The Boston Bruins took home ice on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks but, after the first period, that’s about the only thing that they did as they were defeated by a score of 6-1.
After a solid first period by both teams, Marco Sturm opened the scoring with a blazing slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle off of a feed from Marc Savard. Both Tim Thomas and Jonas Hiller put together valiant efforts in the first period to show that the rest of the game might go just as such. That was not the case.
Early on in the second period, Teemu Selanne potted back-to-back powerplay goals just 1:23 apart to quickly let all of the air out of the building. From there, the Bruins were lackluster at best letting the 4th line show far more effort than any of the other three lines combined.
Thursday night looked very similar to last Thursday night’s opening night affair with the Washington Capitals except in that game, Thomas looked a little better. I expect Tuukka Rask to get the start on Saturday when rookie John Tavarez and the New York Islanders come to town.
1- BOS: Sturm 2 -(Savard, Wideman)
1- ANH: Selanne 1 (PP)- (Niedermayer)
2- ANH: Selanne 2 (PP)- (Perry, Koivu)
3- ANH: Perry 1 – (Wisniewski)
4- ANH: Artyukhin 2- (Lupul, Wisniewski)
5- ANH: Ryan 1- (Niedermayer)
6- ANH: Perry 2 (SH)- (Lupul)