The refs sucked, the Wild played dirty, and the Bruins were injury plagued. Even so, I'm sure they wish they could have this one back. Once again, the Bruins should have won, but a lack of scoring opportunities in the third period, and some blown plays, led to the Bruins losing one that they needed badly. Lucky for us, Montreal and Toronto lost so we're still only four points out. The problem is that if we play like this, 4 points out will soon look like 14 points out.
Nothing much happened in the first period, both teams managed to do nothing real interesting and the game was tied 0-0 after one. The second period was pretty good, just two poor shifts by the fourth line turned out to be very costly. First, Chistov misplayed a puck in the Bruins zone that led to Brian Rolston zipping one by Thomas. Then David Krejci's man beat him and had a wide open shot on Thomas to score and give the Wild a 2-0 lead.
The third period started out with me yelling from the get-go. Two minutes in, Bergeron was called for tripping Mark Parrish. The replay clearly showed Parrish taking a dive, barely touching Bergeron. Parrish ended up getting hurt on his dive and had to leave the game. Now that's karma for you. And you know what, I hope it's a career ending injury. What he did hurts the game of hockey and I hope he never plays again. Anyway, before I start ranting, the Bruins and wild both played very emotional hockey for the rest of the period, including a mini fight between Savard and Demitra. The Bruins managed to muster a goal when Denis Wideman's drive hit off the stick of Bochenski and into the net. But that's all the Bruins had in them and they lost 2-1.
One Last note: Krejci, Chistov, and Reich barely played in the third period. That fourth line of Krejci, Chistov, and Bochenski really played poorly together last night. (Krejci and Chistov were both -2 on the night)