10-22-14: The Bruins are still trying to find the right mix up front and slow starts from Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand haven't helped the cause. Tuukka Rask's poor numbers are troubling for now, but should change as the year progresses. A big 5-3 victory over San Jose Tuesday night should go a long way in sustaining confidence in the Bruins dressing room.
10-15-14: The Bruins lack of overall team depth is a concern as cap-strapped Boston has lost three straight overall. There is no time to panic, though of you’re a Bruins fans. Boston needs more from pretty everybody on their team. There is no doubt that their start has been a shaky. Some people feel Boston is past its prime. I don’t think so quite yet. However, I believe their start is made worse by how well Montreal has played thus far.
10-10-14: Patrice Bergeron scored eight minutes into the game against the Detroit Red Wings, but it would be the only goal the Boston Bruins would score in a 2-1 loss. The goal was on Bergeron’s only shot of the night in 14:26 of ice time. Torey Krug led the Bruins in ice time with 22:39 played, just nine seconds more than Zdeno Chara.
10-10-14: There are few better rivalries in hockey than the Habs and Bruins, one in which plenty of animosity still simmers from the stands. Bruins tickets for this November tilt are $325.02 on average on the secondary market. The get-in price for the game is $139. The game is currently the 10th most expensive game of the regular season on the secondary market.
The Habs have one of the more talked-about Cup droughts in the league today, having not won a Championship in 22 years. How will the Habs get over the hope? Young vigor, they hope. With Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, the Habs have two of the league’s most promising young talents. To round out an offense that includes those two, star Max Pacioretty and team stalwart Tomas Plekanec, the Habs brought in PA Parenteau, who nearly tallied 70 points in 2011-2012.
After years of powerplay impotency, the Bruins actually had the league’s third best man advantage last year. Now ex-Bruins Jarome Iginla helped the Bs achievement that PP success, but in his absence, the team will lean on Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. Eriksson, the Bruins hope, is ready for his Bruins breakout. Team brass expected more from the Swede, who only scored ten goals last season and spent one quarter of it injured.
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vance to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season with a victory at Bell Centre Monday night. Three times in the past four seasons the Bruins went on the road with a chance to clinch in a Game 6 and failed. The B’s are looking to reverse that trend and close out the Habs. Bruins forwards Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Matt Fraser combined for six points in Game 5. Soderberg has one goal and four assists in the series.
5-5-14: The Bruins are lucky to be heading to Montreal with this series tied at 1-1. After dominating much of Game 1, Boston fell to the Canadiens 4-3 in double-overtime thanks to P.K. Subban’s rocket of a shot. This past Saturday, the Bruins fought back from a 3-1 deficit, outworking and overwhelming the Habs while scoring four times in the third period to earn a 5-3 victory and an even series. This series smells like it will go seven games.
4-28-14: After falling in game one versus Detroit, the Bruins won four straight games and showed why they were the NHL’s top team this season. The Red Wings managed 152 shots against goalie Tuukka Rask, but he turned aside 146 of them. Rask displayed confidence that seemed to rattle the Detroit players. Rask's 1.16 goals-against average and .961 save percentage are tops among playoff goalies with at least four starts in the 2014 playoffs. The B’s will face the Montreal Canadiens, their most bitter rival, in the second round.
4-21-14: The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season for the best record in the regular season but were locked in a tight game one against Detroit which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The B’s eventually dropped game one 1-0 on Pavel Datsyuk’s magician like goal late in the third period. Boston would respond strong in game two on the heels of two power-play goals and stingy penalty killing. Three Bruins regulars missed their second consecutive game this past Sunday. Chris Kelly is out with a back problem, left wing Daniel Paille with a head injury and defenseman Matt Bartkowski with the flu.
4-7-14: When the Bruins lost 3-2 to Detroit this past Wednesday, it was the first time they were defeated in a 60 minute hockey games since March 1. Think about that for a second. They followed that with an overtime loss to the Maple Leafs before beating the Flyers at home. Boston has clinched the top spot in the East and hold a two point lead on the Blues for the best record in the NHL. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson last lost in regulation was Dec. 28. His record since that defeat is 11-0-2.
3-31-14: Boston is simply the best team in the NHL. They’re 15-0-1 in their last 16 games played and haven’t lost a road game in over two months. They have the best goaltender in the NHL and Patrice Bergeron should win the Selke Trophy this year as the league’s top defensive forward. If the playoffs began today, the Bruins would face Columbus. There is not much that can derail the machine that is the Boston Bruins.
3-25-14: They haven't lost a game since March 1. I think that says it all right there. They beat the Devils, Wild, Coyotes and Avalanche by a combined score of 12-4 this past week. Their 103 points should win the Eastern Conference. They are in a tight battle for the Presidents' Trophy and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. They are 17-4-4 vs. the West this season and 9-0-2 in their past 11 against western opponents.
3-17-14: The Bruins are at eight-straight wins and counting. They have surpassed the Pens as the team to beat in the East and are doing it with both Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson in net. The Bruins are a downright scary team up front. With Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand, not many teams can compete with the depth the B’s have. The addition of Andrej Meszaros on the blueline has helped their powerplay.
3-10-14: Boston went undefeated this past week and has not lost since March 1st versus Washington. The Bruins are hitting postseason form at the right time and have overtaken Pittsburgh for the best team in the conference. With Pittsburgh riddled with injuries, the East is Boston’s to take. They made a minor move at the deadline trading a third round pick to Flyers for defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros will sure up the thin B’s blueline and bring some firepower to the powerplay.
3-3-14: The Bruins went 1-1-1 this past week but capped it off with an impressive 6-3 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. With the Penguins plethora of injuries, the door is open for the Bruins to make a run at the number one seed in the East. The Bruins allowed 42 shots to the Rangers this past Sunday, which was the second-highest total they allowed in a game this season. The Bruins will be active at the deadline searching for a veteran defenseman.
2-10-14: The Bruins have won three out of four games and seven of their last nine. During that eight-game stretch, the B’s have outscored their opponents 38-18. The Atlantic Division was a tight race up until the past few weeks, but the Bruins seem to have pulled away. They have a seven-point lead over the second-place Lightning and are five points behind the East-leading Penguins with a game in hand. Boston is once again a favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
2-3-14: With the exception of a tough loss to Montreal, Boston has been rolling of late. The team has five wins in its last six contests. The wins have given the Bruins a bit of breathing room in the Atlantic Division. Boston now has a four-point lead on Tampa Bay. Remarkably, 34 of Boston's 35 wins came in either regulation or overtime; the team has gone to the shootout only four times and holds a 1-3 record there.
1-27-14: The Bruins are 4-1-1 in their past six games played and appear to be hitting their stride. During the streak, they defeated the Sharks, Kings and took the Blackhawks to a shootout before losing. It's looking like it will be a two-team race for the top spot in the Atlantic between the Bruins and Lightning. Jarome Iginla had four points against the Flyers this past Saturday and he had four points in his previous 11 games combined.
1-20-14: Boston has gone just 4-5-1 in its last 10 contests. The Bruins still hold down the top position in the Atlantic, but both the Lightning and the Canadiens are sniping at their heels. Montreal is four points back and Tampa Bay is tied in points but behind in regulation/overtime wins. Reilly Smith has been the surprise star of the Bruins' return in the Tyler Seguin trade. Smith's 35 points place him second on Boston in scoring.
1-13-14: The Bruins have been in a bit of funk of late, going 3-4-0 in their past seven games played. That all could change with Loui Eriksson back from a 15-game absence due to a concussion. They hold a slim lead in the Atlantic. As long as they can stay healthy, they should push the Penguins for the top spot in the East. Tuukka Rask has 10 shutouts in his past 70 starts and leads the league in that category over the past two seasons.
1-7-14: Boston finished a soft stretch in its schedule where it played nine consecutive games against teams outside the post-season, but went a mediocre 5-3-1. That comes to an end as they take a trip through the Pacific Division this coming week. They may only hold the division by four points, but their plus-35 goal differential is better than second- and third-place Tampa Bay and Montreal combined. Reilly Smith currently sits second in club scoring with 32 points in 42 games.
12-30-13: The Bruins split a home-and-home series with the Senators this past week, which has Boston with a 4-2-0 mark in their past six games. The Bruins continue to roll and sit atop the Atlantic Division. They'll be vying for the top spot in the East throughout the season. Reilly Smith has a $900,000 cap hit this season but has delivered 14 goals and 30 points. The B’s sure are missing Tyler Seguin though who has 19 goals and 18 assists in 36 games this season.
12-23-13: The Bruins have won only two of their last four games, which is what could be considered a cold streak for Boston. The Bruins lead a reasonably competitive Atlantic Division and trail only Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference standings. Torey Krug has 18 points on the season and 10 of those points have come on the power play. He is the only Bruin with more points with the man advantage than on even-strength. Him and New Jersey’s Eric Gelinas the only one of the NHL's 30 top-scoring rookies to have that kind of scoring balance.
12-16-13: Boston was rolling along with five straight wins before their ugly 6-2 loss in Vancouver this past Saturday. It was just the Bruins third regulation loss in their past 14 games. Boston is currently second in the Eastern Conference and will likely be competing for the conference's top spot all season. Their next nine games are against teams currently outside of a playoff spot. Tuukka Rask was pulled during the third period of the loss to the Canucks, which was the first time he was yanked since last February.
12-9-13: Boston won two of three games last week, but their performance on the ice will be overshadowed by some of the nastiness that occurred in those games. Shawn Thornton will be suspended for a long time given what he did to Brooks Orpik. The health of Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly is a serious concern. Dougie Hamilton and Kevan Miller both left the game versus Toronto. The next two weeks will be crucial for the B’s if they want to remain atop the Eastern Conference.
12-2-13: The Bruins won three out of four games this past week with their only blemish coming in a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, where the B’s managed only 17 shots on net. Reilly Smith, the other player in the Tyler Seguin for Loui Eriksson trade, has been providing the Bruins with secondary scoring this season. Smith has 17 points in 27 games with six points in his last eight games. Boston continues to be the class of the Eastern Conference.
11-25-13: The Boston Bruins continue their winning ways as they currently have the Eastern Conference’s best overall record. Boston is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games played and sport an impressive 9-3-2 record at the TD Garden. The Bruins went 3-1 on the week with two wins over Carolina, and a win over the New York Rangers. Boston has a tough week ahead as the Penguins visit Boston for the first time since being swept out of the playoffs last season.
11-18-13: The Bruins won two out of three games last week, but in their two wins they didn’t look particularly good. They needed overtime to beat Columbus and got outplayed by the Senators last Saturday. Boston started off the week by beating Tampa Bay 3-0 on Veterans Day. If anyone could upset Tomas Hertl for the Calder Trophy it could Boston’s Torey Krug. He leads all NHL rookie defenders with 12 points and is tied for third overall in rookie scoring.
11-12-13: It was an interesting week for the Bruins as they welcomed Tyler Seguin, Tim Thomas, and Phil Kessel back to Boston. The Bruins lost to Dallas in a shootout last Tuesday but followed it up by beating the lowly Panthers and defeating the Maple Leafs in a rematch of last year’s epic playoff series. The B’s plus-15 goal differential is one of the best in the league. The Bruins still haven’t played their best hockey yet but when they start to get hot the Eastern Conference must be aware as Boston is still one of the league’s premier teams.
11-5-13: While the city of Boston was celebrating another championship with the Red Sox World Series win over the Cardinals, the Boston Bruins were stumbling in their toughest week of the season to date. The B’s dropped two-of-three and their lone victory came over the Ducks in a shootout. They were outplayed by both the Islanders and Penguins and didn’t look good in either game. Ryan Spooner was called up from Providence of the AHL and provided a spark to the Bruins lineup. He had two assists in two games this past week.
10-29-13: The Boston Bruins just know how to play good hockey. Head coach Claude Julien is an underrated coach who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. The Bruins don’t score many goals, as they have only scored 30 all season long, which is good for 27th in the NHL. On the flipside, the B’s don’t give up many goals giving up a total of 17 thus far. That’s good for second in the NHL. The loss of Loui Eriksson to a concussion indefinitely is a huge blow. The Bruins are now 7-3-0.
10-21-13: Remember in the offseason when the Dallas Stars threw in Reilly Smith as an extra player in the Tyler Seguin for Loui Eriksson trade? Well, Dallas may be regretting that now. Smith has five points in his first seven games as a Bruin and solidified a spot on Boston’s third line. Newcomers Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson are slowly adjusting to Claude Julien’s style of play. Their plus -10 goal differential is good for a top 10 spot overall.
10-14-13: All areas of emphasis are going well for the 3-1-0 Bruins thus far. Youngsters Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, and Torey Krug have all been valuable assets. The top line of Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla, and David Krejci has been a force after three games. Goaltender Tuuka Rask has only given up three goals in his first three games and he looks well worth the money he was given in the offseason. Over the last couple of seasons, the Bruins penalty kill has been stellar. So far, it’s the same this year. The Bruins have surrendered only one powerplay goal all year.
10-7-13: The defending Eastern Conference champions look even more dominant than last year’s team. Boston opened up the season with a 3-1 home victory against the Tampa Bay Lighting. They followed up that by beating their new division and conference rivals, the Detroit Red Wings. All in all, the Bruins are once again a power in the East.
8-22-13: The defending Eastern Conference champions begin their title quest on Thursday Oct. 3 when the Tampa Bay Lighting visits the TD Garden. The Bruins play host to the Dallas Stars on Nov. 5 in what will be the teams’ first meeting since the Bruins shipped Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson and prospects. Boston visits Calgary on Dec. 10 and the newest Boston Bruin, Jarome Iginla, will play his first game against the team he spent his whole career with until being traded last season to Pittsburgh. On Jan. 19, Boston visits Chicago in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final.
7-12-13: The Bruins have signed center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52M extension.
Earlier in the week, they signed restricted free-agent goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year contract worth $56M.
Bruins 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #60: Linus Arnesson, D
Pick #90: Peter Cehlarik, LW
Pick #120: Ryan Fitzgerald, C
Pick #150: Wiley Sherman, D
Pick #180: Anton Blidh, LW
Pick #210: Mitchell Dempsey, LW
6-13-13: After overcoming a 3-goal-Game-7 deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins made their run to the Stanley Cup Finals look simple, but the shortened season was about as dramatic for Boston as the only Game 7 they've had to play. Their savior Tim Thomas, who led the B's to a Stanley Cup in 2011, decided to take a year off, 6-Time All-Star Jarome Iginla waived his no-trade clause and went to Pittsburgh after all signs led to Boston, and the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon tested the faith of the entire city. While it is hard to believe now, Tuukka Rask, in his first season as a starting goaltender, struggled at moments, forcing head coach Claude Julien to put in untested backup Anton Khudobin while the Bruins battled with the Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead. While Montreal took the division, the Bruins ultimately stood the test of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and are in the Finals thanks to the grit they displayed all season and overcoming every obstacle they crossed along the way.