Sunday, October 07, 2007

Phoenix Post-Game

The day after the embarrassing 4-1 loss to Dallas the Bruins are taking on Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. In the Dallas game, new tender Manny Fernandez let in 4 goals on only 18 shots and Marc Savard lost 10 of 13 face-offs. Fernandez admitted that he was not mentally prepared for the game and that there was nothing physically wrong with him. Twenty minutes before the game, it was announced that Tim Thomas would get the start.

The game began well with Zdeno Chara laying out Shane Doan with a good hit as he entered the Bruins offensive zone. There were a lot of giveaways by Phoenix in the first period and Derek Morris had to hook Bergeron to stop him from scoring. On the ensuing PP, Bergeron quickly got even on a great pass by Chara setting up a Bergeron's second goal in as many games. Less than a minute later Chuck Kobasew stole the puke on the penalty kill and he and Axelsson went in 2 on 1 with Kobasew scoring shorthanded.

Great chance for Phoenix right away in the second period when the puck was shot at Thomas and it squirted under him. Fortunately for the Bruins the referee blew the whistle while it sat on the goal line. There have been a lot of shots on goal this period for Phoenix, but Timmy has been making easy saves thanks to his players clearing the lanes. Timmy's only flaw was on Phoenix's only goal of the game on a shot that was put in off of Niko Kapanen's skate. Not too much rough stuff in the game just good control by the Bruins. the game was capped off in the third by the Bruins second power play goal of the game. This one scored by Marco Sturm on the second PP unit, and assisted by David Krejci and Phil Kessel.

- Chara finished with a team high 4 hits and lead the team in time on ice with 23:51.

- Marc Savard left the ice after Phoenix's goal and did not return. Said to be precautionary and was walking without a limp after the game.

- Tim Thomas was stellar stopping 36/37 shots and would have had the shutout if not for the "kick" in.

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