Posts Tagged ‘NHL Eastern Conference’

Bruins shut down Lightning in Game 3

Friday, May 20th, 2011

If last night’s Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning game could be summed in two things it would be: Bergeron and goaltending.

51625520Compared to Game 2, Game 3 was much more edge of your seat thrill ride with both teams focusing more on strategy.

Patrice Bergeron‘s return to the game seemed to revive the Bruins’ confidence. Bergeron had missed two weeks due to a concussion he had received in a shoulder-to-head check from Claude Giroux during Round 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tim Thomas was again goalie extraordinaire as he shut out the Lightning – his second playoff career shutout. Despite even the hair-raising moments, Thomas shut out the 31 attempts on net.

Not to mention the fact that the Bruins dominated this game, with David Krejci putting one in the net just over a minute into the game. From there the Bruins controlled play at puck drop 67% of the time. Bergeron himself won 18 of 28 faceoffs.

That’s not to say the Lightning didn’t make a great effort; the Bruins simply amped up their game and didn’t make mistakes. The Lightning are surely going to come back fighting harder for Game 4.

This win puts the Bruins ahead 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Final. Next game takes place at 1:30 pm EST in Tampa.

Eastern Conference Bruins and Lightning Goalies Pulling their Weight

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Canadiens Bruins HockeyWith the Eastern Conference Final tied 1-1 between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning, a lot of pressure comes down on the players to push even harder than before. The two hardest working players in this final are Tim Thomas and Dwayne Roloson, the Bruins and Lightning goalies respectively.

Considered by many to have the best goal tending in this season’s run for the Stanley Cup, both Thomas and Roloson have only let in on average two goals per game during Rounds 1 and 2. Their playoff save average is incredibly similar as well: .941 for Roloson and .937 for Thomas.

Thomas has even been compared to legendary Edmonton Oilers goaltender Grant Fuhr. As for Roloson, many say his goaltending is the driving force behind the Lightning’s success in the playoffs.

The conference is tied 1-1. Next game between the Bruins and Lightning takes place tonight at 8 pm in Tampa. But what we really want to know is… who’s your favorite goalie this season?

Leafs Look to Burke to Make Tough Calls

Monday, September 27th, 2010

kadri_4121Five games into the preseason, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have already had their share of ups and downs. The team that finished 29th last season has looked to the Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom trade made on January 21st to turn their lackluster performance around. From the trade until the end of the season, the leafs had the 7th best record in the Eastern Conference. Since then, they have (re)signed a number of dominating players.

So far in this preseason, we have gotten mixed signals from the Leafs. We’ve seen both optimistic play as well as signs of old habits.

Now, more than half way through the preseason games, the Leafs must start making the hard decisions. The first of which will be what to do with Nazem Kadri. The 19 year old London Knights player (more…)

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