BostonBruins.com – Over the last few games, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien has moved forward Tyler Seguin around; often starting him with the line of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but then switching him with Rich Peverley on the David Krejci and Milan Lucic line.
But against the New York Islanders, Seguin played the entire game with his regulars of Bergeron and Marchand, and the line clicked to produce three goals –- all in the third period –- to lift the B’s to a 6-3 victory.
“Well, it was nice for us to really finish it off,” Seguin said. “Obviously, we were working on a lot of things tonight and I think in the end we played a pretty solid game, a pretty solid 60 minutes, and it was nice to really finish the third strong.”
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Brad Marchand snapped a third-period tie with his team-leading 27th goal, and the playoff-bound Boston Bruins ended the New York Islanders’ minuscule postseason chances with a 6-3 victory on Saturday.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins, who lead the Northeast Division, had plenty of support as a large throng of fans cheering “Let’s Go Bruins” throughout while decked out in black and gold jerseys filled the Nassau Coliseum and made up about half of the sellout crowd.
Tyler Seguin, who made the pass to set up Marchand’s goal 3:13 into the third, pushed Boston’s lead to 4-2 with 9:23 remaining and matched Marchand with his 27th goal. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci scored seconds apart later in the third to turn it into a rout.
BostonBruins.com – With a little help from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 Friday, the Boston Bruins have clinched a playoff spot.
The Bruins (45-28-4) had an opportunity to clinch on Thursday against the Washington Capitals, but a 3-2 shootout loss put the B’s playoff spot temporarily on hold.
Going in today’s game against the New York Islanders, the Black & Gold were ready to come out strong and secure their postseason spot. But even with their work done for them, the Bruins aren’t going to take Saturday’s game lightly.
Season Series: They meet one last time, and the Islanders have a chance to even the series. They caught the Bruins at their November peak twice, getting hammered 6-2 and 6-0, but got one back with a 3-2 win at TD Garden on March 2.
Big Story: Based on that November performance and all the way into January, an early clinch for the Bruins would have been a safe bet. With the Penguins 5-3 win over the Sabres, the Bruins officially clinched a berth in the playoffs.
Bruins: The luck of the Irish has been with the Bruins lately, especially since their turnaround started on St. Patrick’s Day, a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers followed by four more wins in the next six games. Even the loss on Thursday had an upside as they were trailing the Caps 2-0 with 3:10 remaining. David Krejci and Andrew Ference forced overtime but Brooks Laich had the last word in the shootout.
PLAYOFF CLINCHING SCENARIOS: Even though the Bruins do not play on Friday, the B’s will clinch a playoff spot on Friday if Buffalo loses their game to the Pittsburgh Penguins. If Buffalo wins on Friday, the Bruins can also clinch a spot with their next point.
SEIDENBERG WILL TRAVEL, MCQUAID WILL NOT: Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg – who is recovering from an infection to a cut above his left knee – will travel with the Bruins on their road trip to Long Island and Manhattan and is listed as day-to-day. While Adam McQuaid did not suffer a concussion on Thursday, he will be kept off the trip as his eye is swollen shut.
TIME CHANGES: Please note the following time changes for two upcoming Bruins games…
Sunday, April 1: at New York Rangers, will now start at 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) Saturday, April 7 vs. Buffalo Sabres: will now start at 4:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)
BOSTON, MA — The injury bug has bitten the Boston Bruins again, and Adam McQuaid, driven hard into the boards by Washington’s Jason Chimera on Thursday night, was its latest quarry.
"The cut he suffered over his eye this morning is shut, so it will probably take a couple days before that’s taken care of so he’s not going to make the trip," said Julien after the Bruins optional skate at TD Garden prior to the club’s afternoon flight to Long Island, NY. "There’s no concussion, just a bad cut so that’s the situation so hopefully when we get back his eye will be a lot better, he’ll be able to see and go day-to-day from there."
Of McQuaid’s fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was cut by a skate above the knee in last Saturday’s game versus the Kings in LA, Julien said, “He’s a day-to-day, and again he’s feeling good.
BOSTON, MA – With 10:06 left in the third period of last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals, the game was slowly starting to slip out of the Bruins’ grasp.
After a goal from Dennis Wideman nearly two minutes earlier, Marcus Johansson scored to put the Capitals up 2-0, as the Bruins struggled to get some offense going.
But the Black & Gold’s defense – which was already missing Dennis Seidenberg (infection), and then lost Adam McQuaid from a hit by Jason Chimera – hung tough and kept the Capitals offense at bay while they completed a two-goal comeback to force overtime, and then the shootout.
BOSTON, MA — Bruins defenseman Mike Mottau repeated his mantra again this week.
Even before the recent injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, the alway-smiling Mottau said, “I would take a puck in the teeth for the B’s,” when asked about his current depth role.
The blueliner may have only played three games (including one as a forward) for Boston since he was acquired from the Islanders on February 27th, but the Massachusetts born and raised Mottau already feels as if he bleeds Black & Gold.
BOSTON (AP) - Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give Washington a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night and help the Capitals keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Washington is tied with Buffalo with 86 points in pursuit of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Sabres remain ahead because they have five games remaining and the Capitals have four.
The Bruins could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. The defending Stanley Cup champions will try again when they play the New York Islanders on Saturday.
BOSTON, MA — The B’s will be without the services of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg when Boston takes on the Washington Capitals tonight in TD Garden.
"Yeah, in L.A. he suffered a cut on his leg and they stitched it up, everything was good but a little infection has gotten into it," said Head Coach Claude Julien after this morning’s pregame skate. "He’s on antibiotics and to play it safe, we’re going to keep him out but it’s day-to-day, it’s not long term. So just taking care of that."
During the B’s 4-2 victory on Saturday, Seidenberg was cut by a skate blade.
BOSTON, MA -– When the Boston Bruins take the ice tonight against the Washington Capitals, there’s no doubt that special, playoff-type atmosphere will be present inside the TD Garden.
A lot is at stake for both teams, as the Bruins (45-28-3, 93 points) can clinch a playoff spot with a win (regulation or overtime), while the Capitals (38-31-8, 84 points) are looking to break into the eighth-place playoff spot.
The Buffalo Sabres (38-29-10) beat the Capitals 5-1 on Tuesday to overtake the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, leaving Washington two points out of the playoff race going into tonight.
Season Series: The Capitals have won two of the first three meetings this season, including a 4-3 victory at TD Garden on March 10.
Big Story: Washington is now in must-win mode after a brutal home loss to Buffalo, while Boston could move closer to securing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory.
Capitals : Washington had a chance to grab control in the battle for eighth place in the East, but the Buffalo Sabres came to Verizon Center and routed the Capitals 5-1 on Tuesday night. Instead, the Caps in a position they haven’t faced while winning their division in each of the past three seasons — Washington must win and get help just to make the playoffs.
BOSTON, MA -– For Shawn Thornton, and Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the ‘Toucher and Rich Show’, it’s hard to believe that five years ago, Cuts for a Cause was first held in a radio station conference room, with roughly 40 fans in attendance .
On Wednesday the event reeled in over $58,000, and over the last five years the event has raised nearly $200,000.
“It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, which is impressive because every year I think it’s pretty big,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, who became the caretaker of the event after former Bruin Aaron Ward initiated it. “It’s amazing how many of my teammates got involved, it’s completely voluntary and it’s all on them and they step up and do a great job with it. It’s been relatively easy, everyone does a great job setting up.”
BOSTON, MA -– Finally, a little bit of distance between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators.
After winning four of the last five games, including last night’s 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins (45-28-3, 93 points) have five-point lead over the Sens in the Northeast division.
“It’s really big,” Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand said after last night’s win. “We weren’t playing our best the past little while, and we seemed to have turned it around at the right time. You want to play your best hockey going into the playoffs, you just can’t flip a switch and turn it on and start to play well. We’re doing a good job at responding right now.”
BOSTON, MA — After Zdeno Chara’s dominant performance during his Bruins 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Head Coach Claude Julien was asked how he would gameplan against his all-star defenseman.
Julien smiled and rhetorically asked,”You don’t expect me to sit up here and tell you how to beat Chara, do you? It’s not going to happen.”
And on his way out of the press conference, the B’s bench boss yelled back over his shoulder, “You can’t beat him!”
BOSTON, MA -– Before the puck drop for Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a special ceremony was held to commemorate Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara on playing his 1,000th career game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.
With the lights dimmed, a video that featured highlights of Chara’s career, as well as comments from Bruins legend John “Chief” Bucyk, Head Coach Claude Julien, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron played on GardenHDX - the arena’s central center ice scoreboard.
NESN color-commentator Andy Brickley facilitated the ceremony, while Chara – accompanied by his wife Tatiana and daughter Elliz Victoria – received flowers from alternate captains Bergeron, Ference and Chris Kelly.
BOSTON, MA -– The Tampa Bay Lightning came into the TD Garden on Tuesday night after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 just 24 hours prior. However, NHL leading scorer Steven Stamkos was unable to lift the Lightning past the Bruins as Tampa Bay lost 5-2.
Stamkos notched two goals in the losing effort, raised his season tally to a Lighting franchise record 55 goals. After the game, Stamkos noted the game served as a lesson for an injury plagued Lightning squad.
“We did make some mental mistakes, myself included and we can all do better defensively,” admitted the young forward. “But we learn from those and we have to finish hard down the stretch.”