The Bruins played with a lot of positive energy, they clearly wanted to win, but sometimes the puck just doesn't go your way. One huge highlight was Joey Macdonald and the penalty kill. The Bruins killed seven Thrasher penalties. What really hurt us was the two times of the game when you have to play the hardest. The beginning and the end.
24 seconds into the game, Ilya Kovalchuk netted his 39th of the season, giving the Thrashers a very early 1-0 lead. Nothing else really happened in the first period.
The second period was a much different story. Jeremy Reich got things started when he fought, and won of course, a fight against some Atlanta forward. Several minutes later Greg De Vries though managed to get won by Macdonald to give the Thrashers a two goal lead. Right after the goal, Jeff Hoggan fought and won, sparking the Bruins to finally wake up. It paid off with a couple great power plays that ultiamtely led to a goal. The goal came late in the period when Zdeno Chara's drive hit off the stick of Marco Sturm, redirecting it into the goal.
In the third period, Marc Savard's great play behind the net led to him having the puck and passing to a wide open Petr Kalus in front of the net. Kalus sent the puck in to score his 2nd career NHL goal and tie the game at 2. A very crappy turn of events though gave Keith Tkachuck a tip-in goal with 18 seconds left in the game to win it for the Thrashers. Then ending was very unlucky and depressing.
The Bruins have a chance to make up for this one today at 3:30
in New Jersey.
One Last Note: It seems that yesterday was a terrible day to be a Bruin or a Bruins fan. Not only did the Boston Bruins lose a heartbreaker, but the UCLA Bruins lost in the final four to Florida 76-66. It seems in hockey and in College basketabll, the Florida teams have crushed the Bruins.