The Boston Bruins broke their slump with a win on Saturday afternoon, with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The game went to overtime after the Bruins scored with one minute left, and then went to a shootout. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Joe Corvo
Sorry to dampen the mood after a big win, but Joe Corvo is still struggling. A lot. It might be time for the Bruins to start considering other options, like Steven Kampfer, or more likely a trade. Some team will probably bite on the puck moving defenseman cliche.
Number Four- Second Line
The second line might be this team’s top line, at least with the first line struggling with the absence of Nathan Horton. The second line, which had goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand today, have had to step up, and they did. Bergeron even scored the shootout-winning goal.
Number Three- Tim Thomas
A couple of goals in this game that Thomas gave up seemed kind of soft, and the thought about him being distracted started to sneak around. However, in the end, he made some great saves to keep the Bruins in the game, and has moved to 3-0 in the shootout on the season.
Number Two- Milan Lucic
Other than Bergeron, the player who stepped up the most today was Milan Lucic. Lucic, who has been struggling ever since Horton went down, played one of his best games of the season today. He scored the goal to send the game to overtime, but all game, he had a presence on that ice.
Number One- Must Win?
With the second most points in the eastern conference, it is hard to say that this was a must win game. However, it was a game they sure needed, if nothing else but for their morale. They fought to the finish, and should be proud of this game.
The Bruins come back Tuesday night against the Rangers.