Boston, MA --
Had those in attendance at the TD Banknorth Garden during tonight’s 7-4 Bruins win over the Buffalo Sabres known what was coming, they would have doubled their efforts to grab a hot dog, beverage and a pretzel early enough to get to their seats for the very start of the game.
From the drop of the first puck, the only Wednesday night home game of the season was weird, wild and wacky, to the point that Bruins announcer Jim Martin could have been replaced by Rod Serling and the latter could have voiced his familiar “You are now entering the Twilight Zone...” and no one would have thought twice.
Here’s some of what happened:
-- Marc Savard earned his 600th career point, thanks to a goal and three assists for four points in the game.
“I knew that was coming,” he said. “This morning, I kind of just veered by the stats, kind of saw four to 600 and, thought 'Oh, probably wouldn’t make it (Wednesday night).'”
With a goal in the first period and assists on Zdeno Chara
’s two goals in the second, however, Savard just needed one more to finish it.
“After the second period, I felt like maybe if I could get something going, we could make it happen, and it did,” he said of the B's comeback.
An assist on Phil Kessel’s goal during the final 20 minutes gave him that final point.
-- Chuck Kobasew also reached a milestone tonight – his 300th career game.
|Chuck Kobasew |
Two goals added to the celebration, including one from almost behind the net that bounced off Ryan Miller’s leg and into the net.
“(The first shot was) just a point shot that went over the net, I think,” said Kobasew. “I saw (Miller) slide a bit, and trying a desperation play to put it off his leg there, and I got lucky.”
Very lucky, Kobasew emphasized.
“You try it every once in a while -- if it works, it works. If not, you hope it goes back to your teammate somewhere.”
Kobasew has come back with a vengeance after an injury in the season opener kept him off the ice for a few weeks.
“I came back playing with (Stephane Yelle) and (Shawn Thornton
), and those guys were playing well already,” Kobasew said, “so they made the adjustment easier, and now I’m just trying to feel more and more comfortable out there.”-- And finally, Patrice Bergeron recorded his 200th career point, thanks to an assist on Zdeno Chara’s first goal.
“I’m always trying to find him up top there, and he was able to get those shots through,” said Bergeron. “I guess it’s the simple basics of power play by getting those shots through [the] point and getting some bodies in front.”
Bergeron was also pleased with the club’s performance and its spectacular record.
“We can be better, but we’re finding a way,” he said. “We’re going out there and playing hard on the body and getting the forecheck going and getting the puck back.”-- All in all, 10 Bruins earned points tonight. Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler and Shane Hnidy each added one point to their totals, while Chuck Kobasew, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Matt Hunwick had two points apiece.
“This year, with more depth and more guys scoring, that certainly helps us get back in those types of games,” said head coach Claude Julien. “As the game went on, we got better, we got back to our type of game, and I thought we controlled the third period pretty well.”David Krejci
earned three, with a goal and two assists, and Marc Savard
“Every time they scored, it was a good thing we scored, stopped the momentum they had.” said Chara. “We were down one goal after the first, and we kept pressing, and eventually we got some goals on power plays by working hard…and we capitalized, so that was big.”
The back-and-forth goals of the first six minutes of the opening period were the first sign that the night would be anything but dull.
“We got ourselves in trouble early,” said Julien simply.-- The final tally of seven goals in the first period was the most goals scored in one period of a Bruins game since October 12, 2007. In that game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Bruins had four goals, and the Kings had three, combining, once again, for seven goals in a period.
“We gave them some unbelievable chances (tonight),” said Julien. “The quality of the shots that those guys were allowed to take were very uncharacteristic of our hockey club.
“At least we found a way to get back in the game.”