Sunday, April 10, 2016

Senators spank Bruins 6-1, Bruins eliminated from playoffs


Bruins Patrice Bergeron yells at his teammates during a timeout to try and wake his team up, but it obviously didn't work, on April 9, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
This is what happens when you don't show up for the majority of your games and then you rush at the end of the season to get as many points as possible but you also don't show up for those games, you lose and miss the playoffs.

This isn't anything new for the Bruins as the past couple of seasons this has been what the Bruins do, don't show up to most games, show up to a few games and play like a playoff team, which gets fans excited, and then the Bruins don't show up in the most important games and disappoint their fans. The Bruins are a frustrating team to watch and root for. I love Claude Julien as the coach of the Bruins but something has to change. I think it's time to start over, players and coaching staff, but that's just my opinion and I'm no hockey expert, just a fan.

As much as I was against trading Joe Thornton way back when, well that turned out in the end to be a good move. It's maybe time to trade away veterans that can bring in some young talent and/or draft picks (please don't trade Patrice Bergeron though as he's the one untouchable to me). Right now it just sucks to be a fan of a team that doesn't show up to games and play hard.

Below is the quick summary of the game but in short, the Bruins didn't show up and got spanked by the Ottawa Senators, also a non-playoff team. With this loss and the Flyers beating the Penguins, the Bruins were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

On Friday, Matt Beleskey said this:
"Don't come to the game if you’re expecting a letdown. I don't care if you're there," said a smiling Beleskey with a laugh. "We're going to play hard and we're going to try and get the job done. I think the fans are pretty good here and I know they all want us to win on Saturday. I'm sure they'll be there in their Black and Gold on Saturday ready to go."
Source: csnne.com
Well the fans showed up but obviously most of your teammates did not show up.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 15th goal of the season, making the score 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Senators Chris Neil scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Senators Zack Smith scored, making the score 2-1 Senators. Later, Senators Matt Puempel scored, making the score 3-1 Senators. Less than two minutes later, Senators Mika Zibanejad scored, making the score 4-1 Senators.

In the third period, Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a short-handed/open-net goal, making the score 5-1 Senators. Later, Senators Zack Smith scored a short-handed/open-net goal, making the score 6-1 Senators.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask was sick and did not play. Jonas Gustavsson played in net and made 30 saves on 34 shots. Gustavsson is now 11-9-1 with a 2.72 GAA and a .908 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-36 and faceoff wins 38-29. The Senators led the game in hits 30-24 and blocked shots 15-3. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Senators didn't have any power-plays.

Matt Beleskey and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 6 shots.

Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the golf course
The Bruins are now 42-31-9 with 93 points this season. The Bruins are now 17-18-6 at home this season. The Bruins are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The Bruins season is over.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bruins beat Red Wings 5-2


Octopus on the ice in Boston, on April 7, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
Last night the Bruins beat the Red Wings 5-2 and the Bruins haven't made the playoffs just yet as they have one game left this season and depending on that game and what other teams do, they could make or miss the playoffs. Also, Brad Marchand won the NESN's 7th Player Award.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 1:25 into the game, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 14th goal of the season, making the score 1-0 Bruins. Only 1:19 later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 37th goal of the season, making the score 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 4th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making the score 3-0 Bruins. Later, Red Wings Alexey Marchenko scored, making the score 3-1.

In the third period, only 20 seconds into the period, Bruins Lee Stempniak scored his 19th goal of the season, making the score 4-1 Bruins. Only 25 seconds later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 30th goal of the season, making the score 5-1 Bruins. Later, Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou scored, making the score 5-2.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 13 saves on 15 shots. Rask is now 31-22-8 with a 2.56 GAA and a .915 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-15, faceoff wins 31-28 and blocked shots 15-12. The Red Wings led the game in hits 21-20. The Bruins went 1-for-4 on the power-play while the Red Wings went 0-for-4.

Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 5 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell, Dennis Seidenberg and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 42-30-9 with 93 points this season. The Bruins are now 17-17-6 at home this season. The Bruins are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday, when they host the Ottawa Senators, at 12:30pm ET.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hurricanes beat Bruins 2-1 in shootout


Bruins Jimmy Hayes drops the gloves with Hurricanes Brad Malone, on April 5, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
On Tuesday the Bruins continued blowing away points as they were beat by the Hurricanes in the shootout 2-1.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Jimmy Hayes dropped the gloves with Hurricanes Brad Malone in a quick fight. Later, Hurricanes Jaccob Slavin scored, making the score 1-0 Hurricanes.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 29th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Hurricanes Noah Hanifin scored to win the game.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 27 saves on 28 shots. Rask is now 30-22-8 with a 2.57 GAA and a .916 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 36-28, hits 22-18 and faceoff wins 36-26. The Hurricanes led the game in blocked shots 20-6. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power-play.

Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 5 shots. David Pastrnak led the Bruins with 3 hits.

Brett Connolly, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell, Dennis Seidenberg and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 41-30-9 with 91 points this season. The Bruins are now 16-17-6 at home this season. The Bruins are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday, when they host the Detroit Red Wings, at 7pm ET.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Blackhawks beat Bruins 6-4


Blackhawks Patrick Kane scores a hat trick vs Bruins, on April 3, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
On Sunday, the Bruins were no match for the Chicago Blackhawks where it was once 6-0 Blackhawks. The Bruins fought their way back to 6-4 but they couldn't tie it up before end of regulation.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blackhawks Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal, making the score 1-0 Blackhawks. Later, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored, making the score 2-0 Blackhawks.

In the second period, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored, making the score 3-0 Blackhawks. Later, Blackhawks Jonathan Toews scored, making the score 4-0 Blackhawks. Later, Blackhawks Artemi Panarin scored, making the score 5-0 Blackhawks. Later, Blackhawks Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal, making the score 6-0 Blackhawks. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 13th goal of the season, making the score 6-1. Only 11 seconds later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 31st goal of the season, making the score 6-2.

In the third period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 32nd goal of the season, making the score 6-3. Later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 36th goal of the season, making the score 6-4.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started the game in net and was pulled early in the second period. Rask made 18 saves on 22 shots. Rask did not get the decision, and now has a 2.60 GAA and a .915 save percentage this season. Jonas Gustavsson played the rest of the game and made 10 saves on 12 shots. Gustavsson got the decision, is now 11-8-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 46-34, hits 31-17 and faceoff wins 36-26. Both teams had 17 blocked shots. The Bruins went 0-for-1 on the power-play while the Blackhawks went 2-for-3.

Torey Krug led the Bruins with 10 shots. Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 5 hits. John-Michael Liles and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Kevan Miller, Tyler Randell and Dennis Seidenberg were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 41-30-8 with 90 points this season. The Bruins are now 25-13-3 on the road this season. The Bruins are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes, at 7pm ET.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

NESN's Behind the B season 3 episode 12 video

Here is episode 12, "The Nightmare", of NESN's Behind the B season 3, where it focuses on: Cam Neely getting a watch for Claude Julien to commemorate his achievement for all-time wins in Bruins history; Bruins practice; Bruins vs Sharks with Lee Stempniak mic'd up; Frank Vatrano gets mistaken for someone else; Torey Krug fills out his March Madness bracket; Bruins practice; Bruins vs Kings with Loui Eriksson mic'd up; Bruins coach Claude Julien is honored with the watch; Bruins vs Panthers; and Bruins vs Maple Leafs 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, April 2, 2016

Bruins sign O'Gara, Kuraly and Grzelcyk

This past week the Bruins have signed a few youngsters. On Tuesday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Rob O'Gara (Yale University) to a 2-year entry-level contract (beginning with the 2016-17 season); and they signed forward Sean Kuraly (Miami University) to an entry-level contract (beginning with the 2016-17 season).
Kuraly served as captain at Miami University (Ohio) in 2015-16, posting six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 36 games. The 6’2”, 205-pound forward recorded a career high in goals and tied a career high in points during the 2014-15 season with the RedHawks, scoring 19 goals and adding 10 assists for 29 points in 40 games. Over his four-year collegiate career, Kuraly skated in 154 games, producing 43 goals and 50 assists for 93 points with 177 penalty minutes.

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O’Gara, 22, finished up his 2015-16 season at Yale with four goals and eight assists for 12 points with 41 penalty minutes in 30 appearances. The 6’4”, 207-pound defenseman recorded a career high in points in 2014-15 for the Bulldogs, scoring six goals and adding a team-high 15 assists for 21 points with 31 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating. He also earned first-team AHCA/CCM All America and first-team All-ECAC honors. O’Gara played in all 37 games as a freshman in 2012-13, recording seven assists as he helped Yale capture the 2013 National Championship.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

On Friday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University) to a 2-year entry-level contract (beginning with the 2016-17 season).
Grzelcyk served as captain of the Boston University Terriers for the second straight season in 2015-16, finishing the year with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 27 games. The 22-year-old defenseman was also named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star for the second consecutive season. In 2014-15, Grzelcyk skated in 41 games, recording 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-32 rating. In addition to serving as captain and being named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, he earned CCM First-Team All-American honors and was fourth in the nation in points per game among defenseman (0.95). Over his four-year collegiate career, Grzelcyk appeared in 124 games for Boston University, tallying 26 goals and 68 assists for 94 points.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Bruins barely beat Blues 6-5


Bruins Kevin Millar gets injured in awkward hit vs Blues, on April 1, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
The Bruins barely got away with a 6-5 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Blues Jaden Schwartz scored, making the score 1-0 Blues. Only 41 seconds later, Bruins Loui Eriksson scored his 28th goal of the season, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 16th goal of the season, making the score 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Blues Paul Stastny scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Bruins Matt Beleskey scored his 15th goal of the season, making the score 3-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 8th goal of the season, making the score 4-2 Bruins. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 17th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making the score 5-2 Bruins.

In the third period, Blues Robert Bortuzzo scored, making the score 5-3. Later, Blues Alex Pietrangelo scored, making the score 5-4. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making the score 6-4 Bruins. Late in the game, Blues Kevin Shattenkirk scored, making the score 6-5.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 25 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 30-22-7 with a 2.55 GAA and a .916 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 29-21 and blocked shots 14-10. The Blues led the game in shots 30-28 and faceoff wins 41-31. The Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Blues went 0-for-5.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Noel Acciari led the Bruins with 7 hits. Zdeno Chara, Joe Morrow and Torey Krug all led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Tyler Randell, Dennis Seidenberg and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 41-29-8 with 90 points this season. The Bruins are now 25-12-3 on the road this season. The Bruins are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is on Sunday, at the Chicago Blackhawks, at 12:30pm ET.