Monday, April 29, 2013

Bruins vs Maple Leafs schedule

The NHL has released the playoff schedule for all of the playoff series around the league. Below is the Bruins-Maple Leafs playoff schedule.

Game 1 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7 P.M., Toronto at Boston, TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2 - Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7 P.M., Toronto at Boston, TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS
Game 3 - Monday, May 6, 2013, 7 P.M., Boston at Toronto, TV: NHLN-US, CBC, RDS
Game 4 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 7 P.M., Boston at Toronto, TV: NHLN-US, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 - Friday, May 10, 2013, 7 P.M., Toronto at Boston, TV: CBC, RDS
*Game 6 - Sunday, May 12, 2013, TBD, Boston at Toronto, TV: CBC, RDS
*Game 7 - Monday, May 13, 2013, TBD, Toronto at Boston, TV: CBC, RDS

*If necessary

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bruins lose to Senators, will face Toronto in playoffs

The Bruins could have moved up to second place in the Eastern Conference with a win tonight against the Ottawa Senators but the Senators outplayed and outworked the Bruins for a 4-2 win. With the loss, the Bruins stayed in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and Ottawa moved up to 7th place. The Bruins will face Toronto and Ottawa will play Montreal in the playoffs.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Senators Erik Condra scored, making it 1-0 Senators. Bruins Milan Lucic and Senators Chris Neil had a spirited fight near the end of the period with Lucic getting the better of the fight.

In the second period, Senators Jared Cowen scored, making it 2-0. With 4 seconds left in the period, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1.

In the third period, 14 seconds into the period, Bruins Dennis Seidenberg scored his 4th goal of the season, tying the game 2-2. With less than four minutes left in the period, Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored, making it 3-2. Later, Senators Kyle Turris scored an empty-net goal, making it 4-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 18 saves on 21 shots. Rask finishes the season with a 19-10-5 record, a 2.00 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

Onto the next one
The Bruins finish the season 28-14-6 with 62 points, and 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. I will post the Bruins playoffs schedule once it's released.

Capitals power-play beats Bruins

The Bruins couldn't stop the Capitals power-play last night and it wound up costing them the game in overtime. The Capitals beat the Bruins in overtime 3-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Andrew Ference scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Capitals Mike Green scored two power-play goals, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Capitals Eric Fehr scored a power-play goal, to win the game for the Capitals 3-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 19-9-5 with a 1.97 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

Jaromir Jagr had the flu and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-13-6 with 62 points and in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins play their last regular season game later today at 7pm ET when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bruins play "Bruins hockey" and beat Lightning 2-0

Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton wins the 7th Player Award
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins prsented the 7th Player Award before the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on April 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images
Before the game, the 7th Player Award was handed out to rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton, which is awarded to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2012-13 season.

The Bruins were back to playing "Bruins hockey" last night as they hit, scored, and played defense to beat a struggling Tampa Bay Lightning team that the Bruins should have beat anyways. Can they continue this kind of play against a playoff-caliber team though? We will see.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened, but we did see a spirited bout between Andrew Ference and ex-Bruin Benoit Pouliot. Remember these two fought when Pouliot played on Montreal too. From the replays of the video it looks like maybe Pouliot had his stick high close to Ference's face so that may be why Ference went right at him.

In the second period, Bruins Dennis Seidenberg scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 1-0. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 10th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Also in this period we got to see Bruins Milan Lucic drop the gloves, as it seems like it's been forever, against 6'6" defenseman Keith Aulie. Aulie was no match for Lucic as Lucic handled him pretty easily and got him down to the ice.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 30 shots that he faced and recorded his 5th shutout of the season. Rask is now 19-9-4 with a 1.94 GAA and a .931 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-20 and blocked shots 15-13. The Lightning led the game in shots 30-24 and hits 20-18. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-3.

Besides the fight, Milan Lucic had 4 hits so hopefully he is on his way back to the way he can play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-13-5 with 61 points and in 1st place in the Northeast Division (Montreal also has 61 points but they've played one more game than Boston). The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when the Bruins play at the Washington Capitals at 7pm ET. The Bruins have 2 games left in the regular season.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Flyers pound Bruins 5-2

The Bruins didn't show up last night and got pounded by the Philadelphia Flyers (in 12th place in Eastern Conference out of 15 teams) and lost 5-2. Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn't happy after the game.

"That was definitely a step back in our game," Julien told reporters. "You know, really poor puck management and poor decision making. To me, that's a reflection of the guys not being ready to play. At one point, they've got to take the accountability of not being ready. We do a lot of work to prepare and it certainly reflects on us as well as a whole team, the coaching staff and everyone else. "Too much of that lately and not enough focus. We're running out of time to get this stuff going. You always hope that its’ some sort of a wakeup call, but with the way the season's gone, you're questioning whether it will or not. Only time will tell."

...

"Let's stay away from excuses because it's not gonna work," Julien snapped. "Excuses is a lot of BS right now. We need to quit hiding behind those excuses because it's a load of crap."
Source: NESN

Quick game summary
In the first period, Flyers Scott Hartnell scored, making it 1-0 Flyers. Later, Bruins Wade Redden scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Carl Soderberg assisted on Redden's goal, recording his second NHL assist and point.

In the second period, Flyers Matt Read scored, making it 2-1 Flyers. Seven seconds later, Flyers Oliver Lauridsen scored, making it 3-1 Flyers.

In the third period, Flyers Jakub Voracek scored, making it 4-1. Bruins David Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season, making it 4-2. Only 13 seconds later, Flyers Simon Gagne scored, making it 5-2.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin started the game in net, played 39:01 and made 14 saves on 17 shots. Tuukka Rask also came into the game for 20:59 and made 11 saves on 13 shots. Khudobin recorded the loss and is now 9-4-1 with a 2.32 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season. Rask now has a 2.00 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-30, hits 30-26 and faceoff wins 34-30. The Flyers led the game in blocked shots 20-13. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 hits and 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-13-5 with 59 points and 1st place in the Northeast Division (tied with Montreal with 59 points but Montreal has played 1 more game than the Bruins). The Bruins are 4-5-1 in last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30pm ET in Boston.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bruins beat Panthers to end losing streak

Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins shakes hands with one of the first responders from the Boston Marathon tragedy after the game
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins shakes hands with one of the first responders from the Boston Marathon tragedy after the game against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on April 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins ended their 4-game losing streak on Sunday by shutting out the Florida Panthers 3-0. The best part of today was after the game where the Bruins players gave their jerseys off their backs to the first responders from the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Jaromir Jagr scored his 16th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Bruins Carl Soderberg recorded his 1st NHL point with an assist on Jagr's goal.

In the second period, Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 18th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 3-0 Bruins.

Bruins Gregory Campbell talks about the giving the jerseys off of their backs after the game

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 28 shots that he faced to record his 4th shutout of the season. Rask is now 18-9-4 with a 1.96 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-28, hits 33-20 and faceoff wins 27-21. The Panthers led the game in blocked shots 12-11. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power-play.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid were both out of the lineup due to injuries sustained from the game vs Pittsburgh. Milan Lucic and Wade Redden were in the lineup to replace Horton and McQuaid.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-12-5 with 59 points and tied for 1st place in the Northeast Division with Montreal, although the Bruins have 1 game in hand on Montreal. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30pm ET.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bruins drop 4th straight, lose 3-2 to Penguins

Penguins vs Bruins pre-game
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins watches the jumbo tron video prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Penguins were without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal but they were still able to beat the Bruins 3-2 on Saturday, sending the Bruins to their 4th straight loss. The Bruins players held a players chat in the last few days and played much better today with some passion.

The Bruins had two fights in the first period which has been rare recently as Adam McQuaid took on Tanner Glass and Nathan Horton fought Jarome Iginla. Horton looked to hurt his hand or wrist in the fight and did not return to the game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Penguins Jussi Jokinen scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, Penguins Jarome Iginla scored a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Penguins. Later, Penguins Kris Letang scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1 Penguins. Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 16th goal of the season with 3 seconds left in the game, making it 3-2.

Penguins Matt Cooke on his knees looking like he's about to cry and maybe he crapped his pants too
Penguins Matt Cooke on his knees looking like he's about to cry and maybe he crapped his pants too (Photo via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 17-9-4 with a 2.02 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-24, hits 35-30 and faceoff wins 43-29. The Penguins led the game in blocked shots 16-6. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Penguins went 2-for-6.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 8 shots. Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece. Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots apiece.

Player notes
Bruins Milan Lucic was a healthy scratch and Carl Soderberg made his NHL debut. Soderberg wore #34 and had 16:10 of time, 0 shots, 2 PIMs and 1 giveaway.

Adam McQuaid took a low cheapshot hit from who else but Matt Cooke, and missed some of the game but came back later.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-12-5 with 57 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division (2 points behind Montreal who have played 2 more games than Boston). The next game for the Bruins is on Sunday when they host the Florida Panthers at 12:30pm ET.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins game rescheduled

Tonight's Bruins vs Penguins game has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:30pm ET. This is due to the current manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. May everyone stay safe and we hope the suspect is brought to justice without any more injuries or lives being taken.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Emotional night for Bruins but can't beat Sabres

Bruins and Sabres players salute the Boston fans after the game
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: The Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres raise their sticks in salute to the fans at the TD Garden on April 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
What an emotional night it was in Boston as the Bruins took on the Buffalo Sabres. The pre-game had a moment of silence for those that were lost on Monday and then the crowd took over the singing of the National Anthem from Rene Rancourt. It was a great moment to watch and could choke up anyone. Watch the touching National Anthem below. The Bruins would continue their up-and-down play this season as they looked like the team we've been watching the past month and the Sabres would win the game in a shootout 3-2.

Boston Bruins post-Marathon Anthem and video 4/17/13

Pre-game pictures (photos by Getty)
Sabres vs Bruins pre-game
Sabres vs Bruins pre-game
Sabres vs Bruins pre-game
Sabres vs Bruins pre-game

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 9th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins-killer Sabres Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Sabres Cody Hodgson scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, no one scored.

In the shootout, Bruins Tyler Seguin didn't score; Sabres Thomas Vanek didn't score; Bruins Patrice Bergeron didn't score; Sabres Nathan Gerbe didn't score; Bruins Brad Marchand didn't score; and Sabres Drew Stafford scored to win the game for the Sabres.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins and made 30 saves on 32 shots. This season, Khudobin is now 9-3-1 with a 2.20 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in shots 43-32 and faceoff wins 36-20. The Sabres led the game in hits 28-20 and blocked shots 13-7. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Sabres went 2-for-6.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 hits. Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots apiece.

Player notes
Defenseman Wade Redden made his Bruins debut, wearing #6, and had 12:42 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-11-5 with 57 points (tied with Montreal with 57 points, but Montreal has played 1 more game). The next game for the Bruins is on Friday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm ET.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bruins vs Senators game canceled

Tonight's Bruins vs Senators game has been canceled and will be rescheduled due to the tragedy that happened today in Boston. All of our prayers and thoughts are with the families of those who are affected.

The next game for the Bruins will be on Wednesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres in Boston at 7:30pm ET.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hurricanes outplay and beat Bruins 4-2

Hurricanes Jeff Skinner shoots on Bruins Tuukka Rask
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 13: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes takes a shot on yet as goaltender Tuukka Rask #40 and defenseman Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins attempt to protect the goal during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 13, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
Another game, another let down and another loss as the Hurricanes outplayed the Bruins and beat the Bruins 4-2. If the Bruins keep playing this way, make the playoffs and play like this in them, they will lose in the first round of the playoffs. Jaromir Jagr played the best and hardest in this game for the Bruins while a lot of others on the Bruins didn't look so good.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Hurricanes Kevin Westgarth and they had more of a grapple-technical type of fight with it most likely a draw. Later, during a scrum, Hurricanes Jay Harrison went right after Bruins Zdeno Chara and they dropped the gloves and went at it with Chara getting the edge in that fight. Maybe Harrison remembered when Chara went after him last season? That was when Hurricanes Cam Ward had some words for Chara and Tuukka Rask after the fight. Hey Cam, do you have anything to say about this fight? Not too long after the Chara-Harrison fight, Hurricanes Jeff Skinner scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. The second faceoff after the Hurricanes goal, Bruins Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Hurricanes Nicolas Blanchard and they had a wild-swinging fight with not much landing by either guy, and that was a draw.

In the second period, Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty scored, making it 2-1 Hurricanes. Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 15th goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, Hurricanes Joe Corvo scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2 Hurricanes. Hurricanes Jiri Tlusty scored an empty net goal to put the game away 4-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 17-8-4 with a 1.99 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 37-29. The Hurricanes led the game in shots 38-30, hits 31-16 and blocked shots 17-13. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Hurricanes 2-for-3.

Jaromir Jagr led the Bruins with 5 shots. Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk all had 3 hits to lead the Bruins. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-11-4 with 56 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division (1 point behind Montreal and they've played the same amount of games). The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the Ottawa Senators at 7pm ET. There are only 7 games left in the season.

Bruins sign Carl Söderberg to 3-year contract

Carl Söderberg
Carl Söderberg
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that the Bruins have signed forward Carl Soderberg to a 3-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. Soderberg is 27 years old, 6'3", 218 pounds and his annual cap hit will be $1 million. He will be eligible to play this season and in the playoffs.

It's good to see that the Bruins were able to work something out with Swedish Elite League as there was word that they were trying to block Soderberg from coming to the NHL. The Bruins definitely need some help with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand out with concussions and hope Soderberg can contribute.

Chiarelli issued the following statement in regards to Soderberg:

"We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big strong two way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week."

In 54 games with Linkoping HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Soderberg has registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward is ranked 1st the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18). Linköping HC and Soderberg were eliminated from the Swedish Elite League Playoffs on Friday, April 5 with the final series score of 4-1.

In 2011-12, Soderberg was second on Linköping HC in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).
Source

Friday, April 12, 2013

Islanders beat Bruins 2-1

Tuukka Rask makes a save against the Islanders
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders at the TD Garden on April 11, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Islanders defeated the Bruins 2-1. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders aren't a pushover team this season and showed it tonight as they beat the Bruins 2-1. At times it was painful to watch the Bruins with the turnovers, bad decisions and slow skating they showed. The score says 2-1 but it wasn't even that close as the Islanders dominated most of the game but Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Islanders Josh Bailey scored, making it 1-0.

In the second period, Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 14th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Later, Islanders Josh Bailey scored again, making it 2-1 Islanders.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 34 saves on 36 shots. Rask is now 17-7-4 with a 1.95 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 19-14 and faceoff wins 22-19. The Islanders led the game in shots 36-31 and blocked shots 16-7. The Bruins went 1-for-1 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-1.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Adam McQuaid returned to the lineup and Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-10-4 with 56 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm ET. The Bruins have 8 games left in the season.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Brad Marchand has a mild concussion

Bruins Brad Marchand gets elbowed in the head by Devils Anton Volchenkov
Bruins Brad Marchand gets elbowed in the head by Devils Anton Volchenkov.
Today it was confirmed by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli that Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Also, Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov was suspended for 4 games for his cheapshot elbow to Marchand's head.

NHL's Brendan Shanahan explanation of Anton Volchenkov suspension

Bruins beat Devils despite letting them back in the game

The good news is that the Bruins got the two points in their game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night. The bad news is that the Bruins let the Devils back into the game, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton were no-shows once again, and Brad Marchand was injured by a cheapshot and may have a concussion.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 1:10 into the game, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 1-0. Less than four minutes later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 8th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making it 2-0. Later, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 4th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-0. Later, Devils Patrick Elias scored, making it 4-1. Later, Devils Travis Zajac scored a short-handed goal, making it 4-2. Also during the period, Devils Anton Volchenkov received an elbowing major and game misconduct as he elbowed Bruins Brad Marchand in the head. Marchand had to be helped off of the ice by his teammates and he did not return to the game. He looked woozy going off the ice and likely has a concussion and Volchenkov will probably get suspended again. He will be a repeat offender with this hit and it should give him a longer suspension.

Anton Volchenkov elbows, concusses Brad Marchand w/SlowMo 4/10/13

In the third period, Devils Andy Greene scored, making it 4-3. A little later, Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 5-3. Late in the game, Devils Matt D'Agostini scored, making it 5-4. The game would end 5-4 Bruins.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 28 shots. Khudobin is now 9-3-0 with a 2.23 GAA and a .924 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-25 and blocked shots 10-8. The Devils led the game in shots 28-18 and hits 13-11. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Devils went 0-for-8.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

The Krejci-Lucic-Horton line looked lost out there as they all went -2 in the game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-9-4 with 56 points and 1st place in the Northeast Division. The next game for the Bruins is later tonight when they host the New York Islanders at 7pm ET in Boston.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chris Kelly returns in Bruins 6-2 win over Canes

Tuukka Rask makes save against the Carolina Hurricanes
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against Riley Nash #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden on April 8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins dominated most of the game on Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes even though the Canes made a good effort at the start and in the end of the game. The Bruins wound up winning the game 6-2 and hopefully the Bruins offense has found their game. Jaromir Jagr had 2 assists while Brad Marchand scored twice. Dennis Seidenberg recorded 3 assists in the win as well while being a team-best +4. Forward Chris Kelly made his return to the Bruins lineup.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 1-0. A little more than four minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 15th goal of the season, making it 2-0. The Hurricanes then pulled Justin Peters, as he allowed 2 goals on 4 shots, and Dan Ellis came into the game. Later, Brad Marchand scored his 16th goal of the season, making it 3-0.

In the second period, Bruins Andrew Ference scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 4-0. Later in the period, Bruins Jordan Caron scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 5-0.

In the third period, Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer scored, making it 5-1. Only 45 seconds later, Hurricanes Drayson Bowman scored, making it 5-2. Later in the period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 6-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 40 saves on 42 shots. Rask is now 17-6-4 with a 1.95 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 15-13. The Hurricanes led the game in shots 42-36, hits 20-15 and faceoff wins 39-35. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Hurricanes went 0-for-1.

Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 5 shots apiece. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 25-9-4 with 54 points, which is 2nd place in the Northeast Division behind Montreal. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the New Jersey Devils at 7:30pm ET.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Canadiens beat Bruins 2-1 in last season game against each other

Montreal scores on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
MONTREAL, CANADA - APRIL 6: Goaltender Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks over his shouler as the puck enters the net during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on April 6, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
It was another close game in the heated Bruins-Canadiens rivalry but the Canadiens showed they were more hungry and ended up beating the Bruins 2-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk scored, making it 1-0. Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski made a weak attempt to clear the puck from the zone, Montreal got the puck and the puck eventually goes off Bartkowski's skate and into the net. During the period, Bruins David Krejci laid out Canadiens Brendan Gallagher with a huge hit and Francis Bouillon tried to go after Krejci but Andrew Ference stepped in and ragdolled Bouillon down to the ice. Later, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin took a run at Bruins Milan Lucic but Lucic saw him coming and Emelin wound up on the ice and injured.

In the second period, less than a minute in the period, Canadiens Michael Ryder scored a power-play goal off a deflection, making it 2-0 Montreal. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened. The Bruins had a power-play in the final minute of the game and pulled goalie Tuukka Rask, but for whatever reason the Bruins players on the ice kept passing the puck around the perimeter in the Canadiens zone and had zero shots on net.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 27 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 16-6-4 with a 1.95 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season.

The Canadiens led the game in shots 29-27, hits 25-23, faceoff wins 35-33 and blocked shots 23-13. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play and the Canadiens went 1-for-1 on the power-play.

Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-9-4 with 52 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division. Montreal leads the division with 55 points (with 1 more game played than the Bruins). The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston at 7pm ET.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Jagr scores only goal in win vs Devils

Jaromir Jagr of the Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 4: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to the game agains the New Jersey Devils on April 2, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
It was a defensive match up but the Bruins got a lucky bounce by their newest player, Jaromir Jagr, getting the only goal of the game and the Bruins would hang on to beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0. The Bruins are now on a 3-game winning streak.

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

In the second period, Bruins Jaromir Jagr scored his 15th goal of the season, the 1st as a Bruin, as a Brad Marchand pass went off Jagr's skate and into the net past Martin Brodeur, making it 1-0.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 40 shots that he faced. Rask is now 16-5-4 with a 1.94 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season. This was Rask's 3rd shutout of the season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-18. The Devils led the game in shots 40-26, faceoff wins 28-23 and blocked shots 14-13. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Jaromir Jagr led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits and 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-8-4 with 52 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Montreal Canadiens at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Patrice Bergeron has a moderate concussion

Patrice Bergeron with the Frank Selke Trophy for Best Defensive Forward in 2012
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins poses after winning the Frank Selke Trophy during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also gave updates on forwards Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly. Bergeron was injured in Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators when Colin Greening's shoulder or elbow hit Bergeron in the head when they were both reaching for the puck and Bergeron left the game after that. Chiarelli confirmed that Bergeron did suffer a "moderate" concussion and he will be out of the lineup indefinitely. This is Bergeron's fourth career concussion (#1 from cheapshot by Flyers Randy Jones, #2 from collision with Hurricanes Dennis Seidenberg, #3 from Flyers in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals).

"I talked to Patrice - Patrice suffered a concussion, described as moderate," said Chiarelli. "I talked to him probably about an hour ago, he was in very good spirits, he was out walking today."

For Bergeron, especially with his concussion history, Chiarelli said that the alternate captain was "annoyed at it; he was emotional last night."

"I don't know when you'll see him again, but he sounded really good, and we'll work together in getting him back."

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As for Bergeron's timetable, Chiarelli said he "won't have any further update until I have some significant information for you. But long story short is he got hit in the back below the ear - he said his neck is very sore. That's as much as I know."
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Chiarelli also said that Chris Kelly, who is out with a broken left tibia, should be back soon. He didn't give a date so it's hard to tell what he may mean by "soon" so I'm going to guess maybe in a week.

Bruins 2013 trade deadline deals

The first move that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made was a minor trade, trading away forward Max Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Rob Flick.

Flick has skated in 51 games with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) this season and has registered three goals and two assists with 97 penalty minutes (ranks fifth on the team). The 22-year old centerman has appeared in 96 AHL games, tallying 10 goals and 8 assists with 188 penalty minutes during that span.

Sauve has skated in 52 games this year with the Providence Bruins (AHL) and has scored 10 goals and earned 13 assists. In total, Sauve has appeared in 158 games with the P-Bruins and has registered 44 goals and 45 assists.
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Wade Redden
ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 9: Wade Redden #6 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Anaheim Ducks in an NHL game on February 9, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
The second move that Chiarelli pulled off was acquiring veteran defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues for a conditional 7th round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The draft pick becomes a 6th round pick in 2014 if Redden plays 1 or more games in the playoffs this year.

I think getting Redden was a good move as he should be a good 5th or 6th defenseman for the Bruins. Remember, he use to play with Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly in Ottawa so he knows a few faces in the Bruins dressing room.

Redden has appeared in 23 games this year with the St. Louis Blues, scoring two goals and three assists with 11 penalty minutes. The 35-year-old blueliner has skated in 1017 NHL games between Ottawa Senators (1995-2008), New York Rangers (2008-2010) and the St. Louis Blues (2012-2013) in his career and has registered 108 goals and 347 assists for 455 points during that span. Redden skated in his 1,000 NHL game on February 7, 2013 against the Detroit Red Wings and is the 10th active defenseman to reach that milestone.

The 6'2", 205-pound native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round (second overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He is a former teammate of current Bruins Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly during his stint with the Senators.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bruins beat Senators 3-2 in exciting back and forth game

Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredson at the ceremonial puck drop
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 2: Ceremonial puck drop with Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist Victoria Arlen with the Captain of Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara #33 and Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators at the TD Garden on April 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
First the bad news, as Bruins Patrice Bergeron left in the second period and did not return to the game after getting hit in the head by the elbow or shoulder of Ottawa's Colin Greening as both reached for a puck. We all know that Bergeron had concussion issues in the past and the way he stayed down on the ice after the hit and then slowly got up and went to the dressing room makes you think that it may be another one, but hopefully not.

The good news is that the Bruins looked alive and finally skated for a full game which would help them come out on top 3-2 against the Ottawa Senators. Also, the Bruins made a trade before the game, maybe ten to fifteen years too late, but they acquired forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars without giving up a regular-playing player.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Senators Colin Greening scored, making it 1-0 Senators. Less than a minute later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Only 1:01 later, Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Senators Andre Benoit scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Anton Khudobin played in net for the Bruins and made 45 saves on 47 shots. Khudobin is now 8-3-0 with a 2.07 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 50-47, hits 33-26, faceoff wins 28-26 and blocked shots 17-8. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 12 shots. Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 6 hits. Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-8-4 with 50 points and in 2nd place in the Northeast Division (one point behind the Montreal Canadiens for 1st place with the same amount of games played). The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the New Jersey Devils in Boston at 7pm ET.

Bruins acquire Jaromir Jagr in trade with Stars

Jaromir Jagr
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 12: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Nashville Predators at the American Airlines Center on March 12, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced tonight that the Bruins have acquired veteran forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars for forward Lane MacDermid, the rights to unsigned draft pick Cody Payne and a conditional second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 2013 second round pick will become a 2013 first round pick if the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This season with the Dallas Stars, Jagr has played 34 games, scored 14 goals, has 12 assists, totaling 26 points. He has 6 power-play goals and a 16% shooting percentage.

So where will Jagr play in the Bruins lineup? Maybe with fellow Czech David Krejci? Jagr plays right wing and Nathan Horton is hot right now so it's going to be a tough decision to make for Claude Julien.

The two-time Stanley Cup Champion (Pittsburgh, 1991, 1992) has skated in a total of 1,380 NHL games (37th NHL all-time), notching 679 goals (10th NHL all-time) and 1,000 assists (12th NHL all-time). His career 1,679 points rank eighth on the NHL’s all-time list. Jagr has been named the Art Ross Trophy winner five times in his career (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and has been selected to the NHL All-Star game on 12 occasions (1992-1994, 1996-2004).

In his 18-year NHL career with Pittsburgh, Washington, New York Rangers, Philadelphia and Dallas, Jagr has never earned a sub-50 point campaign and has the most 50-plus-point seasons in that time span. Jagr notched 15-straight 70+ point seasons from 1992 to 2008, which is an NHL record.
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NHL.com video talking about Jaromir Jagr trade