|Pending further review: no goal for LaRose at end of second||05.04.09 at 2:34 am ET|
It isn’t going to be the most controversial replay in the world because the Hurricanes were already leading 2-0 in Sunday night’s Game 2 — and they ended up taking a 3-0 victory anyway — but a good number of hockey lovers and puck followers believe that Bruins caught a lucky break with the “no goal” call at the end of the second period.
Let’s set the scene: Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg hammered a puck in from outside the blueline that Tim Thomas was able to get a pad on and deflect, but he directed the rebound right to a hustling Chad LaRose. LaRose fired a shot right back at Thomas, and the puck hit the crossbar and right post and then bounced up on edge before tumbling around the goal line.
David Krejci eventually swept the puck out of the danger area, and the refs made the on-ice call that it wasn’t a goal. So, the NHL offices in Toronto would have needed a “beyond a reasonable doubt” piece of evidence to overturn the call and obviously didn’t find what they were looking. The NHL ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to call it a goal, and the Bruins caught something of a break headed into the third period.
The B’s couldn’t get anything going, however, and Cam Ward was there to stop any signs of life for the Bruins in the third period. It’s obvious from the video that the TSN telecast analysts thought that LaRose’s bid should have been favorably reviewed as a goal with 0:00.2 seconds left on the clock.
Either way, it took seven minutes for the NHL officials to finally uphold the on-ice ruling of “no goal” and the debate is still raging. Here’s a look at the video that is causing a little bit of a stir with people that feel like the puck definitely snuck behind the line.
My own take? It definitely snuck inside the goal line after hitting the crossbar and the right post, and it should have counted as Carolina’s third score of the day headed into the second period intermission. But alas it didn’t, and the Hurricanes waited to add that additional score with an empty-net goal from Eric Staal that clinched the game for Carolina. What do you think?
|Hurricanes take a 3-0 decision over B’s in Game 2||05.03.09 at 9:36 pm ET|
19:30: Big miss by Savard off a nifty pass from the side of the net by Kessel. That’s two Grade A bids that the B’s haven’t cashed in on tonight.
18:31: Slashing on Andrew Ference. First PP of the night for Carolina.
15:19: Good little backhand bid by Wheeler with Krejci jamming in front of the Carolina net. Ward made the quick glove save on the shot, though, and then Krejci and Ryan Bayda engaged in a little pushing and shoving in front of the Canes net.
12:17: What a quick stick move by P.J. Axelsson to fake Corvo off his skates. He fired a shot from the slot directly afterward, but Ward closed the pads before the puck could trickle through.
11:30: Good pressure by Bruins with a bid in close by Chuck Kobasew at the left goal post, and a one-man rush by Bergeron up the right side. But Ward was able to stop both of them.
10:21: Good blocker-side save by Ward on a Savard shot from the high slot. Ward is much better than he was in Game 1, but the Bruins have also helped him at times.
7:45: Bonehead play by Tim Gleason. Flipped the puck right over the boards with hardly any pressure from the B’s in his own zone. Delay of game penalty for Canes. B’s PP is 0-for-2.
6:07: Ward saved his best of the night for this PP. Great toe saves on Michael Ryder when he tried to wait out the goalie following a scramble in front and then another pad-extended beauty on Dennis Wideman from the high point.
3:07: Penalty on Pitkanen for cross-checking Dennis Wideman. Another PP for the Bruins to close things out in the third period.
1:51: Tim Thomas pulled during PP, but a bad Kessel pass out of the offensive zone gets an off-sides whistle and a faceoff.
1:28: Thomas pulled again. 6-on-4 for 22 seconds and then a 6-on-5.
00:27.1: Eric Staal empty-netter when the Bruins couldn’t keep it in the zone. Good effort by Ward tonight and the B’s missed a few golden chances early, but the Canes really seemed to want it more. Plain and simple.
The Hurricanes beat the Bruins by a 3-0 score in Game 2 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
|Corvo and Cullen give the Canes a 2-0 lead||05.03.09 at 8:37 pm ET|
17:30: A great shift by Carolina turns into their first goal. A Joe Corvo bomb from the left point with Staal drifitng in front of the net. This came directly after a quick snap shot from Staal off a short little push pass by Ray Whitney after he broke into the offensive zone.
16:01: Good takeaway from Lucic. He stripped Staal of the puck and moved it up the neutral zone and then into the offensive zone. He slipped a pass over to Phil Kessel in the high slot, but Ward was able to make the stop.
15:59: Big bomb from Dennis Wideman off the draw in the offensive zone, but Ward made the juggling catch with his glove hand.
14:36: Ryan Bayda decked Wideman behind the Boston with a huge shoulder hit. Good clean hockey hit right there.
13:50: Another good shift by the fourth line with Yelle and Thornton both getting good pressure on Ward.
13:36: First penalty of the game for these two well-mannered, disciplined hockey teams. It’s Joni Pitkanen for two minutes, but we can’t confirm whether it’s for having a woman’s first name or not.
We have confirmation. It’s for elbowing.
12:28: Great PK work by Chad LaRose. He broke up a point-to-point pass from Chara to Wideman and then beat both D-men back to the loose puck in Boston’s zone. He was stuffed in a quick short-side attempt when he tried to slip the puck inside the left post, but he flipped a pass out from to Matt Cullen in the slot. Cullen ripped away at a quick shot that Thomas didn’t have a shot at stopping.
And all of a sudden the Garden is silent.
9:17: Good cycling shift by Lucic, Savard and Kessel with a flurry of shots at the Carolina net, but nothing in the score sheet.
3:06: Great spinorama, no-look shot bid by Blake Wheeler from the right faceoff circle that was right on target, but Ward wasd there to stop it.
2:11: Holding penalty by Dennis Seidenberg when he was hanging to Lucic as he basically dragged him across the blue line. B’s PP didn’t look good the first time around.
00:48.6: Long shot by Wideman that was deflected and then just missed connecting with Mark Recchi in front of the Boston net. Recchi took a quick swipe at the pad, and then Corvo shoved him into the boards behind the net.
00:0.2: It looked like a Chad LaRose Carolina goal on a breakaway once Seidenberg jumped out of the penalty box, but the refs never called it a score. The puck bounced off the inside of the left post and landed on the goal line, and then it landed straight on the goal line. Mark Stuart swiped the puck away before it drop into the net, and the refs are currently reviewing it.
“No goal” call from the boys in stripes after a 10 minute replay delay.
The Canes have taken a 2-0 lead over the Bruins after two full periods during Game 2 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
|B’s and Canes are locked in a scoreless tie||05.03.09 at 6:43 pm ET|
19:33: Big bomb from high slot area by Zdeno Chara that Cam Ward snatched out of the air with his glove. Erik Cole, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney are starting Game 2 together, and once again Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi and Chuck Kobasew are matched up against them.
18:08: Staal attempted to throw a big screen with his big body in front of an Anton Babchuk shot, and got a Chara shove for his efforts after Tim Thomas made the stop.
16:14: Great shift by Shawn Thornton, Stephane Yelle and P.J. Axelsson that produced a couple of quality scoring bids. One by Yelle on a follow-up stuff in at the post and a long bomb attempt by Dennis Wideman.
Big hand during TV timeout for Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Claude Julien for being named finalists for the Vezina, Norris and Jack Adams trophies after great respective regular season performances.
12:30: Little wipe-out for Cam Ward when he was trying to corral a puck behind the Hurricanes net. Didn’t lead to anything substantial from the B’s, however.
10:34: Good rush by Blake Wheeler up the right side of the ice. He pin-balled into Tim Gleason as he rushed the puck into the offensive zone, dropped Gleason to the ice and then feed Krejci for a fumbling shot attempt in the slot.
8:56: A couple of good bids by Milan Lucic at the edge of the left faceoff circle while he was battling with Niclas Wallin for the puck in front of the net.
8:31: Big missed chance by Patrice Bergeron. Chuck Kobasew wrestled the puck away from a Carolina defenseman and feed a rushing Bergeron all alone in front. Bergeron missed over the crossbar with his attempt.
8:11: Solid shoulder block of a shot by former Boston College winger Patruck Eaves from the left faceoff circle. Good action up and down the ice by both teams over the last five minutes.
5:41: Another bid in tight from Bergeron by the left post, but Ward played big and gobbled up the shot attempt.
3:19: The pounding of Eric Staal continues. Chara dumps him down the ice. Aaron Ward dumps him down the ice. Then Staal shows a little frustration by bumping Ward after the whistle in front of the Boston net. It looks as if the Z treatment is starting to get to him.
00:55: Good save by Thomas after Cole picked Chara’s pocket behind the Boston net and fed a pass off the boards to Staal on the other side. Staal wheeled around and trying to slam in a wraparound shot at the right post, but Thomas beat him to it and closed off the opening.
Hurricanes outshoot Bruins by a 13-8 margin for the period.
The B’s and Hurricanes are locked in a scoreless tie after one full period during Game 2 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
|A few quick pregame numbers before Game 2||05.03.09 at 6:38 pm ET|
A few notes before things get started here at the TD Banknorth Garden while Thunderstruck plays over the opening highlights for Game 2:
–Tim Thomas is riding an 11-game win streak after finishing the regular season on a six-game win streak. His last loss came to the Los Angeles Kings by a 3-2 overtime score on March 19.
–David Krejci leads the NHL with a +8 during the postseason after leading the NHL through the regular season with a +37. Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder are both a +7 during the playoffs.
–Matt Hunwick is biking and conducting light workouts again, and has gained back three pounds of the 14 that he lost after rupturing his spleen following Game 2 of the first round vs. Montreal.
|Don Cherry giving some big B’s love on HNIC||05.03.09 at 4:51 pm ET|
Good Boston Bruins material from Don Cherry from ‘Coach’s Room’ on Hockey Night in Canada over the last couple of weeks. Cherry has never shied away from showing some big, big love for his former team, and he fires off a few good rounds over the last few weeks of TV time.
The first CC is a walk down memory lane with the Lunchpail AC team he helped mold behind the Boston bench, and a comparison between B’s goaltender Tim Thomas and Hall of Famer Gump Worsley given their similarly athletic, frenetic goaltending styles. There’s no denying that some of the old school grainy Gump footage looks like a heck of a lot like Thomas when things get a little hectic around the Boston cage.
Here’s another round of CBC’s Coach’s Corner from this weekend with Cherry continuing his long-standing hockey love affair with Marc Savard. Cherry also features what looks like a Bruins beanie baby on the HNIC desk while he and HNIC host Ron MacLean breeze their way through the intermission show. He starts it all by pronouncing “I’m on the (Bruins) bandwagon”, and then lauds Savard for everything from his playmaking to the understated way he celebrates goals in Game 1 against the Hurricanes. Love the Scott Stevens “crazy eyes” shot as well.
|Game 2 Pregame Notes: Kessel skates, looks ready||05.03.09 at 1:07 pm ET|
Phil Kessel was on the ice for a voluntary team skate on Sunday morning, and appears ready to go one day after missing practice with a swollen left elbow. Kessel injured the wing after taking a spill and landing on it in the corner during the second period of Game 1 on Friday night.
–A long pregame chat with Hurricanes winger — and former Boston Bruins wunderkind — Sergei Samsonov, who found himself on his fifth NHL team when he joined up with the Canes last season. Samsonov seems to have found a home in the heart of NASCAR country over the last two seasons, and had himself a pretty good season for the Canes in getting close to 50 points (16 goals, 32 assists) in 81 games played.
“I had a great time (in Boston). It was the best years of my career. I felt like something was never accomplished because we never really did it in the playoffs, but as far as everything else goes it was great,” said Samsonov. “My first game, my first NHL goal — stuff like that (I remember). There’s a lot of (memories).
“We still come back as a family here to Boston during the summer because we still have a lot of friends here,” added Samsonov. “It’s only natural when you spend so much time in one city that you grow roots here.”
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