Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bruins get blanked by Senators 1-0

The Bruins were back at home after a long road trip as they took on the Ottawa Senators. The Senators outplayed the Bruins for the first two periods and got a 1-0 lead. The Bruins played better in the third period but could not get one past Robin Lehner as the Senators won 1-0.

In the first period, Erik Karlsson scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Ottawa. The penalty call on Tyler Seguin was a bad call as he knocked the stick out of an Ottawa player for interference.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Newly acquired Bruins, Brian Rolston (8:21 of ice time) and Mike Mottau (10:49 of ice time) played tonight and Greg Zanon did not.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 37-33 and hits 28-11. The Senators led the game in shots 38-32 and blocked shots 18-11.

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

Tim Thomas played in net and made 37 saves on 38 shots. Thomas is now 26-13-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .929 save percentage so far this season.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic and Brian Rolston led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 37-21-3 with 77 points. The Senators are now just 1 point behind the Bruins, but they've played 4 more games than the Bruins. The Bruins next game is on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils in Boston at 7pm ET.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bruins pick up 3 veterans at deadline

Today was the NHL trade deadline and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made two trades, bringing in three players while giving up no regularly-playing players.

Brian Rolston
Brian Rolston (AP Photo)
The Bruins traded forward Yannick Riendeau and defenseman Marc Cantin to the New York Islanders for ex-Bruin forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau. Rolston has 4 goals, 5 assists, is -12, and has 6 PIMs in 49 games this season. Hopefully he still has something left to give to this Bruins team. I didn't like when the Bruins let him go and it's good to see him back, I just don't know if he's going to be able to produce much, but we'll see. Mottau has 0 goals, 2 assists, is -10, has 15 PIMs, 27 hits, and 42 blocked shots in 29 games this season. Mottau is coming back from a concussion after missing 26 games.

In the second trade, the Bruins traded defenseman Steven Kampfer to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon. This season Zanon has 2 goals, 4 assists, is -1, 14 PIMs, 77 hits, and 104 blocked shots in 39 games this season. As you can tell by his stats, Zanon is a defensive defenseman.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bruins beat Senators 5-3

Tonight the Ottawa Senators needed a win to get closer to the Bruins in the standings, but as they committed so many turnovers, the Bruins took advantage as they went on to beat the Senators 5-3. In the third period, they poked the bear a few times with two big hits, one clean and one not so clean. Who else but Chris Neil, laid out Johnny Boychuk with a huge hit but it was clean and hard. A little later, Kyle Turris gave Joe Corvo an elbow to the head and all Turris got was a 2-minute minor. The Bruins would hold on for a 5-3 win over the Senators and now we have to wait until Tuesday for the rematch in Boston.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Erik Karlsson, the defenseman that some think is the best in the league but makes so many defensive mistakes, scored to make it 1-0 Senators. A little more than a minute and a half later, Patrice Bergeron scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Bergeron's goal all started as Karlsson didn't skate back fast and hard enough to get a Boychuk dump in as Marchand went in and got it. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 22nd goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Carter Camper scored his 1st NHL goal making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Chris Neil laid a huge hit on Johnny Boychuk which sent both guys down to the ice in pain. Zdeno Chara came rushing over ready to take on Neil but Neil stayed down on the ice. A little later, Joe Corvo was hit in the head with an elbow by Kyle Turris and only got a 2-minute boarding penalty. I'm not sure how you only get two minutes for that cheap hit. If it was a Bruins player we all know he would have got 5-and-a-game. David Krejci later scored his 13th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-1 Bruins.

Later, Zdeno Chara and Chris Neil dropped the gloves off a faceoff and had a spirited fight. It looks like Chara lands one uppercut but nothing else seems to really land in this fight as Chara loses his balance and goes down to the ice. Ottawa fans all think Neil dominated and won this fight, but I'm not sure what they're watching. Did Neil win the fight because Chara lost his balance?

Zdeno Chara vs Chris Neil

The fight seemed to give the Senators a spark as Daniel Alfredson went on to score two goals in the same place the same way, taking one-timers on his off-wing almost above the faceoff circle and got them by Tim Thomas. With Alfredson's two goals the score was 4-3 Bruins. The Senators pulled Alex Auld and Patrice Bergeron would score an empty net goal, his 19th goal of the season.

Game notes
Shawn Thornton didn't play because he was sick with the flu.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-30 and blocked shots 17-11. The Senators led the game in faceoff wins 29-21 and hits 23-21.

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

Tim Thomas played in net and made 27 saves on 30 shots. Thomas is now 26-12-0 with a 2.23 GAA and a .928 save percentage so far this season.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 9 shots.

Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots apiece.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 37-20-3 with 77 points. The Bruins next game is on Tuesday in Boston as they take on these same Ottawa Senators at 7pm ET. I'm hoping someone goes after Turris and makes him answer for that cheapshot. And hopefully Shawn Thornton is over his flu sickness by then.

Boring Bruins-Sabres game, Sabres shootout win

I think Friday night's Bruins-Sabres game was the most boring game I have watched all season long. There wasn't much hitting at all, not really any emotion throughout the game, not many scoring chances and it seemed dead inside the building. Buffalo would score in the second period to take a 1-0 lead. In the third period, Zdeno Chara scored his 9th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

The game went to overtime and then to a shootout. In the shootout: Rask stopped Jason Pominville, David Krejci scored, Thomas Vanek scored, Miller stopped Tyler Seguin, Rask stopped Nathan Gerbe, Miller stopped Patrice Bergeron, Derek Roy scored, and Benoit Pouliot missed the net. Didn't Pouliot miss the net in a shootout earlier in the season?

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and can't get a win. It's been awhile since he picked up a win, but he played good on Friday. Rask made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 11-8-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .929 save percentage so far this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 36-27. The Sabres led the game in faceoff wins 31-25 and blocked shots 22-12. Both teams had 20 hits apiece. That number of hits seems to high to me for this game.

The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Sabres didn't have a power-play.

Chris Kelly led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in blocked shots with 3.

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 hits apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 36-20-3 with 75 points (1st place in the Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game at the Ottawa Senators later today (Saturday) at 7pm ET.

Ottawa is three points behind the Bruins with 72, but they have played three more games than the Bruins. Also news Friday was that Senators goalie Craig Anderson underwent surgery on his right hand after severing the tendon in his small finger while preparing a meal on Wednesday, so he won't be playing against the Bruins. The Bruins will face ex-Bruin Alex Auld instead. If the Bruins offense doesn't wake up and score against Auld, it's going to be a tough rest of the season.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bruins beat the hot Blues 4-2

Tim Thomas and the Bruins celebrate a win over the Blues
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) celebrates with teammates Zdeno Chara (33) and Milan Lucic (17) after defeating the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in St. Louis. The Bruins defeated the Blues 4-2. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
The Bruins came to play tonight against one of the top teams in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues and managed to pull out a 4-2 win. David Krejci played his best game in a long time, showing speed, giving and taking hits, as he played an overall good game. Bruins coach Claude Julien did use the new Chris Kelly-Milan Lucic-David Krejci line and they scored two goals in the first period. Look for them to stay together while Nathan Horton is out of the lineup. It was a good team game tonight with lots of hard hitting action. Hopefully the Bruins continue to play as they did tonight.

In the first period, Brad Marchand scored his 20th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. After that goal, Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Blues B.J. Crombeen and they had a good spirited fight with both guys landing some punches.


Adam McQuaid vs B.J. Crombeen

People call Jack Edwards a homer, he is but he's not the worst, and the Blues announcer may not be too far behind Jack, as during the fight on the Blues telecast, the announcer said Crombeen landed a punch that sent McQuaid down. I'm not sure what he was watching.

A few minutes later, Milan Lucic scored his 21st goal of the season to make it 2-0. The Blues though would come back as Chris Stewart and Ryan Reaves scored to tie the game. With 40 seconds left in the period, Chris Kelly scored his 15th goal of the season to make it 3-2 Bruins.

In the second period, the score remained the same as the Blues outplayed the Bruins.

In the third period, Brad Marchand had a breakaway chance, he faked a shot on Brian Elliott and went backhand scoring five-hole, his 21st goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 30 saves on 32 shots. Thomas is now 25-12-0 with a 2.21 GAA and a .929 save percentage so far this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 29-28 and blocked shots 21-12. The Blues led the game in shots 32-19 and hits 25-23.

The Bruins and the Blues both went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Chris Kelly and Milan Lucic both had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly both led the game in shots with 3.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits.

The Bruins fourth line had a bad night, as Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille were both -2 while Shawn Thornton was -1. The NESN telecast said that Thornton was a little sick but still played.

In the third period, Julien didn't play Jordan Caron and Carter Camper much at all. Camper played in his first NHL game, getting 6:21 of ice time and going 5-3 in faceoffs.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 36-20-2 with 74 points (1st place in Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins next game is on Friday at the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30pm ET. You remember the last game between these two teams, as there was a few fights as the Bruins got blown out 6-0. It should be an interesting game.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bruins to try changes to get offense going

As the Bruins are trying to find offense, we may see David Krejci playing wing alongside Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly.

Also the Bruins have recalled center Carter Camper, who was an AHL All-Star this season, who has 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 53 games this season for the Providence Bruins. Camper is the leading scorer for the P-Bruins and is listed at 5'9" 173 lbs, shoots right, is 23 years old and was born in Ohio, USA.

Yesterday the results of a NHLPA player poll came in and the Bruins had a few players named for categories that you would want to be associated with, unlike Toronto's Phil Kessel who was named the player most easily intimidated.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara earned a couple of honors this season, as he was voted the toughest defenseman to play against (61 percent) and as the player with the hardest shot (59 percent). Chara received the most votes in those categories last season as well, picking up 34 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

Patrice Bergeron, meanwhile, earned the distinction of most underrated player, receiving an NHL-high 9 percent of the votes. He takes the crown away from the 2010-11 winner, Loui Eriksson.

And while Bruins fans know Milan Lucic is one tough customer, he's apparently also gaining the respect of his peers. The B's winger was named the league's toughest player, receiving 20 percent of the votes.
Source

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wild shutout Bruins 2-0

The Bruins game this afternoon against the Minnesota Wild was another letdown for the Bruins as they were once again shutout as the Wild won 2-0.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 27 saves on 29 shots. Thomas is now 24-12-0 with 2.21 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

In the third period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves against a much bigger Matt Kassian and it was a good scrap. Thornton had a few red marks on his forehead after the fight. It was Kassian in the beginning of the fight and Thornton came back at the end of the fight.

Shawn Thornton vs Matt Kassian

The Bruins led the game in shots 48-29. The Wild led the game in faceoff wins 35-33, hits 22-16 and blocked shots 24-11. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Wild went 1-for-1.

Game notes
Patrice Bergeron went 16-5 in the faceoff circle.

Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo led the Bruins in shots with 6.

Milan Lucic and Adam McQuaid both had 3 hits apiece to lead the Bruins.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 35-20-2 with 72 points. The Bruins next game is on Wednesday at the St. Louis Blues at 8pm ET.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Jets beat Bruins 4-2

The Bruins made too many defensive mistakes tonight against the Winnipeg Jets and the Jets capitalized on them to beat the Bruins 4-2.

In the second period, Jordan Caron scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. In the third period, David Krejci scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. Jets Bryan Little would score twice to make it 4-2. Blake Wheeler finished the game with a goal and 2 assists.

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 25 shots. Rask is now 11-8-2 with a 2.11 GAA and a .928 save percentage.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 33-25 and blocked shots 13-11. The Jets led the game in faceoff wins 32-29 and hits 30-23.

The Bruins and Jets both went 0-for-2 on the power-play.

Zdeno Chara had another bad game, making some bad decisions, and was -2. Johnny Boychuk and Benoit Pouliot were also -2 in the game.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in shots with 4.

Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in blocked shots with 4.

With Rich Peverley out of the lineup, Josh Hennessy got into the lineup, a native of MA, played in his first game with the Bruins. He played on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell. He played well for the limited time he was out there (7:54 of ice time) and he even got matching roughingpenalties with ex-Bruin Mark Stuart as they mixed it up a little. He looks to be a player with speed and checking ability.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 35-19-2 with 72 points. The Bruins next game is on Sunday at the Minnesota Wild at 3:30pm ET.

Rich Peverley out 4-6 weeks

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Rich Peverley is injured and will be out 4-6 weeks with a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee. He was injured in the Wednesday's game at Montreal, as Hal Gill delivered a reckless and dangerous knee-on-knee hit on Peverley. Gill was not suspended or fined or even talked to about the dirty hit. This is bad news for the Bruins but they got to find a way to win without Peverley in the lineup.

Claude Julien on Peverley's injury:
"It's unfortunate," Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media in Winnipeg Friday. "He logs a lot of minutes during the game. With [Nathan] Horton out already, those are two guys that play a lot of minutes for us. It's going to be a challenge for us. That's just part of the game."
Source

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bruins beat Montreal in shootout

Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic celebrate Bergeron's goal for the Bruins
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Milan Lucic (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
There were times in Wednesday night's game against Montreal that the Bruins were outplayed by Montreal and then times when they outplayed Montreal. The Bruins were up 3-1 going to the third period but Montreal came back and tied it up sending the game to overtime. The game would go to a shootout and Tyler Seguin would score the only goal and Tim Thomas stopped all three shots he faced to get the Bruins a 4-3 win in Montreal. The Bruins were lucky to win this game as Montreal looked to be the more hungry team and they out-hit the Bruins too.

Scoring summary
In the first period, Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Ryan White and they had a spirited scrap with both guys exchanging some good punches. Later, Andrew Ference scored his 5th goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Adam McQuaid vs Ryan White

In the second period, Mathieu Darche scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game 1-1. It would be the first shorthanded goal against the Bruins this season. Later, Benoit Pouliot made a nice move to get around Chris Campoli and deke to score on Price, getting his 9th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later in the period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 17th goal of the season, a power-play goal, on a beautiful upstairs goal as he roofed it by Carey Price who went down too early, making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole scored to tie the game 3-3.

In the shootout: Thomas stopped Rene Bourque, David Krejci hit the post, Thomas stopped Max Pacioretty, Tyler Seguin scored on a motion-less Price on a low stick-side shot, and Thomas stopped Lars Eller to win the game for the Bruins.

Some side-notes
If you watched this game well you were probably shaking your head a few times as I did. There were four goalie interference penalties in the game, two for each team. All four penalties looked like weak bad calls that should have not been called at all. If that's the way they're going to call it now, there's going to be some bad hockey going on for the rest of the season.

Shawn Thornton got drilled from behind into the boards in the first period and no penalty on Alexei Emelin. Thornton chased Emelin around during the game, even nailed him with a big hit later in the game. It was no surprise to anyone that Emelin declined the invitations, but he did talk when the refs were nearby.

Zdeno Chara hasn't been playing all that great lately. For the past month, maybe a little longer, almost every game he has made a bad decision, moving up into the play when he shouldn't or making a bad pass or something else. Well tonight he made a bad pass (didn't get all of it) in the defensive zone and Erik Cole stole it and went in and scored on Tim Thomas.

Chara was also hit with the puck on a shot at the end of the first period and Montreal fans cheered. They have to cheer for something, you know because they're battling it out with the Sabres for last place in the division.

Brad Marchand got a clipping penalty on Emelin at the end of the second period. It didn't look bad and I don't know if Marchand will get a talk with Shanahan again. But since Marchand's suspension from the Salo hit, there were two other clipping penalties, that I can remember off the top of my head, that received no suspension or fine from Shanahan. There was Nick Foligno (Ottawa) ducking/clipping on Dion Phaneif (Leafs) which looked a lot worse than the one tonight, and Keith Ballard (Canucks) clipping penalty on a Blackhawks player on January 31st. But this is the Bruins, right? So I'm expecting something.

Rich Peverley was injured during the game by a knee-on-knee hit by Hal Gill and Peverley did not return. No penalty on the hit. You can see it here.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 34-29 and blocked shots 23-17. Montreal led the game in hits 27-16. Both teams won 29 faceoffs apiece.

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

Zdeno Chara had a bad game being a team-worst -3.

Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots, 5 PIMs, and 5 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 35-18-2 with 72 points. The Bruins next game is on Friday at the Winnipeg Jets at 8pm ET.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rangers dominate Bruins

The Bruins couldn't get much going in their game tonight against the New York Rangers and lost 3-0 as goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 42 shots he faced. Of those 42 shots the Bruins didn't get a lot of quality scoring chances. The Rangers scored twice in the first period and once in the third period.

Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and made 17 saves on 20 shots. Thomas is now 23-11-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 42-20 and hits 32-31. The Rangers led the game in faceoff wins 38-32 and blocked shots 21-7. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play and the Rangers went 1-for-1.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins in shots with 7. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in hits with 6.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 34-18-2 with 70 points. The Bruins are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30pm ET.

Bruins sign Johnny Boychuk to 3-year extension

Today it was announced that the Bruins have re-signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a 3-year contract extension.

Boychuk will make $3.1 million, $3.4 million and $3.6 million over the next three years and he also gets a limited no-trade clause.

So far this season, the 28-year-old Boychuk has played in 52 games with three goals and seven assists for 10 points. As of February 14th, he ranks second among B’s defensemen in plus/minus with a +23 on the season, trailing only Zdeno Chara. The +23 ranks eighth overall amongst skaters in the NHL.

...

For his career, Boychuk has played in 177 regular season NHL games with Boston and Colorado and has 41 points on 11 goals and 30 assists. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (61st overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Boychuk was acquired by Boston from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Matt Hendricks on June 24, 2008.
Source

Peter Chiarelli comments about the Boychuk signing:
"Johnny really wanted to stay here and that's the over-riding theme," Chiarelli said. "He's obviously been a good performer for us. He's a big, strong and physical [defenseman].

"He's a Bruin-type of player. He's physical, yet he can score with his shot. He's a punishing player. He chose not to test the market, which was nice for us."

"I would think if Johnny went to the market he could have gotten more," Chiarelli said. "The grass isn't always greener."
Source

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bruins beat Predators in shootout

Patrice Bergeron wins the game for the Bruins with a shootout goal
Referee Kevin Pollock, right, signals as Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after making the winning goal in a shootout against the Nashville Predators during an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. The Bruins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Early afternoon games haven't been much fun for the Bruins this season but today they played better against a tough Nashville Predators team. The game would eventually go to a shootout, after Tim Thomas allowed a soft five-hole goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period and then Milan Lucic tied the game for the Bruins with a little over a minute to play in the third period. In the shootout, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored to win the game 4-3 and get those two points while Tim Thomas shut the door on the two Predators shooters he faced. This was a really good comeback win for the Bruins and I'm hoping it can get them going again and on the right track. Milan Lucic played a heck of a game, probably his best of the season.

In the first period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 16th goal of the season, a shorthanded goal after Brad Marchand made a strong effort in the Predators zone.

In the second period, Shea Weber tied the game 1-1 with a big slap shot on the power-play.

In the third period, Daniel Paille scored his 9th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins. He was set up beautifully by Shawn Thornton. Predators Patric Hornqvist would tie the game 2-2 later. Mike Fisher would later score making it 3-2 Predators. Then on the power-play, Lucic scored his 20th goal of the season to tie the game. Lucic is the first player this season to reach the 20 goal/100 PIMs mark.

In the shootout, David Krejci was stopped, Sergei Kostitsyn was stopped, Tyler Seguin scored after many dekes, Martin Erat was stopped, and Patrice Bergeron scored to end the game, Bruins winning 4-3.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 41-22 and faceoff wins 38-26. The Predators led the game in hits 14-11 and blocked shots 29-9.

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

Tim Thomas played in net and made 19 saves on 22 shots. Thomas is now 23-10-0 with a 2.18 GAA and a .931 save percentage this season.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins in shots with 7.

Jordan Caron and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in hits with 3 apiece.

Adam McQuaid had a bad game, picking up two minor penalties and was -2. He had another "puck over the glass" penalty in this game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 34-17-2 with 70 points (1st place in the Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Tuesday against the New York Rangers in Boston at 7pm ET.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sabres dominate Bruins 6-0

Zdeno Chara lays out punk Patrick Kaleta with a huge hit
BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres hits the ice after being checked by Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on February 8, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. Chara was called for interference on the play. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Bruins started Wednesday night's game at Buffalo playing well against the Sabres but after a good Milan Lucic goal was called no goal because ref Rob Martell thought he saw goalie interference he waived it off. After that disallowed goal the game went downhill for the Bruins and the Sabres went on to beat the Bruins 6-0 in their worst loss of the season. I'm not even going to bother going through who scored for the Sabres. It was just another bad loss for the Bruins against a bad team.

Tuukka Rask started the game in net but was taken out in the second period after he allowed the third goal of the game, 1:52 into the period. Tim Thomas came in and played the rest of the game. Rask made 7 saves on 10 shots. Rask is now 11-7-2 with a 2.01 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Thomas made 16 saves on 19 shots. Thomas is still 22-10 and now with a 2.16 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-29, faceoff wins 45-21 and hits 20-18. The Sabres led the game in blocked shots 14-11. The Sabres went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Bruins had no power-plays.

Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg were all -3. Patrice Bergeron went 18-4 in the faceoff circle. Chris Kelly went 10-0 in the faceoff circle. Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots. Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Bruins goal gets disallowed, and we all know why

Wednesday night is ok for fighting too
The game had three fights and some rough stuff throughout the game. In the first period, Shawn Thornton took on Cody McCormick in a quick bout which you could probably say was a draw. Then later off a faceoff, when the NBC telecast had Pierre talking to Sabres assistant coach James Patrick, Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Patrick Kaleta. Yes you didn't read that wrong, Kaleta actually dropped the gloves while wearing his huge visor, and Lucic did to him what others always dreamed of, speedbagged his face with rights. Kaleta waved to the crowd trying to get them going, telling them "hey I got pounded cheer for me."

Milan Lucic vs Patrick Kaleta, February 8, 2012

In the second period, Kaleta hits Chara with a late hit, and Chara comes back with a big hit on Kaleta.

Also in the second period, Shawn Thornton got into his second fight of the game, knocking down Mike Weber with a big left hand.

Bruins-Sabres scrum with Kaleta holding on for dear life and then talks trash after the refs break everyone apart. Yup Kaleta is the toughest guy and talks the most when there's a ref between him and whoever he is talking to.

Onto the next one
The Bruins play the Sabres again later this month, on February 24th in Buffalo again.

The Bruins are now 33-17-2 with 68 points. The Bruins next game is on Saturday hosting the Nashville Predators in Boston at 1pm ET. We may see ex-Bruin Brian McGrattan in the lineup for that game. McGrattan has been pounding all of his opponents just about this season.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bruins full game effort gets win over Capitals

The Bruins finally played a full 60-minute game and they beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 this afternoon.

In the first period, Milan Lucic scored his 19th goal of the season. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 19th goal of the season. Capitals Matt Hendricks got into a short fight with Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid not too long after the second goal. Hendricks made sure to get in tight on McQuaid but McQuaid got in a few punches before they both went down to the ice.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Tyler Seguin scored his 20th goal of the season to make it 3-0 Bruins. Later, Capitals Marcus Johansson would get credit for a goal as a pass went off of Dennis Seidenberg and into the net, making it 3-1. Rich Peverley later added an empty-net goal to finish the game 4-1.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 43-24. The Capitals led the game in shots 36-29 and blocked shots 27-11. Both teams had 18 hits apiece.

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

Zach Hamill was scratched and Jordan Caron was in the lineup for the Bruins.

Tim Thomas made 35 saves on 36 shots. Thomas is now 22-10-0 with a 2.11 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron had 2 assists, was +3, and went 15-9 in the faceoff circle.

Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley both had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 33-16-2 with 68 points (1st place in the Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres, at 7:30pm ET.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bruins lose 2-1 to Penguins

Zdeno Chara skates off the ice after the loss to the Penguins
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skates off the ice after their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in an NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
The Bruins had an overall better game this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins than they did against the Canes but there were times where the Penguins outplayed them. The Bruins couldn't score to tie the game late in the third period and fell to the Penguins 2-1.

In the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal with 9 seconds left in the period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Penguins Matt Cooke scored to make it 2-0. Later, Joe Corvo scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 2-1. But the Bruins wouldn't be able to tie the game, even with Tim Thomas pulled and the game ended 2-1.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 29-28. The Penguins led the game in faceoff wins 31-30, hits 28-17 and blocked shots 19-12.

The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play, including a 4-minute power-play. The Penguins went 1-for-3 on the power-play.

Tim Thomas was in net and made 26 saves on 28 shots. Thomas is now 21-10-0 with a 2.14 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

Patrice Bergeron went 13-6 in the faceoff circle.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins in shots with 7.

Chris Kelly led the Bruins in hits with 3.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 32-16-2 with 66 points (1st place in Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the Washington Capitals at 12:30pm ET.

Go Pats!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bruins fall to Canes once again

Besides the first period in Thursday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, most of the game was frustrating to watch as the Canes outplayed the Bruins. The Bruins once again couldn't get much done against the Canes and played poor defensively. The Canes wound up beating the Bruins 3-0. I'm not going to write much about this game because it pretty much sucked all around for the Bruins. The Canes, for the first time ever, have swept the Bruins in a season series, winning all four games this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 47-31, faceoff wins 38-16, hits 29-21 and blocked shots 9-8.

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

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves on 31 shots as he allowed a goal in each period. Rask is now 11-6-2 with a 1.88 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season.

Andrew Ference was back in the lineup, returning from his suspension, and made a few mistakes defensively, looking like he hasn't played in a while.

In the game, I don't think I have ever seen more Bruins defensemen collide with one another than I can remember from past seasons. I at least saw it happen three times in the game and one of those times the Canes scored.

Chris Kelly led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Johnny Boychuk, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille all had 4 hits apiece to lead the Bruins.

Patrice Bergeron went 14-4 in the faceoff circle.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 32-15-2 with 66 points. The Bruins next game is on Saturday hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston at 1pm ET.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bruins comeback in 3rd to beat Sens

Bruins players celebrate Dennis Seidenberg's goal
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 31: Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammates on the bench after he scored the game winning goal against the Ottawa Senators on January 31, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Last night the All-Star break was finally over and the Bruins took on the Ottawa Senators. The first period was about even, the second period is when Ottawa took over the game, and the third period is when the Bruins woke up and won the game.

In the first period, Zdeno Chara scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal to take the lead 1-0. Earlier Chris Neil took a run at Shawn Thornton as Thornton went in to try and score. Thornton didn't like it and challenged Neil but Neil backed down, not surprisingly. So after the Bruins went up 1-0 then Neil drops the gloves with Thornton and they have a good long spirited bout. And yes, they have fought each other before. Thornton probably didn't forget about Neil going after Dennis Seidenberg last season either.

Shawn Thornton vs Chris Neil

A little later, Zenon Konopka went right at Adam McQuaid and challenged him and they dropped the gloves and had a spirited bout as well. This could have just been Konopka trying to get his team going or it could have been Konopka going after McQuaid for some revenge, as in the last Bruins-Senators meeting, McQuaid got a kneeing major on Nick Foligno.

Adam McQuaid vs Zenon Konopka

Later in the period, Colin Greening tied the game 1-1 for Ottawa.

In the second period, Kyle Turris scored to make it 2-1 Ottawa. Later, Erik Karlsson scored to make it 3-1 Ottawa. With 45 seconds left in the period, Milan Lucic scored his 18th goal of the season to make it 3-2.

In the third period, Brad Marchand scored his 18th goal of the season, a power-play goal, to tie the game 3-3. Later, Dennis Seidenberg scored his 3rd goal of the season to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead, which would be the game-winner. Seidenberg took a long slap shot from the center ice red line and the puck looked to bounce off the ice and change direction slightly and it got by goalie Craig Anderson. Anderson has been known to give up bad goals and if he threw his whole body in front of the puck he may have had that one.

Dennis Seidenberg's goal from the red line

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 16-11. The Senators led the game in shots 33-30, faceoff wins 31-28 and hits 32-20.

The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Senators didn't get any power-play chances. In the third period, the Senators were upset they didn't get any power-play chances and some players were even diving to try and get some calls, *cough* Chris Neil.

Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and made 30 saves on 33 shots. Thomas is now 21-9-0 with a 2.15 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

Zdeno Chara had 1 goal and 1 assist, was -1, and led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Joe Corvo had 2 assists and was +1.

Milan Lucic had 1 goal and 1 assist. Lucic would have had a Gordie Howe hat trick but Chris Neil backed down after Neil put a hit on David Krejci. Again, not surprising Neil backed down, he probably remembered the beating he took in the preseason two years ago against Lucic.

Dennis Seidenberg also had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Even though the Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin line were flying last night, they were all -2.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 32-14-1 with 66 points (1st place in the Northeast Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston at 7pm ET.