|03.04.10 at 8:44 pm ET|
Johnny Boychuk celebrated his first game back with a booming slap shot from the right point that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Boychuk took a puck to the face on Feb. 6 against Vancouver, suffering a fractured orbital bone. He missed Boston’s previous five games before returning against the Leafs sporting a visor.
His shot from the right point beat J-S Giguere five-hole and gave Boston the lead at 15:24 of the period.
The Bruins penalty kill has been big, killing all four Toronto power play chances. The Bruins are 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.
Tim Thomas was again big in net as he stopped his second breakaway threat in as many periods when Nikolai Kulemin skated down the slot after Dennis Wideman was whistled for holding. Thomas, who is 0-4-2 in his previous six starts, has stopped 13 of 14 shots.
Thomas’ last win was on Jan. 14 in San Jose when he made a season-high 41 saves and four in the shootout.
The Bruins out-shot Toronto, 11-6, and lead the Leafs in that category, 20-14, for the game.
Once again, Bruins are just 20 minutes from ending their drought at home, now at 10 games. Maple Leafs have lost all 33 games this season when trailing after two periods, going 0-27-6.
|03.04.10 at 7:51 pm ET|
The game is tied 1-1 after 20 minutes with the Bruins holding a 9-8 shots lead.
The Bruins again came out with good energy in the first period and appeared to grab the lead 63 seconds into the game when Steve Begin came around the net behind J-S Giguere and centered a pass that went off Michael Ryder’s left skate.
After a review by the booth, it was deemed that Ryder kicked the puck into the net and the goal was disallowed..
But the Bruins kept up the pace and finally were rewarded when Miroslav Satan snapped a wrister from the left circle and beat Giguere five-hole at 9:36.
The Bruins kept up the intensity with fights just seconds apart as Milan Lucic battled Colton Orr and Shawn Thornton went at it with Wayne Primeau.
The Leafs regained some momentum when Viktor Stalberg beat Tim Thomas to the short side with just under five minutes left..
Thomas, who hasn’t started a game of any kind since Feb. 2 against Washington, redeemed himself big-time when he stoned Phil Kessel in the final 30 seconds of the period on a rush up the right boards.
|03.04.10 at 2:14 pm ET|
Tuukka Rask will miss tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower body injury, according to NESN.com, and Tim Thomas is expected to get the start in net for the first time since returning from the Olympics.
Rask did not skate this morning, according to the Bruins twitter page, and is day-to-day with the injury. The team recalled goaltender Matt Dalton from the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League on an emergency basis and placed goaltender Dany Sabourin on re-entry waivers for the purpose of recall.
Dalton is expected to join the team tonight and be available for tonight’s game. This is Dalton’s second recall to Boston, as he was recalled on an emergency basis on Wednesday, February 24 and practiced with the team from February 25 to March 1 while Thomas participated in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Patrice Bergeron told reporters this morning that he will miss his second straight game with tightness in his groin, an injury he suffered while playing for Team Canada in the Olympics.
|03.03.10 at 7:49 pm ET|
Call it spin or creative marketing.
But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, while admitting frustration in not landing one of eight snipers they hoped to add before Wednesday’s trading deadline, did say the Bruins accomplished something significant that indirectly could result in a better offense.
In making two deadline-day trades while shipping one of their current defenseman and a forward out of town, they remade their blue line. The centerpiece is 28-year-old defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, a defenseman aquired from Florida, along with the rights to Ohio State defenseman Matt Bartkowski, in exchange for forward Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second-round draft pick in this year’s draft.
“I know a lot of the questions will be, ‘Why didn’t we get scoring?’ And those are very good and valid questions. Firstly, we wanted to change the composition of our defense. I can say that was an equal priority to getting some more scoring,” Chiarelli said.
Earlier Wednesday, the Bruins sent 31-year-old defenseman Derek Morris to Phoenix for a conditional pick in the 2011 draft. On Tuesday, the Bruins added defensemen Cody Wild from Edmonton and the rights to University of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer from Anaheim.
“I put [defense] as an equal priority because I feel that if we change the composition that will, in itself, allow us to improve from the backend out and that should result in better offensive production,” Chiarelli said. “It allows defensemen to play in their appropriate roles and that was the motivation behind that now.”
Chiarelli said he and his staff targeted eight potential forwards around the NHL as possible acquisitions prior to the deadline but he deemed the asking price too high. Names such as Edmonton’s Steve Staios, Raffi Torres, who wound up being traded from Columbus to Buffalo and Carolina’s Ray Whitney, who wasn’t dealt at all, were among the names rumored to be on Boston’s radar.
“With regard to improving the scoring, there were some players out there and we were in on more than a couple,” Chiarelli said. “But I guess at the end of the day, I just wasn’t in a position to give what they wanted. I didn’t think additions that I contemplated would produce more than marginal improvement. Hard to believe after scoring one goal [Tuesday] night, I really believe our group can score more and we will score more.”
|03.03.10 at 6:17 pm ET|
As promised, here is the rest of the transcript from the Boston media’s conference call with newly acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg courtesy of Bruins media relations staff
First of all I’m very glad and happy to be joining the franchise. It has a lot of history and a lot of success and I’m excited to join a team that’s hopefully going to be going deep into the playoffs. I’m going to be looking forward to that.
On if he’s hoping to stay in the same place for multiple seasons…
Well first of all, I’m really happy to be playing for the Bruins. I think, myself, I think that’s what I’m looking for. I want to produce a little bit offensively. I don’t know what else I’m going to do, but I’m looking forward to my time here. Over the past few years I’ve been traded a few times and I’d like to stay in one spot for a long period of time. If it’s in Boston, great. So that’s my goal for now. I’m really looking to get a long-term deal somewhere.
On if he considered signing with Boston last summer as a free agent…
I’m not sure if Boston was on my shopping list. Me, personally, I hadn’t talked to them. There was a possibility that my agent had, but I can’t remember if they were on the list. I would certainly like to have come to Boston, but there wasn’t an opportunity though, or chance to do that.
On if he thought the Bruins would struggle this year, based on what he saw against them in the playoffs with Carolina last year…
I mean, if you look at the team, they’re almost the same team that they were last year so there’s no doubt in my mind that they have a chance to go deep in the playoffs again this year. What are the reasons for this year’s struggle? I don’t know, I haven’t followed it too close. But hopefully we’ll be going strong the next few games and find our position in the top eight for the playoffs.
On if he thinks Boston needs scoring help…
My thoughts on Boston? They’re definitely a really skilled team. Last year they were scoring a ton I think, so I don’t know what the reasons for this year’s scoring drought is. On the other hand, I think Boston plays a really well-played system. They play smart hockey, they don’t give up a lot of turnovers, they wait for the other team to make mistakes and then jump on it. I always had a hard time playing against them because they kind of wait for the other team to make mistakes and then try to use it for their advantage.
On what it was like in Florida with all the rumors and issues…
It was tough. Everybody knew they could have gotten traded, but at the end, we all didn’t have control of what was going to happen. All we could do was just go out and play. We tried to do that and it didn’t really work out as well as we would have liked to, but we at least tried to put our heads into the game and play hockey.
On if he knows Marco Sturm or anyone else on the team…
No, I haven’t played with anybody else. Oh yeah, maybe, I played with Mark Recchi in Philly for probably two years, so I know him. When I got into the league I was 20 and he was one of the older guys so we weren’t too tight but I know him. Other than Marco, it’s only Rex and that’s about it.
On how the trade process happened today…
I came to the rink, I got called in by [Panthers Head Coach] Pete DeBoer and he told me to hold tight and just wait for a couple hours because they were close to trading me. So I just waited around and then after awhile I got called up to the GM’s office and told me I was traded to Boston. Then I got home, had lunch, and I was getting ready to leave.
|03.03.10 at 5:23 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli faced the music and the New England media approximately 90 minutes after the NHL trade deadline passed.
He was unable to land one of eight scoring forwards he and management had targeted to help a Bruins team that – with 150 goals – ranks dead last in offense in the NHL.
It was the great frustration of his, as he readily admitted throughout his question-and-answer session.
“As a manager, you try to separate the direct results of the team on a day-to-day basis. I wasn’t happy with [Tuesday] night and we didn’t try to react and we didn’t react today because we put a lot of planning into a bunch of these things,” Chiarelli said. “I know the fans want more scoring and they want us to have more success. So there’s my frustration. I didn’t put that in place.”
|03.03.10 at 3:47 pm ET|
Well, the 2010 NHL trade deadline has passed and the Bruins did not acquire the scorer that they probably needed to make some noise in the playoffs (let alone qualify for them). Though there were 12 deals announced after the deadline last year multiple outlets have confirmed that the Bruins are indeed done with their maneuvering.
The lone player coming to Boston is Dennis Seidenberg from the Florida Panthers who had an introductory conference call with the Boston media at 3:30 p.m.
“I am very happy to be joining a team with a lot of history an success and hope to be part of a team that goes far into the playoffs,” Seidenberg said.
Note — This reporter’s cell phone service dropped the call. A transcript of the conversation will be available soon and we will post it as soon as we can.
General manager Peter Chiarelli is set to hold his press conference at 4 p.m. at TD Garden.
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