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Bruins Game 57 Recap: Boy, They Did Everything Right But…

February 19, 2016 Leave a comment

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The Bruins sure tried hard tonight. The first period was ugly, no doubt, but they showed effort afterwards and managed to recover from those early jitters to give Nashville quite the contest. The problem being, they didn’t score tonight. Pekka Rinne’s had his share of troubles this year, but managed to shut the B’s out For Sixty Minutes and cost the Bruins a game they could’ve possibly won. What great timing. I don’t like that, but I have to accept it!

On the plus side, nobody died so at least the Bruins can bring the same roster to Dallas on Saturday night where they face the Stars and some loser whose name escapes me. Tune in!

Bruins Game 26: Scheduled losses, blah blah.

December 8, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Bruins have been busy lately, there’s no doubt. Between you and I, I was surprised they didn’t get an extra day off after their west coast trip required playing three games in four days. But here we are! The Bruins actually didn’t do very badly tonight, but the endless parade to the penalty box resumed and that’s probably a result of the fatigue on the team.

They were in point territory until the 3rd period at least, small victories. There were some fights, the team played well but not well enough. I can’t think of much else to say. Stay out of the dang penalty box, guys.

The next game is Wednesday night against the Habs, in Montreal. That’s always an adventure, isn’t it?

Bruins Game 35 Recap: Winning streaks? I remember those.

December 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Maybe it’s a bad sign when the Bruins win and you have to pick apart all the little things that went right to allow them to succeed. Sure, Nashville played their backup goalie tonight in a presumed attempt to rest their starting goaltender and probable all-around best player. Sure the Bruins nearly blew another lead. And sure, it was a home game. Whatever. We aren’t bothered by that because winning just feels so good, you know? The Bruins scored five goals and played terribly for about half of the game and we can be okay with that because in the end they won and scored a lot, two things which the team hasn’t been known for recently.

So now we’re at the Christmas break, as stated in the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and hockey players deserve a break too so don’t whine about not getting hockey on Christmas. The Bruins are back at it on Saturday night in Columbus. Things haven’t looked so great for the Jackets this year. The Bruins do have a habit of not crushing their worst opponents though. How will it turn out? Tune in.

 

Bruins Game 31 Recap: It beats regulation losing, right?

December 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

Bruins Game 41 Recap: Bruins dig themselves out… of losing streak.

January 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Two games is a losing streak, right guys? It’s a short one but losing games sucks so I say it counts. The Bruins needed to find a way to beat another struggling team tonight, but recent trends suggest that the B’s might have issues not playing up to their lesser-skilled opponents. On top of that, it was the NHL debut of goaltender Niklas Svedberg, giving the Bruins just one more thing to worry about. The first half of the game was mostly about missed Boston opportunities, as they did a great job of entering Nashville’s defensive end and getting the puck towards the net. Then Nashville scored first. Disappointing, yes. But you had to figure that the Bruins would even things up with the way they were pressuring Nashville, but it took until the 3rd for Johnny Boychuck and Jarome “Greatest Free-Agent Signing Ever” Iginla to score the tying and go-ahead goals.

With Nashville’s bad offense the Bruins could probably have counted on a victory from there on out. So leave it to the one-not-awful guy in Nashville’s lineup to tie things, much as Jonathan Tavares did on Tuesday night. Shae Weber put Nashville back on the board with a rebound shot that Svedberg sort-of caught before it bounced by him into the net. The two teams then battled to the end of regulation, guaranteeing Boston at least it’s first point in three games. But losing streaks don’t end with overtime losses, right? It’s a good thing then that Brad Marchand scored less than a minute in to send everyone home happy. Everyone who didn’t have to drive at least. And the Predators. I bet the Predators weren’t happy. The Bruins next game is on Saturday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, who should be used to this sort of obscene weather. Tune in, where else are you going to go?

Bruins Game 37: Bad goalie night.

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment

What’s wrong with the Predators? Sure their starting goaltender, Pekka Rinne, has been out of action since October with a bacterial infection. But a quick glance at the team’s results this year seems to suggest that the team’s real problem lies with their offense. After all, you can’t win if you don’t score. So naturally things looked bad for them when the Bruins pulled ahead early on in the first period. After it became apparent that Carter Hutton just didn’t “have it” tonight, he was quickly replaced by Marek Mazanek, who temporarily stopped the leak.

But regrettably for whichever Nashville fans manage to slip in between the Bostonians jamming the stands, the comeback fell short in the third. Jarome Iginla had two goals tonight and continued to be an awesome free agent acquisition. Ryan Spooner demonstrated how well he is adjusting to the NHL level and pulled off a nifty move coming into the Nashville zone to set up Carl Soderberg. The Predators pretty much crumpled after the fourth Bruin goal and that was it for the competitive portion of the game, although Boston still had two more goals in them. Nashville didn’t find many answers tonight, unless the questions were “do you suck?” repeated endlessly…. man, I’m bad at sports cliches.

The Bruins are now off until Friday night due to the Christmas holiday. Then they’re back at it against Ottawa. Tune in, hockey will keep you warm.