And while the Russian didn’t score himself, he finished the season with a league-leading 32 goals. He also topped the NHL in goals in 2007-08 and 2008-09. “It feels good. I didn’t win personal awards a couple years in a row, so it’s nice to come back,” Ovechkin said. Asked whether he has space at home for another trophy, Ovechkin grinned and replied: “Yeah, I just moved into a new house, so there’s lots of room there.” Washington’s first-year coach, Adam Oates , held a closed-door team meeting in the locker room after beating Boston. “We talked a little bit about focus from now on,” Oates said. “We came a long way to get this far, and we obviously want to go a lot further. So we talked about rest and focus.” It was Green who took a shot in overtime that was blocked by Rask, and Fehr was in the right spot to poke in the rebound. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was in the penalty box after a hooking call. “We knew, coming into the game, that we had to stay out of the penalty box,” Julien said. “Ended up costing us the game,” he said. Saturday was a rematch of a tight and testy first-round playoff series won by Washington in seven games last season, and things got scrappy this time, too. source: http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/teams/recap?gameId=400443185&sport=nhl
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators Game Preview
Cooper – USA TODAY Sports Here it is, everyone, the last regular-season game of the shortened 2013 NHL season. After tonight, it’s playoff time, but this last game will actually play a vital role in seeding a lot of the Eastern Conference playoff matchups. I’m no fan of the “if so-and-so wins and so-and-so loses in overtime, then this team will be in that place” fuzzy math that’s done in droves at the end of the season, so there’s none of that here. This is just a focus on the last game of the Boston Bruins ‘ regular season. They’re up against the Ottawa Senators , a team they’ve seen success against this year. Namely, they’ve won all four previous meetings, though every single win came by just a single goal. Oh, by the way, all of those games were played without Erik Karlsson in the lineup for the Sens, but he’s healed from his freakish Achilles tendon injury and is back. Tuukka Rask might be happy that there are no games that don’t matter, as he said, but wouldn’t it have been nice if the Bruins could have clinched the Northeast Division ages ago and then coasted a little bit into the end of the season? You know, give the big guys a chance to rest before the playoffs? They were able to do this last season–there was one late-season meeting with Ottawa where guys like Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara took the night off, and the Chicago Blackhawks basically utilized their AHL team last night so their stars could sit–but due to some of the mistakes that have been plaguing this team for pretty much the whole season and led them to a record that’s not super impressive, they’re not afforded this luxury. They’re also coming off having to travel back home following their upsetting 3-2 overtime defeat last night. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/28/boston-bruins-vs-ottawa-senators-game-preview-2/
Who Needs East’s No. 2 Playoff Seed More: Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens?
During its Stanley Cup run in the 2010-11 season, Boston won two Game 7s at home, including a first-round triumph over the Canadiens . Three of their four wins in the Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks were at home. Over the last two playoffs, the Bruins have won 10 of the 16 games played in their building. Finishing fourth and not having the home-ice advantage in a possible series versus the Bruins or Capitals wouldn’t be a bad scenario for the Canadiens. They were 3-0 on the road against these two teams this season, which includes an average of 4.5 goals scored in the two games played in Boston. Montreal also scored the second-most road goals and the third-most road power-play goals. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks won more games on the road than Montreal this year, so the Canadiens will be confident about their chances of winning any playoff series in which they don’t have the home-ice advantage. Boston Wants to Avoid Pittsburgh until the Eastern Conference Final USA TODAY Sports The Bruins had a lot of trouble with Penguins this season, losing all three of their matchups. The final meeting was played at TD Garden, where Pittsburgh won 3-2 even though superstar forwards Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and top-four defenseman Paul Martin were out of the lineup. The Penguins also did a great job of getting under the Bruins’ skin in that game, which resulted in the B’s taking some dumb penalties that Pittsburgh capitalized on. The Penguins’ scoring depth, amazing power play (second-best in NHL) and elite offensive talent makes them a bad matchup for the Bruins. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1621221-who-needs-easts-no-2-playoff-seed-more-boston-bruins-or-montreal-canadiens