Posted by: emmaharger | November 16, 2011

Bruins game 16 wrapup

New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins

4-3, Bruins

Goals: David Clarkson (New Jersey), Chris Kelly (Boston), Brad Marchand (Boston), Nick Palmieri x2 (New Jersey), Shawn Thornton (Boston), Benoit Pouliot (Boston)

Goalies: Tim Thomas (.900%), Johan Hedberg (.892%)

The Good:

The Bruins continue to show support and appreciation for the armed forces. Tonight was Military Appreciation Night. Five Bruins (Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg) each donated $5,000 to help military personnel and their families attend the game. Plus, an a capella group of soldiers sang the national anthem. So of course it’d be a lot better to win in front of our women and men in uniform…and thus we did.

Looch might be a bit of a tough guy on the ice, as demonstrated here, but he's a nice guy too.

This game was very physical and had a lot of hits, although the most unexpected one was when the normally not-as-aggressive David Krejci laid out Mattias Tedenby. It was so unusual that even Jack Edwards made note of it.

Edwards also made up a new name for the faceoff circle area tonight when Tim Thomas ventured out that far to play the puck: Ryan Miller Land. Do with that what you will.

Some of the less goal-prolific Bruins scored tonight and it was good to see. Benoit Pouliot got his second goal as a Bruin to break the tie for the final time. Chris Kelly scored his fifth and also…

First goal of the season for Shawn Thornton!

 Brad Marchand, the left-winger of what I shall call the Chaperone Line (folks call it the Field Trip Line but they mean the exact same thing as if they were saying Chaperone; the idea of Patrice Bergeron being like a chaperone leading Marchand and Tyler Seguin around? Why not simplify it!), had a strange night. After drawing two penalties, including one that led to New Jersey scoring on the 5 on 3, Marchand sat out for basically all of the second period. Eager to show that he could do better in the third, he got the puck from Zdeno Chara right off the very first draw, raced to the net and put it in. Andy Brickley was still transitioning out from the intermission chatter when suddenly Edwards gets all excited because Marchand is on his way to the net.

Thomas continues to be a wonderful asset in net. He made some pretty impressive saves, even though he allowed three goals, and during those times post-whistle when a bunch of Devils tried to get all up in his Kool-Aid, his teammates were there to stop all of that nonsense. (Take notes, Buffalo.)

The Bad:

We had a tendency to spend too much time in our own zone. New Jersey was playing pretty aggressively and as a result they kept scoring and frustratingly typing up the score.

I also noticed a return to some of the bad passing that plagued us in October, especially when it looked like a juicy scoring chance coming. There were quite a few times when the puck-carrier should have just shot instead of passing or waiting to pass.

The Ugly:

This is only ugly for Bruins fans, not Devils fans, but that Johan Hedberg (Thrashers alumnus, just sayin’) is one heck of a goalie. He made some excellent saves and some very lucky ones too. I know there’s been talk of goaltending problems in New Jersey. If something should happen to Martin Brodeur, they should know Hedberg is quite the able netminder.

Next Game:

vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

November 17

NESN/Center Ice

Right, so. I’m not going to make the tired old “worst record” jokes. Columbus is capable of wins. The Bruins shouldn’t treat this as a game where they won’t even have to try anything and they’ll win 17-0 or something like that. Keep going and fight hard, Bruins!

-Emma


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