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Rangers Beat Bruins 3-2; Senators Lose Galluccio, and Game to Bruins 4-1

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by clarencethehorse

It would appear the Bruins fell victim to a classic case of Post Fenway Winter Classic letdown

against the Rangers in New York on Monday, losing 3-2 when Chris Higgins scored his first goal at Madison Square Garden this season with 1:29 left in regulation. Despite a pair of goals in the waning minutes to tie the Rangers at two before Higgins’ game-winner, the Bruins did not show up for this game.  Word on the street is that coach Claude Julien  went all Elin Nordegren on the B’s troops following what he saw as a pathetic showing by the Bruins.  Another disturbing stat: in the Bruins last nine road games, they were 0 for 29 on the power play.  Tuukka Rask was in-goal, and while solid for the majority of the game, Higgins’ winning goal was one he would like to have back.  The Bruins would have a chance just 24 hours later to show that, despite the sluggish showing against the Rangers, they did not go into their hibernaculum for the winter just yet. And Claude  had made it clear he was looking for results, not rhetoric.

It was a different team that took the ice in Ottawa on Tuesday nite, and before Tim Thomas could sing Sweet Caroline, the Bruins had given him a 4-0 lead 13:45 into the first.  Breaking another undesirable trend, two of the goals were on the power play.

The Bruins were in command

the rest of the way, and won a 4-1 decision that was quite combative at times.

Shawn Thornton and Matt (don’t call me Terry) Carkner had this skirmish in the second period:

…and here’s some closure for the Terry Carkner reference:

It’s good to hear Fred Cusick‘s voice in the above video…I’m sure Fred was calling the Winter Classic from that big play-booth in the sky.  Just like Jack Edwards will be the play-by-play man in hell.

The good news from these two games: Blake Wheeler‘s five points (3 G, 2 A).  The bad news: Patrice Bergeron is out for 2-3 weeks (fractured thumb, non-displaced) and Andrew Ference is out six weeks (groin).  Bergeron’s loss especially hurts, as he was the Bruins leader in points and in presence.  Milan Lucic (possible Saturday return against the Rangers)

can’t return fast enough, as the Bruins forwards will need a boost with Bergeron’s loss. Ference’s injury, while unfortunate, will allow young B’s blueliners Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid to get some much-needed ice-time to develop.

Someone will step up to fill the void left by Ference’s zero goals in 42 games.

The Bruins (22-13-7, 51 pts, 5th in Eastern Conference) play their next 2 games against teams that are a combined 15-3-2 in their last 10 games. The Western Conference leading Chicago Blackhawks (30-10-3, 63 pts) make their lone TD Garden visit of the season on Thursday nite.  And the New York Rangers (7-1-2 in last 10 games) come to Boston on Saturday for a 1:00 matinee game.

 

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First 2 Games: Jekyll and Hyde

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music with tags , , , , on October 4, 2009 by clarencethehorse

We are a mere two games into the season, and I already hope that the Bruins worst game of the year is behind them. When the on-ice highlight of the night is YouTube sensation Junior Seau riding the zamboni, you know you’re in deep trouble. Especially against the offensively gifted and opportunistic Washington Capitals.  But that is how bad the Bruins looked hindenburg in losing their season opener 4-1 this past Thursday night.  The Bruins went 55 games last year before losing by more than two goals, but they got that dubious accomplishment out of the way early this season.  Here’s a play that sums up the game: Milan Lucic looking like Lurch lurch-kerry early in the third period as he was caught flat-footed deerheadlights by Alex Ovechkin, who jumped on the loose puck and quickly buried a snap shot past a surprised Tim Thomas to put the game essentially out of reach at 4-0.  Lucic’s play mirrored the entire evening for the Bruins, as they lost battle after battle.  That was the first time I noticed Lucic on the ice all nite, and many of the B’s forwards simply did not show up for this game. Patrice Bergeron, who got the Bruins lone goal, may have been the only exception.  This was not the way the Bruins wanted to perform in their most anxiously awaited opener in years.  For Saturday’s game, they needed to bounce back quickly and decisively, or long suffering Bruins fans would be putting their B’s jersey back into their closets amid cries of “Why did we trade Phil Kessel?!”.

What a difference a game makes.  The Bruins faced Aaron Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes for Game two, and they beat them handily, 7-2, beating them up physically along the way.  Instead of the crowd cheering on Seau riding the zamboni, we had Zdeno Chara Lurch-addams-family-6160640-114-120 riding Tom Kostopoulos like a mechanical bull.  Offensive woes of the season opener? Not anymore, as seven different Bruins dented the twine.  The power play outage against the Capitals?  No worries, as the B’s tallied 4 PPG’s against the Hurricanes.  Their forwards, who were so ineffective against the Caps, were creating offense with crisp break-out passes and aggressive rushes to the net.  After being outshot 34-20 on Thursday nite, the B’s outshot the Hurricanes 42-27.  When the Hurricanes tried to save a show a little life in the fisticuffs department, they got beat up even worse than on the scoreboard.  Milan Lucic was challenged by an ill-advised Jay Harrison in the second, and Lucic made him pay, lucic_harrison as Harrison looked like JFK arriving at Parkland Memorial Hospital as he made his way to the bench.  Ex-Bruin Andrew Alberts, who had sparked a 5-on-5 scrum in period 2 when he threw a questionable high hit on Marco Sturm, was also bloodied by Shawn Thornton in a third period bout.

The Bruins also dedicated the Fred Cusick cusick Broadcast booth at the TD Garden.  Here’s some more classic Fred.

So with a 2.43% sampling of this season in the books, this much is apparent:  the Bruins are NOT as bad as they looked against Washington in game 1, but they are also most likely not as good as they looked in game 2 against Carolina.  Next game:  Thursday at home vs. Anaheim.

Any Ben Folds fans out there?  Here’s a clip from his Saturday show at Calvin Theatre in Northampton

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Boston Bruins Pre-season Outlook for 2009-10

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey with tags , , on September 27, 2009 by clarencethehorse

Ok, their 5-2-1 pre-season record was encouraging.  There are, however, still several key questions whose answers will go a long way to determining how much success the Boston Bruins will have this year.

When we last saw meaningful action from the B’s, Carolina’s Scott Walker was steam-rolling the Game 7 OT winner past a dishevelled Tim Thomas.  Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward’s left eye socket was still swollen from the sucker punch scott_walker_sucker_punches_aaron_ward that Walker had delivered in game 5. For Bruins fans, this game 7 OT goal was like getting maced while your pants were down (I hope that never happens to me again).  Ward went unpunished, and in a rather Shakespearean twist, Aaron Ward has since been dealt to Carolina.  It was a shocking, painful end to a breakthrough season for this young Bruins team, and one can only hope they are better for the experience.  The Hurricanes rolled over like Lassie lassie for the Penguins, getting swept by Pittsburgh in the conference finals.  Bruins fans knew that the Black ‘n Gold would have given Pittsburgh a much better fight, which made the game 7 OT loss even more difficult to swallow.  But the Bruins didn’t show up for games 2, 3 and 4 of the Carolina series, and ultimately paid the price.  Enough about last season…..here are 4 questions whose answers will go along way in determining the fate of the 2009-2010 Boston Bruins:

QUESTION 1:  Can Tim Thomas continue to perform at his Vezina Trophy winning level?

Thomas played in 54 games in 2008-2009 as he won the Vezina….he will likely play more in 2009-2010 with rookie Tuuka Rask as his backup.  We’ll see if Thomas’ 35-year old body can hold to the rigors of another 60(?) start season.  A season that also has a 2-week pause for the Olympics, which results in a more compact regular season schedule.  If Timmy tmb_timmy tires during the season, Rask will be forced into a greater role.

QUESTION 2:  Can the Bruins young stars Krejci, Lucic and Wheeler take their games to the next level?

Krejci needs to go from last year’s 73 points to the 90 point range, and Lucic really just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing….scaring the crap out of opponents.  The additional space that hard work continues to create for Lucic will allow his (underrated) natural offensive abilities to continue to blossom.  Also, continuing to work closely with Cam Neely medium_NEELY can’t hurt….it hasn’t so far.  Blake Wheeler is the biggest question mark of these three, as he disappeared like the Lindbergh baby in last year’s postseason.  He showed some encouraging use of his speed in the Columbus game on Saturday nite, but this kid still has alot of questions marks surrounding him….more questions than a blind man at an orgy.

QUESTION 3:  How will the Bruins replace the 36 goals they got last season from Phil Kessel?

Phil Kessel is now in Toronto.  Enjoy PATH, Phil.  As for picking up the slack, it should come from several sources. Marco Sturm is back and healthy, and combined with the expected upturn in goals from the three players listed in Question 2, that should account for ~40 more goals this season.  Also, Patrice Bergeron came on very strong at the end of last year and was arguably their best player in the postseason.  I think Rene Rancourt on the point on the power play could help also. Relax, the Bruins had the largest Goals for/Goals against differential last year, also….so we can win a few more 4-2 games that used to be 6-2 wins.  Isn’t ‘fan logic’ wonderful?.  If all else fails, I know Peter Chiarelli has Keith Crowder on speed dial crowder .

QUESTION 4:  Can the team defense sustain its high level of play after the departure of P.J. Axelson and Steve Montador?

I had to have at least one joke question.  P.J. Axelson led the way in open net goals last year….and in disappearing for weeks at a time. And Montador handled the puck in the playoffs like Ted Kennedy handled AA pamphlets. Axelson is back in Sweden, and Montador signed as a free agent with Buffalo. Good riddance~

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On the NESN front, Jack Edwards  still sucks.  I watched the Columbus game on Saturday nite, and he had diarrhea of the mouth for over a minute talking about Theo Fleury’s unsuccessful comeback while there was some pretty furious hitting going on in the game at hand. Milan Lucic alone threw about 3 solid hits during a 45-second stretch.  Not a word from Jack-off, though.  Apparently we care more about the plight of a 41-year-old washed-up non-story from another team than we do about the game that we turned on NESN to see.  Please, NESN……Bruins fans are thrilled to see the Black ‘n Gold has risen like Lazarus to become a top-notch team/organization again, and they deserve a broadcast team that isn’t led by someone who is more suited to guest host Wayne’s World.   For long time Bruins fans, the recent death of Fred Cusick 0a6f3cd109_091509cusick painfully reminds us what a dreadful job that Jack does game-in and game-out.

And yes, I still miss Derek Sanderson DSanderson

Two of my favorite on-air Derekisms:

“I’ll tell ya Fred, what the Bruins need now is a big fight….”

“Yeah Fred, I gave a girl $10,000 once….NEVER saw her again…”

NOTE FOR BRUINS FANS: Hal Gill is now a Canadien…..thank God.

I’m excited for Thursday’s opener against the Caps….but bummed that Versus HD is not available from Norwood Light Broadband. I promise I will not pull a ‘Roy Spencer’. spencer  …or a ‘Brian Spencer’,  for that matter.  The Spencers are my favorite hockey family of all time….with all due respect to the Crowders.

So until Thursday, let’s go back to Tom Larson larson in the studio…..