Friday, January 31, 2014

Montreal outplays and outscores Bruins 4-1


Game summary video of Canadiens @ Bruins game on January 30, 2014.
The Bruins couldn't get their game going last night against the Montreal Canadiens and Montreal capitalized on the Bruins mistakes to eventually win 4-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Canadiens Alexei Emelin scored, making it 1-0 Canadiens. Later, Canadiens Max Pacioretty scored, making it 2-0 Canadiens. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Dougie Hamilton scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 2-1.

In the second period, Canadiens Brian Gionta scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1 Canadiens. Claude Julien then pulled goalie Tuukka Rask and in came backup goalie Chad Johnson. Less than three minutes later, Canadiens Daniel Brière scored, making it 4-1 Canadiens.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started the game and made 15 saves on 18 shots. Backup goalie Chad Johnson came into the game after Montreal's third goal, and made 14 saves on 15 shots. Rask got the loss and is now 24-13-3 with a 2.12 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season. Chad Johnson now has a 2.30 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 35-33 and hits 33-23. The Canadiens led the game in faceoff wins 32-30 and blocked shots 16-13. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 1-for-4.

Dougie Hamilton led the Bruins with 6 shots. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 5 hits each.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 34-16-3 with 71 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at 1pm ET when they host the Edmonton Oilers in Boston. Former Bruin Andrew Ference will make his return to Boston.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tim Thomas returns to Boston and gets shelled


Panthers Tim Thomas slashes Bruins Carl Soderberg in the neck on January 28, 2014.


Bruins Shawn Thornton's beautiful goal against Panthers goalie Tim Thomas on January 28, 2014.
Last night the Florida Panthers visited Boston and Tim Thomas made his first return to Boston since he left the Bruins. The Bruins outplayed the Panthers throughout most of the game and a few odd goals got by Tim Thomas to make it a 6-2 Bruins win. Most of the talk was about the incident at the end of the game where Carl Soderberg was crashing the crease and Thomas didn't like it. Thomas swung his stick at Soderberg, which hit him in the neck area and Thomas was given a high-sticking penalty.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 15th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 18th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 4-0 Bruins. Late in the period, Panthers Brad Boyes scored, making it 4-1.

In the third period, Panthers Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal, making it 4-2. Later, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 4th goal of the season, with a great individual effort to keep possession of the puck and get a shot on Thomas (watch video of Thornton's goal above), making it 5-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 6-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 28 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 24-12-3 with a 2.07 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-30 and faceoff wins 38-34. The Panthers led the game in hits 20-16 and blocked shots 12-9. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Panthers went 1-for-2.

Loui Eriksson led the Bruins with 5 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

The Krejci-Lucic-Iginla line combined for 3 goals and 4 assists.

Player notes
Chris Kelly returned to the lineup. Forward Ryan Spooner and defenseman Zach Trotman were sent back to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 34-15-3 with 71 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7pm ET.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Six different Bruins players score in win over Islanders


Game summary video of Bruins @ Islanders on January 27, 2014.
Monday night the Bruins played the New York Islanders, who they've had trouble playing against this season and they managed to come out on top 6-3. The Bruins had six different players score goals, with the Bergeron-Marchand-Smith line scoring three goals.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Islanders Frans Nielsen scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 17th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Islanders Michael Grabner scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 17th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Islanders Kyle Okposo scored, tying the game 3-3. Near the end of the period, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 4-3 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 5-3 Bruins. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 6-3 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Johnson is now 9-3-0 with a 2.30 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 37 shots each. The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 27-19. The Islanders led the game in hits 32-18 and faceoff wins 43-27. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Islanders went 0-for-5.

Brad Marchand had 1 goal and 3 assists. Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Reilly Smith led the Bruins with 5 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 hits. David Krejci led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 33-15-3 with 69 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow (Tuesday) when they host the Floria Panthers in Boston at 7pm ET. Will Tim Thomas be starting for the Panthers? If Thomas does start, will the crowd cheer him or boo him?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Iginla's 4 points lead Bruins to 6-1 win over Flyers


Game summary video of Bruins @ Flyers on January 25, 2014.
After not playing a game since Monday, the Bruins had an early game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers who have been struggling recently. The Bruins looked rested and prepared for this game as they took a two goal lead in the first period and didn't look back, beating the Flyers 6-1. The Flyers could not stop the Krejci-Lucic-Iginla line as they dominated play when on the ice. Jarome Iginla finished the game with 2 goals and 2 assists, David Krejci had 3 assists and Milan Lucic had an assist.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. With 18 seconds left in the period, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 16th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins. Not long after the Smith goal, Flyers Scott Hartnell and Bruins Johnny Boychuk got into a fight after Hartnell put a hit on Boychuk and they got locked up together. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 4-0 Bruins. Again, not long after Bergeron's goal, off the next faceoff, Bruins Gregory Campbell and Flyers Luke Schenn dropped the gloves and it was all Schenn in the fight.

In the third period, Flyers Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal, making it 4-1. Not long after Giroux's goal, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 15th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 5-1 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 11th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 6-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 25 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 23-12-3 with a 2.08 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 33-26 and faceoff wins 40-27. The Flyers led the game in hits 39-19 and blocked shots 19-18. The Bruins went 3-for-5 on the power-play while the Flyers went 1-for-2.

Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots each.

Player notes
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton returned to the lineup. Adam McQuaid was again out of the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 32-15-3 with 67 points and are tied for 1st place with the Tampa Bay Lightning, although the Lighting have played 2 more games than the Bruins. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday at the New York Islanders at 7pm ET. The Bruins have struggled against the Islanders this season so this won't an easy game.

Friday, January 24, 2014

NESN's Behind the B: episode 8 video

Here is episode 8 of Behind the B where it focuses on: a look at Bruins travel coordinator Johnny "Chief" Bucyk; Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton practicing; the Bruins road trip out to the west coast to face the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks; out in California Shawn Thornton brought Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Adam McQuaid to a boxing club; a group of younger Bruins players go out to dinner and one of them pays for the group's dinner; Johnny Boychuk leaves to go be with his wife who is having a baby; and Daniel Paille mic'd up vs Sharks.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bruins sign Kevan Miller to 2-year one-way contract

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that the Bruins signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a 2-year one-way contract. Miller's contract is worth an annual cap figure of $800,000.

Miller has appeared with 16 games with Boston this season, registering one goal and one
assist with seven penalty minutes. The defenseman notched his first NHL goal this season against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on December 8, which proved to be the game-winning goal. Miller’s first NHL assist came on December 12 versus the Oilers in Edmonton.

The 26-year-old has skated in 19 games with the Providence Bruins this season and has registered two goals and three assists with 39 penalty minutes. The blueliner has skated in 154 career AHL games with Providence from 2011-2013, notching seven goals and 38 assists. Miller appeared in nine AHL playoff games for Providence in 2013 and accrued five assists with a plus-four rating.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bruins beat Kings 3-2 in early game


Kings Jordan Nolan vs Bruins Milan Lucic on January 20, 2014.
Earlier today the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a rematch from their first meeting in earlier January where the Kings dominated the Bruins. Today though the Bruins played much better and were able to hold off the Kings and get a 3-2 win even with backup goalie Chad Johnson playing in net.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 15h goal of the season, a shorthanded goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Kings Jordan Nolan laid a good hard hit on Bruins Torey Krug and Bruins Milan Lucic came in and challenged Nolan to fight. Nolan and Lucic dropped the gloves and had a good fight, watch it to the upper left. I would give Lucic the edge in that fight. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 11th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Kings Willie Mitchell scored, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Kings Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2. Only 18 seconds later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 16th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 23 shots. Johnson is now 8-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 23 shots and both went 1-for-4 on the power-play. The Bruins led the game in hits 29-22 and blocked shots 16-11. The Kings led the game in faceoff wins 36-21.

Reilly Smith and Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play and Zach Trotman was in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 31-15-3 with 65 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers at 1pm ET.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Blackhawks beat Bruins in shootout 3-2


Game summary video of Bruins @ Blackhawks on January 19, 2014.
The Bruins played the Chicago Blackhawks today, a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals last season and it did feel like a playoff game with the speed of the game. In the first period the Blackhawks looked faster and more focused than the Bruins but Bruins Brad Marchand scored two goals to get the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Blackhawks tough guy Brandon Bollig would score a bad goal against Tuukka Rask which tied the game and the game would eventually go to a shootout where Blackhawks Patrick Kane would win it for the home team.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Marian Hossa scored, making it 1-0 Blackhawks. With 19 seconds left in the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 13th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, 50 seconds into the period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Blackhawks Brandon Bollig scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Ryan Spooner didn't score; Blackhawks Jonathan Toews scored; Bruins Patrice Bergeron didn't score; Blackhawks Patrick Sharp didn't score; Bruins Brad Marchand scored; and Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 35 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 22-12-3 with a 2.11 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 32-24 and faceoff wins 28-25. The Blackhawks led the game in shots 37-36 and blocked shots 18-12. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 0-for-2.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 8 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Player notes
For some reason Bruins coach Claude Julien had Ryan Spooner as the first shooter for the shootout and he hit the post. I don't get why Spooner would be put in the shootout. From the games I've seen him in, he is not a shooter, he's a playmaker. He doesn't appear to have a really strong wrist shot or any deke moves.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski seems to take a holding penalty every game now and is out of position at times. He should be scratched whenever Dougie Hamilton returns to the lineup. Bartkowski took two minor penalties in this game, one for holding and one for cross-checking.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not return to the game after the second period and it doesn't look like he'll play in tomorrow's game. The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence (AHL) Sunday night.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-15-3 with 63 points and are tied for 1st with the Tampa Bay Lightning but the Bruins have two games in hand on the Lightning. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow against the Los Angeles Kings in Boston at 3pm ET.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bruins get past Stars 4-2


Game summary video of Bruins @ Stars on January 16, 2014.
The Bruins didn't start well vs the Dallas Stars as it looked like this game may get away from the Bruins but they managed to stay in the game through two periods and put away the Stars in the third period. Backup goalie Chad Johnson got the start in net and played well as Tuukka Rask got some needed rest.

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

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 10th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Stars Erik Cole scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Two minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Bruins Milan Lucic scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Stars Jamie Benn scored, making it 3-2. With 16 seconds left in the game, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 12th goal of the season, making it 4-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Johnson is now 7-3-0 with a 2.27 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-34, hits 36-21 and faceoff wins 40-33. The Stars led the game in blocked shots 17-14. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Stars went 1-for-6.

Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 5 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 blocked shots.

Player notes
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton remains out of the lineup with a mild concussion.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-15-2 with 62 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Sunday at the Chicago Blackhawks at 12:30pm ET on NBC.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bruins poor special teams costs them game vs Leafs


Bruins Johnny Boychuk hits Leafs James van Riemsdyk, JVR's glove flies into stands, on January 14, 2014. Video by Dafoomie.
Although they've been struggling recently, the Maple Leafs capitalized on the Bruins poor special teams play on Tuesday night and beat the Bruins 4-3. The Bruins gave up two power-play goals and didn't score on the three power-plays they had themselves.

Bruins Johnny Boychuk was back in the lineup after missing the last game due to his wife having twins. Boychuk had the hit of the game, watch it to the left. Bruins Shawn Thornton got into his first fight since his return to the lineup against Leafs Frazer McLaren.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Leafs Frazer McLaren and not much happened in the fight, a draw. Shortly after the fight, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Leafs Tyler Bozak scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Leafs Tyler Bozak scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2.

In the second period, Leafs Jake Gardiner scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2 Leafs.

In the third period, Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored, making it 4-2 Leafs.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and 22 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 22-12-2 with a 2.11 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-26, hits 27-22 and faceoff wins 37-34. The Leafs led the game in blocked shots 19-10. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Leafs went 2-for-5.

Jarome Iginla, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 hits. Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots each.

Player notes
On Sunday, forward Matt Fraser was sent back to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-15-2 with 60 points and tied for 1st place in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Dallas Stars at 8:30pm ET.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

After 2 bad losses, Bruins beat Sharks


Bruins @ Sharks game summary video from January 11, 2014.
Last night's game didn't start well for the Bruins, as from the opening faceoff the Sharks controlled the play. In the second period, the Bruins played better, especially after the Kevan Miller vs Mike Brown fight. In the third period, Bruins Carl Soderberg managed to score the only goal of the game that would win it for the Bruins 1-0. Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton returned to the Bruins lineup and Eriksson recorded an assist on the only goal of the game. Tuukka Rask recorded his 5th shutout of the season, which leads the NHL.

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

In the second period, no scoring happened. Bruins Kevan Miller got into his 1st NHL fight with Sharks Mike Brown after Miller put a good hit on Brown. Miller got the decision in this fight.

In the third period, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 26 shots he faced recording his 5th shutout of the season. Rask is now 22-11-2 with a 2.06 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 28-27. The Sharks led the game in shots 26-22, faceoff wins 40-25 and blocked shots 21-16. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Sharks went 0-for-1.

Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg led the Bruins with 3 shots each. Jarome Iginla led the Bruins with 6 hits. Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Johnny Boychuk did not play for personal reasons as some have said that his wife was having a baby. Matt Fraser was a healthy scratch. Justin Florek was sent back to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-14-2 with 60 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston at 7pm ET.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Kings outplay and pound Bruins 4-2


Bruins @ Kings game summary video from January 9, 2014.
Watching last night's Bruins game was tough to watch as the Los Angeles Kings outplayed the Bruins in just about every aspect of the game. Obviously the loss of Dennis Seidenberg is huge but Tuukka Rask didn't make some timely saves and the intensity wasn't there from many of the players.

The only positives from this game were Justin Florek scoring his first NHL goal and this game was the last game that Shawn Thornton had to serve for his suspension.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Kings Jeff Carter scored, after a bad turnover by Johnny Boychuk as he fanned on the puck trying to pass it out of the defensive zone, making it 1-0 Kings.

In the second period, 44 seconds into the period, Kings Justin Williams scored a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Kings. Less than two minutes later, Kings Alec Martinez scored, making it 3-0 Kings. Tuukka Rask was then pulled and in came backup goalie Chad Johnson. Later, Bruins Matt Fraser scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 3-1. Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Kings Kyle Clifford after Clifford put a big hit on Bruins David Krejci. This fight was more of a draw than anything.

In the third period, Kings Dustin Brown scored, making it 4-1 Kings. Later, Bruins Justin Florek scored his 1st NHL career goal, making it 4-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started the game, played 21:45 and made 15 saves on 18 shots. Rask got the loss and is now 21-11-2 with a 2.12 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season. Chad Johnson came into the game in the second period and made 16 saves on 17 shots. Johnson's numbers now look like: 2.30 GAA and a .915 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 34-27 and blocked shots 13-8. The Kings led the game in shots 35-22 and faceoff wins 35-28. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Kings went 0-for-6.

Ryan Spooner led the Bruins with 4 shots. Jarome Iginla and David Krejci led the Bruins with 5 hits each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Adam McQuaid has now fought in the last four games.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-14-2 with 58 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the San Jose Sharks at 10:30pm ET.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NESN's Behind the B: episode 7 video

Here is episode 7 of Behind the B where it focuses on: Dougie Hamilton and Chris Kelly rehabbing; Bruins players doing charity around the holidays; Bruins injuries; Adam McQuaid mic'd up vs Senators; Dougie Hamilton returns to the lineup; and goalie Niklas Svedberg getting his first career win against the Nashville Predators.


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Bruins start roadtrip with 5-2 loss to Ducks


Bruins @ Ducks game summary video from January 7, 2014.
The first game of the Bruins west coast trip did not go well after a first period of dominating the play against the Ducks, the Ducks capitalized on their chances and scored two power-play goals and a short-handed goal in the second period. The Ducks would outplay the Bruins in the third period as well and beat the Bruins 5-2. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller kept the Ducks in the game in the first period by making some great saves, including a "save of the year" on Brad Marchand and without him it would have been a different game.

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

In the second period, Ducks Mathieu Perreault scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Ducks. Perreault is one those players that always seems to score against the Bruins. Later, Ducks Corey Perry scored a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Ducks. Later, Ducks Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal, making it 3-0 Ducks. Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Ducks Patrick Maroon and they had a pretty even fight. Not long after the fight, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 3-1.

In the third period, Bruins Dougie Hamilton scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 3-2. Later, Ducks Nick Bonino scored a power-play goal, making it 4-2 Ducks. Later, Ducks Mathieu Perreault scored again, making it 5-2 Ducks.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 15 saves on 20 shots. Rask is now 21-10-2 with a 2.05 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-20. The Ducks led the game in hits 38-27, faceoff wins 35-24 and blocked shots 18-11. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Ducks went 3-for-3.

Daniel Paille led the Bruins with 5 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 hits and 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
Milan Lucic was sick and did not play. Rookie Justin Florek played again and recorded his 1st NHL assist and point.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-13-2 with 58 points and 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30pm ET.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Krug scores twice in 4-1 win over Jets


Jets @ Bruins game summary video from January 4, 2014.
Earlier today the Bruins took on the struggling Winnipeg Jets and were able to get a 4-1 win despite at times not playing well. Before the game, forward Justin Florek (6'4" 199lbs, left winger) was called up from Providence (AHL) due to Jordan Caron having a sore back. Florek made his NHL debut and finished with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:14 of ice time.

Quick game summary
In the first period, 22 seconds into the game Bruins Zdeno Chara put a high hit on Jets Blake Wheeler, which got him a 2-minute penalty. Not long after the penalty, Jets Chris Thorburn challenged Chara to fight, no doubt this was for the hit on Wheeler earlier, and they dropped the gloves and had an uneventful fight. As Jack Edwards said during the broadcast, Chara made the hit on Wheeler earlier and now answers the bell, dropping the gloves, unlike someone else not too long ago. Off the next faceoff, Bruins Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with Jets James Wright and they had an ok fight but not much landed by both. Later, Jets Dustin Byfuglien scored, making it 1-0 Jets. Later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 6th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 9th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than five minutes later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 10th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Bruins Reilly Smith scored his 15th goal of the season, making it 4-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 36 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 21-9-2 with a 1.96 GAA and a .934 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 37-20 and blocked shots 14-13. The Jets led the game in shots 37-29 and hits 28-22. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Jets went 0-for-3.

David Krejci, Torey Krug and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 28-12-2 with 58 points and are in 1st place in the Atlantic Division and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday at the Anaheim Ducks at 10pm ET.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bruins beat Predators in overtime 3-2


Bruins Brad Marchand scores the game-winning goal in overtime against the Predators on January 2, 2014.
Goalie Niklas Svedberg made his NHL debut tonight against the Nashville Predators and got his first win as the Bruins won in overtime. The Bruins had a good first period, a weak second period and a strong third period and then finished it in overtime. Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton returned to the lineup to help the team but Hamilton noticeably looked like he hasn't played in awhile.

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

In the second period, Predators Viktor Stalberg scored, making it 1-0 Predators.

In the third period, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 13th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Predators Shea Weber scored, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season, winning the game 3-2 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Niklas Svedberg made his NHL debut and made 33 saves on 35 shots in his first career NHL win. Svedberg is now 1-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA and a .943 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 25-20. The Predators led the game in shots 35-25, faceoff wins 34-29 and blocked shots 23-11. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Predators went 0-for-1.

Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 hits and 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 27-12-2 with 56 points and are 1st in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at 1pm ET in Boston.

Bruins reach half-way point of season
The Bruins have now played 41 games and reached the half-way point of their season. Currently Reilly Smith leads the Bruins with 14 goals; David Krejci leads the Bruins with 27 assists; David Krejci leads the Bruins with 36 points; Jarome Iginla leads the Bruins with a +18 rating; Milan Lucic leads the Bruins with 53 PIMs; Zdeno Chara leads the Bruins with 6 power-play goals; Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 3 short-handed goals; David Krejci and Brad Marchand lead the Bruins with 4 game-winning goals; and Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with 117 shots.

Bruins recall goalie Svedberg and injury updates

Today the Bruins recalled goalie Niklas Svedberg from Providence (AHL) and he'll be starting tonight against the Nashville Predators.

Injury updates
Forward Carl Soderberg and defenseman Dougie Hamilton will be back in the lineup tonight against the Predators. Defenseman Kevan Miller will be a healthy scratch. Source: CSNNE

Loui Eriksson is now skating but Bruins coach Claude Julien says that he's "a ways away still." It's good to hear that Eriksson is skating again but don't expect him to come back to the lineup any time soon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bruins blow lead, lose to Islanders 5-3


Game summary video of Islanders @ Bruins on December 31, 2013.
Happy New Year everyone! The Bruins played the Islanders last night and got out to a good start and managed to get a 2-goal lead but then they started playing sloppy and took some bad penalties which ultimately cost them. The Islanders wound up scoring four power-play goals to get them a 5-3 win over the Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the season (his 100th career goal), making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Islanders Frans Nielsen scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 10th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Bruins Daniel Paille scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Islanders Frans Nielsen scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2. With three seconds left in the period, Islanders Kyle Okposo scored as he banked a shot off of Brad Marchand's skates and into the net, tying the game 3-3.

In the third period, 32 seconds into the period, Islanders John Tavares scored, making it 4-3 Islanders. Later, Islanders John Tavares scored a power-play goal, making it 5-3 Islanders.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins and made 26 saves on 31 shots. Rask is now 20-9-2 with a 1.99 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-31, faceoff wins 42-31 and blocked shots 17-12. The Islanders led the game in hits 22-20. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Islanders went 4-for-8.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 7 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-12-2 with 54 points and 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Nashville Predators in Boston at 7pm ET.