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.