The Boston Bruins picked up yet another win on Tuesday night when they grabbed a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders in impressive fashion. They were led by 36 saves from Tuukka Rask as they picked up their 16th win in their last 20 meetings against the Islanders. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Two Us, Two Ks….
Two points. That’s been the norm for Rask who has settled into a very solid season for himself. The one goal he allowed could be considered shaky, but it seemed more like he lost his balance. There is no questioning the 36 saves he made on the night, especially the 14 in the third period to keep the Bruins in the lead the majority of the contest.
Number Four: Bergeron Solid
Patrice Bergeron must be one of the most under rated players on the Bruins. Once again he led forwards with 25 shifts and was second star of the game as well with two assists. He has led that “second” line, leading us into the next observation.
Number Three: Two Line Machine
The Bruins are famous for rolling out all four lines, but of late, it has been the top two, in whichever order you want to put them in. Last night the third and fourth lines averaged around 14 shifts or so while the top two averaged around 21 shifts, something very different for head coach Claude Julien. The Bruins seem to have gotten comfortable with themselves enough to trust those top two lines on both sides of the ice, and they are getting the scoring punch they need out of them as well.
Number Two: Powerless Play
How we turn a positive into a negative in Boston. While the scoring has been there five on five with the top two lines, Boston still insists on players like Chris Bourque and Rich Peverley on the power play, a power play that was scoreless yet again tonight. The Bruins had David Krejci at the point much of the night again on the PP, and these are just a few of the moves that need to be re-evaluated.
Number One: Third Gear?
So many times we have heard people this season saying the Bruins have another gear. If so, I want to see how dangerous that could be. The Bruins just went 4-1 on their most recent road trip with three goal wins in their last two games. If they have another gear, watch out NHL.