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Bear Essentials: Game Three

Sunday, 04.13.2008 / 10:08 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bear Essentials: Game Three
10:09 a.m.
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
Shawn Thornton stood in front of the media in front of his stall in the Bell Centre and stared into the bright lights of a seemingly endless stream of television cameras packed into the Bruins locker room after the B's dropped a 3-2 decision, in overtime, Saturday night.

"I have to have better control of my stick," said the forward (10:12 minutes played, 2 hits), whose late double minor put Montreal on the power play late and into the OT. "It's my responsibility.

"I was going for the puck and hit his blade…[my stick] bounced up [and] into his face.

"But it's my responsibility to have better control, though," he said.

In his corner of the locker room, another of the B's noted pugilists, Jeremy Reich, who had a questionable penalty called on him in the overtime, stood his ground as well.

"Markov was skating up the ice and I just tried to get the puck," Reich (13:12, 1 hit) told The Boston Herald. "I don't know I hit him or not. I guess the ref thought I did. But regardless of that, we took too many penalties and that's the bottom line."

Neither man deserved such a cruel fate.

"They work so hard for us," said Glen Metropolit to The Boston Globe of his checking line teammates. "Us penalty-killers who are out there, we know what they do for the team. We go the extra mile to block shots and make sure they don't get that skate of shame."

Marc Savard did not want to talk about the penalties.

"Having [the game] decided the way it was tonight was really disappointing," said Savard. "It's just disheartening for the guys…we played hard."


10:16 a.m.
LB at the PMC
Word around The TD Banknorth Garden (which is decorated for the playoffs, by the way) is that Coach Julien will be speaking at 11:00 a.m.

As far as the rest of the day is concerned, I wish I wasn't working, so I could attend FanFest.

FanFest
Sunday, April 13
4:45 to 6:15 p.m.
West Plaza

Wear Your Colors:
Make sure to wear your Bruins clothing to the game! Stop by FanFest in the West Plaza and be rewarded for displaying your Black & Gold. Be Proud and be LOUD!

Rally with LB:
Rally with Lyndon Byers on the West Plaza between 4:45 and 6:15 p.m. He will be joined by Bruins Alumni and the Ice Girls! There will be plenty of prize giveaways courtesy of Lumber Liquidators, Dunkin' Donuts, and Coke.

AT&T Rally Towel Giveaway:

15,000 Rally towels will be distributed to fans entering Sunday's game.

Click here for a message to B's fans from Cam Neely.


11:17 a.m.
Patrice Bergeron
It sounds as if there could be a couple of lineup changes tonight, however as of 11 a.m. this morning, Patrice Bergeron's insertion into the roster wasn't one of them.

"I think when you look back at the first game and then look at the second game [you can see] that they were a lot grittier, winning battles and we're a lot stronger," said Julien of his changes. "We had to make those adjustments.

"It's about winning hockey games in the playoffs and you got to do what you got to do.

"We put out the best lineup possible to be able to counter [Montreal's grittiness] and it did work -- I think we were a lot better," he said.

However, that lineup is not static.

"Again...there's always question marks," said Julien. "There's situations here. There is a guy skating on the ice. Wideman's back on the ice this morning and we'll see how he feels. He could be a guy that goes back in the lineup.

"So I can't say."

And Bergeron's status has not changed as of yet.

"As we speak right now, it's the same," said Coach.


11:47 a.m.
Boston did not skate as a team and the only player I saw on the ice was Dennis Wideman.

Montreal only had four guys on the ice (that I saw) -- the goalie Jaroslav Halak, Gregory Stewart, Ryan O'Byrne and Francis Bouillon.


2:56 p.m.
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas came up at the end of the english portion of Coach Julien's presser this morning.

If anything Tim got better as the game went on last night.," said Coach. "He made some real key saves, obviously the breakaways, just to keep us in the game.

"you need that from your goaltender at this stage in the season and Tim did just that.

"So I think that’s another positive, the way Tim handled himself; you hope he builds on that," he said.


5:32 p.m.
Bergeron is out.

That's the official word.

No Bergy tonight.


6:31 p.m.
Timmy led Our Boys out to a nice reception. Price did the same for his club...

This is my guess on what it'll look like:
Sturm-Krejci-Axelsson
Lucic-Savard-Murray
Schaefer-Metropolit-Nokelainen
Reich-Sobotka-Thornton
Chara-Ward(sg)Thomas
Alberts-Ference(bg)Auld
Stuart-Hnidy


Wideman is on the ice...not sure where he would go if he plays.

TSN.ca thinks the Habs will look like this:
A.Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kovalev
S.Kostitsyn-Higgins-Ryder
Latendresse-Lapierre-Dandenault
Begin-Smolinski-Kostopoulos
Markov-Komisarek(sg) Price
Hamrlik-Brisebois(bg) Halak
Streit-Gorges Go Boston!


6:55 p.m.
The Bruins will welcome the national championship Boston College Eagles hockey team as their guests on Tuesday night. Congrats to the Eagles for their third NCAA title.

First Period
0:00 This place is as loud as I've heard it. Amazing. Nice job fans!
BTW: The B's scratched Alberts.

0:01 Savvy wins the opening faceoff. Control room had Braveheart up prior to the drop. Nice touch.

0:55 Boston realizes how important the first goal is. They are really working hard to keep the puck in the Canadien zone.

1:30 Hamrlik to the box. B's PP.

2:12 A boarding call puts Luch in the box.

6:30 Loooooooooooooooooooooooooch. Outstanding play from the slot, put the puck up and over price. Boston's first lead of the series. 1-0, Boston.

8:30 Timmy just made a save with his face.

9:03 Montreal on the PP. Tripping on Ward. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

11:25 TV Break. Boston is playing their game as best as they can right now.

13:55 Boston leading in shots 8-4.

15:00 A huge hit by Lucic on Komisarek.

18:48 B's getting a little "scrambly" and should not try and outskate these guys.

20:00 Latendresse and Hnidy went at it at the end of the period. Latendresse gets the extra minor for roughing and gives the B's a PP to start the second.

Second Period
0:00 B's start on the PP.

3:20 A decent start. But the B's really have to be careful to stay within their parameters.

4:26 A tough goal. A minor mistake turned into a big goal for Montreal. 1-1.

6:52 Lucic hit Georges during the last sequence and really seemed to ring his bell.

10:19 Milan had another amazing shift. He did everything BUT score. With at least a couple of hits, three shots and at least one good defensive play. Outstanding.

13:25 Deep breath guys. Keep to the system.

13:38 B's on the PP. Hamrlik in the box.

18:28 Two big stops by Tim Thomas. Bruins are still outshooting the Habs 18-16.

20:00 All-in-all a meh period for Boston. During the regular season it is passable, but not during the playoffs.

Third Period
0:00 Wow. It could come down to this period.

1:47 Kovalev trips. Boston's on the PK.

3:47 Great kill.

5:57 The Bruins have announced the game a sellout. Nice job New England!

6:29 Krejci draws a penalty on Streit with a very nice breakaway that gave Price fits.

6:37 Lucic just missed, folks. Just missed on a tip in.

8:36 B's on the PK.

9:20 Glove save Thomas. Pivotal.

10:46 A little bit of a melee behind the Montreal goal after Krejci sprinted out of the penalty box on a breakaway. Price stopped him, but the two quads emptied their remaining evergy behind the net. One of the Kostitsyn's is in the box. And the B's go on the PP.

11:10 Boston has decided to crash Price's net.

13:37 B's outshooting CH's 26-20.

16:58 Icing. Face off in the Habs end.

17:20 B's won the face off, but the puck came out. Another draw, this time in the Boston zone.

20:00 Excellent hockey game. Tied at 1-1 through 60. Just a terrific game.

First Overtime
0:00 Last of the Mohicans is playing over the PA. Just awesome. BTW: No matter what happens tonight, B's fans, you were just amazing in your support in the Garden tonight.

1:40 A back and forth start. All bets are off. This is going to be wild.

2:28 Timmy with a huge save. Kick save and a beaut!

4:29 Thomas with another fine save, this time off a shoulder.

6:00 Another save by Thomas -- need to get the ice tilted in another direction...

9:25 Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavy! Big shot, patience. Puts it away. Boston wins, 2-1!

Postscript
That was the happiest locker room I have seen for a long time. However, Shawn Thornton put it bluntly, "Celebrate until midnight." And then start thinking about Tuesday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
2 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 33 6 16 2 22
C. Soderberg 33 6 16 6 22
B. Marchand 30 8 11 8 19
L. Eriksson 33 6 11 6 17
D. Hamilton 33 5 12 0 17
R. Smith 33 8 8 1 16
M. Lucic 33 6 9 3 15
T. Krug 29 6 6 4 12
C. Kelly 31 2 9 3 11
D. Krejci 13 3 7 2 10
 
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N. Svedberg 4 4 0 .925 2.24
T. Rask 12 10 3 .914 2.50
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