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Bruins Devour Thrashers; Boxing Day Memories

Posted in Boston Bruins, Hockey, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by clarencethehorse

The Bruins headed into their last game (12/23) before Christmas against the Atlanta Thrashers feeling good about their 2-0 win over Ottawa two nights earlier, but more importantly only one point ahead of the Thrashers in the Eastern conference standings.

“Tiny” Tim Thomas was back in net after shutting out the Senators, and the Bruins gave him a 3-0 lead in the first period scoring three goals in a span of 1:08.  Marc Savard, Daniel Paille, and Vladimir “ree Christmas” Sobotka scored to give the Bruins what appeared to be a comfortable lead.  But these Thrashers are gifted and explosive offensively, and before grandma could get run over by a reindeer it was a 3-2 game on goals by Bryan “have yourself a merry” Little and Maxim “out my credit cards for the holidays” Afinogenov.  This save by Thomas kept the Bruins up by a goal after one period.  In the second period, the Bruins scored on a five-on-three advantage as Zden”Ho-Ho” Chara scored a power play goal, his third of the season. Another five-on-three advantage gave the Bruins a 5-2 lead midway thru the third period, as Michael “Red” Ryder  scored his ninth goal (but only third in last 15 games).

Again, the Thrashers made it interesting on goals by Evander “Candy” Kane and Ilya Kovalchuk just 70 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game with less than five minutes remaining. But Patrice “Burgermeister Meister” Bergeron would make sure that Bruins fans left the Garden with the early Christmas gift of a win by scoring an open-net goal in the waning seconds of the game to give the B’s a 6-4 win heading into their Christmas break.

The Bruins are riding a rather dominant streak against Atlanta, as they last lost to the Thrashers on 12/29/2007 – almost two years ago.  The Bruins are now 8-0-0 against Atlanta since.  At the Christmas break, the Bruins stand at fifth in the conference, four points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the Northeast Division lead.  Leading up to the big game at Fenway

Photo Credit: Jerri Blank

on New Year’s day against the Flyers, the Bruins visit the sunshine state to play the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and Monday respectively, then on 12/30 Atlanta makes it consecutive Wednesday night visits to the TD Garden.  All three of these teams figure to be battling for playoff spots with the Bruins come seasons’ end, and the Bruins would serve themselves well by continuing their recent solid play going into these final three games of 2009.

Boxing Day

I could not pass up the opportunity this Boxing Day (for our friends from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ghana, Switzerland, Germany, Greenland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica) to show some of the best fights in memory since I was a foal. Feel free to add suggestions via comments on any fights you remember and think I should add to the array below:

Reason #37 why you shouldn’t jump on the ice and charge the opposing team’s bench:

It seems I can’t go for very long without linking back to my man Ben Folds – but he has a great song from Ben Folds Five’s 1995 self-titled debut album, “Boxing”, so I couldn’t pass it up.  Here is a symphonic version with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 2005:

Elvis Costello also paid tribute to Boxing Day on “T.K.O. (Boxing Day)”, from his 1983 album with the Attractions “Punch the Clock”.  The album, and this song in particular, featured the TKO Horns and is still one of my favorite albums from EC and the A’s: