Nikolai Kulemin took advantage of Michael Ryder’s impersonation of a bowling ball (with Tim Thomas as the 1 pin) to score the game-winner 4:10 into overtime Tuesday night in Toronto.
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Some quick-hit thoughts on the game:
•Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci both stepped up their games in Marc Savard’s absence. It’s amazing how offense-minded Bergeron can become when Savard is out, and how Bergeron’s game doesn’t suffer in other areas. Why he doesn’t do that when Savard’s in the lineup is a mystery to me.
•While Boston’s top two centers upped their games, Vladimir Sobotka continues to show that he’s nothing more than a 4-A (in baseball terms) player. His offensive game hasn’t translated from the AHL to the NHL and it cost the Bruins because Miro Satan’s improved play went to waste skating next to the Czech ghost.
•Life without Zdeno Chara didn’t look too terrible for about the first half of the game. And then Dennis Wideman remembered who he really is, the king of the turnover. Wideman finished minus-2 and was on the ice for three of the Leafs’ four goals. Matt Hunwick also continues to make sure Wideman has stiff competition for Boston’s worst-defenseman award. Both player and neck and neck right now.
•I hope no one’s been holding their breath waiting for Colin Campbell to to rule on the Matt Cooke punishment. No doubt Campbell’s probably several Mai Tais deep down in Florida and will get back to doing his job when he has a chance.