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Savard nets the game-winner in a 2-1 final over the Sens

04.02.09 at 8:04 pm ET
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16:58: Compelling evidence by P.J. Axelsson is skating with Savard and Wheeler. Axy steals a lazy pass from a Sens D-man and finds Savard streaking to the net. Savard lets it rip from the right faceoff circle and beats Auld top shelf with a wrister. Then Savard does his “scoop the ice” with the glove celebratory move followed by an Ovechkin-like bump into the glass above the boards.

Don Cherry would not approve.

12:51: Chris Campoli just tried to separate a rushing Zdeno Chara from the puck at the Sens blue line. After getting thrown to the ice by Big Chara, something tells me he won’t be attempting it again.

9:07: Quick little dust-up between Chara and Nick Foligno. No penalties and it was separated after each got a quick parting shot in. Chara is definitely channeling some playoff snarl in the last few games.

1:55: High-stick on Mark Recchi. Sens will be on PP to end the game. We may see the always exciting 6-on-4 advantage in the final minute of the game here.

1:15: Acrobatic ballet move by Thomas to leap out of the way as an Aldredsson shot from the side angle came speeding through the crease. Thomas was just looking to get out of the way and keep a bad bounce from pin-balling back into the net.

The B’s take their fifth straight victory with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Garden.

Lucic ties it up with a sizzling slapper in second

04.02.09 at 7:08 pm ET
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17:47: Good job by Aaron Ward and Milan Lucic blocking shots in the D-zone.

Which leads to…

17:33: Wow, that was Cam Neely-esque. Milan Lucic took a nice breakout pass from Michael Ryder in the nuetral zone and rifled a sizzling slap shot to the top right corner. Auld didn’t even have a chance to get a glove on it. Just like that, Looch has tied things up on his 17th goal of the season.

14:48: Nifty little wraparound move by David Krejci that Auld was able to hug the post and stop, and Ryder narrowly missed on the rebound when he flipped at Auld’s back. The puck trickled away from the post and rested harmlessly behind the net.

13:16: Good short-handed rush by Mike Fisher after beating Matt Hunwick to a loose puck during a Boston PP. Thomas covered the bottom of the net and smothered Fisher’s attempt to go five hole.

12:38: Good pressure by Chuck Kobasew off a faceoff in the Sens D-zone as he batted a bouncing puck out of the air, but Auld was able to get a glove on it.

11:45: Great give and go with Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara, with Chara sneaking in the back door for the tip in front of the net. Auld was able to knock the tip away with his shoulder, but the B’s have put much more pressure on here in the second period.

5:37: Big “sit-down” hit by Mark Stuart in front of the Boston net as an Ottawa rusher swooped in to attack the net. Stuart is playing in his team-leading 156th consecutive game in a Bruins uniform, and has really started showing improvement in all areas as the season has worn on.

2:37: All heck breaks loose as Jarkko Ruutu hits Tim Thomas with a shot flying toward him. Thomas goes down, Ruutu goes down next to him and then P.J. Axelsson — of all people — came in and did a big splash off the top turnbuckle on top of Ruutu. Brad Winchester and the surly Shane Hnidy both went to the box for some extended pushing and shoving after the whistle.

The Bruins and Senators are tied at 1-1 at the end of two full periods at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Sens take a quick lead over sleeping Bears

04.02.09 at 6:23 pm ET
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14:37: Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson sniped one from the high slot that Tim Thomas didn’t get a good look at prior to passing him by.

14:17: Shane Hnidy, in the lineup with Steve Montador as a late scratch, has been pretty ornery so far in this one, and just slammed a Sens skater in the near boards. It might be one of the loudest hits/collisions into the boards I’ve ever heard hear at the Garden.’

7:07: Good jump by the David Krejci/Milan Lucic/Michael Ryder line with Ryder already squeezing off a few shots, and Dennis Wideman narrowly missing on the shot otisde of the faceoff circle following a quick rush by the trio.

5:30: Great spin-o-rama pass by Zdeno Chara from the left faceoff circle following a pad save on Blake Wheeler from his knees at the right dot. Z dropped it right back to Wheeler cruising in front of the net, but big Alex Auld was able to get a body in front of the puck and smother the rebound.

4:43: Good backhand bid by Byron Birz after using his big body to carry the puck toward the net. He released the flip in traffic, but Auld was able to get a piece of his body on it. Bitz has looked strong on the pick early in this game. It’ll be interesting to see if the B’s braintrust opts for Bitz’s big body in playoff situations given their relative lack of size up front.

2:21: Hooking penalty by Savard after a little stickwork when he was behind the play. B’s have been pretty undisciplined during this first period against the Senators, and aren’t outworking the ready-to-golf Sens.

00:51: Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley and Chris Campoli were swarming the Bruins net during the PP, but Thomas was hot-footing it around the crease blocking everything. He’s been solid in the first other than the Alfredsson shot.

The Senators have a 1-0 lead over the Bruins after one full period of play.

David Krejci wins Seventh Player Award

04.02.09 at 6:19 pm ET
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Bruins center David Krejci was bestowed with NESN’s Seventh Player Award prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators at the TD Banknorth Garden. Krejci was presented with a 2009 red Dodge Ram Truck for winning the award, a seeming no-brainer given the 71 points he’s racked up during a sensational second NHL season. The award was presented by NESN’s Jack Edwards just prior to the dropping of the puck. Milan Lucic won the Seventh Player Award last season.

Here’s the release from the Bruins:

Before the Bruins/Senators game on Thursday night, Bruins center David Krejci was named the winner of NESN’s Seventh Player Award presented by the New England Dodge Dealers.

Voted on by Bruins fans online at NESN.com, NESN’s Seventh Player Award is an annual award presented to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceed the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2008-2009 season. In addition to the Seventh Player Award trophy, Krejci will take home a 2009 Dodge Ram, courtesy of New England Dodge Dealers.

This year, in his first full season with the Bruins, the 22-year-old Krejci established career highs in games played (76, previous career high 56), goals (22, previous 6), assists (49, previous 21), points (71,
previous 27) and plus/minus rating (+36, previous -3). Krejci – who ranks second on the team and 24th in the entire NHL in points – is one of four Bruins to have played in all 76 games to date, while his +36 rating currently leads the league.

Krejci has recorded 21 multiple point games this season – second on the team to Marc Savard, who has 24 – and a team high seven three-point-or-more games, including his first career hat trick against Toronto on December 18. The team is 19-0-1 in games when Krejci has scored a goal, 27-2-5 when he has an assist and 36-2-5 when he has
recorded a point. He also leads the team in game-winning points with 6-8=14 totals.

Originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Krejci made his NHL and Bruins debut on January 30, 2007.

This was the 40th presentation of the Seventh Player Award and Krejci is just the second European born player to have won it, joining fellow Czech Republic native Vladimir Ruzicka. Milan Lucic was voted last year’s winner.

BRUINS SEVENTH PLAYER AWARD WINNERS:
Ed Westfall (1968-69), John McKenzie (1969-70), Fred Stanfield (1970-71), Derek Sanderson (1971-72), Dallas Smith (1972-73), Carol Vadnais & Don Marcotte (1973-74), Terry O’Reilly (1974-75), Gregg Sheppard (1975-76), Gary Doak (1976-77), Stan Jonathan (1977-78), Rick Middleton (1978-79), Ray Bourque (1979-80), Steve Kasper (1980-81), Barry Pederson (1981-82), Pete Peeters (1982-83), Mike O’Connell (1983-84), Keith Crowder (1984-85), Randy Burridge (1985-86), Cam Neely (1986-87), Glen Wesley (1987-88), Randy Burridge (1988-89), John Carter (1989-90), Ken D. Hodge (1990-91), Vladimir Ruzicka (1991-92), Don Sweeney (1992-93), Cam Neely (1993-94), Blaine Lacher (1994-95), Kyle McLaren (1995-96), Ted Donato (1996-97), Jason Allison (1997-98), Byron Dafoe (1998-99), Joe Thornton (1999-2000), Bill Guerin (2000-01), Bill Guerin (2001-02), Mike Knuble (2002-03), Andrew Raycroft (2003-04), Tim Thomas (2005-06), Tim Thomas (2006-07), Milan Lucic, (2007-08).

Aaron Ward shaving heads for a good cause

04.02.09 at 6:05 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward was talking about his upcoming charity event during the pre-game skate, and here are the details. It sounds as if a good helping of B’s skaters will be sporting clean scalps once the playoffs begin.

Here’s the release:

On Wednesday, April 8, Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward is teaming up with WBCN 104.1 to host the second annual “Cuts for a Cause” to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Oncology Unit from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The Harp (85 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114).

Thirteen members of the current Boston Bruins roster including Aaron Ward, Patrice Bergeron, Byron Bitz, Matt Hunwick, Phil Kessel, Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder, Mark Stuart, Tim Thomas, Blake Wheeler and Dennis Wideman will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage, in front of fans to show their support and raise money for children battleing cancer.

“Last year, Cuts for a Cause made a substantial contribution towards the fight against cancer,” said Ward.  “Like our hockey team, we look to improve on our results each year. With the help of WBCN, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Mass General Hospital, my teammates and our fans, we hope to have an even greater impact on the fight against cancer at this year’s event.”

Fans can support the event, which will be hosted by Fred “Toucher” Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on WBCN, by purchasing a ticket to the event or by bidding on the opportunity to shave one of the Bruins player’s heads.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $20 at www.wbcn.com, and the auction for head-shavers will be held during a Toucher and Rich broadcast between now and April 8. The top bidders will win the opportunity to shave the head of a Boston Bruins player on stage at “Cuts for a Cause”.

The admission ticket includes the chance for fans to meet the team throughout the afternoon, food will be provided by the Harp and raffle tickets to win autographed Boston Bruins memorabilia will be given out at the door. Depending on availability, tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.

All of the money raised though the event will be donated through the Boston Bruins Foundation and will benefit MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

In addition to the Bruins players, Dr. Howard Weinstein, Chief of Pediatric Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children will also take the stage to have his head shaved by one of his current patients. April 1, 2009 marked 13 years that Dr. Weinstein has been the head of the Pediatric Oncology unit at Mass General.

Bruins fans who are not able to attend the event on April 8, but are looking to support “Cuts for a Cause”, will also have the opportunity to relax and get a massage during the Bruins/Rangers game on April 4 at the TD Banknorth Garden for a small donation.  For $5 fans will get a five-minute chair massage from the girls of the Knock Outs Salon. The massages will be given in the Comcast High-Def Zone beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will be offered through the second intermission.

Kessel, Thornton expected out for tonight vs. Senators

04.02.09 at 11:19 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Phil Kessel skated and did some light shooting on the ice and Shawn Thornton wasn’t present during Thursday morning’s pre-game skate prior to tonight’s tilt at the TD Banknorth Garden against the Ottawa Senators.

Thornton’s asbence from the morning skate indicates that the B’s brawling winger will miss his second straight game with a minor “undisclosed injury”. With Thornton and Kessel out of the lineup, Bitz should again populate the fourth line with Steve Montador and Stephane Yelle — and Blake Wheeler, P.J. Axelsson and Marc Savard  will again skate as Boston’s top scoring line after producing an even-strength goal Tuesday night.

“Phil was on the ice and he’s practicing, and we’re planning his return for sometime next week,” said Claude Julien. “(Thornton) is still the same. I can’t say any more than it’s not sonething serious. There’s a lot of the same, and we’re just going to keep going with healthy guys.”

Raymond Bourque Sr. passes away from lung cancer

04.01.09 at 6:17 pm ET
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Sad news in Bruins Nation today as Ray Bourque Sr. passed away on Tuesday afternoon in a Moncton, New Brunswick, hospital following a courageous three-month battle with lung cancer. The elder Bourque was a regular part of the Boston scene early in his son’s hockey career with the Bruins, and memorably received a Chevrolet Caprice Classic as a gift from Ray Jr. when he signed his first Bruins contract coming out of junior hockey. Ray Bourque Sr. was 79 years-old.

 Wake and funeral arrangements for the senior Bourque are not finalized, but in lieu of flowers the Bourque family requests donations in the name of Raymond Bourque Sr. to Friends of Moncton Hospital Foundation, 135 MacBeth Ave., Moncton, N.B. E1C 6Z8. 506-857-5488.

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