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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bruins beat Coyotes


I might be going out on a limb, but I think this was the best OVERALL game by the Bruins since the lockout.

Tim Thomas should have gotten a shutout, but a weird bounce off a leg went in. He had two spectacular saves in the 3rd which possibly saved the game. Zdeno Chara was a beast in the defensive zone, and Dennis Wideman played very well. Andrew Ference looked alright, but still looks a little rusty. Lucic looked tough as nails and laid it on a Coyote in the corner. Krecji had a great pass to Sturm for a goal, and then hit the post on an empty netter. Muzzy looked alright, had some chances but couldn't put them away.

Kessel was amazing. His speed was there and playmaking ability. I really think he has the chance to become an elite player in the NHL. He is a monster. Bergeron looked great as well, definately stepping his game up and especially on the defensive zone.

Savard was great, but was was injured in the 2nd with a core injury. He did not return. Missing him on the PP was shown, but Metropolit did very well filling in. Kobasew also showed a lot of speed and scored a SH goal thanks to Axelsson.

The forecheck was also great. It caused numerous turnovers in the Yotes own zone and lead to scoring oppurtunties. The action, after Kapanen's goal, went end to end and the Bruins responded with some great chances. The Bruins hit hard, and skated from start to end, something they lacked last season. They also responded after letting up a goal, not slowing down. They also didn't try to protect a lead, rather add to it. The Coyotes looked a lot like the Bruins of last year.

I know this is one game, but the Bruins style of play was just so different and they played with intensity and heart for once. Thomas didn't look out of posistion at all. I still think Fernandez will emerge as the number 1, but Thomas is an excellent backup. The Bruins didn't look like this in Dallas, but again it was the Bruins first game, unlike other teams who have had multiple games.

3 stars:

1. Patrice Bergeron. A nice PP goal and looked great out on the ice.
2. Tim Thomas. One goal, but it was a lucky rebound. Some great saves to keep the lead.
3. Dennis Wideman. No points, but played well in his defensive zone and is showing signs of maturity.

NOTE: Bochenski was a scatch again. I hope to see him play, as he was a great goalscorer last season.


Blogger justin said...

anyone else jump off their couch when they saw lucic lay out derek morris when lucic had the puck? unreal.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you coach Julien.

My fist star [by far] Kobasew.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous xpunkrockelvisx said...

I hope we can play 80 more games against the Coyotes this year. I think playing a weak team yesterday definately helped our resolve. It's always important to come back from a loss, and I am glad we could do that in PHX.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous big-e said...

Great win by the B's - negative folks will say it's the Yotes - but it's a win 24 hours after the opening night. If Savard stays out for a while, we'll see that depth in center that Chia was talking about. Move Kessel back to center and bring Bochie back. He's the kind of guy that can pot 2 the next game to make sure Julien doesn't think of benching him again. Lucic stays!

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what up with Bochie is he in the dog house already

4:08 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Great win by the B's - negative folks will say it's the Yotes.

And it's true, in some extent. You have to compare yourself to good teams, not the mediocre ones. That was a good win but the B's have to show more poise in the defensive end. In that regard, the game against Anaheim will show what the team is made of...

4:32 PM  

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