Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Goals: Zdeno Chara (Boston), Colin Greening (Ottawa), Kyle Turris (Ottawa), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), Milan Lucic (Boston), Brad Marchand (Boston), Dennis Seidenberg (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (30/33, .909%), Craig Anderson (26/30, .867%)
Hey, happy birthday, Tyler Seguin! Now that he’s not wearing his age anymore, what will the national commentators say about him?
Zdeno Chara‘s goal! (Which I predicted…at home I said “Pop one of those 108.8s” while they were on the power play and then BOOM!)
After a slow start, the Bruins wanted to try and steer the game momentum their way. Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid both answered the call, Thornton taking on Chris Neil and McQuaid tussling with Zenon Konopka. Thornton seemed to need some repairs after his fight; he put ice on his hand while in the box and then went to the dressing room for the rest of the first, although he returned for the second and was fine after that. Both guys fought intensely and admirably.
I was happy to see Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand score because both of them started off the game a little rusty. But then this unbelievable goal from Dennis Seidenberg…get ready to keep seeing this on highlight reels because look at where he scores it! It’s a bomb from 90 feet away!
Whatever it took to shake off the cobwebs of the first and second periods, I’m glad the Bruins did it and stormed back to life in the third. (Maybe it was another second-intermission pep talk from Patrice Bergeron?)
I already talked about the slow start–is it all “post-break blues” or was part of it just a general slow start?
There were also some issues with passing, especially between Seguin and Marchand when they got into the zone. C’mon guys, get back into the groove and return to that form that makes Jack Edwards shout with glee!
Ugh! Even though we won, there were some definite downsides to tonight’s game: the rusty start, first period follies (Marchand seemed especially clumsy, tripping over his own stick at one point and sliding into the net–puckless–at another), being out-everythinged in the second and then the weird NESN outage to start the third. It seemed to affect everyone from folks who live in Massachusetts to Center Ice subscribers, and all of us simultaneously panicked, but the channel returned just in time for Marchand’s goal. Well, alright then. But here’s hoping the team got all this ickiness out of their systems and won’t have sluggish times like these in future games.
vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Oh wait. Carolina: the team that’s 3 for 0 in the series with us so far this season? (They just seem to vex us!) Dang…this might not be good. I hope it is, though…