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Five thoughts from Game 3 of Bruins/Sabres

Posted by bdowd625 on April 19, 2010

TWO DOWN AND TWO TO GO!

*  I know I predicted that the Bruins would win this series in six games – and they’re well on their way to actually doing that now – but I didn’t believe they would be able to score on Ryan Miller enough to get the job done. I was simply trying to be a glass-is-half-full homer. I’m happy to see that the Bruins are making me look smart, thanks to another win over the third-seeded Sabres. Another great team effort tonight and goals from Dennis Wideman and Patrice Bergeron put the B’s two wins away from the Eastern Conference Semifinals. A month ago that seemed like a pipe dream. Now, though, the Bruins are on the precipice. 

*  I’m pretty sure Wideman’s game-tying blast from just inside the blue line broke the sound barrier. It’s funny, too, because the only other time the sound barrier was broken at TD Garden this season was when Bruins fans mercilessly taunted Wideman for his atrocious play in the defensive end. You’d like to think that goal will earn him a little cache with the Beantown fans, but don’t count on it. 

*  You won’t see many goals as pretty as the Mark Recchi-to-Bergeron connection that put the Bruins ahead for good in the third period. Bergeron fought his ass off just to push the puck into Buffalo’s zone, and Recchi absolutely manhandled the Sabres’ defenseman that tried to win back possession. From there, Recchi slipped a pretty feed back to a hard-charging Bergeron and he fired a high shot past Miller to put the B’s on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

*  Tuukka Time was a friggin’ monster tonight. The Bruins are going to have to win a lot more close games if they’re going to keep their season alive and Tuukka has to be a huge part of that. He looked legitimately pumped when the final buzzer sounded, and that’s exactly the kind of fire I want to see out of the other Boston teams. (I’m looking at you, Red Sox.)

*  He still has a long way to go, but it was nice seeing Marc Savard working out at the Garden earlier today. Never in a million years did I think we’d see him return this season and now he’s on the brink of coming back. Once he gets cleared by doctors, it will simply be a matter of conditioning and getting a feel for the game again. I’m not expecting him to make any big contributions if he does return, but his presence will be a big boost nonetheless.

Go B’s!

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