One Down, Three to Go. Eastern Conference Finals.

What just happened? The Bruins not only beat the Penguins in game one, but they shut out the Pens in game one. The anticipation for game one was getting on everyone’s nerves, or maybe that was just me. Everyone would proudly boast that the Bruins were going to win, but there was a nagging doubt.

Michael Felger expressed it in a way I can identify with. He said the his heart was pulling for the Bruins, but his head was logically figuring the Penguins would take it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I totally understand that this is only game one. Anything can happen in the next three/four/five/six games. But again, what the heck did we just watch?

The Penguins came out trying to play a mockery of what “Bruins hockey” is, and it backfired. If they had focused on playing to their offensive scoring strengths, we may have been looking at a different outcome tonight. However, they decided to try and put on this tough guy front and beat us at our own game. I don’t know why they thought Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were the guys for the job, the first trying to push our goaltender around and the next picking a fight with Bergeron? I’m still confused. It could be because Matt Cooke was thrown from the game.

Now I could go on a tangent about how Matt Cooke plays dirty and how much I hate him, but then Marchand went and made the same hit minutes later. Marchand was arguing that he “pushed” his player as opposed to Cooke who slammed into McQuaid. It doesn’t matter. The point is, hits from behind aren’t safe. Cooke should have expected to get thrown with his past history. Marchand could have received a similar five minute penalty, or what have you, because he just watched Cooke get thrown, he should have known better.

Also there is going to be no extra punishment on Cooke. Bummer, I really would like to see him thrown from this series before he takes a run at another guy who wasn’t as lucky as Adam tonight.

On a more positive note, can we just talk about what a ROCKSTAR Tuukka Rask was tonight? I mean there were some that were pure luck that didn’t go in (Chara’s horrible turn over being one), and the million posts Malkin hit tonight. Thirty saves tonight for Tuukka, and the one that stands out is when he jumped at Crosby, and made the initial save, and then made the save on the rebound. He came up big on so many levels tonight. The highlight reel of tonight’s game has GOT to include a number of his saves tonight. He had a crazy glove save too. I cant get over it.

Crosby must have awoken a a fire in Rask tonight. That shit Krej.

Speaking of David Krejci, he reminded all of his haters why we keep him around. Two goals tonight (the third from Nathan Horton), and his team recognized his efforts when Tuukka awarded him the Rangers player of the game jacket. When asked post game how he was able to keep such a level head and not get panicky during the games he responded “I don’t know… That’s just how I play.”

He was also compared to Crosby, which he declined. He went on to defend himself by saying that Crosby and Malkin “are the best players in the world. We don’t have guys like that. We have a team. We play as a team.”

A few other things I wanted to touch on before I wrap this up. The first thing has to be Shawn Thornton winning a face off against Crosby. I laughed. Granted, during the game they showned that Crosby had only won like a handful out of 14. The fourth line facing off against Crosby was amusing enough, but they held their own.

Also Torey Krug standing up for McQuaid was just the best. After Cooke’s hit on McQuaid, Krug gave Cooke the first shove before Kelly came in and roughed him up. D-pairs for life! Krug may be 5’9 but he’s built like a truck and will stand up for his teammates, something that is always a welcome sight on the Bruins bench.

Andrew Ference was back tonight. He managed to even rally up an assist on the first goal. This isn’t good news for Matt Bartkowski who was looking forward to playing his hometown team, but it is good for Ference. Claude might throw him a bone depending on how the series progresses as Bart has proven he can pull his own weight.

However Krug’s offense and speed are more in demand. The power play looked much different with Krug flying up from our end with the puck as opposed to Chara taking his sweet time to move with the puck. AND KRUG’S AWESOME SIDE STEP. OH MAN. Greatest. He has a finesse and patience with the puck that is just beautiful.

Side note, for those of you who don’t know. Tomas Vokoun is actual the backup goalie for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled last round for being awful. Needless to say the goal tending is definitely their Achilles’ heel, and the Bruins need to SHOOT to get goals.

As long as the Bruins keep their heads on their shoulders, realize that this series is going to be a tough, apparently physical, battle, and play the full 60 minutes like I believe they did tonight, they can beat the Penguins.

We’ll see what Monday brings.

Go B’s!

-Kaylin

One Week will Tell

This time next week the Bruins will be getting ready for game four against the Penguins. This week, however, the boys are still prepping for game one, set to take place Saturday night at 8 o’clock in the home of the Eastern Conference leading Penguins.

Everyone is giving long winded lectures rooting for either side of this matchup. I found myself stressing about this matchup more than the others, for the fact that the Bruins haven’t won against the Penguins yet this season. However as I listened to the broadcasts and pried into the three games we’ve had against PITT this season I’m a little more optimistic.

A recap for those of you who need one:

Tuesday March 12, 2013, Bruins lost 2-3 at PITT. Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin scored the two goals for us. Chara’s was on the PP. The Penguins came back with six minutes left.

Sunday March 17, 2013 Bruins lost 1-2 at PITT. Tyler Seguin had the only goal for Boston. The Penguins were without their star defenseman Letang, and the B’s even outshot the Pens 32-18 but couldn’t capitalize.

Saturday April 20, 2013 at Boston the Bruins lost 3-2. Brad Marchand and Seguin had the two goals for the Bruins. The Bruins came out fighting, literally with Adam McQuaid and Tanner Glass dropping the gloves after 8minutes. Both teams had 30+hits, and the Bruins outshot the Pens 40-24.

What these games have said to me, is REUNITE SEGUIN, MARCHAND, AND PATRICE BERGERON. Please. We need speed. Look at Marchand’s goal in the third game, he tore through the Penguins players and shot it up over the shoulder of the goalie. Speed is key, hell the assists went to Rask and Chara, and it wasn’t even a breakaway. That line had made four of five goals? At least play them together once, humor me, Julien.

Second, we need to keep throwing pucks on net. The weakness for the Pens is their goaltending. We have scored against the Penguins, it took a large number of shots, but it has happened. We need to keep throwing the puck at the net, and I think our defense will be key, as long as Krug and Boychuk keep shooting to score. Marchand and Bergeron are going to come up big if they can produce more of their dynamic duo goals, I think Seguin could help there.

Finishing our checks is another big one. Lucic came up with huge hits in game five, he is a big guy, and he needs to finish his checks. If he starts strong, hitting hard in the first game or two, his intimidation factor alone can help open the ice for him later. Krug and Bartkowski are checking better than the rest of the Bruins (except maybe Chara), and they have been able to come up huge.

Speaking about Matt Bartkowski, he grew up a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. He had pictures of Jagr on his wall growing up, and now he is playing with Jags against his hometown team. As long as Bart can keep his head on his shoulders, he should be a contributing factor.

People can argue that this rivalry isn’t really a rivalry. I am going to disagree. Back when the Penguins crushed the Bruins on their way to the Cup in 1991 and 1992, that still rings bells for long-term fans. I mean my personal grudge is still on Matt Cooke for destroying Marc Savard. Also this drama with Jarome Iginla picking the Penguins over the Bruins should have added fuel to the Bruins drive to beat the Pens. I know I would love to see the Pens lose to the Bruins just so I can laugh at Iginla. Bartkowski should come up huge just because he could have gone to Calgary for Iginla, and now he can help prove that the Bruins didn’t miss out with Iginla.

I think the Bruins are going to put up a huge fight, this is going to go to game six or seven. The Bruins need to play the full 60 minutes. We can’t have a repeat of game four against the Rangers, no sluggish play behind the net (Chara) we need to fight every minute of this series.

That’s my take. A week waiting for this game has my nerves stretched to their limits. It all starts tomorrow, we’ll see if the Bruins can turn over a new leaf in the playoffs against the Pens. The Bruins have been this far before, they need to focus and remember the amount of effort they need to bring every night.

Go B’s!

-Kaylin

Getting on the Air; 98.5 The Sports Hub

I was fortunate enough to go to the Bruins game tonight. Fortunate? You say, but they lost, you also say. True. They did lose and it was horrible. That is not why I am so ecstatic though.

Positive notes, the tickets were free (Thanks Mom!), so the night was starting on a good foot. Then there was the bonus that it was military appreciation night, with the very fitting digital camouflage jerseys for warm ups. Adam McQuaid was back!! Which was excellent of course. (Well, not for Dougie Hamilton, who was a healthy scratch this evening).

Negative notes, Jordan Caron was on the roster poster they handed out, and I think this blog knows my feelings on him quite well. Second Brad Marchand was not playing, due to an elbow to the head from Wednesday night’s game . Third being that they well, lost.

BUT HERES THE BEST PART.

I GOT ON THE AIR.

FOR 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB!!!

So the game ends, painfully. The Bruins had the whole third period to spark any sort of fire to get their team going. Do they? No of course not. They stood there with the puck, not even waiting on a line change! Andrew Ference stood there just waiting for something to open up, which is the worst play I’ve ever heard of. And then towards the end of the game, final two minutes Chara decides to take a huge detour with the puck back around the Bruins empty net! You’re the captain for Pete’s sake why on Earth are you making bad plays. Chara to me seems like a giant liability at times, but that’s a story for another day.

So my roommate Amanda and I are hanging out in the parking garage listening to the Sports Hub, because well, that’s what you do after going to a Bruins game. All of the sudden, Adam Jones starts taking the loss out on Claude. Which is an act I’ve never been a fan of, I understand that being a coach you’re supposed to push the boys in the right direction, but come on! How is it Claude’s fault that the boys are making all of these blind passes (heads up, if your name is not Marc Savard, don’t bother), turning over the puck, and just not being where they need to be?

So big mouth me decides, you know what. I’m going to text in.

AND I DID. AND ADAM JONES READ IT ON AIR. BOOM.

Screen Shot - SPORTSHUB

But before he read it I decided no, you know what I’m going to call. And so I did. And then I recited my text to the girl and she asked my name and where I was calling from and put me on hoooold! And I was shaking and my stomach was in knots and it was a really exciting thing for me, because my dad and I listened to the Sports Hub driving home from every Bruins game I’ve ever gone to. It has always been a want of mine to call in and say my opinion.

So anyway, while I was on hold they put on the radio through your phone. For anyone who hasn’t worked in a radio station, there is a delay between the radio you hear, and the person actually speaking. I put my phone on speaker so my friend could listen also, when all of the sudden I hear him reading my text. Flailing occurred I cannot lie.

Anyway I’m still on hold, and they’re talking about my text and how I’m right and the boys do hold the responsibility (duh). They take another caller who decides to go on about… er the Pats or the Red Sox. I don’t really remember. AND THEN ITS MY TURN.

We were still in the garage and my phone started going in and out of service so I like jumped out of the car and ran to the wall and he’s all “Hey” and I’m like “hi I’m coming from the game and I haveafewthingstosay” and then I remembered to breathe and continued.

I talked about how Milan Lucic spent the entire night looking like a loaf of bread. Which they loved. No, seriously, they loved it. They made a sound clip of it and kept playing it over the next two hours. Don’t get me wrong I used to be the biggest Looch fan. Now not so much. Why was he put on the line with Jagr and Campbell? He’s not playing well at all and should BE demoted down to third or fourth line.

I also mentioned that the Bruins had no sense of urgency in that dwindling last 10 minutes of the third. I quoted Jagr from the other night when he had talked about not knowing how much time was remaining on the clock, and about Chara’s detour and how the Bruins didn’t want to win tonight. And then my phone cut out.

But there it is ladies and gents! My five minutes of Sports Hub fame. I feel like I’ve caught a bug now. Maybe I’ll call in after every game! Eeee exciting.

Also, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabers 5-1 so the Bruins fell back out of first in the division, and down the fourth in the conference. Great game to blow guys, not. This was supposed to be an easy week.

Anyway before that ruins my mood, does anyone know how I could get my hands on the mp3 of last night’s Adam Jones show?

Thanks much! Go B’s!

-Kaylin

Baseball is NOT better than Hockey.

But thanks for thinking so NESN.

Tonight’s Bruins v. Devils game is going to be aired on NESN+. Check your listings to see if you’re one of the lucky participants who can actually watch the game tonight. Jaromir Jagr’s DEBUT in a Bruins spoked B and fans without NESN+ get to miss this for April baseball?! NESN really?! Look at your choices.

Due to my campus not having channels over 70, I guess my roommate and I are off to bar hop in search of a restaurant that will let us watch the game. This is ridiculous. Bets being that most bars are going to be playing baseball also. Hockey can’t even win in Massachusetts, what even.

And to make news worse, Patrice Bergeron suffered his fourth concussion in Tuesday night’s win over the Senators. He is out indefinitely as it stands now.

After those hard hits, seeing a bright side isn’t going to be easy. But there is hope as Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid took the ice Monday morning at practice. Kelly is even making the trip with the team to Montreal for the weekend.

Another note about tonight’s game, practice had Tyler Seguin centering Brad Marchand and Jagr. Jagr was also out practicing with both power play lines. This could be a resurgence in the Bruins power play that has been abysmal since the loss of Marc Savard.

Speaking of Savard, he tweeted his thoughts of tonights game just now,

Other lines include the newly acquired Kaspars Daugavins playing wing to Peverley and Pandolfo.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Hopefully I’ll find a way to watch the game tonight.

Go B’s!

-Kaylin

Injuries Impairing Bruins Run – Kelly, McQuaid, Krejci

Sorry for the delay, I decided to hop across the pond for Spring Break and the spotty internet connection found WordPress too much to handle. In any case I picked the worst week to leave yeah? Shawn Thornton scored not once, but TWICE, and the reasonably healthy Bruins hit major roadblocks with injuries.

Chris Kelly

After Bruins called up Jordan Caron, the third line played their best game during Saturday’s matinée against the Philadelphia Flyers. Then Monday against the Ottawa Senators, they proceeded to lose Chris Kelly with an injury. The leg-on-leg hit was first presumed to be a knee injury for Kelly, after the swelling subsided it was found to be a broken tibia. CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty thinks it could be the end of Kelly for the rest of this season.

 

The Bruins are not putting a time on Kelly’s recovery so time will tell. Good news for Jay Pandolfo, getting to play alongside Rich Peverely and Caron, and now Ryan Spooner.

Adam McQuaid

Unfortunately the Bruins were not out of the woods. Adam McQuaid left the game on Tuesday the 12th against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the midst of the 2nd, not to return. He then sat out of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, only to return for the weekend.

The next week, on Tuesday March 19th, McQuaid found himself slamming into the boards after only 56 seconds of ice time. Leaving immediately, it was discovered yesterday that he is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks with a strained shoulder.

David Krejci

During the third period of Sunday’s loss to the Penguins, David Krejci took a Johnny Boychuk slap shot (Johnny Rocket) to the knee. He was helped off the ice, putting no pressure on the injured leg, and not seen again that game. Post game the center was seen walking, gingerly, but solo to the team bus.

Fortunately tonight found the return of Krejci to the line up! Howver Andy Brickley and Jack Edwards are commenting on his skating, noting that he must still be in serious pain. Krejci should not be pushing an injury with the schedule so packed, but as Edwards’ claimed the Bruins won’t forget Krejci’s drive.

 

The Bruins have been on the lucky side when it comes to injuries this season, apparently their luck is changing. Peter Charelli could be feeling the heat to make a trade as the Bruins are faced with these long-term injuries.

Ottawa just scored, lets hope the Bruins can turn this around. Go Bs!

-Kaylin