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Cooke Hit on Savard – Was it Dirty or Not?

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music, Television with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by clarencethehorse

Covering the Boston Bruins has, quite honestly, become more of a burden than I had envisioned it to be when I started this blog.  The success of last season really sucked me in….but this season has just really sucked. So I will no longer pretend to be following the Bruins season, but will be making entries about other crap.   By coincidence only, the first topic is a Bruins topic – was Matt Cooke‘s hit on Marc Savard a cheap shot?   One thing is for sure – the Bruins playoff hopes may have been taken off the ice on the same stretcher as Savard on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburg.

Song of the Week: Jamie T. – “368”

Jamie T is a 24-year-old English singer/songwriter from Wimbledon, South London.  Think Pete Doherty off heroin jammin’ with the Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz….but not the Monkeessorry, fellas….what a simian digression.

….oh, Fiddlesticks…what the heck:

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Bruins Fend Off Sabres, Sidestep Lightning, and Tranquilize Panthers – Winning Streak Hits Four

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music, Television, Travel and Nature with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2010 by clarencethehorse

After ending a 10-game skid with a victory in Montreal last Sunday, the Boston Bruins looked to continue their winning ways in the remaining three games (see below) of their four-game road trip – a road trip that would take them up to the Winter Olympic break.  The bounces are suddenly going the Bruins way, and the solid goaltending of Tuukka Rask (4-0-1 in starting five consecutive games) allowed them to run the table on the road trip, going 4-0-0.

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Bruins 3, Sabres 2 (Shootout)

In the first period against Buffalo, it was the Daniel Paille show.  Paille, traded to the Bruins from Buffalo earlier this season in the first-ever transaction between the Boston and Buffalo organizations, scored two first period goals – and almost had a natural hat-trick in the period if not for a spectacular save by Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.  Early in the second period, Shawn Thornton and Craig Rivet dropped the gloves and had a spirited fray:

The momentum switched in the second period, though, and goals by Derek Roy and Tyler Myers made it a 2-2 game after two periods. Myers goal was a rare weak moment for Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, as he was fooled and caught flat-footed as Myers surprised him by ripping a quick wrist shot as he crossed into the Bruins’ zone.  There was no scoring in the third period, but it did feature this tussle between Milan Lucic and Buffalo’s Adam Mair:

The Bruins would have won this game in overtime if not for Miller, as the Bruins could not get a puck by him despite numerous high quality scoring chances.  Much like crossing the bridge of death, the Bruins knew they had their work cut out for them in the ensuing shootout.

Miller is one of the best all-time in NHL shootouts (check out the stats), with a 28-19 record and a .709 save percentage.

But – alas – shootout goals by Marco Sturm and David Krejci gave the Bruins the victory, and they had back to back wins for the first time in 2010Tuukka Rask posted a career-high 43 saves, as Tim Thomas bored children with his stories of growing up in Flint, Michigan.

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Bruins 5, Lightning 4

The Bruins came out of the gate flying against Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum.

They had built a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period on goals by Miroslav Satan and Milan Lucic, then two from Michael Ryder.  Boston dominated, as they had 21 shots in the first period – conversely, for the last 13 minutes of that period, Tampa Bay had no shots. This was also the first time in 17 games that the Bruins had scored more than three goals in a game, dating back to their 4-1 victory in Ottawa on 1/5. Lucic‘s second goal of the game early in the second period would give the Bruins a (seemingly) comfortable 5-0 lead.  But two goals apiece from Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie brought the Lightning back to within a goal at 5-4 with 3:13 remaining in regulation. Showing some grit late in the game, the Bruins held on for the 5-4 regulation victory, and found themselves back in the playoff hunt tied for the eighth and final playoff spot with – who else – the Tampa Bay Lightning.

GAME MILESTONE: Mark Recchi played in his 1,549th NHL game, tying him  for ninth place on the career list with Alex Delvecchio.

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Bruins 3, Panthers 2 (Shootout)

Heading into their last game before the Olympic break, the Bruins were facing a Panthers team that had lost five games in a rowNick Tarnasky‘s first goal of the year gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead, but Panther’s goalie Tomas Vokoun allowed a softie to David Krejci, and the score was tied at one.  But Stephen Weissend-to-end highlight film goal, in which he even burned Zdeno Chara, gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead with 1:06 remaining in the first:

There was no scoring in the second stanza, but there was a good bout between Adam McQuaid and the Panthers Victor Oreskovich….click on the picture below to see the fight at hockeyfights.com:

Mark Recchi again proved himself to be the most valuable 42-year old in the NHL by scoring his 12th goal of the season when he deflected home a Dennis Wideman shot with 8:16 remaining in the third period to tie the game at two.  But the best was yet to come from Recchi, who capped off an epic eight-round shootout with a pretty goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 shootout victoryDavid Krejci and Marc Savard had both scored shootout goals to keep the Bruins alive in rounds 3 and 7 before Recchi came in swooping from the right side, then quickly deked and beat Tomas Vokoun high on his right glove side to propel the Bruins to victory.

The Bruins head into the Olympic break in seventh place in the eastern conference, one point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.

Funny Picture of the Week

“Honey…are you sure this is the right book store?

Don Cherry Night on NESN – March 4, 2010

Random Videos of the Week

Albert Hammond had a hit with this song in 1972; I always think of the seawall in Scituate’s Sand Hills Beach section when I hear this song.  Hammond’s son Albert Hammond Jr. is a guitarist for The Strokes.

Black Hawks, Rangers Overpower Flat Bruins

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by clarencethehorse

When the Chicago Black Hawks came to the TD Garden to play the Bruins last Thursday, it was more than a game for Boston – it was a litmus test to see how they stacked up against one of the NHL’s élite teams this year (Black Hawks were 30-10-3 heading into the game). For eight minutes, the Bruins seemed to rise to the occasion, as they built a 2-0 lead on goals by Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan (first as a Bruin).  Unfortunately, there was another 52 minutes – which Chicago dominated across the board and won the game 5-2, outshooting the B’s 36-21.  Even Zdeno Chara got flattened on this hit by Patrick Sharp, as the Hawks firmly grasped control of this game.  Tim Thomas was pulled after yielding four of the goals – is it Tuukka (Rask) time yet?

Image courtesy of Captain Mazda

The Bruins should have known this was not going to be their night when Marc Savard went down just 28 seconds into the game with a knee injury:

Savard will be out 3-4 weeks with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament  in his right knee.  He won’t need surgery.  But he will have plenty of time to watch The Price is Right, for which he and Flyer Scott Hartnell did a promo for the Winter Classic:

Savard’s injury overshadowed the return of Milan Lucic, who missed the last 18 games with a high ankle sprain. Patrice Bergeron is still two weeks away from returning from his thumb injury, and Andrew Ference will be out for six weeks after injuring his groin in the next game against the Rangers.  Playing for the Bruins is suddenly turning into playing keyboards for the  Grateful Dead…your days are numbered.

There was one bout in the game which merits note simply because of the opportunity to say “Down goes Fraser!!”…it took a little prompting from NESN analyst Andy Brickley to get Jack Edwards to take the bait:

The Bruins were about as quick and sharp as Jack was on this night – not a good thing.

In the next game, a Saturday afternoon Garden matinee against the New York Rangers, things got rollicking quickly with this bout between the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton ( 6′ 2″, 217 lbs) and the Rangers’ Donald Brashear (6′ 3″, 237 lbs):

This was probably the high point of the afternoon for the Bruins.  Later in the first period, Marco Sturm became the first player in Bruins’ franchise history to attempt four penalty shots.  Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made the save, and a Michael Del Zotto goal gave the Broadway Blueshirts a 1-0 lead after one period.  The Rangers would lead 2-0 after two periods, and it was miracle it wasn’t more as the Rangers outshot the Bruins 21-3 in that second period.  Dennis Wideman did get his first goal in 17 games (3rd), but the rest of the Bruins offense was dormant once again. The Rangers 3-1 victory should be one of the easiest that Lundqvist and Co. have all season.

Tough times for Bruins fans – but here’s a Homer Top Ten to cheer us up…

HOMER TOP 10 on LATE NITE WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

To celebrate 20 years of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson presents the “Top Ten Things I’ve Learned From the Last 20 Years of Television.”

~ CLICK ON BRAIN ~

…or better yet, I just found the YouTube link:

Enjoy a few classics:

The Bruins head west for games this week against Anaheim, San José and Los Angeles.

The Bruins are currently fifth (22-15-7, 51 pts) in the Eastern Conference, but only four points ahead of ninth-place Philadelphia.

They desperately need someone to step forward and re-energize this team’s offense – Ryder? Lucic? Krejci? Sturm? Wheeler?

We’ll see who, if anyone, is up to the task over the next three games on the left coast.

Bruins Rake Leafs (twice) after Day Off in Montreal

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2009 by clarencethehorse

On Friday November 4th, the Montreal Canadiens celebrated their 100th anniversary before their game against the Bruins. A sellout crowd of 21,273 filled the building for ceremonies that featured some of the team’s former greats, including Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy — and the jersey retirements of the two oldest living Canadiens, Hall of Famers Emile “Butch” Bouchard and Elmer Lach.

And the Bruins didn’t stand a chance.

Carey Price was in a zone, especially in the second period as he stopped 18 Boston shots, including everything the Bruins threw at him on a 5-on-3 advantage for a full two minutes.  In the third period, the Bruins had the rarity of a 6-on-3 for 20-30 seconds (they had a 5-on-3, then Tim Thomas was pulled when there was another delayed penalty called on Montreal), and still could not score.  Ouch. The power play has been very good of late, but it was a complete disaster on this night.  Thomas could not really be blamed for this one, and Vladimir Sobotka at least got the B’s on the board with his second of the year in the third period.  Mike Cammalleri had a hat trick, as the Canadiens rolled over the B’s 5-1.  This game was played on a Friday nite to coincide exactly with the 100th anniversary date: December 4, 1909. It was only the 14th Friday night home game in Montreal franchise history — they’ve now won 10 and tied the other four.  Face it — the Bruins were not going to win this game.

Kesselmania – Pt. 1

The Bruins returned right home to Boston after the game to face Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs the following nite. The Saturday night sellout crowd of 17,565 let Kessel know during warm-ups what they thought of his decision to leave the Bruins for the greener pastures Toronto this past off-season, as he was roundly booed every time he touched the puck.

The “Boos” continued for every touch that Kessel had during the game, and he seemed unnerved at times as he had only two shots for the game and finished at a minus-3 as the Bruins demolished the Maple Leafs 7-2 behind a Marc Savard hat trick . Tuukka Rask returned in net for the B’s, and had 31 saves as his stock continues to rise with each start.  Marco Sturm (9th) and Marc Savard (6th) got things going for the Bruins, scoring goals 33 seconds apart early in the first to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.  After the first goal, Shawn Thornton and Colton Orr dropped the gloves for a real heavyweight joust:

Ex-Bruin Wayne Primeau, who came to the Bruins in the Joe Thornton trade (there go those shivers down my spine again), has surfaced in Toronto…..that’s just a cheap segway to show this picture I have of him from a trip to the Calgary Saddledome in October 2007 after badly injuring his knee:

Rask had several key saves in the first, none better than this one, as the B’s took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. Professional pussy Mike Komisarek has also moved on to Toronto, and he is still a yapper and a gutless invertebrate.  Let’s revisit one of his prouder moments last season when he was with Montreal, as Milan Lucic absolutely punished him in this “fight”:

And yes, he was out for several weeks after this tussle. The Bruins continued their dominating play in the second, as Chara popped home his 2nd goal of the season on a shot from the point and Marc Savard scored his 7th (second of game) on a power-play for a commanding 4-0 Bruins lead.  This was also the period where things started to get pretty chippy; Blake Wheeler slammed the Leafs’ Ian White and got a return face-rake from Toronto’s Colton Orr, and Zdeno Chara tossed down Jason Blake toward the end of the period.  Rask continued to make all the save that he should, as well as few of the spectacular variety — including this save on Lee Stempniak’s shorthanded bid.

The assault continued in the third, as the Bruins built a 7-0 lead on goals by March Recchi (5th, PPG), Johnny Boychuk (1st NHL goal) and Savard (8th, Hat Trick).  Recchi’s goal was the 550th of his career, and was the result of a beautiful rush by Patrice Bergeron.  Tuukka Rask also registered his second assist of the season, and moved past Big Al Pedersen  on the Bruins all-time scoring list. Even before Boychuk’s goal, he had acquitted himself well in this game with his solid, physical defensive play.  His first NHL goal was made possible by David Krejci’s perfectly placed drop pass.  Marc Savard’s hat trick goal (19 seconds after Boychuk’s) would close out the Bruins scoring on the nite, and a couple of late Toronto goals accounted for the 7-2 final.  Niklas Hagman  celebrated his 30th birthday with his 14th goal as Rask lost the shutout with under five minutes remaining. Mikhail Grabovski got his fifth to close out the scoring — although a Russian getting a fifth is nothing unusual:

The third period also featured a bout between Steve Begin and the Leafs’ Jamal Mayers, which ended with a takedown by Begin:

The Leafs also have Christian Hanson  in their lineup.  Why do I mention this?  Hanson is indeed the son of Dave Hanson of the Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot.

The elder Hanson also had a cup o’ coffee in the WHA and NHL in the late 70’s, but even his ‘fists-o-foil’  could not get him a permanent slot on an NHL team.  Rask (31 saves) also had to savor this victory, as Toronto dealt him to Boston on June 24, 2006 for goaltender Andrew Raycroft (currently with Vancouver).

Kesselmania – Pt. 2

The Bruins enjoyed four days of rest, while Toronto played two games, before these teams met again at the Garden on Thursday, 12/10.  But it was the Leafs who came out strong, and the Rask (in goal again) and the B’s weathered the storm in the first few minutes. The Bruins also clanked 3-4 posts in the first seven minutes, until Mark Stuart’s shot from the point gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead.  In the second period, the Bruins got an early power play and needed only six seconds to increase their lead to 2-0 as defenseman Derek Morris ripped a slap shot that beat Vesa Toskala.  It was then time for Mark Stuart and the Leafs’ Jamal Mayers to do a “Slap Shot” tribute to make Christian Hanson feel at home.  Following matching roughing minors, Stuart and Mayers arranged a second date while still in the penalty boxes, and stepped out of the box right into round 2 of their battle:

They each went back into the box for five minutes each, but Stuart’s pounding had another sellout Garden crowd on their feet.  David Krejci scored his 4th, unassisted, on a beautiful breakaway after a great Tuukka Rask save to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

Things got a little too interesting in the third period, as Toronto came out strong scored twice early to make it a 3-2 game.  But the B’s held on, as Mark Recchi scored a power play goal (6th) and an empty-net goal (7th) in the waning minutes to ensure a 5-2 Bruins victory.  So the Bruins win both games, outscoring Toronto 12-4 and getting two power play goals in each game.  The Bruins power play is 8 for its last 23 (34.8%), which has raised them from last (30th) in the league to 21st in the league at 18.3%.  Think the importance of an effective power play is overrated?  The Bruins are 9-0-2 this season when they have a power play goal — and 7-9-3 when they do not.

The Bruins travel to Long Island tonight to face the Islanders.

Odd Fact of the Day

When the Bruins acquired Daniel Paille from Buffalo on October 20, 2009 for a third-round and a conditional fourth-round draft selection, it was the first ever trade/transaction between the Boston and Buffalo organizations.  Buffalo joined the NHL in the 1970-71 season.

Wanna Get Away?

For this week’s “Wanna Get Away?” award winner, there is no heading/caption required:

One last note….

Dan Carcillo was rightfully suspended for 4 games for this:

Savard Signs 7-year Extension with Boston; Bruins Ground Lightning

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

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into Boston on Wednesday night  with many familiar faces in tow.  Head coach Rick Tocchet and assistant coach Adam Oates played for the Bruins, and were both sent to the Washington Capitals (along with goalie Bill Ranford) in the same trade that brought Jim Carey, Anson Carter and Jason Allison to the Bruins on March 1, 1997.  Needham native Cap Raeder is the goaltending coach, and former Bruin Wes Walz is also an assistant coach. But the Bruins were looking to continue their winning ways (7-1-4 in last 12) and had no homecoming festivities planned for the Lightning, as they played another solid defensive game and beat Tampa Bay 4-1.

Before the game, the Bruins announced they had signed star center Marc Savard to a seven-year extension, which is great news for Bruins fans:

The Bruins offense really suffered, and often disappeared, during the month that Savard missed with a broken foot earlier this season.  It was Savard who gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a power play goal off the back of the goalies legs at 8:05 of the first period.  It was Savard’s 5th of the season, and the 200th of his NHL career.  Patrice Bergeron continued his torrid pace of late, and scored a goal on a rebound of a Zdeno Chara shot to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead after one period. Marco Sturm added two second period goals, his 7th and 8th of the season, and the Bruins had a  commanding 4-0 lead  at the end of two period. Bergeron and Mark Recchi assisted on both of Sturm’s goals, and Recchi assisted on Bergeron’s goal as well.  The Bruins’ second line combined for eight points on the night, and Bergeron has officially returned to form.  The Bruins would like to see this chemistry  continue, as their biggest asset last season was their ability to get offense from all four lines.

That reminds of this long-lost “Clarence-Classic” from Semisonic:

Tim Thomas was back in-goal for the Bruins, on the heels of giving up (another) last-minute goal, and a point in the standings,  to the Senators last Saturday nite.  Thomas did stand tall in that game’s shootout and allow the Bruins to get the two points, and he was solid in this game, as he had a season-high 39 saves in net for the Bruins.  Only Jeff Halpern beat Thomas early in the third, and this game was never in doubt for Boston. So the Bruins have now lost in regulation only ONCE in thir last 13 games (8-1-4), and find themselves one point behind Buffalo for the Adams…I mean, Northeast division lead, and in fifth place in the conference.

Here’s a picture from the game:

Photo Credit: Jerri Blank

The Bruins have an important three games coming up against divisional opponents, starting with a visit to the Bell Centre in Montreal tonight (12/4) to face the Canadiens.

KESSELPALOOZA

Then, “KesselPalooza” comes to town, as the Bruins play consecutive games (five nights apart) at the Garden against ex-Bruin Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, then Thursday night. This scheduling quirk, playing the same team in consecutive games at home, should provide an opportunity for the Boston fans to express how they feel about Kesssel’s decision to jump ship for the Leafs in the name of

That is no knock against Kessel; professional athletes need to take the $ when they can, as their careers can be over at any minute due to injury.  But the fans will still let him know what they think of his decision to jump ship to Toronto.