Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bruins winning streak continues with OT win

Bruins celebrate after scoring in overtime to win the game
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: The Boston Bruins celebrate around Dennis Seidenberg #44 after he scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 28, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Bruins defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Christmas break is over and the Bruins played in Phoenix tonight against the Coyotes and extended their winning streak to 7 games with an overtime win. Surprising to see Tuukka Rask get the nod tonight in net for the Bruins but he's been playing great as Tim Thomas has, so no downgrade there.

In the first period, David Krejci scored his 7th goal of the season only 47 seconds into the game, to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later in the period, Bruins killer Ray Whitney scored to tie the game 1-1.

Also in the first period was classic Bruins hockey, sticking up for teammates. Raffi Torres, you may remember he played for the Vancouver Canucks last year, threw an elbow at Andrew Ference's head as they raced for the puck in the Bruins d-zone. Adam McQuaid came right in instigating a fight with Torres and landed some punches that left Torres bleeding above his left eye. You may also remember last year in the playoffs McQuaid and Torres met up a few times with Torres throwing some big checks at McQuaid and McQuaid challenging him a few times but Torres wanted nothing to do with him then.

Adam McQuaid vs Raffi Torres

A bloody Raffi Torres skates to the bench after getting beat up by Adam McQuaid
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Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres (37) skates to the bench after a fight with Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid during the first period in an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, no scoring happened but the Coyotes had a strong ending of the period.

In overtime, a Dennis Seidenberg shot found it's way into the net to win the game 2-1 for the Bruins. On the replays it looked like Chris Kelly tipped the puck past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera but the official score has Seidenberg with the goal. If it stands as Seidenberg's goal, it will be his 2nd goal of the season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 29-22 and faceoff wins 28-19. The Coyotes led the game in hits 29-27 and blocked shots 20-13.

The Coyotes went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Bruins had zero power-plays.

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 8-4-1 with a 1.61 GAA and a 94.5 save percentage this season.

Rich Peverley was again out of the lineup, but Claude Julien has said that Peverley is on track to return against the Dallas Stars.

Joe Corvo led the Bruins in shots with 5.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins in hits with 5.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-9-1 this season with 49 points. The Bruins are in 1st place in the Northeast Division and 1st place in the Eastern Conference (2nd place in the entire NHL, one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks). The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Dallas Stars at 8pm ET. Will this upcoming game be another fight filled game or does that only happen in Boston when these two teams meet? :) We'll also get to see old friend Michael Ryder.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bruins blow out Panthers 8-0

Brad Marchand celebrates with Zdeno Chara after Marchand scores his 3rd goal of the game
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63) celebrates with Zdeno Chara (33) after completing a hat trick in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Boston, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. The Bruins won 8-0. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Wow what a dominating game the Bruins had tonight against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers played last night and looked tired as the Bruins looked like they had control for just about the entire game. Tuukka Rask played in net and earned his 2nd shutout of the season and Brad Marchand scored his 1st career NHL hat trick in the win. Jose Theodore started the game in net for Florida, but he did not have another great game against the Bruins as he did a few weeks ago.

In the first period, Brad Marchand scored his 13th goal of the season, a shorthanded goal, to make it 1-0. Later, Milan Lucic scored his 12th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins. On the next faceoff, Krys Barch and Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves and had a good short fight. Thornton looked to get more punches in on Barch before Thornton lost his balance and got twisted around as he went down to the ice. Less than five minutes later, Benoit Pouliot scored Bruins goal of the year so far as he got by a Panthers defenseman and slid the puck past Jose Theodore. That was Pouliot's 7th goal of the season. 31 seconds later Dennis Seidenberg scored his 1st goal of the season making it 4-0 Bruins.

Benoit Pouliot's sick goal vs Panthers

In the second period, the Panthers had Scott Clemmensen come in and play net for the rest of the game. Gregory Campbell scored his 3rd goal of the season as he was able to get a good wrist shot off from the slot area. Later in the period, Patrice Bergeron got credit for his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal, as his pass went off a Panthers skate and into the net, making it 6-0.

In the third period, Brad Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 14th goal of the season. Later in the period, Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the game, getting his 1st NHL career hat trick. That was Marchand's 15th goal of the season.

Brad Marchand after the game he scored his 1st NHL career hat trick
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 23: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins after the game he scored his first career hat trick against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on December 23, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 35-30 and faceoff wins 35-20. The Panthers led the game in hits 18-14 and blocked shots 16-13.

The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Panthers went 0-for-2.

Tuukka Rask played in net for Boston and stopped all 30 shots he faced to get his 2nd shutout of the season. Rask is now 7-4-1 with a 1.66 GAA and a .944 save percentage. Those are just amazing numbers.

Brad Marchand had a 5-point game, with 3 goals and 2 assists. He was +5 with 3 shots (all goals) and he only had 12:48 of ice time, which was the second-lowest on the team after Shawn Thornton's 11:23 of ice time.

Patrice Bergeron had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +2 and had 5 shots. He also went 10-2 in the faceoff circle.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists and was +4.

Tyler Seguin had 2 assists and was +4 and had 3 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg had 1 goal and 1 assist, was +2 and had 2 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-9-1 with 47 points, which is 1st in the Northeast Division and 1st in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins next game is next Wednesday, December 28th at the Phoenix Coyotes, at 9pm ET.

Happy holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Without Lucic, Bruins beat Habs

Brad Marchand skates to the bench after scoring a goal
As Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price looks on, Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand skates back to the bench after scoring during the third period of Boston's 3-2 win in an NHL hockey game in Boston Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
With Milan Lucic out of the lineup for the Bruins in a game where his physicality, along with his 15 points in 26 career season games against Montreal, is always good to have around, the Bruins were able to hold off Montreal and win 3-2 in a tight game where both goalies came up big for their teams.

In the first period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 6th goal of the season. A little over a minute later, Bruins killer Tomas Plekanec scored to tie the game.

In the second period, David Krejci scored his 6th goal of the season as an Andrew Ference shot/pass went off of Krejci's skate and into the net.

In the third period, Brad Marchand scored his 12th goal of the season on a great keep in at the blue line by Patrice Bergeron, then Tyler Seguin with a sweet aerial pass to Marchand who held onto the puck and went to the backhand for the game-winning goal. Later, another Bruins killer, Erik Cole, scored with 1:14 left in the game to make it 3-2. But the Bruins held on for a 3-2 win.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 28-24 and hits 26-24. Montreal led the game in shots 35-31 and blocked shots 13-11.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while Montreal went 0-for-2.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 35 shots. He is now 16-5-0 with a 1.84 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in shots with 6. Chara also led the Bruins in ice time with 26:05.

Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk both had 3 blocked shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

Nathan Horton and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 22-9-1 with 45 points, which is first in the Northeast Division and first in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins next game is on Friday hosting the Florida Panthers at 7pm ET. We may see a Shawn Thornton-Krys Barch rematch in that one.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Milan Lucic suspended for 1 game

Bruins Milan Lucic has been suspended for 1 game for his boarding major on Satutday against the Flyers Zac Rinaldo. If you haven't seen the hit yet, watch it below.

Milan Lucic boards Zac Rinaldo

Here is the video of Brendan Shanahan and his explanation of the Lucic suspension.

"In spite of the fact that Lucic sees Rinaldo’s numbers in proximity to the boards, Lucic delivers a dangerous check from behind," Shanahan said in a video clip on the web site. "Rinaldo makes no sudden movements just prior to or simultaneous with the hit that contributes to making this an illegal check. Therefore, the onus is on Lucic to avoid this hit completely or, at the very least, minimize it to a greater degree."

"Instead, Lucic follows through with his check, driving Rinaldo high and hard into the glass. While this hit is not particularly egregious, it is illegal. However, the overriding factor in elevating this check from behind from a penalty on the ice to a suspension is his history of similar infractions, warnings and a fine. We've taken into account that Rinaldo suffered no apparent injury as a result of this hit."
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You can see in the video that Rinaldo turns at the last second for the hit to be shoulder-on-shoulder. If Rinaldo did not turn then it would have been a hit from behind. But we all know what this suspension is for. This is a make-up suspension for the non-suspension Lucic got for his collision with Sabres Ryan Miller. Shanahan received so much hate on him after the non-suspension that he probably felt hey I'll suspend him this time and hope to quiet down those Buffalo fans.

Even Flyers Zac Rinaldo, you know the guy who got hit, says it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit.

"It's hockey, you hit and go into the boards, I don't think it was dirty at all," Rinaldo said. "Shoulder-to-shoulder and just momentum. He's big guy, maybe double my weight. His momentum carried him into the boards awkwardly. I don't think it was dirty at all."

He added: "Should–to-shoulder, that's fine, that's cool. I don't mind it at all."
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Props to Rinaldo for being honest and you know not saying he has a concussion or some type of injury just to get Lucic suspended.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chara returns, Bruins dominate Flyers

Zdeno Chara vs Jody Shelley
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 17: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins fights Jody Shelley #45 of the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on December 17, 2011 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to the lineup this afternoon to take on the Flyers and maybe it gave the Bruins a boost as the Bruins came out flying. The Bruins got two goals in less than three minutes into the game to put the Flyers down and the Flyers couldn't get it together. When they did Tim Thomas and the Bruins defense was there to stop them.

In the first period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 5th goal of the season only 27 seconds into the game. Zdeno Chara and Jody Shelley dropped the gloves off a Bruins-defensive zone after some talking and had a quick fight with both guys not landing much. Only 2:23 after the first goal, Daniel Paille scored his 6th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Later in the period, Zdeno Chara scored his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal to make it 3-0. The Bruins would score another power-play goal in the period, as Milan Lucic scored his 11th goal of the season to make it 4-0. Shortly after the Lucic goal, Scott Hartnell took a run at Brad Marchand who ducked the open ice hit. Johnny Boychuk got called for instigating a fight with Hartnell.

Zdeno Chara vs Jody Shelley

In the second period, Nathan Horton scored his 9th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 5-0. In the period Lucic got called for a hit from behind major and game misconduct. I didn't agree that it was a hit from behind and neither did Lucic after the game. Zac Rinaldo, the guy who Lucic hit, dropped the gloves with Nathan Horton after the hit. I don't think any punches hit Horton's head area but we'll have to keep an eye on him just in case, as he probably shouldn't be fighting much anymore, with the concussion he got from year.

In the third period, Tyler Seguin scored his 14th goal of the season to make it 6-0.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 37-31, faceoff wins 34-31, and blocked shots 17-12. The Flyers led the game in hits 28-20.

The Bruins went 2-for-7 on the power-play while the Flyers went 0-for-6.

Tim Thomas stopped all 31 shots he faced and recorded his 4th shutout of the season. Thomas is now 15-5-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

Zdeno Chara in his first game back, got a Gordie Howe hat trick (1 goal, 1 assist and a fight), led the Bruins in ice time with 23:39, had 4 shots and 3 hits.

Rich Peverley had 3 assists.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Andrew Ference led the Bruins in blocked shots with 5.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in hits with 4.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 21-9-1 with 43 points, first place in the Northeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins next game is on Monday hosting the hated Montreal Canadiens in Boston. If you haven't heard yet, Montreal has fired Jacques Martin earlier today and assistant Randy Cunneyworth was appointed interim head coach.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Adam McQuaid fined for hit

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 for his skate-on-knee hit on Senators forward Nick Foligno which resulted in a 5-minute major and game misconduct for kneeing.

NEW YORK – Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno in NHL Game No. 448 in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:45 of the first period. McQuaid was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bruins keep winning streak alive, beat Sens 5-2

Patrice Bergeron scores on Craig Anderson
Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson sprawls on the ice as Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron shoots the puck past him to score during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Ottawa, Ontario. The Bruins won 5-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
Tonight the Bruins kept their winning ways going, 3 wins in a row, even without captain Zdeno Chara in the lineup (2 games now without Chara). Gregory Campbell also missed this game and Zach Hamill again got into the lineup.

In the first period, Rich Peverley scored his 6th goal of the season. Also in the period, Milan Lucic and Matt Carkner had a good heavyweight fight.

In the second period, Daniel Alfredson scored for the Senators to tie the game 1-1. Later, Chris Kelly scored his 12th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 6th goal of the season on a breakaway, to make it 3-1 Bruins. Less than a minute later, actually 56 seconds later, Daniel Paille scored on a breakaway, his 4th goal of the season to make it 4-1. Later, Jason Spezza scored to make it 4-2. A little less than two minutes left in the game, Daniel Paille scored his second goal of the game, his 5th goal of the season to make it 5-2 Bruins.

Milan Lucic vs Matt Carkner

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 33-22 and blocked shots 18-13. The Senators led the game in shots 49-29 and hits 26-22.

The Senators went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Bruins had no power-plays.

Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and made 47 saves on 49 shots. Thomas is now 14-5-0 with a 1.93 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille led the Bruins in shots with 4 apiece.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in blocked shots with 4.

Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

McQuaid got a 5-minute major and game misconduct for kneeing Nick Foligno. On replay it showed that McQuaid's skate hit Foligno's knee.

Andrew Ference had a big night, leading the Bruins in ice time with 27:33. He had 2 assists, was +3, had 3 shots and 2 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 20-9-1 with 41 points which is 1st in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Saturday at 1pm ET at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Rask shutouts Kings 3-0

Tuesday night, Tuukka Rask was great in net as the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Rask saved all 41 shots he faced, earning him his first shutout of the season. Rask is now 6-4-1 with a 1.82 GAA and a .939 save percentage this season.

In the first period, Rich Peverley scored his 5th goal of the season.

In the second period, Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season.

In the third period, Brad Marchand scored his 11th goal of the season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 34-19 and blocked shots 25-8. The Kings led the game in shots 41-22 and hits 28-18.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play, while the Kings went 0-for-4.

Zdeno Chara did not play in this game. Daniel Paille was back in the lineup. Gregory Campbell was out and Zach Hamill was in the lineup and made a great pass to Peverley for the first goal.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 assists, was +2, had 3 hits and went 13-6 in faceoffs.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in blocked shots with 6.

Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

After this game, the Bruins were 19-9-1.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Campbell hurt and Marchand fined

Gregory Campbell will not play tonight as he suffered a fracture on his foot while blocking a shot in Columbus.

Brad Marchand was fined $2,500 for slew-footing Pittsburgh defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Daniel Paille skated but could be still out of the lineup.

The Bruins have recalled Zach Hamill from Providence (AHL).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Report: Zdeno Chara out 1 week

A report on NHL.com says that Bruins Zdeno Chara is expected to be out a week so he'll miss the next three games. The three games are against the Los Angeles Kings, the Ottawa Senators, and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Bruins captain and top-pair defenseman Zdeno Chara is expected to miss at least the next three games after suffering a leg injury Saturday night, according to reports.

The injury occurred during the second period of Boston's 5-3 win at Columbus. Chara walked to the dressing room under his own power.

The Bruins play Los Angeles, Ottawa and Philadelphia this week. If Chara's recovery goes according to plan, there is a chance he will be available for Montreal's home game against the Canadiens on Dec. 19.
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bruins end losing streak but lose Chara

Bruins celebrate Chris Kelly's goal
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand (63), Chris Kelly (23) and Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrate Kelly's goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Being down by two goals to the last place Columbus Blue Jackets only twelve minutes into the game; Zdeno Chara getting injured in the second period and not returning to the game; and with Tim Thomas getting replaced by Tuukka Rask to start the third period, you may have thought the Bruins were getting beaten badly and didn't have a chance to get back. But it was 2-2 after two periods and the Bruins are the Bruins in the third period so no worries right? This time no worries, as the Bruins scored two goals in the third period to put away the Blue Jackets and end their losing streak.

Game summary
In the first period, Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll dropped the gloves and had a re-match fight. It was a good fight with Thornton getting the decision. Thornton challenged Boll in his first shift once they both got on the ice. So you know this fight happened due to Thornton being upset with Boll from their previous fight where Boll threw two late punches at Thornton.

Rick Nash and Jeff Carter scored to make it 2-0 Columbus. With 1:34 remaining in the period, Joe Corvo scored his 1st goal of the season, which obviously was his first goal as a Bruin. Only 45 seconds later, Nathan Horton scored his 8th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 3-2 Bruins. R.J. Umberger scored later to tie the game 3-3. Later Chara would leave the game around the 5-minute mark of the period because of a leg injury. Maybe a possible knee injury. Claude Julien's post-game quotes about Chara are below.

Tuukka Rask started the third period and looked good through the period stopping everything Columbus threw his way. Joe Corvo scored his 2nd goal of the season and game, a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead. With the Bruins on a power-play with less than two minutes in the game, Chris Kelly scored his 11th goal of the season to make it 5-3 Bruins. Patrice Bergeron made a beautiful pass to Kelly, who roofed it by goalie Curtis Sanford.

Through two periods, Tim Thomas made 22 saves on 25 shots. Thomas did not get the decision in this game. Thomas is still 13-5-0, and now has a 1.92 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Tuukka Rask played the third period, made 11 saves on 11 shots and he got the win. Rask is now 5-4-1 with a 2.01 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 27-23 and blocked shots 17-10. The Blue Jackets led the game in shots 36-29 and hits 28-14.

The Bruins went 3-for-6 on the power-play while Columbus went 1-for-6.

Rich Peverley went 6-1 in the faceoff circle.

Joe Corvo with his first two goals as a Bruin, was also +1 with 5 shots and 1 blocked shot. The 5 shots led the Bruins.

David Krejci had 2 assists with 2 shots.

Milan Lucic had an odd night, recording 3 assists, 8 PIMs including a bad double-minor, 0 shots and 5 hits. The 5 hits led the Bruins.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Bruins post-game quotes
After the game, Claude Julien talked a little about Zdeno Chara's injury status:
"We don't if it's just one or if he'll be back in next game," Julien said. "I'm not quite sure. I haven't had a chance, so it's hard to comment until I know the severity of it. Throughout the season, you're going to have some injuries, and you're going to have to live with them."

Chara was walking without noticeable discomfort after the game. Chara will travel back to Boston tonight and be re-evaluated upon the team's return.
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Claude Julien on his decision to pull Tim Thomas and play Tuukka Rask in the third period:
"Timmy didn't look as comfortable as we've seen him and he let couple goals go thru. It was a gut decision."
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Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 18-9-1 with 37 points and back in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins next game is on Tuesday hosting the Los Angeles Kings in Boston at 7pm ET. The Kings have been struggling recently, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Daniel Paille out with mild concussion

Some not so good news concerning Daniel Paille. Just when he took off the cage after recovering from taking a puck to the face, Bruins coach said that Daniel Paille has a mild concussion and will be out for the time being. Paille got the concussion from a Krys Barch hit on Thursday night.

"He's going to be out for the time being," Julien said. "They think it's a mild concussion, but again, you never know. We'll take it day by day. He's feeling a little better today, which is always good news to hear."

"It was a clean hit," Julien said Thursday. "I think it was just how he ended up going down, I guess, or whether it looked like there was almost helmet-to-helmet collision there in slow-motion."
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Jordan Caron will be able to get into the lineup with Paille out.

Bruins sign Dougie Hamilton to entry-level contract

Somehow I missed posting about this on the blog, but on Thursday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed defenseman Dougie Hamilton to entry-level contract.

As of December 8, the 18-year-old Hamilton ranked tied for seventh amongst all Ontario Hockey League skaters in scoring, with 41 points on 11 goals and 30 assists. He currently leads all OHL defensemen in goals, assists and points. Hamilton was named the OHL's Defenseman of the Month for October and captained the Team OHL squad that took on Team Russia in the 2011 Subway Super Series.

Hamilton is also one of the 41 players invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the World Junior Championships, which will be held in Calgary on December 10. 22 players will make Team Canada's final roster for the World Junior tournament, which is scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton.
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Funny Brad Marchand commercial

Bruins Brad Marchand did a commercial for PureHockey.com. Check it out below.

Surprising Panthers beat Bruins 2-0

The Bruins dominated most of Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers but Jose Theodore was good and he also got lucky a few times as the Bruins hit a few posts. Theodore always seems to play well against the Bruins for whatever reason. The Panthers would get lucky in the third period scoring with Tim Thomas down and Joe Corvo not able to get to the puck before Tomas Kopecky would. And the Panthers added an empty net goal to put the game away 2-0 and end Tim Thomas' 10-game winning streak.

Game notes
In the first period, Florida's newly acquired Krys Barch got a charging penalty for hitting Daniel Paille near the boards which left Paille woozy. NESN replays later showed that it looked like Barch hits Paille head or they collided heads. Both Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves to get at Barch, but it would end up being Thornton taking on Barch once again. These two always seem to fight, remember the Dallas game last season. Thornton would get the decision in the fight. Paille would leave the game and not return.

In the second period, Johnny Boychuk laid out a Panthers player and Jack Skille came over and bumped into Boychuk. They dropped the gloves and had a good exchange.

Tim Thomas made 28 saves on 29 shots. Thomas is now 13-5-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-29 and faceoff wins 28-24. The Panthers led the game in hits 19-16 and blocked shots 16-10.

The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play, while the Panthers went 0-for-1.

Tyler Seguin played but he didn't really do much out there, as some other Bruins players. Seguin had 3 shots on net. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line were all -2.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 17-9-1 and 3rd place in the Eastern Conference (Florida moving to 2nd place). The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bruins lose in regulation for first time in 16 games

Ondrej Pavelec making save as Patrice Bergeron looks for a rebound
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) makes a paddle save with Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron watching during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)
It was a hard fought game and in the end the Bruins couldn't tie up the game in the third period even with Tuukka Rask pulled as the Jets beat the Bruins 2-1 to stop the Bruins point streak. It was a really fast paced good game and Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was great in net, stopping 39 of 40 shots he faced.

The biggest news wasn't that the Bruins finally lost a game in regulation, it was that Tyler Seguin was scratched from the line up due to disciplinary action because Seguin missed a mandatory team breakfast and meeting yesterday morning. It also seems this wasn't Seguin's first time doing this.

We'll see how Seguin handles this and how this may help his maturation process.

"He missed a team breakfast and a team meeting this morning," said GM Peter Chiarelli, explaining Seguin's absence from the lineup vs. the Jets. "He didn't wake up. Honest mistake. But we have team rules. We abide by them. He has to abide by them. So that’s the reason for his scratch."

"He's had a couple of instances before," said the GM. "I don't see it as a problem. I see it as a young player who sometimes forgets to set his alarm. We gave him a couple of passes (in the past). It's a young kid who's learning to be a pro — and is a heck of a player."

How did he take it?

"Not good," said Chiarelli. "But he understands there is a set of team rules and everyone plays by the rules."
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In the first period, Andrew Ladd scored to give the Jets a 1-0 lead on a perfect shot that beat Tuukka Rask up high over Rask's right shoulder short-side.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Shawn Thornton got credit for a goal, his 2nd goal of the season, as the puck deflected off his gloves from a Daniel Paille attempted pass that got redirected by former Bruin Mark Stuart. A little later Mark Stuart would get hurt as he went into the d-zone to get the puck and David Krejci went to hit him and Stuart turned his back at the last second and Krejci hit him against the boards. Stuart dropped to the ice and remained there for a little. Zach Bogosian came in and roughed up Krejci a little for the hit. Both Krejci and Bogosian got 2-minute roughing penalties. Krejci wasn't penalized for the hit, as Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley stated the refs must have seen Stuart turn his back at the last second. Stuart was able to get up and skate off the ice on his own power. On the ensuing faceoff, it was 4-on-4, and Joe Corvo made a mistake which let the Jets have a 2-on-1 and Bryan Little scored to make it 2-1. Mark Stuart would come back into the game later. The game would end 2-1.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 40-35. The Jets led the game in faceoff wins 30-29, hits 20-12 and blocked shots 22-15. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 33 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 4-4-1 with a 2.09 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

Joe Corvo had a bad game, being -2 in only 14:16 of ice time. After his mistake in the third period, I don't remember seeing him on the ice much.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins in shots with 5.

Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference both had 4 blocked shots to lead the Bruins.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in hits with 3, including a big hip check near the beginning of the game on Evander Kane.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 17-8-1 with 35 points still and in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 1st place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the SouthEast Division leading Florida Panthers, in Boston at 7pm ET. Ex-Bruin Marco Sturm should be in the Panthers lineup.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thomas shuts down Penguins, B's win 3-1

Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby are set to take a faceoff
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 5: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins wait for the puck drop on a face off on December 5, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Boston defeated Pittsburgh 3-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The two top Eastern Conference teams went at it tonight and what a game it was with the Bruins taking on the Penguins. It was a fast-action hard-nosed game with both teams going back and forth. Tim Thomas was the man for the Bruins as he held the Penguins off for a 3-1 win by the Bruins.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Gregory Campbell scored his 2nd goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Benoit Pouliot later scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 2-0 Bruins. During the period, Brad Marchand slew-footed Matt Niskanen and then they fought each other. Niskanen hits Marchand's helmet a lot with punches, Marchand would come back later with some big punches but this was mainly a draw. Watch the Marchand-Niskanen fight here.

In the third period, Tyler Seguin scored his 13th goal of the season, a power-play goal, from a sweet move by Patrice Bergeron as he schooled defenseman Matt Niskanen and then made a nice pass over to Seguin who one-timed the puck into the net. Later, Matt Cooke scored to make it 3-1. In the period, Joe Vitale bumped into Tim Thomas and Gregory Campbell and Zdeno Chara were trying to get after him. Campbell and Vitale would come out of the scrum, dropped the gloves and had a good fight. It looked like a lot of Campbell's punches didn't reach Vitale. By the end Campbell was dead tired and the fight ended after Vitale threw a left that seemed to hit Campbell's helmet and Campbell fell to the ice. Campbell was fine and got up with no problems so I think it was mostly Campbell being tired and losing his balance from the Vitale punch, not a KO punch. Watch the Campbell-Vitale fight here.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 39-36 and blocked shots 9-8. The Penguins led the game in shots 46-27 and hits 24-13.

The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Penguins went 0-for-2 (which were 5-on-3s) on the power-play.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 45 saves on 46 shots. Thomas is now 13-4 with a 1.87 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

Rich Peverley had 2 assists.

Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Benoit Pouliot all had 4 shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins in hits with 3.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 17-7-1 with 35 points, 2nd place in the Eastern Conference (1 point behind Pittsburgh but with 3 games in hand), and 1st place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins are on a 4-game winning streak now. They have not lost a game in regulation since October, going 14-0-1 in their last 15 games.

The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Winnipeg Jets at 8:30pm ET.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bruins continue winning streak, beating Leafs 4-1

Tuukka Rask vs Toronto
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 03: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 3, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tonight was the second game of a home-and-home with the Toronto Maple Leafs and again the Bruins were able to win and shut down Phil Kessel. Kessel had 0 points, was -2, with 5 shots on net. Even with James Reimer returning into net for the Leafs they weren't able to stop the Bruins. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton again was playing great and wracked up points tonight.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, David Krejci scored his 5th goal of the season. Bruins killer Mikhail Grabovski would score less than a minute later to tie the game 1-1. Later, Chris Kelly scored his 10th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, Johnny Boychuk let a hard slap shot go and blew by Reimer for his 3rd goal of the season to make it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Nathan Horton scored his 7th goal of the season with a hard wrist shot to make it 4-1 Bruins.

Also in the third period, Joe Corvo got his first NHL career fighting major as he dropped the gloves with Joey Crabb with a rather uneventful fight. As you can tell, Corvo is in no way a fighter. Yea it takes real balls to take on a non-fighter. I guess the decision went to Crabb as it looked like some of his punches may have landed whereas Corvo's punches didn't reach Crabb. But that's the only thing Toronto won tonight.

Joey Crabb vs Joe Corvo

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 4-3-1 with a 2.09 GAA and a .924 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-22 and domained the faceoff circle 42-20. The Leafs led the game in hits 28-23 and blocked shots 15-12.

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

Patrice Bergeron was great on faceoffs, going 19-4.

Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist, was +2 with 3 shots.

David Krejci had a goal and an assist, was +2 with 2 shots.

Milan Lucic had 2 assists, was +2 with 3 shots.

Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic both had 4 hits to lead the Bruins.

Ex-Bruins Phil Kessel and Joe Colborne didn't do much tonight. Kessel had 0 points, was -2 with 5 shots. Colborne had 0 points, was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 16-7-1 with 33 points and 1st place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins next game is on Monday at the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm ET.

Adam McQuaid special feature on The Hockey News

The Hockey News has a special feature on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, "Before I Made It: Adam McQuaid" that is a good read to learn a little more about the young tough Bruins defenseman.

I got into hockey because my parents wanted to get me into something so that I could be more social. I was a bit of a shy kid so they just wanted me to play a team sport and socialize with other kids my age. My parents were awesome. They were always encouraging and never gave me any advice really - probably mainly because they were just fans of the game, but never really played too much themselves. So it wasn’t like they were ever critiquing me, they were more just there for support.

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I watched a lot of hockey as a kid and when I was really young my favorite player was Patrick Roy. Around the time he got traded to Colorado I kind of jumped ship and became a fan of Felix Potvin and Doug Gilmour. I'm not sure why, but I kind of gravitated toward goalies.

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I was in the American League for two-and-a-half years and I really think the trade to Boston helped me. They really worked with me and there were a lot of areas I had to improve on, including my skating and puck skills, and they were willing to give me an opportunity. That's all you can really ask for.
Source: The Hockey News (link above)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bruins sign Krejci to 3-year extension

David Krejci
Boston Bruins David Krejci, from the Czech Republic, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL playoff hockey series on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has announced that the Bruins have signed forward David Krejci to a 3-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season.

TSN is saying it's a 3-year $15.75 million deal (source). That's a $5.25 million annual cap hit.

And the contract has a limited no-trade clause in the final two years.
Krejci's deal, a three-year $15.75 million deal with a limited no-trade clause in the final two years, was actually signed prior to Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs. Peter Chiarelli joked that he likes to think it put Krejci in the right frame of mind to go out and rack up three points in the win over Toronto.
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After Wednesday's game against Toronto, David Krejci was asked about the trade rumors surrounding him. Here's his response via CSNNE:
"I love the city. I love the team. Everybody really gets along well. We are winning," said Krejci when asked about the trade rumors. "I like to be on a winning team and I like to have a chance to win the Cup. This is the team, you know? I would like to have a chance to stay here."
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From the Bruins site:
The 25-year-old Krejci was drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has skated in 318 career NHL games – all with Boston – and has registered 62 goals and 165 assists for 227 points. Krejci has tied for the Bruins team lead in points in each of the last two seasons, tallying 52 points in 2009-10 and 62 points in 2010-11. He set career highs in goals, assists, points, games played and plus/minus during the 2008-09 season after tallying 22-51=73 totals in 82 games with a +37 rating.

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During the Bruins 2010-11 Stanley Cup Championship run, Krejci finished as the NHL's playoff scoring leader with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 25 games, becoming the first Bruin to do so since Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr shared the postseason scoring title in 1972. His 12 playoff goals included four gamewinners (three of which came against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals) and one hat trick (Game 6 loss versus Tampa in Eastern Conference Finals). He also had the primary assist on Nathan Horton's gamewinning goal against Tampa in Game Seven that propelled the Bruins to their first Cup Final since 1990.

For his playoff career, Krejci has compiled 44 points in 52 postseason contests with 19 goals and 25 assists.
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