Archive for the ‘Boston Bruins’ Category

Sharks and Bruins Showed the Challenge of Expectations

Expectations are a funny thing. Once they been raised, they can be very hard to lower. The Flyers and Blackhawks are going to the finals and while only one will end up with the Cup, you can say that to a certain extent, both teams have met or exceeded expectations. The Sharks made it to […]

Flyers’ Struggles Make Devils Look Even Worse

It’s not surprising that the Flyers are struggling against the Bruins. Without Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, Philadelphia isn’t that hard to defend. When Arron Asham is your offensive powerhouse, things are tough. Asham was playing on the Flyers third line, reunited with Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. Those guys are pretty much the […]

Buffalo’s Lack of Power in Powerplay Bounces Them Out of First Round

I don’t remember a playoff round where special teams were such a huge factor. New Jersey got bounced out of the first round on the weakness of their powerplay. And last night, so did the Sabres. Buffalo did not have a first-round powerplay goal against the Bruins. Nashville has a weak 3.3% powerplay percentage and […]

Buffalo Sabres Need to Learn to Hold Leads

[picappgallerysingle id=”8543197″] I’m shocked the Sabres haven’t been able to hold off the Bruins in the playoffs. Boston now holds a 3-1 series lead after last night’s win in double overtime. The Sabres wound up losing when they took an ill-advised too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty, which Boston took advantage of. More specifically, Miroslav Satan, the one-time long-time […]

Matt Cooke Learns Revenge is a Dish Best Served Tired

Last night’s Bruins-Penguins was a great example of the need to get rid of the instigator rule. The Bruins looked completed depleted, both physically and emotionally, battling both the flu and the need to avenge Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard. The Bruins chose to spend their energy avenging Savard and wound up losing 3-0. […]

Tocchet and Hitchcock Try to Turn Things Around

When a GM supports a coach, that’s usually the surest sign the coach is about to be fired. Down in Tampa, GM Brian Lawton is supporting coach Rick Tocchet, even as the team struggles to find consistency. One thing that’s forgotten about Tocchet is that he’s a new coach with an inexperienced coching staff. Rookie […]

Kessel’s Kryptonite

Last night Phil Kessel returned to Boston and Boston showed why they were comfortable trading such a talented player. Basically, Boston knows where Kessel’s off-switch is. They showed everyone last night as they simply played him super tight, taking away his speed and his wrist shot. He finished the game with just two shots on […]

Bruins Hold Their Middle

Fourth-liner Byron Bitz has been seeing some time on the first line with Marc Savard (and Blake Wheeler) and is expected to play up there tonight against Montreal. The Bruins just re-signed Savard. I hadn’t considered this, but part of the reason they wanted to lock Savard down is to give them long-term depth down […]

Bruins Use Morris to Make a Point

Interesting. The Bruins traded defenseman Aaron Ward back to Carolina and signed Derek Morris for one year at $3.3 million. Not everyone thinks it’s a great move for Boston. Morris has lost a few steps, but he’s still got a great shot. And I think that’s all Boston really wanted — someone who could get […]

Blackhawks Will or Won’t Win the Series

Over in Chicago, Dan McNeil is already writing the 2008-09 Blackhawks’ eulogy. I guess he doesn’t want to be seen as jumping on the bandwagon if they lose to Detroit. Len Ziehm is a bit more optimistic, writing some ways the ‘Hawks might mount a comeback. Also, speaking of Chicago, former Blackhawk goalie Glenn Hall […]