The Flyers went into Boston needing to get two points. They left with one, and they should be lucky to have gotten that much.
The Bruins managed to hold off a Flyers comeback for a 3-2 win in the shootout, and more importantly, a much needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings.
Outplayed for much of the game, Philadelphia did manage to get a couple goals past Boston goalie Tim Thomas in the second and third periods but other than that, they were out-muscled by Boston's pressure for much of the game's 60 minutes.
For starters, luck wasn't on the Flyers side early, especially for goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
By now, you've probably all heard about Brad Marchand's ill-fated attempt to hip check Habs hitting machine Alexei Yemelin, in the dying seconds of the second period in last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. You've probably also heard that the hit will go unpunished by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL.
But the hit, and the lack of punishment at the NHL level raises many questions about how Shanahan and his staff judge these sorts of things, and what the criteria really is for repeat offenders and people who clearly can't get a message.
But first, the hit itself. As the second period came to a close, Marchan...
Rich Peverley (49) bangs home a first period goal to put the Bruins on top.
We’ll never know exactly how GM Dean Lombardi pictured this game playing out, a mere 24 hours removed from a change at head coach—but I think it would be safe to say he hoped for better than this.
The Kings were shutout by Tukka Rask and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins earlier tonight in Boston by a score of 3-0. The goals were provided by the combined efforts of Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand, who netted two for his tenth and eleventh tallies on the season. Rask stopped all 41 (!) (more later on that) shots that came...
The Winnipeg Jets closed out their 3-game road trip on Saturday night with a visit to the defending Stanely Cup Champion Boston Bruins.
The Jets would generate some quality chances early on in the first, as the Bruins took a bench minor for too many men. Winnipeg managed 4 shots on the power-play but Tim Thomas made sure the Jets stayed off the scoreboard.
Momentum was still in the favor of Winnipeg as they opened the scoring midway through the first when Evander Kane stuffed home a pass from Dustin Byfuglien to take the lead, something that has become the norm for the Jets this season.
39 seconds later, Byfuglien fired a shot from the point to put the Jets up by 2 goals...
And the Montreal Canadiens are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup…again. Yes, we all have been taught not to start a sentence with “and” but this week has just seems like one big long game. If you could go back to Wednesday morning and ask anyone if the Habs would be on the verge of winning three in a row come Saturday you would get some laughs, some snickers and the occasional French swear word.
It’s Saturday and believe it or not the Habs do have a chance to win three in a row beating both the hated Bruins and Flyers. As we bask in the glow of a glorious week...
In what can only be described as another week in Habs-land, the fans in this city have gone from having to be talked off the ledge, to pure elation, to a real glass cage of emotions that can't really be explained, in the process of no less than four days.
Backtrack to Monday night. The Canadiens had just lost their fifth game in a row, and were looking at one of, if not the worst start in the history of their organization. The Florida Panthers were hitting the Bell Centre ice, and the coaching and management staff was starting to feel the pressure around their necks. The end result? A 2-1 loss, thanks t...
Despite the period known universally as "free agent frenzy," passing weeks ago, there was still some unfinished free agent business left. As training camps approached around the league several high-profile RFA's remained unsigned and dangerously close to "holding out." No one benefits from holding out. The player can damage his reputation among his peers, clubs are usually left without one (or more) of their better players, and fans are left bewildered at all parties. In a perfect world all RFA's would be signed ahead of camp. This week several of them did reach new accords while a couple still remain unsigned. Let's take a look.
Charles Wang has always had a very strict rule that he has enforced since the day he bought the New York Islanders; if any player that was considered property of the organization were to not have a new contract before the start of training camp, they would be forced to miss the entire season.
It's a rule that I have always approved of since it clearly sets the tone that this is Wang's team and he won't be jerked around by players who wish to play the waiting game for more money. He's also shown that he isn't shy about using it either.
Most Islanders fans remember the year that Sean Bergenheim spent playing hockey in Sweden since he refused to accept the con...