Entering the 2010 NHL Playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres had every reason for confidence heading into their quarterfinal matchup with the Boston Bruins. After all, the Sabres had a very successful season winning the Northeast division easily by sixteen points, nineteen more than the Bruins.
The Bruins, who only secured a spot in the playoffs the last week of the season, were without two of their top four defenseman, and their best player, Marc Savard. The Bruins were also starting a rookie goaltender in Tuuka Rask. Hockey experts on NHL.com and ESPN.com all predicted an easy series victory for the Sabres, some in as little as five games.
After all, the Sabres were clearly the better team. ...
For the first time since 1999 and second time since the May Day series of 1993 the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres will meet in the playoffs when they drop the puck from the HSBC Arena.
The Bruins, in as the No. 6 seed, fought tooth and nail to hang in the playoff race from March on, eventually beating out Montreal and Philadelphia in points. Buffalo nearly went wire-to-wire in the Northeast Division, mainly thanks to a season in which its key players finally stayed healthy.
But despite the 10 point disparity between the two teams that was generally higher throughout the season, this is a matchup that truly could go either way. Boston went 4-2 against the Sabres this year (though two ...
It's official -- Peter Chiarelli has lost his mind.
The Bruins announced today that oft-injured defenseman Andrew Ference to a 3-year extension worth $2.25mil per year. In three full seasons with Boston, Ference has yet to crack the 60 games played mark, playing 59 games in 2007-2008 and 47 games last season. Should he play in every game for the remainder of this season, Ference will have played exactly 60 games.
Over those three years, Ference has a total of 2 goals and 37 assists to go along with a -14 rating. He will also undergo groin surgery in the offseason for the second consecutive year.
This extension means that Peter Chiarelli will have handed out $11.25mil in extensions t...
I have a friend who's a die-hard New Jersey Devils fan. This friend is 24 years old and was born in raised in Massachusetts and attended Emerson College in Boston. He became a Devils fan around the age of 10 (near the Devils Stanley Cup victory over the Red Wings) because he liked the name "Devils" and enjoyed watching them win on TV.
But there's another reason that he became a Devils fan. He swore off the Bruins due to various reasons that mostly all stemmed from the ownership and cheapness of Jeremy Jacobs.
"My tipping point was not re-signing Bill Guerin," my friend says. "When that happened I finally went from following (the Bruins) as my secondary team to 'fuck you, I'm done ...
Tonight marks the first meeting between the Bruins and Penguins since the Marc Savard injury on March 7. Savard is still doing poorly according to Claude Julien, and some people are starting to compare his situation to that of Patrice Bergeron after his devastating hit in 2007.
You will be hard-pressed to find a Bruins fan that does not want some sort of rather extreme measure of revenge taken on Matt Cooke and even some other members of the Penguins. Just earlier this afternoon, a friend of mine said to me, "They should gun for Crosby and Malkin all game. Leg check and take out their knees. I won't be happy unless one of them needs knee surgery."
While that would be a bit much, if th...
With last night's 5-1 win over Philadelphia, the Bruins reminded many of their fans why this season was the most anticipated since the days of Neely and Bourque. But it also left fans asking "where the heck have these guys been all year?"
Well, I think we can safely say the 09-10 Bruins are bipolar. See, no team in recent memory has flipped the switch from quitting on the ice to giving 200% than these guysn and you don't have to look back very far to see both examples.
The outcry from Bruins nation was heard throughout North America after the players failed to stick up for Tim Thomas and Marc Savard against Pittsburgh, instead opting to accept a humiliating loss. They all made excuses...
With 5:37 remaining in the third period of the Bruins' game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marc Savard was blindsided by an elbow from goon supreme Matt Cooke. Savard laid motionless on the ice in a situation that gave Bruins fans flashbacks to the Patrice Bergeron incident in 2007.
However, nobody on the ice -- including supposed tough guy Milan Lucic -- stood up for their teammate and made Matt Cooke or anyone on the Penguins pay for the hit at the time of the incident or in the final five minutes. They simply skated around their teammate as if nothing happened.
Coming off the ice after the final buzzer sounded in a 2-1 loss, nobody looked upset or distraught about the loss of the...
The Boston Bruins have acquired Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartowski from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a 2010 2nd rounder that previously belonged to Tampa Bay.
This comes on the heels of the Bruins trading Derek Morris to Phoenix.
Earlier today (Feb. 25), Boston GM Peter Chiarelli hinted that the Bruins may have a deal or two in place for when the NHL roster freeze is lifted on March 1.
Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz afternoon show, Chiarelli said that things have picked up the last couple of days and that some deals around the league need just formal announcement to be completed.
"Tuesday things started to pick up and I suspect you'll see some deals that have already been cooked," Chiarelli said. "You'll see them done like the morning of the first. We're in on a couple and I like our chances.
"I always want improve this team," he continued. "We have identified a couple areas where we feel ...
In what was billed as the most highly anticipated season for the Boston Bruins since the days of Cam Neely and Ray Bourque, the Black and Gold have failed to live up to the hype thus far as they head into the break sitting at 27-22-11, good for 65 points and 7th place.
Boston spent the majority of the first 75% of the season exchanging first place in the Northeast Division with Buffalo, settling into either 3rd or 5th in the conference. But a lackluster January in which the Bruins went 3-9-2 left Boston outside of the top 8 come Feb. 1 as both fans and players were searching for answers after a 10 game losing streak.
The Bruins won the final four games before the break -- all on the ro...