Bruins Win Ugly Behind Fernandez, 7-5 Over Leafs

29 03 2009

Bruins backup Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

Boston took two points out of Saturday’s tussle at the Air Canada Centre.  Toronto have had a tough year so the game should not have been very exciting.

But Manny Fernandez made it interesting.  The enigmatic net-minder has been sporadic of late, leaving fans to sweat out games the B’s might otherwise win with ease.

Saturday was no exception.

Fernandez gave up soft goals to Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky in the first period.  Mark Recchi would tip in a Matt Hunwick slapper at the end of the period to save a tie score for intermission.

In the second, the Bruins offense went ballistic.  Goals from Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, David Krejci and Recchi put the B’s ahead for good.  The score after two periods was 7-4.

Fernandez would let up one more in the third, but the Bruins escaped with their skin and the two point victory.  They skate again tonight at Philladelphia.


Bruins Cough Up 2-0 Lead, Lose 3-2 to LA

19 03 2009

Epic Choke Job by the Bruins Tonight...

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the third period tonight against the LA Kings.

Matt Hunwick and Mark Recchi scored in the first and second respectively to give the Bruins their advantage.

Michal Handzus scored on the powerplay midway through the third to make it 2-1.  Drew Doughty scored on a rebound with under two minutes left to tie the game at two.

LA’s captain Dustin Brown scored with only 30 seconds remaining in overtime.  The Bruins showed no signs of life in the third, squandering two powerplays and allowing two unanswered goals.

The Bruins will skate at home Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.  With the Devils five points out (and having one more game to play than Boston), Sunday’s meeting is a big one.

Bruins Skate Past Ducks, 6-0

26 02 2009

Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick who scored the winning goal early in the game Thursday

By Jim Chandley

Boston brought intensity that we haven’t seen in some time tonight as they hosted Anaheim at the Garden.  Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots and recorded his 4th shutout of the season.

Matt Hunwick scored at 17:54 in the first.  Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew each netted two goals in the Second period, effectively ending the game.  Byron Bitz tacked one on in the middle of the third.

The Bruins will host Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at 1.  The Bruins still lead the Eastern Conference with 92 points and have the second best record in all of hockey.