Tim Thomas has always owned us. He beat us 4 times this season, and has constantly played lights out against the Sens. So you would figure claude Julien, coach of the Boo Boo Bears would put Thomas in today to try to yet gain stop the lurking Senators. Well he did. Unfortunately for him but for the delight of many Senator fans across the nation, Thomas sucked. Completely, uterless, piece of shit sucking today. He only stopped 4 of 7 shots en route to being pulled in favor of the Finnish Rookie, Tuukka Rask. While Rask played a bit better, nobody could stop Ottawa today.
Daniel Alfredsson commpletely showed why he is the most important player to his team in the whole NHL. The first few games without him we did good, but when it got down to thel atter stages and when Milan Michale got injured, we were horrible. Now with him, we’re somewhat a contender in the East. His natural hat-trick was great to see, especially against the aforementioned Thomas. Mike Fisher got 3 assists on the day, two on Alfedsson’s goals and one on Kovalev’s goal. Filip Kuba came back very good, and showed us why we may be wrong about him sometimes. In Kuba’s defense, it seems like everytime he returns from injury or sickness, he plays amazing the game he returns. Nice to see The Cheech score as well, even though Dan O’Halloran might have helped him in his cause—a bit. Brian Elliott made some huge saves early in the game, which kept us in it. If Pascal Leclaire comes back and plays great, we may have a 3 goaltender system!
Memo to the NHL. I know it’s MLK Day today in the US, but never, ever plan a matinee game on a weekday. It completely destoryed my schedule and even though I got to see the game through the Bruins Homer Network (also called NESN), it doesn’t work for a lot of people because of time constraints. Or, plan matinee games on MLK Day, but don’t play Canadian teams at least.
So tomorrow’s battle is a tough test. The league best Chicago Blackhawks come to town to square off with the Sens. Scotiabank Place is sold out, and it should be a treat. I’ll have more on it later tomorrow, but for now, I think we may be due for a loss. Fingers crossed though.