Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets
Goals: Alexander Burmistrov (Winnipeg), Jordan Caron (Boston), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg), David Krejci (Boston), Bryan Little x2 (Winnipeg)
Goalies: Ondrej Pavelec (31/33, .939%), Tuukka Rask (21/25, .840%)
At first I was like
because we had a great start, we outshot them 13-4 in the first period, there were points when you could practically hear a pin drop in the normally raucous MTS Center, Josh Hennessy must’ve just been so excited to suit up for his favorite team, Tuukka Rask seemed to be having a good 100th game (and drinking up the “Tuu-kka” chants because he’s used to hearing them, with a slightly different intonation, positively), Daniel Paille stood out as surprisingly active and it seemed like we could close the book on this series 3-1. Also David Krejci scored for the first time in a long time and Jordan Caron even put one away too. Hennessy really rounded out his Bruins experience by getting two penalty minutes for roughing.
The Bad and The Ugly:
But then I was like
because we let them draw first blood, had to come back and tie it twice, allowed weak goals on defensive failings (Zdeno Chara?? Giving up on Burmistrov early so he could just go ahead and score?), seemed alright with letting go of a lead (well, if you can call a 2-2 tie a lead), made the same mistakes we’ve seen so many times and extended the recent record to L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-L-W-L-W-L-W-L. I started that pattern from the last time the team was able to win twice in a row: Jan. 10 and 12 against Winnipeg and Montreal. It seems like a lot of things are amiss with the Bruins. The team is missing Nathan Horton something awful and now Rich Peverley is out too. It seems that they haven’t been as physical and dominant as they used to be. Something’s gotta give. This kind of record isn’t good and certainly isn’t what the team is capable of doing. Perhaps someone should give the team a ‘malaise’ speech. (Read more stuff I wrote about this idea here.) They also have a few days between their next two games. Those could be used for some soul-searching.
at Minnesota Wild
Here’s hoping that one of the centerpiece games of Hockey Day in America will be a good one!