The Bruins, playing their second game on consecutive nights, lose to the Islanders, 2-1. The loss marks the first time since Jagr has joined the team that he has recorded a point and the team has been defeated. (more)
The Boston Celtics play host to the Washington Wizards this Sunday. With just six games remaining in their season, the C’s are making a push for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference and a win against John Wall and the rest of the Wiz can only help. Tip off is at 6pm at the TD Garden. (more)
The Boston Bruins netted three goals to solidify the 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at the RBC Center, holding their position at the eight spot in the Eastern Conference. “We needed a huge win tonight, I think we all knew that,” said Mark Recchi. “We stayed with it; we played the right way. We were a desperate hockey club tonight. We do that for 13 more games, we’ll control our own destiny and get in the playoffs.”
Patrice Bergeron started the festivities for the B’s with a score 23 seconds into the contest. Johnny Boychuck followed up in the second block before Erik Cole supplied Carolina’s first answer just minutes later. Cole came through again for the Hurricanes but Recci, Michael Ryder and David Krejci took over to give Boston their 31st win of the season. The Bruins are now set to prepare for tomorrow’s contest against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
Brandon Dubinsky notched the go-ahead goal 1:21 into the third period for the New York Rangers to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 last night in Raleigh, NC. Following a scoreless first block, Sergei Samsonov started the scoring right away in the second. Marian Gaborik followed up soon after to tie it up, before Dubinsky came through for the one-goal advantage. Marc Staal sealed the deal on empty net in the final seconds to really solidify the victory.
“We’re just trying to gain some confidence, and be as consistent as you can be, and you find a way to win some hockey games, you start feeling better about yourself,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “We just need to stay within ourselves and try to play a simple game. When we’re on the road, we think that…It’s just a matter of simplifying everything and just competing on pucks.”
Henrik Lundqvist played outstanding in goal with 32 saves. The Rangers have now won three straight looking ahead to their next game tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers. “We’re starting to turn things around and pick up our game,” said Dubinsky. “Lundqvist is playing awesome, and we’re playing pretty good team D. If we can find a way to bury a few more chances, you know, we can take some pressure off ourselves in the third periods.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings may be on a Stanley Cup finals collision course again. Both teams won the first games of their respective Conference Championship series’, and seem to have the edge in making it to the finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Carolina Hurricanes’ late charge on Monday to secure win number one. Pens defenseman Phillippe Boucher notched an assist, and his first playoff goal since 2004. Boucher sat for much of the regular season with a foot injury, and only dressed for four of Pittsburgh’s playoff games so far. Boucher made his presence felt in Monday’s game though.
“He’s been ready, he stayed ready and worked hard,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma told the AP’s Alan Robinson. “He didn’t get a lot of minutes, but when he did he cashed in.”
The Red Wings had an easier time than the Penguins, beating the Blackhawks 5-2 on Sunday night. Former Blackhawk Daniel Cleary victimized the team that drafted him, notching a goal at 8:23 to tie the game in the first period, as well as a late goal that put the nail in Chicago’s coffin. “I wasn”t in Chicago very long, so no hard feelings,” Cleary said in a post-game press conference. Detroit’s defense was solid, and netminder Chris Osgood stopped 30 of 32 shots that made it to him. The Red Wings have won 4 of their last 5 games, and seem to have the momentum to carry them to the finals.
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Both the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics had their seasons end with game 7′s at home this week. The Bruins lost an overtime thriller to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. Scott Walker hit the game winner to earn the former New England franchise (the Hurricanes were previously the Hartford Whalers) a date with Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference championships. The Orlando Magic sent the Celtics packing on Sunday, led by a dominating performance by center Dwight Howard. Paul Pierce was 4-13 from the floor, and only managed to knock down one three in a 101-82 loss. The absence of Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe left the Celtics in a difficult position throughout the playoffs.
Though the action at the Garden is done, baseball weather is in full effect at Fenway park! In addition, the Patriots will be starting mini-camps and practices in the coming months.
On Sunday night the Boston Bruins played with the intensity they lacked in the last 3 games. B’s captain Zdeno Chara led the way with two assists and dominant defensive play. Boston held Carolina to just 19 shots on goal, and swamped Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward with 40 shots. Carolina’s defense, who stopped 40 shots in the past two games, could only prevent 5 on Sunday. Boston’s superior physical play left the majority of the ice time on the Hurricanes end. “It was the only option we had, being down 3-1 and at home in front of our fans,” Chara said in a port-game press conference. “But we are in the same situation and are fighting for another day.”
The series moves to Carolina on Tuesday night. Though they have some momentum, the B’s will be facing elimination surrounded by a very loud and involved crowd at the RBC Center.
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With the Capitals beating the Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes became the round 2 opponent for the Boston Bruins. The Hurricanes epic last-minute comeback in Tuesday night’s game stunned the odds-on favorite New Jersey Devils. Carolina finished the season with a 45-30-7 record, were led in points by LW Ray Whitney (77), and in goals by C Eric Staal (40). The Bruins swept the Canes in the season series, notching four wins. By Friday’s game time, the Bruins will have had a week off since their last contest.
2009 Bruins vs Hurricanes Playoff Schedule
May 1, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 3, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 6, 7:30 pm at Carolina
May 8, 7:30 pm at Carolina
May 10, 7:30 pm in Boston
May 12,7:30 pm at Carolina
May 14, time TBA in Boston
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After a four game skid that included two regulation and two overtime losses, the Boston Bruins showed up big against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Carolina would start off the scoring with the a Matt Cullen goal in the 11th minute of the first period. After that, it was all Bruins. Blake Wheeler put Boston on the board with a power play goal with less than three minutes left in the first. Sean Hnidy hit the back of the net on a David Krejci assist five minutes into the second. In the third period, the B’s opened it up. In just one minute of game time, Krejci scored on a power play, and Chuck Kobasew (fed by Zdeno Chara and PJ Axelsson) hit a shorthanded shot to give the black and gold a 4-1 lead. Patrice Bergeron put the nail in the coffin by scoring on an empty canes net with less than a minute left.
Even after the losing skid, the Bruins still have the best record and most points in the NHL. Their 88 points are three ahead of the Western Conference best San Jose Sharks , and 11 ahead of the Washington Capitals; the closest team in the East. The Bruins will travel to Florida to face the Panthers on Saturday, February 21st.
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Recap – It’s rare to find a team as well balanced as the Carolina Hurricanes, but in the first half of the NHL season they played together and it showed. Although their record does not immediately jump out at you, the numbers do not lie that the offensive stats were equally spread out. Seven skaters on the Hurricanes had 30 or more points through the first 52 games of the team’s season and that helped catapult the team into the top spot of the division.
2nd Half – The Hurricanes will make the playoffs but the reason why they will not advance is their flakey defense. They have allowed a league high of 170 goals and do not seem to have the answer to stop the heavy fire they’ve been under. Goaltender Cam Ward has flashed signs of brilliance in the 3rd NHL season, including a 35 save shutout victory on Nov. 5th vs. Washington. The Canes need more of those types of efforts to be seen as any type of playoff threat.
Team Name: Carolina Hurricanes (24-24-4)
Southeast Division Standing: 1st place
Conference Standing: T-7th place
Final Predictions: 1st in Southeast Division, 7th in Eastern Conference
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