Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Goals: Rich Peverley (Boston), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa), Chris Kelly (Boston), Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Daniel Paille x2 (Boston), Jason Spezza (Ottawa)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (.959%), Craig Anderson (.828%)
After a somewhat sleepy start to the game, we needed to wake up somehow. Can’t get all that Tim Horton’s down to the ice in good enough time? No problem. Just have a fight!
Milan Lucic takes on Matt Carkner and soon thereafter, Rich Peverley opened up the night’s scoring!
Later, Chris Kelly added a sick goal that leads me to continue being thankful for third- and fourth-liners who can also pot goals. The Bruins are versatile. Like I’ve said before, everyone on the team can be a star. We don’t really market ourselves behind one superstar (the only phrases I’ve heard, used by others, were ‘Tyler Seguin and the Bruins’ and ‘Tim Thomas and the Bruins,’ and while both are fine and good as both men are an integral part of the team, they’re not the Be-All and End-All, if you know what I mean. Okay, I’m referring to how the Penguins are always ‘Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.’)
But wait! What’s that? A late birthday present in the form of a Patrice Bergeron breakaway goal? Life is beautiful.
Life is even more beautiful when Daniel Paille executes not one but two successful breakaways in one night. Two. I still can’t believe it as I type this.
There were back-to-back breakaways and we killed penalties like it was our job (because it is) even when we had to play with just five d-men. We refused to sit down and just be beaten. I love that about this team.
Like I said, we had a slow start and Ottawa got a lot of shots on goal, although none of them became goals partly because we had the brick wall Thomas there for us.
Ottawa’s goal horn is particularly egregious. Will it be covered by the new federal regulations to quiet the volume of television commercials?
Boston got barely any power play opportunities, but we certainly did take penalties!
Remember a time in your life when a turnover was nothing more than a delicious treat instead of something that could be agonizing to witness? Boston turned the puck over far too often, especially in the first part of the game. No more of that, please.
Okay, the Adam McQuaid/Nick Foligno situation. I saw it many times, including on slow-mo replay, and yes, McQuaid reacted both instinctively and foolishly, kneeing Foligno and drawing a five-minute major plus a game misconduct. Foligno was helped off by teammates, hovering his left foot above the ice, although he did return later in the game and seemed fine enough to me. Maybe he just needed to rest, relax and recharge after initially thinking it would be worse than it really was. I don’t know who to believe, as I fully believed the report that Ryan Miller was concussed when later he admitted he probably just had whiplash, but they just wanted Lucic to get the most punishment. But then Foligno might not have been playing around…though he was back out soon after. I don’t know what to feel right now. I’m sure a punishment will be forthcoming, although if it’s anything less than a full Shanaban, expect more cries of a Boston bias. Heck, even if it is a Shanaban, it won’t be enough to satisfy some. You’re darned if you do and darned if you don’t. All I know is it will be nice if Zdeno Chara feels well enough to return for the next game because if McQuaid is suspended, we’re gonna be short a d-man and reportedly the corps defense in Providence isn’t super promising.
at Philadelphia Flyers
Oh boy, a matinee game against the team that handed us a hard-fought loss for our home opener! Well, this could be exciting. Let’s just see what happens.