In probably the most hyped game of the NHL season, the Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1. The Bruins are now 15-0 when they score three goals or more. Here are my five observations from the Bruins 15th straight game with at least one point.
Number Five- The Matchup
The Bruins and Penguins match up very well with each other, and I think if they matched up 10 times they would each win five games. Both of these teams have similar styles, the only difference is the guy in net. Both teams have a good balance in scoring, forecheck well, and play a solid defense. This may have been the Bruins’ toughest match so far.
Number Four- Gregory Campbell
Campbell did it all tonight; a goal and a fight to stand up for his goaltender. He has been one of the best forecheckers and penalty killers on the Bruins all season, and lately he has seen some success offensively as well. Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton contributed to the goal, but Campbell played an all around solid game.
Number Three- David Krejci
Ever since Krejci signed his new three-year deal with the Bruins before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, he has been a different player. He did not score a goal tonight, though he did hit two posts. Overall, just like Campbell, he played an overall solid game, as did the entire first line, but Krejci stood out.
Number Two- Forechecking
While the Bruins could very well be the best forechecking team in the NHL, the Penguins proved that they can play that game too, almost matching the Bruins in their efforts. The Bruins faced the toughest forecheck from any team they played this season, so you have to wonder how the offense looks tomorrow night in Winnipeg.
Number One- Tim Thomas
How could it not be? Thomas once again took the game for the Bruins, winning his 10th straight game and making 43 saves against a dynamic Penguins offense tonight. He continues to be arguably the most valuable player in the NHL.
The Bruins return to action Tuesday night when they take on the Winnipeg Jets.