Finally the Bruins decided to play tonight. After the past two games (Pittsburgh and Montreal), the Bruins decided to wake up and actually play a very good game. Right from the start of the game I could see the Bruins had a little extra step to their game. Smooth crisp passes out of the defensive zone, good quality shots on net. Horton's goal, I thought, was one of the best goals of the year, great passing from Krejci and Lucic. The B's played great 3-way hockey.
The 2nd and 3rd periods seemed like the B's were playing against 2 teams; the Sabres and the zebra's. Usually I don't complain about the zebra's, but tonight's game was ridiculous! First it started off with Chara's "Boarding " penalty, then Seidenberg's call. But it didn't stop there, Boychuk, Kaberle also had B.S calls on them and that was just the 2nd period. 3rd period wasn't great either. B.S call on Marchand that gave Buffalo ANOTHER 5-3 power play, but this time it led to the tying goal. About 10 minutes into the period the zebra's missed a big cross check from McCormick on Chara.
Timmy T was great in this game, he made some amazing saves that kept the B's in the game. If not for some lucky bounces for Buffalo, Thomas possibly could of had another shutout. At this point in the season, with 16 games left I have to think that Thomas not only is the Vezina winner but has to be in the lead for the Hart as well. He has some stiff competition in Sedin and Stamkos, but if Thomas keeps playing the way he is, he should go home with two nice trophies come awards night in June. NOT including the BIG trophy.
I have to admit I didn't think this game was going to be physical after all the hype from the Montreal game. I thought it would be a boring game with no defense and no toughness, boy was I wrong. If not for the zebras this could have been a great game for the B's. Unfortunately at the end of the night the Bruins lost their 3rd game in a row on another lucky bounce goal by Boyes. One thing I can say about tonight's game is that they didn't lose because they lacked effort.
3rd Star = Bruins Penalty Kill
2nd Star = Lucic/Krejci/Horton Line
1st Star = Tim Thomas
Disappointment = Power Play... They looked good but again O for
Till Next Time
The B's Knee's