Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Stanley Cup is Ours!

3 wins and 1 loss! The Bruins are sooo awsome and we are going to have a killer season, I just know it!! Stanley Cup here we come!

OK, all that positivity was gay...

Seriously though, we're having a pretty decent pre-season so far. Last night the Bruins took on the Islanders in Moncton, New Brunswick. Being the home town of the Moncton Wildcats it was a homecoming rookie Martin Karsums. While with Moncton last year Karsums, and now Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, won the QMJHL championship and were honoured during a pre-game ring ceromony.

The game started out slow with a lot of penalties being called against the inexperienced Bruins line up, but after one period (thanks to Tim Thomas) neither team managed to score. The Bruins broke out in a high scoring 2nd period, with 4 goals from Nate Thompson (York), Brad Stuart (Boyes, Mara), Pascal Pelletier (Bergeron, Stastny), and Martins Karsums (Savard). Just one goal in the 3rd period made the score 5-1, with Savard (Mowers, Stuart) scoring on the power play.

Another outstanding game for my man Tim Thomas (30 saves on 31 shots)! With Toivonen and Thomas both doing great so far, I am feeing confident in their ability to carry the team together. If Tim continues to do well in pre-season, he may get the start in goal for the opening game of the season in Florida.

I hope Toivonen continues to do well and I know he is the goaltender of the "future" for Boston, but Thomas is the experienced, mature goaltender that should lead them this year. Most likely my fellow bloggers will disagree with me on this.

The lineup for tonights game should be something like:



Toivonen (whole game)- Finley



Blogger Doobie said...

You're right...I tend to be a Toivonen backer myself. He's the franchise goalie and this team has been technically rebuilding since they traded Thornton and Samsonov last year, so I say let him get his lumps now. Thomas is a damn good goalie, but he's 32 and starting him now only delays Toivonen's progress.

However, I think you're going to see some sort of compromise this long as they both continue to play well, I think there may be a platoon in least unless one consistently outshines the other and you can't keep him off the ice.

And if Thomas plays lights out hockey, it may benefit the team to send Toivo back to the minors so that he plays cinsistently. But if Toivo wins out, you can always keep Thomas on the bench...which is the ideal situation.

10:27 a.m., September 23, 2006  
Blogger jimbuff said...

Toivonen is who we have to go with. Good to see we all agree on something. Thomas was great last year but to continue on improving we must go with Toivonen. To bad Thomas never got his NHL break earlier in his career.

2:09 p.m., September 24, 2006  
Blogger TreeBob said...

I don't agree sorry...

I think Toivenen is the future, not the present.
Thomas is the more experienced and so far a better goalie (remember I am talking about now, not future potential).

Toivenen will do better next year if he plays half the games (at most) this year, and then take over the majority of the playing time next year. That way there will not be any untimely pressure on him.

I think as long as Thomas plays like he did last year with the better defence we have this year, the bruins will improve.

Thomas should have been given his chance 3 years ago, but our GM sucked and wouldn't commit to him.

3:57 p.m., September 24, 2006  
Blogger Doobie said...

Here's one more reason to start Toivonen...they need to find out if it's going to be him or Tuuka Rask leading this team into the next decade. If Tim Thomas gets the majority of starts, then you have a still have a lot of unanswered questions about your young goaltenders. You start Toivonen now and the team will have a better idea of where to go from there.

Hey, if they get lucky, they'll have a situation like the Blackhawks did in the early nineties where they had two future hall of fame goalies in Eddie Belfour and Dominik Hasek.

But you're not going to know what you have in Toivonen until you give him extended ice time.

8:34 p.m., September 24, 2006  

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