Archive for January, 2009

B’s lead 3-2 on three third period scores

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Dennis Wideman took a Phil Kessel feed and blasted a shot from the high slot that’s given the Bruins a 3-2 lead in the third period. An earlier second attempt at a Chuck Kobasew wrap-around and a Marc Savard snipe — on a nice feed from the returning Phil Kessel — helped Boston tie things up for the B’s in the third period. Kessel has two assists in his first game back from mononucleosis.

Kobasew score cuts Devils’ lead in half

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

A second attempt at a Chuck Kobasew wrap-around in the third period counted as a goal after an instant replay review, and cut the Devils lead to one goal. Kobasew’s score has cut the Devils’ lead in half, 2-1, with 13:21 to go in the third period.

Devils up 2-0 after two periods of play

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Zach Parise picked up a second period score to make it a 2-0 lead for the Devils when he flipped a puck at B’s goalie Tim Thomas, and then watched as the shot pinballed off the goalie and ended up in the back of the net.

The B’s have had three power plays through the first 40 minutes of hockey, but haven’t been able to do anything with them. Andrew Ference leads the team with four shots on net and has been able to get his slap shot through traffic to the net, but former Boston College goalie Scott Clemmensen has been impressive in making 19 saves thus far.

Devils take 1-0 lead on fortunate bounce

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

A short-handed goal by Jamie Langenbrunner that shifted off Marc Savard’s skate and then through Tim Thomas’ pads has given the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period. The score was set up when Patrice Bergeron whiffed on a one-time attempt from the left point during Boston’s power play. The Devils lead 1-0 with 3:42 to go in the first period.

B’s talked about signing Shanahan

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
The B's missed out on a chance to add more magnificent hockey hair to the roster when they didn't sign Brendan Shanahan

The B's missed out on a chance to add more magnificent hockey hair to the roster when they didn't sign Brendan Shanahan

According to several hockey sources, the Bruins and current New Jersey Devils forward Brendan Shanahan discussed a potential one-year deal during the first few months of the hockey season — but both sides ultimately opted to go in different directions. The B’s decided to stick with the exciting young talent that’s performed so very well for them this season, and the right-handed shooting Shanahan inked a one-year $800,000 deal with the Devils. Shanahan and his Atlantic Division-leading Devils will be taking on the B’s at the TD Banknorth Garden (7 p.m.) tonight.

It’s been well-documented that the Bruins have been actively looking for a big, left-handed shot to A) replace the lefty shot they’re currently missing with Marco Sturm gone for the season and B) add another southpaw shot to an overabundance of right-handed shooters (Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder, Chuck Kobasew) on the Black and Gold roster.

The 40-year-old Shanahan has the grit, size and the power play skills that could have made for a potent addition to Boston’s playoff roster, but the veteran winger ultimately didn’t fit the left-handed shooting mold listed in the Bruins’ want ad for a “have shot, will travel” kind of player.

To his credit, Shanahan wasn’t talking about specifics this morning with any of the teams involved in the pre-signing sweepstakes, but the Bruins clearly fit the 20-year veteran’s criteria: a northeast location and a competitive situation.  

“There were a lot of teams in the mix, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about other teams right now,” said Shanahan, who has two goals in three games since signing with the Devils on Jan. 15. “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t other teams in the mix that I was obviously interested in and curious about.”

Practice notes: Kessel and Ryder ready to go

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Michael Ryder is also expected to rejoin the Bruins lineup tonight

Michael Ryder is also expected to rejoin the Bruins lineup tonight

Phil Kessel, who missed six games sandwiched around the NHL All-Star break with mono, and Michael Ryder, who missed Tuesday night’s game with flu-like symptoms, are both expected back in the Boston lineup tonight when the B’s take on the Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Devils at the TD Banknorth Garden. Kessel should be taking his customary right wing spot next to Milan Lucic and Marc Savard on Boston’s top line, and Ryder should slot in with David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.

“It’s nice to see our lineup getting closer to what it should look like,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I thought our guys have handled adversity fairly well. We always found ways to win and that’s what you hope good teams do.”

–Jack Edwards graciously thanked Pucks with Haggs for capturing his moment of extreme high-fiving and celebration from Tuesday night’s game and aptly described his position on the ground after falling as “lying on his back like a dead dog in Winnipeg.” Good times.

–Julien said that he’ll go with Tim Thomas tonight, but wouldn’t commit to any possible “Tuukka Time” this weekend with the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon and another matinee in Montreal against the Montreal Canadiens on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon.

Manny Fernandez is still dealing with a balky back, and there’s no word whether he’ll be ready to jump in between the pipes by this weekend.

“We’ll deal with this game tonight and Timmy is going to be in net obviously and certainly we have to at some point acknowledge (who will play),” said Julien. “But to be honest I don’t get that far ahead of myself. I’ll make those decisions as we move on.”

Chiarelli: Kessel a “good bet” to play tomorrow night

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Bruins General Peter Chiarelli confirmed to WEEI.com this afternoon what winger Phil Kessel and coach Claude Julien both alluded to after Bruins practice this morning: Kessel is likely to make his return to the B’s lineup tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Banknorth Garden. Kessel has been out since Jan. 10 with a case of mono, but was cleared by team doctors yesterday to play in game action.

“I’m hoping. I think there’s a good bet that he’s going to play,” said Chiarelli. “It may be a game time decision, but I’m hoping that he’ll play.”