Good thing my doctor increased my high blood pressure medication because tonight’s game would have sent me to the ER without a doubt. The Bruins showed some perseverance by getting over bad refereeing and having a goal called back. In their 3-2 win tonight over the Toronto Maple Leafs they got 2 goals from Patrice Bergeron and the G-dubya-G from Brad Marchand.
Here are Bostonpucks.com’s 3 thoughts from tonight game:
1. Brad Marchand Is Back
Since Brad Marchand came back from his 3 game suspension he had been a shell of himself. Tonight though, Marchand was engaged and was the pest we love. Running his gums, getting after it, stirring the pot after the whistle. Before it seemed like he was walking a tight rope not wanting to cross the line and get suspended again. Marchand cannot play that way. When he holds back for some reason he just isn’t as effective. In order for him to be the dynamic player he can be he needs to be a pest. And with that style comes scoring. Tonight it seemed like he was free and back to himself and he was rewarded with the game winning goal. He thought he had scored the game winner earlier in the 3rd period but the goal was correctly called back by a coaches challenge due to him narrowly being off-sides. Marchand also tacked on 6 shots on net tonight. In his first three games back from suspension he only put up 5 shots total.
2. Bergeron Comes Through When The Bruins Need Him Most
Patrice Bergeron scored two goals tonight and he always seems to come up big when the Bruins need him to. At this point there is not much that needs to be said about Patrice Bergeron. He does everything. Now that Anze Kopitar just signed a 8-year, $80 million contract ($10 million annual cap hit) it makes Bergeron’s $6.87 million cap hit look like the all-time “American Pickers” bargain. Getting the two points tonight was huge and the Bruins can thank Bergeron for having a typical night at the office.
3. What Is Going On With The Officiating?
Tonight’s game was a flat out embarrassment for NHL refs. I honestly don’t even know what to think after seeing what I saw. Landon Ferraro has a clear breakaway from nearly his own blue line early in the 3rd period. He’s blatently tripped, and no call. I then take a deep breath and let the blood pressure meds do their thing. Soon after though, Zdeno Chara gets his skates taken out from under him in the d-zone on an exact play earlier that was called on Boston. Not only was it no call but it’s the play that led to the Leafs second goal. It went on, and on, and on, all game.
The Bruins are 29th out of 30 teams in the league in terms of power play opportunities. With the #1 power play in the NHL I guess teams are lucky they aren’t getting the calls they should because if they were even in the teens in terms of rankings for power play attempts they might have astronomical numbers. The whole game was a completely one sided affair and I’m just thankful the Bruins grabbed the two points in regulation that they deserved.
- The Bruins have now won two games in a row after a tough stretch. They now have 51 points and are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Oh, and Montreal is now holding down the last wild card spot.
- Tuukka thought he had the save of the night: But Torey Krug upstaged him when it was 2-2 late:
- Back on Oct 24th the Bruins were 3-3-1 (7 pts). The Habs were 9-0 (18 pts) and everyone was amazed. They were the first Canadiens team in franchise history to start a season 9-0. After tonights win the Bruins passed the Habs in the standings. But Montreal just traded for John Scott so expect scoring to sky rocket.
- With two goals tonight Patrice Bergeron is now tied with Cam Neely on the Bruins all-time scoring leaders list at 590 points. I just want a ticket on that inevitable night down the road when they raise #37 to the rafters. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
A couple days off for the B’s then they head to that dump, the Bell Centre, in Montreal on Tuesday. 7pm puck drop.