Friday, December 19, 2008


The Bruins allowed their most goals of the season. They also scored their most. NESN's Jack Edwards described the game best, calling it an "accordion." Boston went up 2-0, then Toronto made it 2-1. Then the B's went up 5-1, and Toronto came back to make it 5-4. The Bruins finally pulled away for good in the 3rd.

David Krejci, Phil Kessel, and Marc Savard were the offensive lead the offensive onslaught. Krejci recorded his first career hat trick, and the 3rd hat trick for the Bruins this season. The young Czech scored 6 goals and 21 assists in 56 games last season. This year he has 11 goals and has already matched the 21 assists in just 31 games.

Phil Kessel extended his point streak to 16 consecutive games. He also had an assist. He's 3rd in the NHL with 21 goals.

Marc Savard assisted on 3 goals and knocked one in on his own. He's 3rd in the League in assists.

Marco Sturm scored the Bruins' first goal 36 seconds into the game in his return from a neck injury. But he left early with a "lower body injury" which could mean just about anything.

After the 2nd period, Tim Thomas was pulled and replaced by Manny Fernandez. It was the first time a Bruins goalie's been replaced mid-game this season. Most of the goals in the 2nd period weren't Thomas' fault, but he was starting to get shaky in net. The moved worked out as Manny Fernandez made some great saves in the 3rd and stopped all 13 shots he faced.

I wouldn't be shocked if Fernandez is in net Saturday night when the Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins have scored the most goals in the NHL (114), and have also allowed the fewest (72).


Photo Credits:
AP Photo/Charles Krupa