Not exactly how I wanted the Bruins to end the first half of the season. The Bruins last night gave up 3 leads in the third period. These third period disasters have got to stop. We go into the third period winning, and we leave the period losing. At least last night we managed to aqueeze a point out of our dissolution.
With Stuart and Chara back I thought for sure we would beat an Islanders team that has been losing as of late. We started out well, but it's hard to watch these third periods. Hannu Toivenen had a good game too, a bad shoootout but an overall good performance.
The first period was very kind to the Bruins. Three and half minutes in, Zdeno Chara got his 200th NHL point when his shot was caught by Bergeron who took his time, skated a little to the side, and scored. Five minutes later the Two Line (now the One Line, Murray - Savard - Axelsson) put some nice shots on Dipietro that made him dive to the ice. Marc Savard managed to get the puck in front of the goal and with a nice back hand shot, put the puck in net. The Bruins had the lead 2-0 at the end of one.
The second period was very dast-paced, with Dipietro and Toivonen stealing the show. Both of them, especially Toivonen had some nice robs. Five minutes in though, New York cut the Bruins lead in half when a shot on net was redirected in the air by another Islanders player into the net. Hannu could not do anything about it.
The third period was a wild one. 22 seconds into the period the Islanders crashed the net and managed to get the puck in, tying up the game. Hannu was screened by a sea of players. Four minutes later, Chara's drive from the point on the power play went in the net, giving the Bruins the lead. Five minutes later though, New York was on the power play when a drive was saved by Toivonen, the rebound though was shot past him. The Islanders had tied the game again. Then with 6 minutes left, Paul Mara put on a great move and got a good shot around Dipietro. The Bruins had the lead once again, this time at 4-3. The Bruins were doing well until the Islanders were on the power play. Viktor Kozlov managed to get the puck past Toivonen between his legs. This one, Hannu should've had. Anyway the Bruins and islanders were tied 4-4 and going into OT.
Lewis started out the overtime with Sturm, Chara, Mara, and Bergeron. Forty seconds in though, Lewis went with 3 forwards and 1 defensemen like usual with Savard - Murray - Axelsson - Stuart. Glen Murray basically had a goal but could not convert the wide open shot into a goal as Dipietro robbed him. So th egame went into a shootout.
B: Marco Sturm deked then shot the puck, was saved.
NYI: Miroslav Satan's shot trickled in through the corner.
B: Patrice Bergeron tried to go five hole but Dipietro easily saved it.
NYI: Viktor Kozlav's shot was saved by Toivonen who made a nice glove save.
B: Marc Savard deked right then shot left and scored.
NYI: Trent Hunter made a bad deke and Toivonen made an easy save.
B: Brad Boyes's shot was stuffed by Dipietro.
NYI: Jason Blake then scored and the game was over
41 down and 41 more to go. Next game is tomorrow at 2:00 on NBC against the New York Rangers.