The Bruins are off to their best 10-game start in franchise history, improving to 8-1-1 after a Sunday night win against the Sabres. The Bruins have started out February with three straight wins, holding their opponents to two goals while just scoring six goals themselves. This might not come as a surprise as the Bruins haven’t won a game by more than two goals all season, but the last three games have all been heavily contested games where some of the previous games weren’t really as close as the scoreboard indicated.
Goal of the Week
A lot of Bruins fans thought the B’s would walk all over the Maple Leafs, because, well, they’re the Leafs. However, the Leafs gave the Bruins a very tough game, and it was only a Chris Bourque net-crashing goal that made the difference. The Bruins then beat the Habs in Montreal 2-1, in a game that they got dominated for most of the night, but two goals in the first 2:05 of the third period and stellar goaltending got the Bruins the hard-fought win against their hated rivals. Goaltending would continue to be the theme of the first week and a half in Buffalo when Anton Khudobin helped lead the Bruins to a 3-1 win against the Sabres. The Bruins aren’t winning pretty, they never really do, but they’re winning at an exceptional clip, compiling 17 of a possible 20 points in the early season.
Save of the Week
As I mentioned above the Bruins have allowed just two goals in their last three games, and it’s been largely because of the goaltenders. The defense has actually been shaky, especially in the Montreal game but when called upon the Bruins duo has made all the stops at all the biggest moments. The two have allowed just two goals on their last 69 shots, good for a .971 save percentage, and of course, three wins. Tuukka Rask has looked confident all year and Anton could probably start for some of the lesser teams in the league, and the two should only gain confidence with the Tim Thomas trade news. With their roles firmly established for the first time there is no longer a dark cloud about losing their jobs looming overhead.
Fight of the Week
1. Tuukka Rask – 2-0-0, .976 SV, 1 SO
2. David Krejci – 1 goal, 2 assists, +3.
3. Tyler Seguin – 1 goal, 1 assist, +2
Lastly, I’d like to talk a little bit about Claude Julien mixing up the first two lines. For a coach who really doesn’t do it until it’s completely evident that he needs to, he picked a great time to mix up his lines. It must be hard for a coach to mess with a winning roster, but his moving Seguin with Krejci has paid instant dividends and moving Horton with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand lets him be the big body he can be without worrying too much about defensive responsibilities. The moves even out each line and make them more balanced where before the lines were becoming too similar in their skill set.
@ Leafs 1-0
@ Montreal 2-1
@ Sabres 3-1