The Bruins looked poised to dominate tonight's game after a very strong first period, but the Bruins completely fell apart as the game progressed.
The Bruins came flying out of the gate, throwing 19 shots on goal in the opening period, but it took just over 16 and a half minutes for the B's to crack Jonas Hiller. Dennis Wideman started the breakout by springing Marc Savard through center ice and into the Anaheim zone before feeding the puck to Marco Sturm at the left circle, who burried the puck in the back of the cage.
The Ducks evened things up at 1-1 early in the second period with the Bruins trying to kill off a 5 on 3 Anaheim power play. Teemu Selanne fired a slap shot from the high slot to beat Thomas at 2:13 of the second period.
Selanne would get on the scoresheet a second time just over a minute later with Marco Sturm still in the box for a tripping call. This time Selanne put back a rebound that bounced around in the in the slot with traffic in front of Tim Thomas.
The Ducks increased their lead to 3-1 on a great effort by Corey Perry. Perry skated into the Bruins zone along the left wing boards, cut in front of the net, held the puck and waited for Thomas to bite on the shot fake and put the puck into the virtually empty net.
Evengy Artyukhin extended the Anaheim lead to 4-1 6:26 into the third period when big winger broke in all alone and beat Thomas for his 2nd goal of the season.
Anaheim added a fifth unanswered goal when Bobby Ryan re-directed a soft point shot from Scott Niedermayer.
To add isult to injury, the Ducks added a sixth goal with under a minute left in the game. The Bruins turned the puck over in the attacking zone on the power play and Corey Perry was sprung on a breakaway. Tim Thomas made the initial save, but the rebound bounced off of Perry's helmet and into the net.
- Special teams play was once again played a big role in this game. The Ducks took advantage of the power play opportunites while the Bruins' PP look horrendous. The B's only mustered 4 shots on goal in nearly 12 minutes of power play time. Claude Julien was so frustrated with the power play tonight, that he sent out the fourth line for some PP time late in the third period.
- The Bruins are outshooting their opponents 50-28 and outscoring them 4-1 in the first period this season. Compare that to the third period, where they are being outshot 39-13 and being outscored 6-2.
- Bruins struggled at the dot tonight (39%)
- I don't have much more to say about this game. It might be best just to put this own behind them and focus on the games this weekend.
- Maybe that other Boston team will have better luck tonight against other team from Anaheim or LA or California or wherever they are claiming as their home this season.