Posted by: emmaharger | April 10, 2012

The End of the Bruins’ Regular-Season Road

Well, here they are–the last two game reports of the Bruins’ regular season. I’m going to have some fun with these.

Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators

3-1, Bruins

Goals: Benoit Pouliot (Boston), Greg Zanon (Boston), Jason Spezza (Ottawa), Milan Lucic (Boston)

Goalies: Anton Khudobin (44/45, .978%), Ben Bishop (24/27, .889%)

Writeups: Yahoo and Rant

The Good:

Who-dough-bin!

Anton Khudobin! With Marty Turco‘s ability to play coming to an end (no more Party Turco) and Tuukka Rask still not healthy enough yet (he did practice on April 9), Khudobin was healthy again and could be called up from Providence. I’m glad he was–he was darn good. I believe 45 shots is the most he has ever faced in a single game and he did a great job.

Dat Rolston.

That third line of (usually) Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston has been really good since it was created after picking up Rolston in February. Sure, Rolston’s point streak was snapped a few games ago, but he helped feed Pouliot for the first goal of the night by holding down a pass that other players might’ve fumbled.

Beauty play.

Greg Zanon contributed in two ways: offense and defense. Not only did he score all the way from the blue line, he also stationed himself in a good defensive position and blocked a game-high 10 shots. Ten. What a beast. Also I like the way he defends–his clearing attempts are much more likely to get on a Bruins teammate’s stick tape and head off to the other end for a play instead of being mishandled and kept in a risky place.

Speaking of teammates helping teammates with passes, the way David Krejci feeds Milan Lucic for this goal is awesome:

Better yet, on that Lucic goal, the second assist went to Torey Krug. He therefore earned his first-ever NHL point.

The win in this game gave the Bruins 100 points for the season. Considering the bout of inconsistency earlier on this season, this is a great final result.

The Bad:

Jason Spezza‘s acting instincts strike again! Reminiscent of when he fell dramatically to his feet after Zdeno Chara nudged him ever so slightly in the arm, he put on an Oscar-worthy performance once more to get Brian Rolston into the box. C’mon, Spezza. You and that weird laugh might be able to change careers to acting, but keep the dramatic flair off the ice.

Also, too bad Khudobin didn’t get a shutout in his debut. He missed just one puck that kind of dribbled behind him into the net and he was a moment too late to stop it. But overall he was still really darn good in net.

Though I understand the reason for resting some of the big stars, the fact is that by Patrice Bergeron not playing, his perfect attendance streak was broken–and he was just about to reach perfect 82!

The Ugly:

I don’t think anything was really ugly about this game.

Next Game:

Go down there!

Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins

4-3, Bruins (shootout)

Goals: Tyler Seguin x2 (Boston), Brad Boyes x2 (Buffalo), Jason Pominville (Buffalo), Brad Marchand (Boston), Patrice Bergeron (Boston–shootout)

Goalies: Tim Thomas (25/28, .893%, 3 shootout saves), Jhonas Enroth (37/40, .925%, 2 shootout saves)

Writeups: Yahoo and Rant

The Good:

This line. This. Line. The Bru-Tang Clan line provided the entirety of the offense in this game: Tyler Seguin scored twice, Brad Marchand scored once, Patrice Bergeron had the only goal in the shootout and assisted on every single goal in regulation. Seguin ended the season with 29 goals, the most of the team, and became the youngest team goal-scoring leader since–well, since Bergeron was 20. Seguin has said that he wants to model his game after Bergeron, giving me approximately all of the feels. Looks like he’s making good on what he said.

Shawn Thornton says a nasty word and then fights Robyn Regehr. He seriously does swear, though, so heads-up on that:

With this fight, Thorty earned his 20th fighting major, tying with Brandon Prust for the most in the league, but in my mind Thorty wins because I said so.

Awards were handed out pre-game! Marchand won both the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy and John Bucyk Award. Dufresne goes to the player who has done the best in home games (Marchy scored 30 of his points at home) while Bucyk himself chooses the winner of his award, given to a player who makes notable charitable contributions. Marchand started Brad’s Brigade this year, which gives pediatric cancer patients and their parents a chance to enjoy a game, get some goodies and meet him after. He also participates in other charitable events, including Cuts for a Cause. The Eddie Shore Award, given to the player with the most hustle and determination, went to fellow defenseman Zdeno Chara, who topped average time on ice per game, had a career-best 52 points and a…hehe, a +33 rating. Finally, the three stars of the year were 3. Milan Lucic, 2. Bergeron, 1. Tim Thomas. When Bergeron was announced, the presenter said he should definitely get the Selke. YES ABSOLUTELY.

The Bad:

Anemic power play blah blah blah, won the cup with a bad man advantage blah blah blah.

The Ugly:

Before the Bruins rallied, there was this time where it looked like they might begin and end this regular season with a loss. But then they fired up the gas burners and just went to town.

Next Game:

vs. Washington Capitals

April 12

NBC Sports Network

The Bruins start their series against the surprising seventh seed and I enjoy using alliterations.


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