Game Day: Bruins @ Blues
Sunday, 12.21.2008 / 7:18 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
St. Louis 2 1 0-3
First Period-1, Boston, Wheeler 10 (Krejci, Ryder), 2:27. 2, Boston, Wheeler 11 (Krejci, Chara), 4:59 (sh). 3, St. Louis, Winchester 4 (Woywitka, Polak), 6:18 (pp). 4, St. Louis, McClement 3 (Weaver), 16:51 (sh). 5, Boston, Hnidy 2 (Krejci, Kessel), 17:44 (pp).
Second Period-6, St. Louis, Stastny 2 (Tkachuk, Strachan), 2:46. 7, Boston, Ryder 12 (Axelsson, Chara), 9:34 (pp). 8, Boston, Savard 11 (Kessel, Lucic), 16:57.
Third Period-9, Boston, Sobotka 1 (St. Pierre), 15:49.
Shots on Goal-Boston 12-11-5-28. St. Louis 10-9-13-32.
Goalies-Boston, Fernandez. St. Louis, Legace, Mason. A-19,150 (19,150). T-2:24.
0:00 - Another win for Boston. We're off to New Jersey!
1:48 - Fernandez with another late save.
4:11 - Sobotka grabbed the puck in front of Mason, turned around and scored. It is now 6-3.
6:01 - Manny with a save. BTW: The Bruins have nine players with points and five with more than one point.
8:03 - Fernandez gets a roughing call off a scrum in front...
9:49 - Hunwick is in the box. Hooking.
10:42 - Ryder just got into it with about four Blues players after he, Krejci and Wheelr combined for a nice scoring chance.
12:13 - From my angle it looked as if Stephane Yelle stopped a shot with his face.
15:18 - Fernandez with a similar save to Mason's last. But he holds on, as well.
15:59 - Kobasew has his shot get through to Mason, and he was looking behind him as Axelsson made it to the front of the net. The Blues goalie held on for the draw, though.
16:49 - Thornton and co. give Mason his first work and he hangs on for a faceoff in the Blues zone.
18:57 - Fernandez with an early save.
20:00 - Start of the Third Period. Chris Mason is in goal for St. Louis.
0:00 - End of the Second Period. It was far from a defensive gem, that's for sure. But Boston now has a two goal lead going into the third period. Two-goal leads are proverbally the "worst lead in hockey" and the Bruins will have to work pretty hard agains this scrappy Blues team.
59.7 - The Krejci line kept the puck in the Blues zone for what seemed to be about a minute and-a-half before the St. Pierre line added to the possesion. St. Louis shot it out of the Bruins bench to get a faceoff.
3:03 - The Savard line picked up the Wideman scoop and Milan Lucic passed to Phil Kessel who passed it to Marc Savard for his 11th goal of the season. That was a big one, folks. It's 5-3, Boston.
3:12 - Wideman with the save of the night. He scooped a puck out of the crease behind Manny Fernandez.
4:13 - Krejci deflected a Dennis Wideman shot into the screen. It just hasn't been a smooth game for either squad. No flow.
7:26 - McClement is in the box for the Blues. Tripping.
10:26 - Ryder scores, from Axelsson, to make the score 4-3.
P.J. passed cross-ice to Michael, who was alone in front. Ryder finished the play like they used to do it back in SEGA 95.
11:14 - David Backes is in the box for StL.
11:20 - Fernandez with another save behind a pile up in front of the Bruins net.
13:40 - Sobotka got croaked behind the Blues goal but stuck it out and helped create a Bruins scoring chance. Legace held on for the faceoff.
14:42 - Manny F. made another tough save and the Bruins sent it back down the ice where Legace smothered the puck for a faceoff. Boston needs to up the intensity, quickly.
Some sort of problem with the glass by the Bruins bench made a bit of a delay...
17:14 - That was all messed up. There was a Bruins giveaway (to Tkachuk) in the neutral zone and because the B's were unbale to clear the front of the net, Yan Stastny picked up Tkachuk's rebound and stuffed it home. It's 3-3.
18:34 - A big butterfly save for Fernandez, who is getting a workout.
19:28 - Manny is tested early and blockered away a shot destined for the top right corner of the net.
20:00 - Start of the Second.
Between periods: The Boston Globe reports, "Celtics forward Glen Davis is currently at Brigham and Women 's Hospital after a mid-afternoon car crash on the Mass Pike.
Team spokesman Jeff Twiss said Davis suffered whiplash and a concussion. He will miss today's game against New York, and the status of his return is undetermined."
Everyone in the Boston area knows how hard it is to navigate the craziness of New England's weather and we hope that "Big Baby" is back on the court ASAP.
0:00 - End of the Period. The B's dodged a bullet as they got a little scrambly in front of Manny with about five seconds on the clock. However, Boston recovered and Milan Lucic had the last attempt of the period. It was blocked and the score remains 3-2. Shots are 12-10, Boston.
As noted earlier, Phil now has an NHL best 18-game points streak.
2:16 - Shane Hnidy erased that one by finding a hole through a screen and beating Legacy for his second of the year. Phil Kessel gets the primary assist to extend his points streak and Krejci gets his third point with the second helper.
3:09 - The Blues defenders picked the Bruins PK unit's pocket and Jay McClement scored his third of the season off the steal and a breakaway. He beat Fernandez top shelf to tie the score, 2-2. It was unassisted.
4:01 - Just as their penalty was ending, the Blues earned another one. Slashing to Polak.
4:45 - Kessel just made Legacy work pretty hard, too. Shots are 11-8, Boston.
6:09 - Things are heating up. The Krejci line cycled through its members and then Wheeler took a shot that bounced off Legace and right to Krejci who was hauled down during his own shot attempt. Woywitka is in the book for hooking.
7:51 - After a lull in the action, Fernandez made two nice saves to keep the B's in the lead. It's tied on the shot totals, though, 8-8.
13:39 - Lucic just pounded some guy named Crombeen. Crombeen did not go down, however, and thank goodness for him he had Milan's left arm tied up in his jersey or it could have been really bad for the Blues right wing.
13:42 - Manny couldn't see that one. Winchester got it through a solid screen. It's 2-1.
15:01 - Wheeler was a whirling dervish into the St. Louis zone and he scored a shorthanded goal (from Krejci). Just beautiful.
15:20 - Lucic is in the box for tripping.
17:33 - Wheeler, one timer, goal. Boston is up 1-0. That's Wheels' 10th goal of the season. Give assists to Krejci and Ryder.
18:37 - An early icing for the B's...
18:59 - An early offsides for St. Louis.
19:53 - StL wins the faceoff...
20:00 - The Start of the First Period. Hello to old friends Brad Boyes and Yan Stastny. Let's hope that we don't have to mention them again, however. No offense, guys.
Boston starters: Axelsson, Yelle, Kobasew, Chara, Wideman, Fernandez
St. Louis starters: Berglund, Woywitka, Weaver, Janssen, Perron, Legace
Swtiching to time on the clock...
With St. Pierre up, Coach Julien thinks there could be a little bit residual chemistry on the B's energy line.
"[St. Pierre] is a skillful player and he's going to play with Vladi," said Julien. "They've been playing together since the start of the year in Providence.
"Marty has played with [Thornton] in Norfolk.
"I'm going to try those three together and move Yelle up...to Bergy's spot and give us three experienced guys on that line to probably play against the top lines on the other team. Hopefully that shuffle will keep our lines as intact as possible," he said.
A decent guess...
Lucic - Savard - Kessel
Axelsson - Yelle - Kobasew
Wheeler - Krejci - Ryder
Sobot - St. Pierre - Sobotka
Chara - Stuart
Hunwick - Wideman
Lashoff - Hnidy
Scratches: Nokelainen, Sturm, A. Ward, Bergeron
Manny Legace and Manny Fernandez led their troops out of their respective locker room.
Coach Julien said Martin St. Pierre would center Vladimir Sobotka (left) and Shawn Thornton (right).
We'll have the rest of the lineup in about 10-minutes.
Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media to add a little bit to his statement about Patrice Bergeron. Thankfully the outlook was optimistic.
"In comparison to last year, there's no comparison," said Chiarelli of Bergeron. "That's a positive."
Head Coach Claude Julien said that he had not spoken to Patrice as of yet.
"I will later on tonight," he said. "[I wanted] to give him a little bit of time to get home and give him a chance to watch the game, maybe."
The feeling outside the Bruins locker room was upbeat.
"We've had some good news today, that he's feeling much, much better," said Julien. "And that's a big difference from what happened to him last year."
Coach admitted that Bergeron getting hurt pulls at the heartstrings.
"Absolutely -- you can't help but feel for a guy who goes through that again," said the Bruins bench boss. "When you think back at all the sacrifices Bergy has made since [his first] injury to try and come back, his attempt to come back for the playoffs last year, his willingness to come to summer camp to make sure he had a fresh start, and everything else that he's done to have a bounce back year -- to see that happen [is unfortunate].
"You just hope that it turns out to be a freak and minor [accident] as possible and that he'll be back soon and hopefully this issue will not be as big as everyone fears it could be."
Okay, we're back from the locker room area. The biggest thing I can tell you is that Manny Fernandez will be in goal this evening for Boston. More in a few...
GM Peter Chiarelli has just released a statement: “After first being treated at the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday, Patrice was diagnosed as having sustained a concussion, and was admitted to Mass General Hospital under the care of Dr. Peter Asnis.
"Since being admitted to MGH Patrice has undergone extensive testing, and all of the results have come back normal. When examined this morning, his condition had improved greatly over last night, and he was released from the hospital. There is no timetable for his return to the ice.”
1:16 p.m. (St. Louis time)
Clearly, everyone is waiting on an update on Patrice Bergeron, and as soon as I hear anything, I will be sure to post it.
Coach Julien was pressed for an explanation after the game yesterday and refused to speculate.
“Guys it’s always the same thing,” he said to the press. “I can stand here and tell you one thing and then have to come back tomorrow and tell you something else.
“We wont do that.
“We will make sure we have the right evaluation when we get it out to you,” he said.
I expect that update, soon.