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Blake Wheeler Sucks (Bruins lose to Ottawa, 2-0)

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music, Television with tags , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2010 by clarencethehorse

Blake Wheeler is probably a nice guy. The kind of guy that would drive you to the airport, or let you borrow his golf shoes.  But as a hockey player currently for the Boston Bruins, he sucks.  I’m sick of hearing about his potential. Comparisons to Cam Neely?? Please.

It looks like he even sucks as a drummer:

I could sit here all night and bash “Bad Blake” Wheeler, really earning that nickname last night on one play in particular…all he had to do was NOT hit the puck with his glove. Click below to see the clip courtesy NHL.com:

And I could bash the Bruins, too, for the entire team’s lack of urgency in last night’s 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

But I’m going to let someone else do it.

Take it away, TuukkaTime

Tim Thomas (8-1-0) took the loss to end his season-opening eight-game winning streak.

The entire Bruins team was flat in last night’s embarrassing home loss. So flat, in fact, that 42-year-old Mark Recchi felt the need to drop the gloves with Chris Campoli, something Recchi hasn’t done since March 2004. Recchi earned the victory nod with a closing takedown:

Some Past Mark Recchi Fights…

We will have to wait until tomorrow night to see if Recchi’s message got through to these young Bruins.  The underachieving 5-10-2 New Jersey Devils visit the Garden on Monday with underperforming Ilya Kovalchuk in tow.  From last week…

Wanna Get Away?

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Bruins Pluck Thrashers for Ninth Consecutive Time

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by clarencethehorse

The Boston Bruins dominance over the Atlanta Thrashers is not quite yet at Harlem Globetrottters/Washington Generals proportions, but the Bruins defeated Atlanta 4-0 in their final game before the NHL’s Winter Classic against the Flyers on New Year’s Day for their ninth consecutive victory against the Thrashers.  But the Washington Generals did not have Ilya Kovalchuk, the Russian sniper who will be changing jerseys before the NHL trading deadline of March 3.  In his last 5+ seasons, Kovalchuk has 254 goals, 97 of them on the power-play.  Sounds like a couple of areas (goals…PP goals) the Bruins are sorely lacking in. Even if the Bruins need to part with Ellsbury and Buchholz, I say make the deal.  But neither Kovalchuk or any of his teammates emitted much power on this nite, as the Bruins put the Thrashers on the verge of extinction with three first period goals by Byron Bitz (4th), Marco Sturm (13th) and Steve Begin (3rd) for a commanding 3-0 lead at the end of the first.  The goal for Begin was his first in 30 games, a slump that was more than balanced out by Begin’s hard-nosed play game in and game out.  People were concerned about replacing Phil Kessel’s goals and P.J. Axelson’s defense this season, but there was also a void left with the departure of Stephane Yelle, whose veteran leadership made Boston’s fourth line last year (with Shawn Thornton and Bitz) arguably the best (Read: toughest to play against) in the league.  The same can be said this year with Begin in Yelle’s place, and his +2 rating (with only 12 points) on a team with the 4th fewest goals in the conference speaks volumes about his defensive play.

These three goals chased starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec (GAA of 13.00 in last 2 games at Garden) from the game for the second straight Wednesday nite at the TD Garden, and Johan Hedberg stepped in and kept it respectable by stopping 19 of 20 shots the remainder of the way.  Only a Patrice Bergeron second period shot beat him, but the Bruins could have easily won this game 8-0 if not for  Hedberg.  Andrew Ference thought he had his long-awaited first goal of the season on this play in the second period, but Hedberg came up with the save….and once again Ference gets the “Nelson Muntz treatment”:

Tuukka Rask was back in goal for the Bruins, and he earned his second shutout of the season with saves like this one in the third period.

Game Notes:

  • This was Atlanta’s sixth straight loss, and they have no PPG’s in their last three games.
  • This game also marked the first time this season that Atlanta has been shutout.
  • Is Kerry Fraser the real Benjamin Button?  This guy has been doing NHL games for as long as I can remember, and he still moves as well around the ice as any NHL official.

As the Bruins were shutting out the Thrashers 4-0, the Flyers were stomping the Rangers 6-0 – so both of these teams head into the Winter Classic playing some of their best hockey of the season.

Clarence’s Winter Classic posting will be soon….

Split Decision in Florida for the Bruins; Fenway Classic Looms

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey with tags , , , , , , , on December 29, 2009 by clarencethehorse

The Boston Bruins headed to Florida for games against the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 27 and 28, respectively.

Both games ended as 2-1 affairs, with the Bruins beating Florida, but coming up short against Tampa Bay.

In Sunrise, Florida, the home of the Panthers, the Bruins fell behind 1-0 on a goal that Tim Thomas would like to have back.   But Thomas stopped all other 25 shots that the Panthers put on him, and goals in the second by Michael Ryder (10th) and in the third period by Marco Sturm (11th) gave the Bruins their third straight win.  Thomas made a great save on Jordan Leopold with seven seconds left that secured the two points for the Bruins – and more importantly, kept the Panthers from getting any points and gaining on the Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings.

The next night in Tampa Bay, Lightning goalie Mike Smith stopped everything the B’s threw at him except for Marco Sturm’s 12th goal with seven and a half minutes remaining in the third.  Tim Thomas was back in-goal, and he kept this game close.  He stopped 37 of 39 Tampa Bay shots, including 23 of 24 in the second period alone, when the Bruins were outshot 24-6.  This save against Vincent Lecavalier late in the second was one of the best...and was the direct result of a Matt Hunwick turnover.  Hunwick is officially back on “train wreck” watch – this guy should almost be used exclusively on the power play, where he can be an effective puck mover.
The second period also featured a quick bout between Tampa Bay’s

Zenon Konopka (league-leading 16th fighting major, most of them not against children) and the B’s Byron Bitz:

There was alot of weak officiating in this game that did not favor the Bruins, and I saw at least three posts hit flush by B’s shots – but the fact remains, the Bruins are not a Stanley Cup contending team with the current offensive pieces they have.  A sniper is needed – yes, a Phil Kessel type…dammit – and tomorrow night we will get to see the gunslinger that plenty of teams will be throwing money and draft picks at leading up to the trading deadline:  Ilya Kovalchuk. Just four years ago, he had his finest season with 52 goals, 27 of which were power-play goals…to go along with 29 power-play assists.  His center and main set-up-man that season?  Current Bruin Marc Savard, who could really use a sniper to get the greatest return on his deft play-making abilities.  The power play numbers are especially attractive, as the Bruins continue to flounder near the bottom of the league in power-play efficiency.

This guy can score:

Keep an eye on #17 for Atlanta tomorrow night…he sure would look good in black and gold.

Don Cherry on NESN

Hockey legend Don Cherry will join the NESN booth tomorrow for the Bruins home game against Atlanta Thrashers….word on the street is that he will be debuting a newly designed Bruins sportsjacket. 

WARNING: Do Not Adjust the Color on your TV

Candles for Ray

And Happy 49th Birthday (12/28/61) to the Captain, Ray Bourque ~

Winter Classic at Fenway

My mole on the inside, Jerri Blank, was one of the first to get onto the ice at Fenway and provided these pictures…Thanks, Jerri!

Photo Credits: Jerri Blank

Clarence has procured a ticket to the Winter Classic, so there will be plenty on the way over the next week or so.

Until then….