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Bruins Sunday Notebook

by Helin Siris / Boston Bruins
Wardo wards off the Flyers, again!

 The B’s managed to stay in Saturday’s game by matching the Flyers two goals with just seconds to spare in the third.  And it was Aaron Ward who managed to capitalize on that effort and earn the B’s two very hard-earned points.

Ward’s goal at 2:17 in overtime accomplished two feats: not only was it his second overtime goal of the season, but it marked his second overtime goal against the Flyers this season. 

The repeat performance could not have come at a better time as the B’s closed out their season series against the Flyers tonight posting a formidable 3-1-0 record against the Broad Street Bullies.

Battling B’s
Within the first few minutes, it was clear that Saturday's game was about more than dominating the puck; the winner would have to dominate the boards and play the body.

Bruins beat cop Shawn Thornton proved he wasn’t messing around at 3:02 in the first period by challenging Riley Cote to a center-ice showdown.  In their second fight of the season, Thornton once again gave the crowd something to cheer about, landing several heavy blows and earning a decision in the bout.

With a second to spare in the first period, Bruins Mark Stuart and Flyers Scott Hartnell exchanged fists near the end boards to bring the crowd on their feet once again.  Hartnell had been checking Bruins with impunity and Stuart had clearly had enough, so the man called "a monster" by his Providence teammates last season, again showed his Boston teammates why he earned that moniker.

And even though Bruins youngest pugilist, Milan Lucic, did not participate in the boxing Saturday, he still managed to make his physical presence known by throwing around his body weight, recording a game-high of seven hits and causing havoc in front of the Capitals net, causing some to wonder aloud if it wasn't Lucic's best showing of the year.

Making 'em count…
Chuck Kobasew’s goal at 12:41 in the first period marked his 21st goal of the season setting a new career season-high in goals. This was the second game in a row that Kobasew has scored after going scoreless in his previous seven games. When asked about setting a new personal record this season, a modest Kobasew replied, “I just enjoy scoring goals; as far as numbers, it doesn’t matter. If you can get a goal and help your team win that is all that counts”.

From Punished to Punisher…
After taking a two minute penalty for tripping at 15:17 in the third, Andrew Ference came back in full force to score his first goal of the season. Ference’s goal evened up the scoreboard with 26.4 seconds left in regulation to put the B’s back in the game.  With the B’s outshooting the Flyers 33 shots to 24, “it’s the law of averages,” as Ference put it, which finally allowed the B’s to capitalize on their scoring attempts.

“When you take a thousand shots, eventually one is going to bounce in the right way…there’s a lot of blocked shots tonight so it was nice to see one go in the right direction.”

And as Coach Julien put it, “you couldn’t ask for a bigger goal at a (more) crucial time”.

Thomas comes up big…
The game could have gone in an entirely different direction (many times) had it not been for the solid effort of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

As defenseman Aaron Ward commented, “Have you ever seen that many 2-on-1’s in a period?”

But, Thomas made the big saves when needed (often denying several shots in a row) which allowed the B’s to continue on to overtime to defeat the Flyers.

Arguably, Thomas’ biggest save came in overtime on Flyers center Jeff Carter’s breakaway. But, in true Thomas fashion, Tim thought “that it would be easier to stop this one breakaway than to stop three in a shootout.  It just worked out.”
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