It was the most anticipated game in a while. To some, it was supposed to be a bloodbath. Retribution for the grade two concussion Marc Savard received from Matt Cooke's shoulder during their March 7 meeting, ending Savard's season while Cooke walked away without any sort of suspension or fine.
Coach Julien and the Bruin players said they're out for a win and two points, not so much for revenge with Cooke. After all was said and done, the Boston Bruins left the ice looking pathetic—as they should have.
Boston had four power-plays to get things moving along for them, but only managed a total of 17 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury, all of which he stopped, with a little help from the red steel, to record his first shutout of the season. That's right, 17 total, all game.
Shawn Thornton, as expected, challenged Matt Cooke to a tussle for the season ending hit on Savard. Considering Thornton is in a different weight class, he obviously had the edge in this battle and he proved that, but give Cooke some credit for stepping up and taking care of business, which was very minimal.
Boston hasn't had a great season and this was the perfect game to turn things around, get some momentum, and slowly secure a playoff spot, but it certainly didn't look like they cared all that much. They were out-hit, out-shot, and out-played, all while getting as little revenge as possible for Marc Savard.
The dictionary's definition of "heartless" might just included "Boston Bruins, March 18" from now on.
Does this game mark the end of the 2009/2010 season for Boston? Or will they extend it by one more week?