Sorry this is so late, I’d come up with a creative excuse but I don’t have one. So live with the fact lap 16 on your hockey blog run was a little late and we can all move on with our lives.
This past Saturday the Bruins continued their domination of the Maple Leafs, winning their seventh in a row dating back to last year’s drubbings. This game was a lot closer, and certainly looked more like a Claude Julien-coached Bruins game than the wide open debacle in Boston on Thursday.
Despite the 1-0 score, the Bruins definitely had the better of the play. As Cam Charon from The Leafs Nation noted in his post-game write-up, the Bruins out chanced the Leafs 15-7, including a 12-4 advantage at even strength. The Bruins used their size and skill to attack a Leafs team with a young, inexperienced defense, and a team also reeling from some injuries up front.
The Bruins are in the midst of one their longest breaks of the season, having three full days off before taking on the goddamn Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Good thing too, since Marchand, Paille and Thornton are all hurting and there’s a chance none of them play mid-week.
I’ve been pretty hard on Chris Bourque this year, both at even strength and on the power play. Like a lot of Bruins fans, I questioned whether or not he was NHL-calibre or just an oustanding AHL player. Well, this goal doesn’t really change my view all that much, but it was really nice to see the kid get his first as a Bruins and pay tribute to this dad. It was a great passing play from the third line, who’s been significantly better over the last two games. Granted, it was scored against the ‘Haha, Holy Shit…For Real?’ line of Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren and Dave Steckel, but it still counts. Here’s hoping it’s a catalyst for a little more. (Still, take him off the fucking power play).
As a Bruins fan you have to applaud the idiocy of Randy Carlyle, coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who elected to play a lineup which included the aforementioned Orr, McLaren and Steckel, but also Mike ‘Lucic’s Punching Bag’ Komisarek and Mark Fraser. I guess it pays to be hyped in the media to no end as a tough team, because weak teams will make themselves even weaker so as to not get pushed around. In the fight department anyway, on the scoreboard it’s just a mess.
Quick shout out to Lane MacDermid for taking on Mark ‘Haha, Holy Shit…For Real?’ Fraser on two different occasions. While the first was a close, spirited affair, Lane the Destroyer whipped his ass in round 2 – and in doing so made all the folks in Boston that think John Scott beating up Shawn Thornton is reason for crisis sleep a little better. And for the record, those people are idiots.
The referees, again. Two goals called back in this game that both should have been goals. Minimal interference on Rask who was outside of the blue paint is a real head scratcher, though it doesn’t seem nearly as bad as the garbage that happened to the Senators in Montreal on Sunday afternoon. It’s another poor call in a long line of similar calls that are making goalies untouchable, diving machines. The sooner you put a stop to it the better, NHL. Otherwise we’re going to have a serious problem, if we don’t already.
Bard Marchand getting hurt is never a good thing, but especially not when he’s playing as well as he is right now. He tumbled over James Reimer’s outstretched pad and into the boards in the second period. He came back, and then was taken out once more. He was apparently cleared to play the third, but Julien opted to remain on the side of caution. And then this happened on twitter and every other blog, so I’m going to post it as well.
Power play is still a stupid abortion of coaching.
With Thornton unlikely to return this week and Paille and Marchand both questionable for Wednesday, the Bruins have recalled Ryan Spooner. You all better think unsexy thoughts because he may not even play, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t excited to see what he can do with this limited opportunity. He’s the top forward prospect in the system right now, and has a definite future with the team. Additionally it’ll be a chance to see his sideways move along the sideboards, made famous in Kingston. SPOONMAN!
One more sleep until the Bell Centre. If I have to hear that fucking goal horn and pathetically weak goal song I’m going to be upset, I heard it enough as they walked all over the Northeast division over the weekend, dominating their stupid matinée tradition for stupidheads.
Look for a goaltending futures overview within the next week. It’ll be good, I swear.