Tonight shorthanded goals, bad calls, and some bad luck haunted the Bruins for three periods. The B’s missed out on a third period goal on a “dead in the head” call where the referee had decided to blow the whistle but…. hadn’t. So the goal was disallowed. Figure that one out. The Lightning were in top form all night and actually never trailed in the game. The Bruins on the other hand failed to get a shot on goal through the first fifteen minutes of the game, at least managing to keep Tampa off of the board during that timespan. The Bruins had to score in the third period to avoid their first loss against the Bolts this season, which is probably better than they could’ve expected given the way the game had gone to that point. The disallowed goal probably cost the Bruins a regulation victory and handed Tampa an extra point, but at least it didn’t end the game.
Then came the shootout. The two teams were entirely unable to score against each other through six rounds. Tukka Rask looked incredibly sharp throughout, only needing the help of a goalpost in the seventh and deciding round. The returning Steven Stamkos made an appearance in the second but failed out out-dance Rask. Ryan Callahan was a Ranger when the Bruins were in New York last weekend, but this weekend he failed to score in the fourth round as a member of the Lightning. Things finally went Boston’s way when Reilly Smith finally put a shot past Ben Bishop and mercifully ended it. This marked the first victory of the season where the Bruins were down by two or more goals, surprising considering their position at the top of the conference.
Next up is a game against the Panthers tomorrow night at five, which Jack Edwards seems to think is against league rules or something. Tune in, if you’re awake.
There wasn’t really much drama in that one, was there? Washington got themselves into a bit of a brawl in Philadelphia last night and weren’t really able to muster much against a Bruins team that’s suddenly righted itself after the break, and that’s all there is to that. For some reason the Bruins had never beaten Braden Holtby in regulation before tonight. One Tuukka Rask shutout and that changed. With the loss the Capitals remained out of the last playoff spot in the east while the Bruins remain first in the Atlantic Division and second overall in the conference.
Next up are the Lightning on Saturday night. Tampa is still reeling from the stupidity of their GM but has also been bolstered (I don’t think anyone knows what that word really means) by the return of Steven Stamkos. It should be a fun game, tune in. I’m telling you to.
So how about them Olympics? Yeah, they’re over now so we can all get back to watching pro hockey, the best kind of hockey. The Bruins actually got back to pro hockey earlier last week, but they were bad at it and that’s no fun to write about. Until there were two minutes remaining in the first period it looked like they were going to be bad at hockey again, but then Jarome Iginla stepped in and saved everything like he usually does because Jarome is a cool guy. Going down on the road is never fun, especially when you can throw words like “Olympic hangover” and “recent overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres” around, but that game-tying goal was the end of any doubt for the Bruins. From then on Boston was good at hockey, scoring goals and insurance goals against an increasingly disappointed Madison Square Garden crowd and responding to attempted Ranger comebacks with even more scoring.
Boston maintained the pressure they started to put on in the second period throughout the rest of the game, resembling a team much different from the one that had struggled to win little over a day earlier at home. Eventually the stands started to clear out and the Bruins put one last puck past Heinrik Lundqvist to wrap everything up and put an end to the season series with New York with a sweep. This was Boston’s first win after the Olympic break and it hopefully means that the team has worked out all the kinks before they make their big run towards the playoffs and beyond. Their next contest is against a bad Florida Panthers team on Tuesday night, so tune in to see if they’ll continue being good at hockey!
The Bruins were a little undermanned tonight, as captain Zdeno Chara (it’s in his contract that he has to be referred to as such at all times) is off in Russia killing wild dogs or whatever they’re sending hockey players over there to do (repair toilets?). The Blues are a really good team in a good conference and the home team too, so maybe the Bruins had more than a little bit of a challenge to handle in St. Louis tonight.
But wait, apparently St. Louis has some issues holding late leads? And goaltender Jaroslav Halak may be to blame? Well, it sure looked that way, as the Blues blew a late lead and allowed Boston to take at least a point out of the contest by sending it into overtime. Of course then the Bruins lost on a cheap, weird goal that just sort of slipped past Tukka Rask from a bad angle, but oh well. Would they maybe have won if Zdeno Chara wasn’t avoiding open manholes and, uh…. terrorists? Who can really say? It was a good showing for the Bruins at least. Now we can move on feeling good about ourselves.
Next is the final game before the league breaks for the Olympics, on Saturday afternoon against the Senators. Watch it because otherwise you’re going to have to get up at 4 am or some weird hour to watch live hockey for the next two weeks or so. And you probably don’t want that.
Two and a half years ago the Bruins beat the Canucks in Vancouver for their first Stanley Cup since the 70′s. I guess they haven’t been back to Boston since then? Maybe they have, I don’t remember! Well, they came back tonight and the Bruins dominated them through most of the game. Around midway through the second period the Bruins countered a Vancouver breakaway by immediately taking the puck back to the Canuck side of the ice an putting it it past Luongo to score their first insurance goal and by all appearances seem to score the knockout punch of the contest at it’s halfway point.
Maybe Vancouver did get on the board soon afterwards, but it wasn’t difficult for the B’s to score another insurance goal and put things to bed (again). The game never really seemed to be in all that much doubt with excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask and all-around solid work from the Bruin skaters. It’s good to see the Bruins put in their second straight dominating performance after the bizarre disappointment against Montreal. Hopefully this level of play continues when the team travels to St. Louis on Thursday to play a really tough Blues team. The game starts at eight and who knows when you’ll get another chance to see the Blues before the postseason. Tune in!
Some way, somehow, the Bruins took all that momentum from the last few games and tossed it aside for tonight’s game against the Canadiens. First they gave up a few early goals and then they just failed to tie things up. A late first-period score by Dougie Hamilton cut Montreal’s lead in half but that was just about the end of anything resembling hope for the Bruins tonight. The Habs might’ve been the weaker team in the standings but the B’s pretty much caved in for no apparent reason and didn’t even resemble the better squad at any point tonight. Halfway through the game, Tuukka Rask was gone and Boston was busy looking for any sort of momentum to carry them back into the game.
Nothing really came of that though, and a dead third period closed things out. The Bruins lost decisively on home ice to end a 4-game winning streak and drop a home game to a division rival. Montreal might be well behind the Bruins in the standings but tonight was pretty much all about their team. None of the scoring touch that Boston showed against other, weaker teams in the last few games was present tonight and they lost handily and without any real drama. So yeah, that sucked. Nothing to do but move on I guess. Next is a game Saturday afternoon against the Oilers that NESN is trying to hype as really big, but consider that Edmonton has the second worst record in the league before you buy into that. Wins are still better than losses for the Bruins though, so tune in!
Hey, way to prove me right in calling you a dick Timmy. Tonight Tim Thomas surrendered six goals to a suddenly surging Bruin offense and retaliated by hitting Carl Soderberg in the head with his stick and making a crack about preferring to watch the State of the Union Address afterwards. Always a wit, that Tim Thomas. Anyway, the Bruins scored six goals on their ex-netminder and never trailed or held a lead that was less than two after the first period. Milan Lucic scored two of the first three, and received a hat shower when the audience mistakenly assumed that he’d been responsible for all three after the second passed him on its way to the net from Chara’s stick.
The only hope of a Panther comeback fizzled out when the Bruins scored their fifth of the night eight minutes into the third period. The rest of the game was pretty much a cakewalk for Boston until the sixth puck went into Thomas’ net and he decided to take out his rage by decapitating Soderberg. He received a high-sticking penalty for his tantrum and will probably at least be considered for a suspension, so no good deed is going to go unpunished. A bad overall effort by the Panthers who look to be awful and directionless this year while the Bruins put another easy win on the board and crushed a team they by all means should have. Next up the B’s take on the Canadiens on Thursday, who happen to be on a bit of a downward spiral after losing four of their last five. B’s/Habs games are always fun and drama-filled, so make sure to tune in!