Bruins Beat Rangers, Secure Eastern Conference One Seed

5 04 2009

By Jim Chandley

The B’s beat the Rangers on Saturday to seal the first spot in the Eastern Conference.  This means the Bruins will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, with the possible exception of a would-be Stanley Cup Final against San Jose.

The only goal came midway through the first on Saturday. Blake Wheeler scored from Axelsson and Wideman at 9:04 in the period.

The Bruins had many quality chances, but they only scored (and only needed) the lone goal.  They won 1-0.

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the game, however, came when Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was tapped on the back of the head by notorious badboy Sean Avery.  A fracas ensued and Avery wound up in the box.  Video can be seen here.

The B’s will skate again on Tuesday in Ottawa.  They could still overtake the Sharks for the best record overall.  But both teams will likely rest key players, so that battle will largely be up to the third and fourth lines from both squads.





The Bruins Cannot Be Stopped!

31 03 2009
The B's are on a real roll, can they keep it going?

The B's are on a real roll, can they keep it going?

By Jim Chandley

While that may be a little drastic, the Bruins have turned the effort around 180 degrees of late.

The B’s beat Tampa 3-1 in Boston on Tuesday.

They brought a great powerplay and really put the Bolts away early.  Blake Wheeler scored midway through the first and there was more to come.

Zdeno Chara and Chuck Kobasew both scored in the second on powerplays.  The game was effectively over as these goals deflated the Lightning completely.

Steven Stamkos did score for Tampa Bay in the third, but it was a day late and a dollar short.  The Bruins coasted to the 3-1 win.

Now the B’s wait for the Senators on Thursday night.  Boston is firmly in the driver’s seat to win the Eastern Conference and may look to rest some key players as the regular season draws to a close.





Bruins Win Ugly Behind Fernandez, 7-5 Over Leafs

29 03 2009
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Bruins backup Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

Boston took two points out of Saturday’s tussle at the Air Canada Centre.  Toronto have had a tough year so the game should not have been very exciting.

But Manny Fernandez made it interesting.  The enigmatic net-minder has been sporadic of late, leaving fans to sweat out games the B’s might otherwise win with ease.

Saturday was no exception.

Fernandez gave up soft goals to Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky in the first period.  Mark Recchi would tip in a Matt Hunwick slapper at the end of the period to save a tie score for intermission.

In the second, the Bruins offense went ballistic.  Goals from Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, David Krejci and Recchi put the B’s ahead for good.  The score after two periods was 7-4.

Fernandez would let up one more in the third, but the Bruins escaped with their skin and the two point victory.  They skate again tonight at Philladelphia.