In the first period perhaps the premier one on one matchup in the NHL Zdeno Chara vs Alex Ovechkin was on display again. Ovi skated around intent on avenging every aspect of the loss two nights back. Zee matched the intensity shutting him down when he wasn’t throwing him down.
Of no less importance Boston’s number one goaltender Tim Thomas reminded fans why they love him, and players why he again leads the league in both GAA and Sv% with some truly jawdropping saves.
Michael Ryder scored on the powerplay. No that sentence isn’t a joke, the Bruins cashed in on a blatant tripping call to the Capitals Hendricks moments after the questionable boarding call to Ference expired. A sweet feed from Bergeron out high and Tyler Seguin led to the late period tally.
After two it seems the goal scoring prowess of these two teams has been reversed since last season. Jordan Caron spooning the puck past Varlemov makes the Bruins two for three on the night. If they stay half that good over the season thing are gonna look good.
The power play had good movement but its obvious its early as some of the passes are still going to space. The penalty kill is as aggresive as I’ve ever seen it. At one point all four Bruins defenders were in a row within stick reach of the wall. Effective, energetic but a bit scary to watch.
Sections 320 and 321 attempted to get a “You can’t finish!” chant going to many laughs and no luck.
3-0 after two.
Julien did some juggling of the defensive pairs including putting Chara and Seidenberg together, Boychuck and Hunwick and Stuart and Ference. Thomas proved he was the only man who could stop him tonight. It’s great to see him feeling good again, but while he’s a better puck handler than Rask, he’s not Turco, Dipietro or Marty B.
While Chara clearly dominated the collision with Ovechkin, he didn’t do it alone. I’d be surprised if there’s a single defenseman who didn’t record a hit against number eight.
Near flawless execution by the Bruins tonight against a high speed, up tempo team.
Key points: Bergeron setting two goals on the tee.
Chara, Siedenberg, Boychuck, Stuart, Hunwick and Ference playing sharp.
Thomas playing every bit as good as his Vezina winning season.
And of course:
A fun crowd.