Great effort, no offense to show for it and a loss. Haven’t we seen this before? I think we have. The Bruins essentially dominated the last two periods and had only one goal to show for it. At this point, this stuff is somewhere between funny and not-funny. Hilarious and agonizing. Unpleasant and revolting. It stinks. I hate it. We all hate it. It didn’t help that the Bruins got a delay-0f-game penalty before anyone had even sat down for the first period and gave up the first goal of the night shortly afterwards.
So it’s not fun to see great efforts that result in nothing as far as the standings are concerned. With the team finally getting healthier, shouldn’t some offense be expected? I don’t think that’s so much to ask. Patience is required I guess. The next game is on Sunday night against the Sabres, because we’re doing games on Sunday nights now I guess. The Sabres aren’t actually playing nearly as well as their recent record would suggest, will decent play actually lead to victory on Boston’s part this time around? We can only hope.
The Wild aren’t as good as Nashville. But the Bruins were playing in hostile territory on the second night of back-to-back games against a probable playoff team, so the odds were still against them right? But they held their own for the second night in a row and actually managed a victory instead of a moral victory with a point tossed in. This wasn’t without it’s issues of course. Nikalas Svedberg had to hold the fort for most of the second period against what was a fairly sustained Minnesota attack. The Bruins blew their lead late in spite of the goaltender’s work, and it took some good fortune in overtime for everything to work out.
But it beats a loss, right? Yeah, it beats a loss by a mile. David Krejci was back tonight too, even though he didn’t factor into any of the scoring. It’s good to see him back after an injury-plagued season like the one the Bruins have had so far. Maybe a sign of……. hope? Let’s not speak too soon here. The next B’s game is Friday night in Winnipeg. If the Bruins actually take points from every game on this trip, I’ll be impressed. Delighted too.
The Bruins are slowly regaining their health now. Chara is healthy again, David Krejci is at least skating after his “lower-body injury” (as practical as that definition is, it’ll never stop getting an eye-roll from me), and things are looking up. On the downside, they still have to start winning games. So tonight was their latest attempt, against a Nashville Predators team that is pressing hard to contend in the much tougher western conference in their opponent’s building. And to the team’s credit, they really did play well against a very tough lineup.
It’s arguable that Pekka Rinne won the game for the Predators tonight. The Bruins were very aggressive in Nashville’s end of the ice, had plenty of opportunities to score, and generally looked good against one of the best teams in the league. But just like all of the other “good efforts” they’ve had against other good teams this year, they failed to actually win in the end. They did manage to take the game all the way to a shootout, but Rinne was sharp the entire time and in the end his work prevented the Bruins from scoring the 3rd goal they needed so badly.
Oh well. They got a point at least! Points are all that really matters. Tomorrow night they try to get two instead of one against the Wild in Minnesota. Can they do it? I, uh, hope they can. I really do.
Has it really been since October? Zdeno Chara hasn’t played since October 23rd, but tonight he was back. Well anyway the captain came back tonight and the team put together a great effort against what looked like an almost unbeatable Blackhawks team. But the problem is, when it was over the Bruins had lost another game. There was a spirited comeback sure, not to mention they managed to actually get under the Hawks’ skin and play like a much better team than they have since Chara’s injury, but they didn’t win. Right now the Bruins need to beat teams like the Blackhawks, all these efforts don’t mean too much in the standings. Comebacks are nice, the way that the team played was nice, but they need to win. And yes, scoring was a problem again. If it makes you feel any better, Tyler Seguin is leading the league in scoring. Wait, I’m not sure how that’s supposed to make you feel better.
Well, so much for that. It was a nice game while it lasted and it feels nicer to win these than it does to lose them. The Bruins try again against Ottawa on Saturday afternoon at 1. Tune in.
Bruins Game 27 Recap: The Bruins were about as successful at hockey tonight as this title is at being concise.
When the Bruins went up by two super-early in the game tonight, you might’ve been ecstatic to see them do it. But if you were a Sporting Nerd, you might have had an uneasy feeling somewhere in the back of your mind that they’d just given themselves ample time to blow said lead. And blow it they did, surrendering four in the second period and seven by the end of the night. According to Jack Edwards, the most Tuukka Rask has ever given up in a regular season game. In case that wasn’t bad enough, they also lost. See, asking this year’s Bruins to score more than two goals usually means they’re doomed. Tonight? Doomed. So doomed.
How did this happen? Can it be prevented? I don’t know. The one time the Bruins found some offense they instantly lost their defense and suffered the most embarrassing loss of the entire trip. It’s easy to just write off the team and the rest of the trip and say that we don’t care after the way this week has gone. But remember that we’re only a third of the way through the year, and, well, it can get better. I’m pretty sure. Maybe it won’t but maybe it can. The next game is Saturday in Phoenix. The way things have been recently nothing is guaranteed, but tune in.
The Bruins offense just keeps letting them down lately. There’s no other way to describe it. Sure they held the Kings down, but scoring zero goals doesn’t really help anyone. Niklas Svedberg played a great game in net, but without offensive support the Bruins might as well have played the entire game with six skaters and an empty net because they couldn’t accomplish a thing all night.
It’s not like they didn’t look capable of scoring, they just didn’t. And effort doesn’t really count on the scoreboard. Maybe things’ll improve when the team’s health does? Or maybe they need to look for more offense next year? I hate the idea of talking about next year when this season is by no means lost, but the offense is just so bad right now that you have to wonder if it has any hope of ever recovering with the roster built the way it is now.
Well, whatever. The Bruins get a night off before Thursday’s game in San Jose. Be there.
The Bruins sure showed some moxie out there tonight. And if moxie counted for anything, well, we know it doesn’t. The Bruins lost a classic Game They Could Have Won and left Anaheim with zero points. Worse, the officials may have screwed them out of the victory with some well-timed non-calls, but you can’t blame a loss on the terrible, terrible officiating. The Bruins played hard, made a near-comeback and lost on the road against one of the best teams in the league. So let’s not get caught up in who was holding who’s stick or when the whistle blew too soon or anything like that. They lost even though they played better than expected with a hurt lineup.
Maybe blame tonight’s loss on the lack of offense that’s bugged the team lately? Two goals seems to have been the upper limit of what the Bruins have been capable on the offensive side of things lately, and even though the team maintained some very heavy pressure on the Ducks for most of the first half tonight, they never really succeeded in putting the puck into the back of the net. Things like that always seem to lead to losses. Anyway, it’s a fast turnaround after this as they play the defending-champion Kings on Tuesday night (when you’re probably reading this). Be there or be not there. I say be there.