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.
It’s been no secret this season that the Boston Bruins have tended to struggle through the second half of back-to-back games, though their record coming into last night’s game with the Rangers (two wins in three tries) wouldn’t have indicated so. And despite giving up 44 shots against and being vastly outplayed for the majority of the game, the black and gold were able to make it three wins in four tries with a 2-1 victory over the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden. Tuukka Rask was nothing short of stellar tying a career best with 43 saves (no, the game didn’t go to overtime), and the the Merlot line had one of it’s finest performances of the season as Dan Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton all had points in the win.
After a third period collapse on Friday against the Senators, the Bruins were back at it tonight looking for a better effort against a mediocre Carolina Hurricanes squad. For the most part they got it, earning a 4-1 victory with two point efforts from Carl Soderberg, Reilly Smith and Milan Lucic. Johnny Boychuk added his first goal in 62 games in the third period to show that there would be no repeat of three nights ago, and Tuukka Rask got his eleventh win of the season in net stopping 23 shots.
Pieces starting to come together
After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and dominating play in much of the first period last night, it appeared the Boston Bruins were well on their way to their fifth straight win and a record twelfth straight in Ottawa. But some ugly breakdowns and diminishing energy reserves eventually caught up to the black and gold, as the Senators scored four unanswered goals (three in the third period) to flip the tables and hand the B’s a 4-2 loss. Despite the stumble on the road, the Bruins have rocketed up to second place in the Eastern Conference and should be primed to do more damage as the season rolls on.