|Bruins fall to Predators in overtime||03.17.11 at 10:44 pm ET|
The Bruins suffered their third overtime loss in their last six games, falling by a 4-3 score to the Predators on a night in which the Canadiens gained ground in the standings.
With 2:01 remaining in overtime, Steve Kampfer took a holding penalty, giving the Predators a shot at their first overtime victory of the season. Shea Weber scored the game-winner on the 4-on-3, beating Tuukka Rask, who made 25 saves on the night.
The night featured call-and-response scoring, with neither team leading by two in the game. Tyler Seguin scored his first goal since Feb. 17, beating Predators netminder Pekka Rinne at 1:50 of the first. Nashville would get on the board on a Sergei Kostitstyn goal through traffic, and the Predators took a 2-1 lead in the period thanks to goal from former Boston University forward Colin Wilson. David Krejci tied the game at two at 13:33 of the second, with Patrice Bergeron and David Legwand scoring third-period goals.
The Canadiens ended up beating the Lightning in a shootout Thursday, so they picked up a point on the B’s. The Bruins will face the Maple Leafs next, as they will travel to Toronto for Saturday night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Adam McQuaid took a stick to the face in front of the net with less than four minutes to play in the third. There was no high-sticking call on the play, and depending on whether McQuaid was bleeding as a result, the Bruins missed out on potentially playing the remainder of regulation on the power play.
- With all the focus on headshots, there was a bit of a scare for Seguin when he took an elbow to the head from Patric Hornqvist late in the first period. Seguin left the ice and appeared to cut his ear, and Hornqvist was tossed from the game. Seguin didn’t end up being alright, as he played the rest of the game and ended up playing 12:33 in regulation, which was more ice time than he had in any of his previous eight games.
- The power play failed to produce again, going 0-for-3 on the night, on a night in which they had a five-minute man-advantage thanks to Hornqvist’s penalty. Nathan Horton could have made it 4-2 with the B’s on the power play with less than 11 minutes to play, but saw his shot ring off the post with Rinne seemingly beaten.
- There wasn’t much more Rask could have done on Legwand’s game-tying goal. The B’s netminder stopped Martin Erat on a breakaway and got a leg on Kostitsyn’s rebound, but the Legwand banged home the second rebound with Rask down and Steven Kampfer buried in the net.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Seguin was riding high after giving the B’s the win in Tuesday night’s shootout, but from a statistical standpoint, he had zero points and was a minus-2 over his last seven games entering Thursday. The rookie was able to change that by beating Rinne glove-side less than two minutes into the game.
Claude Julien also displayed more faith in Seguin than he has at some points this season. Seguin received time on the power play and was given the first shift following the Predators’ game-tying goal in the third.
- Krejci has goals in consecutive games for the first time all season, and his line continues to produce at a high level. The 24-year-old pivot now has 17 points in his last 13 contests.
- Bergeron had gone seven games without a point entering Thursday, but he got back on the scoring sheet in a big way with his third-period goal. The tally gave the B’s a 3-2 lead and provided Bergeron with his 22nd goal of the season.
- Tim Thomas was given some help by his teammates despite not playing in the game at all. Thomas, who at on Jan. 31 had a 1.81 goals against average that was .30 goals less than Pekka Rinne, has seen his return to earth bring him closer to Rinne statistically. The two entered the night separated by just .06 goals, but in scoring three goals on the Nashville netminder, the B’s provided their top goaltender with some statistical separation.
|Tyler Seguin scores, falls victim to headshot in first period||03.17.11 at 8:45 pm ET|
After a back-and-forth first period, the Bruins and Predators are tied at a goal apiece.
The first 20 minutes featured both good and potentially bad news for Tyler Seguin. With the suspended Brad Marchand out of the lineup, Seguin made the most of his icetime in the first period Thursday in sniping his 11th goal of the season past Pekka Rinne at 1:50. Rich Peverley set up the play with a nice pass up the boards.
With 2:30 remaining in the period, Seguin was elbowed in the head by Patric Hornqvist. The Boston rookie left the ice after the headshot, and Hornqvist rightfully left the game via a 10 minute game misconduct in addition to receiving a five minute major. The B’s will start the second period on the power play.
Former Kostitsyn scored his 17th goal of the season to tie the game 7:53, firing one through a scrum with Tuukka Rask out of position.
Despite falling victim to Seguin, Rinne came up big for the Predators in the period, coming up with key saves on Steven Kampfer and Milan Lucic.
|Brad Marchand suspended two games for hit on R.J. Umberger||03.17.11 at 1:03 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that forward Brad Marchand has received a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Marchand will miss Thursday’s game in Nashville, as well as Saturday’s contest in Toronto. He will be eligible to return to the lineup when the B’s host the Devils on Tuesday.
Marchand was not penalized for the hit at the time, though an 11:30 a.m. phone hearing with the league determined that the hit, in which he caught an unsuspecting Umberger with an elbow in the second period, was suspendable. This is the first suspension of Marchand’s career, and second Bruins’ suspension of the season. Forward Daniel Paille was given four games for a blindside hit on Raymond Sawada in the Bruins’ Feb. 3 game t the Stars.
|Claude Julien taking wait-and-see approach on Brad Marchand hit||03.16.11 at 6:18 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t care to venture a guess on what the result of Brad Marchand’s phone hearing with the league Thursday morning. Julien told reporters Wednesday in Nashville that regardless of how the league rules on Marchand’s elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger Tuesday, he’ll respect the decision, especially given the attention placed on headshots in the general managers meetings.
“I don’t know how they’re going to call it, to start with,” Julien told reporters. “I think I’ll wait and hear what they have to say about the hit and how they’re going to interpret it. Then, with an explanation, maybe I’ll understand exactly where they’re going with it.
“Right now, I don’t think I can comment on much. There’s nothing to gain from a comment after everything that’s gone on there in the last three days and how they’ve addressed it and how they want to make it better. I’ve got to wait and see, and I’ve also got to be supportive of what they’re trying to do, and I am.”
Defenseman Adam McQuaid left the ice during practice, but the coach said it was because he told the blueliner to do so after collecting bruises of late.
“He seems to be getting in the way of other teams’ shots all the time, which is a good thing for us,” Julien said. “I think today would have just made it worse.”
|Video: Brad Marchand’s hit on R.J. Umberger||03.16.11 at 9:59 am ET|
People aren’t too happy about Brad Marchand‘s hit on R.J. Umberger in the second period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win. Some are even wondering whether Marchand could face discipline despite not being called for a penalty. Take a look.
In the day and age of Rule 48, it’s no wonder such a hit is being scrutinized by fans. It falls right in line with the penalty, even if it wasn’t called:
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard he might have left his feet with an elbow,” Umberger said, according to Puck-Rakers. “That’s what it felt like. … You’ve got to think that’s one of the hits we are trying to eliminate, whether it’s inadvertent or not.”
|Tuukka Rask, Bruins beat Blue Jackets in shootout to snap skid||03.15.11 at 9:47 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin was given just 9:57 of ice time Tuesday night, but he co-starred with Tuukka Rask in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blue Jackets that ended a four-game losing streak.
The Bruins fell behind in the final minute of the first period when Grant Clitsome sent a blast from the blue line past Rask, but a Zdeno Chara shot that went off David Krejci would tie it in the second. With the Bruins trailing in the third period and Nathan Horton in the box for holding the stick, Rich Peverley scored the B’s eighth shorthanded goal of the season, beating Steve Mason for his 16th goal of the season.
Rask, who had 32 saves in regulation, made timely saves in the third period in stopping Jakub Voracek, Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett on key Blue Jackets opportunities. He followed that by stopping Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin in the shootout.
The Bruins will head to Nashville to face the Predators on Thursday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- While benching Michael Ryder may have opened some eyes, there’s no debating that the Bruins are in better shape for a shootout with Seguin in the lineup. The rookie has struggled to pin down the NHL game physically, but when it comes to skating down the ice untouched, talent trumps all.
- The Bruins may have not seen much time on the power play, but they scored more than Columbus on Blue Jackets power plays. The B’s killed off all six penalties they took, with Peverley scoring the timely short-handed goal.
- Either Milan Lucic or Krejci were bound to see their point streaks continue due to the B’s first goal, and after a scoring change it proved to be Krejci. Lucic hit Johnny Boychuk with a pass in the offensive zone, with Boychuk setting up a Chara blast that went off Krejci before sailing past Steve Mason. Though Lucic didn’t get an assist on the play, he still has six points (2 G, 4 A) in his last six games. Krejci now has at least one point in each of his last six games, and eight points (2 G, 6 A) over the span.
- Good to see Rask play the role of stopper, as he picked up the Bruins’ first win in five games. The Bruins’ four-game skid was the ninth time this season the team had lost at least two games in a row. Of the previous eight occurrences, Tim Thomas had gotten the win that followed the first five losing streaks, with Rask now serving as the stopper in the last four. That’s a combination of both coincidence and the fact that Claude Julien is giving his young goaltender more time down the stretch.
- Mark Recchi continues the climb up the list for most games played. Tuesday, he surpassed former Bruin Dave Andreychuk, and at 1,640 games, Recchi is now fifth all-time.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins had just one power play in the game, and it lasted all of five seconds. Patrice Bergeron took an interference penalty following the face-off that began an Antione Vermette hooking minor. The team’s power play struggles have been well-documented (just one power play goal since Feb. 28), and having just five seconds on the man advantage isn’t exactly the right way to remedy them.
- Scottie Upshall continues to haunt Rask. Nice puck-movement by his line drew Rask way out of his net with less than eight minutes to go, and Upshall easily put his 20th of the season into an unoccupied net. The goal was his third goal against Rask in three games facing him.
- That’s now two games in a row in which Nathan Horton has taken a penalty in the final seven minutes of the game with the Bruins trailing. Horton was called for interference at 13:12 of the third period against the Islanders on Saturday, and he went off at 13:06 for holding the stick. Of course, the Bruins ended up tying the game with Horton in the box, but it certainly isn’t the type of habit the B’s want to develop. Krejci would later be called for a cross-check with 4:34 remaining.
|Zdeno Chara ties it up in the second||03.15.11 at 8:34 pm ET|
The captain came up big for the Bruins in the second period, as a Zdeno Chara blast assisted by Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic have the B’s tied with the Blue Jackets, 1-1, entering the third period.
Chara now has goals in two straight games and four points in his last three. Lucic has a six-game point streak.
There were two penalties in the period, both of which were called on the Bruins. Shawn Thornton wasn’t happy as he went off for for holding Matt Calvert at 3:45 of the period, while the B’s will play the first 49 seconds of the third period with Dennis Seidenberg in the box.
Through two, the Blue Jackets are outshooting the B’s, 23-17.
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