Tonight the Bruins face-off in Detroit against the Redwings. The Wings are a bit under manned with Datsyuk, DeKeyser and Bertuzzi all sidelined by injuries. The Bruins will make a game time decision on Adam McQuaid, but Kevan Miller is ready to go if needed. I expect Tuukka Rask in net for Boston and Jonas Gustavsson for Detroit. This could be a hugh two points if the Bruins could win in regulation. I’d like to see the first and second lines get on the board even strength tonight and a chip in from the third line and defense. I just think you need 4-5 goals to beat teams like Detroit or they can stay with you and make you pay late in a game.
Last game against the Penguins was a 4-3 OT victory for the Bruins but they were oh so “lucky” to get there. The first period was all Penguins for the first 10 minutes and Tuukka was sharp. The Bruins got on the board as the Swedes combined to strike and Reilly Smith chipped a pass to Soderberg who slid a pass across at the blue line to Loui Eriksson. Eriksson tipped the pass from behind through his own legs and swooped down the slot to deke Fleury to his left and finish five hole between his legs. On their only power play of the game, the Bruins took 9 seconds to score as every player on the ice touch passed the puck ending with a pass from Eriksson to the corner to Soderberg who fed across the crease to a streaking Smith for the redirect past Fleury’s glove hand. Bruins up 2-0 after one period.
The Penguins got one back in the first minute of the second period by James Neal. A rather tit for tat period of up and down hockey with the Penguins having the better chances. Neal got the equalizer on a fudged play by John Boychuk half way through the third period. Chara scored from the right point with just more than five minutes left off a defensive tip by Sidney Crosby. Crosby created the drama by forcing OT with 0.3 seconds left. After the brief timeout, the Bruins scored the winner on a dish from Marchand to Krug who sailed in the left side and fired a laser shot top shelf glove side of Fleury. Bruins win 4-3.
This game was billed as a grudge match and was a pretty good game between two teams expected to perhaps meet in the conference finals this year. What I found odd was that with 12 forwards Crosby and Malkin both played over 22 minutes or top minutes for defensemen. Two things I expect from this if it’s the norm, first Crosby and Malkin will wear down over time, should one get hurt, who fills those minutes, There is a depth problem in Pittsburgh and I think it gives a significant edge to any team more well balanced against them in a playoff series.
See you all next time!