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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Game Recap

Matt's take:

-Offense was very good. They made plays and found the passing lanes. There was little dump and run play, and they created plays in the neutral zone. Also, they creates turnovers on the offensive end, something they haven't done in a while.

-The checking line played great, and IMO won the game for us with the defensive play and offensive touch in Primeau.

-Defense played great. They shut down the Lightning's top line, and protected Hannu. Some timely big hits, and Chara showed us why he is captain.

-PK unit was outstanding. Rarely let TB set up the PP causing a lot of trouble in the neutral zone for them. Did not allow one goal, and held them to few shots.

-Hannu Toivonen played like a number one goalie. Had a little rust on his game, let out some uneccessary rebounds, but overall great. Timely big saves, St. Louis breakway in 1st. Did let one goal in he probably wanted back, the 1st one.

-Only negative is the two goals they scored, where due to defensive turnovers in own end, something the Bruins have stuggled with the last few years.

Latrappe's take:

- Good job of the penalty killing unit who killed all of them. A welcome change after the horrible result last night.

- Hannu made key saves at crucial moments. That's exactly what you need from your goaltender. Good job Hannu!

- The team, finally, secured a lead in the 3rd period. They played 15:00 with the lead and didn't collapse at the end. Do the presence of Chara make a difference?

- The team was able to do the little things right. This game is about details and when you pay attention to them, you will be able to win on a regular base.

- Still, the team will have to find a way to stay out of the penalty box. Penalty killing is an exhausting exercise . When your best players are not on the ice because they have killed lots of penalty, you're in trouble.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nebs take:

i do not want to toot my horn too much... but the key was goals from the second line and the play of pj axelsson. pj logged more time than any other forward and deserved it. pj played the intelligent hockey this team needs to win games and was deserving of being out there more than any other forward. now he wasnt perfect, he did turn the puck over on the play where tampa scored from the goal line (softer than timmy's soft one). game puck axellson.

credit the coach with seeing that the defense pairings from the panthers game did not work. i personally have been calling for chara an mara as your 1 pair and am glad they were put together. also cudo's to the coach for not putting kessel out in the last 5 minutes.

keys to work on for the next game:
transition game still needs to be more fluid and with greater speed. look for our d-men hitting forwards moving with speed through the neutral zone in the next game.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way probably should not use the word finally to describe the second game of the season....


1:48 PM  

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