|Andrew Ference hopes to avoid suspension after hit on Ryan McDonagh||01.21.12 at 4:46 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference put the Bruins in a tight spot Saturday when his dangerous hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime put the Rangers on the power play until Marian Gaborik won the game with 3.6 seconds remaining.
The play, which resulted in a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct, came when Callahan and Ference were racing for a puck behind the Rangers’ net.
“I’m obviously going as fast as I can to get to the puck, and when I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out,” Ference said. “I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position. I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough.”
“I honestly haven’t seen the replay, so I don’t know how it looks,” Ference said. “I just know the intent — I feel like I’m leaning back, but obviously didn’t slow up fast enough. It’s really their call.”
Coach Claude Julien defended Ference, but spoke as though he expected the defenseman to hear from the league.
“Andrew Ference is not a dirty player,” Julien said. “He’s one of those guys that certainly supports what the league is trying to do as far as minimizing those injuries. It was a player chasing the puck, and when he did get hit, his legs were pretty far apart. There wasn’t a very good balance from the player, and it certainly resulted in an unfortunate thing. We’ll let the league look at it. They dissect things their own way, and we’re just waiting to hear from them.”
The Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence after the game. He will travel with the team to Philadelphia and play in the event that Ference is suspended prior to Sunday’s game.
|Rangers beat Bruins late in overtime||01.21.12 at 3:43 pm ET|
Two brilliant saves weren’t enough for Tuukka Rask, as Marian Gaborik buried a third-chance bid with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Bruins Saturday at TD Garden.
The goal was Gaborik’s second of the day, and it came with the Rangers on the power play thanks to a bad charging penalty from Andrew Ference.
Ryan Callahan beat Rask with a wrist shot 1:31 into the second period, but a fight between Shawn Thornton and Mike Rupp seemed to wake up the B’s. Ference scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 3:28, and the game stayed tied until Gaborik slapped an unsettled puck past Rask at 14:30. Adam McQuaid tied the game with 29 seconds left in the period, notching his second goal of the season.
Rask made 26 saves on 28 shots from the Rangers in regulation. Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for New York.
The Bruins will return to action Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Ference played a very good game in regulation, but he took a bad charging major and game misconduct with 3:10 remaining in overtime when he rammed Ryan McDonagh into the boards. That play gave the Rangers a man advantage until Gaborik won it.
– It wouldn’t be a game against the Rangers if a ton of shots weren’t blocked. New York blocked 22 of Boston’s shots, including a whopping seven from McDonagh.
– The B’s had three power plays in the first period, but only managed one shot on goal on the man advantage. The Rangers entered the day ranking third in penalty kill percentage, and their PK unit did a good job of preventing the Bruins from getting momentum in the first 20 minutes.
– The Bruins are getting into a bad habit of allowing goals in the “vulnerable minute” that follows a power play. Callahan jumped out of the box and scored the Rangers’ first goal following his penalty for tripping Chris Kelly. The B’s allowed a goal in a similar situation Monday against the Panthers.
– Zdeno Chara went face-first into the boards when Brandon Prust shoved him into the boards 2:22 into the third period. Luckily for the B’s, Chara was alright and stayed on the ice for the power play as Prust went off for boarding, but it was a scary moment nonetheless.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Ference followed Thursday’s game-tying goal with another big goal Saturday and has now scored goals in consecutive games for the second time this season. Ference scored on Nov. 19 against the Islanders and scored the Bruins’ lone goal on Nov. 20 in Montreal to give the team a 1-0 win over the Habs. Ference also had an assist on McQuaid’s goal.
Saturday’s goal was the fourth of the season for Ference, tying a career-high. The 32-year-old defenseman has had four campaigns in which he’s scored four goals, but he hasn’t done it since the 2005-06 season with the Flames. Four goals is the most Ference has scored as a member of the Bruins.
– Thornton’s fight with Rupp seemed to inject some life into the Bruins at a time when they needed it. The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead just over a minute earlier, and Thornton held his own against the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rupp. The B’s got on the board less than a minute later with Ference’s tally.
– The Bruins stayed disciplined against the Rangers through the first two periods. While Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot may have gotten away with a couple of questionable plays in the first two periods, the B’s never found themselves on the penalty kill. The one minor penalty that was called on the Bruins, a Joe Corvo trip, was negated by a Prust dive.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Rangers’ first two power plays came with less than 10 mites remaining in a tie game. David Krejci went off for tripping Brian Boyle at 10:46, and Kelly tripped Callahan at 15:29 . The Bruins were able to kill off both, and even got a great scoring chance when Peverley and Brad Marchand had a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Krejci in the box.
|Marc Savard happy, but not confident he’ll play again||01.21.12 at 1:44 pm ET|
Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome, made a rare appearance at TD Garden Saturday to unveil the suite he recently bought for patients dealing with head trauma at Children’s Hospital.
Savard has been plagued with head issues since receiving a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010. A routine hit from Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22, 2011 ended his campaign last season, and it was announced prior to this season that he would not play. Savard said Saturday the chances of him ever playing again might be slim.
“Right now, the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s tough. I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen. It’s a day by day thing, still. I’m still hoping that something happens and I feel a lot better, but if I feel like this, I still couldn’t play.”
Savard said that the biggest symptoms he has shown involve his memory.
“I wasn’t a guy that forgot too much, and it seems like I’m forgetting my phone at home,” he said. “My son played a game the other day, and I left the keys in ignition in the car. I turned it off, at least, but I went in and watched the game, and I was like, ‘Geez, where are my keys?’ I went out to the car, and they were in the ignition. So just little things like that that I would never do and that seem to keep happening.
“Mornings are really tough on me ‘ just getting going, getting the eyes open and going on. And the weather changes we’ve had in Canada this winter ‘ I think you guys have had the same, but cold, hot, rain, snow, it’s kind of giving me a lot of headaches.”
While the memory loss has plagued him, Savard said that one of the worst symptoms of PCS — depression — has not been an issue.
“I’m happy right now,” Savard said. “I’m really happy, I’ve got no issues on the depression side. I’m around my kids every day, taking them to school, helping coach, and just, I’m really enjoying life. I think, like I said, I’m really happy, and happy to be here today. I don’t have any hard feelings about anything. I’m just happy.”
|Bruins-Rangers Live Blog: Adam McQuaid ties it||01.21.12 at 12:44 pm ET|
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|Claude Julien to coach Zdeno Chara’s All-Star team||01.20.12 at 4:10 pm ET|
Straight from the “no duh” department, but the NHL announced Friday afternoon that Bruins coach Claude Julien‘s staff, consisting of Julien and assistants Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward, will coach Zdeno Chara‘s team in the All Star Game on Jan. 29.
Daniel Alfredsson’s team will be coached by John Tortorella and Todd McLellan.
Chara and Alfredsson will pick their teams in a fantasy draft on Jan. 26.
|Bruins send Jordan Caron, Steven Kampfer to Providence||01.20.12 at 12:46 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.
For Caron, it marks the sixth time this season that the 2009 first-round pick has been sent to the AHL. Caron has two goals and two assists for four points in 17 games with Boston this season. He has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 12 AHL games.
Providence has games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
|Gregory Campbell’s Gordie Howe hat trick leads Bruins past Devils||01.19.12 at 9:31 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell led the way with a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Bruins got back to winning Thursday night, defeating the Devils, 4-1, in Newark, N.J.
Danius Zubrus set up Petr Sykora‘s 12th goal of the season late in the first period to give New Jersey the lead. The two teams played a scoreless second period before Andrew Ference tied the game with a shot from the top of the circle in the third period. Nathan Horton gave the B’s their first lead of the night on the power play, scoring his third goal in the last two games.
Campbell’s goal sealed the Gordie Howe hat trick for him, as he fought Brad Mills in the first period and assisted Ference’s goal.
The Bruins will next play Saturday when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— One of the things that has made the Bruins such a good team this year has been their play in the third period — a time that they have used the period to either get leads or add to them. Thursday was no different. The B’s four unanswered goals improved their third-period differential to a whopping plus-37.
— Ference’s goal was his first in 25 games, but he’s still been having a very good season from a statistical standpoint. Ference isn’t relied upon for his scoring. His third goal of the season tied his personal best with the Bruins (he had three last season; four is his career high). Ference now has 18 points, which is the most he’s had in a single season since he had 31 with the Flames in the 2005-06 season.
— The Bruins are no strangers to scoring two goals in a minute, and they did it for the 14th time this season when Campbell followed Horton’s goal with a tally of his own. The shift that follows a goal is always a crucial one, and Claude Julien has often trusted the fourth line to take those important shifts. It paid off again Thursday.
— Thomas had allowed seven goals over his previous two starts entering Thursday night, but he was able to bounce back and bring his ‘A’ game to New Jersey, robbing David Clarkson on a rebound in the second period as one of 28 saves the reigning Vezina winner made on the night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— David Krejci‘s line continued to allow goals, something Julien called the trio out for Tuesday night. Krejci won the faceoff in the Bruins’ zone prior to the Devils’ first goal, but Zubrus got to the puck behind the net and fed Sykora. Because Horton’s goal came on the power play, he has been a minus-4 over the last three games.
— The B’s had just six shots on goal in the first period for the third consecutive game. The B’s have been plagued by slow starts in recent games, and though the B’s came out looking less sloppy than they did Tuesday, they still need stronger starts to these contests. They have one first-period goal in the last four games.
— The Joe Corvo–Dennis Seidenberg pairing has become dangerous for the Bruins. Corvo has struggled mightily in his own zone of late, and Seidenberg has been catching some really bad bounces. The B’s saw a couple of those in the second period, including one puck that bounced off Seidenberg and right to a flying Ilya Kovalchuk in the neutral zone, but neither cost the B’s.
— Brad Marchand, who was playing in his first contest since being suspended five games for his hit on Sami Salo, had a rather quiet return to the lineup. The second-line winger had no shots on goal Thursday night.