Last time I did math 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. The Bruins were able to string together 3 straight wins by gutting out a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Brad Marchand scored what may be the goal of the year with a David Ortiz style swing, batting the puck out of mid-air to bury it. David Krejci scored in the shootout on a silky silky move on goalie James Reimer. 4-3 final, Bruins win. Here are BostonPucks.com 3 thoughts from the game:
1) Bruins are winning games they should
How many times do you see your favorite team win a game and you hear some one say, “yeah but they played the (fill in the blank)”. Tell that to the Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, or Tampa Bay Lightning. Those teams aren’t winning games they are favored in on paper with what pundits feel are much better Stanley Cup contending lineups than the Bruins have. Up against Toronto tonight, who have been playing great lately, the Bruins fought hard for the win. The Bruins are owning their issues and early season mistakes in the media, saying they’re going to clean it up, and are walking the walk. There is so much parity in the NHL and the standings are so tight there’s no room for excuses. Was tonight against Toronto? Yes. But Boston has been given the opportunity to win these games and they’ve been closing them out. Can’t say the same for far more hyped teams.
2) Tuukka Time
As co-Boston Pucks founder Nick “Daddy Daycare” wrote in our season preview, Tuukka has to be the Bruins team MVP for them to get where they want to be. Tonight he did it again. A season high 39 save, .929 save percentage performance sealed the deal. HIghlighted by his “0n the door step, highway robbery” of Toronto’s chronic cry baby JVR. Tuukka; MVP tonight indeed.
3) Special Night for Landon Ferraro
What a night it must have been for Landon Ferraro. On Saturday the Detroit Red Wings put Ferraro on waivers in hopes to send him down to the AHL. The Bruins put in a claim on him and by Sunday he was driving from Detroit to Toronto to meet his new team. Ferraro, with his father Ray as part of the TSN broadcast team for the game, scored the 3rd goal for the Bruins tonight. After the goal was scored Ray Ferraro said it was the best goal he has ever seen. He was just a proud father. It did not matter that Landon might not have touched the puck, the goal ended up being credited to Brad Marchand, but he did poke at Reimer helping the puck to cross the line. This is just another example of feel good stories in sports. It was a great moment between a father and son.
- David Krejci’s shootout goal was filthy. He has some nice hands.
- Marchand had two more points tonight and continues to be on a hot streak.
- Part of the reason new Bruin Landon Ferraro was picked up on waivers was because the 4th line, despite all their fight, has been less than stellar lately. Tonight the stars aligned because in his first game with the Bruins on the 4th line they were part of 2 of Boston’s goals. Zac Rinaldo got his 1st of the year, and Ferraro was in on the other goal. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.