Jesus fucking Christ. You know, it's easy to tell people it's not time to panic when your team is currently in first place in their division and second place in the Eastern Conference, but when you see a game like last night it's hard to justify why not to panic. The Bruins are hockey's equivalent to Sybil. They'll play an amazing game of hockey one night and the next they'll look like they've never played the game before in their life.
Last night's game was somewhere in the middle of those ranges. The Bruins didn't play a terrible game, in fact, you can argue that they controlled most of the play. The problem is that their shots didn't go through (42 shots, 0 goals), luck wasn't on their side (McDonagh's goal off of Chara) and they just didn't seem focused.
You have to give the Rangers a lot of credit. They're in the Bruins heads at this point, they have to be. Henrik Lundqvist is stopping everything that comes his way. It's like the scene in The Fantastic Four when The Thing stops the firetruck with his shoulder. That's Lundqvist at this moment. Dude's throwing himself in front of firetrucks. Ever wonder why the Green Line is perpetually late? They're doing their best impression of Lundqvist and stopping all the time.
It all started with a stupid penalty by Zdeno Chara. He should know that you can't clasp your hand around the puck. Instead, he takes the penalty, the Rangers go on the power play and score - completely swinging momentum to the Rags and effectively ending the game. They should've just stopped the game at that point because there was no point in going forward.
Boston won the second and third period in terms of shot totals. The Rangers had less shots in the second and third period combined (8) than the Bruins had in the second period alone (14). Shit, Boston had 18 shots in the third period. What's even more scary? New York had 3 shots in the third period and 1 of them found its way into the back of the net.
Shitty game is shitty...
None. What can be considered a positive coming out of tonight's game? That it ended? That the team supplied 42 shots? No one looked sharp, no one looked focused and no one looked hungry. I think that's the best way to put it. There was (obviously) no one positive in the plus/minus category and some of the shot totals seem a little out of whack. Chara had 6 shots, Krejci had 5, Seguin had 7 [which should be normal, actually]. What's even more telling is Brad Marchand had 0 shots. Milan Lucic had 1. You need these guys to shoot the puck more.
My bed time. Based on the shittyness of this game, I was asleep before 10pm. It was magical and something that hasn't happened in a long time.
There's another game tomorrow. The best part of a back-to-back is that you can quickly forget about whatever happened the previous night. Here's to hoping that tonight's game in Montreal is better than last night's at the Garden.
Johnny Boychuk's Contract. I like Johnny Boychuk. I think the guy is an average defenseman and he fits well in Boston's system. With that said, he's not the second best defenseman on the Bruins and shouldn't be paid like it. I know a lot of people are saying that Boychuk deserves the contract. Sorry, he doesn't. 3 years, $3.36M per year with a no-trade clause for years 1 and 2? WHAT?! Is Peter Chiarelli smoking the high end kush or was he just in a good mood because it was Valentine's Day? Whatever it is, pair him with someone other than the best defenseman in the league and see how well he plays (or watch last year's playoffs).
Tim Thomas. I'll say it, Thomas didn't look good last night. There were times where he bailed out the Bruins, but when you're facing 5 shots in the second period and 3 shots in the third, there's little excuse as to why you're allowing goals. I can let the second one slide, there's nothing you can do when your gargantuan captain has a puck bounce off of him and then give you the "dumb-dumb" face. My real issue is with the third goal where Thomas should've made the stop. That wonder 66% save percentage in the third period is going to do wonders. That's okay though, Tuukka Rask sucks right?
Kevin Paul Dupont. More shitty trade rumors of KPD. Just an absolute abortionary rumor mill.
Power Play. 1 fucking shot on the power play. Unacceptable by all accounts. If the Bruins are going to score goals (which apparently they are not) then they need to do it on the power play. 1 shot, what a joke.
Penalty Kill. New York's Achilles heel, if you will, is their power play. Coming into last night the Rangers were ranked 25th in the NHL while the Bruins PK was ranked 5th. So what happens? Well obviously New York scores early on their first power play of the game and completely take all the momentum from the game. Bunch of 'mo stealers.
- Will the real Boston Bruins please stand up?
- Where has all the Bruins physicality gone? Are they really worried about being suspended again? Sounds like a lame excuse to me. Saturday they proved they can still hit and not be considered "dirty".
- If Scott Gomez scores tonight against the Bruins, is it officially time to panic?