My “thoughts” are for games that I am actually able to watch. For games that I do watch, I take notes on every individual period and record everything I happen to blurt out. For games I can’t watch, I’ll be recapping on what I see from replays and the box score.
I might also be referring to the Bruins as “we” in some cases.
Let’s get it.
Jan. 17 - 23
Jan. 24 - 30
Jan. 31 - Feb. 6
Feb. 7 - 13
Feb. 14 - 20
Feb. 21 - 27
Feb. 28 - Mar. 5
March 6 - 12
March 13 - 19
New York Rangers, 03/23/2016, @New York
The Rangers enter this game at second in the Metro while the Bruins are fighting for third in the Atlantic. Perfect timing for Wednesday Night Rivalry.
I was only able to watch the first five minutes of the game.
Overall thoughts: 5 – 2 L
Franky Vatrano was brought up for this game and yet again he scored a goal. Maybe that means somebody realized the kid is legit?
The Rangers scored two power play goals halfway through the first period and that set the tone of the game. The Rangers stayed at least two goals ahead throughout the entire 60 minutes.
Rask was taken out after the first period. That might have changed the pace of the game after he went 6-8 on shots against. Some say a goal being taken away from the Bruins at the start of the third changed the game (see below): it might have, because a few minutes after the Rangers made it 4-1 when it could have been 3-2.
Claude Julien went to an interview with NESN when he said that there was a “bad ****ing call” that led to a Rangers goal halfway through the game, yet even with bad calls, “I don't think we played well enough to win. We seemed out of sync. Those tape-to-tape passes were few and far between. We needed to be better. That was the disappointing part of our game tonight, a game we really needed to win."
Florida Panthers, 03/24/2016, @Boston
The Bruins put on a tribute on before the game in Claude Julien’s honor for when he won his 388th to put him in first all-time in victories by a Bruins coach. It was a really nice gesture by the Bruins and I’m glad NESN decided to air it.
The Panthers are in a fight for first place in the Atlantic. The Bruins sit idly in third place. A win here will make the Bruins have a fighting chance to join in the race for first in the Atlantic.
Thoughts on first period:
Thoughts on second period:
I wasn’t able to watch the rest of the game after Smith’s goal.
Overall thoughts: 4 – 1 L
The Bruins went down by one going into the third period and the Bruins tied the game halfway through the final period, except the refs apparently didn’t think so. The puck literally crossed the goal line and it was visible with the camera angles given. This, like last game, seemingly turned the game upside down and Florida came back a couple minutes later to make the score 3-1, when it should have been at least 2-2.
Despite the goal that should have been, the Bruins didn’t put out the full effort. Being outshot in the final two periods is not how you win games.
Five-game losing streak while the end of the season is looming. There hasn’t been a five-game losing streak under Claude Julien. Time to step up.
Toronto Maple Leafs, 02/26/2016, @Toronto
Toronto has been on a tear lately. They have almost an entirely new team since the last time these guys met in February, including the young stud William Nylander who has been one of the hottest additions to the Toronto squad.
The Bruins have one point up on the standings for third place. Detroit was demolished by the Penguins earlier today, so a win here puts us up three on them in the race to the finish.
The lines were mixed around for the game today. Some of these Claude tried during last game so they have experience together which means there’s a better chance of them working.
I was only able to watch the first period.
Thought on first period:
“Toronto is the better team so far”
“Beleskey gets a penalty for snowing the goalie….”
“Good penalty killing”
“Last ten minutes was a speaking point”
“End of the period sucked”
Overall thoughts: 3 – 1 W
From what I could tell the Bruins really responded well at the start of the third period. They came out blocking shots and getting shots of their own.
Their checks were finished every single time contact was made and it showed with their 43 registered hits versus Toronto’s 26. I think Toronto had three total registered fighting majors among their players that dressed for this game. The Bruins used that to their advantage and beat them on the scoreboard and physically over-powered them.