|10.08.11 at 11:31 am ET|
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was among those to take the option for Saturday’s optional morning skate. Though Claude Julien does not comment on such things, the two-time Vezina-winner is still expected to start when the B’s host the Lightning.
The Lightning will not have a morning skate on Saturday, as they played Friday night in Carolina, defeating the Hurricanes by a 5-1 score. That means no mind games from Guy Boucher this time.
|10.08.11 at 7:58 am ET|
In case you missed it, here are some photos that were captured by WEEI’s Michael Berger, as well as the Associated Press, from Opening Night at the TD Garden. Click on the photo below to launch a slide show from Opening Night.
|10.07.11 at 2:02 pm ET|
Now, Claude Julien can simply get back to coaching his team and getting them ready for a regular season Saturday night game in October.
He – and every Bruins player – admitted following Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Flyers that the season-opener was anything but regular or ordinary.
Now, with Steven Stamkos and the Lightning coming to town for a battle Saturday at TD Garden, it’s time to treat the game like 1-of-82.
“We’re basically all looking forward to it,” Julien said. “As you know, if you go to a party and you stay until four or for two, three days, after a while, you get tired of it, right? The bottles of champagne are empty, so it’s time to go home. I think that’s how we feel right now. We’ve had a great time with it this summer, we’ve had some great experiences, but right now, we basically would like to re-do this, and we know there’s a lot of work and a lot of things that have to come into play before that happens. We need to turn the page.” Read the rest of this entry »
|10.07.11 at 2:08 am ET|
Claude Giroux is one of the holdovers from the Flyers team that was dispatched by the Bruins and then dismantled in the summer. These Flyers who traded captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been remade. But Giroux was on that team last spring and he remembered how it felt last May when the Bruins sent them packing.
He also watched as the Bruins used that four-game sweep as a springboard to the Stanley Cup title they celebrated Thursday night with a banner-raising ceremony.
“Coming to a game here, especially the first game of the season when they are raising the banner, it’s a slap in the face and its motivation for a little payback even though it’s the first game of the season,” Giroux said. “It’s good for our ego and everybody was ready to go tonight.”
Giroux put his money where he mouth was by scoring a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the first. That was followed a minute late by a goal from Jakub Voracek. On Giroux’s goal it was another newcomer who played a big role – Jaromir Jagr – who fed a speeding Giroux down the slot.
“Yeah I think that he saw that I had speed,” Giroux said. “I don’t really remember what happened, it happened so quick. I made the inside move and I was able to beat that defenseman and take it to the net.”
It’s just one game but the Bruins’ sweep in May netted a lot of change in Philly, including Ilya Bryzgalov, the new $30 million goalie for the Flyers. And for one night, it paid off for Philly.
“I mean everyone was pretty excited and nervous and it turned out great,” Giroux said. “Obviously Bryz had the key saves at the end to make sure we got that win.”
|10.07.11 at 12:14 am ET|
|10.06.11 at 9:58 pm ET|
The Bruins’ banner-raising ceremony figured to be the most memorable part of Thursday night for the B’s, and the Flyers made sure of it by defeating the Bruins, 2-1, in the season-opener.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Tyler Seguin set up a Brad Marchand power play goal. The Flyers got on the board with a power play goal of their own thanks to Claude Giroux in the final minute of the first period, and Jakub Voracek made it 2-1 with less than three seconds remaining in the first.
Both the Bruins and the Garden crowd appeared tired by the time the second period had rolled around, and after a scoreless second, the B’s woke up in the third period. The first line, which was nonexistent through the first two periods (see below) woke up, but an improved third-period effort wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.
Tim Thomas amide 27 saves for the Bruins, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 22 shots.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Pretty sloppy first game for the top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Each had their bright spots, as Krejci nearly set up a Brad Marchand goal during a line change, but collectively the line didn’t get into much of a rhythm and failed to connect on its passes. The line didn’t have a shot on goal until the third period and was a minus-1.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Horton failed to bury an opportunity in front with an open net. He took too long upon catching the pass from Krejci, and eventually had his bid blocked by the stick of Kimmo Timonen. Krejci nearly tied the game with les than five minutes to go, as Bryzgalov accidentally dropped the puck in the crease after Krejci’s wrist shot, but he covered it before the center could get to it.
– The members of the first line weren’t the only Bruins to fail to get pucks on Bryzgalov. The Bruins had just six shots on goal in both the first and second periods. The only forwards with multiple shots on goal were Marchand (3) and Seguin (2).
– Kelly missed the net on a 2-on-1 with Seguin in the first period. The new co-aletnerate captain played well in centering the new-look third line, but he won’t get easier opportunities than that. Given that the Bruins would lose a low-scoring game, a blown opportunity like that looks even worse.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Power play woes were the norm last season until the B’s went 5-for-27 on the man advantage against the Canucks. On Thursday, the new-look second unit of Joe Corvo, Patrice Bergeron, Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley yielded Marchand’s first period tally. Seguin hit Marchand with a long pass from just outside the neutral zone to set up Marchand. The B’s ended up a modest 1-for-5.
– Speaking of Marchand and Seguin, they were two of the best players on the ice Thursday. Marchand had plenty of scoring opportunities, as he undressed Chris Pronger in the second period before Bryzgalov poked the puck away. The Flyers’ netminder robbed Marchand again later in the period with a glove save in front.
As for Seguin, there was a lot to like about his line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron. The second-year player looked much more assertive than he was in his rookie season, and he created opportunities in areas where he may have been timid a season ago. Keep an eye on that line going forward.
|10.06.11 at 9:48 pm ET|
With a sellout crowd roaring, the Bruins capped a 25-minute pregame ceremony on opening night by raising the sixth Stanley Cup championship banner in franchise history.
Current players who played on the 2011 Stanley Cup title team last June along with members of the last Bruins team to win the Cup in 1972 brought the banner from center ice – where it hung during the ceremony alongside the Stanley Cup – to its final resting place alongside the 1972 banner high above TD Garden ice.
The Bruins held the ceremony prior to the season opener against the new-look Flyers.