Bruins defeat Penguins 5-2; Penguins hold players only meeting following game

 

Post – Game Thoughts The Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 at Mellon Arena Tuesday night and are now 2-6 in their last 8 home games. Following tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Penguins players held a players only meeting. The Bruins were convincing tonight winning their ninth straight game as they continue their climb in the Standings. Boston 60 pts ‚Äì Pittsburgh 42 pts In Sidney Crosby‚Äôs post game remarks he said he isn‚Äôt ready concede that the Bruins are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Crosby said ‚ÄúThere’s not much separating each team, they’re disciplined in the way they play and capitalized on the chances they got, and that’s what good teams do,” “But it’s not a matter of them being way ahead of us.” Crosby is a competitor and you can‚Äôt blame him for trying to say the Bruins aren‚Äôt way ahead of the Penguins butRead More »

Bruins prepare for matchup against Penguins

 

The 27-5-4 Boston Bruins were in town today as they prepare for a home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins practiced at SouthPointe this afternoon and I had a chance to see about an hour of their 75 minute practice. The Bruins winners of a eight straight went through a pretty hard workout. A lot of skating and it was a very intense practice. Head coach Claude Julien has not been happy with the Bruins play the past couple¬†games but just like good teams do, they have found ways to win. The Penguins will likely see this lineup from the Bruins tomorrow night. P.J. Axelsson – Marc Savard – Phil Kessel Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Michael Ryder Milan Lucic – Stephane Yelle – Chuck Kobasew Vladimir Sobotka – Martin St. Pierre – Shawn Thornton Zdeno Chara – Aaron Ward Matt Hunwick – Dennis Wideman MarkRead More »

NHL Insider Report

 

The Boston Bruins have received a lot of calls about the availability of center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Manny Fernandez. Bergeron is off to a relatively slow start — 17 points in 29 games but he missed most of the 2007-2008 campaign and his game is still rounding into shape. Despite the play of center David Krejci (29 points in 30 games), the Bruins are not that interested in moving Bergeron. Still, expect his name to pop up during the trade deadline as the Bruins are looking to acquire a #1 or #2 defenseman. The Bruins have inquired about Jay Bouwmeester Rumors continue to swirl that Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa will look to be a packaged deal next summer. There is some truth to that but don‚Äôt expect it to happen. MarKus Naslund and Pavel Demitra tried it this past summer and had no luck. Vancouver is getting mentionedRead More »

The Latest Buzz from the BOG Meetings

 

The economy has halted any talk about expansion in the United States. That is a good thing because the NHL needs to downsize or relocate some cities. This talk of expanding into Europe would not be a good thing. The cap will remain in the $55 – $57 million range for the upcoming season but after that it could go down to the $49 – $50 million range. Las Vegas continues to be the most talked about city that could get a team via relocation. Mats Sundin was a popular subject at the meetings. Glen Sather has been telling rival GM‚Äôs that Sundin is only considering the Rangers, Canucks and a mystery team. Dave Tallon has been aggressive in his pursuit of Sundin. Still unclear if they are the third team still being considered. Tallon talked to a lot of teams about Martin Havlat. The Canadiens and Senators remain veryRead More »

NHL: Kessel off the trade block?

 

Phil Kessel was aggressively shopped this summer as the Bruins tried to acquire a puck-moving defenseman. In the past he has been at odds with head coach Claude Julien and was also nearly traded for Marian Hossa last winter. This season Kessel is silencing those critics and a move to wing has turned him into the sniper that many scouts thought he would be when he dubbed the American Crosby. Mike McMahon writes The Bruins need to worry about resigning Kessel, not trading him. Source: Eagle-Tribune

Penguins defeat Bruins 2-1 in a shootout

 

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin turned away 35 shots and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second extra round of the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win over Boston on Monday night. Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer in the early season assisted on Miroslav Satan‚Äôs first period goal. Pittsburgh led 1-0 mid way through the second period until Bruins forward Phil Kessel scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Tied at 1-1 after 65 minutes of play the game went to a shootout and Phil Kessel scored on Boston’s first shootout attempt and Petr Sykora tied it on the Penguins’ second shootout attempt. In the second extra round of the shootout it was Evgeni Malkin vs Marc Savard. Malkin scored with a quick shot inside the left post and Saboruin stopped Savard giving the Penguins a 2-1 win. Pittsburgh (4-2-1) hostRead More »

A look ahead at the games this week

 

10/20/08 @Boston Bruins (2-1-1) The Bruins have the started the season with four straight road games and host the Penguins on Monday for their home opener. Boston is coming off a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. Marc Savard is off to a solid start and leads the Bruins with 9 points in four games. RW Phil Kessel who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the summer is second on the team with four goals. Kessel scored two goals in the Bruins win Saturday night. The Bruins struggled to score goals last season but they are a much better offensive team this season with a healthy Patrice Bergeron. Forward Chuck Kobasew (22 goals last season) is currently on the shelf with a fractured right ankle. Player to Watch RW Michael Ryder (1goal ‚Äì 4 assists ‚Äì 5 points) With Kobasew out of the lineup the pressure is onRead More »

NHL: Wednesday’s Rumor Mill

 

O’Sullivan signs three year deal The LA Kings have signed forward Patrick O’Sullivan to a three year deal. O’Sullivan missed all of training camp due to his high demands but in recent days the two sides made progress in negotiations. Last season, O’Sullivan scored 22 goals and added 31 assists for 53 points. Hurricanes to pursue Brendan Shanahan? The Carolina Hurricanes have made plays for Glen Murray and Mark Parrish over the course of the summer. Thus far they have come up empty. In the market for a top 6 winger the Canes may now make a pitch for Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan who continues to wait on the Rangers has drawn interest from the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. McLaren drawing interest from¬†five teams The agent for Kyle Mclaren has had talks with the Tampa Bay Lighting, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.Read More »