Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers
3-2, Bruins (SO)
Goals: Patrice Bergeron x2 (Boston), Jason Garrison (Florida), Shawn Matthias (Florida), Stephen Weiss (Florida; shootout), Patrice Bergeron (Boston; shootout), David Krejci (Boston; shootout)
Goalies: Tuukka Rask (38/40, .950% plus 3/4 in shootout), Scott Clemmensen (33/35, .943% plus 2/4 in shootout)
Patrice Bergeron, seen here scoring one of his two regulation goals of the night, was pretty much the difference-maker in this game. He scored both regulation goals and added another in the shootout, which counts as a hat trick of sorts in my heart even though the record books disagree.
We continue to have an embarrassment of riches in net. Tuukka Rask did well tonight–that breakaway goal by Shawn Matthias was a little soft, but he was trying to warn his teammates that Matthias was exiting the penalty box and it’s not his fault no one seemed to notice. He also came up nice and strong in the shootout. I just checked and he still leads the entire league in GAA and save percentage, too. What a blessing to have him and Tim Thomas.
The guys also had some nice surges of aggression, puck control and play in Florida’s zone. My only problem is that they didn’t seem to be numerous enough. Wait, that’s for a different section.
Also, it was kind of amusing to see Daniel Paille take on Ed Jovanovski. Jovanovski is kind of a tough guy (although his bout with Paille incurred an upper-body injury that let him out of the game early), whereas Paille is not known for his pugilistic skills. Being on a line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, though, maybe he just felt like he could do it and he needed to do it.
There were times when we were playing sloppily, having trouble clearing our zone, creating the kind of turnover that is not a delicious pastry and otherwise playing not like ourselves. This led to a lot of fan frustration, which is both kind of funny and kind of indicative of how fans see their team. We know the Bruins can do so well and we expect so much of them that if they do not perform to our standards, we feel impatient and frustrated.
Hm, honestly? What was bad can also count as ugly–our failings reflecting on us in goals for Florida and the fact that they got a point for this too.
at Tampa Bay Lightning
Remember when Tampa Bay almost went to the Stanley Cup finals? Man, what happened? They’re currently in the basement of the conference. Maybe tomorrow we can discover why they’re not going well and keep them in the basement.