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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Game 48: Bruins get murdered by Canadiens 8-2, are 24-19-5

Ouch! Not really the result Bruins Nation was looking for. Montreal came out strong and the Bruins did nothing right. okay offense, poor defense, and very poor goaltending will defeat nobody in this league. The Bruins are now 0-6-0 against those jerks in Quebec.

The start of the game pretty much set the pace for the rest of it. Alex Auld let in two bad goals within the first three and a half minutes (goal #1 was 14 seconds into the game). It looked as if the Bruins settled down after that. The defensemen, who looked like they had lost faith in Auld, started blocking a lot of shots. Then 12 minutes in, Phil Kessel's shot hit off Huet's pad and went right to Sturm. Sturm shot the puck in and the Bruins were within one. Auld really blew it again though. He let in a goal, and then let in another with 3 seconds left. Tim Thomas was in for the next two periods. Alex Auld ended the day with 3 saves (he allowed 4 goals).

Montreal, still in control, scored two more in the second. In the third, Nokelainen tipped in a drive by Wideman, but that was in between two Habs goals. Tim Thomas was better then Auld, but not by much. Two fights happened in the third, however, to liven the game for Bruins fans. Chuck Kobasew beat up Sergei Kostitsyn, and then later in the period Tom Kostopoulos picked a fight with Shane Hnidy. Hnidy beat up Kostopoulos and TK (such a pain of a last name to type) was thrown out of the game with an instigator penalty. Anyway, the Bruins lost 8-2. NOT GOOD!

I really do think this loss was because of sub-par goaltending. The defense looked tired, but I think that's because they stopped trying. This team plays by giving up a lot of shots. They don't give up a lot of quality shots though. This means that Bruins goaltenders see a lot of saveable shots. When the goalies don't save those shots, the team is in trouble. A small plus, I thought, was the play on the other side of the ice. Huet had a fantastiv game. Any other goalie and the Bruins would have had 4 goals at least. The kid line played very well, and plenty of scoring opportunities were created. Hopefully those guys will score against the Islanders. Either way, I'm sure Alex Auld won't be playing for a while.

The Bruins need to get over this loss fast. They take on New York tonight! I'm off to the game. Go Bruins!


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