Tuukka Rask came up with 27 saves while holding the Atlanta Thrashers scoreless for the second time this season as the Boston Bruins went on to net four goals last night at Philips Arena. The Bruins are now three points ahead of Atlanta and within one point of reaching the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers in the league standings.
“There should be no looking back from here. These last 10 games, destiny is in our hands. We want to finish it,” said Milan Lucic. “A 3-0 lead is a lot better than 2-0. When you’re able to score like that late in the period, it gives you a lot of momentum going into the intermission. We had a great feeling going to the third period.”
Lucic provided the second goal for Boston following David Krejci’s score 9:25 into the first block. Miroslav Satan notched the next goal for the B’s just before the end of the second. Steve Begin tacked on the insurance early in the third for Boston to coast from there. The Bruins are scheduled to host a string of home games starting Thursday at 7:00 PM against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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The New Jersey Devils just recently exchanged forward Niclas Bergfors, defenseman Johnny Oduya, prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick in order to add stand-out Ilya Kovalchuck to their roster. The former Atlanta Thrashers captain has collected a total of 31 goals and 27 assists so far this season. New Jersey was also able to pick up Anssi Salmema, a defensemen who was previously a part of the Devils organization before Atlanta brought him in at the trade deadline in 2009.
Despite posting a successful 35-18-2 record, the Devils have been struggling lately in regards to their offensive production. Kovalchuck will certainly expect to make an immediate contribution in this area to keep his new team atop the Atlantic Division standings.
“We felt Kovalchuk was a player who could come and fill the need that we felt we had for an explosive scorer and someone who could add a different dimension to our power play with the type of shot,” said Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. “Then it was just the case of trying to make it work somehow where we could not sacrifice tomorrow.” The Devils are scheduled to host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at 7:00 PM. New Jersey Devils tickets are now available!
The Boston Bruins are ready for their upcoming Winter Classic showdown, and they certainly showed it Wednesday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. Tuukka Rask shut out the Atlanta attack at the Garden with 18 saves while the offense netted four goals, giving the Bruins some momentum as they approach the highly anticipated outdoor event on January 1st.
“Everyone was on board right from the beginning, really focused,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “Everybody was going every shift out there with a purpose.” Byron Bitz opened the door for the B’s with the initial goal 6:33 into the first period, followed by an additional two courtesy of Marco Sturm and Steve Begin. The second block was quiet until Patrice Bergeron found the net three minutes before the start of the third. From there it was all defense to close it out for Boston. Don’t miss your chance to see the Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park!
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The Boston Bruins were able to produce early and often with three goals in a span of just one minute, eventually moving on to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-4 Wednesday at the TD Garden. Marc Savard, Daniel Paille and Vladimir Sobotka were responsible for the initial demolition 9:44 into the first block. From there the Thrashers gained some ground with two goals of their own to end the period.
Both teams stepped it up on defense in the second, where Zdeno Chara supplied the only goal for the B’s on a power play opportunity. The offense came back in the third as the Bruins and Thrashers notched two more scores apiece, leaving Boston with the 6-4 advantage.
Bruins coach Claude Julien accepted the win despite witnessing a number of flaws in his defense. “I don’t think we were on top of our game defensively,” he said. “What was important was we found a way to win.” Boston is scheduled to matchup against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, December 27th at the Bank Atlantic Center.
It took overtime to conclude last night’s contest between the Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers at Phillips Arena, ending with a Patrice Bergeron goal for the only score of the shootout to give his Bruins the 4-3 win. Marco Sturm found the net to start six minutes into the first period, followed by a Michael Ryder goal to give Boston the early advantage heading into the second.
The Thrashers answered back to tie it up before Ryder came through again for the B’s on a power play. Maxim Afinogenov scrambled for Atlanta’s desperation goal with 40 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for Bergeron to finish the battle in dramatic fashion.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask came up with 35 saves and completely shut down the Thrashers in OT when it counted. “We have lost several games in shootouts,” said Rask. “We wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again.” Bruins will now make their way to Buffalo to matchup with the Sabres tonight at 7:30 PM. Regular season Boston Bruins tickets are available now!
The Boston Bruins are on a tear. Their Saturday matinee win over the Atlanta Thrashers was their 6th straight. The B’s have used this streak to close the gap between themselves and the recently struggling Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Currently the Bruins sit in 6th place, tied with the surging New York Rangers. Phil Kessel showed his shootout prowess again, scoring the game winner for the black and gold.
Monday night the Bruins will match up against the Washington Capitals on the road.
Recap – The Atlanta Thrashers have been playing mediocre hockey all year long. They have not been good, not been bad, not been exciting, and not been disappointing. How can that happen? Well, they do play in Atlanta and hockey is definitely not the number one prioritized sport down in Georgia Bulldog country. One thing that may stir some excitement for the team is Atlanta is the site of the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, playing host to the game on January 27, 2008. Two Thrashers wingmen, Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa, will be joining the festivities and partake in the All-Star game as members of the Eastern Conference team.
2nd Half – Without the fans behind you, it is always very tough to win. The Thrashers do not have the support they need and will just continue to float around the .500 win percentage mark all season long. That may be good enough to squeak into the last playoff spot, but do not count on it.
Team Name: Atlanta Thrashers (23-25-3)
Southeast Division Standing: 2nd place
Conference Standing: T-9th place
Final Predictions: 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference
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