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Bruins look like the Bruins, roll past Hurricanes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by theblackandgold

The win over Ottawa wasn’t pretty, and despite getting two points out of the contest, the Bruins were, without question, disappointed with their play. Thus, with some pep in their step, they thoroughly dominated the Hurricanes, without Bergeron, Sturm, Lucic, Ference, Sobotka, St. Pierre (no word on Sobotka and St. Pierre) as well as goaltender Manny Fernandez, with a final score of 5-1.

Two forwards made their NHL debut for the Bruins, with Byron Bitz and Mark Karsums manning the win on the 4th and 3rd line, respectively. Both forwards played well and each earned an assist.

Byron Bitz, at six-foot-five, plays a big game

Byron Bitz, at six-foot-five, plays a big game

At 7:55 of the first period the Bruins asserted their dominance by taking a 1-0 lead, a lead that they would not relinquish. While on the powerplay, Dennis Wideman fired a hard break-out pass up the middle to Blake Wheeler, who after penetrating the Hurricane’s zone, dished the puck to David Krejci. Krejci made no mistake, and put it passed Cam Ward with a nice back-hand move.

Nearly ten minutes later, Ward’s (Hurricane netminder Cam Ward, not Aaron Ward)  troubles continued after Mark Stuart snapped a shot off the heel of Stephan Yelle and into the back of the net. Stuart’s production was not done, a funny bounce off Byron Bitz’s stick sent the puck to Stuart, who fired a quick and unexpected shot from a low angle past Ward, who was pulled after the Bruins took the 3-0 lead.

Michael Leighton, relieving Ward, got off to a rocky start. Krejci picked up another point when he slipped a pass to Michael Ryder who was skating towards the net at the bottom of the left face of circle. Ryder attempted to slip a backhand pass to a waiting Blake Wheeler, who was camped out on the far post, and celebrated in mild shock when the puck somehow snuck in between Leighton’s legs to put the Bruins up 4-0.

The Hurricanes continued incredibly flat play, and at 16:05 Ryder scored his second of the game. After a shot was blocked, Krejci found himself with the puck on his stick at the front of the  crease, in a prime scoring position. The right-handed pivot quickly opted to dish the puck on his back-hand, behind his back, to a waiting Ryder who was staring at an empty net. This prompted NESN play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards to ask if Krejci had eyes in the back of his head.

At 5-0, the game was all but over, and the Hurricane squad seemed to be merely thinking of the plane ride back.

Tim Thomas only allowed one goal, and had a solid game.

Overall, it was a great effort for the Bruins, in all three zones, and on both sides of the puck.