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Sounds of the game… Bruins 3, Canadiens 1

Posted By Mike Petraglia On January 14, 2009 @ 10:57 am In General | No Comments

The Bruins appear to have re-discovered their mojo and they can thank their captain, Zdeno Chara [1], in large part for it. After dropping two straight to Buffalo and Minnesota, the Bruins stood 1-2 on their season-long six-game homestand. But then they rebounded to win an uneven 6-4 decision against Ottawa. They put together a dominant effort in a  5-1 win over Carolina and capped it off with a 3-1 win in a playoff-like atmosphere Tuesday night at the Garden against the Canadiens.

With Marco Sturm [2] likely gone for the season with ACL surgery to his left knee and leading goal scorer Phil Kessel [3] out for at least three weeks with mono, someone had to step up. Chara not only scored his team’s first two goals, he was a physical force on the ice, playing over 32 minutes and covering Montreal’s best player, Alex Kovalev. Our own Joe Haggerty looks further into how Chara is earning his ‘C’ [4].

Add to the mix a boarding major called on Andrei Kostitsyn when he hit Aaron Ward [5] and Tim Thomas [6] coming out of the net to take out Kostitsyn, and you have all the makings of a regular season match-up between two ancient rivals that had everyone looking ahead toward the spring.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien said Chara showed why he’s a captain [7].

Julien on Kostitsyn’s hit on Aaron Ward [8].

Zdeno Chara said this was an exciting game [9].

Chara said everyone picked it up [10].

Chara said Thomas showed the code of loyalty to his teammates [11].

Tim Thomas said it was a fun game to play in [12].

Thomas explains why he took the hit on Kostitsyn [13].

Thomas said the game felt like the playoff meeting between the two teams last spring [14].


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URLs in this post:

[1] Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm

[2] Marco Sturm: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marco-sturm.htm

[3] Phil Kessel: http://media.weei.com/hockey/phil-kessel.htm

[4] Our own Joe Haggerty looks further into how Chara is earning his ‘C’: http://blogs.weei.com/joehaggerty/2009/01/13/chara-proves-why-he-wears-the-c-for-the-bs/

[5] Aaron Ward: http://media.weei.com/hockey/aaron-ward.htm

[6] Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm

[7] Bruins head coach Claude Julien said Chara showed why he’s a captain: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11411

[8] Julien on Kostitsyn’s hit on Aaron Ward: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11412

[9] Zdeno Chara said this was an exciting game: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11413

[10] Chara said everyone picked it up: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11414

[11] Chara said Thomas showed the code of loyalty to his teammates: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11415

[12] Tim Thomas said it was a fun game to play in: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11416

[13] Thomas explains why he took the hit on Kostitsyn: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11417

[14] Thomas said the game felt like the playoff meeting between the two teams last spring: http://blogs.weei.com/?attachment_id=11418

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