Posted by: emmaharger | January 11, 2012

Bruins game 39 wrapup

Winnipeg Jets at Boston Bruins

5-3, Bruins

Goals: Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg), Nathan Horton x2 (Boston), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), Shawn Thornton (Boston), Eric Fehr (Winnipeg), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Benoit Pouliot (Boston)

Goalies: Tuukka Rask (29/32, .906%), Ondrej Pavelec (37/42, .881%)

The Good:

We need to talk about Shawn Thornton. Often he has been praised as being an enforcer who is also capable of scoring every so often, but tonight was kind of magical for him. After being called on a phantom check to the head penalty (replay shows no clear contact at all; Chris Thorburn merely flinched to avoid further contact with Thornton and the ref who called it later apologized for the mistake) and serving his time, Thornton jumped out of the sin bin, raced up the ice on a breakaway and was denied a chance…but given a penalty shot. A penalty shot that he sank.

Turns out he often practices that exact move at team practice sessions. He even said he looked at Tuukka Rask for approval before taking the shot and got a big hug from Tim Thomas after it.

Thornton also took on former teammate Mark Stuart later in the game, although he said he’d bought Stuart lunch recently, so there isn’t much off-ice enmity there.

Also this shot--this is just a really well-taken photograph.

Speaking of penalty shots, Rask had to come up big to stop one awarded to Thorburn on a somewhat flimsy hooking call. Oh, but he did.

Tuukka says NO!

 It’s also great to see Nathan Horton‘s scoring touch again–twice!

Also big ups to Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin for scoring, the latter even without suspended linemate Brad Marchand. By the way, I also liked how NESN didn’t go overboard mentioning his suspension aside from one time at the top of the broadcast and one shot of him in the press box. It’s just something we have to deal with for four more games.

The Bad:

Ouch, those three goals! They not only hurt me because of…you know…things, but because each of them came from very similar plays and after the first or second, you’d think Boston would’ve been better able to spot it coming. They all seemed to come from having someone stationed at the faceoff dots in the Boston zone and just shooting. Thankfully in the third period, where Boston often comes alive, they decided not to let that stuff go on any more.

The Ugly:

At first I truly feared the refereeing could sink Boston’s chances of winning, what with the penalty shot in the first and Thornton’s mistaken call. It did get a little better, but I still maintain a healthy level of cynicism about the zebras’ accuracy.

Next Game:

vs. Montreal Canadiens

January 12

NHLN

Another game on NHL Network? Oh, lord…as for Montreal, though, it is always fun to see hockey’s best rivalry at work. Montreal has been slumping lately and facing the silly issue of Randy Cunneyworth not being fully bilingual, so perhaps they won’t be at their best?

-Emma


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