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Bruins Game 60 Recap: Ow.

February 23, 2016 Leave a comment

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Take talk of “scheduled losses” and cram it. I hate that sort of talk. I hate losing too, and I really hate losing at home to a team like the Blue Jackets. That win on Saturday against the Stars was impressive, yeah. But then the Bruins fell back into that old annoying habit of playing at their worst when you’d least expect it. Why are they so bad at home, anyway? I can’t find a reason.

So maybe a few questionable replays by the officials aside, the Bruins didn’t really look very good at all. The Jackets pulled away towards the end and made the end of the game feel almost unwatchable. Now you really have to worry what’s wrong with the team going into the trade deadline. Personally, I can’t think of any area of immediate improvement that they need. More scoring? More, uh, depth? Um…. uh……. something?

Anyway, the next game is Wednesday against the Penguins, who are also scraping for a playoff spot as it would happen. Will the Bruins recover enough to knock them off? We can only hope!

Bruins Game 56 Recap: Loui Loui

February 17, 2016 Leave a comment

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I don’t like seeing the Bruins playing so sloppily against a team like the Jackets, I’ll admit. Columbus are scraping the bottom of the standings and who knows when that’s going to change. So maybe the Bruins shouldn’t have taken this one all the way into overtime.

But hey, they won. I can live with that. Tuukka Rask was back to being good (oh, was he) and Loui Eriksson played like a man who wants a new contract in OT by getting right to the net and dunking the puck in to give the B’s their third win of this six-game trip. With this team, I’ll take what we can get. Adam McQuaid was back tonight, and looking healthy. The B’s being in peak condition is of the utmost importance for this roster making the playoffs.

The next game is Thursday night in Nashville. The Predators probably can’t expect to do any better than a wild card right now, but that might be more a result of the division they play in than anything else. It’s sure to be a competitive one, tune in!

Bruins Game 46 Recap: Our natural rivals, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

January 17, 2015 Leave a comment

So the last time the Bruins suffered a regulation loss was against the Jackets. Who knew? They lost tonight the way it seemed like they always lost during the dark parts of this season, by outplaying the opposition but not outscoring them. Not fun. The way that we always assumed they were going to right the ship during those dark parts, maybe we can assume this was just a blip? Seems like the same old problem, they just couldn’t score. How? I don’t know. David Pastrnak added something it seemed like the Bruins never had this year, a guy who can score through sheer force of will. No one played like they had that sort of ability tonight, and they didn’t score. Then Columbus tossed in a few late ones and here we are.

Whatever. Assume it really is a blip because these things happen. Remain calm. Don’t burn all your gear. Don’t pin all your hopes on the Patriots (not saying you shouldn’t keep them up, just don’t be a frontrunner). Just wait. The Bruins go on a two-week road trip now, owing to the All-Star break and general scheduling quirkiness. The first stop is in Dallas on Tuesday night at 8:30. In case you somehow forgot, Dallas is the home of Tyler Seguin, former Bruin and league-leading goal scorer. Try not to shoot your television.

Bruins Game 27 Recap: Resume not panicking.

December 1, 2013 Leave a comment

See? I told you it was just one game. Of course the Blue Jackets are not anything like the Red Wings (or even the Rangers) but they’re still professionals. The Bruins held Columbus to a season-low 14 shots against backup goaltender Chad Johnson and never really looked like anything other than the better team. Two goals in the opening period were all that it took, and Boston had a permanent lead before the first intermission. Early in the third, they were ahead by three. Two of the three belonged to Milan Lucic, who increased his team lead in goals scored to 11 with a power-play tally in the first period and bounced a puck into the net early in the third.

Columbus at least spoiled the shutout with fourteen minutes to go, but that was the end of their offense as the Bruins held them down the rest of the way to earn their second victory in two days. This never really seemed like much of a contest, as the Bruins outclassed the Jackets most of the night and weren’t in any real trouble at any point. The two teams came to blows at a few different points, maybe the result of a visibly weaker team trying to provoke a stronger opponent or maybe just a result of the Jackets’ frustration but that was the only real drama from the game. Boston has a four-day break between now and their next contest in Montreal on Thursday. So rest easy and wait for more exciting Bruins hockey. Or just sleep until then.

Bruins Game 18 Recap: Take Off Your Pants And Jacket.

November 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Hey,  so the Blue Jackets aren’t so great. I mean, historically they haven’t been so great. The phrase “perennial joke” may have been tossed around there once or twice. I dunno. Then last season brought new hope with new management. Then this season began and the team was horrible again. Perhaps they were underperforming? Tonight they played like it, hanging with the Bruins until the bitter end and generally playing better than their record might indicate. The Bruins on the other hand were trying to take nine out of ten points in this five game homestand and hang with the resilient Stamkos-less Lightning. An opponent like the Blue Jackets might seem like a cakewalk for Boston, but as well all know you can’t take anything for granted and so on.

The Bruins couldn’t be accused of taking their opponents lightly or anything like that, as they fought back from an early deficit and took the lead before giving it up late in the second and remaining tied through the third. Perhaps the most dramatic moment in regulation time came when David Krejci was checked face-first into the boards during the first period and had to leave the game. He was back for the second period though, preventing fears of any long-term injury the collision might’ve caused. It was fairly quiet between the two teams in overtime until Milan Lucic blocked a shot and chased the puck all the way into the Blue Jackets’ zone to score a breakaway goal and send everyone home happy.

A successful homestand has put Boston in second place in the division and only three points out of first. The next Bruins game is tomorrow night against the perennially Canadian Ottawa Senators. It’s been a  down year so far for the Sens, will the quick turnaround give them a shot against the Bruins? I don’t know, tune in and watch.