January 21st, 2010 by

End of 40: Bruins 2, Jackets 1

  1. The ice has been titled this period. Shots on goal are 11 for the Bruins, and just seven for the Blue Jackets.
  2. Chara has been a blanket on Columbus’ Captain, Rick Nash – limiting the 6’4″ All Star to two shots on goal this game, and zero in the second period. This is what makes Chara the reigning Norris trophy winner, and another quality candidate for a repeat this season.
  3. Trent Whitfield had three of the Bruins 11 shots this period. No. 42 logged over six minutes of ice time this period, and is gelling well with wing-men Satan and Ryder.
  4. Nice to see Patrice Bergeron light the lamp for this first time since his return – 12th of the season. Daniel Paille should get credit for two assists on that one. No. 20, facing the boards in the neutral zone, made a pass through his legs right on the tape of Bergeron. No. 37 ripped a wrist-shot past Mason for the go-ahead goal of the game. Chara also gets credit on the assist, his 24th of the season.
  5. Drew Larman just missed his first NHL career goal around the eight-minute mark of e the second period. No. 43 just missed a rebound wide, glove-side of Columbus’ net-minder, Steve Mason.
  6. Seriously…can Dennis Wideman catch a break? An attempted slap shot into the offensive zone, hits Blake Wheeler right in the shins. Luckily, Wheeler was on the ice for just a few moments before skating off on his own.
  7. After review, the power play goal by Columbus was waived “no goal” due to a distinct kicking motion Antoine Vermette – keeping this game at 2-1.

Boychuk leads the Bruins with 14:24 of ice time.

Ryder and Whitfield lead the squad with three shots on net each.

Face-offs: Columbus 54%, Boston 46%

Hits: Columbus 17, Boston 14

Blocked shots: Columbus 11, Boston 7

Boston looks as though they are firing on all cylinders now. But the effort has to be there for the next 20 minutes in order to gain these much-needed two-points.

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