Duck Hunting in Anaheim

Turco picked up his first win as a Bruin (Credit: Kasey Spatz/ Flickr)

Tonight marked the return Rich Peverley and the end of the Boston Bruins west coast roadie. I love when the Bruins play the Anaheim Ducks because The Mighty Ducks is my favorite movie and as everyone knows the Ducks were named off of the movie. So it’s always like my two favorite things are colliding. Anyway, Marty Turco got his second start of the season for the B’s and Tim Thomas got a well needed nap. In the Ducks end Jonas Hiller was the starting goaltender. This matchup was the 24th time the two teams have meet with the B’s having an 11-10-2-0 record. With Peverley in, that meant another forward was out and that was Daniel Paille. Joe Corvo was also scratched for the 5th straight game.

First period was uneventful. I say this meaning no goal, no fights, and no blood. The good was that Turco made it longer than 4 minutes in net without giving up a goal. But like I said it came and went.

15:23 in the second  period (yes we had to wait that long for a goal), oh captain my captain Zdeno Chara notches his 12th goal of the season. One minute and 22 seconds later, Benoit Pouliot scores his 50th career goal and just like that the B’s are up by two. Back to back goals are something the team capitalized on in the beginning of the season so I’m taking this as a good sign. Four minutes later at 10:49 Teemu Selanne takes advantage of a Adam McQuaid  holding penalty and scores on Turco.

12:38 to go in the third Matt Beleskey got a shot past Turco but because there was a man in the crease the B’s dodged a bullet and held onto the lead. Initially, I thought it was a goal and clearly so did the Ducks coach because he was pouty to no end after this goal was called off. Rule 69.3 aka the contact inside the goal crease is what essentially got the goal ruled off.

With less than seven minutes to go Brian Rolston off a beautiful play by Pouliot. The Chris Kelly, Rolston, Pouliot line is on fire right now with Rolston is now on 6 game point streak. 2:26 remaining Lubomir Visnovsky cut the Bruins lead to just one goal and with that Hiller is pulled and the Ducks have an open net.

The B’s pick up the 3-2 win and Turco picks up his first win as a Bruin and his first win in 408 days. Bruins beat the Ducks for the first time in Anaheim since 2003 and take two out of three games in the west coast trip. The team is off tomorrow and will return home to the TD Garden on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.



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