Monday, February 19, 2007

Bruins @ Flyers - 19/02/07

Changes for tonight include York being replaced in the line-up by Mark Stuart. Patrice Bergeron is still out with his "lower body injury" and Ales Kotalik will be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury after he was hit by Ference in their last game.

The lines for the game tonight were:

Axelsson-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Kessel-Bochenski
Reich-Mowers-Donovan
Tenkrat-Boyes-Chistov

Allen-Chara
Alberts-Ference
Stuart-Mara

Tim Thomas got the start again tonight, even though this would've been the best opportunity for a Toivonen to play. I missed most of the first period but I can say that Sturm scored from Savard and Kessel on the power play. Now the second; in the first minute Philadelphia's Scottie Upshall scored and then seven minutes later, Jeff Carter made it 2-1 Philly. Boston answered back less than a minute later, as Axelsson scored a bullet over Nittymaki's shoulder.

Next came a goal by Tenkrat, a fight and then another goal by Tenkrat! The fight was between Paul Mara and Mike Richards. The two of them were lining up 20 feet from each other after Tenkrat's first goal, and both of them threw down their gloves and helmets to go at it. Really great fight, with a good number of punches thrown by both but there was no clear winner. The second Tenkrat goal was all Kessel. He started the play by stealing the puck from some Philly player in the Boston end and then skated into the Philly zone and threw a shot on goal. Kessel didn't beat Nittymaki, but Tenkrat was there to clean up the garbage for him. Rounding out the six goal, second period outburst was Kyle Calder less than a minute after Tenkrat's second marker. Neither Nittymaki nor Thomas has been playing great so far. I'm not trying to say that Thomas is totally to blame on these goals, the pucks just have eyes tonight. 4-3 for Boston after two periods.

The Bruins began the period on the penalty kill but had no problems killing off the remainder of Ference's tripping penalty. Just over two minutes in, Bochenski scores on a lazer over Nittymaki's right shoulder on a set up by Axelsson. Beautiful goal! Murray has been on the bench for the past two shifts and Tenkrat has taken his place with Savard and Axelsson.

Thomas just made two saves on Jeff Carter, the first was kicked out and the rebound was snapped down with his glove. The Bruins are on the penalty kill as Donovan committed a holding penalty, and Thomas just made another brilliant glove save, this time off a slapper by Simon Gagne. The Flyers are totally outplaying the Bruins so far in the third period, but as of yet they've nothing to show for it. Thomas just made a brilliant save on a 2 on 1 passing play as he slid across the goal to stop the shot with his leg. There is definitely something going on with Murray as he has only had one shift so far in the period; Chistov has not played at all (probably benched though). One minute left in the game and the Flyers have pulled Nittymaki from the net. Off the face-off Donovan tried to score from his own zone but it went off the post for an icing. Savard though took the puck off the next face-off and sealed the win for Boston. 6-3 final for Boston.

Three Stars
1) Petr Tenkrat (2 goals + GW)
2) Tim Thomas (30 saves, amazing 3rd period)
3) Kyle Calder/Marc Savard (both 1g, 2 a)

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6 Comments:

Blogger neb said...

because this game was on vs i did not get to see it (long story).....

listening on the radio i gathered that chistov took a bad offensive zone penalty and this might be why the coach sat him...

10:45 PM, February 19, 2007  
Blogger Russ said...

Kessel is the man. SO MUCH BETTER now that he's feeling good. Imagine what his season could have been like ifnot for that stupid cancer...

7:33 AM, February 20, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

My third star would have been PJ, who had a goal and a half and led the team with a +3. After all, Savard's goal was an empty netter.

10:28 AM, February 20, 2007  
Blogger Zanstorm said...

Wow, the Bruins are getting it together a bit. Hopefully they can keep it up.
-I now REALLY like the acquisition of Bochesnki.
-Marco Sturm looks like he's having a blast
-Tim Thomas makes better-looking desperation saves than most NHL goalies. He reminds me of Cujo sometimes!

11:27 AM, February 20, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

I had the pleasure of going to this game last night in Philly, in my first visit the "new" Wachovia Center since a Billy Joel concert in 2002 and my first Flyers game since about, oh, 1996.

Aside from the win, this game was fairly disappointing. Very sloppy play by both teams, especially in the first period when it seemed that the only things happening on the offensive sides of the ice were turnovers. But for every one the Bruins had, the Flyers gave them one right back.

With six goals between the two teams, the 2nd period was far more entertaining...although two of the goals were scored by Flyers were were able to set up just to Timmy's left and rip shots past him.

The third was a bit of a nailbiter and an anomaly. The fact that Bruins outscored them 2-0 in this period doesn't reflect the fact that between Bochenski's early tally and Savard's empty netter to close the game out, this team played on their heels most of the period and were outshot 16-3. This was after the Flyers had put up 17 SOG in the first two periods combined. Fortunately, Timmy was able to regain his composure and stopped the Flyers time and time again.

Uneven play dominated this game and the Bruins won on pure grit...which, in and of itself, was a good thing to see. The only time the Bruins were down in the game, Axelsson responded 34 seconds later to tie it back up. Then Tenkrat tallied two more goals shortly afterwards to put the Bruins up 4-2. The fact that the three stars of the game were Tenkrat, Kyle Calder and P.J. Axelsson should tell you everything you need to know.

But still, a win's a win! The Bruins are now SIX points from the #8 spot and seven points from the #7.

1:03 PM, February 20, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

"Imagine what his season could have been like ifnot for that stupid cancer..."

I don't think it was the cancer. As I understand it this type of cancer doesn't really have any symptoms until it has progressed very far, and it was caught early. Again, I may be wrong, but I suspect that at the most it was a factor for a few games just before his sugery.

I think he was simply unsure of himself. He's just a kid with very little experience, even prior to te NHL. I am so very impressed with the fact that he continues to get better with each game! He literally gets stronger and bolder! I have no doubt that he's going to be a big star someday.

6:19 PM, February 20, 2007  

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