After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.
Over the course of an 82 game season that spans six plus months there are bound to be some ugly nights on the ice. The Boston Bruins had one last in Detroit. The Pavel Datsyuk-less (concussion) Red Wings exploded for three goals in a 3:56 span in the second period to take a 4-0 lead, eventually cruising to an easy 6-1 win over the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins managed just 17 shots on Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, while Tuukka Rask allowed all six goals on 28 Red Wings shots in the Boston net.
The outlook of tonight’s game between the Bruins and Penguins wasn’t very bright after arch enemy Sidney Crosby chipped in a loose puck with just 0.2 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. But for the second straight game, extra time turned out to be just what the doctor ordered as Bruin defenseman Torey Krug unloaded a bomb of a slap shot past Penguin goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury just 34 seconds into the extra frame to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory, the team’s fourth win in five games. Tuukka Rask was once again a critical piece of the puzzle, stopping 28 shots en route to his thirteenth win of the season in the Bruin net.
You’d think that 38 shots on net, a power play goal, and a sizable advantage in offensive zone attack time would’ve been enough for the Boston Bruins to earn an easy win over the mediocre Carolina Hurricanes in your home building. But as the Bruins proved today, the stats don’t always tell the full story. After a Patrick Dwyer shorthanded goal midway through the third period tied the game at two, Boston needed a David Krejci overtime strike to finally put down the ‘Canes this afternoon at TD Garden. Chad Johnson earned the win in the Bruin net with 22 saves.
Sixty five plus minutes. Fifty seven combined shots on net, four goals in regulation. Sixty three combined hits. There were many words that could describe tonight’s game between the Bruins and St. Louis Blues, but boring would not be one of them. In the end a Derek Roy shootout goal lifted to the Blues to a 3-2 victory, but anyone who tuned in got a preview of what could easily be a prime matchup come June. Carl Soderberg and Gregory Campbell scored for the B’s, while Tuukka Rask took the shootout loss in his third straight game manning the Bruin net.