Finally ! A complete game from the Bruins that headed into the third period down a goal. Timely goals by Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara in the third led the Bruins to the victory as well as clamping down defensively allowing a mere 4 shots on goal, including killing off a penalty and pulling the goalie by the Rangers, with 1:20 left. Henrik Lundquist didn’t look sharp at times and lost the puck on four occasions as well as getting beat on two shots off posts and 4 that trickled past the open net.
The first star of the game was Chara with a Gordie Howe hat trick, his fourth of his career. It’s a goal, an assist and a fight. He also clanged one off the post, took a high stick to the face early and almost 20 minutes of time on ice, despite sitting for 7 minutes in the penalty box. Brad Marchand scored a goal had and assist and showed some snarl with a high sticking penalty and playing some key penalty kill time. Bergeron and Eriksson were a concern all night buzzing the Ranger zone and collecting points.
Turns out the Bruins did have a hard practice on Thanksgiving and then a closed door meeting after the disaster in Detroit. It seemed for one game at least, that some issues were resolved. Worth noting was for the first time in three weeks the Bruins fielded their best team with Seidenberg and McQuaid back in the line up and Normal forward assignments. Caron sat and hopefully does until an injury requires him back.
Tomorrow the Bruins play the Columbus Blue Jackets for the third time this season at TD Bank Garden at 7PM. It’s possible after three hard games for Tuukka Rask, that Chad Johnson will get the start in goal. It’s not likely that Nathan Horton will play as he’s still recovering from off season shoulder surgery.
Until Next Time!