Ryan Spooner scored a beauty in the shootout to give the Bruins the win last night against the New Jersey Devils to improve the Bruins record in the last 15 games to 11-1-3. The Bruins also got a nice short-side goal in the first period from Loui Eriksson. But if you were looking for fast paced hockey this game was not it.
Here are BostonPucks.com’s 3 thoughts:
1. Gustavsson Came Up Big
This game was the tale of the two goalies. Devils goalie Cory Schneider played extremely well, but that is typical when he plays against his home town team. Jonas Gustavsson was equally good. It is just another example of how good of a decision it was by the Bruins organization to go with Gustavsson as the backup goalie instead of Jeremy Smith. Other than the Calgary game Gustavsson has been great.
Gustavsson was really good in the 2nd period when the Bruins took their usual 2nd period nap and were getting out shot big time. However, I thought his best save came in overtime when Zdeno Chara whiffed on a one-timer that created a 2-on-1 going the other way. Gustavsson made a huge glove save on Travis Zajac to allow the Bruins to win the game in a shootout. Gustavsson has given the Bruins a chance to win almost every time he starts and that is all you can ask for from your backup goalie.
2. I Did Not Like The Look The 4-3 Power Play in OT
I try not to criticize the Bruins game plan and their system because I do not want to be that guy who thinks he is a know it all, but I did not like how they boxed it up on the 4-on-3 power play to start overtime. They got something like 8 shots on that powerplay, but they were all one-and-done opportunities. There were no second chances and Schneider did not really have a problem with any of them. Instead of a box I would rather have seen them use a diamond. This way someone is in front of the net, so they can either get a rebound, or a tip on the shots. Bergeron nearly had a goal like this against Pittsburgh on a power play when he was set up in front and it was a far more difficult stop to make than anything close to what Schneider saw. This is just my opinion, but I think it would have been more effective.
3. Krejci line comes through with a 5-on-5 goal
After the Penguins game on Friday one of our post game thoughts was how the Krejci line was not doing much 5-on-5. Well David Krejci, Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson must read BostonPucks.com because they came through with a goal tonight in the 1st period. Colin Miller kind of passed/dumped the puck into the zone (Eriksson tipped it into the zone). Matt Beleskey was hard on the forecheck, which allowed Krejci to collect the puck behind the net. Then he fed a pass to Eriksson in front of the net for the goal. Colin Miller got an assist on this goal, but I would have liked to see it go to Beleskey because the goal was scored due to his hard work on the forecheck. I hope this is a sign of things to come for that line at even strength. (See the goal below):
- The Bruins just continue to roll on their hot streak. They will have a big test on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.
- Brett Connolly might want to score before David Pastrnak comes back or he is going to find himself on the 4th line, or out of the lineup. I have never seen a player get so many opportunities to score yet consistently come up short. Maybe Rich Peverley is closest example of that, but he would always go high glass. Connolly puts it right into the goalie. He’s got too talented of a shot to be snake bitten like this.
- Montreal Canadiens lost again. This time to the Dallas Stars, 6-2. That loss puts Boston within 1 point of the first place Habs, with two games in hand.