Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins playoff schedule

Below is the playoff schedule for the Bruins in round 3 vs the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Game 1 - Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8pm ET, Boston at Pittsburgh, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2 - Monday, June 3, 2013 at 8pm ET, Boston at Pittsburgh, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 3 - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 8pm ET, Pittsburgh at Boston, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4 - Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8pm ET, Pittsburgh at Boston, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 - Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 8pm ET, Boston at Pittsburgh, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at TBD, Pittsburgh at Boston, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at TBD, Boston at Pittsburgh, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS

*If necessary

My prediction is Bruins win this series in 7 games.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers game 5 summary

Bruins players salute the fans after they beat the NY Rangers and win the series
BOSTON, MA - MAY 25: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins salutes the fans after the win against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins are moving onto the Eastern Conference Finals as they beat the New York Rangers in Game 5 today to end the series. The Bruins had the better chances throughout the game and played better to get the win. The Bruins 4th line again played great and got the eventual game winning goal.

Quick game summary
In the first period, we had a little rough stuff as Rangers Derek Dorsett was messing with Bruins Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton came in. Thornton and Dorsett then dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight but neither really landed any punches as Dorsett made sure to hold on for dear life. Dorsett went down to the ice with Thornton on top and Dorsett wouldn't let Thornton go until the refs came in and it took a while to break them apart. A few minutes later, Rangers Dan Girardi scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Rangers.

In the second period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, with 51 seconds left in the game and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, an empty-net goal, securing the 3-1 win for the Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 8-4-1 with a 2.22 GAA and a .928 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-29, hits 35-25 and blocked shots 16-13. The Rangers led the game in faceoff wins 29-28. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Rangers went 1-for-2.

Jaromir Jagr led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins have won the series 4-1 against the New York Rangers and move onto the Eastern Conference Finals and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Of course we all know what happened during the season between these two teams when the Bruins had a deal for Flames Jarome Iginla but he declinded that trade and asked to be traded to the Penguins. This should definitely be a hard-fought long series. When the Bruins-Penguins playoff series schedule is released, I'll post it here on the blog.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers game 4 summary

Rangers get a freebie goal as Tuukka Rask lost his balance and the puck went by him and into the net
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Goalie Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins watches the puck go in the net on a second period goal scored by Carl Hagelin (not pictured) #62 of the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Bruins started the game in control and dominated the Rangers but once the Rangers scored their first goal they gained momentum and played better. The Bruins and Rangers would go back and forth scoring goals and eventually go into overtime where the Rangers would win it as Dougie Hamilton couldn't get his man and Chris Kreider was able to tip the puck into the net on a 2-on-2 rush. The series is now 3-1 and will go to Boston on Saturday.

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

In the second period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 5th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Rangers Carl Hagelin scored, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Rangers Derek Stepan scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Bruins Tyler Seguin scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Rangers Brian Boyle scored, tying the game 3-3.

In overtime, Rangers Chris Kreider scored to win the game for the Rangers.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 32 shots. Rask is now 7-4-1 with a 2.33 GAA and a .925 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-32, faceoff wins 29-25 and blocked shots 21-17. The Rangers led the game in hits 40-24. The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Rangers went 1-for-4.

Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand had 6 shots apiece to lead the Bruins. Shawn Thornton had 5 hits to lead the Bruins. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 7 blocked shots.

The Rangers scratched Brad Richards and Aaron Asham, as they dressed tough guys Kris Newbury and Micheal Haley.

Onto the next one
The series is now 3-1, with the Bruins leading it. Game 5 will be on Saturday in Boston at 5:30pm ET.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers game 3 summary

The Bruins 4th line celebrates the eventual game winning goal
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with teammates Shawn Thornton #22 and Daniel Paille after scoring a goal in the third period to tie the score 1-1 against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Bruins 4th line had another strong game and in this game they scored the eventual game winner. Daniel Paille scored the game winner and he also had an assist too. Shawn Thornton had 2 assists and he also won the faceoff on the shift that Paille's goal was scored on. Gregory Campbell picked up an assist too. The Bruins will look to put away the Rangers on Thursday in New York.

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

In the second period, Rangers Taylor Pyatt scored, making it 1-0 Rangers.

In the third period, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1. Under four minutes left in the period, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 23 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 7-3 with a 2.19 GAA and a .930 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-24, faceoff wins 34-21 and blocked shots 20-17. The Rangers led the game in hits 37-28. The Bruins had no power-plays while the Rangers went 0-for-2.

Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 4 shots apiece. Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 6 hits. Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots apiece.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 3-0. Game 4 is on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00pm ET in New York.

7 wins down, 9 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers game 2 summary

 Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals
BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The three young rookie Bruins defensemen that are playing because of injuries have been stepping it up in this series and again in Game 2 as they played well and contributed to the offense and on defense. Torey Krug came up huge, scoring a goal and adding an assist and was +2, while Matt Bartkowski had an assist and was +2, and Dougie Hamilton had an assist but was -1. The Bruins had more control of the game than the Rangers did, even though the Rangers kept tying the game up in the first and second periods. After the Rick Nash goal in the second period the Bruins would stop the Rangers from scoring again in the game and they looked like the better team.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins rookie Torey Krug scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. Krug now has 2 career NHL playoff goals in 2 career NHL playoff games. Less than three minutes later, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1 Bruins. Only 56 seconds later, Rangers Rick Nash scored, tying the game up 2-2. Later, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, making it 3-2 Bruins.

In the third period, 26 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 4-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, making it 5-2 Bruins. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with scrapper Derek Dorsett, who fought a lot during his Columbus days, and Campbell held his own but decision to Dorsett in this ok fight.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 35 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 6-3 with a 2.32 GAA and a .928 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 36-33 and blocked shots 15-12. The Rangers led the game in shots 37-32 and faceoff wins 30-28. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Rangers went 0-for-5.

Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Zdeno Chara and Rich Peverley all had 3 shots apiece to lead the Bruins. Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 5 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30pm ET in New York.

6 wins down, 10 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers game 1 summary

Bruins players celebrate Brad Marchand's overtime winning goal
BOSTON, MA - MAY 16: The Boston Bruins celebrate an over time win against the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game 1 looked to be a matchup between two even teams with goalies making great saves to keep their team in the game. The game went to overtime and the Bruins took over the game and Brad Marchand finished it with his first playoff goal from a great pass from Patrice Bergeron.

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

In the second period, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. With two seconds left in the period, Rangers Ryan McDonagh scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, only fourteen seconds into the period, Rangers Derek Stepan scored, making it 2-1 Rangers. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, tying it 2-2.

In overtime, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 3-2 and winning the game for the Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 33 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 5-3 with a 2.36 GAA and a .926 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 48-35, hits 51-44 and faceoff wins 37-30. The Rangers led the game in blocked shots 29-21. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Rangers went 0-for-3.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 9 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Sunday, May 19th, at 3pm ET in Boston.

5 wins down, 11 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bruins vs Rangers playoff schedule

Both the Bruins and the New York Rangers closed out their playoff series last night and will face each other in round 2 starting on Thursday. Below is the playoff schedule for the Bruins in round 2 vs the New York Rangers.

Game 1 - Thursday, May 16th, Rangers @ Bruins, 7:30pm, TV: RDS, TSN, NBCSN
Game 2 - Sunday, May 19th, Rangers @ Bruins, 3:00pm, TV: NBC, RDS, TSN
Game 3 - Tuesday, May 21st, Bruins @ Rangers, 7:30pm, TV: RDS, TSN, NBCSN
Game 4 - Thursday, May 23rd, Bruins @ Rangers, 7:00pm, TV: RDS, TSN, CNBC
*Game 5 - Saturday, May 25th, Rangers @ Bruins, TBD, TV: RDS, TSN
*Game 6 - Monday, May 27th, Bruins @ Rangers, TBD, TV: RDS, TSN
*Game 7 - Wednesday, May 29th, Rangers @ Bruins, TBD, TV: RDS, TSN

*If necessary

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 7 summary

Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara celebrate Bergeron's game winning and series winning goal
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37 and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Wow what a game. What a finish. The Bruins were down 4-1 in the third period and wound up tying the game and sending it to overtime. Patrice Bergeron would score the game winner and send the Bruins to round 2 of the playoffs. What a series as Toronto played better than the Bruins and pushed them to the limit but in the end the Bruins were able to make an incredible comeback and win the series. The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 after trailing by 3 goals in the 3rd period with this win. Watch the game 7 highlights video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Matt Bartkowski scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Leafs Cody Franson scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Leafs Cody Franson scored, making it 2-1 Leafs.

In the third period, Leafs Phil Kessel scored, making it 3-1 Leafs. Leafs Nazem Kadri scored, making it 4-1 Leafs. Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, making it 4-2. With less than two minutes left in the period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 4-3. With 51 seconds left in the period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 4-4.

In overtime, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, winning the game 5-4 and the series 4-3 for the Bruins.

Boston Bruins players celebrate their series win over the Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: The Boston Bruins celebrate an overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 4-3 with a 2.49 GAA and a .923 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-28 and faceoff wins 43-18. The Leafs led the game in hits 47-46 and blocked shots 15-7. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were out of the lineup and Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton were in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg only played 0:37 as he hurt something and couldn't play in the rest of the game. Matt Bartkowski (24:51) and Dougie Hamilton (21:08) picked up a lot of ice time, although Zdeno Chara (35:46) had Johnny Boychuk (28:30) had the most ice time of all Bruins players.

Some concerning stats
In the Bruins-Leafs series, Tyler Seguin only had 1 assist and no goals in the 7 games; Brad Marchand had no goals in the 7 games; and Chris Kelly was -4 and had 0 points in the 7 games.

Onto the next one
The Bruins won the series and move onto the second round and will face the New York Rangers. The Bruins-Rangers series will start on Thursday in Boston. I will post the series schedule when it is released.

4 wins down, 12 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 6 summary

Leafs Phil Kessel scores on Tuukka Rask
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 12: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores a third period goal in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 12, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not much to say about this one other than the Leafs outplayed and wanted this game more than the Bruins and they showed it. The Leafs beat the Bruins 2-1 and there will be a game 7 tomorrow night in Boston. It's do or die time now Bruins.

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

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Leafs Dion Phaneuf scored, making it 1-0 Leafs. Leafs Phil Kessel scored, making it 2-0 Leafs. With 26 seconds left in the game, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 3-3 with a 2.28 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-26 and faceoff wins 40-20. The Leafs led the game in hits 58-50 and blocked shots 20-17. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-1.

Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 4 shots apiece. Dougie Hamilton, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 hits apiece.

Andrew Ference was out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury. Dougie Hamilton was in the lineup, his second career NHL playoff game. Wade Redden was back in the lineup and Matt Bartkowski was out.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 3-3. Game 7 is tomorrow (Monday) in Boston at 7pm ET.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 5 summary

Tyler Bozak scores on Tuukka Rask
BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 10, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
There will be a game 6 in Toronto as the Leafs beat the Bruins 2-1 tonight. The Bruins didn't show up for the first two periods and couldn't get much going as the Leafs were getting chance after chance but Tuukka Rask was there to stop them.

The Leafs would get a break as Andrew Ference on the power-play bobbled the puck and Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway. The Leafs second goal came from a turnover as Johnny Boychuk made a pass off the boards to Nathan Horton but the puck bounced away from Horton. MacArthur took the puck, went into the zone, went right around Boychuk and put the puck past Rask. That would be the game-winner.

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

In the second period, Leafs Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal, making it 1-0 Leafs.

In the third period, Leafs Clarke MacArthur scored, making it 2-0 Leafs. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1. The Bruins couldn't tie up the game at the end even with goalie Tuukka Rask pulled.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 31 saves on 33 shots. Rask is now 3-2 with a 2.32 GAA and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 44-33 and faceoff wins 34-27. The Leafs led the game in hits 46-39 and blocked shots 27-13. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-1.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 8 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Defenseman Wade Redden was out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury and recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski was in the lineup. Bartkowski finished -1 in 6:40 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins lead the series 3-2 now. Game 6 is on Sunday in Toronto at 7:30pm ET.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 4 summary


TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 8: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins scores in overtime as Ryan O'Byrne #23 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 8, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
What a game tonight's game 4 was between the Bruins and Leafs as it was a back and forth battle. Both teams made mistakes and the other team capitalized on some. The game would go to overtime and David Krejci would get the hat trick by scoring the game winner and giving the Bruins a 3-1 series lead.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored, making it 1-0 Leafs. Late in the period, Leafs Cody Franson scored, making it 2-0 Leafs.

In the second period, 32 seconds in, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 2-1. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, tying the game 2-2. Less than four minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal on a sweet one-timer, making it 3-2 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Leafs Clarke MacArthur scored, tying the game 3-3.

In the third period, no one scored.

In overtime, Bruins David Krejci scored the game winner, his 5th goal of the playoffs and 3rd of the game getting a hat trick, making it a 4-3 win for the Bruins. On the play Nathan Horton took a knee-on-knee hit from Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, as Phaneuf moved up to deliver the big hit. Horton was able to move the puck up to Krejci before the hit, taking the hit to make the play. We hope he is ok but he was down on the ice after the hit and the CBC feed didn't show him after that. For those who saw the NESN feed, did they show Horton after the hit?

Stop the diving
James van Riemsdyk's acting skills along with his faking and divingOh my, we hope James van Riemsdyk is ok and not "seriously" injured from his little altercation with David Krejci. Krejci must have put a good choke hold on van Riemsdyk as he went down to the ice quickly. For real though, van Riemsdyk has been faking and diving this whole series trying to draw calls, as he drew two tonight. Stop with the throwing your head back, making faces of agony and dropping to the ice. Even though it's hilarious, it's really embarrassing, sad and pathetic. This isn't the NBA or soccer.

Update: Days of Y'Orr has an animated GIF of another incident, this one with Leafs Joffrey Lupul embellishing and getting hit with his own stick. Chara got a penalty for this, basically for doing nothing and Lupul diving.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 41 saves on 44 shots. Rask is now 3-1 with a 2.39 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 41-34. The Leafs led the game in shots 48-45, hits 71-49 and blocked shots 31-20. The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-4.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 8 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 7 hits and 7 blocked shots. Nathan Horton had 2 assists and Zdeno Chara had 4 assists.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is on Friday in Boston at 7pm ET.

3 wins down, 13 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 3 summary

Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara celebrate a game 3 win
TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 6: Tuukka Rask #40 and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrate the teams win in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 6, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins played much better in game 3 than they did in game 2 and won 5-2. Toronto could only score power-play goals from some questionable calls.

The big story, at least on social media tonight was the Toronto fan who was holding a blue "Toronto Stronger" sign with a ribbon, copying the "Boston Strong" design. I don't know if the fan didn't get this, but that sign doesn't mock the Bruins or put the Bruins down at all, but he's using the Boston Marathon tragedy, those who died and were injured all for a joke. What a loser. There's even a forum post on Canucks.com with some people laughing about the sign, liking it and thinking there is nothing wrong with it. I guess when your team is down 3-0 and on their way out of the playoffs you got to waste your time somehow.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0.

In the second period, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 2-0. Leafs Jake Gardiner scored a power-play goal, making it 2-1. Less than a minute later, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, making it 3-1. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a short-handed goal, making it 4-1.

In the third period, Leafs Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal, making it 4-2. With 1:17 left in the game, Bruins David Krejci scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, an empty-net goal, making it 5-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 45 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 2-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .929 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 51-48 and faceoff wins 45-30. The Leafs led the game in shots 47-38 and blocked shots 15-14. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Leafs went 2-for-5.

Jaromir Jagr led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 7 hits apiece. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Defenseman Andrew Ference was back in the lineup and Dougie Hamilton was scratched.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is on Wednesday in Toronto at 7pm ET.

2 wins down, 14 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 2 summary

Bruins Shawn Thornton vs Leafs Mark Fraser at the end of the game
Bruins Shawn Thornton vs Leafs Mark Fraser at the end of the game.
(Photo by Getty Images)
The Bruins once again didn't start the game well as Toronto controlled the play and got the better chances. That's the way it was for most of the game but there were a few times where the Bruins showed some life and played well but it wasn't enough as Toronto won game 2 and has tied the series 1-1. Watch the game 2 highlights video here. Game 3 will be in Toronto on Monday. The best part about last night was probably the pre-game with Boston Marathon hero Jeff Bauman inspiring the Boston fans by waiving the Boston Strong flag.

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

In the second period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored a power-play goal tying the game 1-1. Later, Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored again, making it 2-1 Leafs.

In the third period, 53 seconds into the period, Leafs Phil Kessel scored, making it 3-1 Leafs. Kessel was so happy that he finally scored a 5-on-5 goal vs the Bruins that he celebrated as if he won the Stanley Cup. Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 3-2. Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored, making it 4-2 with a great play to get the puck past Rask. That would be all of the scoring in the game.

Also in the third period, Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf threw a hit at Daniel Paille which looked like he caught Paille in the head with his shoulder. Phaneuf received no penalty on the play. Andrew Ference was suspended for game 2 for his elbow to Mikhail Grabovski's head so Phaneuf could be facing a suspension because it was a hit to the head, but with the NHL disciplinary system, who knows.

Dion Phaneuf high hit on Paille w/SlowMo 5/4/13

At the end of the period, Shawn Thornton and Mark Fraser dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight. Thornton got the better of Fraser in that one as he landed a few big punches. Watch the Fraser-Thornton fight here. For all of those complaining about the fight, please go watch tennis or golf. Leafs Leo Komarov started a fight with Bruins Chris Kelly near the end of game 1 and now Thornton started a fight with Fraser in game 2, so we're even now.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 32 shots. Rask is now 1-1 with a 2.54 GAA and a .904 in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-32 and faceoff wins 49-27. The Leafs led the game in hits 44-35 and blocked shots 17-13. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-4.

Dennis Seidenberg was -3 in the game and Jaromir Jagr was -2. Zdeno Chara was a +2 but it was far from a good game for him as he made some mistakes and took a dumb penalty in the third period when the Bruins were trying to come back.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 8 shots. Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk all led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 is on Monday in Toronto at 7pm ET.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Andrew Ference suspended for one game

Andrew Ference suspended for one game for his elbow to the head of Leafs Mikhail Grabovski
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended by the NHL for one game for his elbow to the head of Leafs Mikhail Grabovski in game 1. So we will probably see Dougie Hamilton in the lineup as he was practicing. Also look for Kaspars Daugavins to be out of the lineup and Rich Peverley back in the lineup. Below is video of the Ference elbow.

Bruins Andrew Ference elbows Leafs Mikhail Grabovski

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 1 summary

Shawn Thornton celebrates with Wade Redden after Redden scored a goal
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Wade Redden #6 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins after scoring a goal in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Bruins had a little bit of a tough start but found their game and came back down a goal against the Leafs in game 1 to win it 4-1. It was a tough hard-hitting game that the Bruins started to control late in the first period and then controlled it for the rest of the game. Watch the game 1 highlights video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Leafs. With a little less than four minutes in the period, Bruins Wade Redden scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1. With 12 seconds left in the period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, as he tipped in a shot by Redden, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 4-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened. At the end of the game, Leafs Frazer McLaren was running around trying to hit people. Chris Kelly dropped the gloves with agitator Leo Komarov and had an ok fight with both exchanging noogies. Watch the Komarov-Kelly fight here.

Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins fights against Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins fights against Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 19 saves on 20 shots. Rask is now 1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .950 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-20. The Leafs led the game in hits 37-30, faceoff wins 29-25 and blocked shots 16-8. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-3.

Wade Redden had a goal and an assist. Milan Lucic had 2 assists. David Krejci had a goal and 2 assists.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 7 shots. Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 5 hits. Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton was scratched and Wade Redden was in the lineup which turned out to be a good decision.

Leafs Phil Kessel had one shot on net. Leafs Colton Orr took a lot of penalties (16 PIMs in all) in the game and you have to wonder if he'll be dressed for the next game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Saturday at 7pm ET in Boston.

1 win down, 15 more to bring the Cup back to Boston. My prediction for this series is Bruins in 6 games.