Found February 24, 2013 on
So I guess I should call this the Bruins Bi-monthly review because I keep forgetting it every other week. Anyways, the Bruins have continued to be the consistent force we’ve gotten used to over the last three or so years. They win mostly low-scoring games and don’t usually score the prettiest goals but they get it done. Although they’ve played either three or four fewer games than everyone else in the league the Bruins are tied for second in points in the East and are winning at a .733 clip through their first 15 games, a clip that is certainly unsustainable, unless you’re the Blackhawks. In a season where every game counts nearly doubly, the Bruins are scrapping for all the points they can.
Goal of the Week
Since we last talked, the Bruins lost consecutive games for the first time all season but rallied for three straight wins after during their five-game road trip. They’ve continued to play down to inferior teams, which makes games very frustrating to watch, but the Bruins have a penchant for coming through in the third period. All of their experience in winning tight games is invaluable and should lead to confidence in crucial games and into the playoffs. Still, I can imagine the Bruins would like to try out that whole ‘win easy’ thing. It’s hard to believe but the Bruins 4-1 win over the putrid Panthers was their first win of more than two goals all year, a stat they’d like to improve upon.
Save of the Week
The Bruins power-play does look to be improving however. The Bruins have scored three power-play goals in their last four games. I mean, the Bruins do still have the least amount of power-play goals in the NHL, but they also have the least power-play opportunities in the league with 46. Montreal leads the league with 86 for your information. Did I mention that they’ve played 12 home games already? Yeah, there’s no refereeing bias in Montreal, guys.
Fight of the Week (there were none since my last post so here’s a video of my cats wrestling)
The Bruins have begun to score a bit too, scoring 11 goals in their last three games. Their influx in goals is highly contingent on the success and consistency of their first line, which has been hot lately. This has never been a team who has relied on one or even two lines though, if you look at the scoresheets over the last few games, that will be reflected. What is consistent is the goaltending, primarily Tuukka Rask. The fact that almost nobody has mentioned Tim Thomas this season is a testament to Rask’s play. He’s not as crazy or fun to watch but he’s steady as a rock and seemingly always in position, and when he’s not his teammates are almost always there to make a block or cover the open man and prevent a goal.
1. Brad Marchand – 3 goals, 2 assists, +3
2. Tuukka Rask – 3-0-1, 2.00 GAA, 114/122 saves.
3. Dennis Seidenberg, 3 assists, +1, 13 blocked shots.
The Bruins should keep rolling with a relatively easy schedule in the next week or so, they’ll need to rack up those relatively easy points before the schedule gets more difficult and before they get in the crux of their 17 games in March and begin to lose stamina. When stamina decreases it’s typically when teams need to rely on their skill players to carry them through. We’ll see if the Krejci line can step up in March. Also, plan on seeing a large dose of Anton Khudobin in the coming month.
vs NYR 3-4 OTL
@ BUF 2-4
@ WPG 3-2
@ TB 4-2
@ FLA 4-1
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