On Sunday night, saw the Stanley Cup Champions Boston take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Anaheim's Honda Center. It also saw the return of Bruins Center Rich Peverley.
Anaheim Ducks won the draw and got game 75 underway. The first save of the game went to Jonas Hiller of the Ducks, as he robs Rich Peverley who was looking for his 1st goal back. Rich Peverley got a nice feed off Patrice Bergeron, Rich Peverley was going for stick-side low, but unfortunately Jonas Hiller flashed the glove. On the 6TH minute Boston went on their PP of the game. Brian Rolston was tripped by Lubomir Visnovsky. Lubomir Visnovsky to the box for 2 minutes. Ducks managed to kill the PP with 12:15 left of the 1st shots on Goal were level at 1-1. The best moment of the game was when Greg Zanon's big hit on Corey Perry with 9:05 left in the period score was still 0-0. On the 15TH minute Anaheim went on a PP. Andrew Ference got penalized for tripping. Andrew Ference to the box for 2minutes. Boston managed to kill the Ducks PP. After 20 minutes, still 0-0 and even the shots on goals were even at 6-6. But on a positive note, Rich Peverley and Marty Turco have been terrific. Unfortunately it was a forgettable 1st period.
Both set of players are back on the ice for the 2ND period. Both Goal tenders were having a good game. On the 5TH minute of the 2ND Zdeno Chara with a slap shot to score his 12TH of the season. No assists on the goal. Less than 2 minutes after Zdeno's goal Boston went 2-0 up. Benoit Pouliot with a snap shot scored his 13TH goal of the season. It was also Benoit Pouliot's 50TH career goal and his 100TH NHL point. Chris Kelly with his 18TH assist of the season, and Brian Rolston with his 14TH of the season. 11 minutes to left in the 2ND Anaheim went on a PP. Adam McQuaid goes to the box for holding, 2 minutes. 11 secs into the PP Anaheim scored a Power Play Goal, Temmu Selanne with a tip-in scored his 24TH of the season. Cam Fowler with hi 24TH assist of the season, and Ryan Getzlaf with his 45TH assist of the season. Score 2-1 Boston. That will do for the 2ND period. After 40 minutes Boston are holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead. Boston are ahead on Shots on Goals with 18-13.
Now the players are back on the ice for the final time of the night. Andrew Ference blocked a shot, and he was having trouble skating back to the bench, once he was off the ice, he went straight down the tunnel to the Boston's locker room. In the 3rd minute Boston went on their 2ND PP of the night, Anaheim's Luca Sbisa went to the box for interference. Luca Sbisa to the box for 2 minutes. Matt Beleskey thought he had equalized for his team when he beats Marty Turco, but the Referee chopped the goal off for having a man on the crease still 2-1 Boston. During that play Andrew Ference came back on to the Bruins bench good sign he will be alright to continue the game. With 13:06 on the clock, Brian Rolston with a slap shot scored his 7TH goal of the season. Chris Kelly with his 2ND assist of the evening and his 18TH of the season, and Benoit Pouliot with his 16TH assist of the season. On the 14:01 minute Tyler Seguin to the box for hi-sticking, 2 minutes. With less than 3 minutes to go in the game, Lubomir Visnovsky with a slap shot scored his 6TH of the season. Boston took a timeout with 1:04 remaining in the game. Jonas Hiller went to the bench for a extra attacker with 30 secs to go. Just then the Hoot signals the end of the Game, Boston wins 3-2. I will say this trip was a success, 4 points out of a possible 6, against 3 tough opponents.
Tonight I will award the 3 stars to: 1. Marty Turco 2. Chris Kelly 3.Benoit Pouliot.
Now Boston will return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightening on March 27, 7.30 pm start.