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The Bruins have fallen to the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime

05.14.09 at 10:52 pm ET
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19:28: A bad bounce almost ended Boston’s season. A bounding puck bounced off a Bruins stick and came bouncing toward Thomas. Eric Staal picked up the puck out of mid-air and connected on a baseball swing, but Thomas was able to block the shot.

15:12: Aaron Ward just completely leveled Tuomo Ruutu at the blue line while he was watching the play behind him. Big hit that left the crumpled by the boards.

14:35: Great shift by the Krejci, Bitz, Ryder line. Krejci had a point blank chance in the slot, but he caught too much of Ward’s pads waiting for the goalie to make a move.

9:54: Scott Walker had a great scoring opportunity for the Hurricanesl. He wheeled in from the sideboards and fired a puck from the left faceoff circle that Thomas was able to block  and then fall on as he fumbled for control.

8:35: Chuck Kobasew fired a shot that Ward blocked but couldn’t control as he came into the zone with speed. Bergeron had the rebound at the right post and fired across the crease, but it bounced of Kaberle’s and away from the goal area. Close call for the Bruins. 

6:35: A close call for the Canes. Ray Whitney blasted a shot with heavy traffic in front and Cole crashing into Thomas. Somehow Thomas made the save, but it looked as if Staal was about to pounce on the puck in the crease area. Both Lucic and Kessel dove at Staal and managed to shoo the puck away from the Canes sniper and over into the corner.

During every quiet moment, the crowd is erupting into spontaneous chants of “We Want it, we want it, we want it”. You could cut the tension with a knife.

3:04: The more I watch of this OT, the more I’m convinced that Tank isn’t going to let a goal through. He somehow got a toe on a Ruutu blast and then kicked away a Walker shot attempt on the follow in front. Thomas has been sensational tonight.

1:14: It’s all over. Wow. Scott Walker gets the game-winner on a follow-up rebound attempt in front. No kidding. The irony of that is off the charts.

The Hurricanes have taken the game in OT by a 3-2 score with 1:14 still remaining during the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. The season is over the B’s and a great ride has come ot a conclusion.

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