Showing posts with label Boston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boston. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

For Those That were Wondering

I had a few people ask me this week what was going on with Zane McIntyre. Some wondered if the change at the head coaching position would make any difference. It will not make a difference.

One more to go.

Obviously, we're still waiting for Jordan Schmaltz as well.  According to Andy Strickland, it sounds like there's a chance that Schmaltz could be back this fall. We will see how that develops and plays out. For those that wondered, and I saw a few of the comments from fans, Strickland is a credible hockey source and is up on what's going on with the St. Louis Blues.

Monday, October 27, 2014

(Video) John Moore's head shot on Erik Haula

At the 07:12 mark of the second period, New York Rangers forward John Moore was given a match penalty for this dirty, dangerous, inexcusable head shot on Wild forward Erik Haula.

This hit is worthy of a suspension  and should land Moore a game or two vacation. Because this penalty is a match penalty, it will reviewed by the NHL. There is no excuse for this dirty hit.

Monday, May 12, 2014

(Video) Milan Lucic runs over Alexei Emelin

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic absolutely destroy Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin with a good, hard, legal check. Emelin didn't seem quite right after this hit.
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Boston and Montreal: A few GIFS to start game six

Not a real good start to the game between Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens as a puck gets past Tuukka Rask in the early minutes of game six.  The Bruins seemed to pick it up after Montreal tried playing physical against them. The Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had to be good to start the game.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Tale of two GIFS Patrice Bergeron's goal

Check this out. We have both sides of Dougie Hamilton shot and the redirect goal by Patrice Bergeron. It was the game tying goal for the Boston Bruins. The Bruins would lose the game in a shootout. 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Boston Bruins: Torey Krug O.T. thriller

Thank you Michigan State. Torey Krug has become kind of a rock star in Boston. The Boston Bruins (16-6-2), first in the Eastern Conference are 7-0-2 in their past nine game at home. Torey Krug also has points in three straight games (1g-2a—3pts) and has scored (7g-8a—15pts) on the season and is fourth on the Bruins in scoring.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

UND Hockey: The Weekend Ahead (11/22 -11/23)

This weekend, the University of North Dakota travels to Boston, Massachusetts to play the Boston University Terriers at Agganis Arena in a nonconference series.   Last weekend, UND split their weekend series with the UMD Bulldogs (4-2 W, 3-6 L). This is the first time that UND will visit Agganis Arena since the 2008-09 season.
Matchup: North Dakota (4-5-1, 3-5-0 NCHC) vs. Boston University (5-6-0, 2-3-0 Hockey East).
Date: November 22-23, 2013.
Time: 6:40 p.m. Friday / Saturday 6:07 p.m. Agganis Arena (6,150).
Radio: UND 96.1 (KQHT-FM)  The Fox : NBC Sports Radio AM 1510
Webcast: None
TV: NBC Sports Network (Friday) • Midco Sports Network, NESN (Saturday)
Series HistoryRecord All-time UND leads the series 12-8-1 (.595). In Grand Forks, UND leads the series 6-1-1 (.813). In Boston, the Terriers lead the series 6-4-0 (.600) On neutral ice, UND leads 2-1-0 (.667). Under Hakstol: Series is tied 2-2-0 (.500). Last 10 games, UND trails the series 4-5-1 (.450). Last year, UND split with BU (4-2 W, 2-4 L) at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Players to watch:
North DakotaForwards: Rocco Grimaldi (3g-7a—10pts), Drake Caggiula (4g-4a—8pts), Michael Parks (3g-4a—7pts), Luke Johnson (1g-4a—5pts), Defense:  Dillon Simpson (1g-5a—6pts), Nick Mattson (1g-4a—5pts), Troy Stecher (1g-3a—4pts), Jordan Schmaltz (1g-1a—2pts). Goaltenders: Clarke Saunders 2-0-0, GAA 3.62 and .906 save percentage, Zane Gothberg 2-5-1, 2.86 GAA and .907 save percentage.
UND injuries: Colten St. Clair, Mark MacMillan, Derek Rodwell, Brendan O’Donnell.
Boston University TerriersForwards: Robbie Baillargeon (3g-6a—9pts), Cason Hohmann (2g-6a—8pts), Danny O’Reagan (4g-3a—7pts), Matt Lane (3g-4a—7pts). Defense: Anti Oksanen 2g7a—9pts), Garrett Noonan (2g-6a—8pts). Goalies: Sean Magurie 1-4-0, 2.49 GAA, 929 save percentage, Matt O’Connor 4-2-0, 3.08 GAA, .913 save percentage.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

NHL Hockey: Lightning Star Stamkos injured in loss to Bruins

This is a scary video. Tampa Bay will be without their superstar forward Steven Stamkos who was injured today during the second period of today’s game against the Boston Bruins.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward broke his fibula when he crashed into the Boston Bruins goal post. Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to a Boston Hospital.  Stamkos will undergo surgery to fix the broken fibula. Stamkos was also going to be a member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic team, that’s a huge loss for the Canadians. 
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scott suspended seven games for hit on the Bruins Loui Erikson

In my opinion, this suspension, isn't long enough. I would like to see this be a 10-game suspension. Just for the record, Loui Eriksson hasn't played since October 23rd, because he's suffering from a concussion. Also, during his NHL Career, John Scott has scored a grand total of (1g-4a—5pts) in 187 NHL games. Not known for his offensive prowess, the Sabres' pylon has racked up 320 PIM.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hockey East Pre-Season Poll

Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1.Boston College (9)90
2.UMass Lowell74
3.Boston University73
4.New Hampshire (1)63
5.Maine 56
6. Northeastern44
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks class, check it out

Wow! The Chicago Blackhawks organization is a first class organization. Very touching gesture.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have taken out a full-page advertisement in The Boston Globe thanking the city and its fans.

The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins on Monday to win the Stanley Cup championship. On Friday, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and team chairman John McDonough ran an open letter to the Bruins and the city of Boston. In the letter the Blackhawks extended their ‘‘heartfelt appreciation’’ to the Bruins and the citizens of Boston.

The Blackhawks say Boston ‘‘demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.’’ The letter remarks on Boston’s ‘‘big heart and gracious spirit.’’
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Basic Recap of Game 5 by RW77

English: NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman in 2007.
English: NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I say basic because I'm in the middle of a study break in Grad School (9 grad credits in 4 weeks means VERY busy).  I'll leave videos and pictures to Goon.

Big News

The Big News off the bat is that both teams suffered key losses in this game.  In the second period, Bruins star Patrice Bergeron left the game having only played 49 seconds of the second period.  He never returned.  He went to the hospital via ambulance between the second and third period.

This is a HUGE loss for the Bruins, but a baffling loss for those of us fans who watched the game.  The commentators tried to rationalize and tell us what happened but when you see his last full shift (playing on a 4 on 4 at the time) he seems to stand up straight and cannot seem to gather any speed or ability to quickly change direction.  However, he doesn't favor any leg or even seem to wince in any sort of pain.  Initially, I thought it might be a muscle spasm in his lower back, hip, or left side.  But I have absolutely no clue.  The injury occurred while he was along the boards alone.  No one touched him.  In fact, the replay showed that there was no other player in the picture.  VERY odd.

The second injury came to former UND standout Jonathon Toews.  He got absolutely CRUSHED by Bruins defenseman Boychuk.  And yeah, folks, it was a CLEAN hit.  Toews was between the circles lining up for a shot when Boychuk comes from out of the picture from center ice and a high rate of speed and absolutely destroys Toews.  The hit occured on Toews' left shoulder.  However, I believe the injury occured when Toews hit the ice.  The hit occured so fast and so violently that Toews had no time to cushion is fall, so he took the fall on his right shoulder and his helmet bounced off the ice.  Take into consideration that Boychuk also fell on top of Toews with his knee ending up either hitting his shoulder or coming awfully close to hitting Toews' head, and it's very plausible that the injury occured on the play.  The Hawks have him listed as "Day to Day with an upper body injury." Toews did not play the entire third period but he was on the bench and skated out to do the stick salute after the game.  To me, this is good news as I doubt Toews would be allowed to do this if he had a concussion.

In News that reeks of the more things stay the same...

Officiating was again brutal.  I noticed several absolutely BRUTAL noncalls.  To start the game, Chara armdragged Bickell (I think?) to the ice by his arm, an act that took Bickell from in front of the net to almost beside the goal post, and there was no call.

Second, Boston was assessed a hooking or tripping penalty when Frolik grabbed the stick of the Boston player and fell to the ice.  It may have been a legit call on Boston but come on!

Third, absolutely loved the noncall when Lucic was high sticked by Kane.  Saying that sarcastically really.  First off, I don't like Lucic.  Second, I'm no fan of Boston.  However, you HAVE HAVE HAVE HAVE to make this call!  YOU HAVE TO!  It's a PLAYER SAFETY issue!  I'm becoming more and more concerned that the only way you will see penalties in the finals is if there is an injury involved!  Don Adam officiating is dangerous!  Just ask Chay Genoway, Robbie Bina, and that UW player... Smith?  I can't recall right now.

Finally, assist to the officials on the empty netter.  Frolik (again) BLATANTLY tripped B's defenseman Krug that set up Bolland for the empty netter.  You could come up with some hair brained excuses for the previous three penalties or non calls but this one?  I was rooting for the Hawks (sorry Goon) and good LORD!

I'll reiterate my conspiracy theory and Doc Emerick stated part of it early in the first period:  The officials aren't making any calls so there is lots of action!  This is Gary Bettman's plan.  The NHL is hurting for ratings and media attention.  Instead of looking at the PR campaign that everyone knows was pretty poor, he decides to have the officials pretty much ignore the rule book.  If everything goes, the game flows.  Maybe that's Bettman and Campbell's slogan.  Sorry, I don't buy the NHL officials being poor or incompetent.  There's REAL accountability in the NHL (even if it is a moving target for players thanks to the sad interpretations by Shanahan).  It doesn't go from "ok" to "Bad" depending upon regular season to post season.  It just doesn't happen.  This is all Bettman.  All of it.

The Game

The first period was pretty even, in my opinion, if you take out statistics.  Statistically speaking, Boston dominated the first period in shots on goal and hits.  They dominated the entire game in hits to be honest.  And they targetted Toews... A LOT.  And Chara had a VERY poor first and second period, which was unusual.

In the end, Kane ended the first period on a high note for the Hawks with a cleanup play from an Oduya shot that had puck luck written all over it.  The Oduya shot hit and broke the stick of Seidenberg (or maybe it was Ference?  Memory is hazy).  This alterred the path of the puck enough for it to get behind Rask and slightly wide and behind the net.  Kane came in and tucked it home.

Kane again struck in the second period after a nice set up by Toews and Bickell.  However, again Seidenberg may have helped Kane and the Hawks when it appeared that he got a bit tangled up in Rask's pads preventing Rask from getting all the way over to make a play on Kane's shot.

The second period was ALL Chicago.  It surprised me that Boston didn't give up any more goals during that period.  Likewise, the third period was ALL Boston.  Chara's goal was an exercise in stupidity by Chicago.  Watch the replay.  You'll notice only ONE Chicago player making any play at all to defend (Bickell IIRC).  The rest are standing and watching as Chara comes in uncontested and snipes a shot high and glove side.

By the way, can anyone else name a goaltender with a worse glove hand than Crawford to make it this deep in the playoffs as the #1 goaltender?  I mean, Crawford has given up 13 goals this post season, which is good, but of those thirteen NINE have been high glove side.  NINE!

It's my opinion that Tuokka Rask is by far the better goaltender of the two.  Unfortunately, he can't win games by himself that often.

That being said, both sides missed golden opportunities.  Sharp is still kicking himself over an open net and getting absolutely robbed by Rask (though to be fair, if he'd've elevated his shot it would have been an open net).  I think he missed just wide again in the second period as well.  Boston should have tied the game again but Jagr's shot went high over the open net.

Where I currently stand

Ok, after game 3, I told Goon that there is NO WAY the Cup doesn't change hands in Game 5 or 6.  Now, I think the series goes 7 games.  And, depending upon Bergeron and Toews, that may very well determine who wins the Cup.  If Bergeron cannot play I think that Chicago will win it all even if Toews can't play either.

But the big factor (pun not intended) is actually Chara.  When Chara was playing poorly, especially the second period, Chicago was running away with it.  Chara was much better in the third and the Hawks almost (perhaps should have) lost the game.

With Game 4 being an anomaly, my player of the playoffs has to be Tuokka Rask.  That guy has been amazing.... and he was basically a throwin player from Toronto in the Kessel trade.  It isn't as bad of a trade as the Wild trading Leddy for Cam Barker, but looking at Toronto's goaltending situation.... Leafs fans can't be too happy about it.
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Gif of the Bergeron goal.

This was an amazing goal by Patrice Bergeron, I guess you can't blame some for wanting to watch Bergeron and Jaromir Jagr go to work to score the second goal for the Boston Bruins...

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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Maple Leafs toughest test for Bruins?

Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I can't believe that someone would write this article. A loss, is a loss. Every series is different. It was like the Boston Bruins were a different team after they were done playing the Leafs as well. For what ever reason.
Kevin McGran, Sports reporter -- Leaf Nation must look at how the Boston Bruins manhandled the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins and wonder what might have been . . . if only the Maple Leafs had held on to that Game 7 lead.

The Leafs, however, aren’t wondering any such thing.

“We lost,” head coach Randy Carlyle said emphatically, putting the notion to rest.

“You can look at it and hypothesize we would have had success, but that’s far from guaranteed,” added goalie Ben Scrivens. “And I’m sure if you would have asked the Rangers (about the possibility of) playing Toronto, they probably would have thought they’d have had a pretty good shot against us.

“There’s a lot of speculation. I don’t know if I would go so far as to say we would have had as much success. Obviously we have a lot of faith within our group that we can get the job done.”

In a surprising twist given the one-sided Boston-Toronto matchup the past few seasons, the Leafs had more playoff success against the Bruins than did the playoff-experienced Rangers and talent-loaded Penguins.

And figure this out: Phil Kessel’s four post-season goals vs. Boston are more than Rick Nash (2), Brad Richards (1), Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (zeroes) combined.

What did the Leafs do that Pittsburgh should have?
Sounds like Maple Leafs are still smarting from their game seven collapse to the Boston Bruins.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Torey Krug is trending in Boston

I don't think that its' much of a stretch to say that former Michigan State Spartan Torey Krug is trending on Twitter. While he not be very big, the 5’9” 180 pound Krug has the heart of a lion and the shot of a 155 howitzer.
“It’s been a crazy year,” Krug said. “When I signed, I chose Boston for this reason. I wanted to win a Stanley Cup. I knew that they were expected to win the Stanley Cup year after year, and I knew that we were going to be in contention every year. []

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Boston Bruins moving.... Take on the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

There is a new drinking game; every time the Boston Bruins fourth line/Merlot Line is mentioned drink a beer, or take a shot or you can take a drink. You would never make it through the game sober, unless you're drinking water or pop.

That being said, the Pittsburgh Penguins probably aren't going to be as impressed with the Boston Bruins fourth line, because they're a really talented hockey team, but the fact remains you can't discount what they accomplished during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here's the stats for the Merlot line Shawn Thornton (0g-3a—3pts), Gregory Campbell (3g-2a—5pts), Daniel Paille (1g-3a—4pts).

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

(Video) Andrew Ference to have hearing for his elbow on Mikhail Grabovski

After I saw this elbow, I had a feeling that Andrew Ference was going to get some scrutiny from the Department of Player Safety for this elbow on Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovskiand, and he will. Ference has a hearing today with the Department of Player Safety. I have to think that he will be getting at least a game suspension for this hit.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Let's not forget the victims of this tragic week in Boston

Let's not forget the innocent victims of this faceless, cowardly, gutless act. They didn't get a chance to go home to their families. The victims are as follows, Krystle Campbell 29, of Medford, Mass., Martin Richard 8, of Dorchester, Mass., Lu Lingzi 23, of Shenyang, China and Boston University & finally MIT Police Officer Sean Collier 26, of Somerville, Mass.
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