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).
I’m a little late to the dance with the recap of last night’s game, so you’ve probably seen by now that the B’s lost for the third time in their last four outings, falling to the Leafs by a 4-3 score. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell did the scoring for the Black and Gold, while Tuukka Rask once again had a bit of a tough night allowing four goals on 26 shots. Here are a few observations from the game along with a look ahead to tomorrow night’s matchup with the Stars in Dallas.
With the threat of taking zero out of a possible six points on their three game west coast road trip looming large over the Boston Bruins, the black and gold finally responded with a solid team effort to earn a 1-0 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose last night. Carl Soderberg scored the game winner midway through the third period while Tuukka Rask bounced back after two subpar efforts to earn his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
Just two nights removed from a subpar showing in Anaheim, the Boston Bruins were hoping for a rebound performance in LA last night in the second game of their current west coast road trip. Instead, the team allowed three goals in the first 22 minutes of the game, including two in a 1:01 span to begin period two, sending the Black and Gold on their way with their second straight loss by a score of 4-2. Matt Fraser and Justin Florek scored for the B’s, while Tuukka Rask was pulled after allowing the first three goals en route to this eleventh loss of the season.
There has a somewhat concerning theme to the most recent Boston Bruin losses, namely the underperformance of the team’s normally good-to-very good special teams units. Such was the case again last night in Anaheim, where the Black and Gold surrendered four special teams goals en route to a 5-2 loss to the Ducks, including a shorthanded goal. Tuukka Rask took his tenth loss of the season in goal while Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton did the scoring for the B’s.