[I have a lot of gamers to catch up on! I’m just a little busier lately and feel I need to get the writeups for the paid websites out first–then by the time I get to this, maybe uncertainties like possible injuries or suspensions have already been resolved and I can put that in this article! But still, let’s play the catch-up game. Here I will combine the Bruins’ two most recent wins.]
Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Goals: Carl Gunnarsson (Toronto), Jordan Caron x2 (Boston), John-Michael Liles (Toronto), Tyler Seguin x2, Chris Kelly, Phil Kessel (Toronto), Mikhail Grabovski (Toronto)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (25/29, .862%), Jonas Gustavsson (28/33, .848%)
Jordan Caron is on fire! He said he was inspired after scoring against the Rangers, inspired enough to have a three-point night. He scored two goals and added an assist on Chris Kelly‘s. Considering the team is so desperate in the face of enough injuries to fill a press box, it’s good to see guys like Caron show up and show out. Tyler Seguin also had a multi-point night and in total 10 Bruins had at least one point on the sheets.
Shawn Thornton took the NHL’s lead for fighting majors among a single player when he fought Jay Rosehill.
Speaking of fights, Dennis Seidenberg got into one! He’s not known for his pugilism, but he did pretty well against Colby Armstrong.
There’s one more game this season against the Maple Leafs. The series so far, though? 5-0, Bruins. Mm. Looks good.
I would say “stop giving up the first goal of the game, you ding dongs,” except they then continue to do so in games after this one, so yeah. Well, the sentiment’s still there. Catch-up hockey isn’t fun to play. Why not begin and extend a lead instead?
And the Academy Award for Best Actor goes to John-Michael Liles! Way to dive, get Brad Marchand done in for hooking and then score a goal! Way to dive, get Patrice Bergeron done in for tripping (with Adam McQuaid already in the box) and allow Phil Kessel to score on a five-on-three.
It was also worrisome how the Bruins quite nearly had to fight for an overtime or shootout win after getting a 5-3 lead going.
Next Game: Why not read about it below?
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Goals: Jason Pominville (Buffalo), Gregory Campbell, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci (all Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (19/20, .950%), Jhonas Enroth (25/28, .893%)
TWO WINS IN A ROW FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY!!
This was a game of finally: finally Gregory Campbell scored. Finally Johnny Boychuk scored. Finally the Bruins came together and decided they wanted to win the game after letting the Sabres draw first blood.
There were only two penalties called, so for a rivalry that’s become pretty heated this year, that was actually rather timid.
Oh look, more catch-up hockey to play. Ugh. The first period had the Bruins outshooting and outplaying the Sabres, but with no positive results, and the second was dreadfully boring until Campbell got on the board. Jordan Caron also missed an empty-net chance at the end, but 3-1? That’s all we needed.
First blood, again! (The first blood pain doesn’t end here…)
Next Game: Oh, that’s coming up in another two-game recap post with quite a different tone than this one.