Bad News Bears For Bruins

Bruins Loss Lucic To Injury

The Boston Bruins will be without winger Milan Lucic for about four to six weeks after Lucic had surgery to repair an injured right index finger.

The 21-year-old Lucic suffered an injury to his index finger on Friday in Dallas and will be forced to miss at least 10 games as the aggressive winger who had gotten off to a slow start in 2009, much like the rest of his Bruins teammates, was placed on long-term injured reserve on Sunday.

Boston’s Comeback Bid Comes Up Short

Bruins Off To Rough Start In 2009


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The Boston Bruins had hopes of stealing the game away from the Colorado Avalanche with a late surge in the final two periods, but Colombus Day belonged to the Avs as David Jones’ short-handed goal lifted the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Monday at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins pulled off an improbable comeback on Saturday night, scoring three goals in the last eight minutes before finishing off the New York Islanders in a shootout. However, the Bruins didn’t receive the same type of gift from the Avalanche this holiday.  

Boston (2-3) is off to a surprisingly slow start as Tuukka Rask fell to 1-1 on the season, giving up four goals on 22 shots.  The B’s have a few days to practice before they head out to Dallas to face the Stars on Friday. 

B’s Lock Up Lucic With New Deal

Bruins Award Punisher Lucic With A Contract Extension

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Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to lock up forward Milan Lucic for the long-term.  And that’s exactly what Chiarelli did by signing Lucic to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the hard-hitting forward in Boston through the 2012-2013 season.  

If Chiarelli hadn’t signed Lucic to an extension, he would have become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.  Lucic had a career high in goals, 17, and assists, 25, last season and lead the team wit a plus-12 rating in last year’s playoffs.

The 21-year-old Lucic signed a deal believed to be worth $12.25 million in which the left winger will make $4 million in the first two years of the contract with the final year netting him $4.25 million.  

Its The End Of The World As We Know It…

Bruins Falter In Season Opener Against Capitals

Cue the R.E.M. song.  The Boston Bruins lost last night in the first game of the 2009 NHL season and its time to start panicking.  Alright, I may be overeacting just a little bit here but the Bruins did produce a clunker in last nights 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Unfortunately for B’s fans, there’s no cash for clunkers program that allows us to trade in a bad performance for a better result (or cash). Heading into this 2009-2010 season, the Bruins have lofty goals and expectation and on Thursday night they disappointed.  

Two-time defending NHL Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechikin dazzled in his season debut with two goals and an assist as opposing net-minder Jose Theodore stopped a meager 19 shots from Boston in route to the easy victory.  Patrice Bergeron added the lone goal for the B’s in the third period on a nifty break-away move.  Defending Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, made 30 saves while giving up four goals.  

The Black N’ Gold host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in the second game of their five-game home stand.

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The Need To Trade Kessel Was Evident

Bruins Forced To Move Young Talent

Sometimes things just don’t work out.  That’s exactly what happened between the Boston Bruins and Phil Kessel this offseason as the Bruins sent the 21-year-old right-winger to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-and-second-round draft picks in 2010, and a first-round pick in 2011.  The Leafs in return, signed the talented scorer to a five-year $27 million deal.  

Kessel has a ton of upside offensively but proved to be a bit to pricy for the B’s to retain this season especially with the likes of Aaron Ward and other free agents coming back to the Hub.  Many believe that Kessel was a product of a good offense and line-mate in Marc Savard and that he was overrated, even with 36 goals in 70 games.  What cannot be disputed is that the B’s and Kessel didn’t develop a long-lasting agreement and relationship that could’ve kept the 21-year-old in Boston for the long run. 

Bruins Sign Julien To Extension

B’s Lock Up Julien To Multi-Year Extension

After a successful two-year stint on the Garden ice, Claude Julien earned a multi-year extension from Jeremy Jacobs and the Boston Bruins in which he signed on Friday.  Julien, winner of the Jack Adams Award, led the Bruins to the best record in the Eastern Conference with 116 points while compiling a .640 winning percentage in two years with Boston.  

The Black and Gold eventually fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season.  Julien started his NHL head coaching career with Montreal in the 2003-2004 season, leading the Canadiens past the Bruins in the 2004 playoffs.  

The terms of the deal are undisclosed but the multi-year extension should keep Julien on the B’s bench for many years to come. 

Puttin’ The Pieces Together

Boston Bruins Re-Sign Matt Hunwick

Matt Hunwick had to shut it down earlier than expected in the 2008-2009 playoffs due to a ruptured spleen, but the Boston Bruins liked what they saw from anyway, as the restricted free agent put up six goals and 21 assists in 53 games last season for the B’s.

The former University of Michigan star made only one playoff appearance against the Montreal Canadiens before having to remove his spleen.  His signing could very well bring about the end of Phil Kessel’s tenure in Boston due to salary cap space.  Hunwick’s two-year extension will cost the Bruins roughy $2.9 million with the defense-man making $1.35 million next season.

Bitz Signs Extension With Bruins

B’s Lock Up Young Talent For The Long-Term

The Boston Bruins signed Byron Bitz to a multi-year extension on Wednesday as the 24-year-old Bitz became a free agent on this first day of July.

Bitz played in 35 games for the Bruins this past season, scoring just four goals and three assists, but the big forward was a dynamic force in the playoffs and fans can remember him for his opening goal at the TD Banknorth Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Details on the extension have yet to be released.

Bruins Receive Some Hardware

B’s Leave Las Vegas With Some Awards

The Boston Bruins were in Las Vegas on Thursday for the NHL awards ceremony and three Bruins went home with decorated accolades.  

Tim Thomas, Zhendo Chara, and Claude Julien all recieved awards for being tops at their position in 2009.  Thomas won the Vezina Trohpy which goes to the top goaltender.  Chara won the Norris Trohpy which goes to the leagues top defenseman and coach Julien was honored with the Jack Adams Awarad which goes to the NHL’s top coach.

In a 2008-2009 season that gave Boston fans lots to cheer about and lots to look forward to next year, it’s nice to know that some Bruins were honored for their astounding success on the ice this past season.

Bruins Move Closer To Series Comeback

B’s Dominate Canes To Force Game 7 In Boston

The top-seeded Boston Bruins refused to be sucker punched out of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes as Mark Recchi and company jumped on the Canes early and often on their way to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

Boston staked an 2-0 advantage early on thanks in large part to Recchi and Steve Montador.  Carolina got on the scoreboard early in the second but Marc Savards goal halfway through the second period gave Boston all the scoring it would need as Chuck Kobasew added a goal late in the second to give Claude Julien and Bruins some breathing room for the final period.

Tim Thomas made 31 stops for the B’s as Patrice Bergeron had two assists. Aaron Ward, the victim of a cheap punch by Carolina’s Scott Walker in Game 5, played 20 minutes for the Black and Gold even with a broken orbital bone.

The two teams will square off in Game 7 of the series on Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Garden to determine who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Bruins Stayin’ Alive With Win Over Canes

The Boston Bruins brought a halt to their three-game losing streak in their Eastern Conference seminfinals matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes by shutting out the Canes 4-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins attacked the Hurricanes early and often in Game 5 by putting 40 shots on Cam Ward while the Canes only managed to muster 19 shots against Tim Thomas who recorded his first NHL playoff shutout.
Phil Kessel scored two goals for the B’s as Marc Savard added two assists for the Black and Gold.  Kessel scored his first goal of the series after scoring four in Boston’s first round matchup with the Montreal Canadiens.  Mark Recchi scored Boston’s first goal of the game for his 49th career playoff goal.
Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara set the physical tone early for the Bruins before Chara left the game with a leg injury in the second period.  His return in the third helped spark the Bruins faithful and players, who now face two elimination games in order to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins and Hurricanes hit the ice again in Carolina on Tuesday.