Post-game notes: Bruins vs. Canadiens 12/5/13


It’s been a while. And the header needs updating as we have a new number 18 on the roster now (I’m sorry, Andrea).

I believe this blog slipped into hiding shortly after the B’s saw their hopes at a second Stanley Cup in three years slip away in a matter of 17 seconds. But enough about that.

Tonight, the Boston Bruins squared off-against the always lovely Montreal Canadiens. It felt like it’d been years since they last played each other, right? Actually it’d been approximately 9 months since we last saw the Smurfs. Unfortunately the game didn’t turn out as we planned as a well-rested Bruins squad failed to capitalize on playing a team that played 3 games in 4 nights. According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, Claude Julien called Boston’s second period play “atrocious” and “embarrassing.”

The Bruins got on the board first with a goal from Gregory Campbell but an event of much greater significance occurred approximately 5 minutes into the game. As both Max Pacioretty and Johnny Boychuk went to battle for the puck along the end boards, Pacioretty checked Boychuk face-first into the dasher. I will note that this shouldn’t have been anything more than a minor penalty, which it was. This product was likely just a product of unfortunate timing and position. Either way, our stomachs were in knots seeing Boychuk go down like that. The scariest part was when his teammates tried to bring him to his feet, he was on all fours and seemed to be struggling immensely with his breathing.

Staff from both benches came onto the ice to help him and shortly after the stretcher was brought out. It took ten minutes to get Boychuk off of the ice and the Montreal crowd actually gave him a standing ovation as a left. He was sent to the hospital and it was later reported that he could move all of his extremities. He also traveled home with the team. Boychuk was examined by a specialist but no specific details have been released by the Bruins yet.

The Sports Hub recently said that Boychuk has suffered a lower-back injury and that it’s nothing serious. But we’ll have to wait until further information is released before making assumptions.

The second period of the game wasn’t pretty for Boston as Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty put their team in front 2-1. And despite a monstrous effort in the third, that would be the final score of the game.

Claude Julien was not pleased with the effort that was put forth in the second period. Now, Montreal sits ahead of the Bruins by a point. But they’ve also played two more games. Now it’s up to the Bruins to win those games. It was a rough way to end a game against a rival but life goes on.

What we learned: This isn’t the first time the Boston Bruins haven’t put together a full, sixty minute effort. We’re getting tired of hearing it. But that’s what’s happening. Lapses in play that result silly mistakes, defensive breakdowns, and the opposition capitalizes. But the Bruins are still one of the best in the league. All we can hope for now is a bounce-back game against Pittsburgh and a speedy recovery from Johnny Boychuk.

Three Stars:
1.) Carey Price
2.) Max Pacioretty
3.) Tomas Plekanec


Tuesday, June 25th, 2013. 10:14 am.

Chicago players come pouring out onto the ice, equipment flying, their screams audible from behind our television sets as they begin their celebration away from home. And after the handshake line, the Bruins kind of just disappear. Our team, they’re all there one moment. They’re all there with forlorn faces and aching hearts. They’re all there feeling the single most painful form of devastation a hockey player can endure, all wrapped up in a moment. As the Cup is raised, Blackhawks hoisting the hardware high one-by-one, the Bruins filter off of the ice. No, we didn’t see them go. They sort of just fade away among the celebration. In that next moment, they’re gone. The season is gone. Championship hope, gone.

But rewind and look back on what was. Look back on how no matter how many times people counted this team out, they rose from the dead and silenced everyone. Look back on how they performed miracles. Look back on how they came back from the brink and stunned the hockey world. And from that point forward, they only grew. This team, this band of brothers, this family, grew together. Shift after shift, game after game, series after series, this team proved everyone wrong. The Bruins did what they do best by playing the underdog role. They were the team that wasn’t supposed to win.

The rough part is that, in the end, they didn’t. But they went out in Boston fashion, didn’t they? As painful as it is to think about, they went down like a Boston team goes down. The exit was heartbreaking but maybe some part of you can smile about it. Why? Because this is your team. They rise and fall with no shortage of drama and no matter what happens, we’re along for the ride. We’ll always be there because this is our team, our family.

Boston you are the only, only, only.

See you next season, boys.

Crashing the Net Playoff Picks 2013: Round 2

As we wrap up a memorable first round of the NHL playoffs, it’s time Crashing the Net makes their picks for the second round. After one, here are the standings:

1. Andrea (7-1)
2. Ashley (6-2)
3. Ariana (5-3)
4. Chelsey (4-4)


May 13, 2013: The Comeback

 “Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you, you know we couldn’t live without you.”

After having 2 chances to close out the series, and failing, the Boston Bruins found themselves in a do or die situation against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The pinnacle of the playoffs. Game 7. At one point, a point that seems so distant and blurry now, the B’s had a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Boston for a 5th game.

 And again, had a chance to close it out in Toronto in Game 6. But they squandered both opportunities to put away the Leafs for good. Allow me to take a moment to give credit where credit is due though. The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the Boston Bruins a run for their money and should have, with statistics, history and every single possible odd in their favor, won Game 7.

But they didn’t.

Sitting in a 4-1 hole and on the brink of elimination, the Bruins found something. Experience, was it? Or something intangible? A hunger, a desire, a passion, from deep within their existence. The Bruins dug deep. They dug deeper than any team had ever before.

With just about a half a period of hockey left to play in their 2012-13 season, the Bruins began to chip away.

It all began with a Nathan Horton wrister that found twine 9:18 into the third period to cut Toronto’s lead in half. But we’d seen this before, right? The Bruins scrambling to score with only minutes left in the game? The Bruins showing up too late, right?

With Rask pulled and only around two minutes left in the game, Lucic scooped up a rebound and got one past Reimer.

They were within one.

There was something in the air. Something stirring. A force inside the TD Garden.

31 seconds later, Patrice Bergeron blasted one through a Chara screen and just like that, the game was tied.

The Garden was electric. This was happening. The game was going into overtime.

Toronto fans outside the ACC were quiet. The game wasn’t over yet, but there was silence. The crowd in Boston was alive. Momentum was on their side.

And then, just over six minutes into the overtime period, it was all over. In their very first shift together that night, the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line came up bigger than ever.  They caused havoc in front of Reimer, resulting in juicy rebounds and costly turnovers that put the puck right on Patrice Bergeron’s stick. Bergeron put it in the back of the net and the Bruins did it.

They completed a comeback of epic proportions.

In a game where everything was on the line, in a city that had just recently suffered unspeakable tragedy, a hockey team, a band of brothers pulled off a miracle.

 They made this nation of fans believe in the completely and utterly impossible.

Go Bruins.

Daniel Paille: The Unsung Hero

I knew as soon as the 7th Player award was announced that I needed to sit in front of my computer and air my grievances with the internet masses of hockey fans alike. There have been rumblings on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets by disgruntled Bruins fans over the recipient of the award this year. The fans choose who receives the award, and while I disagree with their choice, I was clearly in the minority of voters who actually pay attention the game and understand what a 7th Player means to the team.

A 7th Player is someone who may not get a ton of ice time but when he does, he out-skates, out-performs, and plays 150% every time he puts on the spoked-B uniform. He is a player who may not always be talked about by sports analysts and writers, but they acknowledge his contribution to the team as a whole. He most certainly is not a starter, but he could be.

Daniel Paille

edit by Judy (the-destroia)

So rather than complain about the outcome of the award, I want to talk about why I voted for Daniel Paille, and why I think he should be recognized by the Bruins fan base as more than just a member of the infamous Merlot Line. Continue reading ‘Daniel Paille: The Unsung Hero’

It’s playoff time.


Hockey East Player Spotlight 4/25/13 — Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino

I am so excited to begin this Hockey East Player Spotlight here on CTNB with one of my favorite players from Boston University, Nick Bonino. Nick Bonino attended Boston University from 2007-2010, when he left after the 2010 hockey season at Boston University to join the Anaheim Ducks for the remainder of the season. Bonino was an integral part of the Boston University (Dominating) Terriers of 2008-2009, when they won EVERYTHING (literally – I remember the parade and they had a trophy for every senior graduating that year, which I guess was seven), including the NCAA Frozen Four title in Washington, D.C. against University of Miami (OH). Read more about Nick Bonino at Boston University, see some awesome Youtube clips, and more after the break.

Continue reading ‘Hockey East Player Spotlight 4/25/13 — Nick Bonino’