Bruins Beat Columbus in Overtime 3-2

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The Bruins came into Thursday night looking to finish their home stand strong as they eyed their fourth consecutive victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Black and Gold has put together a string of impressive hockey games lately as they’ve been victorious against the Panthers, the Maple Leafs, and the Lightning.

It took a while for the TD Garden to fill up, but when it finally did, it marked the 177th consecutive sellout for a Bruins game.

Backup goalie, Chad Johnson got the start in net.  Johnson’s last start came on November 2nd when the Bruins lost to the Islanders.  Matt Bartkowski slid into place in the lineup for the injured Adam McQuaid who suffered a lower body injury.

It wasn’t long into the game, before the first penalty was called.  Brandon Dubinsky headed towards the box 2:59 into the first period handing the Bruins an early power play.  The Jackets killed off the penalty, but the Bruins spent 1:28 in the attacking zone and managed to get 2 shots off on goal during their power player.

A few minutes later, Matt Bartkowski was sent to the sin bin for interference at 5:15.  The Big Bad Bruins had no problem whatsoever on their penalty kill as they made it 23 penalties in a row that they had killed off.  Columbus spent less than half of their power play time in the attacking zone as they only managed to get 2 shots off.

The game continued on scoreless, then David Krejci was sent crumpling into the boards.  His helmet toppled from his head as he was crunched.  Dubinsky hit Krejci who lost his edge as he collided awkwardly into the boards and went down.  The boards came in contact with his head as he lost his balance.  The forward was clearly shaken up despite the hit being clean.  It took him several seconds before he was able to get up onto one knee. He skated off the ice on his own and headed down the tunnel to get checked out.  Kelly slid into Krejci’s spot on the first line and played with Iginla and Lucic.

Milan Lucic sought for some revenge upon seeing his line mate injured and found Dubinsky.  He was assigned a roughing penalty and the Bruins were short handed again.  That’s all right.  The Bruins once again killed another penalty.  They continued to make it look easy through out the entire night.

A few seconds after the Bruins successfully made it 24 penalties in a row that they had killed off, the Blue Jackets struck first.  It was the first time that the Bruins had found themselves down in a game since they played the Dallas Stars, in which they eventually lost to them in a shootout.

Blake Comeau got past Johnson.  The score was 1-0 in favor of Columbus.  The B’s looked as if they were sleeping on the play that allowed for Comeau to score.

Boston has never been known to be a quitter.  It meant nothing for them to be down early in the first period of a game.  There was plenty of hockey left on the clock.

Loui Eriksson netted his third goal of the season and his first in 8 games to tie it.  The Boston forward deflected a Chara shot off of his skate and into the goal.  It was reviewed but the call on the ice stood.  The goal was good.  The score was knotted at one at 18:13 in the first.

In the last few minutes of the first period, the Bruins had upped their level of intensity.  When the horn sounded signaling the end of the period, the B’s had 7 scoring chances compared to only 3 chances by Columbus.  They outshot the Jackets 11-8.

David Krejci was back on the ice for the start of the second period proving just how tough hockey players can be.  He had only played 5 shifts in the first and tallied 4:17 of ice time before he was injured.  He was ready to play again and looked no worse for wear.

Soderberg had a nice chance on a breakaway, as Kelly connected with a perfect pass to his stick.  The big Swede was out on the ice on his own, but his shot was turned away and blocked.  The score remained tied.

The Merlot line stepped up to put the Bruins ahead at 9:51 in the second period.  Shawn Thornton rocketed a shot and sent it past Bobrovsky on the glove side.  It was Thorty’s second goal of the year.  The forward had scored 3 goals in all of last season.  Campbell and Torey Krug picked up the assists on the go-ahead goal.  Krug now has notched points in his past five games.

Columbus refused to quit as they didn’t back down.  The game was far from over.  Johnson kicked away a rebound that found Foligno.  Nick Foligno scored easily to tie it up at 16:25 in the second on the backhand.

The Bruins skated into the second intermission tied at 2 goals a piece with the Blue Jackets.  They knew that they had to turn their game up a notch if they wanted to win.  The B’s led shots 23-20 heading into the final frame.

As the game wore on, it seemed as if the Bruins improved.  After playing a not so sharp second period in which Boston allowed for Columbus to tie the score, they were better.  Chad Johnson stood on his head a few times making huge saves.  His saves became fluid as he steadily improved quieting the doubters.  His confidence flourished as he turned away shot after shot.

Chris Kelly was sent to the box for tripping with 13:20 remaining in the game.  The Bruins didn’t allow for the Blue Jackets to score once again as their streak became 25 penalties killed.  A bit later, they killed off a Marchand penalty for interference and the stretch of penalties killed by the Bruins was now set at 26 in a row.

Momentum seemed to shift in favor of Boston as time wore on.  They got a few good chances off but didn’t make anything out of them.  The game was to be decided in over time as 60 minutes of hockey wasn’t enough.

Johnson remained calm, as he hushed his doubters all throughout overtime.  He made huge saves, turning away the Columbus attempts easily.

When there were 48.6 seconds left in overtime, it was all Milan Lucic.   The big forward found himself with a breakaway as he stepped up.  Lucic tore down the ice beating all of the defenders and flipped the puck through the five-hole to win it for Boston.  It was Lucic’s 8th goal of the season, tying the number of goals he had during the 2013 regular season.

The Bruins topped Columbus 3-2 in overtime.  It was their fourth straight win.  Rookie, Chad Johnson stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced.  The B’s managed to continue their impressive penalty kill streak which now stands at 26.  The Black and Gold finished off their home stand securing 9 out of 10 possible points as they head to play the Senators in Ottawa on Friday night.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

Game #18 Preview: Bruins host slumping Blue Jackets

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Game #18: Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1) vs. Boston Bruins (11-5-1)

Time: 7 PM

Location: TD Garden

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Bruins, winners of three straight, will play host to the slumping Blue Jackets Thursday night. This meeting will mark the second of three scheduled games between the clubs this season.

Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson all tallied goals for the Bruins in their 3-1 victory over Columbus back on Oct. 12. Tuukka Rask turned aside 27 of 28 shots in the contest. Jack Johnson scored the lone Blue Jacket goal.

Columbus has lost six of their last seven, while the Bruins have won four of their last six. They are 3-0-1 on their current home stand and want nothing more than to close it out on a high note before departing for Ottawa on Friday.

Boston is playing with grit, determination and physicality. Their top line is setting the score sheet ablaze. The Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Erkisson line is finally beginning to gel. The Bruins should emerge victorious if they can piece together another strong 60-minute effort.

Signs point toward Chad Johnson starting in place of Rask. Rask has started 15 of the last 17 games. Johnson lost his last start against the Islanders on Nov. 2.

Projected Lineup:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson

Soderberg-Kelly-Smith

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Hamilton

Krug-Bartkowski

Chad Johnson

Frank O’Laughlin-Senior NHL Contributor-TitleTown Sports Network

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

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

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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Game #15 Preview: Bruins host the skidding Panthers

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Game #15: Bruins 8-5-1 vs. Panthers 3-8-4

Time: 7pm

Location: TD Garden

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The much-anticipated return of Tim Thomas to the TD Garden will not happen Thursday night. Thomas did make the trip to Boston with his teammates, but a nagging groin injury will keep the veteran goaltender sidelined for the showdown with the Black and Gold.

The Bruins defeated the Panthers in Sunrise back on October 17, 3-2. It was game in which Thomas did start. Reilly Smith tallied the game winner in the contest.

Though Boston’s main focus will be on finding a way to resurrect their less than stellar play of late. The Bruins are a dismal 1-3-1 in their last five games. Facing a struggling Florida team could just be what the doctor ordered given the 1-5-4 skid that they’re on.

Florida’s goaltending and defense is suspect at best and this tilt presents a perfect time for the Bergeron line to get things turned around. It all starts with piecing together a full sixty-minute effort and that has certainly been lacking of late, as Claude Julien’s club has allowed the opening goal in four straight.

Projected Bruins Lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson

Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton

Tory Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Frank O’Laughlin -Senior NHL Contributor-TitleTown Sports Network

Bruins Fall to the Stars in a Shootout

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The shower of boos that rang from the crowd were surrounded by a few scattered welcome back cheers here and there as Tyler Seguin’s name was announced at the TD Garden on Tuesday night.  It was the much-anticipated return of both Seguin and Rich Peverley to play their former team for the first time after being dealt to Dallas in the trade in July.  The Bruins were looking to bounce back after a rough loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night as they began a stretch of five game home stand.

Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup for the Bruins.  Eriksson missed over a week while being out with a concussion, and Boychuk missed a game with a back injury.  Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were the healthy scratches for the Bruins.

Seguin took the opening draw against his former team and the game was on.  The Bruins came into the matchup, hoping for their game to finally click and come together.  A Dallas penalty was called 1:01 into the game as Whitney was sent to the penalty box for high sticking.  The Stars were able to successfully kill off the penalty, as the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on the chance.

On the first shot of the game that the Stars sought, the captain Jamie Benn sent the puck past Tuukka Rask.  The Stars were up 1-0.  The Bruins found themselves in a familiar place once again: they were down early.  This seemed to be a recurring trend for the Bruins as of late.  It was much too early to count them out.  It had been a long time since they had last led a game.

No more than 38 seconds later, the Bruins answered.  Reilly Smith fed Torey Krug a pass and Krug netted the equalizer.  While playing down low, Krug tipped the puck into the net.  The game was tied at one a piece and that was when the Bruins took control of the period.

Johnny Boychuk came right back from his injury and dropped Verne Fiddler, after Fiddler charged Boychuk.  The two were assigned penalties.  Fiddler was sentenced an extra two minutes for roughing because he was the one who attempted to go after Boychuk.  Note to all: don’t mess with Johnny Boychuk, he is one very tough hockey player.

The Black and Gold led the Stars in shots on net.  At one point they led shots on goal at a lopsided number of: 15-3.  As the siren sounded signaling the end of the period, the Spoked B and the Stars were tied.  The Bruins had peppered 18 shots at net and the Stars had 10.  The only factor that was keeping Dallas in the game was their goalie: Lehtonen.

The second period followed the same suit like much of the Bruins more recent play.  It was boring.  They were not as sharp as they had been during the first period.  They didn’t dominate nor did they take charge of the play.  The Stars seemed to have gathered their skates beneath them as they found their game and started playing with Boston.  They started shooting at the net.  Soon Boston and Dallas were tied for shots on goal.  By the end of the period, the Stars were leading in that category.  The B’s were outshot 13-4 throughout the second frame.

The Bruins needed to do something.  They needed to be able to produce a timely goal to be able to take a lead.  It had been since October 31st, in which a Bruins forward had last scored.  That forward was Carl Soderberg.  Since October 31st, Hamilton, Krug, and Chara had done the scoring for the B’s.

The third period arose and the B’s faced the challenge of killing off a double minor penalty that Smith drew for high sticking.   After the big kill of the double minor the penalty, momentum seemed to be on the side of the Black and Gold for now.

Boston got a few good chances.  Marchand had a chance to score, but the forward couldn’t deliver.  He simply hasn’t been able to find his stride during the season so far.  The effort is clearly there and so is the want to play well, but he hasn’t been able to find his game yet.  With time, it should come.

The Bruins finally got back on top with 7:53 remaining in the final period.  Milan Lucic netted his seventh goal of the year, after Krejci set up a beautiful play.  Krejci passed to Hamilton who took a shot and Lucic tipped it in.  It was 2-1 Bruins.

The B’s had the lead.  That lead didn’t last very long.  Seidenberg hooked Fiddler and Fiddler was rewarded a penalty shot.  Fiddler made it look easy, going one on one against Rask as he scored.  The game was tied again.

For the rest of the game, the Bruins were unable to muster up any luck.  They skated into a 2-2 tie with Dallas and headed to overtime.  In Bruins play history they have never been able to beat the Stars in overtime or a shootout.  They hoped to change that.

The Stars controlled the puck for most of the five-minute overtime.  Krug had a good chance, but was stopped by the Dallas goaltender.  Neither team was unable to score which then meant one thing: it was time for a shootout in Boston.

Claude Julien sent: Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson out to take the shootout for Boston.  Lindy Ruff decided on Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Chiasson.

Bergeron scored for the Bruins as he led off.  Rask then denied Jamie Benn.  Iginla tried to deliver a goal for Boston but Lehtonen calmly said no.  All too soon, it was time for two old friends to meet again: Tuukka and Seguin.  Seguin greeted Rask with one of his shootout goals.  He is known for being very good during shootouts.  After Seguin scored, Lehtonen also stopped Loui Eriksson.  Chiasson couldn’t net one on his chance for Dallas either.

Next, Julien decided upon Krejci who missed the net.  It was Rich Peverley’s time to shoot against Boston.  He scored on his former team, winning the shootout.  The Stars came out on top.

Despite losing 3-2 during the shootout, the Bruins still picked up a point during the game.  The B’s are now 8-5-1 on the season as they struggled to play a full game of hockey against the Stars.  In their last 5 games, they are 1-3-1.  They will next take on the Panthers on Thursday night at home.

Hopefully, the Bruins will be able to get out of what seems to be a mini slump soon.  After the game, Claude Julien was quite fired up.  He said: “That’s what we’re doing right now: we’re finding ways to lose versus finding ways to win.”

It is clear that the entire team put forth an effort, as they were unable to stumble past the Stars.  Hopefully, when the Panthers come to town, the Bruins will be able to turn their game around.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

Game #14 Preview: Seguin returns to Boston

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Game #14: Bruins 8-5-0 vs. Stars 6-6-2

Time: 7pm

Location: TD Garden

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Tonight’s tilt with the Dallas Stars marks the inaugural return of Tyler Seguin to Boston since his infamous departure this past summer. Lets not forget old friend Rich Peverley will also be paying a visit as well. Loui Eriksson will be skating against his former employer, as he was dealt to the Black and Gold in exchange for Seguin.

Loui Erkisson will play tonight after missing five games with concussion like symptoms. Johnny Boychuk will also lace them up. Claude Julien spoke about the duo, saying, “their status is good.”

Though all eyes will be on Seguin, how he conducts himself in facing his former club and what the crowd’s reaction will be. Seguin is off to a hot start with Dallas. He has six goals and nine assists. Peverley has also chipped in seven points thus far.

Projected Bruins Lineup:

Lucic- Krejci- Iginla

Marchand- Bergeron- Eriksson

Soderberg- Kelly- Smith

Paille- Campbell- Thornton

Chara- Boychuk

Seidenberg- Hamilton

Krug- McQuaid

Rask

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor-TitleTown Sports Network

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.

Game #10 Preview: Bruins seek 5th straight win against Devils

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Game #10: New Jersey Devils (1-5-4) vs. Boston Bruins (7-2)

Time: 7:00pm

Location: TD Garden

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Bruins and Devils will link up for the first of three scheduled meetings this season on Saturday night at the Garden. Boston defeated New Jersey in each of their three contests a year ago.

The Black and Gold are currently riding a four game winning streak and will have a fantastic opportunity to extend that against a struggling Devils squad. New Jersey has just one regulation victory thus far. They have had their fair share of issues scoring the puck as they have only netted twenty goals through ten games.

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky and former Bruin Jaromir Jagr lead the Devils offensive attack. Zidlicky plays a strong offensive game from the backend and has notched eight assists. Jagr leads all Devil forwards in points with seven. Damien Brunner and Patrick Elias each have three goals while old friend Michael Ryder has tallied four.

Martin Brodeur recently anointed Cory Schneider as the team’s number one goalie. Both Devil goalies have been less than stellar, but it’s been Schneider who’s looked more capable of the two. His 2.14 GAA is more than one point better than Brodeur’s 3.40 GAA. Though Brodeur will start in this tilt because Schneider is out with a lower-body injury.

David Krejci and Milan Lucic are off to scorching hot starts. Both guys have ten points. The duo has a combined +17 alongside line mate Jarome Iginla. Krejci holds the team lead in assists with eight and potted the game-winning goal against the Sharks on Thursday with just 0.8 seconds remaining. Lucic leads the club with five goals.

Iginla also scored his first goal as Bruin on Thursday and will look to build upon that momentum. Tuukka Rask continues to dazzle each time out. Rask stopped 38 of 39 shots against a potent San Jose attack. He improved to 6-2 on the year and lowered is GAA an astonishing 1.26.

Loui Eriksson will be inactive for the Bruins as he is battling concussion like symptoms stemming from the despicable John Scott hit this past Wednesday. Ryan Clowe is out for the Devils.

Projected Bruins lines:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Smith-Bergeron-Marchand

Soderberg-Kelly-Caron

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Hamilton

Krug-McQuaid

Rask

 Frank O’Laughlin-Senior NHL Contributor-TitleTown Sports Network

 

 

Game #8 Preview: Bruins visit the lowly Sabres

 

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Game #8: Boston Bruins (5-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (1-8-1)

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: First Niagra Center

TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub

The Bruins will bring their three-game road trip to a close on Wednesday night in Buffalo. These longtime divisional rivals will be linking up for the first of five meetings slated for this season. These two clubs are off to very different starts, but a hard fought game should be expected considering the amount of bad blood between them. The Sabres won the season series a year ago, 3-2.

Buffalo has looked atrocious so far this season, as if they’re picking up were they left off at that end of the 2012-2013 campaign. They posted a 12th place finish and early signs indicate another season full of disappointment. The Bruins meanwhile have played a respectable brand of hockey and find themselves very much in the mix of things here at the onset.

Boston will be looking for their fourth win in five tries, while Buffalo has yet to record a regulation win given the fact that their lone victory came in a shootout. They may have to wait even longer considering the opponent.

The Bruins are fresh off of an impressive beat down of Tampa Bay this past weekend. Twelve players notched at least a point in the victory. David Krejci, Adam McQuaid and Shawn Thornton all scored their first goal of the season in the contest. Reilly Smith continues to impress, as he added an assist and extended his point streak to four games.

Tuukka Rask continues to shine as well. Rask shutout of the Bolts helped lower his GAA to 1.29. He has now allowed one goal or fewer in five starts this season.

Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson lead the Sabre offensive attack, though each have performed less than satisfactory thus far. Historically, Vanek is a Bruins killer. He has 28 goals and 26 assists in 48 career games against the Bruins. He even had himself a five point game back on January 31 in Boston. Another breakout showing might be just what his team is in need of.

The Sabres are 0-2-1 in divisional play this season and each loss came by just a lone goal. It’s a clear that they play their familiar foes closely.

Carl Soderberg tallied an assist in his first start of the season on Saturday and will be in the lineup again.

Projected Bruins lines:

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson

Marchand-Kelly-Soderberg

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Bartkowski

Krug-McQuaid

Rask

Frank O’Laughlin-Senior NHL Contributor-TitleTown Sports Network