The Boston Bruins gave everyone a scare. After a weekend where they lost to Washington and came away with an overtime loss to St. Louis, it looked like they were on their way to dropping a big game in Pittsburgh against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins last night and Bruins fans were not happy. After Crosby put his club ahead by a 4-2 score with just 23 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Sean from Gloucester made it clear he did not think the Bruins were capable of winning the game.
“It was really encouraging for a few games but I don’t think they can do it now.” Sean said, “They look awfully shaky. I hope they can win but I don’t think they will.”
Well, Sean, your hope came to fruition. Goaltender Tim Thomas made 42 saves and the depth of the Bruins came shining through as the B’s pulled off their biggest comeback in recent memory by scoring 5 unanswered goals in the third period and posted a 7-4 victory. Mark Recchi, who apparently has found the Fountain of Youth but refuses to share it with the rest of us, led the way for the Bruins with 1 goal and 2 assists while Shawn Thornton scored the game winning goal with an amazing wrist shot over the shoulder of Penguins goalie Brent Johnson. You can see the winning goal here http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2010020212&navid=sb:recap.
The black and gold needed this win to keep pace with the Montreal Canadiens who are in first place in the Northeast division but only two points ahead of the Bruins. The two teams faceoff against each other tonight at the TD Garden in Boston. The building should be rocking as it is one of the biggest rivalries in all of hockey, if not in all of sports, and to have these two teams separated by two points, with first place on the line, you can be sure there will be plenty of playoff intensity on and off the ice. These are two very proud organizations and they hate losing to each other. The Habs are paced by Tomas Plekanec’s 12 points. Goaltender Carey Price has appeared in 14 of Montreal’s 15 games and appears to be a much improved version of his old self this season. Also, look for former Bruins Alex Auld and Massachusetts native Hal Gill as they wear the bleu, blanc, et rouge this season.
Boston should be able to have last night’s 3rd period carry over to tonight. Will they score five goals in the first period? Maybe, but fans do not want to know how many of these scares they can take.
Read Rick Keene’s preview of tonight’s tilt at http://awinninghabit.com/ to get the view from Montreal. Yes, it is in English.
Today is Veterans Day in the United States and www.causewaycrowd.com thanks all who served our country. We appreciate, admire, and value all of you. You are true inspirations to all of us and our families.
The Bruins will remember and honor veterans on Military Appreciation Night, Monday November 15, 2010 versus the New Jersey Devils. Fans can purchase specially priced tickets from the Bruins and donate them to USO New England which will distribute them to military families and to veterans and their families. Throughout the game, military members, their families, and veterans, will have their pictures put on the massive scoreboard above center ice, they will skake hands with the team as it leaves the dressing room and goes onto the ice, and enjoy many more activities and discounts at the Bruins Pro Shop. One of the most highly anticipated activities is the camouflaged jersey auction. Captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin, and David Krecji, autographed camouflaged Bruins jerseys that will be auctioned along with camouflaged sticks the players will use in the pre-game warm ups. Finally, the organization will collect items to be sent in care packages. The packages will be sent to New Englanders who are serving overseas.
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