First off, I apologize for not covering the Bruins today. I had to cover a football game for class and then write the article as the Bruins were going on in the background. It was easy to write at the beginning because the Bruins were playing some pretty bad hockey. In case you missed it, during the Bruins comeback, Jack Edwards announced, in the fourth game of the season, that coming back to tie the New York Islanders was the turning point in the season.
Usually I bite my tongue about Edwards because he does bring a lot of passion to the booth, but really? Last year i felt that the turning point did come early in the season when the Bruins came together as a team against the Dallas Stars on November 1st. The game was extremely chippy, and the team came to each others defense on numerous occasions, building a team chemistry that few recent Bruins teams have had. But to think that beating the Islanders in the 4th game of the season is a turning point is absurd. Sure, Jack probably got caught up in the emotion of a great comeback, but there needs to be a filter on this guy.
I guess that's why so many people love Jack though, he doesn't try to censor himself, or think what is politically correct. He feels it, he says it. It's his greatest strength and weakness.
The Bruins were out-shot 16-7 in the first period, but escaped unharmed thanks in large part to a calm Tuukka Rask putting himself in good position and making stops in bunches.
The Bruins defense didn't help Tuukka out in the second period as the Islanders went on to score three goals in the frame. Jon Sim opened the scoring on the power-plau with a doorstep roofie on the rebound. Nothing Tuukka could have done here.
Martinek then scored the second goal of the game on a snipe. Puck goes in 99/100 times here.
John Tavares scored on a 2-1 rush where the 19-year old kept the puck for himself and wristed the puck past Rask's glove hand. It's hard for a goalie to not get anxious and slide over, or at least anticipate sliding. Tuukka waited as long as he could to make a move, but Tavares waiting a split second longer, saw an opening and capitalized.
Down 3-0 with just over 8 minutes left in the third period, not many people thought the Bruins had a chance to score, nonetheless win. Roloson had stumped and stoned the Bruins offense, flashing serious leather when he needed to.
The Bruins showed some grit, charging the net and when Chara fanned on a chance in front, the puck went to Marco Sturm who teed off a laser top corner. The puck bounced off the corner of the post and in. 3-1.
With just under 4:30 left in the game, Byron Bitz charged down the middle on a rush and got spun around by an Islander defender, but went with his momentum and slipped a deceptive backhander past Roloson. 3-2, interesting.
Almost exactly 2 minutes later, Matt Hunwick threw a seemingly harmless puck on net through a screen. The fact that this duck-of-a-puck wasn't deflected or blocked is amazing. Roloson never saw it as the puck found a home in the top corner of the net. 3-3.
All the meantime, Rask remained cool as a cucumber in net, this kid almost looks bored in net. He was tested throughout the game, and during over-time and stood tall.
In the shootout, Wheeler stick-handled Roloson until he Roloson was forced to make a move, Wheeler snuck it through his five-hole. After Rob Schremp scored a nice goal on Tuukka, Marc Savard scored an Axelssonian goal on a down-and-out Roloson. Rask went on to stop Park and Okposo as the Bruins secured two points when it looked like they were destined to lose in regulation.