Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bruins recall Miller and Johnson

The Bruins have recalled defenseman Kevan Miller and forward Nick Johnson. Both will most likely be in the lineup tonight against the New York Islanders. With Miller getting recalled, he has to stay up with the Bruins now or they could lose him to waivers if they try and send him back down to Providence (AHL). With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg being out for the season, Miller should be in the lineup for most if not all of the remaining games.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bruins can't complete comeback against Senators, lose 4-3


Game summary video of Bruins @ Senators on December 28, 2013.
With already the loss of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins were without captain Zdeno Chara for this game with an undisclosed injury and forward Carl Soderberg out after hitting his head against the glass in the last game, and it sure looked bad at the start for the Bruins. The Bruins were down 3-1 early in the second period, with goalie Tuukka Rask pulled as well, but they managed to fight their way back into the game and tie it in the third period but the Senators would score later in the period and hold on for the win against the Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Senators Patrick Wiercioch scored, making it 1-0 Senators. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 4th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. After a Matt Kassian hit on Bruins David Warsofsky, Jordan Caron dropped the gloves with Kassian but held on for dear life. Less than three minutes later, Senators Cory Conacher scored, making it 2-1 Senators.

In the second period, only 29 seconds into the period, Senators Zack Smith scored a short-handed goal, making it 3-1 Senators. Tuukka Rask was then pulled from the net and in came backup goalie Chad Johnson. Later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 3-2.

In the third period, Bruins David Warsofsky scored his 1st NHL career goal, tying the game 3-3. Later, Senators Bobby Ryan scored, making it 4-3 Senators.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins and was taken out early in the second period after the third goal. Rask made 9 saves on 12 shots. Chad Johnson played the rest of the game, making 17 saves on 18 shots. Johnson got the loss and is now 6-3-0 with a 2.34 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-30, faceoff wins 36-29 and blocked shots 22-8. The Senators led the game in hits 37-33. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Senators went 0-for-2.

Reilly Smith and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 7 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots. Defenseman Zach Trotman made his NHL debut and had 3 shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-11-2 with 54 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host the New York Islanders in Boston at 7pm ET.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dennis Seidenberg out for season with torn ACL/MCL

Dennis Seidenberg
Dennis Seidenberg
The injury bug has seriously hit the Bruins as it was announced earlier today that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL/MCL in his right knee. The expected recovery time for Seidenberg is 6-8 months.

Also today, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have recalled defensemen Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky, and forward Nick Johnson from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis and assigned goalie Niklas Svedberg back to Providence (AHL).

Friday, December 27, 2013

Reilly Smith scores twice in Bruins 5-0 win over Senators


Game summary video of Senators @ Bruins on December 27, 2013.
After a somewhat slow first period for the Bruins, they turned it up in the second and exploded in the third period to beat the Senators 5-0 in the first game of a home-and-home series with the Senators.

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

In the second period, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 11th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the third period, 38 seconds into the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 8th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. Less than eight minutes later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 4-0 Bruins. Late in the game, Bruins Brad Marchand had a breakaway and scored his 9th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making it 5-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 33 shots he faced. Rask is now 20-8-2 with a 1.81 GAA and a .938 save percentage, along with 4 shutouts this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 42-33, hits 19-17 and faceoff wins 34-30. The Senators led the game in blocked shots 16-14. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Senators went 0-for-3.

Reilly Smith led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 4 hits each.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-10-2 with 54 points and in 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow at the Ottawa Senators at 7pm ET.

Bruins recall goalie Niklas Svedberg


AHL Providence Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg
The Bruins have recalled goalie Niklas Svedberg from Providence (AHL) today. In the AHL this season, Svedberg has a 11-5-3 record with a 2.91 GAA and a .907 save percentage with 1 shutout. He was named "AHL Goalie of the Year" in 2012-2013.

Bruins Tuukka Rask is supposed to get the start tonight against the Ottawa Senators and Svedberg will be backing up Rask as goalie Chad Johnson will be a healthy scratch. With this call-up, if Svedberg plays well this could mean the end of Chad Johnson being the backup as Johnson has been shaky in most of his games this season, especially with the bad wrap-around goals he's given up in his last few games.

He's set to dress up as the backup goaltender on Friday night against Ottawa, with Tuukka Rask the expected starter (and Chad Johnson a healthy scratch).

"We’re going to have a look at him in the next little while here," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following pregame skate. "Not tonight, but maybe tomorrow or the game after. I think he’s earned that. We told him that after having such a good camp, that we’d bring him up at some point and give him some games so that’s what we’re doing right now."

"We don’t bring guys up just to practice. If we bring them up, it’s to hopefully give them a game…we’ll play him at some point."

With Svedberg's NHL debut now on the horizon, the mantra for the netminder this season has been to keep trying to earn this opportunity.

"You want to work hard to get the chance up here and sometimes that’s what you try to do," said Svedeberg.

"You just have to keep working on your game every day. It’s so little, the changes, so you just try to stick to your game all the time."

Svedberg was vying for the backup role with Chad Johnson during training camp and the preseason. Johnson would have been subject to waivers, and Svedberg wasn't. The 24-year-old was released from camp to Providence, where he would get into more game action and it would benefit his development. Johnson is 6-2-0 in his eight starts for the Bruins this season.

"They both had strong camps," General Manager Peter Chiarelli had said on September 28, after releasing Svedberg. "Just on a per minute played basis, Nik played better, but Chad played well…So it gives me a comfort they played well over the course of camp. That means we have some depth there."
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Talking Christmas with McQuaid, Marchand and Krug

Here's a special holiday video with some of the Boston Bruins players talking about Christmas and if Torey Krug was their "Secret Santa" with Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

NESN's Behind the B: episode 6 video

Here is episode 6 of Behind the B where it focuses on: the Bruins road trip to play teams in Canada; Bruins vs Montreal with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton mic'd up; Bruins injuries; Bruins players playing two-touch soccer before games; Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary; Bruins in Edmonton to face the Oilers and players meet up with former Bruin Andrew Ference; and Bruins vs Canucks.


Previous episodes

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bruins power-play provides offense in 6-2 win over Predators


Adam McQuaid vs Eric Nystrom on December 23, 2013.
The Bruins came out strong and had a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Predators would come back and be down one goal in the third period. But the Bruins didn't let up and added three more goals in the third period to put away the Predators. The Bruins power-play came alive tonight, scoring on all three power-play opportunities.

Quick game summary
In the first period, 1:16 into the game, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 9th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Bruins Adam McQuaid, who finally returned to the lineup tonight, dropped the gloves with Predators Eric Nystrom and they had a good fight with both guys landing punches. Less than five minutes later, Bruins Matt Fraser scored his 1st goal of the season and 1st as a member of the Bruins, making it 2-0 Bruins. The Predators then changed goalies as it was a bad goal given up goalie Carter Hutton. Fraser scored from a bad rebound given up by Hutton on a Carl Soderberg shot from the blue line. Later in the period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 12th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Predators Craig Smith scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1.

In the third period, Predators Craig Smith scored, making it 3-2. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-2 Bruins. And 49 seconds later, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 5-2 Bruins. Later in the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 8th goal of the season, making it 6-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Rask is now 19-8-2 with a 1.87 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 13-12, faceoff wins 32-29 and blocked shots 19-7. The Predators led the game in shots 34-33. The Bruins went 3-for-3 on the power-play while the Predators went 1-for-2.

Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg both had 1 goal and 2 assists. Ryan Spooner finished with 3 assists. Jarome Iginla scored 2 goals.

Ryan Spooner led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 hits each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
With Adam McQuaid returning to the lineup, Matt Bartkowski was scratched.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 25-10-2 with 52 points and in 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday, December 27th when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators in Boston at 7pm ET.

Happy Holidays everyone!
Make sure to be safe and have fun during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Reilly Smith scores twice as Bruins beat Sabres 4-1


Bruins Patrice Bergeron vs Sabres Tyler Myers on December 21, 2013.
The Bruins played the Sabres tonight in the second game of a home-and-home series and the Bruins managed to pull out a 4-1 win. Tuukka Rask played well and Reilly Smith scored twice who has been played well lately. The refs didn't go a good job as they make some questionable calls and missed others.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Sabres Zemgus Girgensons scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Also in the period, after both guys were whacking and hacking each other, Bruins Patrice Bergeron challenged Sabres Tyler Myers who is 6'8" tall. Both guys threw punches but none seemed to land near the head as Myers was missing completely and some of Bergeron's punches hit Myers's chest area.

In the third period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Late in the period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 11th 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 34 saves on 35 shots. Rask is now 18-8-2 with a 1.87 GAA and a .936 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-35 and faceoff wins 43-27. The Sabres led the game in hits 21-19 and blocked shots 13-11. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-6.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits. Jarome Iginla and Matt Fraser led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 24-10-2 with 50 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday at the Nashville Predators at 8pm ET.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bruins lose to NHL's worst team Sabres 4-2


Bruins @ Sabres, game highlights video from December 19, 2013.
When you lose to the worst team in the league it could be a sign that your team is in trouble. I don't think the Bruins are in trouble but with all of the players out of the lineup, playing a backup goalie who should really be in the AHL and with only two lines getting really good scoring chances, you're going to lose games even to bad teams who are trying to impress their new coach/management.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Sabres Brian Flynn scored a shorthanded goal, making it 1-0 Sabres. Also in the period, Bruins Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with Sabres Marcus Foligno. This wasn't much of a fight as Foligno's punches hit the Fraser's helmet or his back. This was Fraser's 1st regular season fight in his short NHL career. He's fought twice before in preseason games.

In the second period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 6th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later in the period, Sabres Marcus Foligno scored, tying the game 2-2 and celebrated as if it was his first career goal, but it actually was not his first career goal.

In the third period, Sabres Drew Stafford scored on a wrap-around, making it 3-2 Sabres. Goalie Chad Johnson, similar to a goal he gave up in Edmonton, had trouble getting across the net to stop the wrap-around attempt and this goal wound up being the game winner. Less than two minutes later, Sabres Tyler Myers scored, making it 4-2 Sabres.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 19 saves on 23 shots. Johnson is now 6-2-0 with a 2.40 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-23 and faceoff wins 34-31. The Sabres led the game in hits 20-17 and blocked shots 21-15. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Sabres went 0-for-4.

Jarome Iginla, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 hits and 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
The Bruins sent forward Craig Cunningham and defenseman Kevan Miller down to Providence (AHL) and recalled defenseman David Warsofsky. Warsofsky played in his 1st career NHL game tonight and in 12:29 of ice time, he was -1 and he had 1 blocked shot.
"We sent down Craig Cunningham and we're sending down Kevan Miller," said Chiarelli. "We're sending down Kevan – he's coming onto his tenth game and we don't want to risk losing him to waivers. We're calling up David Warsofsky so he'll be joining us [on the trip to Buffalo]."

"Ten games - once you play your tenth game, you're exposed to waivers if you send the player down. So we felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody," Chiarelli added. "We didn't want to risk it, so I spoke to Kevan beforehand and told him. He understood and I told him I felt good about his play up here and probably the next time we bring him up, will be for good."
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Chiarelli on Brad Marchand
There were some rumors about Brad Marchand possibly on the trade block after his struggles this season and his antics in Vancouver, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli put that to rest saying that he's not trading Marchand.
"For a line, I mean, if all three guys are clicking, then they'd all be producing. And when one guy isn't, it hurts the other two," said Chiarelli, before adding, "Let me be clear on Marchy. I saw some of the kind of aftermath yesterday from my comments. I'm not trading Marchy. He's a good player, I like the way he plays, so he'll figure it out."

"But when one guy struggles, the other guys unfortunately piggyback on those struggles. So you need three guys really going out – you hear what guys saying about pairs; play lines and pairs – you need three guys going and contributing. So that's happening a little bit but as I said yesterday [Wednesday] he's finding his way."
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-10-2 with 48 points and 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at 7pm ET when they host these same Buffalo Sabres in Boston and we'll see if the Bruins can re-group after this bad game.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chara's 2 goals lead the Bruins over the Flames

Terry O'Reilly greets Bruins players before the game
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 17: Alumni legend, Terry O'Reilly greets Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins before the game against the Calgary Flames at the TD Garden on December 17, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Bruins didn't have their strong game tonight against the Calgary Flames at the start of the game but as the game went on the Bruins played better. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara led the way with two power-play goals and Tuukka Rask stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his 3rd shutout this season.

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

In the second period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 9th goal of the season, another power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 21 shots he faced, earning his 3rd shutout this season. Rask is now 17-8-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-21 and faceoff wins 36-23. The Flames led the game in hits 24-15. Both teams had 9 blocked shots. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Flames went 0-for-3.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Jarome Iginla played in the game tonight and Craig Cunningham made his NHL debut. Matt Fraser was scratched.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 23-9-2 with 48 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Buffalo Sabres at 7pm ET.

The Bear and the Gang Christmas Spectacular

Here's The Bear and the Gang Christmas Spectacular video that has been teased for a little while now with the Bruins Bear, Bruins coach Claude Julien and Bruins players making appearances in it.

The Bear and the Gang officially returns for Season 2 with a little Christmas-themed weirdness.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Milan Lucic says that he's done defending Vancouver

Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic (Photo by Getty)
By now you've most likely seen the video that's on the internet where Milan Lucic was assaulted by a stranger in a Vancouver nightclub. Lucic is now taking legal action for the attack and had some words of disappointment about his hometown Vancouver.

"I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions," said Lucic, who explained that he did not know his attacker. "There was no reason for him to punch me. From this point forward we’re exploring this in a legal manner. That's as much as I can say about it right now.
"It sucks to be in that situation, but you’ve got to take ownership of it and that it happened because you were in that situation. We came off a good road trip, and wanted to go out and blow off some steam... have a little fun. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, and hopefully it’s not a distraction to the team any further after today."

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"That's one of the worst parts... that it's in my hometown," Lucic said. "Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents, parents and family getting harassed during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, and now it's escalated to the point where I get attacked for minding my own business.

"I have no reason left to try and defend my city, and the people of my city. I'm done trying to defend the city I'm from. I'm disgusted and outraged that it had to come to that. Other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again."
Source: csnne.com

Bruins recall Craig Cunningham

Craig Cunningham
Craig Cunningham
Today Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence (AHL) on an emergency basis. Cunningham plays right wing, is 5'10" 184 lbs, shoots right, 23 years old and born in BC, Canada. You can see Cunningham's stats on HockeyDB.com.

Cunningham has skated in 27 games this season with Providence, notching nine goals (third on the team) and five assists for 14 points.

The winger has skated in a total of 178 games with the Providence Bruins from 2010-13, accruing 54 goals and 42 assists for 96 points. Prior to joining the P-Bruins, the 23-year-old played in total of 330 games in the WHL (Western Hockey League) between his time with Vancouver Giants (2006-11) and the Portland Winterhawks (2010-11). At the WHL level, the forward racked up 103 goals and 161 assists with a plus-50 rating.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

With this recall, it could mean that Jarome Iginla may miss some time with the hand injury he sustained in his fight against Canucks Ryan Kesler on Saturday. According to reports, Jarome Iginla missed practice today.

In other Bruins news, forward Daniel Paille has been having concussion symptoms. Bruins coach Claude Julien has said that forward Loui Eriksson hasn't even come to the rink so that's not a good sign.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Canucks break it open in 3rd period, beat Bruins 6-2

Stupid Canucks fan holding a We Hate Boston sign
VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 14: Fans of the Vancouver Canucks have a message for Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins before their NHL game at Rogers Arena December 14, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Well it wasn't a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals as both teams have new players and the Canucks have a new head coach but fans were looking forward to this matchup. The Bruins who are missing quite a few roster players, kept the game somewhat close (3-1) until the third period where the Canucks broke it open and beat the Bruins 6-2.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Jarome Iginla got into a fight with Canucks Ryan Kesler after Iginla laid him out with a hit. Iginla hurt his hand in the fight and did not return in the period, but came back in the second period. Later, Canucks Jannik Hansen scored, making it 1-0 Canucks.

In the second period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 8th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Canucks David Booth scored, making it 2-1 Canucks. Later, Canucks Chris Higgins scored, making it 3-1 Canucks.

In the third period, Canucks Yannick Weber scored, making it 4-1 Canucks. Canucks Henrik Sedin scored a power-play goal, making it 5-1. Canucks Christopher Tanev scored a short-handed goal, making it 6-1. Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 9th goal of the season, making it 6-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins and made 19 saves on 23 shots. Rask was pulled after the 4th goal which was early in the third period. Backup goalie Chad Johnson came into the game and made 5 saves on 7 shots. Rask is now 16-8-2 with a 1.98 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Canucks went 1-for-2. The Bruins led the game in shots 41-30 and hits 19-13. The Canucks led the game in faceoff wins 36-33 and blocked shots 19-15.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits and 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 22-9-2 with 46 points and 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host the Calgary Flames at 7pm ET in Boston.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games

The NHL has suspended Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for 15 games for the incident on Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on December 7th. Thornton will be available to play again on January 11th when the Bruins visit the San Jose Sharks.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Thornton will forfeit $84,615.45. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Source: nhl.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bruins pull out a win over Oilers


Bruins Milan Lucic fights Oilers Luke Gazdic on December 12, 2013.
In a game where the Bruins dominated the first period, then were outplayed by the Edmonton Oilers for most of the rest of the game, backup goalie Chad Johnson looking ok but gave up a bad goal, the Bruins are lucky to have got the win and two points from the game vs former Bruin Andrew Ference and the Oilers last night.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Dennis Seidenberg scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 5th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Oilers David Perron scored two goals, one early and the other late in the period, making it 3-2. Also in the period, Oilers rookie Luke Gazdic challenged Bruins Milan Lucic to a fight and they had a good fight with both landing some punches.

In the third period, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 8th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 4-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 39 saves on 41 shots. Johnson is now 6-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 20-12. The Oilers led the game in shots 41-31, hits 30-16 and faceoff wins 31-28. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Oilers went 0-for-3.

Gregory Campbell and Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 22-8-2 with 46 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the hated Vancouver Canucks at 10:00pm ET.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Iginla honored in pregame, Bruins score 2 goals late to win


The Calgary Flames honor longtime captain Jarome Iginla on December 10, 2013.
With the Bruins struggling with injuries and players being sick, the Calgary Flames outplayed the Bruins through the first two periods and were up 1-0. Then during the third period, in a span of less than three minutes the Bruins scored two goals to go ahead 2-1 and they were able to hold onto the lead for the win. What a night for ex-Flames captain Jarome Iginla as the Calgary fans cheered him and the Flames played a pregame video tribute focusing on Jarome Iginla, the person and the things he has done in the community.

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

In the second period, Flames Jiri Hudler scored, making it 1-0 Flames.

In the third period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 26 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 16-7-2 with a 1.87 GAA and a .935 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 31-14. The Flames led the game in shots 27-24, hits 21-9 and blocked shots 18-11. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Flames went 0-for-2.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 2 hits each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
Dougie Hamilton (injured), Adam McQuaid (injured), Loui Eriksson (injured), Chris Kelly (injured), Daniel Paille (sick) and Shawn Thornton (suspended) were all out of the lineup.

The Bruins recalled forward Nick Johnson from Providence (AHL) before the game and he played vs the Flames.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 21-8-2 with 44 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Edmonton Oilers at 9:30pm ET.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bruins find a way and beat Leafs 5-2

Kevan Miller celebrates scoring his 1st NHL goal
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 8: Kevan Miller #86 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his first NHL goal during action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre December 8, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Despite the craziness of yesterday's game and the recent call-ups, the Bruins played well and got help from their power-play while backup goalie Chad Johnson played solid in net and got the win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Maple Leafs Peter Holland scored, making it 1-0 Leafs.

In the second period, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Bruins rookie Kevan Miller scored his 1st career NHL goal, making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Maple Leafs Jay McClement scored, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins. Late in the game, Leafs Dion Phaneuf boarded Bruins Kevan Miller from behind into the boards but no penalty was called on the hit... Wha...wha...what?? Miller left the game after the hit and didn't come back. Watch the hit below. With 11 seconds left in the game, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 9th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 5-2.


Leafs Dion Phaneuf boards Bruins Kevan Miller from behind and no penalty was called, on December 8, 2013.
Injury notes
Injuries for the Bruins continue, as defenseman Dougie Hamilton left in the first period with a lower-body injury. After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Dougie Hamilton is out at least a week and Kevan Miller should be able to play in the next game.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 30 saves on 32 shots. Johnson is now 5-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA and a .922 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-32 and blocked shots 23-15. The Maple Leafs led the game in hits 36-29 and faceoff wins 39-33. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Maple Leafs went 0-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron and Jordan Caron led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid, Johnny Boychuk, Shawn Thornton and Loui Eriksson were all out of the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 20-8-2 with 42 points and 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday at the Calgary Flames at 9:30pm ET. It should be an emotional night for Jarome Iginla as it will be his first time back in Calgary since Calgary traded him last season.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bruins recall Spooner and Fraser, update on Kelly injury

Because of the mayhem from last night's Bruins-Penguins game, the Bruins have recalled forwards Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner from Providence (AHL). Fraser has been playing well in the AHL as he's scored 16 goals in 23 games. For Spooner, this will be his second call-up to the NHL this season as he played 2 games earlier this season and recorded 2 assists.

Also, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli gave an update on forward Chris Kelly and it's not good. Kelly has been placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a fractured right fibula in the second period last night, from a Pascal Dupuis slash. Kelly is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ugly start but Bruins finish strong, beat Penguins


Bruins-Penguins incidents, Thornton KO's Orpik w/SlowMo 12/7/13. Video by Dafoomie.


Shawn Thornton speaks to the media after his incident with Brooks Orpik, on December 7, 2013. Video by Dafoomie.
It was an ugly start to a hard-hitting, hard-fought game where the Bruins didn't give up and scored two goals in the final two minutes of the game to win it 3-2. The ugliness in the first period ends up with both teams losing a player each.

Quick game summary
In the first period, early in the game, Penguins Brooks Orpik hit Bruins Loui Eriksson with a big hit, which should have been an interference penalty as Eriksson didn't touch the puck but instead nothing was called. Eriksson had trouble getting to the bench and didn't return to the game. It has been confirmed after the game that Eriksson has another concussion, the first one was from the John Scott cheapshot earlier this season.

A few shifts later, Bruins Shawn Thornton went at Orpik, challenging him multiple times but Orpik didn't man up and declined to drop the gloves, and the refs gave Thornton a 2-minute penalty. On the power-play, Penguins Chris Kunitz scored, making it 1-0 Penguins. A little later, Bruins Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Penguins Deryk Engelland in a fight that started strong but ended quickly and I would call it a draw. Later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 6th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

Minutes later, Penguins James Neal kneed Bruins Brad Marchand in the head while Marchand was down on the ice and it looked intentional (see first video above). During the stoppage after the Neal cheapshot, Shawn Thornton went after Brooks Orpik, knocking him down to the ice and gave him two gloved punches to the head. A stretcher was brought out to take Orpik to the hospital. Thornton was given a match penalty and will be suspended, as he has an in-person hearing tomorrow, and Neal has a phone hearing tomorrow. On the power-play, Penguins James Neal scored, making it 2-1 Penguins.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, with less than two minutes left and Tuukka Rask pulled from the net, Bruins David Krejci scored his 5th goal of the season, tying the game 2-2. With 13 seconds left in the game, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Injury notes
Loui Eriksson has a concussion and Chris Kelly has lower body injury from a slash, neither of them will travel to Toronto for tomorrow's game.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 15-7-2 with a 1.91 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 32-21. The Penguins led the game in shots 30-21, hits 36-31 and blocked shots 22-15. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Penguins went 2-for-7.

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 3 shots. Dennis Seidenberg and David Krejci led the Bruins with 6 hits each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Player notes
Johnny Boychuk (injured), Jordan Caron and Adam McQuaid (scratches) were out of the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 19-8-2 with 40 points and 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow at the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7pm ET.

Chiarelli issues update on Johnny Boychuk

Johnny Boychuk
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins skates during warm ups wearing a camouflage jersey prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on November 11, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Today, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released the below statement about Johnny Boychuk and it's some good news, considering how bad the injury initially looked at the time, that Boychuk may be back in about a week.

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, December 7, on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk: Johnny has been diagnosed with a back sprain and will be out for approximately three to seven days.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Friday, December 6, 2013

Boychuk injured in Bruins 2-1 loss to Montreal


Video showing the play where Canadiens Max Pacioretty hit Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk into the boards, injuring him.
The Bruins were beat tonight by the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 but the real story is the health of Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Early in the first period, Canadiens Max Pacioretty hits Bruins Johnny Boychuk into the boards, injuring him. Boychuk stayed down for a long time and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.

During the game, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made a statement regarding Johnny Boychuk:
"Johnny Boychuk has been taken to Montreal General Hospital for observation, after being injured in Thursday's game against the Canadiens. Before he was transported to the hospital, he was able to demonstrate movement in all of his extremities. We will provide a further update when it is appropriate."
Source: bruins.nhl.com
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Boychuk was returning to the Bell Centre and would travel back to Boston with the team. but "he's not out of the woods yet." Julien also talked about the hit: "For me, it was a two-minute penalty and that's it. It was a hit that was a bit from behind that deserved two minutes. It was probably just the way he went into the boards that gave us that result. But frankly, I don’t think it was anything more than that." Also, Max Pacioretty talked about it after the game: "I feel terrible. I've been in that situation before. As you can tell from my game right after that, it definitely rattled me a lot. I wish him nothing but the best." Source: nhl.com

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Canadiens Tomas Plekanec scored, tying the game 1-1. Also in the period, Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Canadiens Brandon Prust in an ok fight that looked to be a draw.

In the third period, Canadiens Max Pacioretty scored, making it 2-1 Canadiens.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 14-7-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-27. The Canadiens led the game in hits 30-18, faceoff wins 41-32 and blocked shots 22-15. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 0-for-4.

Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 6 shots. Gregory Campbell and Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Jordan Caron, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller were scratched for this game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 18-8-2 with 38 points and are 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NESN's Behind the B: episode 5 video

Here is episode 5 of Behind the B where it focuses on: Bruins vs Lightning on Veteran's Day; Dennis Seidenberg meeting with veterans and his time off the ice with his family; Bruins vs Blue Jackets with an inspirational speaker before the game; Bruins vs Senators as Claude Julien goes back to his hometown, Ottawa, and he meets family after the game; Bruins vs Carolina with a look at the Bruins penalty killing and Seidenberg mic'd up; Bruins vs Blues with Kevan Miller making his NHL debut; and Bruins vs Penguins with a look at the Bruins assistant coaches.


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