The Boston Bruins lost for the fourth time in five games on Monday night, falling to the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. The result, just as the others during this skid, can be directly attributed to a lack of passion, which has been plaguing this team since last season. The Bruins came out flat in the first period and were thoroughly dominated throughout the first fifteen minutes of the game, managing only two shots on goal; one of which was from well beyond the red line.
From that point on, the Bruins picked up their offensive game slightly, as they sent a barrage of shots at Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, but they once again showed an inability to finish as they just didn’t seem to have the hunger to do the dirty work down low and knock in a rebound; a thought that was echoed by Bruins coach Claude Julien.
“You can say we had 40-something shots, but a lot of them were one shot and out,” Bruins center Marc Savard told reporters after the game. Savard also pointed out that a lack of effort is a reason for the recent skid, and attempted to take his share of the blame. “We created chances, but bottom line is that you’ve got to come to the rink and want results. I think, including myself, I’m probably top of the list right now,” Savard said.
On the other side of the ice, Hiller played arguably his best game in the NHL, stopping all 45 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. The Bruins will look to get back on track on Thursday when they face the Atlanta Thrashers in their last home game of 2010.
The Anaheim Ducks rallied with four goals in the third period to win over the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 last night in Denver. Following a 2-0 Colorado lead 12 minutes into the final block, Scott Niedermayer found the net to begin the late-game steam rolling. Minutes later Dan Sexton notched a goal before Ryan Getzlaf broke the tie with just 26 seconds left to play. Todd Merchant added the empty net stat to wrap up the thrilling yet unforeseen comeback.
Sexton knew his team was giving the right amount of effort each period, despite their only offensive production coming in the last portion of the contest. “We played pretty consistent through the whole game,” said Sexton. “The first goal was huge for us because it kind of broke the ice for us and we were able to get a few more right after that. They had some big goals, but we carried the play.” The Ducks are next set to matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes tonight as the Avalanche wait until Saturday to host the Dallas Stars.
Marco Sturm scored the initial goal for the Boston Bruins against the Anaheim Ducks heading into the 2nd period. Unfortunately, the final six goals to be scored in the game belonged to the visitors. Teemu Selanne led the Ducks with two goals in the 2nd and the flock followed from there, netting four more insurance goals to blow out Boston 6-1 last night at the TD Garden.
Bruins coach Claude Julien is clearly not happy with the way his team has started the year. “Too many skilled guys not going, and I’ll have to deal with the dirty laundry in the dressing room,” said Julien. “When you need to keep talking about your fourth line being your best line, it doesn’t bode well for your hockey team.”
Hopefully the B’s will be able to work out the kinks early in the first portion of the season. Their next game is scheduled against the New York Islanders at 7:00 PM in Boston. They will then play host to the Colorado Avalanche October 12th at 1:00 PM.
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Boston Bruins goaltender was involved in both the offensive and defensive sides of the ice last night. In addition to a 35-save shutout, Thomas racked up his second assist as a Bruin. Thomas passed the puck from the crease to Michael Ryder at the blue line, who ricoched a shot off of a defenseman to give the Bruins their fourth goal of the night. “A goalie’s assists aren’t really important. If I get 98 more maybe there’s a bonus in my contract,” Tomas told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “If (only) they could get me six goals every game. We set the bar high.”
Ryder would rack up another goal, along with Matt Hunwick and Byron Bitz. Chuck Kobasew also had two goals on the night, including one of the B’s two power play goals. After a dismal mid-February, the Bruins have bounced back to score six goals in their last two games. The Bruins face off against Washington at home on Saturday afternoon.
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Recap – Hockey in the Pacific Division has been a neck and neck race for the top spot since week two of the NHL season. The Anaheim Ducks have held a share of the lead before, but currently sit just one point below the Stars in the standings. This team is very streaky and right now that is working in their favor. (more)
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