Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bruins strong 2nd period propels 4-1 win over Islanders

Tuukka Rask makes a save against the Islanders
UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins turns aside a shot by Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 26, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It was a back-and-forth game at times between the Bruins and Islanders but with a strong second period with two goals and strong goaltending by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins wouldn't look back as they finished the Islanders off 4-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later in the period, Islanders Casey Cizikas scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, 38 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later Bruins David Krejci scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 3-1.

In the third period, with Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov pulled, Gregory Campbell scored an empty-net goal, his 2nd goal of the season, making it 4-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 29 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 10-1-2 with a 1.89 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-27. The Islanders led the game in shots 37-34, hits 21-16 and blocked shots 15-14. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-3.

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 12-2-2 with 26 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Ottawa Senators in Boston at 7pm ET.

Non-Bruins hockey news
Ex-Bruin Michael Ryder (Dallas Stars) was traded to the Montreal Canadiens earlier today for Erik Cole. If I remember correctly, Ryder always played well against the Bruins when he played for Montreal. Hopefully that trend doesn't continue.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bruins beat Panthers 4-1

Zdeno Chara celebrates his goal with his teammates
SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 24, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Yesterday the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 and we saw a highlight goal by Zdeno Chara doing a spin-o-rama around a Panthers forward and lifting a backhander over the Panthers goalie's shoulder and in the net. Here's a quick game summary of yesterday's game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Watch Chara's highlight reel goal below. Panthers Tomas Kopecky scored to make it 2-1.


Zdeno Chara scores an incredible spin-o-rama goal 2/24/13

In the second period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 1st goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 3-1 Bruins.

Late in the third period, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 3rd goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 4-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 34 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 9-1-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 26-22, faceoff wins 30-26 and blocked shots 18-10. The Panthers led the game in shots 35-32. The Bruins went 1-for-1 on the power-play while the Panthers went 0-for-4.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 6 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 8 hits and 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 11-2-2 with 24 points and 3rd place in the Northeast Division (Bruins have played the lowest amount of games in the division). The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday at the New York Islanders at 7:30pm ET.

Bruins beat Lightning 4-2

Bruins players celebrate their win over the Lightning
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21: The Boston Bruins celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 21, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Last Thursday I was unable to write a game summary blog post about the Bruins 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning so here we go.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Lightning's Steven Stamkos scored to make it 2-1.

In the second period, Lightning's Cory Conacher scored to tie the game 2-2. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 9th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 26 shots. After this win Rask was 8-1-2.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 27-23 and blocked shots 12-10. The Lightning led the game in hits 27-22. Both teams had 26 shots. The Bruins did not have a power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-3.

Nathan Horton led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits.

Onto the next one
After the Lightning game, the Bruins were 10-2-2 with 22 points and their next game was on Sunday at the Florida Panthers which I'll post next about.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bruins power-play nets game winning goal vs Jets

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand celebrate Marchand's goal
WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 17: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins congratulates Brad Marchand #63 for his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during third period action on February 17, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
You read the blog post title right, as the Bruins power-play scored the game winning goal against the Winnipeg Jets as Brad Marchand scored only 36 seconds into the third period with a wicked backhand shot that got by goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

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

In the second period, Jets Alex Burmistrov scored to make it 1-0 Jets. Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 3rd goal of the season later to tie the game 1-1. Jets Evander Kane scored with 27 seconds left in the period to make it 2-1 Jets. Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 2nd goal of the season with a redirection on a Johnny Boychuk shot-pass, to tie the game 2-2.

In the third period, 36 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The Bruins would hold on to win the game 3-2, even with the puck crossing the goal line behind Tuukka Rask in the final seconds.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 22 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 7-1-2 with a 2.06 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Jets led the game in hits 25-21 and faceoff wins 28-24. Both teams had 20 blocked shots. The Bruins went 1-for-1 on the power-play and the Jets went 0-for-2.

Player notes
Milan Lucic did not play and returned to Boston for personal reasons. We hope all is ok. With Lucic out, Jay Pandolfo made his Bruins debut with 3 hits in 6:48 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 9-2-2 with 20 points and first place in the Northeast Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30pm ET.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bruins blow lead and can't come back against Sabres

Dougie Hamilton celebrates scoring his 1st NHL goal
BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his first NHL career goal against the Buffalo Sabres on February 15, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins had a bad first period, then a good second period and then a bad third period which brought them a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. This was an overall bad game for the Bruins that didn't show much emotion during the game at all. Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton was one of the very few bright spots for the Bruins, as he scored his 1st NHL goal and added an assist.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Sabres Drew Stafford scored to make it 1-0. Later, Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton scored his 1st NHL goal on the power-play to tie the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Sabres Tyler Myers scored to tie the game 2-2. Later, Sabres Christian Ehrhoff scored, making it 3-2 Sabres. Less than three minutes later, Sabres Cody Hodgson scored, making it 4-2 Sabres.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins and made 22 saves on 26 shots. Khudobin is now 2-1-0 with a 2.70 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-26, faceoff wins 31-22 and blocked shots 14-13. The Sabres led the game in hits 23-14. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 5 shots apiece. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots. Patrice Bergeron went 15-5 in the faceoff circle.

Player notes
Dougie Hamilton was one of the very few Bruins who played well, scoring his 1st NHL goal, adding an assist, had 2 shots and 2 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-2-2 with 18 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Sunday at the Winnipeg Jets at 6pm ET.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bruins start slow, finish strong but lose in shootout

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scores in the shootout against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 12: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on February 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Rangers took the play to the Bruins in the first two periods and for the most part controlled the play as Henrik Lundqvist stopped everything he faced. It was 3-0 with twelve minutes left in the third period and then the Bruins came to life and managed to tie the game 3-3 and send it to overtime. The game would go to a shootout and Rangers captain Ryan Callahan would score the game winner.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Rangers Carl Hagelin scored to make it 1-0.

In the second period, Rangers Derek Stepan scored to make it 2-0.

In the third period, Rangers Anton Stralman scored to make it 3-0. Bruins David Krejci scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 3-1. Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 4th goal of the season to make it 3-2. With forty-three seconds left in the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 7th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.

Bruins come back from down 3-0 vs Rags, Jack Edwards loses it

In overtime, no one scored.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin didn't score; Marian Gaborik didn't score; Patrice Bergeron didn't score; Rick Nash scored; Brad Marchand scored; Brad Richards didn't score; David Krejci didn't score; and Ryan Callahan scored.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 26 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 8-1-2 with a 2.07 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-29, hits 32-31 and faceoff wins 37-27. The Rangers led the game in blocked shots 25-9. The Bruins and Rangers both went 0-for-4 on the power-play.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 6 hits apiece. Patrice Bergeron went 14-4 in the faceoff circle.

Player notes
The Bruins announced earlier today that they signed 38 year-old forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract. The contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the AHL level. Pandolfo will have to clear waivers before he can play and it's possible a team may pick him up.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-1-2 with 18 points and in 1st place in the Northeast Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday at the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm ET.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bruins power-play provides game winning goal vs Sabres

Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin
BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins talks with referee Francois St. Laurent #38 during their game against the Buffalo Sabres on February 10, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins managed to control the play at times during their game vs the Buffalo Sabres and pull out a 3-1 win. Patrice Bergeron scored the game winning goal on the power-play so hopefully that is a sign of the power-play getting better, even though they went 1-for-5 tonight.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened. During the period, Patrick Kaleta put a big hit on Dennis Seidenberg and then Gregory Campbell came over and instigated a fight with Kaleta. Kaleta got the better of Campbell in the fight but good to see Campbell come in like that.

In the second period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 6th goal of the season to make it 1-0. Later, Sabres Tyler Ennis scored to tie the game 1-1.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, to make it 2-1 Bruins. With less than a minute left in the game, Bruins Milan lucic scored his 3rd goal of the season, an empty net goal, making it 3-1.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 26 shots. Khudobin is now 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-26. The Sabres led the game in hits 25-15, faceoff wins 33-30 and blocked shots 20-9. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Player notes
Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille were back in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-1-1 with 17 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday vs the New York Rangers in Boston at 7:30pm ET.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bruins trade Tim Thomas to Islanders

Tim Thomas holding the Stanley Cup
Tim Thomas holding the Stanley Cup. Photo is courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images.
Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins traded goalie Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders for a conditional second round pick in 2014 or 2015. Source

So it's officially over, Tim Thomas is no longer a member of the Boston Bruins. We wish Thomas the best and thank him for what he did for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup championship in the 2010-2011 season. This trade will give the Bruins some cap room for a possible trade. That second round pick could really be a good pick depending if the Islanders don't improve in the coming seasons.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bruins steal a win in Montreal

Bruins and Canadiens players lined up at Bell Centre during national anthems
MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 6: Players stand on the ice of the Bell Centre during the national anthems prior to NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins on February 6, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins stole a win in Montreal that they shouldn't have won with the way they played. The Bruins can thank goalie Tuukka Rask for the win as he saved them a lot of times during the game. Montreal pretty much dominated the first two periods but the Bruins came out strong at the start of the third period and put up two goals to take a 2-1 lead. But Montreal would play strong for the rest of the game and the Bruins hung on for the win as Rask was no doubt 1st star of the game. The Bruins are now first place in the Eastern Conference.

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

In the second period, Montreal's P.K. Subban scored a power-play goal to make it 1-0 Montreal.

In the third period, Bruins Tyler Seguin scored fourteen seconds into the period, his 2nd goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 3rd goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bruins, which would be the eventual game winner.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 20 saves on 21 shots. Rask is now 6-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .922 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 23-21, faceoff wins 38-26 and blocked shots 24-12. Montreal led the game in hits 31-26. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while Montreal went 1-for-5.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
Shawn Thornton (concussion), Daniel Paille (upper-body injury) and Brad Marchand were out of the Bruins lineup. Jamie Tardif, Lane MacDermid and Ryan Spooner were in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-1-1 with 15 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in Boston at 1pm ET.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bruins recall Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner
Ryan Spooner
On Monday the Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence (AHL). With this recall it's possible that Brad Marchand may not play in Wednesday's game against Montreal because of his apparent (shoulder?) injury.

The recall for Spooner is the first NHL regular season recall of Spooner's career. In 35 games for the Providence Bruins this season, the 21-year-old is tied for the team lead in points with 30 with nine goals and 21 assists. Spooner has recorded 12 goals and 25 assists in 43 career AHL games. The 5'10", 175-pound native of Kanata, Ontario had back-to-back 60+ point seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before joining the P-Bruins, having tallied 66 points in 57 games split between Kingston and Sarnia last year, and 81 points in 64 games during the 2010-11 season split between Peterborough and Kingston.

Spooner was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (45th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bruins play much better, beat Leafs 1-0

Zdeno Chara vs Phil Kessel
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 2: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks to shoot the puck as Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins defends during NHL game action February 2, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
After a bad game against the Sabres on Thursday you knew the Bruins would come out strong their next game and they did just that last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Bruins won 1-0. Newly recalled Bruins Jamie Tardif made his NHL debut as well.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Lane MacDermid dropped the gloves with Leafs Mark Fraser and had an ok fight that I would call a draw. Later in the period, Bruins Chris Bourque scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened. MacDermid dropped the gloves with Fraser for a second time and both guys exchanged fast and furious punches. MacDermid would get the better of Fraser as Fraser went down to the ice from a punch.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 21 shots that he faced. Rask is now 5-1-1 with a 2.10 GAA and a .919 save percentage. This was Rask's first shutout of the season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-21, faceoff wins 35-29 and blocked shots 22-12. The Leafs led the game in hits 44-29. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 6 shots apiece. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Leafs Phil Kessel was held to three shots and still has zero goals this season.

Player notes
Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Daniel Paille (upper-body injury) were out of the Bruins lineup. Jamie Tardif had 5:03 of ice time and had 2 hits.

Brad Marchand crashed into the boards heavily in the second period and the Bruins staff kept him out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-1-1 with 12 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday, at the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30pm ET. The game will be shown on the NBCSN network.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Shawn Thornton out with concussion

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will be out 7-10 days due to a concussion (source) from his fight with John Scott last night. That sucks and I find it a little odd that they said 7-10 days when a concussion could keep you out for a much longer time, unless it's not a really bad one.

Bruins recall Jamie Tardif

The Bruins have recalled forward Jamie Tardif from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. This is most likely because of the Shawn Thornton injury. There's still no word on Thornton.

Tardif currently leads the Providence Bruins in scoring this season with 21 goals and nine assists in 39 games. His 21 goals currently ranks second overall in the AHL and he was also selected to participate in the AHL All-Star weekend held on January 28-29, 2013. The 28-year-old has played in 415 career games in the AHL with 114 goals, 100 assists for 214 points. He has not made an NHL appearance to date.

The 6'0", 205-pound native of Welland, Ontario was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2011.
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