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Bruins look like the Bruins, roll past Hurricanes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by theblackandgold

The win over Ottawa wasn’t pretty, and despite getting two points out of the contest, the Bruins were, without question, disappointed with their play. Thus, with some pep in their step, they thoroughly dominated the Hurricanes, without Bergeron, Sturm, Lucic, Ference, Sobotka, St. Pierre (no word on Sobotka and St. Pierre) as well as goaltender Manny Fernandez, with a final score of 5-1.

Two forwards made their NHL debut for the Bruins, with Byron Bitz and Mark Karsums manning the win on the 4th and 3rd line, respectively. Both forwards played well and each earned an assist.

Byron Bitz, at six-foot-five, plays a big game

Byron Bitz, at six-foot-five, plays a big game

At 7:55 of the first period the Bruins asserted their dominance by taking a 1-0 lead, a lead that they would not relinquish. While on the powerplay, Dennis Wideman fired a hard break-out pass up the middle to Blake Wheeler, who after penetrating the Hurricane’s zone, dished the puck to David Krejci. Krejci made no mistake, and put it passed Cam Ward with a nice back-hand move.

Nearly ten minutes later, Ward’s (Hurricane netminder Cam Ward, not Aaron Ward)  troubles continued after Mark Stuart snapped a shot off the heel of Stephan Yelle and into the back of the net. Stuart’s production was not done, a funny bounce off Byron Bitz’s stick sent the puck to Stuart, who fired a quick and unexpected shot from a low angle past Ward, who was pulled after the Bruins took the 3-0 lead.

Michael Leighton, relieving Ward, got off to a rocky start. Krejci picked up another point when he slipped a pass to Michael Ryder who was skating towards the net at the bottom of the left face of circle. Ryder attempted to slip a backhand pass to a waiting Blake Wheeler, who was camped out on the far post, and celebrated in mild shock when the puck somehow snuck in between Leighton’s legs to put the Bruins up 4-0.

The Hurricanes continued incredibly flat play, and at 16:05 Ryder scored his second of the game. After a shot was blocked, Krejci found himself with the puck on his stick at the front of the  crease, in a prime scoring position. The right-handed pivot quickly opted to dish the puck on his back-hand, behind his back, to a waiting Ryder who was staring at an empty net. This prompted NESN play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards to ask if Krejci had eyes in the back of his head.

At 5-0, the game was all but over, and the Hurricane squad seemed to be merely thinking of the plane ride back.

Tim Thomas only allowed one goal, and had a solid game.

Overall, it was a great effort for the Bruins, in all three zones, and on both sides of the puck.


Phil Kessel 3rd in the NHL in goals with 15, on pace for 51

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by theblackandgold
Phil Kessel has come a long way since he was drafted in 2006

Phil Kessel has come a long way since he was drafted in 2006

Have the questions been answered now? 25 games into his third NHL season and phil Kessel has 15 goals, two fewer than he had in the regular season last year. Anyone still desperately hoping we can trade him? Kessel is third in the NHL in goals, ahead of Marian Hossa, whom many thought the Bruins should trade for Hossa. Does Charelli know what hes doing?

The Bruins haven’t had a scorer like this in a while. Kessel is on pace for 51 goals, the last time a 50 goal scorer pulled on the Spoked-B was in 1994, when Cam Neely scored 50 in 49 games. No suggestions are being made that Phil Kessel is a hall of fame calibur player like Neely, but its time to give this kid the recognition he deserves, and to pat Charelli on the back for sticking with him.

Lashoff and Boychuk make debut, Bruins come back to beat Lightning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by theblackandgold

The Bruins took to the ice against the Tampa Lightening, with three rookie defensemen, two of whom were playing their first NHL game.The resilient Bruins nonethless managed to play great defensive hockey, grabbing a 3-1 victory and picking up two important points in the race for first in the east

Dennis Wideman was a last minute scratch due to and undisclosed injury

Dennis Wideman was a last minute scratch due to and undisclosed injury

The Bruins recieved some bad news before the game when it was discovered that Dennis Wideman, The B’s best defensemen this season, would be unable to play due to an injury. No details of the injury were disclosed.

The Black and Gold were also without injured defensemen Aaron Ward, and Andrew Ference. The team turned to two Providence call-ups, Lashoff, and Boychuk to eat up some solid minutes, and the two even saw some time together on the power play in the first period.

Continuing their recent trend, the Bruins came out flat, and it cost them barely a minute into the game when Martin St. Louis slammed home a pass after linemate Vincent Leclavier beat Zdeno Chara and created a 2 on 1.

The Bruins looked dead for the first 10 minutes of the game.

The only good scoring chance that came out of the first for the Bruins was the result of a good forecheck from Patrice Bergeron (stop me if that sounds familiar) who fed Kobasew in the slot. Kobasew was robbed by Tampa goaltender Mike Smith.

The Bruins came out of the locker room with considerably more pep in their step for the second period. Phil Kessel was noticably the best player on the ice, having several scoring chances, including a 1 on 1 break where he ripped possibly the first slap-shot he had ever taken in the NHL, which beat Smith but rang audibly off the post. After several other scoring opportunities, Kessel finally found the back of the net. Lucic used his body to win the puck on the sidewall of the Lightning’s zone and cycled the puck slowly to a waiting Savard behind the net. Savard found a streaking Kessel in the slot with a behind the back pass, Kessel made no mistakes burying the puck five-hole.

Phil Kessel is in the midst of a break-out season, he is on pace for 51 goals

Phil Kessel is in the midst of a break-out season, he is on pace for 51 goals

Once the Bruins had tied the game, it was clear that it was theirs to win. They controlled much of the play in the second and continued to do so into the third. Despite strong play by Smith, David Krejci managed to complete the come back and put the Bruins in the lead. While killing a Shane Hnidy penalty, Blake Wheeler got his stick in the passing lane and broke up the play. Coralling the puck, Wheeler sent a hard pass to a streaking Krejci who found himself in a 1 on 1. “I wanted break away but lane wasn’t there,” said Krejci, who is still learning english. Krejci toe dragged the Lightning defensemen, and snapped a quick shot five-hole that found the seam between Smith’s pads.

The Bruins continued to dominate the play until Tampa was forced to pull Smith for the extra skater.  Tim Thomas made a couple clutch saves in the last minute of play, adding to his solid night. Marc Savard finally got the puck off a Milan Lucic clearing pass, and gave it to Kessel who was in alone, and scored on the empty net for his 15th of the year. Kessel is now third in the league in goal scoring.

It was a solid night for the Bruins, but they should not be satisfied. Despite getting the win they still have not solved the problem of the first few minutes of the game, in which they have been flat for the last four or five contests. The Bruins are off the ice until saturday, when they continue their Florida swing playing the Florida Panthers.

Andrew Ference put on the long term injured reserve, Boychuk and Lashoff recalled

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 2, 2008 by theblackandgold

lashoffThe Bruins made some changes in their roster today due to the lower body injury to Aaron Ward that will keep the blue liner out a minimum of two games.  Charelli started by placing defensemen Andrew Ference on the long-term injured reserve, meaning that Ference cannot return for a minimum of 24 days and 10 games, but as Ference is expected to be out eight weeks, that does not appear to be a problem. This move was made so that the Bruins could fit the salaries of two Providence call-ups, Matt Lashoff an John Boychuk.

Wether it is Lashoff or Boychuk that replaces Ward remains to be seen. Although Lashoff is regarded as the better prospect, and has played more NHL games (30) than Boychuk, (4) Boychuk has had the more productive season in Providence so far.