The Bruins entered the game looking to integrate Dennis Seidenberg into their defense in his second game since the trade. He performed with a quiet efficiency that is very different from the quiet efficiency that Morris displayed. They are different players and do things with distinct flair.
Michael Ryder’s hit on Blake Comeau was unfortunate, not a good play but also not malicious. I expect there will be a suspension over it as it clearly was a hit from behind into the boards, but when you look at the hit and compare it to the Jones hit on Bergeron and other similar hits, there was no extension of the arms, the hit began well away from the boards with contact coming at about the goal line. Both Comeau and Ryder were braced for contact.
Pretty solid game for the Bruins through the first twenty five to thirty five minutes. Savard’s goal, and his footwork to get it make me think he should do a season of Dancing with the Stars. We’ve seen some other athletes do it, but no NHL players. Lucic had a goal that was the work of all five skaters, Thonrton and Begin looked the best they have since the Olympic break. Krejci’s goal made him look much more like last years David Krejci.
Bruins Player of the Game:
Tim Thomas: He simply ate pucks for lunch including a twenty one save second period on his way to a thirty seven save day.
Patrice Bergeron, ran Tavares over several times, took over a third of the Bruins faceoffs and won 69%.
Mark Stuart, not usually an offensive force he ended the game the only player who was a +2 on the day, had several solid defense, and a couple shots on goal, and logged quite a bit of short handed time.
And the man living in the struggle for today was:
Johnny Boychuck: he fought the puck all day with a ton of issues handling the puck in close to his body, and he had the key turnover that led directly to the second Islanders goal.
I think without the Ryder major, the Bruins might have been able to stuff this one in the bag early, but five straight minutes of penalty killing had the Bruins cycling through all their most impactful players. Next game is another day game against the Penguins.