Sunday, October 26, 2008
The character of a hockey team has as much to do with winning as their ability to skate. The Bruins showed their character last night, beating Atlanta 5-4.
After blowing a 2-0 lead to the lowly Maple Leafs Thursday, then falling behind 2-0 to the Thrashers after 1 period, many NHL teams would have packed it in, and moved on to their next game. But the Bruins showed some mental toughness, and tied the game 6 minutes into the 2nd. After a great deal of give and take, the Bruins scored last, and snapped their 3 game losing streak.
The big performance of the night was Milan Lucic's hat trick. Perhaps not a coincidence, last night was the second time he's played while wearing contact lenses. He also had an assist to go with his three goals. Coming into the game, he had 1 goal, and 3 assists in 7 games. If he gets scoring, this team becomes very formidable on the offensive side of the ice.
The Bruins go Northwest this week, with 3 games in 4 days, all in Western Canada. Edmonton Monday night, Vancouver Tuesday night, and Calgary Thursday night.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer