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.
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:
It’s been a busy few days when it comes to Boston Bruins hockey, but busy in a good way. After embarrassing the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday the Black and Gold ripped off convincing wins against both the Islanders (6-3) and Panthers (6-2) on consecutive nights, besting former Bruin Tim Thomas last night at the Garden. Boston’s top two lines remained sizzling, with seven of the team’s twelve goals coming from current top six forwards, while captain Zdeno Chara earned his 500th NHL point on Monday after scoring a goal against the Islanders. Let’s take a look at what’s going right at the moment for the B’s.
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.