Columbus Day: Avalanche @ Bruins, 1pm

October 12, 2009

colorado-avalanche-logoToday, the Boston Bruins face-off against 2009’s third overall pick Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche. The Bruins are 2-2-0 after coming off of a 4-3come back victory over the New York Islanders while the Avalanche bring a record of 2-1-1 after coming off of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Avalanche have four players tied for points with 5.

Wojtek Wolski leads the Avalanche in goals with 4.

Marc Savard leads the Bruins in points with 5.

Steve Begin leads the Bruins in assists with 4.

Derek Morris and Michael Ryder lead the Bruins powerplay point totals with 2 apiece.

Milan Hejduk and Kyle Quincey lead the Avalanche in powerplay points with 3.

The Avalance have a team +/- of +5.

The Bruins have a team +/- of -5.

Craig Anderson and Tuukka Rask are expected to start in net this afternoon.

Dennis Wideman is day-to-day so, Johnny Boychuk will be making his Bruins debut against his former club.

Islanders @ Bruins, 7pm

October 10, 2009

new-york-islanders-logoTonight, the Boston Bruins face-off against 2009’s first round pick John Tavarez and the New York Islanders.  The Bruins are 1-2-0 after coming off of a 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks while the Islanders bring a record of 0-0-2 after coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Matt Moulson and Tavarez lead the Islanders with 3 points.

Marc Savard leads the Bruins with 4 points.

Shawn Thornton leads the Bruins in shots on goal with 11.

The Bruins team +/- is -10 while the Islanders have a team +/- of -19.

Marco Sturm leads the Bruins in goals with 2.

Dwayne Roloson is expected to start for the Islanders as he was first off of the ice for the morning skate.

The Bruins have yet to announce whether or not Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask will start.

Edit 6:33pm: Tuukka Rask will start between the pipes tonight

Ducks (6) @ Bruins (1) Final

October 9, 2009

duckhuntdoglaughThe Boston Bruins took home ice on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks but, after the first period, that’s about the only thing that they did as they were defeated by a score of 6-1.

After a solid first period by both teams, Marco Sturm opened the scoring with a blazing slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle off of a feed from Marc Savard.  Both Tim Thomas and Jonas Hiller put together valiant efforts in the first period to show that the rest of the game might go just as such.  That was not the case.

Early on in the second period, Teemu Selanne potted back-to-back powerplay goals just 1:23 apart to quickly let all of the air out of the building.  From there, the Bruins were lackluster at best letting the 4th line show far more effort than any of the other three lines combined.

Thursday night looked very similar to last Thursday night’s opening night affair with the Washington Capitals except in that game, Thomas looked a little better.  I expect Tuukka Rask to get the start on Saturday when rookie John Tavarez and the New York Islanders come to town.

Scoring Summary:

1- BOS: Sturm 2 -(Savard, Wideman)

1- ANH: Selanne 1 (PP)- (Niedermayer)

2- ANH: Selanne 2 (PP)- (Perry, Koivu)

3- ANH: Perry 1 – (Wisniewski)

4- ANH: Artyukhin 2- (Lupul, Wisniewski)

5- ANH: Ryan 1- (Niedermayer)

6- ANH: Perry 2 (SH)- (Lupul)

Preview: Ducks @ Bruins, 7pm

October 8, 2009

duckhuntTonight, the Boston Bruins return to the ice after a five day layoff from competition to host the Anaheim Ducks.  The Bruins bring a record of 1-1-0 to the table after coming off of a 7-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes while the Ducks bring a record of 0-1-1 coming off of an 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota ANAHEIM_DUCKS_LOGO_2Wild.

The Ducks have four players tied with one goal apiece while the Bruins have eight players tied at one tally.

Dennis Wideman leads the Bruins in shots on goal with 7.

Tim Thomas and Jonas Hiller are expected to be the starting netminders in tonight’s contest.

I’ll Take Lucic For Three More Alex

October 6, 2009

alex-trebek2This current Boston Bruin signed a three year contract extension with the Bruins and is often compared to a truck stop bully in the movie Dumb & Dumber.

Who is Milan Lucic?


This afternoon the Boston Bruins did announce that they have resigned Milan Lucic to a three year contract extension that is good through the 2012-2013 season.  Per club policy, the financials were not disclosed.

McKeon’s Take: Obviously this is a fantastic move by Peter Chiarelli.  Getting a guy like Lucic locked up for a three more years is huge for the progression of this team.  It would be great if he took somewhat of a hometown discount but, he is very deserving of whatever he gets (within reason of course).  It is rumored that the deal is worth just over $12 Million so there will be an annual cap hit of just over $4 million.  I wonder if this is why he missed practice yesterday…hmmm…Get used to more pictures like the one below for the next four seasons!Lucic Opening Night

Monday Update

October 5, 2009

Hurricanes Bruins HockeyI have to come out and apologize upfront for the lack of posts over the weekend.  It was my Alumni weekend and I was no where near a computer for a good 50+ hours.  It was kind of humbling to be totally honest.

Anyhow, as much as I would like to comment on Saturday’s game, I can’t.  For lack of a better term I was in a “different state of mind” during the game and things are what scientists call, hazy.  With that said, I can definitely remember being very impressed with the 4th line and the ability of Julien & Co. to run four lines out there and not have to worry about any real match-ups.  I love teams who coach their team and not try to constantly compensate for what the other team is doing.  You’ll win 100% of your games if you are forcing the other team to compensate for you than the other way around.

More to come tomorrow…

Caps Catch Bruins In Hibernation

October 1, 2009

Ovechkin, Opening Night 09Tonight, the Boston Bruins dropped their season opener to the Washington Capitals 4-1.  Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich each lead the scoring from both benches with 2 goals and 1 assist apiece.

The Bruins started off the game controlling the play for the first half of the first period but, from there it all fell apart.

“The first 10 minutes we played good hockey, and then we threw it away and gradually played worse and worse” said Marc Savard.

That pretty much sums up the majority of the night.  A guy that I was very unimpressed with was Milan Lucic.  He had a lot of trouble handling passes and stick handling near a defender.  Also, he was caught gliding on Ovechkin’s second goal of the night in the low slot.  The one bright spot on the scorecard was Patrice Bergeron scoring a 3rd period goal midway through the frame to ruin the shutout for Jose Theodore. I’m also glad that Shawn Thornton decided to save a little face and drop the gloves because other than that, it was a pure beat down.

Scoring Summary

WAS- 1. Laich 1 (PP): Backstrom, Ovechkin

WAS- 2. Ovechkin 1: Semin, Backstrom

WAS- 3. Laich 2 (PP): Backstrom, Semin

WAS- 4. Ovechkin 2: Poti, Laich

BOS- 1. Bergeron 1: Begin, Stuart


Theodore: 19 of 20

Thomas: 30 of 34

This team will not win by getting 20 shots on goal.  Hopefully this was just them clearing through the cobwebs of the off-season.