Game 11: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames: Clean Up Canada Edition
Well, I never thought this day would come. No, really the thought never even crossed my mind that someone else would want to contribute to the site. So be gentle (or rough, I'm not here to tell how to get your jollies) and welcome Cameron Frye to The Jumbotron. Today, she brings you the preview for tonights game against the Calgary Flames. In the future, she may bring you live-blogs, game recaps, female intuition, or things I don't even know exist. We're a lot of things around here, but I think this finally proves we aren't sexist. Or are we? At least we know Calgary is flaminga??
Prior to this road trip, Coach Claude Julien challenged the Boston Bruins (5-2-3) goalies to step up to be the team's top penalty killers and so far, Tim Thomas has been up for the challenge. Tonight, the Bruins finish up their Western Canada road trip when they take on Calgary Flames (5-3-1).
Tim Thomas is doing everything he can to prove he is the #1 goalie of this team, like getting back to back shut outs in two days. The Bruins goalie blocked 31 shots on goal against the Canucks; combine that with the 27 he made against the Oilers on Monday and you've got a man on a mission and he's not about to go down without a fight. With that said, the Bruins cannot relay purely on the ability and skills of Thomas. While in Calgary, the Bruins are going to have to try to get past Miikka Kiprusoff. Kiprusoff just recently recorded his 150th career win and his 27th career shout out against the Colorado Avalanche.
So, even if we see the Thomas as of late, the offense is going to have to step up and get the puck in-between the pipes. I'm looking at you, Michael Ryder. Yes, you scored A goal on Tuesday (and yes, we did win) a?" but it was your second goal of the season. We're not saying you need to be scoring 15 a week a?" but how about one every other day? One person who's hasn't been producing and no one seems to mention him, is Captain Zdeno Chara. What is with low product numbers from captains from Boston? Evidently the "C" on the chest protects them from any criticism. Patrice Bergeronwent thru hell last year and we're glad he's back, with that said a?" he's only score once in 10 games. But picking on Bergeron it's almost like picking on a retarded kid when you critique Bergeron. You know it's a low and unfair considering the circumstances, but sometimes they have it coming and you can't help but not goof on them. If not Bergeron, maybe Savard and Sturm can shake whatever slump they're in the middle of and score a couple goals.
One beacon of hope for the Bruins right now is the fourth line consisting of Petteri Nokelanien, Stephane Yelle and Shawn Thornton.
"I can't credit that fourth line enough, the way they played," said Julien, whose club will wrap up its three-game trip tonight against the Flames. "Again, they helped keep us fresh. Two games in two nights, we couldn't even survive if we had to go with a short bench. For a fourth line, it's not just about going out there and not getting scored on. Those guys worked hard to keep the puck at the other end of the ice [in the attack zone] and cycled the puck. Back-to-back games, it's important to be smart." - Claude Julien
Tonight, the Bruins are going to be playing the Calgary Flameswho are on a four game win streak (they've only allowed 1.25 goals in those four games) and determined to make it five. The Flames used to be a low scoring team who had nothing but the memories of their Stanley Cup win in 1989 to fall back on. Granted, they still like to remind the fans of that successful season 11 years ago, but they're scoring at least 3 goals a night. There have been a few exceptions, including having their asses handed to them in 0-6 loss to Vancouver a?" but everyone has an off night. The Flames are also one of the best face-off teams in the league, something that Bruins's Yelle hopes rubs off onto him. In the last two games, Yelle has been 2-8 in face-offs.
If the Bruins want to win this game, they're going to have bring their A game from both sides. All four lines have been performing and they've gone from worst in the league to going 6 for 6 when it comes to penalty killers. It's that effort and whatever chip they have on their shoulder that's motivating them and getting them the wins and points in the end. The two teams didn't meet last season and this is the only game they play this season, so expect it to be a tough one and hopefully not one sided.
Cameron actually has a job, unlike me, so I shall bring the previews
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