Boston Wins Again, Takes 2-0 Lead

19 04 2009

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins sent a clear message to the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Garden:

We are a better team, our goalie is hotter than yours is right now, and you are no tougher than we are.  That was the message, and the Habs appeared to have little trouble hearing them.

Boston jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew.  Alexei Kovalev scored moments into the second to cut the lead in half.  For five minutes it looked like a game.

Five minutes later, ‘Sheriff’ Shane Hnidy scored to make it 3-1 and it would soon stop being a game.  Those few minutes between goals were the ones where Montreal needed to net another and try to swing some momentum.

After Hnidy’s goal, it started to pour.

Savard scored again three minutes later on the powerplay.  His was followed by Michael Ryder on the powerplay later in the second period.  With the game salted away at 5-1, things began to slip into the ever-familiar Bruins/Canadiens boxing match that fans are so fond of.

Josh Gorges is probably not feeling too well this afternoon.  He got rocked by an unlikely party; Patrice Bergeron decided to try and take his pound of flesh from the Canadien’s defenseman, and he was not to be denied.  Bergeron landed two punches on Gorges before he knew what had happened, and the third put Gorges firmly on his back.

From this point on, both teams got a little pride out.  Most notably, Milan Lucic cross checked Maxim Lapierre hard after a whistle (Lucic has since been suspended for tomorrow night’s game for the shot).  Fights were almost constant throughout the third as Montreal knew they were going home down 2-0.

The two will tango again on Monday night in Montreal.

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Fur Flys as Bruins Fall

3 03 2009
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Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki turned away 20 of 22 Boston shots on Tuesday

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins and Flyers were locked in a battle similar to a heavy-weight fight for most of three periods Tuesday.  But instead of a cliffhanger split decision, the end was an Ali-Fraizer like knockout in favor of Philadelphia.

Boston drew first blood on a powerplay goal from Patrice Bergeron at 14:25 in the first period.  The Bruins had other chances in the first.  David Krejci was robbed by Antero Niittymaki on an incredible glove save before the Bergeron goal.  Byron Bitz rattled the Philly crossbar later in the period.

Philadelphia’s Scottie Upshall scored early in the second, the only goal of the period.  Throughout the first to periods, hits flew in both directions and the biggest moment was when Zdeno Chara floored flyers winger Scott Hartnell (a noted NHL enforcer) with a single shot in front of the Bruins goal after the Upshall goal.

But the real knockout blow came from the sticks of Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.  Gagne scored at 2:22 in the 3rd, tipping a slapshot from former Bruin Andrew Alberts.  Minutes later, another former Bruins, Mike Knuble scored from the slot to make it 3-1.

Gange would score again on the powerplay later in the period.  With a minute left, Stephane Yelle scored on a Bruins powerplay but it was too little, too late.  The Bruins fell 4-2

The Bruins will host the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night at the Garden.