|Second period summary: Bruins-Penguins||03.07.10 at 4:35 pm ET|
With the Penguins handing the Bruins multiple opportunities with penalties, it was just a matter of time before Boston broke through.
Evgeni Malkin won the dubious distinction of being the man who committed the penalty (hooking – 2:15) that helped get the Bruins on the board. David Krejci put the puck in the crease and banged on it to the point that Marc-Andre Fleury fell flat on his stomach though not quite on top of the puck. Blake Wheeler then snuck in and swept the puck out from under the goaltender for his 14th goal of the season that gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 3:12.
The Penguins came back in 5-0n-5 at 8:57 in a similar scenario to Wheeler’s goal. Pascal Dupuis swept around the goal only to be semi-stuffed by Tim Thomas but the forward stayed on the puck and it trickled passed Thomas to tie the game at one apiece.
Michael Ryder took a slashing penalty at 3:43 in the period but Boston was able to kill it off. In the middle of the period the teams played two-minutes of 4-on-4 as Ruslan Fedotenko and Mark Stuart got in a tangle in the crease in front of Thomas that led to matching roughing penalties.
Shots in period (total):
Boston — 8 (11)
Pittsburgh — 11 (21)
|First period summary: Bruins-Penguins||03.07.10 at 3:45 pm ET|
Tim Thomas got his third straight start for the Bruins as Tuukka Rask is still listed as day-to-day with a knee injury he suffered last Tuesday against Montreal. Thomas has a tough task against the explosive and deep Penguins who feature Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal down the center positions. Thomas has been up to the task so far with 10 saves in a scoreless period.
The Bruins got the first power play opportunity at 5:29 on a tripping call to Brooks Orpik but could not convert. The Penguins gave Boston another chance at 11:05 on a high-stick by Mark Eaton but the Bruins could not even muster a shot against the aggressive penalty kill. The Bruins are now 2-11 on the man-advantage since the Olympic break. Pittsburgh has been killed all 12 shorthand scenarios it has faced in the same period.
A third penalty in the period was called against Ruslan Fedotenko at 18:42 and the Bruins will start on the man-advantage for the first 42-seconds of the second period.
Through it all Boston only has three shots on goal and have not seriously threatened Penguins’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Patrice Bergeron is back in action for Boston after missing the first three games after the Olympic break with a groin injury
Scoreless after one at Mellon Arena.
Shots on goal:
Bruins — 3
Penguins — 10
|Bruins top Leafs in shootout||03.04.10 at 9:58 pm ET|
Summary — Familiar foes faced off at on Thursday evening as the Maple Leafs gave the Bruins all they could handle before falling in a shootout 3-2 in front of a sold out crowd at TD Garden. Miroslav Satan scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. Tim Thomas got the start for Boston for the first time since Groundhogs Day (Feb. 2) and grabbed a win with 24 saves. Jean-Sebastian Giguere was the loss for Toronto with 29 saves. The Bruins announced earlier on Thursday that goaltender Tuukka Rask would sit with a lower body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
In his first game back since taking a puck to his temple against Vancouver on Feb. 6 Johnny Boychuk scored to brake a 1-1 tie at 15:24 in the second period with a blast from right wing that beat Giguere over his shoulder far-side. The goal was Boychuk’s third of the season and his career and the Bruins entered the third period with a goal advantage.
Once again Boston could not hold a third period lead as Tyler Bozak crashed the net in front of Thomas and rammed home a centering pass by Nikolai Kulemin at 3:58 in the third period.
The Bruins lit the lamp first as Satan scored his second goal in three games (though almost three weeks apart because of the Olympic break)when Shawn Thornton found him streaking down the center for an unchallenged break. Satan pulled up and hit a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Giguere through the five hole at 9:36 in the first period.
Then the teams got nasty. Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with notorious fighter Colton Orr and fought him to a standstill with both players taking significant blows. In the ensuing face off, Shawn Thornton went at it with Wayne Primeau as exactly one second ticked away on the game clock. Thornton handled Primeau. It was third time this season that Lucic and Thorton fought in the same game.
Boston could not hold Toronto off the board as Viktor Stalberg beat Thomas short side to tie the game at one at 15:27 in the first period in a 4-on-4 situation as Marco Sturm and Dion Phaneuf were in the penalty box.
Tim Thomas – The Bruins goaltender was solid in holding the Leafs down including multiple breakaway chances and stoned them in the shootout for the victory.
Miroslav Satan — Satan scored the first and last goal of the game to propel the Bruins to the win.
Tyler Bozak — The young Leafs forward picked up the fourth goal of his career that tied the game at two in the third period.
Turning Point — Shortly after the Leafs killed off a penalty in the third period Kulemin found the puck on the baseline after a scramble and centered it front of Thomas, who could not handle it cleanly in the crease. Bozak crashed the net and jarred the puck loose to tie the game and eventually send it to the shootout.
Key Play — With the third round of the shootout tied at zero, Satan skated in on Giguere, did a stick flip fake and went backhand to put the puck in the net. Thomas stuffed Bozak in the final shot to seal the victory.
|Seidenberg: ‘Happy to be joining’ B’s||03.03.10 at 6:17 pm ET|
As promised, here is the rest of the transcript from the Boston media’s conference call with newly acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg courtesy of Bruins media relations staff
First of all I’m very glad and happy to be joining the franchise. It has a lot of history and a lot of success and I’m excited to join a team that’s hopefully going to be going deep into the playoffs. I’m going to be looking forward to that.
On if he’s hoping to stay in the same place for multiple seasons’¦
Well first of all, I’m really happy to be playing for the Bruins. I think, myself, I think that’s what I’m looking for. I want to produce a little bit offensively. I don’t know what else I’m going to do, but I’m looking forward to my time here. Over the past few years I’ve been traded a few times and I’d like to stay in one spot for a long period of time. If it’s in Boston, great. So that’s my goal for now. I’m really looking to get a long-term deal somewhere.
On if he considered signing with Boston last summer as a free agent’¦
I’m not sure if Boston was on my shopping list. Me, personally, I hadn’t talked to them. There was a possibility that my agent had, but I can’t remember if they were on the list. I would certainly like to have come to Boston, but there wasn’t an opportunity though, or chance to do that.
On if he thought the Bruins would struggle this year, based on what he saw against them in the playoffs with Carolina last year’¦
I mean, if you look at the team, they’re almost the same team that they were last year so there’s no doubt in my mind that they have a chance to go deep in the playoffs again this year. What are the reasons for this year’s struggle? I don’t know, I haven’t followed it too close. But hopefully we’ll be going strong the next few games and find our position in the top eight for the playoffs.
On if he thinks Boston needs scoring help’¦
My thoughts on Boston? They’re definitely a really skilled team. Last year they were scoring a ton I think, so I don’t know what the reasons for this year’s scoring drought is. On the other hand, I think Boston plays a really well-played system. They play smart hockey, they don’t give up a lot of turnovers, they wait for the other team to make mistakes and then jump on it. I always had a hard time playing against them because they kind of wait for the other team to make mistakes and then try to use it for their advantage.
On what it was like in Florida with all the rumors and issues’¦
It was tough. Everybody knew they could have gotten traded, but at the end, we all didn’t have control of what was going to happen. All we could do was just go out and play. We tried to do that and it didn’t really work out as well as we would have liked to, but we at least tried to put our heads into the game and play hockey.
On if he knows Marco Sturm or anyone else on the team’¦
No, I haven’t played with anybody else. Oh yeah, maybe, I played with Mark Recchi in Philly for probably two years, so I know him. When I got into the league I was 20 and he was one of the older guys so we weren’t too tight but I know him. Other than Marco, it’s only Rex and that’s about it.
On how the trade process happened today’¦
I came to the rink, I got called in by [Panthers Head Coach] Pete DeBoer and he told me to hold tight and just wait for a couple hours because they were close to trading me. So I just waited around and then after awhile I got called up to the GM’s office and told me I was traded to Boston. Then I got home, had lunch, and I was getting ready to leave.
|Deadline passed, no scoring forward to Boston||03.03.10 at 3:47 pm ET|
Well, the 2010 NHL trade deadline has passed and the Bruins did not acquire the scorer that they probably needed to make some noise in the playoffs (let alone qualify for them). Though there were 12 deals announced after the deadline last year multiple outlets have confirmed that the Bruins are indeed done with their maneuvering.
“I am very happy to be joining a team with a lot of history an success and hope to be part of a team that goes far into the playoffs,” Seidenberg said.
Note — This reporter’s cell phone service dropped the call. A transcript of the conversation will be available soon and we will post it as soon as we can.
General manager Peter Chiarelli is set to hold his press conference at 4 p.m. at TD Garden.
|Bruins players react to Morris, Seidenberg trades||03.03.10 at 1:37 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — A professional sports team is broken up into two parts: the front office who make the decisions and the players who actually do the competing. We have heard from the Bruins front office on Wednesday with the trade for Dennis Seidenberg and the departures of Derek Morris and Byron Bitz. For the players it is a different, more emotional type of day.
“There is still two-and-a-half hours left until the day is over,” Tim Thomas said. “But, it is meant to effect the team and hopefully it does so positively … I noticed [that there has been more nervousness in the locker room] a little bit. I noticed it yesterday, since yesterday was my first day back but I noticed it even a little bit before the break. I think there was some nervousness about it and you try your best not to think about it but that does not mean you do not think about it at all. It really does no good to think about it because no matter what way you think about it, it is not going to work out that way.”
Not many people would have suspected that the Bruins would ship out Morris and replace him with Seidenberg. Coupled with Bitz the Bruins have opened up some cap room to bring in a scoring forward later in the afternoon. There have been rumors of talks with the Blue Jackets about acquiring Raffi Torres but the cost might be a first round pick which would make it prohibitive for general manager Peter Chiarelli.
For the most part the Bruins players understand that the NHL is a business and that this team was probably looking at some type of shakeup at the deadline, but that does not mean they are numb to watching their teammates shipped out.
“Both the guys we lost were good teammates and good people,” Thomas said. “I had a lot in common with Derek and I had a lot in common with [Bitz]. They both played in the ECAC in hockey and are actually some of the only college graduates in here. It is sad to see them go but you just want to wish them the best wherever they end up being traded to.”
Defenseman Matt Hunwick learned a lot from Morris during his time in Boston.
“He was a big part, I think, in helping my game this year. I played with him in different stretches and he really added a calmness to my game. I think I really played my best hockey when I played with him and it is tough to lose a veteran defensemen that you look up to but things happen and you have to move on and remember the things that he told me and keep improving.”
As much as Morris has meant to Hunwick, the loss of Bitz touches a little closer considering that they were both first year professionals the same year with Providence and started their NHL careers with Boston last season.
“Well, it is tough,” Hunwick said. “Bitz is a great guy and someone who came up last year and helped this team and really earned his spot, that is for sure. It is always tough to see someone go especially us being first year pros together in Providence and being up last year. It is obviously tough to lose guys, especially guys who you have some history with.”
On the other end, the Bruins are acquiring a strong defenseman from the Panthers in Seidenberg who is comparable to Morris but plays a different game. Boston is familiar with Seidenberg as he was a top-four defensive pair with the Hurricanes during the playoffs last year.
“I thought he played excellent in the playoffs last year,” Thomas said. “Having said that I was focused on the puck most of the time. I was not focused so much on people … we brought him here, I am assuming, to make the team better so, I hope he can.”
Marco Sturm played with Seidenberg on the German Olympic team and knows him well.
“He is a good guy and a big strong guy, so, I think he will help us on the power play too,” Sturm said. “He has a pretty good shot, a heavy shot and blocks a lot of shots so I think he is a solid defenseman … I have known him a long time, we have played together on the national team.”
With the turnover today the Bruins have created some space under the cap. Chiarelli is still looking for a forward and for his part, Sturm does not think the Bruins are done dealing yet.
“I don’t think it was a surprise that [defensemen were traded], well, maybe a surprise that it was [Morris] but we still needed a defenseman,” Sturm said. “I still think we are not done yet.”
|Defenseman Seidenberg to Boston, Bitz out||03.03.10 at 12:20 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins and Panthers have worked out a deal that would send defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and the rights to Ohio State’s Matt Bartowski to Boston for forward Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and and a second round pick. the team confirmed the trade early Wednesday afternoon.
Seidenberg is likely a rental for the Bruins at this point and comes at a cheaper price and what the they were paying for Morris as he has a 2009-10 cap hit of $2.25 million, about one million less than Morris. He is known as a puck moving defenseman who is good at blocking shots. He will become and unrestricted free agent this summer and turns 29-years-old on July 18.
Seidenberg signed a one year contract with the Panthers last summer and has played in 60 games for them this season with two goals, 21 assist, a plus/minus of -3 and 33 penalty minutes. He is likely to slot right into Morris’s spot in the defensive pairings, spending some time with Zdeno Chara though more likely on the second pair with Mark Stuart.
Bitz was a bit of surprise call-up for the Bruins last season and played well enough down the stretch to earn and NHL roster spot in training camp. But the former Cornell Big Red forward has not played well this year, posting a plus/minus of -9 with four goals and five assists in 45 games. If Chiarelli does not make another move that would effect the fourth line later today look for Vladimir Sobotka to get regular playing time while Steve Begin moves to his regular forward spot and Shawn Thornton stays on the ice.
Weller, a fifth round choice in 2000 (167th overall) was acquired by the Bruins from the Wild in the Chuck Kobasew trade and is switching teams once again to join the Panthers organization.
No word yet on exactly which second round picks have been traded in the Morris and Seidenberg trades and will update when we have the information.