Damn it. Tonight was tough to watch. The Nashville Predators came into Boston, Viktor Arvidsson scored with just under five minutes to go to break the 2-2 tie, and the B’s lose 3-2. The ice was tilted mostly in Nashville’s favor all night largely due the tired play of the Bruins and the parade they had to the penalty box due to those tired legs. Roman Josi stole the show tonight with his play for the Preds and Loui Eriksson had a highlight tic-tac-toe goal on the powerplay for the Bruins. Here are BostonPucks.com 3 thoughts from the game:
1) Bruins Looked Tired
There are no excuses in the NHL. Everyone has road trips, every0ne has injuries, winning is what matters. But it was clear tonight that the Bruins were trying to do the right thing in most instances but could not get it going. They looked considerably slower than on their recent road trip and appeared to be off just a bit. At times they’d have spurts of good play but nothing sustainable. After the Loui Eriksson goal that gave them a 2-1 lead 17+ game minutes passed before their next shot one net. I wrote this morning that you better get used to these types of roller coaster performances for the Bruins this year. I’ll give them credit for the fight in their game, but the execution was just not there and it has to be fatigue from playing 4 games in 6 nights.
2) Roman Josi Has Eclipsed Shea Weber
It’s happened. Roman Josi is the stud of the stacked D-corp that mans the Predators blue line. The 2008, 2nd round pick (38th overall) is such a great player. His skating, his offensive prowess (2 goals tonight) and hockey sense are top notch. Don’t get me wrong Shea Weber is still great, he did have a hat trick the other night against Detroit, but Josi has become the consistent all around threat on the ice for Nashville. He does everything. If the Predators can somehow keep that deep defensive unit together long-term they will be a threat coming out of the Central Division for a long time.
3) The Bruins Took Too Many Penalties
The Predators were 2-for-7 on the power play tonight while the Bruins rang up 26 minutes in penalties. However, 10 of those minutes were due to 2 fighting majors from Marchand and Randell. I understand that penalties are going to happen, but some of them are preventable. In typical NHL reffing fashion I thought some of the calls were questionable. The goalie interference call on Brett Connolly was one of them. Yes, he made contact with the goalie, but it was due to him taking the puck hard to the net and he ran out of real estate. He did not “run” the goalie. After the play there was no real threat of a goal and if there was and the Bruins scored, okay, you have an argument to call the penalty. But it did not result to anything close to a goal, so why call it? The goalie interference penalties are getting out of hand and the NHL needs to relax on it. They are treating the goalies like the NFL treats quarterbacks.
- The rumor mill is that Dennis Seidenberg is taking a little “maintenance” time in the press box to rest some physical ailment that’s bothering him. Not sure if that’s true or not but that’s what’s burning up Twitter about his absence. I was surprised however that Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller, both with fresh legs the Bruins needed tonight, remained scratched.
- Jonas Gustavsson bounced back tonight after getting pulled against Calgary on Friday night. He made 30 saves, posted a respectable .909 save percentage, and really seemed to be on his game tonight. Viktor Arvidsson may have scored a beauty on him late but had Kevan Miller not blown a tire that allowed Arvidsson to walk in uncontested Gustavsson was giving the Bruins enough to get them to overtime to salvage a point.