In what has been the most exciting game thus far this season, the Bruins took advantage of special teams play in the first period along with good overall team play in the third period to steal their fourth win of the season 5-3, in Carolina.
Brad Marchand (3) got things started for the Bruins 3:16 into the game. The penalty was on Anton Khudobin for committing probably the fifth ever delay of game penalty for touching the puck outside the trapezoid.
2:59 after the Marchand goal Chara (2) put a seeing-eyed wrist shot on net from the point beating Cam Ward high blocker and the Bruins jumped out to a nice 2-0 lead.
Carolina gained momentum after Tim Gleason took on Lucic in lengthy bout.
Carolina scored 3:44 after the fight and got themselves on the board and back into the game just before the end of the period.
Both teams had a flurry of goals in the second period. It began with one of the prettiest goals Nathan Horton (2) has probably scored in his career. As he undressed Tim Gleason on his way to sniping on Cam Ward.
Carolina answered with goals from Skinner and Eric Staal. The goals came :50 seconds apart and tied the game 3-3 heading into the third.
Both teams battled and went end-to-end for the entire period but it was Boston’s new young superstar Dougie Hamilton staring down Cam Ward as if he was going to shoot and sliding a pass to Krejci (1) to give the B’s the lead with 1:50 left in the game.
Things got interesting at the end. Tyler Seguin (1) put home and empty net goal on the PP to secure the win for the B’s. While Seguin was scoring Patrice Bergeron and Jeff Skinner got into a mix-up behind the Bruins net after Skinner slew-footed Bergeron.
The Bruins turn around and get right back at it again tonight when the Devils come to TD Garden.
The Bruins had a chance to take a 3-2 series lead to Washington and a chance to wrap-up the series on Sunday. The B’s failed to hold-off the Caps Saturday at the Garden and fell 4-3 and fell in the series 3-2.
After a scoreless first period it was the Caps who struck first. Semin jammed a puck home past Thomas to get the Caps on the board. Washington added a second goal before the Bruins got a pulse.
Down 2-0 the B’s scored two goals in 28 seconds. Seidenberg (1) and Marchand (1) got the Garden rockin’ and gave the place a sense that the B’s found their rythm and weren’t going to let this one get out of their grasp.
Well, Mike Knuble changed that 3:21 into the third period when he put the Caps back on top.
Johnny Boychuk (1) had a Johnny Rocket from the blue line on the, yup you guessed it, power play. Wait WHAT!?!?!
Don’t worry, in heart breaking fashion, Thomas gave up a softball goal to Brouwer with 2:27 left in the game and the Caps skated to a 4-3 victory.
A must win for the Bruins. There is no other way to put it.
The series is tied 2-2, as it is I don’t think the Bruins are winning this series with the way they have limped around through the first four games. Now they have to play game five at home in a tied series, sure the Bruins showed a lot of adversity last season by winning games when their backs were against the wall. But I don’t see the B’s winning game six Sunday if they go to Washington down 3-2.
This season the Bruins are 7-8-2 (which includes last weekend) during afternoon games.
Who knows which B’s team will show up today. If the team who won game three comes to play, they can be one of the toughest teams to beat in the league. If its game two or four, they’re screwed.
Its like the B’s are just showing up, going through the motions and hoping everything will work out in their favor.
I know the series is far from over but I’ll tell you this, if the B’s get ousted in the first round, last year isn’t an excuse anymore. No more, oh they won the cup its okay. Nope, it makes it seem more like it was just a fluke.
So go ahead Claude, rally the troops.
In the battle of the previous two Stanley Cup winners, the Bruins prevailed on a Tyler Seguin shootout goal to secure the second win of the season for the B’s.
The Bruins found themselves trailing, which has been a theme this season as they have not lead in a game since their win against Tampa Bay over a week ago. Tim Thomas was beat five-hole (begin the Timmy Five-hole count here at 1) by Bryan Bickell which gave Chicago a 1-0 lead through the first.
About half-way through the first period the Bruins saw their first fight of the season as Gregory Campbell dropped the mitts with Jamal Mayers. Fight panned out to be a draw for the most part but it was finally good to see someone throw punches for the B’s.
Boston answered back with a 2-on-1 short-handed goal by Chris Kelly (1) just 1:33 into the second period. But in good ol’ Bruins fashion they gave up that lead 1:18 after the Kelly goal when Patrick Kane beat Thomas.
Trailing in the third Johnny Boychuk made a beautiful self pass on a dump in play which when he recovered the puck he came out from behind the net feeding Nathan Horton (1) in front who beat Corey Crawford to tie the game 2-2, with 12:04 remaining in the game.
The game stayed tied through the overtime period and Tyler Seguin had the only goal for both teams in the shootout giving the Bruins the win.
Thomas made 27 saves in the win and the Bruins PP was scoreless on three attempts.
Well I know I did it this time. I got over-cocky, and way too confident about game five. The last time I felt this way about the Bruins they had a 3-0 lead on the Flyers (in 2010 playoffs) and we all know how that turned out.
I hate being confident about the B’s because it always comes back to bite me in the ass. I like it a lot better when I just sit around waiting for them to blow a game so I can do this…sit alone in my basement and bitch them out for being a shit hockey team.
From the moment the game was tied after the first period, I had this pit of a feeling that the game was going to end the same way game one ended, 1-0. Hey what a surprise that was.
You know, tonight had the same feeling as game one for me in many ways. I was so pumped because it is the first team to two wins gets the Cup. Just like how game one was the first team to four wins. At the same time I had this pit in my stomach that things weren’t going to go the B’s way and we were in for a long night of misery, along with finding ourselves down in the series…again.
The B’s busted their asses to tie the series at two but for some reason playing the way they did in Boston isn’t allowed in Vancouver. When a game is played in that shit city we need to lose heartbreakers by a goal and watch clowns like Maxim Lapierre dance around when he scores a goal. Hey Maxim, I remember mites when I scored my first goal, it was great, but your in the Cup Finals. Act like you’ve F-in been there before.
And I don’t know what it is about the three games played in Vancouver so far. But I get more and more pissed at Thomas for the goals he gives up. Yea, he stood on his head like he has in every game of the series but when he only gives up one or two goals they always seem to be weak ones.
The Cup will be in the building (TD Garden) on Monday night, something I never thought I would be able to say in my life. I also would never thought I would have to say, THE B’S NEED TO WIN BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SEE THE F-IN THING ON MONDAY NIGHT.
It’s Friday, it’s game day, and what better way to get amp’d for the game than listening to something thatis better than porn.
Courtesy of the Toucher & Rich Morning show on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
If that doesn’t get your rocks off then I don’t know what will.
I said from the time the B’s were trailing 0-2 in the series they would need to win the next three in-a-row to give them their best shot at taking this thing. If they were down 3-1 going into tonight it would be over. Even if they are down 3-2 after tonight, it is a MUST win from that point on.
If Boston can win and take a 3-2 series lead, with a chance to win the Cup on home ice Monday night that is all the motivation a team should need. But as Claude would say, in that situation, “we got two games to win one”.
Get on em, and get on em early. Luongo is between the pipes and you know if the B’s put an early goal on the board the crowd is going to be on him and he is going to be in his own head. Be physical, because that is why you won games three and four.
For the fourth time in the post-season the Bruins have given up a goal in the opening three minutes (1:09) of the first period. It makes it really hard to put together a Stanley Cup run when you’re trailing by a goal from the opening face-off.
Holy awful, was the first period for the Bruins. They were able to get a whopping four shots on goal and went a stretch of 13:50 between hitting the net. The Bruins were, out played, out hustled and just dominated in every aspect of the game in the opening twenty. The B’s played the first period of game five like it was the first period of the season. Dumb penalties, poor passing, and just no sync to anyones game.
The second period was better than the first for the Bruins.
Boston was still outshot 9 to 8 in the period but managed to get two of those eight shots past Mike Smith. Both goals were similar as Horton (7) was on the receiving end of a B-E-A-utiful back hand pass from Lucic. Looch gave a saucer pass from the corner to a wide-open Horton in the slot for the one timah.
The second goal was a pass from the corner from Bergeron to Marchand (6) in the slot. Marchand took the pass and put it top shelf, where momma keeps the peanut butter and daddy hides the porno.
Even though the Bruins were outshot 34-20 for the game, they showed a lot of resiliency in battling back and taking the lead and sealing the game on a Peverley (2) empty netter for the 3-1 win.
Tim Thomas also made the save of his life, by getting the puck with the veryyy tip of his stick to save the game and hold the Bruins 2-1 lead.
Just one more win gets them to the promised land, the Stanley Cup Finals, we’ll see if they are able to pull it off on Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.
It was the first time the Bruins played a meaningful game at TD Garden, since the painful game seven loss to the Flyers last season in the playoffs. Goals from Ryder, Caron, Horton, and Chara help lead the B’s to a 4-1 win. And yes, I’m going to be the only person to bitch about the game. Yeah, the B’s won but I got a whole bunch of complaining to do.
The game was just off from the start, why the fuck is Steven Tyler singing the anthem?? That is all Rene’s territory, I know he doesn’t do every game but WTF, it’s the home opener.
Were really going to do the Tim Thomas thing again too. Yeah, he has been hot for three fucking games, so let’s sit out star goalie to ride out the 36 year-old. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thomas, I’ve rooted for him ever since he stood on his head in a loss to Dallas in 2006. But I just don’t get why everyone thinks Thomas is this young, stud, goaltender because he has a few good games in a row and won the Veznia is a weak year.
POSITIVES: Ryder’s goal in the final minute of the first period. A goal in the final minute of any period is always clutch, it really sends the opposing team thinking as they go into the locker room.
A quality 3 for 4 on the power play tonight for the Bruins. It sure sends a positive message after a miserable 1 for 15 start.
The B’s are 2-0 so far vs. Washington which is a plus because come the end of the season the Caps will be a team fighting for a playoff spot.