Daily Noontime – February 16, 2012

Tyler Seguin's shootout goal lifted the Bruins past the Canadiens, 4-3 on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: ProHockeyTalk.com/NBC Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com

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 Seguin was 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 Rondo paced the Celtics with 35 points, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen turned in 10 points a piece. Kevin Garnett did 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 Lin helped 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.

Daily Noontime – February 6, 2012

Eli Manning once again led New York past New England in Super Bowl XLVI. (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Monday in New England, and while many continue to dry their eyes from Sunday’s Super Bowl loss, let’s attempt to turn the page with some news and headlines.

* The New York Giants once again defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 21-17. Eli Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and on touchdown, while Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Also, the Patriots recorded five penalties for 28 yards, too. Manning was named the MVP for the second time in four years, as the Giants earned their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.

* The Boston Celtics won their fourth consecutive contest on Sunday at the TD Garden, as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-80. Kevin Garnett led the Green and White with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Rajon Rondo handed out 14 assists. Boston will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

* The Boston Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak on Sunday in Washington D.C., as the Black and Gold defeated the Capitals, 4-1. Tim Thomas turned away 35 shots, while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley all scored goal for Boston. The Bruins will conclude their short road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Buffalo.

* Lastly, Monday marks the first day of the men’s Boston Beanpot, which enters its 60th year. Boston University will face-off against Harvard at 5pm, while Boston College will take on Northeastern at 8pm.

Daily Noontime – January 13, 2012

Jordan Caron scored Boston's first goal on Thursday against Montreal! (Photo Credit: SportsOfBoston.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday the 13th all, and welcome into another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime!

We’re t-minus one-day way from the New England-Denver rematch, and while we count down the hours, minutes and seconds, here are some headlines and news, which will keep you busy.

* Jordan Caron and Benoit Pouliot scored both Boston goals, while Tim Thomas recorded 33 saves between the pipes, as the Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at the TD Garden, 2-1.The Black and Gold have now won two of their last three contests, and will return to the ice on Saturday evening when they travel to Carolina.

* After his team defeated the Canadiens, Tyler Seguin expressed his excitement about being selected to the NHL All-Star game in Ottawa, Ontario. Seguin attended the festivities last year as a rookie, but this year, he’ll suit up with other all-stars.

* The Boston Celtics will host the 10-2 Chicago Bulls on Friday, and certainly, the Green and White will look to rebound from their loss on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

* ESPN’s NFL Live predicted the outcome for Saturday’s Broncos-Patriots AFC Divisional clash, and according to former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, New England will win.

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.”