Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bruins lose 5-3 to Capitals

Bruins Tuukka Rask makes a save
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Another game where the Bruins didn't put in a full 60-minute effort equals another loss. Tuesday night the Washington Capitals without Alex Ovechkin beat the Bruins 5-3. This was the first meeting this season between the Bruins and Capitals. Nathan Horton was out obviously, with a mild concussion, and Zach Hamill was back in the lineup. Will Hamill every score his 1st NHL goal? Tuukka Rask played in net against Tomas Vokoun.

In the first period, Rich Peverley scored his 8th goal of the season, as he attempted a pass to Milan Lucic but Karl Alzner, while on the ice, swung his stick on the ice and knocked the puck past Vokoun.

In the second period, Capitals Cody Eakin scored to tie the game 1-1. Only 41 seconds later, Mathieu Perreault scored, making it 2-1 Capitals. Later, Tyler Seguin stole a pass in the Capitals d-zone, went in and backhanded a shot that got by Vokoun, tying it 2-2. It was a great individual play and great defensive play stealing the pass. He's learning from Bergeron. A little later, Mathieu Perreault scored again for the Capitals, making it 3-2 Capitals. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season, a power-play goal to tie the game 3-3.

In the third period, Mathieu Perreault would score again getting himself a hat trick, 4-3 Capitals lead. With Rask pulled, Dennis Wideman scored an empty net to finish off the Bruins 5-3.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 32-22. The Capitals led the game in hits 30-16 and blocked shots 21-15. Both teams had 28 faceoff wins.

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

Tuukka Rask made 18 saves on 22 shots. Rask is now 11-5-2 with a 1.82 GAA and a .938 save percentage this season.

David Krejci blocked a shot in the first period and after that he didn't seem to be himself. Hopefully he is ok by the next game. Krejci was -2 and went 1-9 in the faceoff circle tonight.

Daniel Paille and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in shots with 5 apiece.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in hits with 5.

Onto the next one
This was the last game for the Bruins before the NHL All-Star break. The Bruins won't play again until Tuesday, January 31st against the Ottawa Senators in Boston at 7pm ET. The Bruins are now 31-14-2 with 64 points (1st in Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference).

Monday, January 23, 2012

Report: Nathan Horton may have mild concussion

Not good news for Bruins fans and Nathan Horton, as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says it looks like Horton may have a mild concussion from the headshot he received from Flyers Tom Sestito in yesterday's game.

"I don't have an official update other than I think it's a mild concussion from what I heard and what I saw last night," Chiarelli said. "I talked to him again today and these things are day-to-day. It may not be, there's that gray area between when you take your impact tests and you see how it is the next day, the following day and then you make that determination. He's in that gray area."
Source

Bruins visit the White House

The Boston Bruins visited the White House today and President Obama gave a short speech. Good to see Mark Recchi there. Tomas Kaberle was also there. Michael Ryder couldn't make it due to scheduling conflict. Tim Thomas did not attend.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bruins beat Flyers in wild one

Tim Thomas makes a save on Wayne Simmonds in the shootout to win the game for the Bruins
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) makes a stick save on a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) during an overtime shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Bruins won 6-5. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
This afternoon's game between the Bruins and Flyers was a wild hard-hitting hockey game, a man's game as Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said after the game. The Bruins were up 3-1 after the first period but the Flyers came back in the second period. The Bruins took the lead back in the third period but the Flyers came back and the game would eventually go to a shootout where the Bruins would take the extra point from the game, beating the Flyers 6-5.

In the first period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 15th goal of the season 50 seconds into the game making it 1-0 Bruins. Off a faceoff, Milan Lucic and Tom Sestito dropped the gloves and had a good fight with Lucic landing some big punches. Watch the fight here. This was most likely some payback for Lucic's hit on Zac Rinaldo in their last game. The Flyers would come back less than two minutes after the Bruins goal as a Max Talbot attempted pass went off of Dennis Seidenberg and between Tim Thomas' legs to tie the game. Later on the power-play, Tyler Seguin scored his 18th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Brayden Schenn laid out Steven Kampfer with a big hit and Chris Kelly dropped the gloves and they fought. Schenn ended up getting bloodied from the fight. Watch the fight here. Milan Lucic later scored his 17th goal of the season making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Nathan Horton was hit with a blindside hit by Tom Sestito. Horton got up right away and went at Sestito with everyone else joining in a big scrum. Horton would not return to the game. Sestito was suspended in the preseason for a bad hit so he may be suspended again for another bad hit. Video down below of this hit.

Flyers Scott Hartnell scored a power-play goal making it now a 3-2 Bruins lead. Shawn Thornton and Jody Shelley dropped the gloves and had a good spirited fight with both guys trading punches. This looked like a good draw. Watch the fight here. Hartnell would score again to tie the game 3-3. The Flyers would take the lead 4-3 with Hartnell scoring his 3rd goal of the game.

In the third period, 1:19 into the period, David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the season to tie the game 4-4. Later, Gregory Campbell scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 5-4 Bruins. Later, Scott Hartnell would hit Chris Kelly with a shoulder-on-shoulder blindside hit which Shawn Thornton didn't like and Hartnell quickly turtled as Thornton went after him. Talbot would score later to tie the game 5-5.

In overtime no scoring happened so it went to a shootout.

In the shootout: Flyers Matt Read didn't score, Bruins David Krejci scored, Claude Giroux scored, Tyler Seguin scored and Tim Thomas stopped Wayne Simmonds to win the game for the Bruins.

Video with 3 Flyers high hits, Tom Sestito coming high at Steven Kampfer, Tom Sestito's high hit on Nathan Horton, and Scott Hartnell's hit on Chris Kelly

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 43-36. The Flyers led the game in shots 38-37, hits 39-24 and blocked shots 19-18.

The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Flyers went 3-for-8.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 38 shots. Thomas is now 20-9-0 with a 2.12 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin all had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game.

Milan Lucic got a Gordie Howe hat trick, goal, assist and a fight.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in shots with 9.

Chara and Dennis Seidenberg both had 4 blocked shots to lead the Bruins.

Benoit Pouliot led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Rich Peverley went 10-1 in the faceoff circle.

Steven Kampfer only had 3:15 of ice time as I don't think he got a shift after the big hit he took in the first period.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 31-13-2 with 64 points (1st in Northeast Division and tied with the New York Rangers with 64 points). The Bruins next game is on Tuesday at the Washington Capitals at 7pm ET. Bruins fans will get to see "All-Star" and former Bruin Dennis Wideman but Alex Ovechkin may be suspended for a hit in today's Capitals game. We'll have to wait and see. Andrew Ference won't be back until his suspension ends which will be in February.

Andrew Ference suspended 3 games

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference gets suspended for 3 games for his hit on Rangers Ryan McDonagh. Watch Shanahan's video explanation of the suspension below.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rangers beat Bruins in overtime

Shawn Thornton vs Mike Rupp
Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) and New York Rangers' Mike Rupp (71) fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Today's afternoon game between the Bruins and New York Rangers was a good one. There was a lot of back and forth action with the Bruins having more chances after the Shawn Thornton-Mike Rupp fight. The game would go into overtime tied 2-2 and then Andrew Ference made a bad hit on Rangers Ryan McDonagh and the Rangers scored with four seconds left in the period.

In the first period, no scoring happened.

In the second period, Ryan Callahan would make it 1-0 for the Rangers. A little more than a minute later, Shawn Thornton and Mike Rupp dropped the gloves and had a good fight with both guys trading punches. Thornton has never had real success the past few seasons fighting Rupp but he did better than the past fights. Less than a minute later, Andrew Ference scored his 4th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Later, Marian Gaborik scored to make it 2-1 Rangers. With 49 seconds left, Adam McQuaid scored his 2nd goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. McQuaid's shot went off of Brian Boyle's stick or skate and went up high and in the short-side corner to beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, the puck went deep in the Rangers end, Andrew Ference came rushing in too fast and hit Ryan McDonagh against the boards. McDonagh looked to have his shoulder hurt on the play. I don't think Ference made contact with McDonagh's head but regardless it was a bad hit. Ference got a 5-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Look for Shanahan to have at least a talk with Ference and a suspension most likely will come.

After the game Andrew Ference said this about the hit (quotes taken from Bruins reporters on Twitter):
"I'm obviously going as fast as I can to get to the puck, and when I realized I wasn't going to get there first, he boxed me out."

"I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obvsly it was a dangerous position.I tried to let up and didn't let up fast enough."

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 34-33 and faceoff wins 32-27. The Rangers led the game in hits 27-12 and blocked shots 22-14.

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

Tuukka Rask played well making 30 saves on 33 shots. Rask is now 11-4-2 with a sick 1.69 GAA and a .943 save percentage.

Andrew Ference had a goal and an assist, was +2 and had 3 shots.

Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo both had 4 shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

Dennis Seidenberg had 7 blocked shots but he was -2.

Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Defenseman Steven Kampfer was recalled by the Bruins after the game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-13-2 with 62 points. The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Philadelphia Flyers at 3pm ET.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bruins awaken in 3rd period to beat Devils

Last night's game against the New Jersey Devils started good for the Bruins as they looked to have energy. They traded chances back and forth with the Devils. As the period went on the Devils looked like they wanted it more. Then the second period came and the Bruins looked like they have in the past few games, not good. But in the third period, they woke up and found a way to beat the Devils.

In the first period, Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Brad Mills and it wasn't much of a fight. I would say Mills had the better punches thrown but no one got hurt in the fight. The fight seemed to energize the Devils more than the Bruins. Later, Petr Sykora scored with less than two minutes left in the period, to make it 1-0 Devils.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, the Bruins woke up and took over the game with a big period. First, Andrew Ference scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. A little more than four minutes later, Nathan Horton scored his 17th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 2-1 Bruins. 35 seconds later, Gregory Campbell finished off the Gordie Howe hat trick by scoring his 5th goal of the season to make it 3-1 Bruins. With 47 second left in the game, Chris Kelly scored an empty-net goal, his 14th goal of the season to finish the game 4-1.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoffs 35-29, hits 17-13 and blocked shots 5-4. The Devils led the game in shots 31-24.

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

Tim Thomas made 30 saves on 31 shots. Thomas is now 19-9 with a 2.02 GAA and a .936 save percentage.

Gregory Campbell had 1 goal, 1 assist and a fight, was +2 and had 3 hits.

Shawn Thornton had 2 assists and was +2.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-13-1 with 61 points (1st place in Northeast Divison and 2nd place in Eastern Conference).
The Bruins next game is on Saturday at 1pm ET against the New York Rangers in Boston.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lightning beat Bruins 5-3

What a frustrating game to watch tonight as the Bruins for the most part looked asleep. At times they looked good but for most of the game they weren't playing Bruins hockey. As in the Canes game, the Bruins had another bad third period, allowing three goals in it. The Bruins made too many turnovers in the defensive zone and Tim Thomas played maybe a little too aggressively as he found himself out of position on a few of the Lightning goals.

In the first period, Vincent Lecavalier scored to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Nathan Horton scored his 15th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Later, Tom Pyatt scored for the Lightning making it 2-1. Only 2:37 later, Nathan Horton scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 16th goal of the season to tie the game once again.

In the third period, Ryan Malone scored to make it 3-2 Lightning. Later, Daniel Paille scored his 8th goal of the season, a short-handed goal on a breakaway, tying the game 3-3. Dominic Moore later scored for the Lightning making it 4-3. With Tim Thomas pulled for the extra attacker, Steven Stamkos scored giving the Lightning a 5-3 lead and that's how it would end.

Game notes
The Lightning led the game in shots 30-29, faceoff wins 36-30, hits 23-18 and blocked shots 17-14.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 30 shots. Thomas is now 18-9-0 with a 2.06 GAA and a .935 save percentage this season.

Nathan Horton led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-13-1 with 59 points (1st place in Northeast Division and 2nd place in Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Thursday at the New Jersey Devils at 7pm ET.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bruins beat Panthers in shootout

David Krejci scores his game winning shootout goal
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during a shootout in an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Sunrise, Fla. The Bruins defeated the Panthers in a shootout 3-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Game 2 of a 4-game road trip was tonight at the Florida Panthers and they got 2 points via a shootout win. But the Bruins are lucky to get those 2 points as they didn't play well enough to deserve them.

In the first period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Late in the period, in the Bruins d-zone, Ed Jovanovski unintentionally hit Daniel Paille in the head with an elbow. Paille didn't like it and went at Jovanovski, skated away, Jovanovski gave Paille a whack with his stick, Paille then went back at Jovanovski and challenged him. Before Shawn Thornton could get there, Paille and Jovanovski dropped the gloves and went at it. Jovanovski controlled the fight, as Paille isn't a fighter, but that wasn't about winning the fight, it was about showing up which Paille did. Jovanovski didn't return to the game after this as he was said to have suffered an upper body injury. I'm going to guess a hand or shoulder injury as he was really swinging for the fences in some of the punches he threw. Update: some are saying that Jovanovski broke his hand in the fight.

In the second period, Jason Garrison scored for the Panthers to tie the game 1-1 as the puck went off Dennis Seidenberg's glove and into the net. Later the Bruins had a 5-on-3 power-play and Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 14th goal of the season, to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. After Shawn Matthias got out of the penalty box he had a breakaway and scored to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

The game went into overtime and the Bruins killed off a 4-on-3 Panthers power-play. Nobody would score in the overtime period, so onto the shootout it went.

In the shootout: Rask stopped Marcel Goc. Clemmensen stopped Benoit Pouliot. Dmitry Kulikov missed the net. Tyler Seguin beat Clemmensen with a deke but his backhand missed the open upstairs of the net. Stephen Weiss scored on Rask as Rask tried a poke check that didn't work and Weiss had an open net. Patrice Bergeron scored to tie it. Mikael Samuelsson lost the puck and didn't manage to get a shot on Rask. David Krejci went five-hole and scored on Clemmensen to win the game for the Bruins.

Game notes
Rich Peverley was scratched from the game as he had a personal matter, so Zach Hamill was in the lineup. Peverley is expected to miss tomorrow's game as well.

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 9-7. The Panthers led the game in shots 40-35 and faceoff wins 32-26. Both teams had 27 hits apiece.

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

Tuukka Rask made 38 saves on 40 shots. Rask is now 11-4-1 with a 1.61 GAA and a .946 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 goals and a shootout goal, was +1 and led the Bruins with 6 shots. He also went 11-13 in the faceoff circle.

Tyler Seguin had 2 assists, was +1 and he had 5 shots.

Gregory Campbell and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits apiece.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see another round of Shawn Thornton vs Krys Barch.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-12-1 with 59 points (1st place in Northeast Division and 2nd place in Eastern Conference) this season. The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30pm ET.

After tonight's game, Brad Marchand now has 1 game left to serve for his suspension.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Canes outplay and beat Bruins

Milan Lucic yells at Bryan Allen after he slashed and turtled
Milan Lucic yells at Bryan Allen while being restrained by a linesman after Allen slashed at Lucic and then turtled down to the ice when Lucic challenged him to fight (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Hurricanes dominance over the Bruins this season continues as the Canes scored three times (one empty-net goal) in the third period to beat the Bruins 4-2. The Bruins definitely looked like they weren't "into" the game enough or didn't have the energy to match the Canes. The Canes also figured out how to score on Tim Thomas, redirections, tips and ugly goals. Credit to the Canes in that game.

In the first period, no scoring happened. The Bruins had two power-plays in the period but they couldn't do anything with them as they looked bad.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 12th goal of the season making it 1-0 Bruins. Canes Patrick Dwyer later scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 16th goal of the season with a perfect shot beating Cam Ward upstairs far side, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Later, Justin Faulk scored a goal tying the game 2-2. Faulk took a high shot from the point and somehow it got redirected or tipped a little down and it went into the net. Jay Harrison later scored to make it 3-2 as Dennis Seidenberg tried to clear the puck up the middle (I'm not sure why as there was a Bruins forward nearby) and it went right to Harrison who fired the puck and the it went off of Seidenberg's skate and into the net. Eric Staal scored an empty-net goal with 1:02 left in the game to put it away. I'm surprised he didn't hit the glass and start screaming at fans again since he's playing at home. Maybe that NHL worst -21 has him not too excited. The Bruins weren't able to score at the end and the Canes won 4-2.

With 53 seconds left in the third period, I thought the Bruins were playing Montreal again. Hurricanes Bryan Allen, listed at 6'5" and 226lbs, did his best P.K. Subban impression near the end of the game as after a whistle he bumped with Milan Lucic, Lucic gave him a shove back, Allen then responds with a big time slash with his stick. Lucic then drops the gloves to fight him and Allen turtles and goes down to the ice. Wow, don't slash at a guy if you aren't going to back it up. I hope Kirk Muller didn't bring the Montreal back-down and turtle play to Carolina. Or maybe it was there all along, as we've seen Tim Gleason do the same before. Allen was wearing a huge visor covering most of his face, but he doesn't usually wear a visor, so maybe he has some type of injury.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 35-20 and faceoff wins 28-22. The Hurricanes led the game in hits 18-14 and blocked shots 16-15.

The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Hurricanes didn't get any power-plays.

Tim Thomas made 17 saves on 20 shots. Thomas is now 18-8-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .937 save percentage.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg were both a team-worst -2.

Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-12-1 with 57 points (1st place in Northeast Division and 2nd place in Eastern Conference. The Bruins next game is on Monday at the Florida Panthers at 7:30pm ET.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bruins win 2-1, Habs make trade during game

Jordan Caron scores in an empty net after the puck went off a stantion and found it's way to the front of the Montreal net
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, right, can't get his stick on the puck as he is out of position for a goal by Boston Bruins right wing Jordan Caron, left, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Well you may have thought you heard it all when it comes to hockey but how about trading a player while the game is going on? That's exactly what happened to Montreal's Michael Cammalleri as before the third period started he was taken out of the game and was said to go back to the hotel. Cammalleri was traded to Calgary for Rene Bourque and a few other names were included in the deal from both teams, but those two are the main pieces.

So back to the actual game, which for the most part, it didn't have the feeling of the heated Boston-Montreal rivalry we've been use to, except when P.K. Subban put a headshot (elbow) on David Krejci and Andrew Ference went after a turtling Subban. But other than that, not much else happened. Luckily Krejci seemed fine after the hit. The Bruins didn't play well as they gave chances to Montreal throughout the game but Tim Thomas made the saves. Even Claude Julien after the game had these words about the Bruins play:
"I can't say I've been pleased with the way we've been playing lately...certainly have to pick up our game."

"Tonight, I have to say, we didn't play well...they are a smaller team than we are, but they won more battles."

"I would like to see our team pick it up a little bit."
Source: Bruins NHL Twitter

In the first period, 1:23 into the game, Jordan Caron scored his 2nd goal of the season as he filled in for Zach Hamill. The puck took a "Bruins bounce" off a stantion and found its way to the front of the Montreal net, where Carey Price left to go behind the net to retrieve the puck, and Caron hustled to the net and put it in the empty net. It's good to see Caron get rewarded for his hard work and dedication as he's been getting called up and sent down every few days it seemed the past few weeks. Montreal came back in the second half of the period and put lots of pressure on the Bruins defense.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 15th goal of the season to make it 2-0. Later in the game, villain P.K. Subban put a big check on David Krejci, as his elbow got up and hit Krejci in the head. Andrew Ference, like we've seen so many times in the past, went right after Subban dropping the gloves and tried throwing punches at Subban but Subban ducked and turtled right away. No he didn't man up and take responsibility for his cheap hit. That's the Subban way. Out of all of that, Montreal gets a power-play, 2-minutes for Subban and 4-minutes for Ference. So you get to elbow a guy in the head, then turtle and get a power-play from it? Amazing. P.K. keep smiling, your team is in last place in the division, you just elbowed a guy in the head and you may be suspended, and you're laughing and smiling? Being in last place is so much fun for Subban I guess. How's that -2 tonight?

P.K. Subban elbows David Krejci in head, then turtles to Andrew Ference

Yannick Weber would score on the power-play and make it 2-1. The game would end 2-1 as Montreal couldn't score at the end of the game as they pulled their goalie while the Bruins had a power-play.

Game notes
Montreal led the game in shots 34-30, faceoff wins 26-22, hits 31-29 and blocked shots 14-13.

The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while Montreal went 1-for-2.

Tim Thomas made 33 saves on 34 shots. Thomas is now 18-7-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .939 save percentage this season.

Benoit Pouliot with another dumb penalty, second game in a row now. You can't hit someone from behind.

Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-11-1 with 57 points (1st place in Northeast division and 2nd place in Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Saturday at the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm ET.

Boston-Montreal tonight, get ready!

Ok enough with the Canucks and all that. Time to get ready for tonight's Bruins game against the hated Montreal Canadiens. After reading some of the comments by Montreal players I'm not hating them as much right now. Ok that's a lie, I still do not like them. But it's interesting to hear some of their comments about the Bruins and the way they play. Check it out.

Quotes from Montreal players
Max Pacioretty was asked if he finds the Bruins to be dirty:
"No. They play a certain way and I think that's why they're successful. To some extent, I wish we played a little more like them. Maybe not as much as they do, but they're definitely an intimidating team to play against. They have so many guys who can step up - I'm not talking about fighting — I'm talking about physical. You watch the games recently in the NHL, and there's not many pretty plays happening. They're all tough, grinding goals, and a big body presence. I think that's why they're successful this year."
Source

P.K. Subban on the Bruins:
"They're in your face, you know what I mean? They've had a lot of success over the year. They're Stanley Cup champions, and they're playing some good hockey this year. Whatever they're doing, they're doing something right. Whenever you play them, you know they're going to be in your face, they're going to finish their checks and they're going to work hard."

"They've got some tough guys on that team. Some real tough guys. They play the game hard. Our team, we're not built to kind of brawl it out every night. We're going to stick up for each other as a unit as a group."
Source

Josh Gorges on the Bruins:
"[The Bruins] aren't a team where you say 'we better have our heads up because they're going to do something dirty.'
Source

"[Bruins] are a hard team. They're a physical team. If you get a punch in face after a whistle that's not dirty. That's hockey"
Source

All-Star news
In Bruins news, Tim Thomas (voted in), Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin will be going to the All-Star game this year. Congrats to all of them. You can see the entire All-Star roster on NHL.com here. It's too bad Patrice Bergeron wasn't named to the All-Star game but who knows maybe somebody won't be able to make it and Bergeron may get a call?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shawn Thornton talks with Canucks columnist

Thanks to CSNNE, here's a video clip of CSNNE's Mike Felger chatting with Mike Gallagher of Vancouver's The Province and Shawn Thornton joins in on the conversation about Saturday's Canucks-Bruins game and Dale Weise chickening out of a fight.

It's funny that even a Vancouver reporter thinks the Canucks have no toughness. "How can you be so hated when you have no toughness?"

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bruins 3rd period surge puts Jets away

Bruins Shawn Thornton celebrates after scoring on a penalty shot
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after he scored a penalty shot in the second period against the Winnipeg Jets on January 10, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
After two periods the Bruins were down 3-2 but the Bruins being the NHL's best 3rd period team, took over the game in the third period and won the game 5-3. This game had some bad penalty calls against the Bruins once again and I'm going to expect this for the rest of the season.

In the first period, Andrew Ladd scored to make it 1-0 Jets. Nathan Horton scored his 13th goal of the season, 40 seconds before the end of the period, to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Blake Wheeler scored to make it 2-1 Jets. Shawn Thornton was given a 2-minute illegal hit to the head penalty even though he never made contact with Chris Thorburn. When Thornton came out of the box to join the play he found himself with a loose puck and lots of open ice. As he went in on the breakaway his stick was whacked at and the ref called a penalty shot.

On the penalty shot, Thornton went in, faked a wrist shot with the back leg kick, then went to his backhand and got it up enough to go over Ondrej Pavelec pad and into the net to score his 4th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

A few minutes later, with the Bruins fourth line out on the ice, they had a good chance and Thornton tried to get at a rebound and ex-Bruin Mark Stuart took exception and knocked down Thornton. Thornton got up and pushed Stuart back and they dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight with mostly Thornton throwing punches and connecting on a few as Stuart went down to stop the fight. Later, Eric Fehr scored after a bad Joe Corvo turnover and Fehr's shot actually went off of Corvo's skate and got by Tuukka Rask, making it 3-2 Jets.

In the third period, Nathan Horton scored 8 seconds into the period, his 14th goal of the season and his 2nd goal of the game, to tie the game 3-3. A little less than three minutes later, Tyler Seguin scored his 17th goal of the season, to make it 4-3 Bruins. Later, Benoit Pouliot scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 5-3 Bruins.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 42-32 and faceoff wins 39-23. The Jets led the game in hits 20-18 and blocked shots 19-10.

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

Tuukka Rask played in net and made 29 saves on 32 shots. Rask is now 10-4-1 with a 1.59 GAA and a .945 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 assists and went 12-9 in the faceoff circle.

Nathan Horton had 2 goals on 3 shots. Milan Lucic and David Krejci both had 2 assists each. Krejci went 11-2 in the faceoff circle. Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 7 shots on net.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-11-1 with 55 points (1st in Northeast Division and 2nd in Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Thursday as the Bruins host the hated Montreal Canadiens in Boston at 7pm ET. The Habs are last place in the division and 3-7-0 in their last 10 games.

Brad Marchand moving on

Bruins Brad Marchand spoke with the media today about his suspension, the hit and responds to Vigneault's comments that the Bruins play stupid.

"I'm obviously a little disappointed, and I wasn’t expecting as many games as I got," said Marchand. "But, that's the decision, and now I just move on."

"We play a hard game – we have a lot of physical guys, a lot of tough guys on our team and it's tough for other teams to play against, and some teams might not like it," he said when asked if the Bruins reputation around the NHL was unfair. "But that's our style of hockey and we're not going to change because people wont like it."

Asked to recount why he had previously asked NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan about the type hit he threw at Salo, Marchand said, "well I’m a small guy. I play low to the ice and that’s a way I’ve protected myself in the past – I just felt that it was better to be safe than sorry.

"I brought it up to him, and when I walked away from the conversation he told me to protect myself – that that's okay in that situation.

"When that situation [arose], I felt I was protecting myself and was allowed to do it and that's why I did it," he said.

"It's clear that I'm not allowed to do that and guys in the league aren't allowed to do that," said Marchand. "They [tried] to make that clear, and I'm going to have to do something else."

"I expect if there's any more hits like this, they'll be penalized the same way," said Marchand. "Otherwise...it will be a double standard."

"Until we see more hits like this, then we can't say that. So hopefully when hits like this arise from now on, they'll be penalized the same way."

"I'm still going to play hard – that's my game. I have to play hard and at the end of the day I still have to strive to protect myself and so does everybody in the league. It's not going to change the way I play," he said.

Asked about Vancouver Head Coach Alain Vigneault's comments about players taking things into their own hands with regard to Marchand, Brad said, "Yeah they are threatening, it sounds like it's a threat but -- whatever."

Queried if the comments coming from the Canucks after Vancouver jumped Shawn Thornton in front of the visitors bench on Saturday bothered him, Marchand said, "Yeah for sure, they had six, seven guys at one point and six guys jumped Thorty [Thornton].

"No one seemed to want to do anything after they got pulled off, so that shows their character."

And Marchand remained in character when asked about comments coming out of Vancouver about Boston's "stupid" play.

"Yeah we play stupid," said Marchand. "I guess smart enough to win a Cup."
Source

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chiarelli statement on Marchand suspension

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli issued a statement about the Brad Marchand suspension after it was announced.

"While we respect the process that the Department of Player Safety took to reach their decision regarding Brad's hit on Sami Salo, we are very disappointed by their ruling."

"While we understand that the Department of Safety is an evolving entity, it is frustrating that there are clear comparable situations that have not been penalized or sanctioned in the past."

"It is equally disappointing that Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario so as to adjust his game if necessary. He was advised that such an incident was not sanctionable if he was protecting his own safety. Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself and certainly did not clip the player as he contacted the player nowhere near the knee or quadricep, today’s ruling is not consistent with what the Department of Player Safety communicated to Brad."
Source

Brad Marchand suspended 5 games

Shanahan has suspended Brad Marchand for 5 games for his clipping major on Canucks Sami Salo. Watch his video below of the explanation of the suspension.

Canucks cry to media, Bruins respond

Well isn't this new, Canucks crying to the media. No, not really. The Canucks won right? And they're still crying to the media? Yes and yes.

Even before reading the comments from the Canucks, make sure to check out this Days of Y'Orr post where they list a few times Canucks have done the exact same thing, Ballard on McGinn (who didn't have the puck) and last playoffs Raymond on Marchand. Where's the outrage! Only in Vancouver.

First Canucks GM Mike Gillis cried to the media saying that Brad Marchand's "check" was "a dirty hit by a dirty player."

Then it was Canucks coach Alain Vigneault crying to the media. In response to Claude Julien's comments that Marchand was protecting himself, Vigneault had this to say:

That's stupid. That's a stupid comment. You know, what Marchand did there, you can end a player's career doing that. I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All I've seen Sami Salo do is play with integrity and play the right way. Marchand, this is just my feeling on this, some day he's going to get it. Someday, somebody's going to say enough is enough and they're going to hurt the kid, because he plays to hurt players. In my mind, if the league doesn't take care of it, somebody else will.
Source

Hmm Mike and Alain, seems you may have forgot who you have on your roster, specifically Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre.

Bruins Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli heard the comments and responded. Both did not like the comments about Brad Marchand "going to get it."

"I think we've learned our lesson over time that that's a real inappropriate comment. That's a real inappropriate comment, and an unprofessional comment," said Chiarelli.

Said Julien: "We all know that that comment's been said before and it didn't turn out well, so we'll leave it at that."

Neither Julien nor Chiarelli mentioned a specific incident, but it's assumed they were referencing the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore altercation in 2004 in which Moore suffered a broken neck after then-Canuck Brad May alluded to a bounty being on Moore's head.
Source

Here's Julien's response to Vigneault's comments:

"Sometimes you got to look in your backyard," Julien said. "We all know he's got the same type of players on his team. They've all done the same thing. You just have to look at [Alexandre] Burrows putting his blade in [Shawn] Thornton's throat."

"It's hypocritical and we're stupid and we're idiots and they're the smartest team in the league," Julien said. "I guess we need to listen to all the gab they have to say."
Source

That last quote is just awesome from Julien.

Chiarelli on Marchand and all of the Canucks comments:

"He's no dirtier than maybe two or three of their players," Chiarelli said after today's practice at TD Garden. "After a game like [Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks], you see all the high-handed propaganda, you feel the need to respond. Whether it's from GMs, coaches or players, I don't like to hear that kind of stuff."

"Certainly, there's a lobbying element to it and I feel the league does a real good job in these hearings and I don't think, it's necessary to have that out there," Chiarelli said. "It's about protecting yourself. This is what this is all about."

"We generally try to take the high road when it comes to this stuff, but when it comes at us like that, we have to respond," Chiarelli said. "That's our position."

"Look, we're a physical team, and we're going to be under the microscopee for beingg that," Chiarelli said. "Our players are generally clean. Every team has players that do dirty things -- or illegal things. It just happens. That's why penalties are in place and that's why suplemental discipline is in place."

"He was protecting himself and we're going to tell our players to protect themselves."

"But the lobbying, I call it 'propaganda' that came out [Sunday] in advance of the hearing, I think it's distasteful," Chiarelli said. "And I'm friends with Mike [Gillis, Canucks GM] and I'm friends with Alain, but I don't like the way that it's come out and I have to respond."
Source

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bruins-Canucks war continues

Canucks-Bruins scrum in first period
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, center left, and Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis (2) and other members from both teams fight in front of the benches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Well there was a lot of talk from players saying that it's just another game but once the game started you knew it wasn't just another game. This was the game of the year with playoff intensity and action everywhere on the ice.

In the first period, 3:54 into the game the rough stuff began as Shawn Thornton and Alex Burrows got tangled up, after Burrows looked to place his stick near Thornton's head/throat, Thornton went after him and everybody jumped in. Nathan Horton ended up dropping the gloves with Dale Weise and they had a long spirited fight trading punches. Milan Lucic was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench, but pictures show that he was actually still on the ice but heading off, and he joined the scrum.

A lot of people are saying Lucic will get suspended but there was another incident earlier this season in a Lightning-Rangers game where Steve Downie was literally sitting on the edge of the bench and jumped off it to join a scrum after a goal (the Artem Anisimov incident) and he was only fined, not suspended. And we can say that Downie has a longer "rap sheet" than Lucic. Picture shows Lucic standing on the ice.

Video of the big scrum with Shawn Thornton taking on six Canucks players and Nathan Horton vs Dale Weise.

Ryan Kesler would score on the power-play making it 1-0. Later, Brad Marchand tied up the game scoring his 16th goal of the season. Gregory Campbell and Maxim Lapierre dropped the gloves off a faceoff (yes Lapierre he actually dropped his gloves) and had an ok fight. At the next faceoff, Shawn Thornton and Weise had some words, Thornton dropped the gloves and Weise lost his balls and kept his gloves on.

In the second period, Rich Peverley scored his 7th goal of the season after a non-icing call was made and the Canucks stopped playing because they thought it was icing, making it 2-1 Bruins. The Canucks then cried to the refs about that. Later, Alexandre Burrows scored a power-play goal making it 2-2.

Brad Marchand ducks a Sami Salo hit
Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, right, trips Vancouver Canucks' Sami Salo, left, in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Marchand was penalized for tripping. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
With 1:13 left in the period, Brad Marchand was given a game misconduct for clipping as he ducked a Sami Salo hit and Salo went flying over Marchand. This was similar to in the playoffs last year when Marchand ducked an oncoming Daniel Sedin. Salo stayed down for a second and then got up and threw his stick up in the air. After his tantrum he skated to the dressing room. Video of the Marchand-Salo incident is below. Henrik Sedin scored a power-play goal before the period ended, making it 3-2.

In the third period, 1:09 into the period Cody Hodgson scored on a huge slap shot making it 4-2. Only 42 seconds later, David Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 4-3. The Bruins would pull Tim Thomas at the end and had a power-play with 30 seconds left in the game but the Bruins couldn't tie it up.


Video of Brad Marchand ducking out of the way of Sami Salo

After the game quotes
Andrew Ference on Shawn Thornton scrum in the first period: "It's Thorty, so I wasn't too worried about him. He was probably smiling whole time."

Thornton cites "spear to the throat" from Burrows as starting the scrum on the bench. Sedin says #22 jumped their bench unprompted... Source

Thornton on scrum: "I was surprised I could stand up that long w/6 guys on top of me, until Zee grabbed somebody + pulled whole pile down." Source

Julien on Marchand hit on Salo: "I'd rather our guys protect themselves instead of getting their face slammed into the glass." Source

Julien on Lucic game misconduct: "It was a legal change, he didn't come off the bench...we'll let the League take care of that stuff." Source

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 39-36 and faceoff wins 42-39. The Canucks led the game in hits 24-17 and blocked shots 10-7.

The Bruins went 0-for-6 on the power-play while the Canucks went 4-for-11.

Tim Thomas made 32 saves on 36 shots. Thomas is now 17-7 this season.

Patrice Bergeron, Joe Corvo and David Krejci all had 5 shots to lead the Bruins.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in hits with 3.

Milan Lucic only had 1:27 of ice time due to his game misconduct. Makes you wonder what would have happened if both Lucic and Marchand didn't get game misconducts.

Nathan Horton had a big game today, despite not getting any points, he played hard all game, got into some rough stuff and had a good fight. Maybe he was pissed that Aaron Rome was injured and didn't play in this game?

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-11-1. The Bruins next game is on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets in Boston at 7pm ET.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bruins destroy Flames 9-0

Bruins celebrate a goal
Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) is congratulated by teammates and fans after his goal against Calgary Flames goalie Leland Irving during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday Jan. 5, 2012. At left is Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, and at right is left wing Benoit Pouliot. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
If last night was domination against the Devils, tonight the Bruins completely destroyed the Calgary Flames with a 9-0 win. The Flames looked totally lost and at no time in this game did they look like they would come back. Tuukka Rask played good in net and stopped every shot he faced to get his third shutout of the season. Brad Marchand was scratched as he had flu-like symptoms so Benoit Pouliot took his place on the Bergeron-Seguin line, and Zach Hamill played on the third line with Kelly-Peverley.

In the first period, only 1:14 into the game, Tyler Seguin scored his 16th goal of the season making it 1-0. Only 2:03 later, Milan Lucic scored his 14th goal of the season making it 2-0. Lucic had the puck near the offensive zone faceoff circle, tried to pass the puck through Olli Jokinen but it went off Jokinen's skate and into a wide-open net as Flames goalie Leland Irving was moving. Later, David Krejci scored a power-play goal, his 9th goal of the season, to make it 3-0.

In the second period, only 1:19 into the period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 10th goal of the season to make it 4-0. Less than a minute later, Chris Kelly scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 5-0. Only 2:09 later, Nathan Horton scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 6-0. Later in the period, Horton scored his second goal of the game, his 12th goal of the season, making it 7-0.

In the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 8-0. Later, Daniel Paille scored a short-handed goal, his 7th goal of the season, making it 9-0.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 42-25, faceoff wins 37-16, and blocked shots 14-8. The Flames led the game in hits 24-9 as the Bruins had the puck in the Flames end for most of the game.

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

Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots he faced, earning his 3rd shutout of the season. Rask is now 9-4-1 with a 1.49 GAA and a .949 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 goals and 1 assist, was +3, and went 13-4 in the faceoff circle.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists and was +3.

Nathan Horton had 2 goals and 1 assist, was +3, and had 4 shots.

David Krejci had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +3 and went 9-3 in faceoffs.

Milan Lucic had 1 goal and 1 assist, and was +3.

Rich Peverley had 2 assists and was +2.

Benoit Pouliot had 3 assists and was +3.

Tyler Seguin had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +3.

Joe Corvo led the Bruins with 7 shots and was +4.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-10-1 with 53 points (1st in the Northeast Division and 1st in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is one a lot of people have been waiting for, as it's against the Vancouver Canucks in Boston on Saturday at 1pm ET.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bruins dominate Devils 6-1

David Krejci tips the puck past Martin Brodeur for a goal
Boston Bruins' David Krejci, right, of the Czech Republic, tips the puck past New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Newark, N.J. The Bruins won 6-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
The Bruins started 2012 with a bang as they dominated the New Jersey Devils tonight beating them 6-1. The first period was almost even but the Bruins led 2-1 after it. The second and especially the third period was dominated by the Bruins play. Just an overall great team game and win. Here's how the scoring went down.

In the first period, Devils David Clarkson scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Devils. Later, Gregory Campbell got credit for his 4th goal of the season as an Andrew Ference shot went off of Campbell's skate and into the net to tie the game. Five minutes later, Nathan Horton scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, off a sweet pass from David Krejci across the crease to make it 2-1.

Also in the first period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Cam Janssen and they had a long fight trading punches. Some punches looked like they landed but neither guy did any real damage to the other.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season as he made a nice deke move to get around Martin Brodeur to score, making it 3-1.

In the third period, Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 9th goal of the season, as Brad Marchand used his speed to get around the net and pass out in the slot to Bergeron who one-timed the puck past Brodeur, making it 4-1 Bruins. A little more than two minutes later, David Krejci scored his 8th goal of the season as he tipped in a Dennis Seidenberg shot, making it 5-1. Later, Shawn Thornton scored his 3rd goal of the season, as he received a pass from Daniel Paille in the slot area and took a hard half-slapper and got it by Brodeur. The puck may have went off or got tipped by a Devils defenseman by it was Thornton's goal.

Game notes
The Bruins dominated the faceoff circle going 30-12. The Bruins led the game in hits 23-18. The Devils led the game in shots 31-27 and blocked shots 16-11.

It's a little odd that the Bruins dominated the faceoff circle and Patrice Bergeron was only 3-3 in faceoffs. But David Krejci went 13-4, Gregory Campbell went 4-2, Chris Kelly went 6-0 and Rich Peverley went 4-3.

Both teams went 1-for-3 on the power-play.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 30 saves on 31 shots. Thomas is now 17-6 with a 1.90 GAA and a .940 save percentage this season.

Bergeron with 2 goals tonight and Krejci with 2 points (1 goal and 1 assist). Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg both had 2 assists. Johnny Boychuk led with +3. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 3 shots apiece. Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots. Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 25-10-1 with 51 points which puts them in 1st place in the Northeast Divison and in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference behind the New York Rangers (52 points but the Rangers have played 1 more game than the Bruins).

The Bruins next game is tomorrow as the Bruins host the Calgary Flames in Boston at 7pm ET. Flames captain Jarome Iginla is one goal away from 500 career goals. Doesn't it always seem that players make some kind of history against the Bruins? Either their first NHL goals (Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby come to mind) or reach some type of career mark? Iginla may make history against Boston tomorrow, we'll see.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bruins mistakes cost them, lose 4-2 to Stars

Dallas scores on Tim Thomas and the Bruins
DALLAS, TX- DECEMBER 31: Trevor Daley #6 and the Dallas Stars get a puck past Tim Thomas #30 and the Boston Bruins at the American Airlines Center on December 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
Michael Ryder and the Dallas Stars beat the Bruins Saturday night 4-2 in a game where the Bruins mistakes cost them. In the first period, Loui Eriksson scored a 5-on-3 power-play goal to make it 1-0 Stars. Later, Tyler Seguin scored his 15th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1, as he tipped in a David Krejci shot. Later, Trevor Daley scored as the puck got up in the air and went off of Tim Thomas' back and into the net to make it 2-1 Stars. With forty seconds left in the period, ex-Bruin Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal making it 3-1 Stars.

In the second period, Gregory Campbell and Jake Dowell dropped the gloves and had a rather quick and uneventful fight. With one minute left in the period, Tom Wandell scored to make it 4-1 Stars. Near the end of the period, Milan Lucic had two big hits laying out Stars players. Which then after the buzzer Steve Ott started yapping and had his stick around the head of a Bruin. Ott made sure to hide behind a linesman before a Bruins player could get close.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 13th goal of the season making it 4-2.

Game notes
The Stars led the game in shots 27-20, faceoff wins 30-27, hits 36-16, and blocked shots 19-11. Wow the Bruins haven't been outhit by that big of a margin in a while.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Stars went 1-for-4.

Tim Thomas made 23 saves on 27 shots. Thomas is now 16-6-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .939 save percentage this season.

David Krejci had 2 assists.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid both had 3 hits apiece to lead the Bruins.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-10-1, in first place in the Northeast Division with 49 points, and in second place in the Eastern Conference behind the New York Rangers (50 points). The Bruins next game is on Wednesday, January 4th at the New Jersey Devils at 7:30pm ET.