The Boston Bruins hit a “rough stretch” recently, going 2-2 this past week after absolutely dominating play in all aspects of the game during a 14-0-1 stretch in what was one of their best runs in club history.
Some of the big storylines from the past week include a win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh, an injury to Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, and the increasingly good play of center David Krejci, just days after signing an extension with the team.
The Bruins finished the weekend clinging to the second spot in the East, two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers, who lead the Eastern Conference with 39 points. The Bruins lead the Northeast Division by four points, as Toronto’s play has certainly fumbled of late.
This week’s rewind will focus on four games for the Bruins: against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 5, the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 6, the Florida Panthers on Dec. 8, and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 10.
Hat Trick: Three Bruins On the Rise
It has been somewhat of a slow start for Corvo as a Bruin, but the puck-moving defenseman shifted into a higher gear this past week. He played better, both in his own end and offensively, recording his first two goals of of both the season and his Bruins career.
Corvo was beneficial to the Bruins power-play all week, getting low, hard shots on net. That’s a valuable skill in producing much needed rebound chances, especially for a Bruins power-play that has struggled mightily overall.
If Corvo can pick things up in his own end, he might very well be a decent solution as the Bruins temporary “PMD.”; one that is better than that of Tomas Kaberle, at least.
Despite consistently taking dumb, irresponsible penalties that put the Bruins in tough positions, Pouliot certainly impressed me with his play in these four games.
From the opponent’s blue-line and in, Pouliot has been more than a dominating force. Working mostly with linemates Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, Pouliot has done a tremendous job of working the puck along the boards, playing Bruins-style hockey. Add his finesse ability and top of the line wrist shot, and he’s surprised goalies at the most clutch of moments, scoring some of the most important goals of the young season.
Thus far, I have been pleasantly pleased with Pouliot’s game. If by chance his fundamentals can grow under firm coach Claude Julien, he can perhaps be somewhat of the player he was once drafted to be.
Krejci was our best “Hat Trick” player for the week.
Although he was held scoreless in Monday’s 3-1 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Krejci exemplified his true worth to the newly signed contract, playing an impressive two-way game up and down the ice.
Krejci was efficient in shutting down Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby (with help of Patrice Bergeron), and had two spectacular up ice rushes of his own, ringing iron twice on the backhand. He has a pretty underrated backhand shot, a move I’d like to see more of in the future.
The centerman played fantastic for the Bruins this past week, setting up frustratingly inconsistent linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton with an abundance of chances, bringing his game in all areas of the ice.
Let’s hope Krejci’s newly found momentum continues to drive him as a player.
Goal Of The Week: Tyler Seguin Goal Against Pittsburgh Penguins
Once again its Seguin who scores our goal of the week, but all of the magic comes from linemate Bergeron. Watch as Bergeron undresses the Pittsburgh defense and dishes the perfect pass to Seguin for the one-time goal.
Fight Of The Week: Two familiar customers, Shawn Thornton And Jared Boll square up once again!
Score Thornton with the decisive victory in this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fncKTJGrGEQ Courtesy of hockeyfights.com
Next up, the Bruins face the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night, in what is expected to be their first test without captain Chara.