Bruins Lose 3-2 in Ottawa

7 04 2009

Embattled Bruins Goaltender Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

In their first game since clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins started Manny Fernandez in goal to give starter Tim Thomas a night off.

Christoph Schubert and Mike Fisher scored in the first to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.

Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel scored in the second for the B’s (Kessel’s was his 32nd on the season), but so did Ottawa’s Dany Heatley.

The Senators kept their 3-2 lead throughout a few charges from the Bruins in the third.  The score  would remain at 3-2.

Boston will host the Habs on Thursday night at the Garden.


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 Lose to Rangers in Matinee

8 03 2009

Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez in the locker room; a place he may wish he had stayed this afternoon

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins put forth a good team effort in New York this afternoon but came up short, falling 4-3 to the Rangers.  Coach Claude Julien would probably tell you, (as he often does) that they lost as a team.

But this didn’t seem to be as much of a team loss as other recent defeats.  “You can’t win with that,” commentator Mike Millbury said during today’s broadcast.  He spoke almost accidentally and sounded rather harsh but clarified without sugar coating it, “You can not win with goal tending like Manny Fernandez has given the Bruins here today.”

Indeed, Fernandez gave up some soft goals in today’s contest.  When the Rangers drew first blood early in the 2nd, they did so on a legitimate goal by Nik Antropov.  Kobasew scored two minutes later and one could argue that the Rangers should never have seen the lead again.

Later in the period, on the powerplay, Scott Gomez found the back of the net on a wrap-around shot where Fernandez didn’t cover the entire post and let the puck sneak inside his skate.  Minutes later, Fernandez stood up when a shot was blocked in front of him.  He spun 360 degrees in the crease looking for the puck while Ryan Callahan was busy finding it and burying it.

Chara andRyder would both score early in the 3rd, clearing the way for Fernandez to leave his mistakes in the past.  Unfortunately, it was not Fernandez’s day.  With six minutes left in the game, Fernandez lost sight of a rebound andcame out entirely too far to the right slot.  The rebound had in fact gone to the left and Nikolai Zherdev put it away for what would be the game winner.

It was a tough break for the team that Fernandez had such a bad day today.  The skaters came out with some fire, hitting hard and taking part in a few scraps along the way.  They put plenty of pressure on New York’s Henrik Lundquist.  But the miscues in goal were too much to overcome.  The B’s will try again Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fur Flys as Bruins Fall

3 03 2009

Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki turned away 20 of 22 Boston shots on Tuesday

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins and Flyers were locked in a battle similar to a heavy-weight fight for most of three periods Tuesday.  But instead of a cliffhanger split decision, the end was an Ali-Fraizer like knockout in favor of Philadelphia.

Boston drew first blood on a powerplay goal from Patrice Bergeron at 14:25 in the first period.  The Bruins had other chances in the first.  David Krejci was robbed by Antero Niittymaki on an incredible glove save before the Bergeron goal.  Byron Bitz rattled the Philly crossbar later in the period.

Philadelphia’s Scottie Upshall scored early in the second, the only goal of the period.  Throughout the first to periods, hits flew in both directions and the biggest moment was when Zdeno Chara floored flyers winger Scott Hartnell (a noted NHL enforcer) with a single shot in front of the Bruins goal after the Upshall goal.

But the real knockout blow came from the sticks of Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.  Gagne scored at 2:22 in the 3rd, tipping a slapshot from former Bruin Andrew Alberts.  Minutes later, another former Bruins, Mike Knuble scored from the slot to make it 3-1.

Gange would score again on the powerplay later in the period.  With a minute left, Stephane Yelle scored on a Bruins powerplay but it was too little, too late.  The Bruins fell 4-2

The Bruins will host the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night at the Garden.