Friday, December 12, 2008
6 different goal scorers, and 13 players with points. That's how the Bruins thrashed the Thrashers 7-3. Phil Kessel is officially hotter than the sun as he added a goal and 2 assists to his total. He's recorded points in 14 straight games now and has 18 goals on the season. He had 19 last year.
The Bruins dominated from the start, with Mark Stuart scoring 3:31 after the puck dropped. Michael Ryder made it a 4-0 route 12 minutes into the 1st. After that, some stretches of complacency gave Atlanta extra scoring chances. But the Bruins clamped down whenever the Thrashers made it "close."
By the way, Matt Hunwick had one of the best games from a Bruins defenseman I've seen in ages. Not only did he have 2 assists, but he was all over Ilya Kovalchuck throughout the night. He broke up most of Atlanta's offensive plays before they even had a chance to get started. Sheer brilliance.
The victory is bittersweet as Aaron Ward left after only 2 shifts. He appeared to reaggravate his leg injury and I doubt he'll make an appearance in Saturday night's game. Which is also against Atlanta.
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