The Boston Bruins had won five of their last six heading into Thursday night where they faced the New York Islanders, fighting for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. However, despite those five wins in six games, the Bruins have looked shaky at times, almost blowing a 4-0 lead to the New Jersey Devils the night before. Now tonight they were without Brad Marchand after he was elbowed in the head against the Devils.
Number Five- No Hamilton?
Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the Bruins in this one with Adam McQuaid back on the ice after a shoulder injury. Hamilton, who had played in all 39 games this season, had just one goal in his last 19 games and a -2 rating in his last seven.
Number Four- Jaromir Jagr
This isn’t new to anyone who has watched the Bruins since the NHL trade deadline, but Jaromir Jagr looks like a men among boys on the NHL ice. Some of his passes are so good it creates the goal itself. He found Greg Campbell who then found Tyler Seguin for the PP goal in the second period, and he made plenty of other terrific plays on offense throughout.
Number Three- Tuukka Rask
For a while there was talk of Anton Khudobin having more of a role with the Bruins, but Rask put that to rest with some fantastic play of his own. However, that play seems to have slipped up a it. The two goals from Josh Bailey were questionable at best. The first one came a shot from the high slot that went over Rask’s glove somehow. The second trickled under Rask’s pads, which was one of the worst he has allowed all season.
Number Two- Shots, Shots, Shots
There is a concerning trend with how many shots the Bruins have been allowing, and it can be tracked down to the game where Patrice Bergeron sustained his fourth career concussion. They once again allowed 40 shots in their loss to the Islanders tonight.
Number One- Milan Lucic
Lucic has one goal in his last 24 games now, and that came when he was on the third line for about 12 minutes. He continues to struggle as Claude Julien alternates lines, but what Lucic might need is a bit of time off.