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Bruins Lose to Carolina..Like They Should Have Earlier in the Week


Bruins Suck But Still Manage to Score Six Goals

Team 1 2 3 F
BOSTON 3 2 1 6
CAROLINA 0 0 2 2

Pre-game Skate: B’s v Canes

I guess the Bruins have another scheduled try at how to win a hockey game. Maybe tonight they will shoot during the power play.

Chris Kelly is supposed to make his return to the line-up tonight.

Claude’s pulse has gone up a few notches after Saturday nights disaster. He didn’t even hold a post-game press conference. He has also shuffled the lines around. So that will last for the first few shifts of the game.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

B’s Score Late to Break Tie, Secure Win

Team 1 2 3 F
BOSTON 2 1 2 5
CAROLINA 1 2 0 3

In what has been the most exciting game thus far this season, the Bruins took advantage of special teams play in the first period along with good overall team play in the third period to steal their fourth win of the season 5-3, in Carolina.

Brad Marchand (3) got things started for the Bruins 3:16 into the game. The penalty was on Anton Khudobin for committing probably the fifth ever delay of game penalty for touching the puck outside the trapezoid.

2:59 after the Marchand goal Chara (2) put a seeing-eyed wrist shot on net from the point beating Cam Ward high blocker and the Bruins jumped out to a nice 2-0 lead.

Carolina gained momentum after Tim Gleason took on Lucic in lengthy bout.

Carolina scored 3:44 after the fight and got themselves on the board and back into the game just before the end of the period.

Both teams had a flurry of goals in the second period. It began with one of the prettiest goals Nathan Horton (2) has probably scored in his career. As he undressed Tim Gleason on his way to sniping on Cam Ward.

Carolina answered with goals from Skinner and Eric Staal. The goals came :50 seconds apart and tied the game 3-3 heading into the third.

Both teams battled and went end-to-end for the entire period but it was Boston’s new young superstar Dougie Hamilton staring down Cam Ward as if he was going to shoot and sliding a pass to Krejci (1) to give the B’s the lead with 1:50 left in the game.

Things got interesting at the end. Tyler Seguin (1) put home and empty net goal on the PP to secure the win for the B’s. While Seguin was scoring Patrice Bergeron and Jeff Skinner got into a mix-up behind the Bruins net after Skinner slew-footed Bergeron.

The Bruins turn around and get right back at it again tonight when the Devils come to TD Garden.

Pre-Game Skate; B’s v. Canes

The Bruins begin the second week of the season by playing their first of four games in Carolina against the Hurricanes. The game will provide an interesting test for the Bruins.

Last season the Bruins went 0-4-0 against the Canes and were outscored 14-5 during the four games. Now whether the Canes were that dominate over the Bruins or they just caught them at the right times in the season could be up for debate. Carolina beat them twice in October, a month that saw the B’s go 3-7-0. The two times they met later in the season was a week after the B’s rematch battle with Vancouver and the fourth meeting was a week after Thomas boycotted the White House. Both were major turning points in the Bruins season.

Tonight’s game against the Canes brings up some interesting thoughts. Boston looked to be in mid-season form after their opening week coming off the 113 day lockout. However..

CBS BostonThe Bruins haven’t made it four games into a season without a regulation loss since 2000, when they began the year with an opening night tie with Ottawa before beating Philadelphia, Florida and Anaheim for a 3-0-0-1.

Things were promising for the Bruins that year, but hopes were diminished rather quickly. After that 3-0-0-1 start, the Bruins lost four straight, getting outscored 19-5 along the way. Following a win and an OT loss, the B’s lost four of their next five and were just 6-10-2-2 after 20 games.

Back to tonight, it will be interesting to see how the Bruins defend the Staal brothers and what Anton Khudobin looks like. Website and Bruins media members on Twitter are reporting he could be getting his first start tonight. He made one start last year and turned away 41 of 42 shots from the Senators in a 2-1 Bruins win.

As for the missing..

ESPN — – Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed practice Sunday morning due to a personal reason, and he will not travel with the team to North Carolina to face the Hurricanes on Monday night.

McQuaid could be ready for Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

“There’s no injury, it’s just personal,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Veteran defenseman Aaron Johnson will be in the lineup Monday night against the Hurricanes.

Great We Suck Again

As the Bruins push for the playoffs and while the season carries on and gets closer to the playoffs and playoff match-ups become easier to pick, there will be teams you would like to play and teams you would rather avoid. Well if your a Bruins fan, hope and pray you don’t get matched up with Carolina because they have dominated the Bruins this season winning all four meetings and outscoring the Bruins 14-5.

Oh, wait. The Hurricanes are currently THE WORST TEAM IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE.

The season sweep of the Bruins is the first time the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise has EVER swept the Bruins in a season.

Carolina scored a goal in each period. As has been the theme for the Bruins recently they got out played in the second period getting outshot 14-5. But in the first and third period the Bruins outshot the Canes 42-17 yet could not register a goal.

Cannot put much blame on Tuukka for this one. I feel anytime a goalie is in a game and his team doesn’t score a goal its hard to blame the goalie for the loss.

Don’t really have much more to say on this pathetic excuse for a game other than thank God we don’t have to play Carolina the rest of the season.

B’s play a home matinee Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Pre-game Skate; B’s/Canes

The B’s will get back on the ice tonight as they continue their second half stretch run against a team who has had their number this season. Carolina has won all three meetings between the two teams this year outscoring the Bruins 11-5.

Two of those games were during the Bruins abysmal month of October and the other came less than a month ago in the middle of January.

Boston will welcome the return of Andrew Ference from suspension tonight but they will still be without winger Nathan Horton.

Projected Bruins lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas
Scratches: Nathan Horton (concussion), Steven Kampfer

Projected Hurricanes lines
Jiri Tlusty-Eric Staal-Tuomo Ruutu
Jeff Skinner-Riley Nash-Jussi Jokinen
Andreas Nodl-Brandon Sutter-Patrick Dwyer
Anthony Stewart-Tim Brent-Drayson Bowman
Jay Harrison-Justin Faulk
Bryan Allen-Tim Gleason
Jaroslav Spacek-Jamie McBain
Cam Ward
Justin Peters
Scratches: Derek Joslin, Chad LaRose (illness)

B’s Lose to Carolina…Again

In the game which will go unknown to Bruins fans because there is a good chance any one who is a Bruins fan (including myself) was caught up watching the Patriots curb stomp the Denver Broncos.

After a scoreless first period the Bruins put the first mark on the scoreboard in Carolina the other night. Patrice Bergeron (12) at 6:15 of the second period gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. the lead was short lived as Carolina tied the game a few minutes later to even the score 1-1, which is were the score would stand at the start of the third.

Lucic (16) put the Bruins back on top 2-1, just 1:21 into the third period.

Then began the downfall of the Bruins. Tim Thomas played on of his weakest games of the year. He faced only 20 shots during the game and stopped 17.

Carolina scored three unanswered goals after Looch gave the Bruins the lead. Justin Faulk tied the game with 6:02 left in the game. Jay Harrison gave Carolina the lead with just 1:30 left in the game and Eric Staal added to the lead twenty-eight seconds later.

The B’s head to Florida for back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning starting Monday night.

B’s Lose Emotions and Game

For the second time in just under a week the Bruins took on the Hurricanes, this time at a different venue. It marked the return of Tomas Kaberle to Boston since winning the Cup with the Bruins last season. Who cares.

So I was writing down what was going on last night as the game was being played. Pretty much all you need to know is the B’s were trailing 1-0 after a Anothony Stewart (2) at just 2:47 of the first period. Boston carried the play in the first period, the Canes were carried by the great play of goalie Cam Ward who made six or seven point-blank saves on the ten shots he faced in the period.

The B’s didn’t come out as strong in the second period as they only registered 6 shots on goal. Joni Pitkanen (2) scored at 10:19 of the second period.

Then it was all down hill from there.

Now, before I get into this whole debacle I would like to say that all of the penalties were not the ref’s fault. Anyone out there who is saying oh the ref’s cost the Bruins the game last night, your crazy. Am I going to blame the ref’s, partially only because some of the calls just didn’t make sense.

So the B’s are down 2-0 and all night long they had been trying to pick fights but the Hurricanes weren’t really having it. Then after a basic freezing of the puck by Cam Ward, Horton starts pushing a player in front of the net, Chara comes to his defense and pretty much tosses Jay Harrison around like a rag doll trying to get him to fight. After the ref’s finally break it up, Cam Ward gets in Chara’s face prompting Tuukka to skate down the ice and join the party.

This is where the B’s began to shoot themselves in the foot. Tuukka goes all the way down the ice to pretty much as Cam Ward if he wants to go out for ice cream after the game, they don’t fight but because Rask crossed center-ice he gets two minutes for leaving the crease. Tuukka, if you’re going to skate all the way down the ice to fight, at least try and start a fight, your already getting a penalty.

Horton got two minutes for roughing and Chara gets two for instigating, five for fighting and a ten minute misconduct. B’s kill off the 5 on 3 but now they lose Chara until about 8 minutes left in the third.

Then all hell breaks loose in the third.

Peverley scores on the POWER-PLAY (I know crazy, right) and the Bruins seem to be back in the game. Peverley’s goal came when the Bruins got a man advantage after Kelly fights Sutter, Lucic and Gleason (who was being a bitch all night long) get roughing penalties and Bryan Allen also gets two for roughing.

Gleason comes out of the box after the goal, Horton tries to fight him and he (Gleason) turtles as Horton keeps throwing punches, which he should know better to do so when the other guy drops the gloves. Horton gets a double minor and ten minute misconduct…bye bye Horton.

:19-seconds later, Chara gets a questionable high-sticking call, as Chara is being sent to the box, Marchand puts his hand in Skinners face and he gets a ten minute misconduct?? That one I don’t get, not even a minor penalty, just nice legs Marchand take a walk.

:21 seconds after this happens, Seidenberg gets two minutes for boarding. Now the B’s have like six guys in the penalty box, there’s about 7 minutes left in the game and Seidenberg’s penalty doesn’t start until two of the other penalties already on the board are up.

Then for good measure, Lucic skates into Gleason during a stoppage in play and he gets ten minutes and sent to the showers, followed buy a beer shower from the Garden faithful, giving an additional two minute penalty.

Oh yeah, Claude got thrown out a some point in this mess too.

The Bruins are mostly to blame for this, hockey (well, sports in general) is about keeping your emotions in check, the Bruins did not last night. Although the ref’s did let the game get away from them and it seemed like after the first big fight the only penalty call that made sense was ten minute major’s.

Bruins play, unbeaten Toronto at home on Thursday.

Pre-game Chatter

According to, Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision. Tuukka Rask will be starting between the pipes for the B’s tonight.

The B’s will look to have a better effort than a week ago when they played the Hurricanes. And for all you Tomas Kaberle fans out there, he will be returning to the Garden for the first time since winning the Cup with the Bruins and Kaberle will be receiving his ring before the game, privately.

Projected Bruins lines
Milan Lucic-Tyler Seguin-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas
Scratches: David Krejci (core injury), Matt Bartkowski, Steven Kampfer (knee)

Projected Hurricanes lines
Jeff Skinner-Eric Staal-Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Jussi Jokinen-Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty-Brandon Sutter-Patrick Dwyer
Brett Sutter-Tim Brent-Anthony Stewart
Bryan Allen-Tim Gleason
Tomas Kaberle-Jay Harrison
Joni Pitkanen-Jamie McBain
Cam Ward
Brian Boucher
Scratches: Justin Faulk, Derek Joslin, Zac Dalphe (lower body)