Now 5-9-0 in games against the current playoff set, acrimoniously booed off the Wells Fargo Center ice after a sadsack performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves at a crux. Are they a playoff team?
Is this team, that needs to be bailed out by magical timeouts on a daily basis, that can only play 20 minutes on any given night, that cannot get the big save when they need it, a playoff team?
Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-0) at Boston Bruins (14-3-3)
Tuesday night in Washington, yeah that really happened...the Bruins came out firing on all cylinders, clearly upset about losing to life long rivals Montreal. The first period of the Caps game was as exciting for a Bruins fan as it gets. After the officials rewarded Brad Marchand with a penalty shot for Alex Ovechkin's hooking on a breakaway, the Honey Badger went five-hole on Braden Holtby and put the B's up 1-0. Marchand leads the Bruins with 12 goals so far this season.
Not long after, Milan Lucic showed his worth by sticking with the puck, sending it to Zdeno Chara, who took a shot on net, and after hitti...
Boston Bruins (14-3-2) at Washington Capitals (8-11-1)
Still not sure what to make of the Bruins performance against the Canadiens this past Sunday. On the one hand, they played weak defense and that last goal on Rask was really inexcusable, on the other hand if the officials call the cross check on Seguin, the Bruins go on a power play, they don't lose Chara for 17 minutes and we're talking about a different game. I did however enjoy Claude Julien's postgame comments on the continued unpunished embellishment from Montreal, look it up if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a watch.
Boston ended it's six game win streak with that 4-3 loss Sunda...
As expected last night was a relatively tight match between two teams who had pretty similar stats going into the game. Twenty-one year old, Swede, Robin Lehner was called up from the AHL to hopefully repeat the shutout performance he had in Boston exactly one year before...but he was bested by Patrice Bergeron in overtime.
The first period saw the Bruins kill off their twenty-sixth straight penalty, their best PK record since 2009. The B's also outshot the Sens eleven to five and had twice as many face off wins in the first twenty minutes, despite heading into intermission scoreless.
No, Nassau Coliseum has become "Home defeat home" in 2013.
After New York fell 4-1 to a talented and tough Bruins team, fans are clamoring to have the Islanders finish the remainder of the season on the road.
The Isles continued to look lost and slept walked through another tough home defeat on Tuesday. The team was able to put spurts of decent hockey together but it wasn't enough. The Bruins came in with an impressive record and their daunting presence steam rolled the Islanders from the first whistle.
In front of a raucous, Bruins jersey littered crowd, the Isles continued to search for answers on home ice.
After a promising first period with chances for the Isles, they were able to knot the game on a gritty goal by Casey Cizikas. Unfortunately it all went down hill after the Islanders went into the dressing room for the first intermission.
Boston Bruins (9-2-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-6-1)
Half the Bruins missed practice Tuesday due to "flu like symptoms" so hopefully some sunshine in Florida for the next three days will brighten up not only those symptoms but some very un-Bruins like play we've been seeing.
This is the first of three meetings for the B's and the Lightning and the only one in Florida. Last season, the two teams split their four games, each winning at home. The Bruins certainly need two points, despite a reasonably strong start they have played the fewest games of any NHL team and find themselves in fifth place in the East. As welcoming as a three day r...
Boston Bruins (8-2-2) at Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets (5-7-1)
Happy Hockey Day in America! I hope everyone is enjoying a great day of hockey either at the rink, or on a pond, or watching coverage on NBC (a network who while in Boston this Friday mentioned every Boston sports team except the Bruins #epicfail). So being a great American team the Bruins are visiting their old buddy Mark Stuart in the great Canadian tundra of Winnipeg!
Its difficult to say which Boston Bruins we will get today. This is a team that we all know is capable of amazing defense and aggression, of putting big numbers up on the board, however they seem to show up sporadically and never for a full...
At the end of every season, every player in the NHL sits down with his coach to discuss his previous performance, basically the equivalent of an annual review for everyday people like us. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, Coach Julien and Brad Marchand sat down and discussed how even though the "Little Ball of Hate" had made a name for himself as one of the NHL's toughest agitators, he did have the ability and skill to be a big time scorer as well. Coach was right, despite missing a game due to a shoulder injury, Marshy currently leads the Bruins in goals with seven.
The Bruins and Rangers face off for the third and final time of this short regular season tonight as the Blue Shirts visit a post-apocalyptic, soggy Beantown. I apologize for the lack of Buffalo coverage however I was unable to return to my home until Monday afternoon due to the apparent meteor that hit the city...well that is at least how this city was reacting...but I digress.
Before I jump into my regular preview there is some Bruins news that needs to be addressed.
The Bruins have signed, thirty-eight year old, Jay Pandolfo to a one year, two-way, $600,000/$350,000 contract. The veteran forward has two Sta...
The first seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning were a scoring fest. The Bolts netted 37 goals and went 6-1. Over the last four games, three on the road, the Bolts have scored just six goals and lost all four contests.
Tampa Bay is now 6-5 and leads the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the Southeastern Division.
The best thing that happened on the Bolts first extended road trip of the season was the cancellation of their game versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. (Steven Stamkos photograph/Susan Ferlita)
On Sunday night the New York Hagelins trounced the Lightning 5-1. Carl Hagelin had t...