Week in Review
Coming off a disheartening and flat performance against the Flyers on Saturday, and the disappointment of losing out on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes, the Bruins faced another four game week as the regular season winds down. Scoring has been a problem lately and this week was no exception. However solid goaltending and timely goals helped the Bruins to a productive week, although with a disappointing ending and a missed opportunity. For the week the B’s went 3-1-0 for 6 out of a possible 8 points, despite scoring only seven goals in four games. With 11 games to go, it looks like the battle for first place and the number two overall seed in the Eastern Conference will go right down to the wire. The Bruins got a much needed boost to their forward lines with the addition of Jaromir Jagr. The Jagr trade was announced on Tuesday and it would come just in time as the B’s lost Patrice Bergeron to another concussion.
Sunday night’s game in Buffalo was a scoreless snoozer through two periods. The Bruins killed off four Buffalo power plays and Anton Khudobin handled all 19 shots he faced through the 2nd. Finally David Krejci broke through scoring with just over 7 minutes remaining to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Krejci assisted on Nathan Horton’s 11th goal of the season for the insurance tally and Khudobin took care of the rest in a much needed 2-0 win.
The B’s returned to Garden ice on Tuesday night against Ottawa in a wild shootout disguised as a 3-2 hockey game. The shots came fast and furious, especially in the 1st period which saw a combined 41 shots on goal, 22 from Boston. Ottawa’s Colin Greening beat Khudobin early but Anton held the fort the rest of the period as Krejci and Tyler Seguin quickly answered the Greening goal and game the B’s a 2-1 lead at the end of one. Period two saw 25 more shots on goal but no goals as both goaltenders were outstanding. In the 3rd, Ottawa tied it early on a goal by Andre Benoit. The shots kept coming on both sides to no avail until Horton got what would prove to be the game winner half-way though. Khudobin finished with 45 saves, while Ottawa’s Robin Lehner was just as impressive finishing with 47 of his own.
Jagr made his Bruins debut on Thursday night at home against the New Jersey Devils. Again the Bruins game up a ton of 1st period shots, as Tuukka Rask turned aside 17 New Jersey chances. With offense again at a premium, the newly acquired Jagr made his impact felt, with his skate no less as a puck of the stick of Brad Marchand deflected off Jagr’s skate for the only goal of the game early in the 2nd period. Rask faced 40 shots and handled them all as the Bruins shut out their second opponent in three games. The 1-0 win put the Bruins one point behind division leading Montreal with a showdown scheduled on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
With a chance to regain first place in the division on Saturday night, the Bruins headed to Montreal for their most important regular season game thus far. This time however, lack of scoring punch and a slow start did the B’s in. Alex Galchenyuk gave Montreal an early lead and old friend Michael Ryder added a power play goal early in the 2nd as the Habs jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Dan Paille cut the lead in half at 7:10 of the 2nd but the Bruins failed to score in the final 33 minutes which included a man advantage/empty net for the last :57 of the game. Amazingly the Bruins power play at the end of the game was the only man advantage the B’s would have for the game. The loss left Boston three point behind with one game in hand.
Player of the Week: Anton Khudobin
Khudobin was pelted by rubber in wins against Buffalo and Ottawa, facing 73 shots and allowing only two goals, both in the Ottawa game. Anton posted his first shutout in a Bruins uniform at Buffalo on Sunday night.
Opponent of the Week: Robin Lehner
Lehner was almost equal to the task on Tuesday night, facing 50 shots and allowing only three goals in a 3-2 loss to the B’s. For the season, Lehner has a GAA of 2.18 and a save percentage of .944 despite losing to the Bruins four times this season. (0-2-2)
Fun Fact of the Week:
The Bruins had only seven power play chances for the week, scored only seven goals in total for the week (0-7 on the PP), yet still managed to go 3-1.
Sour Fact of the Week:
The Bruins are 1-4-1 vs. Montreal and Pittsburgh this season.
The Week Ahead:
Mon Apr 8 Carolina 7:00
Wed Apr 10 at New Jersey 7:30
Thu Apr 11 NY Islanders 7:00
Sat Apr 13 at Carolina 7:00
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