Fortes Fortuna adiuvat: Fortune aids the brave. It's a latin phrase that basicall means those who are brave and work hard get lucky. That sums up last night's incredible win pretty well. Five different times the puck hit Mr. Post or Mrs. Crossbar but did not go in! Tim Thomas had a great game...again. He is now 2nd in the league in goals against average with a 1.34 GAA. (4 goals in three games, the number isn't exactly 4/3 though because the Bruins pulled the goalie for a minute against Anaheim.) Coach Julien, can we please stick with Timothy Thomas Jr in net on Thursday?
This Ten-Thirty game did not officially start until after eleven because of a power outage at the HP Pavilion center. Both teams came out strong, the Bruins, however, were the only ones to capitalize. That came late in the period when Patrice Bergeron netted a rebound, from a Zdeno Chara drive, while falling backwards. Both the second and third periods were dominated by San Jose. Boston had zero shots in the 2nd period. Thomas (26 saves) and the Bruins defense (with some help from the goal-posts) kep San Jose off the scoreboard. However:
With thirty seconds, the Sharks pulled Nabokov and scored, tying the game. Then, with 11.3 seconds left on the clock, Marco Sturm from behind the net found Aaron Ward a few feet in front of the blue line. Aaron Ward one-timed the puck past the Nabokov glove side to win the game!
It was an incredible ending. I don't think I've ever gone from cussing to jumping for joy so quickly in my life.
So the Bruins end their 5 game road trip 3-2, and their California tour 2-1. Next game is Thursday at the TD Banknorth Garden.