Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
2-1, Bruins (SO)
Goals: David MacKenzie (Columbus), Adam McQuaid (Boston); in the shootout, Rich Peverley (Boston), Mark Letestu (Columbus), David Krejci (Boston)
Goalies: Tuukka Rask (.968%), Curtis Sanford (.963%)
The Bruins remain undefeated in November, completed a perfect five-game home stand and have won seven games in a row.
Shawn Thornton went to settle the score with Jared Boll after Boll delivered a big hit to Steven Kampfer. They had a pretty long, action-packed fight, but it didn’t end there. Thornton was still furious with Boll, flipped him off while heading to the penalty box and continued shouting at him while in there. It was unusual for Thornton, but good to know he doesn’t take stuff like that sitting down.
I noticed one play where Tyler Seguin reminded me of that excellent Bobby Ryan goal from the playoffs, stickhandling quite deftly around a Blue Jacket who took to the ice to try and stop him, but he retained puck control. Sure, he didn’t score in this game–and he missed in the shootout, although he was first out, which would never have happened last year and is indicative of his progress–but he’s still going strong.
I also continue to think the line on which Seguin plays, the Chaperone Line, is doing pretty well. In fact, in some respects, I believe it’s doing better than our top line. More on that in a minute. The good section is a bit shorter this time for reasons.
But before we leave this section, I recognize this man:
Tuukka Rask was definitely up to the task tonight. He performed super well, the one Columbus goal was soft and not well-defended on our part (quelle surprise) and got himself a shootout win. Well done, Tuukka! Off to the party trolley for you!
My God, we had to go into a shootout in order to defeat the team with the worst record in the league. Why? Because I think Boston just assumed they could do pretty much nothing and win 12-0 or something like that, but Columbus played like a team with something to prove because they do have something to prove. We should have been able to finish this one off convincingly and in regulation. I hope this has taught them a valuable lesson in not underestimating any team. (Columbus is a strange animal, though; they handed the Thrashers their only shutout of the entire 2010-11 season. They’re unpredictable sometimes.)
There was a lot of that fancy passing nonsense I saw in October, especially among the top line, especially when it seemed like the first guy had a pretty good scoring chance.
We were bad at winning faceoffs tonight, except when Patrice Bergeron was on the dot. David Krejci lost pretty much all his faceoffs. (Krejci, you’re on the top line and in a contract year. Maybe play with a bit more desire?)
Columbus outshot and outhit us. There’s no excuse for them being more physical than us, except that like I said, they came playing hard and we didn’t.
Kampfer better thank his lucky stars his teammates have a feeling of camaraderie and brotherhood. Not only did Thornton drop the gloves for him, Rask bailed him out when he mismanaged the puck and Columbus was hot to score on that fumble.
Poor Daniel Paille! He’s back, wearing a cageface mask because of his nose, but reportedly when he took that puck to the face, it smashed his visor into his nose. That would explain the copious blood. Dang, feel better, Pie-yay!
at New York Islanders
Saturday, November 19
Oh joy, another battle of two teams I genuinely like! But now the Bruins are on Islanders home ice! This could be interesting.
I shall close with words of advice from Jack Edwards. “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”