Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hey, who ate all the Buffalo wings?

What a great game! I was so psyched after that win last night. Now don't misunderstand, I don't think the game was even close to their best effort this year, but it was physical and it ended in dramatic fashion. The night began with excitement when only two and half minutes into the game Jeremy Reich dropped them with Buffalo "bad boy" Adam Mair! It was a short fight but the decision has to go to Reich (I apologize if the video is not working, hopefully it will work later). Less than two minutes after the fight Sturm took a shot from the blue line that went in off a Buffalo player, putting the Bruins up 1-0. Lots of back and forth action and then on a harmless looking rush Buffalo's Stafford bullied the puck into the net. The goal though was helped along by Alberts as he decided to check Stafford and Thomas at the best possible time; right when Thomas was trying to make the save! Newcomer and spark plug Andrew Ference decided to get the team fired up by taking on non fighter Hecht. Hecht actually initiated this after taking exception to a love tap from Ference's stick and held his own for a couple seconds. Hecht wouldn't take his visor off so Ferrence figured if he punched the side of Hecht's helmet enough it would fall off. It worked, and eventually Hecht and his helmet fell down. 1-1 after one period.

The second period was pretty uneventful until the halfway mark and Bobby Allen got his first ever NHL point on a beauty pass to a streaking Donovan heading towards the net. Three minutes later the Bruins score again, this time time a shorthanded strike by Savard set up by Donovan. 3-1 Bruins and in full control, or are they. Savard decided to do the other thing he is good at and that's run his mouth. After just getting out of the box for a slash, Savard got an unsportsmanlike penalty after arguing another penalty to Tenkrat. This put the Bruins down two men in the second and the Sabres capitalized. The first goal came off a flurry in front of the net that was poked in by soon to be UFA Chris Drury. Still a man down, the ever annoying Daniel Briere put the puck in an open net, or did he? Thomas came across with his stick and made one of his best saves ever and knocked it out of the net. The play went on and the period ended. This is when the refs decided it would be a good time to review the goal. Shouldn't there be some sort of time rule where it just can't be called back? Upon further review Thomas did make an amazing save, but the puck just happened to cross the line before he did it. There was an issue there for a bit as the Bruins decided not to come out and finish the period, but in the end, with some threats from the ref, they finally came out. 3-3 after two periods.

Well i am not going to waste much time on a third period review as not much happened. It was pretty much back and forth with the Bruins supplying the majority of pressure. I will say that Thomas was brilliant the whole night and deserved to take the team into OT. Buffalo before the end of the period went two men down, which made OT slightly exciting but nothing happened at it went to the shoot-out. This is easily becoming my favourite time of the game as it is pure adrenaline from beginning to end. The rally caps were on and so was Thomas as he and Miller took it eight rounds before Tenkrat sealed it for an amazing Bruins victory! The goal was originally ruled dead but it clearly was not stopped by Miller and found its way past the goal line. After a short review it was verified a goal and the celebration began.

My stars:
1) Tim Thomas (Amazing saves all night, eight important ones in the shoot-out)
2) Bobby Allen (First ever NHL point and +3 on the night)
3) Ryan Miller (lots of great saves as well)

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Blogger jimbuff said...

my 3 stars would be:
1 - Donovan
2 - Thomas
3 - Savard

1:33 p.m., February 18, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

It was great to see Donovan finally get rewarded for all his effort. He's been so snakebit that when he goes to the net with a clear shot I find myself thinking, "pass it, pass it!" He's supposed to be a streaky goal scorer, so here's hoping it's a new streak of goal scoring.

Regarding the B's taking so long to come out of the locker room: word was that the ref had (mistakenly) told them to exit the ice. Lewis looked fit to be tied when they finally did come back out.

2:06 p.m., February 18, 2007  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Savard took two stupid penalties so I left him off my list. He was probably star number 4 though.

2:10 p.m., February 18, 2007  
Blogger jimbuff said...

My star #4 was ference

2:17 p.m., February 18, 2007  

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