|Bruins beat Maple Leafs behind Tuukka Rask’s first shutout of season||02.02.13 at 9:54 pm ET|
Chris Bourque‘s first goal as a Bruin was both the game-winner and the only goal allowed in a questionably officiated contest Saturday, but the Bruins suffered yet another injury in their 1-0 victory over the Maple Leafs Saturday at Air Canada Centre.
It wasn’t all good news for the B’s, as Brad Marchand didn’t play the rest of the way after crashing into the boards following contact with Leafs goalie James Reimer midway through the second period (he appeared to injure his shoulder on the play). The Bruins were already dinged up entering the game, as both Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Daniel Paille (upper-body injury) missed Saturday’s contest.
The Bruins next play Wednesday in Montreal against the Canadiens.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
‘¢ It seems the B’s defensemen realized they owed Rask one after Thursday’s debacle, and they came through in allowing just 21 shots on goal. That made Rask’s night easier as he improved to 7-1-0 against the Maple Leafs, who traded him to B’s for Andrew Raycroft in 2007.
‘¢ Not only did Bourque’s goal finally get him on the scoresheet for the season, it marked the second straight game in which Kelly’s line scored a goal after going scoreless in the fist six games of the season.
Bourque’s goal was the product of terrific net-drive from the trio of Kelly, Rich Peverley and Bourque, as Kelly sent a pass from center ice to Peverley at the blue line before racing past a Toronto defender. Peverley sent a pass down low to Kelly to the right of the goal, with Kelly backhanding it in front to Bourque, who was going full speed to push the puck into the net before eventually crashing into the post.
‘¢ Playing in his second straight game and first since the B’s lost Thornton to a concussion, Lane MacDermid showed that he’s plenty willing to take on Thornton’s workload. The 23-year-old fought Mark Fraser twice in the game, dropping the gloves in each of the first two periods.
‘¢ The Bruins caught a break in the first period when a shot from the point went past both Adam McQuaid and Rask was ruled no goal because Nazem Kadri made contact with the B’s goaltender. Replays showed that Kadri was outside of the crease and was shoved into Rask by Kelly, so the Leafs should have gotten on the board on the play.
WHAT WENT WRONG
‘¢ Losing Marchand would be big for the B’s, as he leads the team with five goals this season. With Marchand out, Gregory Campbell and Bourque filled in on the second line.
‘¢ The no-goal call that cost the Leafs in the first period wasn’t the only botched call in the game. A Patrice Bergeron shot that went off Tyler Seguin‘s skate and past Reimer was disallowed because Marchand had made contact with the goal earlier in the play. The contact seemed to come far enough before the goal to make the call suspect, but in the end each side lost a goal to shaky calls.
‘¢ With that goal disallowed, Seguin still has yet to score on a goaltender outside of shootouts this season. Seguin’s empty-netter last Monday against the Hurricanes remains his only goal this season.
Saturday’s game must have added to the frustration, as goals against the Maple Leafs were a sure thing for him a season ago, when he tallied eight against Toronto in six meetings last season.
‘¢ Those who (incorrectly) were upset with the Bruins for not “responding” to Thursday’s fight between Thornton and Buffalo’s John Scott were reminded of when it’s appropriate to respond. Zdeno Chara came to the defense of Johnny Boychuk after he was crushed into the boards by Leo Komarov. Unfortunately for the B’s, Chara got a roughing penalty out of it, as both players went off.
|Brad Marchand: ‘Big shot’ Lindy Ruff ‘pretty disrespectful’ for calling late timeout||01.31.13 at 10:29 pm ET|
Brad Marchand wasn’t amused when Sabres coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with 14 seconds remaining in a 7-4 Sabres win over the Bruins. Ruff told reporters after the game that the timeout was called because Bruins’ enforcer Lane MacDermid was on the ice against Buffalo’s skill players, but Marchand said he got the sense that Ruff may have been called it to pour salt on the wound of Boston’s loss.
“He wants to be a big shot, and not the best play to do,” Marchand said after the game. “Pretty disrespectful. If he wants to be like that, that’s fine. We just have to move on.”
Claude Julien was more diplomatic in addressing the timeout, though he insisted that the Bruins didn’t give Ruff any reason to call it.
“I don’t know why he took it,” Julien said. “I really don’t know, but he’s entitled to it, so I just played along with it. He might have though that something was going to happen, which it wasn’t, but that’s probably for him to answer. I don’t know.”
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|Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand are just two reasons Bruins are better late than never||01.30.13 at 10:26 am ET|
When the Bruins went on their Stanley Cup run in 2011, they made a habit of scoring big goals late in games.
The last two nights, the Bruins have gone back to their Cup-winning formula, hanging in games close and winning them late.
In Raleigh Monday night, they needed someone to step up and it was Dougie Hamilton feeding David Krejci for the go-ahead marker with under two minutes left in regulation.
On Tuesday night, with the team battling to find its legs for 40 minutes, it was Tuukka Rask who held the fort until the burst of energy came in the form of a third-period awakening. The period started strong and finished strong as Nathan Horton beat Johan Hedberg with 4:05 remaining to send the game into a shootout.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Horton said. “That’s what we talked about, you’re not always going to be at your best, but we pull through. You’re down a goal, you’re down two goals, it doesn’t matter you just work hard and fight back. That’s the kind of team we are and the kind of guys we are on our team. We all know we can come back when we’re down and I think that’s what makes us so good.
“I think we knew all along we can come back, we’ve done it a lot before in the past. Just to reassure that, to know that we can come back at any time, I think again when we roll four lines here, we stay fresh, and you keep battling away, eventually you’re gonna win.”
Not even a sausage-throwing moron from the stands could stand in the way of Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and the Bruins walking away with the hard-earned and well-deserved two points. Talk about tasty. Seguin had to score twice in the shootout to put the Bruins on the board and Marchand netted the game-winner in the sixth “inning” as the shootout went three extra rounds.
“It was tough, but we found a way,” Seguin said. “I think the main thing is, we have to keep our shifts short, and we were pretty good at that. We were pretty stingy. We didn’t give a ton. We played a good game. Read the rest of this entry »
|Brad Marchand: Jeff Skinner ‘slew foots all the time’||01.29.13 at 12:19 pm ET|
Patrice Bergeron was uncharacteristically irate at the end of Monday night’s 5-3 win over the Hurricanes when Carolina forward Jeff Skinner appeared to slew-foot the Selke winner behind the Bruins’ net. Bergeron said Tuesday that he isn’t overly concerned with whether the league punishes Skinner, but one of his linemates was a little more fired up about it.
“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand said Tuesday. “He’s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.
“I remember I got a fine for that last year. It’s not a good play, it’s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that.”
Marchand called the move “a greasy play” and said he regretted doing it himself last season, noting that Skinner should break the habit.
“He’s got to stop doing that,” he said. “If he does it again, I wouldn’t be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It’s just not a good play.”
[An underrated part of the whole fiasco: Watch Tyler Seguin, who scored an empty-netter after the incident went down, asking, “No goal?” at 0:47]
Bergeron was quite a bit more reserved in addressing the situation, saying that though Skinner had never personally slew-footed him prior to Monday, that was enough to set him off.
“It was the first time he did it [to me], but I thought it was uncalled for,” Bergeron said. “The puck wasn’t even close.”
As for a potential punishment for Skinner, Bergeron said, “I’m not going to get into that.”
“I haven’t looked at the replay,” he said. “I know he did it, but still, at the same time I don’t really care what happens. I don’t think anything’s going to happen out of it.”
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|Dennis Seidenberg ‘pretty close,’ Brad Marchand expected to play vs. Rangers||01.22.13 at 11:51 am ET|
WILMINGTON — With the 0-2-0 Rangers waiting in New York, the Bruins on Tuesday returned to practice in anticipation of a rematch of the season-opener.
Dennis Seidenberg, who missed Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Jets with a lower-body injury, skated by himself prior to the session and participated in the full practice. With Seidenberg back at practice, his pairing with Dougie Hamilton was reunited, as was the Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk duo. The Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid pairing remained intact in Monday’s game and Tuesday’s practice.
Claude Julien said after the practice both Seidenberg and Marchand are day-to-day, though he expects Marchand to play Wednesday vs. the Rangers and said that Seidenberg is “pretty close.”
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|Brad Marchand staying in Boston for now, might consider Europe in future||10.11.12 at 2:55 pm ET|
On the day that would have seen the NHL begin its regular-season schedule, agent Wade Arnott said Bruins forward Brad Marchand will stay in the Boston area for the time being in hopes that a new collective bargaining agreement can be reched between the NHL and the NHLPA.
Arnott told WEEI.com Thursday that though Marchand is staying in North America for now, he could consider playing in Europe in the future if it appears the league will lose the entire season as it did in 2004-05.
Said Arnott: “If the season becomes in jeopardy then Brad may look more seriously at his European playing options.”
Marchand, 24, was second on the Bruins with 28 goals last season, his second in the NHL.
|Brad Marchand gets four-year extension from Bruins||09.07.12 at 1:01 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension with an annual salary cap hit of $4.5 million.
Marchand, 24, is entering the final year of a $5 million two-year deal he signed prior to last season. With Marchand locked up, the Bruins’ list of free agents following next season include restricted free agents Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Jordan Caron and Tuukka Rask. Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference will be unrestricted free agents.
The 2006 third-round pick posted career-highs in goals (28) assists (27) and points (55) last season. He was second to only Seguin in Bruins goals in 2011-12. A surprise 21-goal-scorer as a rookie in 2010-11, Marchand added 11 more goals in the playoffs during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run.
In addition to his speed, two-way play and penalty kill contributions, Marchand is known for his feisty play and tendency to get under opponents’ skin and has thus been suspended twice by the league. He was given two games in 2010-11 for elbowing R.J. Umberger in the back of the head, but his most notable punishment from the league was a five-game suspension for a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo last January against the Canucks.
Even prior to the Marchand signing, Seguin has been the most intriguing of the Bruins’ upcoming free agents. The B’s have only two $5 million forwards (David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron), but with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner signing long-term deals with annual average values of $6 million or in the neighborhood ($6 for both Eberle and Hall, $5.725 for Skinner), it would appear the 20-year-old Seguin is due for a hefty pay raise.