Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bruins players injury news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 7 summary

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

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

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

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

In the third period, no scoring happened.

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 7 shots.

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

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

Postgame interview videos with Bruins players

Zdeno Chara

Milan Lucic

Patrice Bergeron

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 6 summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 hits.

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

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 5 summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 7 shots.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 6 hits.

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 4 summary

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

Quick game summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Caps Nicklas Backstrom suspended for Game 4

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 3 summary

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

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

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

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

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

Nicklas Backstrom crosschecks Rich Peverley in head

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Paille got "The Chain" after the game.

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

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

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

Dennis Seidenberg had 4 hits and 4 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits.

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

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

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals game 2 summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the first overtime period, no scoring happened.

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

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

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

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

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

Johnny Boychuk was -2 with 3 blocked shots.

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

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

Andrew Ference talks about "The Chain"

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

Bruins vs Capitals game 1 summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 hits.

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

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

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

My prediction for this series is Bruins in 7 games.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nathan Horton done for year

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Bear and the Gang episode 2

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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bruins vs Capitals playoff schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bruins end season with shootout win over Sabres

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

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

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

Shawn Thornton vs Robyn Regehr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 shots.

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

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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bruins beat Senators 3-1 without key players

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Zanon led the Bruins with 10 blocked shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits.

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Letang dives, Penguins score PP goals, Penguins beat Bruins

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

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

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

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

Kris Letang dives/fakes injury

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

James Neal vs Andrew Ference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bruins beat Rangers, clinch Northeast Division

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

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

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

In the third period, no scoring happened.

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

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

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

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

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

Patrice Bergeron went 17-2 in the faceoff circle.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits.

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

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