Well, the first period looked a lot like the Vancouver game on Thursday night. The Bruins were going through the motions and were playing down to their competition. Claude must have ripped into them pretty good between the first intermission because the Bruins were much better for the rest of the game. Brad Marchand scored 32 seconds into the 2nd period and Pastrnak scored 3 minutes later to take a 2-0 lead. Columbus fought back and tied up the game. But boy band candidates Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug scored in the shootout. Krug’s was the winner on an absolute snip:
Here are BostonPucks.com’s 3 thoughts on the game:
1. Spooner playing Right Wing on the Bergeron line
The way Ryan Spooner has been playing in the last 15 to 20 games he deserves more playing time, but with him playing wing doesn’t that hurt the strength down the middle? Can you honestly say Jonas Kemppainen is a 3rd line center? Kemppainen is a nice player, but I do not think he is a 3rd line guy. Since the 4th line has been playing so well lately Claude is not going to break up that line so Kemppainen does not really have a place to play. I cannot complain, the Bergeron line was great in the 2nd and 3rd period. Seemed like they were always generating scoring opportunities. They had one shift in the 3rd period where it looked like they were on a power play. Spooner is much more creative than Brett Connolly, so it is a nice addition to the Bergeron line. I just think it hurts the depth at center.
2. Young Defensemen Gaining Confidence
The young defensemen for the Bruins are gaining more and more confidence every game they play. I think Zach Trotman has been pretty good the past two games. In the 3rd period tonight he had a nice puck rush and in overtime after a successful penalty kill he jumped up in the play to get a good shot off.
In the Vancouver game Trotman had another nice rush. I did not notice Joe Morrow much tonight other than his minus-2 but I thought he played pretty well against Vancouver. Trotman 17:14 of ice time tonight and Morrow only had 12:39. I am not sure if Trotman is a top 4 defenseman, but he would be a solid guy on the bottom pairing. Although I would like to see Colin Miller in the lineup the two young defenseman that have been playing have had gains in their play and are trending in the right direction.
3. Gustavsson Was Good Again
It feels like every time Jonas Gustavsson starts a game we say that he gave the Bruins a chance to win and that did not change tonight. He made two huge saves in the second period when Columbus was buzzing in the offensive zone. He finished the night with a legit 31 saves, and also came up big in the shootout. Gustavsson is giving the Bruins quality goal tending from the backup that they did not have last year. With the play of Gustavsson this year you have to wonder if the Bruins had a backup goalie they could have relied on last year they probably make the playoffs.
- The refs had another rough one tonight. The Loui Eriksson hold was bad, the Kevan Miller hold was bad and the Dennis Seidenberg slash with 5 seconds left in regulation was bad as well. Clean it up, stripes.
- Claude stuck with the same lines the entire game. That is amazing.
- Columbus was 0-5 on the power play. The Bruins penalty kill is almost automatic these days. There were some points that were hairy during some kills, but they successfully killed them.
- The Greg Campbell tribute was very fitting. Goosebumps seeing the video of him raising the Cup. What a line that Merlot group was.