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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bruins-5 Thrashers-4

Well, it was entertaining.  The Bruins came back from a 2-0 first period deficit and a 3-2 2nd period deficit to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-4.  Milan Lucic was the man of the night with a hat trick and an assist.  

The first period started off slow, with the Bruins playing like they did against Toronto.  The first goal was scored by Jason Williams on the powerplay.  A shot from the point deflected in on goal and was kicked out to the right of Fernandez where Williams chipped it in.  Nothing Manny could do.  With 10 seconds left in the 1st, Dennis Wideman made an awful play and instead of clearing the puck, hit it around the boards to Chara who whiffed on it and created a turnover with Atlanta having numbers and Mathieu Schneider hit a softy between Fernandez.  I think Fernandez misplayed the shot since he was expecting a hard one.  

The 2nd period was all Boston pretty much.  Shawn Thornton got things going by smacking a knuckleball puck onto net and off Stephane Yelle.  2 minutes later Michael Ryder found Milan Lucic camping in front and he put the puck past Hedberg.  Atlanta then retook the lead when Ilya Kovalchuk batted the puck out the air 20 feet from the goal and scored.  Amazing goal.  

In the 3rd, the Bruins took the lead on a Milan Lucic tip in from Dennis Wideman on the PP.  Atlanta then scored when Chara could not handle the puck behind the net and Armstrong fed Kozlov who beat Fernandez.  Manny could have it IMO.  The Bruins won with 1:53 left when Marc Savard did a nice forechecking job and found Lucic.  Lucic had a 2 on 1 with Kessel down low and tried to feed him, but the puck bounced back to him and he somehow put in under Enstrom and Hedberg.  

Now to the negative.  Once again, the penalty kill was horrid and allowed 3 pp goals.  The team still is struggling to get the puck out of the defensive zone and also to bring the puck into the offensive zone.  Getting the puck out around the boards has been an issue, whiffing on clearing attempts has led to some goals.  Chara has been struggling of late, and it may be his shoulder or something, but he isn't on top of his game still.  The defense has also had problems with an aggressive forecheck.  

The offense finally came through with a great performance, and 2 power play goals which has been a struggle as of late which is a positive.  Fernandez played well despite giving up 2 softies.  He made some great saves at keys times.  I feel like he is starting to come around.

In all, we got a win, good job tonight.

42 Comments:

Anonymous xpunkrockelvisx said...

Tough PK last night. Good win, though.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

three stars of the game:

1.P.J. Axelsson
2.P.J. Axelsson
3. Matt Hunwick

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PK was and is a problem we got to be last in the league now. I feel its hard to put blame on a goalie when were in the box and Widemen makes play around the boards when you should just ice it stupid play thats alot of money to make stupid plays. Scott NY

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

It was Chara's giveaway along the boards that led to the second goal that bugged me more than any of the goals the Bruins let in.

I feel the team is getting good offensive chemistry going, but our team D is slowly progressing. Yelle has not contributed, PJ is just now starting to play decently, but lets focus on our D men. It sucks that Chara and Ward have had slow starts, as they should be setting the example for our younger D. It's Wideman and Ferrence that have been our best D-men.

Dennis Wideman does not get the credit he deserves. Also, Andy Ferrence is quietly showing the vets how to play vet D.

Together Wideman and Ferrence combine for 8pts, and +10 plus/minus rating.

The rest of our D totals 4pts, and a -1 plus/minus rating.

Blog on that.


Milan Lucic. Fuck I love that Bruin. What else is there to say, except patience is a virtue. I was catching shit for having him on my fantasy team. Whos laughing now...

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question, where are the greatest coach and best goal scorer in the history of the NHL right now? If you do not know who I am referring to, think back two seasons... Dave Lewis and Glen Murray.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous jimmy50 said...

My fantasy hockey team name is Lucic Crew and I took him with the last pick. I told a friend he isn't fantasy worthy but deserves to be picked cause what he does everything else on the ice that wins games.

....then he gets a "meaningful" hat trick to beat ATL by one.

Absolutely correct though: PATIENCE

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh how i miss thee dave lewis.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Good job Jimmy. I'm very proud of you.

Anonymous, what the fuck are you blabbing about...dave lewis is fodder history.

Lets name a couple more chisel-chest son-of-a-gundersons.

Steve Kasper.

Robbie Ftorek (lets play Kyle McLaren on the wing!!! Woohoo...)

What a couple of fuckin clowns.

I remember talking to Oates before a ducks sharks game during the 01' season in San Jose...he subtly implied no player in the league wanted to play in Boston with that fucktard coaching.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Make that the 03' season...

4:53 AM  
Anonymous HEAVY said...

yeah .. i don't agree ... fernandez is ridiculous ... bruins pay 4.333.000 for this guy and he makes a lot mistakes ... don't have consistency ... very irregular... the second goal was terrible ... he could do something... obviously ... the shoot was not indefensible...

PS:Just for comparasion
sabres pay for miller 2.663.000 and miller is amazing goalie... one of the bests goalies in this league ...

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must be running into a hot streak - my last comment wondered why Lucic is not in front of the net - the next game he pots three in front of the net - I mentioned Kovalchuk and how the bruins should go after him and I see in various blogs that Atlanta is looking to deal him now - picking him up would send this team to the upper levels of the league. If PC could pull of that trade this team would be a cup contender

10:27 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

kobasew should be back by calgary. don't forget...the bruins slow-start could be due to most of their games being played on the road across different time zones.

by the way, what's with the circus messing with the opening of every season? get serious about your team and reschedule that fucken thing. i'm sure hamilton would!

The "North York Bruins" sounds pretty good to me! I'd go watch every single game.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jefe u always give me a good laugh

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would give Sturm and Ryder for Kovalchuk in a heartbeat do you think Atlanta would go that? Fallse Ontario

1:21 PM  
Anonymous vince m said...

Is there any hope or chance we could pick up Kovalchuk? With the addition of him and if we could happen to get Hossa next year...I see CUP.

nothing but CUP BABY!!

vince m

3:15 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

kill one good and one so-so line to make 1 great line one? no thanks.

kovalchuck can suck my nuts. let's give ryder a few more games; 8 is not enough to throw this guy out the window. sturm is good for 25 goals this year, so is ryder...hopefully more. i'm scared about julien playing fernandez so often. this guy sucks!

here is my "look how cool that i remember who was a bruins coach a few years ago" moment:

mike milbury, who could very-well be the worst coach/gm in the history of the nhl...coached our bruins during the 1991 season and drafted glen murray. how dare he! milbury for president!

(sarcasm alert!)

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Habhater said...

The B's win against the Thrashers was all right, but on the whole, the team is not yet confident in their abilities.

The goaltending is spotty at best, the offense rates a C+ overall. as for the D, the sooner they play smarter and get their heads out of their collective asses, the better the team will be. Defense begets goaltending and goaltending begets offense. Here endeth the lesson.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you thin Lucic's trick could be because he is wearing contacts now? I read somewhere that was his second game with contacts.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Smittyhouse said...

Can we trade for Kovalchuk now?!

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kovalchuk is never comin here get that out of ur empty head.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its the same as sayin pj axelsson will score 20 goals or play a year without getting hurt. it will never happen.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Smittyhouse28 said...

i know that but we need that type of player soooon.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Phil Kessel has more goals than Hossa or Kovalchuk, and I will put money on him scoring more than at least one of those players before seasons end.

A super speedy LW would be sweet, but right now, we need to shore up on D if there is any changes to be made.

Give it up for Tim Thomas. The Bruins best goalie, and clear cut starter. Unlike Manny, the guy is confident despite his lack of style. I've said before and I'll say it again. Its about technique, not style.

PJ played a hell of a game tonight. He is just now turning his defensive game back on, and look how it happens, by playing him on the 3rd line where he belongs. He also had some good shifts on the first line.

11:46 PM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

What a game last night, most exciting 1-0 OT game I've seen. Hopefully we can get it done in front of Manny tonight. I wish Thomas would get the start tonight, starting the road trip 2-0 would be huge. Anybody notice that Wideman is putting up Brian Campbell numbers right now?

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK..what are the odds of Manny Fenandez for Kovalchuk....B's would still need to make more cap room but thinking this might work as a three team deal where someone needs goaltending but can give up prospects which is what atlanta would want. We backfill with Rask and off we go....the defense needs will still need to be resolved...this is my hope at the trade deadline!

12:12 PM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

keep dreaming buddy

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW so Thomas had one good game what the fuck is wrong with you Jeffe 77 clear cut starter my ass. That was good defence thats all. What 2 good saves in a game makes you a starting goalie Fuck Off thats bullshit Kessel better then Hossa and Kovalchuk what the fuck is wrong with your head you dont know shit and who ever believes you or thinks your right doesnt know fuck all either. Scott NY

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Jeffe 77 but Scott is right in my eyes Thomas did play good not great and yes cause he got the shut out he will probably start tonight. I cant say hes our #1 goalie yet but I will tip my hat for our defence last night and our forwards that came back to help in our own end. Fallse Ontario............ Go Bruins Go

1:52 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

i thought blogs were for posting opinions?

thomas is the clear-cut starter over fernandez. rask needs providence for another year. everyone knows this.

kessel is good, but if we (somehow) get kovalchuk back with savard they'll both get over 90 points easily. i think that was the point there...

are you the Islander's coach? Scott "Gordon" NY.
Dick.

here's a line: yelle, shaeffer, axelsson. sound shit? think how many teams would love that combo as their #3 line.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mook Fuck Ya good line for the minnors or a beer league. Now I really know your a stupid fuck too. HELLO ANYONE OUT THEAR WITH A BRAIN MOOK NEEDS ONE. Ya This Is Scott Gordon From NY thanks for Nate Thompson and who is sheaffer dump fuck (Scheafer)

3:01 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

Nate Thompson:
Assets: Can line up both at center or wing, and provides plenty of versatility to a lineup. Works extremely hard and has sound fundamentals.

Flaws: Is a limited offensive player at the highest level. Needs to find his niche in order to play regularly in the NHL. Already 24 years old.

Career potential: Fourth line forward.

You're welcome you dumbass! That's why he was on waivers! We got enough fourth liners!

My belief is that we have the players and talent, they just need to start playing to their full potential...and dump fernandez.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

schaeffer has no chance of gettin called up. we would be on the hook for half his 2.1 million dollar cap hit. his days with the bruins better be over. as for the idiots who think kovalchuk is coming here for fernandez, what is wrong with you? that trade wouldnt even work in ur ps3 game. if the bruins were even going to get a sniff of his, kessel, krejci, lashoff and a first would be what they would need to offer.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-falsse alanta

7:19 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

I was at the game in Edmonton. Decent game, although very dry. Sheldon Souray tried to push Big Z around, which was pretty funny. Thomas played well, huge save at the end of the 3rd saved the game for Boston. After seeing Andrew Ference live, I've changed my mind on him, he isn't a huge presence on the point, but he made smart plays with the puck, and showed a lot of confidence with it.

Lucic absolutely drilled Ales Hemsky, which apparently Oiler fans think deserved his head beaten in.

Edmonton Radio makes me laugh.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to voice my opinion on calling up kids like Sobotka and Hunwick when you dont give them a fair chance to play, then why wreck there development, when they can get lots of ice time in the minnors and develop them the safe way, like every other team does in this league.....Fallse Ontario

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Smittyhouse said...

i would love to see manny for kovalchuk.... unfortunately you'd have to drug atlantas owners to approve that trade.

Kessel better than hossa and kovalchuk? I'm sorry. You need to start watching hockey and not just hearing about it. Kessel has the potential to be great but Hossa and Kovalchuk already are all stars. We wont get Hossa this year. I'd like to see a push for Kovalchuk, give up manny and maybe someone like kobasew or krejci. I love krejci but a player like Kovalchuk would be great.

I know I'm still dreaming though.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Smittyhouse said...

And Eklund is claiming were trading with Detroit for a D-Man. Fucking Eklund.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous vince_m said...

Don't know about anyone else and this is my opinion. I really like Thomas as our goalie. Keep Manny as backup and ride on with Timmy. Like they have been saying on TSN - you don't have to look good, you just have to stop the puck. Damn! Timmy is doing just that. If everyone thinks he is a shitty goalie, then why does he give our team a chance to win.

This is my opinion and I really don't care what anyone thinks.

vince m

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i second that vince

10:57 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

2 straight shutouts...i agree

12:29 AM  
Blogger BruinsFan35 said...

I was so pumped to see Timmy start, I said before the game I hoped Julien would start him. He stole the show tonight.No reason why he shouldn't go against the Flames. Good effort again from the 4th line! Those guys have been beasts out there.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Scott, I never said Kessel was better than Hossa or Kovalchuk. But I beleive he will be soon, and he DOES have a chance to outscore one of those players this season if the Bruins continue their increased pace. I'm not a dirty Rangers fan like you, (since were assuming things), and I WILL put my confidence behind my Bruins, unlike you obviously.

Also, I dont know how you get off saying that was Thomas' first good game. Also in case you havent been watching, Manny cant stop a one timer or good scoring chance nearly as often as Timmy does.

Timmy has a 1.77 GAA and a .943 Sv% to Manny's 2.95 and .892. But your right, he's not our clear cut starter. You see, Manny hasn't hurt his vagina or knee yet.

Here's some more fun facts about your hero Manny.

He has won an average of 17 hockey games per/season in 7 seasons starting.

He has only one 30 win season (the same season he blew it in the playoffs succeeding to Roloson), and in that season under Lemaire the Wild played some of the best defensive play the NHL had seen in a team besides the Devils and a couple others. In that failed playoff run by Manny he earned his only 3 career playoff wins.

Lets not forget that he has injured his knee 15 times, and his ankle 6 times.

http://www2.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/players/Manny_Fernandez/


So Scott, why dont YOU fuck off, and take Tim Thomas' second straight shutout---and shove it up your ass.

2:53 AM  

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