Sunday, November 29, 2015

Claude Julien vs Alain Vigneault

Claude JulienAlain Vigneault
Bruins coach Claude Julien vs Rangers coach Alain Vigneault
After Friday's Rangers vs Bruins game, Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Bruins coach Claude Julien had some comments about Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist embellishing a goalie interference call. Marchand said, "He must have gotten hit with a cement block the way he went down... I didn't know I was that strong" while Julien had the below comments.

"I know [Lundqvist] does some acting on the side but I don't think it needs to be on the ice. Referees are there to protect goaltenders, and they should. Goaltenders shouldn't take advantage of referees. You may think it's a good play for his team to get a power play, but we're all trying to get that out of our game. If my guys do that I'm going to address it. I'm not hypocritical about that. We're trying to improve the game here. More than anything else I think is the way we bounced back, whether it's karma or whether its character whatever it is, I liked our effort tonight."
-Claude Julien
Source: csnne.com

On Saturday, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault responded to the media about the comments made by Bruins coach Claude Julien.
"Well, [the Rangers public relations staff] filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game. I mean it's a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight."
-Alain Vigneault
Source: csnne.com

The next time these two teams face each other is on January 11, 2016.

UPDATE, 11/29
Bruins coach Claude Julien wanted to clear up his comments from the other day as some have twisted what he said. Julien also responded to Vigneault's remark that he needs to check his eyesight.
"I think it's pretty obvious what I said... I thought Lundqvist sold it. Not for a second did I ever question Henrik Lundqvist as a person, or a goaltender or any of that. We all know how good he is as a goaltender, and I know he's a good person. I've met him at the All-Star games and all that stuff. It wasn't anything more than the situation, so that's all I've got to say on Lundqvist."

"As far as my eyes, I'm not the one that compared Beleskey's hit to Aaron Rome's [hit]."
-Claude Julien
Source: csnne.com

Friday, November 27, 2015

Bruins power-play leads them to 4-3 win over Rangers


New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 27, 2015.
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Usually the Bruins don't play well in the game after Thanksgiving day but they played all right today as their power-play led the way to a 4-3 win over the Rangers. With this win, the Bruins are now on a 5-game winning streak.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season, making the score 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Rangers Oscar Lindberg scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Rangers Rick Nash scored, making the score 2-1 Rangers. Bruins Matt Beleskey finished a check, which looked to be semi-late, on Rangers Derek Stepan who went down, and Rangers Dylan McIlrath instigated a fight with Beleskey. Later, Bruins Brett Connolly scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sold a goalie interference call with some good acting, no doubt there was contact but the embellishment would make Montreal proud, and the Rangers would score on that upcoming power-play, as Rangers J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal, making the score 3-2 Rangers. Later, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game up 3-3. Less than three minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 9th goal of the season, making the score 4-3 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 24 saves on 27 shots. Rask is now 8-7-1 with a 2.94 GAA and a .899 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-27 and hits 24-23. The Rangers led the game in blocked shots 15-13. Both teams had 30 faceoff wins each. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Rangers went 1-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 5 hits each. Torey Krug and Zach Trotman led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell and Max Talbot were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 13-8-1 with 27 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at 9:30pm ET.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bruins steal overtime win vs Red Wings


Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings game recap video, on November 25, 2015.
Tonight, Thanksgiving eve, the Bruins got lucky and stole two points from the Detroit Red Wings with a 3-2 overtime win. Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson kept the Bruins in the game throughout the game as after the Bruins got a 1-0 lead they seemed to go on an early Thanksgiving break as the Red Wings outplayed them for the rest of the game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 2nd goal of the season, making the score 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Red Wings Tomas Tatar scored, making the score 2-1 Red Wings.

In the third period, Bruins Colin Miller scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In overtime, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 3rd goal of the season, winning the game 3-2 for the Bruins.

Game notes
Jonas Gustavsson played in net and made 32 saves on 34 shots. Gustavsson is now 5-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA and a .920 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 23-14, faceoff wins 26-21 and blocked shots 12-7. The Red Wings led the game in shots 34-22. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Colin Miller, Zach Trotman and Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 3 shots each. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 4 hits.

Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell and Max Talbot were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 12-8-1 with 25 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Friday when they host the New York Rangers at 1pm ET.

To all of those that celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, have a happy and safe holiday!

NESN's Behind the B season 3 episode 5 video

Here is episode 5, "Thanksgiving Benchmark", of NESN's Behind the B season 3, where it focuses on: Bruins GM Don Sweeney scouting and watching games with Bruins prospects; Bruins vs Canadiens with Matt Beleskey mic'd up; Frank Vatrano scoring his first NHL goal and seeing his father after the game with the puck; defenseman Dennis Seidenberg practicing; Bruins vs Islanders with Max Talbot mic'd up; Jimmy Hayes visiting the US Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center; Bruins vs Avalanche with Ryan Spooner mic'd up; Bruins players meet up with veterans after the game with Kevan Miller mic'd up; Bruins vs Red Wings with Dennis Seidenberg mic'd up; Bruins players buying Christmas gifts for children in hospitals with David Pastrnak mic'd up; and Bruins vs Sharks with Zac Rinaldo mic'd up.


Previous episodes

You can watch past season's episodes of NESN's Behind the B on this tag page.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-3 in shootout


Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs game recap video, on November 23, 2015.
On Monday the Bruins finished a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by beating the Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout. Monday's game was a back and forth type of game and not a goalie showdown as in Saturday's game.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 9th goal of the season, a short-handed goal, making the score 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Zac Rinaldo scored his 1st goal of the season, making the score 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored, making the score 2-1. Only 1:02 later, Maple Leafs Leo Komarov scored, tying the game up 2-2. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season, making the score 3-2 Bruins. Less than two minutes later, Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak scored, tying the game up 3-3.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins David Krejci scored in the third round to win the game 4-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 39 saves on 42 shots. Rask is now 7-7-1 with a 2.94 GAA and a .900 save percentage this season.

The Maple Leafs led the game in shots 42-29, hits 41-25, faceoff wins 44-33 and blocked shots 18-17. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Maple Leafs went 0-for-6.

Torey Krug led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zac Rinaldo led the Bruins with 4 hits. David Krejci led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell and Frank Vatrano were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 11-8-1 with 23 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday at the Detroit Red Wings, at 7:30pm ET.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bruins claim Landon Ferraro

Landon Ferraro
Landon Ferraro
On Sunday the Bruins announced that they have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. This season, Ferraro played in 10 games for the Red Wings, he recorded 0 points, is a -3, has 7 PIMs and took 12 shots. If you didn't know, Landon Ferraro is the son of former NHL player Ray Ferraro.

I have not seen Landon Ferraro play but looking at his NHL and AHL career stats he seems to be more of a third or fourth line player. Could this pickup mean that forward Frank Vatrano will be out for longer than expected? Why would the Bruins pick up a player like Ferraro when they have players in Providence (AHL) who may be able to provide more than him?

Ferraro, 24, has skated in 10 games for Detroit this season and registered seven penalty minutes. For his NHL career, the 6'0'', 183 pound forward has skated in 17 NHL games and has tallied one goal and nine penalty minutes. He also appeared in seven postseason NHL contests.

At the AHL level, he has two 20-goal campaigns to his name after registering a career high 27 in 2014-15 with Grand Rapids as well as 24 during the 2012-13 season. In 270 AHL games with Grand Rapids, he has totaled 75 goals, 65 assists and 204 penalty minutes.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

The Bruins also announced that defenseman Kevan Miller was placed on injured reserve.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bruins shutout Maple Leafs 2-0


Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 21, 2015.
On Saturday night the Bruins hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are last place in the Atlantic Division, and it was a goalie duel until late in the third period when Bruins captain Zdeno Chara put one past Leafs goalie Jason Reimer. Tuukka Rask and the Bruins would go on to shutout the Leafs.

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

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. With seven seconds left in the game, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 8th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn his 2nd shutout of the season. Rask is now 6-7-1 with a 2.95 GAA and a .896 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 37-22, faceoff wins 35-29 and blocked shots 20-15. The Maple Leafs led the game in hits 29-23. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow and Frank Vatrano were scratched and did not play.

Vatrano out, Talbot recalled
With Vatrano out of the Bruins lineup with an upper-body injury (he is day-to-day) from the hit he took in the game vs the Wild, the Bruins recalled veteran Max Talbot and he played vs the Leafs.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 10-8-1 with 21 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Monday at the Toronto Maple Leafs, at 7:30pm ET.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Loui Eriksson nets hat trick in win over Wild


Minnesota Wild @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 19, 2015.
On Thursday night the Bruins hosted the Minnesota Wild and played better than their last game to get the 4-2 win with Loui Eriksson leading the way with a hat trick.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Off the next faceoff after the goal, Bruins Matt Beleskey dropped the gloves with Wild Brett Bulmer and gave him a good pounding in a no doubt win over Bulmer. That was Beleskey's first fighting major with the Bruins.

Bruins Matt Beleskey vs Wild Brett Bulmer

In the second period, Wild Jason Zucker scored, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than four minutes later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 8th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 3-1 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Wild Jordan Schroeder scored, making it 3-2.

In the third period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 9th goal of the season, earning him his 1st hat trick as a member of the Bruins, making the score 4-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Jonas Gustavsson played in net and made 24 saves on 26 shots. Gustavsson is now 4-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 38-26, hits 29-23 and blocked shots 16-10. The Wild led the game in faceoff wins 26-22. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Wild went 0-for-3.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 6 shots. Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner led the Bruins with 5 hits each. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow and David Pastrnak were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 9-8-1 with 19 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs, at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Joe Thornton leads Sharks win over Bruins


San Jose Sharks @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 17, 2015.
Just when you think the Bruins are turning things around, a game like last night happens and you realize that the Bruins are not there yet and have a long way to go. Former Bruins captain and no longer Sharks captain Joe Thornton put on a show last night, racking up 1 goal and 2 assists leading the Sharks over the Bruins 5-4.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 42 seconds into the game, Sharks Joe Pavelski scored, making it 1-0 Sharks. Later, Bruins Tyler Randell scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 6th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins. Later, Sharks Joonas Donskoi scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the second period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins. Later, Sharks Melker Karlsson scored, tying the game 3-3. Three minutes later, Sharks Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal, making it 4-3 Sharks. Less than a minute later, Sharks Joe Thornton scored a power-play goal, making it 5-3 Sharks.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 7th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 5-4.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 23 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 5-7-1 with a 3.18 GAA and a .890 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-28, hits 33-21, faceoff wins 33-28 and blocked shots 13-12. The Bruins went 2-for-3 on the power-play while the Sharks went 2-for-5.

Jimmy Hayes led the Bruins with 4 shots. Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 4 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Colin Miller, Joe Morrow and David Pastrnak were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-8-1 with 17 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Minnesota Wild, at 7pm ET.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

NESN's Behind the B season 3 episode 4 video

Here is episode 4, "Minions", of NESN's Behind the B season 3, where it focuses on: talking with Patrice Bergeron about his wife having their newborn son; Bruins vs Flyers; Bruins vs Islanders in Brooklyn with Brett Connolly mic'd up; Cam Neely unveils the Bruins jersey that will be worn at the Winter Classic game; David Pastrnak answering questions from kids; Bruins vs Coyotes with David Pastrnak mic'd up; Bruins players dress up in Minions Halloween costumes to visit the hospital; Bruins vs Panthers with Jimmy Hayes mic'd up; Torey Krug takes his wife to visit the Franklin Park zoo; and Bruins vs Stars with Torey Krug mic'd up.


Previous episodes

You can watch past season's episodes of NESN's Behind the B on this tag page.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Bruins beat Red Wings 3-1


Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 14, 2015.
After the debacle the Bruins had in their last game vs the Avalanche, tonight they came away with a much needed home win over the Detroit Red Wings. Below is a quick game recap of the Bruins 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

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. Less than four minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 8th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Red Wings Justin Abdelkader scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 22 saves on 23 shots. Rask is now 5-6-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .896 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-23, hits 24-13 and blocked shots 16-11. The Red Wings led the game in faceoff wins 28-27. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 1-for-3.

Torey Krug led the Bruins with 5 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 6 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Colin Miller, Joe Morrow and David Pastrnak were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 8-7-1 with 17 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host the San Jose Sharks, at 7pm ET.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bruins blow lead, lose to Avs


Colorado Avalanche @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 12, 2015.
Tonight the Bruins played well for the first half of the first period but then it all went downhill afterwards. The Bruins would give up 2-0 lead in the first period and never get back as the Avalanche controlled most of the play for the rest of the game. Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg returned to the Bruins lineup and was throwing hits everywhere he could.

Quick game summary
In the first period, less than two minutes into the game, Bruins Zdeno Chara scored his 2nd goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Tyler Randell dropped the gloves with Avalanche Cody McLeod and they had an ok fight. Later, Avalanche Carl Soderberg scored, making it 2-1. Late in the period, Avalanche Francois Beauchemin scored, tying the game 2-2.

In the second period, no scoring happened. In the period, Bruins Brad Marchand was laid out by Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog with a blindside hit, that earned him a match penalty. The blindside hit looked awfully similar to the Matt Cooke cheapshot on Marc Savard. I wouldn't be surprised if Landeskog gets suspended for the hit.



In the third period, Avalanche Matt Duchene scored, making it 3-2 Avalanche.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 27 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 4-6-1 with a 3.21 GAA and a .892 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 27-21, faceoff wins 31-28 and blocked shots 19-14. The Avalanche led the game in shots 30-27. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Avalanche went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron and Frank Vatrano led the Bruins with 5 shots each. Dennis Seidenberg led the Bruins with 6 hits. Torey Krug and Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-7-1 with 15 points this season and their home record dropped to 1-5-1. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Detroit Red Wings, at 7pm ET.

Bruins sign DeBrusk, Lauzon and Senyshyn to entry-level contracts

Earlier on Thursday, the Bruins announced that they have signed forwards Jake DeBrusk, Zach Senyshyn and defenseman Jeremy Lauzon to entry-level contracts. No other information about their contracts was given.

DeBrusk, 19, has skated in 14 games for the Swift Current Broncos (Western Hockey League) this season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. His six goals and 20 points are second on the Broncos while his 14 assists are tied for first.

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Senyshyn, 18, has appeared in 18 games thus far this campaign for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (Ontario Hockey League), notching 10 goals (leads the team) and four assists for 14 points (second on the team).

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Lauzon, 18, has played in 18 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) this season, scoring three goals and posting 22 assists (tied for first on the team) for 25 points (fourth on the team) with a plus-17 rating (tied for fourth on the team).
Source: bruins.nhl.com

David Pastrnak out indefinitely

David Pastrnak
David Pastrnak
On Wednesday, Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced that CT scans on David Pastrnak revealed that Pastrnak will need additional time to recover from a small non-displaced crack in his foot. There also is no timetable set for Pastrnak's return yet so this is a big loss for the Bruins.

Also, on Monday the Bruins announced that forward Max Talbot was sent back to Providence (AHL).

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bruins hold on for 2-1 win over Islanders


Boston Bruins @ New York Islanders game recap video, on November 8, 2015.
On Sunday the Bruins almost had another meltdown with taking penalties and allowing power-play goals but Tuukka Rask was strong in net and the Bruins held on for a 2-1 win over the Islanders.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 5th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Islanders Johnny Boychuk scored a power-play goal, making it 2-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 36 saves on 37 shots. Rask is now 4-5-1 with a 3.22 GAA and a .891 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in blocked shots 17-13. The Islanders led the game in shots 37-27. Both teams had 25 hits each and 33 faceoff wins each. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Islanders went 1-for-7.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. Matt Beleskey and Zach Trotman led the Bruins with 4 hits each. Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Zach Trotman led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Frank Vatrano had another strong game, as he had 5 shots and 2 hits in 12:04 of ice time.

Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak and Tyler Randell were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 7-6-1 with 15 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Colorado Avalanche at 7pm ET.

Suspensions upcoming from Bruins-Canadiens game?

Saturday night there were two incidents by Montreal Canadiens players that should draw the NHL's attention, especially the player safety department. These two incidents definitely do not give the NHL a good look and they also disregard player safety completely.

First we have Montreal's Andrei Markov who got so upset about Bruins Colin Miller embellishing/diving a trip (something that Markov himself is well known for and an expert at), that he shot the puck at/in the direction of the Bruins bench on purpose. I don't know if Markov hit anyone on the bench but should that matter? Will the NHL punish Markov for this? Since apparently no one was hurt from the shot, will Markov not get a suspension? If he doesn't get punished in some way, then this is basically the NHL saying that it's ok to shoot pucks at players or benches if it doesn't hit or hurt anyone.

GIF of Montreal's Andrei Markov throwing a temper tantrum and shoots puck at Bruins bench
Source: stanleycupofchowder.com

The second incident we have is Montreal's Nathan Beaulieu butt-ending/elbowing Bruins Zac Rinaldo in the head at the end of the game as Rinaldo was coming in for a check behind the Montreal goalie. Maybe Beaulieu was trying to protect himself there but he still hit someone in the head. If the NHL doesn't punish Beaulieu then they're saying a hit to the head is ok if you're trying to protect yourself. I don't like Rinaldo myself but hitting someone in the head I thought was a no-no.

Video of Montreal's Nathan Beaulieu butt-ending/elbowing Bruins Zac Rinaldo in the head
Source: @myregularface on Twitter

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Montreal comes back to beat Bruins 4-2


Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens game recap video, on November 7, 2015.
The Bruins had a 2-1 lead and even won a coach's challenge where a Montreal goal was called back because of goalie interference but Montreal came back to tie it up and later score a power-play goal on a dumb David Krejci penalty to beat the Bruins 4-2. Maybe the only good part of the game for the Bruins was seeing Frank Vatrano score his 1st career NHL goal in his first game tonight.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Canadiens Tomas Plekanec scored a power-play goal, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 1st career NHL goal, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the third period, Canadiens Lars Eller scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Canadiens David Desharnais scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2 Canadiens. Late in the game, Canadiens Max Pacioretty scored an empty net goal, making it 4-2 Canadiens. At the end of the game, Montreal's Nathan Beaulieu got a match penalty for butt-ending/or elbowing Bruins Zac Rinaldo in the head. Beaulieu should get suspended for that hit. Watch the cheapshot below.



Game notes
Jonas Gustavsson played in net and made 29 saves on 32 shots. Gustavsson is now 3-1-0 with a 2.25 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 42-24 and blocked shots 17-9. The Canadiens led the game in shots 33-31 and faceoff wins 41-37. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 2-for-3.

Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 7 hits.

Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak and Tyler Randell were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-6-1 with 13 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow (Sunday) at the New York Islanders, at 5pm ET.

Bruins recall Frank Vatrano and send Khokhlachev back to Providence

Frank Vatrano
Frank Vatrano
On Friday it was announced that the Bruins sent forward Alex Khokhlachev back to Providence (AHL) and recalled forward Frank Vatrano from Providence (AHL).

Vatrano will make his NHL debut tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Vatrano is 21 years old, was born in Massachusetts, plays center and wing, shoots left, 5'9" tall and weighs 201 lbs. This season in Providence (AHL), Vatrano has played in 10 games, scored 10 goals and has 2 assists for 12 points in total. Those stats are from eliteprospects.com.

This move does not surprise me at all as Khokhlachev didn't really do much on a line with David Krejci. In 2 games, Khokhlachev had 3 shots and was a -1. All I remember of seeing Khokhlachev play was him dumping in the puck and I did not see the speed he has that everyone talks about. Speed in the AHL and in the NHL are completely different.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Capitals outwork, outplay and beat Bruins 4-1


Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals game recap video, on November 5, 2015.
Tonight at times the Bruins looked asleep and other times they just got outplayed by the Washington Capitals. The Capitals went on to a 4-1 win over the Bruins, giving the Bruins their first road loss this season.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Jimmy Hayes scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Capitals Alex Ovechkin scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Capitals Brooks Laich scored, making it 2-1 Capitals. Later, Capitals John Carlson scored a power-play goal, making it 3-1 Capitals. Bruins rookie Tyler Randell dropped the gloves with Capitals Michael Latta, recording his first NHL regular season fight.

Bruins Tyler Randell vs Capitals Michael Latta

In the third period, Capitals Karl Alzner scored an empty-net goal, making it 4-1 Capitals.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 27 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 3-5-1 with a 3.46 GAA and a .879 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 39-29. The Capitals led the game in shots 31-29 and blocked shots 19-10. Both teams had 25 hits. The Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power-play while the Capitals went 1-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 5 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

David Pastrnak, Zac Rinaldo and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-5-1 with 13 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, at the Montreal Canadiens, at 7pm ET.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bruins recall Max Talbot

Max Talbot
Max Talbot
Today it was announced that the Bruins have recalled veteran forward Max Talbot from Providence (AHL). In three games down in the AHL, Talbot recorded four assists and was a +3. With the injury to Chris Kelly, this move makes perfect sense as Talbot is a veteran who can kill penalties and plays hard.

Seguin's hat trick leads Stars over the Bruins


Dallas Stars @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on November 3, 2015.
Yes the Dallas Stars beat the Bruins 5-3 last night and ex-Bruin Tyler Seguin had a hat trick against his former team, but the biggest (and saddest) news is that Bruins Chris Kelly went down early in the first period and had to be helped off the ice with an apparent leg/or knee injury. Later during the game, Bruins GM Don Sweeney made a statement, that Chris Kelly sustained a left femur fracture and was transported to Mass General Hospital. Kelly will be undergoing surgery Wednesday (today) and his expected recovery time is between six to eight months.

We hope the surgery goes good and Kelly is able to rehab and possibly re-join the Bruins this season/playoffs. Kelly is an unrestricted free agent after this season and with his price tag ($3M), I doubt the Bruins would bring him back unless it's for a lot less, considering the young players that they have in Providence. It would be sad if this was the last moment Kelly had while wearing the black and gold.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Stars Tyler Seguin scored, making it 1-0 Stars. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Colin Miller scored his 1st career NHL goal, tying the game 1-1. Late in the period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 3rd goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Stars Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2. Later, Stars Jyrki Jokipakka scored, making it 3-2 Stars.

In the third period, Stars Tyler Seguin scored another power-play goal, getting the hat trick, making it 4-2 Stars. Later, Stars Alex Goligoski scored a power-play goal, making it 5-2 Stars. Later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 4th goal of the season, making it 5-3.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 14 saves on 19 shots. Rask is now 3-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA and a .876 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-19, hits 24-15 and faceoff wins 39-27. The Stars led the game in blocked shots 21-11. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Stars went 3-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 5 hits. Alex Khokhlachev played his first game of the season and had 1 shot in 14:02 of ice time.

David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-4-1 with 13 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Washington Capitals, at 7pm ET.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bruins recall forward Alex Khokhlachev

Alex Khokhlachev
Alex Khokhlachev
Today it was announced that the Bruins have recalled forward Alex Khokhlachev from Providence (AHL). According to theahl.com, in Providence this season, Khokhlachev has played in 10 games, has scored 4 goals and assisted on 9 for a total of 13 points. He also has a -5 plus/minus rating.

The Bruins host the Dallas Stars tonight and it appears that Khokhlachev will be in the lineup and David Pastrnak will be resting his foot.






Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bruins beat Lightning, extend winning streak


Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning game recap video, on October 31, 2015.
Well the Bruins are on a roll, after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, the Bruins have won their last four games and are 6-0-1 in their last seven games after a bad start to the season. With their win against the Lightning, the Bruins remain undefeated on the road (5-0-0) this young season.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Lightning Nikita Kucherov scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Lightning. Later, Bruins Matt Beleskey scored his 2nd goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Brett Connolly scored his 4th goal of the season,a power-play goal, making it 2-1 Bruins. Late in the game, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 5th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 3-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Jonas Gustavsson played in net and made 21 saves on 22 shots. Gustavsson is now 3-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-22, hits 28-21 and blocked shots 14-9. The Lightning led the game in faceoff wins 32-26. The Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power-play while the Lightning went 1-for-5.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 shots. Zac Rinaldo led the Bruins with 5 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman were scratched and didn't play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-3-1 with 13 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday when they host Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars, at 7pm ET.