BOSTON, MA – After the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 it made for a short offseason for the entire club, but particularly for young forward Tyler Seguin as he prepared for his second full NHL season.
Seguin posted 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 regular season games in a strong rookie campaign, and the external expectations were set high for the second overall pick in the 2010 draft to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.
The 20-year-old forward did all but slump in the 2011-12 season, as he scored a team-high 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points, while he established himself as the youngest player to lead the team scoring in franchise history.
BOSTON, MA — Last season’s playoff run was marked by relatively few injuries to the Boston Bruins.
This postseason (and regular season, for that matter) was not as kind to the 2011 Stanley Cup champions.
"We were challenged a little bit through injuries," admitted General Manager Peter Chiarelli. "I thought losing [Nathan Horton] and [Adam] McQuaid hurt our size and strength and hurt our balance up front.”
BOSTON, MA — The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is one of three finalists for the 2011-12 James Norris Trophy. The Norris Trophy is awarded annually awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” The other finalists for the award are Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Nashville’s Shea Weber.
Chara’s strong two-way play helped the Bruins capture their third Northeast Division title in the past four seasons. The Boston captain led all defensemen and tied for third in the NHL in plus-minus (+33) — matching his League-leading rating from 2010-11 — and recorded a career-high 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) to rank fourth among all blueliners in scoring. In addition, he led the Bruins in power-play goals (eight) and average ice time per game (25:00). Chara is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fourth time in the past five seasons and for the fifth time overall; he captured the award in 2009, finished second in 2004 and was third in 2008 and 2011.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.
BOSTON, MA – With a little under eight minutes left in Game 7 and the score tied 1-1, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was without his stick as he tried to help kill a Washington Capitals power play.
Getting off the ice wasn’t an option. Instead, the Bruins veteran defenseman occupied the shooting lane and kicked away a pass from Mike Green, which was on it’s way to a cocked-and-ready Alex Ovechkin.
“I saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] winding up for a [blocked] shot and most of the times they are looking for the winger, I think it was [Alexander] Ovechkin,” Seidenberg recalled. “And we are watching a lot of video and we know their tendencies and all you do is try to keep yourself in a shooting lane and try and block that shot and that’s what happened, I got lucky.”
BOSTON, MA — I was talking to a friend the other day and we were talking about the B’s first round series with the Caps when he said, “You know what’s gonna happen, the series is going to go seven games and the B’s are going to take it.”
Up until the last second, just before Washington’s Joel Ward found a way to poke a puck past Tim Thomas at 2:57 of overtime, all of New England believed that the B’s incredible run would continue with a fourth-straight Game 7 victory - and so, from the sound of it, did the Boston Bruins.
"I mean it’s such a weird feeling," said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “I mean you play hard, it’s a tight game and suddenly a bounce goes against you and suddenly the season’s over.
BOSTON, MA – The Washington Capitals kept their Stanley Cup dreams alive Wednesday night as they defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champions to advance to the second round of the NHL Playoffs.
In a decisive Game 7, the Caps managed to punch their ticket into the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a 2-1 overtime victory. The series is the first in NHL history to feature all seven games decided by one goal, four of which were won in overtime.
“Well just to win and move on is, I don’t know. It’s awesome,” said Washington forward Brooks Laich. “Just complete elation. We’re very excited.”
BOSTON (AP) - Joel Ward slammed home a rebound at 2:57 of overtime to give Washington a 2-1 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, sending the Capitals to the second round of the playoffs and ending the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins’ hopes of a repeat.
Rookie Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Washington in Game 7 - the seventh one-goal game of the series. Matt Hendricks scored the Capitals’ other goal.
Tyler Seguin scored, and Tim Thomas made 26 saves for Boston.
BOSTON, MA — Those who read this space know that when the chips are down and you need a little bit of straight talk, you find your way to Chris Kelly's locker room stall.
As soon as he stops re-lacing his skates, the talented two-way forward generally presents some sage wisdom during his take on the festivities and today, his straightforward approach might assuage some of the butterflies even the most nervous Boston Bruins fan is trying to cage this afternoon.
Big Story: The defending Stanley Cup-champion Bruins will try to win a Game 7 for the fourth time in five series, while the Capitals will try to win one on the road after having four at home in the previous four seasons.
Capitals: Washington missed a great chance to finish off Boston in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals have spent much of this series defending and trying to hold off the Bruins, but Washington carried the play for longer stretches in Game 6. Turnovers were a problem and led to the final two Boston goals, but the Capitals’ defense also had trouble handling the speed of Tyler Seguin and David Krejci.
Nicklas Backstrom made a great pass to Jason Chimera for a goal, but also didn’t hustle back on Boston’s third goal and his turnover led to the game-winner in overtime. Three of Washington’s defensemen were victimized by Seguin, though only one led to a goal.
WILMINGTON, MA — Head Coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to give anyone anything to work with as the B’s prepared for tomorrow’s Game 7 with the Washington Capitals, but one thing was certain - Patrice Bergeron, who did not skate today, will be in the lineup tomorrow.
"He’s fine, he played last game and he’s going to play next game," said Julien.
But asked what the Bruins had done to break out of postseason scoring drought, he demurred.
WILMINGTON, MA – After playing Games 5 and 6 back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins had a day off before returning to the ice for at Ristuccia Memorial arena Tuesday.
The Bruins evened the series with an electrifying 4-3 overtime victory, but goaltender Tim Thomas said it was beneficial to return to practice and refocus.
“Us having won the Game 6 and having a little bit of momentum on your side, I think practice like today is important to be crisp, and don’t take a step backward and be ready to raise your game to the next level,” Thomas said.
BOSTON, MA – The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time for Game 7 of the Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarter-Final series has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 25, in Boston. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Network in the U.S.; NESN in the Boston market; CSN in the Washington DC market; and CBC and RDS in Canada.
The Bruins will be facing their fifth Game 7 in their last six playoff series, as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Philadelphia to end their 2010 CSF series and then became the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year with a 4-3 overtime win vs. Montreal in the 2011 CQF, a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay in the 2011 Conference Final and a 4-0 win in Vancouver in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
The Bruins are 12-10 in 22 lifetime Game 7s, while the Capitals have played nine in their history with a 2-7 record in those games.
BostonBruins.com – Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien isn’t one to put added pressure on his players in times of struggle.
He made that clear after Tyler Seguin, who led the team with 67 points in the regular season, failed to register a point in the first five games of the series against the Washington Capitals.
“It’s not about attacking your players or saying they’re not doing enough,” Julien said Monday. “[It’s more] what is it? Are you feeling the weight? Are you feeling the pressure? Are you frustrated? Is everything good?
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Bruins were saddened to hear of the passing Jerry “Topper” Toppazzini on April 21.
Toppazzini, who was 81, played 659 games over 11 productive seasons with the Bruins and amassed 148-216-364 totals for Boston. A three-time NHL all star, the forward also earned the Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy for the Bruins player judged most outstanding in home games for 1956-57 and 57-58 seasons.
In a time when NHL clubs were not required to dress two goaltenders, Toppazzini also spelled injured B’s goalie Don Simmons in 1960 to become the last position player to substitute in goal during a NHL game.
BOSTON, MA — The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is one of three finalists for the 2011-12 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The other finalists for the award are St. Louis’s David Backes and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
This is Bergeron’s first time being nominated for the Selke Trophy in his eight year NHL career. The 26-year-old led the NHL in plus/minus this season at +36 and won the most faceoffs in the NHL with 973. Bergeron’s faceoff win percentage of 59.3% was second best in the NHL, trailing only Chicago’s Jonathan Toews by .1% (59.4%). Bergeron led the Bruins with 42 assists and finished second on the team in points with 64. He led all B’s forwards in time on ice (18:34) and shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48). His 22 goals ranked fifth on the squad and he tied a career high by playing in 81 games.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. It will be the fourth straight year the NHL has held its award ceremony at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.
BOSTON, MA — Just when you thought there was nothing new to be said about B’s alternate captain Patrice Bergeron, he comes up with another performance that brings new superlatives to descriptions of the Boston center.
"He competed hard and he’s not taking face offs because he’s not 100% to take face offs," said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien after his club’s 4-3 OT win over Washington. "But he’s good enough to play through this whole game and play us a real solid game."
Julien’s statements ring especially true in the wake of the Bruins victory on Sunday, a game in which Bergeron assisted on the B’s first goal by rich Peverley, played almost 20 minutes, threw two hits, had two takeaways, blocked a shot and won the key faceoff — the only draw he took all game — with short time left in a 3-3 game in the third.
BostonBruins.com – It’s only fitting that the series between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals is decided in a do-or-die Game 7 at the TD Garden Wednesday.
For the first time in franchise history, all six games have been decided by one goal and three have gone to overtime, creating a memorable series that has become a clash of two hard-nosed defensive teams.
“It’s a very hard-fought defensive battle throughout the whole series,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after last night’s 4-3 overtime win. “Both teams have played well defensively and waiting for the other team’s breakdown.
WASHINGTON, DC - There have been certain aspects of their game that have worried the Boston Bruins, but goaltending has not been one of them.
"No, I’ve never really worried with Timmy," said B’s alternate captain Patrice Bergeron after Game 6. "He’s a competitor. He’s a battler, and everything he’s been through to get here tells a lot about him and his character.