Good Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another spectacular rendition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s what’s brewing in Boston and New England, enjoy.
* The Boston Bruins kicked-off their six-game road trip with a 4-3 shootout win against Montreal on Wednesday, which helped the Black and Gold earn their third win in February. Tyler Seguinwas the hero in this particular matchup, as he directed the puck past Carey Price, (31 saves) to help the Bruins earn their final season series victory against the Canadiens. Boston will return to the ice on Friday when they travel to Winnipeg for an 8:00pm face-off.
* Detroit handed the Boston Celtics their 13th loss of the season, as the Pistons defeated the Green and White at the TD Garden on Wednesday, 98-88. Rajon Rondopaced the Celtics with 35 points, while Paul Pierceand Ray Allen turned in 10 points a piece. Kevin Garnettdid not play due to a hip injury, too. Boston will look to rebound on Thursday when they travel to Chicago to face the Bulls for an 8:00pm tip-off.
* In college hoops on Wednesday, New Hampshire edged Boston University’s men’s basketball team, 56-54, while Holy Cross defeated Lafayette, 70-63.
* Finally, former Harvard standout and New York Knick, Jeremy Linhelped the Blue and Orange earn their seventh consecutive victory on Wednesday when they defeated Sacramento, 100-85. Lin finished the game with 10 points, 13 assists and five rebounds.
Win or go home is the message every coach tells his or her team prior to Game 7.
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens met on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden for Game 7 and clearly this final NHL Stanley Cup Playoff opening round matchup was intense and simply “in your face” hockey.
This game had that special Game 5 feeling written all over it, especially when Nathan Horton scored halfway through double overtime. It also had moments of Game 4, when Boston rallied to tie the series 2-2 at the Belle Center in Montreal.
Although, who exactly was going to win this game remained the question for nearly 65 minutes, but yet again, Horton netted another overtime winner and punched the Bruins tickets to the NHL quarterfinals, where they’ll face the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in two years.
Horton was one of the major off-season acquisitions by the Bruins and clearly, this particular move paid off. He finished the season with 26 goals, 27 assists and 53 points. So, I think it is certainly fair to say that he made a dent on the Boston Bruins organization.
Although, before the Bruins celebrated Horton’s exciting game winner, Boston began the game with two quick scores that came off the sticks of Johnny Boychuck and Mark Recchi. Then Yannick Weber scored Montreal’s first goal nearly four minutes after Recchi had scored. Indeed, the Canadiens had washed away any thought of a Bruins shutout, as Webber’s goal was one of those, “we’re not giving up” moments.
Boston would be held scoreless in the second period, as Carey Price baffled the Bruins offense that continuously attempted shot after shot. Price finished the game with 30 saves and every time he deflected the puck, it was simply magical.
In the second period, the Canadiens did more than just watch Price stand on his head, as they scored their second goal of the contest when Tomas Plekanec took advantage of Boston’s shorthanded unit and pushed the puck passed Tim Thomas. Thomas hung his head and the TD Garden fans were suddenly in a state of shock.
Boston’s power play was miserable for the seventh night in a row, as Montreal finished the game 2-for-4. Yet, why exactly has Boston’s penalty killing unit played so dreadful is way beyond me, but just consider this, the Bruins never scored a single goal when they were on the power play all series, which is quite frightening.
Entering the third and final period, both teams played their “hearts out,” as both Chris Kelly and P.K. Subban recorded goals for their teams to force overtime and once the sudden death period began, it only took Boston 5:43 to secure their fourth win of the series.
So now Boston moves onto round two, while Montreal returns to Canada for the summer. Was this series the best? That’s debatable, but between Games 4, 5 and 7, it’s certainly easy to say that the Bruins proved they were indeed the better team. Experts picked them, fans believed in them and callers who were raged with excitement bombarded radio stations in Boston because of their success during the regular season.
The Bruins indeed beat the Canadiens, but while the celebration shouldn’t last long, it’s now time to turn the page and prepare for the defending Eastern Conference Champions, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Boston Bruins had a golden opportunity to end their current first round playoff series at the Belle Center on Tuesday, but instead, lost to their hated rival, 2-1. That’s correct, the Boston Bruins allowed the Montreal Canadiens the chance to play one more game this season, but this time there won’t be a Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Game 7 will be played on Wednesday at the TD Garden and with the chance that neither team will sleep a wink prior to face-off, one has to wonder, can the Canadiens “pull a Philadelphia Flyers” on Boston?
Well, that could indeed happen, but let’s not worry about Wednesday just yet.
In regards to Game 6, it is fair to ask the question, were the Canadiens a better team? Did it seem that two power play goals by Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta were actually the reason Montreal won? Could luck have been involved? Perhaps Lady Gaga stuck around to sing a pre-game anthem to the men dressed in red and blue?
It’s hard to officially say that Montreal won the game due to their speed, quickness and strength because honestly, just like the Bruins, the Canadiens were tired, winded and certainly exhausted.
How can’t one say that Boston and Montreal are still catching their breaths from Game 4 and 5?
Beside their lack of energy or enthusiasm, the Bruins once again displayed their awful power play. So, I wonder, what has Claude Julien and company have done with the Bruins power play? Can it get fixed between Tuesday and Wednesday?
I’m sure someone has an idea to that particular question, right?
Some have to wonder how much Tomas Kaberle has actually helped this Bruins power play because against Montreal on Tuesday, Boston’s unit went 0-for-4. The Canadiens though were successful, as they finished 2-for-7.
The Bruins outshot their opponent, 32-27. Tim Thomas played his usual game between the pipes and stopped 25 shots while Carey Price only allowed one of Boston’s 32 shots to sneak passed him.
Boston’s only bright spot was Dennis Seidenberg’s goal during the opening minutes of the second period, but other than that, it certainly wasn’t a game that the Bruins will want to remember.
Game 7 is Wednesday and with the series tied, 3-3, one has to wonder, especially after this particular game, who has the momentum now?
It was an incredibly exciting weekend in the NHL, as three very intriguing first round series finished their games in overtime and while these endings may make your heart race a tad bit faster than usual, all in all, it is safe to say that this is indeed playoff hockey!
Boston 2 – Montreal 1: After watching a complete goaltenders duel for nearly four periods, Nathan Horton found a way to beat Carey Price for the game winner in double overtime on Saturday. Boston and Montreal will play their sixth game of the series on Tuesday and one has to wonder, can the Bruins, who have won three games in a row, win one more at the Belle Centre on Tuesday?
Philadelphia 5 – Buffalo 4: With the chance to officially end Philadelphia’s chances of advancing further in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Buffalo could not contain Ville Leino, who pushed the puck passed Ryan Miller to force one more game in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The series currently is tied, 3-3, so the winner will advance, while the loser will head home for the summer.
Chicago 4 – Vancouver 3: The Canucks led the series, 3-0, but the last three games were completely different. Chicago may have stolen the momentum away from Vancouver on Sunday, as Ben Smith scored in overtime to force a game seven on Tuesday in Canada. If the Blackhawks win this particular series, they’ll become the fourth NHL team to come back and win a series after trailing, 3-0.
What a game. That’s right, I am allowed to be a fan, aren’t I?
What the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens did to every NHL or hockey spectator across the country or around the world for nearly four hours on Saturday was amazing. They pushed and pulled, as well as kept fans at the TD Garden on their feet for nearly 50 minutes.
In fact, who wasn’t standing, especially after Montreal tied the game, 1-1 in the third period?
While Bostonians were incredibly grateful with Brad Marchand’s goal, watching Jeff Halpern score his first point of the series was definitely heartbreaking.
Tim Thomas was absolutely the reason why the Bruins remained competitive and in contention to with Game 5 against Montreal, as he saved 44-of-45 shots between the pipes.
On the other side, Carey Price played outstanding, as the first two periods definitely belonged to the goaltenders, but as the game progressed, he grew weary.
Certainly both goaltenders will sleep soundly late Sunday evening, but again, this particular game will be remembered for the outstanding goaltending along with Nathan Horton’s game winner in double overtime.
So, with the win, Boston has two opportunities to officially end the current series and send their hated rivals home for the summer.
Yet, will they actually do it?
Can the Boston Bruins end their first round series and move on?
Absolutely, but beware my friends because after certain games this past season, the Bruins fell apart and never actually regrouped. Although, after watching Boston win Game 4 in Montreal and then figure out a way to win on Saturday, let’s admit that this is certainly a sign of good things to come.
Keep the dream of a Stanley Cup and Causeway Street parade alive because after a win in double overtime, I’d have to say, anything’s possible.