Bruins Avoid a "Grenade": Top Jersey in SO
Boston Bruins 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (SO)
Holy Honey Badger! Brad Marchand has started the season off showing the NHL that he is more than just a "Little Ball of Hate". Not only did he have a short handed goal earlier this week (remember his 5 shorties in the 2010-11 Cup run?) but he ended last night's game in the sixth round of the shoot out by burying the puck past Johan Hedberg. Marshy has three goals and one assist so far and recently commented that after last season, he spoke with the coaches and they agreed that he needed to work on his overall game and not just being an agitator. Brad said with a forty-game season, its just too short to get stupid penalties...wow the twenty year old I remember from Providence sounds all grown up...tear.
The first period of Tuesday night's game was scoreless with each team only getting nine shots, each, on goal. Shawn Thornton and Krystofer Barch found this rather boring and decided to drop the gloves with a long bought at center ice. The two have faced each other before when Barch played for Florida.
The Devils made an interesting decision to give Swede Johan Hedberg his first start of the season against the Bruins. I spent most of yesterday trying to over analyze this decision especially considering (as mentioned in my preview yesterday) how well Marty has been in his first four starts. However, New Jersey clearly felt history trumped all that and the big guy needed a break and that is why they run an NHL team and I'm just a blogger...they made the right choice. Hedberg played one hell of a game last night (of course, he's Swedish, we're awesome *wink*).
A Johnny Boychuk tripping penalty in the second period gave the Devils the opportunity to draw first blood and put an end to the 24-24 perfect Bruins penalty kill. David Clarkson scored on a redirect from Marek Zidlicky. The Bruins entered the third period down a goal and stayed that way until their red hot first line delivered when Nathan Horton went five-hole on Hedberg with four minutes left in regulation.
You cannot argue that the Bruins do not like playing hockey, this was their third game to go into overtime and second to go to a shoot out in just six games this season. Do you remember that song from Sesame Street "One of These Things Just Doesn't Belong" okay let's play the Boston Bruins shoot out version. Here are the players selected to win the game in this extended overtime: Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Chris Bourque, Brad Marchand. Hmmm. Were NESN analyst on the bench picking the shooters?
After the game Coach Julien said, "Our guys have been really good. We've found ways to win". He couldn't be more right, they haven't been pretty but the Bruins have eleven out of a possible twelve points in six games. Coach went on to say that he was really proud of the way the boys handled their back-to-back games. And Boston cardiologists are pleased with their increase in business with the rush of Bruins fans needing heart medication...can't you boys just win straight up?
Yesterday, I reported Adam McQuaid would be back on the ice, instead he was a healthy scratch. Coach said this was because his d-man did get some sleep however it was in an airport flying back to Boston from Prince Edward Island after the death of his grandmother. I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting the McQuaid family and they are among the kindest, most humble and family oriented people I've ever met. I've also flown to P.E.I and there is nothing direct, it's an exhausting trip. May we all keep Adam, his family and his grandmother in our prayers.
Rumor has it, Buffalo is making some changes heading into their match up with the Bruins Thursday. Personally, I couldn't be more excited for this game, it's the NHL equivalent of "Real Housewives".
Rest up kids, and as always, keep your heads up and your sticks down!