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.
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.
Once again the Boston Bruins are just not playing with the swagger and mojo that will make them excel in the postseason. The B’s took a 1-0 first period lead and with the way their season has gone this season they are not allowed to score more than two goals so they had to hold off Pittsburgh if they wanted the win.
Well the Penguins tied the game in the second period and added two more goals in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Sure the Bruins added a goal with 3 seconds left in the game but it was meaningless as there was not enough time for them to try and tie the game.
In his first game back Adam McQuaid dropped the mitts with Tanner Glass.
And in an interesting fight, Nathan Horton took on Jarome Iginla in a bust of a fight. Which resulted in Horton hurting his hand.
It was statement time at TD Garden on Wednesday night when the Canadiens came into town. Things did not start off well for the Bruins, then they took total control, and the night came to a collapsing end in many ways.
Ex-bruin Michael Ryder got the scoring started for Montreal just 4:15 into the game. It was the only scoring of the first period.
The only other action came between Gregory Campbell and Travis Moen when they dropped the mitts.
PK Subban fired a rocket on goal in the second period putting the Canadiens up 2-0. Much like Monday night against Toronto the Bruins kept battling and getting themselves back into the game. Teach me how to Dougie (4) got the scoring flurry started for the B’s. Goals followed by Marchand (14), Bergeron (10), and Horton (9) to give the B’s a 4-2 lead heading into the third.
Montreal kept battling and while down 5-4 in the closing minute snuck a puck past Tuukka with nine seconds left on the clock and eventually won the game in the sixth round of the shootout.
Just like the previous meeting between these two teams, the B’s jumped out a first period lead except this time they were able to hold on to the lead and a 4-1 win over the Caps on a Saturday matinee.
The Bruins first line, which has been called out recently by Claude, played their best game of the season. They totaled 8 points in the contest. It began with a Nathan Horton (8) goal from the top of the slot late in the first. That was followed by David Krejci (7) added one more before the period ended.
When the second period came around that is when the fun began. Washington scored 1:24 into the period. Ohh here we go again. But Andrew Ference (1) added another goal for the B’s 8:01 into the second.
In the final minute of the period the B’s began with the fisticuffs. First Marchand dropped the gloves with Mike Ribero, even though Ribero was not the guy who Marchy thought was hacking him.
The just before the buzzer Nathan Horton was attacked by Matt Hendricks and did not take to kindly to that.
A true miracle happened 2:41 into the third period. Rich Peverley (4) scored a goal and to add on too the massive coronary your probably about to have it was on the power play. Which gave the Bruins all they would need for the day a 4-1 lead.
And for fun Adam McQuaid fought Matt Hendricks because apparently getting beat up by Horton wasn’t enough. I’m also surprised Thornton didn’t McQuaid afterwards because Quaider took the fight against Hendricks away from Thornton like the studly guy coming in and swooping up the drunk girl in the bar after you’ve been putting in work all night.
The Bruins and Habs re-ignited the rivalry last night at TD Garden and per usual, because the game was in Boston it was heated and filled with emotion..you know a real hockey game..unlike the charades we see when the B’s are forced to play over the border.
Montreal got the best of the Bruins on the scoreboard, leaving Boston with a 4-3 win but the emotions will calm down for a few weeks until the two teams meet again.
So the B’s had a 3-2 lead late in the second period when the refs decided it wasn’t necessary to penalize the Habs anymore.
Tempers boiled over during a scrum after a whistle. Typical Canadiens fashion, Lars Eller takes down McQuaid, who doesn’t take to kindly to the play, McQuaid gets up and tires to drop the gloves with Eller but he wants nothing to do with a fight and tries to draw a penalty out of McQuaid but it was Lucic and Prust who ended up dropping the mitts and having a dance-off.
Emelin cross-checks Seguin in the ribs, break his stick, Chara comes to the defense of Seguin and beats the bag out of Emelin. Chara gets 2 minutes for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct. Emelin gets 5 for fighting. Like WHAT?!?!Emelin assist on Pacioretty’s goal that ties the game while Chara is still serving time in the box.
After the game Marchand had this to say about the savior to Canadiens hockey Mr. PK Subban..
CBS Boston — “Three or four guys asked to fight him, and he’s running scared from Horty,” Marchand said of Subban. “But he comes after the smallest guy on the team. It just shows you what kind of character they have there.”
Marchand wasn’t the only one to call out Subban, though Bruins coach Claude Julien took particular issue with what he deemed embellishment on the part of Subban after getting hit by Shawn Thornton.
“Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment,” Julien said.
The Habs have had 100 power play opportunities this season, most in the league. To break that down, they are getting about a half of a period’s worth of power play time per game.