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Oct
21

Peter Chiarelli announced today that all star center Marc Savard has been added to the long term IR with a broken left foot. The Bruins have called up Trent Whitfield. The 32 year ld center has played in 177 NHL games with eleven goals and seventeen assists. So far this season in Providence he has 3-6-9 in just six games.

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Oct
20

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Boston’s natural third round pick in 2010 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2010.

-www.bruins.nhl.com

Paille has recorded 35 goals and 42 assists in 195 NHL games with Buffalo. He is currently making 1.125m and will be a RFA at the end of the season. Paille is a LW and will fill in Kobesew’s roll in the 3rd line for less money and one year less on his contract. Considering the Bruin’s have stacked up on draft picks for the first two rounds in the next two years this is a good deal that will not hurt the Bruins.

Oct
18

Milan Lucic has been placed on long term IR with a broken finger. The Bruins recalled Marchand, Lefabvre and Sobotka all have been recalled from Providence. This means (prior to my last post) Hamill will stay on the Baby Bruins. Not to sure how the lines are going to look on Wednesday against the Predators at the TD Garden.

Oct
18

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the rights to unsigned draft choice Alexander Fallstrom and forward Craig Weller from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Chuck Kobasew.

-Press release from http://www.bruins.nhl.com

This is a total surprise to me, may be a preliminary move to a bigger trade. Kobesew was a 2.3m cap hit so who knows if this trade was just to make space for a bigger deal. I expect Bitz to play on the 3rd line and Sobby or Hamill to come up and join Begin and Thornton.

Oct
16

Tonight at 8:30 the Bruins will play their first road game of the year in Dallas against the Stars. The Bruins, who will be playing a two game road trip short Dennis Wideman, look to get some momentum flowing. They have played rather inconsistent so far and their special teams need much work. The Stars who are 2-0-3 will be playing with out “Brave Steve” Ott. A term coined by Jack Edwards after last years “Dallas Game” which saw many fights, many cheap shots and Andrew Ferrence laying out Ott at center ice. With Ott out of the lineup and Avery in the Big Apple there should not be much of a carry over, but hell its the NHL, who knows. 

Tim Thomas should get the nod in net as Rask has played the last two games. Also Julien has switched the lines around. Ryder has been bumped up to the first line and Lucic will be on the left side of David Krejci, with Wheels on the right hand side. Look for the Bruin’s to come out strong and actually play a 60 minute game. They have a lot of time since Monday to get thier act together and hitting on the road should make it feel more like the regular season has started. Lets Go Bruins!!

Oct
12

 

(boston.com)

(boston.com)

 

 

The Bruins gave up another short hander tonight and went 0-5 on the power play, loosing 4-3 to the Colorado Avalanche. In the fisrt period the B’s gave up two goals in 41 seconds. The first was a power play goal by Hedjuk and the second was scored when Rask hit the puck with his stick right to Hannan who a wide open net. Recchi, Wheeler and Ryder all scored for the Black and Gold.

The Bruin’s again did not play a three period game and they MUST improve on the special teams. If they can not take advantage of five power plays they do not deserve to win. To give up two shorthanded goals just five games into the season is not acceptable. The Bruins finish their opening home stand at 2-3. Their next game is Friday at 8:30 deep in the heart of Texas. The Bruins will have a rematch against the Dallas Stars the first game after last years infamous “Dallas Game”. Maybe it will be a catalyst for them this season like it was last year. Hopefully they will take the time off to adjust and get a win in Dallas.

Oct
12

He has nothing on our dancing guy.

This afternoon at 1:00 the B’s will wrap up their season opening five game home stand against the Colorado Avalanche. So far the Bruins are 2-2-0 playing some very inconsistent puck. The Aves are 2-1-1 and are coming off of a shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

While the Bruins overall performance last game was not great the were able to tie it up in the third period and get the 4-3 win in the shootout. This is their second game in a row playing a team that did not make the playoffs last year and is important to get two points against. Dennis Wideman will not play in this game and defenseman Johnny Boychuck will get the start. Hunwick will probably play alongside Ference and Stuart and Boychuck will pair up together. With Rask going on Saturday Thomas will likely start today. For the Avalanche Craig Anderson will probably get the nod.

Oct
10

Tonight the Bruins delivered  the third straight overtime loss. The B’s scored all their goals in third via Marc Savard, Byron Bitz and Matt Hunnwick. Sim, Martinek and Tavares all scored for the Isles. In the shootout  Savard and Wheeler scored for the Black and Gold and Striet scored for the Isles. Tukka Rask jumped for joy when he made the final save but there were no milk crates thrown.

The B’s did not play a good first two periods but were able to adjust for the third and get the overtime win.

Oct
10

Tonight the Islanders (0-0-2) play the Bruins (1-2-0) at the TD Garden. So far the Islanders have lost two games in overtime and are still looking for their first win on the season. The Bruin’s are again looking to have a bounce back game after a poor showing at home against the Ducks on Thursday. For the Bruins to win this game they will have to improve on the special teams. They went 0-6 on the powerplay and gave up a shorthanded goal on Thursday. They also gave up 2 goals in about a minute thirty seconds going from five on three to five on four to even strength. Lastly they will need to keep an eye on the first overall draft pick, John Tavares, who has a goal and two assists in two games played.

Do not be surprised if Rask gets the the start tonight. With an afternoon game on Monday, Columbus Day, he is expected to play one of them.

prediction: This game will be similar to the Carolina. This is the Bruins first game against a team that did not make the playoffs last season. Bruins win 5-1

Oct
08

Perry scores on Thomas

(Globe Staff / Barry Chin)

After a 7-2 beating of the Carolina Hurricanes the first game loss against the Capitals seemed to just be one bad game. The Bruins came out Thursday and played about twenty minutes of solid hockey. Marco Sturm scored the lone goal in the Bruins 6-1 loss to the Ducks. The turning point in this game was when Anaheim went on the 5 on 3 powerplay. Teemu Selanee scored two powerplay goals in 1:20 and the Ducks never looked back. Although Tim Thomas did not play his best game, many times the B’s left him out to dry giving up a shorthanded breakaway in which Perry scored and another goal on the rush where perry just held on to the puck to Thomas fell to the ice. The Bruins’ special teams were again off tonight going 0- on the PP giving up one SHG.

The Bruin’s next game is Saturday against the lowly New York Islanders.  This will be the Bruin’s first look against first overall draft pick John Tavares. The Bruins will have to show up for a full 60 against them because losing to cellar teams can really hurt a teams confidence. 

Edwards quote of the night: Calling out bandwagoners: “And with that Anaheim goal and the Red Sox game at 9:30 many fans leave for the exit. (there was about 8 minutes left in the 3rd) Whatever.

A very, very sarcastic whatever. I’m sure the  freaking out but it doesn’t matter if you lose by one or five, you still end up with zero points. It is just how you improve yourself for the next game.