Numbers Game 3-30-10

I have to give the Bruins defense credit for tonight’s effort. They played a great defensive game, holding the Devils to just 21 shots. Bergeron has been carrying the team this year, good to see him rewarded with the OT winner. Anyone else think Wheeler has been a ghost lately?

Mark Stuart 21:46

Dennis Wideman 24:13

Zdeno Chara 28:17

Dennis Seidenberg 27:46

Matt Hunwick 12:40

Johnny Boychuk 15:12

Numbers Game (3-29-10)

For 3-29-10 vs Buffalo (3-2 loss)

  • Dennis Wideman -3
  • Mark Stuart -2
  • Dennis Seidenberg 4 shots
  • Zdeno Chara 5 shots
  • Marco Sturm 7 shots
  • Michael Ryder 0 shots
  • Zdeno Chara 26:39 on ice
  • Dennis Seidenberg 24:00 on ice
  • David Krejci 20:12 on ice
  • Patrice Bergeron 19:56 on ice
  • Blake Wheeler 17:26 on ice
  • Shawn Thornton 6:38 on ice
  • Dan Paille 8:39 on ice
  • Steve Begin 7:36 on ice

Doubting Thomas

“It’s Tuuuuuuka Time”, cheered Bruins fans at the Fake Garden, as Tim Thomas was replaced in last night’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Once again, Tim Thomas took the blame for a Bruins loss, after allowing three goals on just 14 shots. It’s hard to believe that on a team with the NHL’s worst offense, the scapegoat would be the GOALIE.

Just two days after posting his 5th shutout of the season, this was a game where Thomas had a chance to outshine his olympic teammate Ryan Miller. Unfortunately, the Bruins defensemen never allowed him that chance.

With 10:05 left in the first period, Mark Stuart bounced a breakout pass over Blake Wheeler’s stick. It was a bad pass that ended up on the stick of Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, who snapped a shot from the point. Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman tried to block Myers’ drive, but instead redirected the shot over Thomas’ right shoulder and into the net.

Two minutes later, a Buffalo rebound found its way to Sabres forward Paul Gaustad’s stick, who put a wristshot low on Thomas. Thomas, ready with his pads and stick on the ice, watched Dennis Wideman try to block the shot. Once again the puck was redirected by Wideman, and once again the redirection caused the Buffalo goal.

In the second period, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tried to break up a play at his own blue line, only to arrive a moment too late. Finishing his check near the Buffalo bench, he took himself out of the play, leaving Dennis Wideman to defend a two on one. Wideman needed to quickly decide if he should commit to the shooter or the passing lane. In the end he did neither and watched Derek Roy pass the puck to a wide open Tim Kennedy, who ripped a one-timer just inside the near post.

Three defensive mistakes result in three goals for Buffalo. Tim Thomas gets pulled from the game. Fans cheer, because they’re too busy texting and drinking 7 dollar beers. Tim Thomas takes more abuse and disrespect from his coach and his “fans” because blaming the goalie is easy.

Nevermind that Boston has scored just 181 goals this season, (more than 100 fewer than Washington)

Forget that last year Boston had the NHL’s second best offense in the regular season.

Forget that management let Phil Kessel walk and make no real effort to replace him.

Forget that Chiarelli did nothing at the trade deadline.

Forget that Marc Savard is gone for the year.

(sarcasm alert) Our problem is obviously goaltending. Doubting Thomas makes perfect sense.

Thornton v Cooke

I really enjoyed Thornton’s job against Cowardly Cooke. Having said that, I wish that Lucic/Begin/Chara/anyone with a pulse and a pair of skates dropped the gloves with this slimeball as well. Especially once it was clear that we had no chance of winning the game.

Anyways here’s the fight in case anyone missed it. Thornton asks Cooke if he’d like to man up and take off his helmet & half-shield. Cooke refused to take off the armor (shocker). It didn’t matter because Thornton is an expert at ripping off helmets, and he took Cooke’s off with ease and proceeded to mash his face with a few solid rights (and some more after the bell, which led to some extra penalty minutes).

Anyone notice the fat Pens fan at the end? He’s obviously at the game alone, and probably listened to Nickelback all the way home to his girlfriend’s mustache in Pittsburgh. What an absolute clown.

Ref-vision 3000

Awesome ref-cam, but too bad it was the biggest sissyfight i’ve ever seen…

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