While many of you were traveling, eating turkey, and/or going back and forth a million times to a hockey tournament (yours truly), the Bruins had an eventful week, with three games in 4 nights during the holiday.
First, a frustrating 3-1 loss to Ottawa as the Sens scored twice in the 3rd. Then, on Black Friday, an even more frustrating 2-1 loss to the sad sack Calgary Flames in which the Bs attempted a bunch of shots but somehow couldn’t solve Chad freaking Johnson. Then, on Sunday the offense finally woke up with a solid 4-1 win over the Lightning in a rare Sunday home matinee.
The problem for this team lately has been the offense, which has scored more than two goals twice since mid-November. The defense, even without Zdeno Chara, has been OK primarily thanks to Tuukka Rask, who has ALL 12 of the Bruins victories this year. The D took another hit Sunday when John-Michael Liles left the game in the 1st after a nasty fall. The good news is that Chara is skating again and hopefully isn’t too far away.
Offensively, the Bs aren’t too deep right now, and needs to start getting more production from the guys paid quite handsomely to do so. Namely, David Krejci, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner need to step it up until reinforcements arrive, if they arrive.
The schedule continues to be a pain in the ass with three games this week (Tuesday in Philly, Thursday home against Carolina and Saturday @ Buffalo. Then next week really sucks with another 4 games in 6 days (of which there are two in December). Thanks to the WCH and the collectively bargained week off for the condensed schedule.
Three Up (Plus One):
1. David Pastrnak: 2nd in the NHL in goals with 13.
2. Jimmy Hayes: FINALLY
3. Dominic Moore: Scores again, now with 6 goals as the 4th line C. Not bad.
Plus One: Tuukka. This team would be screwed were it not for his play this year. Team MVP, and it’s not even close. Here’s a good look at some adjustments Rask has made this year that have obviously helped.
1. Spooner: Bs need more, plain and simple.
2. Joe Morrow: Every time you think he’s turned the corner, he gets back to bad habits and ends up a scratch.
3. Florida Panthers: Not Bruins related. but firing the coach, a year after a division title and playoff berth? J.O.K.E.