Boston Bruins Prepare For An Emotional Evening (LINKS)

The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday's contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)
The Boston Bruins expect Wednesday’s contest against Buffalo to be emotional! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It is expected to be an emotional evening at the TD Garden as the Boston Bruins play host to the Buffalo Sabres.

The game, which is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. face-off, will mark the first time the Black and Gold skate on their home ice since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. And while we’re still a few minutes away from the contest, we thought we’d provide a few links from around the web about this particular contest.

Bruins-Sabres Links

* Bruins coach Claude Julien knows a win would be huge for the city

* FOX Sports has an article about how the Bruins will help with the healing process

* Black and Gold supporters should feel extra safe this evening as security will be “tight” at the Garden, according to the Associated Press

* Boston Globe’s Matt Peppin posted a few notes about this evening’s game on the Bruins Blog, along with a tidbit about Brad Marchand, who will be raffling off his suite for the team’s first home playoff game with all the proceeds benefiting Martin Richard‘s family.

* Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy blogged about the Bruins donations toward the families affected by the bombings

* Similar to the Bruins, the Sabres know this game will be emotional

* NESN will be updating their LIVE Blog throughout the evening and you can access it by CLICKING HERE

Daily Noontime – April 19, 2012

Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 29 points and 14 assists, as Boston defeated Orlando on Wednesday, 102-98! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s supposed to be another great day, and while we anxiously await for the warm weather to arrive, let’s kick-start the day with some headlines and news from the Hub!

* The Boston Celtics won their 30th division crown on Wednesday, as they defeated the Orlando Magic, 102-98. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 29 points, while Brandon Bass added 21 points and Avery Bradley recorded 23 points. Pierce also recorded a career-high in assists, as he finished the contest with 14 dimes.

* Boston currently remains three and a half games ahead New York in the Atlantic Division, and fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics will attempt to earn their 38th win of the season on Friday when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks.

* The Boston Bruins will attempt to earn their third win against Washington on Thursday, as Game No. 4 of this particular Eastern Conference quarterfinals is slated to begin at 7:30pm.

* Washington’s head coach Dale Hunter accused Boston on Tuesday for being “head hunters,” but Bruins head coach Claude Julien responded by saying, “we just gotta focus on what we have to do to win a series, and win a game.”

* The Boston Red Sox up and down home stand continued on Wednesday, as the Texas Rangers concluded their two-game series with a 6-3 win. The Sox earned a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the second inning, but couldn’t preserve it, as the Rangers managed to earn the lead for good in the fourth inning with a Mike Napoli two-run shot.

* Against the Rangers on Wednesday, Josh Beckett pitched seven innings and surrendered seven hits, three runs, and one home run, while Derek Holland earned his second win of the season — he yielded two earned runs over seven innings.

* The Red Sox will return to the diamond on Friday when they host the New York Yankees.

Daily Noontime – April 13, 2012

Chris Kelly's game-winning goal propelled Boston to a 1-0 victory against Washington! (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means… it’s time to break into song and dance! However, before we do that, let’s kick-start the final work day with some headlines and news from the city of champions…Boston!

* The Boston Bruins began their Stanley Cup title defense on Thursday with a 1-0 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Chris Kelly notched the game-winner, while Tim Thomas turned away 17 shots. Boston and Washington will return to the ice for Game No. 2 on Saturday at the TD Garden.

* Against Washington in Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals – Boston’s 2011 power play woes continued, as the Bruins ended the game 0-for-4. The Bruins somehow managed to win the Cup last season with an awful power play, but Claude Julien knows that particular unit needs to improve.

* The Boston Red Sox will play their home opener on Friday, as they welcome Tampa Bay to Fenway Park. The Sox enter the contest with a 1-5 record, while the Rays are 4-2 and tied atop the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays.

* The Boston Celtics will look to build off their two most recent victories against Atlanta and Miami on Friday when they travel to Toronto for a 7:00pm tip-off. The Green and White have eight contests remaining, and five of those games will be played on the road.

Daily Noontime – March 8, 2012

Evan Turner's 26 points helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat Boston on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Philly.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the day with some headlines and news from the Hub.

* Philadelphia snapped Boston’s five-game winning streak on Wednesday, as the 76ers defeated the Celtics, 103-71. Evan Turner led all scorers with 26 points, while Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 16 points. Boston will return to the hardwood on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers.

* The Boston Bruins will look to build off their 5-4 victory against Toronto on Thursday when they host Buffalo at 7:00pm.

* Sources confirmed on Wednesday that Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille both skated on their own in Wilmington. Head coach Claude Julien told the media that having both of them on the ice is a “good sign.”

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team will begin their quest toward capturing an ACC tournament championship on Thursday when they tip-off against North Carolina State at 12:00pm. The Eagles ended their conference slate with a 4-12 record, as well as ended their 2011-12 campaign with 9-21 record.

* Finally, we’re a few days away from the start of a new MLS season, as the New England Revolution will kick-off their 2012 slate in San Jose on Saturday.

Carolina Sweeps Season Series Against Boston

 

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – It’s never enjoyable to be on the losing end in sports, especially against a last place team in the Eastern Conference, ahem… the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boston proved they’re vulnerable Thursday evening at the TD Garden, as a full capacity crowd watched their hometown Bruins struggle immensely, and earn an ugly 3-0 beating.

“Yeah I think sometimes we’re working, [but] we’re not working smart and there’s a fine line there, and we’re not doing that right, it’s obvious,” said a disgusted Patrice Bergeron.

The Bruins center continued by saying, “We know where to be on the ice, we know how to execute, we know the system and we’re just not doing it. We’re just not in sync and it shows.”

Despite following the “so-called” system, the Black and Gold tallied 47 shots on net in a span of 60 minutes, (22 in the first period and 20 in the third period), but didn’t send a puck past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who earned his third shutout of his NHL career against Boston.

“I felt like I was seeing the puck well and for the most part,” said Ward. “I was really happy with my rebound control and we had to get off to a good start because we know that they play extremely hard, especially in their building, [but] to walk away out of the first period with a 1-0 lead, we felt good about that and improved our play in the second period.”

Boston also didn’t compliment Tuukka Rask, who recorded 28-saves between the pipes, and allowed one goal in each period.

“We had a lot of shots, but we just let them see the puck pretty well and didn’t go to the net too hard at times and, you know, let them get those easy shots. But, you know, I mean, tough game,” said Rask.

Carolina has now won six contests on the road this year, two of them in Boston’s barn, which certainly is a red flag for head coach Claude Julien, who appeared quite dumbfounded after his Boston’s eighth loss at home.

“There are certain teams during certain years that will give you a hard time, and they have. They’ve played us well, and they’ve made it hard on us, [but] at the same time, they’ve come in here with lots of confidence, [and] they beat us the last three games, I’d say pretty soundly, and so that’s what the situation is,” said Julien.

The season sweep marks the first time in Carolina history that the franchise has defeated the Bruins in a regular season series, too.

“Tonight we were just really bad. We just didn’t play well,” said Boston’s captain Zdeno Chara. “[It was] just a really bad night for us.”

The Bruins will look to bounce back, and recover from their awful performance on Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 1:00pm matinee.

Daily Noontime – February 2, 2012

Paul Pierce tallied 17 points on Wednesday, which sparked the Celtics to defeat the Raptors, 100-64! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get started.

* The Boston Celtics earned their second consecutive win on Wednesday, and their 11th of the season, as they walloped the Toronto Raptors, 100-64. Paul Pierce finished the contest with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Boston will return to the court on Friday when they host the New York Knicks.

* Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that he’s excited for spring training to begin, and plans to arrive in Florida a few days before pitchers and catchers are expected. However, Valentine is planning on having a “volunteer” workout on Feb. 16, but will anyone attend? We’ll find out!

* Chris Canty told reporters on Wednesday that he’s expecting to have a great game on Sunday and then a parade on Tuesday in New York. The former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman has certainly enjoyed his time with the Giants, but also seems confident that Big Blue will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Thursday evening when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the TD Garden, and according to head coach Claude Julien, he’ll have some news/updates on Nathan Horton‘s (mild concussion) condition.

Claude Julien’s Take On Boston’s Loss Against Vancouver

Claude Julien wasn't too happy on Saturday afternoon about his team's performance against Vancouver! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Andy Deossa 

BOSTON, MA – The Bruins knew that they would be facing a Canucks’ team with a lot of vengeance on Saturday. What the B’s didn’t know is that they would also be going against the referees in their 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday afternoon.

In what may have been the most physical game of the NHL season, the B’s and Canucks combined for 30 penalties, 18 power plays and 107 total penalty minutes. Boston went 0-for-7 on the man advantage while Vancouver scored all four of their goals on the power play, going 4-for-11.

It’s not typical to see 30 penalties in one game, but the refs did have a lot of questionable calls on Saturday. They tried to do their best to control the game, but despite that, they tossed two Bruins players as both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were given 10-minute game misconducts.

When asked about it after the game, Claude Julien wasn’t too happy, saying, “It doesn’t really matter guys. Like I said – you guys know – we can’t comment. Our job is to assess our team. Our job is to assess our players. Our job is not to assess or comment on referees. I’m not stupid enough to stand up here and criticize them. What I can tell you is that [Vancouver] scored four power play goals, so we gave them an opportunity to score on their bread and butter. Instead of criticizing the referees, I would much prefer criticizing us for the penalties – whether they’re worthy or not, take the responsibility”

Lucic received his penalty in the first period when he allegedly left the bench to take part of a scrum on the ice. After further review, the NHL rescinded the game misconduct because Lucic was entering a shift which legally allowed him to be on the ice.

However, Marchand’s penalty is a bit debatable. In effort to avoid getting slammed into the boards by Sami Salo, Marchand ducked and hit Salo low. The Canucks defenseman hit the ice hard and stayed down for a while before heading down the tunnel. Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault later announced that Salo had suffered an upper body injury and will be reevaluated.

As aforementioned, Julien didn’t want to talk about the refs but he did share his opinion on the incident.

“All I’m going to tell you is that I always told my players that they need to protect themselves. The last thing I want my players to do is get hit and then end up with a concussion, said the Bruins head coach. “In my opinion, if guys start protecting themselves the way Marchand did, maybe guys will stop taking runs at other guys because that’s the consequences you end up paying for taking runs at guys, too.”

Would the outcome have been different if Lucic hadn’t been sent out of the game? Maybe. Regardless, it wasn’t the deciding factor. Boston’s played well five-on-five, but facing 11 power plays — without two of your best forwards — is no easy task for any team.

“It was what it was,” said Julien after the game. “I think the build-up from last year is still there, but I’m going to reiterate the same thing I said this week: It was only a two-point game, and that’s how we had to approach it. There’s a lot that happened last year in the playoffs that carried over to today’s game. As much as the referees tried to control it, at times, it became a challenge.”

Although it wasn’t the outcome the Bruins hoped for, Julien made no excuses for the loss by stating, “They did the right things, and we didn’t do enough to win the hockey game. Let’s be man enough to admit it and move on.”