Week in Review
We found Nemo, now I wish we never did.
It’s not so much as a week in review, but rather a game in review. Because of the blizzard, the Saturday game against TampaBay was postponed, leaving the Bruins win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre as the only game this week. So a 1-0 week it was, gaining both points available, and ending the third week of the season at an impressive 7-1-1, good for 15 points and the lead in the Northeast Division
The B’s were not particularly sharp early against Montreal as the Habs came out flying and put immediate pressure on Tuukka Rask who managed to hold down the fort while the Bruins found their skating legs. Rask was asked to save the day due to a series of defensive breakdowns including a Lars Eller breakaway midway through the period. The B’s were outshot 11-4 in the period and were fortunate to be still scoreless. One of the more interesting developments of the first was the debut of Ryan Spooner who’s first NHL shift came on the Power Play. He becomes the second Bruins player this season (Dougie Hamilton) to make his debut during a Bruins man advantage.
Montreal struck first as P.K. Subban’s drive from the blue line on the Power Play found the top of the net half way through the 2nd period. The B’s played much better in the period however and finally managed some scoring chances on Carey Price. Price stopped all 11 shots to get the Habs into the locker room up 1-0 after two.
Early in the 3rd the Bruins made some noise as Claude Julien put David Krejci and Tyler Seguin together with Milan Lucic, and put the 4th line of Spooner, Lane MacDermid, and Jamie Tardiff on ice the rest of the way. Krejci set up Seguin :14 seconds in to the 3rd then 1:51 later Lucic set up Krejci for a quick 2-1 lead that they would not give up. The Bruins would hold Montreal to five shots in the 3rd and a Subban tripping penalty with just over a minute to go put a dent in the Habs comeback chances
Player of the Week: Tuukka Rask
Rask gets the call here based on the 1st period when the Bruins defense was collapsing around him. It wasn’t the number of saves but the timing of those saves. Wednesday night looked like “one of those nights” for the B’s but Rask kept them in it until the offense woke up.
Opponent of the Week: P.K. Subban
Well there was only one game and one goal scored against so we might as well give it to the guy who scored it. With two games against Buffalo next week, this space should be reserved for Thomas Vanek again.
Fun Fact of the Week:
The Bruins have scored a total of three goals in the entire month of February and yet are undefeated
The Week Ahead:
Sun Feb 10 at Buffalo 7:00
Tue Feb 12 NY Rangers 7:30
Fri Feb 15 at Buffalo 7:00
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