|04.09.09 at 8:28 pm ET|
14:33: Tie hockey game. Big Zdeno Chara mixed it up down low during the power play and flipped a second effort attempt past Price after he managed to stop the first swat from Mark Recchi. The power play score began with a big wrist shot from the right point by Marc Savard. One more goal from Chara will put him at a career-best 20 for the season, and might put a little more shine on his Norris Trophy candidacy.
5:43: The Habs are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Bruins, and Tim Thomas is playing his best of the three periods tonight. A couple big saves when the defense started running around a little bit in Boston’s end during the last possession.
5:00: Great save by Thomas on a one-man rush by Chris Higgins as he managed to slice through a pair of Boston defenders.
2:02: Another sprawling save by Thomas on a Kovalev rush up the right side. Tonight Kovalev has looked like the guy that was a Bruins killer last season.
0:00: And the Canadiens crowd goes wild high-fiving at the Garden. Yes, the game is going to OT, but the Habs have clinched a playoff spot with their one point earned by pushing things to overtime.
OT: Mark Recchi does it again. A great set-up from Patrice Bergeron, and the 41-year-old “rent-a-player” banged it home to send the Bruins’ masses home euphoric. We can only hope that the hockey gods deem this Habs/Bruins worthy in the first round of the plays. Seven games just like tonight’s instant classic would be epic.
A Mark Recchi score in OT gives the B’s a rousing 5-4 win. The Bruins have two games left against lesser lights in Buffalo and New York (Islanders, not Rangers) and then the playoffs begin in earnest.
|04.09.09 at 7:17 pm ET|
16:48: Phil Kessel the sniper is back. Kessel scored his 33rd goal of the season on a picture-perfect wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Price top shelf and against puts the B’s on top.
16:05: Ryan O’Byrne just completely turtled when Shawn Thornton came calling after O’Byrne did some pushing and shoving in front of the net, and then threw a shoulder at Thornton as the two passed each other during a stoppage in play. Once again the timeouts in play are no longer a safehaven if you’re the Bruins. As soon as Thornton grabbed him and dropped the gloves, O’Byrne dropped to his knees and covered his head like a man half his size. O’Byrne got hit with a double minor and a misconduct for his Avery-esque actions.
14:30: It’s time for the Chant at the Garden again. Zdeno Chara unloaded a big bomb from the right point after missing wide on his first attempt, and the sure-handed Mark Recchi tipped the puck past Price for a Bruins score. You may see a lot of those in the playoffs. It’s going to be that tough to stop.
13:54: This is a great way to rev up for the playoffs. A Byron Bitz goalie interference penalty in front of the Montreal net just turned into total pandemonium with Shane Hnidy and Josh Gorges tossing each other around in the corner and Milan Lucic taking on half the Habs lineup at the right faceoff dot. This has been entertaining Old Time Hockey tonight, even if the Canadiens are playing turtle-hearted hockey. Half of the Bruins team is in the penalty box following the melee with Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy and Bitz all taking up residence in the sin bin.
12:33: Rookie Matt D’Agostini just made it a one-goal game with a hammered slap shot from the high point with traffic in front of goaltender Tim Thomas. The large Montreal contingent in the crowd just let out a big roar.
11:48: Milan Lucic is back in the box again after getting cross-checked from behind by Komisarek and then retaliating with a horse collar tackle from behind after Shawn Thonrton had already dropped the gloves and begun engaging the Montreal troublemaker. Lucic grabbed Komisarek in a head lock from behind and threw him to the ice while he was still tangling with Thornton. Double minors and a misconduct for Lucic and a pair of minor penalties for Thornton and Komisarek. It might be prudent to have Lucic hit the showers for a bit before he does something suspension-worthy with the playoffs just a hair’s breath away.
9:32: Mathieu Schneider is off the injured list and into the scoresheet. The Montreal defenseman just beat Thomas to the far post with a sizzling slap shot that passed through the big body of Zdeno Chara on its way to the net.
5:38: Huge save by Price in front when Bitz redirected a Stephane Yelle set up pass from the side of the net. Yelle had picked off a Montreal turnever by the blue line while moving with speed into the offensive zone.
3:07: D’Agostini scored his second goal of the period after skating into the Bruins zone with speed and picking a corner with a nifty wrist shot from the left faceoff circle. Not bad for a kid who hadn’t dressed in six of the last nine games for the Habs. Tim Thomas isn’t having one of his better nights tonight, and Montreal is taking advantage.
1:10: Komisarek at it again, going after Shawn Thornton and Shane Hnidy after Thornton leveled a blast at Carey Price following an off-sides call. Thornton and Komisarek have both gone back to the locker rooms with minor penalties.
The Bruins and Habs are knotted together with a 3-3 score after two full periods of play at a raucous TD Banknorth Garden.
|04.09.09 at 6:49 pm ET|
2:02: After a first period that should have you jacked and pumped for the Stanley Cup playoffs unless you’re heart has stopped beating, the B’s draw first blood with a Patrice Bergeron goal right in front. The Bergeron score was the end of some tic-tac passing with Mark Recchi flipping it cross-ice to Matt Hunwick bombing down the right side. Hunwick picked his head up and found Bergeorn all alone at the right post, and fed a sweet tape-to-tape pass for the tap-in. Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges cross-checked Bergeron from behind after the puck was in the net, and set off an extended pushing and shoving scrum.
0:00: All heck broke loose at the end of the first period as Mike Komisarek, who has been active all period, went in after David Krejci in the corner. The two pushed and shoved, and then Zdeno Chara arrived and started throwing elbows and jobs at Komisarek. The entanglement started a team-wide donnybrook in the corner, and both Chara and Komisarek were whistled off for penalties. Komisarek was hit with a two-minute penalty (roughing) and Chara got four minutes (double minor for roughing) after coming in late to stand up for Krejci.
The Bruins are leading the Canadiens by a 1-o score after one full period at the TD Banknorth Garden.
|04.09.09 at 2:30 pm ET|
Responding to a report out of the Boston Herald that the Boston Bruins will play the 2010 Winter Classic outdoors at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, Boston Bruins and Delaware North Companies Principal Charlie Jacobs stated in an email to WEEI.com this afternoon that nothing has yet been finalized to make the Jan. 1 hockey game a reality. Jacobs said that the classic is “close” to coming to Boston, but that nothing has been finalized by the parties involved.
‘Contrary to published reports, at this time we have not finalized plans for a Bruins game at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day,” wrote Jacobs in an email to WEEI.com. “It is no secret that I would love to bring The Winter Classic to the City of Boston ‘ and I have been working with the NHL to consider a number of venues in the area. We believe that we are close to accomplishing this. Bruins fans deserve to have an outdoor game, and we hope to deliver one to them in the near future.’
|04.09.09 at 11:47 am ET|
A hockey source familair with the proceedings has confirmed to WEEI.com that the 2010 NHL Winter Classic will take place at Fenway Park on Jan. 1 with the Boston Bruins taking on an as-yet-undetermined opponent. The two most speculated opponents for the Fenway game have been the New York Rangers and the rival Montreal Canadiens, with the Habs the more likely of the two teams.
After the last two NHL Winter Classics have gone without a Canadian hockey team, it’s expected there will be pressure exerted by the powers that be North of the Border to get the Canadiens involved in the Boston game. Bet on B’s and hope for the Habs Jan. 1 at Fenway Park, and expect a banged out ballpark with mittens, hot cocoa and earmuffs as far as the eye can see. Should be a once-in-a-lifetime type event.
|04.09.09 at 11:27 am ET|
Young Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka was called up to Boston this morning on an emergency basis for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Banknorth Garden. The 21-year-0ld Sobotka has a goal and three assists in 23 games for the Bruins this season, and has 20 goals and 24 assists and a +11 in 44 games for the Providence Bruins this season.
Chuck Kobasew, Dennis Wideman and P.J. Axelsson were all question marks heading into a game with playoff implications against the Montreal Canadiens after not practicing at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Sobotka’s recall is a pretty indication that either Axelsson or Kobasew won’t be healthy enough to go against the hated Habs tonight.
|04.09.09 at 7:42 am ET|
For one of the first times this season Bruins head coach Claude Julien has completely scrubbed the pre-game morning skate at the TD Banknorth Garden prior to tonight’s grudge match against the Montreal Canadiens. Though the Black and Gold have clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the game still has playoff ramifications for a Habs squad that’s currently situated as the seventh seed — but hasn’t yet clinched a playoff berth. A Bruins’ win could drop the Canadiens to the eighth spot and set up a potentially explosive Bruins vs. Canadiens match in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tentatively set to begin next Thursday.
Three injured Bruins — Dennis Wideman, P.J. Axelsson and Chuck Kobasew — are being considered day-to-day, and would have had their playing fates for tonight answered during the morning skating session. Now that will have to wait until game time. The Bruins media relations staff called with the news around 8:15 a.m., and gave advanced notice that there would be no “players or coaches” reporting to the Garden until just hours before game time. The playoffs may be starting a week early with tonight’s showdown against Montreal.
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