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  How deep are these Bruins?

It was quite the playoff atmosphere in Boston last night between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals.

Boston took two points in a 3-2 overtime win.

Centre Patrice Bergeron returned after being on the injured shelf for 15 games with a concussion.

Bergeron assisted on Marc Savard's game tying power play goal in the 2nd period and showed no signs weariness.

What you expect?

He's a hockey player.

With his return, the B's get a little deeper and a little scarier.

Also, enforcer Shawn Thorton earned his fourth tally of the season which equals his single season career high and gives him twelve in 184 career games.

The rude house guest

Considering that last night was the first time the Buffalo Sabres visited Edmonton since October of 2003, they were pretty rude house guests.

Led by right wing Drew Stafford's 2nd career hat trick the Sabres trampled the home team Oilers 10-2.

The eight goal defeat is the worst home outing for Edmonton in the history of the franchise.

With the win, Buffalo earned a three point separation with the current #8 place Florida Panthers.

Denver welcomes back an Old Warrior

Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup hero Claude Lemieux returned to the Pepsi Center for the first time in six years and was greeted with a heavy applause.

In his second game back with the Sharks, Lemieux had 2 shots on goal and logged a solid 9:30 seconds.

Sharks net minder Evgeni Nabokov stole the show and turned back 31 Avalanche shots on goal to earn his 41st career shut out en route to a 3-0 Sharks victory.

 Fight of the Night

 Two words that describe Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil.

Entertaining and consistent.

He is also the only guy on that Ottawa roster who has actually earned his paycheck this year.

Sure he's no Pavel Bure, but he isn't supposed to be, his job is to grind in the corners, harvest a spark and keep the other squad honest.

He does this and he does this well.

His opponent, New Jersey Devils David Clarkson, is an emerging middleweight who fought Neil to a draw earlier this month.

He is a decent scrapper who does not seem to fear anyone.

He had a very good win over IS.com top ranked middleweight Jamal Mayers earlier this season and while I have yet to do the math I think this bout with Neil may bump him into the IS.com middleweight top ten.

-MB

 

Clarkson vs. Mayers- 10-29-08

 

Clarkson vs. Neil- Round 1- 01-4-09

 

Clarkson vs. Neil- Round 2- 01-27-09

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