Tag: NHL Playoffs

Alex Burrows Helps Vancouver Secure 2-0 Series Lead Against Boston

Alex Burrows scored two goals, as well as assisted one of his teammates in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

By Matt Noonan 

After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows officially joined the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant, yet, why was he chosen to be on the “Boston sports-fan hate list?” Well that’s because he chomped on Patrice Bergeron’s hand this past Wednesday and yep, he wasn’t fined or suspended by the league.

The NHL reviewed the play and felt that Burrow’s actions were incredibly normal, but I bet league commissioner Gary Bettman is saying to himself, “I’m glad I didn’t have Colin Campbell’s replacement suspend him” because Burrows is the reason why the Canucks are headed back to Boston with a 2-0 series lead.

Vancouver kicked-off Game 2 with a first period goal at 12:12, as Christopher Higgins and Sami Salo set up Burrows for his eighth playoff goal, which sparked the Canucks offense and extreme die-hards, (yep, go ahead blue and green fans, start cheering).

After his quick strike, the Rogers Arena watched the Bruins score their first Stanley Cup points since their 1990 series against the Edmonton Oilers, as Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi chipped in goals two minutes apart during the second period to give Boston their first lead of the series.

In the third period, Tim Thomas continued to his playoff excellence, but his magic wore off once Burrows and Alexander Edler set up Daniel Sedin for Vancouver’s second goal of the contest, which propelled the game into overtime.

After a third intermission, Vancouver rushed onto the ice determined to win and yep, they did and it only took 11-seconds. Burrows raced down the left wing and forced Thomas out of his crease. The Bruins goaltender went flying to his right while Burrows wrapped himself around Boston’s net and forced a backhander past Zdeno Chara to secure the Canucks 14th win of the 2011 postseason.

With the win, Vancouver is now two games away from winning their first ever Stanley Cup trophy and yes, it would be exciting to see a Canadian team win the award, especially since it hasn’t happened for 18-years, but for Boston, this is just another chapter in their miserable history. The Bruins have come so far and now, they’re starring at a 0-2 hole. They need to rally or do something because otherwise, they’ll have to make history and win four games in a row, which won’t be enjoyable, right?

Game 3 is slated for Monday evening at the TD Garden and I’m sure the Black and Gold supporters will be ready to cheer on their local hero’s.

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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Horton’s Game Winner Sends Boston to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Nathan Horton's goal proved to be the difference in Game 7 of the Bruins-Lightning contest.

By Joey Murr 

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning met in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden and it was a battle of the goalies, as Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas put on a show for the fans.

The first period featured several scoring chances for the Bruins, yet, Roloson stopped 14 -shots. Nathan Horton missed the last seven minutes of the first period with a leg injury, but did return.

The Lightning lost Steven Stamkos when Johnny Boychuk’s shot hit him in the nose. Stamkos returned later in the period with a cage similar to the one Chris Kelly wore in first round of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins picked up pace in the second period, but couldn’t get anything past Roloson. Although, the Bruins did eventually beat the 1-3-1 zone, as Horton scored on a David Krejci pass with 7:32 left in the third period to break the scoreless tie and give Boston a 1-0 win.

Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots, as well as recorded his second shutout of the series. Boston will now advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 21-years against the Vancouver Canucks next Wednesday in British Columbia.

Daily Noontime – May 27, 2011

The Heat are headed back to the NBA Finals, but this time, can they win it?

Happy Friday to everyone! A brand new weekend is upon us, so sit back, relax and enjoy today’s headlines! Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone! 

Headlines: 

* The Miami Heat did it! They beat the Sixers, Celtics and Bulls and now, they’ll advance to the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

* Apparently, some believe that LeBron James displayed his acting skills against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, but who knows? He is headed back to the NBA Finals for the second time in his career and one has to wonder, will he win it?

* Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals is on Friday and now the only question remains, who will win? Boston or Tampa Bay?

* As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, they hope they’ll be able to score early and often, as well as beat Tim Thomas.

* According to sources, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is likely out for the rest of the season.

* The NFL needs to have a new CBA by July 4, otherwise, don’t expect a professional football season this fall.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Philadelphia at New York Mets (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Cleveland at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

It’s Game 7 at the TD Garden and yes, we are excited!