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Game Day: Bruins @ Islanders

One more warmup before the playoffs

Sunday, 04.12.2009 / 10:43 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Game Day: Bruins @ Islanders
0:00 - Looks like the B's have the Jennings Trophy. Wow. What a regular season. B's win 6-2.

Can't wait for the Playoffs!

25.5 - MacDonald holds on for a faceoff.

1:45 - Just winding down...

7:07 - Hat trick! Kessel, alone, in front. Score. Nice goal -- even though he flubbed the shot. It was going in, no matter at 30 mph or 60 mph.

7:46 - Icing Boston.

8:14 - Another nice save for Thomas.

9:19 - Thomas ties up the puck off a faceoff.

9:22 - Icing Boston.

10:56 - Another save for Timmy, who is suddenly too busy.

11:18 - Save Thomas.

11:57 - Bitz in the box.

12:41 - Another save for Thomas.

14:11 - Thomas kick save.

14:59 - NYI really working hard to finish their season...

16:40 - B's back at full speed.

18:33 - Weight scores. It's 5-2.

20:00 - Start of the Third. Only 20-minutes to go in the regular season.
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0:00 - End of the Second.

1:51 - It's 5-1. Martinek beat Thomas through a two-man screen.

3:57 - Save Thomas...

4:03 - Sobotka for holding.

4:44 - Krejci is pulled down. B's PP.

7:30 - Matching high sticks.

10:00 - Save Thomas. He holds on.

12:58 - Backhand shot by Kobasew, score. It's 5-0.

14:33 - Kessel. In front. Alone. Score. It's 4-0. Wow. Goodbye Danis. Hello Joey MacDonald.

15:12 - Pokecheck save by Tim Thomas on Jackman, who was on a shorthanded breakaway.

15:49 - Hilbert in the bin for tripping.

17:04 - Danis covers up and holds on.

18:51 - By Savard. It's 3-0, Boston.

19:24 - Amazing stops by Timmy!

20:00 - Start of the Second.
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0:00 - Recchi came close, but the B's go to the room up 2-0.

29.4 - Holding Streit.

2:13 - Icing New York.

4:40 - Kessel buries one -- his 34th -- off a Wheeler rebound. Assist to Savard, too. It's 2-0, Boston.

8:19 - Hnidy shot, save Danis.

9:01 - Recchi just took a puck to the head. He shook his head, got up and nearly had a scoring chance.

9:43 - Thornton caught Bergenheim's stick in the nose -- the latter looked to have apologized to the former as he went to the box.

10:16 - Wheeler sends the puck through the NYI crease, but no tip...

12:59 - Thomas stop and a clear down the ice.

13:39 - Thomas stopped Nielsen behind a bunch-up in front of his goal.

14:29 - Kobasew to the box for holding.

15:16 - Another big stop for Tim -- the Tank looks strong.

16:02 - Big stop by Thomas.

17:44 - Thornton shot, Danis save.

18:46 - Wheeler near miss, too. The Islanders look out of sorts.

19:23 - Shot Kessel -- off a short breakaway -- and Danis stopped him.

19:37 - Wow. That was quick (and better). Ryder scored for Boston and it's 1-0. Krejci earns an assist and his 100th NHL point.

19:57 - Krejci wins the draw.

20:00 - Start of the First. Stay healthy! Yann Danis in goal for New York.

Let's switch to time on the clock.

4:49 p.m.
A decent guess at the lines...
Lucic-Krejci-Ryder
Wheeler-Savard-Kessel
Kobasew-Sobotka-Recchi
Thornton-Yelle-Bitz
Not sure on the d-pairs: 
Hnidy, Hunwick, Montador, Stuart, Ward, Wideman

Scratches:
Bergeron. Axelsson, Chara, Ference and Lehtonen?


4:36 p.m.
Where are my Bruins?
If you have just tuned in to NESN to find the Red Sox, read below.

From NESN.com:
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4:34 p.m.
Axelsson, Bergeron and Chara will not play...

NESN is Reporting:
Phil Kessel will play. Meanwhile Ference and Bergeron are considered day-to-day.


2:04 p.m.
News from the Island
Tim Thomas will be in goal for Boston. Recchi, Yelle and Hnidy are the alternate captains.


11:55 a.m.
From NHL.com:
There are three more Western Conference matchups to be decided after Sunday games starting at 5 p.m. ET.

Then the fun starts.

Once those Sunday games end, NHL.com will post the official League schedule of teams and game days for all possible 56 Conference Quarterfinals games as soon as NHL officials have it finalized. We can't tell you an exact time for the schedule release–feel free to keep checking – but you will see the complete first-round schedule as soon as it's official here at NHL.com.

Three Eastern Conference matchups are set for home ice: No. 8 Montreal at No. 1 Boston, No. 7 New York at No. 2 Washington, and No. 6 Carolina at No. 3 New Jersey. The other series will feature state rivals Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with Sunday's Rangers-Flyers game deciding which Pennsylvania team will have the home-ice advantage.

In the Western Conference, we know Chicago skates at home to open a No. 4-No.5 series against Calgary. The visiting opponents for the other three series -- to be hosted by San Jose, Detroit and Vancouver -- will await matchups to be decided Sunday. Possible opponents will come from Columbus, St. Louis and Anaheim.



11:10 a.m.
Jumping the gun...
If you want to start getting psyched up for the start of the playoffs, you must start following the other camp. And, beyond my counterparts at Canadiens.com, if you want to know what is going on with le bleu, blanc et rouge you should type Habsinsideout.com into your browser.

There, not only will you find out all the latest and greatest on the B's ultimate rival, but you will also get a flavor for the feelings about the Black & Gold above the border in Quebec.

Frankly, it might just make you mad. Heh. Heh.


10:53 a.m.
While I am at it...
Have you signed  up to follow the blog at Twitter? Why not?

I update anytime there is B's news to pass on (or when my mood moves me to "tweet").

And you can even set Twitter up to receive text messages whenever I report!

During the playoffs I plan on using this new tool to keep everyone updated to the minute, so make sure you sign up here.


10:45 a.m.

No morning skate for Boston, although P.J. Axelsson and Zdeno Chara are skating.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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