|Bruins defeat Panthers with strong third period||11.24.10 at 10:00 pm ET|
Mark Recchi had a pair of goals and Tim Thomas picked up his 11th win on Wednesday in a 3-1 Bruins win over the Panthers in Florida.
It was yet another game in which the B’s had to fight back in the third period, as they entered the period trailing, 1-0, before they got a shorthanded tally from Brad Marchand and a two goals from Mark Recchi.
The Panthers got their lone goal from Steve Reinprecht in the second period. Aside from that, Thomas was sound once again, stopping the other 31 shots he saw. Tomas Vokoun allowed three goals on 35 shots.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Brad Marchand, sheikh of the shorthanded goal. After Vokoun misplayed a puck behind the net and sent it in front of an unoccupied goal, Brad Marchand raced to it and chipped it in, picking up his second shorthanded goal and third goal of his career.
- With Recchi’s second goal, the Bruins are now a — brace yourself — plus-17 in the third period, which is of course tops in the league (the Capitals, at plus-11 are second in the league). Something just happens to this Bruins team in the third period, especially when they’re trailing.
- Recchi reached yet another milestone as his goal was the 1500th point of his career. He’s 13th all-time.
- The third-period shaking up of the lines seemed to work, though Recchi’s first goal came from Krejci. Here’s how they looked after the changes:
Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder
Lucic – Bergeron – Horton
Caron – Campbell – Recchi
Marchand – Seguin – Thornton
- The Bruins were essentially handed the dagger to put in Florida’s heart when Radek Dvorak flipped the puck into the stands from his own end early on in a Michal Repik penalty. The result was a 5-on-3 on which Recchi scored his second goal.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Dennis Wideman was instrumental in setting up the Panther’s first goal. The former Bruin faked out Jordan Caron at the point and slid it over to Michal Repek, whose shot’s rebound found its way to Reinprecht.
- Anyone with access to twitter, (or, at times, the Big Bad Blog) can see that Panthers fans are irate that their old dog in Nathan Horton came to Boston and became a star. Luckily for those Panther fans, they didn’t see Horton do much as their opponent on Wednesday night. Horton had two shots on goal, following up a dismal showing against Tampa by disappearing for most of the night at BankAtlantic Center.
Horton, like others, picked it up in the third period, but the Bruins have seen far better from him.
- It was the third consecutive game in which the Bruins were trailing entering the third period. They’re 1-1-1 in that span.
|Bruins trail Panthers after two||11.24.10 at 9:07 pm ET|
Steve Reinprecht has the Panthers leading the Bruins, 1-0, thanks to an even strength goal. The Panthers outshot the B’s. 14-8, in the period and now hold a 26-19 lead in the shots on goal category.
Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic both saw time in the bin for the Bruins’ with Lucic getting call for hooking with less than a minute remaining in the period. The Panthers will begin the third period with a one-minute man advantage.
Through two periods, Tyler Seguin, Michael Ryder, and Jordan Caron are the only Bruins forwards with two shots on goal.
|Bruins, Panthers scoreless after one||11.24.10 at 8:13 pm ET|
The Panthers have outshot the Bruins, 12-11, but after a period the two teams are scoreless in Florida.
- Tim Thomas came up big at 12:42, stopping Shawn Matthias on a 2-on-1 created by a Mark Stuart miscue. He later robbed Dennis Wideman on a one-timer from Mike Santorelli with over three minutes remaining.
- You could count the Bruins’ shots on Vokoun in their lone power play on zero hands, even though Nathan Horton seemed destined for his ninth goal of the season until his shot from the top of the circle went wide. The Bruins were on the power play thanks to an iffy tripping call on Wideman.
- Blake Wheeler had the best opportunity of the period, stealing the puck from Dmitry Kulikov by the blue line in the offensive zone and setting up Michael Ryder. He also fed Ryder in the final two minutes, with Vokoun stopping Ryder’s slap shot. The plays didn’t result in any changes to the score, though they were further examples of Wheeler’s solid play of late.
|Gregory Campbell to donate pies to homeless on Thanksgiving||11.24.10 at 5:19 pm ET|
The Bruins announced on Wednesday that forward Gregory Campbell will spend Thanksgiving personally delivering $2000 worth of pies to homeless shelters across Boston. Campbell will purchase 400 pies from Mike’s Pastry in the North End and hit up the shelters from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Campbell, who prides himself on being an honest player on the ice, will stop at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, the St. Francis House, and the Pine Street Inn. He’ll also donate pies to the Boston Rescue Mission, Haley House, Boston Family Shelter, Home for Little Wonderers, Boston Ronald McDonald House, Temporary Home for Women and Children, Yawkey Family Inn, Rosie’s Place and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Campbell came to the Bruins in the trade that brought Nathan Horton to Boston in June. He has two points and three assists, as well as an even rating in 19 games this season.
|Tim Thomas, Bruins to take on Panthers Wednesday night||11.24.10 at 12:37 pm ET|
Tim Thomas was the first to leave the ice at the Bruins’ morning skate on Wednesday, indicating he will likely be between the pipes when the B’s take on the Panthers in Florida on Wednesday night. The Panthers will counter with Tomas Vokoun.
The Panthers were in town last Friday, with the Bruins taking a 4-0 game behind a shutout from Tuukka Rask and a hat trick from Milan Lucic.
The Bruins are second in the Northeast Division with 24 points, the Panthers’ 18 points are fifth in the Southeast and third from worst in the conference.
WHERE IT’S AT
- The Bruins are 7-2-0 on the road this season, dropping their most recent away game on Monday in Tampa, 3-1, and splitting their last four away from TD Garden.
- The Panthers are 5-3-0 at BankAtlantic Center and have won three of their last four home games.
- Three. That’s how many goals Lucic had against the Panthers last Friday and how many assists former Panther Nathan Horton had. It was Horton’s first regular-season game against his old club (for more on Horton and how he felt about playing for the Panthers, click here.)
- The Panthers have allowed nearly the same average of goals per game at home (2.50) as they have on the road (2.54).
- The Panthers are 17th in the league in goals per game with 2.7. Center Mike Santorelli leads them with six goals in 19 games. The Bruins, meanwhile, have scored 2.9 goals per game (15th in the league) and are led by Lucic with 10.
STORYLINES GOING IN
- Comparing how a team plays vs. the Lightning to how they fare against the Panthers won’t lead one to rock-solid conclusions, but it will be interesting to see if the team’s heavy practice on Tuesday got them in gear to play a full 60 minutes. It was the same old story on Monday, as they came out flat for two periods before turning it up in the third period (15 shots through two periods, 12 in the third).
- The Bruins score over a goal per game more in front of Thomas than they do in front of Tuukka Rask. They score a whopping 3.23 goals per game in front of Thomas, with Rask getting just 2.21 goals of support a night.
- It’s been a week since the Bruins allowed an opponent to score a power play goal, so here’s the reminder of how dominant the penalty kill has been. The B’s 90.3 penalty kill percentage is second only to Montreal’s 90.8.
|Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard is cleared for contact||11.23.10 at 4:26 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement regarding center Marc Savard on Tuesday:
“Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact. Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for morning skate in Florida. There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games.”
Savard had travelled to Pittsburgh to undergo the testing. He had been cleared for practice and got on the ice with the rest of his teammates on Saturday, though he could not recieve physical contact at the time.
Savard has not played a game this season due to post-concussion syndrome. He suffered a concussion last March against the Penguins, missing the rest of the season before returning in the second round of the playoffs against the Flyers. He suffered a setback while training in the offseason.
|Tim Thomas third among goalies in NHL All-Star voting||11.23.10 at 3:27 pm ET|
The NHL released the results of All-Star voting by the fans thus far, and the Bruins are far from well-represented. This means Boston fans either didn’t vote, or they, like everybody else, voted for Sidney Crosby.
Crosby leads all vote-getters with 118,755 votes, while no Bruins are currently on pace to get in via the fan vote. Patrice Bergeron is 35th among forwards with 15,020 votes, while Zdeno Chara‘s 41,081 votes are 10th among defensemen.
The most popular Bruins on the ballot is Tim Thomas, who is third among goaltenders with 47,646 votes. The odd part is that the two goalies he trails, Carey Price (71,199) and Sergei Bobrovsky (58,101), were both write-ins. Should Thomas not get in through the fan vote, which ends Jan. 3, he can still be selected in the new fantasy draft format.
Thomas leads the league in goals against average (1.49), save percentage (.954), and is tied for the league lead with four shutouts.
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