Saturday, December 17, 2011

Game Thirty One: A Gordie For Big Z

The Boston Bruins looked dominant in their 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. A great performance by Tim Thomas along with the return of Zdeno Chara proved to be too much for the Flyers. The Bruins now pull into a tie with Philly for first place in the Eastern Conference with 43 points.

Both teams played a chippy and disgusting style of hockey through the duration of this one. Once the game settled down, the Bruins were the better team. There were over 100 penalty minutes between the two teams. Chara picked up a Gordie Howe hat trick by recording a goal, an assist, and a fighting major in his first game back from his knee injury.

The B's were three for eight on the power play, which is exactly how to beat a team when they are running up the penalty column of the stat sheet. Chara, Milan Lucic, and Nathan Horton had the goals on the man advantage. Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille, and Tyler Seguin had the other three Boston tallies. Rich Peverley recorded three assists.

Boston chased Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the net after pounding him for five goals. There was a period of time where Philly could not get a real good shot on net. The Bruins defense did hold up well in order to protect their goaltender by only allowing 31 shots.

This one definitely had an edge to it and sometimes a game like this is needed. However, a game like this just proves that a team like Boston can win under any circumstances. Their next game will be Monday night back at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

Gold Star: Zdeno Chara (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots on goal).

Black Star: Shawn Thornton...This was exactly the type of game he loves to play in. Unfortunately, he was too busy serving penalties for his teammates.

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