Bruins shut out for fifth time in February


Bruins shut out for fifth time in February

BOSTON -- The Bruins had a power play for two of the last 2:09 in regulation, but failed to produce anything in the last-ditch effort, and were shut out by the Ottawa Senators 1-0 on Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

Tim Thomas made 37 saves in the game, but the Bruins' offense just couldn't get one past Robin Lehner, who made 32 saves in the shutout.

The Senators led 1-0 after the first period, thanks to a power-play goal from Erik Karlsson. The Ottawa defenseman took a wrist shot from the middle of the point, with 5:16 left in the first, that beat Thomas top-left, with help from Daniel Alfredsson's screen out front.

Thomas made 30 saves through the first two periods, while the Bruins only had 15 shots on net through two, and nothing to show for it.

And as it turned out, the final period didn't see any more production.

GOLD STAR: Tim Thomas stood on his head making 37 saves in a game that should have been a blowout victory for the Senators, but the one-man show wasnt enough for two points. He made a ridiculous recovery save when he went screeching back to the net to stop an Erik Condra stop at the doorstep, and foiled a couple of Erik Karlsson bids through heavy traffic in front of the net. Thomas couldnt be faulted on the power play goal allowed with Daniel Alfredsson blocking his view directly in front of him, and he was the only Bs player worthy of victory for 60 minutes of hockey. The good news: Thomas is back on his game. The bad news: the Bs offense isnt.

BLACK EYE: Joe Corvo might have a legit alibi for failing to go after Kyle Turris when he said that Colin Greening told him on the first shift of the night that the young Sens forward wasnt going to fight. But Corvo also had several chances to finish off hits against Turris the old-fashioned way and pulled up in almost every instance, and thats going to turn away a lot of people in Boston toward Corvo. The Bs defenseman didnt have a registered hit, didnt have a shot that got through traffic and really didnt seem to be playing with the kind of emotion one would expect from a wronged player. When it comes down to it Corvo just isnt a Bruins-type of player.

HONORABLE MENTION: Four shots on net in 23:27 of ice time and a power play goal for Erik Karlsson, who is beginning to really take off in his NHL career after blossoming into an All-Star in his second season. The Swedish defenseman looks like hes going to be a handful in the playoffs, and the Bruins could do nothing to make him pay at the other end of the ice throughout the game.

TURNING POINT: The first 40 points saw 15 shots on net for the Bruins and few hotly contested offensive chances. Sure the Bruins rallied for 17 shots in the final 20 minutes when they finally found their legs, but it seemed as if the game was already lost for the Bruins despite the one-goal deficit. It was surprising that Boston couldnt summon a better opening effort against an Ottawa team thats right behind them in the Northeast Division standings, and more importantly now the Sens have some confidence that they can beat Thomas in this building should they meet in the playoffs.
BY THE NUMBERS 5: the number of times in 13 games that the Bruins were shut out during the month of February. That is what you would call an abysmal statistic for the Black and Gold.

QUOTE TO NOTE: Those first two periods were really painful to watch and to see. Our guys just didnt have any legs and our game was very, very slow . . . even on face-offs. We just struggled in all areas. Claude Julien, who saw the Bruins fall short during a furious comeback attempt in the third period after a bogus first 40 minutes.
-Danny Picard contributed the game story.

Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers


Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers

How quick was Tom Brady's release in the New England Patriots win over the The Pittsburgh Steelers? Glad you asked. 

On average, Brady took 2.11 seconds to release the ball. That’s not as quick as he was against Cleveland, when averaged 1.86 seconds, but still pretty flippin' quick.

2.05 - Gun. Edelman crosser 9 yards
0.80 - WR screen to Edelman - 2 yards
5.34 - Gun. Flushed. 13 yards to White
2.04 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 6 yards
1.59 - Gun. Screen to White. 19 yards. TD
1.65 - Gun. Edelman at the hash. 9 yards
1.72 - Gun. Edelman crosser. 11 yards
3.17 - Gun. Hogan outside the numbers. 13 yards
2.25 - Play action. Incomplete short left to White
1.24 - Edelman right flat. 6 yards
2.37 - Gun. Deep in to Gronkowski. 13 yards
2.20 - play action. Happy feet, Incomplete to Bennett
2.90 - Gun. Bolden drop
1.53 - Gun. Incomplete to White at the numbers
1.79 — Gun. Edelman crosser. 7 yards
1.36 - Gun. Short right to Blount. 7 yards
1.66 - Gun. Edelman drop 
3rd Quarter
3.44 - Gun. Awful backhanded flip throw. Incomplete to White
2.25 - Gun. Crosser to Bennett. 5 yards
1.39 - Gun. Short right to Edelman. 3 yards
2.18 - Gun. Ground seam. 36 yards. TD
1.59 - Gun. Short middle to Edelman. 11 yards
1.33 - Gronkowski. short right. 7 yards
3.16 - Play action. 37 yards to Gronkowski
3.89 - Gun. Pressure. Incomplete deep left to Mitchell

Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'


Brady on NFL handling of Brown case: 'They claim to take tough stances'

Since more information came out last week about Giants kicker Josh Brown's history of abusing women, the prevailing feeling for many Patriots fans has been this: How can Brown be suspended one game for doing something so heinous when Tom Brady was suspended four games for allegedly removing air from footballs.

The acts can't be compared, obviously. But the league's attitude in its pursuit of the each situation has served as an indicator of the NFL's priorities for many. 

On WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, Brady was asked if, in light of recent events, he's been angered any further by how the league handled his situation versus how it handled Brown's.

"I think it's the league's issue," Brady said. "Obviously a lot of controversy with that. I'm trying to stay out of all that. I'll let them handle it. I think that's their responsibility. But I certainly don't condone any part of domestic violence. It's a terrible, terrible thing, but I think the league, they've got to handle those type of things."

But, co-host Kirk Minihane asked, has Brady been satisfied with how the league has handled Brown's case and others like it? Brady laughed.

"I'm just gonna stay in my lane, Kirk," he said. "It's up to them to decide whatever they want to do, and I'm just gonna stay out of any . . . my opinions. I certainly have opinions. I just don't really care to share them."

Why not, co-host Gerry Callahan asked?

"Why not? Gerry, why not?" Brady asked. "C'mon, man."

But what was there to tip-toe around? The consensus on Brown, and the league's handling of Brown's situation, has been relatively unanimous, Brady was reminded.

Brady then offered more.

"I grew up with three sisters and I was very fortunate to learn from a loving father and a loving mother how to treat and respect women," Brady said. "And I have a daughter of my own, and I have no . . . Domestic violence is a horrible issue. It's a tragedy when it happens. Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can't defend themselves or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that.

"The NFL, they claim to take tough stances, and this is their situation. This is their situation to deal with so I'll let them deal with it. Like I said, I'm very fortunate to grow up with sisters and a mother and I condone no part of that. That is absolutely something I would never be a part of or do. It's just a terrible tragedy."