All six games in the series between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators were decided by a single goal. Four of the six games in the series required overtime.
In Game 2, Clarke MacArthur played overtime hero scoring his first goal in nearly two years to give the Senators the win. His goal in Game 6, was just as big.
It all started with MacArthur drawing a holding call on David Pastrnak to give the Sens their fifth power play of the game.
At the blueline, Erik Karlsson dished the puck off the Derick Brassard who sent it to Bobby Ryan at the goal line. Ryan fires a shot on Tuukka Rask’s leg pad, and the puck pops right out to MacArthur in front of the net. While falling, he sweeps the puck in past Rask.
This has not been an easy season for Drew Stafford with the Winnipeg Jets.
Due to injuries, the 31-year-old forward has played in only 40 games and scored 13 points. The rumor mill surrounding the Stafford heated up in the days prior to the trade deadline. John Shannon added it appeared ‘inevitable’ he’d be moved the day of.
About thirty minutes after the deadline officially ended, Pierre LeBrun reported Stafford was on his way to the Boston Bruins for a conditional sixth round pick. About ninety minutes after that, it became officially-official when the Bruins announced their acquisition of Stafford and let it be known the pick was from the 2018 draft.
Per Craig Custance, the sixth round pick could become a fourth round pick if Stafford plays in at least 50-percent of Boston’s remaining regular season games, 50-percent of playoff games (should the Bruins make the playoffs), AND if the Bruins win in Round 1.
Stafford is making $4.35-million towards the cap this season. The Winnipeg Jets did not retain any salary in the transaction.
For this trade, we give it…
Whatever Sami Vatanen was (or wasn’t doing) during the play above led to an unbelievable save by Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
On the power play Brad Marchand was floating uncontested as Patrice Bergeron got into position on the far post. Marchand sends a perfect pass to Bergeron who has a wide open net. Bergeron’s split second decision to stop the puck with his skate and put it on this stick may have been a millisecond too long.
Bernier dives sideways and gets his paddle on the puck. He pulls it into his body so Bergeron can’t get the rebound. Afterwards, defenseman Sami Vatanen gives his goaltender a ‘my bad’ tap on the mask.
‘Gotcha questions’ are not allowed in Claude Julien’s press scrums.
Even when the question that is about to be asked is expected by almost everyone in the room.
The ‘almost’ in this case appears to be Julien.
His Boston Bruins lost – again. This time they held a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks until 1:26 remained. The passing by the Blackhawks catches the Bruins – I don’t know, sleep walking? – and Marian Hossa buries the game winner.
The hockey world has been on Claude Julien ‘nail in the coffin’ watch for the better part of a decade (at least it feels that way). This loss could be it, for reals this time.
Since Julien emerged to speak with reporters after the game one would assume he had yet to be fired, and that’s correct. Then intrepid beat reporter Joe Haggerty had the audacity to do his job and ask Julien about his job security.
The Boston Bruins are already pretty banged up. The news coming out on Saturday isn’t going to make their lives any easier.
From the team:
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued the following update on forward David Pastrnak : “David underwent a successful removal of the olecranon bursa from his right elbow on Friday, December 16 at Newton Wellesley Hospital by Dr. Matthew Leibman. He will likely be unavailable for the games on Sunday and Tuesday. His condition will be re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.”
According to WebMD, ‘olecranon bursa’ is:
Bursitis is an inflammation of small sacs of fluid (bursae) that help joints move smoothly. Olecranon bursitis, which affects the olecranon bursa at the back of the elbow, is sometimes called Popeye elbow. This is because the bump that develops at the back of the elbow looks like the cartoon character Popeye’s elbow. also goes by the name ‘Popeye Elbow’
HE HAS/HAD POPEYE ELBOW!
Here is a picture of Popeye and his elbows.
David Backes was the story going in to the game between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.
The game marks the first time Backes has faced his former since leaving for Boston in the offseason as a free agent.
On the power play, Backes is perched in front of his former teammate Jake Allen. Torey Krug sends in a shot on net and the former Blues captain cleans up the garbage. As he bats the puck into the net his stick breaks.
The goal itself is memorable for two reasons beyond Backes scoring on his former team.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.
It’s been a tough start to the season for Dan Girardi.
The New York Rangers defenseman missed the first three games with a groin injury. On Wednesday night versus the Boston Bruins, he appears to have escaped his fourth game of the year without a concussion.
At 10:55 of the second period, Girardi reaches up in an attempt to catch the puck in the air. It bounces off his glove and behind him. He starts to spin around in the direction of the puck, but the direction he chose to spin into is right in the way of the on rushing David Pastrnak.
Pastrnak turns and his shoulder makes direct contact with Girardi’s head. The Bruins’ forward’s skates look as if they come off the ice right before or simultaneously to the contact with Girardi.
Former Boston Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was arrested, booked and released on bail on Friday, June 24 for operating under the influence (OUI) in Andover, Massachusetts.
Bourque was not scheduled to be arraigned until Tuesday; however he and his attorney appeared in court on Monday where Bourque entered a plea of ‘not guilty.’
Details are now coming forth as to the circumstances surrounding Bourque’s arrest, including his blood-alcohol content.
According to the Boston Globe, Bourque’s BAC was allegedly .249, three times over the legal limit.