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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Boston @ Washington Game 4

On Monday in Game 3, Boston won 4-3 to take the lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Boston lead 2 games to 1. 

1st Period

Washington got the game underway in Game 4. Washington's Marcus Johansson scored the first goal of the game. Johansson scored his 1st goal of the playoffs and the assist went to Brooks Laich (3). Boston's Shawn Thornton and Washington's John Erskine exchanged a few shoves in front of the Washington's goal. Boston's Tyler Seguin with the Bruins best chance of the game, but Washington's Braden Holtby managed to get his right pad. In the last two shifts both Boston's Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci both tested Holtby. Thornton won the draw passed it to Boston's Johnny Boychuk, Boychuk with a shot but Thornton managed to get a tip on the puck but it was saved by Holtby. 

Nice shift by Boston's Rich Peverley but Boston could not muster a shot after a lengthy possession in the Washington 's Zone. Boston's Tim Thomas with a kick save, gave the puck to Boston's Gregory Campbell, who then gave the puck to Peverley. Peverley with a shot and he put the puck the into the Washington's net to tie the game 1-1. Peverley with his second goal of the playoffs. Campbell (2) with the assist. With 17:22 gone in the 1st Peverley went to the box for a slashing call. Peverley got a 2 minute minor. Washington are 1-9 on the Power Play. It was a important Penalty Kill for Boston, Thomas had a big save and to close out the period. The horn sounds to end the period with the score tied at 1-1. Boston with 14 shots on goal to Washington's 3. 

2nd Period (Middle Stanza)

Bergeron wins the faceoff to get the middle stanza underway. Thomas and Holtby both exchange reel saves to keep the score 1-1. It was a nice shift by Krejci but unfortunately Holtby saw all of them. Washington's Alexander Semin with Washington's sixth shot from the red line. Thomas tracks it down and holds the puck for a faceoff. Laich hits the crossbar from a pass from Alexander Ovechkin. With 09:45 gone in the 2nd Boychuk went to the box for hooking Washington's Troy Brouwer. Boychuk went for a 2 minute minor. During the PP Washington's Dennis Wideman hits the crossbar, and even Ovechkin opened the backdoor  but he missed the shot. Boston are very lucky its still 1-1. Seguin with a rebound and Holtby managed to save with a point blank stop.  

Bergeron went to the box for a holding call. Bergeron went for a 2 minute minor. Semin with a wrister from the dot beats Thomas, over the glove to put Washington 2-1 up. Semin with his second goal of the playoffs. Ovechkin (3) and Keith Aucoin (1) with the assists. The horn sounds to end the period with the score 2-1 Washington. 

3rd period

Bergeron won the faceoff to start the last period of regulation. Boychuk with a nice block. Desperation is kicking in for Boston but Washington continues to carry on the momentum. Thomas manages to stop Aucoin    that would of being a goal. Boston needs to tilt the ice and quick. Boston's Brad Marchand with Boston 41st  shot on goal but Holtby stopped it and kept it. 

Washington's Mike knuble went to the box for a holding call. Knuble went to the box for a 2 minute minor. Boston are 0-11 on the PP in the first three games. Holtby punctuates Washington's PK with his 42nd save of the game. two minutes left in the game Boston took Thomas out to put on a extra attacker. Holtby with another save at the side of his goal. Boston took a timeout with 9.5 seconds left. The horn sounds to end the game. Washington wins the game 2-1.


Tonights 3 stars are: 1. Braden Holtby  2.  Rich Peverley  3. Tyler Seguin. 

On saturday with the series tied at 2-2 Game 5 will go back to Boston with a 3p start.  


















Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Boston @ Washington Game 3

On Monday night Washington played host to Boston. With the series tied at 1-1. What does Game 3 have in store for the fans. With the first 2 games going to OT will the same happen in Game 3.

1st Period

Boston took control and won the opening draw.  Alex Ovechkin started the game with a big physical hit on Dennis Seidenberg, he seems to be alright. Alex Semin draws Boston their first Power Play as Semin goes to the box for a tripping call. He goes for a 2-minute minor. During the Washington's Penalty Kill, Boston's Brian Rolston dove to stop a shorthanded chance by John Carlson.With 15 minutes on the clock Boston's captain Zdeno Chara just crushed Washington's Jason Chimera. The game is becoming more intensifying as Shawn Thornton and Joel Ward chats after the Whistle. 

Tyler Seguin challenged Washington's goaltender Braden Holtby as the goaltender stopped Seguins's shot with a blocker and smothered the puck. Dan Paille and Thornton bore down on Holtby, and the Washington's goaltender lost his stick during that play. Milan Lucic down the left side and its 2 on 1, Lucic shoots with a wrist shot and Holtby saves it. Troy Brouwer with a bounce puts the puck on Bouwer's stick just outside the slot, he didnt get enough wood on the shot and Tim Thomas tracks it down with the glove.Washington goes on their first PP as Chara goes to the box for a roughing call. He goes for 2 minute minor. During the PP


Washington takes the lead 1-0 with a Power Play Goal. Semin puts the puck on goal and it just sneaks by Thomas and into the net. Semin with his 1st goal of the Play Offs and the Assists goes to Brooks Laich (1) and Ovechkin (2). Not long after Washington takes the lead, Boston goes on a PP as Keith Aucoin goes to the box for a tripping call. He goes to the box for a 2 minute minor. With less than a second to go of the 1st, there was a massive pile up and the both teams gets a penalty as both Lucic and Nicklas Backstrom goes to the box. Lucic goes to the box for a roughing call and Backstrom for a cross-checking call. In that pile up Chara forcibly removes Mike Green from the situation. Horn sounds to end the 1st. Score remains 1-0 Washington.

2nd Period (Middle Stanza)

Both Boston and Washington will have a man each in the box to start the 2nd period. 35 seconds gone in the 2nd Boston tied the score up as Rich Peverley scores his 1st goal of the play offs. The assists on the Boston's goal are Chara (1) and Andrew Ference (1). But unfortunately Washington went up to the other end and scored to make it 1-2 Washington. Ovechkin scores his first goal of the playoffs. The assists on the 2nd Washington's goal are Laich (2) and Hamrlik (1). The rookie in the Washington's goal is still going strong as he was tested by Benoit Pouliot but Holtby managed to track down the puck and holds on. Peverley draws the first penalty with 14:42 left in the 2nd.


Peverley goes to the box for a hooking call. He gets a 2 minute minor. Wow the game is hotting up as Backstrom now goes to the box for a tripping call. He gets a 2 minute minor. For 1:15 both teams will have 4 players each on the ice and then Boston will have a :45 PP. A nice feed by David Krejci to Pouliot who reflects on goal but the reflect was saved by Holtby. Both teams are back to full strength, a shot by Backstrom hits the Boston's crossbar.

Gregory Campbell to Greg Zanon. Zanon takes a shot from the point and Holtby saves it but the goaltender lost it, and it comes back out for a rebound for Paille to stick the puck in the net to tie the game. Paille with his 1st goal in the playoffs. The assists on the Paille's goal are Zanon (1) and Campbell (1). Lucic and Laich both get into it before a faceoff and then Lucic throws Laich to the ice, now both men go to the box for a 2 minute minor. Both teams will play with 4 players each with 6:41 remaining in the period. Jay Beagle was robbed by Thomas with 2:21 left no idea how he stopped that, but somehow he managed it. The horn sounds to end the 2nd. Score remains 2-2 

3rd Period 


Boston scores early in the period to make it 3-2. Brian Rolston with his 1st goal of the playoffs The assists on the 3rd Boston are Kelly (2) and Chara (2). Chimera slashed his stick into Brad Marchand's midsection it looked like a sore one on Marchand, he is taking his time to get back on his feet, as he was down for a while. Chimera to the box for 2 minute slashing call. Just after the successful PK Matt Hendricks catches Chara high with a stick but no call was given. With 9:43 left in the regulation Dennis Seidenberg goes to the box for a roughing call. He goes fora 2 minute minor.

Nice work to Boston on their latest PK. Laich with a breakaway, and he slips the puck past Thomas and into the net. Washington scored to tie the game 3-3. The assists on Laich's goal are Backstrom (1) and Green(1).  Boston gets a very late PP as Backstrom goes to the box for a cross-checking call. He gets a 2-minute minor. Wow another major pile up and its all centered on Lucic. Sure they will be penalties on this one as gloves, sticks were all dropped. Lucic and Hendricks both goes to the box for roughing calls. But Lucic gets a extra penalty, so Thornton will serves Lucic's 2nd penalty. All 3 players gets 2 minute minors. Washington has a 0:48 PP.

While Washington is on their PP, Boston gets their 4th goal of the game. Chara with his 1st goal of the play offs. The assists on Chara's goal are Bergeron (1) and Seidenberg (1). With only 25.7 left in regulation Thomas stops Laich and then he holds the puck until the whistle. After the horn Backstrom cross-checks Peverley it looked like a right bad one, so Backstrom gets a match penalty. Boston wins the game 4-3.

Tonight's 3 stars are: 1. Tim Thomas 2. Zdeno Chara 3. Braden Holtby

Boston are now 2-1 up in the series. Boston takes on Washington in Game 4 on Thursday night with a 7.30p










Monday, 16 April 2012

Washington @ Boston Game 2

On Saturday afternoon Boston played host to the Washington Capitals in Game 2 in the Quarter Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 was a good game, so what has Game 2 got in store for the fans. 

1st Period

Wash takes control of the Faceoff and Game 2 is underway. On his first shift Alex Ovechkin initiated contact with Dennis Seidenberg and  Zdeno Chara. Boston goes on the first PK as Chara gets a hold of Ovechkin to draw Wash a PP. Chara goes to the box for 2 minutes. With 37 seconds left of the Wash PP, Greg Zanon and Brooks Laich as they both exchanged shoves after the whistle. Boston with a successful PK and with a amazing pace as both teams have had scoring chances. 

Ovechkin seemed to be very determined to put a number in his playoff scoring line, as he was everywhere. Benoit Pouliot with a nifty move down the left side draws a penalty call as Mike Green hooks onto Pouliot's stick. Green goes to the box for 2 minutes. In Game 1 Boston were 0-4 on the PP. Wash with a successful PK as Boston with the only shot on goal with 8:08 left in the period. Wash goes on another PP as Chris Kelly goes to the box for a hooking call. Kelly goes for 2 minutes. During the PK for Boston, Brad Marchand had a shorthanded chance and then he got into to it with Troy Brouwer after the whistle. A huge success for Boston on the PK. Ovechkin has been the best player for the Caps so far as hes has 9 shots on goal. The horn sounds to end the 1st and the score remains 0-0. 


2nd Period ( middle Stanza)

Boston and Wash are back on for the middle stanza. Boston's goaltender Tim Thomas stopped Ovechkin on a partial breakaway, and it was smart for Thomas to stay home when he could of gone for the pokecheck. Not long after that save by Thomas Wash's Roman Hamrlik goes to the box as he cross-checked Marchand. So Hamrlik goes to the box for 2 minutes. During the PP Patrice Bergeron's shot just trickles goes wide after the puck goes through Braden Holtby's pads. Wash's PK are doing a very good job as it remains 0-0. The Young Goalie continues to go strong as Dan Paille and the Merlot line kept pester Holtby.  

Seidenberg was not pleased with Ovechkin as he put his glove and stick into his face after the whistle. The game is getting a bit more intense as the game goes on. During the last play John Carlson and Bergeron had a stare at each other after some extracurriculars in the last play. Another save by Holtby as Greg Zanon had a shot after Gregory Campbell tipped it. With 8:49 left in the 2nd Wash goes on another PP as Marchand goes to the box for a hi-sticking call. Marchand goes to the box for 2 minutes. What another terrific PK by Boston. Unfortunately with 02:03 minutes left in the 2nd, Brouwer picked up a loose puck in front of Thomas and puts the puck into the net. Brouwer with his first goal in the playoffs, and Ovechkin with his 1st assist of the playoffs.Karl Alzner with his 1st assist of the playoffs. At the horn they was a huge pile up in front of the Wash's goal with Bergeron and Alzner started it as they got into it. Oh wow as they were no penalties after that huge scrum and the score still at 1-0 Wash. 


3rd Period. 

This is the final stanza in regulation. The game is getting more physical as Johnny Boychuk had a big hit on Ovechkin. Holtby is having a amazing game as he now robs Marchand. On the 13th minute Boston scores as Pouliot fought hard to the net and forced the puck through Holtby. That was Pouliot's first career playoff goal. The assists on Boston's goal go to Brian Rolston (2) and Kelly (1). 


Boston continues to bring the physical as every puck is contested while nobody getting down the ice easily for Wash. Thomas was also getting in to the action as he popped Nicklas Backstrom. Score remains 1-1. After 60 minutes we are going to OT. 


Overtime

The extra 20 minutes of the game is underway. Wow Kelly nearly done it again but Holtby saves it. During the OT Shawn Thornton goes to the locker room but doesnt appear to be injured it did look like a equipment problem. Thornton is now back on the Boston's bench. 

Both teams are trading chances with 11:01 left in the extra session. Seidenberg is the 1st player in the game to reach 30 minutes of ice time. Thomas has two massive saves to keep the score at 1-1.  But the horn sounds to end the extra period. 

2nd Overtime

Another 20 minutes to go. The both sets of players must be getting tired by now. Thomas and Holtby have been excellent. But unfortunately with 2:56 left in the extra session Backstrom puts the puck into the back of Thomas's net to make it 2-1 Wash. Marcus Johansson with the assist (1). With that goal Wash wins the game. 

Tonight's 3 stars:  1. Nicklas Backstrom 2.Karl Alzner 3. Benoit Pouliot. 

On Monday night Game 3 will be in Washington DC at a 7.30p start. Who will take the lead in the Series as it is tied 1-1. 







Friday, 13 April 2012

Washington @ Boston. Game 1

On April 12th Boston took on Washington Capitals in Game 1 in the Quarter Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This time last year Boston took on Montreal Canadiens and defeated them in 7 games. This should be a great series of games between these two organisations.

1st Period 

Patrice Bergeron wins the opening faceoff to get game 1 underway. Braden Holtby had to be really sharp on the saves pretty early on in the period as Boston had prime chances in the first couple of minutes. Mathieu Perreault blocked a shot off Shawn Thornton and the puck hit just at the side of the left knee,looked to be having trouble getting to his bench. Jason Chimera had the first shot on goal for WASH, he then collided Andy Ference and Tim Thomas. 

In the Boston zone Shawn Thornton just crushed Marcus Johansson with a big check, While Boston continued to press the WASH's goaltender Braden Holtby. With 7:06 left in the 1st WASH goes on a PP as David Krejci goes to the box for a boarding call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Boston successfully killed the penalty as WASH could not take the advantage as the both had 1 shot on goal. On his shift Alex Ovechkin was throwing his weight around a bit as he had big hits on Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. With less than 2 minutes to go Boston goes on a PP as Jay Beagle goes to the box for a double minor call (hi-sticking), he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Horn sounds to end the 1st. After 20 minutes score remains 0-0 and Boston has 9 shots to WASH's 5 on goal. Both Shawn Thornton  and Zdeno Chara are team high with 3 hits each. 


2nd Period 

Boston wins the draw and the middle stanza is underway. Boston went and immediately tested Braden Holtby's goal but to no prevail. Just as WASH successfully killed that penalty they give Boston another PP as Troy Brouwer goes to the box for a delay of game call, he sends the puck over the glass, he goes for 2 minutes. Impressive work by the CAPS during that PK. Boston are now 0/3 with a man advantage. They was a epic collision between Alex Ovechkin and Dennis Seidenburg. The crowd in the Garden are trying to pump the Boston team up as the score remains 0-0.

But it seamed to have woken WASH up as they started to test Tim Thomas. Braden Holtby even robbed Dan Paille to keep the score remain 0-0. Just behind the WASH net there was a massive scrum as John Carlson did not like David Krejci running into Braden Holtby. Both John Carlson and David Krejci both goes to the box for a roughing call, both get 2 minutes. During the PP for Boston, WASH gets another penalty against them, this time for goaltender Braden Holtby gets a roughing call. As a goaltender is needed for the net his team mate Marcus Johansson serves his 2 minutes. Even though WASH are down to 3 players on the ice they managed to keep Boston at bay. Boston had some glorious chances but could not get the puck in the net. With 1:25 left in the 2nd Marcus Johansson was shaken up as the puck hit his helmet but he seems to be alright. Horn sounds. After 40 minutes score remains 0-0. WASH  Braden Holtby and their PK seems to be the story thus far of Game 1. 


3rd period 

The teams are back out for the final stanza of regulation. Matt Hendricks pushed Andy Ference into Tim Thomas and knocks Tim Thomas's helmet off, he takes a minute to reset his helmet. Zdeno Chara goes to the box for a minor call (hi-sticking), he goes to the box for 2 minutes with 16:48 left in the regulation. Boston manages to kill off WASH's PP.  WASH was making Boston nervous as they stepped up with their shots on goal but Tim Thomas was very sharp. 

Braden Holtby managed to get a glove to Tyler Seguin's latest shot, and then Joe Corvo's shot just narrowly missed the goal and came back off the post. Nicklas Backstrom also had his shot saved by Tim Thomas. WASH took a timeout with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Horn sounds to end regulation. Score remains 0-0 after 60 minutes 

How is this game still 0-0. So far its been end to end chances. But to be fair both Goaltenders have been excellent and now we go to a another 20 minutes. What can happen in OT. 

Over-time

Both teams are on the ice to start OT.  Tim Thomas started with a save, he then gave the puck to Brian Rolston. Brian Rolston passes the puck to Benoit Pouliot, and then Benoit Pouliot passed the puck to Chris Kelly. Chris Kelly from the point shots the puck into the WASH goal, to finish the game. Chris Kelly with his   1st goal of the playoffs. Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot with their 1st assists of the playoffs. 

Boston wins Game 1 to take the lead in the series. What will Happen in Game 2 on sat night, here at the Garden game starts 3:00p.

Tonight's 3 stars: 1. Chris Kelly 2. Braden Holtby 3. Tim Thomas 











Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sabres @ Boston

Well this is it folks the last game of the regular season before the play offs begin against the Capitals on Thursday. Before the game A local Radio station gave their 3 star awards to 3 very special  players and they were, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. Brad Marchand was awarded 2 awards and Zdeno Chara was also awarded with one. 

1st period

Buffalo Sabres wins the opening faceoff to get the game started. Boston Goaltender Tim Thomas stopped Derek Roy and Jason Pominville to get his day started with 16:55 left in the period. David Krejci and his crew were applying pressure in the BUFF's zone and that put Jhonas Enroth on alert. Tim Thomas seemed to be the busiest of the 2 goaltenders in the 1st as he stopped Tyler Ennis. With Milan Lucic out at the point, and Dennis Seidenburg carries it in and David Krejci in front, Milan Lucic with the shot and it just trickled wide by Jhonas Enroth's goal. 

To the right of the BUFF goal Shawn Thornton and Robyn Regehr dropped the gloves and Shawn Thornton makes quick work on Robyn Reghr. 20th fighting major for Shawn Thornton of the season, and the both of them goes to the box for 5 minutes. Mike Weber goes to the box for a hi-sticking call he went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston's PP is tied 14th in the NHL with a 17.1% and BUFF's PK is tied 17th in the NHL with a 81.8%. BUFF successfully killed off Boston's PP with 3:45 left in the period, score remains 0-0. Tim Thomas tracks down BUFF and saves his 12th shot of the night, from a Jason Pominville wrist shot. Boston goes on a PP as Drew Stafford trips up Tyler Seguin, Drew Stafford gets a tripping call so he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Horn sounds. After 20 minutes the score remains 0-0, It was a pretty quiet 20 minutes. 

2nd Period

Both sets of players are back on the ice to start the next 20 minutes. A real nice chance by Rich Peverley, with a wraparound which ended up on Milan Lucic's stick and Milan Lucic's shot went wide of the post. 16:45 left Patrice Bergeron stole the puck from Jason Pominville and passes it to Tyler Sequin,who then shots the puck and into the BUFF net to open the scoring. Tyler Seguin with his 28th goal of the season and Patrice Bergeron with his 40th assist of the season. Dennis Seidenburg with a wrist shot from the point but it was snagged by Jhonas Enroth. 

At 10:27 of the 2nd Boston goes on a PP as Mike Weber goes to the box for a interference call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. BUFF ties it up with a wrist shot from Brade Boyes. Brade Boyes with his 7th goal of the season and Brayden McNabb with his 6th assist of the season and Thomas Vanek with his 34th assist of his season. Score remains 1-1 with less than 2 minutes left in the 2nd. Less than 1 minute to go BUFF goes on a PP as Zdeno Chara goes to the box for a tripping call. Zdeno Chara goes to the box for 2 minutes. BUFF PP is tied 14th in the NHL with a 17.1% and Boston's PK is 11th in the NHL with a 83.4%. Horn sounds. After 40 minutes the score remains 1-1.  Boston will start the 3rd short handed. 

3rd Period

Both sets of players are back on the ice for the final 20 minutes. It was a nice PK for Boston. Brad Marchand was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway. Looks like things are getting chirpy. Jhonas Enroth just chopped at Shawn Thornton and words were exchanged after the save. Thomas Vanek with a nice pass to Derek Roy, who's shot was rebounded and Brade Boyes picked it up and the puck goes into the net. BUFF 2-1. Brade Boyes with his 8th goal of the season. Derek Roy with his 27th assist of the season and Thomas Vanek with his 35th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. Tim Thomas gave Nathan Gerbe a Sedin like check but it went badly for Boston as BUFF takes a 3-1 lead. Jason Pominville with his 30th goal of the season. 

Nathan Gerbe with his 19th assist of the season and Brayden McNabb with his 7th assist of his season and his 2nd of the game. Boston goes on another PP as Andrej Sekera goes to the box for a tripping call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes. Tyler Seguin with a turnaround Bomb and it goes right into the back of the BUFF's goal. Tyler Seguin cuts the lead down to 3-2. Tyler Seguin with this 29th goal of the season and his 2nd of the game. Patrice Bergeron with his 41st assist of the season and his 2nd of the game, and Rich Peverley with his 31st assist of the season. Brad Marchand after his 2nd and 3rd effort on goal it finally goes into the net to tie the game 3-3. Brad Marchand with his 28th goal of the season and Patrice Bergeron with his 42nd assist of the season and his 3rd in the game. The crowd in the Garden was rocking. Tim Thomas with a kick glove save stopped Nathan Gerbe.  Horn sounds to end the 60 minutes. 


Overtime

At the Start of OT David Krejci's shot was turned away. With 2:25 remaining BUFF takes a timeout. But be fair to the both teams, it has been a very entertaining game. Horn sounds to end the 5 minutes of OT. 

Shootout

The two goaltenders were excellent during the SO. As Tim Thomas saved all 3 Shots and Jhonas Enroth saved two and Patrice Bergeron Scored the Winner. 

After the SO Boston wins 4-3.

Tonight's 3 stars are :  1.Patrice Bergeron 2. Tyler Seguin 3. Brad Boyes  

Congratulations Tyler Seguin as he became the youngest in team history to lead Boston in Points as hes got 69 points for the regular season. 

Boston's next game will be on Thursday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they take on Washington Capitals with a 7.30p Start. 













Monday, 9 April 2012

Boston @ Ottawa

On Thursday night Ottawa played host to the North East Champions Boston Bruins. Boston also gave Goaltender Anton Khudobin his first NHL start.

Both teams are on the ice to start the game and Boston's Rich Peverley wins the opening faceoff and Game 81 is underway. Boston's goaltender Anton Khudobin made his 1st 2 saves as a Boston's goaltender as the Senators set up a camp in the Boston's zone but David Krejci and his team mates corrected that. With the score remaining 0-0 Anton Khudobin and Ben Bishop have been really sharp and with just 16:09 left in the 1st, its pretty evenly with the shots on goals tied at 3-3. Greg Zanon blocked a shot and the puck hit him right in the face, he heads straight down the tunnel with Head Athletic Trainer Donnie DelNegro. But he wasnt gone for long as he was back on the bench pretty quick. On the 11 minute Boston takes the lead 1-0. Defenseman Jordan Caron with a nice defensive play at the Boston's blueline, with a slick puck to Brian Rolston, who then gives the puck to Benoit Pouliot, to tip the puck into the Senators goal. Benoit Pouliot with his 16th goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 17th assist of the season and Jordan Caron with his 8th assist of the season. Not long after the goal Anton Khudobin with a nice nifty glove save, when Chris Phillips drove the puck through a lot of traffic. On the 14:25 minute OTT went on their first PP of the night, Brian Rolston gets a slashing call and gets 2 minutes in the box. OTT's PP is 9th in the league with a 18.5% and Boston's PK is tied 11th in the league with a 83.2%. Boston's Gregory Campbell kills sometime on the PK and he punctuates his shift with a spinning backhand shot on Ben Bishop. Anton Khudobin with his 14th save of the night, and OTT's Chris Neil was in his face and Adam McQuaid did not like it. At the sound of the horn, to end the 1st, Adam McQuaid and Chris Neil were pushing and shoving, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton were in the middle. After 20 minutes Anton Khudobin looked really comfortable considering OTT had 17 shots to Boston's 7. 

Both teams are back on the ice for the 2nd. Anton Khudobin with a very quick save at the start of the 2nd. Boston is still ahead 1-0 with 18:14 left. A massive shot from the point by Greg Zanon and the puck finds a hole and into the OTT's goal. Greg Zanon with his 3rd goal of the season. Doesnt look like OTT is going to beat Anton Khudobin low as the goaltender, with another kick save thats no 22 for Anton Khudobin.  8:56 left in the 2nd and with Boston leading 2-0, OTT goes back on a PP with Boston's David Krejci going to the box for a holding call. David Krejci goes for 2 minutes. During the PP Anton Khudobin had three more saves and a very successful PK. Boston takes a timeout after a icing with 6:37 left in the 2nd. Jason Spezza walked into the middle, used a Bruin as a screenshot and shot, the bid caught Anton Khudobin by surprise and the score is 2-1. Jason Spezza with his 34th goal of the season. Erik Karlsson with his 59th assist of the season and Filip Kuba with his 26th assist of the season. Not Long after OTT scored, Boston goes on a PP as Kyle Turris goes to the box for a holding call, and he goes for 2 minutes. Boston's PP is tied at 14th in the NHL with a 17.3%  and OTT's PK is 15th in the NHL with a 81.9%. Anton Khudobin managed to bounce back with two more highlight reel saves with the pads. The horn sounds to end the 2nd.  After 40 minutes  the score is still 2-1,but OTT were still leading with 34 shots on goals to Boston's 19. 

Both set of players are on for the final time. OTT were working really hard early in the 3rd but Boston were standing tall with 13:20 left to go. On 6:40 OTT goes back on a PP as Boston's Shawn Thornton goes to the box for a delay of game call. Shawn Thornton tipped the puck over the Glass, gets 2 minutes. During the PK Boston's goaltender Anton Khudobin had another three saves, he has had 38 saves in the whole game with 10:58 left to go. It was then Boston's time to go on a PP as Kyle Turris goes to the box for a hi-sticking call, he goes to the box for 2 minutes with 8:49 left in regulation. Erik Karlsson missed a wide open goal Boston dodged a bullet and with 6:35 left Boston remain 2-1. With 4:33 left Milan Lucic scored with a snap shot and a lovely pass by David Krejci. Milan Lucic with his 26th goal of the season. David Krejci with his 39th assist of the season, and Torey Krug with his 1st assist of the season. Not long after the Boston's goal both Matt Carkner and Andrew Ference got caught up in a tangled after a play. Both get a roughing call and go to the box for 2 minutes with 3:37 left in regulation. And just after that Call finished OTT gets another penalty call this one goes to Jesse Winchester at the bench for abusing the officials call. he goes for 2 minutes. The horn sounds to end the game. Boston wins 3-1. OTT had 43 shots on goal to Boston's 27. 

Tonight's 3 stars: 1. Anton Khudobin 2. David Krejci 3. Milan Lucic

Congratulations on Torey Krug on his first ever NHL point. With this win Boston has 100 points. 

On Saturday afternoon Boston will host the Buffalo Sabres at 4pm start. It is also the last regular game of the season.  










Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pitts @ Boston

On Tuesday night, Boston played host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Before the game Boston's Center Tyler Seguin was voted by the fans as NESN's seventh player award. Congrats Tyler. 

Both teams are on the Ice to start the game. Within 28 seconds Pittsburgh goes on a PP. David Krejci goes to the box for 2 minutes, for a Delay of the game. David Krejci knocked the puck over the glass.Pittsburgh's Power Play is 6th in the NHL with a 19.3% but Boston's Penalty Kill is 10th in the NHL with a 83.7%, Rich Peverley could not quite get to the front of the net on a short hand during the PK, nice penalty kill for Boston. On the 8th minute of the game both Milan Lucic and James Neal both go to the box after a little talking by the benches, both get a roughing call both players go for 2 minutes. Just seconds after the 2 players goes to the box, Pascal Dupuis picks up the puck at the side of Marty Turco's goal and slides the puck to a waiting Sidney Crosby, and from a point blank snap shot, to score his 6th goal of the season. Pascal Dupuis with his 33rd assist of the season and Kris Letang with his 28th of the season. Boston did test Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson a few times. Tyler Seguin broke away but he lost the handle as Brent Johnson went for the poke check.Also Dan Paille's pass actually hit David Krejci in the crease and the puck went really near the Pittsburgh's goal. Paul Martin scores on a rebound with a wrist shot. He scores his 2nd of the season. Tyler Kennedy with his 22nd assist of the season and Kris Letang with his 29th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. With less than 4 minutes to go Benoit Pouliot scores with a nasty backhand to cut Pittsburgh's lead in half to score his 15th goal of his season. Chris Kelly with his 19th assist of the season and Brian Rolston with his 16th of the season. That goal gives Benoit Pouliot 31 points a career new high. The horn sounds to end the 1st. Boston had 13 shots on goal to Pittsburgh's 10. 

Both teams are back on the ice to start the 2nd. With 18 seconds gone in the 2nd. Boston tied the game, with David Krejci passed the puck to Milan Lucic and Milan Lucic with a lovely snap shot to put the puck into Brent Johnston's net to score his 25th of the season. David Krejci with his 37th assist of the season and Rich Peverley with his 30th assist of the season. That was a very quick goal, now a totally different game since Benoit Pouliot's goal. After every whistle tempers are flaring. With 7:18 left in the 2nd not much of action since the last goal,the score is still tied at 2-2. Boston's Marty Turco was tested late in the 2nd. With 2:40 left Pittsburgh goes back on a PP as Boston's Dan Paille goes to the box for a charging call, he gets 2 minutes. Boston's Rich Peverley gets a hi-sticking call 29 seconds after Dan Pallie's call. Rich Peverley goes to the box for 2 minutes. Pittsburgh is playing 5 x 3 for 1:52, while there is 2:31 left in the 2nd. During the PP  Pittsburgh takes the lead through James Neal with a PPG to score his 40th goal of the season with a snap shot past Marty Turco and into the Boston's net. Chris Kunitz with his 33rd assist of the season and Sidney Crosby with his 27th of the season. Boston's Andrew Ference had enough of James Neal behind Boston's net, and after a pretty angry fight Andrew Ference took James Neal, the both players goes to the box for a fighting major call, both gets 5 minutes. Andrew Ference with the win on that fight. After the fight Pittsburgh extends the lead with another PPG, Sidney Crosby scores his 2nd of the game after a cross ice feed from Chris Letang to tip the puck into the Boston's net. Sidney Crosby with his 7th goal of the season. Chris Letang with his 30th assist and his 3rd of the game and Evgeni Malkin with his 57th assist of the season. The horn sounds to end the 2nd and Pittsburgh are leading 4-2.

Both Teams are back on the ice for the final period of the game. The 1st 13 minutes in the 3rd was very quiet on the goal front but within a minute that change when Arron Asham tips the puck into the Boston net to make the score 5-2 Pittsburgh to score his 5th goal of the season. Craig Adams with his 13th assist of the season and Joe Vitale with his 10th of the season. Not long after Arron Asham's goal he collides with Boston's Johnny Boychuk. Johnny Boychuk was slow to get up with a lower body issue, with the injury he had to get help off the ice and then helped down to the Boston locker room, his night was over. On the 9th minute Rich Peverley scored a lovely backhand after Milan Lucic fed the puck cross ice to Rich Peverley on a 2-1 he beat Brent Johnston to score his 11th goal of the season. Milan Lucic with his 35th assist of the season and David Krejci with his 38th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. The score now reads 5-3 Pittsburgh. With 9:39 left in regulation Boston goes on a PP as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby goes to the box for a delay of the game call, he gets 2 minutes. Sidney Crosby puts the puck over the glass. That was a massive PK for Pittsburgh unfortunately Boston could not use it to their advantage with 5:25 left in regulation. Pittsburgh Joe Vitale took a high puck and he had to be helped off. Boston's Tyler Seguin with a one-timer but unfortunately it was turned away by Brent Johnston, Tyler Seguin has been closed several times. Boston takes Marty Turco off, so Boston can have a extra attacker on the ice. With 29.5 seconds on the clock Boston's captain Zdeno Chara gets a tripping call, and goes down to the Boston's locker room. The horn sounds to end the game. Pittsburgh wins the game 5-3.  Boston had 29 shots on goal to Pittsburgh's 27.

Tonight's 3 stars are: 1.Sidney Crosby 2.Milan Lucic 3. Chris Letang

On Thursday night Boston travels to Ottawa to take on the Senators with a 7:30 start..






Monday, 2 April 2012

Boston @ NYR

On Sunday night NYR played host to Boston in the Madison Square Garden. Boston needed a win to clinch the North East Division championship. 

Both teams on the ice to start the game. Boston took control of the faceoff and game 79 is underway. It was a very interesting start to the game, as it was very much like a play off game rather than a regular game. Both teams were trading chances in the first 5 minutes of the game. Within 22 seconds NYR takes the lead. Boston's captain had a shot on goal but unfortunately Jordan Caron was in the way of the shot and got hit hard. Luckily the injury was not serious as he came back into the game after been treated on the bench. NYR's Marion Gaborik broke away and with a snap shot, he put the puck past Tim Thomas and into Boston's net to make it 1-0 NYR. NYR are in front 4 shots on goal to Boston's 2. For the remainder of the period Boston put pressure on the NYR goal tender Henrik Lundqvist but not to prevail. But give Henrik Lundqvist credit, he is a very good goaltender. The horn sounded to end the 1st period. NYR took a early goal but Boston showed a lot of heart and outshot NYR with Boston having 7 shots on goal to NYR's 5 after 20 minutes.

Both teams are back on the ice for the 2nd period. The first 3 minutes of the 2nd, both teams didnt really tested any of the Goaltenders. On the 4th minute of the 2nd Boston scored to tie the game 1-1. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg with a slap shot to put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist and into the NYR's net to score his 5th goal of the season. Zdeno Chara with his 40th assist of the season and Brad Marchand with his 27th of the season. Carl Hagelin and Brad Marchand got tangled up in the corner and the Rangers player lost his helmet, Boston has carried the player of late, with under 10 minutes left in the 2nd. less than a minute NYR's Michael Del Zotto  goes to the box for interference call.Micheal Del Zotto goes to the box for 2 minutes. Boston's PP is 14th in the NHL with 17.1% and NYR penalty kill is 5th in the NHL with 86.6%. During the PP Boston took the advantage, and scored the 3 goal of the night and Boston's 2nd goal of the night. Patrice Bergeron with a wrist shot and found a hole between Henrik Lundqvist and the post to put the puck into the net. Patrice Bergeron with his 22nd goal of the season. Tyler Seguin with his 38th of the season. Boston 2 NYR 1. With less than 7 minutes to go Boston's Milan Lucic goes to the box, he also got a interference call. Milan Lucic goes to the box for 2 minutes. NYR's PP is 25th in the NHL with 15.3% and Boston's penalty kill is 10th in the NHL with 83.5%. For the remainder of the 2nd NYR up the physical ante, looking for a equalizer. Boston's Shawn Thornton looked to have challenged Brian Boyle at the end of the 2nd. Shawn Thornton goes to the box for 2 minutes, for a Unsportsmanlike conduct. Boston will start the 3rd short handed. After 40 minutes Boston still leads 2-1 Boston are also out-shooting NYR, with Boston having 18 shots on goal to NYR 15. 

Both teams are back on the ice for the final period of the game. Just 46 seconds gone NYR goes on the PP, Dan Paille goes to the box for 2 minutes for a delay of game call. Dan Paille, flicked the puck over the glass. Tim Thomas killed the penalty with a nice save, a huge Penalty Kill for Boston. Boston's goaltender Tim Thomas has been excellent for Boston, since the start of the game. On the 16th minute Boston goes on the PP, NYR's John Mitchell goes to the box for 2 minutes with a too many men on the ice call. Rich Peverley and Anton Stralman with a few pushes and shoves after the whistle behind the NYR's goal, no penalties called. For the remainder of the game both teams tested each other Goaltender's but with no prevail. The horn sounds to finish the game. Boston won the game 2-1. Boston with a huge win.

Tonight's 3 stars are: 1.Tim Thomas 2. Henrik Lundqvist 3. Dennis Seidenburg 

Congratulations goes to Boston on their North East Championship. 

On Tuesday night Boston will host Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden in Boston, with a 7:30p start. 





Sunday, 1 April 2012

Boston @ NYI

Congratulations goes to the Boston Bruins for clinching a play off on Friday, even with out a Puck being hit. Boston clinched it as the Sabres lost to Penguins. 

It felt more like a home game rather than a away game in Long Island with seeing a lot of Black and Gold jersey's. Patrice Bergeron won the opening draw and got Game 78 on the way. The 1st 17-18 minutes of the  game, both teams  were pretty evenly tied, Score tied at 0-0. But on 18:11 minutes gone Boston broke the dead lock. David Krejci with a snapshot went past Al Montoya and into the Isles Net to score his 22nd goal of the season. Milan Lucic with his 33rd assist of the season, he was the one who passed it to David Krejci. Andrew Ference with his 18th assist of the season. But Boston's lead did not last long as the Isles equalized within a minute. Kyle Okposo with a wrist shot went past Marty Turco and into Boston's net to score his 21st of the season.Frans Nielsen with his 27th of the season and Travis Hamonic with his 21st of the season. The horn sounds to end a pretty evenly 1st period at 1-1 and shots on goal are even at 7-7. 

Both teams are back on the ice for the 2nd period. Isles took control of the faceoff. On the 3rd minute Gregory Campbell was not happy with a push on the back from Michael Haley. The 2 players dropped the gloves and had a few punches were thrown, but Michael Haley with the takedown finished it off. Both Michael Haley and Gregory Campbell to the box for a fighting major, 5 minutes for both players. Boston's best player so far has to go to Chris Kelly. Chris Kelly with a wrist shot, goes past Al Montoya and into the Isles net to score his 20th goal of the season. Boston leads the Isles 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the 2nd. Zdeno Chara was barking instructions  from the Boston's Bench as to waken the team up, but give Isles' credit they had pride on the line, and they came out to play. On the 15th minute P.A Parenteau ties the game up 2-2 with his 17th of the season. John Tavares with his 45th assist of the season and Matt Moulson with his 31st of the season. With 04:40 left in the 2nd Boston's Marty Turco got a tripping call, but with Marty Turco being a Goaltender, the Penalty was served by Shawn Thornton, he went to the box for 2 minutes. The Isles power play is tied in 6th with a 19.3% and Boston's penalty kill is tied in 10th with a 83.4%. Boston managed to kill of the Isles PP but with 56.3 seconds left in the period Boston's David Krejci goes to the box for a slashing call. The horn sounds to end the 2nd. Score still tied at 2-2, with Isles having 16 shots on goal to Boston's 14. Boston will start the final period shorthanded. 

Both teams are back on the ice for the final period of the night. Boston manages to kill the Isles PP at the start of the period. In the 4th minute Brad Marchand with a wrist shot, past Al Montoya and into the Isles net. Tyler Seguin with his 36th assist of the season and Zdeno Chara with his 38th of the season. Boston are 3-2 up with 16:43 left in regulation. Boston really turned the heat up in the 3rd. In the 12th minute Tyler Seguin with a wrist shot, to put the puck into Isles net. Patrice Bergeron with his 39th assist of his season and Brad Marchand with his 25th assist of the season. Boston are 4-2 and the Isles looked a little dejected by now. With 12:02 gone in the final period Boston goes on a PP, as Mark Streit goes to the box for a delay of the game, as he puts the puck over the glass, he gets 2 minutes. A really good PK for Isles, as the PK finished, Isles P.A Parenteau with a wrist shot to put the puck past Marty Turco and into Boston's net to score his 18th of the season and his 2nd of the game. John Tavares with his 46th assist of the season and Matt Moulson with his 32nd, both players with their 2nd of the game. Isles bring the score to within 1 to make it 4-3 Boston with 5:07 left in the regulation. Boston is slightly ahead on the Shots on goal 23-20. With 3:41 left Boston stretched the lead again.Boston's Alternative Captain Patrice Bergeron with a wrist shot, to put the puck past Al Montoya and into the Isles net to score his 21st goal of the season. Nice play by both Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand for the set up. Tyler Seguin with his 37th assist of the season and Brad Marchand with his 26th assist of the season, and both their 2nd of the game.Within 24 seconds Boston scores again to make it 6-3. David Krejci with a wrist shot to put the puck past Al Montoya and into the Isles net to score his 23rd goal of the season and his 2nd of the game. Milan Lucic with his 34th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game and Zdeno Chara with his 39th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game.   With seconds left in the regulation Marty Turco's turn to shine as he double saved a Michael Grabner's shot. The Horn sounds to end the regulation and the game. Boston win's the game 6-3 

Tonight's 3 stars: 1. David Krejci 2. Tyler Seguin 3. Zdeno Chara. 

Sunday night see's Boston take on NY Rangers in Madison Square Gardens where Boston is looking to clinch the North East Division for the 2nd straight season. 


Saturday, 31 March 2012

Washington @ Boston

On Thursday night saw Boston welcome Washington Capitals to the TD Garden. It was to be a big night for Boston, as if they were to win they would of clinched a Play off spot for the 2012 Stanley Cup. 

The Capitals took control and Game 77 was underway. Unfortunately the 1st period was not the best for either team. But the big talking point of the period is the Big hit on Boston's Defenseman Adam McQuaid from Jason Chimera. On the 14th minute Jason Chimera got a 5 minute charging Major and a game misconduct.  Boston's PP is tied at 14th with a 17.2% and the Capitals Penalty Kill is 21st with a 81%. During the PP WASH's Goal tender Tomas Vokoun left the game with a injury and Michal Neuvirth came into Goal for the Caps. The Capital's managed to kill Boston's PP at the end of the period. The score remains 0-0, Boston is ahead on the shots on goal with 7-2.

During the 1st Intermission got some word on Adam Mcquaid's injury, he got a cut above his eye and the Medical team thought it was best to keep him out of the remainder of the game.

The players are back out for the 2nd period. With 14:51 left of the 2nd the Capitals had only their 3rd shot of the game, Boston's Goaltender Tim Thomas saved both times, once by the pad and the other by the glove. With 12:30 left in the 2nd Capitals had their best chance of the game, Matt Hendricks shot hits the outside of the post.Boston are still ahead on the Shots on Goal with 10-4. On the 11:08 minutes Boston's David Krejci goes to the Box for hi-sticking. He goes to the box for 2 minutes. The Capitals PP is tied at 14th with 17.2% and Boston's PK is 10 with 83.3%. Boston killed the PP with some luck. The horn sounded to end the 2nd period. Score remains 0-0 with Boston's 15 shots on goal to Washington's 9.

Both teams are back on the ice for the 3rd. Boston and Washington were both showing desperation to score the opening  goal of the game, unfortunately the 1st goal went to Washington. Former Boston's Defenseman Dennis Wideman with a wrist shot, past into Boston's goaltender Tim Thomas's net. Dennis Wideman with his 11th goal of the season. Marcus Johansson with his 30th assist of the season and Washington's captain Alex Ovechkin with his 26th of the season. Boston was slow to get back into the game after the Capitals took the lead. And with 10:06 Capitals scored their 2nd goal of the game. Marcus Johansson with a snap shot, past Tim Thomas and into Boston's goal for his 14th of the season.  We have to give Washington's goaltender Michal Neuvirth is playing well. The fans in the Garden were getting really worried as the clock ticked down, but with 3:10 left Boston's Captain Zdeno Chara tipped the puck nicely in front of David Krejci, David Krejci with a wrist shot to put the puck past Michal Neuvirth's goal to score his 21st of the season. Zdeno Chara with his 37th assist of the season and Milan Lucic's with his 32nd assist of the season. With that goal, the crowd in the Garden got behind the team, and with less than 2 minutes the crowd got their reward. Boston's defenseman Andrew Ference with a snap shot, to score his 6th goal of the season, and David Krejci with his 36th assist of the season. The horn sounds to the end the 3rd the game is tied 2-2. The Game went to Overtime.

With the 5 minutes of Overtime, both teams were still pretty evenly tied.During the OT Washington took a timeout. The Horn sounded to end OT and the game went to a Shootout to see who wins the 2 points. Score remains 2-2 with Boston's 28 shots on goal to Washington's 23.

First up in the Shootout was Boston's David Krejci, unfortunately his shot was saved by Michal Neuvirth.
Second up in the Shootout was Washington's Matt Hendricks and his shot went past Tim Thomas and into the net.
Tyler Seguin was next, and his shot went past Michal Neuvirth and into the net.
Alex Ovechkin was up next and his shot was saved by Tim Thomas.
Alexander Semin put his shot past Tim Thomas and into the net.
Scores are tied after 3 rounds.
Rich Peverley was up next and his shot was saved by Michal Neuvirth.
Brooks Laich puts his shot past Tim Thomas and into the net.

After nearly 2 hours of hockey, Washington Beats Boston 3-2.

Boston would have to wait another day to clinch a playoff spot.

Tonights 3 stars go to: 1.Marcus Johansson 2. David Krejci 3. Alex Ovechkin.

Up next for Boston is the NYI in Long Island, a Matinee Game as its a 1pm start.





Thursday, 29 March 2012

Tampa Bay @ Boston.

On Tuesday night, saw the Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightening at the TD Garden. Before the Game Boston paid tribute to their Captain Zdeno Chara who played his 1,000TH game on Saturday night in LA. He was joined on the ice with his wife,Tatiana and daughter Elliz Victoria. Some of his team mates, came on and gave flowers to Tatiana and Elliz. He was also presented with a framed picture and a silver hockey stick. 

Boston's Alternative Captain won the faceoff to get the game underway. Boston got off to a good start, and had the first shot on goal. Dwayne Roloson's nice save from a David Krejic's shot to keep the score 0-0. In the first 4 minutes of the game each team had a shot each on Goal. Tampa Bay's Center Steven Stamkos let with a wrist shot rip past Boston's Goaltender to score the opening goal of the game. Steven Stamkos with his 54th goal of the season and Marty St. Louis with his 45th assist of the season. In 15 career games against Boston Steven Stamkos has scored 9 goals. Within 6 minutes, Boston equalized, Zdeno Chara drove to the net, Dwayne Roloson saved, Shawn Thornton got on the rebound to put the puck into the net to tie the game 1-1. Shawn Thornton scored his 5th goal of the season with a snap shot. Zdeno Chara with his 34th assist of the season and Gregory Campbell with his 8th assist of the season. On the 7th minute of the game, Boston got their first PP of the game. Keith Aulie tripped up Boston's Brad Marchand right in front of Tampa Bay's goal. Keith Aulie to the box for 2 minutes. Boston's Power Play is 14th in the NHL with a 17.6%. Tampa Bay's penalty kill is 28th in the NHL with a 78.2%. If it was not Dwayne Roloson the score would of been 3-1 Boston. After that exciting 1st period, the horn sounds to end the 1st. The score still tied at 1-1 and with Boston out-shooting Tampa Bay 11-5. Boston would be in front if it was not Dwayne Roloson being very sharp. In the 1st period Boston won 14 out of 20 faceoffs with Boston's alternative captain Patrice Bergeron winning 7 out of 9, Boston also outhitting Tamp Bay 12-8. I also forgot to say that on 06:11 minute of the game Tampa Bay's Right-Winger T.J Wyman went to the box for holding the stick. He went to the box for 2 minutes. 

During the first intermission Boston's assistant GM Don Sweeney introduced Mary Parker and Jimmy Vesey as the winners of the 2012 Carlton Award. 

Boston's, Patrice Bergeron won the opening draw to start off the 2nd period. Gregory Campbell was robbed by Dwayne Roloson twice. Boston was creating some lovely changes but unfortunately can't beat the Tampa Bay's Goalie. With 16:05 left in the 2nd period score still tied 1-1. with 04:43 minutes gone in the 2nd period, Boston's Left Winger Brad Marchand went to the box for cross-checking. Brad gets 2 minutes in the box. Tampa Bay's Power Play is the 22nd in the NHL with a 15.6% and Boston' penalty kill is 10th in the NHL with a 83.5%. Tampa Bays center Eric Brewer with a shot and hit the junction of the post and crossbar was a very close call. Adam McQuaid had a nice thought sends a puck through traffic but Dwayne Roloson has it. With 06:44 left to go both Boston's Gregory Campbell and Tampa's  Keith Aulie goes to the box for roughing. Both gets 2 minutes each. Things are heating up in this game, with Both Steven Stamkos and Zdeno Chara exchange crosschecks behind the play. With 04:55 left in the period, Zdeno Chara with a slap shot, and it rebounded to Dennis Seidenberg who, with a wrist shot scores his 4th goal of the season. Zdeno Chara with his 35th assist of the season and David Krejci with his 34th assist of the season. Just after Boston scored their 2nd goal of the game, Tampa Bay's center Mike Commodore goes to the box for a tripping call, 2 minutes. Boston back on the Power Play. In 38 minutes Tampa Bay had only 7 shots on goal. A very late call on Boston's Tyler Seguin who goes to the box for 2 minutes with a tripping call. Boston will start the 3rd with a penalty kill. Boston has 23-8 shots on goal after 40 minutes. Boston are 22-0-0 of the year when leading after 2.


During the second intermission, Boston Legend Johnny Bucyk was in the Garden handing out MIAA sportsman awards to a High School Hockey Players. The Final Recipient to receive this award goes to Norwood High School's Matt Brown another nice moment for Matt. Congrats to all the players. they all deserve it.


The players are back on the ice for the final period. With 02:59 minutes gone in the 3rd Boston goes on a PP. Tyler Seguin was tripped up by Tampa Bay's Tim Wallace goes to the box for 2 minutes. Unfortunately during the PP Boston did not have a shot on goal, but jut after penalty expired David Krejci and Milan Lucic combined on a chance. Johnny Boychuk trips up Steven Stamkos. Johnny Boychuk goes to the box for 2 minutes, with 14:37 left in the game. Tampa Bay's center Steven Stamkos scores a PPG (Power Play Goal).  Steven Stamkos with a slap shot goes into Boston's net for his 2nd goal of the game and his 55th goal of the season. Victor Hedman with his 13th assist of the season and Marty St.Louis with his 46th assist of the season and 2nd of the game.  Game tied 2-2 with 14:14 left in regulation. Just after Tampa Bay's goal, Boston had a worry when Boston's defenseman Adam McQuaid went down behind Boston' goal, but fortunately he got up and skated off under his own power.  With 10:53 remaining Boston's center Tyler Seguin goes to the box for hi-sticking, 2 minutes for the penalty. During the Tampa Bay's PP they have big 2 shots on Boston's Goal, but Tim Thomas saves both shots. The Crowd in the Garden were fired up. With 11:34 to go Zdeno Chara had a shot on goal, but it rebounded Brian Rolston who then passes it to Benoit Pouliot shoots with a wrist shot, scores his 14th goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 15th assist of the season, and Zdeno Chara with his 36th assist of the season and his 3rd of the game. But wait a minute the officials are talking so the play is under review. After the discussion it was decided it was a good call. Boston in front 3-2 with 8:26 left in regulation. Zdeno Chara with his 3rd career 3 game assist and Brian Rolston has now points in 7 straight games. Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos hits the post, But Boston's Goaltender Tim Thomas recovers quickly to cover the puck up to keep Boston in the lead. With 04:10 left in regulation Boston's left winger Brad Marchand makes it 4-2 Boston. Brad Marchand with a wrist shot to score his 26th goal of the season. It was a lovely pass by Patrice Bergeron. Boston's alternative captain with his 38th assist of the season and Tyler Seguin with his 35th of the season. With less than 4 minutes to go, Boston goes back on a PP with Tampa Bay's Brian Lee goes to the box for 2 minutes for a delaying the game call, as he puts the puck over the glass. Tampa Bay goes on a Timeout with 53.7 secs left of regulation. Boston's Rich  Peverley with 8secs to go, scores with a wrist shot to make the score 5-2 Boston. Rich Peverley scores his 10th goal of his season. David Krejci with his 35th assist of the season and his 2nd of the game. With that goal thats the end of the game Boston wins 5-2. 


Boston are now getting prepared for the visit of the Washington Capitals, a big night for Boston as they can clinch a Playoff place. 


Tuesdays 3 stars of the game went to: 1.Zdeno Chara  2.Steven Stamkos 3.Shawn Thornton

















































Monday, 26 March 2012

Boston @ Anaheim

On Sunday night, saw the Stanley Cup Champions Boston take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Anaheim's Honda Center. It also saw the return of Bruins Center Rich Peverley.
    Anaheim Ducks won the draw and got game 75 underway. The first save of the game went to Jonas Hiller of the Ducks, as he robs Rich Peverley who was looking for his 1st goal back. Rich Peverley got a nice feed off  Patrice Bergeron, Rich Peverley was going for stick-side low, but unfortunately Jonas Hiller flashed the glove. On the 6TH minute Boston went on their PP of the game. Brian Rolston was tripped by Lubomir Visnovsky. Lubomir Visnovsky to the box for 2 minutes. Ducks managed to kill the PP with 12:15 left of the 1st shots on Goal were level at 1-1. The best moment of the game was when Greg Zanon's big hit on Corey Perry with 9:05 left in the period score was still 0-0. On the 15TH minute Anaheim went on a PP. Andrew Ference got penalized for tripping. Andrew Ference to the box for 2minutes. Boston managed to kill the Ducks PP. After 20 minutes, still 0-0 and even the shots on goals were even at 6-6. But on a positive note, Rich Peverley and Marty Turco have been terrific. Unfortunately it was a forgettable 1st period.
      Both set of players are back on the ice for the 2ND period. Both Goal tenders were having a good game. On the 5TH minute of the 2ND Zdeno Chara with a slap shot to score his 12TH of the season. No assists on the goal. Less than 2 minutes after Zdeno's goal Boston went 2-0 up. Benoit Pouliot with a snap shot scored his 13TH goal of the season. It was also Benoit Pouliot's 50TH career goal and his 100TH NHL point. Chris Kelly with his 18TH assist of the season, and Brian Rolston with his 14TH of the season. 11 minutes to left in the 2ND Anaheim went on a PP. Adam McQuaid goes to the box for holding, 2 minutes. 11 secs into the PP Anaheim scored a Power Play Goal, Temmu Selanne with a tip-in scored his 24TH of the season. Cam Fowler with hi 24TH assist of the season, and Ryan Getzlaf with his 45TH assist of the season. Score 2-1 Boston. That will do for the 2ND period. After 40 minutes Boston are holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead. Boston are  ahead on Shots on Goals with 18-13.
    Now the players are back on the ice for the final time of the night. Andrew Ference blocked a shot, and he was having trouble skating back to the bench, once he was off the ice, he went straight down the tunnel to the Boston's locker room. In the 3rd minute Boston went on their 2ND PP of the night, Anaheim's Luca Sbisa went to the box for interference. Luca Sbisa to the box for 2 minutes. Matt Beleskey thought he had equalized for his team when he beats Marty Turco, but the Referee chopped the goal off for having a man on the crease still 2-1 Boston. During that play Andrew Ference came back on to the Bruins bench good sign he will be alright to continue the game. With 13:06 on the clock, Brian Rolston with a slap shot scored his 7TH goal of the season. Chris Kelly with his 2ND assist of the evening and his 18TH of the season, and Benoit Pouliot with his 16TH assist of the season. On the 14:01 minute Tyler Seguin to the box for hi-sticking, 2 minutes. With less than 3 minutes to go in the game, Lubomir Visnovsky with a slap shot scored his 6TH of the season. Boston took a timeout with 1:04 remaining in the game. Jonas Hiller went to the bench for a extra attacker with 30 secs to go. Just then the Hoot signals the end of the Game, Boston wins 3-2. I will say this trip was a success, 4 points out of a possible 6, against 3 tough opponents.
  Tonight I will award the 3 stars to: 1. Marty Turco 2. Chris Kelly  3.Benoit Pouliot.

Now Boston will return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightening on March 27, 7.30 pm start.






Sunday, 25 March 2012

Boston @ LA Kings.

The Stanley Cup Champions were in the Staples Center to take on the LA Kings. The Boston Bruins were looking for a huge win, to keep NYR in their sights at the top of the Eastern Conference. They also wanted to give them a bit of a gap between them and Ottawa. The game against LA was a big night for the Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara, who was playing in his 1,000 NHL Game. 
     LA Kings won the faceoff to get the game underway. The kings were making Boston's goal tender Tim Thomas work hard, with 3 saves in the first 3 minutes of the game. Boston's Captain Zdeno Chara with the first shot of the game, but Kings goal tender Quick turned it away with 16:45 left in the first with the score at 0-0. Dennis Seidenberg with the Boston's 3RD shot of the game, but it was sent out. LA was 7-3 Shots on Goal. Behind Boston's Net Zdeno Chara and LA's alternative Captain Anze Kopitar got into a tangle with Kopitar losing his helmet. In the 11TH minute of the Game, Chris Kelly and Trevor Lewis dropped the gloves, Chris Kelly got in a few jabs and got the early takedown.  Chris Kelly and Trevor Lewis both got a 5 minute fighting major. The LA Kings were averaging a shot a minute in the first period. Shots on Goal was reading 15-6 to LA. Boston went on their first PP of the game, with Chris Kelly taken a Hit off Justin Williams with 2:28 left of the 1st. Justin Williams went to the box for 2 minutes, Roughing call. Unfortunately Boston could not use the PP to their advantage and finished the 1st.After 20 minutes the score was still 0-0, still a lot of Hockey to play for. 
    The players are back on the ice for the 2ND period. At the start of the 2ND there was a heavy collision between Brad Marchand and Justin Williams and it looked like Brad Marchand took the full brunt of the collision. With 41 secs gone in the period, LA got their 1st PP of the game. Tyler Seguin hooking, went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston managed to Kill the penalty. Unfortunately Brian Rolston went to the box for 2 minutes for holding.With 5:18 gone of the 2ND period Boston scored. Patrice Bergeron with a wrist shot to score his 20TH of the Season. Brad Marchand with his 24TH assist of the season. With that goal it changed tremendously. On the 13:17 minute of the 2ND LA equalized with a snap shot.Colin Frazer scored his 2ND goal of the season. The assists on Frazer's goal went to Drew Doughty with his 25TH of the season, and Kyle Clifford with his 7TH of the season.With 2:02 left of the 2ND LA went on a PP. Boston's captain Zdeno Chara to the box for hi-sticking. Zdeno Chara went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston survived a late LA's PP to keep the score 1-1 after 40 minutes.
    The players are back on the ice for the 3RD period. Boston scored their 2ND goal of the game with 5 minutes played in the 3RD. Milan Lucic with a wrist shot, scored his 24TH goal of the season. David Krejci with his 33RD assist of the season, and Jordan Caron with his 7TH assist of the season. Less than 2 minutes later Boston scored their 3RD goal of the game, 2ND in the period. Chris Kelly with a tip-in to score his 19TH goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 13TH assist of the season and Benoit Pouliot with his 15TH of the season.On the 15TH minute Slava Voynov with a wrist shot, scored his 7TH of the season. Justin Williams with his 35TH assist of the season. Score now reads 3-2 Boston, now this will be a nail-bitter to the finish. With 4:03 left Jordan Caron goes to the box for hi-sticking. Kings with a 2-minute PP. Boston with a huge penalty kill with 1:32 left in regulation. Boston took a timeout with 28.5 secs left in the game. With 1 sec to go. Brad Marchand scored a backhand, to score his 25TH goal of the season. No assists on this goal. 
    Boston needed this huge win. Boston now head to Anaheim to face the Ducks with a 8pm start. which is the last game on the Cali road trip.
      

Friday, 23 March 2012

Bruins @ San Jose

The Bruins started of their tough California Road trip, against San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. Boston were looking to tie the series with San Jose beating Boston in the Garden 4-2.Boston's David Krejci won the first faceoff to get game 73 underway.
    At the start of the game, Boston started off slow. In fact it took the Bruins almost 3 minutes to have the first shot at the Sharks goalkeeper. But unfortunately for the Bruins they went 1-0 down at 3:57 of the 1st. Joe Pavelski, scored his 27Th goal of the season with a wrist shot past Tim Thomas. The Goal was assisted by Patrick Marleau with his 31st of the season and Shark's captain Joe Thornton with his 53rd of the season. With 11:10 left of the 1st Gregory Campbell tripped Jason Demers to give SJ their first power play of the game. Gregory Campbell to the box for 2 minutes. With Gregory Campbell in the Box, Jason Demers was not happy with the hit, him and Shawn Thornton almost dropped their gloves, the linesmen had to intervene before any punches were thrown. Lucky for Boston they killed the PP. The first period ended with SJ having 8-5 Shots on Goals. 
     Boston's Tim Thomas was the busiest goalies at the start of the 2ND period, SJ was starting to put a lot of pressure on the Bruins, and in that period of time, SJ's Goalie Anti Niemi had 3 saves to make. With  11:27 of the 2ND gone, Boston went on their first power play of the game, with Justin Braun slashing. Justin Braun to the box for 2 mins. Unfortunately Boston, could not do anything with the PP but give Tim credit he kept the Boston in the game. The second period ended with still 1-0 to SJ. Sharks out-shooting Boston 19-10. 
      At the start of the 3rd period, Boston were very sloppy and SJ capitalized, Andrew Desjardins, past the puck to Daniel Winnick. Daniel Winnick took a wrist Shot, to slot home a 2ND goal for SJ. Daniel Winnick scored his 6Th goal of the season, with a 11Th assist of the season. going to Andrew Desjardins. With 15:51 left of regulation, Dennis Seidenberg had a big shot but fortunately for SJ's Niemi saw the puck all the way, still 2-0 SJ. With 6:41 left time was running out for the depleted Boston team, with SJ having 24-15 Shots on Goal. With 4:15 left to go, Boston Scores, Zdeno Chara banked a re-bound shot of SJ goalie Niemi, with a wrist shot past Niemi and into the SJ's goal to make it 2-1. Zdeno Chara scores his 11TH goal of the season, on his 999TH game. The Assists on the goal went to Chris Kelly with his 16TH of the season and Brian Rolston with his 12TH of the season. But unfortunately the goal Game too late in the game for Boston and it finished 2-1 SJ. 
              Boston now heads up to LA to face the Kings in the Staples Center on Saturday night with a 9pm start time. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Bruins Win 8-0

On Monday night, Stanley Cup Champions played host to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in their 6 game series of the season...With Boston winning the 1st 5 games in the series it was to see if Boston could sweep them over all. With just 13 minutes played in the 1st period Boston were already 4-0 to the good, Goals coming from Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand. In the whole  Period Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas had 13 saves.
   On to the 2nd period Boston extended that lead with another 3 goals. Goals came from Benoit Pouliot, his 2nd of the game, Captain Zee Chara and Brian Rolston. With the score 7-0 the Maple Leafs look dejected and they were making easy mistakes.
     On to the 3rd period Tyler Seguin scored to make it 8-0 to the Champions. With that Boston just played out the remained of the game. Boston could easily of scored more goals.
      Boston really needed that win after having a tough week with 4 losses and a win on Saturday. Now Boston will go on a tough road trip to California to play the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks, then head home to face Tampa Bay on March 27th.