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’ll also be referring to the Bruins as “we” in most 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
Florida Panthers, 03/07/2016, @Florida
Around this same time last year, the Panthers were one of the teams that were in our way for a playoff spot. It’s the same type of situation this time because if the Bruins win this game they fight for a first place in the Atlantic against Tampa the next day. Bottom line: this is important.
I was only able to watch the third period and overtime, so this will be an overall recap.
Overall thoughts: 5 – 4 W
The Bruins were up 4-1 going into the second period, which the Panthers absolutely dominated in with an 18-5 shot differential. The momentum definitely shifted in favor of the Panther when Shawn Thornton and Quaider fought at the beginning of the second (it’s weird saying they fought)
The Panthers tying goal in the third was because Rask mishandled the puck in our own zone and turned it over. That lead to an all-too-familiar defensive scramble in front of our net a Panthers goal. Happens way, way, way too often.
Rask saw 51 shots in this game. The Bruins only had 32. Seems as though any time the Bruins are decisively outshot they come away with a win. Thanks Tuuk
With this win, Claude becomes the GOAT in Bruins history with 388 regular season wins.
Stempniak won the game for the Bs with an absolute snip in OT. He was 100% on shots/goals for this game.
Pastrnak was dropped down lines during the game. Claude explained in his post-game interview that it was because he turned over the puck too often and he was absent on defense.
I still miss Shawn Thornton.
Honorable mention: Jaromir Jagr, the age-less mullet master and third all-time in NHL points.
Tampa Bay Lightning, 03/08/2016, @Tampa
Rematch after last week’s 4 – 1 loss. Time to see if the new guys can make the difference.
Fight for first place in the Atlantic. Need to win in regulation.
Thoughts on first period:
“Tampa has a surge”
Thoughts on second period:
“First ten are a force”
“End of period was all Tampas”
Thoughts on third period:
“Immediately on defense”
“How To Break Out Of The Zone By Yourself – By John-Michael Liles”
“Noel Acciari is earning his keep”
“Another overtime lol”
Thoughts on overtime:
Pasta had a much better game defensively. He proved himself after his rough game against the Panthers.
Bergeron and Marchand, in my opinion, are the most lethal combination in the entire league.
We were out shot in the last two periods. This was mainly because we had to kill penalties, but fact of the matter stands: somehow, some way, the shots need to be prevented. At the least we need to get more shots off.
Forgive me if it's too early to say this, but this game had a playoff feel to it. The momentum shifts and overall pace was so April-ish that it gave me goosebumps.
Carolina Hurricanes, 03/10/2016, @Boston
The last time we played the Hurricanes we won 4-1. Last time, John-Michael Liles was also in a different sweater. That may make a difference, it may not.
I wasn’t able to fully watch this game. I had to spend my night with it as background noise, unfortunately. The following thoughts will be from what I gathered from the limited time I had to pay attention to the game.
Overall thoughts: 3 – 2 L
With three minutes left in the first, the Hurricanes did not have an even-strength shot. I don’t remember if all five of their first period shots were on the power play, but fact of the matter is the Canes had five total shots in the first. Five. Yet the scoreboard was 1-0 in their favor.
Carolina went 1-3 on their power play for the entire game, yet mistakes proved to be the deciding factor. Every Bruin was making a mistake in this game. Liles seemed rattled most times he touched the puck. Even Bergeron had two penalties.
Breakouts weren’t going right after the first period. Nothing came clean, everything seemed forced. There were spurts where the ice was even, but more often than not the ice was tilted ever so slightly in Carolina’s favor.
"I really think our guys really struggled tonight with their skating game, and sometimes those are the effects of coming off a back-to-back, and you don't have the legs that you'd want," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "And we needed maybe to be a little bit smarter because of that. When you don't have your legs going, you've got to at least make some smart decisions there, and it probably wasn't as sharp as we could have been."
New York Islanders, 03/12/2016, @Boston
Kevan Miller returned to the line-up. To be honest I’ve been missing seeing 86 out on the ice. His game was progressively improving before he went down after taking a bad hit from Alex Ovechkin last week, so his presence was missed out there.
I actually went to this game, so I didn’t take notes on anything, but I obviously paid attention to it.
Pasta had a fantastic defensive game. One particular play I remember is when he lost the puck after a hard pass bounced off his stick, lost it, and chased down the Islander that took the puck and bodied him off of it, took the puck back and brought it down into the Islanders zone and it led to a chunk of zone time in the Bruins favor. For the entire game Pasta was making plays like that and creating offense.
The Islanders had three legitimate chances to score and either were robbed by Tuuka, the post or by Kevan Miller pulling the puck off the goal line. Other than those three chances, though, the Bruins had this game. The neutral zone belonged to the Bruins. The Islanders simply could not counter and couldn’t hold any real time in the Bruins’ zone.
Only downside of the game is the Islanders were the more physical team (38 hits to the B’s 26) yet when a Bruin hit someone, you knew it. You can hit all you want, but the hit needs to make a difference in the play, and that’s what the Bruins did. That’s a more important factor than you’d think.
The Bs played the game in New York’s end. That’s been hard to consistently do at home, and in this game it was executed. Whenever New York attempted to break out there was a Bruin to put Boston right back onto the offensive.