Bruins 4, Thrashers 2, Final
|12.13.08 at 5:26 pm ET|
Best battle of the night with 3:46 left in the third when 6’9″ Zdeno Chara went up against Atlanta’s Boris Valabik, who stands 6’7″, with Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting roaring over the loudspeakers. Valabik grew up in Chara’s homeland of Slovakia, styling his game after Chara.
Full disclosure, neither pugilist landed any significant blows.
But Dennis Wideman did when he connected for his second power play goal of the night, beating Johan Hedberg at 18:16 of the second period.
Phil Kessel collected his own rebound on a power play shot on Atlanta’s Johan Hedberg. The Thrashers goalie stopped the first but not the second at 6:00 of the first as Kessel lit the lamp for the 19th time this season.
Not only does that figure far and away lead the team, it already matches his career best set last season and extends his point streak to 15 games.
Michael Ryder added his ninth of the season at 13:43 even strength, a weak backhand that was mishandled by Hedberg.
The Bruins had a golden chance to break open the game but Hedberg came up big on a five-on-three Boston power play for one minute, 37 seconds.
The Thrashers turned that momentum into a goal when Nathan Oystrick fired a slap shot from the left point through a mass of bodies infront of Manny Fernandez, cutting Boston’s lead in half.
Some notes at the end of one…
The Bruins are 9-2-1 when they lead after one this season.
The Thrashers are 1-10-1 when they trail after one.
The Bruins have outscored their opponents 66-37 in the second and third periods this season.