With just a few points separating the Boston Bruins from the middle of the playoff pack, and with the rival Montreal Canadiens (tied with the Bruins in points in the standings) in action in Winnipeg, the black and gold couldn’t afford another disappointing showing like the one on display Tuesday in Philadelphia. It would appear as if they received that message loud and clear last night, putting forth a solid, workman-like effort to earn a 2-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille did the scoring and Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 shots he faced, including some dazzling saves on Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos, to lead the Bruins to the win.
In a game that saw the Bruins and Senators combine for an amazing 97 shots in regulation, it was Boston who put more in the back of the net, earning a 3-2 victory over Ottawa last night at TD Garden. The Bruins top offensive line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton picked up right where they left off over the weekend, with Krejci and Horton scoring the first and third goals respectively, with Tyler Seguin adding the second off a beautiful feed from Brad Marchand. Anton Khudobin, starting his second consecutive game after a strong performance against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, was again sharp in between the pipes stopping 45 of 47 Ottawa shots for his eighth win of the season.
The win did come at a cost however, as center Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period and did not return after a collision with Senator forward Colin Greening, where it appeared that Bergeron took a forearm/elbow to the head while battling for a loose puck. Information on Boston’s best two way player and current leading scorer was not available after the game, so expect further updates today.
|Cam Neely accepting the award in his first season as a Bruin (1986-87), his breakout year
The Bruins 7th Player Award was born in the 1960′s by the Gallery Gods in the old Garden. This annual award was to given to a player who performed above and beyond expectations, not necessarily a star player on the team, but more geared towards a teammate who was willing to do the dirty work without the reward of his name showing up in the boxscore. Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, or Johhny Bucyk never won the award… rather it was doled out to guys like Derek Sanderson, Ed Westfall, and Fred Stanfield.
In some ways last night’s third period meltdown and subsequent 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres was surprising to Bruins fans, but in other ways it was the same old story. Boston has been notorious for strong third period efforts so far this season (including their last game against the Rangers), so it certainly was shocking to see Buffalo net three unanswered goals in the final frame to snatch two points from the B’s. But the fact that the black and gold once again failed to string together 60 full minutes of sustained effort and capitalize on numerous quality scoring chances has been a continuing concern despite only one regulation loss coming into this matchup. Last night at the First Niagara Center, it finally caught up with them.
Game 10: Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Sunday, February 10th, 7pm, First Niagara Center, Buffalo
TV: NESN, MSG-Buffalo Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
A day after their game with the Lightning was delayed and then postponed, the Bruins have escaped the clutches of winter storm Nemo and are in Buffalo for their second matchup of the season with the Sabres. The black and gold will be looking to avenge their only regulation loss of this condensed schedule, while also earning some breathing room atop the tightly contested Northeast Division.