Aside from the result, which I will get to shortly, what a hell of a hockey game to open this years Stanley Cup Finals. I mean a triple OT thriller after the Hawks came back from down two goals in the third period.
Speaking of that blown third period lead, welcome back to watching Bruins hockey. How many times did we see that all season long. This is not really the time we need to see those Bruins show up and start playing games again.
As for the loss, its one game and on the road. Remember the Bruins went down 0-2 two years again against Vancouver.
Despite the early PP goal by the B’s in the third, they were outshot 15-8 in the period by the Blackhawks.
In overtime the B’s were essentially playing down two forwards. Nathan Horton left with an injury, which still baffles me. How is it that Campbell and break his leg and stay on the ice and tough it out but Horton, playing patty cake in front of the net, has to rush right to the locker room. Call it a dislocated shoulder, they pop that shit right back in and he should be good to go.
And Daugavins. WTF. Guy, the puck is on your stick and a tip in away from glory and a game one win. WHYY WHY WHYYYYY are you pulling it to your back hand and going for a fancy goal.
Game two is Saturday night, make sure you are free from the hours of 8 PM thru 1 AM if you want to watch.
Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals was everything as advertised…if you were expecting to see the Bruins play Montreal or Detroit play Chicago. The hatred the two teams developed over the course of two periods gave game one the feel of a game three or four in the series.
Red hot David Krejci (6) started the scoring for the Bruins in the first period. He took a shot from the tops of the circles and it was deflected by a falling Penguins skate in front of Vokoun and trickled through his legs into the net.
If you’re a Bruins fan you already know how the class feels about Matt Cooke, guys a scum bag, and thats not just Bruins fans that feel like this but most of the league. But what Matt Cooke’s deal is with Adam McQuaid is beyond me. Here is Cooke, the last time these two teams met, trying to take out McQuaid in this first game back from injury.
Then in game two Cooke lines McQuaid up from about the goal line and was thrown from the game, yet not suspended?!?! C’mon Shanny, check in bud.
The second period ended with a scuffle at center ice, Crosby running his trap to Chara until he realized he was going to get his ass kicked, turtled and tried to take on…Tuukka Rask?? What are you doing guy? Either sack up and back up what your saying and drop the mitts or don’t talk at all and sit in the corner.
Bruins answered the best way any team can answer, chalking up two more goals in the third period. Krejci (7) with a second and Horton (6) picking up a rebound back door.
Rask stood on his head, stopping all 29 shots he faced for his first career post-season shutout. Tuukka has done everything the Bruins could have asked of him so far this playoffs.
Game two should be nothing less of spectacular on Monday night.
It was a game nine months in the making. Although the Bruins had an early exit from the playoffs last season. Saturday nights home opener against the Rangers had all the makings of a playoff game with the Bruins getting the better of New York 3-1.
The Bruins had plenty of chances in the first period and finally on a cross-ice breakout pass from Ference to Krejci, which sent the Bruins in the zone 2-on-1, he (Krejci) put a shot on net and Lucic (1) picked up the rebound to put it past Lundqvist.
Gregory Campbell ripped a shot from the top of the circle 8:20 into the second period, his shot was redirected by Paille (1) off the post and past King Henrik for the second Bruins goal of the game.
Shortly after Brad Richards beat Tuukka on wrist shot, high blocker side making the score 2-1. Rask looked good in his first appearance of the season turning away 20 of the 21 shots he faced.
It was after the Richards goal that the fun began. What most hockey fans have been waiting for all season, maybe even more than the game.
Shawn Thornton v. Mike Rupp
Three seconds after the two of them were escorted to the box to serve five minutes for not playing nice with others, Gregory Campbell and Stu Bickel threw the mitts down.
The birthday BOYchuck (1) put a wrist shot past Lundqvist putting the dagger in the game and extending the B’s lead to 3-1.
The Bruins will be back on the ice Monday afternoon when Winnipeg comes to town. Yes there is still an entire hockey season to be played, not just last nights game.
Well, I pule-pounding finish was not really what I had in mind for the first game of the playoffs. Then again, its the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
All things considered, the Bruins got their post-season off to a better start this year. I mean, hey, they didn’t give up a goal in the first minute of the game and let the winds out of their sails before they even got off the dock.
This game had the feeling of heart-break city written all over it. To end the first period and begin the second, the Bruins had a four-minute power-play. Literally as the clock hit zero on the PP time, Washington got two-minutes for delay of game. So for six consecutive minutes of PP time, the Bruins did not score a goal.
The B’s had the momentum but they didn’t. They were outshooting Washington 25-7 through two periods but its not like they were overwhelming the Caps with shots. The scoring chances weren’t great. A lot of shots from the perimeter, a lot of play between the circles and no real pace was ever dictated by either team.
The game went to overtime and it didn’t take long to find a winner. The silent assassin, Chris Kelly (1), scored on a wrist shot from the left-side of the ice and beat the Caps rookie goaltender to the high far-side.
The celebration was so crazy, David Krejci got taken out by a piece of glass.
I got to give credit to Alex Ovechkin. Immediately after the game ended he skated right to his rookie goaltender and gave him some encouraging words to try and pick him up as the tender was in a tough spot, losing his first NHL post-season game in heart-breaking fashion.
The B’s need a win tomorrow. The win in game one was nice but if the Caps go back to Washington with a 1-1 split in the series it is a victory for them.
3 p.m. from TD Garden on Saturday.
Its finally here, game 1, from TD Garden. All I can say is, get pumped.
Let’s bring the noise. These Caps are used to playing the first round of the playoffs as a one seed in the comfort of their own building. Well, time for a culture shock. They are about to walk into the belly of the beast.
Johnny Boychuk is going to be a game time decision and as for the rest of the line-up, its good ol’ meat and potatoes for Claude. Paille, Thornton, Campbell line is back in tact. Seguin, Marchand, Bergeron line is back together like it was all season. Tim Thomas in net. The only thing were missing is those losah’s from Montreal, who we usually play in the first round.
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
Scratches: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Nathan Horton (concussion), Tuukka Rask (groin), Mike Mottau, Jordan Caron
Projected Capitals lines
Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera-Nicklas Backstrom-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Marcus Johansson
Keith Aucoin-Mathieu Perrault-Joel Ward
Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
Jeff Schultz-Dennis Wideman
Scratches: John Erskine, Jeff Halpern, Mike Knuble, Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun (groin), Michal Neuvirth (leg)
Hangover (hang-oh-ver) — the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
…Yup, I went there.
So we put up the banner, we paraded around the ice with the Cup (because we couldn’t do it at home last year), all the old Bruins came out from ’72 and helped raise the banner to the rafters. And thats it, the 2011 season is officially over. Once that banner it the ceiling it was time to move onward and upward with the 2011-12 season.
The B’s came out of the gate firing, they had complete control of the pace in the first period. Hell, they even scored their only goal of the period on the power-play. It was like the Bruins we a whole new team.
Thennn, they reverted to the Bruins we all know. With :50 seconds left in the period the B’s let Claude Giroux dance around the defense and score a fancy goal on Thomas. Then, what the hell, there was only :02 seconds left in the period, why not stand around and spot the Flyers another goal. The second goal was courtesy of Timmy five-hole, making his debut on the year.
Not to worry though, the Bruins lost their season opener last year to Phoenix 5-2 and finished the month of October 6-2-0.
B’s will get back at it, Saturday night in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals when Tampa Bay comes to town.
You know that warm, cozy feeling you get when you think about something you really enjoy. I’m beyond that feeling hearing the voice of Dave Goucher on the Sports Hub calling the Bruins pre-season game.
Pre-season is a time for the players to get their game in-tune, see what the new young talent has to offer, who has improved from last year and oh yeah, it gives me a chance to practice my drinking and cracker-jack analysis about the Bruins. I mean after all, everyone needs to get themselves ready for the regular season.
The Bruins took to the ice in their first pre-season game in Ottawa tonight.
The roster for the B’s looked like this
Pouliot – Bergeron – Tardif
Caron – Seguin – Arniel
Sauve – Spooner – Clark
MacDermid – Kelly – Thornton
Ference – Cohen
Bartkowski – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Hamilton
I had to listen to the game on-line because NESN was too busy showing the Red Sox pull the ultimate Phil Mickelson, AKA an epic collapse when you got it in the bag. The NHL Network has been showing pre-season games but they aren’t showing the B’s game until the ass-crack of dawn and lets be real, us regular people do have day jobs.
If one period of hockey has shown us anything, the Bruins have worked on a lot in this young pre-season. But do I dare judge the Bruins on their first period of the pre-season, I wouldn’t dare…ha ha ha. Oh c’mon of course I’m going to judge.
A lot has changed. After their first period the had a whopping five shots on goal and they were a spectacular 0 for 2 on the power-play.
In the second period the Bruins got on the board first on a goal by Lane MacDermid and surprisingly I actually saw (heard it) happen live, unlike last year were it seemed like every time i left the room the Bruins would score. But in good ol’ Bruins fashion it took 1:17 after the Bruins scored for Ottawa to tie the game 1-1 on a goal by Brian Lee.
The shots on goal really improved as the game went on (note sarcasm) the B’s upped their total of five in the first, to eight in the second and a whole nine shots in the third.
It was the Claude Juilen way again during the first pre-season game. Its not about wins or losses but getting points. It was the way Claude tried to get through the playoffs last year until someone told him there are no points given for making it to OT.
Of course the Bruins can’t come through in OT as they give up a goal with 2:43 left in OT.
…And thats how the Cup defense begins
Today is September 6, in exactly one month the defending Stanley Cup Champions will raise the banner and begin their season on October 6 at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Yea, I got the Stanley Cup dvd on right now, getting pumped-up for the season.
After looking terrified and afraid to be on the ice in the opening five minutes of the game, it seemed as if the Bruins were going to be in for a longgggg night in Vancouver.
It kind of got better after the opening five minutes. Boston had a four minute power-play (which they squandered) followed by a 5-on-3 (which they squandered) because, oh yeah. THE POWER-PLAY F-ing SUCKS.
Both goalies stood on their heads for the entire game. But I had this feeling, deep down inside, that with all of the great saves Tim Thomas was making all night long it was going to be some garbage goal that beat him in the end.
Like 7.67% of players are scum bags in the league. It had to be Raffi Torres who scored the game winner, and broke the hearts of all Bruins-kind, with just eighteen seconds left in the game. The Bruins seemed to get lulled to sleep waiting for overtime like me and my buddies were watching the game. But if you have watched the Bruins (EVER) you would know a heartbreakah like this was bound to happen. Game one of the 1990 Cup Finals anyone?!?!
This is the best look I’ve seen at the play leading up to the goal. I’m still not convinced the play was onside. It is hard to tell if Kessler’s back foot is in the air. If you pause the video at :31 you can see the puck is over the line and his foot may or may not be hovering over the ice. If one foot is off the ice it is off side, even if he is straddling the blue line.
The puck wasn’t bouncing for the Bruins tonight. Similarly to the beginning on the Canadiens series. The same way Tim Thomas wasn’t to blame for either loss at the beginning of the Montreal series.
Good news for the Bruins, the will most likely get to play game two Alex Burrows-free after he was caught on camera biting the finger of Patrice Bergeron during a scuffle and the end of the first period.
Game two is Saturday night, this should give the Bruins some time to figure out Luongo and maybee the power-play. Because the only time the Bruins are affective on the power-play is when they get the extra skater on the ice and play 6-on-5 during the delayed penalty call.
This game had all the makings of game one between the Bruins and Habs in the first round. The fans and media were hyped about the game and when the puck dropped and it came time to play, the Bruins laid an egg like the tend to always do. The B’s dropped the opening game of the Conference Finals 5-2, in their first Conference Finals appearance since 1992.
Tampa Bay scored five goals, the only legit goal was the empty netter at the end of the game. The first goal was Seidenberg’s fault. I’ll give him credit for trying to kick the puck away because he didn’t have a stick but 9 time out of 10, especially in the playoffs, guys drop to their kness and swipe the puck into the corner with their glove.
Tim Thomas was at fault for two and a half goals. He gave up a six-hole goal, just :19 seconds after Bergenheim (8), on a fluttering back-hand shot by Brett Clark (1). For the record I could have thrown a piece of toast faster than Clarks shot. Also, why was Brett Clark allowed to skate three-quarters of the ice (like Bobby Orr) without a body put on him. He was moving at a snails pace as the B’s took in the skating expo like the rest of the sell-out crowd.
Then, the savior Tomas Kaberle, just gave the puck to Teddy Purcell (2) behind the Bruins net and Purcell stuffed the puck in short-side on Thomas because Thomas was too busy staring at the girls across the ice. I don’t think he even knew Kaberle was behind the net with the puck, learning how to stick-handle.
The only bright spot for the Bruins was the play of Tyler Seguin. Seguin only saw 9:38 of ice time, but made it pay off with a nifty goal and an assist to go along with it.
Boston’s power-kill was awesome as always, a perfect 0 for 4. Barely moving the puck, having shot’s blocked left and right. Its just how they drew it up.
Also, Joe Buck will say anything to rip Boston and I HATE IT. The brief moments of the Sox v. Yankees game I saw last night, the Sox were up 6-0 and Joe Buck makes the comment “end of the second period in Boston and the Bruins are trailing 3-1 to Tampa Bay.” Seriously?? The Sox are dominating the Yankees so Buck decides to make the first NHL reference/score update EVER during the FOX game of the week. What a joke.
Game two is Tuesday night at 8 p.m.