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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Game Recap: Toronto


As most of us suspected, the Leafs came out strong. They outplayed the Bruins in the 1st, but the Bruins fought hard and played solid team hockey the rest of the game, with 10 players collecting points in the game.

3 Stars:
1. Tim Thomas
2. Zdeno Chara
3. Glen Murray
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Shean Donovan, Patrice Bergeron, Nik Antropov.

Tim Thomas played an outstanding game, stopping 45-46 shots. Great performance and it seems that he is taking over the role as a number 1 goaltender for the team. I am starting to believe that Thomas is the real deal and not a 1 year wonder, ala Martin Gerber. Thomas had great rebound control and made some key saves on the 5-3 powerplay.

Zdeno Chara racked up 31:07 minutes of icetime and played a stellar game. He was on the ice the entire 5-3 penalty kill and had some great checks. Showing he is worth all 39 million.

Glen Murray played well too. He had a great half slapper over the glove side of Raycroft. He has been the dominate goal scorer he used to be and is showing no signs of slowing down. It is great that he has rebounded this season after many doubted he could regain his form.

Shean Donovan scored his 1st goal as a Bruin and his first goal in 27 games. Hopefully, this will spring a spark into him and he will continue to score. His play along with Primeau and Mowers has picked up as of late.

Bates Battaglia of the Leafs has been playing some good hockey as of late. Once a potent scorer for the Hurricanes, it seems he has revived his career here in Toronto. Always a fan of his, loved his style of play.

Brad Boyes has scored for the 2nd straight game. Even though it was an empty netter, it adds confidence and that is what Boyes needs.

The Bruins are 7-2 in their last 9 games.

Goal Scorers:

Shean Donovan (1) from Mowers (2) and Alberts (2)
Glen Murray (12) from Tenkrat (1) and M Stuart (1)
Marco Sturm (4) from Primeau (2)
Brad Boyes (5) from Bergeron (15) and Chara (11)

Nik Antropov (5) from Peca (7) and Kaberle (17)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a terrific set of games. Very entertaining! I've been waiting for just this sort of game, where both teams play flat-out at their best, and I am very pleased that the Bruins were up to the task. Toronto is a very good team (Mats Sundin is simply amazing!). So I think this says a lot about our Bruins.

I loved the interview with a Leaf who said the B's weren't fun to play against. Isn't that exactly what Lewis said he wanted?

I've been away for a while and wanted to say something about the Carolina game. Everything I've read says simply that the B's played poorly, but that doesn't jive with what I saw. I thought the B's played fine in the first: it could just have easily been 0-0 or even 1-0 for the B's at the end of the period.

But I can't ever recall seeing a team come out so flat for the 2nd period. It was like they had been told their grandmother's had died, or they were all about to be traded to some team in Siberia. Or maybe they all ate Turkey between periods and needed a nap!

Even before the Cane's scored I was really angry! It's a good thing I'm not the coach because if I had been, I think I'd have grabbed a stick and gone down the bench smacking everyone on the back of the helmet! I was livid.

It wasn't just a player or two or even a line. It was the entire team. It wasn't just the usual let down either. They didn't just slow down, they stopped completely! But I couldn't see any reason for it on the ice. So what I want to know is what the hell happened in that locker room? What so utterly demoralized them?

Fortunately whatever took place behind the scenes seems to have been a character building experience, judging by the two games that followed.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

I loved the interview with a Leaf who said the B's weren't fun to play against.

I was laughing. I mean, the purpose to play in the NHL is to compete; not to be " fun ". The B's played their game plan and let's face it: The Home team have to put the show on the ice, not the visiting team. It was an excellent road game and the B's did what they have to do to get the 2 points. I wonder if the Leafs will be " Fun " to play, next Thursday...

2:29 PM  

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