Friday, December 28, 2012

Bruins prospect Anthony Camara lays out player with big hit

Something to look forward to in the future with the Bruins is prospect Anthony Camara and his "Milan Lucic" style of playing the game, that is hitting and scoring. Camara hit Patrik Luza with a huge hit at the World Junior Championships today and Luza stayed down. Imagine if Lucic and Camara played on the Bruins at the same time, that would be fun to watch.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Adam McQuaid recovering from surgery for blood clot

CSNNE's Joe Haggerty has an article about Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid getting surgery in October for a blood clot and now he's in the recovery phase. Read more about it via the link down below. McQuaid has been impressive for a big stay-at-home d-man that can play physical and beat people up so I'm hoping this situation doesn't change the way he plays the game but he may have to because of this.

The rugged Bruins defenseman told CSNNE.com he underwent surgery in early October for thoracic outlet syndrome after a blood clot developed under his collarbone. The surgery would have knocked him out until late January or early February.

McQuaid, 26, said his right arm "blew up" after one of the skating sessions at Harvard University in mid-September. He needed to undergo two significant surgeries at Mass General Hospital within a couple of weeks of each other, one to remove the dangerous clot, and another to prevent the condition from recurring in his arm.

McQuaid needed to have an entire rib removed along with part of his neck muscle as part of the procedure. He has been recovering slowly in the Boston area since then.

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"It happened in the first week working out at Harvard. I'm on the road to recovery, but I still have a ways to go yet," McQuaid told CSNNE.com. "The reason behind the surgery is to prevent it from happening again. It should be fine once I'm fully recovered."

"It could have been a lot worse. Now it's been taken care of and I can get back to regular activity. I'm just getting my feet under me right now."

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Arm strength is of particular importance to a guy like McQuaid, who has made his bones in the NHL as a tough guy that can stand toe-to-toe with anybody in a hockey fight.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rask and Bergeron both injured overseas

This is why I hate when players go overseas and play while a lockout is going on, injuries. Goalie Tuukka Rask has a minor groin pull and Patrice Bergeron has an upper-body injury. Luckily it doesn't seem to be a head injury for Bergeron which is what I worried about when I read upper-body injury.

About Tuukka Rask's injury:
A local reporter, who is covering the team Rask is playing for — HC Lasselsberger Plezen, tweeted that it appeared to be a minor problem, since the goalie was able to finish the first period. But Rask, who is playing in the Czech Republic during the NHL lockout, did not return for the second period.

After the game, Rask told reporters the injury was not serious.

"I slightly pulled my groin," said Rask. "I had groin problems last year, so I took a little rest as a precaution."
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About Patrice Bergeron's injury:
NESN's Naoko Funayama is reporting that Bergeron has an upperbody injury and is day-to-day. He missed the last game but practiced today, and is questionable for tomorrow's game. Source

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Marc Savard update

No real news on hockey returning. Both sides keep rejecting each others' offers and it's getting depressing. I don't expect hockey any time soon. We may even lose the season which sucks.

Anyways, some more not so good news as Marc Savard was on Twitter (@MSavvy91) yesterday and said that he tried working out but he didn't feel good at all. Savard says that he doesn't see a comeback in the foreseeable future. Read his tweets below. We wish you the best and hope you get fully healthy again so you can enjoy life. You'll always be a Bruin Savvy in the fan's minds and hearts.

Marc Savard tweets

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Few Bruins players going overseas to play

With the NHL lockout now in full effect, players are jumping overseas to play hockey, and that includes some Bruins players.

Young forward Tyler Seguin is going to Switzerland to play for EHC Biel in the Swiss National League.

Forward David Krejci is expected to sign with Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

Defenseman Andrew Ference has agreed to play for Budejovice in the Czech Republic.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has agreed to play for Mannheim in Germany, along with his younger brother Yanick.

Goalie Anton Khudobin has signed with Atlant of the KHL of Russia.

Forward Rich Peverley has signed with Finnish team JYP.

Goalie Tuukka Rask has signed with HC Plzen of the Extraliga.

Patrice Bergeron has signed with HC Lugano in Switzerland.

Zdeno Chara has signed with HC Lev Praha of the KHL.

Updated on 9/27 and 10/4

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bruins sign Lucic to 3-year extension

Milan Lucic celebrating a goal
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic celebrates his goal as Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9), of the Czech Republic, watches in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli continues to be busy locking up his young stars before the inevitable lockout by signing forward Milan Lucic to a 3-year contract extension. Lucic will get paid an average of $6 per season during the three seasons, making him the highest paid forward on the team, and second highest on the team behind Zdeno Chara.

Lucic, a 6'4", 220-pound native of Vancouver, B.C., has skated in 359 games with the Bruins over the course of five seasons from 2007-12, recording 90-122=212 totals with 525 penalty minutes and a plus-43 rating.

During the 2011-12 season, the forward skated in 81 games, registering an NHL career-high in assists with 35, and notching 26 goals for 61 total points, just one shy of his highest NHL career points total. He hit the 20-goal mark for the second straight season and was the first of six NHL players to reach both 20 goals and 100 penalty minutes on the season.
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Some quotes from Milan Lucic:
"Being a competitor and a player here in the NHL, you always want to push yourself to get better every year," said Lucic when asked what he would like to improve in the coming seasons. "I think the last two years I think I’ve set a much higher standard for myself and, as a competitor you want to keep pushing that standard.

"There’s obviously a lot of sacrifices and a lot of responsibilities that have to be made on and off the ice, and those are things that I have to take upon myself to work on and do my best to get better at.

"I’m definitely more than willing to do that," added Milan. "It’s on me to live up to my expectations.

"It’s up to me to push the bar for myself."

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"As a team we always look at no matter what the opponent is, is we want to win the hockey game," said Lucic, who added, "We’re not too worried about the fights."
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Bruins assign players to Providence

On Friday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have assigned some players to Providence (AHL). Check out the list below as there's no real surprises.

The following players have been assigned to Providence: Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.

The following players have cleared waivers and have been assigned to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.

Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs) and Malcolm Subban (Belleville Bulls) have been assigned to their junior teams in the Ontario Hockey League.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bruins sign Seguin to 6-year extension

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has announced today that the Bruins have signed forward Tyler Seguin to a 6-year contract extension, worth an average of $5.75 million annually over the contract.

The 2011-12 season marked Seguin’s second NHL season with the Bruins. The 6’1”, 182-pound native of Brampton, Ontario registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 29-38=67 totals, along with 30 penalty minutes. His 29 goals and 67 points both ranked highest on the Bruins roster, making him the youngest player in team history to hold the club’s scoring title. Seven of Seguin’s goals were game-winners, and his plus-34 rating ranked second in the league behind teammate Patrice Bergeron. He was also selected to play in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, after having previously competed in the NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition in 2011.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Bruins sign Marchand to 4-year extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to a 4-year contract extension. He'll make an average of $4.5 million per season.

The 2011-12 season marked Marchand's second full NHL season with the Bruins. The 5'9", 183-pound native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia registered NHL career highs in goals, assists and points, recording 28-27=55 totals, along with 87 penalty minutes in 76 games. His 28 goals ranked second on the Bruins, behind Tyler Seguin's 29 tallies, and his plus-31 rating ranked fifth in the league.

In Marchand's first full season with Boston in 2010-11, he played in 77 games, notching 21-20=41 totals and 51 penalty minutes. He finished the season tied for third in the league with five shorthanded goals and recorded the second highest plus/minus rating among NHL rookies with plus-25. At the end of the regular season, Marchand received Boston's "7th Player Award," an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceed the expectations of Bruins fans during the regular season, as voted by the fans.
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Bruins sign Subban to 3-year entry-level contract

It was announced on Thursday that the Bruins have signed goalie Malcolm Subban to a 3-year entry-level contract.

Subban, a 6'1", 188-pound goaltender from Rexdale, Ontario, was drafted by the Bruins 24th overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls, posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, with a 25-14 record and three shutouts in 39 games. He ranked fourth among OHL goalies in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage.

The 18-year-old also played in six playoff games for the Bulls, posting a 2.93 goals-against average and .917 save percentage and earning a 2-3-1 record. Subban was named Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month in November of 2011, going 9-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, and posting two shutouts. During the regular season, he was undefeated in three shootouts, stopping all 12 shots he faced. This past April, Subban was ranked the top North American draft-eligible goaltender in the Central Scouting Bureau's rankings release.
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Boston Bruins 2012 Ice Girls

With the lockout we may not see the Boston Bruins Ice Girls for awhile. Well you can see the final Bruins Ice Girls auditions video here and the 2012 team.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bruins national TV schedule released

Today the Boston Bruins national television schedule was released.

A total of 17 Bruins games will be broadcast nationally in the United States on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. Thirteen of those games will be exclusive, while the other four will be viewed on NESN locally. Please see the schedule below for which games are exclusive and which games are marked as "flex" games by NBC, meaning they could appear on either NBC or the NBC Sports Network, as the network chooses.

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Thursday, October 11 at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 27 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 PM (non-exclusive)
Monday, December 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, January 9 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 13 at New York Rangers, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 29 vs. St. Louis, 7:00 PM
Monday, February 4 at Colorado, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, February 6 vs. Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Monday, March 4 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, March 27 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 10 at New Jersey, 7:30 PM

Bruins "Flex" Game on NBC Sports Network (Eastern Time):
Sunday, March 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC (all times Eastern):
Friday, November 23 vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17 at Chicago, 3:30 PM

Bruins "Flex" Games on NBC (all times Eastern):
Sunday, March 10 at Washington, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Bruins sign Claude Julien to extension

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that coach Claude Julien has signed a multi-year contract. Julien will speak to the media tomorrow.

Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club's first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B's bench, Julien has led the club to an overall record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231). During his tenure, Julien’s squads have never missed the postseason, registering a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bruins sign defenseman Aaron Johnson

Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a 1-year 2-way contract, earning him $650,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL.

Johnson, a 6'1", 204-pound defenseman, skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, registering three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, while collecting 16 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 29-year-old played in 72 games with the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals after signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nashville Predators. He recorded AHL career highs in goals with nine, assists with 26 and points with 35, while recording a plus-10 rating and adding 70 penalty minutes. The 2009-10 season saw Johnson split time between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, where he recorded a combined four goals, six assists and 35 penalty minutes in 41 games.

For his career, Johnson has played in 281 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points, with 217 penalty minutes.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bruins resign Matt Bartkowski

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have resigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski, to a 1-year 2-way contract, worth $660,000 in the NHL level and $62,500 in the AHL.

Bartkowski began the 2011-12 season in Boston, skating in three NHL games before being assigned to the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins on October 20, 2011. The defenseman then appeared in 50 games for Providence, where he tallied three goals to go along with 19 assists and 38 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 6'1", 203-pound native of Pittsburgh, PA recorded 5-18=23 totals with 42 penalty minutes in 69 games with Providence. Bartkowski led all club defensemen with 23 points and was also named the Best Defenseman in voting by his teammates at the conclusion of the season.

In addition to his time spent in Providence, Bartkowski appeared in six NHL games with Boston, where he registered four penalty minutes. His first three NHL games, played over three separate recalls from Providence, all came against his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins. For his career, Bartkowski has played in nine NHL games, all with the Bruins, recording four penalty minutes.
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Bruins sign Exelby and resign MacDermid

The Bruins continue to add depth to their AHL Providence Bruins team by signing two tough guys, defenseman/forward Garnet Exelby and resigning forward Lane MacDermid. Both players were signed to 1-year 2-way contracts.

Exelby was once a somewhat reliable defenseman when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers years ago but after the lockout, the game got faster, and Exelby didn't play well. He's tough and a good team guy but doesn't have much speed, didn't show much with Toronto and takes dumb penalties at times. Bruins fans shouldn't worry about seeing him in the Bruins lineup unless there's a ton of injuries. MacDermid is most likely the guy who will take over Shawn Thornton's role on the team once Thornton retires so he may come up for a few games like last year if injuries occur. But both guys will most likely spend most if not all of next season in the AHL.

Exelby's contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $130,000 at the AHL level over the course of the deal. MacDermid’s contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Exelby, a 6'1", 215-pound defenseman, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, after signing with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2011. In 75 games, he recorded AHL career highs with seven goals, 14 assists and 21 points, and collected 177 penalty minutes with a plus-eight rating.

The 30-year-old is a veteran of 408 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs, tallying seven goals and 43 assists for 50 points, along with 584 penalty minutes. For his AHL career, the defenseman has played in 280 games with Chicago, Rockford and Grand Rapids, tallying 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points, along with 702 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating.

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MacDermid appeared in five games with Boston during the 2011-12 season, making his NHL debut on March 4 at the New York Rangers, where he earned his first NHL fighting major. The 22-year-old spent the majority of the season in Providence, recording four goals, 12 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games.

In 2010-11, the 6'3", 205-pound forward registered 7-12=19 totals with 158 penalty minutes in a team-high 78 games with Providence. The 158 penalty minutes ranked third on the team. In his first professional season in 2009-10, MacDermid skated in 65 games for Providence, tallying two goals and three assists. He led the team with 155 penalty minutes, including 21 fighting majors, which ranked second among all AHL rookies.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bruins sign Christian Hanson

Yesterday Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins signed center Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Look for Hanson to be with Providence (AHL) and come up if injuries mount up on the Bruins. Hanson is a third/fourth line grinder who won't score much but plays physical at times. He's played against the Bruins when he played with Toronto and nothing really stood out to me. He's just a good character player. Of course, Hanson is more famous for being known as the son of Dave Hanson from the movie Slap Shot.

Hanson, a 6'4", 228-pound center, spent the 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, after signing as a restricted free agent with the Washington Capitals on July 11, 2011. He tallied 10 goals, 11 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 52 games, with a plus-five rating.

In 2010-11, the 26-year-old skated in 58 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he recorded career highs offensively with 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points and added 51 penalty minutes. He finished tied for fifth on the team in points and seventh in goals. Hanson was recalled for six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and collected four penalty minutes.

The 2009-10 season saw Hanson play a career-high 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, notching two goals and five assists for seven points, with 16 penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Marlies, he scored 12 goals and added 19 assists for 31 points, along with 35 penalty minutes, and was selected to the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Report: Tuukka Rask signs 1-year deal with Bruins

Tuukka Rask
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)
Earlier today ESPN reported that the Bruins and Tuukka Rask have agreed to a 1-year contract worth $3.5 million. Rask is set to be the starter this upcoming season for the Bruins with Tim Thomas not playing this upcoming season.

Rask started 22 games last season and went 11-8 with a 2.05 GAA and a .929 save percentage and recorded 3 shutouts.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bruins picks on day 2 of 2012 NHL entry draft

Matthew Grzelcyk, 85th overall pick by the Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Matthew Grzelcyk, 85th overall pick by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait during Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Today was day 2 of the 2012 NHL entry draft and here are the Bruins selections.

Round 3, 85th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk. Grzelcyk is 5'9" 171 lbs and a native of Charlestown, MA.
In 2011-12, Grzelcyk recorded three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. He also led Team USA defensemen in plus-minus this past season with plus-8. Internationally, Gryzelcyk helped the U.S. earn its fourth straight gold medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship this past April, playing with a defense that gave up a tournament-record low four goals and recording a plus-minus of plus-5. In 2010-11, the defenseman played in 55 games with the U.S National Under-17 Team, tallying two goals and 16 assists. Grzelcyk also recorded 1-9=10 totals in two playoff games for Team USA, after helping the program reach its first postseason in the USHL.
The Bruins traded the rights to forward Benoit Pouliot to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Michel Ouellet and TB's 5th round pick. Ouellet is an unrestricted free agent so I'm going to guess that the Bruins will not sign him and get some cap space that they need.

Round 5, 131st overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Seth Griffith. Griffith is 5'11" 185 lbs and shoots right.
[Griffith] posted 45-40=85 totals with 49 penalty minutes in 68 games in 2011-12 with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Griffith ranked third in the OHL in goals scored and ninth in total points, and was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team. He helped the Knights claim the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions and advance to the Memorial Cup. In 19 playoff games, Griffith tallied 10 goals and 13 assists with 12 penalty minutes.

Round 5, 145th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Cody Payne. Payne is 6'2" 201 lbs and shoots right. Payne has the name of a grinder and that may be his game as he had 107 PIMs with 60 games with 2 OHL teams last season.
[Payne] recorded two goals in 10 games with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in 2011-12 before being traded to the Plymouth Whalers. With Plymouth, he tallied three goals and 11 assists in 50 games, and skated in nine OHL playoff games, recording an assist.

Round 6, 175th overall pick, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Benning. Benning is 6'0" 218 lbs and shoots right.
[Benning] recorded four goals and 14 assists in 44 games during the 2011-12 season with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Benning also netted two goals in the 2012 AJHL Playoffs, both against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Round 7, 205th overall pick, the Bruins selected forward Colton Hargrove. Hargrove is 6'1" 215 lbs and may be another grinding type of player.
[Hargrove] played his 2011-12 season with the Fargo Force of the USHL, where he recorded 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 total points. His 22 assists ranked him third on the team and second for forwards in assists. Hargrove also played in six games for the Force in the 2012 USHL playoffs. The 19-year-old netted 13 goals and tallied 14 assists in the 2010-11 season with Fargo, with his 13 goals ranking him fourth on the team for the regular season scoring record.

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Bruins draft goalie Malcolm Subban with 24th overall pick

Malcolm Subban, 24th overall pick by the Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Malcolm Subban, 24th overall pick by the Boston Bruins, poses for a portrait during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
On Friday, with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins drafted goalie Malcolm Subban. Subban was one of, if not the top, expected goalie to be taken in the late first round. Apparently Malcolm Subban is the opposite of P.K. Subban as he's more humble. As long as he doesn't flop around the ice like P.K. does I think this is a real good pick for the Bruins.


Subban, a 6'1", 188-pound goalie from Rexdale, Ontario, recorded a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, posting a 25-14 record with three shutouts in 39 games during the 2011-12 season with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. He finished the season fourth among OHL goalies in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Subban also played in six playoff games for the Bulls, posting a 2.93 goals-against average and .917 save percentage and earning a 2-3-1 record. Subban was named Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month in November of 2011, going 9-1-0 with a 1.48 GAA and .952 SV% with two shutouts. During the regular season, he was undefeated in three shootouts, stopping all 12 shots he faced. In April, Subban was ranked the top North American draft-eligible goaltender in the Central Scouting Bureau's rankings release.

In 2010-11, Subban was second among OHL rookie goaltenders with a 3.16 GAA and .900 SV% in 32 games for Belleville. Subban also recorded a 2.02 GAA and .933 SV% in three playoff games. In 81 career OHL games, he finished with a 2.76 GAA and .914 SV% with three shutouts. Internationally, Subban played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2011 IIHF World-Under 18 Championship in Germany, helping his team finish fourth with a 2.98 goals-against average and 3-2 record. He also attended Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary, AB, in June 2011.

The goaltender played two games in 2009-10 with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, in addition to a game with Belleville, prior to his past two seasons with the club. Subban was drafted by the Bulls 218th overall in the 11th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bruins 2012-2013 schedule released

The NHL has released the 2012-2013 schedule and we can now see the upcoming Bruins schedule here on BostonBruins.com. Here are some key dates:

September 25th - First preseason game

October 11th - Bruins start the season at the Philadelphia Flyers

October 16th - Bruins @ Montreal, first game against Montreal

October 18th - Montreal @ Bruins, nice home and home action

October 30th - Sabres @ Bruins

November 1st - Bruins @ Maple Leafs

November 2nd - Bruins @ Capitals

December 10th - Bruins @ Red Wings

December 17th - Kings @ Bruins

December 29th - Bruins @ Canucks

January 12th - Blackhawks @ Bruins

January 21st - Maple Leafs @ Bruins (Thank You Kessel! chant will be in full affect, especially if Dougie Hamilton makes the team)

April 13th - Last game of the season, Bruins @ Sabres

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy

Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron poses with the Selks Trophy after winning the award for best defensive forward during the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
Tonight were the NHL Awards and Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron was the winner of the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Congrats to Bergeron for winning the Selke. There is no doubt Bergeron should have won the award this year as he played great defensively for the Bruins while putting up a good amount of points as well.

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. Source: NHL.com

Bruins 2012 preseason schedule released

On Tuesday, the Bruins announced their preseason schedule and camp dates. Check it out below.

Friday, September 14
-Rookie Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Friday, September 21
-Training Camp opens (Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, MA)

Tuesday, September 25
-Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 26
-Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 29
-Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets (Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK, 7:00 p.m. local/9:00 p.m. ET)

Sunday, September 30
-Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets (MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB, 7:00 p.m. local/8:00 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, October 3
-Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Friday, October 5
-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres (TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Saturday, October 6
-Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens (Bell Centre, Montreal, QC, 7:00 p.m. ET)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bruins re-sign Kelly and Campbell

On Wednesday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have re-signed forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell. This is great news for Bruins fans as I thought it was going to be tough signing both of them but Chiarelli got it done. Kelly signed a 4-year contract worth $12 million ($3 million average). Campbell signed a 3-year contract worth $4.8 million ($1.6 million average).

The 2011-12 season marked the 28-year-old Campbell's second as a member of the Boston Bruins. In his two seasons with the club, he has skated in 158 regular season games with 21 goals, 24 assists and 173 penalty minutes. Campbell has appeared in 32 postseason contests with Boston and has tallied one goal and five assists for six points. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Campbell played in all 25 playoff games and recorded 1-3=4 totals with four penalty minutes.

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The 2011-12 season was Kelly's first full season as a member of the Bruins after being acquired from Ottawa on February 15, 2011 in exchange for a 2011 second round pick (Shane Prince). In his tenure with Boston, the 31- year-old has skated in 106 games with 22 goals, 22 assists, and 47 penalty minutes. Kelly has appeared in 32 postseason contests with Boston and has tallied six goals and ten assists for 16 points. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, he played in all 25 playoff games and recorded 5-8=13 totals with six penalty minutes.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tim Thomas confirms he won't play next season

Well isn't this some great news to hear [sarcasm], Tim Thomas will definitely be taking next season off. So we won't be seeing Thomas in the black and gold jersey on the ice next season, which sucks. Here's the message that Thomas posted on his official Facebook page:

From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.

Friends, Family, and Faith.

This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

On top of this, I will continue to train using the ARP/POV system www.ultrafitevosport.com and work with G-Form www.g-form.com in the development of protective equipment.

What does this portend for the future?

We'll see….God's will be done.

TT
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At the end there, I think Thomas meant to say that "God's will will be done."

Anyways, this really hurts the Bruins because Thomas' salary will still count against the cap. It will likely be more tougher to sign both unrestricted free agents Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly now. I would assume that Chris Kelly will get a big deal overpaying him by some team due to the good year he had last season. So hopefully the Bruins can re-sign Campbell. If the Bruins lose both players that will be a big loss. As other Bruins fans have said, this really sucks, and well the Bruins will have to move on. The Bruins also have to re-sign next season's starting goalie Tuukka Rask, as he's a restricted free agent. Anton Khudobin will most likely be the backup goalie. Khudobin is an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bruins re-sign Paille and Bourque and some Thomas news

Today the Bruins have re-signed two players, Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque. Paille was signed to a 3-year, $3.9 million extension. Bourque was signed to a 2-year contract, with the first year being a two-way deal making $550K in the NHL and $200K in Providence (AHL), and the second year being a one-way deal making $500K in the NHL or AHL.

In other news, a little weird news, Tim Thomas apparently may take next season off due to family/personal reasons. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli answered questions today regarding Tim Thomas and the possibility of him not playing next season.

"As of right now I'm operating under the premise that there's a strong possibility that he'll be taking the year off and we'll have to go about our business without Tim Thomas for the year," Chiarelli said.

"We've got two very capable goalies in Tuukka and Khudobin so I'd be more than satisfied if that's who we have to go with," Chiarelli said.

"I remember one of the things that he told me after, the year before, we met, that he was really tired," Chiarelli said. "And we had exit meetings after we won the cup and he was really tired. And he said to me after these exit meetings he definitely was worn down a bit."
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According to Chiarelli, Thomas conveyed his thoughts through Bill Zito, his agent, sometime in May. Thomas cited fatigue and the desire to spend more time with his family. Thomas and wife Melissa have three children.

If Thomas follows through, the Bruins will most likely suspend the goalie for 2012-13. However, the team must carry Thomas’s $5 million annual cap hit. The team would most likely have to place Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve to negate some of Thomas’s hit. Savard carries an annual hit just north of $4 million.

"I'm disappointed," said Chiarelli, who acknowledged being surprised by Thomas’s declaration. "These things happen. You've got to roll with them. You've got to deal with them. When someone talks about their family, you have to respect that. You've got to deal with it. We're not too disabled on the cap side. But sure, that's the strength of our team."
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bruins acquire Chris Bourque in trade

Chris Bourque
(Photo by Getty Images)
On Saturday the Bruins made a minor trade as they traded away forward Zach Hamill to the Washington Capitals for forward Chris Bourque, one of Ray Bourque's sons. This was going to come eventually as Hamill just hasn't worked out at the NHL level for the Bruins. Maybe a change of scenery for him will help. Chris Bourque has about the same reputation where in the AHL he looks great but he hasn't managed to do much at the NHL level. Bourque is an unrestricted free agent on July 1st so if the Bruins can't sign him it will just be the Bruins giving away Hamill for nothing. It would be nice to see one of Ray Bourque's sons play for the Bruins so hopefully Chris Bourque signs and finds his game with the Bruins.

Bourque has 1 goal, 3 assists in 33 regular season games in his NHL career, with the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. In the AHL, Bourque is a point-per-game player, with 431 points in 422 games (146 goals). His only NHL goal came against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008-09 season. Possibly on Ryan Miller? That could be a sign.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bruins Dougie Hamilton named OHL Defenceman of Year

Boston Bruins Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton (Photo by Getty)
Bruins draft pick Dougie Hamilton has been named the 2011-12 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded to the OHL's Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year.

Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37. He scored 17 goals and finished tied for third overall in the league with 55 assists which included a league-high 30 assists recorded on the power play. Third in voting for this award last season, Hamilton becomes the first winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy in IceDogs’ team history.
"This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honour to win this award," said Hamilton. "I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award. A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit."

An 18-year-old from Toronto, ON, Hamilton was selected by the IceDogs 27th overall in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. This season he was recognized as OHL Defenceman of the Month four of the six times the award was presented including October, November, February, and March. Hamilton was selected by the Boston Bruins with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and represented the OHL on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship earning a bronze medal. Last season he earned the Bobby Smith Trophy for combining high standards of play and academic excellence before being named the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.
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Thank you Kessel!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bruins players injury news

So now that the playoffs are over for the Bruins, some news about the different injuries that players have has come out.

Patrice Bergeron
Bergeron was playing through a strained oblique muscle. He first felt the injury in Game 3 vs the Capitals and then aggravated it in Game 5 vs the Capitals. The injury won't require surgery. Bergeron also had a broken nose. He won't need any procedure on his nose either.
"It was probably 60 percent. I don’t know exactly. I'm not very good at that," Bergeron said. "It was just hard to battle – reaching out and trying to battle when my arm was extended. I couldn't get to full speed. It was always there."
Source: Boston.com

"No, everything's fine," Bergeron said. "It's not the last time it will happen either. At the end of my career I'll get it fixed, but so far the breathing didn't really get worse. It's more the swelling, but nothing's misplaced or anything like that."
Source: NESN

Tyler Seguin
Seguin will most like need surgery for a detached tendon in one of his knuckles on his left hand.
Tyler Seguin will most likely require surgery on his left hand. Seguin was injured on March 15 against Florida. Two days later, Seguin was a game-time decision against Philadelphia, but was able to play. Seguin said the injury didn’t affect his game too much.
Source: Boston.com

Adam McQuaid
Remember when McQuaid was hit into the boards by Capitals Jason Chimera and had a cut around his eye and then returned to the lineup against Ottawa. In that game, McQuaid had concussion symptoms and couldn't finish the game. Sounds like he is doing better now but this time off will definitely help him recover safely.
"I'm feeling much better, almost feeling like myself again," McQuaid said during Friday's breakup day at the Garden when the concussion diagnosis was finally revealed. "I'm obviously happy about that, but certainly it was difficult watching.

"It's harder watching than it is playing because you feel kind of helpless," McQuaid added. "You have no control. You play all season to play in the playoffs. To not be able to was difficult, but obviously I wasn't feeling well enough to."

It was McQuaid's second concussion. The first occurred when he tripped over a suitcase in his Providence apartment after being sent down to play during the Olympic break in 2010. He also injured his neck twice with crashes into boards last year in the second round of the playoffs against Philadelphia and early this season in Carolina. McQuaid originally thought he may have injured the neck again this time, but when the symptoms emerged without any big hits or other incidents in Ottawa McQuaid knew it was a head injury he could not try to play through.

"There was nothing in particular I could pinpoint," McQuaid said of the Ottawa game. "I just wasn't feeling as well as I thought I would. It was tough to tell the trainers, but I felt that I had to. We just looked into it further. It's not something you can play through. It's not smart to. Hopefully I can play for many more years. I didn't want to jeopardize that."

"Originally I wasn't feeling too bad, but some symptoms came up," McQuaid said. "I feel much better than I was. I'll take care of myself this summer and there should be absolutely no issues here in a short period of time."
Source: NESN

Stop with the trading goalie talk
Some fans are talking about trading Tim Thomas but you can all stop now. It's not going to happen.

Peter Chiarelli on the possibility of trading Tim Thomas:
"I know I've seen speculation about moving a goalie and all that stuff," Chiarelli said. "Certainly, I'm not inclined to do that. Tim didn’t have, statistically, the year he had the year before. But I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top two or three goalie tandems in the league." Source: Boston.com

Tuukka Rask said he hopes to sign a long-term deal with the Bruins.
"I think you guys know the answer to that question," he said. "I've always said that I like it here and I want to come back, so that's about it."

"I think there's a clear plan," Rask said. "I think everybody's been talking about it for a long time. It's not about the money, it's more about what's good for everybody. I've always said I like it here, and I think we have a great group of guys and the organization is great, so I don't see why anyone wouldn't want to be here. In my case, I love it here and we’ve just got to make things work."
Source: WEEI.com

The Boston Bruins put out this video with highlights from this season to thank the fans.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 7 summary

Boston Bruins players salute the fans after losing in overtime to the Capitals
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: The Boston Bruins salute the fans after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
In a series that had three overtime games, it was fitting to see the seventh and final game of this series go there. The Capitals would end up scoring the game winner and winning the series as Benoit Pouliot failed to dump a puck deep in the offensive zone, and the Capitals blocked it and took it back the other way. Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble brought it to the net and Joel Ward scored on a rebound as the Bruins tried to rush back and play defense.

Congrats to the Bruins and Capitals on a great series and possibly a renewed mini-rivalry (I call it mini because it's no where near Montreal or some other teams) since the Byron Dafoe-Olaf Kolzig days. But the Capitals played better and they showed it in the games they won, so hats off to them. It'll be a long wait until hockey starts back up for the Bruins and the Bruins have a lot to do in the offseason with soon-to-be free agents and possibly bringing in new players. Here's the game summary of Game 7.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Matt Hendricks scored to make it 1-0 Capitals.

In the second period, Tyler Seguin scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, Joel Ward scored the game winner, final score 2-1.

Tim Thomas made 25 saves on 27 shots. Thomas' playoff stats this year add up to: 3-4 with a 2.14 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Game notes
Claude Julien decided to keep the same lineup as Game 6, with Joe Corvo and Shawn Thornton out, and Mike Mottau and Jordan Caron in.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-27 and hits 36-23. The Capitals led the game in faceoff wins 32-27 and blocked shots 18-12.

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

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 7 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots, including two on a Capitals power-play with no stick as he blocked two Alex Ovechkin shots in a row.

Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 hits each.

Postgame interview videos with Bruins players

Zdeno Chara

Milan Lucic

Patrice Bergeron

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 6 summary

Bruins celebrate Tyler Seguin's overtime game winning goal
Members of the Boston Bruins including Brad Marchand (63), David Krejci (46), Milan Lucic (17), Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, and Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) celebrate with Tyler Seguin, top left, after Seguin scored the game-winning goal to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
There will be a Game 7 between the Bruins and Capitals as Tyler Seguin scored the game winning goal in overtime earlier today to win Game 6 for the Bruins. Seguin was awarded the Bruins "Chain" after the game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Rich Peverley scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to take a 1-0 Bruins lead. A few minutes later, Mike Green scored to tie the game 1-1. Later, David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, Jason Chimera scored with 42 seconds left in the period to tie the game 2-2. Benoit Pouliot and Troy Brouwer got matching penalties at a faceoff after the goal. Brouwer put his stick up in between Pouliot's legs and Pouliot slashed at Brouwer. Capitals players seem to like to go for the groin area.

In the third period, Andrew Ference scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to make it 3-2 Bruins. A few minutes later, Alex Ovechkin scored to tie the game up 3-3.

In overtime, Tyler Seguin scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to win the game for the Bruins. Game 7 will be on Wednesday in Boston.

Tim Thomas made 36 saves on 39 shots. Thomas is now 3-3 with a 2.18 GAA and a .922 save percentage in the playoffs this year.

Tyler Seguin wearing the Bruins Chain with media around him
Bruins Tyler Seguin wearing the Bruins "Chain" talking with the media
Game notes
The Bruins led the game in hits 37-34. The Capitals led the game in shots 39-31, faceoff wins 42-40 and blocked shots 12-9.

The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Capitals went 0-for-4.

Claude Julien had two lineup changes for Game 6 as he scratched Shawn Thornton and Joe Corvo (injured) for Jordan Caron and Mike Mottau. I did not like seeing Thornton out of the lineup as he was the one who gave the Bruins energy after a big hit in the last game. Caron played 4:56 and finished -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 3-3 and it will be decided in Game 7 on Wednesday in Boston. The start time hasn't yet been decided.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 5 summary

Bruins coach Claude Julien yelling at the refs
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins looks for a penalty call during the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
This picture pretty much says it all for the Bruins. The Capitals beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 today to take a 3-2 series lead. Tomorrow is Game 6 and it could be the end of the Bruins year. The game-winning goal came late in the third period on a power-play. Pouliot was called for slashing with 2:50 left in the period. It was a penalty but usually the refs won't call anything in late tied playoff games. After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, "It's a very weak call in my mind and it ended up costing us the winning goal."

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Alexander Semin scored to make it 1-0 Capitals. A little later, Jay Beagle scored to make it 2-0 Capitals. Shawn Thornton laid a big hit on Matt Hendricks which brought the crowd back and the Bruins woke up. Dennis Seidenberg scored his 1st goal of the playoffs not too long after Thornton's hit to make it 2-1. Only 28 seconds later, Brad Marchand scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, ex-Bruin Mike Knuble scored to make it 3-2 Capitals. Later, Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, a "Johnny-Rocket!" to tie the game back up at 3-3. Late in the period, as stated above, Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal as he received a pass on the right side and beat Andrew Ference for some space and wristed a shot by Tim Thomas, who should have had it. After the game, media said that Tim Thomas took the blame and said that Brouwer beat him cleanly.

Tim Thomas made 28 saves on 32 shots. Thomas is now 2-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .922 save percentage this year in the playoffs.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 37-32, faceoff wins 37-30 and hits 35-27. The Capitals led the game in blocked shots 19-11.

The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Capitals went 1-for-2.

Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 7 shots.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Milan Lucic and David Krejci finally got their first points in the playoffs, but Tyler Seguin is still without a point.

Injuries
Both Joe Corvo and Patrice Bergeron were injured during the game and both are uncertain to play tomorrow. Corvo blocked a shot in the second period, was out of position, and to add insult-to-injury, the Capitals scored while he hobbled around. Bergeron was hit early in the third period by Alex Ovechkin with an open ice hit and went down the tunnel afterwards. He then only played one more shift on right wing, obviously feeling it out but it turned into a short shift as he skated off the ice and stayed on the bench for the rest of the period. Earlier in the game Bergeron was hit with an elbow to his head by Alexander Semin. So hopefully it's nothing serious, like another concussion, and he's able to play tomorrow.

With Adam McQuaid still not skating, don't look for him to play in these playoffs. If Joe Corvo can't play tomorrow, we may see Mike Mottau in the lineup for him.

Onto the next one
The Capitals now lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is tomorrow at 3pm ET at the Washington Capitals.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 4 summary

Rich Peverley scores a goal
Boston Bruins right wing Rich Peverley (49) beats Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) for a goal during the first period of Game 4 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series, on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Bruins didn't get enough traffic in front of Capitals rookie goalie Braden Holtby as they did in Game 3 which caused them to only score 1 goal and fall to the Capitals 2-1 and now the series is tied 2-2.

Quick game summary

In the first period, Marcus Johansson scored to make it 1-0 Capitals. Later, Rich Peverley scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Alexander Semin scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1 Capitals.

In the third period, no scoring happened and the Capitals would go on to win the game 2-1.

Tim Thomas made 19 saves on 21 shots. Thomas is now 2-2 with a 1.60 GAA and a .936 save percentage in the playoffs this year.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 45-21. The Capitals led the game in faceoff wins 44-32, hits 44-34 and blocked shots 26-16.

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

Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 6 shots each.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg all led the Bruins with 5 hits each.

Concerning playoff numbers
Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Brad Marchand all have 0 points in 4 games in these playoffs. It's just unacceptable. The Bruins will not make it out of this series if all of these guys do not wake up soon and play the way that they can. Last year's leader in playoff goals, Krejci, only has 4 shots in 4 games in these playoffs. Lucic and Marchand both have 8 shots in 4 games each. Seguin has 16 shots but nothing to show for them.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is on Saturday at 3pm ET in Boston.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Caps Nicklas Backstrom suspended for Game 4

Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for Game 4 for his reckless cheap crosscheck to Rich Peverley's head at the end of Game 3. Watch Brendan Shanahan's explanation below.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 3 summary

Brian Rolston celebrates with his teammates after he scores a goal
Boston Bruins left wing Brian Rolston (12) celebrates his goal with teammates Dennis Seidenberg (44), Zdeno Chara (33) and Chris Kelly (23) during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
As just about every other Game 3 in each playoff series has gotten more nasty and heated, the Bruins and Capitals found themselves in each other's faces more as the intensity grew in game 3. The Bruins did not play their best Monday night against the Washington Capitals but managed to come out on top 4-3 with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scoring the eventual game-winning goal with only 1:53 left in the game. Game 4 will be on Thursday and it may get more nastier.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Alexander Semin scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Capitals.

In the second period, Rich Peverley scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, only 35 seconds into the period to tie the game 1-1. Alex Ovechkin would come back 13 seconds later and score to make it 2-1 Capitals. Later, Daniel Paille scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Brian Rolston scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Later, Brooks Laich scored to tie the game 3-3. Then with a little less than two minutes remaining in the period, Zdeno Chara scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead. The Bruins would hold on and win the game.

At the end of the game, Alex Ovechkin tried to rough up Rich Peverley down in the Capitals defensive zone, as Peverley tried to pin the puck against the boards to kill the game clock. Peverley went back at Ovechkin taking a whack at his leg with his stick which tripped Ovechkin. Nicklas Backstrom then came in and went high with his stick at Rich Peverley's head. That blatant crosscheck to Peverley's head got Backstrom a match penalty and he will have a hearing with Shanahan. This is now two obvious crosschecks to Bruins players heads in this series. First was Ovechkin on Dennis Seidenberg, where of course Ovechkin got preferential treatment as he didn't get fined or anything for that, and now Backstrom for this stupid cheapshot.

Nicklas Backstrom crosschecks Rich Peverley in head

Milan Lucic gets jumped by Karl Alzner as Lucic was wrestling with Matt Hendricks
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) mixes it up with Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17), next to Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Another thing to watch for in the next game is Milan Lucic and how he handles Capitals players baiting him into penalties as he took three minor penalties (four if you count the double-minor as two penalties).

In the third period, it looked like he was going to drop the gloves with ex-Bruin Matt Hendricks but Karl Alzner jumped on top of Lucic's back, obviously third man in, and a big scrum ensued. After the scrum, Alzner made a crying gesture at Lucic. Surprisingly Alzner didn't get any penalty for jumping into an altercation.

After the game Lucic was asked about it. "Well, there's a lot of [proof] on my side to show that I'm not a crybaby," Lucic said after the game. "That's a lot coming from a guy I think who's got two roughing penalties in three years, so there you go." Asked whether he felt Alzner was the third man in, an offense that is punishable by a game misconduct, Lucic grinned and chose his words carefully before answering. [Lucic answered] "Yup." Source

More dirty play from the Capitals was seeing Jason Chimera spearing Brad Marchand in the groin region. We're just starting to see the nasty in this series. Game 4 should be a beauty.

Tim Thomas made 29 saves on 32 shots. Thomas is now 2-1 with a 1.47 GAA and a .943 save percentage in the playoffs this year.

Daniel Paille got "The Chain" after the game.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in hits 58-36, faceoff wins 37-33 and blocked shots 21-15. The Capitals led the game in shots 32-29

The Bruins power-play continues to struggle, going 0-for-5 while the Capitals went 1-for-4.

Zdeno Chara had 1 goal and 2 assists, along with 3 shots, 2 blocked shots and 7 hits.

Dennis Seidenberg had 4 hits and 4 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 2-1 and Game 4 is on Thursday at 7:30pm ET.

The Bruins need 2 more wins to end this series and 14 more wins to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 2 summary

Alex Ovechkin crosschecks Dennis Seidenberg in the head with a two-hander, and Ovechkin got no penalty for it
Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) gets a stick to the face from Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, Saturday, April 14, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Capitals won Game 2 in the second overtime with a Nicklas Backstrom goal to even up the series 1-1. The Bruins looked sloppy at times and didn't manage to get many great scoring chances on Braden Holtby. It's already been said, but Bruins need to put traffic in front of Holtby and work harder to win this series. Right now the Capitals are outworking the Bruins and it's showing as Bruins coach Claude Julien said in the postgame.

As you can see in the picture to the left, Capitals Alex Ovechkin crosschecked Bruins Dennis Seidenberg in the head during the second period after a whistle. Ovechkin surprisingly didn't get a penalty for it.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has already announced a hearing for another incident in a different game but nothing about this incident. So I guess that means this is ok to do, crosschecking someone in the head is ok. So let's see now, we've seen a player slam an opponent's head WWE style into the boards/glass (Predators Shea Weber on Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg) and now we see someone give a two-hand crosscheck to someone's head and no suspension for either. Keep doing a fine job NHL at protecting the players. Make sure to share your comments with @NHLShanahan on Twitter, but I doubt he even reads tweets he receives.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Troy Brouwer scored to make it 1-0 Capitals.

In the third period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 1st goal of the playoffs to tie the game 1-1.

In the first overtime period, no scoring happened.

In the second overtime period, Nicklas Backstrom scored to win the game for the Capitals.

Tim Thomas made 37 saves on 39 shots. Thomas is now 1-1 with a 0.83 GAA and a .964 save percentage in the playoffs this year.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 44-39. The Capitals led the game in faceoff wins 34-30, hits 41-36 and blocked shots 27-8.

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

Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 5 shots. If Thornton is leading the Bruins in shots you know the Bruins offense is having trouble.

Johnny Boychuk was -2 with 3 blocked shots.

Patrice Bergeron and Brian Rolston led the Bruins with 5 hits apiece.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 is on Monday at 7:30pm ET at the Washington Capitals.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Andrew Ference talks about "The Chain"

Bruins Andrew Ference talks about "The Chain" and what it means. Chris Kelly wore it last night after he scored the game winning goal in overtime to win Game 1 for the Bruins against the Capitals.

Bruins vs Capitals game 1 summary

Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot celebrate Bruins overtime winning goal
Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Washington Capitals with teammate Benoit Pouliot in overtime of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, April 12, 2012. The Bruins won 1-0. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby showed he can play in the playoffs and made it known this won't be an easy series as some Bruins fans may have thought. The Bruins outplayed the Capitals for the first two periods but the Capitals woke up in the third period and outplayed the Bruins. The game would go to overtime and a new Bruins playoff hero emerged in Chris Kelly who scored the overtime winning goal for the Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, again no goals were scored. Tim Thomas only faced 7 shots through two periods.

In the third period, no one was able to score, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, Tim Thomas made a save down one end of the ice and Chris Kelly took the puck down the other end, wound up and released a big slap shot that beat Holtby to win Game 1 for the Bruins 1-0.

As the Bruins players celebrated the win, apparently a pane of glass fell on David Krejci, most likely from fans banging on the glass. Word is that he is ok, hopefully he really is ok. That's why you don't bang on the glass.

A pane falls out onto Boston Bruins center David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, as Bruins players and fans celebrate the Bruins' 1-0 victory in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Chris Kelly wearing the Bruins chain after the game
After the game, Chris Kelly wore the new Bruins "jacket" this year, "Jacket 2.0" representing how no one is the weak link. 20 players dress, 20 links in the chain. (Source)

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 30-17, hits 40-29 and faceoff wins 33-32. The Capitals led the game in blocked shots 22-15.

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

Tim Thomas earned his 6th career playoff shutout, stopping all 17 shots he faced.

Johnny Boychuk was back in the lineup. Jordan Caron was scratched.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Capitals Alex Ovechkin was held to only 1 shot. He led the Capitals with 7 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Saturday at 3pm ET in Boston.

1 win down, 15 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

My prediction for this series is Bruins in 7 games.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nathan Horton done for year

Boston Bruins Nathan Horton
The Bruins announced today that Bruins forward Nathan Horton will miss the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a concussion. This really isn't surprising news but it's sad news for Bruins fans. Horton hasn't played a game since the game where he sustained the concussion, on January 22nd against the Flyers from a Tom Sestito blindside hit. It was Horton's second concussion in less than seven months. We hope Horton can get healthy and live his life without issues and put hockey second as we all now know what concussions can do. We'll miss you Horton but take care of yourself first.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Bear and the Gang episode 2

Here's episode 2 of the Bruins sitcom, The Bear and the Gang. Coach Claude Julien walks his dog while the Bear has a date.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals playoff schedule

Here's the Bruins schedule for the first round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

Game 1: Capitals @ Bruins
Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC

Game 2: Capitals @ Bruins
Saturday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: None, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, CBC

Game 3: Bruins @ Capitals
Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC

Game 4: Bruins @ Capitals
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC

Game 5: Capitals @ Bruins (if necessary)
Saturday, April 21, 3:00 p.m. ET
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: None, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NBC, CBC

Game 6: Bruins @ Capitals (if necessary)
Sunday, April 22, Time TBD
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: TBD, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: TBD

Game 7: Capitals @ Bruins (if necessary)
Wednesday, April 25, Time TBD
Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: TBD, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: TBD

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bruins end season with shootout win over Sabres

Shawn Thornton vs Robyn Regehr
Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) and Buffalo Sabres' Robyn Regehr (24) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
It was Tim Thomas vs Jhonas Enroth in the final game of the season for both teams as the Sabres came to Boston to take on the Bruins. The Bruins would go down by two goals in the third period but come back to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Bruins would win the game in the shootout with should-be-Selke-winner Patrice Bergeron scoring the game winning goal in the shootout. Bruins won 4-3.

For the Bruins: Brian Rolston, Marty Turco, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Torey Krugi were all scratched for this game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Shawn Thornton got into a fight and Thornton dominated it. No surprise there.

Shawn Thornton vs Robyn Regehr

In the second period, Tyler Seguin scored his 28th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Ex-Bruin Brad Boyes scored to tie the game 1-1 for the Sabres.

In the third period, Brad Boyes scored again, making it 2-1 Sabres. Less than two minutes later, Jason Pominville scored to make it 3-1 Sabres. Less than two minutes later, Tyler Seguin scored his 29th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 3-2. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 28th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.

In overtime no one scored so the game went to a shootout.

In the shootout, David Krejci was stopped, Tyler Ennis was stopped, Tyler Seguin was stopped, Brad Boyes was stopped, Patrice Bergeron scored, and Jason Pominville was stopped as the Bruins would win 4-3.

Tim Thomas made 25 saves on 28 shots in the game. Thomas finished the season going 35-19-1 with 5 shutouts, a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

The three stars of the game were: Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, and Brad Boyes.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 40-28 and hits 13-11. The Sabres led the game in faceoff wins 26-25 and blocked shots 18-5.

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

Patrice Bergeron had 3 assists, was +2 and went 10-10 in the faceoff circle.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Onto the playoffs
The Bruins finished the season going 49-29-4 with 102 points, second place in the Eastern Conference. It's not final yet who the Bruins will play in the first round of the playoffs but it's looking like the Washington Capitals. Stay tuned for the Bruins playoffs schedule.

*Update: Yup it's official, the Bruins will face the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bruins beat Senators 3-1 without key players

Anton Khudobin makes a save
OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 5: Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins makes a save during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on April 5, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
In what could have been a preview of the first round for the Bruins, tonight's game against Ottawa didn't have the intensity or Bruins players that would have been in a playoff game. As the Bruins scratched their key players: Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins were able to beat the Senators 3-1 with some great goaltending by call-up Anton Khudobin.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Benoit Pouliot scored his 16th goal of the season, to make it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Greg Zanon scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Jason Spezza scored to make it 2-1.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 26th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Torey Krug got his 1st NHL point with an assist on Lucic's goal.

Anton Khudobin made 44 saves on 45 shots to get his first win as a Bruin. Khudobin's numbers read as him being 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .978 save percentage.

Game notes
Adam McQuaid played only seven minutes in the game as he didn't take anymore shifts in the second period and none in the third period. After the game Claude Julien said that McQuaid was "not feeling quite right."

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 22-8. The Senators led the game in shots 45-27, faceoff wins 34-31 and hits 32-20.

Greg Zanon led the Bruins with 10 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Onto the last one
Yup the next Bruins game will be their last one of the season and onto the playoffs they go. The Bruins are now 48-29-4 with 100 points. They will either play the Ottawa Senators or Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday in Boston as they host the Buffalo Sabres, who got eliminated from the playoffs tonight, at 4pm ET.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Letang dives, Penguins score PP goals, Penguins beat Bruins

An injured Johnny Boychuk is helped off the ice
Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) is helped off the ice by teammates Chris Kelly (23) and Brian Rolston (12) after he was checked hard and went down in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The Penguins won 5-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In a game that didn't mean much for the Bruins but had meaning for the Penguins, it was a good passionate game between the two teams. The Bruins would play Marty Turco in net and the Penguins had Brent Johnson in net. In the second period, the Penguins would benefit from a gift penalty call from Kris Letang faking injury and the Penguins would score two power-play goals to go up big and they would beat the Bruins 5-3 in the end.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin scored the first two goals of the game, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Benoit Pouliot scored his 15th goal of the season on a great individual effort, making it 2-1. Pouliot tied his career-high with 15 goals.

In the second period, Milan Lucic scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2, only 18 seconds into the period. James Neal scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal making it 3-2 Penguins as Daniel Paille (charging penalty) and Rich Peverley (high-sticking penalty) were in the box. Peverley was in the box for this fake high-sticking call. Letang sold that one and the refs bought it.

What an embarrassment to hockey. This is what hockey is turning into, a bunch of losers diving to draw penalties. If they keep calling these, more and more low-character guys are going to keep diving like Letang here. Letang please go play soccer. Can the NHL please start fining and/or suspending players for diving and faking injuries.

Kris Letang dives/fakes injury

After the Neal goal, behind the Bruins net, Neal pushed Johnny Boychuk into the boards but it didn't look like much, but Andrew Ference I don't think caught the whole push but he saw Boychuk down so he dropped the gloves with Neal and they had an ok spirited fight. Ference did a good job for the size difference between these two as Neal is 6'2" 208lbs and Ference is 5'11" 189lbs.

James Neal vs Andrew Ference

After the fight, Sidney Crosby scored again, a power-play goal, making it 4-2 Penguins.

In the third period, Arron Asham scored to make it 5-2. Later, Rich Peverley scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 5-3.

Johnny Boychuk was injured in the third period as he collided with Arron Asham. From the replay it looked close to a knee-on-knee hit. From the replay on NBC it looked like Boychuk's skate got caught in the ice as he made contact with Asham but I'm not sure. Either way it's a knee or ankle injury. I just hope he is ok and can play in the playoffs.

Marty Turco made 22 saves on 27 shots. Turco is now 2-2-0 with a 3.68 GAA and a .855 save percentage this season.

Game notes
Goalie Anton Khudobin was recalled from Providence (AHL) on Monday and served as the backup to Marty Turco in this game as Tim Thomas was scratched.

New Bruins defenseman Torey Krug made his NHL debut tonight. He had 18:18 of ice time, had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot.

Before the game, Tyler Seguin won the NESN Seventh Player Award.

Adam McQuaid's injury is getting better as his swollen eye is still healing.

Gregory Campbell returned to the lineup as Jordan Caron did not play because of flu-like symptoms. Greg Zanon was scratched and Joe Corvo was in the lineup.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-27. The Penguins led the game in faceoff wins 31-29, hits 32-26 and blocked shots 18-6.

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

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 47-29-4 with 98 points and have 2 games left in the season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Ottawa Senators at 7:30pm ET. This will be a preview of the first round of the playoffs. I think we'll see Tim Thomas play in this game and have Anton Khudobin play the final game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bruins beat Rangers, clinch Northeast Division

Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron celebrate Bergeron's goal
Boston Bruins' Tyler Seguin (19) and Patrice Bergeron, right, celebrate Bergeron's goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 1, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
After being outplayed in the first period, the Bruins found a way back into the game in the second period and fought their way to a 2-1 win over the conference leading New York Rangers. This was a good solid team win. The Bruins have clinched the Northeast Division.

Quick game summary
In the first period, it was all Rangers as they controlled the play for just about the whole period. Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers making it 1-0 after a Zdeno Chara shot hit Jordan Caron and then went back out the other way by Chara and Seidenberg and Gaborik slew right by them for the breakaway, as he beat Tim Thomas going five-hole.

In the second period, Dennis Seidenberg scored his 5th goal of the season, with a big hard slap shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist. Later, Patrice Bergeron scored his 22nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 34 shots and is now 34-19-1 with a 2.35 GAA and a .921 save percentage so far this season.

Game notes
Gregory Campbell was out for the Bruins with a lower body injury so Daniel Paille replaced him in the lineup.

Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup and Mike Mottau was in for Adam McQuaid and Joe Corvo was scratched.

The Bruins led the game in faceoffs 32-16. The Rangers led the game in shots 34-21, hits 31-22 and blocked shots 18-9.

The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Rangers went 0-for-2, which included a 5-on-3.

Patrice Bergeron went 17-2 in the faceoff circle.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 47-28-4 with 98 points and 3 games left in the season. The next game for the Bruins is Tuesday hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston at 7:30pm ET.

It's looking more and more like the Bruins will face the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs. We'll see what happens with the remainder of the season. The game on Thursday against the Senators should be an interesting one, maybe a message sending game similar to the wild Penguins-Flyers game today. But I don't think we'll be seeing Claude Julien stand on the benches yelling at the Senators coach.