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Friday, January 25, 2008

Game 49: Bruins head into All-star break by crushing the Islanders 4-1, are 25-19-5

I don't know how they did it, but they put Tuesday's shameful performance behind them. Boston humiliated New York (which will hopefully be repeated in Arizona). Two all star goaltenders, Dipietro and Thomas, went head to head. Tim Thomas looked great, Rick Dipietro looked horrendous. The Bruins came out strong and never looked back. Now the Bruins are the proud owners of the seventh place spot in the eastern conference.

In the first period, with Marc-Andre Bergeron in the penalty box for New York, Zdeno Chara's drive almost trickled in. Marc Savard gathered the rebound and past it back to Dennis Wideman. Wideman then faked out a diving defenseman and shot the puck into the net. Under a mintute later, a great feed from Zdeno Chara to Milan Lucic gave the Bruins an odd man rush. Lucic skated towards the net, looked up, saw an open hole, and sent the puck home. The Garden crowd really enjoyed Lucic scoring a goal.

The Bruins continued their dominance in the second period. Midway through Marc Savard had the puck in the corner and took a no-angle slap shot. His shot hit off Dipietro and went in. Later in the period on the power play, Phil Kessel's wrist shot hit off of Dipietro and trickled in, giving the Bruins a 4-0 second period lead.

Early in the third period, a very relaxed defense led to the breaking up of Thomas's shutout. Mike Sillinger had the puck and a wide open lane. His slap shot went over the stick of Thomas. The game ended 4-1 Bruins.

Once again, the kid line was great. No goals, but a lot of quality opportunities. It's only a matter of time. With a minute left in the third, when Dipietro was called for tripping, Coach Julien put in the kid line for the entire minute of play. Julien really wanted to reward them.

Before I end this post, I just want to mention that New Jersey sucks. The Devils had a two goal lead in the third over the habs and they lost. Chara, Lucic, Savard, and Thomas are heading to Atlanta for the all-star festivities. I hope they have a good time and everyone else rests up. The next three games are Nashville, Ottawa, and Detroit.

Going into the all-star break I have been to a career high 15 Bruins games. My record is 8-6-1. The Bruins are 5-2-2 at the Garden without me. Sorry guys, but I have tickets to more games and I plan on going.


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