As successful as the five representatives of the Bruins were in this year’s Olympics, their return to Boston and NHL action has been anything but. After a disappointing overtime loss to the league worst Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Black and Gold faired no better this afternoon at TD Garden, taking a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 42nd and 43rd goals for the Caps, while Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton handled the tallies for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask took the loss with a 27 save effort.
No words required. Almost too perfect.
Given the state of the Boston Bruins blue line heading into last night’s game with the St. Louis Blues, you might’ve not been too surprised to see the B’s take a beating at the hands of one of the best teams in the Western Conference. But despite being without Zdeno Chara (Olympics) and sporting a defensive corps that included five players with a combined games played total less than Johnny Boychuk’s 297 career games, the Black and Gold rallied from a two goal third period deficit to earn a point before falling to the Blues in overtime, 3-2.
Looking to avoid a repeat of their meeting earlier this season, the Boston Bruins took care of business against a battered Vancouver Canucks team last night at TD Garden, earning a 3-1 victory with goals from Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille. Tuukka Rask had a strong effort in goal stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced, and the Bruins now sit just five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
While everyone was surely disappointed in the Bruins’ effort against one of their “hated” rivals last Thursday against the Canadiens, they’ll get another opportunity to witness some elevated emotions tomorrow night when the Vancouver Canucks visit TD Garden. The B’s haven’t looked overly spectacular in the two meetings since the teams met in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, losing by big margins in both contests. But with the Olympic Break around the corner, the Black and Gold will want to be at their best as we head down the home stretch.
- John Tortorella will be back on the Canucks bench tonight when his team visits the Detroit Red Wings, his first game back since a 15-day, six game suspension for his actions against the Calgary Flames. If you missed it, here’s Torts’ reaction in sing-song format: