Saturday, December 27, 2008
BRUINS WIN 7TH STRAIGHT
The last time the Bruins won 7 in a row was 1993. Since the start of November, the Bruins are 21-2-1, which is simply astounding.
The Canes have actually put up some solid efforts against the Bruins this season. Reminiscent of a few years ago when the Whalers would suck unless they were playing the B's.
Carolina finished the 1st period with a 1-0, as the Bruins looked a bit rusty. Blake Wheeler scored twice in the 2nd - he now leads NHL rookies in that category - but Carolina evened things up. Through the first 2 periods, the Hurricanes outshot the Bruins 25 to 12.
The 3rd period was one of the best 20 minute stretches I've seen from the Bruins lately. They killed a pair of penalties that came back-to-back, and even generated some shorthanded opportunities. They hit a few posts and crossbars before Marc Savard set-up Michael Ryder.
Savard is simply a magician with the puck. The way he draws attention, and diverts defensemen and goalies is unreal. He then disguises his passes until it's too late for the defense to react. In this instance, Michael Ryder had half an empty net to shoot at and give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. This was Ryder's 10th goal in 13 games.
Chuck Kobasew ended an 11 game scoring drought with an empty netter, which was also set up by Savard.
The Bruins stay in Dixie as they play the Thrashers in Atlanta Sunday evening at 5. The B's are 2-0 against Atlanta this season, and 9-1-0 against the Southleast Division.
AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker