Man, that was a beat down. Really embarrassing stuff for the Senators. The lovable Boston Bruins rolled into Kanata, Ontario last night and on the back of three power play goals, smoked the Ottawa Senators, 5-0. And it could have been worse.
Here are a few must know deets from the game:
- The Bruins are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, six points behind Tampa Bay. They finished the month of December with a 10-2-2 record and have done so in an entertaining fashion we haven’t seen from Bruins hockey in years. They are flat out fun to watch.
- To add to that, the Bruins are doing what they’re doing because of balance in their lineup. A legit top-6 forward group with David Krejci back. A consistent third line with David Backes truly showing how important he is to this team. And a second coming of the Merlot Line in Sean Kuraly, Noel Acciari, and Tim Schaller. The difference between now and then (2010-2012) with this Bruins fourth line is their speed, toughness, and just-enough-skill fit the role perfectly for the modern day NHL “grinder”. They make the other team miserable because of their effort and it lightens the load for everyone else. Add in balanced D-pairs and it’s just refreshing. Sure, they aren’t perfect, but this a very balanced and complete Bruins team, when healthy.
- Ryan Spooner made the most of his return to his hometown scoring two goals and leading the team with six shots on net. His second goal (see tweet below) was a beauty, as he turned on the afterburners, won a foot race to the net, and put it five-hole on Sens tendy Mike Condon. Spooner has been a different player in his post-injury middle third of the season. He’s stronger on the puck, confident, responsible, and overall just looks more mature out there. I for one can’t deny I wanted him gone last summer but he seems like a changed player right now, attitude and all.
- Tuukka Rask still sucks right? Apparently not because the Twitter idiots have died down on that front. Rask picked up the 40th shutout of his career last night with a solid 25-save performance. I thought he was going to lose the shutout in the final minute on a short side attempt where he was down too early but the shot just missed. Tuukka is now riding a 10-0-1 stretch where he’s posted a .952 save percentage and an insane 1.29 goals against average to go with it. He’s the hottest goalie in the NHL right now.
- David Krejci‘s return was a treat. He picked up a goal and an assist on the power play as the Bruins went 3-for-3 with the man advantage. Per usual, the B’s power play is scary with Krejci out there and last night was example #3,247,812 why.
- Referee Ian Walsh might have had the highlight of night when he was tripped up mid-penalty call and never let his arm go down the way his body did. Andy Brickley even chirped on the broadcast “never spilled a drop!”. Great stuff.
- As happy as I am about the B’s dominant win I can’t deny the Ottawa Senators stink. Just putrid. There is nothing to like about their team. The Kyle Turris trade blew up in their face, Erik Karlsson doesn’t look himself, and their owner isn’t the best at his job. It’s hard to believe this team was one goal away from making a Stanley Cup Final appearance last May.
- David Backes and Torey Krug both had two assists in the game.
- Brad Marchand did not have a shot on net.
- Lethal sniper Kevan Miller did have a shot on net.
- With an assist on the David Krejci power play goal in the second period Charlie McAvoy picked up his 20th point of the season.
The Bruins won’t play again until next year (get it???) when they face the New York Long Island Brooklyn Islanders on Tuesday somewhere in the state of New York (7PM) assuming the Islanders can get ice somewhere.
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