Hockey Game Breaks Out at Boston/Montreal Bosing Match

10 04 2009

By Jim ChandleyNHL/

The Bruins beat the Canadiens 5-4 in overtime tonight.  While the Bruins were happy to have the win, the trip to overtime gave Montreal the point they needed to get into the playoffs.

The game, however, was hardly the story.  These two ancient rivals were at each other’s throats all night long.  Between the two teams, 87 penalty minutes were handed out.

Milan Lucic beat down Mike Komisarek in the second period.  Ryan O’Byrne and Shawn Thornton also got into, also in the second.  No fight was isolated; both teams went at each other each time the rough stuff started. All told, the second period took over an hour to play because of all the fighting.

The game and the fights were huge victories for Boston.  They finished the season series against the Habs with a 5-0-1 record, their best season against Montreal since before the lockout.

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Bruins Beat Senators 2-1, Reach 110 Point Mark

2 04 2009

The B's try to best the teams from the old Adams Division this year.

By Jim Chandley

Boston beat lowly Ottawa tonight at the Garden to bring their season point total to 110.  The last time the B’s amassed as many points, they played in the Adams Division (that’s 1982-3 for you kids).

Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first period to stake the Sens to the early lead.

That was all the Ottawa fans had to cheer about for the entire evening.  Milan Lucic would score early in the second from David Krejci and Michael Ryder.  After going into the lockerroom tied, the B’s came out and got a quick goal from Marc Savard (P.J. Axelsson on the assist).

This was all they would need as the game ended 2-1.

The Bruins’ 110 points are good for a nine point lead on Washington with five games to play.  This means that the Bruins can clinch the Conference title with a win on Saturday afternoon when they host the Rangers.





Bruins Forget to Lose, Take Five Point Lead in East

22 03 2009

nhl_bruins_devils_412By Jim Chandley

The Boston Bruins hosted the New Jersey Devils in a massive game at the TD BankNorth Garden today.

Boston ultimately prevailed and took a five point lead on the Devils for first place in the East with nine games left to play (the Devils have 10 remaining).

Marc Savard and Mark Recchi set up Michael Ryder on the powerplay in the first for the first goal of the game.  This was the first and only lead change of the game.

Chuck Hobasew and Savard would score early in the second before the Devils finally got on the board with a goal by Andy Greene.  Milan Lucic added another in the the second to close the scoring for the day.

The B’s play seven of their last nine against teams who (at the moment) are not in playoff positions in the standings.  On the other side of the race, New Jersey will play six teams in their last 10 games who are currently in playoff position.

This win puts the Bruins in the driver’s seat to hold home ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.