I would normally say it’s crickets today from the #TradeTuukka crowd but they never stop complaining. They’re probably still whining that Manny Fernandez didn’t get the job over Timmy Thomas years ago too. It’s what they do.
Last night, in what seemed like their 8,000th straight must-win game, the Bruins showed up and nearly shut out the red hot Nashville Predators, 4-1. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci both scored even strength first period goals and it was all the cushion the B’s would need with the way Tuukka was playing. To use a cliche’, they played a full 60 minutes. It was a real treat getting back-to-back complete efforts from the Black n’ Gold.
Here are a few highlights from Tuesday’s action:
- Tuukka Rask was fantastic. Very sharp, very in control, and nearly unbeatable. The lone goal that did sneak through was an absurd tip in by Craig Smith that would handcuff anyone with a heartbeat. It appeared as though the 5 day rest Tuukka had between starts was a significant difference maker. And it appeared as though Tuukka hadn’t paid much attention to all the heat being thrown his way in the media over the weekend. Like he gives a shit anyway. What he did give was a performance the B’s needed. If you can’t appreciate that go take a nap.
- David Pastrnak pulled off a move for the ages last night. A one-handed, 360 spin, toe drag-esque move that toe picked our old friend Matt Irwin. Of course Pasta went patented Rich Peverley high glass with his shot immediately after but who cares. I’m here to be entertained.
- Noel Acciari scored his first NHL goal and it came at the perfect time (although waiting 33 games into his NHL career may seem like the opposite of perfect timing to Acciari). With the Predators closing to within a goal with under five minutes remaining in the third period the Bruins sprung for a 3-on-1. Riley Nash then fed a silky backhand pass to Acciari who finished off the play by burying top shelf. The kid was also his usual wrecking ball self as well, throwing 8 hits in the game. To give you an idea Kevan Miller was the next closest with 3 hits. Despite some recent team woes the Dominic Moore-Nash-Acciari line has been real good. Since the “Merlot Line” nickname is retired we may need to go with Cabernet Sauvignon or something similarly easy to pronounce for this bunch.
- Even strength goals are nice. They’re even better when it’s your team finally scoring one. Thanks to Patrice Bergeron (his first goal in 10 games) and David Krejci the Bruins actually did it twice. In one period, even. And both goals coming from guys who combine to chew up $14 million in cap space per year is a relief. It’s amazing how things go when your expensive guns produce like they should.
- Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano, and Jimmy Hayes are not a very good line. I think we probably know where the problem begins but I won’t say it. And the other two guys aren’t doing enough in their own right to be difference makers either. I don’t know where Bruce Cassidy goes from here but I hope to hell changes are coming to that group.
- Everyone else keeps winning and that’s keeping the heat on the B’s despite the much needed W. Last night it was Toronto and Carolina getting two points while Ottawa grabbed the loser point in OT against Philadelphia. The log jam for 3rd in the Atlantic and the wild card spots remains tight and doesn’t look like it’s going to clear until games 81 or 82.
The Bruins face the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at the Garden. Puck drop is at 7:30pm. The Stars feature a young center who is named Tyler Seguin. I don’t know if you’ve heard of him before or not. He wears #91. Look for him. He’s decent.
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