Friday, February 09, 2007

Hurricanes blow through Boston

This will be quick as I have to be somewhere right now.

Carolina defeated The Bruins 5-2 in NHL action last nite. The Bruins were on top 1-0 after the first but in the last 4 minutes of the 2nd period Carolina took control with 4 goals; the last one being the nail in the coffin with 2 seconds left in the period. It was an even played game with equal shots and equal chances. If not for this 4 minute let down Boston could have easily took the 2 points.

Game hilites:

- Whitney had 3 goals and an assist for the Canes.
- Bochenski had both Bruins' goals. (PC is a genius)
- Brad Stuart played well.
- Kessel looked a little lost last nite - I think that he should have had more recovery time or at least more development time in the minors. He will be great someday but he is still not at a consistent NHL level just yet. We don't need to rush him - let him develop before he gets frustrated. (just my opinion).
- Chara was decent - he is getting a little better as the season goes on.
- Timmy faced 36 shots - has he ever had less than 35 against in a game in the last 2 years???
- Ward had an exceptional game between the pipes for the bad guys.

3 stars as picked by me:

1 - Whitney Houston
2 - The Warden
3 - The Wheat King

The Bruins' next game is on Saturday when The Islanders visit.

Prediction:

Boston - 3
NYI - 0

* Keep an eye on Heather's Obsessed Site as her next post will be her 1,000th. I expect something spectacular - Congrats on your longevity and hopefully we will see 50,000 more posts!

Go Bruins Go !!!

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas *is* an elite collapser.

7:56 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger jimbuff said...

Anon,
I have to disagree. With the way The Bruins defence has played this season he has done exceptional - not even Luongo or Brodeur would have faired as well as The Trapper has this year with such poor "D" in front of them!

8:08 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

As I was telling TreeBob last night, Bochenski is making me eat my words. However, with three goals in two games, those are some mighty fine tasty words! He's starting to make me forget that Dmitri Kvartalnov wore #10. Now if only Thomas can put up some decent games and make me eat my other words for dessert!

8:14 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

coming in labeled as a goal scorer, its not much of surprise that he is burying the chances he has gotten, because they have been quality scoring oportunities (he could easly have had a hat trick last night)....

what has been more impressive to me is the poise he seems to play with all over the rink. he can be seen properly taking the defensive responsibility for his center down low on a number of occasions when he is the first back.

that said he does not look like the regular ahl call up for sure.

9:09 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

Yeah neb--I keep waiting to see Bochenski in front of a defensive mistake that leads to a goal. So far it's been anything but! Impressive. And that PC--he keeps picking up these black sheep guys who are better than their reps, which is all he can do right now without giving away the farm. That's impressive too.

The rest of the team is really snakebit in the goal scoring department right now. I'm sure they will come out of it. I just hope it's soon. Lewis said the only way out was to work hard, and I think they are doing just that. But they aren't scoring on the PP like they used to, and for a team that has trouble scoring 5 on 5 that's deadly. Not only that, but they haven't figured out that you have to work hard for that goal even when you have the lead.

Just once--just once I'd like to see them go ahead by more than a goal. Sigh. I'll tell ya this: if they finally get that part working this will be a very good team. But will it be too late for this season?

12:29 PM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

Number4, it's not too late to begin a playoff run. As bad as they've seemed recently, they're only 10 points out of a playoff spot with 29 games left. If they can get hot at the end of the season and grab that #8 spot, they could be a force...especially since no one wants to play a hot team in the playoffs.

3:10 PM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

doob...

i wish i could be that optomistic, seems to me that you would need the team to go 20-7-2 over those remaining 29. This would end the season with 95 points and a probable playoff birth... this is win 3 lose 1 win 3 lose 1. they have not shown me the maturity to put this kind of streak together, for this long a period....

4:04 PM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

I certainly admit things look grim, but I look at it this way...if the Bruins can put together a strong run at the end of the season to actually resemble a contender and grab the #8 spot, then they've earned that playoff berth. If not, well, they didn't deserve it anyway.

However, a playoff spot *is* a reach at this point and not deserving of any major moves to bolster their roster short of moving Brad Stuart since it looks like he's not going to re-sign in the offseason.

In fact, Stuart might be the bellwether as to what the Bruins plans are for the remainder of the season. If they move him for draft picks or prospects, then it's a pretty good chance they've written off this year. If they get players who can help this season, then they're probably going to try to make a run for that #8 spot...ditto if they decide to retain his services for the remainder of the season.

7:54 AM, February 10, 2007  

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