Saturday, December 10, 2011

Game Twenty Eight: It Never Comes Easy Against The Jackets

The Bruins looked to turn their short string of bad luck around on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coming into the game, the B's had only scored a combined one goal in back-to-back losses.

Daniel Paille was ruled out for this game due to a mild concussion that he suffered in Thursday's game against the Florida Panthers.

The tone of the first period was set right away when Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll dropped the gloves. The momentum favored Boston as they got off several shots on Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis Sanford. Rich Peverley hit the near post on a slap shot and David Krejci failed to capitalize on a back-hand shot.

Despite the lack of offense, Columbus grabbed the first goal of the game. Rick Nash intercepted the puck on an attempted shot by Zdeno Chara and beat Tim Thomas on the breakaway. Milan Lucic got whistled for a double minor penalty which sent him to the box for four minutes. It was during that time that Jeff Carter extended the Columbus lead with a back-hand shot over Thomas. James Wisniewski had an assist on both of Columbus' first period goals.

Boston was able to tie the game up at two when they scored a pair of goals in 45 seconds. Joe Corvo recorded his first goal as a Bruin on a shot from the top of the point. Nathan Horton scored his eighth goal of the season after some good puck moving by Krejci.

A chippy second period started with Chara putting Boston on top for the first time in the game. The power play goal that Chara scored was his sixth goal of the season. Chara ended up leaving the game in this period with a knee injury.

R.J. Umberger tied the game up after beating Dennis Seidenberg to the puck and sliding it under Thomas. The goal was assisted by Samuel Pahlsson and Fedor Tyutin. Thomas was officially replaced by Tuukka Rask to begin the third period.

The final 20 minutes consisted of physicality and edginess which was similar to how things were going from the opening face-off. Both teams combined for 16 penalties and 42 hits.

Corvo and Chris Kelly each added a power play goal in the final period to seal the game. The Bruins won this game by a score of 5-3. Corvo finished the game with two goals and Lucic finished the game with three assists.

The Bruins next game will be Tuesday night back at home against the Los Angeles Kings.

Gold Star: Joe Corvo (2 goals, plus-1 rating, 5 shots on goal)...What a game for the veteran defenseman to pick up his first two goals as a Bruin.

Black Star: Tim Thomas...It was just a matter of time before he was pulled from the game. He allowed a couple of soft goals.

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