Posted by: emmaharger | April 4, 2012

Bruins game 80 wrapup

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins

5-3, Penguins

Goals: Sidney Crosby x2 (Pittsburgh), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh), Benoit Pouliot (Boston), Milan Lucic (Boston), James Neal (Pittsburgh), Arron Asham (Pittsburgh), Rich Peverley (Boston)

Goalies: Brent Johnson (26/29, .897%), Marty Turco (22/27, .815%)

Writeups: Yahoo and Rant

The Good:

Well, at least the Bruins had already clinched before this game!

I kind of love this third line. Benoit Pouliot scored and got helpers from both his linemates, Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly. This third line’s chemistry is starting to remind me of another line that gels well: 63-37-19! But also the Merlot Line! Ugh, it’s great when a team has lines that work so well together–like how the first line hooked up to produce Milan Lucic‘s tying goal very early into the second period.

Rich Peverley kept the score from being exactly the same as the last Bruins/Penguins game. That’s nice!

The Bad:

I think the bad stuff can also be classified as ugly so yeah just go down there.

Or look at this picture of Brad Marchand where it looks like he’s flying.

The Ugly:

Same.

This was coach Claude Julien’s response to the charging call on Daniel Paille that actually contributed to the entire tone of the game changing. Paille was followed just nine seconds later by Peverley, called for high-sticking on the flimsiest call ever. I would stick to describing it in words like I had to in my gamers because the video wasn’t up yet, but now it is, so…

Kris Letang is Kris Le-SLAIN! Alas, poor Yorick, I hardly knew thee! Tell my mother I loved her! …Always! Give me a break! That’s an embellishment if I’ve ever seen one. But he went unpunished for it (although there is a rule allowing for a fine to be issued even if it isn’t penalized…don’t bet on it happening) and the Bruins did: the Penguins scored on the 5-on-3 and power play. Then they just extended their lead in the third period when Arron Asham scored.

Then a few minutes after he scored, Asham and Johnny Boychuk were involved in a collision and Boychuk’s left leg bent in a way legs should not normally bend.

You can kind of see it here. You can definitely see it in Boychuk's face.

He is not accompanying the team to Ottawa and I hope he feels better soon because that seriously looked like it HAS to hurt. However, he left the arena on his feet last night, not on a crutch, which is somewhat encouraging.

Next Game:

at Ottawa Senators

April 5

NESN

In the penultimate game of the regular season, the Bruins will take on the team that is very likely to be the quarterfinal playoff matchup. So, this might be a preview of things to come. Oh, by the way, not only is Boychuk not going, nor are Thomas, Chara or Bergeron.


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