|Quick hits: B’s-Pens||11.10.09 at 9:31 pm ET|
Tim Thomas made 27 saves as the Bruins blanked the Penguins, 3-0, at TD Garden, winning consecutive games for the first time this season. It Thomas’ second shutout this season and 14th career.
Matt Hunwick gathered a rebound of his own shot after sharply cutting to the net from the right point to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead early in the second period.
The goal was Hunwick’s fourth of the season, but just his first point in seven games. Fellow defender Dennis Wideman picked up his first point in over a month, assisting on the goal.
Mark Recchi earned his 900th career assist, sending Daniel Paille in on a breakaway 3:34 into the third period. Paille gave Boston a 2-0 advantage, beating Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stick side for his first goal and first point of the season.
David Krejci returned to the lineup after missing two games with the H1NI virus (swine flu). Krejci took his usual spot centering a line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder on the wings.
The defending Stanley Cup champs look like they are ready to get home. After opening the season with seven straight road wins, Pittsburgh suffered a 5-2 loss in LA last Thursday and a 5-0 drubbing by San Jose Saturday. The Pens, who are skating without Evgeni Malkin, Maxime Talbot, and Sergei Gonchar, finished the first period with two shots, a season low for a Bruins opponent.
Penguins forward Chris Bourque, the 23-year-old son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, is skating at the TD Garden for first time in a regular season NHL game. The third-year NHL forward has generated just one assist in nine games in his first season with Pittsburgh. He has played NHL preseason contests in Boston before.
Star of the Game – Still looking for players to step up offensively, Matt Hunwick launched an impromptu offensive attack in the second period. Bolting from the right point with little hesitation, Hunwick got the Bruins offense in gear.
Turning Point – The Penguins has started to gather momentum and appeared poised to tie contest when Marc Recci hit Daniel Paille with a breakaway pass setting up an insurance goal for Boston in the third period.
|Krejci set to return for B’s||at 6:41 pm ET|
Tim Thomas gets the call in net tonight for the Bruins while the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins counter with Marc-Andre Fleury.
Center David Krejci is taking part in warmups and is expected to make his return after missing the last two games with H1N1 virus.
After missing practice on Monday, Michael Ryder is available tonight for the B’s.
|Turn up the volume: A special win for the B’s||11.08.09 at 12:35 am ET|
The Bruins finally broke through on the power play on Saturday and not coincidentally, so did Zdeno Chara.
Mark Recchi redirected a Derek Morris shot from the right point on Boston’s first power play of the night at 3:18 of the first period. That snapped an 0-for-20 on the power play.
Then, later in the same period, Zdeno Chara got off the snide. After scoring 17 goals in his first season in Boston and another 19 last year with the Bruins, Chara entered Saturday night still having yet to find the back of the net.
But that ended 13 minutes later when Chara’s blast from the high slot got past 21-year-old rookie Jhonas Enroth.
Between killing all seven Buffalo power plays and scoring on 2-of-3 man-advantage chances, the Bruins special teams shone on this night.
Afterward, the Bruins talked about getting the monkey off their backs.
|B’s face 21-year-old rookie in net||11.07.09 at 6:46 pm ET|
Tuukka Rask gets his fifth start of the season between the pipes tonight for the Bruins as they host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. Rask is 2-1-1 this season in his four previous games with a 2.41 goals against.
The Sabres, who lost on Friday night at home to Philadelphia, counter with 21-year-old rookie Jhonas Enroth, who is making his NHL debut in net for the first-place Sabres.
The Bruins, with 14 points, trail the Sabres by five points in the Northeast Division.
|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.
Milan Lucic is out following surgery on his broken index finger while Marc Savard is healing following a diagnosis of a broken bone in his left foot.
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.
|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.
Tuukka Rask looked as shaky in the second stanza as Tim Thomas did on Thursday night, and to be fair, in both cases neither netminder had much help.
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||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.
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