Bruin scorers: Bergeron (2x), Chris Kelly, Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and Carl Soderberg
Bruin goalie: Chad Johnson, 26 saves
Senators looked like they'd already checked out, but it was good to see
the Bruins pounce on a weak team and capitalize in a big way. The Sens
aren't an offense dynamo, but keeping them to two goals with the
back-up in net and without Zdeno Chara is a good sign.
Storyline: The B's overcame a 2-0 deficit with two goals midway through the third, but couldn't complete the comeback in overtime.
Game-winner: TJ Oshie on a fluke goal with 1:31 left in OT
Bruin scorers: David Krejci (13) and Brad Marchand (18)
Bruin goalie: Tuukka Rask, 24 saves
Takeaway: The B's played a tremendous third period, but
didn't bring the 60-minute effort again. However, considering they got
a road point against one of the West's top teams without captain Zdeno
Chara, the night wasn't a total loss.
Up next: The Senators visit the Garden on Saturday afternoon in the B's last game before the Olympic break.
GAME 55: TOP LINE LIFTS BRUINS OVER VANCOUVER
2/6/14: This game happened on Tuesday but the snow day
prevented me from getting on the computer, so I won't waste many pixels
on a recap. The Bruins beat Vancouver, 3-1,
behind goals from Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, and Daniel Paille. Sweet.
The B's have two games left before the Olympics: tonight in St. Louis
and at home Saturday against Ottawa.
GAME 54: BRUINS GET BACK ON TRACK, POUND THE OILERS
2/3/14: I didn't see any of this game due to other Saturday afternoon goings-on, but: the Bruins won, 4-0,
with goals from David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, and
Torey Krug. Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his first shutout as a
Bruin. Andrew Ference lost and was a minus-2 in his return to Boston. Ho hum. The B's will welcome the Canucks to the Garden on Tuesday night. SCOC Oilers Recap
GAME 53: EMOTIONLESS BRUINS STUMBLE AT HOME
1/31/14: The Bruins headed into last night's game on a
roll: four wins in a row, three six-goal games in a row, and a tilt
with the hated Habs slated for last night, a chance for the B's to amp
up their game and continue on their roll. Instead, the Bruins played a
flat, lifeless game, falling to Montreal by a score of 4-1 in what Patrice Bergeron called the team's worst game of the season. The
Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead three-quarters of the way into the
first period on goals by Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty, and while
the B's pushed back with a Dougie Hamilton goal a little over a minute
later, it was as close as they'd get. Tuukka Rask was pulled
after a Brian Gionta shot squeezed past him 11:54 into the second, and
Chad Johnson allowed a goal on the first shot he saw (a Daniel Briere
breakaway) just under two minutes later. Eek. From then on, the Bruins did nothing: power plays went by the wayside, chances were blown...just an ugly game. Truthfully,
the Bruins were kind of due for a dud, but it would've been nice had it
not come against the Canadiens. The B's will host the Edmonton Oilers
on Saturday afternoon at the Garden. SCOC Recap
GAME 52: BRUINS PIN SIX ON THOMAS, ROLL OVER PANTHERS
1/29/14: Sometimes, history repeating itself isn't such a
bad thing. The Bruins put a half dozen goals on the board for the third
game in a row and rolled over Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers, 6-2, for the team's fourth-straight win. The B's were led by the top line, as Milan Lucic (two goals), David
Krejci (goal and two assists), and Jarome Iginla (two assists) led the
way offensively. Reilly Smith, Zdeno Chara, and Shawn Thornton chipped
in the other three goals, while Tuukka Rask outdueled former mentor
Thomas with 28 saves. The B's simply overpowered the Panthers in this
one, looking in control throughout. Thomas can't be blamed for the
loss, as the team defense in front of him was porous at best. As was
usually the case with Thomas in Boston, things got interesting towards
the end when the amped-up netminder took a whack at Carl Soderberg after the Swede crashed the net in the game's dying seconds.
Thomas got a nice ovation from the crowd as he was announced as the
Panthers' starter, but things went downhill from there, and Thomas
would have preferred to watch the President he snubbed speak. Ouch.
One positive for the Panthers: Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes got to
skate his first professional shifts in his hometown last night, racking
up 11:48 TOI and recording two hits. The B's will look to keep things
rolling tomorrow night when the Habs visit the Garden. SCOC Recap
GAME 51: MARCHAND, SECOND LINE ROLL AS BRUINS TOP ISLANDERS
1/28/14: It hasn't been an easy season for Brad Marchand.
The Bruin pest has gone through more than a couple scoreless droughts,
has been publicy chastised by the team,
and has generally been missing the offensive spark that made him such a
dynamic player in the past. Marchand showed signs of turning around
with two-straight two-goal games last week, and continued that roll in a big way last night.
Marchand scored the B's second goal of the night and chipped in three
assists to send his squad to a 6-3 win over the Islanders, the second
game in a row that the B's have put a half-dozen on the board. Carl Soderberg's breathtaking rush
to the net with 33 seconds left in the second period broke a 3-3 tie
and would stand up as the game winner, with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno
Chara adding third period tallies. This one was hairy for a while, as
the B's let leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 slip away, but Chad Johnson (34
saves) stood tall when called upon
to give the Bruins their third win in a row. The B's won't get much
rest, as Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers will be waiting for them
at the Garden tonight. SCOC Recap
GAME 50: B'S SMOKE PHILLY
1/17/14: I didn't see any of Saturday's game due to prior engagements, but the Bruins won, 6-1, and Claude Giroux called it
"the most embarrassing game [he's] been involved with." Hey, that's a
good thing for the Bruins! The B's will be on Long Island tonight to
face...well, the Islanders.
BRUINS EARN A SPLIT WITH LAST TWO STANLEY CUP CHAMPS
1/21/14: The Bruins had themselves a busy long weekend,
with a Stanley Cup Final rematch in Chicago on Sunday and an afternoon
date with the Los Angeles Kings at the Garden on Monday. Sunday's game
saw the B's fall to Chicago in a shootout by a score of 3-2, but the B's bounced back with a 3-2 win of their own yesterday afternoon.
On Sunday, the Bruins fell behind 1-0 early but earned a lead on the
strength of Brad Marchand goals with 19 seconds left in the first and
50 seconds into the second; however, Tuukka Rask allowed a terrible bad-angle goal to Brandon Bollig
9:44 into the second and ultimately fell in the skills competition when
Patrick Kane torched Rask. On Monday afternoon, Marchand scored twice
again: once on a dazzling individual effort on the penalty kill (above)
and again on a wicked slapper midway through the third period.
Marchand's second goal came 18 seconds after Los Angeles had tied
things at two, and stood up as the game-winner. Torey Krug scored a
power play goal in between, Chad Johnson made 21 saves, and Kevan Miller made sure Dustin Brown had a bad afternoon. The B's now have an odd layoff, not playing again until Saturday afternoon. Rest up!
GAME 47: TEAM EFFORT LEADS B'S PAST THE DALLAS PEVERLEYS
1/17/14: Sometime in the future, it won't matter that the
Bruins are playing Tyler Seguin's new team: it'll just be the Bruins
vs. the Stars, and all narratives will be cast aside. That day isn't
here yet, however, and last night the Bruins got goales from four
different players and a solid team-wide effort to beat Dallas, 4-2.
Milan Lucic's power play tip-in with 4:14 left in the game ended up
being the game winner, as the B's allowed a late Dallas goal but sealed
the deal with a Patrice Bergeron empty-netter with 16 seconds left.
Brad Marchand and David Krejci scored the other Bruin goals, while Chad Johnson made 32 saves in his seventh win of the season and got a stick in the eye
for his troubles. As for Seguin, the former Bruin had two assists and
four shots on goal while winning 71% of his faceoffs. The only former Bruin that matters, Rich Peverley,
decided to show leniency on his former team and didn't score the 103
goals he's capable of. Up next for the B's: the narratives Super Bowl,
a Cup Final rematch with the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.
Prepare yourselves for replays, "17 seconds," and
Cup-being-raised-in-the-Garden clips. *cries*
GAME 46: BRUINS CAN'T HOLD A LEAD, FALL TO TORONTO
1/15/14: For a few anxious moments last night, it looked
like it was going to happen again: trailing 4-3, the Bruins pull the
goalie and control the puck in the Toronto zone. Sound familiar? This time, however, the Leafs stood tall and held on to pull out a 4-3 win at the Garden, Toronto's first regulation road win since before Halloween. The
Leafs were led by Jonathan Bernier (38 saves), Tyler Bozak (two goals
and an assist), and Phil Kessel (three assists), while James van
Riemsdyk chipped in two points. The Bruins let leads of 1-0 and 2-1
slip away, allowing two power play goals for what seems like the tenth game in a row.
Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Gregory Campbell scored for the
Bruins, who are now tied in points with Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic
Division, just three points ahead of Montreal. Yeesh. The B's head to
Dallas to take on Rich Peverley and Co. tomorrow night. Also, prior to Tuesday night's game, the B's announced that Dougie Hamilton would be out for a few games with a mild concussion.
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