Saturday, February 9, 2013

Quickie Sports Chowdah Update for Feb 9th

BOSTON BRUINS- The Tim Thomas era in Boston came to an end this week. The outspoken goaltender, who announced in the offseason that he would be sitting out the 2012-2013 season, was dealt to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

While it still hasn't been established whether or not Thomas will be playing for the Islanders, but the move appears to be primarily for salary cap purposes- the transaction is expected to remove $5 million from the Bruins dalary cap. Both parties had reportedly been in negotiations for the last several weeks and the Bruins will reportedly recieve the Islander's second round draft pick in the 2014 draft.

As a Bruins, Thomas won two Vezina trophies along with the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe.

OTHER BRUINS NEWS- With Tim Thomas in the rearview, the Bruins continued their torrid start to the lockout-shortened season in Montreal on Wednesday night.

After a scoreless first period, Montreal's PK Subban got the Habs on the board with a power play goal to take a 1-0 lead.

However, Boston would take the lead early in the 3rd with tallies from Tyler Seguin and David Krejci less than two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead. Things got pretty tense in the Bell Centre late as the Bruins had to kill some penalties later on in the 3rd and prevent the Canadiens from pulling even, but Tukka Rask was up for the job, turning aside 20 of 21 shots faced on Wednesday night as the Bruins won by a 2-1 final.

Saturday afternoon's home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was postponed due to the blizzard and state of emergency declared on Friday. The game was originally scheduled to take place at 1 PM on Saturday, but the start time was moved back to 7 PM before being postponed altogether- there is no word on when the game will be rescheduled.

The Bruins are still scheduled to travel to Western New York to take on Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night with a scheduled 7:30 start time. If the game does get started accoring to schedule, it will be televised on NESN and the MSG networks.

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