Friday, January 30, 2009

Bruins vs. Devils

I've posted quite a few times about the Boston Bruins and their rise to the top spot in the Eastern Conference this season. It's been great watching the Bruins' young talent develop and the team mature as a whole at the end of last season and during this season.

Last night my job afforded me the opportunity to catch the B's in action for the first time this season. The seats were in a luxury suite which made the experience even better. Here's a great shot my co-worker took before the game. Food and drink were free, so as you can tell we showed up quite a while before the opening face off:

The game itself was a nail-biter. The Bruins quite frankly looked flat and uninspired for the first two periods and it looked like it was going to be a terrible game to see. New Jersey had jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the time the 3rd period had started, and were settling in for a period of defensive play and protecting the lead.

The Bruins came alive in the final period though, netting 3 unanswered goals and taking the lead on Dennis Wideman's one timer with 6:30 to go. Luckily, I was seated behind the goal that the Bruins were shooting at in the 1st and 3rd periods so I had a great view of comeback. The Fleet Center was packed and the crowd was going wild as the Bruins mounted their attack in the 3rd. This was the first Bruins game that I'd gone to since last season, and the difference between that last game and this one was incredible. The arena was actually full last night, pretty amazing when you think that just a couple of years ago they painted every other seat black so the empty stands wouldn't look so bad!

In the end, the Bruins choked away the lead allowing the Devils to tie the game with 1:45 left. Even worse the Devils netted the game-winner just over a minute into overtime. At least the Bruins were able to get 1 point, which is better than I expected after the first 2 dismal periods. It was a great experience all around, hopefully I can make it to another game before season is over.

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