Archive

Archive for the ‘Boston Bruins’ Category

Bruins roll past division rival Sabers to extend their win streak to 5

The Bruins have extended their win streak to 5 games now, in another blowout victory. This time, the Bruins beat up on division rival Buffalo, winning 6-2. Tyler Seguin extended his point streak to 6 games now, scoring 2 goals and an assist in the game. Seguin has now matched his goal total from a year ago with 11.  However, it’s only taken him 15 games to amas that total, whereas it took him 74 games last year. Seguin should easily reach 20 goals this season, and I think he will easily reach 30 goals as well. How much he’ll have at the end of the year, I don’t know, but I can tell you that it will be the most on the Bruins and tops in the league, if he can stay healthy. Andrew Ference missed the game, and is day-to-day with a lower body injury he suffered last game out against Edmonton.

Tyler Seguin notches his 1st of 2 goals Saturday night against Buffalo Sabers goaltender, Ryan Miller.

1st Period

Before any festivities could commence Saturday night, there was a very touching ceremony at center ice to honor the veterans. The puck was dropped by the mother and father of a National Guardsman over in Afghanistan. The Bruins surprised the parents though, having their son walk out of the Zamboni tunnel, being on leave from Afghanistan. It was a great moment for all, and must have been quite a moment for that family. On to the hockey game we go. Buffalo got things started, creating a chance off a face-off in the Boston zone. Cody McCormick took the puck off the draw, and skated right through the slot. Thomas with his aggressive style though was able to close the angle, and McCormick shot the puck wide. Boston took the puck down the ice into the attacking zone, where the puck was sent behind the Buffalo net. Johnny Boychuk went down to get the puck, and made a behind the back blind pass to the slot. It was picked off by Jason Pomenville, who passed ahead to Thomas Vanek. Vanek came up ice with speed, and skated into the far slot. He shot the puck off the goal apron, but it came right back to Vanek who was able to bank the puck into the net off of Tim Thomas’s skate. Vanek did this last year, bouncing a goal off of Thomas’s back. Buffalo was up 1-0 at 5:38. But the Sabers would go on the penalty kill just moments later, when Tyler Myers would be called for tripping at 6:56. The Boston powerplay couldn’t get the breaks it has been getting recently, and the B’s remained down 1-0. A bad break for Vanek minutes later, as the puck would take a funny bounce off his stick at the Boston point. Milan Lucic jumped up, and had a breakaway now. The puck was a bit out of his reach as he entered the attacking zone, and Ryan Miller came out to clear the puck. Lucic had built up speed down the ice, and he decided to absolutely destroy Miller, leveling him with the shoulder. The hit actually jarred the helmet off of Miller. 3 Sabers came over to say ‘hello’, but no one so much as challenged Lucic. Lucic received 2 minutes for charging at 13:12. The Bruins penalty killers were all over the ice, not allowing the Sabers to get a shot on net. The Sabers would then kill off their own penalty, when Drew Stafford was called for tripping at 14:50. So we had 23 seconds of 4-on-4 before the Bruins would get a powerplay to work with. Again though, the Bruins powerplay was ineffective. The Sabers would go right back on the penalty kill, when Ville Leino was called for hooking at 19:08. The 1st period came to a close with the Sabers up 1-0, and the Bruins would have powerplay time extend over to the 2nd period.

2nd Period

Boston had 1 minute of powerplay to open up the period. Tyler Seguin set up a great chance for Marchand far slot, but his pass was blocked by the Sabers defenders. The powerplay was over, with Boston only able to get 1 shot through the Sabers defense. Seguin created another chance for the Bruins, flying up ice with Bergeron. Seguin passed back to Bergeron, but his shot was blocked down. A Buffalo bounce led to a 2-on-1 coming back up ice, but Chara deflected a cross-ice pass with his stick. Rich Peverley intercepted a pass at center ice, and he tried making a cross ice pass to Campbell. The puck defelcted off Sabers defenseman Tyler Myers, and Peverly, following his pass, picked up the loose puck. Peverley was now behind the Buffalo defense, he skated through the slot, deked, and beat Miller 5-hole. Boston had tied the game at 1, at 7:40. Next up Marchand picked off a pass, and with Seguin charging late had a 2-on-1. Marchand had the entire near side to work with, and he methodically skated in. Seguin came into the slot, Marchand centered a pass for him, and Seguin buried it in the back of the net. Boston had taken the lead 2-1 at 13:29. Next in line was Nathan Horton, as he skated behind the Buffalo defense, and received a chip pass from Boychuk into the neutral zone. Horton cam up ice with David Kreci, and decided to rifle a shot high blocker side on Ryan Miller. The Bruins had just scored 2 goals in 16 seconds to take the 3-1 lead. That marks the 9th time this year the Bruins have scored 2 goals in less than 1 minute. Koleta tried bringing the fight back to Boston, as he hammered Adam McQuaid behind the Boston net. McQuaid didn’t like that, and started pushing and hitting Koleta back. Things were percolating in the TD Garden. Koleta would be called for charging, and McQuaid for roughing at 14:05. So they skated 4-on-4 for 2 minutes. The 4-on-4 went without any good chances, and McQuaid would go right back into the box after he got out. McQuaid was called for hooking at 18:01. The Bruins now had an important penalty to kill off at the end of the period. If the Sabers did not score, they would end up with 1 second of powerplay time to open up the 3rd period. Ville Leino would have a great chance late, as he rifled a one-timer from the near circle on Thomas. Thomas kicked out with his left pad to make the save, and a juicy rebound was kicked away by Seidenberg. The Bruins had a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd and final period, and a 4 game win streak on the line.

3rd Period

Jonas Enroth was in-goal to start the 3rd period. An interesting move by Sabers coach Lindy Ruff. Unless the team felt Miller wasn’t in good enough physical condition to continue after the Lucic hit, then it makes no sense to me. The Sabers opened up the 3rd period with a powerplay, and it was over 1 second later. David Kreci was working magic behind the Buffalo net, and he found Milan Lucic who rang the crossbar. But Boston would make it count just moments later. Another bad pass by the Sabers defense, with Christian Ernhoff giving the puck up to Rich Peverley in the far circle. Peverley passed across ice to Chris Kelly, who sneaked the puck into the back of the net. Boston was suddenly up 4-1 now at 5:28. Then it was the Bergeron line creating chances again for Boston. Patrice Bergeron skated up ice with speed, and passed across ice to Brad Marchand. Marchand dropped the pass back off for Bergeron in the high slot, and he carried it to the near slot. He centered a pass for Tyler Seguin, and Seguin buried the puck in the back of the net. Boston was up 5-1, just 1:43 after the Chris Kelly goal. The Bergeron line wasn’t done their, as Brad Marchand came back with an amazing backhand goal in the near slot. Boston was up 6-1 now at 9:52. Kaleta was trying to cause more trouble, this time with Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk checked Koleta hard in the far corner in the Buffalo zone. Koleta then took a run at Boychuk as he went for a change. Zach Hamill, who is by no means a fighter, took a solid jab at Koleta. He would get 2 minutes for roughing at 11:50, but given the circumstances, it was a good penalty to take. A face-off win by Luke Adam was sent back to Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff passed across ice to Marc-Andre Gragnani at the near point, and he would rifle a shot that rang off the post and in. Buffalo was back on the board finally at 13:20. Boston would go back on the penalty kill at 14:22, when Nathan Horton was called for slashing. No goal this time for the Sabers, and Horton fresh out of the box was back with his linemates. Nathan Horton had an amazing chance in the near slot, as he deked out Enroth and passed back across ice to Milan Lucic. Lucic had a wide open net to shoot at, but the puck was in on his skates, and he couldn’t get a shot off. Koleta was again trying to mix it up with somebody, this time it was Shawn Thornton. Koleta checked Thornton at the penalty benches, and Thornton didn’t like the hit. Thronton gave Koleta a shove, Koleta shoved back, and the referees decided to send both players down the tunnel. Thornton and Koleta received offsetting minors for roughing at 18:20, as well as game misconducts. The final 1:40 would be played 4-on-4. The Bruins just kept clearing the puck and clearing the puck as the clock wound down. The Bruins had won their 5th straight game now, winning 6-2.

Post-Game Breakdown

Boston dominated again on the ice Saturday night. They have now scored 6 goals in the last 3 games, and 30 in this 5 game win streak. The offense is hot, no doubt about it, but the defense is also playing solid hockey. It’s just like with any sport, when your offense is scoring at will, it allows you to play more comfortably on defense. Brad Marchand is starting to find the scoring touch again, scoring 3 goals, 2 assists, and +4 over the last 2 games. Lucic and Horton, whom I talked about last game out against Edmonton, continue to produce during this 5 game win streak. Lucic has 4 goals, 2 assists, for a +5  rating, and Horton has 3 goals, an assist, and a +2 rating. With the offense this hot, it will take a lot to beat the Bruins in the next week to 2 weeks. The Bruins play the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night, in what should be an easy win. The Devils are 8-6-1, 1 game better than the Bruins at 8-7-0. Which should put the Bruins 5 game win streak into perspective. Boston is on a hot streak, and are a much better team than the Devils. Unless they suddenly cool off, I expect another dominating performance.

*UPDATE*

Ryan Miller has been diagnosed as having suffered a concussion from the hit by Milan Lucic. This would explain why Miller did not return for the 3rd period of the game Saturday night. My question is, how was he able to continue play for 26:48 after the injury? There are a couple of answers to that; either A: Miller showed no signs of an injury until the 2nd period intermission, or B: Miller talked the training staff into letting him play/the training staff allowed him to play even though they knew he was hurt. If it was the later, then how negligent of that training staff. It’s their job to take care of their players, especially their superstar franchise goaltender. If Miller was showing any signs of a concussion, then he should have been sent to the quiet room for 15 minutes. Now, I don’t think this is what happened. In all likelihood, Miller just did not have any symptoms and felt fine until the 2nd intermission. But, it’s something to think about.

Advertisements

Bruins dominate their 4th straight game, beating the Edmonton Oilers 6-3.

The Bruins now have a 4 game winning streak, after defeating the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night, 6-3. Tuukka Rask was back in net for the Bruins, starting back-to-back games for the 1st time this year. The Boston offense is officially tearing up the scoreboard, scoring 6, 7, 6, and 6 goals during their 4 game win streak. Devan Dubnyk was in net for the Oilers, in place of the NHL’s best goaltender thus far, Nikolai Khabibulin. The Bruins took advantage, as you can all tell by the final score. This game was also the epic showdown between the number 1 and 2 overall pick from a year ago. Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, and Tyler Seguin of your Boston Bruins. Seguin got the better of Hall, notching a goal and an assist with a 0 +/-, compared to Hall’s no goals, 1 assist, and -1 rating. Daniel Paille was out of action with the broken nose he suffered last game out against the New York Islanders.

Tyler Seguin scores his 9th goal of the year in the Bruins 6-3 win vs Taylor Hall and the Oilers

1st Period

The Bruins came out with a quick chance, set up by Milan Lucic. Lucic had the puck behind the Edmonton net, made a quick pass to the front where Horton, Kreci, and Corvo were jamming in front. Corvo found the puck, but his backhand went wide. A scare for Boston seconds later though, as a deflected pass at the point allowed for a semi-breakaway by Ryan Smyth. He took the puck far side, and just missed a goal as he hit the side of the net. Boston came right back though in this fast paced game with a chance by Bergeron. Patrice Bergeron picked up a rebound attempt far side, but his backhander went wide as well. The top line was clicking for Boston early, with Horton and Kreci having 2 great scoring chances in the slot, but Dubnyk stuffed them both. Tremendous work by the Bergeron line next, as a funny bounce sent the puck ricocheting up ice. Brad Marchand picked the puck up on the fly, and the Bruins had a 2-on-1 with McQuaid coming in late. Marchand tried to deke, but was stood up. Seguin picked up the loose puck, passed across ice to McQuaid, but somehow Dubnyk stopped the puck 5-hole going from post to post. The 1st line came out for Boston, and Kreci battled in the far corner hard with Ladislav Smid. He was knocked down, got back up and still maintained control of the puck. Horton backed him up, allowing Kreci to pass the puck to take the pressure off of himself. Horton passed back to Kreci, and Kreci found a wide open Johnny Boychuk at the near point. Boychuk sent a rocket on net with Lucic screening in front, and the puck found the back of the net. Boston was up 1-0 at 7:11. The Bruins kept the pressure on, with Zach Hamill taking over for the injured Paille. Hammil jumped up from the point to pick off a clearing attempt in the attacking zone. He skated into the near circle, and passed across ice to Jordan Caron. Caron took a wrist shot, but it was blocked Smid’s stick. However, the puck trickled to the far post, Dubnyk stretched out with his stick to stop it, but could not get enough of the puck as it snuck past the goal line. Boston was up 2-0 now just 1:44 after the Boychuk goal. Oilers head coach Tom Renney called his timeout, trying to wake his players up. Edmonton got the message, whatever it was. Ales Hemskey took the puck along the near boards, and passed to Theo Peckham at the near point. Peckham fired a shot, and it was tipped in front by Ryan Smyth, just going by the right skate of Rask and into the back of the net. Edmonton had cut the lead to 2-1 at 12:02. Then came a pair of number 1 overall picks working the puck up ice for Edmonton. This years number 1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a long pass up ice to last years number 1 overall pick Taylor Hall. Hall skated into the near circle, passed back to the high slot, where Nugent-Hopkins rifled a shot by Rask. The game was tied just 29 seconds later at 2. Zach Hamill then had a semi-breakaway, after skating behind the Oilers defense and receiving a chip pass by Siedenberg. Hamil skated near circle, and fired a shot on goal. Dubnyk made a great save with his blocker though. Hamill came right back off another rush attempt. He skated into the offensive zone, when he was hit hard and up high by Peckham. That would warrant him 2 minutes in the penalty box for roughing, at 18:17. The Bruins would have most of their powerplay to end this period, but it would extend into the 2nd as they did not score. A very exciting 1st period, with fiery play from both teams. The teams headed to the locker rooms, tied at 2.

2nd Period

The Bruins 17 seconds of powerplay was over quickly as the period started, and they were back to 5-on-5 hockey. Brad Marchand made dangerous play in the Bruins own zone, making a behind the back pass to the center slot. The pass was tipped by an Oiler, and the puck tumbled to the point to Tyler Seguin. Seguin chipped the puck along, and with a burst of speed had a breakaway. Jeff Petry took a hold of him though, and Seguin was separated from the puck. Petry would receive a hooking minor at 2:09. The Bruins powerplay was quick in moving the puck along, and creating chances on goal. Tyler Seguin had the puck down low, and passed up to Corvo at the point. Corvo skated to the far point and fired a shot on net. The puck was tipped in front by Brad Marchand, and found the back of the net. Boston was back on top 3-2 at 3:50, as Seguin and the Bruins powerplay continued their hot streaks. That’s now 4 straight games with a powerplay goal, and Seguin’s 5th game in a row with a point. Seguin would continue his streak further, off a bad change by the Oilers. Seguin came flying up with Marchand to create a 2-on-2. Seguin fired a shot from the near point with Marchand screening. The puck hit the near post, and bounced back and hit Dubnyk. The puck tumbled in the crease, and Dubnyk fell to the ice to knock it away with his stick, but it was Tom Gilbert who chipped the puck out of the crease. Seguin was waiting in the near slot. He picked up the loose puck, and easily roofed it over the prone goaltender. Boston had its 2nd 2 goal lead of the night, up 4-2 now at 6:24. Not to be outdone, Taylor Hall came flying into the Boston zone, trying to create a scoring chance. Johnny Boychuk had him lined him up for a hit, as Hall just sidestepped the hit. He was also being hooked from behind by Shawn Thornton, which made the move more impressive. So Thornton went to the penalty box at 9:29 for hooking. The Bruins penalty killers were very strong defending Rask, not allowing a shot to reach him. The penalty was over for Boston, but an exhausted Bruins line iced the puck. Claude Julien took this opportunity to call his timeout to give his team a breather. Tyler Seguin was creating more chances for the Bruins, as he, Marchand, and Bergeron came up ice in a 3-on-2. Seguin was stood up in the near circle, and had the puck go back behind the net. Jordan Eberle and Patrice Bergeron went down to the boards, where Eberle checked him before either of them touched the puck. That would get Eberle 2 minutes for interference at 16:48. The Boston powerplay had great movement, and a couple good chances that went wide, but overall the Bruins were not able to get a shot on net. The period would come to a close with the Bruins up 4-2.

3rd Period

Boston started fast again to open up the 3rd period, with the Bergeron line causing havoc. Patrice Bergeron skated into the high slot, deking around defenders, and fired a shot on net. The shot was blocked, and a juicy rebound was just cleared away from a streaking Seguin. Off the ensuing face-off, Dennis Seidenberg took a drive that went wide. The puck took a Boston bounce off the back boards, and that allowed Zach Hamill a chance on goal. He was planted into the near post and hit up high by Corey Potter, and the puck just trickled away. Potter would receive a 2 minute minor for high-sticking at 1:05. The Bruins would give it right back though, as Dennis Seidenberg was called for hooking at 2:08. So they skated 4-on-4 for 52 seconds before Edmonton would have a powerplay to work with. Edmonton would go on the powerplay, but it was virtually invisible. Edmonton couldn’t muster a shot on goal, and they were back to 5-on-5. Boston would go back on the penalty kill though, as Gregory Campbell was called for hooking at 6:15. Andrew Ference would receive an undisclosed injury, and was sent down the tunnel for the rest of the game during the commercial break. Back to hockey though, as the Oilers had a crucial powerplay to work with to try to get back into this game. Again though, the Boston penalty killers proved to be too much, not allowing a shot on Rask. Gregory Campbell was now out of the box, and Brad Marchand picked up a loose puck at center ice. Boston now had a 2-on-2 up ice. Marchand skated far side, faked a snap shot, and passed across ice to Campbell. But Dubnyk made a terrific save up high with the shoulder. Patrice Bergeron was next in line for the Bruins, when he lifted Jordan Eberle’s stick, and made contact with Eberle’s shield. That put Bergeron in the penalty box at 13:25 for high-sticking. A much more effective powerplay this time around for the Oilers. Edmonton took shot after shot on Rask, and even without any support from his penalty killers, Rask was able to stop everything. Finally though, Ryan Smyth broke through, tipping a cross-ice pass in the crease into the net. Edmonton had closed the gap to 4-3 at 15:18. The Bergeron line came out to keep the momentum in Boston’s favor, and they did just that. A great shift in the attacking zone when Tyler Seguin was knocked to the ice in front of the net by Cam Barker, while the puck was in the corner. It resulted in an interference minor at 16:56. Boston made quick work of the powerplay, with Joe Corvo making a ridiculous pass from the bottom of the near circle across ice to Milan Lucic. Lucic tipped the puck into the net, and Boston’s lead was back out to 2, up 5-3 at 17:13. Still, the Bruins did not let up. Brad Marchand came up ice with a 2-on-1, and just missed a shot wide far side. He came right back with another rush attempt, and this time he buried the puck into the back of the net. What was just a 1 goal game mere moments ago, was now a 6-3 lead for Boston just 44 seconds after the Lucic powerplay goal. Boston would go right back on the penalty kill, when Chris Kelly was called for holding at 18:42. So the final 1:18 would be a man down for the Bruins. Another poor powerplay from the Oilers, as this game drew to a close. Boston had now won their 4th straight game, 6-3 over the Edmonton Oilers.

Post-Game Breakdown

Boston had another very impressive win, scoring 6 goals for the 3rd time on their 4 game win streak, totaling in 25 goals throughout the streak. Seguin has a 5 game point streak, and the powerplay has scored in all 4 games during this win streak. Everything is going right offensively. And you can see it paying off for the Bruins terrific netminders. Thomas allowed 2 and 0 goals in his 2 starts, and Tuukka Rask allowed 2 and 3 goals. So the one game a goalie wasn’t on his game, was this game when Rask allowed the 3 goals. But since his team was scoring in front of him, it didn’t matter. The Bruins goalies have not had to play other wordly to get a 1-0 or 2-1 win. Instead, they can go out and just play their game, and feel confident that their offense is going to score out in front of them. It’s kind of the opposite of what we’ve been seeing over the last few years, with the offense relying on the goaltenders to keep them in games. Except now, the goaltenders do not have to rely on the offense to score, because Thomas and Tuukka are both top 10 goaltenders in this league. It really is the best spot the Bruins can ever be in. If this offensive output continues with some consistency, look for the Bruins to be a force during the regular season, and be one of the top 5-10 teams in the league in scoring. The Bruins play their next game against division rival Buffalo. The Sabers have the Vezina trophy winner from 2 years ago, in Ryan Miller. So this offense will be put to the test. Boston had trouble with Buffalo last year, so they will need to fight hard, and grind this game out to secure a victory. I look for the Bruins to come out on top though, just based on how hot their offense has been.

Bruins dominate for the 3rd straight game, winning 6-2

The Bruins continued their win streak Monday night, beating down on the New York Islanders 6-2. This game saw Tyler Seguin notch his team leading 8th goal of the season, as well as Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton getting involved on the scoring parade. Tuukka Rask was in net for the Bruins, starting his 4th game of the season. He had lost his previous 3 games with just a 2.46 Goals Against Average, but the Bruins only scored 3 goals in front of him. Rask saw the Bruins score 6 goals in front of him in this game, and he was stellar as well. Rask allowed 2 goals on 26 shots, and was strong all night in net for the Bruins. Danielle Paille, who received a slapshot to the face Monday night, will be taken to a face specialist to examine the extent of his damage and what can be done to heal him. Reports are that the puck hit his nose, but nothing further has been released.

Bruins dominate Islanders in 6-2 win

1st Period

The Bruins got things started right away, with a turnover next to the Islander net. Caron picked off a bad pass, and threw the puck on net. Isle goaltender Evgeni Nabokov wasn’t expecting the shot, as he just stood there when the puck hit his skate and hung in the crease. Benoit Pouliot came streaking to the goal, and he stuffed in the puck 5-hole on the unsuspecting Nabokav. Boston was up 1-0 just 1:32 into the game. Off the ensuing face-off, Matt Martin decided to challenge McQuaid to a fight a center ice. McQuaid dominated the fight, using his size and strength to his advantage. Martin clearly wanted to spark his team after giving up a bad goal, and both players would receive 5 minute majors for fighting at 1:35. The Islanders brought the attack right back to the Bruins after the fight. Staos had the puck at the far point, and fired a shot on net. Matt Molsoun tipped it in front and there was nothing Rask could do to stop the puck. New York had tied the game at 1, 5:52 into the game. The Bruins came right back with a great shift by the Bergeron line. Seguin skated behind the Isle net to pick up a loose puck, centered a pass for Joe Corvo, but his one-timer was knocked down by Nabakov. A juicy rebound came out, but was picked up and cleared by the Isle. The Bergeron line was creating more trouble, with Seguin and Bergeron working the puck near circle. Screening in front of the net was Brad Marchand, who was pushed over by Travis Hamonic. That would result in a 2 minute minor for cross-checking at 12:11, and the suddenly hot Bruins powerplay had a chance to regain the lead. Seguin had a drive blocked down and away from Nabokov Marchand picked up the loose puck, and with his back facing the goal he just missed a backhand shot wide. After a face-off win, Kreci sent the puck around the net to Chara at the far point. His point shot was stopped by Nabakov, but the rebound came out to Horton in the far slot. Horton settled the puck, and beat Nabakov low glove side. Boston was back on top 2-1 after the powerplay goal at 13:38. Boston didn’t let up, as the Bergeron line came back out. Bergeron took the puck down the near boards, and sent it around the net. Marchand went to the far corner to pick the puck up, and kicked it to Bergeron behind the net. Bergeron centered a pass for Seguin in the center slot, and he roofed the puck into the back of the net. Boston was up 3-1 now, just 28 seconds after Horton’s powerplay goal. That was enough for Islander head coach Jack Capuono. He pulled goaltender Evgeni Nabakov for Al Montoya. The Islanders would have a great chance to get back into this game, when Chris Kelly would be called for slashing at 14:35. The Islanders managed just 2 shots on goal, as the Bruins killed off the penalty with ease. The Islanders stayed resilient, with a great interception by Garabner. Grabner deflected a pass by Johnny Boychuk out of midair, and passed the puck to John Tavarese. Traverse faked the shot, and passed back across ice to Grabner, who put the puck in the back of the net. It was a 3-2 game at 18:36. The 1st period would come to a close, with the Bruins up 3-2.

2nd Period

As the 2nd period started, Boston would dump the puck into the offensive zone. Al Montoya just caught an edge and hit the ice in his own crease. Seidenberg flew to the nearboards and fired a one-timer on the wide-open net. Somehow though, Montoya got his glove up and made the save laying on his side. The Bruins would get another chance moments later when Milan Lucic had 1-on-2 into the Islanders zone. Lucic set the edge, and barreled in far side protecting the puck from the defenders, but his backhand shot never made it on net. With the puck behind the net Lucic battled it out with . Lucic pushed over, and that would be enough for a roughing minor at 5:32. Again the Bruins penalty kill stifled the hot Islanders powerplay. They were back to 5-on-5 hockey, but the Bruins had to do something to get momentum back on their side. The Islanders were out shooting them 7-3 at the midway point. Marchand picked a pass off neutral zone, and had a semi-breakaway in between 2 defenders. He fired a shot high slot, and Montoya just got the glove on it. The puck deflected up and over him though, and he dove back to gather the puck. Marchand jumped up to jam the puck in, but came in and blocked off the far post, keeping the Bruins off the board. Marchand came back with a burst of speed off the rush. He drove up the near boards, centered a pass for Seguin far slot, and Seguin just missed a wide open net on the tip in off the side of the goal. The Islanders brought the puck back up the ice and into the Boston corner. Zdeno Chara got his stick around, and when he turned around he ran into the stick. It would be a hooking call against Chara at 14:28. The Islanders were very effective this time around on the powerplay, moving the puck around the Boston zone. Tuukka Rask was strong in net though, denying the Islanders a powerplay goal. Then the offenses started coming alive, as both teams had great scoring chances. But Montoya and Rask were very impressive in net, stopping chance after chance against them. The 2nd period would come to a close, and the Bruins maintained their slim 3-2 lead.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started with a bit of a scare for the Bruins, not on the scoreboard, but on their roster. Danielle Paille caught a slapshot up high on his face, and he hit the ice quickly. Play was stopped immediately, and Bruins trainer John Del Negro was on the ice to attend to him. Paille was taken to the dressing room, under his own power, but he was bleeding. The Bruins didn’t lose a step though, with Seidenberg making a good play defensively to get the puck out of the Boston zone. Horton and Lucic skated behind the Islanders defense, and had a de facto 2-on-0. Horton skated into the near slot, deked, and passed across to Milan Lucic who tipped the puck into the net. Boston had the important 2 goal lead, now up 4-2 at 4:34. The Bruins came back with a chance set up along the point. Milan Lucic battled along the sideboards, and won the puck back to Corvo, who fired a shot near point that Montoya stopped. The rebound came right to Nathan Horton though, who just jammed the puck in from the far slot. Boston was up now 5-2 just 49 seconds later. The Bergeron line followed that up with a chance of their own. Marchand and Seguin came flying up ice with a 2-on-2. Marchand made a cross-ice pass, but Seguin just missed another tip-in. With Lucic and Adam McDonald battling in the corner for a loose puck, Lucic would lose his edge and inadvertently trip down McDonald. That would put the Bruins back on the penalty kill at 13:05 for tripping. The Islanders again were moving the puck very well on the powerplay. But the Bruins skaters were in the right places at the right times, not allowing a shot to get through to Rask during the penalty kill. They were back to 5-on-5 with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game. The Islanders would make a daring move, deciding to pull their goaltender with under 3 minutes to play. David Kreci made sure it backfired on the Isle, as he buried an empty net goal at 17:12. The Bruins would skate off with their 3rd win in a row, and another convincing one at that, beating the New York Islanders 6-2.

Post-Game Breakdown

What another great game by the Bruins. They dominated in every facet of this game, and it’s good to finally see guys like Horton and Lucic bury the puck in the net. Tyler Seguin continues his points streak, now scoring 6 points in the last 4 games. Seguin leads the team with 8 goals, is 3rd in assists with 7, and that gives him the most points on the team with 15. Seguin is really coming into his own early in this season, and as long as he can continue this superb play, he will be a rock on this Bruins franchise for years to come. Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have also gotten of the snide as of late. With these 2 players contributing for the Bruins, you can obviously see that they have been scoring a lot more goals as a team in their last 3 games. If the Bruins are to have any success going forward, those 2 guys have to keep finding the back of the net. The 1 guy who is surprising me though is David Kreci. Besides his empty net goal in this game, he only has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 10 games, and is -2. This guy led the Bruins in scoring last year, so he will need to start making better decisions with the puck if the Bruins offense is going to keep up this kind of output with any consistency. The Bruins won’t play again until Thursday night, when they play the worst team in the league the last 2 years running, the Edmonton Oilers. If Boston can keep this offensive outburst going, I see them easily running away with this game. The Oilers have a very young, and very highly skilled offensive team. So the Bruins will have to be sharp on defense if they want to keep this short winning streak alive.

Bruins rally comes up short in 4-2 loss to Sharks

The Bruins had a hard time getting anything going all game, but they kept fighting. Boston was able to get the game tied at 2 early in the 3rd period, and seemingly had the momentum and the game in their hands. It was not meant to be in this game though, as the Bruins dropped their 5th game of the year 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks. Tyler Seguin continues his tear to start the season, now with 3 goal and 6 assists for 9 points in just 8 games on the season. Him and Lucic showed some real chemistry together, accounting for both of the Bruins goals, and nearly 2 more. I’m interested to see how those 2 play together as the season goes on, and what exactly Claude will do with these lines with the emergence of Seguin as top line centerman.

Bruins bring the fight, but their rally falls short in 3-2 loss against San Jose

1st Period

Boston made a turnover behind the net to start the game, and Joe Thornton had a point-blank shot just seconds into the game. Thomas made a spectacular diving save to keep. David Kreci then turned the puck over in the neutral zone, and Joe Thornton picked the puck up. He and Joe Pavelski had a 2-on-1 now into the Bruins zone. Thornton centered a pass for Pavelski in the high slot, and he buried the puck just under the crossbar for a goal. San Jose was up 1-0 just 1:12 into the game. On the ensuing shift, Desjardins hammered Gregory Campbell into the boards from behind, and would receive a boarding call at 2:08. So the Bruins had a great chance to get this game back even early. Boston’s powerplay was tremendous Thursday night, and were looking to build on that momentum. The powerplay started slow, but once they got control of the puck they were getting great chances to score. Marchand just missed a chance in the slot with the puck not settling for his shot. Tyler Seguin had a shot from the far circle deflected wide, and the rebound was shot too high by David Kreci in the near slot. The powerplay was over for Boston, but they appeared to have gained some momentum back. Tyler Seguin created more scoring chances for Boston, what else is new? Seguin cut his way through 2 Shark defenders, fired a snap-shot from the near slot, but he rang the crossbar and the puck stayed out. San Jose was taking the puck out of their own zone, when a puck passed up to Joe Thornton kicked off his skates. Chara ran over an unsuspecting Thornton, thinking he had the puck. Chara would be called for interference at 11:12, and the dangerous Sharks powerplay now had a chance to extend their lead. The Bruins penalty killers did a great job keeping the puck away from Thomas, and San Jose was not able to score. Boston broke out with a 2-on-1 up ice with Horton and Pouliot. Horton skated into the near slot, and snapped a shot off that Niemi blocked away. San Jose forced another turnover in the neutral zone, and forced the puck in on Thomas. He was able to cover up the puck, and the shoot McGinn came in and stood in his face. Chara came over and gave him a light push to try to get him away from his goaltender, and he refused to move. Chara then decided to use more force, and Milan Lucic also got involved as they shoved him away from their goaltender. McGinn didn’t like that, and gave a jab to the chest of Chara. The refs broke the scrum up quickly, but things were picking up late. Marchand laid a nice open ice hit to an off-balance Joe Thornton, knocking the big man to the ice. The intensity had picked up as the period came to a close, with the San Jose Sharks up 1-0.

2nd Period

Marchand got things started to open up the 2nd period. He had a great burst of speed through center ice, and he gained outside position into the near circle. His shot was stopped by Niemi, a juicy rebound came far side, but there was no one to bury the puck. The Sharks would be called for too-many-men-on-the-ice at 2:48, and it gave the Bruins an early powerplay to try to tie the game. Boston wasn’t able to muster a shot on goal this time, and the powerplay was over for Boston. San Jose brought a great forecheck back to Boston. Havlak was battling behind the net for the puck, and had all 5 Bruins back there with him. The puck was kicked out and Couture was found all alone in the center slot, and he buried the puck in the back of the net. Boston was now down 2-0 to San Jose at 8:54. It was at that point the Shawn Thornton decided to get Boston back into the game by mixing things up with Jim Vandermeer. Thornton got some real good shots in on Vandermeer’s face during a strong bout. Both players received 5 minutes for fighting at 10:23. Thornton was trying to give some life to this Bruins team, but the Sharks brought the pressure right back. Nothing was going to come easy for Bosotn in this game. Late in the period Campbell made a long pass to Daniel Paille as he and Bergeron skated behind the Sharks defense. It was a 2-on-1, with Paille near side. Paille passed across to Bergeron, who passed back to Paille but his tip-in went well wide on a wide open net. Chara then had a one-timer from the near point that was tipped in front and went off the roof of the net. The Bruins exited the 2nd period down 2-0 now.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started with great passing by the Seguin line. Lucic centered a pass for Kelly, who dropped a pass back for Seguin. Seguin wristed a shot high glove side, but Neiemi made the save. Bergeron dumped the puck behind the Sharks net, and this is where things got interesting. Niemi went behind the net to stop the puck, but his clearing attempt was blocked by Chris Kelly behind the net. Kelly sent the puck towards net, and it kicked off the left skate of Niemi. The puck skidded through the crease, and Lucic jammed the puck into the back of the net. Boston was on the board at 2:43, down 2-1 now. Milan Lucic came right back, forcing a turnover in the neutral zone. Seguin was able to tip the puck to him at the far circle. He centered a pass for Tyler Seguin in the slot, who buried it into the back of the net. Boston had tied the game just 39 seconds later at 3:12, and now had all the momentum on their side. Nathan Horton came back centering a pass for Brad Marchand, but his shot went wide. Pouliot then created a chance, sending the puck up ice for David Kreci. Kreci skated through center ice, and made a cross-ice pass for Rich Peverley. But he could not get a shot off against the back-checking defense. The Sharks came back with hard work along the side boards in the Boston zone. Vandermeer tapped the puck along to McGinn, who took a point shot from the far side. Thomas came out to attack the shot, blocking it down. The puck rebound back in front, and was picked up and roofed by Benn Ferriero. San Jose was back on top 3-2 at 8:48. Lucic and Seguin came right back up ice, with Lucic centering a pass for Seguin. His tip-in was deflected away from the net though. Boston then had a 3-on-1 up ice, with Lucic far side, Seguin high slot, and Kelly near side. Lucic held the puck into the far slot, tried making a cross-ice pass that was knocked down. Seguin came back to get the puck, and passed across ice to Chris Kelly. Antti Niemi was spread-eagle going right to left, and he somehow made a glove save on Kelly. Time was ticking away, and Boston finally had to empty their net. Joe Corvo took a point shot that was knocked down in front, and picked up by Pavelski. He sent the puck ahead to Patrick Marleau, who would add the empty netter at 19:55 as San Jose had beaten the Boston Bruins 4-2.

Post-Game Breakdown

Another tough early loss for the Bruins, who have stumbled to a 3-5-0 record to start the season. Boston played well in this game, but never really got things going. Niemi was good in net, but not great in this game. It felt like Boston just wasn’t able to finish on their scoring chances, while the Sharks did. Especially early in the game, the Bruins just did not have their skating legs and were making bad mistakes. Boston finally came to play in the 3rd period, already down 2 goals though. Great work by Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic to tie the game for the Bruins, but it would not be enough to overcome their turnover woes from earlier. The Bruins now have 4 days off, before they welcome the Montreal Canadians to town. Thursday night the Bruins host their rival Canadians, who the Bruins knocked out of the postseason in 7 games last season. Montreal is off to a horrid start as well at 1-4-2 for 4 points, worst in the Eastern Conference and 2nd worst in the NHL. Boston has gotten to a slow start, but I expect having the Montreal Canadians in the Garden will wake up the sleeping giant. I look for a very hard-fought, tough game in Boston Thursday night, but I see the Bruins coming away with a win.

Hurricanes Cause a Storm in Boston, Drowning Boston 4-1 as the Bruins Receive 82 Penalty Minutes

The Bruins dropped their 2nd game against the Carolina Hurricanes this season, losing 4-1. Boston had a tough time getting to Cam Ward again Tuesday night, and their frustration led to an outburst by the Bruins. Boston tried starting some trouble with the Hurricanes, and they would not punch back. Boston ended up taking 82 penalty minutes, and having 5 Bruins tossed from the game including coach Claude Julien. It was a very close game to start, with the Hurricanes having a 2-1 lead midway through the 3rd period. A couple of penalties later, and Boston was stuck killing off over 3 minutes of 5-on-3, and then they were down 3 goals and the game was virtually over. David Kreci was out for his 3rd straight game with a core injury, allowing Tyler Seguin to center the 1st line yet again. Adam McQuaid was also out, and he was again replaced by Matt Bartowski.

Bruins bring the hate Tuesday night, but the Hurricanes bring the goals in a 4-1 loss for the B's.

1st Period

The Bruins came out flying to start the game, but Cam Ward was spectacular right from the get go. First Ward stuffed Rich Peverley on a chance in the crease, then he stopped a tip-in by Seguin from the near slot off a nice feed by Brad Marchand. The Bruins missed on their opportunities, and the Hurricanes brought the pressure right back. The Bruins defense was all over the place, not able to clear the puck in front of Rask. Anthony Stewart picked up the puck in the far slot, and roofed it into the back of the net. Carolina had an early lead, up 1-0 at 2:47. As usual the 1st line for Boston picked the pressure back up for the Bruins. Horton made a nice pass out of the defensive zone up to Milan Lucic. Lucic had the entire far side all to himself, with 3 Hurricanes clogging up the center. Lucic fired a shot towards goal, but he hit the apron of the net. Boychuck then found Nathan Horton in the near slot, but Ward again made the save. Daniel Pialle was up next, with a terrific shot from the far circle. Cam Ward though was standing on his head early, and kicked the puck away with his left pad. The Hurricanes dumped the puck back into the Bruins defensive zone, Brett Sutter got under and flipped Joe Corvo into the corner boards. A very scary hit, as Corvo laid on the ice for a minute. Corvo was able to get up and skate off under his own power, but would go back to the locker room. The Bruins would go on the powerplay, as Sutter was called for interference at 10:00. The Bruins powerplay was again futile, but the Bruins would come alive right after the penalty ended. Zdeno Chara made a nice pass up ice to Jordan Caron, who had wide open ice to work with. His shot rang the post near side though. Late in the period the Bruins would get a great chance from Rich Peverley in the high slot, but his shot went wide. Bergeron picked the puck up behind the net and tried a wraparound, but Ward held the near post. The 1st line of Boston came back with a 3-on-2 through center ice. Seguin took a slap-shot from the high slot that Ward stopped. Then Lucic and Horton tried jamming the rebound in, but Ward covered the puck up. The Bruins went into the 1st intermission down 1-0.

2nd Period

Joe Corvo was back on the ice to start the 2nd period, so he appears to not have been hurt too critically. The 2nd period started with a Hurricane getting knocked down by a Chara slap shot. Not the best place to be when your on the ice against the Bruins. Brandon Sutter created a turnover in the offensive zone, and came charging up the ice with a 2-on-1 for the Hurricanes, but he rang the post far side. Brad Marchand came into the offensive zone with speed off a Peverley pass, but had his shot stopped by Ward. Marchand would then attack the puck carrier Ruutu, flying into him and leaving his feet to bump him against the boards. Marchand would be called for charging at 3:55, and the Hurricanes had a chance on the powerplay to extend their lead. Carolina would muster just 1 shot on Tukkaa Rask, as the Bruins killed off Marchand’s penalty. As the Bruins brought the puck into the offensive zone, Skinner smacked Andrew Ference in the face with his stick. Skinner would be called for high-sticking at 6:32, and the Bruins now had a chance to get on the board on the powerplay. Nothing going for the Bruins powerplay, and they did not even get a shot on net. That’s 21 straight unsuccessful powerplays now for the Bruins. Boston would turn the puck over again in the offensive zone, with Rutuu taking the puck away at the near boards and passing to center ice to Joni Pitkanen. Pitkanen skated in with tremendous speed, and just fired a slap-shot from the far circle that beat Rask glove side. Carolina was up 2-0 now at 10:19. Seguin made a terrific feed to Horton, but his tip-in was blocked down. Boston picked the puck back up, and Chara took a shot from the point with Horton screening in front, but Ward made the save. There was a huge pileup at the net, centered around Horton pushing and shoving with Harrison. His teammates came to back him up, and Captain Zdeno Chara came in a smacked Harrison. The 2 squared off and Chara manhandled him, picking him up when he fell to the ice just to throw him some uppercuts. Chara even reached around the ref to get in some shots after he intervened. Cam Ward then skated over and bumped Chara, and those 2 started jawing. Lucic came over to help his Captain out by taking on 2 Hurricanes at once, and Tukkaa Rask skated all the way down to confront Ward. When all was said and done,  Chara and Harrison received 5 minutes for fighting. Chara would also receive a 2 minute instigator penalty, and a 10 minute game misconduct. Horton received a roughing minor, and Milan Lucic would serve 2 minutes for Tukkaa Rask for an unsportsmanlike conduct for leaving the crease. So it was a 5-on-3 for 2 full minutes for the Hurricanes at 14:19. The Hurricanes could not even get a shot off as Boston had killed of the 5-on-3. But 7 seconds after the penalty ended, Dennis Seidenberg would be called for interference at 16:26. Andrew Ference was battling in the far corner with Ruutu, and Ference had his stick chopped out of his hands. Ruutu would be called for slashing at 18:01, so we had 25 seconds of 4-on-4 before the Bruins would get a powerplay to work with. The Bruins powerplay was getting shots on net, but not getting any good looks at Cam Ward. Joe Crovo created a great chance in the far circle, just stick handling to create some space. He wristed a shot over Cam Ward, but rang the post far side. The period would end with the Hurricanes up 2-0, and Boston would have 2 seconds of powerplay to start the 3rd.

3rd Period

The Bruins were lacking energy to open up the 3rd period. Marchand and Corvo both had good chances to shoot on net, but fanned on their shots. The Hurricanes were content to just pass the puck around, and in turn they started skating circles around the Bruins. Boston did not have their legs under them, and they could not posses the puck as the period went on. Lucic checked Gleason behind the Carolina net, and Gleason didn’t like that. He started shoving with Lucic, and then Allen came over and put Lucic in a headlock from his blind side. Lucic was furious, broke free dropped his glove and grabbed Allen, but Allen did not want to go. Then Chris Kelly and Sutter started going at it at center ice. Kelly had Sutter’s jersey over his head as the 2 fought. Sutter fought trough it, but Kelly landed a knockout right to the head of Sutter. The penalties shook out with Lucic, Allen, and Gleason getting roughing minors, and Sutter and Kelly with 5 minutes for fighting at 10:30. The Bruins had a powerplay to work with now. Corvo was creating more chances for the Bruins, when he made a cross ice pass to Peverley at the near point. Peverley roofed the puck with Marchand screening in front, and the Bruins were finally on the board with a powerplay goal nonetheless. The Bruins were now down 2-1 at 10:59. The Bruins brought the puck back into the offensive, when Horton checked Gleason behind the net. Gleason didn’t like that one either, and bumped Horton from behind. Horton turned around, shoved back, and then dropped his gloves. You could read his lips as he said let’s go. Gleason didn’t want to oblige, so Horton just tossed Gleason to the ice, and tried picking him back up to give him some shots, but the referee would not let him. Horton would receive a double minor for roughing served by Shawn Thornton, as Horton also received a 10 minute game misconduct at 11:30. Just seconds later, a terrible call by the officials would give Carolina a 5-on-3 advantage. Chara would receive a high-sticking minor at 11:48, but what happened is he just shoved Jeff Skinner to the ice and his stick followed through, but never touched Skinner. Brad Marchand would grab Skinner, and give him a straight jab as Chara pleaded his case to the officials. So Marchand would receive a game misconduct at 11:49. It was a 5-on-3 for Carolina now for 2 full minutes. As play went resumed, Carolina sent the puck behind the Boston net. Dennis Seidenberg gave a hard check to Jeff Skinner from behind, and would receive a boarding minor at 12:10. The Boston fans didn’t like this, combined with some booze, and you have fans throwing things onto the ice.  The 5-on-3 would be extended for the remainder of the Horton double minor now. Eric Stall scored on the powerplay at 13:26 to stretch the lead back to 2 goals, now 3-1. Tuomo Ruutu then scored another powerplay goal at 14:58, and it was 4-1 Carolina. The Boston penalty kill would finally end. The Bruins went from being down by 1 goal, to having 2 players tossed and an extended 5-on-3 for the Hurricanes, who in turn extended their lead to 3 goals. Milian Lucic would receive at game misconduct at 16:16, when he skated up to Gleason. The 2 started jawing, and Lucic gave him a shove. The refs felt that was enough to toss him. Claude Julien was a bit to vocal on the bench about Lucic getting tossed, and would get himself a game misconduct served by Shawn Thornton. The game would come to a close with the Bruins losing 4-1, but the story of the night was about how many penalty minutes the Bruins accumulated compared to Carolina.

Post-Game Breakdown

A very close and entertaining game in Boston, until the 11:30 mark of the 3rd period. After that, all hell broke loose. It was insane at the TD Garden. The Bruins were able to score a powerplay goal, so I can’t rant about how terrible the powerplay is. Although, they did go 21 straight powerplay without a goal before Rich Peverley scored in the 3rd. In what was now a 1 goal game, Horton tried mixing it up with Gleason and Gleason showed what a wuss he is. You can call it smart for goading Horton into the penalty, but when you are a hockey player and you refuse to a fight, unless you’re the best player on your team, then you’re nothing but a wimp. The Bruins penalty kill was smothering the Hurricanes powerplay. It took a 5-on-3 for the Hurricanes to finally score on the powerplay. They looked almost as bad as the Bruins did with the man advantage. Once the Hurricanes broke through, you could just feel the whole building collapse. That Eric Stall goal was so deflating, almost as much as being assessed all those penalties. Now while the Bruins did deserve their penalties, all those game misconducts were ridiculous. There is no excuse for the referees to toss 5 Bruins including the head coach, and not 1 Hurricane. I hope that the league takes a look at what the refs did in this game, and straightens out what is to be expected from the officiating when things start getting out of hand like this. As for the game, I think Cam Ward might be in the Bruins heads.

Cam Ward was spectacular from the very 1st puck drop. In his 2 games again the Bruins, Ward has allowed just 3 goals on 62 shots for a .952 save percentage. Boston’s offense has struggled mightily finding the back of the net early in this season. It seems that the Bruins are missing most of their shots on net, which is terrible for the type of game the Bruins want to play. The Bruins are a team built on strength, and they score goals by getting to the dirty areas and putting in rebounds off the net. But if they’re not even getting pucks on net, then there’s no rebounds to shoot at, and that limits the way the Bruins can score goals. The Bruins need to fix their shooting problems quick, because they are about to go on a stretch of games that they can not afford to lose. They open up on Thursday night at the Garden against Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs are not a good team. They have started hot, but this happened last year as well and the Leafs finished as one of the worst teams in the league. I don’t see them making a turn around in 1 year. This is a game the Bruins have to win, they have to. If Boston drops this game, they will be 2-5 with a home game against the San Jose Sharks and a home-and-home with Montreal. Sweeping those 3 games would be the only possible outcome to get the team back to .500 in this early season. I think the Bruins should win Thursday night, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose based on the way this season has started.

Bruins win in Shootout 3-2

The Bruins edged out a win in Chicago against the Blackhawks, winning in a shootout 3-2. Tyler Seguin continues to show the brilliance that made him the #2 overall pick last year, as he now leads the team with 5 points on the season. Tim Thomas was great again for the Bruins, and is showing no signs of a setback like he experienced in 2009-2010. That was a year removed from winning the Vezina trophy, and leading the Bruins to the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins were again without David Kreci, as well as Adam McQuaid, who was out with a head injury suffered in Carolina. McQuaid was replaced by Matt Bartowski. Bartowski was actually traded to the Bruins along with Dennis Seidenberg from the Florida Panthers in 2009-2010. In his first season in the AHL, Bartowski had 23 points in 69 games and was -18 on the year. Not very impressive stats, and I don’t look for him to be a long-term replacement for McQuaid. Expect Steven Kampfer to play for McQuaid if he’s out for significant time, as soon as Kampfer is off the Injured Reserved though. The Bruins are off until Tuesday night, and they have a much-needed win as they head home to face the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tim Thomas leads the Bruins to a Shootout win in Chicago, 3-2

1st Period

The Bruins came out hot, with Tyler Seguin creating chances again on the 1st line. He made a cross ice pass to a wide open Lucic in the near circle. Lucic had Crawford lunging from post-to-post, but missed his shot high. The 1st line for Chicago brought the pressure right back though, forcing the Bruins back on their heels. Patrick Kane worked a give-and-go with Stalberg, and got behind the Bruins defense. He entered the slot, deked to the backhand, but Thomas made a spectacular glove save. Off a face-off in the offensive zone, Gregory Campbell and Jamal Mayers decided to go at it right after the puck was dropped. It was nothing spectacular, but Campbell was hoping to create a spark for this Bruins team. Both players received 5 minute majors for fighting at 7:48. Johnny Boychuk started a breakout for the Bruins. He sent the puck up ice to Lucic, who found Seguin skating through the center slot. Seguin veered off to the far circle to draw the defenders attention, and centered a pass for an open Nathan Horton right on the doorstep. Patrick Sharp just tipped the puck, and did not allow a proper tip for Nathan Horton as the puck skipped wide. Chicago brought the puck back into the Bruins zone. Johnny Boychuk went down to the near corner to get a loose puck, and would be tripped up by Stalberg. The Bruins had a powerplay at 9:17 to try to take the lead now. Boston was able to get 3 shots on goal, with great chances coming from Patrice Bergeron. But again no goal to speak of from the Bruins powerplay. They had good puck movement, and looked better to start then they had all night against Carolina. The Blackhawks would come back with another chance by Patrick Kane. A long pass through center ice set Kane up 1-on-1 with Joe Corvo. He had outside position on Corvo, stopped and spun around to get himself all alone in the center slot and launched a backhand. Tim Thomas showed his quickness, getting himself right in front of Kane as his shot went into Thomas’s gut. The Bruins were attempting to come up ice, but the Blackhawks did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone. Ference tried making a pass across ice, but it was tipped and picked off by Bryan Bickell. Bickel now had a breakaway, and beat Thomas. Chicago had a 1-0 lead 16:21 into the 1st period. Another great chance for the Blackhawks just seconds later with a 2-on-1. A cross-ice pass had Kane set up with an open net on the near side. But Tim Thomas made a ridiculous left-to-right pad save. The period would end with the Bruins down 1-0

2nd Period

The 2nd period started with a Boston penalty. Nathan Horton was called for goaltender interference 24 seconds into the period. Brent Seabrook took a bad angle shot that missed the net, and took a funny bounce off the sideboards. Rich Peverley picked the puck up, and the Bruins had a 2-on-1 up ice. Peverley held the puck into the far circle, drew the defender, passed across ice to Chris Kelly who buried it in the back of the net. Boston had tied the game on a shorthanded goal at 1:33. The powerplay ended for the Blackhawks with the game now tied at 1, but the Blackhawks kept the pressure on the Bruins. Great puck movement by the Blackhawks had the Boston defense reeling. Kane found himself all alone in the far circle, and beat Thomas 5-hole. Just as quickly as Boston had tied the game, the Blackhawks had taken the lead back 2-1 at 2:51. Chris Kelly created another chance for Boston. He took a shot from the near boards, beat Crawford low to the blocker side, but the puck hit the post and stayed out. Patrick Sharp came into the Bruins zone with speed, and ripped a one-timer to the glove of Tim Thomas. Thomas just got his glove there in time, as the puck deflected up and over the goal. Chris Kelly was trying to create more opportunities for the Bruins when he went into the near corner in the attacking zone. He was leveled from behind though by Michael Frolik, and he remained on the ice for a moment but was able to skate back to the bench under his own power. The Bruins would have a powerplay to work with now, as Frolik was called for boarding at 14:29. A very important powerplay now for the Bruins, as they had a chance to tie the game and get their powerplay out of this funk. In the closing seconds of the powerplay, Peverley found Bergeron across ice in the near slot with a wide open net to shoot at. But Brent Seabrook hit the ice to block the shot, and the Bruins powerplay was over without a goal. The Bruins kept the pressure on with the 1st line getting plenty of shots towards goal. The 2nd period would come to a close though, with the Blackhawks up 2-1.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started with another penalty for the Bruins, as Patrice Bergeron nailed Frolik from behind into the curved glass at the Blackhawks bench. Bergeron would receive a boarding call 9 seconds into the period. Kane was again creating trouble, making a cross ice pass to Patrick Sharp for a one-timer from the near slot. Tim Thomas made a terrific save though to keep Chicago off the board. Boston created chances again on the penalty kill, with Marchand, Ference, and Paille getting a 3-on-2 up ice. Marchand held far side, passed across ice to Paille, but his shot was blocked into the crowd by Crawford. The Blackhawks powerplay was ineffective, as the game stayed at 2-1. Boston had a great chance to get on the board, with Bergeron setting up Tyler Seguin from behind the net to the slot. Seguin made a nice backhand shot, but Crawford made the save, and was able to cover up even with Lucic jamming in front. The Bruins kept the pressure on, with Johnny Boychuk all the way down to the near corner and behind the net to get the puck. Boychuk found Horton in the near slot, and he buried the puck in the back of the net. Horton had his 1st goal of the year, and it tied the game 2-2 at 7:56. The Bruins had new life, and this offense started to get pressure on the Chicago defense. Benoit Puliout and Brent Seabrook went down to the near corner in the offensive zone. The puck rode up the sideboards, and Puliout turned around to get it, but his stick inadvertently whacked Seabrook in the back of his helmet. The Bruins would have a crucial penalty to kill of now, as Puliout was in the box for high-sticking at 16:25. The Bruins did a good job clearing the puck, and did not allow any shots on goal when Patrick Sharp would be called for holding the stick at 17:33. They skated 4-on-4 for 52 seconds before the Bruins would have a powerplay to work with. Andrew Ference lost his stick right as the 4-on-4 started, and the Blackhawks offense took advantage. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Towes created gerat scoring chanced, but the Blackhawks could not get shots on Thomas. Puliout would come out of the box, and it was a shortened powerplay for the Bruins. Seidenberg would beat Crawford cleanly over the glove side, but he rang the post. The powerplay would come to an end, as would the period. The Bruins were headed to overtime tied at 2 in Chicago.

OT

Seguin created a chance for Horton in overtime, centering a pass from the near corner. Horton had to fight through the Chicago defense, shielding the puck, but could not get a shot on net. Milan Lucic forced a turnover on the near boards in Bruins defensive zone. He passed the puck ahead for Rich Peverely, who had a clean breakaway now. Peverley had the entire rink to himself, as he skated through center ice. He came into the slot, deked to the backhand, got Crawford down spread-eagle, but his shot went wide. With under a minute left, Brent Seabrook took a slap-shot from the far slot that deflected off of Thomas and through the crease. Chicago would get one last point shot by Seabrook, but it would not go. Still tied after OT, this game would be decided in a shootout.

Shootout

Jonathan Towes was 1st up for the Blackhawks. He deked to the forehand, got Thomas down on his belly, but the spread-eagle by Thomas allowed him to make a right pad save. Tyler Seguin led off for the Bruins. He came in with a burst of speed, and whipped a shot right by Crawford 5-hole. Boston was up 1-0 in the Shootout. Patrick Kane came up next, skating methodically in. He just fired a shot 5-hole, but Thomas stopped him, and then stopped the rebound attempt with his left pad (even though you’re only allowed 1 shot in a shootout). Patrice Bergeron was up 2nd for the Bruins. He skated in with speed, deked, but lost the puck off his stick and never made a shot. It was all up to Patrick Sharp now, with the Bruins up 1-0 in the Shootout. Sharp skated in, fired a shot from the high slot, and Tim Thomas made the left pad save. Thomas was perfect in the Shootout, and the Bruins had an important 2 points to end their mini losing streak.

Post-Game Breakdown

A good win for the Bruins, after suffering 2 tough losses to Colorado and Carolina. Boston’s offense had been struggling, but was able to come up with key goals when they needed them. The Bruins never led in this game, but they kept working hard all night. Nathan Horton grabbed his 1st goal of the year to tie things in the 3rd period, and hopefully that can get him going offensively. Seguin continues to impress early in this season. He has a goal and 4 assists after this game, and is now leading the team with 5 points. The Bruins haven’t lost a step with Seguin replacing Kreci on the 1st line. Lucic and Horton have been given plenty of chances to score, but just have not finished. Horton finally did, but Lucic is having a very hard time finding the back of the net. He’s a guy the Bruins need to get going if they want to win these close games. Johnny Boychuk had a tremendous performance in this game as well, both offensively and defensively. In 5 games against the Blackhawks, Boychuk has 2 goals and 2 assists, and is +5. Very impressive stats in limited action against 1 team. Boychuk is helping to solidify the Bruins defense, by pairing up with Chara. This allows Claude Julien to separate his 2 best defenders in Chara and Seidenberg, thus providing a stiff defense no matter what line he rolls out. The Bruins won’t play again until Tuesday night, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes. I see the Bruins winning this rematch from a few nights ago, and after that it’s 4 straight games of rivalry. The Bruins will play the Maple Leafs, Sharks, and then a home-and-home with the Canadians in the upcoming week and a half. Boston has to win at least 2 of those games to stay afloat early in this season.

Bruins drop 2nd straight, losing 3-2 in Carolina

Boston has lost their 2nd straight game now, losing to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday night. This after being shut out Tuesday afternoon to the Colorado Avalanche. The offense is off to a slow start. Tim Thomas has been stellar, and Tukkaa Rask was phenomenal in his game Tuesday, but the goal scorers have been missing. With David Kreci out with a lower body injury he suffered during practice on Tuesday, Tyler Seguin was given the chance to center the Bruins top line. A huge opportunity for the 19-year-old to prove just what talent he has, and did he ever. Seguin centered the top line beautifully, creating chances all night for Lucic and Horton. Marchand showed the grit that made him an icon in the Boston area last year again in this game, scoring a late goal to pull the Bruins to within 1 in the 3rd. While the goal ended up not affecting the final outcome, it’s the type of determination we need to see more of from the rest of the goal scorers on this club going forward.

picture courtesy http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/photos?gameId=400046950&photoId=1615809

Cam Ward stonewalls Milan Lucic and the Bruins, as Boston loses 3-2 Wednesday night

1st Period

The game started with a huge chance for the Hurricanes, when a bouncing puck found its way right in front of Tim Thomas. Tlusty picked the puck up, Thomas came out to challenge him, and made a spectacular blocker save. The 1st line of Boston came back with great chances of their own. Seguin, Lucic, and Horton were all jamming at the front of the net off a Johnny Boychuk point shot. Milan Lucic just missed a chance in the crease at a wide open net, hitting the side of the net. The Bruins would go on the powerplay right after. The Hurricanes sent the puck down the ice and made a change, but would be called for too-many-men on the ice at 4:23. Boston had an early chance to get on the board, and to get their powerplay working. The Bruins offense was working hard in front of the net, getting shots on net and rebound chances. They could not find the back of the net though. As soon as the powerplay ended for Boston, they would get another with which to work with. Jeff Skinner snapped the stick of Gregory Campbell, and was called for slashing at 6:54. Seguin came flying into the offensive zone, but had a shot blocked down. Besides that, it was more of the same for the Bruins powerplay, with the opposing PK getting better chances on net. They were back to 5-on-5 hockey as we approached midway in this 1st period. The 1st line for Boston again had great chances on Cam Ward. Seguin had a shot turned away, and then Ward stonewalled Milan Lucic with an open chance in the slot. The rebound came out for Carolina, and they now had numbers up ice. Johnny Boychuk leveled Eric Stall at center ice to free the puck up. Both men hit the ice in the big collision. Jeff Skinner just missed a chance to get his team on the board, hitting the crossbar near side. Thomas made another spectacular save off the rush, but was left out of position for the rebound attempt. Chara at the far side blocked the wide open net shot by Jokinave with his stick. Skinner came skating through center ice, and was hooked down by Chris Kelly. Carolina had a chance now with the delayed penalty. Skinner tried jamming the puck in the near side, Where McQuaid tangled with him and the 2 fell to the ice. After the whistle, there was a pileup centered around Skinner and McQuaid. Skinner gave some weak jabs to McQuaid on the ice, and when McQuaid got up he shoved Skinner into the boards like he was a child. The Canes had a late powerplay now, which has been terrific to start the year. Skinner came in with speed through the far circle, made a terrific feed to Stall at the near slot who had a wide open net to shoot at, but the puck did not sit for him. The 1st period would end tied at 0, and the Bruins had 48 seconds left on the penalty kill to open up the 2nd.

2nd Period

The Canes came out with a powerplay to work with, and made it count. A shot from the near circle by Pitkanen, and with Stall jamming in front made it by Tim Thomas. Thomas got a piece of it, but never had a good look at the shot. And of course, Tomas Kaberle (who was not resigned in the offseason by the Bruins) had an assist on the powerplay goal. Thomas came back with back-to-back terrific saves on Teluchnian. Another penalty came against the Hurricanes, Tulusty being called for high-sticking at 3:18. Just another atrocious powerplay by the Bruins though, with 2 shots on net. The Bruins 4th line came back with a strong shift to try to get some momentum going. Joe Corvo just missed a chance in the slot when a centering pass by Campbell was blocked away. Yet again, the Bruins would have a powerplay to work with as the Hurricanes were called for too-many-men at 8:23. Seguin gave a nice feed to Bergeron at the near post, but Ward held strong on the post. Bergeron then had another chance from the center slot, but Ward made the save. A juicy rebound came out for Seguin and Bergeron, but the puck was cleared to end the powerplay. The Bruins would go right back on the powerplay at 11:05, when Chad LaRose was called for hooking. Seguin created his own chance, but Ward made a terrific blocker save near post. Rich Peverly passed down low to Bergeron at the near side, and he passed to a streaking Johnny Boychuk at the far slot. The puck was knocked away, and Boychuk never had a chance to make a shot. The follow through by Johnny Boychuk drove him into the goal, and he would receive a goaltender interference minor at 12:58. 7 seconds of 4-on-4, and then it was a powerplay for the Hurricanes. Jeff Skiner fought through all 4 Bruin penalty killers to get the puck out to Tomas Kaberle all alone in the high slot. His one-timer was stopped by Tim Thomas though, and the game stayed at 1-0. The powerplay came to a close with great play by the Bruins penalty killers. The Bruins came back with 2 great chances on Cam Ward. Lucic knocked the puck away from a couple of Hurricanes at center ice, and he took a shot on net. A pad stop by Ward allowed for a juicy rebound attempt by Nathan Horton, but again Ward made a great save. The period would come to a close, with Carolina up 1-0.

3rd Period

The 1st line for Boston came out firing, with a great chance by Milan Lucic in the slot. He skated right in front of Cam Ward, but ha his stick bumped by Gleason prevent the shot. Terrific forechecking by the Carolina Hurricanes gave them another chance to score. Anthony Stewart brought the from behind the net to the near circle, and just laid a shot on Tim Thomas that squirted right by his right skate. Carolina was up 2-0 now, 3:42 into the 3rd period. Tyler Seguin brought it upon himself to get the Bruins back into this game. Seguin came flying up through the near circle off a touch pass by Horton from center ice. Seguin created space, and made a ridiculous shot to beat Cam Ward high glove side. Suddenly it was 2-1 Carolina at 4:07. The Bruins offense came alive, with great chances by Marchand and Peverley to try to tie the game. But a tripping call against Rich Peverley at 6:08 would kill that momentum. Thomas was the best penalty killer for the Bruins, with the Hurricanes skating circles around the Boston defense. Thomas was finally able to cover the puck up just as the penalty ended. McQuaid would awkwardly hit the boards late in the penalty, and would be sent down to the locker room after the whistle. Seguin was back on the ice, and almost created another chance for the Bruins. He came with a full head of steam through center ice, but had the puck knocked away in the slot. The Bruins had a hop in their step, feeling the sense of urgency to score. The Hurricanes brought the puck back into the Bruins zone, again with tremendous forechecking. Jordan Caron had a chance to clear the puck, but just whiffed on the attempt. That allowed for a chance in the slot by Tlusty, and he buried it in the back of the net. It was 3-1 Carolina at 13:32, seemingly ending this game. The Bruins did not give up though, with a great scoring chance coming from Benoit Puliot, but he missed the net wide. Joe Corvo picked the puck up and passed to Patrice Bergeron along the side boards. Bergeron found Brad Marchand in the near circle, and he buried a one-timer in the back of the net, and it was 3-2 now Carolina at 16:35. The Bruins brought the pressure back offensively, and Carolina iced the puck. Canes head coach Paul Maurice used his timeout to give his guys an extra breather. The face-off was won back by Campbell. Boychuk drew 2 defenders, passed to Seidenberg who got a quick point shot off that was saved by the right pad of Ward. The Bruins emptied their net now with just over a minute left to play. Milan Lucic took a shot from the far circle, but another pad save by Ward kept Boston off the board. Carolina would clear the puck, and Patrice Bergeron knocked down Eric Stall to receive a tripping call at 19:57 that would effectively end the game. Boston had dropped their 2nd straight, losing to Carolina 3-2 and is just 1-3 to start the season.

Post-Game Breakdown

A tough loss for the Bruins, who now drop to 1-3 on the year. The defense has played well, the goaltending has been there, but the goal scorers have been missing. Seguin showed off what a wicked shot he has, when he beat Cam Ward high glove side early in the 3rd period. He has the kind of shot that just can’t be stopped, and I look for him to have a big year here in 2011-2012. To his line mates Lucic and Horton, they were just pathetic tonight. Lucic especially, could not bury his opportunities. Lucic had a wide open shot early in the 1st, and hit the side of the net. He has got to start burying those opportunities if he’s going to be the 30 goal scorer he was a year ago. The powerplay again for Boston just looks pathetic. It’s beyond ridiculous now, going 0-5 against Carolina, and is now a measly 1-18 on the young season. They did a better job getting shots on goal in this game, but the fact remains they can not score. The Hurricane penalty killers were aggressive, and did not allow many opportunities for the Bruins to score. Any chances were turned away by Ward. It’s too early to tell what the problem is at this point, but hopefully coach Julien is able to figure it out before it becomes a problem. Boston now has 2 days off before they face off with the preceding cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. A tough matchup, as this is a young team with plenty of skill. I just can’t see the Bruins dropping to 1-4 to start this season, so I look for the Bruins and their goal scorers to bounce back and pick up a win Saturday night.