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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.

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Bruins Battle for Northeast Division Lead

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by clarencethehorse

The Bruins returned home from their four-game/four-win road trip to face New Jersey on what has become know as Black Friday, the noon matinee game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  This also means dealing with sure first-ballot hall-of-famer Martin Brodeur in net for the Devils.  Brodeur has been a workhorse for New Jersey since 1993, and he would aggravate the Bruins again on this day, stopping 32 of 33 Bruins shots and leading New Jersey to a 2-1 shootout win.   Tuukka Rask was also solid, stopping 36 of 37 shots by the Devils, as he started his sixth straight game (4-1-1) for the Bruins.  The Bruins were trailing 1-0 as the game entered the third period, and coming back against Brodeur and this Devils team is usually a pretty tall order.  But Byron Bitz took advantage of a rather fortuitous bounce at the outset of the third period, and fed Blake Wheeler who buried his 7th goal of the season to tie the game at one.  Brodeur made a great save on Marc Savard with five seconds left in regulation to ensure this game would go into overtime.  In the shootout, New Jersey scored twice to outpace the Bruins lone goal by Blake Wheeler.  The 2-1 shootout loss still provided the Bruins with one point; one more than they usually get against Brodeur and the Devils.

About three minutes into the second period, Martin Brodeur passed Patrick Roy to set the new record for career minutes played by an NHL goaltender, and the Garden crowd gave him a well-deserved round of applause.  Brodeur has won three Stanley Cups (95, 00, 03) with New Jersey, and had a twelve season stretch from 1995-96 thru 2007-08 (lockout in 04-05) where he played 70+ games in every season except for one (96-97), and he played in 67 games that season.  For the two season stretch of 2006-07 and 2007-08, the New Jersey Devils played 164 regular season games; Brodeur started 155 of them.

Now that’s durable.

He has a lifetime goals-against of 2.20 and a save percentage of .914, with 102 shutouts.  His postseason stats are equally impressive, as his three Cups attest to.

One more Keith:

The next night against Ottawa, Tim Thomas returned in net for the Bruins and the Senators came out of the gate strong, building a 2-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.  The Bruins dodged a bullet in the first period, when Patrice Bergeron needed assistance to get to the bench after taking a  shot off the foot.  It did not initially look good, but Bergeron would return after a few minutes and the Garden crowd collectively exhaled.  In the second period, the Bruins regained momentum and eventually tied the game on power-play goals from David Krejci and Michael Ryder.   The power play has been coming around as of late for Boston, and Dennis Wideman would get the Bruins third PP goal of the game at 9:19 of the third for a 3-2 Bruins lead.  In a bit of unwanted deja vu, the Senators  tied the game with 19.3 seconds remaining on a weak goal from Milan Michalek (his second of the game) that slipped between Thomas’ pads.  This was Thomas’ first game since November 14 in Pittsburgh, when he similarly allowed an inexcusable goal with under one second left in regulation to allow the Penguins to tie the game.  In that game, the Penguins completed the comeback with an OT win.  But Thomas would have some redemption against the Senators, as he stopped all four Ottawa shots in the shootout and the Bruins prevailed on a Michael Ryder goal in the fourth round for a 4-3 shootout win.

The Bruins are 7-1-4 in their last 12 games, and that run has put them near the top of the Adams…I mean Northeast, division. Their 31 points has them one point behind Buffalo and one point ahead of Ottawa, with Montreal (26 pts) and Toronto (19 pts) filling out the bottom of the Northeast division.  If the Bruins want to keep climbing in the standings, they can not have any more of the last-minute collapses that have plagued them so far this season.

Tampa Bay visits Boston tomorrow night (12/2), followed by the Bruins first visit of the season to Montreal on Friday (12/4) and the Boston Garden return of Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (12/5).

Wanna Get Away?

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Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard takes the inaugural “Wanna Get Away?” award with this near-decapitation of goalie, and teammate, Tomas Vokoun.  Ballard angrily tries to smash his stick against the goal post after being largely responsible for a goal by Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, but remembers too late that Vokoun’s head MIGHT be in the way.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE: