Tuesday, July 28, 2009
November 5, 1995 Bruins @ Blackhawks
The action started early as Kevin Stevens got to work hammering Joe Murphy and rendering him useless for 3 games. (The game just gives J. Murphy when the injury occured. I had to go check to make sure it wasn't our goateed friend from the infamous Montreal Radio Show incident at Sully's during the playoffs.) A great first period ensued with many chances for both teams. The B's cashed in first with Dave Reid netting his first of the year, from Leach and Potvin, half way through the first.
Bernie Nicholls then struck for the Hawks to tie it up (unassisted) early in the 2nd period. Bob Probert then bit off a little more than he could chew when Marc Potvin eeked out the win in a looooong long bout. (P.S. haven't lost a fight yet in this game). B's then proceed to get a powerplay, not sure who or how, but of course proceed to blow it by letting in a shorty from Steve Smith. Tony Amonte then extended the Hawks lead to 3-1 unassited with just 47 seconds left in the 2nd.
To open the third, Lacher continued his leaky ways by allowing a Sergei Krivokrasv slapper by to make it a 4-1 Chicago lead. A minute and a half later the checking line had seen enough. Dave Reid produces again with a backhander to beat Eddie Belfour, from Rohloff and Zombo. 40 seconds later Todd Elik chips in to slim the lead to one (assisted by Oates). Oates then ties it up at 4, returning the favor on the assist was Mr. Elik. In a strange sequnence Alexei Kasatonov and Don Sweeney both injure Tony Amonte and Steve Smith for 3 games respectively. Three Hawks gone for three games by three different Bruins. With just 1:45 remaining the Bruins conjure up some more 3rd line magic as Marc Potvin drills the go ahead goal past Belfour. However 40 seconds later Chris Chelios ties up the game for good. An uneventful overtime leads to the first Bruins tie of the season. Oates, Reid, and Potvin are the three stars. Outshot one more time 48-30.
League News: St. Louis trades Pat Jablonski to Montreal for J.J. Daigneault.
November 7, 1995 Senators @ Bruins
So I figured Blaine Lacher has played 19 games in a row at this point and his last two games he's let in 9 goals. Not like the typical Lacher we've seen so far, unless the game knows how the wheels come off in reality. So playing a 3-12-2 team at home I decided to give Lacher a rest and go with good ol' Vincent Riendeau. Two early goals from Don Sweeney and Ray Bourque made it look like this was going to be a piece of cake. More like a piece of caked dog crap. The Sens crawled back into this one with a penalty shot goal and a beautiful one timer from Tom Chorske and Sean Hill respectively. Kevin Stevens got his record to 10-0 in the mean time by defeating Stan Neckar in easy fashion. The boys came back in the third with Bourque's second and a Stevens tally to squeeze out the 4-2 win. Bourque, Stevens and Chorske are the stars.
The B's swept into Buffalo looking to continue the streak to 9 wins in a row. With a Ray Bourque one-timer from Don Sweeney in the first 43 seconds, we had a pretty good idea how this one would play out. Two goals from Joe Mullen, and one each from Todd Elik, Adam Oates, Ted Donato, and Shawn McEachern ensured the victory in a very comfortable fashion. Of course Kevin Stevens continued his dominance in the ring thumping Jason Dawe in the second period. Blaine Lacher made 44 saves in this one. Mullen, Oates, Elik are the three stars.
League News: St. Louis acquired a 3rd round pick from New Jersey for forward Esa Tikkanen.
Also, Calgary acquired Claude Lapointe from the Avadiques (COL/QUE) for a 7th round choice. (That 7th round choice turned out to be Sami Pahlsson by the way)
November 3, 1995 Bruins @ Penguins.
This game had it all. We kicked it off with Alexei Kasatonov scoring on Blaine Lacher, totally my bad but I'm still not as bad at this game as Mark Mowers is at real hockey. (We've had this blog a month and I can't believe that was my first Mark Mowers joke.) Kasatonov rebounds and threads a sweet pass to Ted Donato a few seconds later to tie her up at 1. It was a real back and forth game for the next period and a half. Stevens takes out Sergei Zubov for the game, then Luc Robitaille gets the Pens up 2-1. B's fire right back, Jozef Stumpel rockets one from the top of the circle from Rob Zombie, I mean, Rick Zombo. Todd Elik then makes it 3-2 B's from Oates and Don Sweeney. Then a 4-2 lead provided by Kevin Stevens who banked a rebound left by Tom Barrasso after a Bourque blast. John Rohloff then takes his golden gloves record to 3-0 by walloping Francois Leroux in a no contest bout. A weird sequence at the end of the second saw a delayed penalty on Oates for a trip, the Pens score (MacIver) and Oates still goes to the box. Then on the ensuing powerplay Mikko Makela drops in to tie the game at 4. All Bruins from here on out. Joe Mullen nets a pair for the 2nd game in a row. Neely and Donato (his second) also had goals late. Mullen, Donato, Stumpel are the three stars. B's outshot again 49-34.
Another post coming tonight. Maybe the best game of the year.....
Monday, July 27, 2009
Let's hear it one more time (because we're so used to it at this point), nothing happens in the first period. I think I've figured out that if I don't play for awhile it takes about one period for me to get used to the game again. Then the flood gates open in the second and third. Actually we had a little injury action as Alexei Kasatonov gets railed by Trent Yawney and we lose him for the period. Now I've seen someone injured for multiple games yet it hasn't happened to our boys yet (fingers crossed).
Jumping to the second period, off the face off to open the second, Kevin Stevens gets into his comfort zone by pounding the bejesus out of Gary Roberts. Thank the good lord there is no instigator rule in the game, Stevens is pretty hot right now. The game does 4 on 4 for matching fighting penalties, which baffles me to no end. Also I believe this is some of the reason Neely doesn't produce more. Neely is a right winger and when it's 4 on 4 they send the left winger and the center for all lines. Makes no sense, and pisses me off a little. Might just have to play Cam at left for a while. After some 4 on 4, Marc Potvin checks in with a tally from Stevens fresh out of the box and Lacher. Potvin in his 3rd game of the season now has 2 goals and a fight, not bad for the worst rated player on the team. Exactly one minute later Stevens continues the hot streak with a goal assisted by Bourque and Lacher. (Another thing that grinds my gears. The game doesn't tally goalie's points. I'm fairly certain Lacher would be the points leader if this were so.) Two minutes after that score, the B's get another big opportunity. Theo Fluery decides to trip Todd Elik whilst on a breakaway. This game with it's affection for the penalty shot gives Elik the chance and he burys the thing on Tabbaraci. My first penalty shot goal, I was thrilled to say the least.
Defensive hockey from here on out for the B's. However it broke down and we blew the shutout again as Gary Roberts netted one at 7:55 of the 3rd. The B's closed out the 3-1 win with Stevens, Roberts and Potvin as your three stars. Outshot again 39-34 by the Flames.
Detroit traded Ray Sheppard to the San Jose Sharks for Igor Larionov and a conditional pick.
Also, Quebec (Colorado) traded Owen Nolan to the Sharks for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh.
October 27, 1995 Bruins @ Montreal
The B's kick off a 4 game road trip for the first time it seems like in forever. We visit the Habs for some revenge from that 1-0 home opening loss. The first period provided some results this time at 5:20 in Todd Elik, who seems to be on a little hot streak of his own, drills one home assisted by McEachern and Kasatonov. Exactly nine seconds later Steve Leach gets on the board for the first time this season assisted by Jozef Stumpel.
Not much from the second period this time, only Lyle Odelein being Lyle Odelein. John Rohloff decided enough was enough I guess. Rohloff tuned up Odelein in a long bout. Odelein is a monumental d-bag but I will give him credit for his ability to take a punch.
More defensive minded hockey for the B's in the 3rd period. Teddy Donato did extend the lead to three late in the third with an unassisted blast from the blue line. The boys held onto this shutout for Blaine who made 42 saves in the contest. Donato, Elik and Leach are you stars of the game.
On a real Bruins note I'd just like to add that I personally am going to miss the hell out of P.J. Axelsson. Never an All-Star, never an award for the guy. But dammit he was reliable, consistent, and a first class gentleman. I hope he does very well in his home country and maybe we'll get to see him come Olympics time. That'll probably be the last guy we'll ever see begin and end his NHL career with the Bruins and I'm thrilled that I got to see him play. (P.S. Derek Morris, wtf?)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Oct 15th Kings @ Bruins
Gretzky and Co. stopped by the Fleet looking to take first place in the Pacific division. Unfortunately for the Kings, Cam Neely is healthy. That's all the B's needed. Weird side note, Kevin Stevens of course got into it, but this time with an opponent that will later be come very familiar. Rick Tocchet didn't stand a chance, but we'll see if they meet again sometime.
BOS- 4:20 Cam Neely unassisted
LA-1:30 Granato assisted by Kurri and Hrudey
BOS- 2:37 John Rohloff assisted by Heinze
Fight- 2:47 Stevens def. Tocchet
BOS- 3:09 Shawn McEachern unassisted
BOS- 7:20 Joe Mullen unassisted
BOS- 4:35 Neely assisted by Kasatonov and Lacher
BOS- 9:26 Neely assisted by Gruden and Lacher
Neely, Mullen, and McEachern are the three stars in the 6-1 win.
October 17th The Washington Capitals trade Defenseman Igor Ulanov for a 3rd round draft pick from the Chicago Blackhawks.
October 19th Canucks @ Bruins
The Pacific division leading Cauncks were next to face the Bruins wrath and it was a pretty good back and forth hockey game.
VAN- 1:22 Jeff Brown assisted by Bure
BOS- 3:45 Ray Bourque assisted by Stevens (Sweet give and go play)
BOS- 1:43 Shawn McEachern unassisted.
BOS- 5:07 Bourque assisted by Neely and Stevens
BOS- 0:39 Adam Oates assisted by Lacher
Fight- Stevens def. Dan Murzyn (WHO???)
BOS- 6:01 Todd Elik assisted by Kasatonov
Bourque, Stevens and Jeff Brown are the three stars, B's win 5-1. Better game than the score represents.
October 21st Oilers @ Bruins.
The Oilers came to town next with high hopes, but were just lucky to get out alive. A weird sequence in the second half in the first had Bourque, Stevens, and Neely all get double minors for roughing in the same minute. A 5-3 on three penalty until very late in the 1st allowed me Oates, Sweeney, Kasatonov, and Gruden for the kill. This almost feels like redemption for the Stanley Cup Finals losses. Hey, I said almost, I haven't really lost my mind.
BOS- 1:27 Adam Oates assisted by Stevens and D. Sweeney
BOS- 4:03 Ray Bourque assited by Lacher
BOS- 6:03 Oates unassisted.
Fight- 6:13 John Rohloff defeats Jason Arnott
BOS- 6:50 Marc Potvin assisted by Lacher
BOS- 8:35 Todd Elik from Kasatonov and Lacher
BOS- 8:56 Shawn McEachern from Lacher
BOS- 1:04 Oates unassisted (Hat Trick)
BOS- 4:45 Joe Mullen from Lacher and Zombo
BOS- 5:06 Don Sweeney from Stevens
EDM- 8:48 Oliver unassisted
Oates, Sweeney, Stevens are your three stars in the 9-1 Bruins win. Funny story, I was outshot again 40-33.
League Update through 10 games (Bruins 8-2).
Division Leaders: Pacific- Vancouver, Central- Detroit, Atlantic- Washington, Northeast- Boston
Goals- 9 Paul Coffey DET. Tied for 3rd are Oates and McEachern with 7 each.
Assists- 14 Michael Pivonka WAS.
Points- 20 Paul Coffey DET.
GAA- 1.00 Mike Vernon DET. Lacher in 4th with a 1.40.
Friday, July 24, 2009
John Michael Liles (COL) – cap hit $4.2M
Brent Burns (MIN) - $3.55M
Kevin Bieksa (VAN) - $3.75M
Tom Gilbert (EDM) - $4M
Ryan Whitney (ANA) - $4M
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (SJS) - $3.1M
The first four on the list seem most likely as all four of these teams could use help up front. Anaheim and San Jose already have offensive weapons on the roster, but stranger things have happened.
I guess it is also possible they just want to sign Phil, but what would that mean for the Bruins backline. What happens when Ference or anyone else gets injured again? This has got to mean they are looking to acquire someone on defense. Don’t forget they could also sign Phil and trade some other forward for blueline help. I wonder how long they will make us agonize over this one???
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Fish stopped by the Fleet this morning to take on our boys, or did they. Certainly looked like both teams missed the bus to the arena as not a single thing happened in the first period. Seriously nothing. The second opened with a bang, which was Cam Neely's body crashing mightily into Craig Janney's (yeah remember that guy?). Well Janney went down and out for the game and Neely served his 2 for the rough. Neely fresh out of the box gets to come back to a powerplay and immediately sets up Adam Oates for the 1-0 lead with 2:46 remaining. A minute and ten seconds later the B's made it 2-0 as Oates struck again from Donato and Lacher. One minute and twelve seconds later, Shawn McEachern decided 3-0 looked better on the big board (from Jozef Stumpel and Joe Mullen). The first half of the third was like the first, booooring. Until Alexei Kasatonov decided to come out from his cave and trip Viktor Koslov. Koslov got his penalty shot and Lacher stacked the pads to deny the Sharks their only chance to get back in the game. The very next shift Steve Heinze got in on the fun with a pretty rebound from Elik and Stevens. Game over, Bruins 4 Sharks 0. Lacher's first goose egg of the year with 35 glorious saves. Oates, McEachern and Heinze the Three Stars. Also of note, Kevin Stevens did not fight anyone. It's almost unheard of at this point.
October 14th Mighty Ducks @ Bruins
Almost forgot they were called the Mighty Ducks somehow. No triple dekes, no knucklepucks in this one. All Bruins. We'll jump to the second period again. Kevin Stevens opens the scoring from McEachern and Elik. Then in his first game Marc Potvin figures if they keep playing Stevens, I might as well go Brock Lesnar on someone. Joe Sacco is the poor sap who is beaten in 5 blows. It looked like the Tyson-McNeely fight. McEachern then makes it 2-0 with an unassisted tally. Ducks make the lead one shortly after as LeBeau sneaks one past assisted by Tverdovsky. No need to fear though, Ted Donato gets the 2 goal lead back 14 seconds later assisted by Adam Oates. Tverdovsky strikes again to open the third, but 33 seconds later Stevens gets the 2 goal lead back from Gruden and Elik. The B's never looked back as scores from Joe Mullen and Ted Donato locked this one up at 6-2 Bruins. Donato, Stevens, and McEachern are your Three Stars.
Tomorrow is 68 days to go! Maybe a tilt in the a.m.
1. He signs a one year deal
2. He signs a deal similar to Krejci’s
3. He waits for an offer sheet to come in
4. He refuses to play and requests a trade or holds out
What KPD fails to mention is the possibility of a trade during the offseason here. There are rumors out there that teams are interested in trading for him, this one in particular says that Chiarelli may have an offer that he can’t refuse Godfather style. If they do trade him, that would be in stark contrast to what Chiarelli told Kathryn Tappen here. This little interview looks like a good player relations move more than anything. They don’t want Phil to believe the rumors out there and start to think he isn’t valued or liked here in Boston.
My opinion on all of this is that Chiarelli has most of it figured out, but has to wait because of Hunwick. Matt Hunwick might be the domino. Chiarelli could be waiting for Matt Hunwick’s cap number to be finalized before he moves forward with Kessel. This would then allow the Bruins to sign Kessel right up to the cap OR trade Chuck Kobasew to make more room for Kessel OR trade Kessel presumably for help on the blueline. Kessel is going to want $5M. Apparently his best buddy on the team is Krejci. If only he would sign a contract like Krejci did. However, after watching what happened to the Bruins against Carolina last season, I would have no problem waving goodbye to Kessel to get something back of quality for the blueline. Let’s just hope that option #4 doesn’t happen.
For some more discussion of this, you can go here and read Jimmy Murphy’s thoughts. Jimmy Murphy is well known to Section 311 and especially the Mayor. Before Game 7 against Carolina Jimmy was at Sully’s tap looking for someone to go on a Montreal sports talk show. He overheard us talking and asked if one of us would do it – we all pointed at the Mayor and he ended up on Montreal radio mostly taking shots at the Habs for their quick exit the round before. I think this was before the Wild Turkey shots so he did quite well.
So what is the next logical destination on a road trip for the B's two days after a game in Toronto? You guessed it, sunny Florida! It took me this long to realize that the schedule this game has me on is not the real '95-96 schedule. I must really be getting slow in my old age. Anyway, to Florida we go to take on the Kitty Cats.....
The boys came out with a fire lit under them like I've yet to see. A first shift goal that was nostalgic yet at the same time completely fantastical. Ray Bourque grabs a loose puck coming out of the offensive zone and makes a brilliant pass to Kevin Stevens. Stevens then proceeds to blow a scoring opportunity, likely story, but grab his own rebound and swings to the corner. This is kind of where we get a little fantasy, Stevens threads the needle with a pass to the slot. Fantasy over as awaiting the puck in the slot is Mr. Neely who rips it home to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. A couple of Florida penalties and a non-productive Bruins powerplay tells the rest of the first period story.
To open the second, Neely gets a nifty breakaway pass from Adam Oates, then is takcled by (name slipped past me) doing his best Rodney Harrison open field tackle impersonation. Neely is awarded a penalty shot and I finnally get my first chance to blow that opportunity which I did with style and grace. Jesse Belanger then gets lucky for the Panthers. As I was trying to do god knows what with the puck and Blaine Lacher, Belanger somehow sneaks it past to tie the game up 1-1. This apparently pissed off Stevens who went looking for someone's head to knock off. Local boy Tom Fitzgerald just happened to cross paths with Stevens on the next shift and he stupidly drops the gloves. You probably know how this story goes if you've been keeping up, Stevens 5th fight in 5 games and he's now 5-0. Why oh why is Fitzy fighting anyone anyway, tisk tisk Tommy. The very next shift Radek Dvorak makes a couple nice moves and gets himself a breakaway. Too bad for him he was playing the same shift as Ted Donato. Donato rockets back down the ice to somehow catch Dvorak and deny his shot on Lacher. Jon Gruden lumbered down behind Donato to try and cover as well and ends up with the puck and open ice as far as the eye could see. Gruden carries to the red line where he squeaks the puck to a streaking...........TED DONATO! Donato then breaks into the zone, a couple moves and backhands one shortside on the Beezer. 2-0 Bruins.
The Third period didn't see much action until the 6 minute mark. When the 3rd line chipped in a nice goal from Todd Elik assisted beautifully by Steve Heinze. Apparently pulling the goalie when down by 2 was not "in" when this game came out. All comeback attempts by the Panthers were futile at best and I would very much like to see this team in the first round of the playoffs. I finnally outshot an opponent 33-30 in this one. Your three stars were Neely, Donato, and Elik. Through 5 games Donato is so far the team MVP. Also through 5 games, here's a look at the rest of the league......
Division Leaders: Pacific Division Vancouver, Central Division Chicago, Atlantic Division Philadelphia, Northeast Division Buffalo (Bruins in second place)
Goals: Paul Kariya ANA, Gary Suter CHI, Eric Lindros PHI, Joe Sakic QUE, Brian Bradley TB all have 5 goals to lead the league. Five Bruins have 2 goals to lead the team.
Assists: Chris Chelios CHI leads with 7 assists followed by 4 others with 6. Four players have notched 2 assists to lead the team.
Points: Both Chelios and Lindros have 11 points to share the lead, Kariya is in 3rd with 8. Ray Bourque leads the B's with 4 points.
GAA: Grant Fuhr STL and Kay Whitmore VAN lead with a 1.00 GAA. Blaine Lacher is 9th in the league at 1.76.
Should be more to come tonight as I only have 69 days to win the Cup.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Douche-alev signs with the Sens, so we just may yet see the laziest front three on the planet (Spezza, Heatley, Crap-alev) grace our lives with their presence. I project that their combined plus/minus next season will be around -80. As I pondered in my fantasy hockey league sometime last season - which would you rather have drive you home after a night of partying - Ted Kennedy or Dany Heatley? (okay, this is probably where I'll get sued.)
Habs signed local boy (Belmont, MA) Paul Mara. What is it with the locals joining up with the enemy? So for those of you, all 8 of you, who dreamt of an all-Massachusetts defensive pair suck-fest, it just may come to fruition in about 75 days.
Former Bruins d-man/lug Andrew Alberts has signed on with the Whale.
Anytime a Canadien bleeds, it's a good thing. Stan Jonathan turns some poor sap's face into a serving of bloody lo mein. Yeah, that's Fred Cusick with the call.
The B's continued their trip through Canada this morning. A strange first period as the Bruins were a man down for 6 of the first 10 minutes with Ray Bourque taking two 2 minute minor penalties for Interference and tripping. All penalties killed nicely without the Captain on patrol and Lacher came up huge on a couple stops early.
The Second commenced with a strange play in the corner, with Lacher trying to retrieve a puck then attempting a Drew Bledsoe like pass of the puck, only to be intercepted by Mats Sundin not Troy Vincent. Sundin then lazily lofts the puck in for the Leafs first score. Not 2 minutes later does Benoit Hogue drill one home from the slot and the Leafs are quickly up 2-0 as the period came to a close.
Came out for the third and Bourque had enough of the sputtering B's offenese and took matters into his own hands on the first shift. Oates recovered a Leafs dump and hit Ray at his own blue line where Bourque went the other two thirds to park one home. Kevin Stevens then threw his weight around for a few, easily defeating Jamie McCoun to extend his fight streak to 4 games and record to 4-0. Toronto recovered quickly when a Dmitri Yuskevich blast squeaked past Lacher for a 3-1 lead. Fresh out of the box, Stevens caught Todd Gill trying to get fancy, and promptly dropped his punk ass for the next two games with a crushing open ice check. Shawn McEachern got the B's to a 3-2 deficit with a slapper from 10 feet from Donny Sweeney. Then Neely made a spectacular rush to try for the tie and was stopped by Felix Potvin. Bourque however cleaned up the rebound and sent us into the third OT game of the young season.
The comeback however stopped there. Doug Gilmour broke the Bruins hearts by netting a nifty backhander to end the contest in the first minute of OT. Leafs outshot the B's 39-25 and your Three Stars were Gilmour, Bourque, Yuskevich. After the 4-3 loss the Bruins now stand at 2-2.
League Update: Summer Trades
I forgot to update you all on the notable transactions that took place the summer prior to the season. Of course the game gives you the final roster from the '94-'95 season so yes I went and made all these trades (and more). So here's just a few. (And I'll keep you updated throughout the year with the rest of the deals made).
1. To Kings - Dimitri Khristich and Byron Dafoe. To Caps- First Round pick
2. To Canucks- Alexander Mogilny. To Sabres- Michael Peca
3.To Penguins Dmitri Mirinov. To Maple Leafs- Larry Murphy
4. Blues sign Dale Hawerchuk, Geoff Courtnall, and Grant Fuhr
5. To Blues- Chris Pronger. To Whalers- Brendan Shanahan
6. To Bruins Kevin Stevens, Shawn McEachern. To Pens- Glen Murray, Bryan Smolinski
7.To Edmonton- Curtis Jospeh, Mike Grier. To Blues- Picks
8. To Pens- Sergei Zubov, Luc Robitaille. To Rangers- Ulf Samuelsson, Petr Nedved
9. To Islanders- Claude Lemieux. To Devils- Steve Thomas
10. To Nordiques- Claude Lemieux. To Islanders- Wendel Clark
Stick around. More to come tomorrow!
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Ottawa Senators stopped into the FleetCenter for a tilt with our boys. Still trying to get the hang of the game in general, I was actually afraid of this one after the debacle for a home opener. A stalemate through the first until Kevin Stevens (of all people) put the Bruins on the board for the game and the season with a nifty rush with assists from Oates and Neely. The Sens pulled right back into the game just a few minutes later with a tally from Alexander Daigle. The first ended without too much fanfare but the second was something to see.
As I began the second period, I stated to my brother "I never did like going this way on the screen" as for home games you travel upwards on screen twice and downwards once. I never did well in the latter situation (and yes I just totally avoided all "going down" jokes, dirty dirty people). So take one guess how that turned out. Four Bruins goals in the second. I honestly didn't track who or when, because I was just so damn excited I scored everytime. The Sens came back with one, totally my fault, no blame to Blaine. Kevin Stevens also extended his winning streak to two in a hard fought bout with Randy Cunneyworth.
The third saw a futlie attempt of the Sens to get back into the game. With a good lead, we went for Don Beaupre's blood. Two more B's tallies, again not sure who, but did notice on the second to last that Lacher registered his 4th assist of the night. Locked up the 7-2 blow-out and starting to feel good about that promise. Out shot 39-38, out hit them 27-12, and Oates, Stevens, Neely took home the stars.
October 6, 1995 Bruins @ Nordiques
Not until later NHL series editions could you create teams. So we're stuck with the Nordiques in the division instead of the Avalanche in the West. Oh well, I'm on fire right now after netting 7 against the Sens right? Wrong. Forgot the nucleus of this team is the same that goes on to win the real Stanley Cup (minus Patrick Roy). Tough contest, and the 'Diques strike early in the first, Sakic from Forsberg and Fiset. "Crap" is pretty much all I've got at this point. I shuffled up some lines at the beginning of the game to get Leach and Reid some ice time, may have picked the wrong time to do so.
The first (after the Quebec goal) and second period were pretty much the same, defensivly stellar performances on both teams part. Couple hooks and trips for each side, nothing doing for either PP.
The third period was an absolute thriller. Alexei Kasatonov goes for a hook in the first 2 minutes. Penalty killed no problem, Bourque is the ultimate in that particular area. Kasatonov comes out of the box, Quebec changes, and Sweeney hits him streaking to the net, Kasatonov tries a backhanded stuff, runs into Fiset, INTERFERENCE!!! I was livid. Almost sat him, except the next shift I lost John Gruden for the period. Then the streak goes to 3-0. Kevin Stevens pounds the living fecal matter out of Wendell Clark. This fired up the boys (me and my brother) and led to a 5 minute barrage which garnered (yes Jon that's for you) no results. I played the 1st line with about 1:45 remaining, still down 1-0. Dog tired at the next stoppage a minute or so later, I reluctantly put in the 2nd unit. Well wouldn't you know good ol' McEachern gets a breakaway and nets the tying goal with 29 ticks left. Total pandemonium in the living room. We take her to OT and McEachern gets another solo shot on Fiset right off the faceoff, stoned cold. Unfortunatly for Fiset and the rest of the 'Dique crew, Teddy Donato cleaned up the rebound and sent us on our way with an amazing comeback victory. Nordiques came with 39 shots to the B's 29 but the physical B's went 36-16 in hits. Donato 1st star and McEachern 3rd.
Stay tuned for this weekend
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The season will commence with as many players on the opening day roster as the Game will allow. I am not creating any players for the sheer fact that this really happened 14-15 years ago and I still think Sandy Moger is better than he actually was. I will then make the same trades as Harry and Co. did this season (don't go research it, surprise is way more fun). 10 minute periods, all penalties, and of course fighting. I was admittedly not very talented at video games my entire life, so this could be a rough journey. Here's your 1995-96 Boston Bruins (Row 12 style)
Adam Oates- Best Forward on the team this year
Cam Neely- Still great though injury prone
Kevin Stevens- Cokehead
Shawn McEachern- Lots of upside, big wheels
Todd Elik- Who? Seriously.....
Joe Mullen- Too good for the '80 US Olympic squad, couldn't hold Neely's jock
Ted Donato- Love Teddy, have to love Teddy
Steve Heinze- Again, who didn't love Heinzey
Steve Leach- One more time! Now just the ladies!
Dave Reid- 24/7, or 24 minus 7 = #17 Dave Reid All Day!
Jozef Stumpel- Yuck
Mariusz Czerkawski- Had upside at one point, promptly left it in a trash can in a Polish Airport
Tim Sweeney- Does a great job with the Bruins Foundation, Good Job Timmy!
Ray Bourque- Rated a 99 in the game, need I say more
Don Sweeney- Reliable, solid defenseman
John Gruden- Not the football coach, though this guy may have had better luck doing so
John Rohloff- Think short Hal Gill
Alexei Kasatonov- Last NHL season for a reason
Rick Zombo- Best defenseman name ever because he played like he was bitten
(There are a couple more, somehow I lost their names. No one better than the last 4 guys, so I'm sure you won't miss them. Al Iafrate was on the roster, however he was "recovering from knee surgery" all year and did not play. If the Mayor was old enough at the time I'd think he went on a weekend bender with him and took 2 years to recover)
Blaine Lacher- Came up huge in '94-95 lockout year. Flamed out quickly this year.
Vincent Riendeau- Did not play for the Bruins in '95-96. He is my one exception to the rule because there are no other goalies on the game who did play for the B's. Or at least until January that is, stay tuned for that mess.
1995-96 Game 1. Canadiens @ Bruins
So it all kicked off last night. Home opener, building opener, hated rivals, and I couldn't be more excited. I probably should have been well rested for this or at least tried my hand at a couple practice games to shake off the rust. Well I didn't because I firgured I'd just get the hang on the fly. Much tougher than I remembered, getting slow in my old age perhaps. But they played pretty good D. Lacher was a monster for the first 10, Pierre Turgeon had at least 6 breakaways. A couple close calls on Roy, Czerkawski slashed Brian Bellows and he was awarded a penalty shot which Lacher turned away with ease. Second Period was a snoozer except for Kevin Stevens pounding the bejesus out of Lyle Odelein who landed maybe two blows. The third was just a back and forth thriller, great time. Todd Elik pulled a Glen Wesley and missed a wide-open net on a rebound that had me out of my seat screaming. We dragged her into OT where current Bruin Mark Recchi, who was then a Canadien, gets an incredible breakaway and Lacher stones him cold. After trying to recover from hyperventilating, I make an outlet pass from Kasatonov that gets picked by Recchi for another breakaway and doesn't he just stuff it home. Outshot 38-29 by the Habs and out hit as well 21-20. So the B's are 0-1. Lets hope for a rebound tonight as I believe Ottawa is on deck and I won't have to face Patrick Roy. (Yes he does get traded to Colorado later this year, but funny thing is the Av's we're formed too late and the Nordiques are still in the game.) All for now.
As Always Lets Go The Bruins
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I personally (with a little help) will secure and deliver the Stanley Cup Championship for our very own Boston Bruins by the time the pucks drops on the 2009-10 NHL regular season. How could I possibly do this you might ask? Well I’m going to need some names such as Bourque, Neely, and Oates to accomplish this task. I am also not the first person to achieve this feat; however I may be one of the last. It’ll only take a TV, Sega Genesis, and way too much free time.
The ’95-96 season was a special event. The Bruins opened a new year in a new arena with Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Middle of the Road guys, Hot Prospects, Horrible flops, and just straight up Bums. They also hosted the All-Star game in which the Captain took home the MVP in a stellar performance. The B’s finished 5th in the Eastern Conference regular season with a record of 40-31-11 (remember ties, ugh, the Mayor might just jump the balcony if he witnessed another). They were ousted by the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Florida Panthers (sickening, I know) in just 5 games. Ray Bourque had the most productive year of his last 5 in Boston (20-62-82 +31 totals) playing in every single contest. Adam Oates had another fine year (25-67-92 +16 totals) leading the offense. The B’s faithful also had their hopes high, but then as always, were crushed mightily. Goaltender Blaine Lacher had a hopeful second half of ’94-95 and looked like the goalie of the future, but sputtered to a 3-5-2 record with a GAA of 3.93. It was also the last time we saw Cam Neely in the lineup. He only played 49 games (26-20-46 +3) and was just a shadow of his former dominant self.
This summer the 1995-96 Boston Bruins will come alive on my television (paired with my Sega Genesis) and your computer as well. I will attempt to create Harry Sinden’s wet dream with the arrival of the cup on my TV screen, he won’t see it but I’d really rather have it that way. My quest to get Cam the Cup, in his final year, on his last legs, will be completed. Stay tuned for game recaps, league updates, special commentary, guest “coaches” (anyone have Steve Kasper’s phone number, he just might come over and play a game or two). It’ll be a fun way to waste the summer away and get back to the fall ready for some real Boston Bruins hockey.
Did I mention this is the year they brought back fighting into the NHL series? Oh yeah, Kevin Stevens may just stay on the roster a little longer for that, and I might not let him fight back. Ever.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Bruins re-signed the brass-balled Mark Recchi. Surely, Cload wanted him back on the team to show the players what dedication is – we all know the story of Recchi getting his blood switched out, Keith Richards-style, before one of the games vs. Carolina a few months ago. I used to hate Recchi due to his presence on the good Penguins teams of the early 90’s that beat the B’s, and for his presence on the Habs teams of the late 90’s, and it took me awhile to warm to the concept…but as usual, winning changes everything.
Final note. Komisarek is a good player. If there was anyone on the Habs that is worthy of wearing the spoked-B, it’s Komisarek. If you thought he was the biggest chump on the Habs last year, recall that he often had to stick up for his wimpass team, and he was usually the only one. He was probably more upset that he had the Kostitsyns on his team than for anything else.