The Boston Bruins have a new streak going now, as they defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout. The Bruins had previously lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday after a win against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Style of Play
This was an up and down the ice game, something different than the recent low scoring Bruins games. Florida had many odd-man rushes, including four breakaways. It has to be a concern for the Bruins, which leads to the next observations.
Number Four- Andrew Ference
It was Andrew Ference who could not keep the puck in the offensive zone against the Hurricanes on Saturday night, and it was Ference who allowed the Panthers’ breakaway goal in the vulnerable minute after a power play for them to tie the game. He had one of his worst games as a Bruin this season, with terrible puck control and defense.
Number Three- Tyler Seguin
At the start of the Bruins’ five-on-three, Seguin struggled and just seemed to pass the puck around into space. But then he proved why he was the second overall pick- he picked up the pace within a minute, shot the puck and it was deflected in by Patrice Bergeron, which leads to the next point.
Number Two- Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron is one of the most solid players on the Bruins because of all that he can do when he doesn’t have the puck. He checks, backchecks, kills penalties and plays defense. So sometimes we forget what a great offensive player he is, and he scored two goals tonight to remind us.
Number One- Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas might have to watch out. Tuukka Rask right now leads the league in all goalie stats, and has actually been playing better than the reigning Vezina winner. He stoned the Panthers with 33 saves, and stopped four breakaways. But we will still likely see Thomas tomorrow.
The Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.