Saturday, June 29, 2013

Nathan Horton will not re-sign with Bruins

Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton (Photo by Getty Images
Wow this is shocking news, as Bruins forward Nathan Horton wants to move on and sign with another team. In his words, he wants a new beginning. Horton has always said how much he loves the city of Boston and the fans so this is quite shocking.

What made Horton change his mind about staying in Boston? His family/wife? Apparently it's not about money, but who knows, we always hear about athletes saying it's not about money but in reality sometimes it is about money. Did something happen for him to change his mind? I don't get it, as you're on a team that just went to the Stanley Cup Finals and you don't want to stay for at least another season to try to win it again? Well we will see what team Horton signs with and the contract details of it to see just how much it's not about the money.

Horton indicated to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli that he was looking for "a new beginning" with a different NHL team, and was going to sign with someone else once he became a free agent on July 5.

No offers were ever exchanged between the team and Horton over the last few months, according to Krepelka, and it had nothing to do with any sort of money considerations.

"Nathan loved and appreciated his time in Boston, but he's looking forward to the chance at a new beginning that's been made available to him via free agency,” said Krepelka. "This was his choice. This wasn't a monetary decision. This was the choice that Nathan thought was best for him."
Source: csnne.com

The NHL Entry Draft is tomorrow and there is talk that teams are calling about Tyler Seguin. Will the Bruins trade Seguin for picks? We will find out what happens tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Updates on Bruins players

Andrew Ference
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins plays against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third overtime of Game One of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Wednesday was breakup day for the Bruins where we found out about some of the injuries that Bruins players were playing through during the playoffs and also some news about some players that will not be coming back for next season.

Injury news
For Patrice Bergeron, besides the cracked rib, torn rib cartilage and separated shoulder, he also had a small puncture in one of his lungs.

Captain Zdeno Chara was playing with a painful hip pointer injury.

Dennis Seidenberg had a pulled hamstring vs the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also had a bone spur in his right elbow.

Tyler Seguin said he had something that's been bothering him for most of his life. Could it be his hips? Didn't we hear about that after last season?

Nathan Horton will have surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

Peter Chiarelli said that he hopes to re-sign Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask. He also said that once Rask is signed, he will work with backup goalie Anton Khudobin to get him re-signed.

Saying goodbye
Chiarelli told Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr and Jay Pandolfo that they will not be re-signed, due to the salary cap.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 6 summary

Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
What a game, what a series. Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks as they beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks came back in the final two minutes of the game to tie the game and then score the eventual game winner. A collapse by the Bruins and a great effort by the Blackhawks.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Blackhawks Jonathan Toews scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 7th goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1 Bruins. With 1:16 left in the period, Blackhawks Bryan Bickell scored, tying the game 2-2. Only 17 seconds later, Blackhawks Dave Bolland scored, making it 3-2 Blackhawks. The game would end and the Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Rask finished the playoffs 14-8-3 with a 1.88 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

The Bruins led the game in hits 37-27 and faceoff wins 36-28. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 31-25 and blocked shots 24-7. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-2.

Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 shots. Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 hits. Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Before the game, Rene Rancourt sang the Star Spangled Banner and got the TD Garden pumped up for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with his four fist pumps. GIF found on Twitter @ErikMalinowski
Rene Rancourt with four fist pumps before Game 6

Player notes
After the game we found out about what Patrice Bergeron was playing through and it wasn't pretty. Bergeron had a cracked rib and torn rib cartilage before game 6, and during game 6 he got a separated shoulder. Playing through all of that is what tough is, that's Bergeron right there. He is just amazing.

Bruins coach Claude Julien also said that Zdeno Chara was not 100% but didn't give any details. It was no surprise to hear that as you could tell by Chara's play that he wasn't 100%.

Jaromir Jagr only played 6:27 in Game 6 as he wasn't the same after taking a hit in the first period.

Looking ahead
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has a lot of decisions to make before next season. The Bruins have unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents.
UFAs: Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Ference, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson, and Anton Khudobin.
RFAs: Tuukka Rask and Kaspars Daugavins.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Patrice Bergeron is day-to-day

Bruins Patrice Bergeron celebrates a goal on June 17, 2013
Bruins Patrice Bergeron celebrates a goal on June 17, 2013
There was no real update on Patrice Bergeron as Bruins coach Claude Julien said today that Bergeron is day-to-day and it's possible that he will play in Game 6 on Monday.

The Bruins flew back to Boston Sunday in preparation for a do-or-die Game Six Monday night at TD Garden - and Patrice Bergeron was with the team.

According to B's Head Coach Claude Julien, the alternate captain is "day-to-day," meaning he could be a possibility to play Monday night against Chicago.

"Day-to-day is really good news to me, anyways," said Julien, before gesturing to media spanned out in front of him during his off-day press conference. "Should be to you guys."

After only playing two short shifts in the second period of Saturday night's Game 5, 3-1 loss to the Hawks, Bergeron did not play for the rest of the game Saturday night and was transported to a local hospital for observation. He was discharged that night, before flying with his teammates. Specifics of the injury are respectfully staying under wraps.

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With Bergeron considered day-to-day, Coach Julien has to consider his options heading into Game 6.

"I don't know if he'll skate tomorrow. He may, and that's what day-to-day is. Again, I'm trying to be as clear as I can here," said Julien, of Bergeron's status.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 5 summary

Chicago's Patrick Kane scores a goal
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks scored a goal in the first period against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in Game Five of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 22, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by HH/Getty Images)
The first period was pretty even between the two teams but the Blackhawks capitalized on a bounce that went their way and went up a goal. The second period saw the Blackhawks getting more chances and going up 2-0. The Bruins would put pressure on Chicago the whole third period and make it 2-1 but Chicago would add an empty-net to put the game away and go up 3-2 in the series. Game 6 is on Monday.

Losing Game 5 was not the only bad news for the Bruins as Patrice Bergeron got injured somehow and wound up going to a hospital for observation. After the game, Claude Julien said that Bergeron may or may not play in Game 6. Blackhawks Jonathan Toews was laid out a few times by Bruins players and did not play in some of the second period and did not play in the third period so he also could have been injured during the game.

Johnny Boychuk crushes Jonathan Toews w/SlowMo 6/22/13

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored, making it 1-0 Blackhawks.

In the second period, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored again, making it 2-0 Blackhawks.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, making it 2-1. With Bruins Tuukka Rask pulled, Blackhawks Dave Bolland scored an empty-net goal, making it 3-1 and the game would end with that score.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 29 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 14-7-3 with a 1.83 GAA and a .941 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 53-22. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 32-25, faceoff wins 33-24 and blocked shots 17-14. The Bruins had no power-plays while the Blackhawks went 0-for-2 on the power-play.

Daniel Paille led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Kaspars Daugavins was scratched and Carl Soderberg was in the lineup. Soderberg looked good for a player that hasn't played in a real game for weeks. When Bergeron went down, Soderberg replaced Bergeron on his line and played with Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand.

Onto the next one
The Blackhawks now lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is on Monday in Boston at 8pm ET.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 4 summary

Blackhawks Brent Seabrook scores the game winning goal in overtime
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 19: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks (not pictured) scores a game winning goal against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in overtime in Game Four of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Blackhawks outplayed the Bruins in the first period but it ended 1-1. The second period had both teams scoring goals making it 4-3. In the third period, the Bruins outplayed the Blackhawks and the scoring went back and forth. The game would go into overtime and the Blackhawks would win it with a Brent Seabrook goal and the series is now tied 2-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Michal Handzus scored a shorthanded goal, making it 1-0 Blackhawks. Later, Bruins Rich Peverley scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Blackhawks Jonathan Toews scored, making it 2-1 Blackhawks. Less than three minutes later, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored, making it 3-1 Blackhawks. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, making it 3-2. Less than a minute later, Blackhawks Marcus Kruger scored, making it 4-2 Blackhawks. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 4-3.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 9th goal of the playoffs, tying the game 4-4. Later, Blackhawks Patrick Sharp scored, making it 5-4 Blackhawks. Less than a minute later, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, tying the game 5-5.

In overtime, Blackhawks Brent Seabrook scored to win the game for the Blackhawks 6-5.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 41 saves on 47 shots. Rask is now 14-6-3 with a 1.83 GAA and a .941 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 44-34 and faceoff wins 39-38. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 47-33 and blocked shots 13-11. The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 1-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Dennis Seidenberg and Rich Peverley led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots apiece.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is on Saturday at 8pm ET in Chicago.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 3 summary

Daniel Paille scores a goal on Corey Crawford
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 17: Daniel Paille #20 of the Boston Bruins scores a goal against Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game Three of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Last night the Bruins outplayed the Blackhawks for most of game 3 and beat the Blackhawks 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Tuukka Rask earned his 3rd shutout of the playoffs.

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

In the second period, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 7th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the third period, no scoring happened. Near the end of the game, Zdeno Chara and Bryan Bickell had a wrestling match on the ice. Brad Marchand and Andrew Shaw dropped the gloves during the Chara-Bickell wrestling match. They fell to the ice shortly after, with Marchand down on the ice on his back and Shaw on top, Shaw then threw a punch at Marchand.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 28 shots he faced. Rask is now 14-5-2 with a 1.64 GAA and a .946 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-28, hits 31-25, faceoff wins 40-16 and blocked shots 17-7. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-5.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Bergeron also went 24-4 in the faceoff circle. Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Before the game the big stories were Zdeno Chara colliding with Milan Lucic and falling to the ice. Chara needed some stitches but was still able to play. Chicago's Marian Hossa did not play in Game 3 and is considered day-to-day.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is on Wednesday at 8pm ET in Boston.

The Bruins are two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup and bringing it back to Boston.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 2 summary

Bruins Daniel Paille scores the game winner in overtime
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks lets in the game-winning goal in the first overtime off of the stick of Daniel Paille #20 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Even though Nathan Horton left game 1 with an injury, he played in game 2 tonight. The Blackhawks dominated the first period but they were only able to score one goal. The Bruins would play better in the second period and tie the game up 1-1. The game went into overtime where Bruins unsung hero Daniel Paille scored the game winner and tied up the series 1-1. The newly made up line of Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin scored both goals for the Bruins and played great together.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Patrick Sharp scored, making it 1-0 Blackhawks.

In the second period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, winning the game 2-1 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 33 saves on 34 shots. Rask is now 13-5-2 with a 1.73 GAA and a .944 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in hits 50-34, faceoff wins 39-33 and blocked shots 18-16. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 34-28. The Bruins went 0-2 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-3.

Jaromir Jagr led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 10 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 is on Monday at 8pm ET in Boston. 3 more wins to bring the Cup back to Boston.

Patrice Bergeron wins 2013 King Clancy Trophy

On Friday, Bruins Patrice Bergeron was named the winner of the 2013 King Clancy Trophy. The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Patrice Bergeron on winning the award:
"It means a lot, it's a huge honor. Obviously, anytime you have the chance to help out the community, it's something that speaks a lot to me and I want to do,” said Bergeron. "Like I said it's a huge honor, and I'm very happy about it. I like to lead by example and just work as hard as I can on and off the ice and help whoever I can."
Source: BostonBruins.com

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks game 1 summary

Blackhawks score game winning goal in the third overtime period
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores the game-winning goal in the third overtime to against goalie Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins to give the Bruins a 4-3 win in Game One of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Last night's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was a really good game that had both teams getting great chances. The game went to a third overtime and the Bruins didn't capitalize on their chances and the Blackhawks were able to get a double deflection past Tuukka Rask to take game 1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 5th goal of the playoffs, making it 2-0 Bruins. Blackhawks Brandon Saad scored, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, making it 3-1 Bruins. Blackhawks Dave Bolland scored, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Blackhawks Johnny Oduya scored, tying the game 3-3.

In the first overtime, no scoring happened.

In the second overtime, no scoring happened.

In the third overtime, Blackhawks Andrew Shaw scored, winning the game 4-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 59 saves on 63 shots. Rask is now 12-5-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .942 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 58-56 and blocked shots 40-23. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 63-54 and hits 61-59. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-3.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 8 shots. Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 10 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 9 blocked shots.

Injuries
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that Gregory Campbell underwent successful surgery to repair his broken right fibula on Monday.

Nathan Horton had to leave the game in the second overtime as it looked like he hurt his shoulder and did not return.

Onto the next one
The Blackhawks now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Saturday at 8pm ET in Chicago.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bruins vs Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals schedule

The Bruins will be facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals this year and below is the schedule.

Game 1 - Wednesday, June 12th, at 8pm ET, Boston at Chicago, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2 - Saturday, June 15th, at 8pm ET, Boston at Chicago, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 3 - Monday, June 17th, at 8pm ET, Chicago at Boston, TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4 - Wednesday, June 19th, at 8pm ET, Chicago at Boston, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 5 - *Saturday, June 22nd, at 8pm ET, Boston at Chicago, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 6 - *Monday, June 24th, at 8pm ET, Chicago at Boston, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 7 - *Wednesday, June 26th, at 8pm ET, Boston at Chicago, TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

*If necessary

My prediction is the Bruins win the series in 7 games.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins game 4 summary

Bruins players celebrate winning the Eastern Conference Finals
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Dennis Seidenberg #44 and Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins celebrate with teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on June 7, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Bruins are going to the Stanley Cup Finals! The Bruins beat the Penguins 1-0 in Game 4 tonight to sweep the Penguins and advance to the finals. The Bruins will either play the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings (right now the Blackhawks lead their series 3-1). The Penguins played better in the first and second periods but the Bruins would play better in the third period and score the only goal of the game.

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

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 2nd goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 26 shots he faced. Rask is now 12-4-1 with a 1.75 GAA and a .943 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 31-28 and blocked shots 19-12. The Penguins led the game in shots 26-24 and hits 33-25. The Bruins and Penguins both went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 4 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 hits and 7 blocked shots.

With Gregory Campbell out for the rest of the playoffs, forward Kaspars Daugavins was in the lineup.

Bruins players have team picture taken with Prince of Wales Trophy
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: The Boston Bruins pose with the Prince of Wales Trophy after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 7, 2013 in Boston, United States. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
After the Bruins win, the whole team posed with the Prince of Wales Trophy for being the Eastern Conference Finals, just as they did back in 2011, and we all know what happened back then.

Onto the next one
The Bruins have swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals 4-0 and will move onto the Stanley Cup Finals.

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

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins game 3 summary

Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand celebrate the overtime winning goal scored by Bergeron
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5 : Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand #63 and Zdeno Chara #33 after scoring in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on June 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Penguins came to play in Game 3 as this was the best they looked during the entire series but the Bruins took over the game in overtime. The Bruins would win Game 3 with Patrice Bergeron scoring the game winning goal after a great effort by Jaromir Jagr and pass from Brad Marchand as Bergeron would tip the puck in the net past Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun. Game 4 is on Friday and the Bruins can end this series then with a win.

The only bad news about this win was that Bruins Gregory Campbell was injured when he blocked a shot in the second period. There is a report out now that Campbell has a broken leg and will be out for the rest of the playoffs.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Penguins Chris Kunitz scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In the first overtime, no scoring happened.

In the second overtime, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 5th goal of the playoffs, winning Game 3 2-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 38 saves on 40 shots. Rask is now 11-4-1 with a 1.85 GAA and a .940 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 25-24. The Penguins led the game in shots 54-40, hits 46-34, faceoff wins 51-38. The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Penguins went 0-for-6.

Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 shots apiece. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 3-0 and Game 4 is on Friday at 8pm ET in Boston.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins game 2 summary

Bruins players celebrate win with Tuukka Rask
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 3: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by Zdeno Chara #33 after a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on June 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
What else can you say but domination. The Bruins dominated the Penguins in Game 2, beating them 6-1 and the series comes to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday. The Bruins defense and Tuukka Rask really dominated the game as the Bruins capitalized on Penguins mistakes and turned them into goals.

Quick game summary
In the first period, 28 seconds into the game, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, on a breakaway after Sidney Crosby couldn't handle the puck at the blue line, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later in the period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 7th goal of the playoffs, making it 2-0 Bruins. Less than two minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 8th goal of the playoffs, making it 3-0 Bruins. The Penguins then pulled goalie Tomas Vokoun and put in Marc-Andre Fleury. With 35 seconds left in the period, Penguins Brandon Sutter scored, making it 3-1. The Bruins though came right back with Brad Marchand scoring his 4th goal of the playoffs with 9 seconds left in the period, making it 4-1.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, 27 seconds into the period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, making it 5-1. With less than two minutes in the period, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 5th goal of the playoffs, making it 6-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 10-4-1 with a 1.99 GAA and a .935 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-27, faceoff wins 29-28 and blocked shots 16-9. The Penguins led the game in hits 37-19. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Penguins went 0-for-2.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots. Daniel Paille led the Bruins with 4 hits. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The series is now 2-0 Bruins. Game 3 is on Wednesday at 8pm ET in Boston.

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

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bruins vs Penguins game 1 summary

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins exchange words near the end of the second period
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 01: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins exchange words near the end of the second period during Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The underdog Bruins have already been counted out by many people but tonight they showed why they shouldn't be counted out as they were able to shut down the the high-powered #1 offense in the league, as the Bruins shutout the almighty Penguins 3-0 in game 1. The NBC broadcast drooled over the Penguins and were left quiet during the third period just as the Penguins fans were. NBC even showed the many bandwagon fans leaving the game during the third period. Watch the game summary video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened. Penguins fans and organization say Matt Cooke is a changed player but as we saw in the second period, Cooke boarded Adam McQuaid from behind right in the numbers. This was no sudden turn by McQuaid, Cooke was chasing down McQuaid, was looking right at the numbers on the jersey but still decided to hit McQuaid from behind. Cooke got a 5-minute major and game misconduct. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand pushed James Neal from the side into the boards by the Penguins bench and he got a 2-minute minor for that as Penguins players yelled at the officials.

Penguins Matt Cooke hits Bruins Adam McQuaid from behind into the boards
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 01: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins during Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
At the end of the second period, Penguins Jarome Iginla started roughing with Chris Kelly, as Tuukka Rask was skating to the bench Sidney Crosby bumped into Rask and they exchanged some words, then Evgeni Malkin glove-punched Patrice Bergeron, Bergeron punched back and they then dropped the gloves. Bergeron would lose his balance and go down to the ice with Malkin on top and then Malkin continued throwing punches so Bergeron threw some back. Bergeron wound up with a cut on his nose. Watch the Bergeron vs Malkin fight here.

In the third period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 7th goal of the playoffs, making it 2-0 Bruins. Less than four minutes later, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 6th goal of the playoffs, making it 3-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 29 shots that he faced. Rask is now 9-4-1 with a 2.06 GAA and a .933 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-29, faceoff wins 32-16 and blocked shots 11-10. The Penguins led the game in hits 34-19. The Bruins and Penguins both went 0-for-4 on the power-play.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 7 shots. Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci led the Bruins with 3 hits apiece. Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots apiece.

Onto the next one
The series is now 1-0 Bruins. Game 2 is on Monday at 8pm ET in Pittsburgh.

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