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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Game 62: Bruins crush Senators 4-0, are 33-23-6

On Tuesday night the Boston bruins played their best game of the season. The Ottawa Senators have the best record in the Northeast division, and the Bruins destroyed them. Boston dominated every aspect of the game. In all three zones, for all sixty minutes, the Bruins played better than Ottawa. Tim Thomas gave Ottawa their second shutout in two days. The Senators lost to the Maple Leafs and then the Bruins by a combined 9 goals. When a team is playing poorly, there's nothing wrong with beating up them.

The beating started early in the first period. Vladimir Sobotka, centering the fourth line, won a huge battle for the puck deep in the Senators zone. He fed the puck in the middle to Shawn Thornton who made a great move and put the puck in the net. Later in the period, the Bruins extended their lead via David Krejci's first career NHl goal. Lucic recovered a rebound off a David Krejci shot and then passed the puck back to Krejci. Krejci twirled around a little bit and scored.

Early in the second period, the Bruins extended their lead with a power play goal. This one off a drive from Zdeno Chara. Martin Gerber, in net for Ottawa, really did not play well. The game was scoreless for the next 30 minutes, but the Bruins were still the dominant team. Tim Thomas made some very nice saves, but for the most part, the Bruins did a great job not allowing Ottawa to take quality shots. Chara and Wideman shut down Alfreddson's line all game long. Speaking of Chara, he gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead with a little over a minute left. While shorthanded and with Gerber on the bench, Zdeno Chara launched the pcuk across the ice and into the net.

With the very impressive win, the Bruins moved into 6th place. The way things are looking, 6th place is a lot better than 5th place. In 5th place, the Bruins would play either Pittsburgh or Montreal in the playoffs. In 6th place, the Bruins would play the winner of the Southeast division (all five teams are below 500) in the playoffs.


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