Found March 31, 2013 on
We all could see it coming but with the way the Bruins started, many Bruins fans talked themselves out of a possible March slump. Through the first two weeks of March it looked like the Bruins were defying odds. They started the month 6-2-1 but have since lost five of their last seven games before Sunday night’s game in Buffalo. In that time, the Bruins hadn’t scored a first period goal in their last seven games, their worst such streak since 2001. It’s not exactly surprising that the Bruins are having trouble starting games with energy but it’s certainly concerning.
The Bruins continued to lose leads, most notably their two-goal lead against the Canadiens. The late comeback gave the Canadiens sole possession of first place in the Northeast. It was a game that was decided by truly flukey bounces and a very odd penalty on Aaron Johnson, but it was a loss nonetheless, and a loss the Bruins can’t be giving to their division rival. The swoon has had the Bruins creeping South in the standings and when they woke up on Sunday morning the Leafs and Senators were just two points behind them for fourth place.
Goal of the Week
Amidst the plummet, it looked like the Bruins were going to find salvation in the form of Jarome Iginla but the trade fell through at the midnight hour and the highly coveted winger went to the Penguins. It was a tough hit for Bruins fans who were frustrated with the teams lackluster play and although they won’t admit it, it was probably tough for the players themselves. After the game on Wednesday some Bruins players went as far to complement Iginla when questioned, clearly thinking he was on his way to Boston before the Pittsburgh news broke. It almost seems like the Bruins were waiting for a deal to be done, that they needed that extra spark. Maybe it’ll come on the April 3rd deadline, but with the asking price so high for rentals, Bruins players and fans shouldn’t think the team will obtain a game-breaker.
Save of the Week
What the Bruins truly need, aside from a heart transplant and new legs, is a solid defensive-defenseman. If the last week or so has told us anything it’s that Aaron Johnson shouldn’t be trusted to play as much as he has been forced to. The Bruins don’t need a puck-moving defenseman for a few reasons. 1.) They don’t work in Claude’s system, 2.) they come at a very high price. 3.) They have 1.5 in Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski. The problem with the Bruins lately has been team defense. In the game’s where they’ve given up leads it hasn’t been because of goaltending so much as it’s been complete defensive breakdowns. They need a guy like Mark Stuart, or Greg Zanon, a guy who barely knows what to do in the offensive zone, but that’s okay because they can defend the net.
Fight of the Week
With Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid missing time lately, it began to show just how thin the Bruins defensive corps is, especially in a shortened season, with weary legs. It’s beginning to show on Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, and when they can’t perform at the very top of their game night in and night out it shows the lack of depth and need for help. The Bruins don’t have consecutive days off for the remainder of the regular season so the legs will still be tired. Claude’s began scratching some players to give them breathers but he’s clearly not confident in his seventh defensemen enough to do it as often as they may need it.
1. David Krejci 2-6-8 +2
2. Patrice Bergeron- 2-5-7 +1
3. Brad Marchand- 2-3-5 +3.
April’s schedule isn’t a cakewalk, they do have some big matchups left against playoff teams, but they also play eight of their final 14 against current non-playoff teams. Their final week of regular season games is against FLA, PHI,TB,WSH. Those should be four teams who are ready to golfing after a 48-game sprint. It could be the difference between the Northeast Division and a four or five seed.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Bruins enter Tuesday night’s tilt with the NHL’s best penalty kill, as the B’s have successfully killed off 90.8 percent of their opponents’ power plays.
But in recent years, the Black and Gold have gone on the offensive during the PK and have been able to snipe a few shorthanded tallies. Forwards Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have combined for 15 shorties during...
And … exhale.
The Bruins got back to their winning ways Sunday night against the Sabres, but it wasn’t without its share of drama. Things remained scoreless until late, when David Krejci and Nathan Horton netted goals to give the B’s an edge.
Of course, without the great play of Anton Khudobin in the early stages of the game, those late tallies might not have been enough. Dobby...
The scoreboard at the First Niagara Center remained unchanged deep into the third period Sunday night, with both the Bruins and Sabres unable to push across a goal.
David Krejci finally changed that with just over seven minutes remaining in the Northeast Division tilt, hammering a Nathan Horton rebound past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller to give the B’s a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish...
Milan Lucic fans, and Bruins fans in general, in the Boston/New Hampshire area, free up your Wednesday night as the 2011 Cup Champ pulls in to sign your swag!
This Wednesday, April 3rd from 7 to 8:30pm, Looch will be signing your regular ($49) and premium ($69) items at Arena Sports Bar in Nashua, NH (53 High St).
Tickets for the signing can be purchased from New England Picture...
It looked like it was going to be the same story, Bruins come out sluggish and lose a game that they should have won, but the Bruins silenced the haters as they erupted for 2 goals late in the third period to shut the door on Buffalo, and put a positive note to a rather bleak March.
It looked like it was going to be a tough night. Backup Anton Khudobin helped the Bruins stay in...
Claude Julien-coached teams have traditionally been known for their ability put pucks in the net no matter which line is on the ice. That sort of balanced attack has been absent from this year’s Bruins squad, though, and the B’s will need to drum up some production from the third and fourth lines if they want to break out of their recent funk.
“When we’re successful, when...
David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored goals less than three minutes apart in the third period, and Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots in leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.
Krejci broke open a scoreless game during a scramble in front with 7:06 remaining, and after Horton was stopped twice from in close by Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. Krejci...
The Bruins hit the road for this weekend, but the ice at TD Garden still saw its share of action.
In the second day of the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 competition, the Maine Gladiators faced off against Belmont, Mass., in a battle of Boys 10 and Under semifinalists. Goals did not come easily, but Maine’s Derek Metivier slipped one past the Belmont netminder to give the Gladiators a 1-0...
The Bruins have had a pretty miserable March, losing a number of games where they should have easily won, and looking terrible most of the time. Many fans are blaming the personell such as Claude, Chara, Horton and Lucic to name a few. Some are saying Chiarelli has no balls and won't make a deal, even though he offered a decent amount for one of the biggest names on the trade...
You think the Boston Bruins are feeling festive on Easter Sunday?
They've lost 5 of their last 7 games.
The Bruins lost 3-1 to a listless Flyers team on Saturday afternoon. I watched the entire game and it looked to me like the Bruins were content to go through the motions of playing down to a weaker opponent.
In their past four games, the Bruins have trailed 2-0....
After dropping two consecutive games in a shootout, the Sabres posted a goose egg on Easter Sunday as Boston came into the First Niagara Center and left with a 2-0 victory.
David Krejci broke the scoreless game just past the midway point of the third period, which turned out to be the game-winning goal. Nathan Horton added some insurance a few minutes later, but the Bruins already...
It's nice to see that the NHL "finally" gets this, and it's about time that the NHL starts calling the embellishment, fans are tired of watching players diving and flailing all over the ice. Diving is unsportsmanlike behavior and if the refs call this stuff, eventually the players will get the message and stop doing it. Now, it's time for the NCAA on-ice officials...
8 a.m.: The Bruins are struggling to score goals right now, so the Ottawa Senators probably aren’t the team they want to see right now. That’s what will be awaiting them on Tuesday night at TD Garden, though.
The two Northeast Division rivals will meet for the fourth time this season on Tuesday night in Boston. Only four points seperate the two teams jockeying for Eastern Conference...