The Boston Bruins have made history again, and in doing so, they are now in first place in the division. After their 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins finish the month of November 12-0-1, marking the first time they went undefeated in regulation in a whole calender month since 1969. Now, here are my five observations.
Number Five- Tim Thomas
Can a Five Observations post go without a Tim Thomas mention? Thomas continues to pick up where he left off last season, not giving up more than three goals in a game so far in this one. Tonight he gave up three goals, but he stopped Phil Kessel on a breakaway, along with a few other saves, to keep the Bruins in the lead by a good margin.
Number Four- Benoit Pouliot
Pouliot was under a lot of scrutiny for the start of his Boston Bruins career, but of late he has turned it on and once again, he was one of the better Bruins players on the ice tonight. He scored a late goal by crashing the net and taking up space in front of the crease. If he can keep doing that, Pouliot can be of good value to Boston.
Number Three- Faceoffs
Just to show again that the Bruins are good in all the fundamental areas, the Bruins dominated in the faceoff circle, as they normally do. Tonight it was the Bruins beating the Maple Leafs 37-25 in that area. Rich Peverley was 81 percent, Chris Kelly 80 percent, Gregory Campbell 72 percent, Patrice Bergeron 44 percent and David Krejci 46% percent.
Number Two- Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic went nine straight games without scoring a goal, before tonight. Tonight he scored two goals, both the product of standing in front of the net and creating traffic. His first goal was a power-play goal from the right side of the net, and on his second one Krejci made a fantastic pass to find Lucic standing at the crease.
Number One- David Krejci
Krejci had not scored in 10 straight games and the rumors were flying about whether Krejci would be in Boston long term. His contract is up after this season, and there have been rumors about him and Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks. After a night of two assists and a goal, it seems like Krejci realizes what he has to do to stick around.
The Bruins play Toronto again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. back in Boston.