It was somewhat of a surprise coming out of this season’s training camp that defenseman Kevan Miller hung around as long as he did. Well not only has he continued to hang around, he’s now signed himself a two year, one way contract extension with the big club worth $1.6 million ($800k cap hit). The contract will keep him with the team* through the 2015-16 season, at which point he will hit unrestricted free agency.
It seems like just weeks ago that the “trade Brad Marchand” rumblings were getting louder and louder in Boston, but it seems like that sentiment has been quieted of late. Just over 24 hours after scoring twice in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks, it was Marchand again who was lighting the lamp for the black and gold, tallying two more strikes including the third period game winner to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings this afternoon at TD Garden. Chad Johnson made 21 saves in the Bruin net to earn his eighth win of the season and help the B’s take three of four points from two of the top teams in the Western Conference.
It was the proverbial Stanley Cup rematch as the Bruins took a trip to Chicago this afternoon for their first matchup of the season with the Blackhawks, but unfortunately the result was the same as the B’s suffered a 3-2 shootout loss at the hands of one of the best in the West. There were some positives as Brad Marchand continued his solid stretch of play scoring both Boston goals, but a soft second period Brandon Bollig goal and strikes from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout put a damper on a pretty good overall performance from the Black and Gold.
I’m a little late to the dance with the recap of last night’s game, so you’ve probably seen by now that the B’s lost for the third time in their last four outings, falling to the Leafs by a 4-3 score. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell did the scoring for the Black and Gold, while Tuukka Rask once again had a bit of a tough night allowing four goals on 26 shots. Here are a few observations from the game along with a look ahead to tomorrow night’s matchup with the Stars in Dallas.
With the threat of taking zero out of a possible six points on their three game west coast road trip looming large over the Boston Bruins, the black and gold finally responded with a solid team effort to earn a 1-0 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose last night. Carl Soderberg scored the game winner midway through the third period while Tuukka Rask bounced back after two subpar efforts to earn his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.