Bruins Shut Out The Lightning 3-0

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The Bruins squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one o’ clock Veteran’s Day Matinee.  It was the only game of the day in the National Hockey League.  The B’s wanted to continue their early season success against the Lightning.

The Spoked B rocked camouflage jerseys during warm-ups showing their gratitude for all veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Garden.  Bartwkoski, Boychuk, Krejci, Krug and Seidenberg all purchased $2500 worth of tickets for military and their family members.

Adam McQuaid did not play as he was out due to the injury he suffered in the first period of the game against the Leafs.  Matt Bartkowski slid into his slot as he got the start.

From the get go, the B’s were dominant.  A spring was in their steps as Tampa Bay was getting outplayed.  Boston picked up right where they had left off after the 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins had five shots on goal after 2:56 of hockey in the first frame.  They were overpowering and outplaying the Bolts.

At 7:59 in the first period, birthday boy, Chris Kelly was called for a goaltender interference penalty.  The 33 year old headed towards the sin bin.  The Black and Gold held the Bolts to only one shot on goal as they killed off another penalty.  It was a streak of 19 successful penalty kills in a row for Boston.

During the first, the Bruins had their fair share of chances.  Marchand and Iginla nearly netted goals, but they were both stopped.  The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line continued to look good as they have definitely found their chemistry.  As the siren rang out it was scoreless after one.  The Bruins skated towards the locker room outshooting the Lightning 12-7.

Since scoring his second goal of the season and getting the monkey off his back, Brad Marchand seems to have developed his confidence on the ice again.  He was one of the best players for the Bruins through out the game.

The first period dominance didn’t seem to carry over to the beginning of the second frame as much.  The Lightning raised their game as they attempted to match the way the B’s were playing.  They had a few decent chances but were stopped time and time again as Rask simply denied them.

Early on in the second, Hamilton was called on a delay of game penalty.  The Bruins killed off their 20th penalty in a row and made it look easy.  They didn’t allow Tampa Bay to register any shots on goal during the penalty kill.

Ever since Boston allowed a few power play goals in the disappointing loss to the Devils, they’ve completely turned their penalty kill around.  They’re making better decisions, looking confident, take up plenty of room on the ice despite being down a man, and haven’t allowed their opponents to come too close to scoring.

There was a terrible moment as Steven Stamkos went down.  He and Dougie Hamilton were in a race towards the Lightning goal and collided. Stamkos’s was sent crashing into the goal post.  He struggled to get up to his feet but fell back down as he writhed in pain on the ice.  He was attended to but would not return.  He had to be carted off on a stretcher and was quickly brought to a hospital.  It was announced after the game that he was out indefinitely with a broken right tibia.

The crowd at the Garden was now subdued as the game began after the injury delay.  The injury that had taken place in front of the fans was gruesome.

17:09 in the second period was when the B’s struck first.  The crowd erupted again as Bergeron scored at the doorstep.  It was the forward’s third goal in two games.

Twenty seconds later, Daniel Paille scored on the backhand.  It was the quickest that the Bruins had scored back to back on the season so far.  Gregory Campbell picked up his first point of the year with an assist on the goal.  Now every player on the Bruins has at least a point.  Tampa Bay had tried to poke the bear, but Boston would not let them get away with it.

The second period wrapped up with the Bruins leading 2-0 over the Lightning.  The shots on goals were tied at 18 a piece, but the Bruins had more scoring opportunities.  The B’s had managed to quiet Tampa’s sizzling offense and took over.

The Lightning tried to find their spark in the third but they were stopped each time.  There was more unfortunate luck for Tampa Bay as Salo was injured and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

Gregory Campbell tried to drop the gloves with Killorn but the referees stepped in and said no.  Campbell was fired up and angry, as he wanted to go with Killorn.  Killorn obviously said something to Soupy which got him going.  Soupy turned on him, firing out a string of choice words but the two didn’t engage in a tussle.  Instead, Campbell was sent to the penalty box for a cross checking call.

The B’s killed off a few more penalties and finished the game having killed 22 penalties in a row.  Tampa Bay was not given many opportunities on their power play.  They basically had nothing to work with and couldn’t get more than a shot with each power play.  The Bruins controlled.  There were a few power plays in which the Lightning couldn’t even fire a single shot towards the net.

It looked as if the Bruins had sealed the deal on the game on what would have been a goal by David Krejci.  It was waved off due to goalie interference on Jarome Iginla.  The play wasn’t reviewed and the game continued with the B’s leading 2-0.

A few minutes later, the Black and Gold got their goal back.  The Tampa Bay net was empty as Lucic fed a pass to Iginla who scored on the vacant net.  The game was over.  The Bruins had won 3-0 and beat the Lightning for the third time this season.  The victory today, allowed for the Bruins to clinch the season series with Tampa as they continued to show their authority over Florida teams.

The B’s jumped into second place in the Atlantic Division and now are sitting behind Tampa Bay.  It’s safe to say that they’ve put their early season slump behind them.  They’ve won three in a row, and hope to continue this tear of dominance that they’ve recently displayed.

Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 of the shots he faced and picked up his second shutout of the season.  Boston has now improved to 11-5-1 on the year.  They’ll look to wrap up their home stand on Thursday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets head to town.  The Bruins will aim for their fourth win in a row.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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The Bruins Cruise Past the Panthers 4-1

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Prior to tonight the Bruins had been 1-3-1 in their last five games.  It was not a streak that Boston was proud of, as they had strung together several disappointing performances in a row.  The most recent came on Tuesday night, after they suffered a tough loss to the Dallas Stars during a shootout.  Former B, Rich Peverley netted the game winner as the Stars managed to slip past the Bruins.

Claude Julien was looking for anything that he could to work with.  He hoped to somehow empower his team to find some spark and get going.  The Bruins weren’t playing the game that they were capable of.  It was time to wake up.  Every single player on the team had hopes to improve their game and get a win as the struggling Florida Panthers rolled into town.

Tim Thomas wasn’t able to make his first return to the Garden after signing with the Panthers, due to an injury to many fans dismay.  Once again, Julien used Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron as the healthy scratches for the Spoked B.

It was Tuukka Time at the Garden, as the goalie squared off against Scott Clemmensen.  Five minutes into the game, Kelly took a rough elbow to the jaw from Jesse Winchester.  Kelly went down and managed to skate off the ice on his own before he headed straight to the locker room to get checked out.  There was no penalty on the play although both of Winchester’s feet were off the ice during the hit.

Gregory Campbell soon dropped the gloves with Winchester as he stood up for his teammate.  The crowd was stirring, as punches were thrown.  Both Campbell and Winchester were assigned matching penalty majors for fighting.  The bout was short, but Campbell did what he needed to do as he defended Kelly.

Kelly returned to the ice a few minutes later, and he was good to go.  Not too long after, Dougie Hamilton was sent to the sin bin on a hooking call.  The Panthers only managed to get two shots off  during their power play.  The Bruins successfully killed the penalty.  Not soon after returning to full strength, the B’s were back on the kill as Soderberg was assigned a high sticking penalty.  During that kill, The Bruins did not allow a single shot on net.  The Bruins had killed off thirteen straight penalties in a row.

Other than a few penalties on the Bruins, the first period ended pretty dully.  Overall, it was uneventful and the skating was once again slow.  The most interesting part of the period, hands down had to be the Campbell fight.  After one frame, Florida had an 8-7 shot on goal advantage.

29 seconds into the second period, the B’s headed to a familiar place once again: the penalty kill. Bergeron was sent to the box on a hooking call.  The Bruins killed off their third penalty on the night making it look easy.

Boston was struggling.  They headed to the power play after a tripping call on the black cats, and could only get three shots off on goal.  The chances were coming and the opportunities were plentiful, but luck wasn’t on their side.

Luck could only be against the Bruins for so long.  The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line finally broke through as Krejci tallied the go ahead goal. Krejci aimed a low shot, and one timed the puck past Clemmensen.  Boston had scored first in a game after going four games in a row in which they had allowed the other team to strike first.

The Big Bad Bruins had stirred.  They were awake, as Bergeron’s line had a good effort following Krejci’s goal.  Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Krys Barch getting the crowd into the game even more.  The Garden roared as Thorty easily man handled Barch.  They were old foes as the two fought together for the seventh time overall in their careers.  Fighting majors were handed out to the pair, but the crowd was into it as Thornton skated off.

There was a scare on the ice as Bergeron took a puck to the face and went to the room to get looked at.  The forward didn’t return for the remainder of the period but was back out there in the third.  He looked no worse for wear.  It was difficult to keep a guy who once played through a punctured lung and a separated shoulder out of the game.

The siren blared signaling the end of the second period and the Bruins were up 1-0.  They were looking much better, but were nowhere near finished.  Both teams had 9 shots on goal during the period; overall the shots on goal were in favor of Florida as they led 17-16.  The game was still close, but wouldn’t be for long.

Brad Marchand was able to get the monkey off his back as he tallied his first goal since October 5th.   The Nose Faced Killah got his second goal of the year as he put the B’s up 2-0 at 4:09 in the final period.  The effort that the gritty forward had been showing lately, finally paid off.

Torey Krug decided to join in on the goal scoring fun, as the defenseman scored his sixth goal on the young season.  He is now tied with Eric Karlsson for most goals in the NHL by a defenseman.  The Bruins were up 3-0 as Krug had lengthened the lead.  The young defenseman is second on the team in goals, only behind Milan Lucic who has seven of his own.

The Panthers threatened to show a bit of life, as Jesse Winchester scored on a Bjugstad rebound.  But the B’s soon silenced the kitties as Reilly Smith added to the lead.  Smith netted the final goal of the game as he scored at 18:13 from the slot.

It was 4-1.  The damage had been done as time ran out.  The B’s had finally showed up.  Overall, it was a great effort from Boston.  As the game wore on, each line seemed to improve with every shift that they took.  The team was determined as they went out and finally dug out a good win.  The Merlot line was the only line to be kept without a goal on the night, but they did have two fights. The Big Bad Bruins looked as if they were back.  It was the game that they had wanted to play.

Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of the 24 shots that he faced, as he continues to be nearly impeccable on home ice this season.  Rask now has a .958 save percentage as the team picked up 2 points on the evening.  Reilly Smith had a big two-point night as well, as he tallied a 13:08 time on ice.

The Bruins broke out against the Panthers.  On Saturday night, they’ll hope to play in similar fashion when the Maple Leafs head into Beantown.  If the Black and Gold can continue to demonstrate the effort that they had against the Panthers, then they should have no trouble as they face the Leafs for the first time since the famous Game 7 Comeback.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Rally Past the Ducks in a Shootout 3-2.

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After dropping back-to-back games to both the Devils and the Penguins, the Bruins looked to snap their small losing skid as the Anaheim Ducks came into Boston to play at the Garden on Halloween.

It was announced earlier that Ryan Spooner was called up on Thursday morning from Providence.  He was placed into the third line for the game, centering Soderberg and Kelly.  Julien looked to end the Spoked B’s recent struggles by calling up the young forward.  Caron and Bartkowski were the healthy scratches against the Ducks.

The Ducks outskated the Bruins for a majority of the first period.  They jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead, less than two minutes into the game.  It was Devante Smith-Pelly who netted one after Soderberg allowed a turnover, at 1:52 into the game.

The game was not off to a good start for Boston.  After the goal, a little more than a minute later, Marchand was sent to the sin bin for an elbowing call.  Although, the Bruins managed to kill off Marchand’s penalty, they did not look very sharp early on..

The Bruins struggled offensively while Anaheim dominated.  The Black and Gold simply could not get a shot on the net.  It wasn’t until the final minute of the first period, when Chara was credited with the first shot on goal for the Bruins.  When the buzzer sounded, the Bruins were down.  They were in a 1-0 hole as they skated into the locker room.

If there’s one thing for sure, it was too early to count Boston out.  The Bruins have demonstrated this on more than one occasion recently.  They have the ability to put bad periods in the past and bounce back.

Whatever was said to the Bruins in the locker room, seemed to work.  As the second period began, the B’s appeared to be playing much sharper.  The Spoked B were much more alert and awake with the plays that they were making.  Their game had been lifted to a higher level.  They skated faster, and they were much more physical as they forechecked better.

At 12:45 in the second period, it was Carl Soderberg who tied the game.  The Swedish forward picked up his first career NHL goal as he backhanded a shot towards Jonas Hiller. Ryan Spooner assisted on Soderberg’s equalizer, as he notched his first career point in the NHL.

The second period was much smoother for the most part.  The score remained tied, and it looked as if the Bruins were outplaying the Ducks.  The Black and Gold had killed off all of the penalties that had been called against them leaving the Ducks unlucky on their powerplay.  The momentum seemed to have shifted a bit more in favor of the Bruins.

That was until Anaheim struck again.  There were less than thirty seconds remaining in the second frame of the game, when Perreult scored through Tuukka’s legs.

Johnny Boychuk exited the ice after being injured as he was sent crashing into the boards during a collision in the second.  It was announced that he wouldn’t return for the remainder of the game.  Following the game, Claude Julien said in interviews that there would be an update released tomorrow on Boychuk’s condition.

As the second period wrapped up, the Bruins found themselves in a familiar place once again: down by a goal.  After two, the Ducks led on shots on goal: 15-8.

The Bruins had plenty of chances during the third period.  Iginla got a huge shot off and Krejci had a chance but both were stopped.  It seemed as if the Anaheim net was allergic to Bruins shots on goals, as all of their chances were turned away or sent wide.

Time was quickly wearing down.  It looked for a while as if the Bruins would be unable to tie the game back up.  Then, Patrick Maroon was called for tripping at 17:02 in the third, and the B’s headed to one last power play of the game.

It was the big man, Zdeno Chara who tied the game for the Bruins playing down low on the power play.  Krejci fed him a pass, and Chara sent the puck by the goaltender, Jonas Hiller to tie the game.

The Bruins had come back twice.  Once again, they demonstrated their never say die attitude.  They didn’t give up, as they grinded it out. There were three minutes remaining in the game, and the Bruins had a chance to go ahead.  Instead, it went into overtime.

The puck dropped onto the ice for overtime.  Throughout the overtime, the B’s maintained good possession of the puck for a majority of the time.  They had a few good chances off the blades of both Krug and Hamilton, but in the end neither team could get a goal off.

That led to a shootout. Claude Julien sent Spooner, Iginla and Soderberg to take the shots for the Black and Gold.

Spooner was unsuccessful in his attempt.  Spooner demonstrated his speed as he swiftly skated towards Hiller but his shot was blocked.  Rask also said no as he stopped the shot from the stick of Bonino.

When it was Jarome Iginla’s turn to shoot, the veteran found success.  He netted the lone goal of the shootout.  Perry was unable to score off Rask.  Tuukka calmly turned away Perry’s shot.  Soderberg had a chance to win it for the Bruins, but Hiller stopped his shot.

As Getzlaf stepped up to the line for the Anehiem Ducks, for their last chance of the game, his shot rung the top of the goal and was deflected away.

The Bruins had rallied from behind to be able to win in a shootout.  A win is a win.

Chara had six shots on goal, as he played 29:45 on the ice tonight.  Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of the 23 shots that he faced.  The Bruins improved to 8-4-0 on the year.

The B’s slipped past the Ducks as they beat them 3-2.  They next take on the Islanders in New York on Saturday night.  They’ll look to improve from their slow start tonight, and aim to dominate from start to finish when they face the Isles.

Sox Rout Sloppy Cards, 8-1, Take Game One of World Series

It seemed everything was going the Red Sox way Wednesday night when game one of the World Series kicked off. A usually sure-handed defensive team in the St. Louis Cardinals committed three errors, and an infield pop-up landed between Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina. In the end, the sloppy plays cost the Cardinals big time as the Sox ran away with game one, 8-1.

Also pivotal was an umpire conference that reversed an out call and gave the Red Sox a bases loaded opportunity. In the first inning, with the Red Sox threatening with runners on first and second and one out, Wainwright induced David Ortiz to ground a sure-thing double-play ball to second. Matt Carpenter scooped it and made the toss to shortstop Pete Kozma, who completely missed the ball as it scraped his glove and fell to the ground.

Shortstop Pete Kozma can't make the grab, and Dustin Pedroia slides in safe (after an overturned call), setting up Mike Napoli's big hit.

Shortstop Pete Kozma can’t make the grab, and Dustin Pedroia slides in safe (after an overturned call), setting up Mike Napoli’s big hit.

Second base umpire Dana Demuth was paying attention to Kozma’s feet and assumed the ball came out in transfer, and he called Dustin Pedroia out at second, prompting an immediate argument from John Farrell. Upon huddling together, the umpires reversed the call, which gave St. Louis no outs on the play, and brought up Mike Napoli, who immediately cashed in on the chance with a bases clearing double.

Though the call was correct, it was hard to grasp the call being overturned for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

“It’s a pretty tough time to debut that overruled call in the World Series. Now, I get that they’re trying to get the right call, I get that. Tough one to swallow,” Matheny said after the game.

David Ortiz slides into home safe on Napoli's bases-clearing double that propelled the Sox to an 8-1 rout.

David Ortiz slides into home safe on Napoli’s bases-clearing double that propelled the Sox to an 8-1 rout.

Wainwright and Molina stared blankly at each other in the second inning when Stephen Drew’s infield fly landed between the two of them. After David Ross singled, Kozma committed yet another costly error when a Shane Victorino chopper glanced off his glove in the hole between short and third. With the bases loaded, Pedroia capitalized with an RBI single. The Cardinals got a defensive make-up play when Ortiz scorched a ball to deep right towards the bullpen. Reminiscent of his grand slam in game two of the ALCS – in which Torii Hunter smashed into the wall unable to make the catch – Carlos Beltran slammed into the wall, but made the grab as Ross tagged and scored Boston’s fifth run. Beltran would leave the next inning and was brought to Mass. General with bruised ribs.

“At least I got an RBI and we were up four and got the momentum,” Ortiz said of Beltran’s robbery.

On the other side, Jon Lester was in top form as he stifled the Cardinals lineup all night. Lester’s biggest challenge was in the fourth inning, when St. Louis was able to load the bases with one out. Third baseman David Freese grounded back to Lester, who started the ever-rare 1-2-3 double play to get out of the inning, which prompted the famous Jackson 5 song to bellow from Fenway’s sound system.

A throwing error by Freese in the seventh inning with two outs again gave the Sox extra outs to work with. With Pedroia on, David Ortiz wouldn’t be denied a second time as he launched a ball into the rightfield bullpen, this time ensuring it was far enough to hit the roof of the benches.  The homer was the fourth for Ortiz of the postseason .

Lester retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before being pulled infavor of Junichi Tazawa. As Lester departed, Fenway exploded in applause for the ace lefties outstanding effort of 7 2/3, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 8K.

The only damage the Cardinals could inflict came in the ninth inning against Ryan Dempster when Matt Holliday connected on a 1-2 pitch to deep left for a solo home run. It was too little, much too late for St. Louis as Dempster got first baseman Matt Adams to strike out to end the game.

With the Red Sox three wins shy of their third World Series title in ten years, John Lackey will look to get a pivotal game two victory over Cards rookie sensation Michael Wacha (insert your own Fozzie Bear or Pac-Man joke here).

Inside the Game

-WIth the fast 3-0 lead, the Red Sox have not trailed against the Cardinals in World Series play since losing game seven of the 1967 World Series.

-David Ortiz now has 11 World Series RBI in nine career games.

-Obviously comfortable on the big stage, Jon Lester has now pitched 13 1/3 scoreless innings in World Series play.

-The Red Sox ran their playoff record to 8-0 when Jonny Gomes starts in left field.

-The Red Sox now have a nine game World Series winning streak, tied with the Cincinnati Reds who spread those over their 1975, ’76 and ’90 Titles. The Sox trail the Yankees franchise, which has the top three streaks at 14, 12 and 10.

Jay Coorey – Senior MLB Contributor – Title Town Sports

Highlights: Bruins top Bolts, 3-1

Chris Kelly scores highlight reel goal

Bruins Top the Lightning 3-1 on Opening Night

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The TD Garden was full once more for the home opener of the Bruins 90th season.  The fans erupted with cheers as the 2013-2014 Bruins team took to the ice Thursday night to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The first action of the game came at 11:39, while the Bruins were on the penalty kill.  Chris Kelly had a short-handed breakaway.  His shot missed as he was hooked from behind by Barberio.  The referees rewarded him with a penalty shot.  It was the first penalty shot of his career and proved to be successful as he scored on the backhand.  The Bruins were up 1-0.

Excitement was added to the game as Shawn Thornton dropped his gloves with Labrie and picked up his first fighting major of the year.  The brawl was brief, but it was enough to get the crowd into it.  The two both got 5 minutes for fighting.  Shortly after, McQuaid was sent to the box for cross checking and Campbell picked up an intentional delay of game penalty when he sent a puck into the stands.

The Bruins were down two men, and it didn’t look good.  Never fear however, because their penalty kill that was excellent last year seemed to pick up right where it left off.  The Bruins fearlessly worked to kill the 5-3 disadvantage.  When the buzzer rang throughout the arena, they were up 1-0 and successfully had killed a majority of the penalty.

The Bruins third line tonight looked solid.  Julien said later in post game interviews that he believed that Kelly was the best player on the ice tonight.  Caron seemed to slide into the third line spot effortlessly as he took over tonight for the injured Soderberg. Caron would have put the Bruins up 2-0, but his goal was waved off due to a quick whistle.  Many people were confused as to why it wasn’t a goal and it seemed controversial but in the end it was waved off and the game continued.

Jarome Iginla dropped his gloves with Radko Gudas in the middle of the second period after he didn’t like the hit that Gudas had laid on him.  The gloves dropped as the two became tangled, and Iginla inked himself with his first fighting major with Boston.  The few fans that had booed him at the start of the game when he was introduced became silenced. Iggy was fighting for Boston. He was standing up for his new team, and proving to everyone that he is now a Bruin.

In the second period, Flippula tied it up for the Lightning at 10:32.  The game wore on, tied for a few minutes before the Bruins were quickly back on top.  Milan Lucic came in and flipped from the backhand to the forehand quickly on a feed from David Krejci.  The Bruins were ahead and it would stay that way.  The crowd chanted a long “Looooch” cheer as he put the Bruins back on top.

After two periods of play, the Bruins were ahead 2-1.  Tampa Bay led Boston on shots on goal with 23 while Boston had 15.

In the third period, both Thronton and Chara were called quickly for penalties and once again the Bruins had to kill a 5-3 disadvantage.  The penalty kill proved strong once more.  For the second time in one game, the Bruins scored again on the penalty kill.  This time it was Patrice Bergeron who notched a shorthanded goal to give the Bruins a two-goal lead.  Bergeron is back and didn’t seem to be affected from the injuries he endured in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The lead was enough for Boston, as Tampa Bay was unable to do anything more than the lone goal.  Forward, Steven Stamkos was held to just one shot and one blocked shot on the night as the Bruins covered all their bases.  As the game continued, they grew stronger and gained more and more momentum.  Both Bergeron and Kelly led for time on ice during short-handed situations.  Bergeron was 16-26 on face-offs while Kelly was 10-14.  Chara had a time on ice of 24:14.

Rask tallied up 32 saves on the night as the Bruins tallied their first win of the season.  On Saturday night, they’ll take on their new division rivals: The Detroit Red Wings at the Garden.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Milan Lucic pummels Joel Rechlicz

Preseason Highlights: Capitals defeat Bruins, 3-2

Thanks for the Memories Horty!

The Bruins revealed disheartening news that Nathan Horton will indeed be walking on and continuing his career elsewhere on Saturday. On behalf of TitleTown Sports, we would like wish #18 the best of luck with his future endeavors. He represented the Black and Gold with pride and played an integral role in helping raise a Stanley Cup in 2011.

Here’s a litte piece of priceless history that will never be forgotten: