET in Boston.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bruins recall Zach Hamill

Last night Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have recalled forward Zach Hamill from Providence (AHL) o an emergency basis.

So Hamill may play in tonight's game against the Edmonton Oilers if Rich Peverley can't play or instead of playing Benoit Pouliot.

Through 14 AHL games this season, Hamill leads the P-Bruins in goals (5), points (10) and plus/minus (+2) and is second on the team in assists (5). Last season, Hamill spent the majority of the year in Providence and finished second on the team in scoring with 9-34=43 totals. He was recalled once to Boston from February 3 – 13, 2011 and tallied one assist in three NHL games.

Hamill has skated in four career NHL games with 0-2=2 totals. He made his NHL debut on April 11, 2010 against Washington and recorded his first career NHL assist/point in that game.

He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round (8th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Daniel Paille injury update

Yesterday Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli had some news about Daniel Paille's injury:

"Daniel Paille has been diagnosed with a broken nose and facial lacerations after the injury he sustained in our game Monday night. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 9 at Mass General Hospital in Boston to repair the injury. Dr. Thomas Dodson will conduct the procedure. Following the surgery, he is expected to be listed as day-to-day."
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bruins get quick goals, beat Isles 6-2

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask makes a save
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 07: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the first period against the New York Islanders on November 7, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tuukka Rask played in net against the New York Islanders and finally got some goal support as the Bruins beat the Islanders Monday night 6-2. With Rich Peverley out of the lineup with a minor undisclosed injury, Benoit Pouliot came in the lineup and played on the 3rd line. Pouliot managed to score a goal, really a freebie, but he didn't play well, and was benched for some time as he only got 8:39 of ice time. Pierre McGuire on Versus also pointed out one of Pouliot's defensive lapses and I don't remember seeing him on the ice after that. The first line of David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton looks to be returning to form as they combined for 8 points total.

Here's the game's scoring summary:

In the first period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 1-0. Jordan Caron threw the puck at the net into Evgeni Nabokov's feet and Nabokov looked like he was trying to find the puck in his feet and Pouliot jammed the puck into the net. After the goal, Adam McQuaid squared off with Matt Martin in a spirited fight. After the fight McQuaid had a cut on his chin with some blood. It was good to see McQuaid drop the gloves and he looks like he is fully back. That fight gave the Islanders energy as later Matt Moulson would tie the game 1-1. Later in the period with the Bruins on the power-play, Nathan Horton picked up a rebound to the right of Nabokov and moved near the slot area and fired the puck past Nabokov to make it 2-1 Bruins. It was Horton's 3rd goal of the season. 29 seconds later Tyler Seguin scored his 8th goal of the season from a beautiful pass from Patrice Bergeron making it a 3-1 Bruins lead. Nabokov was pulled after the goal and Al Montoya came in to play in net. Michael Grabner would later score to make it a 3-2 game.

In the second period, no scoring happened. Montoya made some big saves in the period though.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 7th goal of the season making it 4-2. 49 seconds later, Horton scored his 4th goal of the season and 2nd goal of the game making it 5-2. With less than three minutes in the game, the Islanders had pulled their goalie and David Krejci scored his 3rd goal of the season, an empty net goal to end the scoring.

Game notes
Scary moment in the third period as Daniel Paille took a puck in the face from a Steve Staios slap shot. Paille would go down and was hurt as blood was seen on the ice. He was able to get up and go to the dressing room. Bruins coach Claude Julien on Paille's condition:
“He’s going to be seen by a specialist tonight,” Julien said. Obviously a puck hit him in the face, and in the nose area. We’ll probably know more tomorrow, once he’s seen by a specialist.”
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Another scary moment in the third period as Milan Lucic took a skate to his neck of the player he tripped up and luckily it only resulted in a small cut. Lucic was bleeding but he continued to play.

Congrats to Chris Kelly as he played in his 500th career NHL game Monday.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-26, faceoff wins 29-20 and blocked shots 12-8. The Islanders led the game in hits 17-16. The Bruins went 1 for 1 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0 for 4.

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves on 26 shots and is now 1-3 with a 2.53 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

Nathan Horton finished the game with 2 goals and 1 assist, +1 and had 2 shots.

David Krejci finished the game with 1 goal and 2 assists, was +1 and had 4 shots.

Milan Lucic finished the game with 1 goal and 1 assist, was +1 and had 2 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-7 with 12 points taking them out of last place in the Eastern Conference but still last in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Thursday hosting the hot Edmonton Oilers at 7pm ET. I'm sure the media will be coming up with all kinds of Tyler Seguin vs Taylor Hall stories until the game.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bruins spank Leafs, Seguin nets hat trick

Tyler Seguin celebrates his 3rd goal of the game, getting his 1st NHL hat trick
Boston Bruins centre Tyler Seguin celebrates his third goal for a hat trick with teammate Joe Corvo during second-period NHL hockey game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
What a game tonight by the Bruins as they spanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0. The Leafs looked like they didn't have much emotion or anything in this game, somewhat like the Bruins earlier in the season. Tyler Seguin netted his first career NHL hat trick scoring 3 goals. Thank you Kessel! Speaking of Kessel, he finished the game -1 with 2 shots on net. Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and got his first shutout of the season. Here's the scoring summary of the game.

In the first period, Tyler Seguin scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, from a sweet pass across the ice from Rich Peverley which Seguin one-timed into the net past rookie goalie Ben Scrivens.

In the second period, Seguin scored his 6th goal of the season only 34 seconds into the period as he hit a deflected pass from Patrice Bergeron out of mid-air and into the net. 8 seconds later Milan Lucic scored his 5th goal of the season to make it 3-0. Later in the period Seguin scored his 7th goal of the season, giving him his first hat trick and made it 4-0. 14 seconds later David Krejci scored his 2nd goal of the season to make it 5-0.

In the third period, Lucic scored his 6th goal of the season to make it 6-0. 28 seconds later Gregory Campbell scored his 1st goal of the season, as Shawn Thornton shot the puck at the net and it went off of Campbell and into the net. In the late part of the game Dion Phaneuf finally awoke and laid out Chris Kelly with a big clean hit. Both Campbell and Thornton challenged him a few shifts later but he would back down and made sure to stay away and finish the game -3. The game would end 7-0.

Game notes
The Leafs led the game in shots 25-20, faceoff wins 29-24, hits 26-23 and blocked shots 24-21.

The Bruins went 1 for 2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0 for 4.

Tim Thomas made 25 saves and got his first shutout of the season. Thomas is now 5-4 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

Patrice Bergeron had 3 assists and was +3.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists and was +2.

David Krejci had 1 goal, 2 assists and was +3.

Milan Lucic had 2 goals, 1 assist and was +3.

Tyler Seguin had 3 goals, was +2, 3 shots and 1 hit.

Funny how Jay Rosehill had chances all game to drop the gloves with Shawn Thornton to spark some life into his team but he tried to get at Jordan Caron late in the game. Lame just like the Leafs performance.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 5-7 (10 points) this season and still in last place in the division but they look much better and they start a 5-game home stand on Monday, taking on the New York Islanders.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nathan Horton doesn't feel 100 percent

Bruins Nathan Horton talked with the media yesterday answering questions about his play and how he feels out there on the ice. Make sure to check out the entire blog post on WEEI.com.

“I’m still trying to get my game back,” Horton said. “I obviously don’t feel 100 percent out there. I’m not myself, you know? I’m just trying to get that back. Last game, I thought we played better. Hopefully we can build off it.”

Asked specifically whether he was dealing with anything physical, Horton replied, “No, no.”

“Obviously I just need to get my timing and stuff,” he said. “I still don’t feel like I’m myself out there. Like, I’m fine, but I just need to be better obviously. That’s it. I just need to be better.”

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On whether he thinks about his concussion when he plays:

“I’m only human. I do think of it. I think anybody else, anybody would that was in my situation. It’s not easy, obviously, but again, I’m still trying. I want to be better, and I think that’s what matters.”

On opening up about his concussion:

“Whenever it’s brought up, I try to forget about it. I definitely want to move on, and it seems like it’s just kind of dragging on. People keep asking about it, so I’m going to talk about it, but obviously I don’t want to talk about it. I want to forget about it, and that’s it. I feel fine. Now I just want to be better.”

On avoiding the media:

“I’m not giving an excuse or anything. I’m just saying obviously I want to be better and that’s it. I just think I haven’t been around. I don’t know.”

On whether he is dealing with a lack of motivation:

“I actually feel like I’m trying. I’m backchecking. I think it’s all about when I get the puck, or when I don’t have the puck, I’m just thinking too much. When you think too much, it doesn’t go the way you want it too. When you’re not thinking too much, it just falls into place, and good things happen. Definitely, that’s what I want to get back to here.”
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Report: Chris Clark to report to Providence Bruins

Fluto Shinzawa over at the Bruins Blog posted that veteran Chris Clark, who tried out with the Boston Bruins during training camp, has signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the Bruins and will report to Providence (AHL).

Clark will most likely play a few games in Providence, getting his legs and timing back and then maybe brought up by the Bruins. Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot haven't done much in the games they've played. Caron has shown more, in my opinion, than Pouliot has, and Caron also hasn't taken any dumb penalties. Clark is a hard-nosed veteran that can provide grit and experience. It's good to see him back with the Bruins.

Tim Thomas Discover commercial

Tim Thomas is in a new Discover "Peggy" commercial. Check it out below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bruins find their game, beat Sens 5-3

Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and the Bruins celebrate their win over the Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) of Slovakia celebrates with goalie Tim Thomas (30), as Tyler Seguin (19)and Brad Marchand (63) look on, after their 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators in an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The Bruins ended a three-game losing streak with the victory. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Tonight the Bruins played their best hockey of the season and beat the Ottawa Senators, who weren't playing too bad lately but they showed they're a young team that is rebuilding.

Ottawa scored the first goal of the game as it looked to go off of Adam McQuaid and into the net. Off the ensuing faceoff after the goal, Shawn Thornton challenged Zenon Konopka and they dropped the gloves and had an even fight. Boston would answer a little less than two minutes later with Milan Lucic scoring his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal. Chara shot the puck at the net which produced a rebound and Lucic put the rebound up and over a sprawling Craig Anderson to tie the game. But Ottawa came right back, scoring sixteen seconds later to make it 2-1 Senators.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. Later in the period, Chris Kelly scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 3-2 Bruins.

In the third period, Jared Cowen scored his first NHL goal to tie the game up 3-3, as a screened Tim Thomas had no chance. Less than two minutes later, Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 4-3 Bruins. 37 seconds later Daniel Paille scored on a breakaway, his 2nd goal of the season, from a nice chip pass from Shawn Thornton, to put the Bruins up 5-3. Yes Paille actually scored on a breakaway. Gregory Campbell got into a fight with Zack Smith and Smith looked to have the edge in that one. The Bruins held on and ended their winless streak.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 41-26 and faceoff wins 34-31. The Senators led the game in hits 16-15 and blocked shots 16-10.

The Bruins went 1 for 5 on the power-play while the Senators went 0 for 3.

Tim Thomas made 23 saves on 26 shots. Thomas is now 4-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Zdeno Chara had a big game, besides laying out players everywhere, had 2 assists, was +2, had 5 shots and 4 hits.

Chris Kelly had a goal and an assist.

Rich Peverley had 2 assists.

Dennis Seidenberg was -2 and is now a team-worst -6 so far this season (tied with Joe Corvo and David Krejci).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 4-7 this season and sitting in last place in the division and tied for last place in the conference with the New York Islanders with 8 points (Bruins have played 2 more games than the Islanders). The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 7pm ET game. It's another long layoff for the Bruins, hopefully they don't lose this momentum they have going after tonight's win.