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Pre-game Skate: B’s v. Caps

Its going to hurt for a second but be a man, suck it up and deal with it. Just like taking off a band-aid, one motion, right off.

OK, its over. Just a reminder of what this shitbum team did to our title defense last season. We can move on now.

No better way for the Bruins to bounce back after a tough loss to the Habs the other night than turning right around and taking on the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last season. It also helps that we don’t have Mr. I hate America with us as the team makes a trip to the nations capital.

Washington (8-11-1) currently resides in fourth place in the Southeast Division. Although they are only 6 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference they still need to leap frog six teams to make the cut.

Hopefully the Bruins are too jealous of how the Caps are playing. Big spot for the B’s tonight, a win will at least keep pace with Montreal who is playing on the Island tonight.


Caps Finish Bruins Season

Pre-game Skate: B’s/Caps Game 7

Game 7, here we go.

It was a Wednesday, much like the one we are experiencing today. The year was 2011 and as Bruins fans of all ages sat around in anticipation awaiting the drop of the puck. Some fans had a feeling of doubt, wondering how this very Bruins team would let them down again this season. Others had an optimistic outlook on the game, hoping with just one win they could inch a step closer to the prize every hockey players dreams of winning.

That faithful night, just 5:43 into overtime, we witnessed this… they say, the rest is history.

Now tonight, it is time to write a different story. How will the ending turn out, only time will tell as Bruins fans, yet again, sit in angst and count every second on the clock impatiently waiting until the clock strikes 7:30 and the puck drops.

Still Alive, Seguin Scored in OT

Team 1 2 3 OT Total
Bruins 2 0 1 1 4
Capitals 1 1 1 0 3

(Hand over heart) tick, tick, tick. OK, I’m still alive. I thought for a second there I was going to have a heart attack. Got to give credit to this club, when they have their nuts pinned to the wall they always seem to find a way to get out of it and keep the series going.

In a win or go home situation in Game 6 in Washington the Bruins came out on top 4-3 in overtime on a Tyler Seguin goal.

Rich Peverley (3) the Bruins offensive threat this series got the scoring started when he netted a goal 5:56 into the first period.

After Mike Green tied the game 1-1, the Bruins did the unthinkable. David Krejci (1) tipped a puck past Holtby for get this, A POWER PLAY GOAL. I know, I couldn’t believe it myself.

When it looked like the Bruins were going to get out of the second period hanging on to their 2-1 lead, Jason Chimera, scored with 42 seconds left in the period. After he knocked Marchand down at the blue line on a non-call play to send the Caps down the ice on an odd-man rush.

The Bruins put themselves ahead in the third when, after a shot on goal there was a puck loose in the slot for non other than Andrew Ference (1) to shelf and give the Bruins the lead. Go ahead Andy, do your thing

He didn’t really do that, well this year he didn’t…yet.

Don’t worry Bruins fans, the team kept the blood pressure up when Ovechkin ripped a wrist shot from the top of the circle beating Timmy five-hole (can’t go a game without seeing him) to tie the game 3-3.

So here we are, 3-3 in overtime with the season on the line. It took the Bruins just 3 shots on goal in overtime to get what they needed. Seguin (1) beat Holtby 3:17 into the overtime period.

So Tyler, what were you trying to do on that goal? (His thoughts start at 1:40)

Game 5 is like Game 3, But the Opposite

Team 1 2 3 Total
Capitals 0 2 2 4
Bruins 0 2 1 3

The Bruins had a chance to take a 3-2 series lead to Washington and a chance to wrap-up the series on Sunday. The B’s failed to hold-off the Caps Saturday at the Garden and fell 4-3 and fell in the series 3-2.

After a scoreless first period it was the Caps who struck first. Semin jammed a puck home past Thomas to get the Caps on the board. Washington added a second goal before the Bruins got a pulse.

Down 2-0 the B’s scored two goals in 28 seconds. Seidenberg (1) and Marchand (1) got the Garden rockin’ and gave the place a sense that the B’s found their rythm and weren’t going to let this one get out of their grasp.

Well, Mike Knuble changed that 3:21 into the third period when he put the Caps back on top.

Johnny Boychuk (1) had a Johnny Rocket from the blue line on the, yup you guessed it, power play. Wait WHAT!?!?!

Don’t worry, in heart breaking fashion, Thomas gave up a softball goal to Brouwer with 2:27 left in the game and the Caps skated to a 4-3 victory.

Pre-game Skate; B’s/Caps Game 5

A must win for the Bruins. There is no other way to put it.

The series is tied 2-2, as it is I don’t think the Bruins are winning this series with the way they have limped around through the first four games. Now they have to play game five at home in a tied series, sure the Bruins showed a lot of adversity last season by winning games when their backs were against the wall. But I don’t see the B’s winning game six Sunday if they go to Washington down 3-2.

This season the Bruins are 7-8-2 (which includes last weekend) during afternoon games.

Who knows which B’s team will show up today. If the team who won game three comes to play, they can be one of the toughest teams to beat in the league. If its game two or four, they’re screwed.

Its like the B’s are just showing up, going through the motions and hoping everything will work out in their favor.

I know the series is far from over but I’ll tell you this, if the B’s get ousted in the first round, last year isn’t an excuse anymore. No more, oh they won the cup its okay. Nope, it makes it seem more like it was just a fluke.

So go ahead Claude, rally the troops. 

Caps Take Game 4, B’s Offense Still A No Show

Its a good thing I have a day job, and I was there working until 7 p.m. last night. Because I was so tired when I got home that I did not have a lot of energy to invest into the game, if I had the energy, oh boy, I might have broken my TV.

44 shots on goal and only one goal to show for it. Not to mention the brilliant coach decides last night is as good of night as any to change the roster around because the team hasn’t been his system that preaches defense!!!

The Caps hopped on the board first and quickly. It took Washington just 1:22 into the first period when Marcus Johansson beat Thomas during a 2-on-1 which was executed to perfection. The Caps goal came on their first shot of the game.

Boston took control immediately after the Capitals goal. The Bruins went on a 10 consecutive shot streak and in that span tied the game. Rich Peverley (2) walked-in from the right side half-wall and beat Holtby to the high short side.

The Bruins got the second period started to another hot start. They outshot the Caps 10-2 to start the period. But during Johnny Boychuk penalty the Caps fired-off 5 shots of their own and outshot the Bruins 12-6 to end the period. Both goaltenders stood on their heads in the second, as the shots for the period were 18-15 in favor of Boston.

The Caps were able to draw blood in the second period. Bergeron got sent to the box on a questionable call for hooking. Bergeron went to lift the stick Liach and it came flying out of his hand, very easily, and sold the call. Semin rifled a wrist-shot on Thomas and beat him high glove side to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room after two.

No scoring in the third period, instead we got to watch the Bruins barely tread water as a shark was looming below them waiting for the kill. Its a matter of time before the drown.

Don’t worry the Bruins dominated, outshooting the Caps 13-3 and Hunter pretty much benched Semin and Ovechkin. Yet, we still couldn’t score a f’in goal.

Game 5 is Saturday at 3 p.m. And we all know how great they B’s are in afternoon games.

Pre-game Skate: B’s/Caps Game 4

Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference get close on the front of Titanic

While, Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference were busy getting close during their few days off in D.C. the team did still prepare for a hockey game.

It is a game people have been glad came a few days after game 3. How will each team react, Backstrom suspended, Alzner taunting Lucic. There are so many story lines heading into game 4.

NESN has the line-ups:

Projected Bruins lines
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo
Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin
Scratches: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Nathan Horton (concussion), Tuukka Rask (groin), Mike Mottau, Jordan Caron

Projected Capitals lines
Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera- Mathieu Perreault-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble-Keith Aucoin-Joel Ward
Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
John Erskine-Dennis Wideman
Braden Holtby
Dany Sabourin
Scratches: Nicklas Backstrom (suspension), Jeff Halpern, Jeff Schultz, Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun (groin), Michal Neuvirth (leg)

B’s Toughen-up and Take Game 3

Team 1 2 3 Total
Bruins 0 2 2 4
Capitals 1 1 1 3

Its funny how sports work. Last post-season the Bruins scored 1 goal in their first two games against Montreal before winning both games in Montreal to even the series. Their first win in Montreal was by a score of 4-2.

Well the B’s netted 2 goals this season in a split in Boston. Then defeated Washington 4-3 in the nations capital to take the series lead 2 games to 1.

The Bruins also claimed the intensity of the series. Both teams had been struggling to find their offensive momentum and the Bruins had seem to be playing the Caps style of play, because as we all know the Bruins like playing a physical style of hockey.

The Caps got on the board first with a goal from Alexander Semin with 4:00 left in the first period.

It didn’t take the Bruins long to answer when the second period started, as Rich Peverley (1) scored just 0:35 into the second frame. But in good ol’ Bruins fahsion they let Ovechkin walk down the right wing and rip a shot that beat Tim Thomas to put the Caps back on top, 15 seconds after the Peverley goal.

The B’s evened the score before the end of the period on a Daniel Paille (1) goal as he had the space in front of the net to make a move to the backhand to beat Holtby.

We move to the third where things got interesting.

Brian Rolston (1) scored 1:02 into the period giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The Caps tied the game when Brooks Liach was sent on a breakaway and beat Thomas, tying the game 3-3. Zdeno Chara (1) put the Bruins on top for good with 1:53 left to play in the game.

The Bruins have yet to get a point from any member of their top two offensive lines.

Now, I’ve added the extended highlights below but pointed out the times in which key fights happen during the game.

-2:30: Scrum at the end of the first period
-5:35: Lucic and Chimera get matching penalties for tussling before face-off
-7:52: Scrum/Chimera stick Marchand in crotch
-9:15: Chara high-sticked by Hendricks
-11:15: Backstrom get’s his THIRD cross-checking penalty of the game
Now the fun really begins
-12:10: Scrum after whistle, Alzner calls Lucic a cry baby (naturally Jack Edwards goes nuts)
-18:05: Scrum at the end of the game and Backstrom’s FOURTH cross-checking penalty

Game four on Thursday should be interesting.

Pre-game Skate: B’s/Caps Game 3

With the series tied 1-1 and shifting to Washington it should get interesting. Both teams are in search of offense as there has been a total of 4 goals scored in the series.

Tim Thomas will get an earful being in D.C. after his boycotting of the White House in January. I’m sure the fans will be harassing him and trying to take him off his game.

It was this time last year in the playoffs when the B’s identity was born. A trip to Montreal down 2-0 in the series, they took both games on the road and rolled from that point.

NESN has the line-ups:

Projected Bruins lines
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo
Tim Thomas
Anton Khudobin
Scratches: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Nathan Horton (concussion), Tuukka Rask (groin), Mike Mottau, Jordan Caron

Projected Capitals lines
Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Troy Brouwer
Marcus Johansson-Nicklas Backstrom-Alexander Semin
Jason Chimera-Jay Beagle-Mathieu Perrault
Keith Aucoin-Matt Hendricks-Joel Ward
Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
Jeff Schultz-Dennis Wideman
Braden Holtby
Dany Sabourin
Scratches: John Erskine, Jeff Halpern, Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun (groin), Michal Neuvirth (leg)