Bruins win the fight, but the Pens win the war.
Well, the good news is no one was hurt tonight…except for maybe the Bruins’ spirit. Right away during Cooke’s first shift of the game he dropped the gloves with Boston’s Shawn Thornton. The two circled for a bit before Thornton really unloaded on Cooke. Before the fight you could see Thornton motion for Cooke to remove his helmet that had a visor, but he obviously refused (I hate when players won’t remove the visor during fights). Thornton landed the best punches and continued to pummel Cooke as the refs tried to break up the fight. He was awarded a 10 minute misconduct on top of his 5 minute fighting major because of that.
Later in the night, Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara took on the Pens’ Mike Rupp and you could say he won the fight. Their battle didn’t seem to be so much about the Cooke/Savard incident, but a way for the Boston captain to energize the troops…it failed.
The Bruins mailed this one in. The game began with a great buzz and Boston just fell flat after the beginning fight. Rask played solid, but it doesn’t matter when your team can’t score goals. Pittsburgh was all over in this one and skated away with a 3-0 victory. The Boston crowd was loudly booing the Bruins in the second and third periods. We will no doubt be seeing and hearing the Boston media call out this team for their lack of heart…and I completely agree with that assessment. I expected the B’s to come out hot and continue to ignite the fire after the Thornton/Cooke battle. Sadly, the fire was a quick spark that fizzle after the fight. The only good news if you’re a Bruins’ fan is that the New York Rangers lost tonight to St. Louis. So the B’s should stay in 8th for at least the next 24 hours.