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Five things to ponder

Things to ponder on this rainy Monday:

1. The NHL’s newest playoff preview video. We’ve already been treated to “What if Bobby didn’t fly?” and now this:

If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, then I don’t know why you’re reading this blog right now.

2. How’s your NCAA bracket looking? If you’re me, it’s looking drastic and unfortunate. I’d picked Denver (who was ousted in round one) and Michigan (defeated by Miami-Ohio last night) to go to the championship. Guess I’m done. The Michigan/Miami game was the story of the night, last night, going to 2OT before Alden Hirschfeld beat Shawn Hunwick to win the game. Hunwick, to his credit, stopped over 30 shots; the 5’7 junior walk-on is the reason his team was even in the NCAA tourney in the first place. Major props, and here’s hoping he gets the starter spot next season. Go little Hunwick go!

3. Tonight’s Bruins game is ridiculously huge. Tim Thomas vs. Ryan Miller. A chance to make the Leaf’s microscopic playoff chances officially nil. The potential to move into a tie for 6th place with the Flyers, with a game in hand on that team. And, possibly most ridiculous of all, there’s a magic number of goals allowed that could move us into the #1 spot for Jennings contention. Remember the Jennings trophy? Remember who won it last year?

Tuukka may not have a wife for Timmy to thank this year, but how epic would this be? As far as I can tell, a rookie has never won the Jennings. Keep sieve-ing it up, Marty Brodeur, the B’s want a trophy to take home. We may have the worst offense, but we make up for it with the BEST DEFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.

4. Eric Gryba signed with the Senators today. Although he will probably play in Binghamton, this is incredibly good news for the holder of BU’s single-season penalty minutes record.

We'll miss you, Grybs.

It also means the dismantling of the 2008-2009 championship team is continuing on it’s merry way. Colin Wilson in Nashville, Matt Gilroy in New York, and Brandon Yip in Colorado have already seen significant ice time this year; Kevin Shattenkirk, Zach Cohen, and Colby Cohen are Colorado-bound (or at least Lake Erie, Colorado’s affiliate, where Zach has already seen ice time since BU was ousted from the Hockey East semifinals). John McCarthy, Brian Strait, and Jason Lawrence are tearing it up in the minors, and Nick Bonino leapfrogged over the AHL straight to the pros, where he’s already logged a game for the Ducks since leaving BU this year.

Life moves on, though; names like Warsofsky and Saponari and Chiasson will replace the Cohen, Gilroy, and Wilson of late. Goalie Kieran Millan will remain for at least another year before shipping west to Colorado. And the new incoming class of freshmen will bring a wealth of new talent and names we’ve never even considered. It’s not the end of the world, but there’s no denying it’s sad to see a team like the 08-09 Terriers break apart.

5. Game 6 of Rouyn-Noranda and Val d’Or’s playoff series ended in a 5-1 Huskies win. Jordan Caron leads the QMJHL in scoring (awesome) and Max Sauve’s junior career is officially over. Will we see him in Providence, now that the baby Bruins’ playoff hopes are all but quashed? Only time will tell. In other P-Bruins news, in the first game since Ned Lukacevic was released from his PTO, new signee Devin Timberlake scored in his first game out of Brown University, and ex-BU product Kenny Roche scored as well, although the Peebs lost in OT. It’s almost certain now that Providence will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998. How depressing.

News from the Q

After a long wait (okay, not really, one week) we finally have some photos of our Bruins prospects!

In game four of the QMJHL playoff series between Val d’Or and Rouyn Noranda, Val d’Or tied the series at two games apiece. Sauve and Caron continued their brilliant play, with Sauve getting two goals and an assist and Caron logging one goal. That brings their totals for this series alone to four goals and three assists for Caron, three goals and two assists for Sauve. Not too shabby.

Maxime Sauve

And I will call it....the Caronface.

GREEN HAIR IS NEVER ~EVER~ A GOOD DECISION. Oh, Sauve.

Caron getting a little yappy? I'm ok with this.

You can check out more photos here. It seems like in every photo of Sauve playing, he’s in the crease, either running the goalie over or creating a mess of traffic like a tiny French Mark Recchi. Excitement is building to get this kid to Providence; of course an upset is always possible but Rouyn Noranda came in heavily favored to win this matchup, and the series could end as soon as Saturday. With Providence running the gamut of injuries and players lost to callups, Sauve could be making an impact as early as April 2nd against Worcester.

Random off-day junk

How soon is too soon to start getting fired up for Sochi 2014?

It may be four years away, but nights like last night make a hockey fan wish it were coming sooner, especially for fans of team Finland. In 2014, Finland will be out at least one superstar in Teemu Selanne and probably Saku Koivu as well, but how about this – there are two young Finnish goaltenders right now who are absolutely pushing the upper limits of awesome in the NHL right now. One of them happens to be our very own Finnish Boy Wonder, Tuukka Rask, who posted a glorious shutout of the Thrashers last night, kicking them back down away from our 8th-place playoff spot. That shutout also meant he got to add a league-topping save percentage to his already league-topping GAA record!

nhl.com has given in to TUUKKA MANIA.

Far outpacing the rest of the league in goals allowed against, Tuukka is being touted as the most positionally sound goaltender Boston has seen in years, his style vastly different from Tim Thomas’ flaily floppy fish style. While Tim’s style is fairly effective, it’s also heart-attack-inducing at times. Tuukka’s style is much more calm; he never seems to exert more energy than he absolutely has to, and he is lightning-quick sliding from post-to-post. Although we have seen some rookie mistakes, he’s only giving himself room to grow.

Elsewhere in the league last night, Antti Niemi, Chicago’s version of the young Finnish prodigy, posted a shutout, and is right behind Tuukka (and beating American Hero Ryan Miller, by the way) in goals allowed against. Through 29 games played this season, SIX of Niemi’s games have been shutouts. Only five goalies have that many or more this season, and all of them have played close to or more than twice as many games as Niemi has.

RASK/NIEMI GOALIE TANDEM FOR SOCHI. Can I order my jerseys now, please?

FERENCE RE-UPS

Andrew Ference, glass groin extraordinare, has apparently just signed a contract with the Bruins for the next 3 years. The 31-year-old will make $2.25 million per year. Andy plays an interesting role on this team; he hasn’t played more than 60 games for each of the past two seasons, giving baby defensemen from Providence the opportunity to get their shot at the big club (see: Boychuk, McQuaid, Hunwick last year, etc). It’s not a great contract; personally, I would have preferred one or two years. Three is a bit crippling, unless somehow Ference comes out as a star next year, which is unlikely.

The Bruins now need to lock up Mark Stuart, Johnny Boychuk, and even Adam McQuaid, all RFAs at the end of this season. Then, and only then, should Bruins fans think about being satisfied with this signing.

Congrats on the new contract, Andy, we’re listening to this song all day in your honor! We know it’s your favorite…or…something.

YOUR DAILY PROSPECT UPDATE

In the ongoing dramatic saga that is the P-Bruins’ push for the last playoff spot, defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Trent Whitfield were recalled to the NHL club today. Can you imagine if the Bruins were like the Sharks or Oilers, and had to waste a day flying AHLers back and forth every time they needed a callup? Instead, the baby B’s can shuttle back and forth in about an hour. It’s very convenient.

The PBruins have games against Manchester and Portland this weekend – not easy games at all. Both teams are top seeds in the conference, and with as much as Whitfield has contributed offensively and Penner has been solid at the blueline, going into these games without the two of them is a bit nervewracking.

HOWEVER. There is hope on the horizon!

It’s become a well-spoken-about fact that Max Sauve, Jordan Caron, and Michael Hutchinson will probably head to Providence to contribute as soon as their playoff runs are over. Sauve is set to be the first one to head south; his Val d’Or Foreurs dropped a 1-0 decision to Caron’s Huskies last night, and the Huskies now only need two more wins to advance. Caron scored the only goal; his work in the postseason is getting exciting. He’ll definitely be a player to keep an eye on. Joe Colborne’s Denver Pioneers are headed to the NCAA postseason as well; although there have been rumors of him signing when his team’s run is done, it’s possible that the AHL regular season could be done by the time he’s eligible, and there has been no known communication between Chiarelli and Colborne at this time.

I went to find a picture of Big Joe playing at Denver, and found this instead. Joe, bleached hair is a fashion no-no. Don't bring that to Providence.

Lucky Sunday

A random last-minute decision turned into a ticket to the Bruins game today, a game drawing a lot of skepticism after the Bruins’ completely flat performance against the Penguins on Thursday. I’d almost resigned myself to breaking up with the NHL and settling for AHL and QMJHL hockey for the rest of the season.

Not necessary; the Bruins have temporarily won me back.

A 2-1 decision in which the game-winner comes off a Dennis Wideman backhand one-timer has a lot of Bruins fans questioning the tilt of the universe today, especially in a game where the referees seemed determined to break the record for ridiculous not-really-offsides offsides calls. Whatever. Miroslav Satan says no to referee fail by punching in a rebound from an Andy Ference shot in the second period. Dennis Wideman agrees in the third, with an assist from a long-pointless Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka was a force to be reckoned with against the Rangers, exchanging blows briefly with Sean Avery and laying sweet wrecking-ball style hits on Dubinsky and Drury.

Of course this game was full of its share of stupid penalties; Chara took a double-minor for being too tall (high-sticking); Satan took a stupid one for hooking, but Patrice Bergeron, in the mix seemingly every time there was a scrum, took the best roughing penalty ever in the third period, when this happened:

Bergy, you can do this forever.

Defending your teammate: you’re doing it right. Bergeron stepped in all day long, and so did most of the other Bruins; it was painfully obvious who cared about this game and who didn’t. Bergeron cared. Darn right.

The absolutely chippy play kept this game ridiculously entertaining despite the low score. Mark Stuart got boarded a few moments into the first period, then immediate got up, turned around, and took a roughing penalty. Steve Begin put some monster hits on a few Rangers, taking two of them out in one blow at one point; he got a standing ovation for a fight against Prust about three minutes in the first. Even Satan was checking people into the boards, and we got some brief glimpses of Lucic’s former brilliance in the corner. Del Zotto crept one past Tuukka Rask late in the third, but it was too little too late for New York, and the Bruins got their second home victory of 2010.

Tuuuuuuuuuuuuk!

Three stars:

#1 Tuukka Rask

#2 Steve Begin

#3 Vladimir Sobotka*

*Probably the most hard-earned 3rd star I’ve ever seen. Sobotka worked his heart out today, and it paid off. Personally I’d have given him the 2nd star, but Begin’s fight and two-rangers-one-hit was just way too impressive.

ELSEWHERE IN THE BRUINS SYSTEM:

  • Providence dropped a ridiculously important decision to Hartford today, losing 4-3 in overtime. It’s not all doom and gloom, though; Yannick Riendeau scored the first goal of his pro career. John Lammers and Jeff Penner tallied the other two goals. Unfortunately, Zach Hamill had a really ugly turnover in OT which lead to the game-winning goal; for someone so highly-touted, Hamill is a bit of a disappointment this season. With this loss, Providence is now 6 points out of a playoff spot; Wilkes-Barre and Bridgeport are still ahead.
  • In the QMJHL last night, Jordan Caron’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies dropped Max Sauve’s Val d’Or Foreurs 5-3. Caron had two goals and an assist; Sauve had one goal. Count me in as being excited for when these kids come to Providence! The next game of that series, which is currently tied 1-1, is Tuesday at 7:30PM EST.