The Boston Bruins got back to their winning ways this past week, recording victories in all three games, including an impressive 6-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday at Wells Fargo arena.
With the victory over the Flyers the Bruins pulled into a tie with Philly for the top spot in the East, also giving fans more to look forward too in this week’s episode of 24/7, which will air on HBO Wednesday night.
The Bruins were forced to play without star defenseman, and captain Zdeno Chara for the first two games of the week, but once again worked through adversity and earned their wins.
This week’s rewind will focus on three games for the Bruins: against the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 13, the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 14, and the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 17.
Hat Trick: Three Bruins On The Rise
Even though he only participated in one of the three games, Chara’s presence was certainly felt in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. In what was one of the biggest games in the early-season for the Bruins, Chara came back from injury in stout fashion.
The captain set the tone early squaring off with Flyers bruiser Jody Shelley, making his physical impact early on in the game.
He was tremendous in his own zone, constantly dealing with the likes of Jaramir Jagr, Danny Briere, and many other highly skilled Philadelphia forwards. Chara showed little to no rust as he limited chances with his long reach, strong stick, and big body.
He added a goal, and an assist, to finish the game with a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”, a successful comeback from injury for the captain.
Known to some Bruins fans as the “German Superhero”, Seidenberg showed off his super-strength and tremendous capabilities in the two games without Chara.
While his offensive numbers might never turn heads, Seidenberg was truly awesome in his own zone and on the penalty kill. He blocked numerous shots, kicked many pucks, doing everything and anything he can to limit chances, especially good ones.
This is what makes Seidenberg such a valuable defensemen-his ability to do absolutely anything to get the puck out of the zone, or stop an incoming rush. He has superb strength and superior flexibility, which allow him to be a successful defensemen for quite some time.
Two goals and four assists in three games for Peverley, who is our “Hat Trick” player of the week!
Peverley was all over the ice against the Kings and Senators, recording goals in both of those games, but also made his presence felt in Philly on Saturday, as he tallied three assists and was a crucial part of the 6-0 romp of the Flyers.
His skating ability has been the most impressive aspect of his game, as he often will take the puck in his own end, fly up the ice, and successfully enter the offensive zone, creating numerous chances for his linemates.
The assists wouldn’t be there without his speed, something that makes Peverley one of the most lethal players on the Bruins. He’s been an absolute joy to watch this season, something I expect to continue for the long run.
Goal Of The Week: Brad Marchand Goal Against The Los Angeles Kings
Watch Marchand corral the puck, and use his quick hands to go from forehand to backhand and beat goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Scroll to the 1:40 mark to watch the play.
Fight Of The Week: Milan Lucic vs Matt Carkner
Watch as two big boys exchange blows in front of the Ottawa net.
Next up, the Boston-Montreal rivalry is renewed Monday night at TD Garden.