|5 things we learned as Bruins strike late vs. Rangers to extend win streak||11.27.15 at 3:54 pm ET|
It had been a rough go of it for the Bruins’ power play, but the NHL‘s top-ranked man advantage returned with a bang Friday in delivering a pair of goals in a 4-3 win over the Rangers at TD Garden.
The Bruins had gone their last eight man advantages without a power play goal over a three-game stretch, but Brett Connolly changed that with a second-period goal past a screening Jimmy Hayes and Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game. The goal not only snapped the power play’s slump, but gave Connolly his first goal in 12 games. Then, with the B’s trailing 3-2 in the third period, Ryan Spooner scored on the man advantage to tie the game.
The B’s never lost momentum from there, as they took the lead in even-strength play shortly after on a David Krejci point shot.
The victory extended the Bruins’ current win streak to a season-best five games. They’ll try to extend it on a Western Canada road trip in which they’ll face the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.
Here are four more things we learned Friday:
ROUGH OUTING FOR SEIDENBERG-MILLER PAIRING
Dennis Seidenberg said prior to Friday’s game that he was enjoying skating on a pairing with rookie Colin Miller. The Rangers enjoyed the pairing a little too much.
Both of New York’s second-period goals came at the expense of the pairing. The Rangers first got on the board when Oscar Lindberg evaded Seidenberg as he tried to box out the Rangers forward, with Lindberg firing a shot from the slot that beat Tuukka Rask.
About three minutes later, Miller took an unforced icing that led to a defensive zone faceoff. When Brett Connolly got the puck off the faceoff, Seidenberg was a tad overzealous in beginning his exit from the zone. Ryan McDonagh managed to keep the puck in, however, sending the puck down low to a wide-open Rick Nash, who’d been left in the slot by Seidenberg. Nash scored with ease to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
RIGHT STUFF FOR VATRANO
Fresh off a two-goal game in his return to the lineup from an upper-body injury, Frank Vatrano was moved up to Patrice Bergeron‘s line with Brad Marchand on Friday. That meant that Vatrano, a left wing since being recalled earlier this month, skated as a right wing.
The change didn’t seem to slow Vatrano at all, as he fit right in on Boston’s top line. The rookie continued to throw pucks at the net and was second on the Bruins with a plus-15 Corsi through two periods. Read the rest of this entry »
|Despite streak, Bruins still need bounceback game||11.27.15 at 11:48 am ET|
Dennis Seidenberg had an optimistic summary of what the Bruins might be up to after stealing four points in a road trip that saw them struggle against the Maple Leafs and Red Wings.
“Maybe we wanted to turn it around this time: play bad on the road and then play at home and win,” he said with a grin.
That’s a nice way of framing things for a team that has, for the most part, been strong on the road and stunk at home. Though the Bruins have won their last two home games, that followed a 2-6-1 start to the season at TD Garden. When they face the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers in Friday’s post-Thanksgiving matinee, they’ll have a tough time making it three straight home wins and five consecutive victories overall.
The Bruins’ current four-game win streak is tied for its best stretch of the season. When the B’s took four in a row back in late October, they appeared to be hitting their stride with an impressive road trip that saw them sweep a Florida trip against the Panthers and Lightning.This time around, however, the B’s know that they are lucky to have won the last two games.
They blew two second-period leads in the second period (one of which was a two-goal lead) on Monday against the Leafs before managing to win in a shootout, but it was Wednesday’s game in which they were most fortunate. Boston rarely had the puck over the final 40 minutes against Detroit and appeared headed for a 2-1 loss, but a heads-up play by Loui Eriksson led to a game-tying goal from Colin Miller with less than two minutes to play. Frank Vatrano gave the B’s the unlikely victory in overtime with his second goal of the game.
“‘Escaped’ is a good word,” Seidenberg said. “We obviously didn’t play our best hockey. We did win, which counts at the end, but at the end of the day we want to play a better style of hockey. We were defending a whole lot, turning pucks over and not playing great defense. We want to do that better today.”
Another area in which the Bruins should want to improve is the power play. Though they still boast the best man advantage in the league with a 30.8 success rate, the B’s have gone three games without a power play goal and have not scored on their last eight power plays.
“Teams have been getting up ice on us a lot and then in the zone, they’ve been taking away the top on us,” Ryan Spooner said. “That’s usually where, for the first 15 or 18 games or something like that, we were getting the puck to the top and it was working pretty well for us. Teams have been trying to shut that down, so we maybe need to use the goal line a little bit more, shoot a little bit more, maybe from myself, and see if that works.”
|5 things we learned as Bruins get dominated but somehow win thanks to Jonas Gustavsson, kids||11.25.15 at 10:07 pm ET|
The Bruins got two more points than they deserved Wednesday.
After being positively dominated for the second and third periods and only trailing by a 2-1 score thanks to the play of Jonas Gustavsson, the B’s managed to score a late goal in regulation and cap the overtime period with Frank Vatrano’s second goal of the game.
With Gustavsson trying to rescue the B’s by himself in the third period, Loui Eriksson and Colin Miller gave him some much-needed help. Eriksson fed Miller off the rush during a Red Wings line change, with Miller blasting his famed slap shot past Petr Mrazek to tie the game with 1:44 remaining in regulation. Miller also fed Vatrano in front from the point on the game-winning goal to give the B’s the 3-2 win.
Despite giving up his usual rebounds, Gustavsson was terrific against his former club, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced.
Here are four more things we learned Wednesday:
BRUINS FALL OFF IN SECOND PERIOD
For the second straight game, the Bruins suffered a letdown in the second period. That’s probably where the comparisons to Monday’s second period, however. The Bruins’ second period against the Leafs on Monday saw the B’s allow three goals and score one, but the Bruins didn’t get enough shots on goal in Wednesday’s second period to expect a goal.
|Rosters announced for Winter Classic alumni game between former Bruins and Canadiens||11.24.15 at 5:26 pm ET|
The rosters for the Winter Classic alumni game were announced on Tuesday, with Ray Bourque and current Bruins executives Cam Neely and Don Sweeney among those set to take the ice for the Bruins on Dec. 31 against former Habs at Gillette Stadium.
The rosters and coaches are as follows:
Bruins: PJ Axelsson, Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Rob DiMaio, Tom Fergus, Hal Gill, Steve Heinze, Al Iafrate, Brian Leetch, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton, Jay Miller, Cam Neely, Terry O’Reilly, Andrew Raycroft, Mat Recchi, Sergei Samsonov, Marco Sturm, Bob Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Glen Wesley
Bruins coaches: Lyndon Byers, Don Cherry, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie, Mike Milbury, Derek Sanderson
Bruins honorary coaches: John Bucyk, Eddie Sandford
Canadiens: Donald Audette, Christian Bordeleau, Francis Bouillon, Benoit Brunet, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Lucien Deblois, Eric Desjardins, Normand Dupont, Gaston Gingras, Rick Green, Mike Keane, Alex Kovalev, Sergio Momesso, Mats Naslund, Chris Nilan, Lyle Odelein, Oleg Petrov, Stephane Quintal, Stephane Richer, Larry Robinson, Richard Sevigny, Steve Shutt, Jose Theodore
Canadiens coaches: Simon Arsenault, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers, Stephane Gauthier, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur
|5 things we learned as Bruins play with fire but beat Maple Leafs in shootout||11.23.15 at 10:38 pm ET|
The B’s never trailed in the game, but they blew a pair of leads and failed on multiple occasions to put the game out of reach. David Krejci came through in the end, beating James Reimer for the shootout’s only goal. That came after Tuukka Rask robbed James van Riemsdyk in the final seconds of overtime during a Toronto power play.
The Bruins were let down tremendously by their NHL-best power play, first registering just one shot while Toronto took two minor penalties in less than three minutes in the second period. Then, with the game tied at three late in the third period, the Bruins went on the man advantage with 2:01 remaining in regulation thanks to a Matt Hunwick hook on Matt Beleskey. The B’s failed to get anything past James Reimer on the man advantage and finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play.
With the win, the B’s have now won three straight games and stand at 11-8-1 on the season.
SECOND PERIOD NIGHTMARE
The second period could have been when Bruins pulled away from the Leafs, but it proved to be a nightmarish 20 minutes in which they blew a two-goal lead and, later, a one-goal lead.
After picking up the only two goals of the first period, the Bruins had the chance to put the game out of reach in the second period thanks to a pair of Maple Leafs penalties. When those power plays yielded no scoring, Toronto scored two goals in 1:02 to tie the game.
Shortly after the B’s regained the lead on Marchand’s second goal of the game, Tuukka Rask failed to glove a Shawn Matthias shot and was beaten by Tyler Bozak on the rebound. Then came the penalties for the Bruins, with McQuaid taking a pair of minor penalties and Marchand going the box on a holding penalty that was matched by a P.A. Pareneau. The Bruins managed to kill off McQuaid’s four minutes late in the second and into the third.
PENALTY KILL STRINGING TOGETHER SUCCESS
Not only did the Bruins all of their penalties for a third straight game — including a 4-on-3 in overtime on a Patrice Bergeron penalty — they picked up a shorthanded goal during their first kill. Read the rest of this entry »
|Bruins claim Landon Ferraro off waivers||11.22.15 at 1:23 pm ET|
The Bruins have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Red Wings.
Ferraro, who is the son of longtime NHL forward and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, was the 32nd pick of the 2009 draft. He scored 27 goals in 70 games for Grand Rapids of the AHL last season while dressing in three NHL games. He played in 10 games for the Red Wings this season, registering zero points, before being put on waivers.
With the claim of Ferraro, the Bruins’ roster would be at the maximum of 23 players if Ferraro is healthy and 22 if he remains on injured reserve with knee injury. That figure includes Max Talbot, who was recalled on an emergency basis Saturday. Kevan Miller has been moved to injured reserve, meaning he will definitely miss Monday’s game (he last played on Tuesday and players must be on IR for at least seven days). David Pastrnak, who is still on crutches, remains on IR, as does Chris Kelly, who is out for at least the regular season.
|5 things we learned as late Zdeno Chara goal leads Bruins past Maple Leafs||11.21.15 at 9:47 pm ET|
Though the stakes weren’t quite as high as when they most notably did it, the Bruins scored late to defeat the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
With the game scoreless with under four minutes to play, Zdeno Chara took a pass from Zach Trotman, glided up to the left circle, and fired a slap shot past a screening David Krejci and Leafs goaltender James Reimer. Brad Marchand then added an empty-netter with 6.5 seconds remaining to give the B’s a 2-0 victory.
With the win and Thursday’s victory over the Wild, the Bruins now have back-to-back home wins for the first time this season. They’ll next head out on a two-game road trip that will begin with a contest against the very Leafs team they defeated Saturday.
Here are four more things we learned Saturday:
RASK STANDS TALL
Tuukka Rask hasn’t stolen many games this season, but he made enough key saves to do it Saturday night in what proved to be a goaltending duel with James Reimer.
Most notable Rask, stopped Shawn Matthias on three of breakaways, first stoning the former Canucks forward on a break that came when Colin Miller fell down at the blue line in the first period. Matthias had another breakaway in the second against the Krug-McQuaid pairing but was again stopped by the Boston goaltender. Rask made it 3-for-3 by stopping Matthias on a partial break during a Bruins power play in the third.
The shutout was Rask’s second of the season.
MARCHAND DETERMINES SPECIAL TEAMS
The Bruins had only one penalty and one power play Saturday. Brad Marchand figured into both.
Marchand put the Leafs on the power play in the first period with a roughing penalty that came with a takedown of James van Riemsdyk. The UNH product went after Marchand due to a leg check that the B’s winger put on Leo Komarov, with Marchand then throwing the 6-foot-3 van Riemsdyk to the ice.
Marchand end up making up for it, as he was the victim of a Nazim Kadri high stick that put the B’s on the power play early in the third. Given how bad the B’s fared on that power play (the Leafs’ penalty kill had better scoring chances), it probably wasn’t worth it.
Speaking of Marchand…
MARCHAND HAS GOAL OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE, BUT SINCE HE DIDN’T SCORE IT PROBABLY WON’T QUALIFY
That we can safely say the Garden crowd was the most impressed it’s been in a home game this season on a play in which the Bruins didn’t score says a lot about how the Bruins have played at home. That sentence was wordy, but the long and short of it is that Marchand nearly scored the goal of his life on a first-period rush in which absolutely embarrassed Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.
After winning the puck along the boards in the neutral zone, Marchand first cut in and then back out, fooling Rielly with each move. His attempt to finish on the play was stopped by Riemer.
‘ Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 22, 2015
And speaking of close calls with goals…
REVIEW DOESN’T HELP B’S
With the game still scoreless with under eight minutes remaining, Matt Hunwick appeared to lay out in a successful attempt to stop Jimmy Hayes from jamming the puck past Reimer. The play was reviewed, and though replays showed the play to be much closer than it seemed live, there were likely too many bodies there to actually see the puck and whether it crossed the line.