Hockey is often a game of bounces and inches. Both teams got their bounces today. The Penguins got just one more.
The Penguins played like a team that was still upset about blowing a late third period lead to the Bruins. The Bruins played like a team that wanted to show that comeback was no fluke.
Fleury pretty much won the game for the Penguins. The Bruins were all over the Penguins and forced Fleury to makes several huge stops. Rask answered the bell for the Bruins at the other end. Fleury faced 46 shots. Rask faced 36. Ridiculous.
Pens and Bruins each had one player playing their balls off too. Jordan Staal was everywhere for Pittsburgh. He even nailed Chara a few times. Seemed like every time he was on the ice the Penguins had a scoring chance. He assisted on Pittsburgh’s first goal and scored the game winner.
Ryder was everywhere for the Bruins. It seemed like his game tying goal in the second boosted his confidence through the roof. After that he was a one man show. He got pucks behind Fleury two more times. One hit the post and one was saved by Pittsburgh’s defense. He was crazy.
Hard to be upset by a loss like this. Bruins played well against a team that ain’t too shabby themselves. Pens didn’t have Crosby but they’re no slouches.
After the jump…. some thoughts on the game and some sweet links…..
Unfortunately we’ve had some issues today to prevent us from doing our usual recap. Hopefully you can forgive us. On the plus side, we have A LOT of good stuff coming soon so stay tuned.
We love the way the Bruins have been playing lately. They made a few mistakes today that ultimately did them in but they went 2-1 against the Penguins and Flyers this week and we’ll take that any time.
Brad Marchand continues to be fantastic for the Bruins. He started off early and nailed Malkin and drew a roughing penalty when Dupuis came over after. Unfortunately the Bruins powerplay is still so ugly that Pierre McGuire looks like a stud in comparison.
Tough to see Kampfer go down with a broken nose. Seems like some people were upset at Dupuis, but it was Chara’s stick that caught Kampfer. Kampfer has been playing so well lately though and if he misses any time thats a huge blow to the Bruins. Hopefully the injury doesn’t take away any of the confidence the kid has been playing with either.
Another scary moment when Deryk Engelland nailed Savard. Clean hit, no doubt. But still seeing Savard down on the ice for a few minutes wasn’t exactly great. Savard still isn’t quite right and lately it seems like he’s over thinking everything.
Campbell and Craig Adams had quite the brawl today. We still maintain that Campbell is one of the best pick ups in the NHL this year. Guy works hard every game.
Rask was fantastic again today. Made a bunch of really nice stops to keep the Bruins in the game, including a great one on Dupuis. Unfortunately for Rask and the Bruins Fleury was one save sharper today.
Last two games against the Pens seems like Boychuk keeps trying to get Cooke to fight. Boychuk doesn’t fight much so the exchanges are kind of curious. Not sure if Boychuk is still pissed about the Savard hit or if Cooke just gets under the Bruins skills other ways but Boychuk definitely wants a piece. Cooke keeps turning him down but we wouldn’t want to mess with Boychuk either.
Horton still struggling with confidence. That much seems clear from the amount of time it takes him to pull the trigger on shots. He’s trying to work through it but seems like its tough for the guy. Keep on working it Horton.
Like we said, losing sucks but the Bruins certainly played well today. Pittsburgh was simply the better team overall.
We’ll be back to our usual recaps and shenanigans this week. For now, here’s some links to people doing better recaps than us today.
Danny Picard discusses how Ryder switching to his off wing sparked some offense.
Joe Haggerty dishes out some gold stars and some black eyes for the Bruins in his recap.
Jesse Connolly of New England Hockey Journal discusses why Kampfer’s broken nose is bad for the Bruins.