|NHL Power Rankings, 1/20||01.20.10 at 7:03 am ET|
Hey, all you Joe Thornton bashers, look at it this way: The longer the Sharks stay at the top of our Power Rankings, the bigger their chance for another playoff letdown. But for now, they are at top of their game and once again the top of the rankings.
1. (1) 33-10-8 Even with a 2-1 shootout setback to the Bruins, in which they outshot Boston by a 41-31 margin, the Sharks went 3-0-1 on the week and continue to circle atop the NHL waters.
3. (5) 31-12-6 The Capitals rallied to beat Detroit Tuesday and have won four straight.
5. (4) 30-12-6 After an impressive 7-2 win vs. Phoenix Monday, the Sabres gave up four goals in the first period of a 5-4 loss in Anaheim Tuesday. That’s a strange bit of inconsistency for highly consistent and efficient team.
8. (11) 28-18-2 A lopsided 6-2 win over the Penguins Saturday could get the Canucks back on track. The victory ended a three-game losing steak.
9 . (10) 31-19-1 Hmm, rest of the league please take note: Sidney Crosby had SIX points (2 goals, 4 assists) and Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick in the Penguins’ 6-4 win Tuesday over the previously very hot Islanders. A frozen giant may be waking up.
|B’s no match for Sens||01.18.10 at 3:31 pm ET|
Summary ‘ Daniel Alfredsson recorded a hat trick and Mike Fisher added three assists as the Ottawa Senators handled the Bruins, 5-1, in the MLK Day matinee at TD Garden. While Patrice Bergeron [thumb] and Dennis Wideman returned from injuries, the Bruins were forced to play without forwards Byron Bitz, Steve Begin and Marco Sturm. Those three are in addition to Marc Savard and Andrew Ference, both already on the injured list. The Bruins broke through five minutes into the third on Daniel Paille’s sixth goal of the season. The Senators beat the Bruins for the first time in five meetings this season.
Daniel Alfredsson ‘ Recorded a hat trick in his second game back from a left shoulder injury that forced him to miss 11 games over three weeks. He has four goals and two assists in his return.
Mike Fisher ‘ His play-making was evident throughout. He assisted on the first three Ottawa goals.
Filip Kuba ‘ He tallied two assists and played a terrific two-way game, never allowing the short-handed Bruins to get any momentum going.
Blake Wheeler, playing the role of San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Kaeding, fired wide left in the first period, setting a rush the other way for the Senators. That rush resulted in the game’s first goal at 7:39 of the first by Alex Kovalev. The Bruins never seemed the same after.
With Alfredsson on the doorstep to the right of Tim Thomas, Kuba found Alfredsson with a beautiful pass from the right point and the goal turned a 2-0 game into a 3-0 affair in the second period. It marked the end of the day for Thomas after six saves on nine shots and 30 minutes of play and the end of any realistic chance the Bruins had on the day.
|Julien: ‘We’re not going the other way’||01.18.10 at 2:46 pm ET|
Monday was a day that America took time to remember one of the great speeches ever delivered in U.S. history.
And while Claude Julien was trying to repeat Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ address, he did take time before the Bruins’ MLK Day matinee with Ottawa to remind everyone that his team won’t let nagging injuries get them down.
Even before his short-handed team took the ice Monday afternoon without Steve Begin, Marco Sturm, Marc Savard, Andrew Ference and Byron Bitz and got smoked by Ottawa, Julien sounded a hopeful if not optimistic tone.
“We’ll go out there and play hard and hopefully get good results,” Julien said in the moments before Monday’s debacle.
Julien did want to make one thing clear. He’s not blaming the injuries on the training staff.
“None of injuries are related to conditioning,” he said. “It’s really about the injuries banged up because of contact with different things. It’s got nothing to do with the conditioning. At the same time, it’s definitely not from being fatigued or tired because we’re really trying to give those guys some rest whenever we can.
“I don’t know if you want to call it bad luck but every year is different. Some years you go through a whole season and you’re fortunate to stay away from those injuries. Other years, you get more and we’re just one of many teams that are going through that right now.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Begin, Bitz and Sturm all out against Sens||01.18.10 at 12:46 pm ET|
Bergeron has been out for six games with a broken thumb while Wideman returns after an undisclosed injury.
“I think the doctors had a chat with him and he wants to give it a try,” head coach Claude Julien said pregame of Bergeron’s desire to return Monday. “He’s been practicing now for a week.”
As for Bitz, Julien was a little more cryptic.
“Actually, it’s something new,” the coach said. “We’re a little banged up, but we’re grinding through and again, don’t make excuses.”
|Sturm won’t play against Kings||01.16.10 at 3:53 pm ET|
LOS ANGELES ‘ Bruins leading goal scorer Marco Sturm will not play in this afternoon’s contest against the Kings. ‘He’s got a leg injury so he won’t be able to play,’ Bruins coach Claude Julien said. ‘It’s a little bit of creeping up to the point that he’s not able to go today.’ The leg injury is considered day-to-day.
The B’s are looking to have defenseman Mark Stuart and center David Krejci back for the contest. ‘[Stuart] is going to do the warm up, if everything goes well he should be in the lineup,’ Julien said. ‘Krejci will also be in the warm up and if everything goes well there, he should be able to play.’
Tim Thomas will start in goal as Boston looks to close out a three-game road trip, building on a 2-1 victory in San Jose Thursday.
|Bruins rest, recover in LA||01.15.10 at 7:07 pm ET|
El SEGUNDO, Calif. – A weary Bruins squad caught up on some much needed rest Friday after a hard-fought 2-1 shootout win in San Jose Thursday. A handful of players did receive treatment and skate at the Kings practice facility.
Defenseman Mark Stuart remains hopeful to return to the lineup against the Kings Saturday after missing a month with a broken sternum.
Center David Krejci remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered Wednesday in Anaheim.
Fellow center Patrice Bergeron will not play Saturday, but he is making a steady recovery after breaking his thumb Jan. 4 in New York. Bergeron was set to be sidelined two weeks, and could be ready when the B’s return home to host Ottawa Monday afternoon.
‘It’s looking good, it’s coming along a day at a time,’said Bergeron who is now able to work with the puck after initially being confined to simply skating. ‘It’s more of a [situation] of seeing how I feel, I’m pretty much able to do it, so it’s good.”
|Bruins shoot down Sharks||01.15.10 at 1:25 am ET|
Summary ‘ Zdeno Chara blasted a slap shot past Evgeni Nabokov in the fourth round of a shootout, lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (recap). Tim Thomas made 41 saves and stopped all four San Jose shooters in the shootout to help the B’s secure the victory and end a three-game losing streak. Daniel Paille scored in the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead before Joe Thornton answered with a goal later in the second to draw San Jose even.
Tim Thomas ‘ A rock-steady, 41-save performance by Thomas helped the Bruins pick up a big win.
Zdeno Chara ‘ The captain went with his best mode of attack, an overpowering slap shot to score the only goal of the shootout.
Daniel Paille ‘ With the Bruins lineup becoming more depleted by the day, the steady forward raised his game, scoring one goal and creating several other chances.
After a scoreless opening period, Shawn Thornton intercepted a Doug Murray clearing pass near the San Jose blue line and quickly moved the puck to Paille, whose shot ultimately deflected off the skate of Dan Boyle and into the net to give the Bruins the lead in a game in which they needed a competitive showing.
With Dany Heatley in a position to secure the win for San Jose with the third shot in the shootout, Thomas stayed with Heatley’s back hand shot, snaring it with his glove. Chara then sent his blast past Nabokov.
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