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Did This Man Save The Bruins Season?

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Posted By: The Booze at 8:10 am

20 Nov 2009

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If you listen to 98.5 today you are probably going to hear a bunch of douche bags with a sports chub yell in their trademarked whiny voices about “how unbelievably lucky the Bruins were to come away with a victory Thursday night.” Actually, first you will hear them bash Belichick for the 5th straight day, but then you will get an earful of shit about the Bruins. In their glass-is-never-full kind of world they don’t recognize a break through as big as this.

In case you were caught up in that dream matchup between the Dolphins and Panthers on Thursday Night Football, you should know that the Bruins played last night. Despite all the progress they have made with Boston sports fans over the past two years, it seems that a less-than-stellar start has brought the critics running out of the woodwork.

Through the first 20 games of this season the boys in black and gold had not played like a championship caliber team. Before the puck was dropped last night, the Bruins record stood at 8-8-4 with a -5 goal differential on the season. They had managed to score first in only 6 of those 20 contests and were coming off a 3 game losing streak that included a heartbreaking loss to the Penguins in which they lead with 0.4 seconds remaining in the game. Facing a team on a 4-game win streak, the Bruins stood on the brink of dropping below .500 Thursday night.

So when the Bruins came out with guns blazing and headed to the locker room with a 2-0 lead after one period, I began to wonder if we had regained our mojo. Had the return of Milan Lucic given the team the kick in the ass it needed? Were we about to turn things around?

Maybe not. The Thrashers wasted no time knotting the game at 2 in the second period. However, a quick response from Michael Ryder put the B’s back on top before the period’s end. The score remained 3-2 for most of the 3rd period, but with under a minute to play, the Thrashers pulled their goalie. The extra attacker would prove to be the difference as the puck found the back of the net with 41 seconds left. I sat there at that moment, wondering why I was not surprised.

As the overtime began, I cringed at the thought of losing the game. Though I would never admit this in defeat, it felt like a must-win. We couldn’t afford another heartbreaking loss so soon. Falling below .500 would have been another uphill battle. We needed someone to come through in the clutch, despite our horrible track record in shootouts. Who better than Patrice Bergeron to answer the bell? He is the one guy who has played at his best all season. He is the whatever-it-takes kind of player we need as we claw our way back up the standings. When all is said and done, I hope we look back on his shootout goal as a major turning point in the Bruins’ season. There is a lot of hockey left to play and I hope the moral victory tonight is a sign of things to come.

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