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I am so excited for this.
Just wanted to let everyone know that until we know what the cap is actually set at for the 09-10 season, we won't be diving into what space the Bruins have left and how to fill it.
Here's nhlnumbers.com's page on the Bruins to tide you over.
Kessel's was successful, he's out for 6 months.
Krejci will be out 6 months.
Thornton is getting similar surgery to Kessel.
Kobasew has busted ribs.
Recchi got busted ribs in game 4, scored in games 5 and 6, got a kidney stone out the night before game 7, and then played 22 minutes.
There’s this guy, plays for the Bruins. He likes to stand between the pipes, and he doesn’t like to let the puck past him. He’s lost four games in the playoffs so far. He had some moderate success in Europe before coming to the USA to play the pro leagues here. And his name is not Tim Thomas.For starters, he’s much younger. Born March 10, 1987, Tuukka Rask is only 22. He’s also a little taller, and a little skinnier than Timmy T, and is building a similar reputation wearing Black and Gold. He first came to Boston when Toronto (who picked him up 21st overall in the 2005 entry draft) decided they’d rather have a tested veteran goalie in Andrew Raycroft than a green rookie from Finland whose only notable statistics were, oh, I don’t know, playing for the Ilves Tampere Junior A team and putting up a 1.86 GAA in the regular season, and then upping that to 0.87 GAA in the playoffs (with a .973 save percentage) on his way to 9 wins in 10 games with 6 shutouts. And that’s just when he was 18. Two years later, representing Finland at the World Junior Championships, he posted 2.11 GAA and .940 save percentage, and was given Top Goalie honors and named to the All-Tournament Team.But enough about his childhood. He’s a Bruin now, what has he done for us? First, he’s been pretty solid for the P-Bruins. In his first season (07-08), he allowed 1 or 0 goals in 18 games out of the 45 he played. That went a long way to his 2.33 GAA and .905 save percentage. Not terrible for a rookie. 27-13-0-2 was his record, with 1 shutout (March 19 2008, 27 saves). He also got to play a game for the grownup B’s, which he won 4-2 against They Of Little Faith, the Toronto Maple Leafs (November 20 2007, 30 saves). During December of that year, he put up 1.83 GAA and .924 save percentage. Won his playoff debut April 16 in overtime against Manchester (The Kings’ Monarchs) and got his first playoff shutout two days later against the same chaps. He won six straight playoff games that year, and was voted by his teammates to be the team’s rookie of the year (Martone Group Rookie of the Year award). They were eliminated in the second round by Portland.
So where to from here? Well, first there’s the rest of the playoffs. We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves, because it’s the Eastern Conference Finals in the Calder Cup playoffs, and the Bruins-Bears winner will be playing the Moose-Aeros (a much less-interesting mascot mashup) winners for the ultimate minor league prize. But what about next year? Well, with Manny an expensive UFA, we will likely not be seeing him, which would definitely give room on the bus for Tuukka to sit down, but at the same time, signing Tim Thomas for a lifetime supply of Bentleys didn’t help Tuukka’s $3.2 million cap hit self. While I, being an unnecessarily large homer, want the Fin to see a good chunk more time in the spotlight wearing Black and Gold, I worry that the numbers won’t add up (or, rather, will add up too much). For now, let’s watch the Calder Cup, root root root for the home team, and watch as our best goalie prospect protects Providence’s pipes while going for the prize. I, for one, hope we get to see a whole lot more of this kid.GO BRUINS!
As you may have noticed, the blog looks a little different now than when it did when the Bruins were playing. I'll be tweaking the design a little bit, so if you see anything off/wrong/ugly/you just like whining, please let me know and I'll fix it.
Also, I'd like to welcome frequent commenter Travbot to the stable of writers (all 2 of us) here. He won't be doing stuff every day, but will occasionally chime in with what I'm sure will be fantastic. If anyone else would like to contribute, feel free to let me know and within reason I'll be happy to have someone else write on here.
I'm also changing the name of the site from "Cornelius Hardenbergh and the Hockey Blogging Adventure" to simply "The Hockey Blog Adventure."
I'm looking forward to more fun things going on here during the offseason, from the blissfully exultant "Focus on the Positive" and eventually looking at what the Bruins cap situation is, as well as (of course) reviewing any draft, trade, and free agent activity.
So the Bruins may be done, but we are certainly not. I hope y'all are watching the Memorial Cup and the rest of the Playoffs, and as always...
Over the offseason I'm going to try my hand at writing real things rather than just my usual bullet points and pictures attempts. The series I'm starting out with is "Focus on the Positive," where I talk about all of the good things that happened this season. There will of course have to be some negativity coming on, but for now the salary cap doesn't exist. DOESN'T EXIST!!!
So here's the first positive:
WE BEAT THE HABS IN THE PLAYOFFS!
Granted (blah blah blah, if the guys over at FHF want to fill this in they are welcome to do so, shoot me an email)
But the Bruins beat their hated rival. In four games. Sweep city. I tell you what - even if it was a team of grandpas or little kids like in that south park episode, I'd still like it.
We got to pick on Carey, we got to watch so many goals scored on a mediocre defense, we got to see Patrice fucking Bergeron win a fight. Truly, it was the best of times.
Here are the NHLVideo-provided youtube highlights of the 4 games:
Yup. Pretty much.
Congratulations to Byron Bitz for his first career playoff goal. It was a good one. Thanks also to Lucic for getting one.
I'll admit, I got a bad feeling as soon as this game got to overtime.
And I was right.
I'm a little disappointed that the bruins didn't do a stick-raising "celebrate the fans" type of thing, but I guess they followed tim thomas's lead in sprinting to the dressing room. What sealed it was hearing Byron Bitz getting called as third star and the security guard closed the door to the ice from the bench.
It was a very good year, the best since 1999 in terms of playoff depth, but obviously still a disappointment.
I don't know about y'all, but I'm hopping on the Penguins bandwagon. Both because fuck the Hurricanes and because I really like what the guys over at thepensblog do day in and day out.
There's always next year, right?
More focusing on the positives later, and maybe a little site redesign.
Bringing it back to Boston on Thursday, the Bruins managed to...mmm....dominate the hurricanes early and then hold on for the win.
Game's on NESN tonight, 7pm.
Bruins win? They bring it back to Boston for game 7.
Bruins lose? They're done for the season.
They played really well on Sunday. They'll have to repeat that performance tonight.
Walker, Jokinen could be marked men. Maybe next year.
"At this time of year, winning games is more important than anything else. But things are not forgotten."
- Shawn Thornton
That's more like it! The bruins decided to wake up and play some hockey all of a sudden. Their backs are still against the wall but they're looking feisty and ready to battle.
Aaron Ward's orbital bone might be broken. That walker joke should get broken too.
Jussi Jokinen is now officially a dirty word in Boston.
Now lets see how those goals got scored.
Check out this hit by Lucic on Seidenberg. Seriously: Lucic Hit on Seidenberg. The whole garden watched him move in like a predator of some type...da-dum...da-dum...da-dum-da-dum-da-dum...BOOM! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!
Bruins get on the powerplay late in the period (and early, etc...carolina is really taking penalties like crazy here). Faceoff, puck gets back to Chara. he wrists one in from the point, Recchi bats it down, it goes 5-hole on Cam Ward.
Eric Staal's mom.
If you thought Carolina sucked, you were very very very wrong. How do they pull this shit out during the playoffs?
Whatever. Game sunday.
Well, shit. That's not at all how I expected that to go, though by the end of the second I had a bad feeling about it.
The Bruins came out hot and by about 5 minutes in were really working the offensive zone. Stephane Yelle had a shot bounce off the bar and out. Just ridiculous. About a minute after that, with the Bruins still buzzing, Lucic sends it back up the half boards and savard gets it to wideman, who sends it on net from the point. Cam Ward gets a rebound. Lucic gets a rebound. Cam Ward doesn't get that one.
"It's like falling in love with the girl of your dreams then finding out that she once spent a weekend with Lenny Kravitz. I don't even recognize this Bruins team right now. They kinda look like my favorite team that controlled the tempo and played disciplined hockey but they just smell like incense, sweat and sing ridiculous lyrics like "We've got to stand up if we're gonna be free YEAH"
No game to recap, preview's not until tomorrow....must be time for some lazy links!
Aw crap. It's never good to lose in your own building. It's never good to lose in the playoffs. But let's not get too low. The series is tied up now. 1-1. And we're going into their building next.
The game? Here it is:
0-3 (empty netter) son of a bitch.
Yeah, so....awesome. If you're like me, you cut out of work early, and I personally was sweating on my way home, I was so nervous with excitement. So after a quick shower and a pre-game beer or two, we're off to the game.
And what a game it was. Honestly, I'm pretty sluggish this morning so lets just run through this quickly.
Pretty much a minute into the game, Cam Ward pushes it off to the corner, Lucic comes around behind the net with it, gets it to Aaron Ward at the point, who slaps it in. David Krejci gets a tap on it and Cam Ward doesn't. UPDATE: Krejci didn't touch it. Ward scored on Ward.