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Columbus Sticks it to the Bruins, 3-2

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Movies, Music, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by clarencethehorse

Milan Lucic plays it respectfully when asked about the double-minor high-sticking call that referee Dean Morton assessed him with late in a 2-2 game Thursday nite against the Columbus Blue Jackets – an incorrect call that essentially handed the game (and two points) to Columbus.  The problem? It wasn’t Lucic’s stick that clipped Blue Jacket forward Derek Dorsett and drew blood – it was Dorsett’s teammate, defenseman Anton Stralman, whose stick clipped Dorsett.  Unlike this referee incident in the last game against Ottawa, where the game was long since lost and this referee “pick” just added insult to injury:

…the call against Columbus was the injury before the insult.  And giving Lucic four minutes prevented the Bruins any real chance to tie the game after RJ Umberger gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead just 15 seconds into the (gift) power play with 1:16 remaining in regulation.

The second two minutes of Lucic’s double minor then gave Columbus another man advantage for the rest of regulation. The call that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli received the next day must have been cold comfort, but at least the NHL admitted it blew the call.  Now, let’s make changes to get things correct in the future.  I have seen referees reviewing replays, headsets on, for 3-4 minutes for goal/non-goal calls that seemed fairly cut and dry – surely

officials can spend another few minutes to get a call right in instances where replay will offer that possibility.

Things started off OK for the Bruins, as Michael Ryder scored just 2:11 into the game to give them a 1-0 lead.  Columbus has struggled on the road (9-16-4), and this also marked the sixth consecutive game that they have given up a goal in the first 2:29 of play.  Dennis Wideman‘s struggles continued, and his ill-advised botched one-time pass led to Chris Clark’s goal which tied the game at one.  Milan Lucic got into his first fight since his return from a high-ankle sprain, sparring here with Blue Jacket Jared Boll:

The Bruins would re-gain the lead in the second on a quick wrist shot from Patrice Bergeron that beat Columbus goalie Steve Mason, his 12th goal of the season. If Mason wasn’t sharp on this goal, he made up for it the rest of the night – he would not be beaten again.

In the third period, the Blue Jackets tied the game seven minutes in – then won it on Umberger’s power play goal with 1:16 left in regulation. Mason channeled last season’s Calder trophy form as he stoned the Bruins at every turn.  This save on Zdeno Chara with three seconds left in regulation really encapsulated a day where the Bruins came up short in all areas – including luck.  If Mason returns to form over the rest of the season, this game may be looked back at as when he got his mojo back.

The Bruins have a chance to get back to winning ways this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.  They also have a chance to avenge the 5-1 flogging that they took at the hands of the Senators this past Monday night at the TD Garden. The Bruins are now tied for the 7th in the conference with the New York Islanders, and are fading fast having lost 6 of their last 7 games.

No time like the present – today against the Senators – to let the opposition know that the Boston Bruins are not dead yet.

…are you listening, Milan?

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Senators Impeach Impuissant Bruins, 5-1

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Movies, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by clarencethehorse

There was only one winning Senator in Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 19 – but on January 18, every Senator at the TD Garden could claim victory as the Ottawa Senators filibustered the Boston Bruins, 5-1.  You could say that Tim Thomas‘ luck was due to run out, as he had gone 11-0-0 in his last 11 starts against Ottawa with a 1.43 GAA and .946 save percentage.  In fact, Thomas was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask after the Senators went up 3-0 in the second period. Daniel Alfredsson was in the Senators’ lineup for his second game after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and his ninth career hat trick would lead the way as the Senators dominated the Bruins from the outset.

Daniel Paille‘s sixth goal would account for all the Bruins’ offense on this afternoon.

This goal by Jonathan Cheechoo sums up he afternoon for the B’s, as the referee throws a beautiful pick on Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman to allow Cheechoo to walk in alone and score Ottawa’s fifth goal of the game:

This was a weak effort all around by the Bruins.  I realize they had fatigue issues after catching the red-eye

back from their 3-game west coast trip, but you can’t use that excuse in today’s NHL.  They have now lost five of six games, and stand seventh in the Eastern conference – only six points ahead of 13th place Tampa Bay.  Marc Savard is another couple of weeks away from returning, so the Bruins have to find a way to keep the ship afloat until that time.

Currently they look as confused as Dick Clark  counting down on New Year’s Eve:

The Bruins face the Columbus Blue Jackets this Thursday night at the Garden.  The Blue Jackets coaching staff, and fantasy owners everywhere, are wondering if rookie goaltending phenom Steve Mason will return to last season’s form.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, the Senators will return to the Garden for a re-match matinee.

The Bruins hope to feel more like Scott Brown, and less like Martha Coakley after this game against the Senators.

Good Omen?

The last time a Republican Senator was elected in Massachusetts was 1972Scott Brown repeated this rare feat in 2010.

The last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup was 1972.

A horse can dream, can’t he?

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Here’s Dick Clark in better days – a cameo on Police Squad from the early 1980’s: