The Boston Bruins rebounded from their 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Here are my five observations from the Bruins’ third game in a four-game stretch against all Canadian teams.
Number Five- Emotions
The Bruins did not play a good first 40 minutes of this game, falling down 3-2 going into the third period. Other than Shawn Thornton’s bout with Mark Stuart, there was not much emotion to speak of. The Bruins showed that emotion right away in the third, with Nathan Horton scoring a goal just eight seconds into the period. They would score again less than two minutes later when Tyler Seguin found the back of the net.
Number Four- Tuukka Rask
Right now the Bruins have the two top goaltenders in the league in Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas. Tonight Rask, who does not have a loss since October 19, got the start. Once again Rask played a good game, and early on he kept the Bruins in it when they were playing sluggish. He made 29 saves on 32 shots in the game, but it will likely be Tim Thomas in net against Montreal on Thursday night.
Number Three- Milan Lucic/David Krejci/Nathan Horton
Ever since this incredible streak began in early November, this line has been one of the best lines in the league. Tonight Nathan Horton had two more goals while David Krejci and Milan Lucic each assisted on them. Each of these players is very streaky, but they are on a good streak right now.
Number Two- Shawn Thornton
Thornton had one of the best games of his season tonight, scoring a goal and getting into a fight, just an assist shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick. His goal was a penalty shot, after he was hooked on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box. It was his first career penalty shot goal and first ever shorthanded goal.
Number One- Bruins’ Reputation
The Bruins are starting to get a reputation. First Brad Marchand gets the much debated five game suspension, leaving the Bruins without their second line left winger. However, we saw another instance of their reputation coming into play again. Shawn Thornton was called for an illegal check to the head when he did not even make contact with the player, which just shows this reputation in more effect.
The Bruins return Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.