Boston Shuts Out Carolina 4-0; Thomas With First Career Playoff Shutout

I am exhausted right now so I’ll make this a quick recap. Great win tonight for the Bruins, the Garden was louder than I’ve heard it in awhile.  It has become blatantly obvious that Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins have been hanging out in the Loge recently. After our last 2 game breakdowns, the Bruins made every correction the Loge suggested

Boston came out a little timid, but still put a lot of pressure on Carolina. So much pressure they did not give up a shot to the ‘Canes until midway through the first, all the while the ‘Canes had a powerplay. Toward the end of the first Recchi scored his second goal of the postseason, a tip in from Chara’s shot from the point. Four minutes later Kessel rounded out the first period scoring after a nice setup from Savard and Lucic. 

A quarter of the way through the second Kessel netted his second jingle of the game and sixth of the postseason after another great setup from Chara and Savard. The period was relatively uneventful until Jokinen decided to dish out some justice and slash Chara in the ankle. I didn’t see it happen, next thing I know Chara was on the ground. (The video was removed by youtube for some reason). Things got chippy from there on out. 

2 minutes into the third Thorton and Conboy got into it, although all they were given was a double minor for roughing. Thorton then left the ice with an injured hand. At this point it’s to early to know the severity of the injury.

Twelve minutes into the third Lucic unloaded a bomb to put Boston up 4-0, and then the action started. Shortly after, Conboy had his chance to throw down, and he did so with Boston’s Mark Stuart. 

Five minutes later things got way out of control when Aaron Ward wanted to Scott Walker, but at the same time Carolina’s Cullen jumped into the scrum. Walker proceeded to sucker punch Ward, and Ward went down like a ton of bricks. Walker was given a fighting major, instigator, and misconduct for his ugly cheap shot. This is something the league needs to take a look at, along with Jokinen’s slash. Stanleycupofchowder is reporting that Ward has a broken orbital bone due to the punch, that has not been confirmed. 

Overall it was an ugly night, and Carolina played right into Boston’s hands. Boston needs to continue doing the little things. Making crisp outlet passes, playing physical, and shooting the puck. Krejci really needs to work on not passing away his opportunities. Boston needs to continue shutting down Staal and keeping their heads. They can play physical, but don’t let the scraps control the game. At the 20 minute mark of the third Lucic was assessed a 10-minute misconduct, I’m not totally sure what for, but something was going on in front of the Carolina net. I don’t think that will change his status for Tuesday night. On an offensive note, Boston outshot Carolina 40-19, but only going 1-10 on their powerplay attempts. Furthermore, Boston’s defensive unit had 17 shots blocked or missed the net. Still a little rough and would be nice to get at least 3 more of those shots on net, but it’s down from 19 in Game 5.

However, the league really needs to look at the Jokinen slash and Walker sucker punch. Both acts are completely unessecary and dangerous. People have been suspended for less than that this post season.

The Bruins will play the Hurricanes in Game 6 of the series Tuesday night in Raleigh. A matchup I’m really looking forward too, and the Bruins obviously need in order to hope for a Game 7. Bostonbruins.com has a full breakdown of the game’s events.

Boston.com also has some great post-game audio form the lockerroom.

19 Responses to “Boston Shuts Out Carolina 4-0; Thomas With First Career Playoff Shutout”

  1. 1 commissionerdangle
    May 11, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Here is the slash Jokinen had on Chara: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgUaKcCB14Y

    dont think the league will suspend him for that. Must have just caught Chara in the wrong spot.

  2. May 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    I agree with the Commish, must have hit him in a tough spot because that looks like a pretty standard love tap.

    The Walker/Cullen thing was horseshit. Ward never even dropped his gloves. I hope it’s not a broken orbital bone (Julien said he thought it might be that). How long was Ryder out for with that this year?

    If the Bruins have to look to Providence, what are you guys thinking? Maybe McQuaid?

  3. May 11, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    I heard late last night that Ward broke a bone in his face from that sucker punch he took.

  4. May 11, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    sorry cammi, i didnt see that you already mentioned that….lets hope its not as bad as ryders situation from earlier in the year.

  5. 5 patverbeek
    May 11, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Was pisses me off more than the punch on Ward is Paul Maurice laughing it off in his post game press conference saying:

    “Scotty probably has sore knuckles,” said Maurice, who also joked about a potential $10,000 fine he could receive. “I may have to sell my truck.”

    That’s bullshit. Its one thing to joke about a non-event, or if Ward is being a pussy, but when the guy may have a broken orbital bone you don’t make smart ass remarks. If Collin Campbell doesn’t hand out some kind of suspension I am going to be bullshit.

  6. May 11, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    I’m surprised at Maurice’s comments – I thought he had more character than that. If the same standard applies for what Lucic did in round 1, suspension should be a no-brainer for Campbell.

    If Maurice wants to talk about soreness, he should probably check in with his entire team, especially Staal, who got thrown around like rag dolls last night.

    Is it just me or does anyone else want to see a Samsonov get buried? I hate the fact that he tip-toed around both Chara and Wideman this series.

  7. 7 LPsnipa6
    May 11, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Great game last the bruins really took it the Canes. I thought Lucic played like a force out there. A very gritty Cam Neelyesque game out of him. Also someone who rarely gets any attention but Per-Johan played a hell of a game. He prevented a couple of sure goals on the PK and just overall played great. I thought it was a good decision to bench wheeler for bitz and good call by the commish predicting that.

  8. 8 thekiiid
    May 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Game 6 is going to be intense. Carolina had Boston feeling sorry for itself, and now they’re falling right into the Boston’s game. Physical and mean hockey. Staal can’t compete there and neither can Jokinen….Looking forward to tomorrow night.

  9. May 11, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    One aspect of the game last night that I absolutely loved, and the fans hated because they started booing, was the Bs willingness to regroup when the passes weren’t there. There were a couple shifts where the defense curled back and went d-to-d multiple times before moving the puck up ice to their forwards. This entire series they’ve forced paces and Carolina has capitalized on turnovers. Poise with the puck was huge last night.

    • May 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM

      Definitely…one good example I remember was Ryder taking the puck hard to the net, realizing he didnt have anything, then bringing the puck around the net to regroup and wait for a better scoring chance instead of wasting the possession. And although he didnt show up on the score sheet krejci showed alot more patience and poise with the puck too.

      • 11 thekiiid
        May 11, 2009 at 12:03 PM

        Sugar, I respectuflly disagree. Those are the times when they need to shoot. Krejci had a few clear shooting opportunities that he passed up and the puck ended up leaving the zone. Cammi has it right, he’s speaking to the neutral zone and defensive zone regroups that led to outlet passes leaving the zone that meant possession into the offensive zone. The 3-2’s with Krejci entering the zone and rounding the net happened a few times. Sometimes it works, a lot of the time Krejci is passing up a scoring opportunity for a pass.

      • 12 commissionerdangle
        May 11, 2009 at 12:27 PM

        I think I might have to agree with Sugarsean. Cam Ward is so good at cutting down the angle, making that first save and directing the rebound that peppering him with outside shots just lets him control the flow and gain more confidence. I would much rather have Ryder circle the net, pass it to the point and take a shot from the point when guys are in front to tip the puck (Recchi’s goal) or pass and get Ward to make a save moving across the crease (Both of Kessel’s goals tonight).

        I would never say this is what they should do every time but in general the Bruins are not going to beat Ward on shots from from outside the dots without someone in front for a screen or making Ward move laterally.

      • 13 patverbeek
        May 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM

        Persoanlly I am somewhere in the middle. I think the Kiiid and Cammi are right on in their analysis of regrouping in the neutral zone and defensive zone. I think the Comish makes a good point though about Ward being good at cutting down the angle. The Kessels two goals last night came from moving the puck, and making Ward move. THe fourth goal came off of a reboud. Some of those times they regrouped in the offensive zone would have been better get something on net, preferably LOW TOW to generate scoring chances.

      • May 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM

        My original comment was regarding the defensive/neutral zone; however, I agree with sugar and commish on having poise in the offensive zone. I made a comment the other day about Carolina forcing the Bs to a perimeter game and to shoot from the outside on a great goalie – not the case last night. The Bs were able to penetrate the slot and were peppering Ward with quality shots.

        I like the Bruins controlling the puck when entering the zone. Lucic entered the offensive zone last night, saw he had a bad angle shot and no passing lane, so he did a wrap around which ended up with a face off. Had he shot or passed, the play would have gone the other way. So I think there is validity to both sides of the argument, but the Bs were letting go of the puck too early in this series, so I’m happy to see them having confidence with the puck. Last night I think they had a good balance of shooting when the opportunity was there and having poise when it wasn’t.

  10. May 11, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    I hope everyone saw that Walker got a fine for punching Ward and didn’t even get suspended for Game 6.

    This make a lot of sense.

  11. 17 johnwensink
    May 11, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    great to see the real b’s show up last night. i’d like to think it was that lucic hit on seidenberg in 1st that got them going, but in hindsight i think the real juice came from that kid in the stands:

    – no shirt
    – spoked b painted on the chest
    – hulk hogan style pipe flexing.

    they need to find that kid and get him in one of their ad campaigns.

    • 18 thekiiid
      May 11, 2009 at 5:20 PM

      hahaha, that kid is out of his mind. I like the touch of color he put on the spoked B. I guess he stepped his game up for the playoffs because in the regular season it was just black. The one thing I don’t like, is that the rip off the shirt and show the painted B on your chest is kind of his thing. Everyone else is trying to rip it off, but they don’t do the move any justice.

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