Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bruins Bounce Back

Game 3 in Montreal was a good game for the Bruins. The Bruins showed life early in the game and continued to play well throughout the game. For the first time in the series the B's struck first with a goal from David Krejci. Nathan Horton added another goal in the first, Rich Peverley in the second and Chris Kelly finished off the Habs with an empty netter in the third.

Overall this was an impressive game for the Bruins. They moved the puck much better in this game than they had previously, and jumped on the Canadiens netminder Carey Price early, which was vital as he had been lights out in the first 2 games of the series.

Tim Thomas was finally himself in net, making 34 saves and giving the Bruins a real chance in the game. He came up with huge saves and further cemented himself in the starting role after his subpar performances in the first 2 games of the series. Bruins and Habs play again tomorrow, Thursday the 21st, and look to build on their strong performance and tie the series at 2 games apiece.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Habs Send B's Reeling

It has not been a good start to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Bruins. The Canadiens have played aggressively and have scored early in both games. The Bruins played fairly well after the 1st period of the game 1, but Habs' netminder Carey Price denied all of the Bruins scoring chances.

Game 2 brought more of the same pain for the Bruins. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was a late scratch for the Bruins, and they seemed lost in the early going without their top defenseman.  The Canadiens scored 2 goals before the game was 3 minutes old. Tim Thomas locked down after the early hiccups but the Bruins were once again unable to salvage a win in Boston, as Carey Price was impressive yet again. Patrice Bergeron had the only goal for the Bruins.

The Bruins move to Montreal to play tonights game and need to turn their fortune around in the upcoming games to avoid elimination. Game 3 is make or break for the B's.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tim Thomas Ends Historic Season

What a season it has been for the Bruin's goaltender Tim Thomas. Thomas posted career numbers for himself as well as setting the all-time single season save percentage record, posting an astonishing .938. Thomas also averaged giving up 2.00 goals per game for the season and recorded 9 shutouts in what should his second Vezina winning season. It was a tremendous season for the 36 year old goalie and it will be remembered for a long time.

In other news, the Bruins played Tuukka Rask in the finals against the New Jersey Devils, which the bruins dropped 3-2. Even coming off the loss the Bruins have a decent amount of momentum heading into the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Thomas looks to continue his dominant ways in net.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bruins Blow 3-0 Lead Against Rangers

The B's have been posting mixed results as of late. After clinching playoffs the Bruins went on to beat the defending champion Blackhawks in a 3-0 win. The Bruins then went on to lose to the Maple Leafs in a shootout, and beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2. However, the biggest cause for concern was the Bruins game against the Rangers. The Bruins had a 3 goal lead and collapsed late in the game to face a tough 5-3 loss. After this loss, one cannot help but think of the monumental 3-0 playoff collapse against the Flyers in game 7 last year. Hopefully the Bruins can bring it together and gain momentum going into the playoffs.

The Bruins have 3 games left in the regular season with a fairly easy schedule, facing the Islanders, Senators and Devils.

Monday, March 28, 2011

To The Playoffs!

The Bruins have been playing great hockey. They most recently embarrassed the rival Canadiens in a 7-0 win that featured yet another shutout for Tim Thomas, making his Vezina case even stronger. The 7-0 win was quickly followed by a 1-0 loss to the Rangers. Tuukka Rask started in net and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all of the Bruins scoring chances in the game. Then the Bruins were on to play the East leading Philadelphia Flyers. The game was a great one that featured yet another strong performance in net against the Flyers, and Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins. This win against the Flyers clinched a playoff spot for the Bruins, who now look to the road ahead to finish the regular season and  move onto the playoffs.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bruins Take Down Devils

The Bruins needed little time to get right back on track against the New Jersey Devils. This game was very important for both teams as the Bruins are fighting the Canadiens for the division and the Devils are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Devils struck first with a power play goal from Kovalchuk in the first period. Tim Thomas was beaten on the one timer snipe from Kovalchuk but settled down greatly after that. After letting up the goal the Bruins buckled down and added goals from Shawn Thorton, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, with Mark Recchi adding an empty net goal to put the final nail in the coffin.
This was a great showing for the B's and they played a great game. It was also comforting to see Tim Thomas get back to his dominant ways, as he had been struggling as of late.

Next up the B's take on the Montreal Canadiens once again on thursday, and it is a very important game as both teams are battling for the division

Monday, March 21, 2011

B's Posting Mixed Results, Still In the Lead

As of today the Bruins are in first place in the division over the Montreal Canadiens with a 1 point lead. The Bruins have 11 games left to play and hope to take the division. Over the past month the B's have had their ups and downs but most recently lost 2-5 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tim Thomas started the game but was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask after giving up 4 goals. This is a rare happening for Thomas as he has been having a career year up to this point. In the forseeable future Tuukka will get some more starts in hopes to rest Thomas for the playoffs.

Next up the B's face the scorching Devils. It will be an interesting game as the Devils have been nearly unstoppable as of late, whereas the Bruins have been struggling more than usual.

Monday, February 21, 2011

B's Take Down Islanders and Sens

It only took two games against the East's worst teams to get the Bruins back on track. After losing three straight the Bruins won two straight in extend their lead in the division over the rival Montreal Canadiens.

To start off, the Bruins handed the New York Islanders a 6-3 loss, featuring goals from Wheeler, Recchi, Campbell, Krecji, Seguin and Lucic. Everyone chipped in for the B's in this game and Rask played well in between the pipes.

The Bruins then moved onto the lowly Senators who hold the worst record in the east. The 4-2 win came fairly easily and featured 2 goals from rookie Brad Marchand, and one from each Horton and defenseman Seidenberg. Rask was in net again as it looks like head coach Claude Julien is letting Tim Thomas rest while the Bruins had 2 easy games. Tim Thomas should be back tomorrow against the Flames in hopes to continue his dominant year.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bruins Beat Habs, Lose 3 Straight

So it's been a tough stretch for the Bruins here. It started out with a 8-6 win over the rival Canadiens and has gone downhill from there. Since that win the Bruin's lost 2 straight to the Detroit Redwings in 1-6, 2-4 fashion. The losses were tough for the Bruins and neither Tuukka Rask or Tim Thomas played particularly well in net.

Tonight the B's lost to the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, further increasing the sense of urgency surrounding the team as of late. Tim Thomas played ok but was beaten 4 times in a 3-4 loss to the Leafs. The goals stung a lot as the former Bruin Phil Kessel scored 2 goals in the beating of his old team.

Other notes:
Bruins traded for Chris Kelly of the Ottawa Senators for their own 2nd round pick in this years draft. Kelly is a center and will hopefully bring some new skill to the table for the Bruins. Kelly has 12 goals and 11 assists on the year. While this isn't a huge acquisition it might be able give the Bruins offense the extra spark it needs to start winning games.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bruins beat Stars, lose to Sharks

To kick off the 6-3 beating of the Dallas Stars the game started with 3 fights in 4 seconds. This was a great sight for hockey fans as in the first three whistles there were already 6 majors handed out.
You can view the fights here:
Campbell vs Ott
Thornton vs Barch
McQuaid vs Sutherby

After the dust settled the Bruins routed the Stars without much of a problem. The Bruins saw goals from Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron (2), and Shawn Thornton in the first, and rookies Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin added 1 goal each in the third period. The 6 goals was a welcomed result as coach Claude Julien has often been accused of playing overly defensive hockey throughout his coaching career.

The Bruins result against the Sharks was far less enjoyable. Tim Thomas was back in net and played a good game (per usual), but unfortunately the Bruins were unable to generate any real scoring chances in a game where they didn't play as smoothly as they have shown as of late. The Sharks scored early and then tallied an empty net goal late in the third. The Bruins look to turn around their fortunes when they play the Montreal Canadiens this Wednesday.

Other notes:
- Tim Thomas is continuing to play the best hockey of his career and he is showing no signs of slowing down in his quest for his second Vezina trophy.
- Marc Savard is out for the season as he has suffered another season ending concussion.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reason for this Blog

I have started this Bruins related blog as I have great interest in the team as well as the NHL. I would like to share news on players, games and other events that may take place. Hockey season is an exiting time of the year and it still has months to go, so I should have a lot to talk about for the remainder of the season. Throughout the rest of the season I will be watching and cheering for the Bruins and hopefully see them win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.