Remember a couple of years ago when the Bruins were basically rolling through the NHL, but couldn’t beat the Islanders? Well, seems like they’re having a similar issue with the Oilers, suffering a 3-2 OT loss despite peppering Cam Talbot with 49 shots. So it’s probably good they’re done with them this year. Seems to be another fast team the Bruins have troubles with.
At least Claude Julien admitted he messed up by putting 2 fourth liners on the ice for the start of OT:
“I was hoping to at least get a shift out of those guys and come back with our players, but we didn’t handle that very well,” said Julien.
The Bruins are now 1-3 in the OT, which is concerning as they are giving away valuable points, which as we all know cost them last year thanks to their hideous shootout record. It’s reasonable to think the B’s will be in quite a few close games the rest of the way and have to find a way to get as many extra points as possible. As of right now the Bruins have a 2 point lead over New Jersey (!) for 7th and a 3 point lead over Pittsburgh for the final spot, so obviously the two games with the strugg-aling Pens are huge.
In other news:
1. David Pastrnak has begun practicing with the team so one would think he’s getting closer to a return, which will make for some interesting decisions regarding who sits. One would think Pasta slots in the third line, perhaps moving Max Talbot out again and Jimmy Hayes to the 4th line. A Vatrano-Spooner-Pastrnak line is interesting, but could give Julien and eye tick.
2. Brad Marchand is on fire. He now has 15 goals and it on pace for 40 goals. He and Patrice Bergeron are certainly one of the top two duos in the league.
3. Anyone else concerned with the backup goaltending? Jonas Gustavsson started off pretty well but lately has turned back into Jonas Gustavsson. Meanwhile, Anaheim waived Anton Khudobin yesterday. Something to keep an eye on…
4. The aforementioned Penguins are, to put it mildly, a shitshow. the coach was gassed over the weekend, and Saint Mario is getting killed in the press. Oh, and they traded the corpse of Rob Scuderi for Trevor Daley, but they also retained over $1M in Scuderi’s salary. Otherwise known as a “Sweeney.” Always a soft team, they seem ripe for the picking this week.
5. Could Steven Stamkos really leave Tampa? Seems like more of a reality than anyone could have imagined. But why on earth would he go to Toronto, even though it’s his home town? He’d be miles away from the playoffs, and he likely knows it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he ends up in Boston. #hottake.