|Sounds of the game… Flyers 4, Bruins 3, OT||02.07.09 at 9:04 pm ET|
The Bruins under Claude Julien rarely blow leads at home. They almost NEVER blow two-goal leads.
Saturday they did both to the very hungry Philadelphia Flyers.
After beating Philadelphia, 3-1, on Wednesday with an extremely sound game and a nearly perfect third period, the Bruins looked very tired once they went up by two with their fastest two goals since Barry Pederson and Norman Leveille scored eight seconds apart on Dec. 20, 1981.
But the Flyers were the better and more desperate team for the last 43 minutes of this one, and you’ll get no argument from the Black and Gold on that point.
Yes, they could’ve won when the Flyers’ Antero Niittymaki inexplicably knocked the puck up and over the boards for a delay of game penalty in the final 90 seconds.
Yes, they could’ve won it when Dennis WIdeman’s shot from the left point and rang off the right post in overtime.
And yes, they could’ve LOST it when Jeff Carter broke in on a shorthanded breakaway and when Simon Gagne fired one on net only to have Manny Fernandez come up big.
But they lost this game when Randy Jones, of all people, flipped the puck toward the net. It went off Andrew Ference and past Fernandez exactly three minutes into overtime for the game-winner.
It was Jones who hit Patrice Bergeron from behind on Oct. 27, 2007 at the Garden, causing Bergeron to miss the rest of the season with a grade three concussion.
|Bergeron pots his first goal of comeback||10.23.08 at 5:51 pm ET|
Things have come full circle for the kid that many consider to be the Heart and Soul of the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal tonight since returning from a career-threatening concussion that limited the young Bruins center to only 10 games last season. The score came in Bergeron’s seventh game of the season at the 15:32 mark of the first period, and was a redirect of a Shane Hnidy shot from the right point. It was Bergeron’s first goal since scoring at San Jose on Oct. 13, 2007.
The score also marked Hnidy’s first assists of the season.
The goal comes almost a year to the day from a hellacious hit-from-behind at the hands of Randy Jones and the McFilthy and McNasty Philadelphia Flyers on Ocrt. 27, 2007. The crumpling blow left Bergeron with a severe concussion and whiplash normally associated with car wreck rather than a hockey collision. The Jones hit ended Bergeron’s season and put his career in jeopardy, but all that seems like a murky puck memory after Thursday night’s goal.
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