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Bruins Game 66 Recap: It’s the effort that counts.

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Just kidding! There’s no “effort” column in the standings. Plenty of it was shown on the ice tonight though, and that’s…… nice? I can appreciate it, anyway. The Caps are definitely the toughest team in the east, maybe the toughest one in the whole league? The Bruins managed to survive them though, even down a defenseman after Alex Ovechkin managed to drive Kevan Miller into the boards face-first and injure his shoulder. Thanks for that, Alex. At least it wasn’t his head? We can only hope.

Anyway, the B’s scrounged a point out of this one at least, so it’s not a total loss. After a game like that one, two points would’ve been nice. But one, at least, helps. Now the team heads down to Florida to play the Panthers and the Lightning back-to-back.  I don’t think I need to tell you that a series like that is pretty big. The first game is Monday night, tune in!

Bruins Game 38 Recap: It Is A Losing Streak.

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

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So last time we were talking about losing streaks. This time, we’re talking about losing streaks. David Krejci is out with the ever-mysterious “upper-body injury.” Brad Marchand got his ass suspended. Then tonight Adam McQuaid suffered a hit from behind that made his head literally bounce off the glass and had to leave. A hit that didn’t result in a penalty to the opposing team, either. Oh yes, and the Bruins lost. So everyone’s hurt all of a sudden and the team’s losing. What fun.

On the plus side, they played better? Always nice to know that the team did that small favor to us. The Winter Classic looked awfully sloppy from Boston’s standpoint, we can at least hope that the team recovers from whatever mental fatigue they’ve suffered in time for the roster to start recovering.

The next game is on Friday in New Jersey. The Devils aren’t having too bad a season, hopefully the Bruins can at least put it together for a single night.

Bruins Game 12 Recap: “Growing Pains” was my favorite 80’s sitcom that I never actually watched.

November 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Can we really use the “growing pains” line? This team has made a habit of tossing out young talent in exchange for “grit” and crummy older players for a while now, can you really “grow” with things like that?

No. Just let me stop you there. The answer is “no.”

The Bruins did no growing tonight, dropping their first road game of the year to the Capitals in DC. They did manage a single goal against Braden Holtby though, which is sort-of good? Sure they got outplayed and outscored, but a goal? That’s better than the zero goals they’ve scored against him in the last few tries.

This whole thing feels familiar, “growing pains” as we start to head deeper into a season characterized by more than a little doubt before it even began. It’s not that the Bruins are in a transition, as much as it appears that the people in charge have no business being there. Gone is the young talent we were expected to “transition” to, in it’s place is an aging core and a bunch of random dudes from around the league. Not good. Can’t rely on Tuukka to “steal one” every time the Bruins need a win, can’t blame him every time that doesn’t happen, either. Hockey!

The next B’s game is on Saturday against the Habs…….. in Montreal. Ooh boy.

Bruins Game 80 Recap: Wait, come back!

You might panic knowing that after all that winning the Bruins did in the last week, they’re still on the playoff bubble. I mean sure, the Panthers are done and gone. But they could have really used those two points tonight, because now they’re three behind Washington, one behind Pittsburgh and Detroit, and tied with Ottawa for the last playoff spot. And everyone has two games left to play. Sure they could still vault all the way into a matchup with Tampa instead of the shotgun blast to the face that would probably be facing the Habs or the Rangers in the first round. But we probably shouldn’t count on that happening. At least its hard to after tonight.

Braden Holtby shut the Bruins out for the third time tonight. Is it because our offense is godawful, almost by design? Is it because he’s a good goalie? I can’t tell. Optimism isn’t really the first thing on your mind after a game like that. The words “league history” are being tossed around to describe this and while I can’t argue with that, I can argue that………. um…………. the name “Braden” is dumb. So there. What else is there to say? Shut out three times by the same goalie, it’s embarrassing.

Anyway, don’t head for the lifeboats just yet. The Bruins are still tied for a postseason spot and they have two games left, against the now-dead Panthers and the hopefully-resting for the playoffs Lightning. Anything can happen! Which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. Let’s hope the Senators help us out here. The next game is……… why, it’s tomorrow night in Florida. Tune in!

Bruins Game 62 Recap: Bruins Cap Washington.

There wasn’t really much drama in that one, was there? Washington got themselves into a bit of a brawl in Philadelphia last night and weren’t really able to muster much against a Bruins team that’s suddenly righted itself after the break, and that’s all there is to that. For some reason the Bruins had never beaten Braden Holtby in regulation before tonight. One Tuukka Rask shutout and that changed. With the loss the Capitals remained out of the last playoff spot in the east while the Bruins remain first in the Atlantic Division and second overall in the conference.

Next up are the Lightning on Saturday night. Tampa is still reeling from the stupidity of their GM but has also been bolstered (I don’t think anyone knows what that word really means) by the return of Steven Stamkos. It should be a fun game, tune in. I’m telling you to.