December 10, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Blue Jackets

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 3
CBJ – 3

SHOTS
BOS – 16
CBJ – 25

Forty minutes are in the books at Nationwide Arena where the Bruins and Blue Jackets are tied 3-3.

Boston went on the power play 40 seconds into the middle frame, as Derick Brassard was guilty of hooking.

The Black and Gold were quick to capitalize, as a bomb from Zdeno Chara beat Sanford to make it 3-2.

Milan Lucic picked up his third assist of the night on the goal, which was helper No. 100 for his career. It’s No. 17′s second career three-assist game.

After a never-ending penalty fest, Derek Dorsett was inexplicably whistled for interfering with Tim Thomas after an essentially nonexistent collision. The Jackets winger appeared to injure his leg on the play and stayed down in the corner for a lengthy amount of time.

Three minutes later, R.J. Umberger squeaked one through Thomas’ wickets and knotted things up 3-3.

On the ensuing faceoff, the bizarre nature of this one continued as Sami Pahlsson slashed David Krejci on a false start, causing all ten players on the ice to begin to tussle.

Lucic earned himself his fourth penalty of the night with six seconds left, tripping MacKenzie. Columbus will have 1:54 of PP time to work with in the third.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS – 2
CBJ – 2

SHOTS
BOS – 7
CBJ – 13

After undoubtedly their worst period of the season, the Bruins are extremely fortunate to be tied 2-2 with Columbus.

The Jackets got on the board first at the 5:46 mark. Rick Nash got behind Zdeno Chara and beat Tim Thomas on a breakaway, making it 1-0 Columbus. Vinny Prospal and James Wisniewski picked up assists on the tally.

With Milan Lucic in the box for hooking, Jeff Carter lifted a backhander over Thomas to make it 2-0. The power-play strike was the former Flyers forward’s fifth goal of the season.

Lucic lost his temper just a few minutes later. Already set to go off for a slashing penalty, the hulking winger committed a cross-check and was banished to the box for four minutes.

The sluggish Bruins somehow survived and, with 1:34 left in the frame, got a big goal from Joe Corvo. The veteran defenseman put one in the back of the net for the first time during his tenure in Boston, cutting the lead in half.

Lucic, who picked up the primary assist on the goal, then set up Nathan Horton in the slot for a wrister that tied things up at 2-2.

Goalie Curtis Sanford saw just seven shots in the opening period, giving him a woeful .714 save percentage so far tonight.