Saturday, May 2, 2009

Boston Beats Carolina, Takes 1-0 Lead

Boston blew away the Hurricanes in a dominating 4-1 victory in Game 1 at TD Banknorth Garden. It was the Bruins' fifth-straight victory to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- and in those five games, Boston has outscored its opposition 21-7.
The Bruins simply played the hockey that delivered them to the top of the Eastern Conference and left them just one point shy of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the League's best team.
They rolled four lines, played a disciplined game, got solid goaltending from Tim Thomas (26 saves) and defended across all three zones, forcing Carolina to make mistakes with the puck.
"We're playing pretty solid defensively and that is what helps us offensively," forward Michael Ryder said. "We create turnovers in the neutral zone and we take advantage of it. That is one of our strengths in the neutral zone and tonight we tried to clog up the neutral zone and force turnovers.
The Bruins continue to play disciplined hockey this postseason. Boston only gave Carolina one power play in Game 1, and that was after establishing a commanding 4-1 lead. Boston has allowed just nine power plays in five games and has yet to give up a man-advantage goal.

NIKALE PHOTOS. Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara during yesterday game

I have put some of my photos from this game to MY PHOTO ALBUMS

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