This is the Bruins team I wanted to see show up on Friday. Phoenix didn't have a chance.
The Bruins scored twice early in the first period. First it was Patrice Bergeron on the power play. Then thirty seconds later, Axelsson and Kobasew had a shorthanded breakaway which led to Kobasew shooting one into the corner of the net. In the second period, Phoenix scored when a rebound off of Thomas hit the skate of Niko Kapanen and went in. There was nothing Tim Thomas could do.
Mike Millbury said it best in between the second and third period: "it's gut check time, let's see what the 07-08 Bruins do in their 3rd periods". Well the Bruins played flawlessly in the third period. The Bruins got an insurance goal halfway through the period. On the power play, Kessel managed to keep the puck in the Coyotes zone and find Krejci in the corner. Krejci then found Marco Sturm skating towards the net. Sturm one-timed it past tellqvist to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead. great defense ensued and the Boston Bruins held on to get their first win of the season.
There are so many positives to write about right now. Tim Thomas is making his case for why he should remain the number one goalie for the third straight season. Thomas had 36 saves last night and just looked better then Fernandez did on Friday. Meanwhile the Bruins penalty kill did great last night. Ference, Alberts, Kobasew, and Axelsson really shut down the Phoenix power play, and the shorthanded goal was great. Also, Chara was playing like we all want him too. He was physical, and a real presence in front of the net. One minute into the game he made a hard check on the Coyotes captain and almost got into a fight. Hopefully his first fight of the season isn't too far away.