NHL: Boston Bruins Back To Playing Old-Time Hockey

December 25th, 2010 by Adam Kennedy Leave a reply »
On Thursday night at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins needed a bounce back game after losing 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the week.  Two seconds into the game, a fight erupted between tough guys Shawn Thornton and Eric Boulton, setting the tone for the contest.

The first goal of the game came exactly three minutes in on a play where the Atlanta defense got too aggressive and allowed Patrice Bergeron to get a shorthanded breakaway where he put away the puck like we know he can.

In the second period, Boston's Michael Ryder hit an early power-play goal, and less than a minute later, Shawn Thornton got a nice backhander to make it 3-0 Bruins.  Maybe the Bruins got a little bit excited as they allowed Dustin Byfuglien to get an easy goal and trim the deficit to two.

About five minutes into the third period, the Bruins put the game out of reach with Shawn Thornton scoring his second of the night and a career-high seventh of the season, and we're only about halfway through the season! 

With a little over four minutes left in the game, Milan Lucic took a big hit (it probably should have been a high-sticking penalty) and ...

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