It is awesome to have players like Paul Mara on the team! I cannot say enough good things about Paul Mara today. Unless someone scores 5 goals before Friday, Paul Mara will be the topic of the Friday player blogging. Toronto played real dirty hockey Saturday night and it was nice to come away with the win. I am proud to be a Bruins fan right now and I am proud to be a fan of Paul Mara.
Everything happened in the first period, everything! Six minutes into the game Chistov passed it in the Maple Leafs zone to Petr Tenkrat who scored on a nice wrist shot to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. It was especially nice to score on Andrew Raycroft. Later in the period the Bruins were on the power play when the puck came to Zdeno Chara at teh Maple Leafs blue line. He passed it to Patrice Bergeron who passed it across the ice to Marc Savard. Marc Savard then shot a beautiful wrist shot that went right past Raycroft. I don't even think Raycroft saw it.
A few minutes later the real action began. Darcy Tucker took a cheap shot on Chara. It was a clear charging penalty (taking more than three strides before hitting a player) and Tucker should have been put in the penalty box immediately. Then after hitting Chara, Tucker just pushed over Marc Savard. Then Paul Mara skated over to Tucker with his gloves already off. Mara then threw some nice punches before they both fell. Both men were penalized! (Mara, because of misconduct and instigator penalties, racked up 17 penalty minutes with that one incident. He got 2 more minutes in the third and ended the game with 19 penalty minutes.) At the end of the first period the Bruins were up 2-0.
Nothing happened in the second period. Absolutely nothing.
In the third period, the Maple Leafs scored in the middle of the period on a very bad goal. It was a tip in that cause four Bruins players in front of the net, including Thomas, to fall over. But it was a goal. If it was my choice, I would only give the Maple Leafs a half a goal. Then a few minutes later, Patrice bergeron had the puck behind the Maple Leafs net and found Brad Boyes right in front of Andrew Raycroft. Boyes scored easily and the Bruins ended the game up 3-1.
Hopefully later I'll be able to put on the blog a video of Mara's fight. In the meantime, I'll end the post by saying Toronto played dirty and the Bruins won!