Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
October 8, 2011
Goals: Rich Peverley (Boston), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay), Daniel Paille (Boston), David Krejci (Boston), Rich Peverley (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (.962%), Mathieu Garon (.905%)
Well, we won. There’s that. Better yet, we won against the team that played us all the way to the brink in the Eastern Conference finals, although interestingly Dwayne Roloson wasn’t between the pipes for Tampa Bay. It also seemed like the team was better able to pass the puck tape to tape.
Rich Peverley, he the former Thrasher, scored twice, including opening the scoring for the night. Good job, Perv!
Brad Marchand assisted on both Peverley goals, drew two different roughing penalties and overall lived up to his sometimes nickname of honey badger. When he and Dominic Moore got into it during the second period–earning those penalties–he later explained that it was motivated by “I don’t like that guy. He was bothering me a bit.”
David Krejci got my fantasy team some points by scoring, but he also performed an awesome zone-clearance in the first period when a play forced Tim Thomas out of the crease and left the net open, where the puck dribbled and could’ve easily gone in. Not if Krejface has anything to say about it!
Speaking of Tim Thomas, he kept the door shut all but once, including some saves that had me nearly biting my nails with worry. However, it’s that one missed save that is notable–it was a goal scored by Marty St. Louis, his 300th to be exact. Remember that Thomas and St. Louis played college hockey together. After the game, Thomas told reporters he was actually happy to hear that it was the 300th career goal, although he wasn’t happy in the moment since, well, it was a goal scored on him. He’s a class act.
Also perhaps the honey badger had an effect on Tyler Seguin, who also assisted on two goals and drew two penalties. While he was being called on one of them and on the way to the penalty box, he could be seen attempting to argue his case with the zebras. It was kind of cute.
Actually, let’s just show some love for the entire second line. I’ll let this tweet speak for itself, as it’s perfect.
Okay, we’re still kind of shoddy on the power play. Plus, Patrice Bergeron was especially ridiculously under-utilized while on the PP. Every time we went a man up, it seems like they told him to go over and stand beside the net. Then people would pass to him but leave him completely alone, so when he’d try to wrap around and get denied, the puck would just whiz away instead of possibly being tapped by another Bruin watching the net and becoming a goal. It was just that over and over for two minutes.
Also, it’s kind of a shame Perv didn’t get a hat trick. That would’ve been fun to see.
Nothing really here, which is a good sign, except that weird incident at the end of the third when suddenly the clock lost a minute of time and the end-of-game horn sounded prematurely. Whoops!
vs. Colorado Avalanche
October 10, 2011
A Columbus Day matinee, this should be fun to watch!