The Sox may not have truly put it together, but the offense showed just enough, and a more than quality start from one of the starters helped big time. After using their whole bullpen the night before, Clay gave the Sox exactly what they needed, going eight, giving up a lone run and saving the staff for tonight. Meanwhile the offense, who still refuses to show up on the same night as the pitching staff, did just enough to win, as pinch hitter Mike Lowell walked with the bases loaded to take the lead.
Sox go for the sweep tonight at 7:08 (crazy canadians) behind Lester, who finally looked like him self last time out.
And (I can’t believe I’m actually writing this) Go Canadiens. The B’s want home ice.
This is what you get for booing the National Anthem, you pain in the ass French Canadiens. I mean… you’re from Canada… It takes a very special kind of asshole to wish you were French. I mean seriously… how lame does your country have to be to make you wish you were French!?!?!
And your goalie sucks.
Every time there is a scuffle... just look for No. 17. And that's Mark Stuart right there choke throwing that stupid Canadien.
This was pretty much how the series went for the stupid Habitants.
O.K. Now it’s really happening. When they were just winning regular games against O.K. teams it was just a ht streak, but last night was different. The Blackhawks have been as hot as anyone in hockey, with Khabibulin in goal and some young stars lighting the lamp, and are in second place (behind the goddamn f@#$ing Red Wings) in the central division. Last night the Bruins, formerly dead on the offensive end as they had been, skated into the United Center and won. In a Shootout.
The Bruins don’t win shootouts. Since the shootout was introduced to eliminate ties (after a 2005-2005 season that featured so many ties that the league commissioned a satellite to wipe the memory of it from every body in the world’s memory) the Boston Bruins have been among the league’s worst in the event. This season they are 1-3 after last night. Why is this? It is because they have never been a high scoring team in the regular flow of the game and lack finishers. Bt in the last few weeks, when they have won seven of eight and forced themselves into a tie for first place in the best division in Hockey.
The Winning Goal
They won the shootout on goals by Blake Wheeler, who is playing terrific hockey and is one of the guys who the B’s will depend on in situations like these, and P.J. Axelsson, the long time Bruin whose workman like effort night in and night out will never be appreciated the way it would be if her were a ballplayer for the Sox (think Bill Mueller in skates). Not to mention some great goaltending by Tim Thomas, who stopped two shots in the shootout and another penalty shot in overtime. They both made impressive moves against an excellent goaltender, and showed why coach Claude (pronounced Clode) Julien chose them in the big spot. The Bruins have been working on shooting in practice a lot, trying to remedy their problems after the extra frame. I want to see them convert on these opportunities a bit more often before I declare that the problem is over, but it was encouraging enough to get this one.
Tonight is another big test as the second place (and completely reasonably hated) Montreal F@#$ing Canadian Douchebag Frenchies come to town on the second night of a dreaded back to back tilt. They are only one point back and a win here can prove to the NHL as a whole, and to the Bruins themselves, that they are a force to be reckoned with in this league. Ever Since the top ranked Bruins were ousted from the playoffs by the 8th seed Habs a few years ago they have been our kryptonite (late 90’s Yankees style), but last season’s push to seven games (including game six, which you should all go out and watch somewhere this winter, it was truly an incredible game and will explain to you why playoff hockey is one of the most intense things to be involved in on the planet) let our boys know that we can take them and that we have it within this team to really do something in a league where any team can make a run and win a cup.
Let’s Goooooo Bruuuuuuuuuuuiiiins.