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.
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.
Lots of Bruins news from yesterday and today, so here’s the round-up:
- Yes, We Know Who You Are – probably the biggest news of the past 24 hours was a video that surfaced yesterday of Milan Lucic in an altercation outside of a Vancouver night club after the Canucks lit up the B’s 6-2 on Saturday night. If you missed it, here it is:
Lucic claims he was assaulted twice (or wait! three times?) by some drunk guy at the bar, completely unprovoked. He was pretty disgusted by the whole thing, saying he’s looking into legal action and adding “other than being in Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.” Looch has had quite the experience with the city he grew up in, already having had his grandparents harassed in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 and then having his hometown church vandalized in 2012 with ‘Go Canucks Go’ as well.
It’s quite the interesting situation. Looch sounds a bit inebria…wait, just kidding, “Milan Lucic is BEYOND good right now.” Have to give the 25 year old at least some credit for not flying completely off the handle, though it was pretty close to getting there. His opponent may also want to send a nice ‘thank you’ card and a few brewksis to the silver haired gentleman who broke things up at the start of the video, since there was some shadow boxing going on that I’m sure would not have ended well. If it happened the way he said it did then it is just an unfortunate situation, but you never know with things like this. Either way, hopefully a lesson learned for Lucic after the whole Seguin Saga.
Last night’s win was good, but there is still a lot of fallout going on from this weekend’s events. Haven’t done a ‘Loose Pucks’ in a while, so seemed like now would be a good time to get you caught up.
In a game that’s unfortunately going to be overshadowed by a first period of questionable plays, the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final minute and a half of the game for a 3-2 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara was the third period hero tallying the game winner with just 13 seconds left on the clock, while Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 shots to earn his fifteenth victory of the year.