Archive for November, 2010

Cam Ward shuts out Bruins

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins’ penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B’sat TD Garden on Friday.

The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league’s top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals.

The B’s outshot Carolina, 37-20, though Ward was able to stop every shot he saw, robbing the likes of Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin. The loss dropped the Bruins’ record to 12-7-2, while Tim Thomas saw his record fall to 11-2-1. The Bruins are now 4-5-2 in home games, including the season-opener in Prague.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– The penalty kill struggled without Jordan Carons in what proved to be a game decided by special teams. The Hurricanes were able to net tallies in all three of their power plays. Carolina actually entered the game 21st in the league with a 15.3 power play percentage, while the Bruins’ 90.5 penalty kill percentage was tops in the league entering Friday. The last time the Bruins had allowed three power play goals was on April 9, 2007 in a game in which the Canadiens went 3-for-7.

– Just as the penalty kill was rough for the B’s, the power play was brutal. The Bruins failed to get a shot on Cam Ward in either of their man advantages in the second period, and poor passing often left them chasing the puck down outside of the offensive zone. The Bruins finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play.

– As fascinating as this team’s third-period play has been, they once again saw why turning it up in the third period isn’t a safe motto to live by. Friday marked the 10th game in which the Bruins trailed entering the third period, and with the loss they have dropped to 2-6-2 in those games.

WHAT ELSE WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Daniel Paille hasn’t played much this season, and when he has, he’s given the naysayers plenty of reason for their criticism. Paille was in the lineup on Friday in place of Jordan Caron (flu) and committed the turnover that led to the Hurricane’s first goal.

– Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall were the two names everyone knew in June’s draft, but another top-10 pick continued to show that he’s been the league’s best rookie on Friday. In getting the Hurricanes on the board with his power play goal in the first period, seventh overall pick Jeff Skinner added to his league-high points total. He now has 18 points on the season.

The youngest player in the league, Skinner played against Seguin and Hall in the OHL as a member of the Kitchener Rangers the last two years. Last season, he scored 50 goals for Kitchener.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton got more pucks on net, something neither have done nearly enough this season. Lucic had five shots on Ward, which tied Zdeno Chara for the team high, while Horton had four. Even so, Horton did not have one of his better showings, appearing to go through the motions in the second period more than anything else.

– For the second game in a row, the Bruins were aided by a delay of game call on their opponent while the B’s were already on the power play. Tim Gleason sent the puck over the glass in his own zone at 12:00 of the third, though there were just four seconds remaining on a Joni Pitkanen high-sticking minor.

Bruins trail Hurricanes, 2-0, after two

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Tuomo Ruutu tipped a power play goal past Tim Thomas, and the Bruins trail the Hurricanes, 2-0, after two periods at TD Garden. The Bruins have now trailed entering the third period 10 times in 21 games this season.

A period after robbing Nathan Horton on a golden opportunity, Cam Ward did the same to Tyler Seguin during a delayed penalty call, lunging to get back in position. The Bruins were rather lethargic with the man advantage on both of their power plays.

Through two periods of play, the Bruins have outshot the Hurricanes, 21-15.

Hurricanes lead Bruins, 1-0, after one

Friday, November 26th, 2010

After a botched play in the neutral zone while shorthanded and a Daniel Paille turnover, the Hurricanes had no difficulty regaining possession and setting up Jeff Skinner’s seventh goal of the season, to make it 1-0 after a period of play.

Skinner was chosen seventh overall in June’s draft and leads all rookies in scoring.

Nathan Horton had perhaps the best scoring opportunity of the period, as he gathered a Zdeno Chara shot off the boards, but was unable to put it past Ward, who was caught out of position. The Hurricanes goaltender came up big on a number of other plays, notably a high blast from Andrew Ference through traffic and stops on point-blank wristers from Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder.

Tim Thomas wasn’t quite as busy, as he saw only six shots in the period. The goal came with 15.8 seconds left in the period, and in the midst of a power play caused by a Blake Wheeler holding call. The B’s put 12 on Ward.

Jordan Caron misses Friday matinee with flu

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The Bruins have just informed that Jordan Caron has the flu, which is why he was not on the ice in warmups and why he is not in Friday’s lineup. He is not a healthy scratch.

Daniel Paille is in the linuep in place of Caron. The lines appear to be as follows:

Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder

Lucic – Bergeron – Horton

Marchand – Campbell – Recchi

Paille – Seguin – Thornton

Claude Julien goes with Tim Thomas, revamped lines vs. Hurricanes

Friday, November 26th, 2010

In speaking with the media prior to Friday’s noon start, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes when the B’s take on the Hurricanes at TD Garden.

Thomas, 36, is 11-1-1 with a 1.46 goals against average in 14 starts. He leads the league with a .955 save percentage and is tied for the league lead with four shutouts. He most recently made 31 saves in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Panthers in Florida on Wednesday.

Julien also said the the lines “will be kind of the same” as they were in the third period of Wednesday’s game. With the team trailing, 1-0, in the third period, Julien reunited the Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder line of years past, sticking Patrice Bergeron between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Gregory Campbell centered Jordan Caron and Mark Recchi, while Tyler Seguin returned to center on a line with Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton.

In warmups, however, it was Daniel Paille skating with Seguin and Thornton, with Marchand jumping up to Campbell’s line. Caron was not on the ice, an indication he could be a healthy scratch for the first time since the season-opener on Oct. 9 in Prague.

Bruins defeat Panthers with strong third period

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Mark Recchi had a pair of goals and Tim Thomas picked up his 11th win on Wednesday in a 3-1 Bruins win over the Panthers in Florida.

It was yet another game in which the B’s had to fight back in the third period, as they entered the period trailing, 1-0, before they got a shorthanded tally from Brad Marchand and a two goals from Mark Recchi.

The Panthers got their lone goal from Steve Reinprecht in the second period. Aside from that, Thomas was sound once again, stopping the other 31 shots he saw. Tomas Vokoun allowed three goals on 35 shots.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Brad Marchand, sheikh of the shorthanded goal. After Vokoun misplayed a puck behind the net and sent it in front of an unoccupied goal, Brad Marchand raced to it and chipped it in, picking up his second shorthanded goal and third goal of his career.

– With Recchi’s second goal, the Bruins are now a — brace yourself — plus-17 in the third period, which is of course tops in the league (the Capitals, at plus-11 are second in the league). Something just happens to this Bruins team in the third period, especially when they’re trailing.

– Recchi reached yet another milestone as his goal was the 1500th point of his career. He’s 13th all-time.

– The third-period shaking up of the lines seemed to work, though Recchi’s first goal came from Krejci. Here’s how they looked after the changes:

Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder

Lucic – Bergeron – Horton

Caron – Campbell – Recchi

Marchand – Seguin – Thornton

– The Bruins were essentially handed the dagger to put in Florida’s heart when Radek Dvorak flipped the puck into the stands from his own end early on in a Michal Repik penalty. The result was a 5-on-3 on which Recchi scored his second goal.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Dennis Wideman was instrumental in setting up the Panther’s first goal. The former Bruin faked out Jordan Caron at the point and slid it over to Michal Repek, whose shot’s rebound found its way to Reinprecht.

– Anyone with access to twitter, (or, at times, the Big Bad Blog) can see that Panthers fans are irate that their old dog in Nathan Horton came to Boston and became a star. Luckily for those Panther fans, they didn’t see Horton do much as their opponent on Wednesday night. Horton had two shots on goal, following up a dismal showing against Tampa by disappearing for most of the night at BankAtlantic Center.

Horton, like others, picked it up in the third period, but the Bruins have seen far better from him.

– It was the third consecutive game in which the Bruins were trailing entering the third period. They’re 1-1-1 in that span.

Bruins trail Panthers after two

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Steve Reinprecht has the Panthers leading the Bruins, 1-0, thanks to an even strength goal. The Panthers outshot the B’s. 14-8, in the period and now hold a 26-19 lead in the shots on goal category.

Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic both saw time in the bin for the Bruins’ with Lucic getting call for hooking with less than a minute remaining in the period. The Panthers will begin the third period with a one-minute man advantage.

Through two periods, Tyler Seguin, Michael Ryder, and Jordan Caron are the only Bruins forwards with two shots on goal.