Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Bruins Win Seventh In A Row, First Overtime Victory Of The Season
People ask me all the time which Boston team is my favorite and my stock answer is that I like them all equally. The deeper truth is that like any fan, I go through peaks and valleys with each during their respective seasons.
After watching the Celtics mail it in tonight live, there was no better treat than a DVR recording of the Bruins-Coyotes game (which I didn't know the final outcome of).
Unlike the Celtics, who can't get out of their own way at the moment, the B's (24-9-1) are a juggernaut with no signs of slowing down. They battled through a holiday hangover and terrible ice conditions (yeah I said it) to win 2-1 in overtime at Jobing.com Arena against the Coyotes (18-15-4).
Dennis Seidenberg (2nd of the season) scored 58 seconds into the extra session, delivering Boston its first overtime victory of 2011-12 and also pushing the team's winning streak to seven games (2nd streak this season of 7+ wins). And oh by the way, the Bruins are back in first place overall in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Rangers.
David Krejci (7th of the season) gave the large contingent (haha biggest crowd in Phoenix history, what a joke) of Bruins fans something to cheer about early as he scored 47 seconds into the game. A loose puck popped out to him and he wristed it past Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera (27 saves). Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand had the assists although I can't say they did much to earn them.
The ageless Ray Whitney (13th of the season) continued his great first half by tying it up at 15:16 of the first period. It was all him as he made something out of nothing by stickhandling through two Bruins defenders and flipping a shot past Tuukka Rask (21 saves; 8-4-1).
Ex-Canucks goon Raffi Torres blatantly elbowed Andrew Ference later in the first but Adam McQuaid responded immediately by beating the shit out of Torres. I felt like I was back in high school watching ECW as Quaider opened up a huge gash on Torres' face.
Nothing really happened of note in the second or third periods beside a couple nice saves. Rask stuffed Whitney on a breakaway attempt and LaBarbera caught Marchand's shot on a partial breakaway.
Seidenberg's goal was like Krejci's in that it came out of nowhere. The defenseman was pinching in and he shot the puck on net. It appeared to deflect off Chris Kelly but Seidenberg was credited with the goal while Kelly and Benoit Pouliot had the assists.
The Bruins close out 2011-and what a year it was-by meeting the Stars in Dallas on Saturday night. Expect Tim Thomas (11 days of rest between appearances) to get the start as the B's look to beat former teammate Michael Ryder in his first game against Boston since helping them win the Stanley Cup in June.