Bruins Lose to Blue Jackets

10 03 2009
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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.

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Bruins Lose to Capitals 4-3 in OT

2 03 2009
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Alexander Semin was too much for the Bruins in OT

The Bruins fell to the Capitals in OT at the Garden Saturday on an impossible goal by Alexander Semin.  Hunwick, Kessel and Chara each scored in different periods, Chara’s effort coming on a powerplay in the 3rd to force overtime.

The highlight for the Capitals in regulation was Alex Ovechkin’s goal from the left slot from what looked like an impossible angle.  Tim Thomas slid to his right as the pass was made cross ice by Matt Bradley, leaving nothing for the young star to look at but pads.  But Ovechkin buried it and reminded us all why he is the best in the game.

22 seconds into overtime, Alexander Semin scored on a shot that even he didn’t expect to go in.  Semin teed up a shot from just over the redline and let it rip.  The rocket found a hole in Thomas’ pads and trickled into the back of the net, giving the Capitals the win.  The Bruins did salvage a point for the overtime loss.

The Bruins will host the Flyers on Tuesday night at the Garden.





Bruins Drops Second Straight in Tampa Bay

22 02 2009

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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.





Long Lay-off Leaves Bruins Flat

21 02 2009

The Panthers' Thomas Vokoun, who shutout the Bruins on Saturday

By Jim Chandley

The Florida Panthers handed the Bruins a 2-0 loss tonight in Florida.  Thomas Vokoun (pictured above) recorded his 6th shutout of the season, turning away 41 shots in all.  Radek Dvorak did all of the offensive work, scoring both goals for Florida.

The Bruins did not bring their usual intensity tonight.  One of Dvorak’s goals came shorthanded, leaving the Bruins powerplay unit -1 on the night.  Despite 6 chances, the powerplay team failed to net a single goal.

While the Bruins weren’t their usual selves, Vokoun was unbeatable.  He did everything but stand on his head (and had he needed to he might have).

The B’s will skate at St. Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa tomorrow at 5.  They will look to beat a Lightning team that is effectively done for the season.  Tampa is 2-6-2 in their last 10 and 18 points out of a playoff spot.





Overmathced Hurricanes Were Just What the Doctor Ordered

17 02 2009

By Jim Chandleybruins

The Bruins go into Carolina and end their 4-game losing skid.

Boston beats Carolina 5-1.  Goals came in bunches in the 3rd as the period started 2-1 Bruins.  Tim Thomas turned away 31 Hurricane shots as the Bruins fought hard in front of him for most of the game.

After a gutty 50 minutes, the flood gates opened for Boston.  David Krejci scored from Patrice Bergeron shorthanded at 16:12 in the 3rd.  Exactly a minute later, Zdeno Chara’s slap shot from the point on the power play was tipped in by Chuck Kobasew.  As time wound down, Patrice Bergeron stole the puck in the neutral zone and blew threw the Hurricanes to put in an empty net goal to finish the scoring.

The B’s will now spend 3 consecutive off days in Florida in preparation for their next game against the Panthers on Sunday.