The Bruins fought hard against a slippery puck, their own mistakes, and their old goaltender to pull out a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers. Tim Thomas was in the net against Boston last night. The Bruins capitalized on a power play goal by Dougie Hamilton. Daniel Paille scored early for the Bruins, and a last minute goal by newly minted second liner Reilly Smith paved the way to the Bruins victory. Check out our report (Causeway Crowd) and the Bruins (Boston Bruins).
On the other side of the fence, here is the breakdown from our cohorts over at the Panthers site, the Rat Trick on Timmy taking on the Bruins (The Rat Trick)
On the subject of Tim Thomas, his brand new helmet (the one to replace that god awful solid white one) is ready to go. It’s a really nice pic of a panther. (I’m just looking for the hidden ‘Don’t tread on Me’ logo.) (Eye Candy Air)
Sticking with goalies for the time being, it is wise never to earn the anger of the hockey gods, especially if you are the net minder. Johnathan Quick received an unlucky break last week, and this week it doubled down on the first place Toronto Maple Leafs. James Reimer was the scheduled goalie for the Leafs tonight, but got injured on his first save a scant thirty two seconds in the game against the Carolina Hurricanes. He got run over by another Leaf, Josh Leivo. It knocked Reimer down and it looked like out for a moment. Reimer left the crease and did not return.
In the absence of Reimer, Johnathan Bernier stepped into net. In a tight 2-2 game in the middle of the third period, Bernier in a “brain cramp” moment, makes a pee wee error and allows one of the easiest goals of the season in. Bernier’s mistake gave the Hurricanes the game winning goal with 6:56 left in regulation. It’s absolutely one that Toronto would love to have back. (NHL)
In the last year we have seen two teams handle their profitability problems. We saw the Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes finally be released from being the property of the NHL, and the New Jersey Devils going through a change in ownership. Now it appears that the Ottawa Senators are in serious trouble too. A recent report shows that the Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk has lost over one hundred and ten million dollars in the last ten years. That’s a rough fate for a team that has tried so hard to remain a playoff contender. (Senators Extra)