Welcome to the weekly Bruins recap.
This is a blog that I’ll be trying to put out every Sunday or Monday on the previous week of Bruins games. It’s just a little look back at every game that happened in the past week; the biggest takeaways from the box scores and my biggest thoughts* from every period and ultimately the biggest ideas at the end of each game.
*My “biggest 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’ll also be referring to the Bruins as “we” in most cases.
Let’s get to it.
Montreal Canadians, 01/19/2016, @ Montreal
This was a huge statement game after the poor excuse they turned out in Foxboro on January 1st. Even though it was against a struggling Carey Price-less Habs team, this time around had a lot of value to get back to an even record against their historic rivals for the regular season.
Thoughts on 1st Period:
“No sense of a break out.”
Thoughts on 2nd Period:
“Winning more puck battles”
Thoughts on the 3rd Period:
“Rask had to bail out the city of Boston on too many opportunities”
Not as solid as I would have liked against a struggling team, but a win nonetheless. We proved ourselves with a somewhat demanding score. It was good to see Pastrnak come back strong with two points. Despite the lack of goals on the power play as of late, the special teams was pretty solid. Definitely need to fix our sense of precision and urgency in the offensive zone.
Vancouver Canucks, 01/21/2015, @ Home
This was meant to be a fast paced, physical, gritty and an overall dirty game (in my opinion) given the history of these two teams (never forget: Game Seven in 2011). This game was none of those things; no penalties AT ALL.
Thoughts on first period:
“Back and forth start”
“Back and forth tempo”
“Bite me, Burrows”
At the end of the day, we were only in the game for about 37 minutes out of the 60. We didn’t deserve to be on that ice. There were turnovers ALL OVER the ice; mostly in our own zone and in the neutral zone. Ever since the first breakdown on the Canucks first goal we wrote our own script for that loss.
Columbus Blue Jackets, 01/23/2016, @ Home
This game was a wake-up opportunity after we dropped an egg against the Canucks. It’s against a dumpster-fire of a team that needs to find itself. Despite basically every game against the Jackets being decided by no more than two goals (meaning every game is a battle), it’s a needed win against a struggling team.
Thoughts on first period:
“Tough seeing Campbell in a different sweater”
“Such a slow start. Omg”
“What a penalty kill”
Where Momma hides the peanut butter.
Thoughts of the week:
For the week as a whole I feel as though the Bruins are showing signs of life in areas that have been lacking. Our power play has dropped down to second place from a depletion in productivity over the past month. Yet over the week, we have shown signs of knowing where each other are and knowing when to pass the puck.
As well as that, or penalty kill is RUNNING things. We’ve basically gone from worst to not that far off from best over the past couple of months, and the killed penalties are most of the time in game saving moments.
In short, keep it up.
By Jacob Lace