Week in Review
The Bruins kicked off the 48 game sprint to the finish that is the 2013 NHL season with an impressive 3-0-1 week, earning seven out of a possible eight points.
On opening night against the Rangers, the B’s scored an impressive 3-1 win against the team than many feel (including this writer) will win the Stanley Cup. The story of the game was the Bruins holding the powerful Rangers to just 21 shots on goal and killing off a 5-on-3 Rangers PP in the 3rd. Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist was impressive but allowed two questionable goals as the B’s got their season off to a good start.
Monday brought the Winnipeg Jets to town for a matinee. The Bruins historically (for some reason) struggle in 1:00 starts, and this was no exception as the Jets got out to a quick 1-0 lead. But the Seguin-Marchand-Bergeron line dominated the first two periods and got the B’s tied it later in the 1st. The Bruins dominated play but hit four goal posts as the game went to a shootout. After Patrice Bergeron put the B’s up 2-1, Rask stopped veteran Olli Jokinen and then Karma took over as Bryan Little’s attempt to tie clanged off the right post giving Boston the victory and a 2-0-0 record.
The B’s and Rangers went at it a second time at MSG on Wednesday night. New York raced out to a quick 2-0 thanks to a sluggish first period in which the Bruins were dominated. Marian Gaborik scored on a 2-on-1 early, and then was left alone in front of Tuukka Rask later for another score. The B’s responded early in the 2nd period when impressive rookie Dougie Hamilton set up Brad Marchand for a tip-in PP goal, then Milan Lucic was left all alone in front of Lundqvist to tie the score at 2-2. A quick Rangers goal put them up 3-2 before Nathan Horton scored his first goal in over one calendar year with 4:23 remaining. In OT, it was Gaborik again, finishing the hat trick by splitting the B’s defense for a breakaway goal (which was originally stopped by Rask, but Gaborik tipped the puck out of the air) to win it. All things considered a good single point effort.
The busy week concluded Friday night with a visit from the Islanders. Trailing 2-1 midway through the game, the Bruins rallied to get the next three goals. Gregory Campbell tied it at 2-2 with 6:18 remaining in the second period. The B’s then dominated the third as Zdeno Chara’s wrist shot through traffic beat Rick DiPietro. Less than six minutes later Dougie Hamilton sent Patrice Bergeron on a breakaway, Bergeron easily beat DiPietro (who is signed through 2021 incidentally!) for the insurance goal and the 4-2 win.
Player of the Week: Tuukka Rask
Despite all the Dougie-mania surrounding the Bruins opening week, Rask gets this week’s honors. Rask, who is likely “the” key player for the Bruins this season got off to a strong start going 3-0-1 with a GAA of 1.96 and a save percentage of .925.
Opponent of the Week: Marian Gaborik
The honor has to go to Gaborik for his hat trick Wednesday. Other impressive performances were by local guy Keith Aucoin (Waltham ,MA) of the Islanders with two goals, Rangers forward Rick Nash, and Winnipeg’s pair of forward Evander Kane and “defenseman” Dustin Byfuglien.
The Week Ahead:
Monday Jan 28 at Carolina 7:00
Tuesday Jan 29 New Jersey 7:00
Thursday Jan 31 Buffalo 7:00
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