Sunday, February 13, 2011

Game 56: Original Six Home-and-Home Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of the home-and-home series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins. The Bruins came off a huge loss this past Friday to the Red Wings, falling 6-1. Todd Bertuzzi scored two for the Western Conference juggernaut. So I'm assuming that some of the strategy was to slow down Bertuzzi...everybody knows what happens when we assume things.

Tyler Seguin was back in the B's line-up today and he scored the first goal of the game and his 9th of the season. Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder had the assists. When that line is healthy and clicking on all cylinders, they are a very dangerous third line for the Bruins. The lead did not last long as Bertuzzi scored just five minutes later. He would go on to add a second goal later on in the third period. So much for the coaching strategy.

Brad Marchand scored on a power play on some nice passing by Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi. That goal was Marchand's 16th of the season and his first power play goal of the season. He has been the Bruins top rookie player this year hands down and he continues to improve every game.

Even though it does not show up on the stat sheet, Zdeno Chara had a solid game as he is really showing initiative on the back line for the Bruins. Defenseman Mark Stuart played his first game in several weeks as Steve Kampfer was a healthy scratch for today's game.

The Bruins went on to lose this game by a score of 4-2. Tim Thomas saved 36 shots on 40 attempts. They will return home for a divsional game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. That night will also mark the end of Daniel Paille's 4 game suspension by the NHL. The Bruins went 1-3-0 without him.

Gold Star: Michael Ryder (2 assists, 2 shots on goal, 2 take-aways)
Black Star: Shawn Thornton...a little more urgency on the ice is all you need. Lets bring some energey back to the fourth line, the line known as the "Energy Line."

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