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Friday, February 16, 2007

Game 56: Bruins lose to Islanders 4-1, are 26-26-4

Back to third period disasters, are we boys. Last night’s game was very close and looked to be going to OT. The Bruins and Islanders were even through the first two periods, but another third period Bruins disaster led to three New York goals in the third, to give them the decisive victory.

New York got very lucky when they got their first goal of the game in the first period. A shot was redirected under the pad of Thomas. Then in the second period, in the first minute of the period on the power play, a great play by the Bruins led to the tying goal. First Zdeno Chara passed the puck across the ice to Phil Kessel. He passed it back across the ice to Marc Savard. Savard then passed the puck to Glen Murray who was in front of the goal. Murray then shot the puck between Dipietro’s legs and into the net.

In the third period, Tim Thomas was making all sorts of saves, but that couldn’t counter the fact that the rest of the Bruins gave up. NYI’s first goal came when an Islander put a long rebound back in net. Then later, NYI had a two on one during transition with Ference being the only Bruin back. Ference screwed up. Ference got faked out and NYI had an easy goal. He should have dove down onto the ice at an angle where he could block the pass or shot. (Much easier said than done, I can’t blame Ference for not playing the puck perfectly, however he was completely faked out and gave NYI an easy shot.) NYI finished off the Bruins with an empty net goal and the Bruins are now that much farther from the playoffs. I still have faith that the Bruins will get hot and make the playoffs. Remember the 20-6-3 post that I wrote a week ago, well now the Bruins need to go 18-5-3 to make the playoffs.

One Last Note: I may not post as frequently as I would like to this week, and the game summaries may be a couple days late


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