Chara, Seguin Join Thomas And Boston Bruins Coaching Staff At NHL All-Star Game

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin will accompany Tim Thomas, as well as the coaching staff at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, ON.

Here’s the press release courtesy of the Bruins public relations staff:

BOSTON, MA – Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Tyler Seguin will join goaltender Tim Thomas and the Bruins coaching staff at the upcoming 2012 NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, ON, the NHL announced today.

Chara leads all Bruins defensemen in almost every offensive category, including goals (7), assists (18), points (25), time on ice (24:29),
plus/minus (+27), power play goals (5) and shots (110). His currently ranks seventh amongst all NHL defensemen in points, leads all defensemen
in plus/minus and is tied for the league lead in power play goals.

A four-time Hardest Shot king, Chara has won the last four Hardest Shot competitions at the NHL All-Star Skills Competitions. Last year, he
broke his own Hardest Shot record with a 105.9 MPH blast in Raleigh, NC. Chara recorded triple-digit shots of 100.4 MPH in 2007, 103.1 MPH in
2008, and 105.4 MPH in 2009 to win those respective competitions.

Seguin participated in last year’s All-Star festivities as a rookie. He is Boston’s leading scorer this season with 17 goals and 21 assists for
38 points. He also leads the NHL in plus/minus with a +33 rating.

Last week, fan voting determined the first six players for the January 29 game to be held at Scotiabank Place. Thomas earned the highest vote
total among all goaltenders. He has been the winning goaltender during the last three All-Star games, which ties a NHL record.

By virtue of winning the Stanley Cup last season, the Bruins coaching staff of Claude Julien and assistants Doug Houda, Geoff Ward and Doug Jarvis will behind the bench.

Tyler Seguin Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Seguin was named NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday!

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Monday, the Boston Bruins and NHL announced that forward Tyler Seguin was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week. During the last three Bruins games, Seguin registered four goals and two assists, as well as finished plus -4.

Here’s the press release courtesy the Boston Bruins:

BOSTON, MA – The NHL announced today that Tyler Seguin has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, for the week ending November 13.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard was named the Second Star while Jonathan Towes of Chicago was named the Third Star.

In three games during the week, the 19-year-old Seguin had four goals and two assists and finished plus-4. He currently has goals in four
straight games and points in six straight. Seguin leads the Bruins in goals (11, tied for 2nd in NHL), points (20, 4th overall in NHL) and
leads the entire NHL in plus/minus (+14). He has matched his total goal output from all of last season in just 15 games.

Boston Stretches Winning Streak to Four Games, Beats Edmonton, 6-3

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Boston added yet another win to their “November to remember,” as well as stretched their most recent winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory at the TD Garden.

“[This win] is more like us,” said Bruins left winger Milan Lucic. “That feeling around here is starting to be like we’re used to… it’s been a lot of hard work, and [we’re] starting to have a lot of fun, and we want to keep having fun.”

Boston kicked-started their offense seven minutes into the first period with a Johnny Boychuk goal, as well as Jordan Caron’s first score of the season, which gave the hometown team a two-point advantage before Edmonton erased it three minutes later with two quick strikes in a span of 29-seconds, which came off the sticks of Ryan Smyth and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

“[It was] a tough start,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who finished the game with 27 saves. “I was bouncing the puck between rebounds, and then you get guys like Smyth in front of a net, who’s really good with that stick and tipping those pucks.”

The Bruins eventually overcame their lackluster play during the final few minutes of the opening period, as Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin rifled two shots past Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk, (22-saves) in the second period before Smyth registered Edmonton’s final goal of the game late in the third period.

However, Edmonton’s potential rally was denied literally two minutes later, as Boston recorded two back-to-back strikes in a span of 44-seconds to secure their seventh victory of the season, and their fifth at the Garden.

“I thought we were doing pretty good things out there, and that results in those scoring chances,” said Rask.

“They’re a team that goes to the net really hard. They play pretty sound defensively and they really try to lock up that neutral zone and try to force that other team to make mistakes and unfortunately for us tonight, we kind of played right into their game plan,” said Oilers left winger Taylor Hall.

The Bruins will look to extend their four-game winning streak to five games on Saturday when they host the Buffalo Sabres for a 7:00pm clash.

Bruins Push Winning Streak to Three Games, Beat-Up Islanders, 6-2

Seguin continued to impress, as he helped the Bruins knock-off the Islanders, 6-2.

By Brian Willwerth 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins are on their best roll of the season right now.  They won their third straight game Monday night, a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders at TD Garden.

The home team got on the board just 1:32 in the game. Benoit Pouliot took a centering pass from Jordan Caron and beat Evgeni Nabokov to make it 1-0. For Pouliot, it was his first goal as a Bruin, and first goal overall in 32 games, dating back to February of 2011 when he played for the Canadiens.

“He’s a guy that’s working hard,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “His work ethic…is there, we’ve just got to keep working with him and see how far we can go.”

Three seconds later, the sellout crowd at TD Garden was on its feet again when Adam McQuaid and Matt Martin decided to drop their gloves at the Boston blue line and go after each other. They would each spend the next five minutes in the penalty box.

The Islanders evened the score at the 5:52 mark. Matt Moulson deflected Steve Staios’ shot from the point past Tuukka Rask to tie the game at 1.

The Bruins jumped back on top, on the power play. With Travis Hamonic in the box for cross-checking, Nathan Horton beat Nabokov with a wrist shot to make it 2-1. Just 29 seconds later, Patrice Bergeron set up Tyler Seguin to make it 3-1.

Seguin has four goals in the last two games, and extended his point streak to four games. Bergeron now has a seven-game point streak.

That goal sent Nabokov to the showers.  Al Montoya took over in net.

“We are getting a lot of chances,” said Horton.  “When you get that many chances they’re eventually going to go in.”

The Isles closed to within a goal late in the period, courtesy of Michael Grabner’s fourth goal of the season at the 18:36 mark.

The second period featured no scoring, but plenty of opportunities. Boston had the better chances, but Montoya was up to the challenge. He and Rask combined to stop all 28 shots they faced in the period, several of them of the point-blank variety.

There was a scary moment early in the third, as Boston’s Daniel Paille got hit in the face with a slapshot. He was down on the ice for a couple of minutes. Julien said Paille was seeing a specialist after the game, and hoped to know more on Tuesday.

A few minutes later, the Bruins scored two goals less than a minute apart for the second time on the night. Horton broke in and fed Milan Lucic, who beat Montoya for his seventh goal of the season to make it 4-2. Lucic now has a goal in four straight games.

Just 49 seconds later, Horton scored his second of the night, putting home a rebound of a Joe Corvo shot to make it 5-2.

“We really put a lot of emphasis on following up a strong shift after a goal scored or after a goal against,” said Julien. “It’s about holding on to the momentum or regaining it.”

The Bruins have never lost when leading after two periods. The Islanders have never won when trailing after 40 minutes of play.

The Bruins return to action on Thursday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers. Faceoff is at 7:00.

“We definitely put ourselves in a hole,” said Lucic of overcoming the team’s slow start. “We’re the ones that are going to have to get us out of this funk.”

Daily Noontime – October 20, 2011

The Cardinals edged the Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series!

Happy Thursday y’all and welcome into another tremendous and stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The St. Louis Cardinals took care of business on Tuesday, as they won Game 1 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers, 3-2.

* According to multiple reports, Carson Palmer will starts against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, yet some believe the Oakland Raiders shouldn’t start him.

* It’s been an exciting past few days for both the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers, as the two former AFL teams have been taking shots at one another.

* ESPNNewYork.com has reported that Washington Wizards guard John Wall is quite unhappy with NBA commissioner David Stern.

* It’s been a bumpy first few days for the Boston Bruins, yet some analysts still believe that Tyler Seguin is due for a “breakout year.”

* According to various sources, Dallas Mavericks center Dirk Nowitzki will indeed toss the “first pitch” prior to Game 3 of the World Series.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Washington at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Montreal at Pittsburg (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Texas at St. Louis (World Series – Game 2) – 8:05pm eastern 

* UCLA at Arizona (NCAA Football) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How would you like it if your two favorite college basketball players delivered season tickets to your house? 

Flyers Spoil Bruins Home Opener, 2-1

The New-Look Flyers Defeated Boston on Thursday, 2-1!

By Matt Noonan  

BOSTON, MA – This wasn’t exactly how the Boston Bruins planed to kick-off their 2011-12 season.

After a riveting and exciting pregame ceremony that honored the team’s efforts from last year, the Black and Gold registered just one goal in three periods, which wasn’t enough to stop the re-tooled Philadelphia Flyers, who skated past Boston’s ragtag skaters with a 2-1 victory.

“I still thought we came out fine in the first 10-minutes and then somehow we kind of lost our gem and really got out of sync for at least the last half of that period – even the second period [too],” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

“I’m very happy I could help the team to win,” said Flyers right-winger Jakub Voracek, who netted Philadelphia’s second goal during the closing seconds of the first period.

“It’s a long season and [we] just got to keep going and [get] better every game.”

Boston and Philadelphia struggled to gain any momentum during the opening period, but somehow, the Bruins struck first, as Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo connected with a streaking Brad Marchand, which gave the home team a 1-0 advantage for roughly 10-minutes.

However, the Flyers offense eventually mustered two goals in a span of 50-seconds, as Claude Giroux and Horace beat Tim Thomas to take the lead for good.

“We started out really strong and then things just weren’t clicking as well as they were [in the first 10-minutes],” said Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. “We have to approach this has a lesson that every game is going to be hard, [and] yeah, we won the Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just going to happen [again].

“I actually thought we started really well,” said Bruins Shawn Thornton. “The first 15-minutes, we were controlling the pace of play and they got an opportunity. They capitalized, they got another one, they capatailized and then we were down like a pill for the rest of the game.”

While it wasn’t exactly the most enticing contest, the Flyers managed to outshoot the Bruins, 29-23, as well as improve their opening day road record to [19-14-7], while Boston fell to [1-7-1] in their last nine openers, which isn’t

“As much as we weren’t quite in sync, we made some plays. We had some opportunities, [but] we didn’t bury them [and] a couple of times we had some good plays, good decision making, but the one-timers kind of rolled off the stick,” said Julien.

“Overall, I think that our guys had the right attitude going into the game, but I don’t think the rest followed, so it was just one of those nights where you just really got [to] understand the situation and try to get yourself better and hopefully focused in a proper way for next game and we’ll be a better team.”

Both teams will return to the ice on Saturday, as Boston will host Tampa Bay, while Philadelphia will travel to New Jersey.

Libon: Who truly deserves this Cup?

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara celebrates the Stanley Cup on Thursday with fans at the TD Garden!

By Dan Libon 

Vindication. That is what this Stanley Cup is all about for the Boston Bruins.

It’s vindication for players, coaches, and management who were often told, “you can’t win the big win,” but guess what, they did.

Although, now that the Bruins have officially earned yet another Lord Stanley’s Cup for their trophy case, it’s time to really think about the people who truly deserve the honor of being remembered from this past season.

Heck, I don’t know if everyone should be accounted for the team’s success this season, but hey, that’s what I think.

Jeremy Jacobs: Considered one of the worst owners in all of sports, Jacobs never wanted to spend money on “big players.” So with that being said, he always said, “give me a salary cap and I’ll give you something decent.” No one should really give him credit for the team’s championship because he does not appear to be a “hands on” owner. Credit should be given to the next guy, but certainly, not him. Overall - Jeremy deserves this honor, but shouldn’t receive a boat-load of credit for it.

Peter Chiarelli: He was brought here to be a master of the salary cap, as well as help re-build the Black and Gold. He acquired Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in the ‘06 draft (50th and 71st respectively), as well as traded Dennis Wideman in for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell, which turned out to be one of the biggest steals in Bruins history. So, maybe, just maybe, Peter deserves some credit, right? Overall - This might be a toss-up, but I’d say, yes, Peter deserves this special honor.

Tim Thomas: In ‘05, Thomas pretty much was told, he wouldn’t be a full-time goaltender and that his best option was to pursue his dream of playing hockey overseas. Although, the Bruins activated Thomas’ option the day before the Finnish Elite League season began, which kept him in New England. He struggled in Providence, as well as in Boston, but eventually helped the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 39-years against the Vancouver Canucks this past Wednesday. Overall - Of course, the goaltender deserves it.

Claude Julien: No one in the Boston Bruins organization took more heat this season than the head coach. Julien should eventually receive the Bill Belichick treatment. The hardcore hockey writers will still criticize him for just about anything, but in the end, Julien has been a positive impact for this particular team. They’ve gone from being chokers to champions. Overall - Yes, the head coach deserves it.

The Team: With the Bruins’ being somewhat of a young squad, I’d expect the crew to remain intact for the next few years. Also, players like Tyler Seguin and Steven Kampfer will need to step up next season, but all in all, Boston could be seeing the beginning of a “dynasty,” as long as everyone remains healthy. Overall - They deserve it.

Bruins Fans Should Not Panic

It should be an exciting Game 3 on Monday, but should Bruins fans be worried?

By Matt Noonan 

Here we go again, another Boston team hopelessly, desperately trying to comeback from a 0-2 hole, but really, can they do it? Does Boston have enough energy left in their tank to cheer the Bruins onto victory?

We all know the last time the Bruins were crowned champions of the National Hockey League was in 1972. America was not at war with Afghanistan or Iraq and Barack Obama wasn’t the president of the United States, but instead, Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon was calling the shots from the White House.

Yet, rather than go back in time and recollect about America in the 1970’s, let’s at least consider the obvious or what we already know about this particular Boston Bruins team.

First, they’re resilient or at least, we think they are, right?

They’ve overcome various deficits over the past year, such as when they lost two back-to-back games against Montreal in April. The Bruins responded by winning two games in Montreal’s barn and then finished off the Habs in game seven at the TD Garden.

They also overcame a rocky start against the Tampa Bay Lighting and eventually won the Eastern Conference crown in seven games too.

Second, they have a decent goaltender by the name of Tim Thomas. He’s the leader of the Black and Gold and certainly has been the reason why Boston has experienced a great deal of success in the postseason. He’s made some highlight reel saves, as well as amazed even the most casual fan and again, he’s why the Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bruins also have quality goal scorers and defenseman. Players like Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic have been very important puzzle pieces for this offense, while Mark Recchi, Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara have anchored a defense, especially on the power play. Also, Tyler Seguin has left our jaws on the floor with his “can’t-miss” moves.

Do I need to continue with more names?

All in all, this is a quality Bruins team. They may not be an exact replicate of Vancouver, but again, they’re a team that certainly can overcome anything.

Boston sports fans never give up on their teams; so expect the Black and Gold faithful to be ready to cheer on their hometown Bruins. Everyone in the Hub wants the Cup, so a little electricity at the Garden might help Boston climb back in the series.

Bruins-Lightning Game 7 Observations and Thoughts

Tim Thomas and Boston can celebrate the Eastern Conference Finals victory!

By Dan Rubin

The city of Boston awoke on Saturday to 85-degrees, sunny skies, and the second day of a mini-heat wave unfelt in months. Pollen cascaded from trees, allergies kicked up, and little kids took to their fields to play baseball, softball, and pickup games of basketball.

Sweat began cascading off foreheads as air conditioners settled into windowsills, months after they went into storage in collective attics and basements.

But yet Boston is still frozen. It’s a giant sheet of ice that hasn’t been cleaned since 1990 and some of that sweat isn’t caused by moving furniture and doing yard work; it’s gathering under pads, gloves, and skates and yes, it’s almost June, but this is still hockey season.

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals drops the puck on its first faceoff on Wednesday, and for the first time in 21-years, the Boston Bruins are prominently involved. The New England region is gripped with hockey fever, and spoked-B is appearing on t-shirts and hats of casual fans. Season tickets for 2011-2012 are sold out, and people are ready, after 39 years, to fill Lord Stanley with “chowdah” and Sam Adams.

Some thoughts to close out the Prince of Wales Conference championship and begin gearing you up for the trip to logging country and British Columbia.

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Daily Noontime – May 18, 2011

Mr. Tyler Seguin has been impressive against the Lightning, as he has recorded three goals and assists in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s officially Wednesday, “hump day,” so hang in there everyone because another weekend is right around the corner! Yet, in the meantime, here is today’s headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Tuesday was an amazing day for Boston Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin, who recorded two goals and assists against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

* The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder played Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday and yes, Dirk Nowitzki dropped 48-points.

* Some good news occurred for the New York Yankees, as they finally ended their six-game losing streak and beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

* While the NFL remains locked out, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking believes things will get sorted out and no games will be missed.

* The Boston Red Sox didn’t play Tuesday due to rain, but they did do something, which was sent Dice-K to the DL.

* Good news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans, they’ll be picking first in the 2011 NBA Draft in June. Heck, I bet this makes up for LeBron James leaving, right?

Games to Watch: 

* Colorado at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Texas at Kansas City (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern

* Miami at Chicago (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* San Jose at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Nothing like the “hidden ball” trick, especially in a NCAA playoff game against University of North Carolina.