Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory


Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Make it two overtime game-winners in the series for Nathan Horton.

He won Game 5 with an overtime score, but his laser from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner, six minutes into overtime on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, was by far the biggest goal hes ever scored in his career.

Hortons slap shot gave the Bruins both a 4-3 win in Game 7, a 4-3 series win over the Montreal Canadiens, and set up a second-round rematch against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Originally, it looked as if Chris Kelly had given the Bruins both the game-winning and series-clinching goal midway through the third period when he put the Bruins ahead 3-2 midway through the third period. Kelly went hard to the net, kept his stick on the ice and found a rebound at the right post that he buried.

But with 1:57 to go in regulation, P.K. Subban sniped the top-right corner from the top of the left circle with a blistering slap shot, while Montreal was on a power play thanks to a Patrice Bergeron high-sticking call.

Montreal had already battled back, erasing an early 2-0 deficit and sending the game into the third period tied at 2-2.

Tomas Plekanec tied the game at 2-2 nearly six minutes into the second period, after he scored a breakaway goal while Montreal was shorthanded.

Bostons power play had been dismal in the series already, and Plekanecs steal off Mark Recchi in the neutral zone led to a shorthanded breakaway for the Canadiens.

The Bruins had taken a 2-1 lead through the first period, thanks to a pair of early goals from Johnny Boychuk and Recchi.

Boychuk beat Carey Price with a slap shot from the right point that ended up in the low-right side of the net, 3:31 into the game. Recchi followed it up two minutes later by sniping the top-left corner with a wrist shot from the high slot.

It had the Garden rocking, up until Yannick Weber cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the first period, when he beat Thomas, top-right, with a snap shot from the right circle while on a 5-on-4 power play.
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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'


Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril


"Everything is on track" with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.