Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bruins beat Islanders 6-3

Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand celebrate a goal in the third period
Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Tyler Seguin (19) celebrate a goal by Bergeron as teammate Brad Marchand skates over during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Saturday, March 31, 2012. Marchand and Seguin received assists on the goal in the Bruins' 6-3 win. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
A game the Bruins needed to win and an Islanders team that always seems to play the Bruins hard, especially late in the season, ended with the Bruins putting the game away in the third period against a young Islanders team. With Marty Turco giving Tim Thomas a rest today it was important the Bruins won this game and what a big two points this is right now because the Senators beat the Flyers in a shootout this afternoon. Tomorrow the Bruins will face the conference leading New York Rangers which should be really good.

Quick game summary
In the first period, David Krejci scored his 22nd goal of the season to make it 1-0. The Islanders would come right back 29 seconds later as Kyle Okposo scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Gregory Campbell and Michael Haley dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight, most likely due to from a hit Haley put on Campbell earlier in the game. After the fight it looked like Campbell had a bloody lip. Haley is one of those fourth line hit and fight type of players, he is more of a fighter than Campbell is, but props to Campbell for taking him on.

Chris Kelly scored his 20th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. P.A. Parenteau would score later in the period to tie the game 2-2 for the Islanders.

In the third period the Bruins would break things open and take a commanding lead in the second half of the period. Brad Marchand scored his 27th goal of the season, 3:13 into the period, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, 10:37 into the period, Tyler Seguin scored his 27th goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins. P.A. Parenteau would score a few minutes later for the Islanders, making it 4-3. Less than two minutes later, Patrice Bergeron scored his 21st goal of the season after a strong Marchand-Seguin rush and Bergeron got a loose puck and buried it, making it 5-3 Bruins. Only 24 seconds later, Milan Lucic made a strong rush up the ice and slid the puck to the front of the net and David Krejci had an empty net, scoring his 23rd goal of the season, making it 6-3 Bruins.

Marty Turco played in net for the Bruins, giving Tim Thomas a needed rest. Turco made 19 saves on 22 shots. Turco is now 2-1-0 with a 3.28 GAA and a .867 save percentage this season for the Bruins.

Watching on TV it felt like it was in Boston as there were a lot of Bruins fans in attendance and a lot of Bruins chants going on. I think I even heard "We Want the Cup!"

Bruins fans with a sign watch Tyler Seguin in warmups
UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31: Fans watch Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins skate in warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Game notes
Dennis Seidenberg was again out of the lineup and Adam McQuaid was also out. So Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau were in the lineup.

The Bruins led the game in shots 27-22, faceoff wins 36-18 and blocked shots 20-16. The Islanders led the game in hits 20-19.

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

Claude Julien put the Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin line back together, maybe hoping they sparked before the playoffs to get them going, and it worked as the line combined for 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points. Bergeron had 1 goal and 1 assist, was +3, had 5 shots and went 13-6 in faceoffs. Brad Marchand had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +3 and had 2 shots. Tyler Seguin had 1 goal and 2 assists, was +3 and had 2 shots.

David Krejci reached a new career high in goals in a season, now with 23 goals this season.

Zdeno Chara had 2 assists, was +4 and led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Gregory Campbell and Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 3 hits apiece.

Quotes after the game
Chris Kelly on scoring 20 goals this season: "It's nice to get that kind of a milestone. But I'm a perfect example of being the product of playing on a good team." Source

Now that's a player that gets it and I hope the Bruins re-sign him. I have a feeling teams may throw more money at him but hopefully he and the Bruins can work something out.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 46-28-4 with 96 points with only 4 games left to play. Ottawa has 90 points with the same amount of games played. The Bruins next game is tomorrow night at the New York Rangers at 7pm ET.

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Bear and the Gang episode 1

The Boston Bruins web site made available the first episode of The Bear and the Gang. Watch it below. The Bruins Bear and Brad Marchand can't play their video games in peace.

Capitals beat Bruins in shootout

Brooks Laich scores in the shootout on Tim Thomas
Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) scores against Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) in the shootout of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 29, 2012. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Tonight's game was a tough one to watch at the start, actually the first two periods. Then in the third period, both teams woke up, well the Bruins woke up late in the game. The Capitals scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the third period. The Bruins would score twice in the final 5 minutes of the period to tie the game 2-2. The game would eventually go to a shootout and Brooks Laich would win it for the Capitals 3-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened but defenseman Adam McQuaid was injured from a hit he took into the boards behind Tim Thomas by Jason Chimera. McQuaid looked back and must have seen Chimera coming as he got the puck and made his way behind the net. Then he started to turn his back and Chimera finished his check sending McQuaid into the boards. McQuaid stayed down and was helped off the ice. He eventually got up and went to the dressing room and he did not return to the game. Chimera was given a 5-minute major for charging and game misconduct. Obviously Chimera should have slowed up but McQuaid should have not turned his back there. I don't see no suspension for Chimera on this hit. This is a play where defensemen have to learn to stop turning their backs at the last second. McQuaid has had a concussion this season so hopefully this is not another one. With McQuaid out that means more Joe Corvo and he is still not playing well.

Jason Chimera's hit on Adam McQuaid

Also during the first period, Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun played only 18:25 as he came off the ice after a stoppage of play as it looked like he may have re-aggravated his groin injury. Michal Neuvirth would come in and play net for the Capitals for the rest of the game.

In the second period, no scoring happened. This was another boring period.

In the third period, Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson scored goals 1:55 apart making it 2-0 Capitals. Later, David Krejci scored his 21st goal of the season, making it 2-1. Only 1:54 later, Andrew Ference scored his 6th goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

The game went into overtime but nobody scored. It then went to a shootout: David Krejci was stopped, Matt Hendricks scored, Tyler Seguin scored on a sick backhand deke, Alex Ovechkin hit the post, Patrice Bergeron scored, Alexander Semin scored, Rich Peverley was stopped and Brooks Laich scored on a sick backhander to win the game for the Capitals.

Tim Thomas played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 23 shots. Thomas is now 33-19-1 with a 2.38 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

Game notes
Dennis Seidenberg was out of the lineup as he had an infection from a cut he got in a recent game. So Joe Corvo was in the lineup and it seemed to me that every time he was on the ice he would make a mistake or bad decision that would give the Capitals a chance. Right now I would rather see Mike Mottau in the lineup than Corvo.

The Bruins led the game in shots 28-23, faceoff wins 35-23 and hits 27-20. The Capitals led the game in blocked shots 20-8.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Patrice Bergeron went 18-7 in the faceoff circle, with another strong performance.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 45-28-4 with 94 points. The next game for the Bruins is at the New York Islanders on Saturday at 1pm. The Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight so look for them to not lay down as they're 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Bear and the Gang video

If you haven't seen the The Bear and the Gang video yet, well you got to check it out. The Bruins Bear is back and he and his friends have a new Bruins Digital Sitcom.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bruins win 3 straight as Bs beat Lightning

Zdeno Chara with his wife and daughter at a ceremony congratulating him for reaching 1000 NHL games
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, waves alongside his wife, Tatiana and daughter Elliz Victoria as he is honored for having played in 1,000 NHL hockey games during a ceremony prior to an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The Bruins honored Zdeno Chara and his 1000 games played milestone before the game with gifts. Once the puck dropped it was all business though as the Bruins finished off the Lightning in the third period as the Lightning hung around for as long as they could before Boston took over the game. The game would end 5-2 Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Steven Stamkos scored, making it 1-0 Tampa. Later, Shawn Thornton scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Dennis Seidenberg scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal to tie the game 2-2. Later, Benoit Pouliot scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins. A few minutes later, Brad Marchand scored his 26th goal of the season, making it 4-2. Rich Peverley added an empty-net goal with 7 seconds left in the game, his 10th goal of the season, making it 5-2 Bruins.

Tim Thomas played in net and made some great saves, stopping 16 of 18 shots against him. Thomas is now 33-19-0 with a 2.39 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

Game notes
The Bruins kept the same lineup as the last game.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-18, faceoff wins 37-17 and hits 31-17. The Lightning led the game in blocked shots 17-6.

The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Lightning went 1-for-4. The Bruins power-play is getting into playoff shape I guess.

Patrice Bergeron went 20-5 in the faceoff circle.

Zdeno Chara, honored before the game, had 3 assists, was +3 and had 6 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 45-28-3 with 93 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday hosting the Washington Capitals in Boston at 7pm ET. The Capitals are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. They should be a desperate team on Thursday because as of right now they're out of the playoffs.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bruins get break, beat Ducks 3-2

Andrew Cogliano goalie interference on Marty Turco
An apparent goal by Anaheim Ducks Matt Belesky (not pictured) is waived after officials determined that Andrew Cogliano (7) had both feet in the crease and was pressed up against Boston Bruins goalie Marty Turco when the puck went in the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday, March 25, 2012. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)
On a night that Rich Peverley returned to the Bruins lineup, the Bruins caught a huge break in Sunday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks to help them go on to a 3-2 win over the Ducks. A goal in the third period, which would have tied the game 2-2, was disallowed because the refs and Toronto determined that was goalie interference on Marty Turco. I'm all for getting the right calls but I don't know about that one. Andrew Cogliano was in the crease but from the replays he didn't appear to make any contact with Turco so in my mind that should have been a good goal, but the Bruins got lucky. Maybe it's the hockey gods evening things out, as you remember many felt the Bruins got screwed in the Tampa Bay game where Pyatt's kicking motion goal was called good.

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

In the second period, Zdeno Chara scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 1-0. A little more than a minute later, Benoit Pouliot scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 2-0. Later, Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal, to make it 2-1.

In the third period, the disallowed goal took place and later Brian Rolston scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 3-1. Later, Lubomir Visnovsky scored to make it 3-2. The Ducks would pull their goalie but weren't able to get anymore past Marty Turco and the Bruins won 3-2.

Marty Turco played well in net and made some real nice saves, stopping 25 of 27 shots he faced. Turco got his first win of the season, and is now 1-1 with a 3.40 GAA and a .869 save percentage this season.

Game notes
Rich Peverley returned to the Bruins lineup and Daniel Paille found himself a healthy scratch. Peverley played on a line with Bergeron and Marchand. Seguin joined Lucic and Krejci. The hot Kelly-Pouliot-Rolston line stayed together. Caron joined Thornton and Campbell on the fourth line. Joe Corvo continues to be scratched in favor for Greg Zanon, and Zanon has been improving.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 39-28, hits 27-20 and blocked shots 15-13. The Ducks led the game in shots 27-25.

The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Ducks went 1-for-3.

Greg Zanon led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Brian Rolston has a 6-game point streak going, with 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 44-28-3 with 91 points. The Bruins are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games (just like the Rangers). The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in Boston at 7:30pm ET. The Bruins got embarrassed in Tampa Bay a few weeks back and I hope the Bruins get some revenge in this game.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tim Thomas looks like himself and Bs beat Kings

Saturday's Bruins-Kings game was a good one as Tim Thomas looked to be in his old form, stopping 40 of 42 shots he faced in the Bruins 4-2 win over the Kings.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened and there was one fight. Chris Kelly dropped the gloves with Trevor Lewis, after Lewis put a good hit on Kelly. Kelly controlled most of the fight.

In the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal of the season, a shorthanded goal, making it 1-0. Colin Fraser later tied it 1-1 for the Kings.

In the third period, Milan Lucic scored his 24th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. A little more than a minute later, Chris Kelly scored his 19th goal of the season, making it 3-1. Slava Voynov later scored for the Kings making it 3-2. With a minute left in the game the Kings pulled Jonathan Quick for the extra attacker. Brad Marchand would score an empty net goal as he shot it down the ice to clear the zone, scoring his 25th goal of the season, finishing the game 4-2. The puck would cross the goal line just barely before the time ran out on the clock.

Game notes
This was Zdeno Chara's 1,000th career NHL game.

Tim Thomas is now 32-19-0 with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

The Kings led the game in shots 42-25, faceoff wins 34-24, hits 32-27 and blocked shots 11-10.

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

Brad Marchand had 1 goal and 1 assist and led the Bruins with 4 shots.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 43-28-3 with 89 points (2nd in Eastern Conference, 1st in Northeast Divison). The Bruins next play Sunday/tonight at the Anaheim Ducks at 8pm ET. The Ducks won't be going to the playoffs this season so the Bruins have to be careful with this one and try to pull out this win. They need the points.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Desperate Sharks beat Bruins 2-1

The Bruins didn't bring enough of their game that they showed in the past two games to Thursday night's game at the San Jose Sharks as the Sharks beat the Bruins 2-1. The desperate Sharks got the lead and never looked back as they held on for the win.

The Sharks scored in the first period and then again in the third period. Zdeno Chara scored his 11th goal of the season in the third period to make it 2-1 but there was less than five minutes left in the game. The Bruins would pull Tim Thomas late but weren't able to get much pressure on Antti Niemi and the clock would run out on the Bruins.

Tim Thomas made 25 saves on 27 shots. Thomas is now 31-19-0 with a 2.41 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in hits 40-13. The Sharks led the game in shots 27-17, faceoff wins 21-17 and blocked shots 16-13.

Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 8 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 42-28-3 with 87 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Los Angeles Kings at 9:00pm ET. The Kings beat the St. Louis Blues tonight in a shootout and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. This will not be an easy game and most likely another low scoring game if Jonathan Quick is playing in net for them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bruins pound Leafs, Lucic-Komisarek rivalry heats back up

Luke Schenn vs Gregory Campbell
Luke Schenn vs Gregory Campbell. Courtesy of Getty Images.
The Bruins we watched and loved in November and December this season are back! At least for the past two games they've been back. Tonight the Bruins put an absolute beating on the Toronto Maple Leafs, pounding them 8-0 and the rivalry between Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek has heated up once again. Too bad this is the last game between these two teams this season.

Quick game summary
In the first period, 2:25 into the game, Chris Kelly scored his 18th goal of the season, to make it 1-0 Bruins. A little more than three minutes later, Gregory Campbell scored his 8th goal of the season, to make it 2-0. A little more than five minutes later, Benoit Pouliot scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 3-0. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with the bigger Luke Schenn and held his own. Less than two minutes after the Pouliot goal, Brad Marchand scored his 24th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-0. The Leafs would pull James Reimer after that goal and Jonas Gustavsson would play the rest of the game. Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek met up after an off-sides call I believe. Komisarek gave Lucic a shove, Lucic shoved him back, then they exchanged more shoves and gloved punches. Then they dropped the gloves and went at it. They exchanged a few punches first but then Lucic takes over the fight and lands five big uppercuts. You see the look on Komisarek's face after the fight, he's glad he's still breathing. "Throw in the towel, it's a mercy killing!" -Jack Edwards

Milan Lucic vs Mike Komisarek

In the second period, 2:31 into the period, Pouliot scored his 2nd goal of the game, his 12th goal of the season, making it 5-0. A little more than three minutes later, Zdeno Chara scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 6-0. Later in the period, Brian Rolston scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 7-0.

In the third period, with less than two minutes left in the game, Tyler Seguin scored his 26 goal of the season, making it 8-0. The "Thank you Kessel" chant would fill the Garden, and #ThankYouKessel would trend on Twitter as well.

Phil Kessel finished the game with 2 shots on net and a -2.

Tim Thomas played in net and stopped all 13 saves he faced, earning his 5th shutout of the season. Thomas is now 31-18-0 with a 2.41 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

Milan Lucic vs Mike Komisarek
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 19: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins and Mike Komisarek #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs fight during the first period at the TD Garden on March 19, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 24-13 and blocked shots 11-8. The Maple Leafs led the game in faceoff wins 25-24 and hits 37-24.

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

The Bruins kept the same lineup as the last game as Joe Corvo was scratched and Greg Zanon was in the lineup.

The Rolston-Kelly-Pouliot line was on fire today as they combined for 4 goals. Rolston had 1 goal and 3 assists. Pouliot had 2 goals and 1 assist. Kelly had a goal and an assist.

Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 42-27-3 with 87 points (2nd place in Eastern Conference and 1st place in Northeast Divison). The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the San Jose Sharks at 10:30pm ET.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shawn Thornton signs 2-year extension

Earlier this morning, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year, $2.2 million contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

Peter Chiarelli on Shawn Thornton:
"Since we got Shawn, he's improved as a player, and his conditioning has allowed him to be a good fourth-line player in this league, and then a good catalyst in his own way," Chiarelli said. "You see some of the skill that he has when he scores, when he makes some plays, but most importantly, you see the enthusiasm and the vigor that he brings to the rink every day, and that's important for this team, and his character's important for this team."

The 34-year-old Thornton originally signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2007, and has skated in 360 regular season games with the team. As a member of the Bruins, he's registered 25 goals, 37 assists and 601 penalty minutes. During the 2010-11 season, Thornton set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20). This season, Thornton has 143 penalty minutes -- an NHL career high -- and currently leads the league in fighting majors (19).

"There's the role of someone who exclusively fights in the league, and...I don't put Shawn in that category," Chiarelli said. "He really [takes] pride in his conditioning, and that's allowed him to maintain his skating, and it"s allowed him to make plays...and he recognizes that that's a valuable part of his game."
Source: BostonBruins.com

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bruins beat Flyers in shootout

Milan Lucic and Marty Turco celebrate the Bruins win with Tim Thomas
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic, left, and Marty Turco, center, celebrate with Tim Thomas, right, after the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
What a difference. The Bruins team we watched today against the Philadelphia Flyers looked like the team we use to see and much better than the team we've been watching recently. The Bruins took a 2-goal lead in the first period but the Flyers were able to battle back and score one goal in the following two periods to tie the game and send it to overtime. Nobody would score in overtime so the game went to a shootout and both goalies couldn't stop a shot, that is until Tim Thomas faced Daniel Briere. Briere tried a go-and-stop-and-go move, which shouldn't be allowed, but Tim Thomas came up big with the save to win the game for the Bruins. Now all us Bruins fans can have a Happy St. Patty's Day!

Quick game summary
In the first period, 1:55 into the game, Gregory Campbell and Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves and had an ok fight near center ice, with Rinaldo getting the edge over Campbell. A little more than four minutes later, Chris Kelly scored his 17th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Tyler Seguin scored his 25th goal of the season to make it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Johnny Boychuk and Max Talbot dropped the gloves with Boychuk throwing all the punches and Talbot went down to the ice. Talbot would go to the dressing room and didn't return to the game. It looked like he may have injured his right shoulder in the fight or from when he went down to the ice. Later, Matt Read scored a power-play goal for the Flyers, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Jakub Voracek scored to tie the game 2-2.

The game went to overtime but nobody would score. Then came the shootout. The Bruins players wouldn't try any dekes, just shoot right on Ilya Bryzgalov. In the shootout: David Krejci scored, Matt Read scored, Tyler Seguin scored, Claude Giroux scored, Patrice Bergeron scored, and Tim Thomas stopped Daniel Briere.

Game notes
Tim Thomas made 27 saves on 29 shots and is now 6-0 in shootouts this season. This season, Thomas is now 30-18-0 with a 2.46 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-29, faceoff wins 35-20 and hits 27-17. The Flyers led the game in blocked shots 18-16.

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

Joe Corvo was scratched and Greg Zanon took his place in the lineup and played well, finishing the game +2 and had three hits.

Johnny Boychuk had four blocked shots to lead the Bruins.

Jordan Caron had five hits to lead the Bruins.

Trent Whitfield was sent back down to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 41-27-3 with 85 points. Ottawa plays Toronto tonight and is only 1 point behind Boston. The Bruins next game is on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston at 7pm ET.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Bruins lose fourth straight game

Claude Julien reacts to penalty call on Bruins
SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 15: Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins reacts to a call during first period action against the Florida Panthers on March 15, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Bruins 6-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
When it's bad, it just keeps getting worse and that's exactly what's happening with the Bruin right now. It was another bad night for the Bruins as they lose their fourth game in a row, 6-2 to the Florida Panthers. The Bruins have allowed four or more goals in those four straight losses.

This is an extreme and I don't want to see Claude Julien fired, but something has got to happen to wake the players up. You remember back in 2007, Julien was fired from the first place New Jersey Devils. Lou Lamoriello said about the firing, "I don't think we're at a point of being ready both mentally and (physically) to play the way that is necessary going into the playoffs. I am not saying that is going to change. But I think there has to be better focus going forward." Source

The Bruins are lacking focus right now and maybe Julien has lost the players? Are the players tuning him out? Who knows, only the players can answer that. Even though the Bruins are in second place, they're really in danger of falling out of a playoff spot. Will Peter Chiarelli take action or ride this out and see what happens? Again, I don't want Julien to get fired but something has to happen to get the players to change what is going on.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Mikael Samuelsson scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0. Shawn Thornton got a penalty for a guy losing his balance and crashing into the boards.

In the second period, Marcel Goc scored 38 seconds into the period, making it 2-0. Four minutes later, Joe Corvo scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 2-1. Less than two minutes later, Stephen Weiss scored for the Panthers making it 3-1. Later in the period, John Madden scored to make it 4-1 Panthers.

In the third period, Brian Rolston scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, which came off a big slap shot from the point, making it 4-2. Panthers would score two more goals to put away the Bruins in the third period, and it ended 6-2.

After the game quotes from Bruins players
Tim Thomas, on if fatigue is a factor with the Bruins: "It has a lot to do with it... yes. You can see it in people's faces."

"We've done a good job of staying positive and supporting each other, but I don't know what to do. We've got to figure out something. I don't know if I've ever been in quite a part of a run like this. Generally you just put it behind you and move on to the next one, but we've done that for a few games in a row. We're stuck in the same place. I don't have any answers."

Zdeno Chara: "It's tough to describe. It's tough to find the words for the way we're playing. It's everything: offensively and defensively. We're not finding a way to be more creative and effective. The only way we can get out of it is to find [the answers] in this room and move on to the next one. We have the tools. We have the talent. We are capable of doing great things. We've proven it and done it before. Right now we just can't find a way to be effective."

Claude Julien: "Our team is tired and they're not playing well, but you’ve got to fix it somehow. There's a lot of thinking to be done. That's what we do for a living. We have to step up and find a solution as a coaching staff. That's what we have to do. When you give up 12 goals in two games you need everybody [on board]."
Source of quotes: CSNNE.com

Game notes
Tim Thomas played in net and didn't look all that comfortable in net. A few times they showed Thomas after a Panthers goal and he looked frustrated with the defense in front of him (in my opinion). Thomas made 23 saves on 29 shots and is now 29-18-0 with a 2.48 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

Adam McQuaid returned to the Bruins lineup. Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau were scratched.

The Bruins led the game in hits 36-31. The Panthers led the game in shots 29-26, faceoff wins 34-31 and blocked shots 12-10.

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

Joe Corvo led the Bruins with 4 shots.

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

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 40-27-3 with 83 points. Ottawa has 82 points (and they played one more game than the Bruins). The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday as they host the hot Philadelphia Flyers (8-2-0 in last 10 games) at 1pm ET in Boston.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lightning light up Bruins 6-1

Tim Thomas comes in for Marty Turco
Boston Bruins goalie Marty Turco, left, is replaced in goal by Tim Thomas during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
This was such a terrible game by the Bruins that I don't even feel like going over it, it was that awful. The only positives, if you can really take any from a 6-1 game, was Shawn Thornton beating up Mike Commodore, Patrice Bergeron played and went 20-7 in faceoffs, and Jordan Caron continues to play well as he scored the only goal for the Bruins.

Quick game summary
All you have to know is Marty Turco started in net, as Julien tried to get Tim Thomas some rest, but that went out the window quick.

Less than two minutes into the game, Turco lost his stick and Tom Pyatt was able to redirect a puck with his skate past Turco. Jack Edwards went ballistic when the refs (and Toronto) called it a good goal. I can see Jack's point but if you look at it closely, you don't really see a "distinct kicking motion," at least I didn't. Only thirty seconds later the Lightning scored again as Turco got out of position and Nate Thompson had an empty net. And 2:05 later, the Lightning scored again, this time a power-play goal. Turco was pulled after that third goal and in came Tim Thomas. Later in the period, Victor Hedman scored, making it 4-0. Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Mike Commodore and Thornton handled the fight well, landing some good punches.

Shawn Thornton vs Mike Commodore

The Bruins ended the period with only two shots on net.

The Lightning would then sit back and not do much for the rest of the game, except put a few more pucks past Bruins goalies. In the second period, Steven Stamkos scored 3:06 into the period and out came Thomas and back in the net went Turco. It was now 5-1. Turco would play the rest of the game.

In the third period, Jordan Caron scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 5-1. Stamkos later scored again, which was his 50th goal of the season.

Game notes
Trent Whitfield was called up on an emergency basis from Providence (AHL) and played on the fourth line. Lane MacDermid was sent back down to Providence (AHL). Daniel Paille returned to the lineup. Benoit Pouliot and Adam McQuaid were out of the lineup.

Marty Turco played 41:25 and made 8 saves on 12 shots. Turco got the loss and is now 0-1-0 with a 4.44 GAA and a .824 save percentage. Tim Thomas played 18:35 and made 3 saves on 5 shots. Thomas now has a 2.40 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-17, faceoff wins 34-29 and hits 23-22. The Lightning led the game in blocked shots 11-10.

Tyler Seguin and Andrew Ference were both -4.

Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and David Krejci were all -3.

Brian Rolston led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 40-26-3 with 83 points. The Bruins are in danger of dropping out of a playoff spot (yes Andy they are), especially with the "garbage hockey" they've been playing.

The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Florida Panthers at 7:30pm ET. The Panthers are on a 2-game winning streak as they beat Toronto on Tuesday night. While the Bruins have been slumping for a while now and are on a 3-game losing streak.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Penguins pound Bruins 5-2

Marty Turco robs Jordan Staal with a great save
Boston Bruins goalie Marty Turco, left, makes the save on a second-period breakaway by Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal (11) during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Another bad start. Another 2-goal hole early and then turned to a 3-goal hole. Another game with players going down (three Bruins). Another loss for the Bruins (now two in a row). It feels like that's all I've been posting lately, Bruins fall behind, try to come back but fail to and lose the game. Well that's what happened this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Bruins fell behind 2-0 before it even reached halfway through the period. It would later be 4-1 and eventually the game would end 5-2. The Penguins outplayed and outhit the Bruins and deserved to win the game. During the game, the Bruins lost three players to injuries, Adam McQuaid (upper body after collision with James Neal), Max Sauve (lower body injury, playing in his 1st NHL game) and Patrice Bergeron (blocked shot, maybe knee or leg injury). Johnny Boychuk was also shaken up after a hit from behind into the boards by Evgeni Malkin. Boychuk went off the ice and to the dressing room but returned shortly. Malkin only received a 2-minute minor penalty for boarding from behind. I'm not sure why he didn't get a 5-minute major and game misconduct. You would hope the league would suspend Malkin for a dirty hit like this but who knows if they'll even talk to Malkin about the hit. If it was the other way around where a Bruins player hit Malkin, you could no doubt bet the league would be suspending the Bruins player. The injury bug has bit the Bruins hard here late in the season. They'll have to deal with it and fight out the rest of the season to keep their playoff spot.

Quick game summary
In the first period, the Penguins scored three goals, the third on a 5-on-3 power-play.

In the second period, Marty Turco came in and played net for Tim Thomas. Turco would play the rest of the game and play quite well for his first NHL game action this season. David Krejci scored his 19th goal of the season, making it 3-1. Less than three minutes later, Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins making it 4-1. Krejci later scored his 20th goal of the season, making it 4-2.

In the third period, Pascal Dupuis scored to make it 5-2 Penguins.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 36-32. The Penguins led the game in faceoff wins 32-24, hits 21-12 and blocked shots 14-10.

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

Tim Thomas only played the first period and made 7 saves on 10 shots. Marty Turco played the rest of the game and made 20 saves on 22 shots. Thomas is now 29-17-0 with a 2.37 GAA and a .922 save percentage so far this season. Marty Turco with 40 minutes played has a 3.00 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

Andrew Ference returned to the lineup so Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau were scratched. Benoit Pouliot was out to Max Sauve played in his first NHL game.

After the game, Claude Julien when asked if Malkin may be suspended for boarding Boychuk: "It was Malkin, right? It wasn't [Matt] Cooke? It was Malkin." Source

David Krejci had 2 goals while Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin both had 2 assists each.

David Krejci lead the Bruins with 5 shots.

Zdeno Chara was a -3.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 40-25-3 with 83 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30pm ET.

Another afternoon game loss for Bruins

I don't know what it is with the Bruins and afternoon games as they just don't seem to play their style during these games. Saturday afternoon the Washington Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then a 4-2 lead and then sat back and survived a 4-3 win over the Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, the Capitals scored the first two goals making it 2-0. Milan Lucic scored his 23rd goal of the season with 6 seconds left in the period, making it 2-1.

In the second period, Brad Marchand scored his 23rd goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. The Capitals would answer back with two goals making it 4-2.

In the third period, Johnny Boychuk scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 4-3. The Bruins pulled Tim Thomas at the end but were unable to tie the game up.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 33-30, faceoff wins 30-27 and hits 30-16. The Capitals led the game in blocked shots 16-10.

Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 30 shots. Thomas is now 29-16-0 with a 2.33 GAA and a .924 save percentage so far this season.

Claude Julien dressed seven defensemen as Benoit Pouliot was unable to play. Mike Mottau played forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell. Greg Zanon was back in the lineup on defense and took two minor penalties. Lane MacDermid was in the lineup again and played well despite being -1 and he drew two penalties. He had no dance partners to go with though.

Julien started the game out with Bergeron-Marchand-Rolston on the same line but realized it's just not working with Rolston. So Julien replaced Rolston with Jordan Caron and they had immediate impact as they got some scoring chances. Rolston just hasn't worked out so far. Patrice Bergeron was +3, Jordan Caron was +2 and Brad Marchand was +1.

Tyler Seguin and David Krejci were -2.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits, including one that broke the glass.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 40-24-3 with 83 points. The Bruins next game is Sunday at the Pittsburgh Penguins at 12:30pm ET.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Milan Lucic talks on NESN

Here are two videos from NESN with Bruins Milan Lucic answering a few hockey-related questions.

In the first video, Lucic is asked about fighting and unwritten rules in fighting, who on the Bruins Lucic wouldn't want to fight, and Lucic talks about Dennis Seidenberg's fight with Colby Armstrong and he answers a few questions from Twitter.

In the second video, Lucic talks about Dennis Seidenberg's fight with Colby Armstrong, and others who are tough on the Bruins, and he tells us a nickname he has for Brad Marchand.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bruins beat Sabres, win 2 straight

Johnny Boychuk scores a goal with a big slap shot, the Johnny rocket
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 08: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres on March 8, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Thursday night the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 and finally have a 2-game winning streak. They haven't had one of those since January. It was mainly Bruins in this game although the Sabres had some opportunities to tie the game but the Bruins held on for the win.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins killer Jason Pominville scored to make it 1-0 Sabres. Pominville blasted a high slap shot short-side on Tim Thomas who was caught cheating and wasn't against the post.

In the second period, Gregory Campbell scored his 7th goal of the season to tie the game, as the Sabres defense couldn't handle a pass, Shawn Thornton let go a quick slap shot and Campbell deflected it by Jhonas Enroth.

In the third period, Johnny Boychuk scored his 4th goal of the season on a "Johnny Rocket" slap shot that blew right by and over Enroth's shoulder. Boychuk also had a big hit on Thomas Vanek in the period. Later, David Krejci scored his 18th goal of the season to put the Sabres away.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 19 saves on 20 shots. Thomas is now 29-15-0 with a 2.29 GAA and a .925 save percentage so far this season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 28-20, faceoff wins 38-21 and hits 30-23. The Sabres led the game in blocked shots 21-11.

If you haven't heard by now, veteran goalie Marty Turco is now a member of the Bruins as he cleared waivers. He's wearing #1 for the Bruins. He will not be eligible to play in the playoffs.

Greg Zanon was scratched and Mike Mottau played on defense.

Patrice Bergeron went 20-7 in the faceoff circle.

As the game went on Jordan Caron found himself on the Bergeron-Marchand line as Brian Rolston just hasn't worked out there. And that line was on the ice when Boychuk scored his goal.

Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk both had 4 shots to lead the Bruins.

Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg all had 4 hits to lead the Bruins.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 40-23-3 with 83 points (1st in Northeast Division and 2nd in Eastern Conference).

The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at 1pm as they host the Washington Capitals.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bruins sweep season series vs Leafs

Bruins celebrate a goal in the first period
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson, right, looks away as the Boston Bruins celebrate their goal during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, March. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
At times it looked like the Bruins may not hold onto the lead but they managed to get the 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, sweeping the season series 5-0. Leaf fans may be happy that Phil Kessel finally scored against the Bruins, but it was on a 5-on-3 power-play goal and he was -2 in the game as well. Bruins Jordan Caron had a breakout game scoring two goals and getting an assist while being a +3.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Carl Gunnarsson scored making it 1-0 Leafs. Later in the period, Jordan Caron scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, with less than a minute into the period, John-Michael Liles scored a power-play goal making it 2-1 Leafs. A little over a minute later the Bruins would come back scoring two quick goals. First, Tyler Seguin scored his 23rd goal of the season to tie the game 2-2. Then Chris Kelly scored his 16th goal of the season after a nice Jordan Caron drive to the net, making it 3-2 Bruins. Off the next faceoff, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Jay Rosehill and they had a major scrap. It was a close fight, maybe Rosehill had an edge in it.

Shawn Thornton vs Jay Rosehill

Later in the period, David Krejci hit Joffrey Lupul against the boards and it looked like Lupul hurt his shoulder. Lupul would leave the ice and not come back in the game. Later, Colby Armstrong, known for some cheap hits and runs he takes and usually doesn't back it up, took a run at Dennis Seidenberg while Seidenberg was in a vulnerable position and Seidenberg didn't like it. It wasn't a dirty hit but a hit that most players don't like. Adam McQuaid came flying in with gloves off, but Seidenberg and Armstrong would drop the gloves and have a go. Armstrong should have thought it through more as Seidenberg pounded Armstrong and bloodied him. Armstrong didn't return to the game after the fight as he was said to have a nose injury.

Dennis Seidenberg vs Colby Armstrong

On a 5-on-3 power-play, Phil Kessel scored to tie the game 3-3. Later, Jordan Caron scored his 6th goal of the season making it 4-3 Bruins. A few minutes later, Tyler Seguin scored his 24th goal of the season making it 5-3 Bruins. Brad Marchand and Tim Connolly had a wrestling match at the end of the period as Connolly flipped Marchand over and down to the ice.

In the third period, Bruins killer Mikhail Grabovski, who just signed a contract extension at a high price, scored to make it 5-4. The Leafs pulled Jonas Gustavsson but couldn't tie the game up.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 33-29 and hits 38-37. The Leafs led the game in faceoff wins 28-23 and blocked shots 18-16.

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

Tim Thomas made 25 saves on 29 shots. Thomas is now 28-15-0 with a 2.32 GAA and a .925 save percentage so far this season.

With Tuukka Rask out for 4-6 weeks, more likely 6 weeks, as he suffered a lower abdominal strain and groin strain against the New York Islanders, the Bruins are working out something with goalie Marty Turco but he has to clear waivers in order for the Bruins to pick him up. And there are teams out there lower than the Bruins who need goaltending help so it's not a definite that Turco will be joining the Bruins.

Benoit Pouliot only had 4:50 of ice time as he got hurt and came out of the game. Lane MacDermid played and had a good game, recording 6 hits and 1 shot in 8:41 of ice time. Dennis Seidenberg also had 6 hits in the game to lead the Bruins with MacDermid.

Tyler Seguin, Jordan Caron and Johnny Boychuk all had 4 shots to lead the Bruins.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 39-23-3 with 81 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday hosting the Buffalo Sabres in Boston. The Sabres got softer at the deadline (is that possible?) by trading away Lucic's punching bag Paul Gaustad and rookie Zack Kassian. I hope the Bruins throw the body like they did tonight (38 hits) against the soft Sabres. I'm also hoping Claude Julien keeps playing Lane MacDermid as the kid is throwing the body and playing well for a fourth-liner.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rangers beat Bruins 4-3

The Bruins played a better overall game today but couldn't get a fourth goal by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist as the Rangers beat the Bruins 4-3.

Quick summary
Daniel Paille was not in the lineup so in came Lane MacDermid. In the first period, Lane MacDermid, playing in his 1st NHL game, dropped the gloves with big Mike Rupp. Both guys threw some big punches but I would give it a draw.

Lane MacDermid vs Mike Rupp

Later, Ruslan Fedotenko and Carl Hagelin scored to make it 2-0 Rangers. Bruins Benoit Pouliot scored his 10th goal of the season making it 2-1. Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust dropped the gloves off a faceoff and had a good one with Lucic getting the edge in that one. Prust landed one early on but Lucic came back and landed some big punches. These two have a history too, where Prust got the better of Lucic last season. The Lucic fight seemed to give the Bruins a momentum boost that they carried into the second period.

Milan Lucic vs Brandon Prust

Later, Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Stu Bickel and had an ok fight, not much happened in that one. Watch it here.

In the second period, Jordan Caron scored his 4th goal of the season tying the game 2-2. The Bruins controlled most of the second period.

In the third period, Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers making it 3-2. Later, David Krejci scored to tie the game 3-3. The Rangers would come right back though and Derek Stepan scored making it 4-3 Rangers.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 33-17. The Rangers led the game in faceoff wins 32-31, hits 33-15 and blocked shots 15-11.

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

Tim Thomas made 13 saves on 17 shots. Thomas is now 27-15-0 with a 2.28 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Surprising stat. There are only six other NHL teams that have hit less than Bruins have this season. The NY Rangers are first. Source and hit stats on NHL.com. That is a stat you don't want to hear as a Bruins fan.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 38-23-3 with 79 points. The Bruins next game is on Tuesday at the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm ET.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

No icing call bites Bruins, Isles win

Tuukka Rask comes off the ice with help after getting injured
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, center, of Finland, is helped off the ice by teammates Greg Zanon, left, and Joe Corvo (14) as New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, right, of Russia, skates by in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
This afternoon's game was a game that the Bruins should have had and missed out on two points they need but the Islanders took advantage of a missed call and made the Bruins pay to win the game. The big story in this game is Tuukka Rask and his injury as the Bruins seemed to have caught the "injury bug" late this season as players continue to go down with injuries. There was good news with Johnny Boychuk returning to the lineup as he made some good plays and laid out a few people as well.

Quick summary
In the first period, Milan Lucic scored his 22nd goal of the season, a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. A little more than two minutes later, Josh Bailey tied the game for the Islanders.

In the second period, Tuukka Rask attempted to make a save and fell back onto the ice in pain, favoring his left leg. It looked like he may have pulled something. Rask left the game and Tim Thomas came in. Islanders Matt Moulson would later score on a power-play making it 2-1 Islanders.

In the third period, Tyler Seguin scored his 22nd goal of the season, receiving a nice pass off the boards from Zdeno Chara and he used his speed to get by the Islanders defense and put a backhander past Evgeni Nabokov. Later, on a Bruins icing that wasn't called, the Islanders got the puck and went up the ice and scored, John Tavares putting it by Tim Thomas. That would be the eventual game winner. The Bruins pulled Thomas near the end but couldn't get one past Nabokov.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 34-25 and faceoff wins 40-33. The Islanders led the game in hits 22-19 and blocked shots 13-5.

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

Tuukka Rask made 11 saves on 12 shots in 29:01 of playing time. Tim Thomas made 11 saves on 13 shots in 29:40 of playing time. Thomas got the loss and is now 27-14-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season. Rask is 11-8-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

Greg Zanon was in the lineup and Mike Mottau was scratched.

Patrice Bergeron had another good game in the faceoff circle going 17-9.

Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic each had 5 shots apiece to lead the Bruins.

With the emergence of the Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line that has really played well since forming, the Marchand-Bergeron-Rolston line hasn't done much. Rolston doesn't seem like he fits on that line but who else do you put there? Can Rich Peverley come back any sooner please?

Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece.

Onto the next one
Tuukka Rask and Andrew Ference will not be making the 2-game road trip, against the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Daniel Paille was shaken up in the third period and appeared to be hurt. After the game it was announced that the Bruins have recalled goalie Michael Hutchinson and forward Lane MacDermid from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. Hutchinson most likely won't see any action unless something happens to Tim Thomas. MacDermid may get a chance to play against the tough New York Rangers tomorrow, if Paille is questionable. MacDermid is 6'3" 205lbs and hasn't yet played a game in the NHL. This season in the AHL he has played in 57 games and recorded 4 goals, 10 assists and 106 PIMs.

The Bruins are now 38-22-3 with 79 points. The Bruins next game is tomorrow at the New York Rangers at 12:30pm ET. The game is on NBC.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

David Krejci is back, Bruins win

David Krejci celebrates his 1st goal of the game
Boston Bruins center David Krejci celebrates after his goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Tonight's Devils-Bruins game had its ups and downs but the Bruins managed to pull out an overtime win and get the two points they need, beating the Devils 4-3. The Bruins dominated the first period and led 2-0 after it. The second period was dominated by the Devils as the score was 3-2 Devils after the period. In the third period, it was mostly the Bruins as they were able to tie up the game 3-3. In overtime, David Krejci would score his 3rd goal of the game to win it for the Bruins, getting his second career hat trick. Bruins coach Claude Julien switched up his first two lines for this game as he put Lucic-Krejci-Seguin together and Rolston-Bergeron-Marchand together. The Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line paid off as they scored all of the goals while the Rolston-Bergeron-Marchand line didn't seem to work out that well.

Scoring summary
In the first period, David Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Eric Boulton and they had a good spirited fight trading punches. Thornton got the better early on and Boulton came back late.

Video: Shawn Thornton vs Eric Boulton

Later, Tyler Seguin scored his 21st goal of the season to make it 2-0.

In the second period, Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson all scored to make it 3-2 Devils.

In the third period, David Krejci scored his 15th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.

In overtime, David Krejci scored his 16th goal of the season, his third goal of the game, getting his second career NHL hat trick (during the season), and winning the game for the Bruins. Krejci also had a hat trick in the playoffs last year vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Video: All 3 of David Krejci's goals

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 31-21 and blocked shots 19-18. The Devils led the game in shots 31-25 and hits 22-20.

Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Tim Thomas played in net and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Thomas is now 27-13-0 with a 2.22 GAA and a .929 save percentage so far this season.

After the game Claude Julien said that defenseman Andrew Ference has a lower body injury and will be re-examined tomorrow.

Greg Zanon played tonight while Mike Mottau was a scratch. Zanon led the Bruins with 3 hits. Johnny Boychuk is still out with a concussion.

David Krejci with the 3 goals, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara had 2 assists each, and Tyler Seguin had 1 goal and 1 assist.

Joe Corvo had another bad game, going -2, and was benched for some of the second period.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Patrice Bergeron went 16-4 in the faceoff circle.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 38-21-3 with 79 points (first in Northeast Divison and 2nd in Eastern Conference). The Bruins next game is on Saturday against the New York Islanders in Boston at 1pm ET.