October 8, 1995 Bruins @ Maple Leafs
The B's continued their trip through Canada this morning. A strange first period as the Bruins were a man down for 6 of the first 10 minutes with Ray Bourque taking two 2 minute minor penalties for Interference and tripping. All penalties killed nicely without the Captain on patrol and Lacher came up huge on a couple stops early.
The Second commenced with a strange play in the corner, with Lacher trying to retrieve a puck then attempting a Drew Bledsoe like pass of the puck, only to be intercepted by Mats Sundin not Troy Vincent. Sundin then lazily lofts the puck in for the Leafs first score. Not 2 minutes later does Benoit Hogue drill one home from the slot and the Leafs are quickly up 2-0 as the period came to a close.
Came out for the third and Bourque had enough of the sputtering B's offenese and took matters into his own hands on the first shift. Oates recovered a Leafs dump and hit Ray at his own blue line where Bourque went the other two thirds to park one home. Kevin Stevens then threw his weight around for a few, easily defeating Jamie McCoun to extend his fight streak to 4 games and record to 4-0. Toronto recovered quickly when a Dmitri Yuskevich blast squeaked past Lacher for a 3-1 lead. Fresh out of the box, Stevens caught Todd Gill trying to get fancy, and promptly dropped his punk ass for the next two games with a crushing open ice check. Shawn McEachern got the B's to a 3-2 deficit with a slapper from 10 feet from Donny Sweeney. Then Neely made a spectacular rush to try for the tie and was stopped by Felix Potvin. Bourque however cleaned up the rebound and sent us into the third OT game of the young season.
The comeback however stopped there. Doug Gilmour broke the Bruins hearts by netting a nifty backhander to end the contest in the first minute of OT. Leafs outshot the B's 39-25 and your Three Stars were Gilmour, Bourque, Yuskevich. After the 4-3 loss the Bruins now stand at 2-2.
League Update: Summer Trades
I forgot to update you all on the notable transactions that took place the summer prior to the season. Of course the game gives you the final roster from the '94-'95 season so yes I went and made all these trades (and more). So here's just a few. (And I'll keep you updated throughout the year with the rest of the deals made).
1. To Kings - Dimitri Khristich and Byron Dafoe. To Caps- First Round pick
2. To Canucks- Alexander Mogilny. To Sabres- Michael Peca
3.To Penguins Dmitri Mirinov. To Maple Leafs- Larry Murphy
4. Blues sign Dale Hawerchuk, Geoff Courtnall, and Grant Fuhr
5. To Blues- Chris Pronger. To Whalers- Brendan Shanahan
6. To Bruins Kevin Stevens, Shawn McEachern. To Pens- Glen Murray, Bryan Smolinski
7.To Edmonton- Curtis Jospeh, Mike Grier. To Blues- Picks
8. To Pens- Sergei Zubov, Luc Robitaille. To Rangers- Ulf Samuelsson, Petr Nedved
9. To Islanders- Claude Lemieux. To Devils- Steve Thomas
10. To Nordiques- Claude Lemieux. To Islanders- Wendel Clark
Stick around. More to come tomorrow!