Great game! The Garden was basically empty, but the Bruins players did not seem to notice. After being destroyed by the Canadiens, it's nice to see the Bruins rebound like this.
No goals were scored in the first period, but that does not mean that the Bruins didn't win the period. Zdeno Chara pumped up every Boston fan in the world. Eleven minutes into the period, Chara and Koci got into a fight. Koci landed one punch, while Chara landed 12. One of Chara's punches forced Koci's face to erupt in blood. Blood covered his face, his jersey, and the ice underneath the fight. It took the ice crew near ten minutes to scrape up all the blood.
The game opened up in the second period. Two minutes in, Phil Kessel had a mini break away (I say mini because the defensemen were right on his tail) and got a wrist shot past Khabibulin to put the Bruins up. Later in the period, however, Chi-town scored on a 5 on 3 power play. The shooter had an open lane and the shot zoomed by Thomas glove side. It happens, the refs blew a call. Minutes later, Phil Kessel got it back with an amazing play!!!
With the puck, Kessel went one on one with a Blackhawks defensemen. Kessel completely faked him out and then sent a wrist shot into the back of the net. So with two periods done, the Bruins had the lead 2-1.
In the third period, the Bruins got an insurance goal when Glen Metropolit netted his first of the season. It was a nice snap shot set up by a nice pass from PJ Axelsson. Tim Thomas played outstanding in goal the entire night. He has now given up 6 goals in 5 games (1.2 GAA) and has a 4-1 record. His save percentage is 96.2. His GAA and save% are still number one in the NHL.
12 points, 2nd in the Northeast Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference, I like it. The team is only getting better. The much improved Philadelphia Flyers will play the Bruins at 4 inside the Garden.