January 21st, 2010 by

End of 20: Bruins 1, Blue Jackets 1

  1. Nice self-pass by Trent Whitfield through the neutral zone – to find Michael Ryder in the slot for a gift-wrapped 12th goal of the season. It is Whitfield’s first assist, and point, in 12 games with the Bruins. Miroslav Satan also assisted on the play, his second in his eighth game in Boston.
  2. How Milan Lucic got his swagger back- dropping the gloves against Jackets’ toughman Jared Boll. Looch landed a few rights early on, then basically went punch-for-punch after that with Boll. Call it a draw, but great to see No. 17 play with that grit that he’s been looking for.
  3. Dennis Wideman’s struggles continue. Failing to clear the puck [a total whiff] out of his own zone, the blue-liner turned the puck over, resulting on Columbus’ tying goal by Chris Clark (6), assisted by Raffi Torres. The beyond-struggling defenseman still managed to log 6:26 of total ice time. The fans have actually started “booing” Wides every time he touches the puck. Quit it, fans. This ain’t Montreal!
  4. Rask made a beauty at about six minutes into the first on Columbus’ forward, Jakub Voracek – a screen through traffic, but Rask closed up the five-hole for the stop. Rask has looked solid thus far in the first 20 minutes of action, making his nine saves on 10 shots look easy and effortless.
  5. The Bruins refuse to be pushed around tonight, and have definitely looked much better in the first 20 then they did all 60 against the Senators last game. The line of Lucic – Krejci – Wheeler has looked superb thus far.

Everything is virtually dead-even.

Score 1-1; Face-offs 50/50; hits are at 11 a piece; and the shots on goal are in favor of the Black and Gold, 12-10.

The Bruins went 0-1 on their only power play:

Satan – Bergeron – Ryder
Chara – Wideman

Wheeler – Krejci – Recchi
Morris – Boychuk

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