Bruins Lose to Blue Jackets

10 03 2009

Raffi Torres who scored the game winner for Columbus

By Jim Chandley

Tonight’s effort was all too familiar for anyone who has been following the Bruins of late.  The B’s came out flat to start the game which has happened many times during the recent slide (3-6-1 in the last 10).

The game was filled with big hits and fisticuffs but very short on offense.  Raffi Torres scored early in the 3rd for the first goal of the game and the only one that would matter.  The goal came on a powerplay for Columbus and the shot was all-but-stopped by Tim Thomas.  It hit Thomas’ stick-side shoulder and trickled in.

The B’s turned on the after-burners following the go-ahead goal, but it was too little, too late as has been the case in many recent games.  Rick Nash would add an empty net goal in the last minute of the game, as the Bruins were applying pressure and almost knotted it up.

The Bruins will host the Senators on Thursday night at the Garden.


Bruins Skate Past Ducks, 6-0

26 02 2009

Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick who scored the winning goal early in the game Thursday

By Jim Chandley

Boston brought intensity that we haven’t seen in some time tonight as they hosted Anaheim at the Garden.  Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots and recorded his 4th shutout of the season.

Matt Hunwick scored at 17:54 in the first.  Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew each netted two goals in the Second period, effectively ending the game.  Byron Bitz tacked one on in the middle of the third.

The Bruins will host Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at 1.  The Bruins still lead the Eastern Conference with 92 points and have the second best record in all of hockey.

Bruins Stomp Panthers

25 02 2009

Boston's Chuck Kobasew

Boston's Chuck Kobasew

By Jim Chandley

After a 1-3-1 road trip, the Bruins just needed to sleep in their own beds for a night.  Back at the Garden on Tuesday, Boston dominated the Florida Panthers in every aspect of the game.

The Bruins were clearly a better team all night, taking a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period.  But in the 3rd, things just got out of hand.  Byron Bitz, Aaron Ward and Michael Ryder (back from injury) all netted goals in the third.

Between the fourth and fifth goals, Chuck Kobasew destroyed the Panthers Keith Ballard along the boards in the Panthers zone.  Ballard got up looking for a piece of Kobasew and didn’t get much.  The two danced, Kobasew landed a few shots and Ballard fell to his knees.  The fight was not one-sided, but Ballard had already lost when his clocked was cleaned seconds earlier.

Tim Thomas stopped 24 of 25 shots from Florida for his 26th win of the season.

The B’s will host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at the Garden.

Bruins Drops Second Straight in Tampa Bay

22 02 2009


By Jim Chandley

The B’s lost 4-3 in Tampa this evening despite a good effort.  The game was tied after 1 when Andrew Ference scored on the powerplay at 16:52.

The Bruins managed to tie it up again in before the second intermission  when Chara scored late in the second from Kobasew and Ward.

As the two teams locked horns in the third, the Bruins seemed to be headed towards another overtime game and perhaps a shootout.  But at 17:10 in the 3rd, Ference put the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.

On the ensuing powerplay, Vaclav Prospal buried the goal that would become the game winner.  The Bruins went on to lose 4-3.

The Bruins will be back at home on Tuesday to host the Florida Panthers.  They will look to avenge Saturday’s loss in Florida.