Daily Noontime – March 9, 2012

Boston has now won back-to-back games for the first time since January 10 and 12. (Photo Credit: Star-Telegram).

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another grand-slam edition of the Daily Noontime! We’ve got some news, updates and headlines, so let’s get rolling!

* The Boston Bruins earned their 40th win of the season on Thursday when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1. Gregory CampbellJohnny Boychuk  and David Krejci all scored goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 19 shots. The Bruins have now won back-to-back games for the first time since January, and will return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Washington Capitals at 1:00pm.

* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their one-game skid on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30pm. The Green and White are currently clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and would probably play against Chicago or Miami in the playoffs. However, there is still a decent amount of time remaining before the tournament begins, right?

* According to reports – former Boston Celtics guard-forward Gerald Green inked his name on a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team didn’t exactly recover from a slow start on Thursday during their first ACC tournament game, as North Carolina State handed them a 78-57 loss.

* Finally, the Providence College men’s ice hockey team shocked University of Massachusetts (Lowell) on Thursday in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals, 5-3.

Daily Noontime – January 20, 2012

Nathan Horton and the Boston Bruins capped off their road swing with a 4-1 victory on Thursday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, wahoo! Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the final day of the workweek, enjoy!

* The Boston Bruin ended their four-game road trip with a 2-2 record, as they defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1. The Black and Gold notched four goals in the third period, as Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly all scored for Boston, while Tim Thomas deflected 30 saves between the pipes. Boston will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they host the New York Rangers at the TD Garden.

* Boston Celtics President of Operations Danny Ainge told WEEI, (Boston Sports Radio) on Thursday that he was stating the obvious about dealing the “Big-3.” Although, he did admit if there is a decent deal on the table, he’ll most likely pull the trigger.

* Rajon Rondo told the media on Thursday that he’s doubtful for Friday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns, which means Avery Bradley, will most likely be the starting guard.

* According to various reports – the New England Patriots are “believed” to be the AFC foe that’ll face the St. Louis Rams next year in London, England. The Patriots last played overseas in 2009 when they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Marchand, Rask Lead Boston Past Florida, 8-0


By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — Over the past few weeks, the Boston Bruins have been unstoppable.

The Black and Gold have only dropped two games in the month of December by a combined score of 4-1, but on Friday, Boston skated flawlessly in an 8-0 shellacking of the Florida Panthers.

“We played a good game,” said the smiling Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. “Lots and lots of good things and lots and lots of goals, so it’s good for the fans I think.”

This was indeed a great game, as Brad Marchand tallied a career high five-points, (three goals and two assists), while Rask recorded his second shutout of the season, and 10th of his career.

Boston also received some help from Patrice Bergeron, who recorded a goal and two assists.

Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg and Benoit Pouliot also made an impact, as each player registered one goal in the team’s 23rd victory of the season.

 

“I think we were moving our feet well [on Friday], and being hard on the forecheck, and causing some turnovers,” said Bergeron, when asked about his team’s performance.

Bergeron continued by saying, “We talked about that last game, in the third period, [and] I thought that’s what gave us success, so we had to keep that going [for the rest of the season].”

The Bruins certainly made a statement in the opening period, as Boston recorded four goals in 14 minutes, which practically solidified the victory, and the evening.

“We’re playing well and we’re winning and it’s a little easier to get in the game when we play like this,” said Pouliot. “We are on a great run right now and we have a good break and hopefully we’ll keep going after [the holiday’s conclude].”

Boston will certainly want to keep this success going, especially since it seems that the Bruins have officially found their championship mojo.

“Well, the one thing I said to them was we’ve gone from 15th to first in less than two months – they deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have,” said head coach Claude Julien.

Julien continued to elaborate on his team’s performance over the past few weeks when he stated, “And those three days will be beneficial to us hopefully not just in the long run, but in the short term. If we come back with the right approach and the right attitude, and head out on the road and play Phoenix, and take off where we left off, then that three days will look even better.”

The Bruins will certainly want to preserve their successful trend from the past few weeks when they travel to Arizona on Wednesday, (Dec. 27) to visit the Coyotes.

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers – Second Period Recap

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — After an eventful first period, Gregory Campbell extended the Bruins lead when he netted his third goal of the season at 3:50.

Campbell’s goal was assisted by Brad Marchand, (one goal, two assists), and Andrew Ference, who recorded his fourth consecutive assist.

Florida then attempted to respond with five consecutive shots, but Tuukka Rask, (18 saves) denied the Panthers offense before they watched Patrice Bergeron, (one goal, two assists) chip in his seventh goal of the season to give the Bruins a 6-0 advantage after two periods.

Boston Bruins Forward Gregory Campbell to Donate 400 Thanksgiving Pies

Gregory Campbell will donate 400 Thanksgiving pies on Thursday morning!

By NoontimeSports.com

The Boston Bruins announced on Wednesday that forward Gregory Campbell will donate 400 Thanksgiving pies to four local charitable organizations on Thursday morning.

Here’s the press release courtesy of the Bruins:

BOSTON, MA – On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will personally deliver $2,000 worth of pies to various shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston. Campbell purchased the 400 pies himself from Mike’s Pastry in Boston’s North End.

He will make the deliveries from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, with his first stop being the Yawkey Family Inn (241 Kent
Street, Brookline, MA 02446) followed by The Home for Little Wanderers (161 South Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) and St. Francis
House (39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116). His final stop will be the Pine Street Inn (444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.)

Estimated Drop off schedule/Media availability:
8:15 a.m. Yawkey Family Inn, 241 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446
8:45 a.m. The Home for Little Wanderers, 161 South Huntington Ave,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
9:00 a.m. St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
9:15 a.m. Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118 

Goaltending Helps Boston Prevail against Philadelphia

Tim Thomas has been terrific and a major reason for Boston's playoff success, especially against Philadelphia!

By Dan Libon

Goaltending: it’s what this series is all about.

On one end of the ice is Tim Thomas, who has been playing out of his mind all year for Boston, while on the other side is the game of musical chairs known as the “Philadelphia Flyers goaltending.” It is a group that has featured mid-game changes in all 10 of their playoff affairs this past year. Philadelphia’s goalies are incredibly slow and as Bruins head coach Claude Julien would say, “they’re flat,” especially with a save percentage of [.904] and a playoff worse [.875], so it’s hard to think that the Bruins would indeed repeat what happened last May, especially with these gaudy numbers.

Although, while this particular series is all about goaltending, that’s not the only reason why the Bruins are up three games to none.

With the sudden awakening of the teams first line, the Bruins are showing production from their top players. The second goal of Wednesday’s game, which was recorded by David Krejci is one of those goals that shows how productive a line can be. Throwing the puck down to Milan Lucic, Krejci got it back for a great shot in front of the goal during the first period, which made it, 2-0.

In the second period, the Bruins scored two more times, as Gregory Campbell hit Daniel Paille in stride for Boston’s third goal, which was followed up by Nathan Horton scoring the teams fourth goal and completing the Gordie Howe hat trick. Philadelphia was then forced to take Brian Boucher out of the game and replace him with one of their back up goalies, Sergei Bobrovsky.

The final period was capped off by watching Boston score their first power play goal of the playoffs, as Zedeno Chara scored with a two man advantage for the Bruins to secure their third of the series.

Overall, I don’t expect the Bruins to self destruct, again. With the exception of Game 2, this series hasn’t been close. The Bruins look like they are peaking at the right time and with the first line awakening, along with productivity from lines 2 and 3, Boston looks like they are in good shape to potentially wrap up the series on Friday night at the TD Garden.

Boston Beats Up Philadelphia in Game 1, 7-3

Tim Thomas played yet another exceptional playoff game and kept the Bruins in contention to beat Philadelphia on Saturday!

By Matt Noonan

It was one of those performances where fans walked away baffled by what they had witnessed. For those wearing black and gold, they were definitely content, but the ones sporting the orange and white were not happy one bit.

The Boston Bruins not only beat the to the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 on Saturday, but also made Brian Boucher look incredibly vulnerable in net. The Bruins sent five pucks passed Boucher before he was pulled in the second period for Sergei Bobrovsky who allowed two goals himself. Both goaltenders seemed incredibly out of sync and saved 26 shots combined.

Although, would Philadelphia consider their goaltending a weak part of their team, especially after allowing seven goals to Boston? Absolutely, but the blame should also be shared by the Flyers defense for allowing the Bruins into their zone quite frequently.

Boston got on the board early, as David Krejci recorded his first of two goals at 1:52 in the first period. Boston celebrated their first point of the day, but those cheers were silenced 10 minutes later after Danny Briere recorded scored and tied the game, 1-1.

The Bruins though rebounded during the final minute of the opening period when Nathan Horton beat Boucher to give Boston a 2-1 advantage prior to the first intermission.

The Black and Gold never relinquished their lead during the second or third periods, as Krejci, Mark Recchi, Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell goals helped keep Boston’s lead safe and secure.

“I don’t think there was ever any doubt before we started the series that we couldn’t skate with them,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said to the media via NHL.com.

“I don’t think that was an issue and the bottom line is this is a big strong, physical team that really does a pretty good job once they get in your own in end. They do a pretty good job of finding ways to score goals, so we just had to be strong, we had to be smart and skating and fore-checking was part of our game plan and I thought our guys did a pretty good job”

Philadelphia scored during both the second and third periods, as James van Riemsdyk and Mike Richards prompted somewhat of a comeback that was certainly short lived.

Tim Thomas played tremendous and saved 31-of-34 shots between the pipes, but also, Boston struggled on the power play again and finished the game 0-for-5. Will the power play unit bounce back in Game 2 on Monday? We’ll see, but for the second year in a row, Boston came away victorious in Game 1 against Philadelphia.