Game 7: Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Thursday, January 31st, 7pm, TD Garden
TV: NESN, MSG-Buffalo Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
In what promises to be an energetic and physical continuation to the Ryan Miller Saga, the Buffalo Sabres and their much-hyped (in Buffalo anyway) new additions will be in town tomorrow night to face the Bruins. Among those additions are a giant, useless waste of a roster spot known as “Big” John Scott, and everybody’s favorite antagonist “Brave Steve” Ott, which is sure to make for some fun times come 7pm. The Bruins meanwhile look to remain undefeated in regulation in hopes of further padding their Eastern Conference lead.
For about 56 minutes of tonight’s game it looked like a second period David Clarkson powerplay goal would be enough for the Devils to hand the Bruins their first regulation loss of the season. Enter Nathan Horton, who has made his mark with the Bruins scoring huge goals. Horton squeaked a wrister through the pads of Johan Hedberg to tie the game in the third, and Brad Marchand did the same in the sixth round of the shootout to hand the Devils their first regulation loss of the season, and to keep the Bruins atop the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins earned a hard fought victory in Carolina last night, knocking off the Hurricanes with some late third period heroics after blowing a two goal lead. But there’s hardly time to celebrate, as they’re back at it tonight at home against the Devils.
Game 5: Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricans
Monday, January 28th, 7pm, PNC Arena
TV: NESN, NHL Network (US/CA), Fox Sports Carolina Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Bruins kick off a busy week of three games in four nights tomorrow evening in Raleigh, taking on the Hurricanes for this first time this season. The black and gold have taken at least a point out of each of their four games so far, but will have their hands full with a team that they couldn’t beat a single time last season.
If a compressed 48-game sprint to the Stanley Cup Playoffs wasn’t exciting enough for you, there’s another rapidly escalating race that’s going to be fun to watch as the season unfolds, and that’s the race for the Calder Trophy. Awarded to the league’s highest performing rookie, there are already a number of candidates making headlines with their play. And while normally four or five games isn’t much of a data set, this time around it could tell a lot about what the rest of the year has in store.