Following a dominant performance over the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday, and a hard-fought victory over the rival Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins left practice on Friday to begin a four game road trip. The defending cup champs had yet to lose two games in a row this season, and looked to continue their road dominance heading into a Saturday night matchup with the Hurricanes in Carolina.
Brad Marchand, currently serving a five game suspension for an Illegal hit, wasn’t able to play against the Hurricanes, Panthers, or Tampa Bay Lightning, but will be back with the Bruins for Thursday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
Forward Rich Peverley also missed games against Florida and Tampa due to “personal reasons, but like Marchand, will be back with the team for the game against the Devils.
Getting speedy wingers back in the lineup will only bode well for Boston, a team that has looked undoubtedly tired to start this trip, dropping two of the first three games. In terms of pure speed, energy, and offensive consistency, Marchand and Peverley are two of the Bruins best, and will be crucial in earning a victory Thursday night in New Jersey.
This week’s rewind will focus on three games for the Bruins: against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 14, the Florida Panthers on Jan. 16, and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 17.
Hat Trick: Three Bruins On The Rise
Rask only played in Monday night’s game against the Panthers, but it was a performance to remember.
Saving 38 of 40 shots faced, Rask was stellar for three periods of the game, and even more impressive in the shootout, as he shut down all but one Florida sniper.
Calm, cool, and collected in net, The Bruins “backup” netminder was a joy to watch on Monday.
Although his two goals came in a losing effort against the Lightning on Tuesday, and his “lack of intensity” has been questioned by Coach Claude Julien, Horton has certainly been one the Bruins hottest scorers of late.
With the two goals against the lightning, Horton now totals at 16 for the season, scoring seven of those goals in the past eight games!
If he continues this recent surge, look for the Bruins top line to put up big numbers in the near future.
The renowned “All Star snub”, Bergeron has played some of his best Bruins hockey of late.
Dominant in all three zones of the ice, Bergeron has not only been an animal on the puck, constantly keeping the puck in the zone, using his strong stick to keep pressure going, he’s taken his offensive capabilities to another level.
He had three goals in the first three games of the trip, and was most impressive against Florida on Monday. Bergeron had two goals against the Panthers, and also extended the shootout in a must-score situation with a beautiful wrist shot.
Bergeron’s production should only improve, as normal linemate “bad brat” Marchand gets back into the mix Thursday night.
Goal Of The Week: Milan Lucic Snipe On Cam Ward
Scroll to the 50 second mark for the Lucic goal; a sneaky, heavy wrist shot that beats goaltender Ward.
1/13/12 Post-Practice Videos:
Coach Claude Julien