New York Islanders at Boston Bruins
Goals: Milan Lucic (Boston), Josh Bailey (New York), Matt Moulson (New York), Tyler Seguin (Boston), John Tavares (New York)
Goalies: Evgeni Nabokov (32/34, .941%), Tuukka Rask (11/12, .917%), Tim Thomas (11/13, .846%)
Johnny Boychuk is back! He’d been out with concussion symptoms since the last visit to Ottawa, so it’s good to hear he’s doing well again.
Milan Lucic‘s power play goal from a bad angle was a thing of beauty. Some on Twitter called it Cam Neely-esque. Plus, Brian Rolston picked up an assist on it, so that’s his first point as a new!Bruin!
Tyler Seguin scored too and was assisted by Zdeno Chara, which resulted in an adorable celly hug:
It’s too bad that apparently a player’s “reputation” can help or hinder his ability to have referee justice served. Brad Marchand was hit with a high stick and actually was shown bleeding from the chin, which should ideally earn the sticker four minutes in the box. But it went completely uncalled. Yes, Marchand is a honey badger, a little ball of hate, whatever, but he had a bit of red on him!
Poor Tuukka Rask. He went down awkwardly on trying to make a butterfly save and had to be helped off the ice. Worryingly, he wasn’t putting much weight on his left leg, which he’s had worked on before. We’re still waiting for an update on him, but now we realize that the line of goaltender succession isn’t as great as it normally is. Anton Khudobin of Providence is hurt, so his backup Michael Hutchinson is now backing up Tim Thomas. Daniel Paille was also injured and did not play against the New York Rangers, so count ’em up folks: FIVE Bruins injured (Horton, Peverley, Ference, Rask, Paille).
That bungled icing call that led to the Islanders breaking the tie and sealing the deal–ouch. It was a mistake by the zebras but also by the Bruins, who slowed down to anticipate a whistle or the wave-off signal. When neither came, they’d slowed down just enough to allow the Islanders to pull ahead and John Tavares (who is way underrated as a player) to put it home. Jack Edwards said that the refs all left really quickly after this game. Jeez, way to hold yourselves accountable for the way you messed that one up, guys (oh, and the Marchand mess-up).
More frustratingly is how the Bruins seemed to fall apart yet again after some little setbacks. It’s the fans’ job to get messed up over it and write about all the little problems and agonize and such. It’s the team’s job to overcome them and secure the W.
51 days since two consecutive wins.
at New York Rangers
Oh Lord–this one had so much potential, but then the team just fell apart yet again. More on that later.