Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bruins beat Ducks 3-2 in shootout

Carl Soderberg celebrates his 1st NHL goal
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Carl Soderberg #34 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on October 31, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Bruins started the game getting outplayed as they didn't look like they had much energy. They ended up finishing the period with just one shot on net. As the game went on the Bruins got better and managed to tie the game up with less than three minutes left in the game. The game would go to a shootout and with Jarome Iginla's goal and Tuukka Rask not giving up a goal, the Bruins won 3-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Ducks Devante Smith-Pelly scored, making it 1-0 Ducks.

In the second period, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 1st goal of the season, which was also his 1st career NHL goal, tying the game 1-1. Bruins Ryan Spooner got an assist on the goal, which was his 1st career NHL point. With less than a minute in the period, Ducks Mathieu Perreault scored, making it 2-1 Ducks.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 2nd goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Ryan Spooner didn't score; Ducks Nick Bonino didn't score; Bruins Jarome Iginla scored; Ducks Corey Perry didn't score; Bruins Carl Soderberg didn't score; and Ducks Ryan Getzlaf didn't score.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 23 shots. Rask is now 7-4-0 with a 1.73 GAA and a .940 save percentage this season.

Both teams were tied with 23 shots each. The Bruins led the game in hits 34-20. The Ducks led the game in faceoff wins 33-28 and blocked shots 16-10. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Ducks went 0-for-4.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Player notes
Jordan Caron was scratched and Ryan Spooner took his place in the lineup. Johnny Boychuk got injured in the second period and did not return. He only had 9:27 of ice time.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-4-0 with 16 points and tied for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the New York Islanders at 7pm ET.

Bruins lose to Penguins while Red Sox win World Series!

Boston Red Sox players celebrate their World Series win
Boston Red Sox players celebrate their World Series win (Getty)
Last night, while the Red Sox were beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the MLB World Series, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 3-2.

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

In the second period, Penguins Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Penguins.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Not too long after the goal, Bruins Jordan Caron dropped the gloves with Penguins Robert Bortuzzo in a not very eventful fight. It was Caron's first NHL fight and you could tell from watching the fight. Caron didn't look good throwing down and he should probably stay away from that part of the game. Later, Penguins Brandon Sutter scored, making it 2-1 Penguins. Later, Penguins Jussi Jokinen scored, making it 3-1 Penguins. Shortly after, with Tuukka Rask pulled, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 3-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 6-4-0 with a 1.71 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 30-23. The Penguins led the game in shots 31-23, hits 39-30 and blocked shots 18-11. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Penguins went 1-for-2.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski was again a healthy scratch.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-4-0 with 14 points this season and in 5th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is tonight as the Bruins host the Anaheim Ducks in Boston at 7pm ET.

The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner today so he could play tonight against the Ducks.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bruins blow lead, lose 4-3 to Devils

Zdeno Chara and Jaromir Jagr chat during a stoppage of play
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 26: Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New Jersey Devils chats during a time out with Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on October 26, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
When just one line shows up to play you won't win many nights, even against a struggling team, as the Devils came back to tie and beat the Bruins 4-3 late in the third period.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Devils Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal, making it 2-1. With 56 second left in the period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the second period, with 28 seconds left in the period, Devils Damien Brunner scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2.

In the third period, with 1:08 left in the period, Devils Marek Zidlicky scored a power-play goal, tying the game 3-3. Then with 45 seconds left in the period, Devils Andy Greene scored a power-play goal, giving the Devils a 4-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 32 shots. Rask is now 6-3-0 with a 1.56 GAA and a .947 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 27-16, faceoff wins 35-30 and blocked shots 11-7. The Devils led the game in shots 32-28. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Devils went 4-for-7.

Jarome Iginla had 3 points, a goal and 2 assists. Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 4 hits. Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots each.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski was again a healthy scratch.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-3-0 with 14 points and tied for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8pm ET.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sharks outplay Bruins but Krejci wins it late for Bruins

Bruins celebrate the soon-to-be game winning goal
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal to untie the game against the San Jose Sharks at the TD Garden on October 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins stole two points away from the San Jose Sharks Thursday night as the Sharks outplayed the Bruins in almost every way but Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game to give them a chance. Somehow, some way, David Krejci deflected an Adam McQuaid shot and it crossed the goal line as the clock went under one second in the third period to get the Bruins the win. That was just amazing.

As Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley mentioned in the broadcast, this game was very similar to the Avalanche-Bruins game on October 10th, where the Bruins outplayed the Avs but the Avs found a way to win, as the Bruins found a way to beat the Sharks Thursday.

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

In the second period, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 1st goal of the season and 1st as a Bruin, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Sharks Patrick Marleau scored 18 seconds into the period, tying the game 1-1. And as mentioned above, with less than a second left in the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 38 saves on 39 shots. Rask is now 6-2-0 with a 1.26 GAA and a .957 save percentage this season. Those are incredible numbers.

The Bruins led the game in hits 30-17, faceoff wins 33-24 and blocked shots 18-13. The Sharks led the game in shots 39-17. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch and Jordan Caron was in the lineup because of Loui Eriksson's injury. Caron skated on the third line with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg, while Brad Marchand moved up to the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-2-0 with 14 points and tied for 1st place in the Atlantic Division with Toronto. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when the Bruins host the New Jersey Devils in Boston at 7pm ET. The Devils are struggling so far this season, going 1-5-4 as of today.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Loui Eriksson has concussion, John Scott to have hearing

Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice by teammates Chris Kelly #23 and Dennis Seidenberg #44 after being injured
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 23: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins is helped off the ice by teammates Chris Kelly #23 and Dennis Seidenberg #44 after being injured in the game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 23, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Boston defeated Buffalo, 5-2. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli issued the below statement about Loui Eriksson.

"Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui's status when appropriate."
Source: bruins.nhl.com

On Twitter, Joe Haggerty posted this, which doesn't sound good for Eriksson:

"Claude Julien used the phrase "pretty severe" at one point when talking about the concussion Loui Eriksson suffered last night"

Sabres John Scott also spoke to some Buffalo media about the cheapshot.
"I try to play within the code and within the rules and this is my first suspension. I feel really upset, I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened and I regret the whole situation. I don't want to be a dirty player."
Source: kuklaskorner.com

"I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened," he told Bill Hoppe, who covers the Sabres for the Times Herald. "I get frustrated when people say I'm a goon and this and that. I have a role, I do," he added. "It was unfortunate what happened," he added, according to the Sabres' Twitter account.
Source: NESN.com

Bruins lose Eriksson in win over awful Sabres

Some were saying that Wednesday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres could be a scary one as the Sabres have been playing awful this season, going 1-8-1 and winless at home, and the Bruins were playing their backup goalie Chad Johnson in his first game this season. Well it wasn't a scary game for the Bruins in regards to any of the above as they dominated most of the game but Sabres goalie Ryan Miller kept his team in the game for as long as he could. The scary part for the Bruins came almost six minutes into the third period when giant enforcer John Scott put a late cheap headshot on Bruins Loui Eriksson. Eriksson went down to his knees and hands, luckily he did not get knocked out and he did not hit his head on the ice, but he needed help to get off the ice. Eriksson would not return to the game while Scott got a 5-minute major and game misconduct. Scott will most likely have a hearing with NHL's Brendan Shanahan. Eriksson is staying over night in a Buffalo hospital. Watch the NBCSN footage of the hit below.

John Scott cheapshots Loui Eriksson

After the game, NBCSN's Mike Milbury goes on a rant about John Scott, Sabres coach Ron Rolston and the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Mike Milbury's epic rant on John Scott, Ron Rolston and the Sabres

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

In the second period, 40 seconds into the period, Milan Lucic scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Sabres Cody Hodgson scored a power-play goal, making it 2-1. Less than four minutes later, Bruins Dougie Hamilton scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Sabres rookie Nikita Zadorov scored his 1st NHL goal, making it 3-2. This was a bad goal given up by goalie Chad Johnson.

In the third period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins. Less than two minutes later, the John Scott cheapshot happened and Adam McQuaid went after him, getting in a few quick punches before he fell to the ice. Later, Torey Krug scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 5-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 14 saves on 16 shots. Johnson is now 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .875 save percentage this season. Johnson looked a little shaky at times in net and making saves, hopefully it's just first game jitters or whatever.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-16 and faceoff wins 27-26. The Sabres led the game in hits 23-5 and blocked shots 18-10. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Sabres went 1-for-3.

Player notes
Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were scratched from the game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-2-0 with 12 points. The next game for the Bruins is later today, Thursday, at 7pm ET when the Bruins host the hot 8-0-1 San Jose Sharks.

NESN's Behind the B: episode 3 video

Here is episode 3 of Behind the B with lots of footage of the end of roster cuts, team building and the beginning of the season.


Past episodes

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bruins dominate Lightning in 5-0 win

Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal with teammates Loui Eriksson #21 and Reilly Smith #18
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 19: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal with teammates Loui Eriksson #21 and Reilly Smith #18 during the second period of tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 19, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins went to Tampa Bay to take on 5-2-0 Lightning and it ended up with the Bruins outplaying and blowing out the Lightning 5-0. Just complete domination in this game as the Bruins looked hungrier.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Not longer after the Krejci goal, Bruins Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Lightning's B.J. Crombeen and Crombeen looked like he landed two punches to Campbell's face. Decision went to Crombeen in that fight.

In the second period, Bruins Adam McQuaid scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 4-0 Bruins.

In the third period, 34 seconds into the period, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 5-0 Bruins. Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Lightning's Nate Thompson after they crashed into the boards. McQuaid got the edge in that fight. Less than a minute later, Lightning's Radko Gudas took a run at Bruins Jarome Iginla and missed. Iginla didn't seem to like it much and went right at Gudas and challenged him. They had a spirited fight which looked like a draw. Remember, those two fought in the first game of the season as well.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his 1st shutout of the season. Rask is now 5-2-0 with a 1.29 GAA and a .954 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 32-31. The Lightning led the game in shots 23-22, hits 28-16 and blocked shots 14-8. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 5 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Player notes
Carl Soderberg played in his first game of the season, coming back from an ankle injury. Soderberg got an assist and looked good on the ice.

Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were healthy scratches.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 5-2-0 with 10 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres at 8pm ET.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bruins faceoff against Tim Thomas and Panthers

Reilly Smith #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Patrice Bergeron #37 and Loui Eriksson #21 against the Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Reilly Smith #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Patrice Bergeron #37 and Loui Eriksson #21 against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on October 17, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
On Thursday night the Bruins visited the Florida Panthers and faced old teammate Tim Thomas, who was playing in his first game back from hurting his groin earlier this season. The Bruins dominated the first period but Tim Thomas kept the Panthers in the game otherwise the Bruins could have been up big. The Bruins then seemed to let up in the second period and the Panthers came back with a goal. In the third period, the Panthers tied it up but late in the game, new Bruin Reilly Smith scored his 1st goal to win it for the Bruins.

It's looking like Claude Julien made a great move by putting Smith on the second line with Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron and moving Brad Marchand onto the third line who hasn't done much this season so far.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later in the period, Bruins Dougie Hamilton scored his 1st goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Panthers Kris Versteeg scored, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Panthers Jesse Winchester scored, tying the game 2-2. With 59 seconds left in the game, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 1st goal of the season and as a Bruin, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 27 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 4-2-0 with a 1.51 GAA and a .947 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-29, hits 31-27 and faceoff wins 31-26. The Panthers led the game in blocked shots 14-3. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Panthers went 0-for-1.

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic and Jordan Caron led the Bruins with 5 hits each.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid was scratched and Dougie Hamilton came back into the lineup. Carl Soderberg did not play again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 4-2-0 with 8 points and in 5th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7pm ET.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bruins offense can't get it done, lose to Red Wings

Alumni legend Milt Schmidt poses with Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and Henrik Zetterberk #40 of the Detroit Red Wings
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Alumni legend Milt Schmidt poses with Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and Henrik Zetterberk #40 of the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins had another early game on Monday and it was another game where they struggled to get the puck past the opposing goalie. The Red Wings wound up beating the Bruins 3-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg scored, making it 1-0 Red Wings. A little later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Red Wings Stephen Weiss scored, making it 2-1 Red Wings. Less than three minutes later, Dan Cleary scored, making it 3-1 Red Wings.

In the third period, with 1:20 left in the game, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 3-2. The Bruins wouldn't be able to tie the game up and the Red Wings wound up winning 3-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 24 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA and a .951 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-19. The Red Wings led the game in shots 30-27, faceoff wins 24-22 and blocked shots 22-4. The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Red Wings didn't have a power-play in the game.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 5 shots. Iginla and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Player notes
Dougie Hamilton was again scratched and Matt Bartkowski was in the lineup. Carl Soderberg did not play again as he's still recovering from his injury.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 3-2-0 with 6 points and 5th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Florida Panthers at 7:30pm.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eriksson's 1st goal is game winner vs Jackets

Jarome Iginla and Chris Kelly celebrate Kelly's goal
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 12: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with teammate Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins after scoring a goal during the second period on October 12, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins faced off against one of their newest conference enemies, the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was an early 2pm game and if you remember the past few seasons, the Bruins don't usually play well during early games. The Bruins started slow but got better as the game went on. The Bruins would tie it up with hot Chris Kelly putting a slap shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Early in the third period, new Bruin Loui Eriksson scored his 1st goal which would end up the eventual game winner.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blue Jackets Jack Johnson scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Blue Jackets. Also in the period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Jared Boll and they had a rather uneventful fight. Thornton has been busy this season so far, getting into 3 fights in 4 games now, and he's in a contract year so maybe he's sending a message that he can still do what he does best.

In the second period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, in the first minute of play, Loui Eriksson scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later in the period with the Blue Jackets goalie pulled, Milan Lucic scored his 2nd goal of the season, an empty net goal, as Jack Johnson couldn't control a bouncing puck and Lucic whacked Johnson's stick and the puck found the open net. It would end 3-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 3-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .965 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-27, faceoff wins 34-28 and blocked shots 18-13. The Blue Jackets led the game in hits 29-28. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Blue Jackets went 1-for-4.

Loui Eriksson led the Bruins with 6 shots. Campbell, Lucic, Paille, Caron, Seidenberg and Boychuk all led the Bruins with 3 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch and Matt Bartkowski got some game action in his first game of the season. Carl Soderberg did not play again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 3-1-0 with 6 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday hosting the Detroit Red Wings in Boston at 1pm ET.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Patrick Roy's hot Avs shutout Bruins 2-0

Zdeno Chara takes a shot on goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck against Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Colorado Avalanche at the TD Garden on October 10, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
On Thursday night the hot Colorado Avalanche came into Boston with their new coach Patrick Roy and with solid goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Giguere they shutout the Bruins 2-0.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Avs Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Avs.

In the second period, no scoring happened. During the period, Avs giant enforcer Patrick Bordeleau and Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves and had a short fight with Bordeleau losing his balance.

In the third period, Avs Matt Duchene scored an empty-net goal, making it 2-0 and putting the game away.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 28 saves on 29 shots. Rask is now 2-1-0 with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-30, hits 27-25 and blocked shots 17-14. Both teams had 32 faceoff wins. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Avalanche went 1-for-4.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 7 shots. Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Carl Soderberg did not play again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 2-1-0 with 4 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Columbus Blue Jackets at 2pm ET.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NESN's Behind the B: episode 2 video

If you haven't seen it yet, here's NESN's Behind the B: episode 2 video. This video mainly focus on training camp, the final cuts and the third line.


Past episodes

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bruins power-play wakes up, beat Red Wings 4-1

Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic celebrate a goal
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 5: Zdeno Chara #33 and Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Saturday night had the Bruins take on one of their new division enemies, the Detroit Red Wings. With the Bruins power-play coming to life and the penalty kill doing its job, the Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 1st goal of the season, also his first NHL regular season goal, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later in the period, Henrik Zetterberg scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, 36 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. A little later, Bruins Jordan Caron scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 3-1. Scary moment for the Bruins in the period was when Brad Marchand got hit and had to be helped off of the ice. He did return to the ice later which was good to see.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 1st goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 25 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .966 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-26, hits 23-16 and blocked shots 11-9. The Red Wings led the game in faceoff wins 32-25. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 0-for-2.

David Krejci and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 5 shots. Gregory Campbell led the Bruins with 5 hits. David Krejci led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Player notes
Bruins Carl Soderberg did not play again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 2-0-0 with 4 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Colorado Avalanche at 7pm ET.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bruins score 2 shorties, beat Lightning 3-1


BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins scores past Anders Lindback #39 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period on a penalty shot during the home opener game on October 3, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Thursday night was the season opener for the Bruins where they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins came out strong but the Lightning fought back. The Bruins though would pull away with the 3-1 win and along the way Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla both dropped the gloves and made sure we all knew it was hockey season.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Chris Kelly scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0. Kelly scored his goal on a penalty shot with a few beautiful moves and it counted as a short-handed goal as well. After Jordan Caron got into a scrum with Lightning tough guy Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Claude Julien made sure to put out his fourth line against the Lightning's fourth line. Bruins Shawn Thornton went right at Labrie and kept challenging him and then Adam McQuaid also came over to challenge him. After numerous challenges, Labrie finally dropped the gloves and Thornton made sure to get at him first before McQuaid could. They had an ok fight where not much landed, so I would call that one a draw.

In the second period, new Bruin Jarome Iginla got laid out with a big clean hard check by Lightning's Radko Gudas, who has fought a lot in the AHL. Iginla went right after Gudas and challenged him. They dropped the gloves and had a spirited fight where both guys looked like they landed some punches. I would give this fight a draw, maybe a slight edge to Iginla. A little later in the period, Lightning's Valtteri Filppula scored to tie the game 1-1. Later in the period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

Radko Gudas vs Jarome Iginla on October 3, 2013

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 1st goal of the season, also a short-handed goal, making it 3-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 32 saves on 33 shots. Rask is now 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .970 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 39-33. The Lightning led the game in shots 33-25, hits 20-14 and blocked shots 16-12. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-5.

Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 3 shots. Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 3 hits. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Bruins Carl Soderberg did not play because of a left ankle injury he got in the preseason.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 1-0-0 with 2 points. The next game for the Bruins is Saturday when they host the Detroit Red Wings in Boston at 7pm ET.

Bruins extend Dennis Seidenberg for 4 years

Dennis Seidenberg
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins skates 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 Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
On Thursday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a 4-year contract extension worth an annual cap hit of $4M.

It's good to see Seidenberg get locked up for the next four seasons as he has been a solid piece on the Bruins defense ever since they got him in a trade with Florida. Seidenberg is 32 years old now so this could be his last contract unless he is able to play longer than when he is 36 years old.