Friday, March 18, 2011

Predators and Carrie Underwood

So will tonight be the night the Bruins turn it around?  Will it be the night they play good physical hockey for 60 minutes?  Will the power play FINALLY be able to get going?  Will the "zebras" continue their 2 to 1 penalty advantage to the opposing team?  There are a lot of questions going into tonight's game, but will any of them be answered?
Nashville being only 1 point behind Anaheim and Calgary for the 8th spot in the Western Conference is in a must win situation, if they want to continue to stay alive.  With Pekka Rinne playing as good as any other goalie in the league, it's going to be a tough match up.
Period 1, looking like it's going to be a good game with the Bruins creating turnovers early and capitalizing with a nice top shelf goal by Seguin assisted by Peverly, who looks like he has another speed in this game.  Eight minutes later Kostitsyn tied the game at 1 with a open net goal.  Defense looked lost scrambling to get the puck out of the zone.  With just over 2 minutes left in the period Seguin got an elbow to the ear, ending up bleeding, by Hornvqist who got a game misconduct and a 5 minute major. A chance for the Bruins power play goal to get something going, right?  Penalties are 2 to 1 Nashville.
 Period 2.  Power play looked good, but once again NADA.  With two and a half minutes on the power play to start the period the Bruins just couldn't capitalize.    Half way through the period the Predators had a two man advantage and just like the Bruins couldn't get a goal. With some great defense and good goal tending the Bruins were able to kill it, however after the first penalty expired Michael Ryder had a clean break away coming out of the penalty box and got robbed blind glove side by Rinne.  
A soft goal by ex B.U. star Colin Wilson gave the predator a 2-1 with 9 minutes left in the period.  It didn't take long their after that for David Krejci to tie the game at 2 with a rebound off a blast by Horton. It was a back and forth period with both sides having their scoring chances and with both Rask and Rinne making great saves keeping their teams in the game.  Penalties are now 3-2 Boston at this point.  Zebra's seem pretty even so far, and have put the whistles away.  The Bruins have killed 10 out of the last 10 penalties against them, going back to the Islanders game.
Period 3.  Two minutes into the period after some great passing from Recchi and Ryder, Bergeron scores and gets his 1st goal since the Canucks game back on Feb 26th.  With that goal, the Bruins have 9 players with points. Half way through the 3rd period after the Bruins wasting, yet again, another power play, Legwand scores to tie the game at 3 on yet another empty net after Rask makes 2 impressive saves and the defense nowhere to be found.  Just like the 2nd period it was back and forth play with scoring chances for both teams and the physical play picking up as the game went on. For the second consecutive game the Bruins went into overtime!   Penalties at this point 4-3 Nashville.
                Overtime.  4 out of the last 7 games have gone into overtime and the Bruins are 1-3.  After a horrible penalty by Kampfer and giving the Predators a power play on which Shane Weber scored on a blistering shot from the point to give Nashville the win.                   
Overall the Bruins played a decent game.  The defense could of played better in the defensive zone as they got caught scrambling a couple of times leading Nashville to score and created scoring chances.  Rask was once again solid in between the pipes making some key saves throughout but also let in a softy on Wilson's goal.  Offense seemed to be connecting well getting to pucks in the corner first, creating good scoring chances. With the new line combination of Seguin, Peverly, and Kelly, it gave a Bruins some speed when they needed it.


3rd Star = Rask
2nd Star = Kaberle (+2)
1st Star = Penalty Kill (Killing 3 out of 4 penalties including a 5 on 3)


Disappointment = Kampfer (Stupid Penalty in O.T.)  &  Power Play (I don't have to explain)


Till Next Time
The B's Knees
              

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