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Game of the Night (11/10)

Posted in Around the NHL with tags , , , , on November 10, 2010 by cameronekynett

David Krejci will be doing what he can to keep Pittsburgh on their struggles.

An Eastern Conference battle sets our stage for the game of the night tonight.  The Penguins play host to the Bruins tonight on the NHL network.  This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.  Pittsburgh took three out of the four meetings last season outscoring Boston 11-9.

This should be a firecracker of a game because of the two teams rough history with each other.   After Matt Cooke’s vicious hit on Marc Savard the series has been full of tension.  In between the pipes for Pittsburgh will most likely be Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has had a rough start to his season posting a 3.55 GAA and a .853 save percentage but is still the same dangerous goaltender that can steal a game like he did time in and time out in the ’09 playoffs.   For Boston I expect Tim Thomas to get the start with his 7-0 record.  Thomas has returned to the Vezina winning shape he was in ’09.  Thomas has a 1.05 GAA and a remarkable .967 save percentage.

He doesn’t need to be mentioned because he does it so often it’s practically clinical, but of course big Z will be a factor tonight.  Obviously Zedeno Chara is a dominant force every game he plays.  He completely shuts down his side of the ice every shift.  I think he’ll be able to contain Crosby and the rest of the Bruins will do their job in turn.

I believe this game comes down to the special teams.  The Pen’s have struggled on the power play so far this season at just 13.3%.  The penalty kill has not been much better for Pittsburgh at 87.5%.  The Pens will have to stay discipline to give themselves a chance in this one.  It’s going to be a hard-hitting game with both teams throwing the body quite a bit.  Nathan Horton leads boston in points, and I believe he will have a big game tonight.  I’m also calling Tyler Seguin having a big game.  He’s a talented young player with major offensive abilities and with a struggling Fleury, Seguin could put on a shooting clinic.

My prediction is a hard fought and rough bout but with Boston edging Pittsburgh 4-2 with an empty netter.  I think the Pen’s are having a rough go at it right now and the Bruins have a hot goalie and a young talented team with a D core that is up there with the best of them in the league.

Star of the game? Nathan Horton with his great vision and offensive skill set.

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Game of the Night Recap 11/5

Posted in Around the NHL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by matthewfobrien

The Capitals seemed to have done their homework a little better than the Bruins last night. After dropping the first two games of the season series to the Bruins, the Caps took the third game, the second at the Verizon Center, 5-3. The Capitals stifled the Bruins high scoring offense for the most part, allowing all three goals in the third period. The Bruins had only 9 shots through 2 periods and allowed 25 to get through to Tim Thomas, who let 3 past him all in the second.

Alex Semin had a shorthanded goal to help lift the Caps over the Bruins

Tyler Sloan got the scoring going just 59 seconds into the second after Tomas Fleischmann won a face off back to the point. Sloan let a one timer go that found it’s way through traffic and by Thomas. Mike Green scored his third of the season after he danced around sliding Gregory Campbell and let a wrist shot go that beat Thomas’s glove to give the Caps a 2-0 lead 7:35 into the second. Alexander Semin got the third goal for the Caps on a shorthanded 3-on-1. Semin dropped the puck back to Green who faked a pass to his right and slid it to Semin on his left whose shot beat Thomas to the post and gave the Caps what seemed to be an insurmountable lead with 2:10 left in the second. The Caps had dominated the game to this point and Tim Thomas was replaced by Tuukka Rask for the third period.

Rask looked good in the early goings of the third period, stopping the Caps efforts until Michael Ryder finally put a rebound past rookie phenom Michael Neuvirth with 16:53 remaining in the third. Shortly after, at the 4:02 mark, Nathan Horton ripped a slapshot past Neuvirth to cut the lead to one. Both of the Bruins first two goals were on the powerplay. Shawn Thornton tied the game up at the 9:51 mark when he took a feed from Brad Marchand and broke in 2-on-1 and beat Neuvirth with a backhander over the pads. Neuvirth was taken out of the game at this point in favor of another rookie, Braden Holtby. I’m not sure why Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau made this move, maybe to spark his team, maybe to even out the game as the Bruins had replaced their starting goalie as well. Whatever the case, the Caps responded about 4 minutes later when John Carlson ripped a slapshot past Rask on a questionable face-off drop by the linesman. The Bruins center was kicked out of the face-off (a rule I hate) and before he could set up on the wing, and really before the new Bruins center could set up for the face-off, the linesman dropped the puck, allowing Nicklas Backstrom to cleanly win it back. Carlson made no mistake in firing the puck to give the Caps the eventual game winner. Alex Ovechkin added an empty net in the last minute to seal the 5-3 victory. Holtby stopped all the shots he faced in the third.

Overall it was a great hockey game with the Washington Capitals prevailing, moving them into first place in the Eastern Conference heading into today’s action. The Bruins are right back at it again tonight as the St. Louis Blues are in town, another tough test for the Bruins. The Caps are back at it again on Sunday when they face off against the Flyers, another top team in the Eastern Conference. Remember to check back later when we highlight the game of the night from the 12 games that are being played tonight.

Game of the Night 11/5

Posted in Around the NHL with tags , , , on November 5, 2010 by matthewfobrien

The game of the night tonight will again feature two of the best teams in the league in the early goings. The Boston Bruins (7-2-0) led by Tim Thomas in net will take on Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (8-4-0 ) for the third time this season.

The Bruins are 2-0 against the Caps so far, beating them in Washington once and Boston the other time. Tonight’s game will be played at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital. Up front, the Bruins are led by Nathan Horton (5-5-10 ), Milan Lucic (5-4-9 ) and David Krejci (2-8-10 ). They are still without star centerman Marc Savard who is recovering from post concussion syndrome. Rookie Tyler Seguin has played well in his absence compiling 3 g-2 a-5 pts in his first campaign. Defensively, Zdeno Chara is showing that he is worth his contract extension, being everything the Bruins hoped he would.

The Capitals are led by who else but Alexander Ovechkin who has 7 g -8 a – 15 pts so far this season, continuing his dominance of this league since he entered it in 2005.  Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are off to good starts as well, with 7 g – 6 – a – 13 pts and 4 g – 6 a – 10 pts respectively. Goaltender, and rookie of the month for October, Michael Neuvirth should be between the pipes for the Capitals. Neuvirth has edged out fellow 22 year old Semyon Varlamov for the starting job this season posting a .920 sv% and a 2.31 GAA en route to a 8-3 record.

If this game is anything like the other two, look for a very fast paced, highly offensive game with both teams getting a lot of opportunities at the net. Ultimately it will come down to goaltending and who can capitalize on their offensive opportunities. Although the Capitals have one of the most dangerous offences in the league, the Bruins have already shown they can stop it, allowing just 2 goals in 2 games against the Caps this season. Special teams should be the key, the Caps powerplay is 10th, penalty kill is 5th. Boston’s powerplay is 11th and their penalty kill is 1st, killing off 91.4% of opponents powerplay. If Tim Thomas can continue his incredible season I would look for the Bruins to win this game 3-1 in a very close affair, with Thomas as the shining star yet again. The game will be aired on NHLN-US (HD) and NESN (HD), it starts at 7:00 PM.

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