|11.11.10 at 11:33 am ET|
The Bruins likely have a ton of positive energy following a five-goal third period that propelled them to a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. They return home to face the Canadiens for the first time this season on Thursday.
Here’s everything you need to know going in.
WHERE IT’S AT
- The Bruins are a modest 2-2-1 as the home team this season (they were the home team in the season-opening 5-2 loss against the Coyotes in Prague).
The Habs are 5-2-0 on the road, with their most recent road loss coming last Tuesday, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
- After scoring in the third period of the Bruins’ victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, Nathan Horton now has 149 career goals. He can go for No. 150 against the Habs on Thursday night in front of the home crowd.
- The Bruins have averaged 2.2 goals this season in the third period when entering the period trailing.
- The Canadiens have the worst power play in the league, scoring on just 7.8 percent of their power plays.
- The Bruins have had back-to-back games just twice this season. They are 1-0-1, beating the Coyotes on Oct. 10 in Prague and losing in a shootout to the Blues on Saturday.
- After playing a career-high 17:22 giants the Sabres last Wednesday, Tyler Seguin has played 12:21, 9:49, and 12:32 in three games since. He is averaging 13:06 of ice time each night, and after assisting Mark Recchi‘s goal, he has six points on the season (3 G, 3A). Seguin is on pace for a 21-goal, 21-assist campaign.
- While we’re extrapolating stats, seven Bruins are on pace to score at least 20 goals this season: Horton, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder, Zdeno Chara, Shawn Thornton (!), Jordan Caron, and Seguin. Remember, Marco Sturm was the only Bruin to score 20 last year, as he led the B’s with 22.
STORYLINES GOING IN
- Former Boston College star and current Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has had a rough start to the season, but things are starting to look up. After having just three points through the team’s first 12 games, Gionta has a goal and an assist over the last two games.
- Carey Price has been a rock in net for the Habs, softening the blow of just how good Jaroslav Halak has been (1.79 GAA, .932 save percentage). In 14 starts, Price has gone 8-5-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Price is coming off a shutout against the Canucks on Tuesday, but has allowed three goals in three of his last five starts, all three of which the Habs lost.
|11.11.10 at 10:30 am ET|
If you enjoy Tyler Seguin introducing the Dunkin’ Donuts high energy play of the game each night, the news has only gotten better.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced on Thursday that it has signed Seguin as a company spokesperson. Seguin will continue to star in “Caught Cold” commercials, in which he surprises people drinking iced coffee with B’s tickets, merchandise, and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
‘We’re excited to have a rising young star like Tyler represent our brand,’ said Tom Manchester, Dunkin’ Donuts director of sports marketing. ‘We’ve had a great, long-term partnership with the Bruins, and Tyler will be a great addition to that relationship, and play a significant role in helping us reward our loyal customers with the opportunity to experience Boston Bruins hockey through the ‘Caught Cold’ campaign.’
|11.10.10 at 9:36 pm ET|
The Bruins scored five unanswered goals in the third period, propelling them to an impressive 7-4 road victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.
With the Bruins trailing, 4-2, after two periods, Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara scored within 15 seconds of one another. Shawn Thornton, who had just one goal last season, scored his third of the year to give the B’s their first lead of the game, and Blake Wheeler scored one of the more impressive goals of the season, taking a Mark Recchi pass in front of the net and beating Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson as he was losing his balance. Milan Lucic added an empty netter.
Tim Thomas allowed four goals on the night, the most he has allowed on the season. With the victory, he improved to 8-0-0 on the season, the best start ever for a Bruins goalie.
It was the B’s first time visiting Pittsburgh since March 7, the day that Matt Cooke changed Marc Savard‘s career with his blindside hit to the center’s head. Though the Bruins didn’t muster much in their lone rematch with the Penguins last season, they seemingly sent a big message on Wednesday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- This section is going to be fourth-line heavy, so be prepared.
Start with Thornton, who has scored key third period goals in two of the B’s last three games. For a guy who totaled one goal a season ago, it’s becoming less amusing and more remarkable that the fourth-line winger, whom many assumed did his work for the night by fighting Eric Godard in the first period, could play as big a role as he has.
Marchand now has six points — a pair of goals and four assists — on the season, with his top-shelf wrist-shot goal in the first period bringing him his latest point. It was also the latest example that the line behind the third line on the depth chart had best not be referred to as a fourth line, as Claude Julien and the three players will tell you.
- Everything came in waves on Wednesday night. First, fights (two in two seconds in the first periods) and then goals. Chara tied up the game in the third just 15 seconds after Horton’s goal, quickly bringing the Bruins from crawling their way back to overcoming their second multi-goal deficit in the third period in three games.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- You’ve got to think the streak of dominance is over for one Tim Thomas… for now. After allowing multiple goals just once in his first seven games (7-0-0), Thomas has allowed at least three goals in each of his last two starts.
Thomas did come up big when Tyler Kennedy and Cooke came in on a 2-on-1 on Dennis Seidenberg. Kennedy helped Thomas’ cause by sticking it right in the chest of the B’s netminder, but that’s neither here nor there.
Given that Thomas has come back to Earth, combined with the fact that the Bruins have games on Thursday and Saturday, it wouldn’t be outrageous to think that a double-dose of Tuukka Time could be in order for the B’s for the first time this season.
- Arron Asham was a thorn in the B’s side throughout the night. He scored Pittsburgh’s first goal, sent Milan Lucic into the Penguins’ bench, and helped ignite the Penguins’ second-period outburst, as the Penguins scored their third and fourth goals following the tussle.
- Sidney Crosby happened, all over the Bruins. His three points in the first two periods had a lot to do with why the B’s were trailing by a pair of goals entering the third period. His goal, which came late in the second, was actually a pass intended for Malkin that bounced off Thomas and in.
|11.10.10 at 8:42 pm ET|
Two goals late in the second period have the Penguins leading the Bruins, 4-2.
Chris Kunitz had a quick strike in front that even Thomas didn’t see. The puck was in the net for a good half a second before Thomas turned around to realize the play’s fate.
Jordan Caron picked up just his third and fourth penalty minutes of the season when he went off at 18:31 for hooking. It was on that power play that Crosby was able to beat Thomas for the Penguins’ fourth goal.
- Arron Asham sure has been busy tonight. He scored the Penguins’ first goal of the game early on and later tripped Nathan Horton with his leg in the first period. In the second, he tangoed with Adam McQuaid, but that wasn’t the end of his shenanigans.Milan Lucic was sent into the Penguins’ bench with about three and a half minutes remaining when Asham hit him along the boards, much to the delight of the Pittsburgh fans.
- Patrice Bergeron has hit a post and a crossbar in two periods of play. Eerily similar to Nathan Horton on Saturday.
|11.10.10 at 7:49 pm ET|
The first 20 minutes between the Bruins and Penguins can best be summarized with the following: two fights and two teams tied up, 2-2, after a period of play.
The Penguins didn’t take long to get on the board, as Arron Asham was able to grab a rebound in front and put it past Tim Thomas.
One thing that may have taken a little longer than one might have expected was Mark Recchi’s first goal of the season, which he was able to get on the power play. Recchi took a pass from Tyler Seguin and fired a quick shot that yielded a big enough rebound from Brent Johnson for Recchi to capitalize and beat the netminder for his first tally.
Brad Marchand and Brooks Orpik later added goals within 34 seconds won another, and it’s tied up after one. The fights, one between Shawn Thornton and Eric Godard and the other between Gregory Campbell and Maxime Talbot, came within two seconds of one another.
The shots are 18-14 in favor of the Penguins thus far.
While the Bruins were able to capitalize on one power play, they got kind of a rough deal on their other one. With Asham in the box for tripping, Zbynek Michalek hacked at Nathan Horton’s stick in front of the net, breaking the shaft and yielding no reaction from the B’s or refs.
|11.10.10 at 7:12 pm ET|
According to the Boston Globe, center Marc Savard will begin practicing with the Bruins “in the next 2-3 days.”
”He’s doing much, much better,” Peter Chiarelli told Kevin Paul Dupont. ”He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.”
|11.10.10 at 7:03 pm ET|
Turns out that all Jamie Arniel will get to do after being called up on an emergency basis is watch the game as a scratch. Michael Ryder, who had left practice on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, is in the lineup and good to go, meaning Arniel essentially got only a free trip to Pittsburgh, and not his NHL debut, out of the deal.
Here are the lines:
Lucic ‘ Bergeron ‘ Horton
Caron ‘ Wheeler ‘ Recchi
Paille ‘ Seguin ‘ Ryder
Marchand ‘ Campbell ‘ Thornton
Chara ‘ Ference
Hunwick ‘ Seidenberg
Stuart ‘ McQuaid
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