Posts Tagged ‘Boston Bruins’

Flying Jet-lagged

October 22nd, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Flying Jet-lagged | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports

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Too much of anything is no good, just ask any athlete about a long lay-off and they will give you a similar answer to that of Jake Voracek in reference to the the Flyers six day break.  “We will most likely have to shake off some rust in the first twenty minutes of play against the Stars”. Unfortunately it took the Flyers a good forty-six minutes to shake off the rust and score their first goal to trim the Stars 2-0 lead in half with 8:57 left in the 3rd period. The offense looked flat throughout the first two periods, this included a lot of ill-advised passes, turnovers, issues setting up, and barely any time on attack. The Flyers also failed to convert on all four of their power plays as the team continued to turn the puck over multiple times while entering their own zone.

Despite winning 56% of their face-offs and out shooting the Stars 35-33, the Flyers failed to capitalize during multiple opportunities and to add insult to injury Braydon Schenn wound up committing an untimely slashing penalty with only 2:08 remaining in the game, which pretty much ended the Flyers from having any shot at potentially tying the game.

  • Positive Takeaways: Despite ending up with the loss and an early 2nd period goal, Steve Mason played brilliantly between the pipes, especially for returning from what seemed to have been a serious personal issue.
    • The defense really picked up for the lack of play in the team’s offensive zone and weak fore-checking. Had it not been for the solid play by both Mason and the team’s defense, the deficit could easily have been larger.

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40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup

May 20th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 40 years today: Flyers win their first Stanley Cup | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL, Sports

The ’74 Stanley-Cup-Champion Flyers had it all: speed, scoring, checking, fighting, grit, determination, goaltending, and a great head coach. They were one of the most depth teams in the league, and the most physical, dangerous team, yet they combined that physicality with scoring. The Broad Street Bullies clinched their first-ever Stanley Cup with a 1-0 shutout victory vs. the rival Bruins in Game 6 of the Cup Finals — on May 19th, 1974.

Just seven years prior, they were one of seven-new NHL expansion teams coming into the league.

Goaltender Bernie Parent was in his second different stint with the team, after originally being drafted by and playing for the Bruins, being selected by Philadelphia from Boston in the ’67 Expansion Draft, and being traded from Philly to Toronto and back to Philly.

It was a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride for Parent.

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NHL Trade Deadline News: Flyers acquire Isles’ defenseman Andrew MacDonald, trade Meszaros to Boston

March 6th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on NHL Trade Deadline News: Flyers acquire Isles’ defenseman Andrew MacDonald, trade Meszaros to Boston | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

As we exit past the NHL Trade Deadline (which concluded today at 3 PM) and into the final 20 or so games of the NHL season, the Flyers made a couple moves regarding defense. Yesterday, they acquired 27-year old Islanders’ defenseman Andrew MacDonald for two draft picks and prospect Matt Mangene. The Islanders received Philadelphia’s 2014 third-round draft pick and their second-round pick in 2015 as well.

The 24-year old Mangene has played 51 games this season with Philadelphia’s AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, in which he’s totaled three goals, six points and a -1 rating. Before being assigned to New York’s AHL representative, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, he previously played the last two seasons in Adirondack. Mangene is originally from New York, as he grew up in Manorville, roughly 25 minutes from Long Island, before he went on to play for the University of Maine for three years.

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More importantly out of the trade comes Isles’ blueliner Andrew MacDonald, who, albeit slightly, gives the Flyers an upgrade at the back end over who they currently have. After the acquisition of MacDonald on Tuesday, the Flyers were left with nine defenseman, with Andrej Meszaros being the man out of the equation. The MacDonald acquisition mixed with Meszaros’ status this off-season as an UFA (unrestricted free-agent) led to the latter’s departure to Boston.

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Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner Again

June 28th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on Blackhawks Stanley Cup Winner Again | Filed in General, Hockey, TalkSportsPhilly

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Well another year in NHL hockey has passed us by with an exciting matchup between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.  The series turned out to be a back and forth matchup with the Blackhawks coming from behind early in the series to end it in the sixth game to become the Stanley Cup winner for the second time in the last four seasons.   A rundown of the six game series went like this: Blackhawks win first game 4-3; Bruins win second game 2-1; Bruins win third game 2-0; Blackhawks win fourth game 6-5; Blackhawks win fifth game 3-1; Blackhawk win sixth game 2-1.

One player who stood out for the Blackhawks throughout the series was Dave Bolland, who scored the winning goal in the final minute of play in the sixth game for the 3-2 victory giving the Stanley Cup winners a storybook ending.  “This is probably the biggest satisfaction I’ve ever had,” Bolland said. “A hockey season is up and down. I had a roller-coaster year with injuries. Things like that happen. You battle through them and it is the way that you come out of it through the injuries is what matters.”  A great summary of Bolland’s play in the Stanley Cup finals is this article featured on NHL.com.

It was not a big surprise to see the Blackhawks and Bruins make it to the finals this year considering their regular season play.  But, who will be next years Stanley Cup winner you might ask.  Here is an article that addresses that titled Early Odds on 2014 Stanley Cup Winner  if you want to  be one step ahead for next years action. 

This final was also a special moment for the Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews, It is tradition for the Captain to hoist up the Stanley Cup trophy and Toews was brought to center ice to do it for the second time in his career.  Toews had two assists in the Game 5 victory and was questionable whether he would play Game 6 but ended up playing the game and put forth a great effort during the win.

On the other side of the ice, the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup even though they had a lot of injuries and several young players that had to step up to fill the spots.  Boston had an impressive run in the playoffs and as a team and city stilled had the Boston Marathon bombing fresh in their minds.  Boston should be a contender next year because most of the core players will be returning.

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Flyers hold onto 2-1 win over Bruins

October 7th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Flyers hold onto 2-1 win over Bruins | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

28 long minutes kept the Flyers from taking the ice and beginning the 2011-12 season. It was difficult for me to sit through the ridiculously long and tiring banner raising ceremony in the TD Garden. Just imagine what it was like for the Flyers to sit there and listen to the crowd roar with appreciation, much like they did after game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. That was the game that set all of the offseason changes in motion, this was the perfect opportunity for Philadelphia to show that those moves were the right ones and if this was the first act, it was pretty damn impressive.

When the puck finally dropped at 7:28pm the Bruins began the season right where they left off. They dominated the Flyers for the first 10 minutes. Ilya Bryzgalov was tested early as it seemed every 20 seconds he was having to either fend off a shot or be in position to do so. This was because of an early abundance of turnovers from the Flyers forwards in the neutral zone. Yes the defense wasn’t in the groove that it needed to be in, but like we all saw in the playoff match up last season the Bruins aggressiveness was just too much for the Flyers to handle.

Boston’s momentum culminated in a Brad Marchand power play goal, thanks in part to a Zac Rinaldo holding the stick penalty. This would be the end of any kind of Boston momentum until way later in the 3rd period.

The Flyers began to finally look comfortable together on the ice. Claude Giroux capitalized on a Nathan Horton slashing penalty with a razzle dazzle move past Zdeno Chara and then one that froze Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. Nice way to start out what many analysts are saying could be his breakout season. It wasn’t all Giroux on the play though, Chris Pronger began the play with a pass to Jagr who fed it to Giroux who took it from there. On the play Jaromir Jagr reached the milestone of his 1,600th point.

Less than a minute later and with only 2.4 seconds left in the 1st period one of the “new guys” lit the lamp. After a Andrej Meszaros shot was blocked, Jakub Voracek spun around and flung the puck at the net. The biscuit slid past the five-hole of Thomas and just like that it was 2-1. The air was taken out of the championship balloon.

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2011 Stanley Cup Finals Preview

June 1st, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Preview | Filed in General, Hockey

For the Bruin faithful it has been 39 years since Lord Stanley has made its way across the trolleys of Boston for all to see. In Vancouver, pictures and descriptions of the Stanley Cup is all that the fans have been able to see. The Canucks entered the NHL in 1970 and have never had the honor of lifting the cup. This is the first time since 1990 that the Bruins have been in the final and the first time since 1994 that the Canucks have been in the finals. This is about as even of a final series as you could get. Both teams have top notch goaltending, offensive explosiveness, and most importantly a will to win that has guided both teams to the spot that is talked about when the season starts in October.

Offensively

The Canucks come into the series riding the hot streaks of the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with eight goals in the postseason, but it is his brother Henrik that has put himself in the race for the Conn Smythe trophy. It is Kesler however that is the perrenial favorite to win it if he has another good series. He has 18 total points in the playoffs including, 7 goals and 11 assists. Two of those goals were game winners. The front line that includes the Sedin twins is the key for the Canucks in this series. Kesler is having a fantastic playoffs, however the Sedin twins are the cog that makes the wheel turn, if their line struggles, they will have to wait to hold Lord Stanley.

Boston has been led in points by David Krejci and Nathan Horton, both have 17 points, Krejci has 10 goals to Horton’s 8. Tyler Seguin became the flavor of the week in the series against the Lightning. The key for the Bruins is to score in even strength situations because they only have five power play goals in this year’s tournament. Just for comparison, Daniel Sedin has five power play goals by himself in the playoffs so far. Playing with the advantage has not been friendly to the Bruins to say the least.

Defense and Goaltending

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Thoughts after period 2 of Flyers-Bruins game 4

May 6th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Thoughts after period 2 of Flyers-Bruins game 4 | Filed in Baseball, Flyers, Hockey, Phillies

– I forgot that VS. was going to put the game on after the Red-Wings-San Jose game, because the coverage on Hockey Night in Canada has been fantastic. The color from Garry Galley and play-by-play of Dean Brown has made the game seem so epic.

– Bobrovsky looked fantastic that period. He is the main reason why the score is tied.

-Great job by Versteeg, he has played awful this series, but finally showed why the Flyers traded for him. He can make plays, finally made a good decision to wait shooting on Tim Thomas. Nice pass by Richards to set it up.

-Hartnell has had a rough game, but made a good decision on drawing that 4 on 4. The Flyers skate much better in the open ice.

-It would be a perfect time for JVR to step up. He has played fantastic this series and this would be the perfect time to step up when the captain is starting to play like one, he made a great pass to set up Versteeg.

-Tough loss for Cliff Lee. Hard to believe but he got out dueled by Derek Lowe.  16 k’s is hard to beat, but the offense worries me.

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