Archive for February, 2013

Bruins beat Jets, snap losing streak

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday night, coming from behind to beat the Jets, 3-2, in Winnipeg.

The Jets opened the scoring in the second period with Alex Burmistrov’s second of the season, with Tyler Seguin redirecting a Zdeno Chara wrist shot past Ondrej Pavalec to tie it at one. Evander Kane made it 2-1 in the final minute of the second, but Daniel Paille redirected a Johnny Boychuk past Pavelec with 1.5 seconds remaining in the period.

With Ron Hainsey in the box for tripping, Brad Marchand broke the tie in the third period’s opening minute for his team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Jets made a last-second push as a Zach Redmond bid slid along the goal line but did not go in.

Tuukka Rask made 21 saves on 23 shots in the win, as the B’s improved to 9-2-2 on the season. They’ll next play Thursday night against the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

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Bruins surrender third-period lead, fall to Sabres in Buffalo

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Sabres scored three consecutive third-period goals to come from behind and beat the Bruins, 4-2, Friday night at First Niagara Center.

The loss dropped the Bruins to 8-2-2 on the season, with the Sabres having delivered both regulation defeats. Buffalo held the B’s to  just three shots in the final period, outshooting them, 10-3, over the final 20 minutes.

The Bruins held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play thanks to goals from Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley. Hamilton’s tally, a power-play strike in the first period, was the first goal of his NHL career.

Buffalo opened the game’s scoring on Drew Stafford’s first goal of the year. They overcame the third-period defect with goals from Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff, with a Cody Hodgson making it 4-2.

Making his third start of the season, Anton Khudobin made 22 saves on 26 shots. The loss left his record at 2-1-0 this season.

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Bruins to visit Newtown, Conn., Monday

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Bruins announced Friday that players and Claude Julien will visit Newtown, Conn., on Monday for a number of events.

Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley will join Julien as the group signs autographs, takes pictures and spends time with families in attendance. The B’s will also conduct street hockey clinics, which will be led by Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin.

The B’s will honor Sandy Hook Elementary School vice principal Natalie Green Hammond during their game against the Canadiens on March 3.

Claude Julien: ‘More that’s expected’ from Tyler Seguin

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Tyler Seguin

WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena that the B’s expect more out of Tyler Seguin, who has two goals (one of which is an empty-netter) in 11 games this season.

Last season, Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals. His production has slowed in the early going of the shortened season, with Julien saying the team is eager to see him break out of his slump.

“We know we can get more out of him, and it’s a matter of pushing him, it’s a matter of him pushing himself,” Julien said. “He’s not a poor player, but I think there’s more that’s expected of him and there’s more that I think he’ll be able to give us. He’s still a young player, and you can squish him and make it worse or you can try and help him through it and push the right buttons and certainly help him get his game back to where it should be.”

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Andy Brickley on M&M: ‘I expect [Tyler Seguin] to take a little clearer look in the mirror’

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Andy Brickley

Andy Brickley of NESN joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about what the Bruins might do with the money they freed up by trading Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin‘s lack of production, and his broadcasting partner Jack Edwards, whose reaction to the Bruins’ comeback Tuesday has by now been seen all over the hockey world.

“I just admire his passion for the game,” Brickley said of Edwards, who was on video jumping up and down after the Bruins rallied to tie Tuesday’s game. “That was such an unlikely scenario, and how much he cares about quality play and the entertainment value of the visual medium we’re involved in, I think is spectacular. It’s different from my style and therefore I think we’re a good balance, but I think the fact that he’s enjoying it, doing a good job, calling the game the way it should be called, I think he’s doing the fans a service.”

Brickley said that, in addition to solidifying their long-term situation in net, the Bruins could be looking to add a veteran forward before the trade deadline.

“You’ll rarely get another Mark Recchi-type player, but I think that’s where they’re targeting somebody that can play in the top nine as far as their forwards,” he said. “They have a real strong room, but without Recchi and his resume or his pedigree, I think they’re looking for that type of player.

“I know they signed Jay Pandolfo and he brings a couple of Cups, experience, a guy that’s been around a long time. I’m not sure if he’s the guy, but I think they’re looking for that type of player that’s another voice in the room that can help motivate or keep guys in line or further get them to do what they need to do to be accountable to the rest of the team.”

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Bruins chat at noon

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Bring your Bruins questions, comments and concerns as DJ Bean will be taking them all Wednesday at noon …

Bruins come back in third, but fall to Rangers in shootout

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Brad Marchand

The Bruins rallied in the third period to earn a hard point against the Rangers on Tuesday night, but fell, 4-3, in a shootout.

The B’s completed an improbably comeback as they rallied from a 3-0 defect in the third period, with Brad Marchand tying the game with 42.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Nathan Horton had scored less than a minute earlier, with David Krejci getting the B’s on the board at 8:44 of the third. Ryan Callahan scored the game-winner for the Rangers in the shootout.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period with an impressive play from Rick Nash to set up a Carl Hagelin goal. Nash went around Andrew Ference on a 2-on-2 and despite losing his balance, Tuukka Rask still had to commit to him. He then knocked a backhand pass over to Hagelin, who had a clean look with plenty of net and put it in for his fourth goal of the season. The Rangers added to the lead in the second period with Derek Stepan capitalizing on a Milan Lucic turnover and beating Rask on a 2-on-1.

Rask allowed a goal he’d really like to have back when he let an easy wrist shot from defenseman Anton Stralman slowly tricked past him and into the net after he thought he’d made the save.

After the expiration of a penalty to Nash, Krejci got the B’s on the board by burying a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist. (The goal broke up what would have been Lundqvist’s seventh career shutout against the Bruins.) Though it came just after the expiration of a power play and Nash was not yet back on the ice, the B’s still went 0-for-4 on the man advantage Tuesday night.

The Bruins will return to action Friday in Buffalo as they play their first of five straight road games. They will next play at TD Garden on Feb. 28 against the Sabres.

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