The Bruins won a game they probably shouldn’t have won tonight. It all evens out, right? Right? No, it probably doesn’t. We stole one in overtime, the game after we snuck away with one in a shootout. I can live with that.
Frank Vatrano is sure making a name for himself all of a sudden, scoring both a goal in the 1st period and the game winner in OT. Does this mean that he’s the prospect the team has been looking for since the departures of Seguin and Hamilton? Haha, no. But it’s a nice story. Here’s hoping he makes the most of a career in the NHL.
Colin Miller got the other goal late in the 1st, making good on the Bruins’ threat to stay around and make the Wings regret not putting the game away. That’s the sort of victory it’s really fun to watch, isn’t it? The Bruins took advantage of the other team’s inability to finish a win and got away with two points. I like that.
The next B’s game is against the Rangers on Friday at 1 PM. Maybe watch it instead of beating people up over cheap Christmas gifts? Just a thought. It’s on NBC because big network is going to casually slide back into showing hockey before the NFL playoffs end in two months. Thanks guys.
Two contests with the Leafs, two victories. Am I complaining? Nope. Any of you out there still pushing the “blame Tuukka” narrative can ditch it because he reached a season-high in saves tonight and managed to shut Toronto out both in 3 Vs. 3 overtime (with a Leafs power-play, no less) and during the shoot-out. I say “ditch the narrative” a lot, don’t I? I hate narratives, that’s why.
Speaking of overtime, that format really does lend itself to scoring chances, doesn’t it? I like it.
So, two straight wins against a divisional rival. Now it’s on to the Wings tomorrow night, who are also our divisional rival. We have a lot of rivals. Hope the Bruins can pull it together on a three-games-in-four-nights swing. Tune in.
The Bruins won a game 2-0 and have a two-game winning streak now. Eerie. Okay, well, they pretty much took it to the Leafs tonight and managed to come away with a convincing win. Toronto did play last night, so maybe it’s not wise to be too excited about what we saw, but a shutout win always feels good.
The Bruins spent a lot of time in Toronto’s end, taking a lot of shots but for some reason never getting one into the net. Maybe credit James Reimer for that? It sure felt like the sort of game that he could have “stolen” before Chara finally put a trademark Zdeno Chara slapshot by him late in the 3rd. Instead of heartbreak, the Bruins got two points out of this and a real, live shutout win. Cool! Cool. No stupid penalties either.
Enjoy it while it lasts folks. The next game is on Tuesday against, hmmm…….. the Leafs. Who saw that coming? Not me. Tune in.
I like when we win, okay? I don’t want to be down on the team. But hey, this has been such a frustrating year so far that being down on them isn’t very difficult. Have I said this before? It sure feels like I have. Tonight we won, and that is good. Loui Eriksson, who is a good player but not NEARLY as good as the player he was trade for over a year ago, no matter what the fuck Dale Arnold seems to think, had a hat trick. That was good, good job Loui. The Bruins constantly took penalties again, which was incredibly frustrating and also bad. Bad job on that, Bruins. Tonight it didn’t cost us the game though, so let’s take a breather from all the frustration.
And hey, the Bruins even have a mysterious inability to beat the Wild too, even when they’re good. So let’s rejoice in the fact that some way, somehow, they actually managed to defeat them tonight. We did it! I think this proves that “momentum” is bullshit. The next B’s game is Saturday night against those terrible, terrible Toronto Maple Leafs. The B’s have momentum, so- wait, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
I can’t say I didn’t expect the Bruins to blow a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Why? Because there’s a lot of time to recover from an early defect? Or because I’m just that cynical about this team? Probably a little of both, to be honest. I mean sure I’m a pessimist when it comes to the Bruins but to be honest, this team is really bad. So who can blame me? The lead was gone by the end of the 1st period and eventually they lost. Who could’ve seen that coming?
Speaking of reasons to be cynical, David Pastrnak has a fractured foot and there is “no timetable” for his return. That kind of sucks. The B’s are losing a player a game at this rate, it’s going to suck when Krejci gets hit by a bus or someone throws Bergeron out of the team plane at 7 miles in the air.
The next game is Saturday night against the Red Wings. Tune in. No, do it.
We have that to rely on, at least. The Bruins remain undefeated in two (2) whole contests at the Islanders new home in Brooklyn. Good for them! They had to make it interesting though, barely scoring enough to win and managing to nearly blow it with bad penalties once again. The suddenly much-maligned Tuukka Rask did a good job of keeping the team in the game all night long, and came away with the road win the night after the team suffered an embarassing loss in Montreal. What can I say?
Winning is fun. Losing is not. They won tongiht, maybe I don’t want to ruin the experience by talking about it too much. Lots of discussion of the Bruins “young team” tonight on the broadcast. Seguin, Hamilton, blah blah. Whatever. Let’s pretend for the next three days. The next Bruins game is on Thursday, at home, against the Avalanche. Colorado is not having a good time of it so far. Hope for good things!
So that “blame Tuukka for the shitty team in front of him” thing is apparently both real and a growing issue? Good to know, everyone. He wasn’t in net tonight, but the Bruins lost anyway. I wonder if that’s still his fault? Probably, if you ask any of the wiseacres who seem to have settled on him as the problem with this team. The B’s actually fought hard for most of the game. Surprising, I know! Then they took a penalty at the worst time, as opposed to Thursday when they just took penalties, constantly. Lost the game, lost the tie, lost everything. Fuck it!
So that’s another embarrassing loss for the year. We had momentum at one point, looks like that’s gone again. But this team looked pretty damn bad from the start, so we’ve pretty much gotten what we could’ve expected from this year so far. False hope followed by a crushing return to reality. What a team. What a sport.
The Bruins’ next game is, ooh boy, today at 5 against the Islanders. Tune in, the Bruins are undefeated at the Barclays Center (they’ve only played there once).