Report from a Bruins Fan – What’s So Great About the Blackhawks?
Watching your favorite team in an opponent’s arena can often be an intimidating experience, especially when the team you’re rooting for pulls out a shootout victory. This reporter experienced that feeling firsthand after watching my favorite team, the Boston Bruins, narrowly defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the United Center on October 15th.
Although it was an early season game, there was a playoff atmosphere buzzing around the United Center that Saturday night. Security guard Franklin Romero said that he had never seen the arena so electric this early in the season.
“It was a crazy night. They won the Stanley Cup last season, we did it the season before them. I have never seen a crowd that big and that excited for an October game before. I mean it was like the 4th game of the season and people were going nuts,” Romero said.
The game started on a high note with Boston’s Gregory Campbell faced off against Chicago’s Jamal Mayer in a lengthy bout that ended with Campbell getting the takedown. Late in the first period, the Hawks finally struck when Bryan Bickell pickpocketed Bruins defenseman Andrew Ferrance and fired a blistering shot past Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas.
But the Bruins tied it up early in the second period when center Chris Kelly scored a shorthanded goal against Blackhawks’ net minder Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks refused to let the score stay tied for long. Superstar Patrick Kane fired one right past Thomas putting the Hawks up 2 to 1.
Neither team scored again until late in the third period when Boston’s Nathan Horton put one under Crawford’s glove tying the score at 2. The score would remain the same throughout the rest of the third, and this one went into overtime.
After an overtime in which neither team was able to bury a puck in the net, the score was still tied at 2. This would lead both the Hawks and the Bruins into their first shootout of the young season.
The winning goal came on Boston’s first shot off the stick of 19-year-old Tyler Seguin. Seguin snuck one right through Crawford’s five-hole and the Boston Bruins were able to walk out of the United Center with a tough 3-2 victory. The crowd was clearly disappointed that such an exciting game had ended in such a letdown. After Sharp missed the last Blackhawks’ shot, the crowd quieted and began to quickly exit the arena, leaving me and the few other Bruins fans in attendance alone to celebrate.
20-year-old Breanna Silva was one of the many fans who traveled in from the east coast for the game. “My best friend goes to school out here and when she found out the B’s would be here the same weekend as me she jumped on tickets. That was an incredible game. I’ve never really liked hockey until tonight. But that was just awesome. Go Bruins!”
Silva and the other Bruins fans were greeted by heckles and jeers as they exited the arena. Blackhawks fans were none to pleased with the night’s results. Silva said, “It was sort of fun. To have people yell insults at me and tell me my team sucks. It was way different than being at the Garden, but still sometimes its fun to be the bad guy.”
Photo By: Brigitte Sheerin