Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bruins defense breaks down as Sabres win


BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 31: Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins skates during warm ups prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden on January 31, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
A lot of people were expecting a fight-filled game as the Sabres came to town to take on the Bruins. Although there was one fight in the game, it was a back and forth game with both teams making mistakes until the Sabres took over in the third period capitalizing on Bruins mistakes and beating the Bruins 7-4.

Today was also Ty;er Seguin's 21st birthday but it most likely won't be a happy one to remember.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened. Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with giant John Scott and Scott got the better of Thornton, sending Thornton down to the ice. Thornton would serve his five minutes in the box and then head to the Bruins locker room. Thornton would not return to the game.

In the second period, Sabres Thomas Vanek, who we all know is a Bruins killer, scored to make it 1-0 Sabres. Later, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 1st goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara took bad penalties at the same time to give the Sabres a 5-on-3. Vanek would again score, a power-play goal this time, making it 3-2. After the rest of the power-play, Tyler Ennis scored to tie the game 3-3.

In the third period, early on, Bruins David Krejci scored his 2nd goal of the season to make it 4-3 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Sabres Alexander Sulzer scored to tie the game 4-4. Later, Sabres Cody Hodgson scored making it 5-4 Sabres. With less than two minutes left, Vanek got his hat trick, scoring again, making it 6-4 Sabres. With fourteen seconds left in the game, Sabres Jason Pominville scored an empty net goal making it 7-4.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 4-1-1 with a 2.44 GAA and a .909 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 42-31 and faceoff wins 36-27. The Sabres led the game in hits 20-17 and blocked shots 24-8. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Sabres went 1-for-2.

Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 hits apiece.

Sabres Thomas Vanek is truly a Bruins killer, just look at the numbers. Vanek has played 46 career games against the Bruins, has scored 28 goals, along with 26 assists, for 54 points.

Player notes
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was back in the lineup.

Chris Bourque was scratched and Lane MacDermid played in his first game this season.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 5-1-1 with 11 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm ET.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bruins beat Devils in shootout, remain undefeated at home

Bruins celebrate Nathan Horton's goal
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 29: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on January 29, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
It was a tight back and forth game with both teams getting the better of the play at times. There were also some bad penalty calls against the Bruins. Despite having their penalty killing streak stopped, the Bruins managed to tie the game in the third period and send it to overtime and then a shootout where they won it and remain undefeated at home.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened but there was a good bout between Bruins Shawn Thornton and Devils Krys Barch. These two guys have fought each other many times over their NHL careers.

In the second period, Devils David Clarkson scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Devils, ending the Bruins penalty killing streak.

In the third period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 3rd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In overtime, no one scored.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins but it was disallowed as a moron in the crowd threw something on the ice which slid behind goalie Johan Hedberg. Seguin would have to re-try and he scored again.

Ref picks up hot dog that was thrown onto the ice during shootout
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 29: A referee picks up a hot dog off of the ice that was thrown from the stands during the first shootout attempt by Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins against the New Jersey Devils during the game on January 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Due to the thrown object, a second attempt was issued to Seguin. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Ilya Kovalchuk scored next for the Devils; Bruins Patrice Bergeron did not score; Devils Patrik Elias did not score; Bruins Nathan Horton did not score; Devils Travis Zajac did not score; Bruins David Krejci did not score; Devils David Clarkson did not score; Bruins Chris Bourque did not score; Devils Jacob Josefson did not score; Bruins Brad Marchand scored; and Devils Marek Zidlicky did not score.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 4-0-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 28-26, faceoff wins 37-23 and hits 33-23. The Devils led the game in blocked shots 19-14.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Devils went 1-for-5.

Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 4 shots apiece. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots. Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play and Aaron Johnson was in the lineup again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 5-0-1 with 11 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, as they host the Buffalo Sabres in Boston at 7pm ET. It should definitely be an interesting game to say the least. In the Leafs-Sabres game tonight, cheapshot artist Patrick Kaleta was hit from behind and left the game with neck soreness/stiffness. He may be questionable for Thursday's game. Karma.

Bruins blow lead, but beat Hurricanes late

Bruins coach Claude Julien looks on during the game
RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 28: Coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins watches his team in action against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on January 28, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Last night, the Bruins came out strong against the Hurricanes, who swept the Bruins in the season series last season, going up 2-0 and then 3-1. But the Hurricanes fought back and tied it up 3-3 by the end of the second period. Late in the third period, the Bruins would take control and David Krejci scored the eventual game-winning goal off a sweet pass from rookie Dougie Hamilton to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead. Tyler Seguin would finish the scoring off with an empty net goal making it 5-3, while behind the play Jeff Skinner either inadvertently or purposely attempted to slewfoot Patrice Bergeron which caused a scrum that the Boston and Carolina feeds didn't catch. Watch the game summary video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, while the Bruins were short-handed, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins. Marchand scored off a beautiful pass from Zdeno Chara, one-timing it up and over Canes goalie Cam Ward. A few minutes later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 2nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Bruins Milan Lucic set a perfect screen on Cam Ward as he didn't see the puck at all. Down 2-0, Canes Tim Gleason challenged Milan Lucic after Lucic laid a good hit on him. Lucic, probably remembering last season where Gleason kept backing down in a game, dropped the gloves with Gleason and they had an ok fight. I would call it a draw, maybe a slight edge to Lucic. Watch the Lucic-Gleason fight here. That fight seemed to spark the Canes and later on in the period, Hurricanes Jamie McBain scored to make it 2-1.

In the second period, Bruins Nathan Horton made a few beautiful moves to get by Hurricanes players, walk in and score on Cam Ward making it 3-1 Bruins. That was Horton's 2nd goal of the season. Not too long later, Hurricanes Jeff Skinner scored to make it 3-2. Less than a minute later, Bruins Chris Kelly made a bad turnover in the defensive zone and Hurricanes Eric Staal scored to tie the game 3-3.

In the third period, with less than two minutes in the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 4-3 Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton sets up David Krejci's GWG vs Carolina

Bruins Tyler Seguin added an empty net goal with ten seconds to go in the game, his 1st goal of the season, and it was a power-play goal. As I mentioned above, as Seguin scored the empty net goal, Patrice Bergeron and Jeff Skinner were mixing it up as Skinner apparently slewfooted Bergeron. It's hard to tell if it was intentional but Skinner has a history of doing it.

Patrice Bergeron is slewfooted, goes at Skinner during a Seguin ENG

Today Bruins Brad Marchand had some words about Jeff Skinner and his slewfooting, adding a little more hate to this rivalry for the next game.
Brad Marchand on the incident:
"Skinner slew-foots all the time," Marchand said Tuesday. "He's always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you've got to watch out for him. You can see it's very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back."

"I remember I got a fine for that last year. It's not a good play, it’s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that."

Marchand called the move "a greasy play" and said he regretted doing it himself last season, noting that Skinner should break the habit.

"He's got to stop doing that," he said. "If he does it again, I wouldn't be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It's just not a good play."

Patrice Bergeron talked about it as well, saying:
"It was the first time he did it [to me], but I thought it was uncalled for," Bergeron said. "The puck wasn't even close."
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Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins, his first game this season, and made 29 saves on 32 shots.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-32, hits 25-20 and faceoff wins 38-26. The Hurricanes led the game in blocked shots 11-10.

The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Hurricanes went 0-for-6. The Bruins have still not allowed a power-play goal this season.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid missed this game for personal reasons and Aaron Johnson took his place in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 4-0-1 with 9 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is tonight, hosting the New Jersey Devils in Boston at 7pm ET.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bruins remain undefeated at home, beat Islanders

Bruins celebrate Zdeno Chara's goal
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 25: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by his teammates Milan Lucic #17 and David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins after scoring a goal in the third period against the New York Islanders during the game on January 25, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
In a game where at times the New York Islanders looked to take the play to the Bruins, the Bruins came through in the third period to take the lead and keep it. Rookie Dougie Hamilton recorded his 1st NHL 2-point game as the Bruins went on to a 4-2 win.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. A little later, Bruins Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Islanders tough guy Matt Carkner after Carkner looked like he issued Lucic a few challenges. Lucic would win the fight as he dropped Carkner with a big right hand punch. Watch the Lucic-Carkner fight here. Later, Islanders Keith Aucoin scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Keith Aucoin scored again, making it 2-1 Islanders. Later, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 1st goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 4-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 3-0-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 27-26, hits 35-27 and faceoff wins 36-23. The Islanders led the game in blocked shots 19-15.

Both the Bruins and Islanders went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Nathan Horton led the Bruins with 4 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots and 6 hits. Patrice Bergeron went 14-5 in the faceoff circle. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in ice time with 25:33.

Player/team notes
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup and played 18:14 and was +1, had 4 blocked shots and 6 hits.

The Bruins have not allowed a power-play goal yet this season.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 3-0-1 with 7 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday at the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm ET.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rangers finally win, beat Bruins in overtime

Rangers Marian Gaborik scores the game winning goal in overtime
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Marian Gaborik #10 of the New York Rangers scores a hat-trick as the game-winning goal in overtime against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeat the Bruins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
The New York Rangers got their revenge against the Bruins on Wednesday night with a 4-3 overtime win despite blowing their lead twice during regulation. Watch the game summary video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Rangers Marian Gaborik scored two goals to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. With less than three minutes in the period, Rangers Brian Boyle took a late shot on an offsides and Bruins Adam McQuaid went right at him and they had an ok fight. Watch the fight here.

In the second period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal, his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-1 Rangers. Rookie Dougie Hamilton received an assist on the goal, which was his 1st career NHL point. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 2nd goal of the season tying the game 2-2. Not even a minute later though, Rangers Taylor Pyatt scored to make it 3-2 Rangers.

In the third period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 1st goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.

In overtime, Marian Gaborik swatted the puck out of mid-air on this own rebound chance to win the game for the Rangers 4-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 29 saves on 33 shots. Rask is now 2-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA and a .926 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-17. The Rangers led the game in shots 33-29, hits 28-20 and blocked shots 25-9.

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

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 shots. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 hits. Patrice Bergeron went 12-3 in the faceoff circle. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in ice time with 23:57.

Player notes
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg missed his second game and Aaron Johnson again played. Seidenberg is still day-to-day as the team is being cautious with his injury especially with the shortened busy schedule.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 2-0-1 with 5 points and leading the Northeast Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday at 7pm ET in Boston.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bruins beat Jets in shootout 2-1

Gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman drops the puck in front of Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ladd
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21: Gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman drops the puck in front of Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets during the game on January 21, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
It was an early 1pm game for the Bruins today on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day hosting the Winnipeg Jets. The game was a tight one with a lot of back and forth action and the Jets at times controlled the play. The game would go into a shootout and Patrice Bergeron's shootout goal would be the winner as Tuukka Rask stopped the third shooter Bryan Little. Update: Watch the game summary video

Quick game summary
In the first period, not even two minutes into the game, Chris Thorburn scored for the Jets to make it 1-0. Later in the period, Brad Marchand scored his 1st goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In the overtime period, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins; Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets; Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins; Olli Jokinen did not score for the Jets; Chris Bourque did not score for the Bruins; and Bryan Little did not score for the Jets.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 2-0 with a 0.96 GAA and a .958 save percentage this season.

Both teams finished the game with 27 shots each. The Bruins led the game in hits 48-32, faceoff wins 37-30, and blocked shots 22-16.

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

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 10 hits.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins in ice time with 28:16.

Player notes
Dennis Seidenberg did not play as Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Seidenberg is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Aaron Johnson played in his first game as a member of the Boston Bruins. Johnson had 16:03 of ice time and had 1 shot and 1 hit.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 2-0 this season with 4 points and are leading the Northeast Division when this was posted. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the winless New York Rangers at 7:30pm ET.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bruins recall Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson
The Bruins have recalled defenseman Aaron Johnson from Providence (AHL) and sent defenseman David Warsofsky to Providence (AHL). Johnson will be the 7th defenseman and most likely won't play yet. Johnson played last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 56 games where he had 3 goals, 13 assists and was -12.

Bruins beat Rangers 3-1 in season opener

Milan Lucic celebrates his goal
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The Bruins won 3-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Hockey is back and that means Bruins hockey is back as the Bruins did not let their fans down. They came out and played strong and hard throughout the game. For most of the game they looked like they were in mid-season form and showed it by beating the New York Rangers 3-1. There were also two fights in the game, one going to each team and both had blood. We also got to see quite a few interference penalties which looks like we'll be seeing throughout the season. Update: Watch the game summary video

Quick game summary
In the first period, Milan Lucic scored his 1st goal of the season off a rebound from a David Krejci shot, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Daniel Paille scored his 1st goal of the season, as he tipped a Gregory Campbell shot that hit the post and then went off the backside of Henrik Lundqvist and into the net, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Rangers Brad Richards scored to make it 2-1 Bruins.

Less than a minute after the Richards goal, things started getting more intense as Shawn Thornton and Mike Rupp dropped the gloves. They had a real good fight with both guys landing some punches. Thornton would come back with a left-right combo and bloody Rupp. After the Thornton-Rupp fight, off the next faceoff, Gregory Campbell and Stu Bickel dropped the gloves and Bickel got the better of Campbell, with a solid punch that bloodied Campbell's nose.

Shawn Thornton with a left jab to Mike Rupp's face
Shawn Thornton with a left jab to Mike Rupp's face. Photo is courtesy Getty Images

In the third period, it looked as if David Krejci scored a goal as Lundqvist grabbed Krejci's shot with his glove and the glove went behind the red line but NHL referees determined it was no goal.

Lundqvist's glove over the red line

But the hockey Gods would make sure things evened out as Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the season shortly after the no-goal call, making it 3-1 Bruins. With less than six minutes left in the game, Milan Lucic (who was on the ice between the benches) was having a conversation with Mike Rupp (who was on the Rangers bench) and somehow Lucic was the only one thrown out of the game. I don't get that.

Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins, making 20 saves on 21 shots and getting his 1st win of the season.

Game notes
The Bruins led the game in shots 34-21 and faceoff wins 35-23. The Rangers led the game in hits 34-27 and blocked shots 10-5.

The Bruins went 0-for-7 on the power-play while the Rangers went 0-for-5.

The Rangers had 10 giveaways and the Bruins only had 1.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots.

Milan Lucic and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins in ice time with 23:59.

Dougie Hamilton played in his first NHL game, had 2 shots and 3 hits.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 1-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday, hosting the Winnipeg Jets at 1pm ET.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bruins roster transactions

Yesterday the Bruins made a few roster transactions. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner were assigned to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Forward Jamie Tardif was placed on waivers and will be assigned to Providence (AHL) if no one picks him up. Defenseman Aaron Johnson will join the Providence Bruins on a conditioning loan.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bruins 2013 season schedule released

The Bruins schedule has been released for this season. You can check it out on the official Boston Bruin site here. It's going to be a busy few months.

The Bruins have also invited veteran forward Jay Pandolfo to training camp. Pandolfo is a defense-minded forward and most likely would play on the third or fourth line. He is 38 years old though.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bruins to open season on Jan 19 vs Rangers

The Bruins schedule is not yet released on their web site but we do know that the Bruins will open the season on Saturday, January 19th against the New York Rangers in Boston. It's likely to be a 7pm game.

On Thursday, Bruins had a practice and big news was seeing Nathan Horton out there and looking good. Watch the video below to see Horton talk.

On Thursday, Bruins Horton, Peverley, Paille and Johnson joined the team for captain's practice at Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hockey is back, NHL and the players tentatively agree

Yay hockey is back as both sides have tentatively agreed to a new CBA. Rumors are that the season may start next week.

The deal was struck after both sides some final moves off their previous stances. The owners moved on the maximum length of contracts and the 2013-14 salary cap, while the players moved from their stance on the length of the CBA to meet the owners.

According to TSN, the details of the new CBA include a 10 year length with an opt-out clause that begins after eight years, contracts no longer than seven years (or eight for a team signing its own player) and a $64.3 million salary cap for the 2013-14 season. Also included in the new CBA is a revamped draft lottery, as all non-playoff teams have at least a chance at the first overall pick. Previously, the most teams could move up was four spots.

TSN reports that the league has both 48-game and 50-game schedules drawn up that will be played depending on when the new CBA is finalized.
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Bruins President Cam Neely made a statement about the lockout ending too.
"We are all very excited that the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement, and we look forward to dropping the puck and playing Bruins Hockey in front of our fans at the TD Garden soon." - Cam Neely, Bruins President
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