|Bruins Move in Right Direction in Loss||10.30.09 at 12:44 am ET|
Tim Thomas was disappointed like everyone else hoping the Bruins, not the Devils, would score late and pull out a two-pointer on Thursday night against the Devils.
But the puck fell behind him with 1:26 remaining in the third period, and Dainius Zubrus was there, more than willing to scoop up the spare change and flick the puck into the vacant net behind the Bruins netminder for the winning goal in New Jersey’s 2-1 win.
So there was no miracle finish like last Saturday night, when the Bruins scored two extra-attacker goals in the final two minutes against Ottawa, winning in a shootout. Despite the loss, however, Thomas insisted that there was plenty of reason for optimism on the ice.
“The direction we’ve been playing in the past few games is the right direction,” Thomas said. “And we’re getting effort and getting people moving their legs and we’re getting guys playing physical and we’re getting going toward the net so we’re doing lots of good things. Read the rest of this entry »
|Turn up the volume: Bruins 3, Preds 2||10.22.09 at 1:02 am ET|
Picking up the slack was the rallying cry for the Bruins following a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Nashville Predators.
There was good reason for the Bruins adopting that mantra. They found out this week that two of their star players would each be out 4-6 weeks with injuries.
So, someone had to pick up the slack. And it was Patrice Bergeron and Steve Begin to the rescue on Wednesday night. For Begin it was his first goal in a Bruins uniform that proved to be the game-winner.
Here are some of the sound bites WEEI mics picked up following the game that evened the record of the Black and Gold at 4-4.
|Welcome Back Colin||10.22.09 at 12:34 am ET|
It’s a pretty safe assumption that Colin Wilson won’t forget his first month in the National Hockey League.
The young star center for the Nashville Predators returned to Boston on Wednesday night for the first time since helping his Boston University Terriers capture the National Championship last April in an unforgettable overtime thriller over Miami of Ohio.
Wilson’s homecoming actually began on Tuesday night when he picked up his championship ring at Boston University’s 3-0 loss to Notre Dame. Tuesday was also the day Wilson left his teenaged years behind. That’s right he is only 20.
And then on Wednesday, he scored his first NHL goal on the same sheet of ice on which he celebrated a Beanpot and Hockey East championship just eight months earlier. Maybe just as significant, his goal between the circles put his team up 2-1 at 6:17 of the second period.
‘Definitely a nice place to get my first goal,” Wilson said. “It was definitely great to getting those [friends] tickets, now. Definitely a little bit more worth it. Really exciting that it happened here.’
Wilson had plenty of friends on hand as many of his former teammates, who still play for the Terriers, returned the favor by attending the Bruins game Wednesday night, thanks to tickets provided by the visitor wearing No. 33.
‘As soon as I found out I was going to be playing, I was really excited and I was really looking forward to getting back to see my buddies,’ Wilson said.
Wilson is also very honest and mature for being just one day past his 20th birthday. He showed that when he admitted that he wanted to get his first goal in his fifth career game.
“It’s nice to get that, get your stats going,” Wilson said. “Obviously, it’s a team game but you’ve got to get some confidence out there so it was great getting it.”
|Islanders 3, Bruins 0 End 2nd||10.10.09 at 8:51 pm ET|
The Bruins went from mediocre to bad to really bad in nightmarish second period that saw them give up three goals while losing two key players.
Defenseman Dennis Wideman left the ice with three minutes remaining in the second period holding his left side. Wideman crashed into the boards while battling with Matt Moulson for a puck. Then two minutes later, Steve Begin left the ice limping after taking a shot to the foot. Begin returned to the bench for the start of the third but not Wideman.
The Bruins are not forechecking, they’re not skating consistently and odds are we’ll hear that from Julien in his post-game rant, which would be deserving if the Bruins don’t score 4-5 goals in the final 20 minutes.
|Bruins 0, Islanders 0, End 1st||10.10.09 at 7:53 pm ET|
The Bruins were outshot, if not outplayed, in the opening 20 minutes as the Islanders peppered Tuukka Rask with 16 shots while the B’s could only get off seven shots on Dwayne Roloson.
The Islanders were aided by a 5-on-3 for a minute, 38 seconds. But Rask, making his first start of the season, looked up to the challenge and didn’t allow many second chances.
The Bruins were 11-for-21 in face-offs for a 52 percent win rate.
|Rask gets the nod in net for B’s||10.10.09 at 7:32 pm ET|
It’s Rask’s first start of the season while Tim Thomas gets the night off after allowing six goals in Thursday’s 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Islanders, who are playing just their third game of the season, counter with Dwayne Roloson.
|Turn up the volume: Julien gives it to his B’s||10.09.09 at 1:00 am ET|
Claude Julien won the Jack Adams Trophy for best NHL coach this past summer because last season he knew all the right buttons to push during a first-place regular season finish in the Eastern Conference. He may have pushed his first one this season when he pulled no punches following his team’s dismal 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at TD Garden, dropping to 1-2 on a season-opening five-game homestand. He made it clear that he would put his fourth line out on the ice for every shift if it meant he would get maximum effort.
Julien made that comment because he believed, in watching his team allow six unanswered goals after an early 1-0 lead, that his fourth line was the only one that gave an honest effort.
Here’s a sample of what he and others inside the Bruins dressing room had to say.
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