Posted by: emmaharger | October 21, 2011

Bruins game 7 wrapup

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins

6-2, Bruins

Goals: David Steckel (Toronto), Nathan Horton (Boston), Zdeno Chara (Boston), Chris Kelly (Boston), Milan Lucic (Boston), Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Mikhail Grabovski (Toronto)

Goalies: Tim Thomas (.929%), Jonas Gustavsson (.860%)

The Good:

Where to start? With the beginning again? With David Krejci, back from his abdominal injury, almost scoring off the top of things? Once again, it’s going to pay off sooner or later! (It was good to see Krejci and Steven Kampfer come back.)

Shawn Thornton dancing with Colton Orr at the top of the first.

Reports from friends at the game said the cheers were deafening inside TD Garden.

 What’s that? A power play goal? TWO power play goals (Horton’s and Chara’s)? Is it my birthday?

I gotta believe!

Some of the Bs got some notable numbers tonight: Andrew Ference and Tyler Seguin both had three-point evenings; Patrice Bergeron‘s nine shots on goal was a career high.

Plus, he scored his first goal of the season!

The Bruins got a lot of shots on goal: 43 total compared to Toronto’s 28. Of course, 6 of those 43 shots turned into something more, too. What a game. Perhaps getting out all that aggression against Carolina helped bring everyone together. Maybe part of it was the line change experiment. Maybe some off-the-record motivational speeches also occurred. Whatever happened, it all worked really well!

The Bad:

Well, honestly? I can’t even think of anything particularly bad about this game. Play got a little sloppy at the end of the second, probably a desperation attempt by Toronto to put something on the boards, but it’s imperative to keep calm because Tim Thomas is in net.

The Ugly:

I didn’t know the entire Phil Kessel story until now simply because it was the topic du jour tonight and it hadn’t been on my radar before. Another case of “after a trade/relocation, speak ill of the city you used to play in,” huh? See also Ladd, Andrew. I don’t take kindly to that kind of talk. I am fully aware he’s doing very well with Toronto, and we’ve done pretty well with what we got in the deal (Ty-ler Se-guin!), so in the end everyone wins but it’s very uncool, in my eyes, to trash a city and its fanbase when surely people there used to love and look up to you. As long as there are hockey fans in it, Kessel, every town is a real hockey town.

Next Game:

vs. San Jose Sharks

Saturday, October 22

NESN/Center Ice/my personal presence

Obviously, this post is going to be a little different! But exciting and fun.


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