Last night’s win was good, but there is still a lot of fallout going on from this weekend’s events. Haven’t done a ‘Loose Pucks’ in a while, so seemed like now would be a good time to get you caught up.
“They brought some momentum, we brought none.” That was Bruins coach Claude Julien’s simple yet pointed response after his team dropped their third game in four tries last night, falling to the New York Islanders by a 3-1 score. Boston continues to struggle to generate any kind of consistent pressure, and the trouble was compacted last night by some bad decision making, another problem of late. Dougie Hamilton had the Bruins’ only goal, while Chad Johnson took the loss in net in just his second start of the season.
Well, it’s about that time of year again. While youngsters are preparing to collect mounds of candy as their favorite character and chicks everywhere are making even the most boring objects and daily professions skank-tastic (which I’m not complaining about by any means), the Boston Bruins are making their annual trip to Children’s Hospital in Boston to spread some Halloween cheer. I use’ cheer’ loosely of course, because if the past has taught us anything, it’s that oversized hockey players in ridiculous costumes can actually be quite horrifying.
This year Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton made the trip across town. Reilly Smith, considering he looks like a 12-year-old anyways, was relatively normal looking as Buzz Lightyear. And to Bartkowski’s credit, he legitimately looks like a pirate.
And then there is Dougie Hamilton.
Continuing our look at the best fantasy hockey choices on the Bruins for the upcoming 2013-14 season, we move on to the blueliners. Unlike the forward crew who were relatively easy to rate, the defensive possibilities for next season are still pretty unclear. There are a couple sure choices and then a large group of “could be’s” to consider on your draft day. Let’s take a look.
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.