Home on the Golf Range, Rangers?

Game three is in the bag! The Merlot line steps up and delivers in this tight game.

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Me at Game 1 May 16th, 2013

The Rangers have struggled so far in this series. Their star center Brad Richards only played 8:10 of ice time tonight and his first (possibly only) shift during the third period was host to Johnny Boychuk’s goal. Speaking of Boychuk’s goal, it looked to me like he had help from Shawn Thornton, but as player 22 said post game, “As long as it’s in, that’s all that matters”. Our fourth line once again is proving to be an asset as they came up big, out playing the Ranger’s fourth line. Following game two, Gregory Campbell spoke of this line:

Three minutes into the third period of tonight’s game and Thornton and Campbell’s screening in front of Henrik Lundqvist helped the Bruins get on the scoreboard. Then with four minutes remaining in the third, the Fourth Line/Energy Line/Merlot line took the ice again to success. It wasn’t without a fight as the puck was determined to not go in the net, jumping high into the air over Lundqvist, and then hitting the backspin just right to bounce AWAY from instead of toward the goal line. Thornton thought it was in, raising his arms in victory but Daniel Paille saw the puck’s revolt. Determined, Paille swung around behind the net and whipped his stick in front to knock the stubborn puck behind the redline.

This 2-1 lead is the first time the Ranger’s have lost this season at home when leading going into the third, their record now 18-1. Lundqvist played his best game of the series tonight, shutting down breakaway chances from Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin in the first period alone. Let alone the number of really good chances the Bruins had.

A big problem in this game was with the officiating. I’m not going to spend too much time here, but there were multiple high sticks, including an especially bloody one on Zdeno Chara that went uncalled. Marchand was at the butt end of some Dorsett taunting, but 63 kept his composure, and Thornton jumped out instead to drop gloves. krugtweetsHowever Dorsett backed down, which is not uncommon when put up against Thornton.

Torey Krug was playing with confidence tonight. He led the Bruins with four shots on net going into the third. The next was Bergeron with three; then Soupy, Looch, and Segs with two. I would have loved to see him net his third goal in just as many playoff games. Guess he’ll have to start a new streak come Thursday night. Brian Boyle was going after Dougie Hamilton and Krug, trying to intimidate the young guys early, but both baby Bruins had no problem throwing their own weight around. You’re going to have to come up with something better for game four Rangers.

Speaking of game four, I wouldn’t get your brooms out just yet. The Bruins need to continue to keep the pressure on the Rangers. Johnny Boychuk spoke to the media post game and let it be known they weren’t going to take it lightly. “That fourth game is going to be the toughest one. Out of any team in the NHL, we should probably know that the best”. According to Claude Julien the atmosphere in the locker room is a lot tighter, hopefully they are in a playoff mindset, and out of their Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde phase.

I guess we’ll find out Thursday night. The Rangers are going to be fighting with a desperation to stay in this series, it is the Bruins’ job to not get cocky, to play their own game and win it.

I know I’m excited! & Not just because I graduated this weekend.

Graduation picture

Go Bruins!

-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

Suffering Senators Put Up a Fight

I’m sure you watched the game last night, and if not you caught the highlights. The Bruins managed to squeak out a win, with the assistance of Ottawa Senator’s goalie, Robin Lehner in overtime. This was the first NHL start for Lehner, stopping 46 shots.

The Senators haven’t been having the best season injury wise, with Jason Spezza (surgery), Craig Anderson (ankle), Erik Karlsson (season ending Achilles injury), Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash), and Milan Michalek (knee) all out. However they rode a 5-game winning streak into the Garden last night, and left with a point.

The game was tied one-one with both goals taking place on either side of the second period. The third saw no goals, but not for lack of trying, with Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid having notable blasts from the blue line. And with thirty seconds left, Milan Lucic took a penalty, starting the overtime shorthanded. The Bruins managed to redeem their penalty kill, and Bergeron (with help from Dennis Sidenberg) got the puck over the redline in just over 3 minutes in overtime.

The Senators managed to break the Bruins’ consecutive penalty kill streak at 27. The Bruins are now 60 for 63 successful penalty kills, this being a noted strength in the B’s arsenal, with a percentage of 95.2%. They are high up in first, with the next contestant at 88%.

We’ll definitely take the two points, but a concern in the locker room post-game was about tired legs. After a week of playing every other day that’s not a surprise, but the boys are going to be in trouble if they can’t find a way to get more energy. They only have today off before playing two games this weekend at home, and then hitting the road again. Their next two day break doesn’t come until the end of March, exhaustion could start to take a toll on these guys after having a pretty relaxed schedule so far. Being 13-2-2 this season the Bruins need to keep up the intensity as they catch up to other teams who are averaging with three more games played.

-Kaylin

Big Night in Buffalo

With nine games played and only one regulation disater of a loss, the Bruins are looking to redeem their play against the Buffalo Sabers. The boys flew into Buffalo last night, and took to the ice this morning for practice.

Claude Julien is sticking with the line that came up big during Montreal, Tyler Seguin skating with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Another change is Bergeron centering Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton. Chris Kelly is between Chris Bourque (48) and Jamie Tardiff (68), and the Merlot line stuck together in practice (Paille, Campbell, Thornton).

It could be a big night for Anton Khudobin, the first goalie off the ice from practice.

However Claude is keeping his plans private, telling both goalies to be ready to start. Also mentioning that Marchand, Paille, and Thornton are all game time decisions.

Jay Pandolfo made the trip to New York also, hitting the ice for practice. He has yet to be signed to a contract, but being on a Professional Tryout Agreement means he can travel and practice with the team, just not suit up come game time.

Bruins need to be ready to play the full 60minutes tonight if they want to beat the Sabers. The defense needing to solidify in our own end. Defensive pairs at practice stand as 33-55, 44-27, 21-54, with Johnson playing as the oddman out.

Marc Savard predicts that David Krejci is going to have a big night, and the Bruins will lead by 2.

@NHLBruins Bergeron on tonight vs last loss to BUF: “about having a good start…as soon as we get some momentum, we want to keep it for 60 minutes”^CS
(1:43 p.m. Sun, Feb 10)

Tune in tonight at 7 on NESN as the Bruins seek redemption.
-Kaylin