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Friday, March 16, 2007

Game 70: Bruins win after a huge comback and a shootout 4-3, are 34-31-5

What started out being the Chris Clark show, turned out to be a hell of a game at the garden last night. Chris Clark had the natural hat-trick in all three types of play. He scored 5 on 5, on the power play, and shorthanded.

After the three Clark goals, and a fight between Alberts and Bradley, the Bruins started mounting their comeback. With a few minutes left in the second period, Sturm netted a power play goal from Bergeron and Savard, putting the Bruins within two to start the third period.

In the third period, the Bruins started on a 5 on 3 power play. Thirty seconds in, Sturms pass across the crease allowed Bochenski to easily put in the puck. Then a minute later, still on the power play, Savard found Bergeron who put the puck in high just inside the post and the game was tied. Both teams played very passively until Overtime. In the overtime Washington was doing well until a penalty call gave the Bruins a man advantage. Then the Bruins put on the offense but Kolzig made some great saves and the game went into a shootout.

W: Alexander Semin started the shootou and was stopped by Thomas
B: Marco Sturm's shot was stuffed by Kolzig, he did a good deke but should have put the puck in the air.
W: Brooks Laich was stopped by Thomas
B: Patrice Bergeron's shot went through Kolzig's legs
W: Alexander Ovechkin made Thomas look terrible
B: Phil Kessel completely beat Kolzig on a beautiful fake and the Bruins won the game.

Some notes from the game: The Joshua tree just sang U2 songs, they were okay. I would have though that more than 15000 people would show up though. Also there was a great tribute to Jeff Hayes, a former Sandwich high school hockey player who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

The Bruins are hanging onto their playoff dreams still. Five points out with twelve games to go. Next is a home and home series with the Rangers, with a home and home series with Montreal in between the two games. This next week should be good. It's do or die from here on in.


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