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.
I’m a big fan of the Sports Hub, FM radio 98.5 here in Boston. In particular, the morning duo of Toucher & Rich is excellent when it comes to the Bruins. I’m sure most B’s fans are familiar with them, but if you’re not they’re both actual Bruins fans and their morning show is pretty hilarious and actually a good listen when it comes to the NHL and hockey.
So as I work to get caught up I wanted to start with a look at the blockbuster, seven player trade between the B’s and Dallas Stars that took place last week. In case you’ve been living under a rock or taking a break from the Black and Gold since the Cup Final, Boston traded former 2nd overall draft pick Tyler Seguin, forward Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button to Dallas for Stars’ standout Loui Eriksson, forwards Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.
There has been much debate over the past week about whether “giving up” (as some have termed it) on the young 21 year old Seguin was the right move for the B’s.