It was not a very exciting game but the Bruins got the two points from the lowly Calgary Flames. In the first two periods there was very little flow to the game and the Bruins didn’t generate a whole lot of offense either. The 3rd period was much better. Landon Ferraro and Patrice Bergeron were the goal scorers for the Bruins. Bergeron’s goal was the game winner and his 24th goal of the season.
Here are BostonPucks.com’s 3 thoughts on the game:
1. Stempniak gives the forwards good depth
We just wrote how we were disappointed about the trade deadline but one thing that the trade for Lee Stempniak does is it gives the Bruins more depth with the forward lines. The 4th line of Landon Ferraro, Noel Acciari and Brett Connolly was good tonight and gives that line a lot more skill than it has had for most of the season. That is more like a real 4th line in today’s NHL.
Ferraro has had good jump in his game recently and he has been rewarded for it with 3 points in the last 4 games. Claude might mess with the lines a little more going forward to try to find the best fit (no surprise there, he messes with the lines more than my 2 year old son messes his pants) but it was a pretty good start for the new look 4th line.
2. Rask was really good tonight
In the first two periods there was not a lot of flow to the game but Calgary had some quality scoring chances that Tuukka turned away. The only goal Calgary was able to muster came when Tuukka was without his goalie stick. Trying to stop a slapper low stick side with a defenseman’s twig isn’t the easiest thing to do.
Overall, Tuukka looked really good tonight. He finished the game with 24 saves and in my opinion was the first star of the game. If it was not for Tuukka tonight the Bruins could have easily lost this must win game.
3. Noel Acciari has a pretty good debut
Not a bad debut for the Providence College alum. Acciari did not look out of place and seemed comfortable playing as the 4th line center in the 8:31 of ice time. Acciari brings more offense than Max Talbot and Jonas Kemppainen but does not have as much jam as Talbot (yet). He was also 57% at the face off dot, finished a plus 1, and had one shot on net with 2 hits to his credit in his debut. Not bad for the first year pro.
- I love that the Bruins fans booed Dougie Hamilton all night long when he touched the puck. The poor guy’s feelings must be hurt. Nice job Bruins fans.
- The power play came up with a big goal with 3:24 left in the 3rd period. It was good to see the power play generating some offense. The Bruins will need strong special teams down the stretch.
- With the Bruins having the hardest schedule on paper in the NHL for the rest of the season these 2 points were huge tonight. With games against Chicago and Washington coming up they have to get as many points as possible.