NESN — Even pilots are getting in on the Sidney Crosby bashing.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, the pilot on a JetBlue flight back to Boston on Tuesday morning heard a crying baby and went on the intercom to ask if it was the Penguins captain. The flight just so happened to be filled with Boston media.
Nothing like some good ole airline fun.
Speaking of fun, it took all of 24 seconds for the Bruins Brad Marchand to take all the fun out of Consol Energy Arena during game two of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Marchands goal was the beginning of a six goal output by the B’s, thoroughly embarrassing the Penguins for the second time in as many games on their own ice.
Rask was once again phenomenal, only allowing one goal. The lone goal being one that no goalie in the NHL would stop, an absolute snip of the top corner.
Now as enjoyable as the first two games of this series has been for Bruins fans, just remember it could very easily go the other way in the next two games and there will be a whole new, best of three series to determine who will represent the East in the Stanley Cup Finals.
For the first two games of this Semi-Final series, the Bruins have proven to be the better team. Now, we cannot get too ahead of ourselves because for two games in Toronto the Bruins looked like the had control of the series. There is still a lot of hockey left to be played in this series and anything can happen.
The Bruins showed resiliency yesterday against the Rangers, which for the Bruins was not a common part of their game all season.
Boston scored 5:28 into the game, when Torey Krug (2) had some fancy footwork with the puck to put the pass onto the stick and beat Lundqvist between the wickets. The lead was short lived as 2:32 later Ryan Callahan made Tuukka Rask flop out of his jock strap and beat him with a move to the far side.
The two teams started the second period tied 1-1.
More Krug footwork at the blue line to keep the play alive in the Rangers zone, Krug put a shot towards goal and Gregory Campbell (1) roofed a backhander past Lundqvist putting the B’s back on top, just 2:24 into the second. But like the Bruins first goal, Rick Nash answered the call :56 seconds later.
Johnny Boychuk (3) fired a wrist shot from the tops of the circles to beat Lundqvist with 7:52 remaining in the second period. The goal put the B’s up 3-2 and there was no turning back.
In an almost identical play on how Marchand scored in OT of game one, he slid the puck past Lundqvist just :26 seconds into the third period. Milan Lucic (3) put the final nail in the coffin picking up a rebound on the doorstep and sliding it home for the fifth and final Bruins goal.
Seconds after Lucic made the score 5-2, Derek Dorsett and Gregory Campbell exchanged pleasantries.
Rask was up to the challenge as always, making 35 saves in the winning effort.
The two teams will pack up their stuff and head to the Big Apple for game three Tuesday night at 7:30pm from MSG.
After everyone was all high on the hog from the B’s game one victory, fans were brought back to reality when the B’s reverted to their old ways only managing to score their allotted two goals in a game. Toronto evened the series with a 4-2 win at TD Garden.
This series is interesting to watch. There is a lot of passion and hatred between the two teams, which has been proven during scuffles after whistles and hard hits during play. It still however does not have the same intensity as a Bruins/Canandiens series would have, even though the lid seems like it is about to pop off the top and emotions are going to boil over.
The B’s got on the board first when a shot on net deflected off Nathan Hortons (2) skate and into the net. Toronto answered back with two goals of their own before the second ended.
For as poor of a game as he had in game one, you knew it was only a matter of time before Phil Kessel showed up. He put the dagger in the Bruins hearts when he sprung loose for a breakaway goal 0:53 seconds into the third period putting Toronto up 3-1.
Johnny Boychuck (2) added a second goal for the Bruins. As we all know that is all the Bruins are allowed to score so for as exciting as a goal goal game was there was no coming back and winning. Plus Toronto added a fourth goal, which I called as van Reimsdyk crossed center ice.
So we head north of the border, to Toronto, for two road games. B’s got to, GOT TO take both of those games to try and close this thing out back at the Garden in game five. because if they split or even worse, Toronto takes both games, its not going to end well if the B’s need to make another trip to Toronto for a game six.
Ohh yeah, Shawn Thornton got into a fight at the end of the game…Setting the tone for game three. While watching the puck drop before the fight, I said right away Thornton is going to drop the mitts, only reason he is out there.
There’s nothing better than a little Monday afternoon hockey to put everyones heads in a better place after the way Sunday night ended. The Bruins continued their season as Tuukka Rask turned away 26 shots in the Bruins 2-1 shootout win at TD Garden.
The Jets came off a tough opening night loss to Ottawa, after taking a 1-0 lead on the Sens, Winnipeg rang the post five times in their 4-1 loss. Monday afternoon was deja vu for the Jets. Chris Thorburn scored 1:58 into the opening frame giving the Jets and early lead, as well as their only goal of the game.
Tyler Seguin, who can’t seem to buy a goal in the early going, found his way onto the score sheet in Monday’s tilt. Seguin made an effort play keeping the puck in the Jets zone and started transition for the B’s, finding Marchand (1) open in front of Pavelec and beat him to tie the game 1-1 with 6:48 left in the first.
The two teams battled for the final two periods but no one was able to find the back of the net. As for the post game that plagued Winnipeg on Saturday, it seemed to have become contagious and the Bruins were the ones ringing the pipes hitting four posts in the last two periods.
The Bruins came up big with two penalty kills in the overtime period to force a shootout where goals by Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron were enough to out duel the Jets in the shootout and give the Bruins the W.
With the lock-out shortened season NBC has been promoting Rivalry Wednesday, which the Bruins will be participating in this week when they head to MSG for a second meeting with the Rangers.
The Bruins started last post-season by scoring just 1 goal in their first two games of the playoffs. This season they have up’ed the total to 2 goals in the first two games.
For the Capitals they got what they needed out of their two games in Boston, a tie in the series. Anytime you go on the road to start a playoff series all the road team is looking for is a split. Don’t leave yourself in a position where you need to win two at home to tie the series.
It took 5 periods on Saturday afternoon but the Caps evened the series. It was 2:56 into the second overtime when Nicklas Backstrom beat Tim Thomas, short-side, under the blocker to win the game for the Caps.
Boston needs to find their offensive game and quickly. Both goals for the Bruins in the series have come from their third line. Its good the third line is giving them a goal a game production but the first two lines need to step it up.
It will only be a matter of time before Ovechkin, Semin and the rest of the Caps offense finds its scoring touch.
Game three is Monday in D.C.
It was a full team effort for the Bruins on Saturday night in their 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay. This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Bruins 1-0, game seven victory over Tampa in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boston showed a lot of promise on the power-play, although they did not have any goals on the PP, there was a very good amount of puck movement and shot opportunities for the B’s.
The B’s peppered Martin Garon with 42 shots during the game, while Tim Thomas turned away 23. Boston got two goals from Rich Peverley, along with goals from McQuaid and Krejci.
Tampa Bay’s lone goal came in the second period from Martin St. Louis, which was his 300th career NHL goal.
The Bruins really looked like they have put a Stanley Cup hangover behind them and were focused on the season at hand on Saturday night.
B’s get back at it during a Columbus Day matinee against Colorado.
Once again the Bruins managed to blow a perfect opportunity to take a game on the road and once again the Bruins let it slip away.
The game one loss was the result of a blown play in the final twenty seconds of regulation allowing Vancouver to score the lone, winning, goal. Game two was kind of similar.
Boston found a way to beat Luongo and get on the scoreboard but naturally the team that can’t finish had a 2-1 lead in the third period and registered five shots on goal in their effort to NOT seal-up the game. After Vancouver managed to tie the game in the third, it only took eleven seconds for the Canucks to secure the win in overtime, during game two.
Julien hockey 101. Who cares about getting the win, all that matters is we make it to overtime and get the point. HEY CLAUDE!!!! guess what, there aren’t points given awarded for making it to OT in the playoffs.
And Tim Thomas. Oh My God!!! All I have to say is…
Not one, not two, but all three goals were easily his fault. He couldn’t handle a soft toss shot to him, he laid on the ice in the slot and could only try and get the shot with his toe in a last-ditch effort. Then the last goal. Don’t even get me started.
First off everyone on that line is to blame for that one. But Thomas, WHAT ARE YOU DOING. It’s a one-on-one and the biggest defenseman in the game is chasing down the guy with the puck and you decided to try and take out Burrows feet?!?! Please explain. If you stay in the net Burrows skates behind the net and Chara rides him into the boards. But instead…well we all know what happened.
Speaking of Burrows. Here is a guy who arguably shouldn’t have been playing because of his finger-biting incident. Yet, he has two goals and an apple.
This series is giving me vibes of the Canadiens series from round one. Maybe its because they are playing a team from Canada. Maybe because the B’s are down 0-2 in the series like they were to Montreal and in every game you watch, there is just a pit in your stomach with the thought of “great, this season is over.”
What ever it is, the Bruins need to do work and quickly. Or it might only be two more games of hockey before the B’s hit the links for the summer.
Calude Julien has a weird way of dealing with his rookies. Well here is an NHL ad for you, “What if Claude didn’t play rookies”. Seguin had 4 points (2 G, 2 A) in the Bruins 6-5 barn burnahh win over the Lightning in game two.
The Bruins might have played the best 19:30 of hockey I have ever seen during the first period. Except…oh yeah they gave up a goal in the first :15 and final :15 seconds of the period. The first time that has ever happened in the playoffs…History was made.
Boston’s third line (mainly Seguin and Glyder; 4 goals) combined for a total 8 points on the evening…history had to be made.
Seeing Rich Peverley playing with Marchand and Recchi, THANK YOU GOD!!! Its almost like someone actually reads what I write. Chris Kelly was not meant to be with that line, Peverley is a much more talented player and deserves to be on that line. Except Peverley probably played his worst game of the postseason.
The main concern is the Bruins ability to hold a lead. Yes it is great they won but they still gave up five goals. Watching the Bruins last night had the feeling of a regular season game. It was like Claude was just playiing for the tie and getting the point by making it to overtime.
But there will be bigger fish to fry come game three. There is news on the rumor mill that Bergeron will be returning to action. Which begs the question, who is going to be scratched Thursday night.
David Krejci ripped a snap shot from the slot and because the game was in Philly, the goal judge was too stubborn to admit the puck went into the net and turn on the goal light signifying the Bruins won the game 3-2 and took a 2-0 series lead on the Flyers. Or maybe the Goal light was burnt out from all the goals Boston scored in game one.
I am having a hard time deciding what the bigger story is in tonight’s game for the Bruins. Is it Tim Thomas making 52 saves and not allowing a goal after the 8th shot he faced on the night. Or, is it David Krejci. A guy who was nearly irrelevant in the first-round, he quickly has posted five points (3 goals, 2 assist) in the first two games of the second-round.
The B’s allowed 22 third period shots and seemed to be playing with a, we are satisfied going home with a split mentality. But the team that was abysmal in overtime during the regular season has now improved to a perfect 4-0 in the 2011 playoffs.
The B’s fell down 2-0 early in the first behind two James van Riemsdyk goals but the Bruins percevered and battled back to even the score up before the period ended. Boston scored two goals in 1:25 second to tie the game with just 5:45 remaining in the period.
Now my only worry is that, the Bruins who were down 2-0 in the first-round, they will blow the 2-0 lead they have here in the second round. I want to pull a sport law on this one but I feel like they have had their fair share of sport law after last season and it cannot come back to bite them in the ass again this year….can it??
We’ll find out Wednesday night when the series shits to Boston for game three.