The Boston Bruins defeated the Calgary Flames on Thursday by the score of 9-0. It is the Bruins’ second win in a row and 22nd in their last 26 games. It was the second night of a back to back, following a win over the Devils last night. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Dennis Seidenberg
I wrote about this after his game-winning overtime goal against the Phoenix Coyotes last week- Dennis Seidenberg’s play has been pretty underrated. Tonight he notched an assist on Nathan Horton’s second goal, the seventh goal of the night, to pick up a point in his fifth straight game, a career high for him.
Number Four- David Krejci
Last night I mentioned how Krejci had quietly been racking up the points and was a Bruins points leader in this stretch. Now, he is starting to get noticed. Krejci has points in his last seven games, and he scored a power play goal tonight to go along with an assist on the second goal of the game.
Number Three – Tyler Seguin
Seguin scored the first goal of the game, after a behind the net pass from Patrice Bergeron, and later Seguin returned the favor. After a break in into the Bruins offensive zone, something the Bruins have become masters of, Seguin circled to the right after having a break to the net. Soon after, Bergeron appeared open in front of the net. Just Seguin showing his hockey IQ once again.
Number Two- Bruins Break Out Early
The Bruins took an early lead in this, coming out of the gate with two straight goals less than four minutes into the game. The first goal came off of the stick of Tyler Seguin, as Patrice Bergeron passed to him from behind the net. Seguin was able to snipe it in from in front of the crease. Less than two minutes later. Milan Lucic scored a goal after it deflected off of Olli Jokinen’s skate and into the net. David Krejci had the assist, his seventh point in seven games. David Krejci would then go on to score a power play goal with 11:11 left in the period.
Number One- Offensive Dominance
It is so hard to explain how offensively dominant the Bruins are without exaggeration. In all honestly, they really are just dominating to the point of extreme. Last night they blew out the strong defensive system of the New Jersey Devils, now tonight their scored the touchdown and two point conversion against the Flames. They just seem to break into the offensive zone with such ease, as if there is no defense there at all.
(Bonus Observation)- Tuukka Rask
This is the first time I bring in the bonus observation and we may see it a few times. There was so much to talk about tonight, Tuukka Rask was just left out and it felt unfair to keep his performance out of this. He did only save 25 shots, but he is just proving how good this goalie tandem can be. Remember, today Tim Thomas was named to the NHL all star team a day after his one goal performance against the Devils. Tuukka has proven to be a valuable Bruin.
The Bruins return on Saturday at noon when they take on the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks.