Short and Sweet

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File this one under “Fucking Astonishing”.

The Boston Bruins scored three short handed goals on the same penalty kill in the space of 1:04 minutes at the start of the second period to take a 3-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden this afternoon.

Daniel Paille, Blake Wheeler and Steve Begin all scored for team while killing off Matt Hunwick’s hooking penalty.

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As far as I can tell, no team has ever done this before.

Not even the 80’s Edmonton Oilers. Many teams have scored two, of course, including Gretzky and Co. but it does seem that this is indeed a new NHL record for Most Shorthanded Goals Scored on One Penalty.

Unfortunately, the ‘Canes later scored twice to bring the score back to 3-2 and make it a game again but if the B’s can hold on and take the two points they will guarantee themselves a spot no lower than 7th in the East, significant because it would allow them to avoid the powerhouse Caps in the first round of the playoffs.

Amazing game.

Patrice Bergeron saves an own goal on a delayed penalty call as he scoops the puck literally right off of the goal line as it was headed into the empty net vacated by Tuukka Rask.

Milan Lucic scores an empty netter at the end for a 4-2 victory and the Bruins clinch their spot in the 2010 Playoffs, no lower than 7th in the East. Great game with a little of everything and a rousing celebration for the fans at the end as the team clinches. All on Fan Appreciation Day when the team will give the shirts off their backs to select fans after the game.

A fitting thank-you to those who have remained loyal throughout what has been a very difficult season, to say the least.

Props to Jack Edwards who called the conclusion with his usual awkwardly dramatic flair but summed things up quite neatly in the end

This season the Boston Bruins have been through NHL Hell but they’ve earned themselves a snowball’s chance to play for the Stanley Cup.

Not bad, Jack. Not bad.

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One Response to “Short and Sweet”

  1. KofC Says:

    Amazing. I’m guessing my friend Dan is a bit thrilled he got a last-minute extra ticket from a friend (and he’d only seen the Bruins lose in person this year, though at Blackhawks-Bs we were both rooting for Hawks). An NHL record, an incredible save, Lucic sealing the deal, clinching a playoff spot…damn. I’m jealous that game was more exciting than any of the many Hawks games I went to this year!

    I told NHL on Twitter they should update their best goals/saves of the year feature after that one. And yes, for once Edwards’ manic excitement (certainly after that PK) was well-deserved…

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