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 to 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
San Jose Sharks, 03/15/2016, @San Jose
First game of the California trip. This is a big test to see how good the Bruins actually could be. These points mean more than ever with the division all tied within 10 points of each other.
I wasn’t able to watch this game.
Overall thoughts: 3 – 2 L
The Bruins started off down, came back with 2 goals to lead, then let up two unanswered goals to eventually end up losing.
Franky Vatrano was brought up just in case Krejci wasn’t able to play this game. Krejci ended up dressing so Vatrano didn’t dress at all. I would have still liked to see him somewhere in the lineup. Something needs to be changed on the roster.
"It was frustrating," Eriksson said. "We had some really good scoring chances to tie the game back up. They made some big saves."
Claude also mentioned, like Loui, that the Bruins had plenty of opportunities to tie it or just add an insurance goal. But they were either robbed or couldn’t finish when it mattered most.
Anaheim “Mighty” Ducks, 03/18/2016. @Anaheim
Second game of the California trip. Beleskys old team. Lost the first two points of the Cali trip. Big two points here. Going to have to play real hockey right now.
Jimmy Hayes was scratched for Tyler Randell. Let’s try it.
Thoughts on first period:
“Playing real fast hockey so far”
“There’s no pressure on their breakout.”
“HUGE PP IN DOWN BY 2 TEN MINUTES LEFT”
“Bruins are picking up since the second goal”
Thoughts on second period:
“Being a lot more physical this time around.”
Thoughts on third period:
Overall thoughts: 4 – 0 L
Quick note: There were a lot of missed calls in this game. Dave Arnold showed and explained 5 missed calls. In each instance the refs had a view.
The fourth line was the only real bright spot that I could notice in this game. Randell and Acciari work well together.
Zdeno Chara fought Stoner during the third period. When he needs to fight someone in order to send a message to the rest of the team then you know something is wrong with the team. He’s not normally the guy to drop the gloves anymore, but the team needed that much of a kick in the butt that he did. I don’t like that sign.
Matt Beleskey got hit in the eye with Marchand's stick during a wall-battle in the neutral zone. He stayed in the game after briefly going to the locker room, so it seems as though he's fine.
Los Angeles Kings, 03/18/2016, @Los Angeles
This is the final chance to get some points out of the Cali trip. It's also the rematch after the absolute destruction of the Bruins when the Kings visited Boston.
I wasn’t able to watch this game.
Overall thoughts: 2 – 1 L
The first period didn’t go well for the Bruins. That’s putting it lightly. You can win the second and third period, but if there’s no 60-minute effort then there’s no win.
The B’s went 0-4 on the power play. Quick robbed the Bruins plenty of times, so it’s not that the Bruins weren’t trying, but there clearly wasn’t the entire effort that was needed.
Fourth line again seemed to be the only bright spot with Randell’s goal that was started by Acciari’s effort in the corner.
From NESN about the loss:
“Disappointing, to say the least,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “You can like your team’s performance in the second and third, but … we’re going home empty-handed. It’s not what we came here for.”