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.
Last night in Dallas the Stars played host to the Detroit Red Wings, fresh off their shootout loss to the Leafs at this year’s Winter Classic. Despite outshooting the Wings 35-18 through two periods, the Stars found themselves trailing 4-1. The fourth goal of the evening pretty much summed up the game for Dallas, as Detroit forward Tomas Tatar finished what was essentially a 1-on-3 rush with a backhand goal. Have a look:
“Oh dear” is right Mr. Dallas Announcer Guy. There were quite a few things that went wrong on this play, coming together in epic fashion for the Stars. In honor of this beautiful disaster, we present “How Not to Play Defense: A Step-By-Step Guide” by the Dallas Stars.
For about 57 minutes of last night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars it appeared, despite yet another up-and-down effort, that the Bruins would be able to hold on to take two points and kick off their five game home-stand on the right foot. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold (even though they should know by now), hockey is a 60 minute game. Consistent with the types of blunders that have plagued Boston all season, a bad line change and a lack of defensive awareness allowed Stars forward Vernon Fiddler to sneak in on a breakaway with under three minutes remaining, and though his attempt was foiled a penalty shot was awarded after a scrambling Dennis Seidenberg hauled him down. The Stars veteran would convert his attempt to tie the game at 2-2, and then in fitting fashion former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in the shootout to earn the extra point for Dallas and send the Bruins away with their fourth loss in five games.
Bromance Rekindled, Hide Your Daughters
Obviously tomorrow night’s game at TD Garden between the Bruins and Dallas Stars is as much about Tyler Seguin’s return as it is about two teams that are playing average hockey and struggling for wins, there’s no getting around that. The now 21-year-old seems to be making a fresh start and is putting up big points with his new team after an offseason trade to the Lone Star State, while his former partner in shenanigans is off to one of his worst starts as a professional and could be on the verge of watching from the press box. So while we’ll all enjoy a few good laughs and perhaps some regrets for a few of you when it comes to Seguin, Marchand and the Bruins have plenty to worry about in their own locker room at this point, and that should be the focus when they hit the ice tomorrow night.
One of the more anticipated non-game Bruins events in a while, NESN’s new all access ‘Behind the B’ show premiered with an hour long episode last night. Modeled after HBO’s 24/7, the show covered a variety of topics stretching from their defeat in the Finals all the way through this summer’s development camp. It was about what I expected in terms of content, but revealing and interesting enough for sure. If you missed it, you can catch it here.