How about them Bruins? Decent team I suppose? Youth is blossoming before our eyes, the depth guys are the balls, and the weight of being an injury depleted one line team is lifting. It’s fun to watch a healthy Bruins team all pull on the rope together.
Tuesday night they did just that.
On the back of an Anton Khudobin shutout, a Jake DeBrusk highlight reel snipe, and two empty netters, the B’s demoralized the eternal losers, the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0.
Here are a few of my super sweet observations from the game:
- Last night’s blowout was fun. Chugging beers, crushing nachos, just laughing at the Blue Jackets all night. I enjoyed it. But tonight, although completely different, was almost more satisfying. Not in terms of entertainment value, but as nice of a win in the sense that in the last three seasons it felt like these games were locks to be a loss. With this lineup, when healthy, not anymore. They can win these former clunkers. The Bruins have now won 5 of their last 7 games. They now trail the Maple Leafs (second place in the Atlantic Division) by 4-points while having three games in hand.
- Anton Khudobin was the 1st star of this one. No doubt about it. There were plenty of “back-to-back games” like moments in this one for the Bruins, especially in the third period. And Dobby bailed them out of every one. His 36-save shutout (1.00 kajillion save percentage) performance came at the perfect time. Thank you, Khudobin.
- Jake DeBrusk, with 11 points in his last 11 games, scored one of the most beautiful short side snipes I’ve seen in awhile. Just a solid individual effort that saw him easily dust Jason Pominville at the blue line then unleash a vicious felony assault on the water bottle resting on the top bunk behind Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. DeBrusk has been on fire the past 24 hours. Let’s hope he stays hot.
- Tim Schaller was about as snake bitten as one could be. He was stuffed on a penalty shot last night, he rang some iron, had a twig snap on a one-T. The guy couldn’t catch a break. Until he nailed a near 200 footer, using a bank off the side rail to send it all the way down the table to an open net. Gotta love it.
- Noel Acciari is a warrior. Logging a legit 16:24 of ice time, the guy blocks a monster bomb from the point with the Sabres threatening to tie it late. And then after the two Bruin empty netters he’s still out there blocking clappers in the waning seconds of the game. Balls big as dump trucks.
- Like last night, I thought Ryan Spooner and Anders Bjork looked good in this one too. Bjork seems to have come back to life after a standard “rookie wall/effort benching” and Spooner just looks better as well. With Mr. Hotness, Jake DeBrusk in there too, I’d let this line ride awhile if possible.
- Any word on if Kevan Miller killed Zach Bogosian in that fight? Man, can he throw. Scary.
The B’s try to keep this train rolling on Thursday at home against the Winnipeg Jets (7PM). Be there.
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