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Bruins This Week: Boston Needs to Pick Up Play in Crucial Week Ahead
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — Inconsistent play plagued the Bruins throughout the week and it was very difficult to watch. The week began in New Jersey at the Bruins played at home against the Devils. The scoring took place immediately. In the first period David Krejci scored his 14th of the year at 1:13. Tyler Seguin made it a 2-0 when he put one home at 8:10 in the period his 21st of the year. In the 2nd period, the Devils would strike back. Zach Parise scored his 24th goal of the year while Patrik Elias scored his 20th and David Clarkson scored his 25th all in the same period as the Devils were leading by the end of the second. In the third period the only goal was scored by Krejci, his second of the game to tie the score at 3. That would set the stage for overtime. It was Krejci again, who scored the game-winning goal his third of the game, and the Bruins won it in dramatic fashion.
Boston looked to continue their momentum at home against the Islanders. New York had other plans however. Milan Lucic scored the first goal of the game at 15:10 in the first period, his 22nd of the year. At 17:35 Josh Bailey tied it up for the Islanders with his 18th of the year and the Islanders were right back in it. In the second period Matt Molson scored his 10th of the year to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Tyler Seguin was determined not to let the tie stand, as he scored his 21st of the year and it was tied at two. However, then at 15:21 John Tavares scored the eventual game-winner on a tip in and the Bruins lost a tough one. They were hoping to do better against the Rangers on Sunday in a highly anticipated matchup.
The Bruins needed to make a statement on Sunday and they did: They have trouble against the Rangers. Ruslan Fedetenko scored his 8th of the year to open up the first period. Carl Hageling then added another tally, his 12th of the year and the Rangers took a commanding 2-0 lead. Beniot Pouiliot got Boston on the board in the period though, as he scored his 12th of the year and after one period New York led 2-1. In the second period, only one goal was scored and that came courtesy of Jordan Caron as he scored his 4th of the year to tie the game up at two. The third period is where all the action happens and Sunday was no different. The ever-dangerous Marian Gaborik scored his 32nd of the year David Krejci countered with his 17th goal of the year at 11:42, but Derek Stephan dashed the Bruins hopes with the eventual game winner at 12:21 in the period, his 14th of the year. With that loss, the Bruins dropped two straight in one weekend, and two in a row to a New York team.
Last night the Bruins looked to get back to their winning ways against the Maple Leafs. Home cooking was exactly what the doctor ordered. In the first period, Carl Gunnerson scored his third of the year on a wrist shot at 3:01 to give the Maple Leafs an early advantage. Jordan Caron made sure Toronto’s lead did not stand as he tied in up later in the period and after falling behind the Bruins responded very quickly. In the second period, Toronto scored first as Jean-Michael-Lies scored just 57 seconds into the period and the seesaw game continued. Then Tyler Seguin responded with his 23rd goal of the year and the game was tied at two. Boston made it back-to-back goals as Chris Kelly scored his 16th of the season and the Bruins took the lead. Later in the period, old friend Phil Kessel scored a goal – his 33rd of the year and again, the game was tied. Jordan Caron and Tyler Seguin scored later in the period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. The Leafs did score one in the third period but it was not enough to overtake the Bruins, who bounced back nicely.
The Week Ahead
On Thursday, the Bruins will face the Sabres. Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek lead the charge for the Sabres. I think this will be a tight game due to how well Buffalo has played Boston. This is an important game for the Bruins to win, considering it is one of their divisional rivals. Up next is the Washington Capitals who are third in the Southeast division. Alex Ovechkin and Nickulas Backstrom are the team scoring leaders. Even though the Capitals aren’t one of the premier teams in the league. Any team with Ovechkin is sure to give you trouble because of the talent he brings, and also his ability to make the others around him better. It should be an interesting contest. Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins are next on the Bruins schedule as they play back-to back games. The Pens are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Malkin and James Neal are the Penguina leading scorers. The Bruins will be tested most in game I think, because of Malkin’s skill set and they fact that Boston is playing on the road. With that being said, I think the Bruins will go 1-2 on the week with their only win coming against Washington.
Bruins This Week: Boston Leads into Trade Deadline With Successful Week
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — Last week for the Bruins was a rather successful one. Their first stop was in St. Louis where they went to face the red-hot Blues. Boston was clicking right from the get-go. Brad Marchand scored his 20th goal of the season at 2:29 in the first period to give the Bruins an early advantage. That advantage doubled when Milan Lucic scored his 20th of the year at 6:19 in the first period. St. Louis countered with their own attack when Chris Stewart put home his 12th of the year at 7:17. Ryan Reaves figured he would help his teammate and he did, scoring his second goal of the season at 12:15. Boston got the last laugh in the period though as Chris Kelly scored his 15th of the year at 19:20.
No scoring would take place in the second period. This set the stage for an exciting third period with the Bruins leading 3-2. The only tally scored in the third came courtesy of Brad Marchand. He scored his 21st of the year (and his second of the game) at 9:14. For the Bruins this was their first win since February 15. The Bruins looked to carry their momentum into the next, highly anticipated game with the Sabres.
What a difference one game makes. After scoring four goals on Wednesday, the Bruins could only muster one regulation goal on Friday night against the Sabres. Buffalo struck first however. Andrej Sekera scored the goal, his second of the year at 14:45 in the first period, and Buffalo jumped out to the early 1-0 lead. The captain, Zdeno Chara, scored the lone regulation goal for the Bruins in the third period at 3:36 to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime.
In the shootout, David Krejci scored the lone goal for the Bruins. Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy each scored a goal to win it for the Sabres, as the Bruins lost another heartbreaker. In my last preview, I said the game against the Senators would be very important. It certainly was, and it definitely lived up to its billing.
Hoping for a key win against the Senators, Boston traveled to Ottawa to do exactly that. They would eventually come home happy, but it did not start out that way. Erik Karlsson scored his 14th goal of the year 1:10 into the first period to give the Senators an early lead. At 3:46, Patrice Bergeron scored his 18th goal of the season to tie it up at 1. Brad Marchand added to the goal with one of his own. The goal scored at 16:13, was Marchand’s 22nd of the year and that put the Bruins in front 2-1. In the second period, Carter Camper scored his first NHL goal at 3:57 to put Boston ahead 3-1.
The third period proved an exciting one, as the first tally was scored by Krejci at 10:24 on the power play. At 16:15, Daniel Alfredsson scored his 21st of the year at 16:15 to make it a 4-2 game. Lighting struck twice as he scored again at 17:52 to make it a 4-3 game. It was a nail-biter right to the finish The Senators pulled their goalie and it backfired as Patrice Bergeron managed to score an empty-netter his 19th of the season at 19:41 to secure a 5-3 win.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tonight, the Bruins will face off against the Senators again, this time at the Garden. It will be interesting to see how Mottau, Zanon and Rolston fare as they adjust to the Bruins style of play. One player I would watch out for is Alfredsson who scored two goals against the Bruins on Saturday. I predict that this game will be tightly contested as both teams are fighting for first place in their division. Ottawa is currently three points behind Boston with 74 and their record stands at 33-23-8. Boston has 77 points and is currently 37-20-8.
Next up the Bruins face the New Jersey Devils who are 35-23-4. Ilya Kovalchuk is the Devils’ top point-getter with 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points. Next in line is Patrik Elias who has 19 goals and 39 assists for 58 points, is the second leading scorer. This will be a very tough game for the Bruins as the Devils always give them trouble. I think that the Bruins can pull this one out however.
The Bruins then face the New York Islanders on Saturday. Their top scorers are John Tavares (25 goals, 36 assists) and PA Parenteau (15 goals, 43 assists). They are last in the Atlantic Division at 26-28-8. This will be one of Boston’s easier games during this stretch and I think that they will win.
Boston finishes its homestand with a game against the pesky Rangers. They are currently 40-15-6 and are the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins faced them the day after Valentine ’s Day and got shut out. Marian Gaborik is the team’s leading goal scorer with 29 points and 24 assists. Second is Ryan Callahan with 25 goals and 22 assists. If there were a game that the Bruins can lose during the homestand this would be the one. I hope that Boston can bring their “A” game come Sunday and pick up a win. Overall, I think the Bruins will go 3-1 on the week.
Rapid Reaction: Bruins at the NHL Trade Deadline
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — The National Hockey League Trade Deadline is usually filled with exciting moves that catch everyone’s attention. It was exciting, just not for the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins patched up a few holes at the deadline today with the first reported signing being Brian Rolston. Rolston laced up for the Bruins from 2000-04, and has four goals and five assists in 49 games. Boston also picked up defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders. He played for Boston College from 1996-2000, and won the Hobey Baker Award in 2000. In ten games this season for the Islanders, he registered no goals and 2 assists The Bruins’ last move was trading Steve Kampfer to the Wild in exchange for Greg Zanon. Zanon had two goals and four assists in 39 games for the Wild this season.
I’m not sure what to make of these moves yet. Mottau and Rolston will most likely provide leadership to a young Bruins team. I am still not sure what to think about in regards to Zanon. Hopefully he can provide us with some goals and quality ice time. Seeing as all three are defensemen, I think it is safe to say that defense is the Bruins’ main focus. Boston didn’t need much and I am glad that the Bruins played it safe while not giving up some of their cornerstone pieces (Dougie Hamilton was thrown around as a possibility for Rick Nash). Now, we have to wait and see how things pan out.
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — After a tough loss to the Rangers, Boston looked to regroup with a win against Montreal. They did just that, but it would take a little extra time. Andrew Ferrence got the Bruins on the board first, as he scored the fifth goal of the year on a wrist shot at 17:09. However, the Canadiens struck back, as Mathieu Darche scored his fifth of the year 1:39 into the second period. Boston responded as Benoit Pouliot registered his ninth of the year at 5:07. Patrice Bergeron scored his 17th of the season at 14:33 to give the Bruins a little extra breathing room, as they headed into the third period with a 3-1 lead.
The third period was when Montreal decided to make things interesting. Max Pacioretty scored his 24th of the year 3:34 into the period while Erik Cole scored his 22nd of the year at 11:12, bringing the game into overtime. Overtime could not decide things and a shootout would have to decide who would come out on top. Once again, it was “The Kid” Tyler Seguin with the game-winning shootout goal and the Bruins took this one from the Habs. They looked to continue their winning streak on the road against the Jets.
The Jets came into this game looking to stop the Bruins momentum. Friday night, their goal was accomplished. Alexander Burmistrov scored the first goal, which took place in the second period. His goal was scored at 1:59 in the period and was his 12th of the year. At 6:10 in the period, Jordan Caron scored his third of the year and the Bruins tied it up at 1. Blake Wheeler always seems to play well against the Bruins and he scored another goal his 11th, at 15:50 in the second period.
The Jets lead was quickly erased in the third period, as David Krejci scored his 12th of the year just 49 seconds into the period. From that point on it was the “Bryan Little Show” as he scored twice in the period, first at 4:16 and the second one at 6:20. The pair of goals was his 15 and 16th of the year. His 16th goal gave the Jets a 4-2 lead and they would win it by that score at the Bruins lost a tough game.
Next, they traveled up to Minnesota, hoping that they could come out of there with a win and at least go above. 500 on the trip. The Wild though had different plans. No one scored in the first period. In the second period Chad Rau put one home at 10:15, his second of the year to make in 1-0 Wild. Then at 15:30, Matt Cullen took advantage of the power play and buried home his 12th of the year to make it 2-0 Wild at 15:30 in the second period. Two goals would be all the Wild would need as Boston was shut out for the second time in five days.
The Week Ahead
The Bruins travel to St. Louis tonight to face the red-hot Blues (36-1672) who have not lost since December 3rd. If Boston wants to win, they have to keep an eye on David Backes (17 goals, 25 assists) and T.J. Oshie (15 goals, 24 assists). The Blues are second in the Western Conference Central Division with 79 points, five behind Detroit for the top spot. I think this game will be a challenge considering how well St. Louis has played this season (not to mention how poorly Boston has played), and I hope that Boston will find their form again and win.
The Bruins then travel down to Buffalo to face the Sabres (26-27-7), who are fourth in the Northeast Division with 58 points. Buffalo is hoping for a big night from its two stars: Jason Pominville (23 goals, 36 assists) and Thomas Vanek (24 goals and 22 assists). They have really had great seasons for the Sabres. Buffalo always presents a challenge to Boston, so I am not exactly sure how this one will play out.
The last stop on the Bruins road trip is against the Senators. This is a huge game for both teams. As it stands right now, the Senators are only two points behind the Bruins for first place in the division. Jason Spezza (27 goals 38 assists) and Erik Karlsson (12 goals, 45 assists) lead the Ottawa attack. This one is a hard one to predict as well, but I will take the Bruins in this one.
Overall, I put the Bruins at 1-2 on the week, with their lone win being against the Senators. They need to find their offense again and once they do that, they will start winning. Look for the Bruins to play aggressive, fast-paced hockey. If they do that, they should be able to win the rest of the season.
Bruins This Week: Habs Rivalry Game in Montreal Opens Road Trip
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — Another Bruins preview means a look back at an up-and down week for the Bruins. It started out rocky on Wednesday, The Bruins were looking to build some momentum after their win in Washington D.C., but that came to an abrupt halt at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Christian Ehroff scored his first goal – his fourth of the year – just 6:23 into the first period to jumpstart the Sabres with a 1-0 lead. No Buffalo game would be complete without Jason Pominville’s name on the stat sheet. That was the case on Wednesday as he scored the second goal, his 18th of the year at 4:49 in the first to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
The second period was almost a mirror image of the first. Tyler Ennis scored only 1:52 into the period his eighth of the year to make it 3-0. Then to close the period out, Patrick Kaleta scored at 18:11 to make it an even 4-0 Buffalo. Jason Pominvile was up to his old tricks again as he scored his 19th goal of the year and his second of the game to make it 5-0 Buffalo. Just to add “salt to the wound,” Drew Stafford scored his ninth goal of the year on a wrist shot to end the third period (and game) as the Sabres won it 6-0. As they headed home, the Bruins hoped for a more respectable showing against Nashville.
Home cooking was “served” to the Bruins, but first they had to do a little work. Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal at 16:00 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It was his 16th of the year. Shea Weber answered right back though. He scored his 11th at 7:32 in the second period to tie it up at one. The third period was when the scoring bonanza started. Daniel Paille scored first in the third at 2:55, and then Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist each scored their 17th in succession to make it all tied up at three. We would need a shootout to finish things off and Patrice Bergeron ended it for the Bruins, which with a win put them at 1-1. Last night, Boston looked to get above .500 for the week as the Rangers came to the Garden. But, the Bruins found out the hard way why the Rangers are considered one of the elite teams. In the first period, Ryan Callahan scored his 23rd goal of the season, on a power play at 10:09. Nine minutes later Ryan McDonagh scored his ninth of the season and the Rangers were up 2-0. There was no scoring in the second period by either team, but the third brought the Rangers their third goal, courtesy of Artem Anisimov, his tenth of the year and that was all she wrote for Boston as they fell to 1-2 on the week.
Next up, the rival Montreal Canadiens come to town (23-25-9). Their leading scorer is Max Pacioretty, who has 23 goals and 20 assists. Next is Erik Cole who has 21 goals and 21 assists for a total of 42 points. These games take on a completely new meaning at the Bell Centre, so it should be interesting to see how the Bruins fare. Then it is time to face the Winnipeg Jets who despite the effort of Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood (38 and 32 points respectively) are still in the middle of the pack in their division at 26-25-6. Even though their record may not show it, the Jets have played well against Boston this season. It is important that the Bruins do not view this as a “trap game.” The Bruins end their road trip against the Minnesota Wild (25-22-8). Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu are players to watch out for as they lead their team in points (39 and 34). With a couple road games, it will not be an easy stretch for the Bruins. But, as we found out in the playoffs, they can handle adversity.
Bruins This Week: Catching-Up After the All-Star Break; Preds at the Garden on Saturday
by Danny Jaillet
BOSTON — After a nice All-Star break, the Bruins returned home to begin the second half of the season. The Ottawa Senators came to town hoping to spoil Tyler Seguin’s 20th birthday with a win. Boston jumpstarted the goal scoring, as Zdeno Chara scored his eight goalh of the year at 11:57 in the first period. Ottawa answered right back though as Colin Greening scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game at one. In the second period, the Senators put two in the back of the net as Kyle Turris scored his fifth of the year at 7:43 and Eric Karlsson scored his eighth of the year at 13:28 and at that point it was all Senators 3-1. One thing you can say about the Bruins is that they play hard and never give up. That is exactly what they did. The Bruins scored four straight and never looked back. First, it was Milan Lucic scoring his eighteenth of the year at 19:15 in the second period to cut the deficit to one. Then in the third period, Brad Marchand put one in the back of the next at 2:20 in the third, his 18th of the year. Dennis Seidenberg capped off the night with a goal of his own his third of the year to give the Bruins a 4-3 win. Tim Thomas played a great game too. He stopped 30 of 33 shots as he got the win. It was the perfect way to begin the start of the season.
Up next was the pesky Carolina Hurricanes. Having beat the Bruins twice already this season, they wanted to make true the saying “Third time’s a charm”. They certainly accomplished that. Boston was shut out as the Hurricanes scored in each period. In the first period it was Eric Staal who crushed the B’s dreams of scoring the first goal. He scored his 12th goal on a wrist shot at 11:51, to put the ‘Canes on the board first. In the second period at 16:41, Tuomo Ruutu scored his 16th of the year and now the Hurricanes took a commanding lead. Oftentimes, Boston’s strongest period is the third period, but tonight was not the case. Brandon Sutter scored his 12th of the year at 3:13 in the third period and just like that any hopes of the Bruins coming back were gone. In the losing effort, Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of 29 shots as Boston fell to 1-1 on the week.
Pittsburgh was the next team to visit Boston and let’s just say they were rude guests. In the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored his 28th of the year to make it a 1-0 game at 19:51 in the first period. The game did not see any more goals until the third period when Matt Cooke scored his ninth of the year at 1:53. Unlike the previous game the Bruins did not get shut out as Joe Corvo scored his third of the year at 6:45 in the third period to make it a somewhat respectable game on the scoreboard at the Bruins dropped another one 2-1. Tim Thomas did not play poorly however as he stopped 26 of 28 shots, and the Bruins hoped to rebound in D.C.
D.C. was much kinder to the Bruins. Brad Marchand and Milian Lucic each scored their nineteenth goal of the year, at 10:45 and 18:38 in the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage. The next goal was scored in the third period when Tyler Seguin put one home on a tip-in. Marcus Johansson scored the lone goal for the Caps to make it a 3-1 game, but Rich Peverley scored an empty net goal, his ninth of the year at 19:19 of the third period to make it a 4-1 win.
The Game Ahead
The Bruins play a home game on Saturday against the Nashville Predators (32-17-5). They are third in the Central Division in the Western Conference with 69 points. For Nashville, Martin Erat is their leading scorer with 12 goals and 28 assists totaling 40 points. Second in line is Shea Weber who has ten goals and 26 assists for a total of 40 points. This should be a tough game. With the loss in Buffalo tonight, this could be the beginning of a new winning streak. The Bruins need to have some sort of momentum. The second half of the season is the most important time of the season because that is when teams need to start thinking about the playoffs. I think the B’s should be able to do it if they stick to their game plan and play physical, efficient hockey.
Bruins This Week: Lightning Loss Sends B’s Into All-Star Break
by Danny Jaillet
THE WEEK GONE BY
Last we left the Bruins, they had beaten a surging Florida Panthers team by a score of 3-2. Their next game was against last-place Tampa Bay, a game I thought they would surely win. Sadly, they lost 5-3. Vincent Lecavalier scored his tenth goal of the year on a backhand at 7:11 in the first period, and they never looked back. Tom Pyatt, Ryan, Malone, Dominic Moore and Steven Stamkos each added a tally as their firepower was too much for Boston. Daniel Paille scored his eighth of the year in the third period while Nathan Horton scored his fifteenth and sixteenth goals in the second. Tampa Bay outshot the Bruins 31-29. Tim Thomas was off his game on this night stopping twenty- six out of thirty shots and the Bruins hoped to find their form two nights later in New Jersey. Their challenge was a tough one as Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur was minding the net but the Bruins embraced the challenge. It did not start easy though. Petr Sykora scored his twelfth of the year in the first period and it looked like the devils were going to make this a tough game. It was a tough game….until the third period. Chris Kelly, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell each found the net in the third and the Bruins took this game easily. Brodeur looked like the goalie of old until the third period, but after that point he looked rattled. Saturday was going to be the big test though as the conference-leading Rangers stopped by the Garden for a match between the elite. Tukka Rask got the start. Ryan Callahan opened the scoring machines early in the second period with a wrist shot, his sixteenth of the year. Not even two minutes later Andre Ferrence got the B’s on the board with a backhand goal his fourth of the year. Marian Gaborik blasted a slap shot for his twenty-fourth of the year and the seesaw game continued. Adam McQuaid scored the last goal in the second period. His second of the year knotted the game at two. The fateful overtime came next and the evil Gaborik sent the Rangers and their fans home happy as he scored his twenty-fifth of the year and his second of the game at 4:56 in the extra frame. Overall, the Bruins went 202 this week and the All-Star break could not come soon enough for them.
AHEAD: NHL ALL-STAR GAME
The 2012 NHL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday at 4 PM in Ottawa. The Bruins have three representatives (Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin Zdeno Chara) going to Ottawa. There really is not much to analyze here. Since both teams have ample amounts of star power, we should see many goals. I do not put too much stock into these games though. Players are just out there to have fun and enjoy themselves. There may be a few checks, but nothing glass-breaking. Players do not want to get injured during this game. The same will go for the goalies. There will definitely be ten goals scored in this game and I would not be at all shocked if there was more. I hope that the Bruins players will put on a good showing and I expect they will. Usually the games are very exciting and I expect this year’s game to be no different. My prediction is that Team Chara will win 15-12.
For a complete roster of all the NHL All-Star players, click here.
by Danny Jaillet
THE WEEK GONE BY
In what was an up and down week the Bruins started it off right with a win against the Winnipeg Jets. Two goals from Nathan Horton and one goal each from Tyler Seguin, Benoit Pouliot, and Shawn Thornton helped the Bruins in their quest for victory. Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Eric Fehr each scored for the Thrashers, but it was simply not enough to overcome the offensive onslaught of the Bruins. Tukka Rask stopped twenty-nine shots for his ninth win of the year. The next game was sure to be a good one as the hated rival Canadiens came to town. Unlike their previous game, the “river of offense” was a little bit dry as the Bruins eked out a 2-1 win. Milan Lucic and Jordan Caron provided Boston with the two goals they needed while Yannick Weber scored the lone goal for Montreal. Tim Thomas stopped thirty-three of thirty-four shots boasting a sparkling .971 save percentage because of this. Thomas’s reward for his hard efforts was his eighteenth win of the year. Riding a two-game winning streak, the Bruins looked to notch win number three against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center. Carolina however, stopped the Bruins in their tracks. Patrick Dywer, Jordan Falk, Jay Harrison and Eric Staal scored goals, and this tie it was the Bruins on the losing end of the spectrum. Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron each scored goals but to no avail. Tim Thomas did the best he could, stopping seventeen out of twenty shots but it was just not to be. Boston went 2-1 last week and they look to continue their winning ways this week.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Bruins picked up right where they left off, with a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers (21-14-9). There is no rest for the weary however as they travel to Tampa tonight to face the last place Lightning (17-23-4). Steven Stamkos is their leading goal scorer with thirty goals and twenty assists for fifty points. Martin St. Louis (ten goals) and Vincent Lecavalier (seventeen goals) make a very dangerous combination. All us Bruin fans saw it last year in the playoffs. They are capable of putting pucks in the net quickly and often. This will be another “speed vs. muscle game. If the Bruins can counteract Tampa’s quick skating than they should be able to get a victory. Next up is the New Jersey Devils (25-17-2). Earlier this month the Bruins thwarted the Devils 6-1 and I expect more of the same Thursday. Saturday the Bruins will head back to the Garden for a 1:00 PM matinee showdown with the Rangers. New York is currently leading the Atlantic Division at 28-11-4, very different from the Devils. Marian Gaborik is the leading scorer for the Rangers with twenty-three goals, twelve assists and thirty-five points in total. I expect him to be all over the stat sheet in this one so don’t be surprised if you see him score a goal or two and register an assist. This game will be very tough for Boston so I can’t decide if they will win or lose, I will say this: The Bruins will finish above .500 this week.
by Danny Jaillet
THE WEEK GONE BY
It was a week of highs and a week of lows of the Black and Gold. Luckily there were more highs than lows. It started with a bang as the Bruins thumped the Devils 6-1. Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Shawn Thornton all scored one goal while Patrice Bergeron scored twice. Former Lowell Devil David Clarkson scored the lone goal for New Jersey, his fifteenth of the year. Tim Thomas got the win stopping thirty-one shots while Martin Brodeur got the loss. Thirteen different Bruins scored points in this game, and the Bruins picked up their first win of 2012. The Bruins next victim was the Calgary Flames and the “cold-hearted” Bruins turned the Flames into ice. Tyler Seguin was the first to score and he wouldn’t be the last. Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron (2 goals), Chris Kelly, Nathan Horton (2) and Daniel Paille all joined in the scoring bonanza as the Bruins blew out the Flames 9-0. Mikka Kiprusoff was pelted with 42 shots and this was certainly a night he would like to forget. Boston hoped to carry this matchup into their highly- anticipated, high-octane matchup with the Vancouver Canucks. This game was just a little bit chippy. Milan Lucic got thrown out of the game for leaving the penalty bench and Brad Marchand got thrown out of the game for clipping Sami Salo. Amidst all the penalties there was certainly scoring to be had by all. Marchand, Rich Peverly and David Krejci lit the lamp for Boston, but it was the Canucks who got the victory. Cody Hodgson, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kessler countered the Bruins attack with four goals of their own. This was the Canucks first win against the Bruins since Game Five of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Bruins play at home against the Winnipeg Jets (20-16-5), which is good enough for second place in the division. The last time these two teams played each other, the Jets beat Boston 2-1 to snap Boston’s fifteen game points streak. I predict that Boston will come out with a win and start a new winning streak again. Next up the rival Montreal Canadiens (16-18-7) come to town. Tomas Plekanic is the leading scorer for them as he has twenty-two goals. I think the Bruins can win this game if they can contain Montreal’s speed. They’ve done it before with their physical play and I think that will be key. However with the rough play comes big responsibility. They need to avoid penalties because Montreal is dangerous when it comes to four-on-four hockey and can use their speed to their advantage. In the end, though I think the Bruins can win it if they stay out of the penalty box. Their final game of the week is against the Carolina Hurricanes. They are last in the Southeast Division at 14-22-7. Tuomo Ruutu is the leading score for the ‘Canes as he has fourteen goals and nine assists. With the Hurricanes being last in their division, the Bruins should be a perfect 3-0 this week. With a couple of huge games coming up, it would be nice if the B’s could get a win-streak going before next week’s grinding lineup of games.
Bruins This Week: B’s See Mixed Results on West Coast Swing; Devils On Tap Wednesday
by Danny Jaillet
THE WEEK GONE BY
The Bruins looked to continue their winning ways as they traveled out west on a two-game road trip against the Stars and Coyotes. Unfortunately, for Phoenix, the Bruins did just that. Tukka Rask denied 22 shots and an overtime goal by Dennis Seidenberg propelled the Bruins to a victory in the desert. This victory did not come easy though. In the first period, David Krejci scored his seventh goal of the year, with the assist going to Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton. Boston’s first period lead did not last long though as Ray Whitney scored on a wrist shot at 15:16 in the first period. We would have to wait until the extra session as Seidenberg score the goal mentioned above. Boston carried the adrenaline and momentum to Dallas where they hoped to make it eight in a row.
The Bruins traveled to the American Airlines Center where they hooped to continue their hot streak. However, it was not to be. Louis Erikkson drew first blood scoring on a wrist shot. That same period Tyler Seguin provided the equalizer with his 15th goal of the year, David Krejci assisting. Trevor Daly scored next for the Stars, and old friend Michael Ryder was up to his old tricks scoring his fifteenth of the year. This made it 3-1 Dallas. In the second period, Tom Wandle scored his second goal of the year giving Dallas a three-goal advantage. In the third, Milan Lucic scored his 13th of the year and it looked like the Bruins were going to make a comeback. But they fell short, losing 4-1 and putting them at 1-1 on their road trip.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Boston’s first game this week is against the 4th place New Jersey Devils (21-15-2). Their record is misleading of their current play as they have complied a 7-2-1 stretch in their last ten games. Ilya Kovalchuk is always a player to watch out for so this might present a little bit of a challenge to the Bruins. I think they can win this one however. Next up is the Calgary Flames who are 18-17-5 and are in 4th place in the Northwest division. I’m not too familiar with the Flames but just from looking at it statistically Curtis Glenncross and Jarome Iginla are their most potent offensive weapons. Both have 15 goals and are big time playmakers. Then it is a Stanley Cup rematch with Robero Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks (24-13-3). They are in 1xt place in the Northwest Division. Their leading scorer is Daniel Sedin who has 17 goals and 27 assists. This game should have the feel of a playoff game. I expect the intensity to be there, and the players to really bring their full effort. There is a lot of bad blood between these two rteams so it will be interesting to see how that plays out as well. This week should be an exciting one for the Bruins, and hopefully they’ll go 3-0.