I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the third period meltdown that caused this loss was just a fluke.
The pre-game ceremony was fun to watch. Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer came back for the lifting of the championship banner ceremony. The entire solod out crowd started shouting "one more year". If that didn't convince Scotty to come back then I don't know what will.
Anyway, the game started out great. One minute into the game Chara caught a Ducks turnover in the nuetral zone. He snapped a pass to Glen Metropolit, who then found Kobasew with a pass a few yard in front of him. Kobasew then a great move and scored on a slap shot. Throughout the entire first period the Bruins man-handled the Ducks. The Bruins were hitting and causing turnovers. That didn't last the entire game though. In the middle of the second period, A Ducks drive from the point hit off Thomas' pad and was redirected into the net by Getzlaf. The game was tied going into the third period.
In the third period, the Bruins started playing for the tie. Momentum was lost and the Bruins would have just been lucky to squeeze a point out of a very weak Anaheim team. That didn't happen though. A faceoff in the Bruins zone led to a very crowded net. Then a hard drive by Beachamen hit off Krejci and went into the net. I hated every third period collapse last season, and they're just as bad this season. We're only three games in and already the Bruins have blown a lead.
The Bruins next game is tonight against the Kings at 10:30. I'll be watching the Red Sox beat Cleveland, and then the Bruins beat Los Angeles.
One last note: Both Andrew Ference and David Krejci played longer then Zdeno Chara. It's seems that Claude Julien is sticking to his word about playing Chara less and letting him play his old style.