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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Game 69: Bruins lose to Rangers in a shootout 1-0, are 36-25-8

So I looked back at the box score for this game and for some reason I could not remember a thing from the game. Then I looked at the date of the game and Immediately realized why. On March 9th, 2008, I was outside the entire day. I won't go into the specifics of why I was outside all day. I did make arrangements though. On that day, I brought a radio with me while I was outside. It was not one of the new tiny fancy radios. It was a boombox style AM radio. During the game, I held the radio up to my ear the entire time (and ignored the laughs from everyone around me). The game was actually extremely intense. I could not put the radio down. And by the way, Dave Goucher and Bob Beers do a great job on WBZ 1030. If you have to be in the car or anything like that during a Bruins game, you are fine. Listening to the game on WBZ is the next best thing to NESN.

Anyway, the game was intense. Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves, 3 more in the shootout) was the game's 1st star. Alex Auld (35 saves, 2 more in the shootout) was the game's 2nd star. Neither goalie allowed a single shot to become a goal in regulation or overtime. We can expect this from Lundqvist, but Alex Auld being able to shut out NYR's star offense (Gomez, Avery, Jagr, Shanahan, Drury, Dubinsky, etc...) proves how valuable of a backup he is.

Some fireworks arose near the end of the third period when Petteri Nokelainen nailed Malik. Chris Drury then shoved Nokelainen and the two started throwing punches. Here's a video of the incident.

I'll fast-forward to the shootout. Just imagine me, outside, in a crowded place, with a radio up to my ears, yelling "aahh shit" every time a Bruins player (Sturm then Kessel then Krejci) didn't score. Nigel Dawes was the only player to score in the shootout and the Rangers won. The Bruins went 3-0-1 against the Rangers this season. (Three of thhe four games went into a shootout, and the lone regulation win was a 3-1 win on NBC)


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