Posted by: emmaharger | January 15, 2012

Bruins game 41 wrapup

Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes

4-2, Hurricanes

Goals: Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Patrick Dwyer (Carolina), Milan Lucic (Boston), Justin Faulk (Carolina), Jay Harrison (Carolina), Eric Staal (Carolina, empty net)

Goalies: Cam Ward (33/35, .943%), Tim Thomas (17/20, .850%)

The Good:

It’s always good to see other members of the Bruins Nation Southeast, like the folks who lit up the RBC Center with chants of Let’s Go Bruins and even a ‘woo’ when a Bruin scored!

It’s also great when Patrice Bergeron scores. It tends to validate people who think he was snubbed for the All-Star Game and/or deserve a nod for the Selke. Plus, hey, he’s just a great guy.

Milan Lucic‘s goal came after a lot of hard work to keep the puck in the zone and extended David Krejci‘s point streak to eleven games because he assisted on it.

Hey, you know what? We don’t rely solely on man advantages or deflected pucks to score. That’s better than some teams!

We also don’t turtle as soon as we begin physical contact, unlike Bryan Allen when he began jabbing at Lucic with his stick as the third period faded. Lucic took exception to this–hey, don’t poke the bear–and answered Allen, who folded like a house of cards. Please! You’ve already won the game. Have some pride and answer the call you made! Of course, this fits in with Carolina’s past strategy of getting physical with a team known for its grit and then turtling.

The Bad:

Our power play is starting to look more like it did back during the playoffs, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

The Ugly:

Ouch, what happened to us in the third period? We had a lead and I felt confident we could take that 2-1 lead and make it the final. Then all of a sudden, more bad deflections hurt us and they manage an empty-net goal! I don’t know why the Hurricanes are a thorn in our side, but we’ve lost all three games against them this season. With Ottawa gaining on us points-wise (they have 56 to our 57? Whoa, seriously?), we really need to look at whatever the problem was here and fix it before meeting the Panthers again. Thankfully, it seems like the Bruins are already doing so in postgame interviews. Good; denial won’t help any.

Next Game:

at Florida Panthers

January 16

NESN

Last time we met the Panthers, the Bruins gave us a lovely 8-0 snowman before Christmas! The key to winning our next meeting with them might be to replicate some of that magic if we can. We’ll see what happens!

-Emma


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