Interest in today’s trade deadline certainly peaked after the Boston Bruins dropped back to back games to – shall we say – sub-par opponents last week, but a offensive explosion against the Rangers on Sunday and a ‘take-care-of-business’ approach last night against the Florida Panthers have things looking up once again. And while GM Peter Chiarelli took his normal ‘right pieces of the puzzle’ approach during today’s trade madness, he was able to acquire some defensive depth in the name of Andrej Meszaros (trade with Flyers) and Corey Potter (waivers from Edmonton).
Their team isn’t great, but..these are pretty solid.
I’m making smoothies…who’s in??
After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.
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.
When Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman scored a bad angle goal on Tuukka Rask just two minutes into the third period to put the Blueshirts up 3-0, it looked as though the Bruins had finally run out of luck in their historic start to the season. But the ‘never say die’ attitude that this team has had possessed since Claude Julien’s took over as coach once again showed as the black and gold rallied to force overtime, scoring twice in the final two minutes to tie the game at three. The Rangers would eventually prevail in the shootout, but the late game heroics earned the Bruins another crucial point in this compressed season, finishing with four of a possible six against New York for the season.