Zdeno Chara won the shootout! Chara, our enormous defensemen netted the winning goal. Now that's cool.
Saturday night's game at the garden was great. We saw a comeback win that would have entertained even those who had never heard of hockey.
NYI started of the scoring first when they scored very early in the first. Islanders fans, plenty of whom were there, were psyched, thinking they were going to see a blowout in Boston. Marco Sturm soon shut them up though with his goal, and Patrice Bergeron, minutes later, shot a slapshot on the power play to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. In the second period, NYI scored again, basically off the face-off to tie the game.
NYI scored early again in the third period to give them a lead. Down the stretch though, on the power play, Marco Sturm tied it up. Later, it looked like the Bruins scored but the goal was waved off and the game went into OT.
The Bruins more or less played a passive OT. They couldn't really go with the 3-1 formation because Zdeno Chara looked really tired. He racked up a lot of ice time and it showed. More than once he missed the puck on a simple pass. Chara more than made up for his blunders in the shootout. Whcih followed a relatively boring OT:
NYI: Miroslav Satan's shot saved by Thomas
B: Marco Sturm's shot was saved
NYI Viktor Kozlov scored on TT
B: Patrice Bergeron answered right back with a goal
NYI: Andy Hilbert's (former Bruin) shot saved
B: Phil Kessel's shot saved (his first shootout miss)
NYI: Trent Hunter shootout saved
B: Brandon Bochenski shootout saved
NYI: Jason Blake shootout saved
B: Marc Savard shootout saved
NYI: Mike Sillinger shootout saved
B: Brad Boyes shootout saved
NYI: Randy Robitaille shot scored
B: Petr Tenkrat scored a very clutch goal on a beautiful back-hand shot
NYI: Jeff Tambellini shootout saved
Boston P.J. Axelsson shootout saved
NYI: Tom Poti shootout saved
B: Zdeno Chara scored to win the game when he faked a slap shot and then just swiftly put the puck in the net.
And the Bruins took 2 hard-earned points from the Islanders.
One Last Note: The Islander's fans have a great cheer. Inbetween verses of the Chicken dance song, they all yell "The Rangers Suck". It's pretty funny.