Boston Bruins, Celtics Games Canceled Following Marathon Explosions

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Boston Bruins players congratulate goalie Tim Thomas (L) after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout during their NHL hockey game in Chicago

Sponsorship Link In response to the Boston Marathon explosions that left three dead and scores wounded Monday afternoon, the Boston Bruins and the NHL have jointly decided to cancel Monday night’s home game at TD Garden against the Ottawa Senators.  According to an NHL press release , Boston Bruins management and the NHL opted to cancel the game out of security concerns related to the Boston Marathon explosions.  “After consultation with city, state and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in an open statement . “Public safety personnel from the city and state are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today’s tragedy.” While the Boston Bruins game has been canceled, the NHL still has seven other active games taking place on Monday night, including a game between the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes. “Our arena security staff do an excellent and thorough job each game to ensure that Arena and our fans are safe and secure,” Rich Nairn, the Coyotes’ senior director of communications, said in an email to USA Today Sports . “The same security measures will be in place tonight. The NBA has also chosen to cancel Tuesday night’s Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics are not at home on Monday night, but it is uncertain when they will play another home game due to security concerns. At the same time, Major League Baseball has opted to go ahead with its eight scheduled baseball games Monday night. The Boston Red Sox held a game on Monday, but the team’s match against the Tampa Bay Rays took began at 11 a.m. EDT, well before the Boston Marathon explosions went off.  source:

Patrice Bergeron takes top Boston Bruins honors

Rask had a 12-4-2 record, 1.85 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in home games this season. Seguin was a plus-16 in home games with 9-9-18 totals. Gregory Campbell won The John Bucyck Award for outstanding contributions to the community. He was active in charitable activities and visits in the Greater Boston area, making stops at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club and the Home for Little Wanderers. Fourth line shines In past years, coach Claude Julien might have looked to his fourth line of Daniel Paille, Campbell and Shawn Thornton for someone to scratch when Nathan Horton returns from injury, but that line has been one of the Bruins’ best in the two games before the regular-season finale. Horton is nearly ready to return from that injured hand or wrist suffered in a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla more than a week ago, and someone will be scratched from the current linrup when he does. “My thought process is to play as well as I can every night and make that (scratch) decision, if it’s me, as tough as possible,” said Thornton, whose minutes suffered while Paille and Campbell were playing on other lines because of injuries. Against Tampa Bay and Washington, the so-called Merlot Line — back together for only four games now — combined for seven hits, four takeaways, three blocked shots, a plus-3 rating and 19 shots, eight of which found the net. They were active and intense, even if they didn’t score. It’s expected, but not carved in stone, that Horton will go back to right wing on the David Krejci-Milan Lucic line. Kaspars Daugavins played that spot against Ottawa. When Jaromir Jagr returns from his illness, he’ll go back to the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. source:

Who Needs East’s No. 2 Playoff Seed More: Boston Bruins or Montreal Canadiens?


Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The Bruins are a much worse team on the road than the Canadiens, so it’s important for them to earn home-ice advantage through the first two rounds. Here’s how the two teams compare at home and on the road. 2013 77 65 The Bruins are 3-8-1 in their last 12 games away from TD Garden with an average of just 1.91 goals scored in that span. Boston’s record on the road against the top playoff teams is also unimpressive. Opponent 0-0-2 -2 The Bruins are a much more confident team at TD Garden, and they have shown in the past that home ice is a huge advantage for them in the playoffs. 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. source:

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“It gets a little of your confidence back. I’ve been playing five minutes a game all year, and that’s a little tough on your mind. Now, playing with two great players is nice.” ROSTER REVIEW Jagr missed his second straight game with the flu, while Horton didn’t play for the fifth game in a row. Horton, who sustained an undisclosed upper body injury in an April 20 fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla, is “skating every day,” Julien said. “He’s on track, same as before. We’re certainly hoping to have him ready for the first game.” The absences of Jagr and Horton left the B’s with only one spare forward. It was Jay Pandolfo , who didn’t play for the 11th straight game and remained stuck at 899 career NHL games. On defense, Aaron Johnson didn’t play for the 15th consecutive game, while rookie Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the third game in a row. After playing in the Bruins’ first 39 games, Hamilton played in only three of their final nine. HARDWARE HAUL The B’s handed out a bunch of year-end awards, with Patrice Bergeron cleaning up more than anyone. He received the Eddie Shore Award from the Gallery Gods for “exceptional hustle and determination,” and the Elizabeth C. source:

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Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 2: Phoenic Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera makes one of his 39 saves against the Kings. The Coyotes won 3-1.  Matt Kartozian, USA TODAY Sports April 2: Buffalo Sabres center Kevin Porter scored two goals, his first two of the season, in a 4-1 win against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports April 2: Carolina Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty celebrates his second period goal against the Capitals. Tlusty scored three goals in a 5-3 loss.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports April 2: Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom pry the puck away from Eric Staal. Backstrom recorded four assists in Washington’s 5-3 win.  Gerry Broome, AP April 1: New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan was named the first star in a 4-2 win against Winnipeg. Callahan notched a goal and three assists.  Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports April 1: Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth made 26 saves and earned his third career shutout in a 4-0 win against Dallas.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports April 1: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scores in an empty Carolina Hurricanes net. Pacioretty scored twice, his first two-goal game since Feb. 27, in the 4-1 win over Carolina.  Jean-Yves Ahern, USA TODAY Sports April 1: Justin Schultz scored a goal and had two assists for Edmonton in a 4-1 win over Calgary. It was the 22-year-old rookie’s first three point performance.  Perry Nelson, Getty Images March 31: Chicago’s big 7-1 victory over Detroit was made possible with the help of Brandon Saad, who notched two goals and an assist.  Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports March 31: Boston delivered on a 2-0 win against Buffalo, thanks to Anton Khudobin’s 26 saves in the second shutout of his career.  Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports March 31: Kimmo Timonen had one goal and three assists as the Flyers shocked the Capitals in overtime 5-4. Timonen’s goal tied the contest forcing extra play.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov celebrates after scoring in overtime against the Devils. Kulikov’s first goal of the season gave Florida a 3-2 win.  J Pat Carter, AP March 30: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun salutes the crowd after shutting out the New York Islanders, 2-0. Vokoun made 35 saves and earned his second straight shutout.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri scored three goals against the Ottawa Senators. Kadri’s hat trick led Toronto to a 4-0 win.  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports Related story Fullscreen March 30: Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Corey Potter, left. source:

NHL first-round playoff capsules

However, they won their last two, and that was enough to edge the Bruins. Ottawa, meanwhile, won six of its last nine, including the finale at Boston. Senators goalie Craig Anderson led the NHL in two major categories: goals-against average (1.69) and save percentage (.941). Montreal won two of the teams’ three regular-season meetings, with each team winning once in a shootout. No. 3 Washington Capitals (27-18-3) vs. No. 6 New York Rangers (26-18-4) — The Capitals surged into the postseason, having won 11 of their last 13 games. The Rangers also finished hot, ending on a 7-2 run. Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin led the league with 32 goals in the 48-game, lockout-shortened season. source:


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