The Bruins dominated the third period and pulled off the come
from behind win on Friday night at the Garden. The B’s improve to 3-0-1 on the
Shawn Thornton got
the B’s on the board early picking up a rebound from a Hamilton shot and
putting it in the back of the net. A
minute after the Bruins went up 1-0 Matt Carkner felt the need to pick a
fight with Milan Lucic in front of the Islanders net. Lucic landed a right that
put Carkner on his ass and won the fight easily. Waltham’s own Keith Aucoin
beat Tuukka low to tie the game up at 1 with 9 minutes left in the first.
Aucoin scored again half way through the second to put New
York up 2-1. At this point in the game the Bruins turned things around and
never looked back. Greg Cambell scored 14 minutes into the second to tie the
game up at 2. Cambell was in good position in front of the net and buried the puck off a deflection.
into the third Nathan Horton fed the puck to Lucic then skated towards the net
opening up the lane for Lucic to feed Chara at the point. Chara finished top corner with a
wrist shot to put the B’s up 3-2.
Boston got an insurance goal from Patrice Bergeron with six
and half minutes left in the game to secure the victory. Dougie Hamilton fed
Marchand with a beautiful cross ice pass breaking out of the zone. Marchand
then fed Bergy moving through the neutral zone to set up a one on one against
DiPietro. Patrice executed a highlight reel deke and easily found the twine on the forehand to put the Bruins up 4-2.
The power play for the B’s continued to struggle going 0-3
on the night and is now 1 for 17 on the year. On the other hand the penalty kill is still perfect on the season. Dougie Hamilton had two helpers for Boston and played very strong defensively. In his third home game Hamilton is already a
fan favorite. The first of many “Dougie” chants rang out in the Garden as the
19 year old blue liner continues to be sensational. And of course “Teach me how
to Dougie” was blaring over the speakers before the end of the game.
The Bruin’s fourth liners were huge in tonight’s win scoring
the first two goals and providing valuable energy shifts that allowed the top two
lines to rest up for the third. Tuukka
made 24 saves for the B’s and got his third win of the season.
The Black and Gold have the weekend off and don’t play again
until Monday night when they travel down to North Carolina to face the