Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Game #57 - vs Boston

Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins

Boston - 23-23-9 - 55 pts - 10th in East
Pittsburgh - 12-33-11 - 35 pts - Last in East

Boston is four points out of the last playoff spot in the East. They've been playing well lately, going 6-2-2 in their past 10, though they have lost their last two games (one in OT).

Boston's recent success has come on the back of an unlikely source - a 31 year old rookie goaltenter named Tim Thomas. He has a 1.88 GAA and a save percentage over 94%. That's pretty incredible for anyone, much less an old rookie.

Other than Thomas, I'm not sure how the Bruins are so successful lately. Their power play hasn't been especially effective, scoring more than one goal in a game only twice during 2006. Their penalty kill has been pretty decent, and they certainly have been taking a relatively small number of penalties, especially compared with the Pens. They're not really generating a ton of shots, or outshooting everyone either. I guess we'll have to chalk it up to things going their way right now... and that goaltender.

The Pens are playing Boston for the final time this season - they're 0-2-1 against them so far. It would be nice to finish with a win.

I haven't seen anything on Michel Ouellet's status for tonight. He was helped off the ice with a knee injury on Monday.

Guillaume Lefebvre was sent down to Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

Let's go Pens!

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