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.