Saturday, November 30, 2013

Milan Lucic leads Bruins to 3-1 win over Blue Jackets


Game summary video of the Bruins 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets on November 30, 2013.
It was Zdeno Chara leading the way yesterday for the Bruins against the New York Rangers, and tonight it was Milan Lucic leading the Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lucic scored two goals, was +1, had 2 shots, 6 hits,1 blocked shot and he also got into a fight. With this win, the Bruins have swept the season series 3-0 against Columbus. The Bruins went 8-0-2 at home in November.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened. Bruins Milan Lucic did drop the gloves with Blue Jackets Dalton Prout and they had a good fight.

In the third period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. Later, Blue Jackets Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 13 saves on 14 shots. Johnson is now 4-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-14, faceoff wins 34-22 and blocked shots 18-17. The Blue Jackets led the game in hits 31-24. The Bruins went 1-for-6 on the power-play while the Blue Jackets went 1-for-2.

Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were healthy scratches.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 18-7-2 with 38 points and 1st in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30pm ET. It will be the first matchup of the season between Montreal and Boston. As of right now, Montreal is tied for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with 33 points.

The Bear and the Gang season 2 trailer

Get ready, season 2 of The Bear and the Gang is coming in December and below is the trailer video.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Zdeno Chara leads Bruins in 3-2 win over Rangers


Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sticks up for his teammates and drops the gloves with Rangers Dan Boyle on November 29, 2013.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving. The Bruins played an early game today against the Rangers and beat them 3-2 with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara leading the way.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than two minutes later, Rangers Rick Nash scored, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Rangers Ryan McDonagh scored, making it 2-1 Rangers.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 7th goal of the season, tying the game 2-2. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 17 saves on 19 shots. Rask is now 14-6-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .935 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 28-19 and faceoff wins 27-24. The Rangers led the game in hits 33-26 and blocked shots 15-10. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Rangers went 0-for-5.

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

Player notes
Dennis Seidenberg returned to the lineup. Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were healthy scratches.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 17-7-2 with 36 points and 1st in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Red Wings dominate Bruins in ugly 6-1 loss

The Bruins played at the Detroit Red Wings tonight, the day before Thanksgiving, and throughout the entire game it looked like most of the Bruins players were on the holiday break already as the Red Wings controlled the play and dominated the game 6-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Red Wings Justin Abdelkader scored, making it 1-0 Red Wings.

In the second period, Red Wings Tomas Tatar scored, making it 2-0 Red Wings. Less than three minutes later, Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg scored, making it 3-0 Red Wings. Less than two minutes later, Red Wings Niklas Kronwall scored a power-play goal, making it 4-0 Red Wings.

In the third period, Red Wings Drew Miller scored, making it 5-0 Red Wings. Later, Red Wings Gustav Nyquist scored, making it 6-0 Red Wings. Only 28 seconds later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 6-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 22 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 13-6-2 with a 1.89 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-16 and faceoff wins 34-22. The Red Wings led the game in shots 28-17 and blocked shots 13-5. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 1-for-4.

Carl Soderberg was a team-worst -3. Reilly Smith and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 3 shots each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to the lineup and Kevan Miller was scratched. Shawn Thornton was scratched and Jordan Caron was in the lineup. Dennis Seidenberg remained out of the lineup with his injury.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 16-7-2 with 34 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday when they host the New York Rangers in Boston at 1pm ET.

For all of those in the USA, have a Happy Thanksgiving and be safe.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bruins blow leads, Krug scores winner in overtime


Game summary video of Penguins @ Bruins on November 25, 2013.
This was the game where we could see how the Bruins played against the next best team in the Eastern Conference and it was a good test for the Bruins.

The Bruins started the game good and managed to get a 2-0 lead but the second and third periods were all Pittsburgh and when you don't play well, good teams will find a way back into the game which is exactly what the Penguins did, including tying the game with less than a second left in the third period. But rookie sensation Torey Krug won the game for the Bruins as a Sidney Crosby defensive lapse gave Krug time and space to move in and take a slap shot that beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and the Bruins got the win in overtime.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than four minutes later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Penguins James Neal scored 37 seconds into the period, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Penguins James Neal scored, tying the game 2-2. Less than four minutes later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins. With less than a second left in the period, Penguins Sidney Crosby scored, tying the game 3-3.

In overtime, 34 seconds into the period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 7th goal of the season, winning the game 4-3 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 13-5-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 32-31 and blocked shots 12-10. The Penguins led the game in shots 31-24 and hits 35-28. The Bruins went 1-for-1 on the power-play while the Penguins went 0-for-1.

Loui Eriksson led the Bruins with 5 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured with a "core" injury), Dennis Seidenberg (lower-body injury), and Jordan Caron (scratched) did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 16-6-2 with 34 points, which is 1st place in the Atlantic Division and 1st place in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30pm ET.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Krejci scores in overtime for Bruins win over Hurricanes

Bruins David Krejci scores game-winning goal in overtime
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 23: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins scores in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden on November 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins played the Carolina Hurricanes in an afternoon game on Saturday and beat the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. This should have been a game where the Bruins won during regulation, as they outplayed the Hurricanes in the first two periods but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward kept them in the game and they outplayed the Bruins in the third period to send the game to overtime.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Hurricanes Andrej Sekera scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Hurricanes. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer scored a short-handed goal, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Bruins David Krejci scored his 4th goal of the season, winning the game for the Bruins 3-2.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 22 saves on 24 shots. Johnson is now 3-1-0 with a 2.21 GAA and a .917 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-24, hits 43-35 and faceoff wins 41-24. The Hurricanes led the game in blocked shots 13-11. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Hurricanes went 1-for-2.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Torey Krug led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured with a "core" injury), Dennis Seidenberg (lower-body injury), and Jordan Caron (scratched) did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 15-6-2 with 32 points and in 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7pm ET in Boston.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blues beat Bruins in shootout

Bobby Orr with the ceremonial puck drop with Zdeno Chara and David Backes
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues pose with alumni legend Bobby Orr during the ceremonial puck drop piror to the game at the TD Garden on November 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Tonight's game could have been a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it's too soon to talk playoffs right now, as both teams played a strong hard-hitting game that would end in a shootout, with the Blues getting the extra point.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Only 31 seconds later, Blues Derek Roy scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Blues David Backes scored, making it 2-1 Blues. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored; Blues T.J. Oshie didn't score; Bruins David Krejci didn't score; Blues Alexander Steen scored; Bruins Jarome Iginla didn't score; Blues Chris Stewart didn't score; Bruins Chris Kelly didn't score; and Blues Derek Roy scored to win it.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 12-5-2 with a 1.62 GAA and a .945 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-26, hits 32-31 and faceoff wins 34-29. The Blues led the game in blocked shots 23-18. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits each.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured), Dennis Seidenberg (injured), and Jordan Caron (scratched) did not play. Defenseman Kevan Miller, recalled from Providence (AHL), made his NHL debut tonight and had 17:42 of ice time, was +1 with 2 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 14-6-2 with 30 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division and 1st place in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston at 1pm ET.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bruins beat Rangers 2-1


11/19 Bruins @ Rangers game summary video
Tuukka Rask played like Tuukka Rask last night at the New York Rangers and got the Bruins a 2-1 win. The Bruins 4th line players got the scoring they needed and despite losing defenseman Dennis Seidenberg early in the game, the Bruins managed to keep it a 2-1 game and win.

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

In the second period, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. You know that had to feel good for Thornton as he was scratched for the last game vs Carolina. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 3rd goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making it 2-0 Bruins. A 1:01 later, Rangers Derick Brassard scored, making it 2-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 43 saves on 44 shots. Rask is now 12-5-1 with a 1.61 GAA and a .946 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-20, faceoff wins 31-29 and blocked shots 23-21. The Rangers led the game in shots 44-22. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Rangers went 1-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 3 shots each. Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 hits each. David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots each.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured) and Jordan Caron were scratched. Dennis Seidenberg left the game in the first period after his first shift and did not return to the game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 14-6-1 with 29 points and now 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the hot St. Louis Blues on Thursday at 7pm ET.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bruins take care of business, beat Hurricanes 4-1


Boston Bruins forward Reilly Smith buries a feed from Carl Soderberg on the power play to take a 1-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Bruins took advantage of a struggling team making mistakes during the game and capitalizing on those mistakes. Tuukka Rask was solid again in net and lead the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. With five seconds left in the period, Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu scored, making it 2-1.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. With eleven seconds left in the game, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 9th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 4-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 23 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 11-5-1 with a 1.64 GAA and a .944 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-24. The Hurricanes led the game in hits 34-23, faceoff wins 32-23 and blocked shots 20-10. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Hurricanes went 0-for-4.

Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 6 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured) and Shawn Thornton were scratched while Jordan Caron got into the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 13-6-1 with 27 points and 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow at the New York Rangers at 7:30pm ET.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Senators end Bruins winning streak, beat Bruins 4-2


Ottawa Senators defender Erik Karlsson sends a nice slap-pass to Jason Spezza who shoots the puck past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
The Ottawa Senators ended the Bruins 4-game winning streak with a 4-2 win over the Bruins on Friday night. The Bruins had a 2-0 lead but the Senators came back to tie it and then break the game open in the third period.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Late in the period, Senators Chris Neil scored, making it 2-1.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Senators Jason Spezza scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Senators Jared Cowen scored, making it 3-2 Senators. Less than five minutes later, Senators Bobby Ryan scored, making it 4-2 Senators.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 27 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 10-5-1 with a 1.68 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-31 and blocked shots 13-12. The Senators led the game in hits 36-21 and faceoff wins 38-26. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Senators went 0-for-2.

Carl Soderberg led the Bruins with 6 shots. Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots each.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured) and Jordan Caron were scratched for this game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 12-6-1 with 25 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday at the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm ET.

Bruins beat Blue Jackets in overtime


Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic blocks a shot, then takes the puck on a breakaway and beats Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for the game winner.
Thursday night, the Bruins hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston and it was no easy game vs the last place team in the Metropolitan Division. The game would go to overtime where Bruins Milan Lucic would get a breakaway and win the game for the Bruins. Watch the game-winning goal video to the left.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blue Jackets Blake Comeau scored, making it 1-0 Columbus. Later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 3rd goal of the season, as a Zdeno Chara shot went off of his skate and into the net, tying the game 1-1. Scary moment in the period, Bruins David Krejci lost his balance near the boards in the corner and Brandon Dubinsky finished his check, which made Krejci's head make contact with the boards. Krejci would leave the ice but come back in the second period. No penalty was called on the play, probably mainly because Krejci lost his balance and Dubinsky didn't have enough time to react. Dubinsky has hit people from behind before though. Krejci has suffered concussions before so we hope that nothing comes of this hit. After the game, Krejci said this about the hit:
"I don't think it was on purpose," said Krejci. "I just kind of lost an edge. At the same time, his knee kind of went into my head and then the other side - I think I hit the board [with] my head and my helmet came off." Source: CSNNE

In the second period, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Blue Jackets Nick Foligno scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 8th goal of the season, winning the game 3-2 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Johnson is now 2-1-0 with a 2.30 GAA and a .917 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 38-36 and faceoff wins 35-29. The Blue Jackets led the game in shots 34-31 and blocked shots 20-11. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Blue Jackets went 0-for-4.

Dougie Hamilton and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 8 hits. Torey Krug led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured) and Jordan Caron were scratched for this game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 12-5-1 with 25 points and in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is later tonight at the Ottawa Senators at 7:30pm ET. Ottawa is 7-7-4 this season so far.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NESN's Behind the B: episode 4 video

Here is episode 4 of Behind the B where it focuses on games such as 10/23 Bruins @ Sabres, 10/30 Bruins @ Penguins (also showing Bruins coach Claude Julien going off on the players between periods with a lot of bleeps and with Zdeno Chara mic'd up), 10/31 Ducks @ Bruins, 11/2 Bruins @ Islanders, 11/5 Stars @ Bruins (also showing Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron talking to the team in between periods) and they also show just how much the equipment staff does before, during and after games.


Previous episodes

Bruins beat Lightning on Veterans Day

Jarome Iginla celebrates a goal
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins smiles after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on November 11, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Yesterday the Bruins took on the Tampa Bay Lightning in an afternoon Veterans Day game. The Bruins played well and controlled most of the game and ended up shutting out the Lightning 3-0.

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

In the second period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Only 20 seconds later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the third period, with 59 seconds left in the game, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 4th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 3-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 28 shots he faced. Rask is now 10-4-1 with a 1.52 GAA and a .948 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 27 faceoff wins. The Bruins led the game in hits 31-25 and blocked shots 14-5. The Lightning led the game in shots 28-26. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Lightning went 0-for-4.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 4 shots. Jarome Iginla, Shawn Thornton and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 hits. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid did not play as he's still hurt from the Toronto game and no details were released about the injury. Matt Bartkowski took McQuaid's place in the lineup. Jordan Caron was a healthy scratch.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 11-5-1 with 23 points and 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston at 7pm ET.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bruins beat Leafs 3-1 in hard hitting game

Patrice Bergeron #37 and Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 9: Patrice Bergeron #37 and Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on November 9, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins and Maple Leafs met for the first time this season and it was a hard hitting tough game. The Bruins dominated the first period but the Maple Leafs took over the second period. Then in the third period the Bruins put the Maple Leafs away 3-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Maple Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren. McLaren got the better of McQuaid at the beginning of the fight but McQuaid came back strong in the later part of the fight. I would call this fight a draw. Later in the period, McQuaid turned to go behind his net and then was hit in the back of his leg with the puck and then he went down and couldn't get back up without help. The CBC crew said it may have been a hip injury as the puck he took to his leg didn't appear to be a hard shot puck. McQuaid did not return to the game. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, 45 seconds into the period, Maple Leafs David Clarkson challenged Bruins Jarome Iginla to fight and they went at it in another spirited fight with Iginla getting an edge, but after that fight the Maple Leafs got the momentum. Later, Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, 1:06 into the period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins. With 22 seconds left in the game, Leafs had goalie James Reimer pulled, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 5th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 3-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 33 saves on 34 shots. Rask is now 9-4-1 with a 1.63 GAA and a .944 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 34 shots on net. The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 36-32. The Maple Leafs led the game in hits 43-37 and blocked shots 17-15. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Maple Leafs went 0-for-3.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 6 shots. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were scratched again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 10-5-1 with 21 points and in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday when they host the 1st place Tampa Bay Lightning at 1pm ET.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bruins wake up in 3rd period, beat Panthers 4-1

Tuukka Rask during warm ups
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 7: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during warm ups prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on November 7, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins started the game with not much life and that's how the TD Garden sounded too, dead quiet. As the game went on the Bruins played better but they didn't fully wake up until the third period when they put the Florida Panthers away with three goals. Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith both seemed to wake up in this game, as they scored goals. They've both been asleep in the past few games, Marchand more than Smith, but it was good seeing them play better.

Quick game summary
In the first period, no scoring happened. Early in the game, Panthers Jesse Winchester elbowed Bruins Chris Kelly in the head, but somehow the refs missed it so nothing was called. A shift later, Bruins Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Winchester, but he didn't fair well as Winchester held on for dear life with his head down and away and snuck in a few punches on Campbell.

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. A few minutes later, Panthers Krys Barch dropped the gloves with Bruins Shawn Thornton and they had a good spirited fight. I would have to give the edge to Thornton. Later, Panthers Jesse Winchester scored, making it 3-1. With less than two minutes left in the game, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 4-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 23 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 8-4-1 with a 1.68 GAA and a .942 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-24, hits 24-16, faceoff wins 36-27 and blocked shots 20-12. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Panthers went 0-for-4.

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots each.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were scratched again.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 9-5-1 with 19 points and in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm ET.

NHL's Rangers vs Bruins Thanksgiving Showdown video

Here's a hilarious commercial by the NHL to promote the New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins game on NBC on the day after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Seguin, Peverley and Stars beat Bruins in shootout

Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin skates during warmups
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars skates during warm ups prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on November 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley came back to Boston on Tuesday night as members of the Dallas Stars to take on the Bruins. Loui Eriksson returned to the Bruins lineup, his first game since the concussion he sustained against the Sabres, to play against his former team as well.

Seguin and Peverley sure did make Bruins fans remember them, if somehow Bruins fans have forgotten what they did for the Bruins in the not-so-distant past, by scoring in the shootout to beat the Bruins. It must have felt good to score the goals to win the game against the team that traded you, especially for Seguin who was booed throughout the game, which I still have no idea why they were booing him. Those who booed Seguin, you do realize that he didn't ask to be traded, right?

Anyways, the game started well for the Bruins as they outplayed the Stars in the first period but as the game went on, the Stars came back and took advantage of Bruins mistakes to tie the game. It would eventually go to a shootout where, as I stated above, Seguin and Peverley scored the goals for the Stars to win the game 3-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Stars captain Jamie Benn scored, making it 1-0 Stars. Less than a minute later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 5th goal of the season, tipping the puck past goalie Kari Lehtonen off a beautiful pass from Reilly Smith.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Stars Vernon Fiddler was awarded a penalty shot and scored, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored; Stars Jamie Benn didn't score; Bruins Jarome Iginla didn't score; Stars Tyler Seguin scored; Bruins Loui Eriksson didn't score; Stars Alex Chiasson didn't score; Bruins David Krejci didn't score; and Stars Rich Peverley scored.

Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Seguin #91 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Dallas Stars at the TD Garden on November 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 34 saves on 36 shots. Rask is now 7-4-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .941 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 36 shots on net. The Bruins led the game in hits 27-21. The Stars led the game in faceoff wins 31-30 and blocked shots 20-9. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Stars went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron were scratched. Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk returned to the Bruins lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-5-1 with 17 points and in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers at 7pm ET. We may see Tim Thomas play for the Panthers. Will the Bruins fans cheer him or boo him?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bruins don't show up, lose to Islanders 3-1

Thomas Vanek celebrates a goal
UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Thomas Vanek #26 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 16:08 of the third period against Chad Johnson #30 of the Boston Bruins at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 2, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Giving up odd man rushes, getting a good goaltending performance, playing good defense and capitalizing on your chances, no that's not describing the Bruins, but it's describing how the Islanders played against the Bruins Saturday night. Oh and if you thought that maybe Thomas Vanek wouldn't be a "Bruins killer" anymore because he got traded away from the Sabres, you are wrong as he recorded a goal and an assist, and was +3.

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

In the second period, Islanders John Tavares scored, making it 1-0 Islanders. Later, Islanders Andrew MacDonald scored, making it 2-0 Islanders. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Dougie Hamilton scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1. Less than a minute later, Bruins killer Islanders Thomas Vanek scored, making it 3-1 Islanders.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 31 saves on 34 shots. Johnson is now 1-1-0 with a 2.54 GAA and a .900 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 35-24 and blocked shots 20-19. The Islanders led the game in shots 34-27 and hits 27-20. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zdeno Chara and Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Johnny Boychuk was scratched because of the injury he suffered in the game vs the Ducks and Matt Bartkowski was in the lineup. Jordan Caron was again scratched and Ryan Spooner was in the lineup, who picked up an assist.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-5-0 with 16 points and in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars at 7pm ET.