Monday, December 22, 2008


Wheeler is now tied for rookie scoring with 11. Kessel kept his streak alive. Here's how:

Less than 3 minutes in, Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder is skating it up through the neutral zone. Ryder passes to krejci at the blue line, Krejci passes from the hash marks to Wheeler. Wheeler one-times it. GOAL.

1-0. You're less worried about the Blues than you were before.

Then the Bruins give up a powerplay.
On the PK, Wheeler gets the puck in the neutral zone. Less than 5 minutes into the game, Wheeler has a SHG on top of his normal goal. Now look at this dominant play:

2-0. I know, right? Ridiculous. You're hoping Wheeler can get another hat trick.

The Blues stay on the PP, and Winchester scores one off a deflection.
Then the Bruins get the powerplay. McClement scores a short-hander on a breakaway.

But this time the Bruins stay on the Powerplay, and Shane Hnidy gets a feed from Krejci, which of course is a perfect setup. Hnidy wrists it in from the top of the circle.

3-2. You're happy because Hnidy never scores and Krejci has assists on all 3 goals.

The first period ends.

Yan Stasny gets it going early in the second. Stuffs it in on Manny.

Then, with 11 minutes left in the second, the Bruins are on the Powerplay. Axelsson finds Ryder unguarded in the slot. So he gives him the puck. Ryder wrists it right in.

4-3. You're thinking last year Ryder had 14 goals, and now he's got 12 so far this year.

Then the Blues try to stuff it in on Manny, but Manny's all done letting the puck past. The bruins get it on their own goal line, they get it to Lucic on the side of the neutral zone. Kessel gets it coming into the zone, he skates up to the goalmouth then passes up to Savard, who buries it.

5-3. You're happy Legace was thinking the same thing: "Kessel's going to score another goal. Hwa-?"

End of the Second. Blues pull Legace in favor of Chris Mason.

The Bruins keeps things under control. They only took 5 shots the whole third, but one of them went like this:
Martin St. Pierre picks up in the offensive zone off a botched Blues pass. He whips it behind him. It goes towards the net, but it's deflected over to Sobotka, who taps it in. GOAL.


Blues don't pull their goalie. GAME.


St. Louis Blues Coach, after the game:
"I didn't think Berglund was good, I didn't think Perron was good, I didn't think Tkachuk was good ... I didn't think Boyes was good. I thought Backes was all right. I expect Jeff Woywitka to be a lot better than he was today. David Perron ... where's he? Berglund, I expect him to be better. Am I being a little hard on them here? That's just the way that it is."
That's just the way it is. Ouch.

Bruins keep their perfect record against the Central division, and a 7-2-0 against the West.

Record: 24-5-4 (W5)
Away: 11-4-3 (W2)
L10: 9-1-0
December: 8-1-0