Thursday, March 4, 2010

Johnny Rocket

Johnny Boychuk's patented cannon shot has just put the Bruins ahead of Toronto by a 2-1 score late in the second period.

It is his third goal of the season in his first game back since his orbital bone break.

We had a great view of it from Level 9 at the TD Garden.

Update: Joe Colborne's old linemate at DU, Tyler Bozak, just pulled the Leafs even in the third on a rebound.

Postgame: 3-2, final Bruins with Miroslav Satan's shootout goal being the winner. It was Boston's first home win (not counting the Winter Classic at Fenway Park) since Dec. 30, 2009 in the TD Garden. The B's should have won it in regulation and a Michael Ryder 1st period goal was disallowed for a "distinct kicking motion."

Beyond the goal, Boychuk made a textbook defensive play on Phil Kessel during the overtime period, exhibiting perfect gap control and denying Kessel the room to maneuver around him. The end result was a shot forced from the outside that Tim Thomas easily turned aside. I talked to Boychuk about the play after the game and this is what he had to say about it:

"All I was thinking was: don't let him cut in, don't let him cut in. And as soon as he went to toe-drag it to shoot, I just wanted to put my stick to the puck just in case he tried to angle me and make me look silly."

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