Final, 6-2 Bruins: That’s all she wrote. It was a solid win against a bad team that the Bruins really needed. Following a game in Montreal on Saturday that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, this is one the Bruins are going to feel very good about.
Third period, 3:04, 6-2 Bruins: A sixth goal — sure, why not?
David Krejci raced to keep a puck in at the blue line before passing to Lucic in the corner. He sent a diagonal pass through the zone to Hamilton, who sent a hard slapper toward the stick of Horton, who was all alone in front. He tipped it past Ellis for the Bruins’ sixth goal. It’s the first time the Bruins have scored six goals all season long.
Third period, 3:43, 5-2 Bruins: The Celtics have Gino for blowouts, and it looks like the Bruins want to get the dancing bear as their “thing” for blowouts. I don’t think it has quite the same appeal, though.
Third period, 9:06, 5-2 Bruins: The Canes are still fighting, scoring twice in a minute to cut the lead to 5-2.
This one came after a Drayson Bowman wrist shot bounced off Rask’s chest, off Boychuk’s skate and back into the crease. Bowman got his stick on the puck from behind the net and tapped it in for the goal.
Third period, 9:57, 5-1 Bruins: Just seconds after the disallowed goal, the shutout ends, due to some sloppy defense. Patrick Dwyer carried the puck right through the Bruins’ zone and slid a soft backhand into the net. It was a pretty disappointing way for the shutout to end, but it happens.
Third period, 10:11, 5-0 Bruins: Eric Staal kicked a puck in. It wasn’t ruled a goal on the ice, and it was ruled no goal on a video replay. The puck actually ended up in the crease because Chara batted it high out of the air behind the net, and it went over the net and into the crease. No matter, though, as it was definitely kicked in. No goal, shutout intact.
Third period, 12:02, 5-0 Bruins: The B’s power play showed some promise, but that all was shot when Jagr had his stick chopped in half.
Rask’s save count is now up to 35 for those of you on shootout watch.
Third period, 14:14, 5-0 Bruins: The Bruins are playing at a solid pace right now, and Rask has made a few saves. Now, the B’s head back to the power play, as Riley Nash gets two for high-sticking.
Third period, 20:00, 5-0 Bruins: Third period under way. If you’re the Bruins, you just have to hope for no injuries in the next 20 minutes. Though if you’re Tuukka Rask, you wouldn’t mind another shutout…
End of second period, 5-0 Bruins: The B’s didn’t really generate much on the power play, as Johnny Boychuk ended up doing most of the puck handling, which probably isn’t the team’s first plan of action.
They did get a couple of chances in the waning seconds of the period, including a blast by Chara. Ellis made the save just as the green light over his shoulder lit up, so the teams head to the rooms in a 5-0 game.
It’s all over, but for the confetti, but these teams will have to play 20 more minutes. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Bruins keep pushing for more or start to play a little bit more defense (Rask has 30 saves through two periods).
Second period, 4:03, 5-0 Bruins: B’s to the power play. Eric Staal to the box for slashing.
Second period, 5:30, 5-0 Bruins: Even with a 5-0 lead, the Bruins aren’t taking off any shifts. Nothing better exemplifies that than what Danny Paille just did on the penalty kill. He got stuck out there for about 1:20, and his final efforts saw him reaching to disrupt a pass, then lying on the ice to block a shot and clearing the puck out of the zone from his backside. All out all the time for that Mr. Paille.
Second period, 9:31, 5-0 Bruins: It’s a full-on blowout now, and everyone’s getting in on it.
Jordan Caron, less than a minute after getting absolutely walloped in the neutral zone, scored on a rebound after a Shawn Thornton rush to give the B’s a 5-0 lead.
Caron did a great job on the rush to stay onside, as it looked like he was expecting a pass from Thornton in the neutral zone, but Thornton decided to keep the puck on his stick.
Either way, it’s 5-0 in Boston. Carolina gave it a good try, but they’re cooked right now.
Second period, 16:03, 4-0 Bruins: Now that’s a new one. Andrew Ference camps out in front of the Carolina net, something I guess becomes more acceptable for a defenseman with a 3-0 lead. Dennis Seidenberg sent a shot from the blue line on net, and the shot seemed to hit Ference before slowly finding its way to the back of the net.
After a review, the goal stood, and the Bruins lead 4-0. Seideneberg has his third assist of the night, and Ference gets a goal that looks like it bounced off his back. Hey, any way you can get it.
Second period, 20:00, 3-0 Bruins: Second period is under way in Boston.
End of first period, 3-0 Bruins: The B’s skate off the ice to a rousing applause from the home crowd, and with good reason.
Rask has 18 saves, Marchand has two goals, Jagr and Seidenberg each have two assists, and the B’s lead 3-0.
First period, 2:40, 3-0 Bruins: Even at 41 years old, Jaromir Jagr is a pretty special player.
He carried a puck calmly and steadily with speed around the Carolina net and whipped the puck in front on a wraparound. The puck deflected off a leg or a stick and ended up right on Brad Marchand’s tape. He sent a backhand past Dan Ellis for his second goal of the night and 16th of the season.
First period, 5:42, 2-0 Bruins: Things have settled down a bit for the B’s, but the Hurricanes are still leading in shots 15-5, and some of those have come on very good scoring chances. You have to respect the energy and effort out of the Canes tonight, as they’ve shown up despite essentially being out of the playoff picture.
First period, 12:02, 2-0 Bruins: The Hurricanes have 11 shots but zero goals. The Bruins have four shots but two goals.
This one came after Jagr slowed down a puck behind the net for Campbell, who tried to stuff in another wraparound on the left post. Peters made the save, but the puck sat in the crease for a couple of seconds. Marchand, ever the opportunist, saw the opportunity and chipped it in for his 15th goal of the season.
That will end Justin Peters’ night after less than eight minutes, as Dan Ellis is now in net for the Hurricanes.
First period, 13:18, 1-0 Bruins: Rask already has nine saves, as the Hurricanes are on pace for about 80 shots tonight. Think they might want to start playing a little bit of defense.
First period, 16:09, 1-0 Bruins: Thanks to an incredible effort by Tuukka Rask in the early going of this one, the Bruins are able to get an early 1-0 lead.
Rask had to make seven saves, including a point-blank shot from Jordan Staal in the slot and another one-timer at the goal mouth by Zac Dalpe, before the Bruins registered their first, but they sure made it count.
Rich Peverley jumped on a loose puck at his own blue line with speed and carried all the way into the Carolina end down the right wing. His snap shot was saved by Peters, but the rebound went behind the net. Peverley’s momentum carried him behind the net, so he picked it up and scored on the wraparound.
First period, 20:00: The puck’s been dropped. Krejci wins the draw. This one’s under day.
7:05 p.m.: Minutes from puck drop, here are your starting lines:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Jiri Tlusty-Eric Staal-Patrick Dwyer
Tim Gleason-Joe Corvo
6:56 p.m.: As you likely gathered from that last post, Chris Kelly is indeed back tonight. Claude Julien will be happy to see a guy who can win faceoffs back on the ice, for sure.
6:45 p.m.: After an absolutely delightful ride over on the Green Line from Kenmore (no, not really), I’m settled in here at the Garden, where the Bruins are in their alternate jerseys for tonight’s game.
Tuukka Rask and Justin Peters are your netminders tonight, and as for the lines, Tyler Seguin was on the wing of Chris Kelly and with Daniel Paille on the left side. Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand will be Gregory Campbell’s wingers. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line remains intact, and Caron-Peverley-Thornton make up the fourth line.
I’m not sure how long those lines will remain those lines, but I would almost guarantee Peverley gets more than fourth-line minutes. This is all seems like a grand tease to finally break out a Lucic-Krejci-Jagr line in time for the playoffs, because frankly, the lines don’t really make a whole lot of sense.
6 p.m.: The Bruins frustrated the fan base on Saturday night in a 2-1 loss at Montreal which ended with the Bruins failing to even attempt a shot on net in a 6-on-4 opportunity in the final minute of the game.
But, hey, the Canadiens are a good team, the only Montreal goals scored were ones that actually deflected off Bruins defensemen, and sometimes you lose those games. Tonight, with the 16-19-2 Carolina Hurricanes in Boston, the Bruins have an opportunity to erase the events of Saturday evening.
Of course, no win ever comes easy in the NHL, but the Bruins have a chance to assert themselves over an inferior team and reassure the fans that things are indeed OK as the team heads into the final 11 games of the year.
We do expect to have some questions answered tonight, such as:
–Will Claude Julien continue to skate Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr alongside fourth-liners Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille?
–Will the power play introduce a new strategy of sending the puck toward the net rather than working on passing drills?
We’ll know the answer to the first one, maybe, after line rushes in warmups (around 6:45 p.m.) and I’ll provide what the lines look like after that.
As for the power play, we’ll have to wait for the game, with the puck dropping shortly after 7 p.m. Keep with the live blog for all the updates all the way through the final horn.