Rihanna stops by the TD Garden tonight on her “Diamonds” world tour. The Barbadian singer currently touring in promotion of her latest album Unapologetic which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. (more)
The Boston Bruins are looking to defend their champion status upon heading into the 2012 postseason. The team announced the schedule for the first round of the playoffs where they will go up against the Washington Capitals. (more)
Tim Thomas collected 38 saves to earn his fourth consecutive victory, leading his Boston Bruins to win 4-1 over the Washington Capitals in their home opener last night at the TD Garden. The six-year veteran has earned his way back in the lineup and off the trading block since completing hip surgery this offseason, allowing just four goals in 240 minutes of play. “I’m hoping this isn’t just a hot streak; this is me now,” said Thomas. “At times last year I felt like I was a one-legged goalie.”
Michael Ryder sparked Boston’s offensive production, netting the power play goal assisted by Patrice Bergeron in the final minute of the first period. It wasn’t too long before the B’s found themselves with the early 2-0 lead courtesy of Bergeron setting up Jordan Caron 2:22 into the second. Nathan Horton then launched a slap shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov on another power play with 7:45 left in the second. Jason Chimera provided the lone score for the Caps 9:27 into the third block when he intercepted a pass from Thomas intended for Blake Wheeler during a Capitals line change. Zdeno Chara sent in the easy score as time expired to put the game out of reach.
“It’s pretty tough to come back against this team when their goalie is playing like that with a three-nothing lead,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. “We had lots of chances to score. We just…didn’t.” Boston will next welcome in the New York Rangers Saturday, October 23rd before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs the following Thursday. Find the best available Boston Bruins tickets here at AceTicket.com!
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman just recently announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals in the 2011 Winter Classic. The fourth annual New Year’s day contest is scheduled to take place at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 65,050 capacity stadium will provide the biggest stage the Classic has ever seen. The game will also feature the most recognized individual rivalry the NHL has to offer with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.
2011 will be showcasing another NHL matchup in the elements Sunday, February 20th between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium. The first outdoor NHL game was in 2003 when the Canadiens faced off against the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are set to compete in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night! Check for more NHL updates here with us at AceTicket.com! Blackhawks vs. Flyers tickets are now available!
Mike Knuble found the net for his first ever shootout goal to pull the Washington Capitals ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, concluding Wednesday’s OT thriller at the Verizon Center in DC. In a rivalry that primarily features NHL stand-outs Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, it was Knuble who came through in the final round to steal the spotlight. The Capitals have now won all three games against the Penguins with a chance to sweep for the year when they meet again in two weeks.
Ovechkin was thrilled in regards to the way his team stepped up last night, saying “It was mentally a very important win for us. We know they have a very good team. They miss Gonchar and Malkin, but they’re still the Stanley Cup champions.” Washington has built a great deal of momentum looking ahead to their remaining regular season contests, scoring two or more goals in their last 32 games. They are next scheduled to matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes tonight while the Penguins prepare for a Saturday showdown against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Alex Ovechkin scored three goals to Sidney Crosby’s two, leading his Washington Capitals past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime last night at the Verizon Center. The contest featured a handful of fights in all three periods from both squads. The top ranked Capitals stand at 41-12-6 compared to Pittsburgh’s 35-22-2 record so far this season. “It was what people pay to see, when the superstars shine,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. “There’s tension, and there’s excitement, and there’s physical play, and there’s passion on both sides. That’s what hockey is all about.”
Crosby kicked off the festivities with his two goals in the first period. Ovechkin delivered 9:01 into the second before Jordan Staal earned a pair of back to back scores himself soon after. Washington scored again to make it 4-2 heading into the third block where Ovechkin proceeded to take over, notching the hat trick to send the game into OT. He later hit Mike Knuble with the assist on a power play to conclude the hard fought battle in DC. The Caps are scheduled to play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday as the Penguins host the New York Islanders.
The 2011 Winter Classic has been rumored to take place at Yankee Stadium and feature the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. New York fans are thrilled to be up for major consideration after the league passed them by for the 2009 and 2010 events. Last year’s contest featured the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field. Fenway Park is scheduled to ring in the new decade, showcasing the highly anticipated regular season matchup between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
Yankees COO Lonn Trost said they were very close to hosting the upcoming Classic that eventually found its way to Boston. “The NHL had issues with – it would have created too many logistical issues,” said Trost. “But we certainly were in discussions, and we certainly will continue to be. We want to do it.” Don’t miss the Winter Classic at Fenway in Boston, MA Friday, January 1st!
Alex Ovechkin returned to the line up yesterday and produced right away for his Washington Capitals with a goal in the first period as they went on to defeat the New York Rangers 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The premier LW missed six games due to injury but has still been able to find the net 15 times in just 15 games played. “It’s always nice when you get hurt and you come back and you score in the first period on your first shot,” said Ovechkin. “You feel pretty good about yourself. After that I feel pretty cool. I was not afraid to take some hits and go battle.”
Marian Gaborik scored the first goal for the Rangers before Ovechkin answered later in the period. Gaborik was able to score again 8:23 into the third period to tie it at 2-2. Matt Bradley scored the go-ahead goal for the Caps with five minutes left. Brian Pothier then fired one in the empty net unassisted to wrap things up in New York.
The Rangers have to wait until Saturday to redeem themselves at home against the Florida Panthers. Washington is scheduled to host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, November 20th.