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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Game 58: Bruins lose to Maple Leafs in overtime, are 29-23-6

What happened? I honestly have no idea. This should have been an easy two points. In the first period it looked as if it would be an easy two points, but the Bruins could not get the win. This team just fell apart. What was a winning team in the first period turned into a losing team in the next two. The Maple Leafs are in last place for a reason. They suck! The Bruins need to be able to beat teams that suck. The points in this Eastern Conference race are that important.

The Bruins outshot Toronto 18-9 in the first period. If the Bruins play like that the goals will come. Early in the first period, a good job down low by the Bruins led to PJ Axelsson finding glen Murray near the faceoff dot. Murray shot went into the net and the Bruins were up 1-0. Later in the period, however, Toronto was able to get a real lucky goal. A loose puck in front of the Bruins net led to Dominic Moore (from Harvard) getting the puck in. The Bruins dominated but the game was tied 1-1.

In the second period, the Maple Leafs started outplaying the Bruins. The Bruins, however, were the only team that scored. On the power play, Dennis Wideman in the middle shot the puck into traffic and it went in, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, the Toronto crowd witnessed two great comebacks. Late in the period, the Leafs went on a five on three advantage. Darcy Tucker scored easily. A few minutes later, Toronto took the lead when Darcy Tucker skated behind the Bruins net. Instead of skating the whole way, he passed it back in front to Nick Antropov. It was a great pass and Antropov easily tipped it in.

Now the Bruins needed a goal, and they needed one quickly. With Thomas on the bench, Marco Sturm shot the puck on net. The rebound was picked up by Chara in the crease and put in, tying the game.

Overtime did not go as planned. 3:39 into OT, Darcy Tucker scored from Alex Steen. Darcy Tucker had 3 points in the game. It was he, not the Maple Leafs that beat us on Saturday. It's a shame the Bruins can't take 2 points when playing the last place team. This is sort of like last season. Down the stretch the Bruins needed points to stay in the race (things are looking a little better this year) and lost to Philadelphia, who was the laughing stock of the league last season. The Bruins are a good team! They need to play like one for a full 60 minutes.

With the Bruins third period comeback (if you can call it that) the Bruins are 24-0-3 when leading after two periods.


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