Savvy Trick Shows Phil Kessel How It’s Done

December 8th, 2009 by 4 Sport Boston Leave a reply »
Everything was set up for a classic nightmare scenario at the TD Garden on Saturday night for the Bruins. Twenty-four hours earlier, the B’s watched as the ghosts of playoff downfalls past paraded in front of them in Montreal.

Then, the Bruins played their worst game of the year in a blowout loss to the Habs. Thirdly, the prima donna forward who forced his trade from the team was rested and waiting for them.

After a pasting in Montreal like the one absorbed on Friday, some recent Bruins teams would have most likely rolled over in such an emotional game the next night, preferring the ‘woe is me’ attitude over one of resilience.

However, as is becoming increasingly clear, these are not the same old, sorry-ass Bruins. Rather than accept defeat and play not to lose, the B’s came out with guns ablaze, streaking past the Maple Leafs before Phil Kessel had a chance to know what hit him.

Focusing on the big loss in Montreal on Friday would be easy. But I knew that game was lost as soon as I turned on my DVR at around 9:00 that night. No, I hadn’t seen a score, but as soon as Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, Henri Richard ...

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