Tuesday, February 26, 2008
BRUINS CRUSH SENATORS
Now just imagine that was Arlen Specter getting assaulted by Marco Sturm instead of Anton Volchenkov. Very refreshing.
The Bruins hadn't beaten a team by more than 3 goals until last night. The Senators came into Boston after losing 5-0 to Toronto on Monday. They were worn out, and off balance. But the Bruins played at full throttle, out-hustling Ottawa, and dominating the physical game.
Shawn Thornton scored 5:24 into the game with a simple mop up goal from the slot. Fifteen minutes of game-time later, David Krejci finally got his first NHL goal. This one was also one of those janitorial types goals, simply taking out the trash, so to speak.
Zdeno Chara, who won the Fastest Shot Competition a few weeks ago, fired a bullet from the top of the faceoff circle past Martin Gerber to make it a 3-0 game. Chara added the fourth goal with an empty net. It was also a short-handed goal. It was surprising, too. He was deep in the defensive zone, with three Senators nearby. But instead of just clearing, he lofted the puck out of the zone and toward the goal. It went in and the game ended 4-0. Chara's two goals gave him 43 points on the season, tying a career high.
Tim Thomas recorded his 2nd shutout of the year, and 6th career clean slate. He wasn't tested much, only facing 22 shots. But when Ottawa did get it on net, some of the saves were very challenging.
The Bruins are now a mere 6 points behind Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division, and 5 points behind second place Montreal.
The Bruins host the Penguins on Thursday (I'll be there). Pittsburgh sits in 4th place in the East.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola